Summer Adventures

Between working two jobs, studying for the LSAT, and working on UGA Homecoming Court applications I haven’t had time for anything too adventurous.

I went to the beach with a few friends (plus Will) back in early May. We went to Topsail last year too, and this year’s adventure was just as fun! Rachel, Will, and I stopped at South of the Border, a Mexican theme park near Myrtle Beach, on the way back to Athens.

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I managed to slice off a chunk of my thumb on my first day as a cabana girl… #whoops

IMG_0945 My family celebrated my Dad’s birthday by doing a Pub Cycle tour of Downtown Asheville. We peddled to Asheville Pizza on Cox Avenue and Conundrum Absinthe Bar on Battle Square while rocking out to Gregg Allman (who I have more than once called Gregg Almond) and other classic rock kings.

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I am, as per usual, in the jeans and white tee. My father, the birthday boy, is the man wearing the hat.

Below is a photo of the cabana, one of the two restaurants I am working at this summer. This is my view each morning as I set up for the busy day ahead:

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And here is the teacup pig, Kevin Bacon, that often visits, orders a kid’s meal salad with frozen grapes and watermelon, and then squeals in delight each time I walk by because he thinks I am the magic creator of all cabana foodstuffs:

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Last but not least, I went to Greenville the other day to watch Disney’s The Lion King at the Peace Center. More on that later, though!

IMG_0989 What have you been up to this summer?

Success is Relative

As kids we’re told not to count our chickens before they hatch, but I have the problem of not counting my chickens at all.

Has anyone else noticed the crazy amount of “I’m honored to announce…” or “I’ve been offered…” posts on social media lately? It seem like it’s that time of year again. I’m ecstatic for all my friends that have gotten internships, jobs, and executive positions this spring, as well as all the others that have been acing tough courses like Neuro Bio or O-Chem. Reading about all the exciting, huge, big, wonderful adult things my friends are doing with their lives is great, but it makes me feel like I’m not doing enough or pushing myself in the direction I should be going in. Why don’t I have a job? How does one go about getting an internship somewhere prestigious? Why can’t I be vice president of a honors society? Seeing all the things I could be doing, rather than look at what I am doing, has definitely brought me down these past few weeks.

Everyone gets the same twenty four hours in a day and we all use them differently. It’s okay if you study for an hour, read for an hour, watch tv for six hours, and then take a nap. We all have those days. I, for one, need to get better at telling myself that’s okay. For someone who’s very competitive by nature, it’s hard to let myself relax and stop worrying about what the rest of the world is doing with itself. There are over seven billion people on this planet and hopefully, someday, I will learn that I can’t compete with or compare myself to them all. There will always be someone smarter, or more creative, or what have you. Learning to understand and accept that is harder for me than I think it should be, but the key phrase there is “I think.” I’m always thinking that I need to do better, need to be more like so-and-so, or need to study more so I can achieve the grades I think I need. Success is so relative because someone could be looking at me saying to themselves all those things when I’m the one thinking I’m not doing well enough in life. So while it’s great to push yourself to achieve, it’s also important to take a step back and look at how far you’ve come. Again, this is something I need to work on.

So here’s some advice my boyfriend gave me Wednesday: You focus on the past too much. Don’t worry about what you should’ve changed or could’ve changed then. That doesn’t matter anymore.

And here’s some advice from my dad: These are variables out of your control. If you want something, apply. If you’re just jealous, let it go. What you hold onto holds onto you.

Here’s more advice from my mom: You are smart. Make a plan. Push yourself.

Finally, here’s advice from me to me (and you, if you need it): Count your chickens. Be excited about what you have. Success is relative. If you’re doing your best, why does it matter than you’re not vice president of some club you’re not even a part of?

P.S. Good luck on finals everyone! Try your best; forget the rest.

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DIY Easter Eggs to Rival Martha Stuart

Dying Easter eggs has been a tried and true spring tradition at my household. I’m creative and ambitious, so of course I’m eager to try new egg dying techniques! My family’s Easter eggs have gotten more creative over the years, thanks to my curiosity and my mom’s undying interest in trying all the new egg dying kits on the market (and there are some great ones this year). We’ve made Pysanky eggs, tie dyed, sticker covered…you name it and we’ve probably tried it!

Marbled Eggs

Last year I made marbled eggs, and they were a huge hit! Better yet, they were crazy easy.

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Shaving Cream Eggs

This post from thegoodstuff makes Easter egg dying look so simple! Plus, kids love playing with foam  shaving cream. I’d suggest, if you have small children or especially messy ones, doing this outside on grass or cutting a garbage bag in half and laying it down as a no-fuss mat if you’re indoors. Putting the dying shaving cream in muffin tins is also a genius way to cut down on clean up time (and prevent the mess from going everywhere).

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Melted Crayon Eggs

I know my mom would have appreciated this when my brother was little! All you have to do is boil your eggs like you normally would and doodle on them with a crayon while the eggs are still a tiny bit hot. For little, sensitive hands, holding a slightly hot egg with a dish towel works, or even putting the egg in a dixie cup or egg carton (shown below) so it has just enough room to roll around as they scribble. This is a great way to avoid those messy dyes!

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Finger Paint Eggs

If you have washable paint and a Sharpie then let’s jump right in! Decide on what animal you want to put on your egg (I’d suggest bunnies and chicks), pick your colors, dip a finger or a thumb in your paint, and dot away. Once the paint dries you go back and draw the details to make your yellow dots chicks and your pink dots bunnies.

This post from Crafty Morning has a lot of great finger painting examples and explains how to finger paint eggs in detail in case you have any questions!

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Sharpie Shadow Eggs

For this idea, all you need are stickers, Sharpies, and eggs. Pick an egg, put a sticker on it, and dot around the sticker to create a “shadow” effect. When you’re done dotting, let it dry for a minute or two and then peel off the sticker. Ta-da! How easy was that?

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What are your favorite ways to decorate Easter eggs?

 

What’s Ten Inches Anyway?

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Chopping off my hair is one of the most exhilarating things I’ve done. And I’ve done it a lot. Actually, I’ve donated over four feet of hair over the course of ten years.

I’ve gotten some strange looks when I tell people that I donate my hair to organizations that make wigs for cancer patients. Here’s the thing about human hair wigs: they look and feel like real human hair because, spoiler alert, they are! I’ve also heard that they don’t slide around on your head as much as  synthetic wigs.

To us, it’s hair. To women battling cancer, it’s hope. -Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Real hair wigs can be very expensive, but thanks to the American Cancer Society Wig Bank wigs are donated to the people that need them. Pantene Beautiful Lengths partnered with the American Cancer Society Wig Bank back in 2006 and has donated over 40,000 wigs so far!

I donate my hair because, if I don’t, it’ll just go sit in a landfill somewhere until it decomposes. It wouldn’t be helping or hurting anyone. It’d just mind it’s own business until it becomes dirt. So, instead of letting my hair waste away, I decide to give it a new life by donating it. Granted the minimum amount of hair you can donate is eight inches, but I like the thrill of chopping all my hair off in one go, so eight inches is practically nothing to me. But those eight inches could mean a whole new outlook on life for someone else! I’d definitely encourage everyone to donate their hair at some point in their life. Some organizations, such as Locks of Love, send you a thank you card from the recipient of the wig made out of your hair. How sweet is that?

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Have you ever donated your hair? Let me know your story in the comments section below!

On My Radar

So much has happened since Anchor Jam last week! But before I talk about my crazy hectic life, I want to give a big shoutout to my brother for getting his Eagle this Sunday. Eagle is the highest rank a member of the Boy Scouts of America can earn. There are countless service hours, badges, and camping trips put in to obtaining this award, as well as life long lessons about growing up. On average, only four percent of Boy Scouts ever make Eagle. Like the phrase ‘Once a Marine, always a Marine’ once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout. Congrats on this huge life achievement!

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Did anybody else watch UNC’s buzzer beater shot to win the UNC vs. Kentucky game? Someone synced up the Titanic theme song to the final ten seconds of the game, and it fits the moment to a T! Give it a watch, you’re guaranteed a laugh.

Who here likes coffee? Who here likes politics? Who here likes politics and coffee at the same time, because now there’s an app for that. According to Mediaite, Starbucks is giving out free coffee to people on opposite sides of the political spectrum if they use the app Hi from the Other Side to meet up and engage in a civil discourse.  I’m all about free coffee, and I love the idea that we should be coming together as a nation by trying to at least understand each other’s values rather than fight over them. I wrote a post about this the day after the Presidential election if you want to check it out.

And, of course, a small update on my own life: I gave my first mock tour of my University for Arch Society! This was something I’ve been terrified of for the longest time, but my mentor told me I did wonderfully. I also have another big life update…check back on Monday to see what it is!

Delta Gamma Anchor Jam

Each year Delta Gamma has both a fall and a spring philanthropy event. This past fall we had our annual Low Country Boil, and this past Monday we had out annual benefit concert called Anchor Jam.

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Before the concert my friends and I all went out to eat at Pauley’s in Downtown Athens. If you’ve never had crepes before, definitely hit this place up for your first time. The crepes are light and decadent, stuffed with either sweet things like Nutella and fruit or savory things like chicken or cheese. I gave up cheese for Lent and am trying to eat healthier so I ended up having a salad. Let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised by how great it was!

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It’s hard to tell in this picture (above), but the walls in Pauley’s are covered with “certificates” for all the people that have had one of every beer Pauley’s serves. The quotes from the master beer drinkers that are displayed on their certificates are hilarious! My friends and I spent most of the night trying to read them all.

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After Pauley’s my friends and I made our way to the Georgia Theater, which is also in Downtown Athens. The Wandering Gypsies played as the opener for Anchor Jam, but the main event was The Lonely Biscuits. My friends on the UGA Homecoming Committee always rave about this band, but I’d never gotten to see them perform until Monday night. They were great! I liked how they incorporated both pop and singer/songwriter elements into classic rock’n’roll style jams. Definitely worth checking out if you have a minute.

Spring Break

It hasn’t even been a week yet, but I already miss spring break!

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I ended up going home for spring break. All I wanted to do was eat good food and sleep – something home is always good for!

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Will came to visit for a few days and during that time we went to the Biltmore Estate. If you’ve never been, you should totally check it out! I wasn’t allowed to take pictures in the house itself, but Will and I both got some amazing shots of the grounds. The greenhouse is my favorite part of the estate (other than the library). No matter how chilly it is outside the greenhouse is always a tropical getaway. The orchids were all I needed to imagine myself away to paradise!

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