Exciting times

 I just remembered I never posted any pictures from our July 4th weekend, so I am throwing some of those in here.  This post is really kind of all over the place.  Also, the A-DOR-A-BLE little girl in our pictures is sweet little Karis, the Tar Heel’s niece. She is a haaaaam for the camera, and I love it! She gives all of us sassy girls a run for our money when it comes to striking a pose.  I took the pictures of her and the Tar Heel and they are my favorite of all time!

I hate that I haven’t been able to update with the regularity I wanted, but I am really trying!  If I could just tell you guys the absolute CRAZINESS I have been dealing with for my Master’s research project/pre-requisites for a program I hope to begin soon, I think you would all understand! But, I really try to keep things around here positive so I am not about to spoil my happy environment at  the Stately Lady by going into great detail about it.  Suffice to say, I’ve been praying God will find a solution for all of it and I am quite certain He will! So what’s the point in me worrying about it?

Besides, I have way too many wonderful things happening to keep me occupied! Just last night we headed out to the Bridge for the Tar Heel’s last night as Media Director at Whitley Church/Bridge, and it was a bittersweet night!  The service was amazing as usual, and I know the Tar Heel was sad to go but excited for where God is taking us next.  We then headed to KSG’s for a welcome home party for little Drake, the Tar Heel’s brother, as he was returning home from spending the summer at BigStuf camps in Panama City, FL. The Tar Heel and his brother even wore matching shirts last night (they claimed it was on accident) and it was cuuuh-ute. Hah! 

Yesterday was a big day for me with regards to my new job.  I collected my first tissue sample during  gastric bypass surgery for one of the studies I am working on.  It was my first time in the OR, and it was a really fun experience!  I was kind of in awe and just taking it all in really.  I know I have said it before, but the research going on at this University and hospital is just outstanding.  I am amazed to be a part of it!

This weekend the Tar Heel and I are going to attempt to check out reception sites once again.  We didn’t get a chance to go by Elijah’s last weekend because we arrived later than expected to the wedding we attended.  Also, did I mention we are moving our wedding date up to March 19, 2011?  Welllll we are!  That is St. Patrick’s Day weekend and we are SO excited about it!  The Tar Heel loves to say it’s an homage to his Irish roots. That really has nothing to do with our decision for that date, it just worked out like that with his school. But it’s a cool story I guess. Hah! 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  I am looking forward to relaxing and doing some shopping! It’s tax free weekend in NC, so let’s get out there and save our 7.75% thank you very much. :)

Dwelling in possibility (aka wishful thinking)

Our Fourth of July holiday was a wonderful, relaxing, and fun one.  We slept in and still took naps.  We ate way too much but still happily wore bathing suits.  We had the perfect mixture of sun and shade.  It was another beautiful weekend at Surf City and I was happy to be included in the fun once more.  Honestly, I think I fall in love with that place a little more every time we visit.

 Once I get the pictures of the weekend from the Tar Heel I will be sure to share.  Until then, I thought I would show you all the boat the Tar Heel and I have decided to shoot for when our purchase time rolls around (quite literally several years from now, but we figure it’s never too soon to look).  We decided on a Buddy Cannady Custom.  Those boats have simply stunning lines, and have the perfect mix of fishing/enjoyable boating that we are looking for.  Hence the name of our boat, Tight Lines and Red Wine.  In case you can’t tell, the Tight Lines part is all Tar Heel.  The Red Wine part would be yours truly.  So I think you can conclude why we need a hybrid fishing/boating type of boat.  I don’t require a lot in life, but a toilet happens to be one of them.  Which is also why I don’t do camping.  That and the fact that tents generally do not come equipped with electric outlets to plug in my hair dryer.

 And before you go and think I’m too high maintenance for my own good, I think we should all be reminded of the saying “Different strokes for different folks.”  I may be a tad on the girly side, but that doesn’t take away from my ability to appreciate a good outdoor activity (Mantivity, as the Tar Heel calls them).  Some examples: shooting shotguns (love it), walking/running outside (more of a love/hate relationship really), and anything involving the water (good thing since we are investing in a boat).

What do you think of our little dream boat? Can’t you just see this beautiful boat with our name on it and perhaps a little NCSU flag flying? Yes? Me too. :) 


One for the record books.

Yesterday was pretty much one of the worst days of my life.  I am fortunate that no irreparable damage was done in my life, but boy was it just a BAD DAY!  E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g went wrong yesterday.  It was Murphy’s Law x30! Horrible day at work, uncomfortable experience getting a manicure/pedicure (how is this possible you ask? I am still trying to figure out what happened exactly. It did involve my manicurist telling me she wants to marry either a boy or a girl, she wasn’t sure which. I’m leaving it at that.) and the worst experience of my LIFE in a Target parking lot! I didn’t even make it in to the store I was so annoyed! Basically, a car stole my parking spot and made obscene gestures because they are doing construction in the parking lot and they were driving down the row the wrong way. Long story. I am trying  to forget it.

In a nut shell, an overall bad day.  It literally had me on my knees praying for a better day last night.  I haven’t done that in a while, I normally pray just before bed while at my desk.  Maybe I just needed to physically and emotionally lay my life down and give it all to God.  Actually, that is exactly what I needed to do considering I woke up feeling refreshed, in love with life, and ready to take on the day.  It was wonderful. Thank you, Lord. :)

And I am glad today started off on such a better foot given that it is WEDDING WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My Amster is getting married this weekend, and she has every moment of the weekend planned out down to 15-minute increments. Literally, I have an itinerary.  I LOVE THIS GIRL! :) And I can’t wait to share every second with you in my weekend wrap-up post on Monday. Hopefully we will have lots of pretty pictures to share, too!

Finally, since I just couldn’t have a post without a picture, here is my favorite shot from last weekend’s fishing adventure.  I love my pink fishing rod so much! I have the best boyfriend in the entire world! No really. I do. I love you Tar Heel! :)

This is my shout out…

…to the Tar Heel’s brother, Drake (aka The most eligible bachelor).

It’s been a while since my last post.  To reward you for your patience and continued allegiance to my blog, I present to you My Weekend: Video Edition.  The Tar Heel’s Flip-pro brother, Drake, put together this little highlight reel (ha ha) of our fishing adventures from this weekend. 

2 Things to note:

1. Check out my pink fishing rod, a gift from the Tar Heel. I l-o-v-e it.
2. Thank you, Drake, for letting me keep forever borrow your video. It is fabulous and funny and I love it. PS- I’m going to miss you this summer when you’re away being an awesome intern at BigStuf camps.

Just a lul bitta phishin from dustin gurley on Vimeo.