Thursday, March 28, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Prom Style

Last week, Lauren from On a Lighter Note... shared her prom dresses from high school.  I loved the idea, and since we are coming into Prom Season, I figured that for this week's installment of Throwback Thursday, I would share mine.

Let's start with Sophomore Sweet Sixteen.  This is kind of a 'prom' that the parents throw right after school gets out.  It was my first 'formal' event.


I actually had this dress made. Finding a prom dress as a fat girl is hard. I like it back then, and I guess it's not too terrible now.  

Now onto Junior Prom. Again, I had my dress made. 

Woah pink! The long shawl thing was ok... The straps of the dress were actually rhinestones. I wore a tiara... because I could. Look at those bangs... 

My favorite prom dress was from Senior Year.  I've looked and looked for the formal picture and I can't find it anywhere.  I'm at my mom's for Easter weekend... and I still can't find it. I will have to keep looking and update y'all later. 

For Senior prom, I was tired of having my dresses made.  I wanted to go buy a prom dress like every other girl.  So, we looked and looked, and finally found a shop that sold Plus Size formal gowns... it also came at a price.  The dress was over $300.  My mom agreed to pay half, and I had to pay the other half since I was working.  It was a pretty purple one shoulder dress that had an ombre effect and became pink. It had beads and rhinestones and was a ballgown.  I loved my hair, and actually wore a rose from my Aunt's rose bush in my hair. Here's the only picture that I can find. 

I blacked out the other girl's face just to protect her privacy.  I guess we had some kind of luau theme since I have the lei on.  I loved this dress.  I actually sold it recently at a consignment shop... so now some other girl is enjoying it for prom... even 10 years later. 

Notice no dates in the pictures?  Yeah, I didn't have any. 


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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Single Girl's Inbox

Time for another glimpse into my online dating site inbox. Normally, I cover up the username, but this one was gem, so I decided not to...  He obviously is very precise when it comes to what kind of woman he wants. I used to have a disclaimer on my profile that said I was not into black men. I got a lot of flack for it, and was called racist several times. I'm not racist, its just a preference thing... the same as some men prefer to date twigs skinny girls.  The disclaimer did not stop black men from messaging me, so I just removed it.

You're gonna have to click on this one to make it bigger, because as you can see, it is a huge block of text, but it was too bad good to not include the whole thing.

I underlined some of my favorite parts. He said that this is a brief introduction of himself. When I opened my  messages and was greeted with this wall of words, the adjective 'brief' did not come to mind.  This is more like "all of the answers to all of the questions you could ask in a first conversation."

He also says that he trusts me with his phone number.  Keep in mind this is the very first message that this person sent me. Who trusts another person without ever talking to them?


I could go on and on about all the things wrong with this message... but I ignored it... simply because I did not want to "conversate" with him... 

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Guest Post

Hey y'all... no post here today because my very first ever Guest Post is up over at Just A Small Town Girl!  I  love Megan's blog, so you should go on over there and check it out!

Have a great Monday... and don't forget to link up for Monday Mingling with Logan and Tarole... you never know who you're gonna find.  I think that Monday Mingling is where Megan and I first 'met.'

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Pit & Peak

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Another week of Monday and Friday posting only. I'll explain in my vlog later.  Once again, I'm linking up with Allie and Brin for Pit & Peak.  I love this link up! 

Keeping it short and sweet this week! 



Speaking of Allie, you should head on over to her blog and enter her March Sponsor's giveaway.  It is pretty awesome! You can win $125 in cash and some other great prizes! You can't win if you don't enter! 

Have a great weekend guys!  Hopefully, I'll be posting more soon! 

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Music Monday: "Born This Way" Cover by Little Big Town

I'm gonna try to keep this brief because I'm blogging from my phone. My computer has been in the shop since Friday. If there are crazy spelled words or horrible grammar we will just blame my phone cause this is hard!

The other night my roommate and I were riding somewhere and I heard this song come on her Sirius Radio... I was floored! I've since listened to it a lot... as well as other covers by Little Big Town. Here's their cover of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way."


Now, I'm not a huge Lady Gaga fan, but something about her songs being covered by country artists just does it for me.  Take a guitar, a banjo, a snare drum and a bass and beautiful harmonies and what song wouldn't sound good?

Little Big Town has some other awesome covers on their channel too.  I've loved LBT since "Boondocks." And I guess I'm behind times since this video was uploaded over a year ago.

What do you think about artists covering songs from different genres?

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Handprint Quilt

Earlier this week, I told you about when my love for quilting began. After that first quilt was finished, almost 10 years ago, I had never completed another one... until last October.

Every year, our church has a "Harvest Festival" and there is an auction to raise money for different Ministries. Sometimes, Sunday School classes will get together and make things to go on the auction. My Mama and my Aunt teach the Sunday School class for 3, 4 and 5 year olds.  A few months before the auction, my Mama told me that she wanted her class to do a quilt, but that I would have to help her with it. Because I can't ever say "No," I agreed. I was excited to begin working on another quilt.

She said that she wanted each child to put their handprint on a block, and then to put them all together.  I did some searches online and found something that I could work with. Each child's handprint was yellow on a white block. We wrote their name and age on the block with their handprint with a fabric marker. We had some blocks left over, so the teachers each did a handprint, and one block said "Beginner's Sunday School Class 2012"and the other said "Red and Yellow, Black and White, they are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world." (I wished after I wrote that on the block, that there was some red in the quilt.) I framed each block with fabric in a white, black, yellow and gray color scheme.  I used a jelly roll for the strips.  Then, I sashed and backed the quilt with a solid yellow.  As for the actual quilting, I just stitched in the ditch.

It was no where near perfect! There was crooked lines, and fabric puckers. But in the end, I was pleased with it, since it was really, the first quilt that I'd completed, start to finish on my own.  At the auction, I was blown away when it was the very first item up for auction, and the winning bid was $225!

Have a look! Sorry for the crappy pictures, but these are the only ones I have.





I love the colors of the quilt. I've since learned a lot that will make my next one even better!  What do you think?

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Pits & Peaks - with a Special Guest

 
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I can't believe that its already Friday again, and time for the weekly Pit & Peak Linkup.  Make sure that you check out Brin and Allie's blogs.  They are the fabulous hosts of this fun little link up!
 
This week, I've vlogged again, and I'm joined by a Special Guest -- My Roommate Angela! The video is kind of long, but watch the whole thing, because we had a blast making it!
 
 
Have a great weekend! I'm actually going to be posting some this weekend so that I can catch up. What were your Pits & Peaks this week?
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Another Great Giveaway!

I'm so excited to one of Logan's sponsors over at Southern Sunflowers and Coffee Beans! I just started sponsoring blogs, so it's all new to me, but working with Logan has been great.  Every month, she does a group giveaway from all of her sponsors.  You should definitely check out these wonderful ladies and their blogs. You could win some awesome prizes!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Our Lives are like Quilts

Our lives are like quilts - bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.

I first became interested in quilting a little over 10 years ago, just before I was a Senior in High School.  During our Senior year, we had to complete a Senior Project, which involved a research paper and a physical project that we could present to a panel of judges.  It is one of those silly school projects that students always question why they have to do. We had to work with a mentor, and we had the whole school year to complete it. The physical project required that we spend at least 15 hours with our mentor working on the project. Students chose all sorts of things, like learning to play an instrument, or developing a workout routine to lose weight. Some students volunteered with nursing homes or with fire departments, so that they could learn about careers.  I chose to make a quilt. 

Over the course of the school year, I spent 128 hours working on my quilt. You see, I chose one of the harder quilting methods to begin with, an applique Sunbonnet Sue pattern, and I decided that I was going to hand quilt the whole thing. I would not start with a lap quilt... instead, I would make a quilt large enough to cover a queen sized bed. This was a monumental task, especially for a 17 year old, who could barely sew a straight line on a sewing machine. 

My mentor was a lovely older lady that lived down the road from my house.  She had been making quilts forever, and really taught me a lot about the quilting process.  She pieces her quilts using an antique sewing machine, and then hand quilts them all.  I loved working with her and learning from her.  At the same time, I was working on my research paper, and I was learning so much about the history of quilts and how they had been used throughout history. 

Once the quilt top was finished, and it was time to quilt, we decided to set up an old fashioned quilting frame in the living room at my Grandma's house and gather around it and quilt like an old fashioned quilting bee. That experience is still one of my favorite memories. My mentor, my Mama, my Grandma and I worked on hand quilting my quilt. Some days, my sister, my Aunt and my cousin would join us. We all worked together, a little each day to finish this project.  When it was done, I was so proud of what we had accomplished. 
Showing off my completed quilt in 2003. 
About a year after the quilt was done, my Grandma passed away. Having the memory of our quilting bee in her living room is priceless. I video tapped parts of us quilting so that I could document it for my project, and I love having those memories captured. 

This quilt, is one of my most prized possessions. I still sleep with it often, and every time I am wrapped up in it, I feel like my Grandma is a little closer to me. I am wrapped up in the warmth of the blanket, but surrounded by the love that went into making this quilt.  It is much more to me, than just pieces of fabric that are stitched together.  It is a reminder that although my Grandma is not physically here with me, that she is still close at heart always. 

I haven't quilted much since, but I still have an interest in it. I did make a quilt last year, that I will be sharing later this week. I have been watching tons of tutorials on YouTube and pinning lots of quilt ideas on Pinterest.  I hope to make another quilt this year.  I already have one in mind to make for Parker. 

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Good Friends are Like a Four Leaf Clover {Giveaway!}

I saw a quote the other day that said "Good Friends are like a Four Leaf clover... hard to find and lucky to have." Sometimes, Sarah Jessica Parker is credited with that quote... who knows, these days.  Anyway, I really liked the quote, because it was so true. Finding friends, especially good friends is HARD! Especially, once you become an adult. 

I don't have many 'true' friends, in real life, but I cherish the ones that I do have. Sometimes, I feel like all of my friends live in my computer... seriously! Over the years, I have been involved with so many online communities  and I have 'met' some awesome people... some of whom I consider to be real friends.  I'm sure a lot of you know what I'm talking about... the blogging community is great for this. 

About six or so years ago, I had called off my wedding, and I was just about to buy my house. I had been addicted to the message boards on The Knot while I was wedding planning, so naturally, I kind of stumbled onto their sister site, The Nest, to join the Decorating and Renovating Board. I spent countless hours on that board, and met some pretty amazing ladies. 

A group of us, became sort of close on the board, and decided we would form our own little group. We started out on a Google group, and eventually transitioned into a Facebook group, where we communicate now on a daily basis. We live all over the country. We're miles apart, but at the same time, we feel so close to each other. We are diverse, but we share a lot of the same interests. We connect on so many levels. When someone is having a bad day, we comfort and cheer them up. When someone rants about work, we listen and then tell them to leave their job. We dote on each other's kids and nieces and nephews. We've gone through so much together. Marriages, divorce, pregnancy, miscarriages, graduations, births, deaths... and the list goes on... We've been there to laugh with each other, cry with each other, pray for and encourage each other... for the past 6 years.  We are friends. We love each other. And one day when we all meet up, it is going to be a helluva time! 

We are so lucky to have this group of friends. I feel so lucky to be a part of this group of amazing ladies. We've never really acknowledged that we were a 'group' outside of the nest... but I'm not sure anyone ever cared. Several of us have blogs, and recently, we started talking about doing a group giveaway. Just because we want to... just because we are so lucky and so blessed to know each other! The ladies that you are about to meet are not all of the ones from our group, but it is a good sampling. I hope that you will take the time and meet some of my friends! 

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Because we feel so lucky to be a part of this group, we want to share with you! Please take the time to "meet" each of the 10 wonderful ladies that are participating in this giveaway! Each person shares what they are giving away and a little about themselves below. Once you are done reading about everyone and their blogs or businesses, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter! There is definitely something for everyone! Remember, this giveaway is Winner Take All, so the winner would be receiving something from each person! 
Crystal from My Ramblings is giving away a $25 Tupperware Gift Certificate! Here's what she has to say about her blog and giveaway item:

Hey y'all! I'm Crystal.  I'm a single girl in my (now late) 20s, who is still waiting for something magical to happen.  My blog is a mish mash of all the crazy fun things that go on in my life, and the random thoughts that just pop in my head! I'm giving away a $25 Tupperware Gift Card.  I am a Tupperware Consultant, and being in this business has changed my life so much. I love sharing our products with other people! 
Holly from When Two Became Four is giving away a doTerra Essential Oils Introductory Kit. Meet Holly and learn about this prize:

I wear a lot of hats in life. Being a mom of twins, working in educational research, owning my own Tastefully Simple business, being a good wife, daughter, friend, etc. are all parts of me (and the mom hat is by FAR the best!). Sometimes you need a boost. doTerra's essential oils give me that boost for sure!

Whenever the girls or myself feel a cruddy sinus infection coming on, the Breathe blend is fantastic. On Guard is a great immune system booster for us. Eucalyptus feels great sprinkled onto a rice bag for a headache. I'm a big believer that essential oils are so important to maintain our well-being, and doTerra is simply the best.

My contribution to the Lucky Girlfriends giveaway is a doTerra introductory starter kit (full size lemon, peppermint and lavender oils), doTerra unscented lotion to use with the oils, and the very delicious and therapeutic doTerra lip balm with wild orange and peppermint essential oils.

The seasonal change is the perfect time to start a doTerra regimen, and I want to pass these along to a new "girlfriend" of mine! Good luck :)
Hope from The Wino That I Know is giving away a $10 Gift Card to Total Wine.  Here's what she says: 

While I haven't been enjoying much wine as of late, there's no reason you shouldn't! Total Wine is one of my favorite stores for browsing, sampling and purchasing new wines. I'm thrilled to give one lucky reader a $10 Total Wine gift card to experiment with some new wines.
Michelle from Sweet Tea and Tacos is so talented, that she wrote a book! She's giving away a copy of "To Hymn We Sing." Check out what she has to say about her blog and her book:

I'm Michelle, a 30 something music teacher who loves to sew, cook, do crafty projects around the house, and decorate. My blog represents my ADHD self - it's random. Some days you get my pregnancy rants, as we are expecting our first baby in August, and some days you get my favorite recipes, stories about my adorable dog, or the projects I'm working on around the house! Grab a glass of sweet tea and a taco, and swing on over to Texas at Sweet Tea and Tacos!

"To Hymn We Sing" is a devotional book based on the stories behind the hymn texts we know and love. Growing up in a Southern Baptist church, we sang hymn after hymn every Sunday, and they always captivated me. This book digs deeper into the text: what the author was going through when writing and what was going on in the world. It was a joy to research these hymns and tie them together with the Word and a devotion.
Mandy from This Girl's Life is giving away a Vintage Inspired Key Charm Beaded Necklace from her Etsy Shop, Love Squirrels.  Here's what she has to say about her blog: 

This Girl's Life is my personal blog about my adventures as a 30-something working mom of twin boys. I love anything that involves crafts, interior design and fashion, and I'm a bit addicted to good coffee and dark chocolate. Enjoying the journey of marriage, motherhood and lots of crafty projects in between!
Michelle from Dirt Road Damsel is giving away a $25 Gift Card to Hobby Lobby! Meet Michelle: 

Hey all! This is Michelle from Dirt Road Damsel. I am a twenty-something year old mom to two crazy little girls, a blogger, a crafter and a veteran army wife from Northeast Oklahoma. When I’m not working, hanging out with my husband, or chasing after my kids you can probably catch me with a glue gun in my hand. I love all things crafty and I am constantly thinking of new fun DIY projects to try out. So, it only makes perfect sense that my contribution on our BIG giveaway is a $25 gift card to my favorite store... Hobby Lobby! On a regular basis, I visit my local Hobby Lobby at least twice a week. It is my go to place for everything crafty and fun! If I won a gift card from there, I can guarantee you I would make a beeline right to the scrapbooking department to load up on vinyl for my Cricut and cute scrapbooking embellishments! Good luck!
Amanda from Pixel Perfect Invitations is giving away a Custom Invitation Design! Meet Amanda and learn about her business: 

My name is Amanda, and I'm the designer at Pixel Perfect Invitations.  I have a degree in Media, with an Art minor. I've been designing custom invitations for friends and family for about 7 years, but recently decided to open my business up to a wider audience. Check out my Facebook page, where you can see samples of my work.  The winner of this giveaway will receive a custom invitation design, where you will get a digital copy that you can print yourself. I look forward to designing your next invitations! Every Pixel will be Perfect! 
Rachel from Baby Makes Three...And Now Four is giving away a LeapFrog Discovery House! Meet Rachel and learn why she loves this toy: 

My blog started out as a baby blog to document my pregnancy and raising my son but it morphed. Although I still consider myself a “Mommy Blogger”, I have other interests! I love to knit, cook, read and talk about myself. Enjoy my ramblings about being a mom and about my life.

I recently posted about my boys’ favorite things so in honor of that post, I am giving away a LeapFrog My Discovery House. This is such a fun toy! Yes, even though it has buttons and makes noise, I promise it’s not annoying. Your kiddo will learn all kinds of things while working on their fine motor skills. Each side of the house has a different house related activity (a refrigerator, a doorbell) and there are plenty of knobs, buttons and sliders to keep your little one occupied. Both my 1 year old and 3 year old LOVE this toy.
Crystal is a Tastefully Simple Consultant. Learn about her business and her awesome prize: 

Studies show that 80% of American households have no idea what is for dinner by 4 pm each day. Does this sound familiar, even some of the time? Tastefully Simple is the original in-home tasting party company, and our specialty is offering easy, tasty mealtime solutions that everyone loves! Whether you need a quick dip to take to a picnic or potluck, or you want to make a gourmet tasting meal with time constraints, we can help. Like my Facebook Page, and post a quick hello to me and leave your name, city and state! 

My prize for the giveaway is our new Chillin' Out gift set. This set comes in a lemon yellow gift bag containing our excellent new Dill Pickle Dip Mix and a lovely lime green ceramic dip chiller. Perfect for those hot afternoons! Retail Value: $36.95.

If you would like to try our products, go to my website and place an order! Your order will come directly to your door by UPS and you will receive an additional entry in the giveaway.
Katie from Stumbled Onto The Blogwagon is giving away a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card! Meet Katie and find out why: 

KT LOVES books! You can read about her adventures in reading 50 books in 52 weeks in 2011 or check out what she's read this year (and the grades she's given each book). Gift card is good for purchases at bn.com and in-store.

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If you've been keeping track, that's over $225 worth of awesome prizes! One lucky person will get them all! Use the Rafflecopter Widget below to enter. The only mandatory entry is that you leave a comment on this post. There are tons of optional entries available. We strongly encourage you to visit as many of the ladies as possible and show them some love for sponsoring this giveaway.  Winner will be announced after the giveaway closes on Friday, March 15 and the winner is verified. Good Luck!


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Friday, March 8, 2013

Pits & Peaks - Vloggy Style

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Again, this week, I am linking up with Allie from Tales of a Twenty Something and Brin from Bold Butter Baby for Pit & Peak.  This week, they decided to do vlogs for the link up, so I decided to play along. 

Excuse the nasty hair... and the many times that I say "um" and the times that I touch my face and the times I roll my eyes. As I state in the video, I've been feeling like crap this week... so you'll just have to take what you get! This video also lives up to the name of my blog... because I ramble... did not intend for it to be 7 minutes long! 


What were your Pits & Peaks this week? 
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

5 (Free) Android Apps to Entertain Toddlers

I've seen lots of posts out there about Apps for the iPhone to entertain Toddlers, but not many for Androids.  I don't own any products with an apple on them, so my smart phone, is a droid.  I spend a lot of time with my sister's kids, so I have a folder that has Apps just for Parker to use. The Apps that I list here are Toddler Tested, and Mom (and Aunt) Approved.  These are the ones that Parker asks to use over and over. 

Oh yeah, and they're all FREE! 

Toddler World

Before I got this app, I had several downloaded for counting, the alphabet, fireworks, etc... but this App puts them all into one place. So now, when Parker asks to do "fireworks," I just go to this app and go to the "Color Bursts" option.  There are a lot of activities for Toddlers, and there are games that they can play after they have the basics down. The one downfall of this app, is that the voice that it uses is very robotic. 



Toddler Cars

There are several different "car" apps out there, but this one seems to be the one that Parker likes the most.  It is a very simple App, so it is perfect for a 2 year old. All they do is touch the picture, and it says that name of the vehicle, and makes a sound.  Parker is obsessed with all things that go, so this is probably his favorite App.  He always wants to do "trucks on Crystal's phone." Unlike the previous app, the voice on this one isn't robotic, and can be enthusiastic at times. 



Color Ripple for Toddlers

Color Ripple is such a simple App, but Parker loves it, and Maggie, at 7 months old, has played with it a few times.  You simply run your finger across the screen, and it creates a color trail and it is set to soothing music. It is kind of mesmerizing. The free version of this app, only has one background, but you can pay for more. 
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Drum Set

Ok, so this is technically not a Toddler App, but it is the first App that I downloaded specifically for Parker to use. One day, he was being super fussy, and I was trying to think of something to calm him down, so I quickly downloaded the first drum set app that I found and let him bang around on it. That was over a year ago, and he still asks to play the drums every now and then.  There are different set ups, so that you musically inclined people can create different rhythms with different drums.  You can also record what you play and then listen to it.  It is a pretty cool app with many more uses than keeping a Toddler entertained, but it definitely works for that purpose too!  And, unlike a real drum set, I can turn down the volume! 



iStoryBooks

 iStoryBooks is probably one of my favorite Apps that Parker uses.  It has a ton of free story books that you download and it reads them to the child.  The narrator is a friendly voiced named Maya. There are a lot of different books..everything from educational books, to fairy tales.  You can choose to have the pages turn automatically or when you swipe through to turn the pages.  You can also turn off the voice, so that as children get older, they can read the books to you.  They are always updating and adding more books, or you can purchase a monthly subscription to have access to even more books. 



Those are 5 of my favorite apps to keep the Toddler in my life entertained... what are yours? 


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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Welcome to Greenville, North Carolina

Yesterday, Ashley at Wannabe Green and Heather at From Here to There started a blog hop called "Home Town Hop."  I've been meaning to write about Greenville for a while now, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.


On Facebook, my hometown is listed as "Fountain, NC." Technically, that is where I grew up.  My address was Fountain, but I went to school in Falkland and Farmville (yes, a real town, not a Facebook game!).  I had a Greenville telephone number and our water came from Bell Arthur. You can probably imagine, that I grew up in pretty much the middle of nowhere.  So, when people ask me where I'm from, I usually say Greenville.  That is the 'biggest' city that is close to where I am from, and it is the county seat of Pitt County, which is really, where I'm from.

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Welcome to Greenville, North Carolina. We are a moderate sized town in the Eastern part of North Carolina.  We are about an hour east of the state capital, Raleigh, and about 2 hours from the beaches on the coast. We're right a long the Tar River, which is probably one of the reasons that our town was formed.

Greenville is the home of the East Carolina University Pirates! If there is one thing that Greenville is known for, it is probably ECU.  Greenville is truly a "college town."  I think that its safe to say that without the University, and the Hospital, Greenville would be just a small rural town like those that surround it. Here, ECU is a BIG deal! When you plop a University with around 30,000 students, plus faculty and staff into a tiny town, of course it is going to be a big deal.

Main Campus is close to the Downtown (or Uptown, as they like to call it) area.  It is beautiful, with a mixture of old and new buildings.  ECU is over 100 years old, and began as a Teacher's College.  Sports are huge here, especially Football. Pirate Nation, as it is called, comes out in full force every Fall.

Another big thing here, that is related to the University is our Medical Campus. Vidant Medical Center is considered a Teaching Hospital, as it works closely with the ECU Brody School of Medicine. It is one of 4 academic medical centers in North Carolina. 

Another nickname for Greenville is "Protwon" for the BMX Community.  Dave Mirra moved here and built up the community, and now there are over 20 Professional BMX Riders here. 

Fun Fact: The original Hardee's opened in Greenville in 1960. 

This is just scratching the surface of Greenville.  There are so many things always going on here. Some times, I love living here, and some times, I can't wait to leave. 

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Dating Disasters

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Today, Brin and Allie are hosting a Dating Disasters link up. We've all had sucktacular dates, so why not share our horror stories and compare notes?! I've had my fair share of crappy experiences with guys, so I decided to participate. (I promise that all of this week's posts won't be relationship related!)

It's kind of hard for me to pick a 'worst date,' I haven't really dated a whole lot. My past relationships have been kind of weird, the way that they've just 'happened,' Even with my boyfriends, there have been some crappy dates.  I could tell you all about the guy who started talking about children on the 2nd date and almost demanded that I take a pregnancy test because he didn't want to have kids... or I could tell you about the guy who got mad when I ordered a glass of wine and actually said "I can take you to the store to get a bottle for cheaper.".. or the guy whose idea of a dinner date was Sonic. All of those are fun stories... but I chose a different date to tell you lovelies about today...

The night I got engaged. You may be wondering why it was my "worst" date, but after you read it, I'm sure that you will agree that it was pretty crappy.

It was a Friday night... July 7, 2006, to be exact. I had worked all day, and I knew that Will was coming up so that we could visit his mom who was in the hospital in my town. (He lived about 2 hours away, and our hospital is one of the best around.)  I was talking to him on the phone, and he told me that he had a surprise for me when he got there.

We went to visit his mom in the hospital, and she told me that she was so glad that I was a part of their family, and it would be a gift to her, if I gave her a grandchild. (Um, what?! Weirdness for sure.)

Then, Will and I went to eat dinner.  Earlier, I had received coupons from work for a steakhouse, so Will suggested that we go there. I agreed... not knowing what was about to happen.  When we drove up to the restaurant, Will said, "Let's not get out yet."  I said, "ok" and then he pulled a ring out of his pocket. I was in total shock because we had only been dating for like 6 weeks. (Yes, that should have been a HUGE red flag.) He went into this whole spill about how he knew it was quick but that he couldn't imagine his life without me... blah blah blah. He cried, I cried, and eventually said "yes."  Then, we got out of the car, and went to eat our discounted meal.

So, at 21, I was proposed to in my car, in front of a steakhouse. Then, we celebrated by eating a meal that was partly paid with by coupons.  At least he did "let" me get dessert...  It ended up being one of my 'worst' dates because of all of the crap that I went through afterwards...

Great proposal story, huh?
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Monday, March 4, 2013

Couples on Facebook

I've made it no secret around here that I'm single. Sometimes, I am okay with that, and other times, it is a struggle. With that being said, I do not want this post to come off as some bitter single girl who is hating on Facebook couples. I'm sure someone will take it that way, and if they do, whatever.  If this offends anyone, I'm sorry... but this post is merely my observation and reaction to the way some couples behave on Facebook.  This is an outsider's view, and maybe it will give you something to think about. 

Let's start with my BIGGEST Facebook Couples pet peeve... The Shared Profile. I've been noticing a lot more couples with shared Facebook profiles lately.  That's really what sparked this post for me.  You've all seen the 'creative' ways that they have their names lumped together... JohnNJane Doe or JohnandJane Doe or John Doe-Jane Doe... or just John and Jane... Last week, I was checking Facebook on my phone and saw another "We now have a shared profile!" status update, and I rolled my eyes.  As I was driving for the next hour, I thought about why this really irks my nerves. Here's why: 
  • You are your own person. Yes, I know that when you are in a relationship that you change, but I never hope to change so much that I cannot think for myself or have my own friends and interests outside of the relationship. Yes, I know that even The Bible says that "two will become one," but at the end of the day, you are still your own person. Some people are taking the whole "two becoming one" thing a little too far.  
  • Facebook profiles were created for individual use.  Wanna question that?  Click Here for Facebook's official stance on it. 
  • It screams "We have trust issues!" It makes people think that you have to know everything that your spouse or significant other says to anyone else.  Can't trust the messages they are sending other people? Want to make sure they aren't going to cheat?  Just get a joint account and all of that will be solved... When I started writing this post, I googled "Couples that share Facebook Accounts" and came across this little gem... Profiles For Couples - This page gives people step by step instructions on how to create a joint page (not really hard for anyone who knows how to use FB), and the most of the comments are overly positive   One of them said "Would be great to have "Profile for Couples." The today show reported 1 in 5 divorces now blamed on facebook. Why not create a much needed couples page to help deter this."  Really? If you think that by sharing a Facebook page your spouse isn't going to find a way to cheat on you, then you must be living under some rock... people were cheating LONG before the invention of Facebook. 
  • It is confusing for friends of the Lovebirds... We never know whose birthday it really is... We don't know who is commenting on our status updates unless you tell us. We don't know who is online so that we can chat with them. I can be friends with one person in the couple and not be friends with the other.  I know some women that have asshats for husbands.  I don't want to be friends with asshats. 
  • It makes you look like you are talking to yourself when you comment on your own status.  Here's an example.  I took this screen shot from a couple who shares a profile on my friends' list. Of course, I replaced their picture and their name.

Looks ridiculous, right? Horrible grammar aside. 

Another thing that annoys me about some couples on Facebook is the super lovey dovey displays of affection.  It is one thing to write a post every once in a while saying "I love you" or "You are my world," but we don't need to see that stuff every freaking day. Seriously, it gets old, and after a while starts looking 'fake.' We also don't need to know what you are doing to each other, and when you are doing it... if you catch my drift.  And for the love of all things Holy, please refrain from checking in with each other "in bed!"

On the flip side of that, keep the drama off my news feed please... I like drama when I am watching it on The Young and the Restless, but there have been times, when I could have provided the writers with much better story lines just from the posts on my Facebook feed. Arguing? Fighting? Cheating?  Don't air that dirty laundry for the world to see! If your relationship is so bad that you need to rant about it, get off Facebook, and make an appointment with a marriage counselor, stat.

What other things have you seen from couples on Facebook that annoy you?

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Pit & Peak

I've been such a bad blogger this week. I'm disappointed in myself for that, because I had been posting pretty regularly.  As soon as I get a chance, I'm going to schedule a bunch of posts, because I have a lot to say!

Since, my blog existence has been of the non variety this week, I decided to kinda sum up this crazy busy week by linking up with Allie at Tales of a Twenty Something and Brin at Bold Butter Baby for their weekly Friday Pit & Peak link up.

Basically, you hit the low points and the high points of your week, and then link up... Super easy, and a fun way to recap the week.  I'm sure I will be doing this more often.

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I think I'll start with the bad and then end with the good. 

PIT
Gas prices - I have been traveling an insane amount this week, and I've put so many miles on my car, and burnt a lot of gas.  I have seriously lived in my car for the past week. I know that I don't drive the most gas efficient vehicle, but still, who really can afford gas when it is close to $4 a gallon?  (There is an upside to all of this traveling... I got to see views like this a lot.)
Heading West on US Hwy 264 at Sunset. Simply Beautiful.
Falling Behind - I've been super busy, and I just feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished.  I feel like I'm falling behind in life, in general. 

Super Tired -  I haven't really been feeling the best in the world.  I am super tired all the time.  Part of it is that I am just constantly on the go.  The other part, is that I really need to have my thyroid levels checked and get it under control.  I think I am going to look for another doctor, and suggest that he test my levels, and treat me as a new patient. 

PEAK
Busy Bee - In my line of work, being busy is a good thing! In the last 6 days, I have: held a Business Launch for a new Consultant on my down line  held a Tupperware party that was over $1000 in sales, attended Recognition Rally, where all of my hard work was rewarded, attended a Leadership training class, set up and worked a vendor fair, attended a Planning Committee and Team Captain meeting for Relay for Life, gone to school and had a Sociology test. Yeah, I'm tired! (And there are still 2 days left of the Vendor Fair!) I really do thrive on being busy though! 

Goal Setting- On Monday and Tuesday, I had the opportunity to visit with our Regional Sales Director, and he sat and talked with me about my goals for Tupperware, and what we were going to do get there. We kind of mapped out a plan, that I'm really excited about and I'm fired up about my business. He gave a great training to our Leadership Team on Tuesday, and he even asked me to speak on a Conference Call for all of the Consultants in our Region. I'm pumped! 

The Melting Pot - What a wonderful experience! I'd never been before, but I have heard amazing things about it. It definitely lived up to all the hype.  The best part, is that it was completely free for me, from my Regional Director, simply because I did my job.  I love Tupperware more and more everyday! We had such an amazing time, sitting back, chatting and enjoying the food. As a cheese lover, the first course was one of my favorites, but the chocolate was outstanding.  I did not taste one thing that I did not love that night.  The service was impeccable, especially with a large crowd. I left stuffed for sure! 

What were the pits and peaks of your week?
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