Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Spring Wishlist

There are so many good new arrivals out there right now. I keep playing the game of filling up my shopping cart with every single thing I want from a site and then exiting once I see the total. (Please tell me I'm not the only one who does that.) I've rounded up my favorite picks!


Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Weekend in Atlanta

You never realize how much you miss home until you go there. Even though I originally wasn't planning on it, I went home for Easter weekend and I am so glad I did. Not only did I get to spend time with my family, but I also got to catch up with a few friends who were also in town! It was such a relaxing weekend and exactly what I needed before school kicked back into gear.

On Friday, I picked up my sister from school and went to Starbucks to catch up. Afterwards, we went to a baseball game at my high school, where my sister is a junior. It was a little odd to be back, but it was fun to see some of the seniors and hear about where they're headed in the fall.

That night, I got tacos with one of my best friends from high school! It was quite the reunion.

Catching up with good friends always hits me with the reality check that the world does, indeed, move on now that I've gone to college. Hearing about my friend's life updates on Friday evening was wonderful as always, but it was weird to think about how I'm not there for those moments. I realized how much I didn't know about her life when, in high school, we knew each other's day to day going-ons, down to what we had for lunch, simply because we saw each other every day.

Anyway, on Saturday, I caught up with another friend and then went to the mall with my sister! We love the adorable Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM at our mall and definitely had to make a stop.

College has also made me appreciate my relationship with my sister more and more. We used to take each other for granted - as in, we didn't necessarily spend that much time together since we saw enough of each other at home. Now, I always, always look forward to hanging out with her and hearing about her life when I go home or when she visits. There isn't much I regret about high school, but one thing would definitely be not spending more time with my sister. 

And then it was Easter! The weekend flew by way too quickly. In the morning, we all went to a favorite brunch place and then headed back home to continue our annual tradition of dyeing eggs! Unfortunately, I somehow forgot to pack enough clothes, so I ended up having to wear the same shirt I wore on Friday!

This weekend really was the best. It was a little weird to come back to Athens because the two short days I had at home threw me back into a normal rhythm - I almost felt like I was in high school again. But, as I write this from my dorm room futon, I feel like I am where I'm supposed to be; it's as if I have two homes - two places where I feel comfortable and where I want to be. It really is an odd feeling, just as any transition is, but I love it all the same.

Hope you all had a lovely Easter!


Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring Formal

This past weekend was my sorority's Spring Formal! It was so, so fun, mainly because of the group of people I went with. We took pictures on North Campus, the prettiest part of campus, then went to a cool pizza place for dinner. 

The actual formal was held in the Georgia Theatre, which is a really neat concert venue here in Athens. We had a live band called the Funk Brotherhood, which is basically a group of middle-aged men living out their glory days. They were great and hilarious, all at the same time. Anyway, here are some photos from formal!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Week in Beaver Creek

As you may have seen in my first post about skiing or my outfit post from the trip, I spent spring break with my friend, her family, and another friend in Beaver Creek, Colorado! It was my first time skiing, but I had a lot of fun regardless. Quite honestly, I was a little nervous to go on the trip. While I love adventures and new things, everyone on the trip had already gone skiing before and knew what they were doing - I didn't want to hold anyone back!

On the first day, I spent a few hours going up and down the bunny slope with my friend's dad, who is quite the expert skier. He helped me learn the basics and by the end of the day I was able to ski all the way down without falling! Although, I did fall, er, slide, all the way down the slope at one point...

On the second day, I took a lesson with a ski instructor. It was really helpful, but it was snowing the entire time so the snow was very powdery and bumpy - I kept falling! This was also my first day on the actual trails. The views were amazing, even if my limbs were sore. Overall, it snowed around ten inches that day, which is apparently unheard of for Spring skiing!

The next day, I was finally up to a level where I was able to keep pace with the entire group. We skied right out of our cabin, as there was a ski slope behind it - at the end of the day, we took a ski lift up to a mountain that dropped us off at a slope that allowed us to ski right back to our cabin.

That day, I easily went down the greens, but struggled a little with the blues since the hills were steeper. At one point, we got on a blue that was technically a black - I had to be lead down the mountain by a ski instructor. Yikes.

We all decided to take a break from skiing on the fourth day and went to the spa at the Hyatt in Beaver Creek Village. It was such a nice and relaxing day compared to the 5-hour ski days we had been doing. 

Speaking of the Village, it's the most adorable place. There are bonfires everywhere - you can buy s'more kits practically anywhere; it's so fun. It's a very friendly environment, as well. Everyone in Beaver Creek is willing to help you out and answer any questions you might have.

Our last day of skiing was the best - my two friends and I spent the morning skiing by ourselves around the mountain. Safe to say, it was too fun. Plus, I was surprised with how well I was able to keep up! I feel like I really improved in my few days of skiing. 

It's safe to say that I would definitely try out skiing again - on the trip, there was talk of going back for New Years! While skiing was difficult, I see why people love it so much. Successfully skiing down a mountain is exciting and fulfilling, all at the same time. Plus, you can't beat the views.


Monday, March 14, 2016


After a relaxing week in Beaver Creek, Colorado it's back to classes and homework. It's good to be back in Athens, especially to catch up with all the wonderful people I haven't seen in a week. I'll be back on Wednesday with a full post on my first time skiing, but for now, here's a favorite outfit from the trip!


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

24 Thoughts of a First-Time Skier

As you may have seen in my Spring Break Necessities post, I'm currently skiing for the first time in Beaver Creek, Colorado! It's quite the experience, to say the least. (You can check out some of my photos on Instagram!) Here are my thoughts!

1//I've got my ski pants, jacket(s), gloves, boots, helmet, and skis. Finally. That rental process took forever.

2//This town is so cute! And the weather is so nice! I'm not even that cold!

3//Alright, we're going up the gondola. I don't have to put my skis on yet. Perfect!

4//Annnnd we're at the top. How the heck am I supposed to get these skis on my feet without falling?

5//All right, the boots are snapped in. 

6//Wait, now I have to move? With giant wooden boards strapped to my feet?? How???

7//Okay. I'm gliding on flat ground. This isn't too bad.

8//Help. Help!!! How do I stop????

9//Annnnnd I fell.

10//Wait. Now how do I get up?

 11//I feel like a kid learning to walk for the first time. While an earthquake is going on.

12//Okay so I made it down the mini 50-foot flat slope without falling. I'm good to go, right?

13//Help I've fallen and I can't get up.

15//Wait, I actually have to do the bunny slope? With actual hills?

16//Annnnd I slid down the entire slope. And everyone laughed at me.

17//How does a ski lift work? What if the chair knocks me over and I don't get on in time?

18//What if I drop my ski poles while I'm on the lift?

19//What if I fall off the lift???

20//Everyone trips when they get off the lift for the first time, right? Right??

21//Alright, back down the bunny slope. I only fell twice!!

22//These boots are the worst. I don't think I'll ever feel my feet again.

23//Wait, it's already the end of the day?

24//Here's hoping I don't fall too much tomorrow...