Thursday, February 26, 2009

Giving It Up...

Though I wasn't raised Catholic, every year I do attempt to give up something for Lent... a lot of people ask me why I choose to do this, but to me it helps me remember what Jesus sacrificed for us and I think it's important that we take time to give up everyday luxuries just so we can struggle a bit. Granted, what I chose this year isn't the hardest thing to give up like some people, but for me, the temptation is ALWAYS there for dessert so I am giving it up, at least until Easter.

Now this is going to be extremely difficult I assure you... especially when I have friends with birthdays coming up, meaning no cake or ice cream. But this will help me get in shape for Bev's wedding in less than 2 months and will make me look better for bathing suit season I hope.

So after Monday night's declicious ice cream I was spoiled with, it's goodbye for now to cake, pie, ice cream, cookies, jelly beans, gummi worms, m&m's, and anything else that calls my name... I have to be good from here but the countdown is officially on for April 12

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

When Boys Are Away... The Girls Will Play

Another weekend down in the books, and what an exciting one at that! Since it seems that most of my close friends in Nashville have recently become single, we thought we'd hit the town up right and let loose a little bit (not that we don't every other weekend, as well)! Meg's boyfriend was out of town visiting his grandmother in North Carolina (she's actually having surgery today so keep her and his family in your prayers) so I had my roommate all to myself for a whole weekend... and I loved every minute of it!

Friday night us girls started off at Red Door in Midtown- now becoming one of our favorite places around Nashville. We were definitely having lots of fun singing to everyone who walked in and I think they were pretty impressed at our skills (Journey's Don't Stop Believin' was a fan favorite that night). We then made our way downtown to P-Park where we almost had a little encounter with the past, but we escaped!!
Me and My Favorite Person in the World
Hot Brunette Ladies at Red Door (Julie, Sarah, Lauren, and Meg)

Me and My Zumba Ladies

Then Saturday night, here we are again- Meg, Candice, and I started our night off with a fantastic dinner at Merchant's Restaurant downtown on Broadway. I had been given a $100 gift certificate to use and I thought these ladies deserved a nice dinner on me... after a bottle of wine and lots of delicious food, we headed to P-Park again (yes this is 2 nights in a row). Joining up with some of our friends Lauren, Julie, Ashley, and Nerissa, we claimed our table and got to sing Rocky Top at the top of our lungs. But then it turned silly because Meg wanted to dance so we made our rounds to Cadillac Ranch (I despise that bar!!) and then to Hollywood Disco (yes, they have a light up dance stage). We met up with some guy friends there and definitely showed off some of our new Zumba moves... too much fun!

Rando Couple Making Out- We Thought We Needed to Make it a Kodak Moment!!

Singing Rocky Top- Yes, We Were "Those Annoying People"
Me and Sarah's Brother Zach- So Fun!!
Only I Would Get a Cup Stuck in my Shoe- This ALWAYS Happens to MeI Love Black and White Pictures!!
Getting Down with Chad at Hollywood Disco- Too Hysterical

Just When You Thought It Was Over...

Last night started out as any typical Monday night... us girls get together to cook dinner and watch our reality TV shows (The Bachelor followed by The City), but last night just after I was asking the question of 'When is The Hills coming back?', my prayers were answered when MTV delivered the brand new trailer for Season 5. Looks like we'll be seeing lots of fighting, some potenital friends making up, and Spencer acting out yet again- will Heidi ever leave him so her and Lauren can be friends?? Looks like we'll all have to watch to find out. (FYI- no official date was given for the premiere, but Spring of 2009 looks to be very promising!!)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Everybody ZUMBA!!

Ever since joining the Green Hills YMCA a few weeks ago, my roommate and I have been dying to try out the Zumba class on Saturday mornings. This past Saturday, we finally made our way in having no idea what to expect... and boy were we surprised!! Apparently this class has become quite a phenomenon with all the ladies and it was PACKED- they actually had to switch the class from the group exercise room to the basketball gym because it's become so popular.

For those of you who don't know what Zumba is, it's a dance class that fuses latin rhythms (think salsa and meringue) and hip hop moves into one class. Let me tell you, at first, we were kinda skeptical about how good of a workout it would be since it's "only dance class", but after the 1-hour session, Meg, Candice, and I could barely function enough to make it to the car... it was quite a workout indeed! We loved it though- the music was great to dance to, the moves were easy to learn, and the energy in the room made you want to shake your booty- we had quite an audience watching us, too! Definitely brought back a lot of memories from my days on the dance team back in high school. Needless to say, I will be back and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to try something different at the gym!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I Love My Life

Another week of total madness in my world... but in the best way possible! It has recently come to my attention (even though in the back of my head I already knew this) that I undoubtedly have the best friends in the world - I don't know what I would do without every single one of them, but I'm going to brag a little bit... it's the hard times in your life when you really look in the mirror and try to evaluate everything that consumes your life and for me, I wouldn't change one single thing about the road I'm travelling down right now. I think I am at a place where I am truly happy and I'm learning so much about myself in the process, which is what I've been needing for so long. My friends have really come through for me and I am surrounded by so many positive people that it's hard not to be completely and undeniably content. Well enough of the blabbering - but to my friends out there, thank you from the bottom of my heart- you don't know how much joy and happiness you bring to my life each and every day- I love you!!
For Valentine's Day, us singles decided to get together and head to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants for dinner - La Paz, which is awesome and right down the street from my house in Green Hills... after a few drinks, we headed out to Tin Roof for the "Single's Awareness Day Party". Let me tell you, I've NEVER seen the bar that crowded and we definitely had our fun that night... who says being single on Valentine's Day isn't fun??
Me and My Valentine Candice!
Brother and Sister Love Even sweetheart couples like Benji and Hurt wanted to come play with us!
And the Single Boys...We Love them too!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

You Can't Help But Laugh

Today has been and continues to be a VERY difficult day at work... first of all, I got chewed out this morning by someone I work with over the phone because they thought I had screwed a proposal up - come to find out, they pretty much needed to open their mouth and insert foot because it was them who caused the confusion. Anyways, with the nonsense out of the way, I wanted to post my favorite You Tube video of all time - it doesn't matter how bad your day is, all I have to do is bring it up and a smile instantly comes across my face... I mean how adorable are these kids?? Maybe I'll just adopt some Brits of my own someday =)

Friday, February 13, 2009

BOARD Meeting and Preds Game

The past two nights have definitely been some of my favorite in a long time here in Nashville... as I mentioned last week, Meg and I created a weekly BOARD meeting for all of our friends to come and hang out during the week just to escape the everyday 8 to 5 lifestyle we are so used to living. This week we ventured to Sam's in the Village- not only do they have 2 for 1's, but they also have Wednesday night trivia and our friends are extremely competitive so of course we like to participate as much as possible (pretty sure Lauren and I did the best with our Gusher's answer)

Our Little Family!!

Me, Luke, and Michael

Amber and Me- I Love You!!

Then last night, thanks to my friend Jeff's company seats, we got to go to the Predators Hockey game against the St. Louis Blues. We ate dinner at Rippy's beforehand and then made our way to the seats only a mere 6 rows from the glass (I was uber excited because I have never sat that close before). The game was action-packed with flying pucks headed our direction (a guy 2 rows away actually got hit in the head and the paramedics had to come), a REALLY good fight in the 1st period (hey, it's not a fun game unless there is a fight), a last second shot to tie us up, and then a final shootout where WE WON!! We all kept reminescing about how much the game reminded us of the Mighty Ducks movie just because of how crazy it was... what a great night in Nashville!!

Look at how close our seats wereMe with My Flame Retardent Roommate

Monday, February 9, 2009

Girls Just Want To Have Fun...

This past Saturday night, us girls got together and had a spectacular night out on the town! After a week of ups and downs, personally and professionally, it was so fun to be able to get dressed up and have a real night out with my girlfriends. We started the night at Rumba on West End with lots of tapas (small plates) and a few mojitos, and then made our way to our favorite bar on Demonbreun, Tin Roof. My voice is still hurting from all of the singing and the feet are still aching from dancing in heels ALL night long, but it was well worth it. Needless to say, we were definitely "those girls" in the bar, and I think people were laughing at us, but we didn't care one bit. Still, we needed to get our fix from the boys so we let them come play with us later, too!

Roomie MANDATORY tequila shots right when we got to the bar (Candice was smarter than we were apparently!)

I Love These Girls!

Dance Party at the Roof

P.S. these pictures were taken with my BRAND NEW camera- I finally had to break down and buy another one. I couldn't stand not having a camera anymore- it just didn't feel right and my nights out weren't as fun. Candice had a great idea and told me I need to own stock in Canon since I give them so much of my $$$. =)
Have a great week friends- hope you get to get outside and enjoy the BEAUTIFUL spring-like weather!! (obviously that groundhog had no idea what he's talking about)


Friday, February 6, 2009

A Great Day to be a VOL

Last night will be one for the record books no doubt... having her 2nd attempt this week to reach her 1,000th win, Pat Summitt's Lady Vols dominated Georgia in a 73-43 win, securing her place in history as the most winningest coach in Division 1 Basketball EVER. She passed Bobby Knight a few years ago at 900, but this is just the icing on the cake... she was quoted last night saying "Records are meant to be broken," but I don't think this is one we will see outdone in our lifetime (at least I hope not). With thousands of fans in the arena and on her homecourt named "The Summitt", streamers of orange and white filled the air, while fans cheered and sang "Rocky Top" for the beloved coach. This win comes with an even sweeter deal as Pat announced she just signed another contract keeping her in Knoxville through 2014... guess that will mean a few more opportunities to add to her list of National Championships, huh?? Joined by Bruce Pearl, Phillip Fulmer, and numerous other coaches and close friends, you could see the delight and gratefulness on her face... such a great day to be a TENNESSEE VOL!

Round 2 Anyone??

This has been a very eventful week (to say the least), but it's already Friday and I'm counting down the hours until the weekend... however, the most important news I've received in a long time was just announced via People magazine. Due to release in Summer 2010, ALL the ladies from "Sex and the City" have signed to do a sequel movie!! It's absolutely official and Michael Patrick King (the show's writer and creator) confirmed everyone is on board and can't wait to give their fans what they've been asking for. Can this week get any better?? Looks like the ladies and I will have another reason (like we ever need one) to have "girl's night"!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

My Favorite New Song

My new obsession is Miss Missy Higgins... I heard this video one morning on VH1 while I was getting ready and have been hooked ever since- the song "Where I Stood" was actually featured on a recent episode of Grey's Anatomy, as well so you know it has to be good. She has the most soothing voice- think Norah Jones if you will. But I love it when an artist's lyrics reach out and speak to you, especially when you're having a mixture of the feelings I'm having now -this song does just that for me - I've included the lyrics below the video. Enjoy! =)

I don't know what I've done, Or if I like what I've begun
But something told me to run, And honey you know me it's all or none

There were sounds in my head, Little voices whispering
That I should go and this should end, Oh and I found myself listening

'Cos I dont know who I am, who I am without you, All I know is that I should
And I don't know if I could stand another hand upon you, All I know is that I should
'Cos she will love you more than I could, She who dares to stand where I stood

See I thought love was black and white, That it was wrong or it was right
But you ain't leaving without a fight, And I think I am just as torn inside

'Cos I dont know who I am, who I am without you, All I know is that I should
And I don't know if I could stand another hand upon you, All I know is that I should
'Cos she will love you more than I could, She who dares to stand where I stood

And I won't be far from where you are if ever you should call
You meant more to me than anyone I ever loved at all
But you taught me how to trust myself and so I say to you
This is what I have to do

'Cos I dont know who I am, who I am without you, All I know is that I should
And I don't know if I could stand another hand upon you, All I know is that I should
'Cos she will love you more than I could, She who dares to stand where I stood
Oh, she who dares to stand where I stood


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

This Could Be Trouble...

Out with the old and in with the new... can I please tell you how much I love our new apartment?? Meg and I were sitting in our cute little home last night and we couldn't get over how much more we like our place than where we used to live in Brentwood. We're SOOOO much closer to all of our friends now that I feel like I get in my car and I'm automatically shot to my destination within seconds-it's kinda crazy actually. My work commute, which used to be a constant source of anguish for me, is now actually quite a pleasant drive. Now there's little to no traffic and I can get there in about 25 minutes - talk about lucky! I feel like I have just hit the lottery.
We've already decided to join the Green Hills YMCA, which is apparently like a social gathering place for anyone in our age group- this should be fun! If you know my roommate and I, we are definite talkers so I'm not sure how much exercise we'll be getting if we're constantly running into friends, but oh well, our money will most certainly go to a good cause. And we'll get to take some exciting classes to build up our "Body By Preserve" physiques, too.
Tonight also officially marks the start of our Wednesday Night "Board Meetings". We wanted to find a fun way to get our friends out at least one night during the week for some good laughs and conversation, and we thought this was the best way... go figure, food and booze. Meg said her dad always had "meetings" with his friends when she was growing up, which actually meant they were going to a bar to play pool and have drinks. Bob will be happy to know we are carrying on his beloved tradition at "Crow's Nest" in Green Hills. We'll also be cheering on the VOLS as they take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in BBall tonight- let's see what Brucey is going to give them this time.
And last but not least, can I refrain from all the restaurants and shops we have within a 1 mile distance?? It's almost too sad for words because I have a feeling my savings will be depleted within a matter of months... West Elm, Francesca's, BeBe, Pei Wei, BCBG, Swoozie's, Arden B, Baja Fresh, California Pizza Kitchen, Posh - I could go on for days! I just need a taser gun launched at me by one of my friends when I try to enter a store- my ability to walk away just isn't that strong when it comes to clothes and food!


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Starting Over...

I assume most people use their blog as a networking tool and as a way to talk about their favorite things (i.e. fashion, art, cooking, photography, etc.) and I have to admit that I do most of the time, but to me, this post is extremely personal so think about that before or if you decide to read ... I am at the point where I feel like I need to write everything down that I am going through right now so I can relieve some of the anger and hurt that has built up inside me. (I will go ahead and apologize up front for what I may say, but this is the only way I know how to put my thoughts together and hopefully get some closure).

To put it best, my heart is completely broken. This past weekend I broke up with my boyfriend of almost 2 years. Sure, we have been having a few problems the past month, but what relationships don't... I had actually been praying about it a lot because I thought it was something we could work through together and everything would turn out alright... I guess that's where I was wrong. I kept questioning myself as to whether or not to end things and walk away, but I kept having thoughts of shoulda, coulda, woulda? I just kept telling myself that he was worth it, our relationship would get better, and we were just hitting a bump in the road. I think my worst fear was that I would end it and have regrets and then always doubt the decision I made... to me it was like I was waiting for a real sign from God on what to do and this past Friday night, he answered my prayers loud and clear.

The short story - I found out he had been lying to me for months. Basically living a completely different life than the one I thought we shared together and he wasn't being honest with me. Not one to throw her friends under the bus, put it this way.... a person from my past made their way back into my life and really came through for me. I didn't expect it to happen by any means, but they shed some light on the situation and confirmed the worst thing that could have ever happened.

I did the mature thing and said my peace and I'm not going to spill out the details, but I truly believe I said exactly what I needed to say and told him just how much he hurt me... talk about feeling completely and overwhelmingly betrayed. I don't think I've ever felt that hurt deep down inside like I do right now, but I know time heals all wounds. I guess what hurts the most is that I have so many unanswered questions and so many thoughts of what I could have done to be a better girlfriend, but at the same time, I invested 100% of my full heart into him and he took advantage of that. We all make mistakes in life, but it's what you do afterwards that determines the real person you are on the inside. Some things can be fixed, but this is beyond repair and there's no going back to what I thought would be my ideal life.

So here I go again, I feel like I am starting over a second time on this crazy adventure called life. It's funny when you think about how you have your whole life planned out, and then you hit a brickwall running 100 MPH and everything changes. But that's what makes life worth living I guess... one of my favorite quotes says "no one ever said life was easy... they just promised it was worth it" and I firmly stand by that. I've definitely had my share of setbacks and trials to work through, but I think I have come out of this whole experience with a better understanding of what I want and what I deserve. It's almost as though I am at peace with the decision I made and as devastated as I am about how it all unravelled, I can 't help but be thankful that I found out now so that the lies didn't continue any longer.
I'm a person that lives without regrets- sure, we all make mistakes and have to face the consequences of our actions, but I think the life experiences you go through make you a stronger person, and I will never say I have even one regret about anything I've done in my 25 years. I've had 2 serious boyfriends that I was with during the past 5 years, so now I think it's time for ME. I am at a point in my life where I feel like I have come to a fork in the road and I don't know which path to take, but I know I have options and I don't have to worry about anyone else's feelings, and I don't have to hold back my dreams in life to help fulfill someone else's. I need to find out who I am as an individual again and get back to the place where I am happy on my own... then that's when I'll find someone again. And I'm going to start this new chapter, this new life surrounded by my friends and family, living in a new apartment downtown, and living each and everyday like it's my last because we're most certainly never guaranteed a tomorrow. This is the life I am starting over.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will guide your path" (Proverbs 3:5-6)
"Life doesn't give you people that you want, rather it gives you people you need... to help you, to hurt you, to love you, and to make you into the person you were meant to be"
"While she's yours, want her, appreciate her, and be kind to her... because second chances don't come often enough, and forever is a long time to miss her"
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