Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Woah.

I begin my last semester of college in approximately 10 hours. Whoa dang.

When did that happen?

A little less than 4 months until I walk across that stage, get my diploma (well, empty diploma cover), and get a big girl life.

Times are a changin'.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wish List Wednesday

I'm missing my beautiful Phi Mu sisters a lot. They just finished an incredibly successful work week and formal recruitment and welcomed hΦMe 83 new fabulous phis!!!

I couldn't be prouder to be a Phi Mu through and through. In honor of my sisters, I'm dedicating this week's Wish List Wednesday to all things fabulously Phi Mu that caught my eye on Carnation Collection.

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LIOB

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Woke up in London yesterday

London, Day 2

Our second day in London (which was technically our first full day there) was probably my favorite day of the entire trip. After sleeping for a ridiculous amount of hours, we woke up refreshed and so excited to get out and see the city.

That morning, like each other morning we were there, we started our day with breakfast in the hotel lounge, complete with all the stinky cheese we could have ever wanted. It was wonderful!

After breakfast, we hopped on our double decker tour bus and headed towards the heart of the city. We drove through Trafalgar Square, which is obviously a shrine to Phi Mu, complete with regal lion statues and a huge quatrefoil-shaped fountain. We decided to get off the bus on Downing Street and proceeded to walk around, passing the Prime Minister's residence and the Horse Guard Calvalry, and finally made our way to the Churchill War Rooms. Although the Churchill War Rooms aren't one of the most popular tourist attractions in London, I had heard many good things about it, and I enjoyed the tour very much. Remaining true to how it was during WWII, the war rooms give an informative and interesting look back to England's role during the war under Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

After we left the war rooms, we began to make our way towards Westminster Abbey. On the way, we passed the British Supreme Court and decided to go inside once we found out that tours were free. We were able to go into each of the three functioning court rooms and were even able to sit in the chairs of the chief justices.

Then, we finally made our way to Westminster Abbey. This was one of the things I was most looking forward to on our trip, and I was just in awe of the abbey's beauty and grandeur. I wish photos were allowed inside because it is so breathtakingly beautiful and ornate, and so much detail is given to everything. From the tombs of past royalty, to the vaulted ceilings, to the hand carved walls, and everything in between, no detail is too small, and nothing is insignificant. It's so apparent just how much thought was put into the tombs of these nobles. I literally had to catch my breath when we came across the tomb of Geoffrey Chaucer and the monuments dedicated to William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and so many other literary figures.

As if it has to be said, just being in the place where William and Kate were married only a few months before was just incredible. I can't even describe it. I stood in the place where she walked down the aisle and became the future queen of England. There are no words. And, of course, I ate up the special exhibit of their wedding photographs located in a chamber of the abbey. The amount of history that has taken place there is so overwhelming. I loved everything about Westminster Abbey, and I know I will make it back there someday. It was my favorite part of our trip, hands down.

When we left the Abbey (although, I could have stayed there all day), we walked around near Parliament and Big Ben before walking down to the Thames to take a river cruise. The cruise was part of our bus tour (Big Bus, FYI), so we were able to jump on and off wherever we wanted to. We rode the boat all the way down the Thames and were able to get some fantastic views of the London Eye, Big Ben, Parliament, the Tower of London, and Tower Bridge, which is tied with Benny Boy as my second favorite spot in London. Needless to say, it was incredible.

After the tour, we jumped back on the bus and made our way back to our hotel. We found a wonderful pub nearby and enjoyed a relaxing dinner before calling it a night. Our first full day in London was quite a success.

Stay tuned for Day 3, and check out my bucket list and Day 1.

August Daybook

FOR TODAY
Outside my window...
is a dark, humid, hot evening.

I am thinking...
about nothing and a lot all at once. Mostly, I'm just content.

I am thankful...
for a lot: a healthy, happy relationship, a supportive family, never-ending opportunities, wonderful friends, and the list goes on and on.

From the learning rooms...
is pretty quiet this week. I finished up my summer class last week, and I'm just enjoying the week and a half of down time I have left before I begin my senior year of college.

In the kitchen...
is a stack of sticky bowls and spoons leftover from an ice-cream extravaganza.

I am wearing...
black and light pink Nike shorts, a turquoise t-shirt from a college apartment complex, my white Stella Fossil watch, and no makeup. Oh, the simplicity of summer.

I am creating...
a vision in my head of the perfect bridal shower for my best friend. I'm going to start a board on Pinterest. Speaking of which, I'm obsessed! If you haven't heard of Pinterest, you're missing out. Let me know if you want an invite!

I am going...
to work tomorrow morning. Bring it on, Monday!

I am wondering...
when I'll have time to sit down and finish reading The Help. I'm so close to being done!

I am reading...
The Help. I didn't plan my answer to the above question very well, obviously.

I am hoping...
this semester flies by. Graduation, here I come!

I am looking forward to...
starting school, believe it or not. I'm ready for a new routine, and I'm actually excited about a few of my classes.

I am hearing...
the click-clacks of fingers typing on a keyboard...or keyboards. We're all sitting around on our computers- such quality family time.

Around the house...
is status quo. Nothing new to report, but that's not always a bad thing.

I am pondering...
how I'm going to deal with a few things that are coming up in the near future. I really need to get the ball rolling and figure out what I'm going to do.

One of my favorite things...
is a night filled with good food, good friends, and good conversation, which is exactly what I got last night.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Work, going out, seeing a few friends before everyone heads back to school...

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
As I said above: Good food, good friends, and good conversation.
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Join in the Daybook fun here

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Just touched down in London Town

London.

Where do I even begin?

In one word: amazing. You know those places you go and know that one day, somehow you'll make it back there? Well, this was it for me.

That's a pretty big statement, I know, but London's been at the top of my I-have-to-travel-there list for as long as I can remember. And it didn't disappoint.

The flight from DFW to Heathrow was long, but I was able to sleep for a lot of it and there was plenty of food. It felt like we were being fed every hour of the 9 hour flight.

We flew overnight, so when I woke up to morning sunlight pouring through the plane window, I knew we only had about an hour to go until we'd be touching down in London Town.

London, Day 1

After checking into our beautiful hotel, getting settled, and freshening up, we headed out to do some exploring. Our hotel was located right next to Hyde Park and The Marble Arch, so we were in walking distance of many of the top attractions in the city. We just started walking, unsure of where we'd end up, and found ourselves at Buckingham Palace! Royal Wedding junkie that I am, I was pretty excited.

I was surprised to see that the balcony of Buckingham Palace is much smaller than it appears to be on television. Also, I'm pretty sure we saw a group of far-from-the-throne royals! While walking through the park and around St. James Palace and The Spencer House, we saw a group of people (two young men and a few women with small children) being lead by a royal guard from Buckingham Palace and straight into St. James Palace. They were definitely not nobody.

We continued our walk and made our way through Piccadilly Circus and other areas of the city. We stopped for lunch at a local pub, and I enjoyed a delicious meal of fish and chips with mushy peas and an ice cold Stella.

As thrilled as we were to be there, our jet lag was quickly setting in, so we made our way back to the hotel and promptly passed out. Lindsay and I slept from about 4 that afternoon until around 8 the next morning. When we woke up, we were ready to go and soak up all that London had to offer.

Stay tuned for Day 2, and check out my bucket list.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Weekend

I spent this past weekend in beloved CoMo with Boyfriend celebrating his birthday and 2 1/2 years together, but mostly his birthday.
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Our weekend together was filled with lots of hanging out, just being us, and so much happiness and love, but what else do you expect when you get to spend some much needed time with your best friend?

Oh, I love that boy.
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Counting down the days until October.
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