Friday, May 31, 2013

next week

public service announcement:
i won't be blogging next week.


BUT don't fret:
i have some pretty amazing guest posts heading your way :)

meanwhile...
andrew and i are heading to austin
to figure out where we want to live come july!

i could not be more excited to take this next step,
but i will definitely miss you guys!

p.s. it's my last day of work for awhile
and it's pretty safe to say i'm doing this:


happy friday!
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

bachelorette weekend!

...not mine, don't worry
(that's coming up in july)

 this weekend, i celebrated one of my oldest and bestest friend's
bachelorette weekend!

we went to siesta key and it was seriously amazing.
our suite/condo/resort had about a million rooms:


we got to spend much-needed quality girl time,
complete with bathing suits, sparkles, and hotel robes:


we got to enjoy sunsets, hot tubs with waterfalls, and long car rides
(okay, i didn't really enjoy that last one):


and most importantly,
we got to celebrate the beautiful bride!!!

basically, it was perfect and it makes being back in the office
(for my last week) even that much harder.

i hope you all had a great long weekend too :)

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Friday, May 24, 2013

you should be watching SYTYCD

...and here's why:

SYTYCD (or so you think you can dance)
is, without a doubt, the most uplifting and incredible show on tv.
it literally changes my life every time i watch it.
i'm not exaggerating.

& i should probably work for them, but i don't...

1. it will make you laugh



2. it will inspire you



3. it will leave you in awe



& if those clips weren't enough to convince you,
just give one episode a try.
i guarantee it will bring tears to your eyes
and a smile to your face :)

linking these videos for #backthatazzup friday

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

one year ago

a year ago today, i started my job.
my first real job.

you know what's even weirder than the fact that it's been an entire year?
...the fact that next friday is my last day here.

it's a strange thing:
knowing that i'm going to walk out the door,
and not walk right back in on monday.

letting go of thoughts and responsibilities that i've had for so long now.

realizing that i'm not going to get another paycheck
for at least 3 months. (yikes!)

now, if you have no idea what i'm talking about...
let me fill you in.

i'm getting married on july 20th.
which is 2 months from yesterday.

i got engaged on september 21st.
which was 8 months ago today.

somewhere in between those times,
i realized i would have to quit my job,
because - OH WAIT - i'll be moving
halfway across the country after my wedding.

why is that, you may ask?
because my fiance got offered an incredible job
in austin, texas.
& naturally, we said yes!

anyways, i decided to go ahead and leave work
with enough time to finish planning our wedding this summer.

i am sooo looking forward to it!
but it is a little nervewracking to realize i'll be unemployed soon.

...thanks for sticking with me on this journey :)

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Monday, May 20, 2013

who do you blog for?

do you blog for yourself?
or do you blog for your readers?
 do you blog for your friends & family?
or is it a combination of all of the above?

lately, i've been asking myself this question...
everyone out there blogs for a different reason.

but what is mine?
where do i fit in?

if i'm not willing to pay for advertisements,
post 5 times a week,
link-up everyday,
and go crazy with social media,
will anyone still read my blog?

maybe i don't have content that matters to anyone else...
i don't post outfit pictures,
i don't post recipes,
i don't post DIY projects,
i don't post parenting tips...

so what do i have to offer?

all i have right now is my life:
which mostly consists of spending time with andrew when i can,
planning my wedding,
going to work (for the next 2 weeks at least),
and hanging out with people occasionally.

is that stuff interesting to anyone but me?
probably not.
maybe i don't have what it takes to "make it" in the blog world.
but i'm starting to realize that's okay...

it's okay if my follower count doesn't grow everyday.
it's okay if i'm not in a "clique" or i don't have a ton of "blog besties".
it's okay if i write about my life, because it's all that i know.
and you know why?

because i blog for me.
and whoever else feels like reading, i am more than happy to have you :)

and on that note, here is my weekend in a nutshell:


out with friends,
mcdonald's recovery meal,
treating myself to sparkly nails,
& a beautiful sunset.

not too shabby, right???

linking up w/ weekend shenanigans

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

wedding update

because i don't post about it nearly enough on here,
i figured it was time for a wedding planning udpate
(for those of you who forgot that i am actually getting married).

i stole the following checklist from the beautiful megan over at style me swanky:

COMPLETED

Set a date
Book venue
Book photographer
Book band
Ask bridal party to be in wedding
Book caterer & bar
Create wedding website
Register
Book florist
Buy wedding dress
Take engagement pictures
Select bridesmaid dresses
Select and order groom & groomsmen attire
Book cake baker
Hire coordinator
Order save the dates
Finalize guest list
Send save the dates
Book officiant
Pre-marital counseling
Hotel room blocks
MOB & MOG dress shopping
Menu tasting
Order invitations
Book rehearsal dinner venue
Bridal shower
Order wedding bands
Book honeymoon
Book wedding night hotel room
Order sparklers for send-off
Order thank you notes
  
IN PROGRESS

Book ceremony musician
 Purchase veil and accessories for dress
 Book makeup artist & hair stylist
Hair & make up trial
Figure out where everyone is getting ready
Bachelorette party
Pick out first dance songs
Music selections to band and ceremony artist
Finalize day-of timeline
1st dress fitting (happening this weekend!)
Mail invitations (happening next week!)
  
NOT YET STARTED

Buy cake knife & server
Order guest book
Find wedding shoes
Find wedding jewelry
Find garter
2nd dress fitting
Order ceremony programs
Order monogrammed cocktail napkins
Buy bridal party gifts
Book transportation for bridal party
Put together picture list for photographer
Get marriage license
Book transportation from reception to hotel
Rehearsal dinner invitations
Prepare final payments
Confirm check-in/check-out with hotel

so, like i always say:
a lot has been done, but there is so much left to do.
i guess it's a good thing i have 2 more months to make sure it all happens!

any helpful tips for surviving this???


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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

graduation festivities

this weekend literally flew by.
one second i was parking my car at the airport
and eagerly racing through security,
the next i was already back at my parked car
and reluctantly driving home.
how did that happen???

probably because it was jam-packed with great stuff...
i'll start at the beginning:

on friday, my man officially became a UGA grad!
he has worked so hard over the past 5 years,
and i could not be more proud of him.


plus, he knows how to rock a cap and gown ;)

on saturday, we had our last pre-marital counseling session,
and then a celebratory dinner with his family
to commemorate all the fun events of the weekend.
of course, we had to follow that up by going out with his friends
and drinking all the colored drinks we could find.


see? blue & green

on sunday, andrew had the sweetest idea to relive our first date
(which was almost exactly 2 years ago).
so we headed to cafe intermezzo in atlanta
...and i FORGOT to get a picture! *kicking myself*
but it was amazing nonetheless.

now i'm back in the real world,
and incredibly bummed, to say the least.

but i know that in a few short weeks,
he'll be home for good & we get to start our
crazy wedding summer extravaganza!
or CWSE, as it shall henceforth be known.

so i can't have too big of a self-pity party :)

did anyone else have a fun weekend???

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Friday, May 10, 2013

sorry for neglecting you, blog

i'm sorry, blog, for neglecting you lately.
it's not that i want to,
it's just that i'm in a slump.

you see, i'm a busy girl...
and as much as i'd love to post everyday,
i love going to sleep early even more.

between working full-time,
planning a wedding,
managing a long-distance relationship,
and trying to actually have a life sometimes,
i may have put you on the backburner.

plus, it's been kind of nice outside lately,
and it can get distracting:

this lil guy was swimming around in our pool the other day, so...

anyways, i apologize from the bottom of my heart,
and i promise to try harder next week.

until then, can we still be friends?

linking up w/ friday letters

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

warning: i like selfies

so sunday was cinco de mayo.
(did anyone know that?)
and i celebrated the way every girl should...
with sombreros, maracas, & mustaches.

oh, and a million selfies:


1) "i'm a totally normal person"
2) "obligatory marg pic!"
3) "from now on, please call me don juan"
4) "snapchat success"
5) "actresses without teeth, anybody?"
6) "i see you, baby"
7) "the demise of don juan"
8) "it's okay, i can still hang with the cool kids"
9) "nope, no i can't"

...you're welcome, world.

also, these ladies were with me:


and yes, i am wearing a different mustache in the second picture.

so there you have it.
a completely normal sunday,
followed by an even-worse-than-usual monday.

ole!

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

thyroid update

many moons ago
(yes, i did just say that)
i wrote about getting my thyroid killed.

since then, things have changed drastically for me...
but not entirely for the better.

i went through a period where not much had changed.
then i went through a (short & blissful) period where i felt normal.
then i started to fall into hypothyroidism,
and i pretty much let it overtake my life.

i didn't know what to expect
(i had been hyperthyroid for so long)
but the other side of the spectrum has been equally, if not more, exhausting.

physically, mentally, emotionally...
i'm just that - exhausted.

the physical symptoms include:
sensitivity to cold, fatigue, muscle pain, weight gain,
just to name a few.

the mental and emotional side of things is no walk in the park, either.
i've gotten pretty down on myself.
most days, i feel overwhelmed...
like i could cry at the drop of a hat.

however, this post wasn't meant to be one giant complaint,
because 1) that's no fun for anyone,
and 2) there are much worse things that people struggle with everyday.

...but also because - i have hope!
i went to the doctor on monday,
and she is starting me on medicine that should make me feel a lot better.

i've never been so happy to see pills in my life!

 

 (that's not an exaggeration... i was ecstatic)

i've just been so tired for so long,
and i couldn't be more ready for a change.

here's to hoping this medicine works and i feel better real soon!

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