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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Reflections on a Decade

So I've known for weeks that 2009 was coming to an end, but I only realized a couple of days ago that so is an entire decade.

It still feels weird to have gotten to an age at which I can even remember something that happened 10 years ago. I do, though. I pretty clearly remember the whole freakout surrounding Y2K. We had a whole freezer in our basement full of bottled water and canned vegetables.

Since I can remember the whole decade, I might as well, right?
So here is my decade in review: the Oties according to Kate.

Loved: borrowing friends' Backstreet Boys' Millenium CDs to listen to on my discman, Crazy Bones, Pokémon
Moments: graduating from elementary school, my cousin Courtney's wedding, starting middle school
Thought that: jean jackets went with everything
Loved: that George W. Bush ousted Bill Clinton, The Princess Diaries
Moments: September 11
Mmm, that's all I remember.
Loved: Harry Potter books, track and volleyball, Aeropostale
Moments: Getting braces, my cousin Kyle's wedding
Thought that: John Mayer was overrated
Hated: science class
Loved: Clay Aiken/American Idol, track, A Walk to Remember, running with my dad
Moments: Getting braces off and ears pierced, graduating from middle school, switching to the local public school (where they gave all the students iBooks), finding out the whole fam was moving to who's ever heard of Kentucky, getting my own iBook, seeing Clay Aiken live
Thought that: Clay and I were destined to be together
Moments: surprise going-away party, moving to Kentucky, realizing I liked Kentucky better (thank you), running cross-country, getting hurt, seeing Clay Aiken live again...and again
Loved: Kentucky and all it entailed, running, my iBook, CIY, Ichthus
Hated: Honors chem as a freshman (Good one, Pennsylvania!), Napoleon Dynamite
Thought that: 4-6 weeks meant 4-6 weeks
Loved: that George W. Bush stayed president, MySpace, YouTube, Spanish class, CIY, doing stats for the cross country team
Moments: physical therapy, being in a wheelchair, turning 16 (in said wheelchair), getting my driver's permit, my cousin Brady's wedding
Thought that: trucker hats were genuinely kind of cute
Moments: getting my driver's license, more physical therapy, prom (dress, hair, date, DRAMA), starting senior year, trip to Betsy's houseboat, WCHS cross country at state
Loved: MySpace, Facebook, cell phones, CIY
Loved: Spring break, senior trip, doing class publicity, new Asbury friends, The Office
Moments: deciding to go to Asbury, prom again (dress, hair, date, DRAMA again), graduating (got to walk first out of a class of 260-ish because of my last name!), seeing Harry Potter at midnight, tearing up at the end of the last Harry Potter book, working at the Stewart Home, starting college
Hated: the ACT, skinny jeans, AP calc
Loved: David Archuleta, Twilight, the mall
Moments: becoming an Asbury Ambassador, trip to Western, visiting MC and Lola's houses, freshman formal, working at SHS again, meeting David Archuleta with Becki, going to the UGA vs. UK game, trip to SCAD with Jack and my mom, traveling to see Duke docs...to no avail
Hated: the caf
Loved: my jobs (daycare, admissions, PR), Kris Allen, blogging, Gilmore Girls, small group, babies, graphic design class, Glee
Moments: new physical therapists, trip to Eastern, getting to introduce Jack in chapel, another houseboat trip, visiting Tay's and Jenelle's houses, homecoming, another new physical therapist, meeting Needtobreathe with Linds
Hated: studying

So there it is, my decade in review. I'm sure I'm forgetting things, but I suppose that's what I get for trying to sum up 10 years in one sitting. It's been a good decade for sure–one punctuated by a move, an injury, an obsession with American Idol, graduation and school transitions, and relationships with my friends and family.

I can only hope that the next decade will be as good. Will it bring healing? A college degree (or two)? A husband and babies? More time with my lovely friends and fam?

Here's to hoping!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Dear Gaspard Ulliel,

I know we don't know each other, but I think you are just darling
–that you have a certain je ne sais pas
and that you should move right on over to America.
The only thing I will be able to say to you in your native language is
je t'aime,
but I will say that a lot.

Actually, I can also throw around such terms as


au contraire

and genre

potpourri, voilà, and encore.

(Oh, and I also know a few lines from "Lady Marmalade," but I will refrain from repeating those.)

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I will give you a tour of America, s’il vous plaît.
Okay? Okay.

A très bientôt j’espère.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Home for Christmas

My favorite night of the year, hands down, is the annual Christmas party/sleepover with all my girls from home. It's so hard to get all 9 girls in one place at one time these days, so the time that we spend together seems to fly by.

Tuesday evening we met at Jenna's for this get-together.
Jenna, our host, and Brooke

It was my sixth time participating in this get-together. My first was in 2004 during my sophomore year of high school, the first Christmas that I lived in Kentucky! That seems like longer than five years ago. It's so amazing to me that the friends I made within a month of moving to Kentucky are still my best friends!
Betsy came all the way up from Auburn!

We all brought something for a potluck, and I must say that these girlies are awesome cooks! Brooke even made rolls from scratch before our very eyes! It made me miss our every-other-Friday potlucks in high school. Everybody would sign up to bring a main dish or a side dish or a dessert, etc., and we'd share it in the cafeteria!

Lindsay looking pretty in pink

Our gift exchange was ridiculously fun! We played a game with dice for which you had to roll double sixes before you could take a gift from the middle. Once everybody had a gift, we had five minutes to roll snake eyes. Every time somebody rolled snake eyes, she could steal someone else's gift and give the other person hers. We all kept rolling snake eyes, so we were all stealing like crazy!

Kristina and Laura on the couch!

At one point during the evening, we all bundled up and walked the half-block down to Kristina's house to serenade her parents and grandparents with Christmas carols (a.k.a. Jingle Bells, O Holy Night, and...the National Anthem? Don't ask.) I hope to post video of our singing when Kristina uploads it to Facebook.
Stephanie keeping warm!

After caroling, we watched old movies (most from before I even moved here but a couple from after my move). It was so funny to see how everybody looked back pre-braces and pre-straighteners, etc. I can't help wishing I'd gotten to spend those years with them. I'm so happy that we've remained friends through college and still have years of friendship ahead of us!

Emily, the soon to be bride!

Emily's upcoming wedding was a hot topic of conversation all evening! I am so excited to see her get married this summer and for all the fun leading up to the wedding. She promised she would still be at our Christmas party next year! I love knowing that we're all staying close even as we get older.

Here's the only group picture I have for now, but we took a billion on others' cameras, so I will put a better one up once everyone uploads to Facebook.

I love these girls. Love is an understatement. I adore/cherish/treasure them. Hanging out with them was such a blast. (I even looked at my phone when I thought it was a little past midnight and realized it was 3:52 in the morning!) I only wish the night had lasted longer. Until next year!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Current Obsession: Odosketch

If you know me, you know I love to obsess over things!
(I say, why like something when you can love it?)

Well, I just found out about odosketch like 15 minutes ago via Happiness Is, but I already think it is obsession-worthy!
You can sketch online and then replay what you drew.

This duck is my first attempt. (If it's not moving anymore, reload the page, and it will start over.)

But look at what some pros have done:

I'd love to see what some of you girls can sketch, so blog if you try it!
I recommend listening to John Mayer's new stuff while you do it!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

I love romantic comedies!

Perhaps little too much, in fact.

I've been looking forward to this one for several months now (basically ever since I saw the cast list).
Can we talk about the fact that it stars Anne Hathaway, Ashton Kutcher, Bradley Cooper, Emma Roberts, Eric Dane, George Lopez, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Jessicas Alba and Biel, Julia Roberts, Kathy Bates, Patrick Demspey, Queen Latifah, Shirley MacLaine, Taylors Swift and Lautner, and Topher Grace?

Can we talk about the fact that it's directed by Garry Marshall, and I've loved him ever since he directed one of my all-time faves, The Princess Diaries?

Can we talk about this second trailer that they just released yesterday? I'M SO EXCITED.

Who wants to be my valentine and go see it with me?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


I just handed in my fiction portfolio, and I've rarely felt so accomplished.

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I am one final away from being a free woman.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

On your feet for good

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"The suffering won't last forever. It won't be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ–eternal and glorious plans they are!–will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does."

1 Peter 5:10-11 (The Message)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

I love Christmas

I love strings of white lights and hot chocolate and sales at the mall and wrapping presents and Christmas music and how the whole world kind of feels like a cheesy holiday movie. (I'm watching one on Lifetime right now in the dorm room with the girlies!)

But I found out that NOBODY ELSE in my family wants a Christmas tree this year.

image via weheartit

So I don't really know how to cope with this. But I'm going to do my best to change my family's minds, and I'm going to keep on pretending that life is a movie and that people are jollier and cookies are sweeter and time is slower just because it's Christmas.
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