March 29, 2012


Woo hoo, it's baseball season!

Since my dad is an NC State alum (and I will be, too, come 2014), we're big Tar Heel AND Wolfpack fans around here.  So, my dad got our family tickets to see them take on the Pirates last night, and he got his money's worth!  The game went into two extra innings, but State was able to pull out the win on a fly ball to left center field.  Yay!

My dad and I took this picture not knowing we would end up on the scoreboard about four bazillion times, haha!  I emailed it to the press box people and thought they may only show it once, but nope.  Our super-cropped faces showed up a LOT.  We gained a following I think.

Mr. Wuf was there, too, being harassed by drunk Pirate fans.  Always a good time.

Carolina also ended up beating Coastal Carolina last night, so that's good news!  I'm excited to spend some more afternoons and evenings at the ballpark!  It's seriously the only thing that gets me through the non-football, non-basketball season.

March 27, 2012


This past weekend was a blast!  On Friday, Amy and Scott came down for the weekend, and we got to see each other for dinner at Lemongrass and frozen yogurt at Sweet Spoons!  It was so good to see them again!

Molly also came to visit this weekend, because a while ago my mom, Bekah, Molly, and I signed up for the Run for the Pig 5K in Wendell!  It actually turned out to be super rainy that morning, but running is not for princesses, so we went anyway.  We knew it was going to be pretty low-budget since fewer than 200 people signed up, but it was a fundraiser for Wendell Elementary School, and it promised a barbecue lunch (hence the name) and crafts fair after the race, so I thought it would be fun!

Well, it sort of was.  More on that in a minute.

Molly and I had some delicious eggs that morning for energy.  I would much rather run on an empty stomach, but I figured a little extra boost couldn't hurt.

I also decided to wear a Georgia shirt since NC State had just lost the night before and Carolina had won.  I just didn't want any comments from people based on my t-shirt, so I went somewhat neutral.

Not my best extended-arm picture ever.

Proof we were in Wendell: That woman in the denim/sweatshirt jacket has a pack of Marlboro lights in her pocket.  Not judging, but I never saw her for the rest of the race.

Mmmmmkay, so here's the not so fun part.  We got lost.  Actually, my mom didn't because she's fast enough to keep up with the people who know the route, but the rest of us weren't.  And there weren't guides at every turn, just tiny spray-painted arrows on the asphalt that looked like (gasp!) utility markers.  So, we were supposed to turn left at this house, but did we?  No, we did a full extra loop around the cemetery, bringing our run to an almost-8K and jacking up our time a full 20 minutes.

This was the scene as we were trying to locate the finish line.  A whole lot of no people.

Our times weren't accurate, which was frustrating, but we did finish (and then we promptly left because we don't want your stinkin' barbecue).

We did get super cute t-shirts out of it, though, and we got to enjoy dessert that night all the more!


March 22, 2012


About a month ago, I headed off to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the first time in my life to see my sweet friend, Amy, marry her best friend and the love of her life, Scott!  Amy and I met while working at ICMA in Washington, DC, and yesterday was actually her last day there.  So, I thought this would be a nice little happy-new-chapter surprise!  

I actually have Scott to thank for Amy's friendship, because his job in DC is what led Amy to move there from New Mexico, and I just adore her.  She may just be one of the funniest people I've ever known, and I don't mean that she's any type of comedian.  She just has a knack for making everyday life seem really ridiculously, side-splittingly funny!  And Scott isn't just an audience, because he's more than capable of keeping up with her.

I so enjoyed my time out west, too!  The scenery is just breathtaking, and Amy's family couldn't have been more friendly or welcoming.  Plus, this Southern stomach took in a lot of really spicy food and came out unscathed, so I'd call that a blue ribbon trip.

Enjoy these pictures from Amy & Scott's special day!

This is Gabby, Amy's cousin.  Even at her young age, she's so gifted at logistics and planning.  I think wedding planning is definitely in her future!

Oh, Megan.  You light up my life.

March 14, 2012


Is anyone else obsessed with the Draw Something app?  I think at this point, I would be willing to let it raise my firstborn.

I just heard of it about a week ago, but during the snoozefest that was the finale of The Bachelor, Bekah, Leanna, and I decided to try it on our iPhones/Droids.  I'm not sure any of us remembers exactly how The Bachelor ended.

Basically, it's Pictionary, but it's also kind of like jumble because they give you the letters you need to guess the drawing.  And it. is. so. addictive.  Just seeing what in the world your friends might come up with for a particular word is half the fun!

And when you first start out, they only give you four colors: black, red, blue, and yellow.  You have to earn all the other pretty colors by correctly guessing words and drawing well enough to let others guess correctly, too.  I'm dying for some pink hues up in here!

This, for example, is Bekah's rendering of Snooki.

Leanna has drawn an impeccable rendering of  Lil' Wayne, and yesterday, I successfully drew Lady Gaga.

So, if Words with Friends just isn't doing it for you anymore, come to the more colorful side.  And play with me.

We have Bieber, too.

March 13, 2012


What a fun weekend!  But it was cray cray, too.  I mean, JAM PACKED with things to do and places to be, but that's the way I like it!

On Saturday morning, my mom and I drove up to Halifax, VA to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousins, and particularly to meet my cousin's fiance!  You may remember them from this post.  We all had a fantastic time together (and watched a lot of basketball...), and I got to see all five of their sweet dogs!

These two are Bear and Dee Dee, and they get the privilege of living inside most of the time.  The other three were in their igloo outside.  :)

And my sweet friend, Amanda, turned 25 this Saturday!  So, we had a party for her at Outback and then hit up Trali in Brier Creek afterward.  Amanda knows so many people from living in Raleigh all her life that her parties are always a big event!

I got to meet her awesome friend, Amy, while we were at Trali, and she was a blast and a half!  She's a nurse at Duke Hospital (the only part of Duke I can tolerate), so of course she had some amazing stories.  She, like Amanda, is the proud mother of a Chihuahua named Peter.

I don't know him, but he did this.  And everyone in the restaurant pulled out their iPhones.

On Sunday, after my Tar Heels went down in a blaze of glory to Florida State (and then settled for that embarrassing #1 seed), my mom and I went to the driving range for a bit.  I was ridiculously out of practice, but no one noticed because I blinded them with the sea urchins on my feet.

And then I went to Small Group and called it a weekend!  The busy ones always seem longer to me.  I like that.

March 7, 2012


So, back over Christmas, I gave Leanna tickets to see Boyce Avenue at Cat's Cradle!  If you haven't heard of them, this oughta get you addicted...

So, we made a night of it!  Cat's Cradle is about a mile from UNC, where we both went to school.  And our beloved Franklin Street Pizza & Pasta is closing soon, so we decided we had to go there for dinner first!

Yummmmm garlic knots.

As we were waiting in line to get in to the concert, we saw these little comedic nuggets.

Y'all, that's my mom's name.  And she pretty much does anything but political satire.  We texted her just to make sure she wasn't moonlighting as a stand-up comedian, but I'm pretty sure she couldn't look as thrown together as the lady on the flyer on her worst day.

Thank you, Glow Coloring app, for making that arrow possible.

The After Party and Secondhand Serenade opened for Boyce Avenue, and if I'm being honest, I wasn't crazy about either of them.  The After Party was nice to look at, but the lead singer from Secondhand Serenade has a voice that I don't love so much.

Anyway, it didn't take long for Boyce Avenue to make an appearance, and they. were. awesome.  On top of that, they are SUPER well-educated.  I mean, that one on the right went to Harvard Law School.  I know it shouldn't matter, but darn it if I'm not a sucker for higher education.

We were flat out EXHAUSTED after the show, but I would absolutely see them again!  And, I'll use pretty much any excuse to visit Chapel Hill.