19 05, 2013

Tuscaloosa vs. Westboro Baptist Church

By |2015-03-07T20:07:08-04:00May, 19, 2013|Life|0 Comments

Today I had the opportunity to witness a protest by one of the most hateful groups in the United States. I’m talking about the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). You probably know them for picketing the funerals of fallen soldiers and for signs such as “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” Here’s a little bit of background on the WBC. The church is located in Topeka, Kansas and is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (and by most people around the country). Fred Phelps established the church in 1995 and members of the church [...]

10 05, 2013

Thanks for Always Calling Me Beautiful

By |2015-03-07T20:07:36-04:00May, 10, 2013|Life|0 Comments

You know that you’re not my first boyfriend…but you also know that all of my other relationships were so long ago (like “6 years before we started dating” long ago).  I don’t remember the dynamic of those relationships or much about them at all.  What I do know is that you’re different than all of the other guys I’ve dated.  Not just because you’re the only man I’ve ever loved…but because you always call me beautiful. Most guys don’t notice when their girlfriend gets a hair cut or when they wear a new shade of lipstick.  Most guys don’t notice [...]

16 04, 2013

Gone Too Soon

By |2015-03-07T20:08:10-04:00April, 16, 2013|Life|0 Comments

It’s been three years since you left this world far too soon, and not a day goes by that I don’t think about you. I try to make you proud in everything I do, and I know you’d be so happy to see how far I’ve come. Every time I go on a date with Alex, I think about how much you would have loved him. I think about the jokes you two could have made at my expense and how you would have loved him being part of our family. I think about how happy you would’ve been on [...]

24 02, 2013

Finding the Silver Linings

By |2015-03-07T20:08:37-04:00February, 24, 2013|Life|0 Comments

It's been awhile since I've posted. It's not that I haven't been inspired (because I have been), but nothing has really been "post worthy." I'm not even sure if this one is. So much has happened since the last time I posted. Winter break, my birthday, my car broke down in Alabama, I got it fixed, I started my second semester of grad school, but most importantly, Alex and I celebrated our one-year anniversary. I think a lot about how we got to this point because if you asked me a year ago if I thought we'd be in the [...]

6 01, 2013

Bucket List: November & December 2012

By |2015-03-07T20:11:56-04:00January, 6, 2013|Life|0 Comments

November 2012 169. Fly on a plane alone   It took 22 years, but I finally crossed this one off my bucket list.  In the past, I've always flown with family or my little sister, but this was the first time that I actually flew by myself...and I had a connection.  I actually took two trips by myself during this month - one at the beginning of the month and one for Thanksgiving.  It was a total of six (6) individual flights.  I'm going to be flying alone a lot this year...so I better get used to it. December 2012 [...]

21 11, 2012

Bucket List: October 2012

By |2015-03-07T20:12:56-04:00November, 21, 2012|Life|0 Comments

175. Celebrate a college homecoming week     At FGCU, homecoming didn't exist.  All four years I was there they said they were going to try and create some sort of homecoming tradition even without a football team.  Never happened. Now that I'm a student at The University of Alabama, I have the opportunity to do many things I couldn't do at FGCU...including celebrating a homecoming week and going to a homecoming football game.  Since this is my only year at UA, I did as much as I could, even though that meant going to the homecoming parade and (unexpectedly) [...]

7 11, 2012

Long Distance Relationships: The Hardest Part

By |2015-03-07T20:14:23-04:00November, 7, 2012|Life|0 Comments

The question I get asked most is, "what's the hardest part about being in a long distance relationship?" The simplest answer I have is "everything," but I know that's not helpful or specific.  A few days ago, I got to see my boyfriend, Alex, for the first time in almost a month.  It was amazing, but then I had to come back to Alabama.  I know some people have it worse than me, but only getting to see Alex once a month has been hard on me.  Last week I was working on a present for him when I began [...]

9 10, 2012

Bucket List: September 2012

By |2015-03-07T20:17:50-04:00October, 9, 2012|Life|0 Comments

166. Go to a college football game   It's always been a dream of mine to go to a college football game, but since I went to a college without football, I never had that experience.  When I was choosing a graduate school, I really wanted to go to a school with football...and I made that happen by choosing The University of Alabama.  Little did I know that college football is practically a religion at Alabama!  They don't joke about their football.  I went to my first college football game with Alex since he was visiting this weekend.  It was such [...]

6 09, 2012

Bucket List: August 2012

By |2015-03-07T20:19:00-04:00September, 6, 2012|Life|0 Comments

142. Live in a different time zone   I don't know why I've always wanted to do this, but having lived in the Eastern time zone all my life, I thought it might be fun to live in a different region of the country.  Even though I'm not super far away, I did check this one off by moving to Alabama.  I've lived in the north, I've lived in Florida (it gets its own category), and now I'm living in the south.  I'm excited for this experience! 143. Move to a city where you don't know anyone This is one [...]

23 08, 2012

A Change of Heart

By |2015-03-07T20:23:33-04:00August, 23, 2012|Life|0 Comments

I've been in Alabama for a little over a week, and this past week has been one of the hardest weeks of my entire life.  I've cried more than I ever have, and I've felt lower and more alone than ever before.  I've had such a hard time adjusting to being on my own, and this transition is much harder than I thought it would be.  I thought this was what I wanted, but I found myself doubting my decision every day for the past week. It wasn't until yesterday that my opinions changed.  Yesterday was my first day of [...]