Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Birthday to my dear friend.

So yesterday was my friend Laura's birthday.  She's 23 now so I thought I would do a little blog tribute to her.  She will probably never read this because she possibly thinks that my blog is a little ridiculous to write because in her words, "You know it's like an online journal, right?"  And I do but I really enjoy it.  So here goes anyway.  Maybe I will send this to her.

It's funny to think that it was only about a year ago when our friendship really took off.  Of course we knew each other for about a year and a few months prior to that but had never really gotten the chance to hang out.  That's when I found out we had a mutual love for Diet Mountain Dew and ice cream and food in general and I knew it we were going to be friends.  That was probably one of the most fun studying for finals weeks I've had right there in our secret study spot in the engineering basement.
You've definitely been a great friend for me throughout the past year.  You've challenged me not only physically but mentally.  I ran more miles this year than I ever have before in my life.  You planted the idea of a triathlon in my head this spring and we both saw it through.  We trained together, you taught me how to swim again, and then we raced together.  It was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life and I'm glad you pushed me to do it, even when I thought we were both crazy.
I've told you before that you were different than most of the other friends I have.  And it's true.  We are both very strong-minded on things, but where with other people I am sometimes more reserved in what I say, with you I can say my honest opinion and not worry about it.  And I think you do the same with me.  You don't judge.  And even if we discuss it and we still don't agree on something, it's fine we still get what the other is saying.  I like that.
You've helped me through a lot this year.  Relationship questions, what do I want to do with my life questions, how should I handle this situation question, as well as probably a billion other things.  It's helped more than you know, even when it seems like the problem didn't really get solved, I'm glad you were there to talk it through with.
But enough with the serious stuff, I have also had a TON of fun with you.  In fact that's a understatement.  We've laughed a lot, we've gossiped a lot while working out, we've gotten Falbo's at 2 in the morning, and we've stayed up till at least 4 am on more than one occasion.  I have a lot of very fond memories of you, actually most of them involved us laughing because one of us didn't something dumb or funny.  Like that time you saw your professor in the hallway and had to turn around and slipped on the pile of sand and fell.  Or the time when we danced in our hotel room to "Boom, boom, boom, boom, I want you in my room".  Or when I stomped the guy's cigar out at the Homecoming football game and you reenacted it for everyone.  Or the other gazillion times you've tripped and fallen this year.  Or our failed camping trip this summer. Or that one time in Madison.
I've had a blast to say the least.
So thank you for being my friend.  It has been wonderful.  And don't worry this weird soul mate best friend thing we have going on is going to last.  And next year wherever you are I'll come visit.  
And here's a picture.
Oh and p.s. did I mention that I think you are beautiful? Because it's true.
Happy Birthday Laura, here's to many more!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A new to-do list

Hello bloggy friends.  Just so you know I am know a college graduate!  What this means: I can now use this degree to defend that I am right vs. people who do not yet have a BS degree, aka my brother, and possibly my mother if needed. Okay just kidding, but I definitely don't feel any different than Friday.
Now that I'm done with school for the time being, I have moved several things to the top of my to-do list.  Including, but not limited too, cleaning, cooking, scrapbooking, crocheting, sleeping, talking on the phone, actually working for money, fixing the button on my coat, laundry, and blogging!  The list goes on....
I've been fairly productive the last few days with this list and have provided pictures as proof.  I've scrapbooked 4 pages in the last two days here's some from my 21st birthday and Matt and I's spring break tip to Colorado to ski!
I've also cleaned all the floors in the apartment.  It's so nice to walk around without getting sand on your feet.  Staci and I are now going to place slack lines in our apartment so we don't drag sand around.

I also finally got around to freezing my (and Laura's) potatoes that I still had from this summer.  Pictured are the partially frozen hashbrowns and my beloved KitchenAid stand mixer.  

It's funny the things you can accomplish when you aren't constantly living at the Seaman's Center.  But being at home means I already need to clean my room again.  But I'd rather play.
Maybe I will get around to writing a real post this week.  Since I have more time I think I am going to try and update this bloggy more often, but we will see.
Ta-ta for now!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Avoid studying at all costs

To avoid my studying tonight I decided to blog a bit because really who needs to study?  I'm exhausted but the good news is my last final is tomorrow at 5.  That means 7 o'clock is freedom and you will be able to find me running down the hallowed halls of the engineering building jumping for joy.  
I have spent the majority of my time in the lovely Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences the last days leaving only to workout, eat, and go home to sleep for a few hours.  It's getting a little old.  Myself and my lovely engineering friends often refer to it as home.  I now present you with a glimpse of my study spot as of late.
I have a blanket because it's chilly in here and all I do is sit around.

I am wearing both toe socks and slippers.  Hey, I need to get my feet comfortable and warm.

Everyone always stares when I do this, but I will not put my last toe in the correct toe hole.  It's uncomfortable and I don't like to split up the last two toes.  As I said today, "They're buddies!"

Yes friends, that is all my stuff.  See I should just move in.

That is my caffeine fix so I can stay awake and the yummy sour cream cookies my mom sent me.  They are AWESOME!

You may wonder how I transport all this stuff to and fro.  Well the answer is simple my friends.  Most of my stuff stays here in my locker.  Yes, I have a locker at the building.  Is this high school?  Actually I think I might cry when I have to clean it out in a few days. 

And I will leave you with a list of how you know it's finals week.

  • You receive a text that says "Yes, but only if I can stop and get spicy chili Doritos. I really, really want them.
  • The bookstore gives away free 12-packs of Coke products and crazed students can drink one in a day.
  • You went to get your car out of the parking ramp Sunday night at midnight when you don't have to pay anymore after 10 p.m. and there were still a zillion cars there.  
  • Your friend goes to get sushi and mistakenly hears the sushi chef say "Cheese-less?" And of course she answers "Did you just say cheese-less?" Then they tell her that obviously she has been studying for finals too long.
  • You must get to the SC at 7:30 a.m. to secure a table in the commons.  And you put your bag on it and reserve it for the whole day.  
  • Everyone looks slightly crazy from so much sleep deprivation.
  • You randomly start laughing in the middle of nothing because of nothing. You are crazy.
  • You make 3 new friends because you will talk to anyone.
  • You have discovered several new websites including and that you check regularly.  And read every update.
I really want to go home.  The ramp closes at midnight.  So I'm peacing out!
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