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What a past couple months it’s been! I have been going non-stop from Thanksgiving until now.

The most exciting part of that has been Auburn Football. Last year, Auburn went 3-9 and was winless in the SEC. Even with an exciting hiring of a new head coach, I came to Auburn expecting a mediocre season at best, and boy was I wrong. I would say that the Iron Bowl (Auburn vs. Alabama game) was one of the most exciting experiences of my entire life. I sat with my brother and best friends right behind the field goal. Chris Davis #11, made an amazing miracle play leading Auburn to beat Alabama in what was the most amazing Iron Bowls ever. I, along with almost the entire Jordan-Hare stadium, rushed the field in pandemonium. I have never felt the amount pure joy that I felt in that moment. It was such an amazing experience. After the game, my friends and I rolled Toomer’s Corner and went to celebrate the victory. The next weekend, Auburn played in the SEC championship. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend but I did watch the game at Moe’s BBQ and got to roll Toomer’s after the victory. After the celebration, all of Auburn moved onto the next football game to watch, The Ohio St. vs Michigan State.  If Ohio St lost, we would be going to the National Championship, and guess what? We did. And I got to roll Toomer’s Corner twice in one night. Even though we ended up losing the National Championship, I am so thankful for being able to experience, the now infamous, 2013 Auburn Football season. I will never forget this season. I mean how awesome is it to go from being winless in the SEC, to SEC champs the next? War Damn Eagle!

IMG_0736Iron Bowl fun!

I am thankful to say that this Christmas break was the first time that I legitimately did not want to go home. I had such a great semester (just very busy) and I was not looking forward to leaving Auburn for a month. Even though I worked a lot, Christmas break was good. It was the break I needed, especially after my stressful semester! It was also great to be back at work and making money. I also, of course, loved being with my friends from home for a whole month. I always miss them so much!

After Christmas, I went to visit my family in Buffalo, NY. I always love going up to Buffalo. I feel like I belong in the north, and it is always so great to visit my family. It was absolutely freezing! Really though, the windchill was -20 one day. And of course that day we decided to go to Niagra Falls. It was so cool to see in the winter!

Now, I’m back at Auburn and hoping and praying this semester is just as great, if not better! I am currently in the process of planning my study abroad to Germany and just trying to survive my classes so far.

And here are just some pictures from the past few weeks.

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Christmas Cocktail with my little

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SEC championship with my big!

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Toomer’s Corner after the SEC championship

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NYE with some frandsIMG_1258 IMG_1221

Niagra Falls on the coldest day of the year in Buffalo.

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#5 Ricardo Louis aka the guy who won the Georgia game with the miracle catch. IMG_1572Stalking the Vampire Diaries set with my friends over MLK weekend.

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Sweater Weather

Disclaimer: There is actually no such thing as ‘sweater weather’ in Alabama at the end of September but a girl can only hope.

So, it has been a WHILE since I’ve updated my blog. I’ve been crazy been this summer with work, moving, my dad’s wedding, working out, and having a social life. I feel bad I’ve neglected this little blog but I’m sure all 20 of you don’t mind.

I want to dedicate this post to the awesomeness that was my dads wedding. There is nothing better than a wedding in the heat of summer in good ole’ New Orleans. I had never been to New Orleans before and I definitely consider New Orleans one of my favorite places now. Abigail came with me and I couldn’t have asked for a better friend to come with me. She was my partner in crime.

Sadly, we were only there for a couple of days and didn’t really have time to do as many touristy things as I would’ve liked. Nonetheless, it was AMAZING.

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Me and my bro before the wedding

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MIMOSA TIME after the wedding
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The food at the reception was amazing. If I could go back in time to eat that food again, I would.
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two of my favorite people in the world, my brother and Abigail

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My new step-mom!

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The beautiful Roosevelt Hotel we stayed at. Me and Abigail had the complete set up. Our room was so amazing and was separated from all of my family and the wedding party, which was kind of nice to get away from the chaos.

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Night out with the fam on Bourbon Street after the wedding!

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Blurry, but my new favorite place.

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Brendan and his friend Cason (who is the sweetest kid ever) and me and Abigail with our friend Kevin from high school!IMG_7270

my whole family and the everyone who came to the wedding all went to The Famous Door and literally danced the night away. I will never forget that night. I was filled with so much joy.IMG_7273No words.

All in all, such a great trip. It was so great to be with my family (that I never get to see) and be in a great city like New Orleans. I had the time of my life and will never forget that trip! I am already planning my next trip back. Can you say hello MLK weekend?!

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Wilmington, NC

My friends Lydia, Callan and I decided on a whim a couple of months ago to make a trip to Wilmington, North Carolina. I’ve been looking forward to it for the past month and Friday morning we were finally packed up and ready to make our way toward Wilmington. Our main reason behind going was to see One Tree Hill (and Dawson’s Creek) filming locations,but also to go to the beach and enjoy a city new to all of us. The drive was 9 hours too long. If you’ve read my blog at all the past year, you will know that I love to travel even if it is just a city I’ve never been to before. Any new place to me is a great place to me. I can’t even explain the joy I felt as we crossed the bridge that leads into Wilmington as we overlooked the gorgeous Cape Fear River and beautiful Historic Downtown Wilmington. It is even more beautiful in person.

We got to Wilmington at about 5pm and went straight to our hotel to get ready to go to dinner out on the Riverwalk. I pretty much planned the activities and things we were going to do on the trip but this night was kind of spontaneous. We decided to eat at the Riverboat Landing.

IMG_6872What drew us to it was how adorable it is! There are private balcony’s for two people that overlook the river. I wish we could’ve sat out there but seeing as there was three of us, we couldn’t.

After dinner, there was a Red Hot Chili Pepper’s cover band out on the Riverwalk and there were tons of people there. They have live music every Friday. The band was so good and sounded just like the RHCP’s. Seriously. Next weekend is a Dave Matthews Band cover band.. I am so sad I won’t be there for that!

The next day was our “One Tree Hill” day. We creeped around all of the characters houses and such. Here are some pictures.

DSCN1568Me, Lydia, and Callan where the Rivercourt was.

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What used to be the Rivercourt

DSCN1584Me and Callan in front of Peyton’s house! I was skeptical about creeping around peoples houses’ and taking pictures but I just went along with it!

DSCN1589Haley’s house in high school

DSCN1591Not the best picture, but this is Lucas’ house.

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Me and Lydia in front of Lucas’ door! eeeeepp

DSCN1614Lydia and I on the Sixth Street Bridge, from the opening credits.

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The top picture is all three of us underneath Crystal Pier, which is from the opening credits of Dawson’s Creek. They have redone most of the pier but you can see part of the orignal pier down at the end. This one is me just fan girling over this pier. I was so happy there was still a part of the original pier!

DSCN1601In front of B. Davis’ house! The neighbor across the street saw us walking the street and I thought he was going to tell us to go away but he actually offered to take our picture. Haha, he knew exactly what we were doing when he saw us. He was so nice! Along with everyone we met in Wilmington. He told us that they used his house once and we figured out that his house was used for the dare night in season 2 when Nathan and Tim dressed like elves and have to try and sell cookies. Pretty cool!

DSCN1624Outside of the exterior of Tric! Sad that the stairway that led up to Tric in the show was taken down. I thought it was an actual part of the building.

DSCN1631The church that Brooke and Julian got married in!

DSCN1633Me and Lydia in front of what used to be Clothes over Bros and Karens Cafe!

DSCN1634Port City Java, which was Tree Hill Cafe in the show! Really good coffee and looks the same inside as it did on the show!

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Whitey Durham Field House! They did such a great job of making it look bigger and like a school!

IMG_6864This is Airlie Road, where Pacey pulls over and kisses Joey and also something else really important happens here but I don’t want to spoil anything incase people haven’t seen that part of DC yet!

IMG_6873This used to be Leery’s Fresh Fish in Dawson’s Creek!

IMG_6877Lydia and I in front of the court house in downton Wilmington! Was used on OTH and DC a few times.

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IMG_6881Sitting where Nathan and Haley sat on the Riverwalk! Love this place so much.

IMG_6714The Riverwalk at sunset.

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This picture is from our first night. I think this is right about when I fell in love with Wilmington.

IMG_6913Hell’s Kitchen from Dawson’s Creek! Has the original furniture and decorations from the set. I have a kind of cool story about it! Our last night, Lydia, Callan, and I wanted our picture taken downtown and had to ask some strangers to take it. Two guys were approaching us and I asked them if they could take it! We got to talking to them and they told us they were heading towards Hell’s Kitchen which is where we were wanting to go and it turns out one of the guy’s family owns it. He was so cute. We hung out with them for a while and it was just really cool hanging out in there. It was so much fun and a great last night!

IMG_6938Lydia and I at the Reel Cafe on Front St our third night. I highly recommend it! Great food and atmosphere.

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Me in front of Alderman Halla at UNCW, aka Capeside High School!

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“Capeside High School”

IMG_6919Okay, if y’all ever go to Wilmington, you MUST go to Chops Deli. It was amazing. Literally my favorite meal in Wilmington.

IMG_6849Port City Java, aka Tree Hill Cafe, had some delicious coffee!

IMG_6900Nathan and Haley’s house! So pretty but it was on a private drive so we couldn’t get a great picture.

IMG_6911So, we try to find Dawson’s house from Dawson’s Creek and came across this. I reallllyyy wanted to drive down there anyway but Lydia was driving and she really didn’t want to. I was so close yet so far away! ahhhhhh

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Our last day, we took an hour boat ride down the Cape Fear River. It was really fun and informational! This is just a picture of some condos on Water St. I will live there one day.

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All of us on our last night! So sad.

Making a road trip to Wilmington was one of the best decisions I’ve made and money well spent. The OTH and DC creek stuff was really cool to see but I fell in love with Wilmington itself. It is so perfect for me. Not too big, not too small, good night life, super close to Wrightsville Beach. The fact that it is a pretty big place for filming locations is another reason why I could totally see myself living there. I had the time of my life! I want to go back NOW! I really am considering trying to get a job and move their after college. I really wish there was a law school in Wilmington because I think that is what I’m doing after college but in any case, I could move there after! I’m being serious about it too, that city has my name written all over it. Counting down the days until I can go back!

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Perfect Blue Buildings

So, since I’ve visited Jamaica, my want to travel has grown exponentially. I can’t stop stalking travel blogs or writing reviews on Trip Advisor like I’m some kind of travel agent or something. My next stop: Europe. Even if it’s not until next summer, or the summer after, I’m okay with that. I know I’ll be there in the near future and it can’t come soon enough. I might have to wait until I go back to Jamaica, though. I really, really want to go back next summer. It was that awesome. The people were that amazing. Me talking about Jamaica is probably that annoying.

Disclaimer: I am NOT wishing the time away until I can go to Europe. I don’t want time to move any faster than it is, I am just super excited.

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I MISS JAMAICA

I seriously miss it to much. The feeling won’t go away. This is probably the worst thing in the world. I miss the people the most. Knowing I won’t see them ever again (most likely) devastates me.

 

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Letting go (dutty love)

Is this horrible sick feeling toward Jamaica ever going to leave? I’ve been depressed since I’ve been home. It just really sucks that we will probably never lay eyes on our Jamaican friends again. Even if we go back next year, what are the chances they all still work there? It’s funny because they probably don’t feel anything. They are so used to people coming and going and their world keeps spinning. And then there’s me sitting here depressed over not being in Jamaica and hanging out with them all. I just really I hope I get to see some of them again but I’m not sure that will happen.

Sad stuff right here. Hopefully I’ll snap out of this funk soon.

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jamaica mon. no problem

I honestly have no idea where to even begin. I just got home from Iberostar Rose Hall Suites Montego Bay in Jamaica and it was the best 6 days of my life. Literally. I can not explain how amazing it was. I am just beginning this blog post and I don’t know how I am going to put into words a post about my short, but amazing, time in Jamaica.

First off, everyone really does say “ya, mon.” I LOVED that because I thought it was just a  sterotype.

Before the trip and even when we got there, I was kind of skeptical. I knew it was going to be fun, but I was one of the only girls paying my own way to go so I would be the most devastated if I didn’t get my money’s worth. Boy was I wrong.

The weather was absolutely perfect. It was a little cloudy on the first day but we didn’t even have our bathing suits on then so it was all good. Every other day was so perfect. We could not have asked for better weather. I got really burned though, but it’s all good because I’m somewhat tan now!

Let’s just say we eat all day everyday. The buffet was actually really good. Oh my gosh… the breakfast. I could eat that breakfast food all day, every day. It was so good. And the jerk chicken…. oh my gosh. It was out of this world. I am so disappointed that I don’t have the buffet calling my name right now.

The people there were amazing. I felt so welcomed right when we stepped on the bus to our resort. Our bus driver was so nice and taught us some Patois words! The one that really sticks is IRE, which means something like “it’s all good” or “no problem.” I was a different person in Jamaica. I flirted with all the guy employees like it was going out of style. It was just really the first time I’ve been around guys who really think I’m pretty and want to get to know me, so I just took it and ran. Just thinking about it makes me laugh cause at home, I’m not like that and all my friends saw a side of me they never knew existed. Heck, I never knew it existed. It was fun getting to flirt and some of the Jamaicans were realllyy cute. Like really. And none of them were too creepy. I sound REALLY stuck up there but I went into it thinking that the men might be somewhat creepy and none of them were. I loved them all!

I met so many people because SO many work there but one I really loved was named Oraine. He was our server every day at the buffet and I just fell in love with him. I’m still waiting on his facebook request…

We went scuba diving one day and it was one of the most exhilarating things ever. After getting over feeling like I was going to die, it was so much fun. There’s not much to say about it except that you should do it because it’s kind of amazing.

Now I could probably write for days about my next blurb. The entertainment staff, the “star friends” were absolutely awesome. They all had nicknames; the guys being VIP, MOMO, Happy Feet and Krazy Kenny. The girls being OMG, Stingray, and KeKe. They are all so friendly and go out of their way to get to know you. We got to know VIP the most, but got close with the others too. Krazy Kenny was too hot, really. Anyways, their job was to entertain, and that’s exactly what they do. I don’t know how they do what they do. They get there at 9am and don’t leave until 12:30 am. They are at the pool all day teaching water aerobics, reggae dancing, playing games and just having a great time. Then they put on the show in the theatre at night, which are actually really good. They can all dance like pro’s. I was surprised they found such a talented group! And after the theatre show, they would go to the disco to party it up with us. Which leads me to my next topic… the disco.

The disco was unexplainable. The DJ was awesome, the light show was awesome, the people were awesome, the drinks were awesome. We met some girls at the disco who were on their senior trip and just happened to be from Alabama! We also met some girls from Canada and Texas so we had a partayyyyy. There was actually always a big, fun crowd at the disco. One night, the star friends started throwing long balloons everywhere for us to wave around. The strobe light was going crazy and so were we. Then, Krazy Kenny and someone else got helium tanks and let all the air out on us. The cold air felt so good! It was crazy. We had these balloons going everywhere with the strobe light going crazy, so we all just went crazy. It was awesome. I don’t know if anything will ever beat those 4 nights at the disco. We met so many cool people, did things we will never repeat and just partied like the world was about to end. Oh yeah, and we stayed up all night on our last night and watched the sun rise and went straight to breakfast. It was crazy.

So, all in all, my trip was worth every single penny. I had so much fun. The resort was awesome, the food was awesome, scuba diving was awesome, the weather was awesome, Jamaica in general was awesome but I think the people is what really made the trip. The sucky part is that we will probably never lay eyes on our Jamaican friends again, and that makes me feel like someone is drilling a hole in my heart.

So now, I’m at home listening to reggae, looking at pictures and somewhat stalking my new Jamaican friends on facebook. I’m kind of depressed. I want to go back right now.

Next post is going to be pictures. Thanks for reading.

 

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in my floppy hat and captain america shirt

I’m ready for Jamaica.

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I just want to travel

I have always loved traveling. It doesn’t matter if it was two hours away to Hunstville, a change of location is always exhilarating to me. Not to mention going out of the state! Oh my gosh, you would think leaving Alabama meant leaving the country to me. I just love a change of pace. Different foods, new cities, a different culture, really anything I can be a total tourist at.

The last few years, I’ve had a major thirst for traveling. I want to go to Europe so bad. I’ve been stalking travel blogs for the last few years, living vicariously through twenty-somethings backpacking through Europe, staying it sketchy hostels. I want to go to Europe, and everywhere, literally, so bad. I will go anywhere any time I get. I’ve been pretty lucky and have gotten to travel generously over the US. Well, that’s an exaggeration because I haven’t been in the Midwest or to the West that much, but compared to some of my friends who have never left the Southeast, I’ve got it pretty good.

FINALLY, I have the oppurtunity to leave the country (I’ve been to Canada but that doesn’t count for me because I was born 10 minutes from the Canadian border.) I’m going to Jamaica for my senior trip. Now, Jamaica is not on the top of my list of countries to visit. It’s probably not even in my top 20, but it’s a beachy, tropical, foreign land, whose drinking age is 18. What’s not to love? And I finally have a passport! I’m so excited for Jamaica I could scream! This is just the beginning of what will be a travel filled life. I can not wait to study abroad in Germany for a semester junior year of college, and go all over Europe. Hopefully I’ll grace Europe with Europe with my presence before then, if not, Jamaica will have to fill my travel desires.

This time on Tuesday, I’ll be laying out on the Jamaican beaches, wearing a floppy hat, drinking a piña colada burning my fair skin. I couldn’t be more excited.

CAN NOT WAIT.

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