Last day

Today is my last day at my job of more  than 2 years.  I started this position one week after I graduated from NCSU in 2008.  It has had it’s fair share of ups and downs and unexplainable shenanigans.  But all along the way I have made it through with my coworkers that have become dear friends. Since I know my favorite coworkers will be reading this, I figured I would give them each a little shout-out.  They made this job so much more bearable… :)

Ms. Alma (aka Elsie #1) :  I remember my first day here I heard you say “Don’t make me cut you” to someone and I thought “Did she just say she was going to cut someone?”  I knew right  then that you were someone special if you could threaten a coworker in a corporate office and no one even blinked an eye. ;)  I love how you always take care of me and force me to take care of myself.  You actually take care of EVERYONE and you should seriously start charging for your medical advice services.  But I love you and t hat’s why  you are so special; you have the biggest heart and the most SASSINESS of anyone I know.  On top of that you love the Lord and let everyone see it through your love for others. 

Beth (aka Elsie #3):  I don’t even know where to start with you!  I guess I will start back at my first day.  I remember my first thought when I met you was “OH I love her shoes!”  My next thought was “Dang, she has nice legs.”  Haha!  You are such a beautiful person inside and out and I am so happy God placed me here on this project so that we could become friends.  I think He knew how much we both  needed each other.  You got me through some of the hardest times I’ve ever had emotionally and professionally and I don’t know what in the world I would have done without you here! I love you and I’m proud to call you my friend. :) PS – Thanks for convincing me to go on that date with the Tar Heel.  I don’t think I can repay you for that encouragement…!!

Rita (honorary Elsie):  I don’t know if I have the power to make you a part of the Elite Elsies (I think only Ms. Alma can do that) but you definitely deserve a spot in the group.  I hate we haven’t worked together longer, but I am so thankful for the time I have had to get to know you.  You are such a wonderful person and so genuine, a characteristic that is hard to come by.  I know all the mommies and babies in Labor & Delivery miss you, but I am selfishly so glad you found your way here because it meant I got to work with you. :)

I can’t wait to see each of you at my WEDDING next year!!! Ms. Alma, I am putting you down to bring your “special punch” and I hope you bring little Braylon as your date.  His white auntie wants to meet him. :)

Love you guys,

Elsie #4

Perfect timing

This blog needs a little less complaining and a little more good news.

Today, June 22, 2010, one of my very best friends, Erin, is traveling to Africa to Love on people just like Jesus did.  Please watch this short video about what she is doing and why.  It is awesome.  It is encouraging.  It is one of the many reasons I admire her as a person, friend and fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ! She is the cute girl with the scarf in the video. I am so proud of her!

Watch this: Love for the Sake of Love

She will be blogging her time there as well and it can be found here.

I love you and I’m praying for you, ELG!  I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you there!

Averi’s Bridesmaids Weekend

So last weekend we celebrated the upcoming marriage of my Lil Sis in Pi Phi, Averi Renee.  Averi is such a sweet friend and I am so excited to be a part of her Big Day!  That wedding is going to be so much FUN! And I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that she started planning it in early 2008, several months before she even met Grant. :)  But you have to appreciate a girl who knows what she wants! Plus we all do it, anyway… hehe.

Anyway, the plan was to drive down to Morehead City straight after work on Friday.  That plan hit a pretty hefty detour when I was making my way down and started smelling a really odd/horrible smell coming from my car.  I decided to pretend it wasn’t there and kept driving, but eventually ended up pulled over and calling OnStar.  Now, OnStar has not paid me to make any of the statements I’m about to say (But if they want to, then please feel free to contact me) but I LOVE my OnStar! I will never buy anything but a GM car until OnStar becomes available in other brands (Hello, Acura TL)  because OnStar has helped me SO MUCH! They have brought me gas, fixed my flat tires, given me directions and unlocked my car for me so far.  They came to my rescue again and towed my poor CTS to the nearest Cadillac dealership.  Bonnie, one of the other bridesmaids was making her way into town just in time to pick me up when the tow truck arrived!  Thank goodness for Bonnie!!!

Pretty soon we made it to Averi’s parent’s home and our fun weekend got started.  We stayed up drinking wine and chatting the night away.  Early Saturday morning we had a delicious breakfast and headed out to the pool for some tan time.  One of my legs totally missed the sunscreen memo and it got pretty burned, but was bearable.  Saturday afternoon we celebrated with a little shower for Averi.  (I missed most of this because my dad came into town  to meet me and get the car taken care of.   All it needed was a new battery, thank the Lord!) 

Since the weekend was planned entirely by Averi’s two best friends from high school, the rest of us just went along with everything.  All we knew about Saturday evening was that there would be a big surprise and we were to be dressed in cocktail dresses at 6 where our ride would come and pick us up from the house.   Now, we were trying to come up with what this “surprise” was all day Saturday.  We knew it wouldn’t be anything trashy, since none of us (and especially Averi) are not into the “typical bachelorette” experience of gross straws with boy parts on them, or veils with boy parts on them, or cakes in the shape of boy parts. So we were at a loss about what it would be.

We finally figured it out when we arrived at Corinne’s condo in Atlantic Beach where her dad’s sport fisher yacht was parked out back!  We all boarded the yacht and rode around eating, drinking and listening to Jimmy Buffet and Eric Church for a few hours!  It was AMAZING!  We were then dropped off at the Beaufort waterfront where we sat on the dock and finished our wine and talked about Averi and her future children’s names.  It was such a special time and I think one of my favorite parts of the entire weekend!  Her giddy excitement about marrying her best friend is so sweet, and I am so happy for her! :)

We ended up the night at Jack’s where we danced the night away.  We then headed back to Averi’s house where we all promptly crashed! Overall it was a wonderful weekend and made me appreciate having amazing friendships even more!  Congrats to my fave AVE!  I love you and can’t wait for July 24, 2010!  Woo hoo!! :)

PS: Caroline, we missed you this weekend!




Amy’s Wedding Part 2

Amy’s highly anticipated day had finally arrived.  And when I say finally, I mean it.  These two dated 8 years and were engaged for 1.5 years.  There is no other word to accurately describe that wait than finally! Alas, finally, it was here.  We started out the day bright and early at Salon 21for all of us girlies to get our hair done. Well, I retract the “bright” part.  That morning I woke up to an all-out thunderstorm, complete with torrential downpours and lightening.  In my mind, I couldn’t help but think, “Did God forget to give Amy a pretty day for her outdoor wedding?”  I mean she was blessed with the best family, friends and fiance you could ever ask for.  Can’t have it all I guess. ;) But I think God really meant for that wedding to take place at Caffe Luna.  It was a gorgeous ceremony, and Amy was so CALM! Literally, calm as a cucumber. :) She pretty much floated all morning.  She was the same sweet Amy that she always is.  I don’t think anyone has ever been more prepared to marry their best friend than this girl. 

We all made it back to the hotel to help Amy get ready and took lots of pictures with the AMAZING Rachel of Millie Holloman Photography.  I have to admit, I was SUPER bummed when Millie broke her ankle the week before Amy’s wedding and had to cancel personally shooting her wedding.  I had no doubts regarding Rachel’s ability to produce phenomenal photos like Millie, but I am a bit of a Millie fan and I was giddy with excitement to meet her.  Oh well. Hopefully one day I will get to meet her for my wedding. :)

We scooted off to Caffe Luna for the wedding and reception and everything went just perfectly.  Amy asked me to read a poem called “Advice from a Tree” during the ceremony and I was pretty nervous about that, but it went very well.  I was only nervous after talking to the Tar Heel who said “You know, this is their wedding and you’re speaking in it. There isn’t a practice round, you only get one good shot!”  Thanks, babe.

I cannot tell you all how much fun we had.  We all (all being me, the Tar Heel, Amy, Matthew, Amy’s sister Megan, Amy’s sister Megan’s boyfriend Taylor, Mindy and her husband Will) wore that dance floor out!! We were the only ones on the dance floor basically all night, with the exception of when the Tar Heel grabbed Mindy’s mom, Mrs. Becky out onto the floor.  It was so much fun, and their Rickshaw sparkler exit was a classic! 

I was so happy  to be a part of Amster’s day.  She has been such a wonderful friend to me over the years and I know there are no two people more perfectly matched for each other than Amy and Matthew.  I use to joke that if they couldn’t make it, absolutely no one else in the world could.  They completely complete each other. :)  So, here are some of my favorite pictures from the evening. (All photos taken by the Tar Heel with the exception of the last one of us, taken by Rachel of MHP)



It’s Monday…

…Therefore this post is going to be in list format (in no particular order) and with limited content. Sorry folks. This Monday has been pretty difficult so far, most likely due to the fact this weekend was Awesome with a capital A and I am still recovering. 

1. Chick-fil-a yogurt parfaits are aaaaaahhh-mazing.  I just inhaled the granola topping yogurt with strawberries. Delightful!

2.  The Tar Heel and I went on our first photo shoot together involving other people!  A friend of the Tar Heel’s wanted some pretty pictures of her and her sister for Mother’s Day (which is this Sunday, by the way).  The girls were both beautiful and fun to work with, which made everything much easier.  Clearly I am not the photographer in this relationship but I did get to guide the girls on what to do and that was  I also helped the Tar Heel narrow down the 1,100 or so shots to 75 pretty pictures.  Here’s one of the outtakes which showcases the beautiful light we got to work with.  I don’t want to reveal too much and ruin any surprises!

3.  Reunited with my Amster and it feels so good!  I had so much fun at the “Ladies Night Out” dinner held for Amy by her aunts.  My favorite part was when we all got to stand up and tell how we know Amy and share a fun memory.  I shared the same memory I always share with everyone–how we lived in the smallest dorm room on campus and loved every minute of it! We all laughed, cried, and celebrated the fact  that our favorite Amy Lou is marrying her best friend in 3 weeks.  It was a wonderful night! Here’s Amy and I, post-tears and a huge dinner so disregard the red eyes/swelling. Ha ha ha.


4. My Tar Heel did AWESOME at the tournament this weekend! Friday night he won both matches in each division he was entered in and Saturday morning he played a TOUGH match that he ended up winning, qualifying him for the Semi-Finals!! He then won his second round in his other division, causing him to win that division over all. He even got a trophy :)  Unfortunately the semi-finals and championship rounds were to be played on Sunday and since he works at a church, he had to forfeit the games. I was definitely sad for him, but so PROUD regardless! He would have definitely won that championship if he could have played. My view of the Tar Heel warming up from above the court.

5. If you live in Goldsboro and frequent the restaurant Sumo like we do, you will love this.  A couple of weeks ago the Tar Heel and I were there and waited several minutes before we were waited on.  The owner happened to stop by and we told him we hadn’t even given our drink order yet and he immediately sent us a server as well as a free appetizer.  We went again yesterday and saw that the tables now have a “Call Button” for service!! Awesome!! One more reason to love that place.