Sunday, October 24, 2010

did I mention I started school!

On that note I was so excited when I saw the Halloween decorations being taken down at Walmart and Christmas stuff being put up...and that is because I have Christmas Break in 7 short weeks...well I am hoping it will feel that way!

Fall updates coming soon, but it is 1am and I need to sleep before my midterm tommorrow...I do have many updates though so stay tuned!

Monday, August 16, 2010


So I find it kind of funny that my last name is Parker but I am awful at parking. I don't know exactly when this happened as I used to be able to park my Tahoe in a Vespa size parking space on King street??
This has only recently presented a problem for me because for at least the next 16 months I will be having to park downtown. Did I mention parking garages terrify me. I don't know why exactly I just imagine it collapsing, or get freaked out thinking that someone is going to attack me while I am walking down the stairs, or thinking where the closest ATM is because I am pretty sure I don't have any cash. It is a little too much to think about all at once.
Luckily all of my current parking choices at MUSC are surface parking, but they are very inconvenient to say the least. Oh yeah today the lot I am supposed to park in was closed b/c of flooding...another potential hazard to an already stressful situation. This is also the one downtown that you have to ride a bus 30 min. to school because it is so far! So I think that I am going to park at the K-Mart in Mt.Pleasant and take the bus downtown, the ONLY negative to that is getting back if it is after 6 but I think then I could just ride the non express route or I could ride my bike back?
HELP! Can anyone give me suggestions as to how to overcome this?

Friday, August 13, 2010

so long micro!

First thanks to all that prayed for me and my Microbiology class. I have no idea how but I ended up with a B in the class! It ranks up here in the all time worst classes in my academic career. I could give you all many pointless things that I had to learn but instead I will summarize...

There are tiny microscopic things in the air, water, and food...oh and some in your body too. You are exposed to them everyday no matter how much you try to avoid them. These particles make you sick or could kill you. Things to avoid are: water, breathing, food, blood, tissues, mold, sushi, mosquito's, birds, sex, daycare centers, hospitals, restaurants, beef, gas pumps, water fountains, nail salons, airplanes, travel, bathrooms, winter, summer, and sand (there are more but you get the picture).

I cashed in my book and ordered my transcript for MUSC. So long TTC Palmer campus its been a fun year!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Another heart felt post...

My dear friend Brandi (Drake) Lanier had a precious baby girl last week. She came a week early and not a moment too soon for a pregnant mom in August SC heat! She really is so gorgeous, healthy, and heavenly. I cannot wait to meet her (and now that summer school is over I finally can!) I know that in an earlier post I have told all my readers how much Brandi has meant to me. She has been a loving and supportive friend for the past 8 years and is going to be an even more fabulous mother. So I stole these off facebook and love them. ENJOY.

Bloggers Block

So I want to apologize to all of my readers. The reason that I haven't blogged in so long is that I have had some heavier stuff going on in my life and didn't really know how to address it in this forum. Most of my blog posts are light and I didn't want what to seem insensitive or disrespectful...but the blog must go on just as life must go on. Giles told me last night that it was time to begin my posts again and to keep it true to the rest of the posts, an escape for myself as well as others. So I am going to try to once again to mix reality, comedy, and life into my posts.

Giles' brother, Travis Branch, passed away several weeks ago. He was an amazing husband, father, and best friend to many people. He impacted so many people with is life in such a positive way and will truly leave a legacy, not to mention two adorable little boys and a loving graceful wife! Throughout the whole funeral, mourning, and celebrating it has been a blessing to be included into such an amazing family, group of friends, and community. All of the wonderful people I have met, stories I have heard, and abounding love I have felt have been a true testament of how God was working in Travis' life and continues to work.

Last weekend there was a celebration of Travis' life after the spreading of his ashes. Many of you reading were probably there, but for those of you who weren't it was fabulous! Giles did a great job with his toast, and I apologize I cannot get it to load on here but I hope to figure it out. Giles is also a great Uncle for the boys and it is so fun to watch his heart melting over two little boys. Travis' wife, Carrie, was also amazing to watch. Her strength during this time has been breathtaking as well as the love that her family and friends have poured over her.

Carrie, Giles and TJ (Carries brother)


People have been so generous helping Travis' family out financially for the boys future education. For those of you that are interested there is an account set up for the boys.

In lieu of flowers, an education trust has been set up for Parker and Tyler Branch.

Please send to:
Putnam County Savings Bank
PO Box 417
2477 Route 6
Brewster, NY 10509
Attn: Mr. Daniel Ryan, President

Thank you all for your prayers and support!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

June Happenings...

So I haven't posted in a while...I don't know why I decided to start a blog when my life was going to begin to get so busy! I think also I have felt alot of pressure to produce these amazing blog posts since I have realized that I have readers.

It is sad that I am looking through my planner to try to figure out where exactly June went.

June 4th-5th. The Jeter Wedding
Ashley Abide married Will was so pretty, southern, fun and memorable. All of my favorite people were there and it was so fun to catch up on friends lives. There was lots of laughter and fun, oh and her the was amazing! I don't know how many tiers it was but we tried each of the many tiers and it was so yummy. Here is a photo from the bridal luncheon that was at McCrady's...the last "roommies" shot with Dr. Abide.


Oh my the first day of school brought out many insecurities! So you are in a room full of 60 strangers that the professors swear will soon become your best friends...I pray that these people will not see me for the dork that I am and will be my friend. It was a little overwhelming all of the things they are throwing at you. Uniforms, books, parking, shots, drug get the idea, oh and it is all due in a month! Oh and yes did I mention that all of these things cost money (lots of money). I was also sudenly overwhelmed at the thought of having to wear regular (non-denim) clothes two days a week, the other days we wear lovely all white scrubs. Oh no! I am so unstylish, probably because I am so cheap and have refused to buy anything new for the past year. As I look around the room I see cute messenger bags, shoes and accessories...and that doesn't include the cute trendy outfits that perfectly coordinate. I immediately want to run out and go shopping but instead I have to go buy $700 in books and that is 9 out of the 12 total.


I goggled cheap fashion blogs and it came up with this...I could maybe work with this even though many of these looks aren't "professional casual"

Well I almost made it through half the months happenings but I am going to stop so that I can go online "window" shopping...and the next post deserves it's own dedicated post.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Memorial Day with Great Friends! & co.

I have had a great past few weekends enjoying the Charleston Coast. I thought that I would upload a few photos from memorial day weekend. Saturday we took paddle boards out to Sullivans(and by we, I mean Sara made all of the arrangements and did all of the moving of the borads! Thanks Sae). It was really fun to be out there with old friends, husbands, and babies. It is a little strange knowing that I have gone to the beach with these girls for years and years and now we are all grow up. Here are a few of my favorites photos I took with my new camera, which I love!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Giles and I have been dating for over a year and it is hard to believe that we are beginning to celebrate things for the second time. An example of this would be Giles' birthday (he is now 32!). I don't remember exactly what we did last year. I do remember one of the things I gave him last year was a kayak rental for the two of us, which we used and it was so fun! So I did that again this year. I also gave him this sports watch that he had been wanting, it is like a little mini computer.
Giles also has a tradition in his family that they get pepperidge farm birthday cakes. I did try to doll it up just a little but I didn't want to take away from the simplicity of it.
This morning I began to look back on Giles' past year of life and think about all of the good memories we have had together. It made me appreciate how much I love him!
He is a do it yourself handyman, mountain biker, athlete, good listener, great travel companion, snuggler, brother, supportive fun loving man. I am so lucky to have him in my life!

I mean who wouldn't love to hang out with this guy? Notice his new watch?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What are you waiting for?

It is hard to believe that this time last year I had begun to consider nursing school. Next week I am beginning my last prerequisite at Trident and will be starting school in August. I cannot believe that I am actually doing this! I think back over the past year the fear, frustration, doubt, excuses and realize that all of that was on th ourney of doing what I really feel called to do. You would be suprised how many people my age as well as people older say " I always wanted to be a ___________________ , but it never worked out for me to do it". I wanted to _________ but never had the time or money. I thought the same thing! I never saw myself going back to school, only to get out and have all of the worst shifts and be at the bottom of the ladder, but this is my path. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

This isn't just for people that have a desire to make a carreer change or go back to school. As we approach the halfway mark to a year (what were my resolution again?) I think about my goals am I on the way to them? I am. Sure some of the goals have changed, some have been accomplished, but every morning as I am drying my hair I look at them and think about how I am going to accomplish those goals, what do I need to do today, tommorrow, next week, next month, next year. If you don't have something to aim for then you will never make it!

I am not saying that I have all of the answers or that I have figured out life, but this song has become an inspiration for me and maybe it will inspire you!


Running Topless!

I am hoping that just by the title I will get a few more readers for this one, it is a little more light hearted than my previous post...

So apparenly I write alot of stuff on here that people wonder but no one ever talks about or asks. I think that my chances of becoming royalty or the president are pretty slim so I am not going to hold back on my readers...

So I have always wanted to run without a shirt on. Mainly because it decreases the amount of laundry I would have to do, I would be able to get tan while I run, and because I always wanted to be that girl that could run in just a "jog bra" and have people marvel at my fitness. So Monday morning I decided it was the day! I put on my favorite jog skirt and jog bra and headed out. As many of yall know I have to have a supportive jog bra, half moon sells these great moving comfort bras with adjustable straps that I highly recommend. It is very supportive for you ladies that are livin large ;) So I ran for 45 minuites down mathis ferry through ion etc. When you are just wearing a bra I have found that it is easier to keep running because you want to look like a super star, and so that you can get home quicker.

I also ran without my muffin top! Yes it is true my diet/ excercie book is working. I have also tried to stop taking myself so seriously which I think has reduced my stress and therefore decreased my belly bulk. I read about that in the flat belly diet book I recently picked up at the library. It also focuses on reducing calories and I picked it up to give myself some more menu or snack ideas. Oh and it also has some fast food menu ideas too which is helpful for an on the go alternative, I will finish reading it and let you know if it is worth picking up.

A few other notes I bought new aveeno moisurizing lotion which was a disappointment, they missed the mark with this one! Also the "leg" cream that I use is called "Fat Girl Slim". I scrub the back of my legs every morning with st. Ives Apricot fiming scrub then put on the cream. To my 2 male readers...yes this is what girls talk about.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

6 years ago...

Its hard to believe how much time has past, how many things have changed, how little time has passed, and how little things have changed. It was six years ago today that my Grandfather, William Simons, passed away. Sometimes it feels like just yesterday he was here, laughing and joking, but then I come to the reality that he has gone on in life. Today I heard this song on XM ad it made me cry. It is so true of my feelings about the situation and losing someone that you love.

I had thought all day about attaching photos of our family, but unfortunately none of them are digital and my scanner and memory card are not being compatible at the moment :( I will try again tomorrow for the photos that I cherish.

A few days ago I had my feelings hurt again by a friend (which continues to happen so I don't even really know why I call them a friend) and was going to post a passive aggressive post about how I felt. Instead, I am going to post a positive uplifting message about a great friend that I do have...hang on it all comes back around hopefully.

This time six years ago my heart literally broke. I will never forget the nights I cried myself to sleep, the drives from Columbia to Charlotte to be with my grandfather, the outbursts of anger towards God. I have never been at such a place of hurt, sadness and vulnerability. I really don't know how anyone wanted to be my friend Spring semester of my Junior year of college I was literally a mess! God allowed me to maintain lots of friendships during this time and that is because they were deep true friendships! All of which I still have to this day, and truly cherish. Again back to the point...

Brandi Drake (now Brandi Lanier) came to my Grandfathers funeral and I will never forget her support! I never asked her to come but she insisted, she was the one at my side during my darkest of hours. In six years she has graduated college and medical school, gotten married, and is now expecting a sweet baby girl! She will be the best of mothers, I know because she lifted me up of the floor, wiped my face and loved me in the moment I needed it the most! I love you Brandi, and will never forget your friendship and how well you continue to love me.

I almost forgot that I picked her up from Columbia so she could ride with me to go get Annie in Florence (and the drive back to Columbia!). I will always remember that and how nervous I was and how reassuring she was...another example of her amazing friendship!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I have readers!

As some of you know I have felt a little silly sometimes writing my blog because I have felt like no one was reading it. So last week I linked my blog to google analytics. The first day I had zero hits! I of course was distressed because people had told me that they were reading it, but I was afraid that the google analytics would prove I am writing this to no one...
So I checked the analytics again today. In one week I have had 74 unique visitors! I immediately justified my need for a new camera to spice up my posts for those of you that are reading this. So I went to my amazon shopping cart and bingo I will be receiving a new camera tomorrow. I signed up for their amazon prime trial so I got free shipping! No need to get crazy and blow my budget on shipping, I did pay a little more for a camera with a video feature, just so that maybe I could get really crazy and posts videos. It is Giles' birthday next week too so I felt obligated to document the occasion for all of my faithful fans! And to whoever is reading this in Alaska, holla!

Sullivan's Morning with Poison Ivy!

I was able to take Annie to the beach this morning. It was a great time. I love seeing her excitement when she finds shells, stumps and jelly fish! It is hard to explain my love for annie. I never knew what it was like to love a pet as much as I love her. I am scared to have children because I know that I will think that they are even more amazing than annie, and that I will be that mom who thinks that her child is the greatest!

In regards to the beach... Giles and I last summer had a few run ins with "poison ivy". Really long story made short there is a woman who lives on Sullivan's that regulates the beach collars, hours of on leash and off leash time, poo patrol etc. You get what I am saying. So anyway last summer Giles and this woman had a few run ins. My favorite was the day that we went up "her private path" on mothers day. My mom was with us and poison ivy began to start to fight with Giles. She told us that it was " her path" and that we didn't have access to it. It was a public path, so Giles of course started to debate. He was winning until she told my mom there was poison ivy all down the path and to go ahead and get poison ivy! That immediately made mom want to turn around however it was after 10 so annie had to get off of the beach and we had already gone 200 yards through sand spurs so we weren't turning back! It was a stressful mothers day morning to say the least. There were a few other side stories regarding this woman but I have gone on enough. We hadn't seen her in a while and thought maybe she had moved off the island and her beach patrol...BUT TODAY I SPOTTED HER!

I had taken annie on a walk and was almost back to the car...I saw her 2 goldens, they are as pleasant as she is (sarcasm! they always pick on annie). I made sure to dangle my collar as to avoid a confrontation. She bent over and began petting annie. I am confused is this the same woman that created so much conflict for us every Saturday last summer? Oh yes however her scowl is gone? Her attire is different and she is giving Annie a treat (I have to admit I thought it could be poison at first). She stops and speaks to me I am sure it is the same woman but totally different. I am overjoyed at her friendliness. I can't wait for Giles to see this transformation it is really unbelievable!

It was an amazing morning and I am so glad that I slept through spin so I could slow down and enjoy the beautiful beach today. I can have a calm relaxed day knowing that annie has had her morning bonding with mommy, and that she as always has attracted compliments by all the beach walkers of how cute she is!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Aaahhh! aveeno

So I have been talking alot about saving money for many posts now and it continues but more in a happy to find context...
So I used to get suckered into getting the latest and greatest shampoo and conditioner when I go to get my hair done (there is always room in the budget for that!). I noticed though that I was spending a ton of money on "designer" shampoo and conditioner. I was converted around Christmas when I was traveling with little travel bottles of shampoo and noticed no change in my hair with the "over the counter suds". So since then I have been using all of the last of my shampoos and conditioners, samples, travel sizes etc. And then I went to Target!

I love Aveeno everything! I have been using their face products for several years now and just love them, I have even applied to be a tester for them but they don't seem to be interested :( I will still be a loyal consumer though. So I had seen on their website that they had come out with a new shampoo/ conditioner line...just in time for my commitment to "over the counter" hair products. So of course I bought some (I think it is called nourish+shine?) and I bought some new body wash too! This stuff is amazing! I love taking a shower with my new products! I almost feel as if I am famous and aveeno is sending me all of this free stuff so I can feature it is the "what she is using" column in glamour magezine. Oh wait I am not but I can still live the dream for 12 minuites every morning?

On another consumer note, I am still debating on weather to splurge for a new digital camera. I have had my eye on a cannon on amazon and I may just break down this week. I feel that it would really enhance my recently lacking blog posts.

Lastly I really want an iPhone! I love my low cost alternative phone right now, and since I have Verizon it hasn't been a pressing issue, but I have to admit I have Sae cell phone envy whenever I am with her. I was talking about it to someone else the other day and they said that they felt less inteligent without a smart phone. I won't go that far but I will admit that when verizon gets the iphone I will probably edit one of my previous blog posts regarding cell phones. If I had an Iphone I wouldn't need a new camera so really I think I could be saving money??

Thursday, May 13, 2010

May Maddness

A few weeks ago I was counting down the days til May. The main reason is that I don't have class the month of May and will therefore have time to relax/ recharge/ and enjoy beautiful Charleston.

So this attempt all started by getting Annie's shots updated, if you have a dog and live in Charleston you know that this is essential for the Sullivan's Island Beach collar. I was trying to hold out as much as possible but my dad wanted me to get one. I have been blessed with a fabulous dog that everyone wants to take care of for me when I got out of town. My dad is now requiring certain accommodations for her, such as access to the beach, but it is a pretty happening spot before 10 on weekends. I will post later about the Sullivan's Island dog society, but for now.

SINCE I HAVE GOTTEN THE COLLAR I HAVE TAKEN HER 1 TIME! I had imagined taking her every morning and having quiet times etc...I have had no such luck. I wonder if she understands my disappointment?

So moving on to the other May disappointments. This weekend I got a bad halter top tan, apparently I missed a few spots on my shoulders. DON'T THE SUN GODS KNOW IT IS STRAPLESS SUNDRESS SEASON? I would go to the beach to get sun (for free) but unfortunately I am this morning I began the internal dialog of weather I was ok being pale and having extra cash (since I won't be payng the ultra tan) or if I would rather be tan and poor. I think I know what dave would say so I slather on some self tanner lotion and move on with the day, semi tan and paying my bills!

The conclusion is May hasn't been shaping up the way I wanted...but I have high hopes for June! We will see.


I once again made straight A's last semester! I only say this because once I start at MUSC I think the A's will be fewer so might as well brag now ;)

The first weekend of May was super busy but fun, lots of parties and lots of fun. Then this past weekend we had college girls weekend. It was so refreshing to be with my girls! Got to see my mom on mothers day and spend time with my sister, really fun. (I guess now that I think about it I have been playing pretty hard!)

I am done with babystep 1 and halfway through babystep 2 (if you don't know what this means than you don't know the feeling). I am trying to be crazy intense because I really want to call into Dave's show by the end of the summer!

SO THATS THE UPDATE... Oh and my camera is broken so maybe soon I will be able to buy a new one and have more photos...

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Book...

So I have subscription to Fitness Magazine...which I love getting once a month. It has great articles, clothing suggestions, and tips on exercising. This month in the magazine they talked about a book for summer. I remember reading about it because of the title.
So yesterday I went to town I am walking around of course I start to do my pee I go into Barnes and Noble. Barnes and Noble has a captive audience with me because I love books and a clean facility. As I am walking back out trying as hard as can to not look around (yes Dave Ramsey I am listening and I love the library!) what do I see but this book. So I begin to glance through the book...I NEED a book to read for the month of May since I won't be in class...and it is Sunday so the library is closed!
So I buy the book! And read the whole thing yesterday afternoon. This book has many insights into keeping your body healthy and hot. It has exercises to get you into shape and a diet, and yes you get to actually eat. So today I am starting my 2 day cleanse (read the book its not crazy). Right now I am enjoying my green tea snack :)

So what is the book...

So I am a little embarrassed to be putting this on my blog but it really is an amazing book and I want all of my friends to read it! Well I know that all of you look amazing, but it has tips on bronzing and a do it yourself pedicure. Things that I guess any cosmo reader would already know, but I am not a cosmo reader.

I took the book to the gym today (had to take of the jacket so that people wouldn't lust at the semi naked girl on the cover) and enjoyed my a.m. strength workout. Came home and exfoliated my legs in the shower and used my butt firming cream. Thankyou to my special friend that purchased this for me 2 Christmases in a row now it is amazing!

So this whole training diet thing is 6 weeks (well really 9 according to the book but the cover says 6?) so we will see if the book is as great as I think it is today.

Also thank you Traget for having really cute swim suits out for motivation! See you July 4th for the Biggest Loser Results!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A long overdue post...

So I have been a little busy over the past month (yes that has been how long since I blogged!). Don't worry though I am not taking any classes the month of May so I will have lots of time for daily updates!

So the cliff's notes to my life the past month.

May 27th- Bridge Run I met my goal of an hour!
I had been thinking about doing a half-marathon but then someone told me that my knees wouldn't be able to handle that so I am going to make my new goal to improve my 10k time.

May 29th- Got into MUSC's nursing program!
This one probably deserves more of a lengthy post, sorry. Basically I have been given a great opportunity to persue what I think is my calling in life, it is truely a blessing from God. When I am up all night studying remind me of this!

Easter- Giles' brother and family come to town!

So Giles' brother is amazing. He has been battling cancer for many years and is still an incredible man of courage and faith. His wife is amazing as well and has been by his side through it all. They have 2 adorable little boys that I can't even tell you how cute they are and how much I love them. Giles planned a party on the Carolina Girl for Travis' birthday party and invited all of the people that mean the most to the both of them. It was an amazing and encouraging time. I will post pictures on a future post (I don't have the camera card right now), but they are on facebook too!

Easter we went to Life Park, which just opened in the north area. It was great we loved it! Giles and I have been bck since and I think are going to try to make it our church family.

April 10th- Giles and I went to Chalotte for a 10k and to visit my sister and mom.

It was great time we ran through the neighborhood that I grew up in and I told Giles lots of stories along the way. He was so sweet and ran with me encouraging me the whole time. He is alot faster than me so he coached me while I ran. Another hour 10k under my belt. My mom and I went to the whitewater center and had lunch that afternoon while Giles and his dad rode bikes, it is so nice out there! Giles also brought back with him my grandfather's old bike. It is a vintage bike and it was all rusted etc. Giles has been working on it and it looks amazing. It meant alot to me that he is taking such good care of it now.


So I was so excited that Giles got us tickets. We were running a few minuites behind which I was upset to be missing any of DAVE. I literally have been waiting for a few years to go to this event, not including the time that I spend everyday listeneing to him! So Iwas a little irritated that we were late but it paid off. Thanks to Giles we got to sit in the floor VIP seats! I was so excited I was one of DAVE's VIP's at the el cheapo price. It was a great experience for Giles and I to share together, and he finally realizes why I am constantly talking about Dave like I am having an affair with the guy. At the event Dave talked about finances, on section was about paying for college. His suggestion (which I already knew) was to make finding scholarships a full time job, and to get a part time job. I heard him loud and clear.

April 14th- Get another job.

I have been working this semester part-time for my dad. Yes no more Chick-fil-A, I really ave missed the kids and the excitement. In May I am only taking one class and so I really needed to find somethng elso to occupy my time, oh and get more money for school in the fall. Long story short I saw on Craig's list how 17 North was hiring. It is my favorite restaurant! So I updated my resume and took it by there. Met the manager that afternoon when I dropped it off, and was hired to start the next day! It has been a bit of a whirlwind since I was thinking I would start after exams but it is so great. I like the people that work there, I am able to interact with the guests, and the food is amazing! Did I mention that Dave told me to work there too?

April 14th- present

So I really didn't want to start that day! I have had school and work...EXAMS! It will all be worth it though next week when I am not conflicted with so many responsibilities. Maybe then I will be able to go to the beach! At least possibly update my blog more :)


Giles' brother will be having surgery. If you are interested in the details call me, but if you would pray for Travis and his family that would be appreciated!

Photo's next post I promise! And thanks to all of my readers, I stopped blogging because I didn't think anyone was reading. Apparently yall missed me so I'm back. I will work on more datailed funny stories!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Hello George Washington Goodbye Blackberry!

So numbered the stories because even I was a little lost on how they all relate. If I number them they can all seem like seperate ideas even though they are all jumbled in my head.

1. So as I have stated in a previous post I am all about finding deals on the internet but...I have also become a pretty good seller as well. Last week I sold 3 items, so far this week I am a little slow with 1 (but it is monday too, and I am selling Giles' stuff and he is giving me half the money, a pretty good deal!).

I deleted point 2 beacuse it really didn't relate and could be a whole post on it's own!

3. So my air conditioning breaks :( Can't a girl get a break? The only remotely good thing about this is that it is the ideal time of year for this as for the past week I haven't run the air at all. Ashley didn't notice that the air hadn't been on so I don't feel like any comfort is being sacrificed. I am going green, not using electricity, and not spending money on the air conditioner. Well that is until I can sell enough stuff to replace it :)

4. If you are still following read on...I know I like tangents, runons, and ( ) so thanks for making it thus far. So a LOOOONG story short my cell phone bill has gotten insane. But my bill was being automatically drafted so I didn't really know quite how bad it had gotten in recent months (a long story not worth telling). As I started watching all off my little george washingtons I realized that our expensive $140.00 plan is now almost $300 insane expensive. Yes $300 dollars, also half of my summer school tuition, or 1/10 of the cost of a new condensing unit for my air, if you are counting like I am. Come to find out that we are being charged for a line that has NEVER even been used, $50.00 to be exact. So not to get off on another tangent about cell phone companies, and how I feel like they are tricksters out for a commission. I will try to get to the point.

5. Why do I NEED a Blackberry?? I don't travel for work, I can check my e-mail from the home or office, I don't use the calendar...So what exactly is the extra $30/month data package really buying me?? Cool points I guess. As soon as you turn 10 in America you get a cell phone and by 15 you have already graduated to a blackberry or iphone. They give you a "free" blackberry, or they have even now been doing the buy one get 2. I now know why, they hook you for 2 for 2 years for an extra $60 a month! It is just ridiculous. So therefore I have decided I am down grading. I am sure I will loose alot of friends over this being as I think I will be the only person without a blackberry, smartphone, iphone. I can still open $1,000 emails on my phone a month (I honestly probably don't get many more than that, even including the daily ones from j.crew and pottery barn). I purchased a phone with a full key board so don't have to sacrifice there. I think I am going to survive! I think that actually not being able to instantaneously check my emails will be a really possitive thing. I don't have to worry about driving down the road checking to see if the item I am about to loose on ebay was something I really wanted. Yes we can all deny it but I think that everyone reading this has texted or read an email while driving. Maybe even with the 30 dollars I am saving a month ($360 a year) I won't have to charge on a credit card Christmas presents that I am still paying for!

6. So in conclusion to all of these side stories I am the winner! I am selling not only my curve but some other sprint phones that I have had left over from when we switched to Verizon. I may become a loser because I don't have a status symbol phone and hundreds of apps. But I am also the same girl who rocked a Nextel all through high school and didn't care (oh yes the yellow brick). So maybe your phone doesn't define who you are...we will see...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Craig's List and Cooking Light Online...

So I purchased a new desk this weekend. After searching Craig's list for several months I finally found the PERFECT one! I had sold a few things on the internet myself and as a reward decided to splurge and buy a desk. I am also wanting a place to study/ a central organized work space.
So Giles and I went to pick up the desk on Sunday, I am going to try to communicate how funny it was, but I know it probably wont be as funny...

Giles has borrowed his friend Kevin's truck for the weekend. He had to do manly things like go get rock, dirt and mulch from the dirt place. The cutest part about this was that he brought annie with him, he even turned on the passenger seat warmer to make her more comfortable! The truck is so manly and it makes me lust...I love when Giles drives it!

So we are on our way over to "look" at the desk (even though I knew I was buying it Giles was planning on haggling with her and wanted me to seem like I was unsure). So here is the conversation...

Giles: "so how will I know if you want to buy it?"
B: "I will say it is perfect if I want to buy it, it looks good if I don't, but I want you to say your opinion first"
Giles: "you are making this too complicated, I will say lets go look at the other desk (there wasn't one) if I think you should get it, that way she will come down on the price"
B: "There isn't another one, and how will I know if you don't like it?"
Giles: "I don't know but don't let this take a long time, we have things to do, and I know how you want to make this girl your friend."

So we pull up to the house, our pregame strategy was never really set or even clear at all. As we walk up Giles says I am kind of nervous I have never done Caig's list before! Once I got over the shock we enter. The person who sold me the desk had the CUTEST house. Giles and the girls boyfriend started talking about their countertops and how he had made them...I was the one ready to go! They were talking about the forms he used and all kinds of other stuff. FINALLY we get the desk and bring it home. It is perfect, modern, clean lines, and deal! Giles is all into craigs list/ ebay and wants me to sell all of this stuff of his!

Also Saturday night I made G spicy orage shrimp from cooking light, not too spicy and delicious! It will make a great summer meal, and best of all it was fast and easy to make! I put snow peas and mushrooms in mine and cut the green peppers, I think that my alteration was great...nothing like fresh veggies! There were some ingredients that were a little tricky to find but I was up for the challenge at Publix!

Neutral-tasting canola oil allows the flavors of orange juice, honey, ginger, and chiles to shine. It can also withstand the heat of stir-frying in this tasty take on sweet-and-sour shrimp. Serve over rice or udon noodles.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)

1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon chile paste with garlic (such as sambal oelek)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced

I added one ziplock (quart size mayb) of snow peas and half a carton of precut bella mushrooms...add them when in says to add the onions.

Place shrimp in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with cornstarch; toss well to coat. Set aside.

Combine juice, soy sauce, honey, vinegar, and chile paste, stirring with a whisk; set aside.

Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add minced ginger and garlic to pan; stir-fry for 15 seconds or until fragrant. Add shrimp mixture; stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add juice mixture and onions; cook 2 minutes or until sauce thickens and shrimp are done, stirring frequently. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information
Calories:301 (30% from fat)
Fat:10g (sat 1.1g,mono 4.6g,poly 3.2g)
Lia Huber, Cooking Light, AUGUST 2007

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Recent Happenings...

So I haven't had a post this week because I have been studying. I had a test today that I was lagely unprepared for, which could be in part because I should be studying instead of blogging!
I got a great chair from habitat that was 10 dollars. I will have to paint it but it looks exactly like a $189 dollar chair at pottery barn so yay for me.
Annie had to go to the vet on Monday and get an iv beacuse she had a stomach bug. Taking her to the vet has made me doubt motherhood. I was crying as they put the IV in her and pumped her full of fluids. They gave her some "bland" canned dog food to try to settle her stomach...she loved it though so go figure.
So this week I didn't have class Tuesday beacuse of "spring break" which is not really a break they give us 2 days one week and 2 days 2 weeks later, so it is more like a spring pause. Not a big deal to me since I have not had spring break for the past 5 years (but once I start school I have spring and Christmas break, I am not going to lie I am pretty excited about that!)
So about nursing school, I will try to promise that I will not talk about this every post! So today I raced home from my test (I knew they had sent letters out today from MUSC), analyzed the envelope IT WAS THIN. I opened it scanned...I am on the wait list. Out of over 400 people that applied they accepted 60 and then they put 30 on a waitlist. If spots open up then they contact the people on the wait list. I am so excited to still have the opportunity to go to MUSC! I may just have to wait a few more months to find out. I am still hopeful I will be able to start in the fall, and am also thinking that God is teaching me a lesson on HIS timing, or maybe that once I do get in I will be more thankful! As you all know I am not the most patient person. Well let me elaborate, I am very patient with many things, and I feel that I am pretty slow to anger, don't get road rage, and am always patient with children and the elderly. I am however a planner. I constantly make plans, calendars, goals and work to achieve them. Delays in my plans are very sad and confusing to me. God, is this not what you wanted for my life? Have I heard you wrong? I am hoping that I will just find out a month or so later (people have to reserve there spots with in 3 weeks and then they review there waiting list). In the mean time am hoping to have peace with where I am, faith in what the Lord has in store for me, and patience. If I don't get into MUSC for Fall 2010...well that is a whole new debate as to weather to start at Trident in the Fall 2010 of reapply to MUSC?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

This is what I dream about...

A few months ago a friend told me that my house was too bare. I think that this is kind of humorous considering later that week someone told me it was cluttered. They had told me that in marriage counseling she had discovered that she was a piler (piles a few messes during the week to do one big cleaning on the weekend). She said she didn't know what kind of organization I had? What is that supposed to mean? I have always felt like I was kind of a minimalist but apparently not.

Most of my furniture has been given to me, and I have bought a few functional pieces for cheap. I don't really think that any of it has a cohesive style or even a style that I feel like is really me. I found this site that I love while looking for unique gifts (see previous post), and I absolutely fell in love with these two kitchens! Maybe one day I will be able to have a clean, semi-modern, minimal kitchen of my own!

I love the room off to the side of the kitchen (you can kind of see it in the background...see the fireplace?)and the lights too.

This one is a little warmer in my opinion...I love everything about this the clock and fridge especially! But have to admit even though I don't like stuff on the counter I do love kitchen gadgets and feel like I may need a little bit bigger kitchen.

Shower Anxiety

As I am sure all of us ladies have experienced one year or another, it is wedding season. Now that we are getting older it is also baby shower season. It is time to see friends and share in each others lives. I love these get togethers!

Howevere there is the preperation that comes with these events that is beginning to cause me anxiety! Today I spent an hour in Coastal Cupboard looking for something thoughtful, one of a kind, and not crazy expensive. Well really if I am honest I was going to copy something that I saw as a gift at another shower and was going to copy the idea, but of course they were SOLD OUT!

So here is my dilema...I am not that cool. People bring gifts to showers that people ooh and ahhh over, thoughtful, personalized, handmade gifts...and I bring a salad spinner. OK, I am exagerating a little with the salad spinner but its not that far of a stretch. I not only envy the cool new kitchen and home accessories that the person recieves but also how cool the other people at the shower are for finding the unique treasures. How do these women work and/or have children and find these treasures? I know you are going to say the internet BUT...I have been on etsy for several hours since the shower I went to on Sunday, preparing for one this weekend and also looking for something super cute for an inevitable baby shower I will have later this spring, and nothing!

So to all of you that have these secret sources for wedding/ baby shower gifts please share, because I am about to order 6 salad spinners from amazon.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

So happy but...

So today I found out that I got into Trident for Nursing. I had alrady been accepted into the Fall 2011 class but that seemed like forever away when the program is two years long! I am so fortunate to have gotten bumped up on the waiting list for this program. All the people I have known that have gone there are great nurses as well as friends. The program is great clinicaly and well respected in the community.

Today the volunteers toured the new East Cooper Hospital and I could see myself working there as a nurse and being so happy. The womens services/ nursey as well as the surgical area are so impressive. I began to get even more excited about starting the program in the Fall, that much closer to helping people!

I have it in my mind though that I should get my degree from MUSC, that in the longterm it would be the better choice. I won't go into all of the reasons I think that it is the better for me, mainly because most of you don't really care to know the differences in the two programs. On this exciting day when I found out that I could start the program at Trident early (which is my second choice but still great!) I also found out that they are only accepting 10% of the applicants at MUSC. While I am so excited and eager I am also continuing to wait for my first choice which won't be for three more weeks...

So happy but...
On another note I began e-mailing and texting people with the exciting news. Got messages on facebook and supportive wonderful messages from friends. An old friend wrote "your smile and laughter is going to be all a patient needs to feel better" which made me feel great. I also feel a little sad though, because someone that I used to consider one of my best friends didn't share this day with me. We have grown apart as we both have grown up and had our lives go in different directions. Neither one bad or good just different, but in those differences seperation. I have always tried to maintain good friendships with people, though I think that we all could do a better job at that. This friendship became so much work, hurt feelings, and misunderstandings. I realized that neither one of us were being encouraged or loved in the current state of our friendship and we continue to divide. The point is that on this day, a day that I have been looking forward to, I couldn't share it with this person. There is just too much between us now.

I AM SO HAPPY THOUGH TO BE STARTING SCHOOL IN THE FALL, even with the mixed emotions I am so blessed to have the ability and support to go to school, to become a nurse, to help people!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

So apparently I am not the only one...

So as you all know I am obsessed with the Honda Odyssey (I dream of a white touring edition with tan leather and backup sensors). I recieved an email of the 2011 photos from the auto show that I was going to share, but when I was trying to find these photos to post I found something better. Spy photos since before the van was released. The fact that they have to secretly test at night with a canvas over the sides makes these vans even cooler to me.

So I tried to post these photos after saving etc. BUT this site is so secret that I can only post the link and you can see the awesomeness yourself.

If you want to see the AWESOME NEW white one here is the link for that...

Don't worry I am not going to be buying one of these in the fall! I have to finish nursing school (after I get accepted of course), and I wouldn't buy one new either, because Dave Ramsey says not to. Also I am still holding out hope for the hybrid...I am sure by the time I finally have children honda will have come out with one!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sailing on a February Day

This past weekend Giles and I went out on a client/friends boat. It was a gorgeous weekend to go out and our harbour cruise was perfect! Giles' parents were in town and his dad went out with us too. It was me and 4 old men (yes Giles is a very old soul)...there are some very funny memories but I think you had to be there? Or maybe I just don't want to subject any of you to stories about the good ole days at the Citadel in 1970's, what happened in vietnam, or views of the current government.

Mandy and Adam we missed you! Next time y'all have to come down!

One week after the snow here we are...I love Charleston!

Love the Bridge!

Whitney's Birthday!

I was so excited to see Whitney on her birthday! She is a gorgeous 30 year old and I am so blessed to have her in my life. Here is a birthday picture (please notice the #1 daughter ribbon my dad gave her!) as well as a few from the past year that I like.

30 and flirty!

Lunch at the Whitewater Center

Summer Visit so fun!

Monday, February 15, 2010

President's Day

As many of you know I am applying to nursing school. I hope to start in the fall on my next chapter of life. I had to apply and get letters of recommendation, transcripts, and write essays. I thought that I could sit back and relax waiting to receive word on school. It has been far from that!

As a little girl I loved little women and was always so torn waiting for them to get their requests from suitors. In the old movies letters are delayed and women's lives are forever changed because they never knew that the man they loved, loved them back. I have become one of those women!

I harass Ashley and Fran to see if they have checked the mail and if anything is for me. I count down the days since I applied, since they say they will let you know within a month. I was thrilled with the snow but then realized that my letter may become delayed because of it. Now President's Day! Why do we celebrate president's day? In all my free time that I have not spent getting the mail I researched. Presidents' Day is celebrated in February to honor two of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. The holiday is celebrated in the United States on the third Monday in February.

I love what our forefathers have given us! But it pains me to have one more day for the mail to get delayed and one more day of waiting to see if I will be able to start school in the fall. I love my blackberry, texting, and chatting on all sorts of different sites....but now I wait....

When we were children president's day meant no school, now I have to work, and wait...

Happy Valentine's Day

So as most of you know I am really not one for excessive celebrating of holidays. Since I have rarely had anyone to celebrate Valentine's Day with I would say that this "holiday" is no exception. I actually worked last year on Valentine's just so I would have an excuss why I could not celebrate. Last year at Chick-fil-A we passed out little nugget boxes with coupons and chocholate to all of the ladies. Little did I know that I would meet Giles that day and that one year later we would be celebrating again!

It is really hard not to get into the romance and cheesyness of Valentines Day when it is also your anniversary, even for someone like me. Giles and I had not really made a big deal out of it we were going to go to dinner at our favorite place, 17 North, on Saturday night and just stay low key. The weekend turned out to be one of the most magical we have ever had. Sharing a kiss on the top of the new Ben Saywer bridge in the snow especially!

Giles and his brother Travis in Lousianna

Giles gave me a new digital picture frame which made me have to go through all of my old photos so I could move them over. I realized what a fun year we have had, and how lucky I am to have found my best friend one year ago. I also realized how blessed I am to have great friends that love me and that I can go through this crazy ride of life with. I know I am getting really sappy and I apoligize but with all of this love in the air I figure what better time of year. So hear are a few of my favorite photos from the past year or so...

Annie loves adventure too!

I have been blessed to have such great roomates!

friends :)

The most amazing weekend ever!

Whenever I hear of snow in Charleston I have to laugh. Busiesses begin to shut down, there is a run on the grocery store, and pretty much everyone in town becomes a weather expert. Giles and I were not worried about the snow in the least, and headed off to the oyster roast. On the way there we went up to the top of the new Ben Sawyer Bridge which is almost complete. This was one of my favorite memories of our relationship together, it was truely Nicholas Sparksish Once we got to the Oyster Roast on Gold Bug we waited for the wintery mix, I with much doubt and speculation. Then the snow poured snow. Grown adults raced outside for snow ball fights, snow angels, and tons of pictures. I am sure that all of these people had seen snow before, but there is something about snow in Charleston that is really is magical.
Giles lead the charge back up to the top of the bridge where we continued to celebrate this rare night. One of the foreman did run us off the bridge which made it feel that much more of a rebellion. After leaving the oyster roast we rode back to the house, stopping in the K Mart parking lot so that the boys could do donuts. I can't even do this night justice for how much fun it was to be with all of my favorite people sharing these moments together!