Travel Tuesdays: Travel Dreams of 2013

The new year has come and while I have relished my time off, I’m ready to dive back into the real world and get 2013 started.  I’m keeping up with some of my resolutions, eating a little bit healthier, and have developed a brand new series to entertain you and allow me weekly trips down memory lane.

With that, I’d like to introduce my new weekly series – Travel Tuesdays!  Each Tuesday I’m going to share a small story about some of my many travels that I’ve had the opportunity to take (Thanks Mom and Dad!).  For this first Travel Tuesday, however, I thought I’d share some of my travel dreams for the new year.

First up will hopefully be a visit to some friends in Chicago where C and I will celebrate one of my truest friend’s birthdays.

English: The western ramp and pylon of Brookly...

Over spring break I hope to have the opportunity to travel to New York City to volunteer for an organization.  I haven’t heard back from my application yet, but I’m already so excited!  The tentative plan is for C to come out to the big city for the weekend after Spring Break so we can have a little adventure.  C has never been to NYC and I’ve only been twice so I think it will be fun to explore!  I’ve already got a few ideas of things I definitely want to see, which, sadly, includes most of the museums and some uber-touristy spots.  If anyone hails from the Big Apple, I’d love some suggestions on quirky must-sees or hidden gems.

Over the summer, I’m not entirely sure where my travels will take me, as I’m not sure where I’ll be interning.  I’m hoping to stay in the Midwest, but would be willing to explore other parts of the country.  C’s family is planning a vacation to Gulf Shores mid-summer and hopefully he and I will be able to tag along for that.  C and I definitely want to try to get up to Mackinac Island over the summer as well.

As for the rest of the year, the calendar is blank so far!

What are your travel plans for the year?

XOXO

A

Five Friday Favorites: Memories of 2012

As today is the last Friday of the year, I think it is appropriate to reflect on the year and remember some of the best things that happened.  The list is varied and helps me to remember all of the amazing opportunities that I’ve had so far.

  1. Tennessee Vacation.  I’ve been thinking about the vacation that my family took in June for a few weeks now.  We started in Kentucky with a tour of Mammoth Caves, went to Nashville and saw a show at the Grand Ole Opry and a performance by Idina Menzel.  We went to Lynchburg to tour the Jack Daniel’s Distillery (my favorite whiskey!) and then headed to Pigeon Forge where we explored the Smoky Mountains and Dollywood.  It was an awesome vacation for my family and I have so many funny memories of our adventures in Sha-kon-o-hey (Land of Blue Smoke).  For Christmas I made my mother a little scrapbook of all of the memories and pictures from the ten day jaunt through the Smoky Mountains.  Here’s a few of my favorite pages!
    IMG_0012 IMG_0016
  2. Bunbury Music Festival.  Another one of my favorite memories was the music festival I took C, G, and his friend to in July.  It was the first inaugural Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio.  It was so cool!  We saw so many awesome bands like Grouplove, Reverend Peyton and the Big Damn Band, Hotfox, Weezer, Manchester Orchestra, and I could go on and on.  It was a challenge to stay pumped for the full three days, but we toughed it out and had an awesome time with only a mild sunburn.
    IMG_2018 IMG_1961
  3. Starting a new chapter in Ypsilanti.  So far the biggest change in the year has been when C and I relocated to Ypsilanti to start our new chapter.  We moved into an adorable apartment, I started school, C found an exciting job that he loves, and we’ve settled in nicely.  I’m so happy with our little home and can’t wait to see where our next adventure takes us.
    IMG_2044
  4. Semper tres sumus.  One memorable moment of this year was getting my tattoo done with G.  Though the circumstances were awful and I’d rather not have to have the tattoo, I’m still so glad to share something so meaningful with my little brother.  Someday I’ll share the full meaning of the tattoo with all of my readers, but not until I’m ready.
  5. Starting this blog.  It’s cheesy and lame, but one of my favorite things of this entire year has been developing the blog.  Sure, I know I’ve got a lot of work left to do, but I think it’s been a good run so far.  I’m really enjoying the routine of writing and planning and brainstorming for posts each week.  My process can only get better and my writing can only improve.

So thank you readers for putting up with my experimenting and offering your support!  Cheers to the new year and many more adventures ahead!

XOXO

A

Five Friday Favorites: End of the World Confessions

Apparently the world was supposed to end today, and while I never put much stock in the rumors, with the alleged end approaching I stopped for a moment yesterday to take stock of my life…you know, in case the world did end.  Ultimately, I’m pretty happy with where I am and I don’t know that it would really scare me that the world was ending.  But here are five end of the world confessions from me, just in case the world ends later.

  1. I love reality television more than a normal person should.  Yes, I was once a strong supporter of shows like Tough Love, Rock of Love: Bus, Jersey Shore, The Real World, etc.  It’s surprising just how involved I get with goofy shows like that, but I get absolutely obsessed.  I’ve cut back a lot, simply due to a  lack of time, but every once in a while I’ll flip on an episode of Teen Mom 2 just to take stock of how wonderful and drama-free my life is.
  2. I play with my phone too much.  C sometimes gets on my case because I am constantly checking Twitter, checking my email, getting on Facebook, checking on Instagram, or playing BubbleXplode.  It’s one of my goals to cut back on this impulse in 2013.  I need to learn how to put the technology away and enjoy the moment that I’m in more.
  3. I love planning more than I love doing.  This is a major problem with me.  I love laying out deadlines, making schedules, and organizing everything way more than I enjoy actually doing tasks.  This is another issue that I really need to work on, especially for next semester because I’m going to be crazy busy.
  4. I am deathly afraid of people in mascot costumes.  I have no real rationale for why I have this debilitating  fear, but it is a problem that I live with on a daily basis.  It is especially hard because I am a huge sports fan, but I just can’t appreciate the people who dress up in the costumes.  There’s something strange about not being able to see someone’s face…
  5. I still believe in Santa Claus.  Like, for real.  I just think there’s a magic at Christmastime that can’t always be explained.  I remember the Christmas that my older brother, Chris, proved to me that Santa was real.  I must have been eleven or twelve and Chris was a few years older than me.  We slept in the dining room that year, hoping to catch a glimpse of the big guy.  We were laying on the pull-out, talking about what we were hoping to find under the tree the next morning when Chris stopped, sat up and looked out the window.  He pointed to a small red dot up in the sky and told me that it was Rudolph’s nose.  I looked at that dot and I believed, without question.  We quickly fell asleep and woke up to the greatest Christmas either of us could remember.  I know it’s foolish and that I’m 24 and should know better, but I’ll never forget that night.  Chris always kept the spirit of Christmas alive for me and I would truly hate to lose that.

What are your End of the World Confessions?

XOXO

A

Currently…

I’m done!  I’m done with finals!  But sadly I’m completely submerged in some Christmas projects (that I can’t go into too much detail about because the gift receivers will be reading the blog!) and loving it!  I basically wake up, leave the TV on ABC Family and coast through the day on the holiday spirit.  And so, that’s why I’ve been lazy and not posting very much this week!  Yikes.  So, I figured a basic update is in store.

  • Drinking Very Vanilla Silk.  It’s delicious.  Normally I go for the chocolate soy milk, but I decided to give the vanilla a whirl.
  • Listening to the rain outside.  Yuck.  I thought that Winter Storm Draco was going to mean some snow for the southeast Michigan area, but apparently I was wrong.  Luckily I’m heading up to Traverse City for the holiday (after a short jaunt in northern Indiana) and I’ll get to see some snow.  Geesh – and I remember when it used to snow in November!  I really am dreaming of a white Christmas like the ones I used to know.  And…now I feel old.
  • Wearing :EPoaW - Currently
  • Thinking that my first day with glasses has been pretty strange.  It’s so weird for me to remember to put them on when I’m doing something that I might strain my eyes working on.  And to have thing automatically magnified is pretty crazy.  I think they’ll totally help me next semester, though.
  • Craving homemade pizza.  I’m pretty awesome at making the crust, and C and I do a pretty good job with the toppings.  I think I’ve got an idea for dinner tonight…

XOXO

A