Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sushi, Sips, & Strokes

For my birthday dinner we went and ate sushi...YUM...

After dinner we went to Sips 'N Strokes. Every night of the week they have a different topic or subject to paint. The paintings range from auburn tigers to flowers to van gogh look a likes. Last night's subject was a cross. The way it works is you pay and you get a canvas and paint, and then someone leads you with step by step instructions for how to paint. The "sips" is because you can bring your own wine to "sip" while you paint. So below is pictured last night's painting. This was up at the front for us to see and then the lady led us in the steps.

In the beginning we were very good at following directions...

However, in time as our crosses began to look less and less like the picture, we began to do our own thing. Please notice how Sarah is next to Anna, still following the painting at the front. Anna was the first to jump ship...

But in the end we were happy that we had changed it up. Sarah's really did look good, but since ours quit looking like the model, we were glad we did our own thing.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Monster of a Weekend

This weekend Fletcher came to Auburn to celebrate my birthday and it has been one of my favorite weekends. We did all the little things that we used to do when he lived in Auburn but nowadays I find myself doing all those things by myself. So we went to target, ate at chickfila, got a coke icee, got my car washed at goo goo, etc...

Today we made Aunt Kristi's recipe for monster cookies. My aunt makes the best cookies and brings them whenever they come to visit. So last semester I convinced her to share the secret recipe!


So I'm sure you faithful blog readers are wondering why these pictures are significantly better then any other pictures on my blog. Well...

I'm FREAKING OUT! Fletcher is not that great at keeping things, so it was a miracle he made it until the 27th without telling me what he was getting me for my birthday. When he got to Auburn on Friday night the first matter of business was for me to open my presents. And I am so excited about my new camera! I have been reading up on my manual this weekend because I realized I have a lot of important things to photograph in the near future, so I need to figure it out. The first event needing to be photographed will be Baby B! Fletcher also gave me a shirt, some earrings, and a sewing machine for my birthday! I decided I don't really have room for the sewing machine in the BH, so learning how to sew is going to be on the to do list once I move to Birmingham. Also, today Anna and I went on our 8 mile run after church and Fletcher went to see his friends while we ran. While he was out he went to the grocery store to get the ingredients we needed to make the monster cookies. When he came back from the store he had gotten not only the few things we were lacking, but he had bought my groceries for the whole week! I realize I buy the same things at the grocery store every week and Fletcher had gotten them all! He takes such good care of me and is really good at getting me things I would never think of asking for (like the awesome camera) as well as the little things to keep me going day to day. Sometimes I think he is too good to be true!

Friday, March 26, 2010

"It's like my Ipod's stuck on replay..."

I find myself listening to the same songs over and over again when I run. There are certain songs that I listen to multiple times each run because whenever the song comes on I forget that I'm feeling tired. So here are my top 10 running songs, ranked by their ability to keep my legs moving. I am not promoting the content of these songs, just the beat...

1. Baby-Justin Bieber
2. In My Head-Jason DeRulo
3. Wonderful-Gary Go
4. Tik Tok-Kesha
5. Whataya Want From Me-Adam Lambert
6. Immabe-Black Eyed Peas
7. Live like We're Dying-Kris Allen
8. Body Language-Jesse McCartney
9. Replay-Iyaz
10. Sexy Chick-David Guetta feat. Akon

And in an effort to redeem my music taste (which the following songs may or may not do) I'll also include which songs I always find myself listening to on my spring playlist (which unfortunately is titled "The End").

1. American Honey-Lady Antebellum
2. When I Look at You-Miley Cyrus
3. The Beat-Ben Rector
4. What Can I Say-Carrie Underwood
5. In Your Atmosphere-John Mayer
6. Moving Backwards-Ben Rector
7. Golden Train-Justin Nozuka
8. Hung the Moon-Drew and Ellie Holcomb
9. Chances-Five For Fighting
10. Edge of Desire-John Mayer

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Birthday Recap

For Lacey's birthday I made a strawberry cake with cream cheese icing. Strawberry cake is Lacey's favorite and it's my favorite to make because it smells SO good when it is cooking!

We went to eat at Amsterdam for dinner and then came back to the BH to have cake, open presents, and play games!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"I Just Want You to Know..."

Today is Lacey's 22nd birthday! As always I am very excited to celebrate the birthday of my very best friend. However, this year it feels a little bit bittersweet as it may mark the end of a 6 year streak. Since our birthdays are so close together, Lacey and I have celebrated every birthday together since we turned 17. For the big birthdays (18 and 21) we celebrated our birthdays together, but whether it has been together or separately I have been celebrating with Lacey for the past 6 years. As I celebrate her 22nd birthday I realize I want to soak every minute of it up, in case, for some reason, I can't be with her the day she turns 23.

Lacey is by far the best friend anyone could ask for. She has been exactly what I needed over the years. She has always been right by my side, whether she was laughing with me or crying with me. In high school we spent endless hours riding around in "Kevin" asking the dramatic question "What is my life?" and we spent many Friday nights in the hot tub with all our friends playing silly games and talking about boys. Senior year we shared every off campus lunch, a tiny room on the cruise, homecoming, spirit court, prom, and our last first day of school. In college we have shared probably 1000 meals together, many "Happy Sweet Tea Days", ChiO socials and formals, every spring break, every new years eve, ran our first half-marathon together, taken trips to the lake, and most importantly we have been roommates for the past 4 years. Lacey is loyal, generous, kind-hearted, wise, sensitive, and sweet. I can't imagine the past 7 years of my life without her, and I can hardly think about what it is going to be like to have hundreds of miles between us after May. Happy Happy Birthday Lace! And in the words of the backstreet boys "I just want you to know" you are the best friend anyone could ask for!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

I wish I could forget Remember Me

Disclaimer: If you don't want to know what happens in the movie, don't read this post.

Last night we went to see Remember Me. I had seen the previews, but couldn't quite remember what it was about. I would like to go back and watch the trailer to see what they lead people to believe the movie is about. I am almost certain that this is the worst movie I have EVER seen. As Lacey and I were walking out of the theater we were racking our brains trying to figure out if we have ever seen a movie that was worse then Remember Me...we came up with nothing. So let me tell you why this was both the heaviest and the worst movie of all time.

The movie began with a ten year old girl (Aly) standing next to her mom as her mom got murdered in the New York subway. Then the movie moves ten years down the road to when Aly is in college. Aly falls for Tyler, a troubled teen who drowns his sorrows in alcohol and cigarettes. Tyler's older brother had committed suicide 6 years earlier and Tyler had been the one to find him. So as heavy as that part was, you expected for a sweet love story to develop where two people are able to share in each other's grief. But alas, that was not the case. In an effort to not make this the longest post ever and go into detail about every other aspect of the movie I am just going to list the issues presented. Tyler's dad is a workaholic and Tyler's brother was working for his dad when he committed suicide, Tyler's sister is "artistic" and made fun of by girls her age (at one point she goes to a slumber party and the girls cut her hair), Tyler has significant turmoil with his dad and there are many heated scenes between the two of them, Tyler's sister longs to feel loved by her workaholic father, Tyler's parents are divorced, Aly's dad drinks too much and hits her, and Tyler and Aly use sex as a way to resolve their anger towards their parents. Towards the end of the movie there begins to be a HINT of resolution. Tyler's father begins to make efforts with his children...Tyler is meeting his dad in his office one morning, but his dad is late because he had gone to pick up the little sister for school. Tyler sits at his father's desk and sees pictures of all the kids flash up on his dad's computer. Tyler's spirits are lifted, realizing his father really does care about them. Tyler is standing at the office window talking with the secretary about what a beautiful day it is. Then it flashes to the little sister's school where the teacher is writing "Tuesday September 11th" on the board. It flashes back to Tyler standing out the window and then zooms out to show that Tyler is on one of the top floors of the twin towers. The movie ends showing that other characters in the movie watching the twin towers fall, and Tyler's journal laying on the ground amidst the rubble.

Sorry if this post was long, and depressing but I felt very strongly that no one else should see this movie! I left the theater feeling so weighed down and I would obviously not recommend it to anyone.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Fabulous Life of the BH

I have enjoyed the past 2 years at the beach house so much. It is great for so many reasons...it is so close to campus (I have a 7 minute walk to Spidle), it has a nice kitchen and den, we have a great landlord, we have so much fun as roommates, etc...But this week as the workmen were in the kitchen putting in granite counter tops, I realized that it will be YEARS before I live in a house this nice again. I have gotten way too use to the HD TV, the big kitchen, the front porch swing, DVR, and now granite counter tops. You might remember the grey counter tops from other posts in the kitchen, if so you can see how much better the new counters look! So for the next two months I will enjoy every little luxury of the beach house, because I won't be living in a house like this anytime soon.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

First Inspiration Board

Whitney and I have been talking a lot about flowers for her wedding...so while I was looking up pictures and thinking about flowers I decided it was a perfect occasion to create my first inspiration board!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Baby Shower

The baby shower this weekend was so fun! It was fun to see all her friends, and it was sweet to see how close she still is with all the Beach House girls. Allison's friends did such a great job with getting it together and it was really fun to get to see all Baby B's presents! When I was saying goodbye to Allison yesterday it was hard to believe that the next time I see her she is going to have a baby in her arms! One more month...I'm so excited! I'm putting some pictures so you can see how cute the decorations were...

Friday, March 5, 2010

"Having Fun Isn't Hard When You've Got a Library Card"

Today I am headed home to Memphis. This trip will mark my 8th trip on 280 this semester, and that is 8 round trips. Throughout college I have become very familiar with 280; however, this semester the 101 miles between Auburn and Birmingham have become all too familiar. I know that there is almost always a policeman in the median across from the McDonalds in Alex City, I know each speed limit change in Harpersville, and I know that it takes 8 Carrie Underwood songs to get from the bridge over Lake Martin to the turn by the Shell Station. My reasons for 280 trips have ranged from concerts to job interviews, and from weddings to baby showers...and of course visits to see my favorite person. I don't mind driving, but I decided I needed to start making the trip a little more interesting. So...I went to the Auburn Public Library and got Nicholas Sparks' "The Wedding" on cd. It is 7 discs and 7 hours, which means it will take me all the way to Memphis! I haven't listened to a book on tape in years, so I'm very interested to see how it holds my attention. And of course I'm very excited to have a library card!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

College Girl Scouts

Tonight Lace and I gave the girl scouts a run for their money by making our own homemade tagalongs. Tagalongs are my FAVORITE kind of girl scout cookie and so I was so excited when Lacey told me she found a recipe to make your own "peanut butter patties." First we made sugar cookie dough and baked them in the oven...

Next we mixed together peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Then we melted it in the microwave, put it into a pastry bag, and made a peanut butter "dome" on the cookies.

Then we melted the chocolate and dipped the cookies...

And now we are letting them sit. I don't like this part of baking, because I'm impatient.

Baking was the perfect mind break after my 3 hour midterm tonight. Tomorrow I have a quiz, a test, and am leaving to go to Memphis for the weekend. So right now I should be: studying, packing, doing my Spanish homework. However what have I been doing? Baking and blogging. Such is life with senioritis.