Johnny Boy

John is heavy on my mind tonight. Well, not that he's not always on my mind. I guess I should say...he's on my mind even more so than usual. :p 

His first med school exam of the semester is tomorrow. His exam weeks are always a little tough. He spends the week buried in books and index cards, studying his little heart out. I don't like seeing him anxious and stressed, especially since he's so laid back the majority of the time. But, I have no doubt that he will do awesome, just like he always does. 

I just felt the need to devote today's post to John, so I'm going to share a little about him and I. 

Here are a few fun facts:

*We were introduced last March by a mutual friend; my friend/sorority sister/roommate Amber's boyfriend. 
*Our first date was to my sorority's formal. 
*We were friends for months before we actually began dating. We met in March and didn't actually become a couple until September 10th of last year.
*I was the first to reveal my feelings, and at the time I did he didn't feel the same way. :p Funny how things work out in the end, ha ha. :p
*We share a love of chocolate and peanut butter, among many other things.
*We often joke about how I'm the female version of him, and vice versa. 

When we met I really wasn't on the lookout for someone to date, but once I started to get to know him I knew I wanted to be with him. It's hard to believe that we haven't even known each other a year, because I now can't even imagine my life without him. He's so kind, intelligent, and full of faith. He's always there for me and he inspires me in so many ways. God has beyond blessed me with him.

Ladies, we can complain about men all we want, but there's no way to deny that the guys in our lives are pretty perfect. 

Have a great night! :)


Book Review: "Love in the Time of Cholera"

My second book of 2013 has been finished! This one took me longer than usual to read, because I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about it the entire time I was working my way through it. Actually, I'm still not really sure how I feel about it!

Set in the Caribbean in the late 1800's to early 1900's, "Love in the Time of Cholera" is a story of unrequited love with a twist. In the beginning of the book, a young teenage boy named Florentino Ariza falls in love with the beautiful Fermina Daza the moment he sees her. They begin to write letters in secret, and fall in love with each other through their words. As the two grow older, Fermina Daza discovers that she does not actually love Florentino, so she breaks it off and ends up marrying the prestigious Dr. Urbino. Florentino Ariza is devastated, and vows to wait his entire lifetime to be with Fermina, keeping in mind that Dr. Urbino has to die at some point. I won't reveal the twists and turns and the ending, because I don't want to ruin it for anyone!

Sounds like the type of book any woman would want to read, right? I thought so too, but it definitely was not what I was expecting it to be. I didn't hate it, I really liked it. It's a very unique love story. I just didn't always know how to handle it. 

The characters in this book are just...odd. That's really the only way I can think to put it. None of them are particularly likable. In fact, they all do something at some point that should make you hate them, but you still remain concerned for them. The entire book has a certain sense of depression, due to the time period (a time of strife, and disease...which is where the title comes from) and the characters also come across and significantly unhappy. 

Florentino Ariza in particular is just a little difficult to decipher. His vow to wait for the death of Fermina's husband to be with her has a certain romance to it I guess, but frankly, he just comes across as a stalker for much of the book. He never marries...but that doesn't mean her remained faithful in every sense of the word. He got around, if you know what I mean. Half of the content involved him and his attempts to get numerous women to sleep with him. I was not a fan of that strand of the plot line. 

Now, for something the positive. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one top notch writer. The way he words things can be really beautiful. His writing style made even distasteful portions of the book really nice to read. He does a great job of painting the picture, and helps you understand thoughts without blatantly expressing them. And even though I said the book is kind of depressing, his writing can be quite humorous at times too. 

All in all, I thought the story was inventive, although it was far fetched. I definitely don't regret reading the book, although I wouldn't have been able to put it down even if I did. This is a book that there is simply no way NOT to finish. You want to know how it ends, trust me. I'm excited to order the movie off of Amazon and see if it does the book justice!


Sunday Social!

I have been a very bad blogger this weekend. I didn't post on Friday or yesterday. Friday night I didn't get home until about 1 AM and I crashed and slept until noon on Saturday. Then yesterday I hung out with friends until late, then stayed up talking to my roommate Amber until about 1:30 AM. I'm just a party animal y'all. Not really...but a girl can pretend. 

Anyhow, it's Sunday, which mean it's time for the Sunday Social! 

Sunday Social

Here are this week's questions:

1. What is your ideal way to relax?
I love curling up on the couch or in my bed with a good book, or with my laptop working on writing my novel. I'm also a fan of watching an entire season of a TV show in one day. Sometimes a girl just needs to spend an entire day in her pajamas!

2. Where is your favorite place to be?
I'm a homebody, so I really like being at home. Other than that, it's not really any particular physical place...it's more about the people I'm with. Being with my family, friends, and John are the best ways to spend time!

3. Who do you consider your biggest role model?
My mom, of course! She really is my best friend. :) 

4. What does your life look like in 3 years?
Hm...I don't think it's really possible to answer that question, ha ha. All I know is I will be where God wants to put me. 

5. If you could go back and change one decision, what would it be?
The only thing I really regret is not becoming really involved in college extracurriculars until my senior year. I worked so much, and I wish I would have been in a situation to work less and have more fun. But, I definitely wouldn't say that I am regretful of that. I learned a lot about responsibility.

6. What is your biggest accomplishment in life so far?
I'm from a really small town. A lot of people that graduate high school there end up stuck, so I am so, so thankful that I was able to move to Tallahassee, graduate from FSU, which is one of the best universities in the country, and make a life for myself here. 

See you next week!


Wait...They're Not Real?

I was catching up on my DVR'd shows earlier while I was painting my nails. I think they only positive thing about not being able to watch most of your shows on the night that they come on is the fact that you get to watch two or three of them in a row when you finally get around to it. Does anyone agree?

Anyway, I was just thinking...I love Sheldon Cooper so darn much. Do I have any Big Bang Theory fans in the house? I sure hope so, or else I don't know if we can be bloggy friends. ;) I"m kidding of course, but seriously, if you have never watched this show, you are missing out. 

If you're not familiar with him, Sheldon is only the most hilarious character to ever grace the presence of a television show. He is basically a super nerd physicist, with a lack of social norms. Everything that comes out of his mouth is hilarious. 

While I was basking in Sheldon's hilariousness, I got to thinking about other TV characters that I have gotten attached to. You know what I'm talking about...those fictional characters that you become more invested in than your own real friends because they are just that amazing. Here are a few of them...

Jim Halpert.

I think the only logical question is, what girl who loves The Office didn't become obsessed with this cutie? Those facial expressions he gives to the camera just melt your heart. Heck, Jim actually makes you want an office job...as long as you could have a coworker like him. 

Chuck Bartowski.

I am not even through season one of Chuck (my boyfriend John recently introduced me to the show), and he already has my devotion. Luckily, considering the show is called Chuck, I know that he won't get killed off or anything since he is the title character. That could be fatal.

Carrie Bradshaw.

I know some of y'all love Sex and the City. Don't try to hide it. What woman hasn't wanted to be Carrie? She's funny, she has such an entertaining life, and her job is kind of perfect. She's just great. 

Rachel Berry.

Yes...I'm one of those people. I have followed Glee since the very beginning, and I was kind of distraught when Rachel and the rest of the seniors graduated. I mean, they are the originals of the show. Luckily she is still on, but it just isn't the same!

What TV characters are you attached to? 

Happy Almost Friday! :)


Oh, How Pinteresting Wednesday: Week 4

It's Wednesday.

I'm not even going to lie...I am tired y'all. It was a long, long day.

It was a busy, busy day at work. But sadly, it didn't go by quickly like it's supposed to when you're really busy. It took forever. 

But finally, after a long day, some errands, and Bible study, I am home. I wanted to do a quick blog post because I didn't do one yesterday, and then I'm off to sleep!

Plus, I just can't seem to pass up this pinteresting link-up. :p

Today I'm diving into my dream closet.

Source: thehunt.com via Miranda on Pinterest

What have you been pinning lately? 


My Highly (Un)Productive Day

I really do not have anything super exciting to talk about tonight folks. 

But, I'm going to blog anyway. :)

Did everyone have a good Monday? I know I did...because I was off of work for MLK Jr. Day! I'm actually a little embarrassed to talk about my day because it was so uneventful, ha ha.

I woke up around 9 AM, walked downstairs long enough to grab a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, then walked back upstairs and laid in bed watching Investigation Discovery crime shows until about 1 PM. I know guys, you are jealous of my productivity. But hey, it was a holiday, right?

Needless to say I finally talked myself into getting up and showering and getting dressed. I took my roommate Amber a Mountain Dew to her work and talked to her for about 30 minutes since she wasn't off today. After that I drove over to Best Buy. I was hoping to find the movie "Love in the Time of Cholera." I'm reading that book right now and really want to watch the movie because I'm almost finished with the book. Sadly, Best Buy didn't have it. However, I did walk out with season six of Sex and the City (I'm addicted to that show) and a perfect Snoopy iPhone case for about $20.00 bucks total. Thanks for the deal, Best Buy! :p

I just love Snoopy!
Don't worry, that's not all I did with my day. I went to my weekly Monday night workout at church. It was harder this week because we added abs, and, let's be honest, my abs prefer to remain in hiding. I know I'm going to be sore in the morning, but I feel great right now! Ha ha. 

I'm off to make the best of the remainder of my night. I really do not want to go back to work tomorrow, but I know I will feel better once I'm there and back in the grind of things. 

Have a great Tuesday!


Sunday Social: Week 4

I always look forward to Sundays because I love this link-up! 

Sunday Social

This week's questions are all about 3's!

1. Top 3 favorite kinds of food.
I'm just going to go with categories since I typically love all foods...lol. I'm going to go with Mexican, Italian, and American. 

2. First 3 things you do in the morning.
I typically get a shower, brush my teeth and pick out something to wear. Actually, not typically. That's how I always do it, ha ha.

3. Last 3 things you do at night.
Brush my teeth, wash my face, and either read or watch some late night TV. 

4. 3 TV shows you never miss.
The Big Bang Theory, Dance Moms, and Glee.

5. 3 places you want to visit.
Prague, Florence, and London. Gosh, it was hard to pick just three!

6. 3 people you can always count on.
My parents, my best friends and my amazing boyfriend John. :) I guess that's technically more than three people. But I couldn't possibly choose between them!

My answers this week are pretty short and sweet. I look forward to checking out your groups of 3's!


Hiking Adventures: Leon Sinks

Happy weekend! How is everyone doing? :)

Today was a great Saturday. The weather here in Tallahassee is absolutely beautiful. I think the high reached about 70 degrees and it was breezy and sunny. It really couldn't have been more perfect for John and I's adventure today. We drove over to Leon Sinks Geological Area which is about ten minutes outside of town. It's an area of Apalachicola National Forest that is filled with sink holes and hiking trials. We hiked all of them today. They form a circle that averages at just over 4 miles of trails. It was so nice to  be out there where it's so quiet. Hiking is always such a neat experience because it's relaxing yet active at the same time. Hopefully you understand what I mean about that, ha ha. 

Of course, I have some pictures to share! I know...there are a lot for one post. I've told you before though...I love pictures! Make sure to check out John's hat. He's my very own Daniel Boone. ;)

I was thinking on the way back home today...life really couldn't be any better right now. I live in a beautiful state, I have a fantastic guy, my friends and family are phenomenal, I'm blessed with a good job, etc. Sometimes it's so easy to get down about something "bad" in life, and then day's like today just make you realize how blessed you truly are.

I hope you are all having a great weekend!


Chuck, Smoothies, and Bipolar Florida Weather

Happy Friday! Actually...it's not even Friday anymore. I'm writing this post at, oh....roughly 1:00 AM on Saturday. I just got in from an evening with John and his parents. We went to dinner at Macaroni Grill...yum! I barely ate anything all day because I wanted to eat something good tonight, ha ha. And it was worth it, because my chicken and mushroom cannelloni was delicious. 

After dinner we watched a couple of episodes of Chuck. John introduced me to this show, and we are almost through season one. I just have to ask...where has this show been all of my life? It's perfection. Right up there with The Big Bang Theory in my opinion, and if you know me, you know that I LOVE The BBT.  Chuck...I just don't have enough good things to say about it. 

I'm sitting in bed watching Four Weddings on TLC. I feel like I should be knocked out sleeping by now, but I'm just not tired yet...which is weird because I could hardly keep my eyes open around 9:00 earlier. I figured I would do another one of my little photo recaps to fill you in on this past week...which was pretty darn average, but that's okay!

Florida's weather has been as bi-polar as ever this week. We spent the first half in shorts and t-shirts, and then worked our way back into hoodies overnight. Both the warm and the cold have been beautiful though!
I organized my closet...finally. I know it doesn't look super organized, but I'm working with limited space. I swear there's a method to my madness! You can see my stuffed animal collection peeking out. ;)
Can you see the blue stain on my nails? No, I didn't slam my fingers in the door.  The nail polish I had on a couple of weeks ago stained my fingernails, which has never happened to me before. Has this happened to you? This is a week and a half later, and they're still blue.
Treated myself to Tropical Smoothie for lunch on Wednesday; a Strawberry Beach smoothie and half of a turkey sandwhich. Healthy and delicious!
I rocked my Orange Bowl t-shirt today. I know...FSU didn't play much of a team, but at least we still won. Go  'Noles! 
Who's excited for this three day weekend?!


Whining about Work: Let's Talk Dress Code

FYI: This post isn't meant to offend anyone. I'm simply just sharing funny things that I have witnessed in my career thus far. 

I have been wanting to do a post about this for a while, and today just seemed like the perfect day. I'm sure there are quite a few of you out there that work in an office setting, which means that your dress code most likely falls underneath the category of business or business casual. In  other words...professional. 

Sadly, this is typically not the case. Working in an office that houses around 100 people means that I see my fair share of dress code dont's...typically on a daily basis. Now, if you know me, you know that I am not exactly a fashionista. I'm pretty simple in my dress, I'm always going to choose flats over heels, and I go to work with wet hair 3 out of 5 mornings a week. But...I dress for my job. Skirts, dresses, button down shirts...I own them. And I wear them. And it's not even that difficult. 

I just wanted to share my top three business-casual-law-breaking pet peeves. 

1. Yoga pants as dress pants.

Correct me if I'm wrong...but when I look at these I don't think, "Oh, those would be great for work!" I have witnessed more than one woman I work with wearing these with button down shirts and other nice blouses. Really? These are the equivalent of sweat pants. Would you wear sweat pants with heels to a party? I don't think so. Some people hold jobs that allow them to wear anything they please. If that's the case...by all means, wear the yoga pants. They're comfortable...I feel ya. But, if you're required to abide by a dress code, save your yoga pants for the gym.

2. Crocs.

I will never forget the day that I was in the bathroom, and noticed that whoever was in the stall next to me had a pair of these on. And it wasn't even casual Friday. Not that is should be acceptable on casual Friday either. Are these things even legal to wear in public anymore? The worst part...the woman had white socks on with them. 

3. The too-small button down.
Button down shirts are classic. You could wear a different color every day of the week and look completely professional. The trick to them is getting them to fit correctly on every part of your body...particularly if you're a woman. Ladies, it's okay to go up a size or two in order to accommodate all parts of your body. It will save you the embarrassment of losing a button off of the most inopportune area of the shirt.  Don't make a good thing bad!

What are some dress code no no's that you've experienced at work or in other situations? Please share in the comments below!

Tomorrow is Friday! :) Casual Friday...the day it's okay to wear jeans. ;)

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