Friday, April 30, 2010

This Week is Amazing Because...

This week is amazing because...

The spring semester of my junior year is almost over. 
I'm pretty confident I will have mainly good grades. 
It's almost time for me to celebrate my two weeks of summer. 
I love seeing butterflies flutter in front of my face. 
I went out to dinner with new friends. 
Cookout milkshakes are delicious.
I found a cute dress for Tim's graduation for only $20. 
I found two cute shirts for only $20. 
I actually have free time to read ( I started the 3rd Harry Potter).
And the most amazing part of all...
My evil neighbors are finally evicted leaving so I won't have to put up with them this summer.
*Major happy dance*

I hope you have been having an amazing week and continue with an awesome weekend.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Book 20 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I finished reading book 20, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Marry Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I absolutely loved this book.

In January 1946 a popular writer, Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger. This stranger a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Curious as to what this society is, Juliet writes back. Juliet continues to write to residents of Guernsey to learn more about the Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society as well as what happened on the island during the German occupation. 
This book was amazing. At first I was skeptical because it was written in an epistolary style and I have not read many books in that style. I loved it.  I felt like I was there reading these letters, that someone was writing them to me. I had to keep reminding myself that this was not a true story. It felt so real. I felt like I was experiencing everything they were experiencing. Please go out and read this book.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Book 19 - Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

I finished reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets quite some time ago but I kept forgetting to write my review! I am so sorry. I really enjoyed reading this book as much as I did the first Harry Potter book. It's been so long that I kind of forgot some major details. I do remember there was a lot of action and suspense as Harry and his friends returned for their second year of Hogwarts. I enjoyed reading as they learned new spells and fought off crazy characters. One of my favorite parts was how Harry and Ron returned to Hogwarts. I was very curious to find out what happened. I read through this rather quickly because I could not put it down. I recommend Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for children and adults. If you haven't jumped on the Harry Potter bandwagon yet you need to.

How Do You Make a Difference?

I just came across this amazing quote:
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” 
-Albert Pike
This showed up on my tumblr at the perfect moment.
I have dreams. 
I want to make a difference. 

Last night I had to go see a movie for one of my classes and I am so very glad I went to see it.
The movie I watched was "One Peace At a Time."

Here is the trailer.

I highly recommend watching the whole movie.
I will warn you that you will probably cry (I did, several times).
This movie talked about so many things. 
Mainly about how we can help others, and make improvements in our world but it all starts with me and you. We have to make the decision to want to do this. There is so much we can do, everyone talks about doing it, but not enough people actually do it. 
Let's start a movement, let's do something about it.
I've made the decision, have you? If not, what's stopping you?
One small thing you can that makes a huge difference is play
Just take 5 or 6 minutes everyday to play. Also if you are on Facebook, "Like" FreeRice by going here. 
We all spend more time than we should on the internet so why not help stop world hunger while we are at it?

Monday, April 26, 2010

My Blog is Carbon Neutral, Is Yours?

Yesterday the SITS Girls, posted about having a Carbon Neutral Blog.
These wonderful people are planting a tree for everyone who writes a post about it.
I think is amazing and one small thing we can all do to make a difference. 
Please go check it out. 

Also make sure you check out How Do You Make A Difference?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Blog!

This week my little blog turned 1 year old!

I am sad I couldn't celebrate on the actual day.
School had me to busy but we can always celebrate.

I never thought my blog would grow to what it is now.
I have made some new wonderful friends.

You can find my very first post here.
I think I have grown a lot and this blog has helped me discover who I am without feeling judged or pressured by my peers. I come here for inspiration. I read all of your blogs for inspiration. I love the whole blogging community.
I am still working on my 101 Things in 1001 Days. I'm a quarter of the way there.
I've read a handful of books.
I've been through a few struggles, here and here.
I shared my love story with you all.
I've had an amazing time blogging so far and really hope to keep it up.

Happy Birthday to my little blog!

P.S. Feel free to have a piece of cake this weekend for celebration!

Dear Lovely Readers

Dear Lovely Readers, 

I apologize for not posting in forever. School has been kicking my butt this week. I've had projects on top of papers on top of presentations on top of more projects. Then add going to class, working, and trying to get in my tutoring hours for the week. It's been crazy. So crazy that I missed my blog's birthday (really sad). After next week I should have some more free time and be able to post more frequently. I would like to say thanks for not leaving me. And that you really do look lovely today.
You all are the best.

Lots of love,

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Weekend Adventures

I spent this weekend at home. 
While I was there I managed to stay pretty busy. 
I went to Discover Our Town Day.
It was fun, I forgot how much I loved my town.

I loved this sign at our historical society. 

The country store that was built in the 1800's (I think).

An actual water pump. I thought it was pretty cool.

Then that night Tim and I went to the Drive-In movies.
We had fun.
We got to see How to Train Your Dragon and KickAss.
 I enjoyed both movies .
How to Train Your Dragon was so cute.
KickAss was really good.
Just a warning there was some language and violence.

This was our movie screen.
We sat under the stars as we watched.
If there is a drive in movie near you I recommend going.
So much fun.

 What did you do this weekend?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Breathtaking View

I drove home to Charlotte tonight. 
The sun in my review mirror was gorgeous.
I was in no rush so I pulled off on the Blue Ridge Parkway hoping to get a good picture. 
Unfortunately the sun was on the other side of the mountain. 
But when I pulled off it was so peaceful I probably could have stayed there all day/night. 
One day I will drive to a specific destination on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 
It will be breathtaking. 

This was as close to a picture of the sun that I could get.
And I actually love it. 

This is the view from the scenic overlook.
Although I live in the mountains they still amaze me.

I'm glad I was brave enough to take a 15 minute detour. 

I hope you had a wonderful day!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I Smiled Because...

The little boy I was tutoring got tired of reading. 
He told me "God doesn't want me to read anymore." 
I thought it was so cute and clever. 
Plus he is a super sweet kid. 

I saw this wonderful message while walking around campus along with many others. 
I believe they were written by someone amazing.

At work we played a version of duck, duck, goose. 
It was funny to watch the college kids chase the little kids, especially when a few of them fell. 

When my sweet boyfriend sang "You are my Sunshine" to me on the phone. 
He's spectacular.

What made you smile today?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Change Your Mind

"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."
Maya Angelou
I love this quote and this picture. 
Doesn't the picture just make you giggle?
Yesterday at work someone started complaining about almost everything. 
They complained about things that I have no control over changing. 
It made me think of this quote.
Maybe all these things are awful because this person has a negative attitude towards everything. 
I'm trying to be a more positive person and surround myself with more positive people.
Some days it's hard. 

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Monday, April 12, 2010

My New Favorites

I'm kind of having a small writers block.
So I would like to share some of my new favorite sites with you. 

I'm obsessed and addicted

Diana takes wonderful pictures and she is so sweet. 

He's a student at my school and an amazing singer. 
You should really check out his music.

Christine is a sweet and wonderful lady. This documents her journey to walking for the cure! I love her clever title.
Please go check out her blog. 

Hopefully I will come up with something wonderful to share with you all tomorrow. 
Please feel free to share one of your new favorite sites. 

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Gatlinburg - Part 3

This is my third and final post about my trip to Gatlinburg.
Tim and I went to this museum: 

The earth from space. I thought the picture the museum had was pretty cool.

Although this alligator was fake it still scared me! It was with a display on Noah's Ark. 

Me with the tallest living woman. 

Tim and the tallest man. 

The Batmobile (main reason we visited this museum).

And the world's longest motorcycle.

They had a lot of interesting things and facts in this museum. I unfortunately can only read so many plaques before I become bored.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Gatlinburg Aquarium - Part 2

As you already know Tim and I took a trip to Gatlinburg.
While we were there we visited Ripley's Aquarium.

I was so excited and had so much fun. 
There was something really peaceful
(minus the middle schoolers) about fish tanks.
I took a lot of pictures.
I'll only share my favorites.

Can you find the fish?

 Shark! Runaway!

I loved this painting. It was for kids and I actually had to crawl 
into the space to get this picture.  A lot of the adults thought I was crazy.

 Probably my favorite picture ever. Jellyfish are amazing to watch, 
especially when I know they can't sting me.

Octopus was stuck in this corner. I was sad I couldn't get a better picture.

Giant crab found in Japan.

This fish reminded us of an elephant. It's so unusual. 


 Sea turtle. Amazing. 

I found these animals so interesting especially
since they were all in aquariums.
I loved the jellyfish. I could have watched them all day. 
Sorry for the picture overload.
I'll post on the Guinness World Record Museum tomorrow. 
I hope you have had an amazing weekend. 

Gatlinburg - Part 1

Tim and I went to Gatlinburg, TN yesterday.
It was so much fun. 
It took us longer to get there than we expected, but we got to spend time together and that was the most important part.

Last night we went to eat dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.
It was delicious. 

This was an adorable church near our hotel. 
It was called "Little Country Church."

On our trip we went here: 
 I have a ton of pictures from the Aquarium to share with you.

We also went here:
And I have many pictures from here too.

I had a wonderful time. I can't wait to share all of my pictures with you. 
I hope you have had a few wonderful days!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Laughter is the Best Calorie Burner

Tonight Allison and I went to see a hypnotist. 
I had never seen a show before and I am so glad I went. 
I laughed so much.
I laughed at the boy who thought the microphone stand was his soulmate.
I laughed when all the boys on stage thought they were pregnant and giving birth. 
I laughed when two girls started speaking "Martian" and they actually sounded like the same language. 
I laughed at the girl who bowed every time the audience clapped. 

I laughed so much that I was on the verge of tears. 
If you ever have the chance to see a hypnotist, take it. 
Very entertaining. 

I hope you have been having a wonderful week. 
Tim and I are off to Gatlinburg tomorrow.
I'm excited. 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Grandfather Mountain

Tim and I took a trip to Grandfather Mountain today!
It is only a dollar for local residents (ASU Students) in the month of April.
This is a picture heavy post. 
We parked here.

Then we hiked a trail that was 0.4 mile up to the Mile High Bridge.
The view from the trail.
The bridge. It was kind of scary and squeaky.
 Looking at the view after we crossed the bridge.

I was standing one mile above the ground! Scary! 

 Tim walking down the trail. 

Kodiak the cinnamon bear. 
He reminded me of a teddy bear. haha.

The bald eagle. He only had one wing...

  Super cute otters!
We had so much fun. I'm so glad we went! 
If you ever get the opportunity you should go. 
I felt so outdoorsy and adventurous.

P.S. I hope you all had an amazing Easter weekend.