Friday, November 27, 2009

Week's end recap: Thanksgiving edition

I've been thoroughly enjoying time with the family in South Carolina during the holiday. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving - I'm still stuffed!

It's been nice to take a little break, despite the fact that I feel utterly disconnected in that I haven't been online or checking my e-mail non-stop, but every once in a while it's really refreshing to unplug. It's a little quieter here now that my brothers just left, leaving me free reign over the tv/remote control/computers. But of course I didn't get by without their latest enlightenment on all things techie: computers, software and some engineering lingo that was way over my head. But it was a full and bustling house, exactly what I love most. I'm so thankful to have an amazing family and friends to share the day with.

And in light of the holiday, this week's favorites:

Prior to my eight-hour long drive drive from D.C. to S.C., I of course stocked up on audiobooks. This was the perfect novel as I found myself en route back to the South. Set in Louisiana, it only made me more excited to be driving South-bound. And I'm so glad I got the audiobook, because the accents are spot-on.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a serious tradition in my book. I can't ever remember not tuning in and one day, hopefully I'll catch it in person.

And last but not least, Christmas music is now officially in full force. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

T minus 2 days

A co-worker of mine sent me this video courtesy of The Huffington Post and in the spirit of Thanksgiving I thought it was too cute not to share. Oh, kids.

Tomorrow afternoon I'm heading home for Thanksgiving and I could not be more excited to see the family. It's been since graduation when I last saw my brother and grandparents, I don't think I've ever gone this long. Since my mom and step-dad moved to South Carolina this summer, we're celebrating at their new "mountain home" as my step-dad refers to it. And we use this term loosely as they are in Columbia, not the Appalachian Trail. But I guess compared to Florida, mountain might not be too far off. It's a little weird to not go home to the house where I grew up for the holidays, but I'm also really excited because I've planned a (insert accent here) Charleston day trip with my brothers and their girlfriends.

Tonight, I'm headed to a Tweetsgiving event here in D.C. - my first "tweet up" and a philanthropic one to boot!

So, in keeping with the thankful-aura of this week, I thought one of my favorite quotes would be quite appropriate. Happy Thanksgiving!

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. - John F. Kennedy

Friday, November 20, 2009

Week's end recap: Prepping for Turkey Day

In preparation for one of my favorite holidays, I've decided to dedicate this week's edition of "week end recap" to Thanksgiving decorations. Less than a week to go and I could not be more excited!

Via Martha Stewart

Via My Home Ideas

Via Country Living

In other news, I am a terrible blogger for neglecting to update the blog award details. Thank you so much! Here goes: Post 10 random facts about and pass it on to 10 bloggers.

  1. I'm a complete e-mail fiend. I check it non-stop and have a huge pet peeve when there are unread e-mails lingering in my account.
  2. Most days, I am completely happy staying in with a book versus partying all night.
  3. I'm on a first-name basis with most of my college professors in my major and still keep in touch at least weekly.
  4. I have a favorite letter of the alphabet. (nerd)
  5. I have a favorite word. (double nerd)
  6. I was in band - for a very long time too!
  7. I love to bake but can't cook to save my life.
  8. I joke that I have motor-skill dyslexia due to my utter lack of coordination.
  9. One of my favorite magazines isn't Cosmo but Southern Living.
  10. I have a life goal of running a marathon. Eventually.
Ok so I'm pretty sure by now all my favorites have been tagged. I'll be back for editors notes soon.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mason jar mania

My good friend LW and I quite frequently discuss our favorite decorating ideas from across the World Wide Web. As two avid blogosphere addicts, we're always trading ideas and pretending like we can actually afford nicely decorated homes.

One idea that we always come across is incorporating mason jars in seasonal decor. And as two Southerners, born and raised, we're both fully appreciative of this sweet simplicity. No longer just elements of kitchen paraphernalia, they set a homey, rustic ambiance in an affordable way.

And as I come from a family of computer programmers, engineers and financial folk, I generally take it upon myself to provide the creative inspiration for holiday decorations when at home. This year, I'm hoping to scour around the house to find some jars for the centerpieces - wish me luck!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Football, friends and Florida

This past weekend I headed to UCF for homecoming and I have to say, it was so surreal being back as an alumna. It was only about 6 months ago when I was last there, as a student, but so much has changed since I left. I'm feeling a little old, not gonna lie.

But regardless, it was an absolutely amazing weekend being reunited with my best friends. And to make it even better, the homecoming game was seriously one of the best games I think I've ever been to. For the first time ever we beat a top 25 ranked team. I know, I know, it sounds a little ridiculous but being a relatively young school, it was a glorious moment for my Knights!


Game time!

A beautiful win

Our lovely, new sorority house

Friday, November 13, 2009

Week's end recap: These are a few of my favorite things

This afternoon I'm headed to the beloved Sunshine State for UCF's homecoming. I'm beyond excited to catch up with my best friends and finally have the opportunity to see my sorority's brand new house!

But, before I jet-set, thought I'd leave you with part two in my fun, Friday series "Week's end recap." So here's my favorite lovely, finds from this week:

Because we all know I love me some words
Kishani Perera via Elements of Design

And all things nautical - especially fireplaces this fall
Steven Gambrel via Completely Coastal

And my addiction would not be complete without the cup
Oh-so-cute coffee cups via Bailey Doesn't Bark

Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A daydream in a cup

Last week I posted about my excitement over the Starbucks holiday cup debut 2009. But I didn't really get to fully enjoy my Starbucks till this week, when 2 gingerbread lattes later I actually stopped to inspect my festive cup o' joe. It was then I realized the words adorning the side of my oh-so-addictive morning beverage:
Apologies for the poor phone-quality picture

We invite you to listen to your desires
and to renew your hope.
To see the world not as it is,
but as it could be. Go ahead, WISH.
It's what makes the holidays the holidays.

I loved this inspirational note so much I found myself wishing that the cup wasn't milk-laden so I that I could keep it around throughout the season. I guess it struck me as particularly poignant becuase I never really think about the holiday season as a time of renewal. New Year's, sure, but the holidays, I've always set aside as more of a time of thanks and reflection rather than renewal. So as I read this, I felt once again inspired and refreshed. Perhaps it was the coffee kicking in, but I truly do think it's time to renew, refresh and rebuild. It's been a long and winding year, from graduation to moving to job hunting that some days I just find myself so completely overwhelmed. Despite my penchant for spontaneity, at heart I really am just a girl starving for stability. So this holiday season, I'm looking forward to refueling on hope and seeing the world (and my life) not as is, but as it can and will be. After all, it is the holiday season.

Monday, November 9, 2009

In a beachy state of mind

Maybe it's the chill in the air or the fact that for the first time in 10 years, I'm living hours away from the beach, but lately I've developed such a penchant for driftwood-themed crafts. Now if you know me, you know I love anything nautical, but there's something so comforting, yet creative and crafty about using driftwood in your home designs.

I can't wait to have my own little, nautical-themed home.
A personal favorite, driftwood boats
Via The Lettered Cottage

Via Freespirit

Driftwood lamp (above) and mirror (below) via Completely Coastal

Maybe I'm just celebrating the fact that in FOUR days I'll be in Florida! So ready for homecoming at UCF with the bests.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Week's end recap: my favorites from across the World Wide Web

I decided to start a new little series here, pending I keep up with it each week. Inspired by Ashley Brooke's weekly Friday round-ups. I thought I'd try it myself, showcasing my favorite items from the past week.

This week, I was obsessed with all things seasonal, bringing in November with a bang.

The coziest looking nautical fireplaces - Via Completely Coastal
Gorgeous carved pumpkins - Via Country Living and CentsationalGirl

And of course, I had to celebrate the return of the Starbucks holiday cups with a Gingerbread latte... 'tis the season.