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I am now a college graduate

Last Friday, May 28th, was my graduation ceremony. This Sunday is the actual party with the whole shebang of family and friends. Friday was a beautiful, warm and sunny day. I even got a little bit of a tan from sitting in the bleachers. All week I was looking forward to graduation, but it didn’t really hit me until Friday morning, and then it hit me a second time when they had the School of Arts and Sciences stand up and move our tassels to the other side of our caps. Then we were called up to receive our degrees. Geoffrey Fletcher, the writer of ‘Precious’ was our graduation speaker. Afterward, we went to Apps which is a delicious Italian restaurant where I sipped on my white wine spritzers and enjoyed Fettuccine Alfredo. It was a wonderful day with the people I love.



My parents and I.


My Aunt Rose and I.


Keith’s parents and I at the tennis center.


Keith and I. <3


Look very closely at this photo. There is a hole in the tree branches and my face can be seen right in there. Keith took it of me. =]


I’m the third one walking up to receive my degree, and cheesin’ the whole way.


I do not know this man in the photo. I dubbed him “The Situation.” He posed and everything! Too funny.

These were just a few of my favorites from the graduation ceremony. I especially love the one with the tree just because Keith is amazing and managed to find me in the hole of the branches. Look close at the tree one and you will see my face. =] The whole day really made me think a lot, and I am so excited about making my degree work for me. Now…I just need a school to hire me!


Happy Birthday to Me! I’m 23!

As of 9:20 this morning I am officially 23 years old! Another year older, and another year wiser? What do you think? I’m actually very excited because we’re having a small gathering at my house. Just my parents and Keith and my Aunt and Uncle. It’s nice to have a small, calm party. Last night was my “going out” night with Keith and Paul. It was originally going to be a big thing, but since we planned it so last minute it was pretty small and relaxing which I preferred. =] Nothing like drinking Coronas and watching some good and funny TV with good people.

Today we’ll be having a nice dinner and dessert. I’m super excited because we’re having all of my favorites. Penne pasta with my Momma’s amazing sauce, my Dad’s famous chicken, and artichokes and Italian bread. We’re also having a salad served in a bowl I made last semester in my ceramics class. I love having my functional art on the table. My Aunt is making my cake (white with white frosting–my favorite). I opened my presents this morning and got my present from Keith last night. I was surprised and very grateful for all of my gifts from my family. I love them!

My birthday balloons from my parents. So cute!

There’s even a cupcake balloon!

As you guys know, I love balloons. Last night I saw these in my room! I especially love the butterfly and cupcake one. Totally cute, and such a sweet surprise.

Cards from my Mom and Dad!


Cat power book and CD!

Pandora bracelet with charms.

My parents also got me a book called “Cat Power” that comes with songs. I loved it when I saw it in the bookstore, and forgot about it. But my parents surprised me with it. The cat paintings inside the book are amazing. My parents also got me a Pandora charm bracelet with some charms to start me off. I now have an angel, a peace sign, an emerald, a cat, an angel, a heart and a may birthday charm. I have always wanted a Pandora bracelet. I am so excited to finally have one. My Mom also got me a new Southern hoodie. =]

I’ll never run out of paper!

Fancy copy paper!

Last but not least, I have a copy machine at my house now since I’ve been making so many copies for teaching. The ones at school are sometimes out of service, and it’s a FORTUNE to go to Staples. So to go with my copy machine Keith got me a huge box of paper as well as colored copy paper in all of my favorite shades. Guess who is getting a hot pink test soon? You guessed it…my students! I absolutely love office supplies, and I’ll be prepared for all of the copies I have to make for a while now.

So far, my birthday has been amazing. I am so blessed to have such loving, and generous family, friends, and a Keith. =]

On a completely unrelated note, I am in love with Pond’s Cold Cream. My face has been so dry (even my beloved MAC Studio Fix isn’t doing the job), so I’ve been using this for the past few days. I attribute it to the dry air in the high school, the crazy wind we had, and the change in weather.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Valentine’s Day

I hope that everyone had a great Valentine’s Day! I almost cried when I opened my present from Keith. He created a wooden bobblehead of my kitty, Socks. It looks just like her down to her striped tail, and her extra white paw. She is now sitting on my desk so I can look at her every time I do my homework.

How can you NOT smile when you see something like that? My parents also gave me a beautiful jewelry box since I have been needing one for a while. I had some small ones, but nothing to keep my necklaces in. Can you believe I spent almost an hour organizing everything? I love it because it looks like a mini wardrobe.

It has little doors on either side and little hangers for necklaces. I put two on each hanger and used the drawers for some other chains and my rings. I’m so happy to finally have something to keep my necklaces in safe and sound without them getting tangled.

Keith and I were very low key this Valentine’s Day, celebrating on Friday night. We went to Chili’s since we had a gift card and watched “Carriers” which was decent until about the halfway point. We basically spent the evening making fun of the movie and how many plot holes it had. I purchased some Axe products and heart boxers for him with K’s all over them. Red, black, and with his first initial? It was a win-win situation!

I hope that everyone had a great weekend! Did you do anything to celebrate Valentine’s Day?


2009 Reflections

First and foremost, I hope that all of you fabulous pals of mine had a safe, happy, and fun New Year’s Eve and Day. Keith and I celebrated at his house with some friends and his family like we usually do. We drank some Busch Light (light, so it’s healthy–right?), some green, and some xbox. We continued the celebration into today when we came back to my house to have a nice dinner and dessert with my parents. I thought it would be fun to reflect back on good ole 2009, and what I’m looking forward to for 2010.

  • I finally began shoveling. Before this year I never picked up a shovel to clean up the driveway after a snowstorm. When my Dad hurt his knee in February I stepped up to the plate.
  • I made some amazing new friends. People who were in my classes, but I never really spoke to have become some great friends to me. I’m so glad that this year I actually talked to more people.
  • Keith and I attended three weddings, one of which we were both in, and started to realize that taking our sweet time on the engagement, wedding stress, and house buying is A-Ok!
  • Attended the sex museum and braved NYC without the guidance of my Dad who happens to know how to get EVERYWHERE! It was so fun to experience.
  • Said goodbye Keith’s dog, Royal. Keith’s golden retriever was one of my favorite dogs ever. In April he passed away due to cancer.
  • Learned how much work a puppy is–and how much of a cat person I am–when we babysat Brody, Keith’s new golden/chow pup for the first three days of him being home.
  • Realized that crying doesn’t mean you’re weak.
  • Learned from Kenny that “Showing No Weakness” is what you need to do, even if you want to crawl into a ball…and cry.
  • Kept off my 50 pounds that I lost–and have continued to reshape my lifestyle with health and fitness.
  • Realized that good people get screwed when the economy fails. Keith and I learned how to be frugal and still have fun when he was laid off. (He now has a new job!!!)
  • “Reinvented” (for lack of a better word) my relationship with God. It’s one of the most amazing things I have experienced.
  • Gave up shaving for 2 weeks ala Amanda Palmer, just to see what it was like. Liberating? YES! Doable for me? NOPE!

    And my goals for 2010 thus far:
    -Get a teaching job when I graduate in May.
    -Survive student teaching–and hopefully love it!
    -Work on my birthday notebook, so I can have everyone’s birthdays in order.
    -Write in my journal more often. No more 3 month lapses.
    -Continue filling my recipe box.
    -Write more letters.
    -Maintain my weight loss.
    -Spend time with family and friends.
    -Enjoy life, and try not to stress out as much as I do.

    What are some of your highlights of the year? What do you hope to accomplish? Here’s to a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2010!


    A bit of shameless self promotion

    If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you might remember back in the dark ages of blissandblessings.com/curlsdotnu that my boyfriend, Keith and I had a radio show at my school’s station. After some consideration, we decided to bring back the show, but this time we have a niche. So, without further ado I present to you: ZOMBIE HOUR.

    Every Friday you guys can listen to Keith and I discuss all things horror, from movies to books. We review two movies each show and we give you tips on how to survive a battle with the undead. As you know, I love horror movies and zombies, so this is great. It’s truly good radio if you ask me. I’m not biased or anything.


    That’s us on the air!

    We broadcast on the radio itself, but for those of you who aren’t in the area you can listen online, and on the website there is a chatroom so we can talk to you guys. You can call us and everything. We also made a Facebook page “Zombie Hour” so you can become a fan of us too. Facebook seems to be the place to whore yourself out as of late.

    So, EVERY FRIDAY from 8pm-9pm Eastern Time, log on to WSIN Radio, and give us a listen. This week we’re doing a Halloween/Friday The 13th face-off. You get good tunes, good movie talk, and most importantly you can hear my sexy voice. Ha!


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