Throwback Thursday

Heyyy! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Throwback Thursday post, but since today I am going to be reunited with one of my favorite friends at her new home in Chicago I figured I’d throw out a few flashback photos!

Lauren was always down to go to crazy free stuff on campus with me, like this 90’s night where we watched old Nick Cartoons on big screens on the green sitting on inflatable furniture, and decorated fanny packs!

Sporting 3D glasses for the Mae concert at Club Downunder!

Or our epic adventure for the free concert Weezer put on at the Civic center! (Where we wound up in their music video for like .4 seconds!)

We were audience buddies at multiple CHS graduations

We rode to school together everyday of my senior year (her freshman year) where I constantly talked about the weather and played the same mixed CDs over & over.

Hanging out during freshman year Christmas break!

FSU Football games 🙂

And then reallly it doesn’t get more old school than this:

So how about that for some randomness?! Yeahhh, well I like to take lots of pics so don’t be surprised if I appear with a post again soon from this weekend. So excited! Hope you all have a terrific Thursday!

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Friday, Friday!

Good morning, good morning and a Happy Friday to you! Finally right?! Eek, feels like that to me at least. I am plenty pleased to welcome the weekend.

A few announcements (election day is almost here so you won’t be seeing many more of these from me):

Tomorrow is the last day of early voting for Florida residents. Don’t know where to find the nearest polling site? Check it out here. Just bring your voter registration’s card (if you have it) and a signed photo ID. I went to the library past my house on Tuesday after work, and had a great experience with the staff and facility for early voting. I was in and out of the polling site in less than thirty minutes. And of course, got this nifty sticker:

If you live in, or near, (or you know, wanna make a road trip? Though I would say road trip to Virginia and see Dave Matthews too…) and have any desire to go, Bill Clinton will be speaking on Florida State’s Langford Green (the green lawn in front of the Unconquered statue at the stadium) tonight starting at 8PM. If you’re interested, it’s probably safe to assume it’d be better to arrive early as there’s a limited amount of space and I am sure there will be a fairly large crowd. Awesome part: it’s FREE and open to the public. No tickets required, woo!

Race Weekend Recap

So, this weekend was a really great blend of some of my favorite things. Running, shopping, good food, the beach, family time. Just all around great!

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Saturday morning I got up bright and early to head over to Maclay Gardens for the Alan C Sundberg Jr Memorial Run. A 5K through the trials. It was a chilly morning, and the front parking lot is pretty small so it filled up quickly. The additional parking was about a half mile from the race site. Luckily there was a little shuttle going back and forth, so you didn’t have to cross your fingers and hope to not miss the start. Teeth were chattering and strangers scooted close together, not just in hopes of avoiding falling off the cold metal bleachers, but to accumulate some body warmth in the frigid air. Oh there were some chatty Cathys on there, rambling about how it would make more sense if the race started at 10 instead of 8. (Oh, am I glad it didn’t!) because this particular person just can’t function getting up before 7am. She convinces herself she’s sick and needs to go back to bed. (I’m not exactly sure how this method works for dealing with regular life, who knows…) Anyway, eventually we got there. I always getting paranoid about running late, so there was a while before the race started. This gave me plenty of time to pick up my race bib, and do some laps in the parking lot and stretch adequately. There are definite benefits to having a friend or family member come out with you because when your car is far away you’re not trying to keep track of a bunch of stuff. Luckily, some of the organizers let me leave a little bag up under the picnic table. Silly me knew to wear pants because of how cold it was, but forgot they didn’t have a pocket so I had tied my car key to the drawstring and tried to slip it under the waist band. Yeah, now I have a great bruise going on my side. BUT despite that minor complaint, let me just tell you it was a gorgeous run. The air was crisp and cool, the scenery was beautiful, and the course was really not that rough. (I always psych myself out about trail runs!) I pushed myself really hard at the end, and finished with a PR time of 27:28, which I was really excited about. A cool feature of this race was that afterwards you could get a free skin cancer screening, so that was pretty cool. Of course I was the only one I saw take off my shoes, but I’m always paranoid about everything (especially since the doctor told me any pigmentation on your feet is a bad sign.) The doctor assured me that it wasn’t anything unusual. Anywya, then I hurried home and got ready for a day trip over to Destin and Sea Side with Megan for some outlet shopping and beach time. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, and I’m sure I’ll share a little bit more about that later!

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This weekend just happened to be a busy race weekend. I knew since I started running that I wanted to participate in the FSU Cares 5K. The race is always the Sunday before FSU’s Homecoming weekend. A few years ago (when I was still in college,) Mandy and I participated in it to earn points for our homecoming team. Back then we walked the whole thing. I knew when I started running that I wanted to sign up for this one in order to prove to myself that I could run it instead. It just so happened that it was the day after the Maclay Gardens 5k I was really set on participating in, too. So that’s how I ended up doing both. Well, after pushing myself so hard on Saturday I figured yesterday would just be a slow run, and I would just take whatever I could get and be happy in completing it. It was another cool morning, but this race didn’t start til 9AM. If you’re not familiar with FSU’s campus, it has some hills. So, this course was definitely one of the hillier ones I’ve run so far, especially for a race day. It’s kind of bizarre because this race course took me past all the places I spent the majority of my time during college. Past the street my dorm was on freshman year, past my sorority house, past the College of Communication. It was like a wrap-up of my college life. I was determined not to walk any of it, and I didn’t. I completed it in in 27:39 which was a few seconds off o my PR from the day before, but I was happy with it because I finished my goal. I don’t normally hang around for forever after races, but this time I went and took a spot in the grass to stretch out for a while, and watch people come in and cheer on with others, and listen to the running chit chat (which is always so fascinating to me, like listening to track people talk. I love it!) Well, then I’d been there for a while so I was like hey! I haven’t seen an “awards ceremony” yet, I may as well stick around for that. To my surprise my name ended up being called for third place in the female 20-25 age group! Who’d have thought? So, that was pretty exciting (and I’m glad I didn’t leave.) Now, it’s rest day which is a good thing, and I am taking full advantage of.

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Happppy Birthday, Mandy!

Alright, as if you haven’t been able to tell yet I have a bit (understatement) of an obsession with my fabulous sisters, and today we’re celebrating another one’s birthday! One of my sweetest, dearest, favorite friends is turning 25 today! I’m wishing a Happy Happy Birthday to Mandy! If you’ve been keeping up, you know that I’ve been blessed with some pretty awesome roommates over the years (Lizzi in London, Camille in the annex,) but my first sister roommate was Mandy. We moved into the house together our sophomore year, and lived there again our junior year. (Plus, you could just go ahead and consider her Camille and I’s third roommate senior year.) As I’ve mentioned before, I am quite aware I was not the easiest person to live with. I’m kind of messy, can have some pretty intense mood swings, she might have had to listen to “Tracks of my Tears,” “Piano Man,” and “Tiny Dancer” about three thousand times, and never gave me too much of a hard time about my enthusiasm for Kyle XY. Junior year fall was a “little” stressful with my unexpected term serving on exec. and the constant knocks on our door at three olock in the morning to tell me that the kitchen was having electrical problems, they couldn’t get ice out of the machine, or  oops locked out can you call the locksmith? (I’m telling you, when these random requests stop life’s normalcy feels weird for a while.) This girl is amazing though, she’s smart and funny and has one of the kindest hearts you’ll ever know! She’s a loyal friend, and she sticks by through thick and thin. We have been through so much together, and I have been so unbelievably blessed by our friendship. (I am super super excited because she’s coming to town in two weeks for homecoming YES!) I have countless memories with this girl. Some of the things that come to the forefront of my mind pretty quickly are our old days in the house, it felt like summer camp all the time. We built blanket forts in our room, and would stay up all hours whispering about endless things from our bunk beds until one of us fell asleep. We watched ridiculous amounts of Nancy Grace and news coverage on bizarre events. We tutored at Grace Mission together, and took our mentees on little outings. We road tripped to the beach and Thomasville. She’s the one who’d call the cops when my phone gets stolen in the middle of the night, or brings me crackers at four am when I’m complaining from the other side of the room that I feel like death from our cinnamon drinks. I think about the excitement of her engagement, or the night she asked me to be her MOH. Screaming through a scary haunted house, the katrillion number of times we got ready for events together – always ready to throw on a crazy costume. What’s crazy to think is that we’ve been friends for about six years now, and the amount of bonding we’ve packed into that time. I’m wishing this special person a very happy birthday and year full of great things to come!

One of our first roomie pics!

Pre-littles for all of us 🙂

Oh you know, we just had Stacia help us make matching lady bug dresses, haha.

Omgsh, such a fun night – Jacki’s Waltz and epic evening at Chubbies. Also the night we jumped in the fountain and I drowned that poor phone.

Winter Formal Sophomore  year!

Spring Break in the Keys sophomore year.

Tiffany and Gary’s wedding!

Jacki’s wedding in St.Augustine

This one was on our door’s bulletin board for a while

Girl’s beach weekend

Pier Park in Panama City

GREEK meet and greet 🙂

Mandy’s 21st purple Princess 🙂

Another favorite…some random biker bar in Oveido, getting invited to birthday parties…

Oh just filling in on phones at the hotel pre-Carly’s wedding

Rachel’s waltzzz

Oh a fave moment…just chatting on the phone at the Inn Between.

Camille’s waltz!

Toga time!

Beth’s Tutu 22 Waltz

Our awesome shirts we borrowed from Eryn, haha

Rockstar social, hence the ridiculous outfits…

Senior year semi-formal

Island exploring adventure on the cruise

Senior year spring break cruise with our new FSU almuni friend at Senor Frogs.

Shelby’s waltz!

We were sad it was our last social!

Senior bar crawl night!

Spring Formal senior year! (Our last one :()

Senior banquet night

Our last night before graduation, hanging out at the Inn Between…

Finally riding the electric golf cart, bucket list check haha

Rehearsal dinner night!

Beautiful bride on her wedding day! (I was honored to be her maid of honor.)

Deb ball fun!

Reunited for a little summer visit!

Hanging out in the back room at Water Works on a fall visit

Girls weekend last spring!

“They are half of my heart, they are worth far more than gold…”

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – a definite perk to still being in Tallahassee is that I get to know the girls in my Phi Mu family line. During your first semester as a Phi, you get a big sister. My big is Hailey, who’s my fellow Brit-pop loving, perfect movie date going, quirky lovable sister. She’s a smarty pants in law school, and getting married next year (eek!) Hailey was a junior the year she took me as her little, so we only had two years together but those two years were pretty fabulous. Plus, at the time her parents were living in Tampa so we got to visit on breaks too! A year later, you get your own little sister. My little is Kaylynn. We were basically destined from the start. She rushed as a sophomore so I’m only a few months older than her, but she’s about five feet taller than me, so it all evens out you know. (After going to grad school in NC, she’s now at UGA in Athens getting her PHD because she’s a smarty pants too.) The next year she got her little Eryn. My darling grand little from our founding hometown of Macon, Georgia. We bonded so quickly and really made the most of our college time together from tailgates, socials, weddings, spring break, just really fitting a lot into that window of time. I know it was hard because Kaylynn and I graduated the same year. (Now Eryn’s back in Macon but will be starting PA school in January in Atlanta! Roadtrip anyone? But I mean, really…I’m the only one missing this post-undergrad train, what am I doing?) Eryn’s little is Laura, a spitfire fiesty one from Melbourne. (Did I mention that she sails?! Yeah, I gotta little obsessed when I found out that fact.)  Last year Laura got her little Kelly, who is a sweetheart, and hilarious and so sweet and easy-going. Her laid back personality is so refreshing! It has been so fun to get to spend time with all of them in this window of post-grad time I’ve spent in my college town. Now, this year Phi Mu had a really large pledge class and for the first time I remember happening in our family line in a looong time, there are “twins.” Laura took ANOTHER little! A sweet girl from Winter Park (woohoo! she was really convincing me to move to Orlando last night at dinner, haha)named Molly, and Kelly got her little this year, another sweetheart from Tampa named Sarah.

(Can I just share with you an entertaining comment I came across in my Facebook timeline while looking for a family photo. In 2006 the week I got initated I had posted a status that said “ecstatic to be a sister!!” a friend from my hometown, Cameron posted on my wall soon after “whoa Meg!! Is your mom pregnant?!” I just started LOL-ing. Oh, life.)

You know, these photos are from a lot of social events but it’s so much more than just hanging out at parties and getting ready together for themed stuff. It’s all the little things in between. When you’re having a bad day and you burst into tears and they don’t even have to say anything, just give you a hug and listen. It’s the exciting stuff, from lavaliers, and engagements. Acceptances into grad school, law school, big events. It’s wonderful to have support groups for the triumphs but the pitfalls too. To share in celebration of big life events with each other, but the minor day to day things too. Staying up late baking cookies, having trashy tv marathons. The lunch dates, hours of sitting at coffee tables, dinner dates, movie dates. Road trips where the getting there is just as fun as the being there, the epically long conversations about life and love and wishes and aspirations. As we get older, we may not get to see one another as often as we’d like, but I wouldn’t trade my time with these girls for anything.

Though miles may come between us,
Though our paths may drift apart,
We’ve got our bond between us
that keeps us Sisters at heart

Our big/little reveal the Bold and the Beautiful family (cheesy but whatever) theme was Pilots. That’s my grand-big Amanda on the left, and my big Hailey on the right. I still have those aviators, and wore them last weekend actually.

Winter Formal my freshman year (when Amanda paired us up with some of her military boyfriends friends…)

The night of big/little reveal we met up with Amanda for icecream. (A lot more tame, than my reveal night at Chubbies haha. Chubbies isn’t even open anymore, and I was kind of freaked out because I was definitely a freshman baby and not adjusted to Tallahassee night life yet haha.)

Fall of 2010, Christmas break Kay and I went on an epic big/little road trip to North Carolina and visited her grandparents, who are so awesome – Ida Rose and Harold. This is hanging out on some hay bales.

And riding the four-wheeler. (I’m a baby and screamed the whole time of course!)

Super fun night at the Pikes of the Caribbean party:

This was from one of our last social events, Hailey’s senior year – she was so excited because she’d wanted us to do something toga themed her whole time in college.

Fall 2008 when I became the top of the family tree:

Homecoming weekend of 2008 the most exciting thing happened! My grand-big’s BIG came to town, and we got to take the longest complete family line photo. Isis is at the top (Amanda’s big,) then Amanda, Hailey, me, Kaylynn, and Eryn. We were pretty psyched about this. Plus, I’d never gotten to meet Isis before. Such a fun weekend!

Holiday Party 2008

Spring Semi Formal 2010

One good thing about being the same year as my little is graduation pics together!

Football fall 2010:

At Eryn’s Deb Ball two years back

Erin and I got to hang out at some tail gates last year, a few times!

Then last year, lucky me still being in Tallahassee I got to hang out with my wonderful great-great-grandlittle Kelly:

Ignore that kid jumping in our pic at Ken’s.

Then Eryn graduated and left us:

But then super fun things happen like Eryn coming into town for the weekend, like last night and we get to have a BIG family dinner at our family tradition spot – El Tap. (Mexican restaurants have always been our thing. Hailey and I used to go to San Miguel’s all the time.)

Just missing a few 😦

Throwback Thursday: Reflecting on Another Awesome Roomie Birthday

Hello, hello and Happy Thursday to all of you! It would seem that it’s that time again. You got it: Throwback Thursday! This week, I’d like to dedicate the post to another one of my dear sorority sisters, Camille. We lived in the annex together senior year, and then actually again in the fall of 2010 she took me in when I moved back to Tallahassee. I know I am not the easiest person to live with, but she put up with me for a good while. We have shared so many great times together over the years, and been shoulders for each other in the not so great times either. I love to think about different adventures we had (I’d really like to go get milkshakes and watch E! News with her right now,) and the simple times together that happen when you’re comfortable with someone and can just chill doing nothing and still enjoy it. There’s a certain kind of bond that develops when you sleep across the room from someone and whisper late into the dark. Camille is one of the kindest most genuine people I know. She’s fierce and strong and loyal. She just celebrated her twenty-fifth birthday on Monday and my oh my, I know I am simply blessed to not only have this girl in my life, but to be able to call her a friend.

Okay, so my eyes are closed but this is probably one of our first photos together.

Recruitment 2007.

Sisterhood retreat Macon, GA 2007.

Winter Formal group photo fall semester 2007.

Tiffany’s bridal shower group photo spring 2008.

Tiffany’s wedding! Probably with some wine on the dance floor.

Tailgating

Lizzi’s Pretty in Pink Waltz!

Rachel’s Mad Hatter Waltz

Camille’s Waltz!

Julie’s Rainboots Waltz! (It was a season for waltzes..)

Junior year Grandslam Tournament!

Jacki and Jared’s Wedding in St.Augustine (summer 2009)

Being tourists during the wedding weekend, at a quat fountain!

First social of Senior Year, Around the World.

Hannah’s Hannah Montanna waltz!

Winter time Happy Hour with Camille and Casey at Paradigm.

Light the Night Walk Senior Year.

Spring Break 2012 – cruise fun

On the island

Senor Frogs

Staying up for Shelby to turn 21, we got a little sleepy

slotsssss, cruise casino

Sisterhood bonding at the roller rink

Senior year formal

Senior pub crawl

Mandy’s Bachelorette Party at Stetson’s

After the reception at Mandy and John’s wedding (we’ve been to a lot of weddings together too, obviously. Weddings and Waltzes…)

Reunited back in Tally!

Camille’s 23rd Birthday!

Clemson game 2010.

Tailgating at Kappa Sig.

Boat time last summer, so good to be reunited. It needs to happen again soon!

Throwback Thursday: A Few Sibling Shots

Today doesn’t really have a theme, but I was looking over some old photos and found a few cute ones of mini-me and my little brother.

Like this:

They kind of mirror each other a little.

I just noticed the little wooden rocking horses in both of these photos.

This is before my first day of preschool at East Hill Baptist in Tallahassee. When my parents were packing up to move my mom found that lunchbox in the garage, and I have it right now!

Look how adorable E was!

My dad and brother in our cousin’s yard at their old house in Tallahassee.

Oh you know, just hanging out with Bobby Bowden (really it’s an old fan day.)

Feathered bangs and matching outfits. (Old Christmas photo) This one makes me laugh because it reminds me of the expression he was making in that photo last week:

Probably a long-term trend.

Another old FSU game shot.

Same fence, same face. (2005 maybe?)

Meteor shower watch party with Nitro.

Candid Thanksgiving shot with Duke a few years ago.

Yeah, I’ve got a pretty awesome brother – always coming to my rescue! (Like just yesterday dropping by work and bringing me emergency deodorant!)