Formally Yours

2.26.2012

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In honor of both Pi Phi and Kappa being founded at Monmouth College back in the 1800s, we join forces with the angels to throw our biggest formal of the year and call it none other than Monmouth.

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Here's Julie and I in front of the charming construction on Rio Grande.

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A handful of the Kappa girls met beforehand to take pictures before rounding up our dates.

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I re-wore one of my dresses from high school, which pleased my budget and my mom, who knows I can rarely resist the urge to go dress shopping.

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{Nicole, Katie, Caroline, me, Claudia, Maggie, Meghan & Courtney}
You'll note that there was a general neutral color scheme pattern among the girls' dress choices.

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Love ya, Katie!

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Nicole and I nearing the end of the "Milly Photoshoot"

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{graham, nelson, meghan, me, rye}
Fifty of us, including Pi Phis and Kappas, rented a bus for the evening to take us to and from dinner and the event.

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My suitemates, Blakely and Claire, with their dates Spence and Richard

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{me & rye, blakely & richard, courtney & matt, claire & buc, nicole & joe, graham & elise}
All the girls with their dates, all of whom looked sharp in their tuxedos.

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We went to Eddie V's downtown for dinner and treated ourselves to excellent meals of steaks, truffled mac'n'cheese and all sorts of other good eats.

I'm almost certain that most people would agreed that Monmouth lived up to the hype that surrounded it. It brought me back to my high school days where dress decisions, date asking frenzies and dinner/bus planning was almost a monthly occurrence. Though I can't say I miss that regularity, it was a nice change of pace to revert back to something a bit more familiar than bar tabs and fraternity parties. However, this weekend will be a similar affair. One of Merl's deb balls, Helping Hand, is this weekend and most of my college and high school friends will be there. All of this leading up to the highly anticipated Spring Break!

Happy Leap Day!

Forever Young

2.22.2012

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My first birthday spent away from home was a success. Despite the ill timing of it falling on a Monday, I barely noticed since I was surrounded by all my friends from midnight to midnight.

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I received an assortment of cards, several of which contained long handwritten notes.

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My friend and pledge sister Mimi handcrafted this amazing card clearly displaying why she is a design major.

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Even Hardin never fails to remember a resident's birthday.

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Many of my friends were far more generous than I deserve and surprised me with handpicked gifts. Julianne got me a necklace with a dainty B clasp which has now been implemented into my everyday wear alongside my Kappa fleur de lis and string of pearls that Carolyn gave the sisters for being her maids of honor. Macygurl was kind enough to bring me quite an array of goodies when she came to visit; Merl gave me a darling kelly green blouse; Caroline surprised me with a pancake breakfast; my parents sent me two dozen Tiffs and a pair of wedges which are currently in transit from Houston to Hardin.

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But, one of my favorite gifts is this Keel's Simple Diary from Kelsey. It's one of those things that's a perfect gift because you'd never feel the need to buy it for yourself, but you realize how much you love it when it's given to you. The daily entries are quirky, random and fun, yet somehow they always find a way to mold perfectly to your day. I've done one per night and have quickly become addicted to the way it can make any ordinary day seem just a little extraordinary.

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Laura was kind enough to host a small gathering of my close friends to her apartment for my nineteenth.

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{Laura, Lauren and me}
They even baked me a cake that was sure to melt any chocolate lover's heart as well as melt in your mouth.

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In true college fashion, we just grabbed forks and dug into the still warm deliciousness.

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Needless to say, it was gone in no time.

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{kelsey & caroline}
It was fun to have all of my closest friends under one roof.

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Kelsey & Jules

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Caroline, Leigh, me and Tatum

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The ladies of 2A

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Love you both dearly!

It was a wonderful day from start to finish. Indeed, nineteen is a rather insignificant age. Unlike turning eighteen, you are awarded no new privileges like eighteen, but there is a bittersweetness to it as you enter your last year as a teenager. I can vividly remember the eve of my thirteenth birthday and proudly announcing to my dad that I was going to be a teenager the next day. These six years have flown, but I can barely wait for the many milestones that are to come during my twenties. But, for the time being, I'll relish in my final year as a teen, and try not to grow up too fast.

Spring Fling

2.21.2012

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The past two days have been absolutely gorgeous here in Austin, forcing me to make any excuse to spend my afternoons outdoors indulging in the crisp air and clear skies. I feel the need to savor these days of sensational weather since we're still in that flux between seasons where I put on leggings for my 8AM only to walk to Kappa for lunch hours later in a sweat. This, along with spring break quickly approaching in three weeks, is giving me a bad case of spring fever. As much as I love my fleeces and Fryes, I can't wait to give fresh florals, white on white, flowing maxi dresses, eating outdoors, cold summer salads, natural sun-induced highlights, and pastel denim a warm spring welcome. We're all anxiously awaiting your arrival.

Word Weavers

2.16.2012

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I'm a sucker for a good quote whether it comes from scripture like this one, a wise individual, or text I'm reading in class. As I trudge through classic after classic in my world literature course, sometimes I find myself in a rush to get to the next page, but then I find myself reading a line that combines words in the most eloquent manner, reminding me why what I'm reading is considered a masterpiece by most.

This week, we read Von Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther, and he certainly has his moments of wisdom.

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"The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek any and every means to be rid of it. What a thing our human destiny is!"

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"Children do not know why they want what they want; but no one is willing to believe that adults too, like children, wander about this earth in a daze, do not know where they come from or where they are going, act as rarely as they do according to genuine motives, and are as thoroughly goverened as they are by biscuits and cake and the rod."

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"There is nothing we can do for our friends but to leave them their pleasures and to increase their happiness by enjoying it with them."

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"We should treat our children the way God treats us; He leaves us happiest when he leaves us in our pleasant delusions"

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"There is no truer, warmer pleasure in this world than to behold a great soul opening up towards oneself."

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"I am, however, growing daily more aware how foolish it is to judge others by one's own standards, dear friend."

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"Tranquility of the soul is wonderful, as is joyful peace of mind. If only, dear friend, these precious treasures, beautiful and priceless as they are, were not so fragile too."

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"Indeed, I am nothing but a wanderer and a pilgrim on the earth! And what more are you?"

And when it comes to having a way with words, there's nothing that quite compares to an artist's ability to compose lyrics. One prime example, and one of my forever favorite songs, is Andrew Belle's "Static Waves":

"Look how we've fallen upon our knees--how we forgot it.
These empty halls held our disease...before we caught it.
Now out the door and down the stairs from your apartment.
I would have let you leave.

The static waves across the screen...define this notion.
Back and forth and in between...like my emotion.
And I know you're never gonna understand."

Now it's my turn to weave together words as I write my first essay of the semester. Luckily, today's weather, with grey skies and damp air, is perfectly suited for this afternoon's activities.

Caught in the Act

2.13.2012

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The only out of the ordinary thing about last Thursday night downtown was that I was tucked in bed at an early 2AM, ensuring I would receive an astounding eight hours of sleep (a rare occurrence in my life, to say the least).

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{we couldn't resist having a photo shoot of this rare occasion of hosting boys in Hardin. congrats to drew for getting in and out unscathed. well deserved for the birthday boy!}
Little did I know I would be awakened only minutes later by two male intruders in Hardin. Thankfully, it just so happened that these male intruders (as Hardin House likes to refer to them as) were very familiar faces. It's common knowledge among these parts that you'll go down as a legend if you successfully sneak into Hardin without getting caught on your way out.

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{coley caught in the act}
Though only one out of the three culprits this time around were successful in their stealthy endeavor, it was worth all the laughs, memories, and the pictures with the guards (that secretly revel in this excitement during their typically mundane job).

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{may, me, macy, laud}
Prior to the big Studio 54 party that I mentioned in the post below, a big group of us from Memorial took the senior Memorial girls to dinner at Abel's on the Lake.

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The party was a resounding success. I got to be with my best friends like Caro on the left, my visitors that I've missed from back home like Laura Lee in the middle, and the Fiji pledges got a glimpse of the new boys that will make up some of next year's pledge class, as seen in the last photo with George (a current pledge) and Ford (a senior from MHS).

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I have no doubts that the soon-to-be freshmen enjoyed their stay. I can only hope that they all receive the exciting news this week that they'll get to experience four more years of Studio 54's and so, so much more.

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{rye & ross}
Since I suppose there's not much else on the web discussing Fiji Studio 54, SAE Jungle or anything of the sort, Bridget's Own Diary happens to be one of the first links on Google when you search those items. Several of my guy friends ended up stumbling on BOD because of this and so I've had some shout out requests. Ross, here's your big blog debut, as promised!

Happy, happy Valentine's day! I hope you get to celebrate with many if not all of your loved ones.

Disco Fever

2.10.2012

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{Supermodel and Studio 54 Icon Jerry Hall}
Tonight is one of the biggest parties of the year at UT--Fiji's Studio 54. It sort of marks the transition from us being the babies on campus to the hopeful freshman who plan on attending UT this fall. I feel like this was us only yesterday, but our time is almost up, and I couldn't be more excited to have the grade below us join us here soon

You always hear the hype about how fun college is, but words never really do it justice. That being said, I hope I can show some of my favorite seniors, Laura Lee and Macy, at least half the fun they'll have next year if they decide to come here. They, along with many other seniors, are on the road headed this way right now as all of us in Hardin get our flower power dresses and go-go boots prepped for this evening's festivities.

The freshman Phi Gams have been working long and hard all week to create quite the set-up for all of us to enjoy (all of us being a lot of us). In true old school Studio 54 fashion, this party will certainly draw the masses...
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Welcome to college! Here to a fun Friday at Fiji 54!