Straightforward

5.31.2011


My first day at the office has caused me to get the sleepies earlier than usual tonight. I've still got a lot of catching up to do on here with recent graduation celebrations, a toga party, and college news trickling in like room assignments and course selections to recap. For tonight, I'll just leave you with this quote I stumbled upon:

'Til tomorrow,



Summer Shock

5.30.2011

I experienced my first dose of summer boredom this afternoon. I can finally see the surface of our refrigerator now that all the grad party invitations have come down. I don't have to find excuses to avoid doing minimal homework. All I have to do is embrace these final months of freedom, sleeping in a queen-size bed, and having free home-cooked meals.

I had to say my first goodbye this morning as Mary Caroline left for Camp Mystic. Caroline will be leaving for Africa later this week and Lexi will be in Italia before I know it.

Thankfully I have a job in June to keep me busy. My first day of my my internship at Dancie Periugini Ware Public Relations is tomorrow, but when I'm not there, here's a few things on my summer to-do list:
-Read. Magazines, blogs, and books.
-Watch those movies that I always say "I've been meaning to watch that for forever."
-Work out daily.
-Eat healthier.
-Finally finish this graduation gift process.
-Finish writing thank you notes.
-Bake and learn how to cook simple dishes for college.
-Put my new camera to good use.
-Explore more of Houston before I make my new home in Austin.
-Travel to Austin to visit my roommate Mary Elizabeth (more on her later!)
-Shop for rush.
-Discover new music.
-Give all those TV series that my friends are obsessed with (Modern Family, Vampire Diaries, etc.) a try.
-Make the finishing touches on renovating my room.
-Coordinate dorm room decor with my roommates.
-Give my blog a fresh look.

Perhaps a little ambitious, but unless I get some babysitting gigs soon (cross your fingers), I'm gonna be swimming in time come July. Wish me luck!

Cheer Bug

5.29.2011

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Over a week ago, I shared my two true loves that made my high school experience so much richer, so much more dazzling. I think it's time I give cheerleading the love and tribute it deserves now that that era of my life has come and gone.

I had my mom monogram a red and white cheerleading uniform with Memorial and my name when I was just a little girl. I switched gears a little bit during elementary school when I started to spend the majority of my time in a leotard on a four-inch balance beam. I watched Carly Patterson take home gold in awe, but when I realized late in middle school that I needed to choose between my gymnastics career and a social life, the choice was a no-brainer. I quit gymnastics and began taking cheerleading privates. With the help of the goddess of cheerleading (and my coach for over three years), Dana Biggers, I learned how to transform my years of pointed toes and graceful hands to sharp motions and high Vs.

At the end of freshman year, tryouts rolled around for the relatively newly formed junior varsity squad they had formed for underclassmen to be able to participate in cheerleading. I had put in plenty of hours and wanted more than anything to be a part of something at Memorial. I remember crying tears of joy as my sister Carolyn and I saw the congratulatory email that I had made the squad. I had to call my mom and dad to tell them the good news because they were in Boston at the time.

I spent the following two years on the JV squad alongside only Aubrey Kirkpatrick as we made friends from the grades above and below us. Though JV cheer may not have the spotlight, fame, glory and only half as many uniforms as the v-squad, I'll never forget those two years for the friendships, many laughs, and discipline it instilled in me.

I didn't know what to expect when varsity finally rolled around. I knew it was going to be different having a whole squad with my grade rather than just me and Aubs being the minority. And boys being in the picture would definitely shake things up. But this was what I had been waiting for--being a Memorial Varsity Cheerleader! And after two great years already, I didn't know if it could be topped. I was proved very very very wrong. I will eternally treasure the memories I made with varsity cheerleading. I may sound overly effusive, but words can't describe how blessed I was to be a part of this and how amazing of an experience it was. When we all made the squad, we were quite the motley crew to say the least. But we looked beyond our differences and our wide range of social spheres and became one big happy family. I learned so much from each and every individual. I'll let the pictures do most of the story-telling of this yearlong adventure that I will always hold close to my heart.

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Here's that motley crew I spoke of at our first event--the red and white spring pep rally as the old varsity hands off the school to us.

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And a summer separated us from the infamous, the notorious, the legendary cheer camp.

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Though a usually dreaded and horribly awesome experience, varsity year was the best by far. We laughed until our stomachs hurt (well maybe that also due to the chips, puppy chow, and Wheat Thins we ate in excessive amounts). We blasted Grape Jelly Man to drain out the sounds of the peppy cheerleaders and we realized that we had a great year to look forward to together.

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We performed.

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We developed a unity and fellowship that only grew stronger as the year progressed.

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And we entered football season as soon as we returned to MHS for one last year with our first test against our longtime rival Stratford. The first week being war week kicked off the year on the right foot with school spirit in full swing from the get-go.

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We ran and tumbled out onto the field with almost as much enthusiasm and adrenalin as the boys in pads and helmets that followed us.

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If spending time together at practice, pep rallies, seventh period, and at the games wasn't enough, we also had tailgates before the games where many a photo shoot took place.

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We were on the field before a single fan showed. Oh, and we inherited a manager who is pictured in the center named Katherine Helper. What we would have done without ya, Kath, I just don't know.

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We warmed up stunts and tumbling before to ensure we didn't have our most embarrassing moments in front of the better part of the student body.

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The boys loved every minute (okay maybe not every minute), but they loved being on the field to cheer on their fellow football boys...

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Using and/or abusing their megaphone rights...

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Male bonding with all the "cheermen"...

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Getting to know their assigned cheer partner girls...

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Or simply being around all these lovely ladies at once, but of course.

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We were well represented in the Homecoming Court, but the alternative of being on the cheer float ain't too bad either.

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We didn't take ourselves too seriously.

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And I think the student body wouldn't know what to do with themselves if all eleven of us weren't perfectly matched every Friday.

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And as superheroes, we had superpowers like...

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flying!

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Okay, but let's be real here. We got the energy to do all those things with our hearty appetites. Rarely was a game not followed up by a late night stop at Mamma's Cafe or Whataburger for a honey butter chicken biscuit fix. Sad story but a true one.

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We spent what little time during halftime with our rowdy friends in the stands.

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And the little time we had outside of school and cheer, we still spent with each other. Even going on traveling adventures!

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We worried that our tough new district would knock us out of making it to playoffs, but...

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we were stunned to find ourselves in the state-semi finals in San Antonio--the best playoff run Memorial has seen since 1979. And our last victory against Cy-Woods was arguably many fan's best sporting event they have ever witnessed. If you had to pick one year to be a Memorial cheerleader, I'd say this season was hard to beat.

And throughout all that...
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we made our best friends that are likely to be reciting these stories at our rehearsal dinners when giving our wedding party toasts.

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We supported each other both literally and figuratively

as we created frenzies like this all year long
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& having the time of our lives doing it.

I'll miss being bitten by the "cheer bug" at every practice, singing the alma mater at pep rallies, celebrating at the field house, driving to Chapelwood, and seeing your faces every day! Much love to every single one of you.

We'll Always Bleed Red

5.28.2011

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It's a big day in Memorial High School history. The class of 2011 is finally taking our official exit. And in sports news, the baseball team advanced to the fifth round of playoffs defeating Clements after claiming victory in the final two games of a three-game series. Though I am a mere five hours from being a Memorial graduate, I couldn't be more proud to be a mustang.

My cap and gown is ready for wearing. My hair is freshly dried. My grandparents just arrived. Chris and Lindsay's house is ready for all the family visitors. And most importantly, the food is being prepared.

It's finally here. Congrats to all graduates of 2011! And thank you Ben Carl, Wayne Taylor, and the rest of the MHS baseball team for putting even bigger smiles on all our faces as we walk across the stage tonight. It's been a wild ride, 'stangs.

It's My Party & I Say One More Song

5.27.2011

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{me, sterett, and caroline dancing at the firehouse party several weekends ago}

Graduation parties are coming to a bittersweet end at the close of this week. I laugh at the fact that our grade was worried we wouldn't have that many when there were close to four every weekend. The girls had even more crowded calendars than the boys with our afternoons filled with teas and our mornings with brunches. Here's a look at the past few weeks festivities:

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A group of about 15 girls (mostly future Longhorns) threw a dance party at the firehouse in the heights. Here they are with the DJ.

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Mary Caroline was one of the hostesses and she was having quite a good time. She even got on the mic at the end of the party demanding "one more song!"

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Makenna and I at the party. Photo credits from this party go to her!

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We had a couple of crawfish boils in honor of the height of crawfish season, and Annie and CC (pictured cousins with their adorable personalized bibs) kicked it off.

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Here are the boys with their bibs ready to dig into the Rajun Cajun.

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Me with Lauren and Mimi--future TCU horned frogs!

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Several boys threw a ranch party on a Sunday afternoon. There were horses, motorcycles to drive, a live performer, and JCI to eat. Here are the hosts dressed in typical Texas boy gear.

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Both Haley and Becca will be in Plan II with me next year. Haley is from Kinkaid and will be right next door to me in my dorm at Hardin next year and Becca will be right across the pool!

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from left to right is Emily, Hayley, Meredith, me, and MC

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Me and Sarah...another longhorn!

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Lana hosted an all girls dinner on during our last week of school when seniors had nothing better to do but lounge around and count down the days until school was out. We went to Brio for an excellent meal followed by indulging in Crave cupcakes at her house.

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Claire, Dani and Lana. Almost every attendee had some sort of affiliation with journalism whether it be the yearbook staff, newspaper, or even the Stratford YB staff.

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Me and Lana. Definitely being framed in my dorm. I better see it in your Honors dorm, Lan!

Summer is finally here. And I couldn't be happier with how everything is ending. After all these celebrations with friends, relatives from out of town are starting to arrive and it's time to begin the family festivities now that graduation weekend is finally here.