This past weekend was crazy- and really makes being back a work just some place I do not want to be.
Mostly because it was my birthday and birthdays are my all time favorite thing. (even when they aren’t mine)
It its the only time of year that you get to have a day that is all about you. And that is how I see my birthday, the one day (or weekend whatever.) a year that I get to be the center of attention (end narcissism here).
It also helps that my birthday falls on Fourth of July weekend. Which means I am able to have an extra long celebration.
This year was no exception.
A huge shout you to my awesome Alabama friends for making turning 26 not so bad.
Minus the Fireball hang over (seriously who invented that stuff? Satan? had to be Satan.) This was a great birthday for both me and ‘Merica!
It is officially summer.
Which is weird to me because it has felt like summer for the past 2 months. Now we are just in this weird humid hellmouth. (southern weather + curls = mean)
But still, I feel like it was just New Years Eve. and now I’m one week away from turning 26, my VISTA year is over in exactly 2 months, and I have no idea what the heck I am doing with my life. (but let’s be honest with ourselves. no one know what they are doing, we are just all really good at pretending to be adults.)
But with all that real life stuff aside (future Cassi can deal with that later!) I must say I am very happy with my choice to stay here. I feel like I got a lot of push back from people who think I am insane for not coming back up north after this VISTA year. And maybe I am insane. Who knows.
But so far this summer has been filled with going to the fairs, balloon adventures, cook outs, karaoke nights, movie dates, hiking, and soon my first ever canoeing adventure.
I’m excited to see what it brings next 🙂
Fall has come and started to go faster than I thought it would. I feel like the weather just started changing and now it is already time gear up to think about the Holiday season. Which of course means a WHOLE new set of things I want to do before I head home for Christmas and NYE. But I wanted to take a minute to look at the things that I did actually get off the list for fall and of course challenge myself to do way better this time.
Favorite Halloween Movie Marathon
- Make Apple Cider Sangria
- Hiking- WITHOUT getting lost!
- Caramel Apple Making Date
- See a Scary Movie in theaters (Carrie! )
Fall Themed Baking Night
- Find and Explore a “Haunted” Area
Go to the Pumpkin Farm
- Read a Stephen King Novel – This has not happened YET but will by the time I go home. Thanks to my dad being awesome and sending me Misery in the mail and telling me I have to finish it before I see him next.
“Nightmare Before Christmas “movie night!
So I got 5 out of 11. Not to bad for a month. Who knows maybe I can bust out a few more before the launch of the Holiday List on the 14th.
Well it has been a crazy few days. Between training, making friends and exploring Atlanta I feel as though all I have wanted to do is sleep.
The last 4ish days have been spent in Atlanta Georgia preparing all of us for what to expect going into our year of service. I wont lie,getting ready to go into this I was expecting this to be daunting and miserable. I figured it be a bunch of people who were just there to get the training over with and get to serving. Boy was I seriously surprised when I ended up meeting some awesome new friends and having a BLAST out and about in Atlanta.
Best part of this trip-the massive Wednesday night outing to a bar called MoonDog. You can hate on the name all you want but this place was amazingly fun. One dollar vodka drinks ( in big girl glasses), 5 dollar pitchers, beer pong, flip cup, karaoke and dancing. I don’t really know how anyone who goes to college around there gets anything accomplished.
The downside by about midnight the place was crawling with 21 year olds and most of the bartenders had run out of vodka. But even with all that it was a great time with new people in a brand new place.
Oh and just some random Hotlanta love…. There was a dog….on the bar… Yeah, That actually happened #dixielife
As great as atlanta was, I am excited to be in Huntsville, meeting my roomie and get this service year started
I apologize for the lack of posting, and also that this one is going to be pretty short.
After a crazy month of packing, planning, heart-filled see you laters (goodbyes are to permanent sounding) , and one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen… The day has arrived. Today I pack up the last of my things and head to the airport for Atlanta for my Pre- Service Orientation and by Thursday night I will be in Alabama. Part of me still cannot believe this day is actually here. Or that moving to Alabama is something I am really doing. But I guess we all do some crazy unexpected things in our 20’s. I’m looking forward to meeting new people, experiencing new things and over using technology to keep those important to me close. So Beantown.. I’ll see you at Christmas.
If you have never had to try to condense your whole life into movable boxes consider yourself lucky. It is in no way an easy task. Especially for someone who may be a slight hoarder. It becomes even harder when you are only leaving for twelve months and need to convince yourself that you don’t actually need everything. Along with getting everything else ready to go these last few weeks have been dedicated to figure out the things I am really going to need during my time in Alabama.
What I came down to is to bring the basics (clothes, basic shoes, beauty products, etc) and then the comfort items. Everything else can be boxed up and shipped to me later if I really need it. So what gets to be classified as a comfort object? To me it is anything that allows me to feel like I am back at home even though I will be 1200 miles away. So what made the cut?
1) Copy of Through the Looking Glass//Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland along with a copy of Perks of Being a Wallflower
2) Rocky Horror Picture Show bed shirt
3) Winter Stitch– Most people would want to be as far away from a stuffed animal given to them by someone they are no longer in touch with, but call me sentimental I feel like he has to come.
4) Pitch Perfect and Scott Pilgrim Vs the World– Because we all have those movies we have seen a million times and just make us feel good.
and my newest travel companions SpiderKerm and Marble Man.
For those of you who don’t know me, I have a slight obsession with Jenna Marbles and everything she does. So of course when she released stuffed animal versions of her pups I knew I wanted them. Thanks to two of my amazing best friends I am now the proud owner of my own pups. Which makes me smile even more because I can’t have a dog just yet. So they not only remind me of home and my friends, but act as a place holder until I can have a real dog 🙂
With my moving date creeping up, the anticipation is borderline of fear and excitement. But hey, that is what adventures are made of right?
A little over a year ago I started blogging with the hopes that I would start to get a better understanding of my life. So many things have changed in the past year, that it amazes me. Grad school has ended and so has my relationship with a certain boy, and I came face to face with the idea of adulthood.. Sadly all of these things (and more) sent me into a spiral of depression and confusion. Everything that I spent my life working towards was finally ready to start and I had no idea what to do with this knowledge. I found comfort in watching hours and hours of Hart of Dixie in hopes that Rachel Bilson would make me feel better. And one day while sitting alone in my room I wondered allowed “what would Zoe Hart do? “
Now before I get any backlash… Yes I am aware it is a TV show and she is not a real person. But the circumstance that lead her to uproot her whole life and work to better herself and her career fit well with how I have been feeling. So I decided to take a leap of faith and applied to serve as an Americorps VISTA team member. On July 17, I got a call from the Northern Alabama Medical Reserve Corp that they would love to have me as part of their team. And with the mindset of WWZHD, I accepted.
So for the next year, I will be trading in the headbands and stilettos for short shorts and flats and heading to Huntsville, Alabama. I’ll be working closely with the United Way helping to create health initiative curriculum for high school students. As well as a variety of other projects. The pay isn’t great, but you know what.. I don’t really care. I scared out of my mind but at the same time I don’t think I have been this excited for something in a very long time.
So keep an eye out here because this blog is about to head to the south 🙂
PS: I lied… The headbands are coming with me.:)