March Madness

3.16.2012

Yesterday was anything but ordinary. I crossed three state borders and was fast asleep by eight o'clock. Now that I have a weekend at home before I head back to school, I plan on using this time to get those things that always linger on the bottom of my to-do list finally checked off. That, of course, includes blogging.

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I am crossing my fingers that it's merely a coincidence that the minute I left Austin, everyone else decided to come. I have a sneaky feeling that South by Southwest, Austin's annual film and music festival, may have something to do with this influx of visitors. My mom, brother Chris, sister Amy and her kids all went to my home base this week as well as my favorite fellow blogger, Emily from Cupcakes + Cashmere.

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I never thought I'd see this day, but I am temporarily boycotting Gossip Girl for its convoluted plot lines, inconsistent character development, and most of all, to avoid the outrage that normally comes over me as I watch the above pairing's love story unfold.
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As an interim substitute, I am testing out ABC's new hit Revenge, which came highly recommended to me by several friends. I will admit that after three episodes, I have yet to get hooked.

And while we're on the topic of recommendations, my friend Jenna told me about the duet band He is We and ever since I've been completely hooked on their hit, "All About Us."

Also, Karmin's "Brokenhearted" is sure to please all ears that like anything Katy Perry-esque.

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My sister Carolyn found out she will be having a boy! This makes for three nephews and four nieces in total for me. And on that note, happy fourth birthday Samuel Luke, otherwise known as Sam Cheese & Fireman Sam!

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The week preceding spring break was chock full of high stress with midterm prep and tying up loose ends for upcoming travel plans. I was anything but pleased to have a few curve balls thrown my way to add to this already stressful week.
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I was running late to my 10am math class, so my friend and neighbor Jaclyn kindly offered to drive me. Halfway there, the car completely stops in the middle of a major road. And what do you know, for the first time ever, we were dealing with a car that ran out of gas. Being late was now the last of my worries. After recruiting some friends to help us push the car aside, my friend Haley and I ran to the closest gas station, and to make the situation even more awesome, it started raining. Looking back, the whole thing is sort of comical and is certainly to be added to my collection of college memories to tell for years to come.

In other "woe is me" news, Hardin's power failed us once again this semester. Left with no lights, no working power outlets, and no AC, we had nowhere to go but Merl's house. Did I mention this happened in the midst of getting ready for the Helping Hand ball? Impeccable timing if I do say so myself. This too was comical until it took three days to fix and all of our food rotted...
I also had two close friends from Memorial staying with me, Taylor and Meredith. They already have their Hardin House contracts in for this fall, but I'm sure this incident will make them savor their next few months in their fully-powered homes.

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Tay and Mer came in for SAE's biggest party of the spring, Resurrection. Those of us attending Helping Hand had to sandwich our evening with appearances at the big event, but we still got our fair share of crawfish in during the day and dancing at night.

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When I gave up bread for Lent, I didn't realize what a challenge I'd be in for. It forces me to be innovative with my meals, and in the process I've discovered some new food loves.

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For lunch today I combined Zoe's Kitchen cabbage salad (one of my all-time faves with lightly dressed crunchy cabbage and feta cheese) with grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes and pine nuts. It was arguably one of the healthiest and best lunches I've ever thrown together, all sans bread products!

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To break up our long trip along the eastern half of the Sunbelt on the way to Gulf Shores, my friends and I stopped halfway in Baton Rouge. One of my best friends from school, Laura, calls BR home, so we stayed with her overnight. Up until this point, I had only driven through Louisiana. Needless to say, I wasn't expecting such a charming neighborhood and home in what seemed like mostly swamplands from the view of the highway. It was lovely meeting her family, seeing a piece of family history with this home that's been passed down a generation, and spending a relaxing time with just girls before...

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we joined practically every other Southern college kid in Gulf Shores, Alabama for the traditional freshman spring break trip. More on that soon! For now, happy March Madness viewing and St. Patrick's Day!

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