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Southern Football Rivalries

Growing up in the south has engraved the love of football into my bones. High school football rules Friday nights and the SEC rules Saturday’s down here. Auburn and Alabama are two of the biggest rivalries ever. In all honesty, the constant fights and debates can get annoying but it’s all a part of the fun. I was just out driving around and all you see is red and white and orange and blue. It’s crazy. Football is not just a sport down here, it’s a lifestyle.

I’m excited to see how the Iron  Bowl plays out, even though everyone knows Alabama is going to crush Auburn.

Also, I’m sad that this will be the last year I’ll be able to openly cheer for Alabama since I’ll probably be at Auburn next year.

But until then,

ROLL TIDE ROLL!

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Thankful part 2

As the day draws to a close, I decided I should go ahead and make my thankful part 2 post. I could literally dedicate a whole blog to things I’m thankful for in life so two posts doesn’t even put a dent into my list.

4. Young life

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I became involved in Young Life last year. It has been one of the best things to ever happen to me. Not only have I grown closer to Christ but it has helped me stay on the right path for the most part. I could go on for days about the people I’ve met and become closer to because of Young Life. I have 3 of the best girl leaders ever. I’m so lucky to have people like them in my life.

5. Coffee

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This might seem really dumb, but I really am thankful for coffee(and tea). I love the taste of it. It wakes me up. And it honestly puts me in a good mood. Thinking about drinking a hot, delicious cup of coffee puts a smile on my face.

6. My tv shows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, I am legitimately thankful for my tv shows. I admit that I do watch a little too much television. I just love curling up in my bed for an hour of fiction. It’s a good step back from reality. I’m not kidding when I say certain television shows have helped shape who I am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Music

Music never, ever fails to put me in a good mood. I love it. Listening to a song can create so many emotions and bring back so many memories. I wish I could listen to music 24/7. Plus, a lot of the musicians I like are hot, so obsessing over them is fun, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like I said earlier, I could honestly go on for YEARS about what I’m thankful for. This part 2 list might even seem a bit superficial but I really am thankful for these things. Thanks for reading.

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To laugh often, is to be successful.

reminds me of Mr. Mutter.

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Thankful Part 1

Because it’s Thanksgiving and everything, I felt obligated to write a post of who I’m thankful for. This will probably be the easiest blog post of all time because I can name 1,000 things that I’m thankful for off the top of my head. This post will also be somewhat long, since I have so many people to write about.

1. God
First and foremost, I’m thankful for God. He loves me complete with all my flaws, even when I turn my back on him, and I will be forever grateful for his overpouring Love and unending Grace. I’m thankful for Jesus Christ, my savior, whose blood washed my sin away.

2. My best friends

Lydia, me, Abigail, Claire, Erin, and Mivi

Most of my best friends are pictured above except for Jaylyn, Cathrine and Annie Laura.

I love ALL of my friends but these are the ones who deserve honorable mentions.

Erin

me and erin

 I met Erin in 7th grade and we immediately clicked. She left after 7th grade and I thought we’d never be friends again but fate didn’t agree! She moved back to my school in 11th grade and we picked right up where we left off. We are so alike, and she is such a genuine friend. We can do nothing together for hours and still have fun. She’s the best.  Thankful for her.

lydia and i

I just became friends with Lydia last year, and I’m so happy I did. It was all because of God. I got in a friend with my two childhood best friends and me and Lydia were instantly best friends. I don’t even know how, but it happened. I love her so much. She is like a sister to me, and we’ve heard we look like twins/sisters at least 3 times, so it’s fitting. Thankful for her.

mivi is crazy

II honestly don’t know where to start with Mivi. She is my favorite person in the world. We bonded over a clay pot in 8th grade art that looked like a crab(that we thought was absolutely HILARIOUS) and that’s where it all began. She is my redheaded counterpart. If I didn’t have her, I would feel alone in the world. We always have a good time together and she never fails to make me laugh. Thankful for her.

love me some abigail

 I’ve known Abigail forever. She has been in my life for what seems like forever and being separated with her(and all my other friends, too) in college is really going to suck. She will forever hold a special spot in my heart! Cheesy I know, but it’s true. Thankful for her. Also, she’s a total B.A.

me and claire bear

 Claire! I love love love her. I’ve been closest with her the shortest, but you would never know. We argue like an old couple sometimes, and I love her for that! Basically, I love her and I want to be her. She is a great friend and I love calling her to ask “whats up?” for no reason whatsoever and annoy her. Thankful for her.

me and CATTY!

Cathrine, Cathrine, Cathrine. We used to hate each other. For no reason whatsoever. And one day that changed. I’m not sure when but I love her. I can say that for sure. She is such a good friend. I mean a GREAT friend. She is so selfless and will do anything for anyone. ANYTHING! She’s awesome. What makes her even more awesome is that she’s MY COLLEGE ROOMIE. Thankful for her.

annie laura!!

I would like to start by saying Annie Laura is my favorite name ever. I haven’t told her this before but I’m naming my daughter that. Anyways, I met Annie Laura almost two years ago at Camp Winnataska and LOVE HER. She lives in Atlanta, which sucks, but we’re pretty much dating because we text 24/7. We only see each other a few times a year but that doesn’t change anything. She is such a sweet friend and I LOVE telling her everything about my life and talking about our teacher crushes. Oh, can’t forget our 3am text sesh’s that make no sense the next day. Shes amazing. End of story. Love her. Thankful for her. Can’t wait to see her soon!!!!!

me and my forever friend, jaylyn

I always look like a tall, white, giant next to Jaylyn but that’s beside the point. I’ve literally known Jaylyn forever. We have been best friends for as long as I can remember. We survived elementary school, middle school, and almost all of high school together. She has been there for me every step of the way. I can’t picture my life without her in it. Being separated in college is going to be the weirdest thing ever. We practically lived together up until a couple years ago. She’s always going to be a big part of my life. Thankful for her.

3. My family

My dad is awesome. Like any father and daughter, we have our disagreements but I will always love him. He is s great dad and gives so much up for me and my brother. He supports my whole life and I love him for that. Thankful for him.

I love my mom. SHe has such an amazing heart. She cares about me so much even when I’m a complete brat to her. I don’t know how she puts up with me. Even with all the rough patches we’ve had lately, I still love and and her heart of gold. Thankful for her.

me and my little brother

MY idiot brother thinks he’s too cool to take pictures with me, so that’s why I used this 11 year old picture. My brother, Bundan, is the best. His name is Brendan but I call him Bundan. Don’t ask why. I just do. I’m so happy I actually have a relationship with my brother. He can be a complete butt, and 20 minutes later be the nicest person in the world. He is my partner in crime and I love him. Thankful for this loser.

Part 2 tomorrow.

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Erin

Sometimes there is nothing better than a night of nothing with your best friend. I’ve been hanging out with Erin tonight and we have done absolutely nothing for the last few hours but have had SO much fun doing it. Ray Lamontagne is playing in the background right now and life is good.

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I realize how unattractive we look, but I’m embracing it.

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John Mayer appreciation

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can we take a minute and stare at him?

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He plays amazing music, writes amazing songs and he’s not hard to look at. I love him.

“Life is like a box of crayons. Most people are the 8-color boxes, but what you’re really looking for are the 64-color boxes with the sharpeners on the back. I fancy myself to be a 64-color box, though I’ve got a few missing. It’s ok though, because I’ve got some more vibrant colors like periwinkle at my disposal. I have a bit of a problem though in that I can only meet the 8-color boxes. Does anyone else have that problem? I mean there are so many different colors of life, of feeling, of articulation… so when I meet someone who’s an 8-color type… I’m like, ‘hey girl, magenta!’ and she’s like, ‘oh, you mean purple!’ and she goes off on her purple thing, and I’m like, ‘no – I want magenta!’” –John Mayer

LOVE HIM

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Sharptop Cove

I had the chance to go to an amazing Young Life camp this weekend, Sharptop Cove. First off, it is such a beautiful place. The weather was cold (and perfect!), the food was AMAZING, and the I was with my amazing friends and Young Life group! The coffee and tea lover that I am also LOVED that there was coffee and tea available all the time. I definitely took advantage of the deliciousness of that tea.

Sharptop Cove

If you don’t know what Young Life is, it’s a christian group of high-schoolers but isn’t affiliated with a church. If you go to my school and are interested, let me know! Anyway, I learned so much at camp and grew deeper in my faith in the Lord. I really needed this weekend. I really liked all the “sermons” (that’s not what they are, but I don’t know what to call them) because they were so relatable and aren’t meant to push you to live a perfect life. They were more about pursuing your relationship with God, something I need to do better. On Saturday night, we all separated througout Sharptop and had 20 minutes of silence to talk to God. It was so great. There is something about being in nature while talking to God. It really makes you realize how amazing He is and how much He cares about us.

Club was the best part of everyday. There is nothing better than going crazy and singing with 300 other crazy teenagers and growing closer to the Lord. The band was amazing and the special music, Sam Heilig, was awesome. I’m  kind of obsessed with him. Check him out! He is great.

So much fun was packed into a weekend. I am so thankful for Young Life, for my YL leaders, and for getting to go to Sharptop  Cove.

some of my favorite people ever

the girls!

 

One last thing: John 5 was a topic at Sharptop . It shows how we rely on other things(in this case, the pool) when all we really need is Jesus. “Do you want to get well?” -John 5:6. I love that. Jesus is amazing. 

 

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COLLEGE AHHHHHH

I got accepted to Auburn University today. I’m not sure how I feel about it. One part of me is itching to leave home, to be (somewhat) on my own. The other part of me doesn’t want to do my own laundry, buy my own food, and not have any parental supervision. One part of me wants to go to a small, artsy, private college and the other part of my wants to go to a big, state university. One part of me wants to go far, far, away from Birmingham and not look back.  The other part never wants to leave.

AHHHHH life. too confusing.

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So ready

to get out of Birmingham. I say that a lot when I get annoyed that there isn’t anything to do on the weekends, or when I’m sick of the people around me but tonight I’m saying it because I’m ready to do better things with my life. I realize I’m still in high school, but I just want to move to L.A or New York and start my life. I don’t want to go to college in state or in a cow town and I feel like those are my only options. I do not want to wish my life away, AT ALL, I’m just so ready to pursue everything and anything I want. I don’t even know exactly what yet but I’m ready nonetheless. I just want to go write a tv show, or produce a record or something. Maybe one day.

small southern towns will just have to do it for now, I guess.

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GAVIN DEGRAW

This weekend, me and my friends drove four hours  to see Gavin DeGraw in Athens, GA. First off, can I please just go to UGA? I only drove through it and loved it. Second off, I met Gavin DeGraw. I’ve been in love with him for a solid year and of course listened to his music over the years.

We were not planning on meeting Gavin. We had regular $45 tickets but thankfully I overheard the guy at the merch table explaining how you could get a meet and greet. I freaked out and all my friends agreed to pay $45 extra. With the $45, we got a poster, a CD, a T-Shirt and a MEET AND GREET which was worth the $45 alone. Let’s just say I was ecstatic to say the least.

How excited I was about the meet and greet:

The show was amazing. I loved the setlist. He played a lot of songs from Sweeter, obviously, but he also played some of my favorites from Chariot, and his other albums. And let me just tell you how hot he looked dancing on that stage, I can’t. I’ve always thought he was cute but last night did me in. I fell in love. MMMMMMM, I need to move on so I’m not not obsessing over him any longer.

The whole concert was amazing. I honestly can’t explain the joy that came over me when I was singing “I Don’t Wanna Be” in the same room as GAVIN FREAKING DEGRAW. The concert was so great that I somewhat forgot I was getting to meet him after. I freaked out. Meeting his was  probably the greatest thing to happen to me yet, and I’m not kidding when I say that. He was so sweet, and I kind of fell in even more love with him. If that’s possible.

The best part of meeting him…

I hugged him. 

That awkward turtle to the left is David Cook.

Oh! and when we went to take our picture he said “hold me, baby.”

and he called me baby two more times after that. I about died.

Can I PLEASE marry him? now.

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