August 20, 2011

...and this is where life begins

"I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be."-Douglas Adams

If you told me a year ago that I would be where I am now, I would not have believed you. I didn't like where I was, but I was trying to like it. I was trying to fit in. I was trying to fit a mold that was not me. I was trying to remake my situation into something better. And I really did try, hard even. 
Upon realizing that my situation was not going to get better, I left. I came home, started over, rebuild my life and moved somewhere else. Sometimes in life, you just need a moment to step back and rebuild. And that is exactly what I did.

In a week from today my roomie moves in. I am so excited for this fall to start. To have a roommate who is my friend and roommate. Not just someone I am living with. I'm excited for football weekends. I'm excited for fall colors. I'm excited to have a real college experience. I'm excited to decorate my apartment and have a mesh of both of our styles, not just mine. I'm excited for pumpkin things. I'm excited for my life!

August 9, 2011

Odds and Ends

I've been collecting all sorts of things to decorate my apartment and I am very excited. Anna movies in at the end of August. I have everything in a pile waiting for her arrival so we can decorate together!

Last weekend, I went to visit my grandparents and helped them pack up a bit and sort through some stuff. My grandparents are moving closer to my aunt in Portland. They have been having a lot of a health problems and the whole family feels they should be closer to a family member in case of another crisis.

My grandma gave me all sorts of things to fill my apartment. I am so excited! The coolest part is that she gave them to ME. I'm going to have a touch of my grandma with me and that warms my heart. One of my favorite things she gave me is a old fashioned yellow kitchen-aide mixer.  I've been eyeing one for a very long time and I am really blessed to have my grandma give it to me.

I also got a lot of kitchen items. I love cooking and lately have been doing it more and more so this warms my heart. I feel like my apartment is really coming along and when Anna moves in it will really start to feel like home! I can't wait to get some things on these awful white walls! My next project is my porch. I do not know what to do with it! Any advice?

I'll definitely be posting pictures of my place as soon as things start coming along. For now, gotta keep you in the dark. I know, I know. It kills you. ;)

August 1, 2011

There's something special about best friends

My month of July has been crazy! It's been a lot of fun though. My mom came up to visit and we had a blast. I can't believe we didn't take any pictures. I got to see my grandparents on the coast and I went to visit my cousins and help them move into their new house. My cousin Emily and I even decorated a wall clock for her new room. It was fun!

I've been baking a lot of banana bread lately. I recently just attempted my first gluten free loaf, and it was wonderful! Janae and I have been watching the Bachlorette and majorly dissing on Ashley. That girl is just annoying. We've been having a blast going on walks and running errands. I've been attempting to teach Janae to cook, which is always a task that involves laughter. She turns 21 this week! Yay!

On Thursday, one of my best friends, Brynn came to visit from Indiana! I was soo happy to see her! We had a blast. On Thursday night, we hung out with a group of girls and attempted to see a midnight premiere, which didn't actually exist, so we settled for a night of House Bunny and laughter.
On Friday, we spent the day walking around OSU campus, finally getting me some beaver gear (finally!), and taking ridiculously long naps on account of getting 4 hours of sleep the night before. We had a total girl night, watching movies, lounging, laughing, and just being us. I wish that girl could come to school with me here so badly!
On Saturday, we decided to head to Newport, OR. I didn't know how close it was! It was a 45 minute drive from Corvallis. We had a blast singing along to the ridiculous songs on my Ipod. Here is our day in pictures:
 making the drive to Newport
 beautiful Oregon coast, beautiful best friends
 laying on the beach, snacking--
While we were sitting here, we were snacking on BBQ chips. A little boy ran up, sat down in front of Brynn and reached into our bag of chips. Brynn said no. The boy kinda starred at us for a minute and then said, "I'm ganna go get my mom!" and ran away. We pretty much died laughing.
 me in Newport, OR
 Brynn at Mo's, getting ready to eat their famous chowder

 famous yummy chowder
 love this girl!
 Brynn's jump picture, take 1
 my jump picture, take 35
 toes in the sand :)

Brynn and I really enjoyed our day on the coast. We laughed a lot. We are a lot. We had salt water taffy, tillamook ice cream, and mo's chowder. We saw 2 different weddings. We enjoyed walking along where all the shops were. I even got an adorable shelf for $12! We walked on the pier and noticed no Sea Lions were to be found. I had such a good time with my best friend. I was so sad when she had to leave Sunday morning. I definitely cried when I pulled away from the airport. Cuz there is just something special about best friends.