Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Things I Will Not Miss Saying....{My Life as an RD}

It's almost been a month since I was a Resident Director at Lenoir-Rhyne. I miss a lot of things about the job, and the school. I loved my staff(s), my co-workers, my boss(es) and I even loved my building {that will luckily be renovated this summer} even though it's an oldie goldie. But nights like tonight, when I can take a shower and lay in bed and read a book in peace and quiet makes me reminisce on some of the funny {and some not-so-funny} things I've had to say over the last two years that I will not miss as much. ;) I've compiled a list {that may or may not be ongoing} for your entertainment.

Things I am NOT going to miss saying now that I'm no longer a Resident Director:
  • Tripp, quit blowing that horn! {I don't know why that's the 1st thing that came to my mind.}
  • Don't throw trash out of your windows.
  • Whoever's tossing water balloons out onto oncoming traffic, stop. 
  • Don't be 'that guy.'
  • Oh, stuff was stolen out of your room? Well then you probably shouldn't have left your door unlocked.
  • Lenoir-Rhyne doesn't make the alcohol drinking age 21, so don't blame Lenoir-Rhyne.
  • Just because Lenoir-Rhyne is a private school, doesn't mean it can make its own rules and legalize smoking marijuana.
  • Here's some bug spray.
  • If I have to come back again tonight, I'm gonna be pissed.
  • What are they DOING up there?!
  • The faucet drips. It can't be fixed. Consider it a noise to soothe you to sleep.
  • I can hear the person above me peeing. 
  • Are you kidding me? {In more than one reference}
  • Jacob, security does not want a copy of your transcript.
  • There's a flood on first upper. {Had to say that one a couple times too.}
  • No, I don't want to hang out. It's 3:30 in the morning. I want to sleep! 
  • Someone burnt Easy Mac and we had to evacuate the building.
  • Do you smell smoke?
  • You know I can see you hiding behind that door.
  • You know I can see you hiding behind your closet curtain.
  • You know you can't have all these animals in here.
  • Whose baby do I hear crying?
  • I know you wrote it in sidewalk chalk, but that's offensive.
  • Yes, I do think you are a chain smoker.
  • No, we can't have alcohol at our educational programs. Or our social programs.
  • Seriously, that guy gives me the creeps.
  • If you could play football for USC, then what are you doing here? Yeah, that's what I thought.
  • No, you can't have my number. 
  • Yes, my boyfriend is white. Why?
  • Seriously, twice in one weekend? 
  • I'm sorry the machine took your dollar. Find a partner and I'm turning my head for 5 seconds. If you haven't shaken the chips out of the machine by then, then you're out a dollar. Or you can go to the business office during business hours tomorrow.
  • No, you can't take the furniture from the lobby to your room.
I am sure there are more but still....that's a good bit to start the list off!! My residents were entertaining to say the least & definitely kept me on my toes! What an experience it was to be able to be an RD. :) Would recommend the job to everyone but wouldn't recommend the job to just anyone, if you know what I mean! After reading that list, you may be surprised to hear that I really will miss being an RD.

Monday, May 30, 2011

200 lbs

So, last week I hit up the gym 3 times! {This may not be a big deal to you- but it is to me. I haven't had time to think about going to a gym this past semester, let along actually GOING. So this is an accomplishment for me.} The first time I went I ran a mile straight! {I don't know that I could do that again, lol, but some magic power took over me and I was able to do it.} & I've been doing cardio & weights all three days. I thought, SURELY I've lost ONE pound by doing this, so, let me check the scale out...seeing one pound lost will motivate me more than seeing no pounds lost. 

Well, to my amazement, and horror, I stepped on the scale that I found in one of the boxes I unpacked last week. I put it in my room {on carpet- which MUST be the culprit} and it showed this:

Scared me half to death!!!!!!!!!

Note to readers: I do NOT weight 200 lbs! It was weighing myself on carpet that was the culprit {I was right} but if that doesn't scare you to the gym, I don't know what will!! I am way too short {5'1" on a good day} to gain one more pound. And plus, I have a LOT of jeans and pants I can wear if I drop a size or two! So that's my motivation. The number's really not important to me, at all, but if the number drops, I know my pant size will too. :)

Now that I know it's a sick sick joke, I find it funny enough of a story to share. :) 

Happy Memorial Day peoples!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


I was going to do you a whole life update via bullet points...but this turned into a post-pictures-from-graduation-and-go-to-bed kind of post, so, stay tuned for more info later! ;)

So anyways, I GRADUATED "WALKED" Thursday night! I won't actually get my diploma until August when I finish my internship hours, but, here's a couple pictures from "the hooding ceremony."
Lenoir-Rhyne Counseling Graduates

Leah & Cynthia, two amazing inspirations of classmates!
"Being Hooded"

my love
"The Girl RDs" ~ My friends, Tori & Maria... Love them! 
Brother Bear

Pat & Me with Mom

A Proud Momaw!

Momma ♥

"Love & support brings happiness through all"
I spent the week leading up to "graduation," as I'll call it, packing my life up, taking 50 trips to Lincolnton & back, and trying to organize closing down a building of 150 freshmen as quickly as possible. Luckily, I had 6 great RAs who did a good job at helping me ensure that everything ran as smoothly as possible, making my job easier in the end once everyone had went home.

I found out I had to be out of my apartment two weeks earlier than I thought I had to be, two weeks before I had to be out. So, with classes ending, crap due, and all the closing stuff needed to be done, on top of still internship-searching and everything else life brings at the last minute, I had to pack up & move!! I was planning on doing all of that once everything was done & I had a moment to breathe. But looking back, I'm glad it all happened the way it did. {That's a whole other post for a later day.}

But, the night before graduation I just got really SAD. Sad mostly because I wanted a lot of things done that weren't done, and I had taken SO many trips to Lincolnton and back, along with Mom, Momaw, and Alex, and there was still SO much to do. {I seriously had way too much stuff.} My original graduation-day plans were to sleep in {a little}, do a couple things {including get a pedicure}, & then get ready early so I wasn't rushed and got to a graduation banquet we had beforehand ON TIME {for once}.

Oh! Here's some pics from that too :) ::
Me with the cute couple, Jonathan {"the boy RD"} & Melissa

My date to the banquet, my awesome friend Jodi, & her 4 kids!!!!!! Hot Momma Alert!! Haha

I love this girl! My sistah-friend, Jodi! What a blessing she is!
But do you think my graduation day plans were fulfilled? UM, ABSOLUTELY NOT. But it's okay. I was smart & showered early. I have an AMAZING grandmother that came that morning to help me pack & load the car(s) {again}. My necklace waited until the END of the night to break & I even got to take Momaw to lunch & had enough time to run to the nail salon & get my toes & nails painted. {Had to save the pedi for another day!} At the end of the day I felt BLESSED. It was a super long day but it was one I will remember! I am so thankful for the loved ones of mine that were able to come and know that the ones that couldn't make it are proud of me! Yep, that pretty much sums it up....I was thankful & blessed!!

Now, onto securing that internship....

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Wicker Basket

Alex sent me this in an email & I thought I would share it with you. 

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern  Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible.  His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could. 

One day  the grandson asked, 'Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close  the book. What good does reading the Bible do?'

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, 'Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.'

The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could  get back to the house.

The grandfather laughed and said, 'You will have to move a little faster next time,' and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.

This time the boy ran faster, but again the old wicker basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was 'impossible to carry water in a basket,' and he went
to get a bucket instead.

The old man said, 'I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You're just not trying hard enough,' and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, 'See Papa, it's useless!'

'So you think it is useless?' the old man said.  'Look at the basket.'

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different.
Instead of a dirty old wicker coal basket, it was clean.

'Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from  the inside out.'

Moral of the wicker basket story:
Take time to read a portion of God's word each day;
it will affect you for good even if you don't retain a word.

Thought for Today: 
I really like this story because I don't retain things too well anymore...age may have something to do with it but I figure my brain  just gets overloaded! God isn't concerned about my brain anyway; He's more concerned about my heart.

Heaven Is For Real

So, I just got done reading Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. I'm really bad at retelling stories, and the back of the book sold me on reading it anyways, so I'll let it tell you what the book's about:
When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery—and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.

With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how “really, really big” God is, and how much God loves us. Retold by his father, but using Colton’s uniquely simple words…Heaven is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child.

I don't read for pleasure much but I've heard too many good things about this book for me to pass it up when I found it on Mawmaw's kitchen table.  I read it in two sittings but if given a little longer, and not have had started at 12:30 AM like I did during sitting #1, then I probably could have read the entire thing in one sitting. Thank God the boys being loud in the lobby went away so I could read in peace and quiet! :)

Seriously, this book didn't make me realize Heaven was real. But it just confirmed what I already knew & made me think of things I wouldn't have ever thought of. Like who I'd meet in Heaven, and what I'd learn.

One thing I was reminded of while reading it was that I, along with anyone else trying to get to Heaven, need faith like a child. I need to think of things matter-of-a-factly, without a shadow of a doubt, KNOWING all I've learned, read, and been taught. We all do!

We need faith without proof.
We need to believe without seeing!

This doesn't happen often, but tonight, while finishing this book, I really cried happy tears, just thinking, "This is so awesome!" I think if I had a child that had visited Heaven, I'd be jealous of that child because I'd want to know everything they know! I'd want to see everything they had seen! If I'd just be patient, one day, I'll get to experience Heaven myself. But until then, I wonder all kinds of things and anticipate the day when I can witness all the things I've heard or read about, as well as the surprises Heaven has to offer...because you know Heaven has surprises. :)

If you don't read this book, you are crazy.

The End. :)

Sunday, May 1, 2011


So, yesterday I looked at  my blog, and I noticed that little blog counter to the left. You know...this thing:
Well, yesterday I looked, and got excited because I was *3* visitors away from SIX THOUSAND visitors! And today, low & behold, I'm 29 over that number!! I don't know how, but that's awesome!! That's especially awesome because I set my counter up to count individual visitors, not the number of times visitors visit my site. That means that 6,000 PEOPLE have either checked out or stumbled upon my blog! Maybe it's my Facebook friends that decided to {finally} take a looksie. :) Either way, I am glad you are here! 

Do you have a blog? Or Google reader? Or anything else you use/could use to follow blogs? 
If so, I would love to hear from you!
Sometimes it's okay to be a follower

So please, hit that button that looks like this...
& say hello! :)

Either way, thank you for stopping by!

Bathroom Transformation

There really has been so so so so so much progress made on the house in such a short amount of time! I haven't blogged much about it because I didn't know the best way to go about doing it, you know, with not everything being completed yet, etc. Any suggestions would be helpful! But I did use this picture in a previous post as a bathroom decorating inspiration:

The bathroom's not nearly as big as the one in this photo but the light blueish gray & white with silver color scheme is what I was after!

Today we basically completed the bathroom. Little decor things need to go in there, along with towels, but the major stuff is done.

Here is a couple BEFORE pictures to give you an idea of what we were working with:
notice the floors & the scratched up door

notice the vanity...yikes!

an old light fixture...
and the chip on the wall started looking like this...
then later grew to this...

and the floor was ripped up...

and the "chip on the wall" eventually grew to this monster, which required professional assistance.

The vanity was GOING to be painted, but it was rotting...

so we ripped it out {I use the word "we" lightly}, along with the toilet Alex broke... Oops!

This is a glimpse of the mirror "before" & into the curtain-less shower

As you can see....we had a lot to work on! Again, I use the word "we" lightly, and often times out of context, haha, but still... you get where I'm going here! And just so you know, the "chip on the wall" was peeled paint. You know, that inconvenient "texturized" paint that the previous owners must have applied right to the dry wall! We attempted to start peeling and quickly got to a point where we could peel no more.

And remember: this is what I want it to look like in the end:

Well, after "we" had to have a professional to come in and give the walls a good sanding and a coat {or two} of skim coat to give us a clean, flat wall to work with..."we" could begin!

The walls were painted "Going Gray" {that's the color name} and ceramic tiling was put in and new molding was put around the base of the walls. A new vanity was put in as well, along with a new light fixture, and the much-needed toilet.

I really really really wanted to take the mirror off the wall & find a cute white framed mirror to put in its place. Unfortunately, the bathroom mirror is glued to the wall with magic glue because not even taking a hammer to that thing would budge it!! The ends were turning colors though & it was just not a pretty mirror, so Alex's mom came up with a great idea!! She thought of finding some molding at Lowe's, painting it, and gluing it to the super super super glued mirror to appear as if it were a frame!! BEST. IDEA. EVER! Saved me some money on a new mirror & it looks great!!

Again, we need some little decor-ish things in there, and some pretty towels, but this is what we have so far:
the new paint, molding, toilet, & ceramic tiling
the new vanity
I am seriously so in love with this shower curtain. It's actually a Water Shed shower curtain & liner (2-in-1) but the idea of that scares me, so we also have a liner that's white! But I found it at Home Goods for $12.99!! Such a deal compared to if I would have found it {& of course I would have bought it} at Bed Bath & Beyond! But I was looking for something to match, something that wasn't too boyish, not too girlish either...and this shower curtain was just sent right down from Heaven!! You can't tell from the pics, but it's a paisley print with the color of the walls, black, white, and a bright aqua/turquoise-ish color.
Got my bathroom scene pic at Hancock Fabrics on clearance...Gotta love a good sale! ;)

full effect???

new light fixture & the molding turned mirror frame...

This was seriously the most transformed room in the house, which is why it's probably my favorite! It gives the house a{nother} pop of color and feels so bright, fresh, & clean! Exactly how a bathroom should be, in my opininon!

Do you see my inspiration in the finished product? 
Basically all that I got from it was the paint color idea/room color scheme & the idea of a white framed mirror! 
Either way, I consider this room a MAJOR success!!!

My Summer To-Do...

There are so many things that I've put off, pushed aside, or legitimately not had time to do. I've lost focus on a lot of important things and really just let a lot of things go. No matter what goes on in life, the world doesn't stop. It'll just keep on going without you & you'll miss it all if you're not careful.

As of right now, I do not have an agency counseling internship lined up. Lord willing, I will find the perfect one {for me} soon. If I don't, I might be in trouble and risk not graduating on time. :/ But I am trusting that the Lord provides, as He always has in the past. :) I also am not planning on having a summer job for the first time EVER. Okay, since I was like 15, but still. It's been a while! Not knowing if where & when I'll be interning, it's hard to commit to something. I also have said that I've run myself crazy for the last two years, filling up spare time of mine, and for the first time in a LONG time, I want some spare time! I don't want to intern full time, and then work all weekend every weekend. I don't want to intern all day then work all night. I mean really, something's gotta give!- and I vote a minimum wage job that relates non whatsoever to my Masters degree I'm completing! Sounds fair enough.

But, the bills will still be rolling in, so, I must do SOMEthing. So, I definitely will be working my Mary Kay business. I haven't been able to do that as much this semester {but I knew that going into the business} but this summer I will, and I want to! The multiple benefits from selling Mary Kay cosmetics are there and waiting on me to go get them!

But there's other things I want to do too....like:
  1. Join a small group/Bible study.
  2. Attend church on a weekly basis again
  3. Get back into the Word more, reading my Bible & doing daily devotions again-- something that should have never slacked to begin with.
  4. Posting to ten minutes to get you through your day & Fabulous Fulfillment. It really makes my heart smile to know that people actually read those things! :)
  5. Turn old and scratched up pieces of furniture into newly painted love pieces of furniture :) 
  6. Read for pleasure
  7. Visit the beach at least once
  8. Start running again
  9. Two words: Weight Watchers
  10. Get and keep a tan...something that's been hard to do in summer's past when I'm cooped up in an office!
  11. Reconnect with some people...
  12. Connect with some new people...
  13. And just make sure I embrace each day, not worrying about the million things on my to-do list, what has & hasn't been done, deadlines, paperwork, responsibilities...
 I know that sounds a little far off into fairtytale land, but is that really too much to ask for? Ok, ok... I know I'll still have responsibilities, things to do, places to be... But I really just want to focus on DEstressing. & I think it's possible if I have less things on my plate!

I am looking forward to Summer 2011 for many reasons...But enjoying the beautiful Spring season while we have it! :)

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