Sunday, September 24, 2006

What's Next?

In five days I'll officially be unemployed. My job ends Friday and as of right now, I have no job waiting on me. It's not a great feeling. What does the future hold? Wouldn't we all like to know!

PS-If you happen to hear of any event planning job openings, let me know.
An Icon Dies

For those of you who used to live in Abilene, you probably remember the guy who used to walk down North 1st who people called "hot pants." He wore tight, short blue jean shorts, baseball cap and tube socks. Well, he was killed by a train this past Thursday. Just thought you guys might be interested to know that he had passed almost iconic figure in Abilene.

Here is a link to the story written about him this weekend.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

A Night of Games

I left Abilene around 2pm Saturday and headed to Dallas to see a few of my closest friends from college. It was definitely good to get out of town and good to see the girls. We went to a Rangers game that night, and thanks to our pal Misty, we had incredible seats! I had fasted all day so I could eat a ton of food at the game. And that's exactly what I dog, nachos, cotton candy, ice cream sandwich. It was wonderful. The Rangers won, so that's always a plus. An added bonus, fireworks at the end of the game! Not just any fireworks...they were in red, green, white and pink in honor of Mexican Independence Day. And yes, the show was choreographed to Latino music. Very interesting.

After the game we headed to Holly's house for a few rounds of Circle of Death, Pit and Balderdash. We were there until around 2:45am just laughing, talking and catching up. It was literally a night of games. It was so good to see the girls I've missed so much. For just a few hours, we were able to put away our lives and just be friends. Just laugh. Just talk. I love moments like that.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Brief Insight

This entry is actually about several things, basically because I have a lot I'm thinking about today.

I received my GATA Homecoming Breakfast invitation in the mail yesterday. As I pulled it out of my mailbox, a smile immediately came across my face. I was instantly excited. I absolutely love Homecoming. It's the energy on campus, the closeness you feel to thousands of people, getting to see old friends, catching up on what's new, the parade, the football game, chapel and of course, Homecoming Breakfast. Those of you who know me well know that small things excite me. I've been told that I kind of slip back to childhood sometimes with my giddy laugh and innocent excitement. Well, I felt that excitement yesterday when I read my invitation. It's the same laughter and excitment I feel when I watch great fireworks or play Pit. It's the excitment of knowing that I'll be around my friends from club again and for a few hours, things will seem like they did three years ago.

Speaking of three years's pledging season on campus. Three years ago I was entering my last pledging term. We had given out around 30 bids to a great group of girls and were anticipating an excellent bid night and a wonderful pledge class. Pledging has officially started on campus. Bids went out last night, therefore the dreaded bid night is tonight. In my office I'm surrounded by people active in clubs...we currently have three sponsors, one officer, two members and one pledge. Out of that group, three clubs are represented - GATA, Delta Theta and Ko Jo Kai. It's been funny listening to the drama around pledging. Part of me thinks, "Seriously girls. In the grand scheme of things, pledging is so not that important." But, the other part of me remembers how important pledging and club really was and I actually miss the rush of bid night. The excitement of pledging activities. The closeness and drama of club.

I miss a lot of my friends. Today I stumbled across some pictures from a camping trip I went on almost a year ago and as I gazed at the pictures, I remembered the laughter, the cold night, the warm fire, the jokes, the rabid dog in the woods, the hike to the bathroom, pitching a tent in the dark...I'm feeling a little nostalgic today. I can't help it.

So, this past weekend ended the Centennial. It was an INSANE weekend, but completely worth it. My favorite part? Hands-down, the fireworks show. I wish everyone reading this could have seen the show. I've seen some great fireworks shows in my day(I LOVE fireworks), and I'm really not trying to brag here, but my show on Saturday, Sept. 9th was freakin' awesome. It rivaled the show at Ameriquest Field, Disney World, Celebrate Freedom. I mean, I was totally impressed. And, the best thing was, it was right in front of our faces. Literally the fireworks shot about 40 feet in front of us. Ok, I'm done talking about my fireworks...unless you ask me about them in person, cause I'd love to say more about them! I crack myself up!

Well, the Birthday Celebration meant the Centennial ended which means that on Sept. 29, I'll officially be unemployed. Or, I'm assuming I'll be unemployed unless I find a job between now and then. Which is what I'm doing. I'm currently wrapping up Centennial archives and looking for a job at the same time. What's the number one phrase I'm tired of hearing? "What are you going to do now?" Remember how tired you were of hearing that right before graduation? Yeah, it's still annoying. Bottom line, I'm currently looking for a job in the events industry and I'll go anywhere except New York. I'd rather not go to LA, but if it was the right job, I'd go.

Am I nervous about leaving? A little bit. I actually just dread the emotional part of it. I've been in Abilene now for seven years. I've invested a lot of myself in Abilene and it's difficult to imagine living somewhere else right now. Am I excited? Sure. However, I have no idea where I'm going or what I'm going to do, so forgive me if I'm a little hesitant when it comes to starting this new adventure. Will I miss Abilene? A little. What am I going to miss most? My brother and sister who just recently moved here and my friends. I have best friends who live here and it will be hard to leave them. Some I've known for five or six years...some I just met this summer. But, whatever the case, it won't be easy leaving them.

Ok, so...this entry has turned into a novel. I'll wrap it up by saying I'm completely looking forward to this weekend. I get to attend a Rangers game with some of my favorite people in the world and the best's a fireworks night! The giddy little school girl laugh will come out during the fireworks, I guarantee it!

Friday, September 01, 2006

55 Questions

A friend sent me these questions and I found most of them interesting, intriguing and just plain funny. Feel free to copy them for your own blog. You'll have fun answering them...I did.

1. Who is the last person you held hands with?

2.If you were drafted into a war, would you survive?
I really don't know the answer to this, but I'd like to think I would survive.

3. How many times have you spoken French?
Does "répondez s'il vous plaît" count?

4. Have you ever drunk milk straight out of the carton?
Why yes I have

5. Have you ever won a spelling bee?
Nope...I've never been in a spelling bee

6. Do you have a job?

7. How fast can you type?
Well, in high school my record was eighty something. Not really sure what it is now.

8. Are you afraid of the dark?
Uh, sometimes.

9. What do you like to eat late at night?
Cereal or fruit

10. What is the longest time you have been away from home?
I've lived away from my home for 7 years now. What's the longest time between visits? About 2 months.

11. When is the last time you chose a bath over a shower?
Last month

12. Do you really knock on wood?

13. Are you drinking anything right now?

14. What is the most obscure musical instrument you know?
I've always thought the accordian was a weird instrument.

15. Can you hoola hoop?
Uh, for like 15 seconds.

16. Are you good at keeping secrets?
Only when I have to be. One of my biggest faults is that I like to gossip. It's really bad, I know. I'm working on it.

17. What do you want for Christmas?
Money or gift certificates

18. Do you know the Muffin Man?
Yeah, he lives on Drury Ln.

19. Do you talk in your sleep?
I don't think so. Nobody's ever told me I do.

20. Who wrote the book of love?
Well, I can't take all the credit for it, but chapters 1-7 were definitely written by me.

21. Have you ever flown a kite?
Actually, no. I've never flown a kite.

22. Have you ever suffered from a broken heart/spleen/pancreas/kidney?
Weird question. Broken heart - yes. The other

23. Do you consider yourself successful?
Yeah, I do

24. How many people are on your contact list of your cell phone?

25. Have you ever asked for a pony?

26. Plans for tomorrow?
Getting a massage, going to the office for a little bit and then going to Perini's for dinner

27. Missing someone now?
Not really...but if I think about it long enough I'm sure I would miss someone.

28. When was the last time you told someone 'I love you'?
Today I told my sister I loved her before she left town

29. Do you close the toilet seat when you are finished?
Yeah...flushing with the lid open spreads more germs

30. How are you feeling today?
Can't complain

31. Are you black?
Uh, no.

32. Have you ever been suspended or expelled from school?

33. What are you looking forward to?
My massage tomorrow morning

34. Have you ever crawled through a window?

35. Have you ever eaten dog food?
No. Gross.

36. Can you handle the truth?
Most of the time

37. Do you like green eggs and ham?
I've actually never tried green eggs and ham

38. What 3 things you always bring with you?
Cell phone, watch, gum

39. Any cool scars?
I have a couple "good story" scars

40. Do you prefer the windows open or closed?
During the daytime on a cool fall or spring day, I love the windows open. However, I don't like them to be open at night or when it's hot.

41. How many kids do you plan on having?
None right now

42. What do you do when no one is watching?
Uh, pick a wedge. Sometimes I roll my eyes when people aren't looking.

43. Have you ever been in love?
Not really...just in like

44. Do you talk to yourself?
Not usually, but I have before

45. Is there something you want that you can't have?
A new car

46. Do you play video games?
Only at Jerry's Pizza or Mr. Gatti's

47. Who did you last hug?
Brandi Jo the night before she left for Ireland

48. Where is your phone?
Next to my bed on my nightstand

49. What was the last thing you ate?
Frostie from Wendy's

50. Have you attended any concerts lately?

51. Favorite Colors?
Black and red

52. What is the last movie watched?
I watched Rudy the other day

53. What song do you currently hear?
Not listening to music

54. Do you own a camera?

55. What does 'obsequious' mean?
Attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery...or at least that's what Kim said.