Saturday, October 29, 2011

To be recited at my wedding

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seem to lose
With my lost saints- and I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!- and, if God choose,
I shall love thee better after death.

"Sonnet 43" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sunday, October 23, 2011

One of these days...

  • my room will be clean.
  • all of my laundry will be done.
  • I'll finish blogging about London.
  • I'll go to bed before midnight.
  • all of my clothes will be folded and put away.
  • my checkbook will be balanced.
  • I won't snooze my alarm clock 5 times before getting up.
  • I will do all of my homework before 10pm the night before it's due.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October Daybook

Join in the Daybook fun here!

FOR TODAY
Outside my window...
is a beautiful, clear, cool morning. Fall is finally here!

I am thinking...
about all of the exciting things coming up in the next two months.

I am thankful...
for so much. I'm lucky!

From the learning rooms...
isn't overly busy at the moment. Round 2 of tests and papers begins next week, though.

In the kitchen...
is nothing at the moment. I think I'll go toast myself a bagel and add some schmear.

I am wearing...
gray Mizzou baggy sweats and a black Mizzou Homecoming t-shirt. Working from home calls for comfy clothes. :)

I am creating...
blogs for work, I guess.

I am going...
to Houston in a month to see my best friend marry the love of her life!

I am wondering...
what exactly my future holds.

I am reading...
Tennyson's "In Memoriam" for my British Literature class.

I am hoping...
that I receive a little direction in my job search sooner rather than later.

I am looking forward to...
this weekend to relax, get caught up, and sleep in a little bit.

I am hearing...
"Will & Grace" on TV.

Around the house...
is quiet and comfortable.

I am pondering...
nothing really, at the moment.

One of my favorite things...
is catching up with friends.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
work today, dinner with the family tonight, school tomorrow, dinner with mom tomorrow night, and work on Friday

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
Let's! Go! Rangers!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bucket List*

  1. Go to Rome (Venice, Florence, and Tuscany, too, if possible)
  2. Go to Israel
  3. Go to Greece (specifically Athens and Santorini)
  4. Go back to London
  5. Read all of Jane Austen's novels
  6. Be happily married
  7. Be published in a magazine
  8. Go to Prague
  9. Swim with dolphins
  10. Go parasailing
  11. Color my hair (or at least get highlights)
  12. See the Grand Canyon
  13. Go back to Washington D.C.
  14. See a show on Broadway
  15. Have a family
  16. Live in a foreign country for an extended amount of time
  17. Adopt a dog
  18. Learn to play piano
  19. Make a wish in the Trevi Fountain
  20. Become a good cook
  21. Learn how to ski
  22. Go snorkeling
  23. Take a ballroom dancing class
  24. Do a cleanse
  25. Fly in a helicopter
  26. See the Great Pyramids
  27. Tour a concentration camp
  28. Compile a cookbook of my favorite recipes
  29. Enter my writing in a competition
  30. Go to Australia
  31. Go to Mardi Gras
  32. Enjoy a sunrise
  33. Take up photography
  34. Be comfortable with conversational Spanish
  35. Take an all-girls trip to Vegas
  36. Become a wine connoisseur
  37. Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
  38. Donate blood
  39. Have high tea
  40. Have 200 followers of my blog
  41. Fully fund the education of each of my children
  42. Take up yoga
  43. Experience New Year's Eve in Times Square
  44. Try escargot
  45. Experience true Black Friday shopping
  46. Take my kids to SeaWorld
  47. Move out of Texas
  48. Have a picnic at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, MO
  49. Go to a game in the World Series, Superbowl, NBA Championship, or the Stanley Cup Finals
  50. See Michael Buble in concert
That's all I've got right now. Stay tuned for more!

*The above list is in no particular order.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Move over, Brangelina. There's a new, wayyyy hotter Mr. and Mrs. Smith in town! (Or in Missouri, but whatever...)

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of going to Missouri to witness one of my favorite couples tie the knot. Alex and Harrison got married at her grandmother's house in a beautiful garden-set wedding. The ceremony was so heartfelt and reflective of them as a couple, and the reception was a party. Everyone was on their feet, dancing, drinking, and having a great time- just the way it should be!

I'm pretty much a crybaby 24/7. A happy sentiment, a sweet card, a touching story- cue the waterworks. Surprisingly, however, I haven't cried very much at the weddings I've been to in the past. That was not the case during Harry and Alex's wedding, though. When Alex walked down the aisle (looking stunning, might I add), when Harry burst into tears when he saw her, and when Harry and his mom shared a dance, I lost it. I'm so, so happy for this wonderful pair, and I wish them all the happiness in the world.


An awesome rehearsal dinner + a beautiful wedding + reconnecting with so many friends + lots of love + spending the entire weekend with Boyfriend (wonderful, as always) = an amazingly perfect weekend, and I really couldn't ask for anything more.
Boyfriend in a tux? Yes, please!
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