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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?

Just too awesome…

I had a pair of heart shaped sun glasses when I was just a little one. I remember loving them. There’s something about little kid accessories that just make you happy (especially when they’re made for grown-ups, haha).

Too fabulous?

Kathleen and I picked up these bad boys at Old Navy when we were out after getting our nails done and shopping for V-Day. And yes, I will be wearing these out in public. Five dollars for glasses that make me giddy? I say that’s a pretty good deal.

Hi, Denzel: Nice to meet you!

On Wednesday my Mom, Kathleen, and her sister Joanna went to NYC to go and see the Regis and Kelly show. It was awesome. My mom picked the show with special guest Freddie Prinze Jr., Tim Gunn was also on the show, and they let us stay to see the taping of Friday’s segment as a surprise. The segment featured DENZEL WASHINGTON! I love him as an actor, and one of my favorite movies is “Fallen” which is one of his older movies in which he tries to catch this demon that passes through people. It’s really a great movie, so I give it a watch if you get a chance.

As we were exiting the show, I saw a ton of Paparazzi standing outside of the door and flashes were going off like crazy. At first I was confused and then my Mom said, “Denzel Washington is right in front of us!” Kathleen and I dove in and I whipped out my cell phone to take photos. I managed to get two decent ones.

The first one was the best one, but I really liked that happy lady with the hat. Denzel was tall as heck, and we were, as Joanna put it, “uncomfortably close to him.” Ha!

At the end of all of the excitement, my Mom asked him for an autograph. She realized all she had was her disposable camera. She handed it to him and he said, “Wow, this is a first, I’ll have to work on this!” and smiled. He was truly such a nice person and did not rush to get into his car, talked to people, and signed things for people too. It was truly an amazing day.

This is my Mom’s camera, haha. With Denzel Washington’s autograph!!

The day was completed by purchasing amazing cupcakes at Crumbs Bakery, which I’ve wanted to go to for a while now, and lunch at Junior’s. Waking up at 3:30 to catch a 5:12 train was totally worth it!

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