Thursday, October 31, 2013

This is Halloween

I'm really not a big fan of Halloween.

I've never seen Hocus Pocus. 

I never carved a pumpkin until I was 21 (yes, that means last year)

My first carved pumpkin 

Growing up there were years where I didn't dress up. I grew up in a neighborhood where I lived with the only other children around so trick or treating meant a 20 minute drive to other neighborhoods. 

We didn't even buy candy to pass out at our house until I was in high school. 

I really should love Halloween because I love costumes, candy, and the color orange; but I just can't get into it. I almost dislike it as much as April Fool's Day, and I detest that day.

Before you go start thinking I'm a complete Grinch I have celebrated Halloween a couple of times in the past. I tried to find some pictures to show you evidence, but could only come up with one from last year, where I dressed up as the 4th of July

you can't see them but I had blue velvet pants and red cowboy boots to complete the look

So now that Halloween is here can we start talking about Thanksgiving? Now that's a holiday I do love.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I'm a (unemployed) Barbie Girl: A response to Graduate School Barbie

I was seriously struggling with what to write about for today and then this little gem popped up on my Facebook newsfeed.

A New Gift for your loved one: Graduate School Barbie

I'm not going to post the whole thing here, but click the link and read about Grad School Barbie, Graduate Advisor Ken, and Real Job Skipper; then come back over here.

Safe to say after reading that I'm having second thoughts about applying to Grad school; maybe relearning all that geometry for the GRE isn't the worst part like I thought. I can't help think the original author of this forgot one very important doll though...

(Still) Unemployed Midge

After graduation (Still) Unemployed Midge decided to go out and find a job using her skills in the real world. 5 months later and she is still writing cover letters and sending out resumes. Midge spends her days running errands with her mother, using the family gym membership (that her parents pay for because she has no money), and excessively refreshing Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. When Graduate School Barbie wants to feel better about her life she texts this friend who's life is going nowhere. Select (Still) Unemployed Midge dolls come with your choice of a part-time retail or waitressing job. Childhood bedroom in her parents' house and annoying family members asking what she's "doing with her life now" sold separately. Health insurance and paid vacation days not available accessories for this doll.

Not that I would know anything about being a (Still) Unemployed Midge or anything #jokes

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PS: I'm holding the Blog Baton today! Hope you'll hop over to follow along on Instagram. Thanks again to Mason for letting me participate in such a fun project!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

About Time - Movie Review

I've hit it big folks! Last week I received a free ticket to go see About Time at my local theatre.

I had seen a few other bloggers who had gotten the chance to preview this movie and I was too excited to have my own chance. I my mom was sent a voucher for 2 free tickets for being such a great blogger a member of the theatre rewards club to go preview this new movie before it hits theaters later this fall.

Okay so maybe I haven't hit it big, but that's not really the point. The point is I got to go see a really great movie, one I actually wouldn't have minded paying for, for free.

Tim discovers that all the men in his family have the ability to go back and relive moments of their life. He uses this ability to win his true love, Mary (Rachel McAdams). I know what you're thinking, this is exactly like the Time Traveler's Wife, they were even lazy and used the same actress. I thought the same thing when I first saw the trailer, but I was so so wrong.

About Time is a million times better than that!

Seriously, it is. This is so much more relatable. The Time Traveler's Wife just left me feeling sad, but this left me feeling full of life and just so happy to be alive. Yes About Time is a love story, but it's really more about being in love with your life than about being in love with any one person. I did cry at one point, but I found myself laughing and smiling much more often. It really touched my heart. I wanted to give the random stranger I was sitting next to a hung when it was over.

Also this song is just lovely

No idea why this video is so much smaller than the other

So moral of the story is go see this movie folks. I'll probably go see it again when it comes back, it was just that good.

Glossy Blonde

Monday, October 28, 2013

Weekend Update

I had such a busy weekend I seriously didn't open up my computer until now, 9:30am on Monday morning.

Friday I enjoyed have some family in town to visit. They stayed the night on their way home to Florida from New Orleans. We went to eat at Mugshots (best burgers in Mississippi) and just enjoyed catching up. I hadn't seen some of this family in over a year, so it was fabulous to have all 10 of us just sitting and telling stories and laughing.

Saturday was a very busy day. We had tickets to see The Book of Mormon in New Orleans. I could write an entire post on the play, so I'm just going to sum it up real quick for y'all.
Yes it is shocking and offensive. But it's also funny and smart. You have to go in with an open mind ready to watch art as written by the creators of South Park. The dancing isn't great and neither is the singing, but that's the way it's written. All in all I thought it was entertaining and was glad I went.

We saw it at the Saenger Theatre which is just beautiful. This was the first play they've hosted since it's reopening, which is pretty cool. I wish I'd taken more photos to share because the building itself is truly a work of art. The way it's designed you feel like you're sitting outside under the stars. If you ever get a chance to see something here I highly recommend going. I'm hoping to snag tickets to Sister Act later this year.

Then after the play we had to rush home because I had a date (with my mom) to attend the Junior Auxiliary charity ball.

My dad's office bought tickets but he couldn't go so I went in his place. It was a fun event with great food and music. And the best part is we won a few things from the silent auction, including $150 gift card for Newks!

Sunday was spent trying out some new Fall recipes and catching up on all the TV I missed last week.

What'd you do this weekend?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Crazy Busy Week #BackThatAzzUp

I had a crazy busy week with lots of unexpected things pop up like visiting family, a job interview, and a funeral. I usually try to write most of my posts for the week on Sunday, and then write my Friday Five as the week goes. I'm so thankful I was able to take the time to write Monday - Thursday posts on Monday night because otherwise I seriously doubt they would have happened.

And that's why you're getting such a pitiful small post at noon on Friday. So if this is your first time visiting my little blog I apologize for how boring this is, but you should totally pop over and read yesterday's post (my 100th!) where I link you to some of my favorite posts I've written.

I just couldn't end the week without linking up for my favorite #BackThatAzzUp !

I've been loving hearing this song so much on the radio lately. It certainly brightens up any driving time, so hopefully it'll brighten up the weekend too!

That's My Kind of Night by Luke Bryan on Grooveshark

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Y'all I did it! I made it to 100 posts 

I kinda honestly never thought I'd make it this far, as evidenced by how excited I was to make it to 25 posts. As I've mentioned before this isn't my first attempt with blogging, so I figured the same thing that happened to my last attempt would happen here; I'd get too busy to continue writing. I guess that's one good thing about still being unemployed, I have plenty of time to devote to writing this blog. I've enjoyed it so much I really think I'll continue to make it a priority even with a job (hopefully in the very near future).

To celebrate this big moment in my blog's young history I decided to share with you the top favorite posts I've written.

This one where I talk about what I wish I'd known my Freshman year of college
The one where I remembered how much I have to be thankful for
This one where I first share how much job hunting sucks
This one where I talk about terrible people I've had in my life
This one where I talk about how having siblings has prepared me for the real world
This one where I share my favorite advice
And of course this ode to my beloved state of Mississippi

And I couldn't press publish on this post without thanking my readers and everyone who has expressed support to me in this blog. It really does brighten my entire day when I get an email letting me know someone has left me a comment.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Let me just rant for a second

Excuse my mini rant this morning, but I've really got to get something off my chest.

Do people even read anymore? 

The other day I went into the library to pick up a new book and was surprised that I had to wait in line. Usually when I go in the only other patrons are people sitting on the computers. I was just too happy to see that there were people in line to actually check something out. Well my delight quickly turned to frustration when I realized that not a single person in line was holding a book, but instead DVDs. This is why the American education system is declining. This is why students can't read on grade level; it's not that difficult to read the 'start movie" button on the play screen.

Now I'm not above borrowing a DVD from the library every now and then, because with the complete decline of Blockbuster where else are you going to find an older movie not available from Redbox. Sure it was possible all these people were doing the same thing; maybe they had books at home they were reading too. But really, that's not very likely.

Back in high school I would always get to angry when people would just watch the movie instead of reading the book. Sure some film adaptations are really good and stick to the original story, but these should be used to enhance your reading experience, not replace it. Growing up my mom always had a rule: if a movie was based on a book you had to read the book before going to see the movie. I still remember one Friday night in middle school having to turn down a last minute invite to go see Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (yes, the Lindsay Lohan movie) because I hadn't finished reading the book yet. This rule has stuck with me, and I doubt I'll ever completely shake it; I'll probably make my future children abide by it too.

I love, love, love to read. Seriously it's one of my favorite activities (un-athletic probs). I don't understand why more people don't do it. So do me, and yourself, a favor and next time you have free time instead of turning to NetFlix pick up a book and read.

Okay, end rant.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Best Job in the World

Okay it's confession time. I tell everyone my dream job is to be White House Press Secretary, but really I think the best job in the world is First Lady. I know that sounds silly, but hear me out.

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Campaign buttons featuring First Ladies displayed in the Smithsonian 

As First Lady of the United States you get to help bring awareness to any issue you decide. It's basically like choosing your Miss America platform, except you're actually in a position to bring real help to it. Past First Ladies have chosen education, drug prevention, the beautification of America, and healthy living. Usually the issue involves women and children, but the possibilities are essentially limitless. As First Lady you get to be a true agent of change. You have the chance to live my ultimate life goal, to "be the change you wish to see in the world."

If I were First Lady my issue would be kindness. I think that is one of the most important things children in America lack today. The "mean girl" phase is starting earlier and lasting longer, and that's just not cool.  A few years ago one of the other sororities at Ole Miss brought the Kind Campaign onto to campus to show their video, and it just really touched me. I've never understood people who are just plain mean. I've never felt the need to lash out at others with cruelty, but I know plenty of girls who do it daily.

When I was in 8th grade I wrote this essay for a contest about my three wishes for the world. One of my wishes was for everyone to have a friend. If I ever were to become First Lady, or be in a position to advise one, I would want that to my the campaign worked on for the four (or eight) years in office. I truly believe that if everyone had a real friend they wouldn't feel the need to be so mean. I hope to spread kindness through friendship. If we can convince school children that meanness is lame, just think how nice the real world will be once those children grow up and enter it. This is something that would keep growing and spreading, helping the whole world to be better.

Being First Lady is about so much more than just being the wife to the most powerful man in the world. Sure you get to hop on Air Force One for rides and host fancy State dinners, but you also get to help make a difference in our country. And that's why I think being First Lady would be the ultimate job, in a total non-creepy/power hungry way.

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Glossy Blonde

Monday, October 21, 2013

Weekend Update

Okay so I know this post is going up way later in the day than normal, but better late than never, right?

I had the best weekend in a long time, and as a bonus I even remembered to take some photos so you don't just have to take my word for it

Friday night I had to celebrate being in my favorite town by having my favorite meal

I promise I ate more than just a margarita 

There were too many LSU fans in town to go out Friday night so we just stayed in and watched 21 Jump Street. Saturday we slept-in in preparation for all the energy needed for Saturday's game. Once we finally got ready we headed out in the most perfect Fall weather ever for the Grove.

My all time favorite guy!

 One of my pledge class favorites. The Theta kitchen staff still is convinced we're related 

Seriously if you've never been to the Grove, do yourself a favor and go. There is simply no better place in all the world. And I'm not just being biased, just google it and read one of the many articles written about how it's the best tailgating experience.

Our Groving time was short because we wanted to make sure we got good seats at the game. The student section is a free for all, first come first serve seating. If you don't get there early you run the risk of missing the lower seats due to fraternity pledges saving huge blocks.

Front Row right above the team walk out! Well worth showing up 2 hours before kick-off

Casual Archie Manning sighting, a completely normal thing for an Ole Miss game

This weekend Ole Miss won the party and the game! 

I was so proud, excited, shocked that we beat LSU!!! We played so well the whole game. Which was a surprise relief because so many of our key players were out injured. I wish I had thought to pull out my phone and record the last few seconds to share because the excitement in the stadium was like nothing I've ever experienced. I'm so glad I got to be there to experience it in person.

After the game we walked to the Square to continue celebrating our huge win. My phone died at this point so I sadly don't have any photos to share. But really you're not missing much because I was so drunk excited that I probably would have only taken pictures of my chicken on a stick. Yes, that is exactly what it is, fried chicken on a stick, AKA the most delicious drunk food in the world. Oh and to make it that much classier you buy it from a gas station.

The only downside to the whole day was the insane amount of walking I did. Parking is absolutely ridiculous on game days so we decided to just walk from my friends' apartment to the Grove. Walked around the Grove. Walked to the stadium. Stood up/jumped up and down every time we scored the whole game. Walked from the stadium to the Square. Walked back home from the Square. I wish I had worn a pedometer so I could see exactly how many miles I walked I woke up Sunday and felt like I'd just ran a marathon. Plus my feet still hurt today.

I stayed in Oxford Sunday so I could go watch my brother being inducted into Phi Kappa Phi.

And then we celebrated with a brother sister dinner date at one of my favorite Oxford restaurants, Obys.

If you're ever in Oxford or Starkville you have to go and order this chicken tender plate!

This morning I woke up and hit the road early. I love driving back and forth to Oxford because I get to see so many beautiful parts of my state. At one point I rounded a corner on the highway and was overcome by how absolutely beautiful the cotton fields were. I wish I hadn't been driving so I could have snapped a photo; it was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

Friday, October 18, 2013

High Five for Friday/#backthatazzup

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1. I won! I won!
So my week started off fabulously because Monday afternoon when I opened my email I saw a sweet little email from Caitlin over at Southern Curls and Pearls letting me know I was one of her giveaway winners! Y'all I never win anything, so this is a super big deal. I'm so excited I won the multicolor correspondence Kate Spade cards from Swoozies. I can't wait to get them so I can send some fun notes to friends.

2.Chocolate Weakness
Wednesday I ran into Walgreens to pick up some shampoo and couldn't help picking up a couple of pieces from the Halloween candy display so conveniently placed by the check out. I had never tried these Russell Stover pumpkins so I gave the red velvet one a try and it was heaven. I think I even liked it more than my Reese's pumpkin. I also really want to try the coconut cream and the pumpkin flavored marshmallow ones.

3. Red Lip Stick
I recently decided I wanted some new professional looking headshots for my LinkedIn and online Portfolio. I wanted something really classic looking. Also maybe it's just me, but does anyone else think red lip stick makes their mouth look 10 times bigger?

4. Go to Hell LSU
As you're reading this I'm on the road headed up to Oxford for the Ole Miss LSU game tomorrow night. In case you didn't know, we HATE LSU. No seriously, we do. We hate them so much we regularly yell "Go to Hell LSU" after the playing of the National Anthem, even when we aren't playing LSU. One of the best moments of my college years was when we beat LSU in the last seconds of the game Freshman year. Les mismanaged the clock (big surprise) and didn't kick the sure field goal and we won. It was fantastic. I know we aren't favored to win tomorrow, but I have faith in my Rebels that we'll at least put up a good fight.
PS. LSU fans do smell like corndogs in case you were wondering

5. #BackThatAzzUp 
This song has been stuck in my head all week. I hope it gets stuck in your's too, because it seriously is a great self pump-up feel good song.

Roar by Katy Perry on Grooveshark

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ever seen Helen Keller's house?

You know that joke
Have you ever seen Helen Keller's house?     Well neither has she  

Well I actually have seen her house. One summer my family drove up the Natchez trace to visit family friends in Columbia, Tennessee and then on the way home took a little detour to Tuscumbia, Alabama.

You can tour Ivy Green and see the dining room where Helen's famous outburst during dinner took place. My favorite part was getting to see the water pump where Anne Sullivan was able to have her major communication break through with Helen.

When we went they had the set still up from when they do performances of the Miracle Worker on the grounds, so of course I had to pose with the fake water pump for a picture.

I'm interested in all forms of communication, so Helen's story has always been really inspiring to me. Getting to visit her home was such a random, but really fun experience.

Have you ever randomly visited somewhere that you ended up really enjoying?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

And how does that make you feel?

I was reading something the other day and it was talking about songs that you always have strong emotions when you hear. I never really thought about it, but that's so so true. There are certain songs that no matter what, whenever I hear them I'm transported back to some memory or strong feelings.

Whenever I hear Yeah! I'm back in middle school at my first dances. I went to an all girls Catholic school in 7th and 8th with an all boys school across the street. We never had dances, but they had about one middle school dance a week that we'd all go to. Every single time, without fail, they played Yeah! Actually now that I think of it, that song has been played at every dance I've ever gone to, including Theta formals.
Yeah! (feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris) by Usher on Grooveshark

Umbrella was the song of my 2007 summer. I distinctly remember running all around camp (Mississippi Governor School) singing this song at the top of my lungs with all my friends. I'm pretty sure we even filmed a video at one point complete with us jumping in puddles with our rain boots.
Umbrella (feat. JAY-Z) by Rihanna on Grooveshark

Wagon Wheel was the song of college. I loved it before TFM made it cool. I still remember the first time I heard it. I was riding around Oxford with my summer roommate the June after freshmen year and it came on her playlist. I instantly fell in love, and it's been one of my favorites ever since.
Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show on Grooveshark

So this one is more complicated. The House that Built Me makes me cry every time I hear it. It doesn't bring me back to any particular memory, just sadness. I think it's because I know that I'll never be able to go back to my childhood home. I can go back to an empty lot, but it just isn't the same.
The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert on Grooveshark

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Some people are just terrible

When I first set out writing this post it was just going to be a collection of things I didn't love, but then I realized that my heart was leading me to really write about a couple of specific things I don't love; terrible people.

I love people. I'm one of those people who need people. I crave human interaction, and simply wouldn't be able to function without them. But there are just some types of people that I simply don't need or want in my life. What makes this so difficult is when someone you really enjoy having in your life turns into one of these people. I've broken these people down into 3 types:

1. The friend who likes to remind you of every failure
I have a friend who I once considered a best friend, but sadly she's fallen into this category recently. Yes I know I still don't have a job, but do you really have to constantly remind me? It almost seems like this friend goes out of the way to bring the topic up in every conversation. What's more sad is that I think this friend is doing it because she's so unhappy with her own life she feels the need to make mine seem worse. She didn't get into a post-graduate program (her life long dream) and is now stuck working a series of terrible jobs while she tries to figure out what to do with her life. On top of that her parents make her pay for everything, including rent in her own house. So I get it, reminding me that I don't have a job, while you're making money makes you feel better about yourself, but it really doesn't make me want to be your friend.

2. The friend who decides they don't need you in their life
It's a terrible feeling when you wake up one day and suddenly realize that person you considered your best friend is no longer relevant in your life. This has actually happened to me a couple of times. We'll go from hanging out all the time and talking every day, to all of a sudden I can't remember the last time we even exchanged snapchats. They've got a boyfriend, or a new group of friends, or are making life choices you don't agree with; whatever the reason you no longer fill a need in their life. Sometimes you can fix this friendship by extending a peace branch after a period of silence, but it'll never really be the same again.

3. The boy who decides he likes you, and forgets to mention he has a girlfriend
You meet a boy and he seems great. He's interesting, funny, and sweet. You talk all the time and are starting to fall for him. He's perfect, except he isn't. Because he's unavailable. You don't know this though because he denies  fails to mention he has a girlfriend. How do you find out about his girlfriend? When that terrible annoying girl in your random elective class posts an annoying "Happy 8 month anniversary Baby" Instagram picture featuring your new dream man. I seriously wish I could say this has never happened to me, but it has. Twice. Maybe that's why I'm forever single. 

And what do I say to having these terrible people in my life?

PS: I had so much fun linking up last week for Totally Posted Tuesday I decided to join the party again this week. You should too!
Totally Posted Tuesday

Monday, October 14, 2013

Weekend Update

Friday was one of the lamest nights of my entire life. I stayed home alone and studied for the GRE.

Don't be fooled, that's just cranberry juice

Saturday was more exciting. I ate a deliciously fattening meal at McAlister's of BBQ pulled pork nachos and a cheese spud for lunch and then spent the rest of the afternoon watching College Football.

Then Saturday night my parents took my older sister and I out to eat while my younger sister was at homecoming. We ate at this great restaurant downtown called Lookout Steak House. I wasn't super hungry so I only got the shrimp and grits appetizer, which was so delicious I forgot to snap a picture of it. But I did think to snap a photo of our table appetizer, crawfish bread (Yum)

slices of a toasted baguette covered in a creamy crawfish sauce

And I couldn't possibly mention Saturday night without mentioning Rebel football. If you didn't watch the Ole Miss Texas A&M game then I simply don't know what you were doing with your night. It was a truly game, even though the Aggies came away with the win. I was so proud to be a Rebel after that game though. Our boys really played 60 minutes and didn't do something stupid that made us win. I have no doubt if we'd been in possession of the ball last we would have won.

Sunday was a typical day spent going to church, watching tv, and getting a jump start on this week's blog posts, plus I actually posted yesterday so go check it out!

Oh, and I also tried my first pumpkin beer. I would say I was pretty indifferent to it. It didn't really taste very pumpkiny.

Please ignore my chipped nail polish 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Versatile Blogger Award

Surprise! It's me. Posting on a Sunday. Aren't you so excited to see me?

Do you remember how excited I was to receive the Liebster Award back in August? Well that excitement was duplicated when Zelle over at A Southern Style nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award last week! I was just so excited about the award that I decided it warranted a special Sunday afternoon post. Thank you so much Zelle; your email made my week! Y'all all make sure to go over and check her blog out; it's one of my favorites.

The Versatile Blogger Award is to honor the bloggers who bring something special to your life. It is given to fellow bloggers for writing blogs that have touched you in some way, having quality photos, and covering a unique variety of topics.

The Rules are:
1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you.
2. Post seven interesting facts about yourself
3. Nominate other bloggers you feel deserve the award. Link to them in your post, and notify them with a comment on their blog/email

So Here are my seven Interesting Facts
PS:I tried really hard to not duplicate any of the interesting facts I've given you before.

1. One summer Matthew McConaughey lived in my neighborhood. The only things separating our houses were 2 houses and a small canal. Sadly, I never saw him, but he helped my mom with her buggy at the grocery store.

2. I've always secretly really wanted red hair and green eyes. Pretty red heads are some of the most beautiful people in the world and I've always wanted to be one.

3. I've lived in 3 states; Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi (duh) plus Washington DC for 6 weeks one summer

4. Once I move out and have my own apartment I plan on getting a cat, probably black, and naming her Maggie. Get it, Maggie the Cat, like in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?

5. The only time I've ever ridden a horse, a horse from that farm died later that day. I will never ride a horse again.

6. I am a high school state champion. Junior year my dance team won for the small squad division

7. I have a major celeb crush on Prince Harry. Which is perfect because I think Kate and I would be perfect sister in laws/BFFs for life.

And Here are the blogs I'm nominating! 
Babbling Brookelyn
Sunny + Turquoise
Dog Hair is an Accessory
Party of One
Friday Morning Buzz
Dixie on my Mind
Hosting and Toasting
Two Thirds Hazel
The Southern Thing

Friday, October 11, 2013

High 5 for Friday/#BackThatAzzUp

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1. Checking things off my To-Do list
Once I press publish on this post I'll offically have completed everything on this week's to-do list. Each week I make a list of things in my planner that I want to do that week, jobs to apply for, people to call, errands to run, etc. It really helps me feel like I'm doing something each week even though I don't have classes/a job. There is just something so satisfying about being able to check something off that list.

2. Mother Daughter Nights
One of the good parts of living at home is that my dad's office periodically will buy a table at different events, and sometimes I get an invite. Last night was one of those nights. My dad had something else to do so I got to be my mom's date to the March of Dime's Spotlight Fundraiser. I love these events because it's an excuse to get dressed up, eat fun party foods (last night included pulled pork sliders, sweet potatoes in honey butter, cake pops, and a chocolate fountain), and have my parents pay for my drinks.

3. High School Flashbacks
This week is homecoming at my old high school. I went to watch my sister play in the praise band at the Homecoming Mass yesterday, and for the first time I feel old. I've had siblings there each year since I graduated so I've gone back multiple times before for different awards days and events, but this is the first time I've ever really felt like an adult doing it. I guess it's something about being a college graduate and not knowing any of the students there/them looking so young. Whatever the reason it certainly felt different this time.

4. Good Luck
Okay so technically this isn't something about this week, but whatever. I potentially have an interview early next week and could use all the prayers/positive thoughts I can get. I applied on a whim, but am one of 3 finalists for the position. I plan to spend the weekend preparing and praying that God leads me to the right position, soon.

5. #BackThatAzzUp
I'll be the first to admit that I seriously wanted to hate this new Miley CD. But after just one listen I was hooked. Seriously why is someone that talented stooping to the trashy levels that we're currently seeing.  Miley, girl you are seriously talented, please start acting like it.
Not sold 100% on Miley? Just listen to this and try to tell me you don't love it.

#GETITRIGHT by Miley Cyrus on Grooveshark

Thursday, October 10, 2013


I'll admit I'm kinda superstitious about things. Not about black cats or walking under ladders, but I like to read my horoscope and if I get a good fortune, I'll turn down all fortune cookies until it comes true (I haven't eaten one since June when mine said I'd get good news by mail). Another thing I really believe in is that your name helps decide your personality. I know it sounds silly, but it's been true way too many times for it to just be a coincidence. Don't believe me, well here's my name for an example. 

Hillary (no I'm not named for Hillary Clinton) is derived from the Latin word meaning cheerful. I am seriously such a cheerful person. I know I complain on here ( sometimes a lot) but that's only because I am seriously the most cheerful person in person. You know those games they make you play in middle school or in camp where you have to go around and list something nice about everyone? Well in those 98% of the time people said I was cheerful. Cheerfulness is one of my top character traits. I seriously don't stay mad or upset long. I am 100% a glass half full, the sun will come out tomorrow person. 

I'm not saying I'm cheerful because my name is Hillary, because Lord knows I've had a serious love/hate (stress on the hate) relationship with it over the years. But I think maybe in some way God knows what your personality is going to be and puts a name that fits it into your parents' heads. 

My parents were seriously considering naming my Savannah, as in the name for a large grassy plain. I don't do grass, so this name clearly was NOT for me. God knew this, and decided He had to stop it from happening. So what did He do? He planted the name Hillary into my big sister's mind who planted it into my parents' minds. Before my parents had 100% decided on a name my sister, who was 2 at the time, would tell everyone that my name was going to be either Cinderella or Hillary. She told this to so many people that my mom decided she actually really liked the name Hillary and (thankfully) abandoned the name Savannah. 

Do you believe me now? Does your name represent your personality? Do a simple search of your name and let me know. I'd love to see if my theory is right for you. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Black Out or Back Out - 21st Birthday Linkup

For about a year leading up to my 21st birthday I kept telling people the theme was going to be "Black out or Back out." I wanted to get tshirts made with my face on the front and my theme on the back. In other words I had the best birthday planned. I was the last of my friends to turn 21 and I was just so so ready to legally drink/get into whatever bars I wanted.

Well as what happens to most excellent plans, mine didn't work out. I might have just had the lamest 21st birthday in the history of birthdays. Well I guess mine was actually probably better than those in Amish country, but just slightly. My 20th was actually a much more eventful birthday, but that's a story for another day.

So why was mine so lame, so lame I don't even have pictures from the night? I spent this much awaited night with my parents. Yes, you read that right, my 21st birthday had a guest list of me, mom, and dad. It's a funny thing about having a late summer birthday, nobody is ever around to help celebrate. When I was little we would always wait and have my parties in August once the school year started because so many people would take that last week of July for a last minute vacation.

So while I didn't have a super wild night complete with tons of drunk/embarrassing pictures I did have a fun night. My parents took me to one of our local casinos so I could gamble for the first time, something I'll admit I was looking forward to more than legally drinking.

So we pull up to the Hard Rock Casino at 11:57 and have to wait the 3 minutes to cross over onto the floor, those casino security guards do not play around. So once it finally turns midnight we go and sit at one of the bars so I can have my "first drink", a Long Island Iced Tea. After that we just moved around to different slot machines. I ended up leaving the casino with about $60 more than I walked in with so I guess you'd call it a success. The night ended with a 3am trip to Waffle House, even though I wasn't even close to being drunk, but it seemed like a necessity.

The next day I went and made my first alcohol purchase (a bottle of Smirnoff, and yes, it was actually my first) with my dad. And then had my "first beer" (miller High life) with lunch followed by my "first fruit garnished drink" (a mandarin cosmo) at dinner.

What was your 21st birthday like? Head over to link up your story and share!

Feelin' 21 Link Up

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Hodge Podge Brain Mush

I feel like I just said this, but my brain is seriously not working today. I'm having a real hard time stringing intelligent thoughts together, so in your best interest I've decided to just share a few of the random thoughts flying through my brain today.

1. I really wish the weather would decide to embrace Fall. It's still in the high 70s here and all I want to do is break out my jeans and boots without fear of sweating to death. Plus it'd be nice to not have to shave my legs every day.

2. I really want to lose 10 pounds by Thanksgiving so it's reflected in our Family Christmas card picture. I feel like that's a reasonable goal for about a month and a half, right? The only problem to this is that all I want to do is eat sweets lately. Because I was gone last week I didn't count calories (or really use any good judgement about food) and I'm seriously paying for that lack in self control this week.

3. Someone hire me already! Being unemployed is seriously starting to get annoying. I've started to apply for retail jobs just so that I'm doing something/making money, but even those I'm not getting interviews for. I don't mean to sound like a brat, but I'm pretty sure my bachelor of arts degree qualifies me more than some high school kid.

4. Thank goodness I finally took off my chipped nail polish. When I don't put a top coat on it starts to chip right away, as in the very same day, so my nails were looking pretty shabby for a few days. That's why I refuse to pay money to get my nails done. I'm now rocking grey "slate" nails with a blue/grey glitter party nail. I feel like it's a pretty solid transition into fall combo.

5. I sure wish the book I've been on the list for at the library since August would get to me. There are still 3 people in front of me in line, and I'm seriously getting impatient to read it. But not impatient enough to shell out the money to go buy my own copy. #frugal

6. One day I'm going to wake up and find my hair is Pocahontas long. I seriously have no idea how long it is now. I've been rocking the top knot/ballerina bun/messy bun pretty much every day for the past month. I just seriously can not stand having my hair get in my face, and this is the easiest way to keep it all out of the way. I only take it down to wash my hair, which *confession* I don't do every night.

7. Lorde's new CD is seriously so good. I've been listening to it on repeat because I just can't get enough. I think my favorite song is Ribs.

Ribs by Lorde on Grooveshark

Hopefully my brain will be back to functionally normally tomorrow. But in the mean time you should go check out Totally Posted Tuesday because I'm sure some of these ladies were actually able to think enough to write real posts.

Glossy Blonde

Monday, October 7, 2013

Weekend Update

I had one of the most boring weekends known to man. It consisted of

1. Studying for the GRE
Friday night I took a GRE pretest and realized just how bad I am at math. Well, let me restate that, it's not so much that I'm bad at math as it is that I don't remember any of it. The last math class I took was my first semester at Ole Miss (College Algebra, I made 100) and I clearly haven't thought about math since. So now I've set out to reteach myself all the math I've forgotten, and if that doesn't work my 15 year old sister says she can teach it all to me.

2. Eating
Saturday night to drown my sorrows that I wasn't in Oxford for the last of recruitment and we don't get ESPNU so I couldn't watch the football game I made margaritas.

Sunday for lunch I decided that I'd try out something new and make a grilled veggie panini. I really wanted to put mushrooms on it, but we didn't have any so I just used eggplant and peppers and then added some provolone cheese. It wasn't the prettiest sandwich but it was certainly tasty.

3. Watching tv
Who watched SNL? I don't usually watch, but I was super excited about Miley hosting, and then I was let down. I thought the only funny parts were the Destruction of America opening sketch with "Old Miley" and the We Can't Stop spoof (As a Republican I decided that it's okay that I thought it was funny and not offensive).

4. Social Media
Yesterday was Ole Miss bid day, so I spent all day refreshing my Twitter/ Instagram /Facebook timeline looking at everyone's pictures. I was so so so proud of my sisters for getting 142 new members! All their hard work seriously paid off because that is the largest pledge class ever.

Friday, October 4, 2013

High Five for Friday/BackThatAzzUp

So I clearly didn't get around to writing that weekend recap post late on Monday, or a post any other day this week, but I promise I have a good reason! I extended my trip to Oxford, and then I extended it again, and again, until my mother forced me to return to the real world yesterday and drive home. So what exactly was I up to in the best small town in America for the past week?

I'm changing things around and linking up with Lauren Elizabeth today!

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1. Skinny Bitch
Friday we went out to my very favorite bar, Funky's! It's a daiquiri bar on the square that also sells delicious pizza. My favorite thing at this bar (other than their occasional Oldies Night) is the Skinny Bitch, it's a pink lemonade flavored daiquiri that is so so delicious! I've seriously been craving these so this might have been the highlight of my whole trip.

2. Recruitment #ThinkTheta
If you looked at my Instagram this morning you may think I was in living in a Lilly Pulitzer photo shoot, but really I was just at the Kite Palace (AKA my sorority house). So originally I was going to come home before Recruitment began, but then I went to one practice and realized how much I miss my sisters and knew I had to stay for the first couple of days. We had so many fantastic moms and alums who came back to help out in the kitchen. I can't wait until I get to be a Theta mom in (hopefully) about 25 years

3. Food
I could seriously have written and entire post about the food I consumed in the past week. I clearly decided that calories didn't exist this week because I was eating like I'd never eat again. These are some of my favorite things I ate.

My second plate from Sunday Brunch, that banana foster's french toast was seriously delicious!

Veggie Spring Rolls that I helped make for an after Recruitment snack

My lunch plate from my brother/sister lunch date on Saturday

4. Mississippi
I can't remember if I've mentioned it before, but to get to Oxford I have to drive through essentially the entire state. Luckily my very long drive comes with beautiful, peaceful rural scenery. I was so thankful to have fantastic weather for both my drive up and down. Unfortunately this weather isn't supposed to last as we're expecting Tropical Storm Karen this weekend. I can't even talk about how wrong it is that we're talking about a tropical storm in October.

This was one of the rush songs this year so it's been playing over and over again in my head all week. I can't wait to see all the fabulous new members we "win" on Bid Day.

All I Do Is Win (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Rick Ross & Snoop Dogg) by DJ Khaled on Grooveshark

All we do is win, win, win, no matter what. Got Theta on our minds, we can never get enough. And every time I step up on the campus I just wanna throw my kite up. Throw the Kite up. Throw the Kite up. Throw the Kite up.