A couple of months ago I wrote a blog all about the things I will miss when I graduate, which is actually a pretty awesome list. But this past week we had Alpha Phi Senior Week, which gave me the chance to reminisce a bit about my years in my sorority, and how much I will miss certain things. I’m officially not ready to graduate…mostly because of these things.
Brian & Curtis’s Fabulous Cooking
For the last 3 years, I have had two cooks who make meals for me 3 times a day during the week. This means that I really haven’t tried out the whole cooking thing, and I’m completely unprepared for my future as a real person. It also means that I won’t ever eat as well as I have for the last few years. I don’t like everything that they make…but overall, I really love their cooking. My favorite meals include breakfast/brunch, swedish meatballs, ciabatta sandwiches, orange chicken, pizza (it’s homemade), pasta bar, KFC-ish mash bowls, and anything that he makes with pesto… I’m hungry just thinking about everything!
The Banner Closet
Our banner closet is a closet that holds paint, random things, sheets for banners, and that serves as a place to store banners that have been painted for events as they dry. For me, the banner closet is a crafter’s paradise. It is a great place to store half-finished crafts when there isn’t room in my own room, a great place to go to find that perfect color of paint when I am in the middle of a project and don’t have what I want, and to go to find anything else that I could ever possibly want. Soon, I won’t have a room like this right beside my room, and instead I will have to drive to Wal-Mart or Target every time that I have a crafting need. How inconvenient is that??!! Maybe my apartment complex will open a crafting room that could fill the hole in my life that the banner closet will leave.
I live in a house of 76, and I have 50+ other sisters that don’t live in. Most people couldn’t handle this…but I love it. There are always people around to hang out with or talk to, and life is so much more exciting this way. I love my pledge class and the pledge class below us…and the pledge class below them was the group that I worked with as the pledge educator so they will always hold a special place in my heart. And to top it all off, we got an amazing group of girls this year that I have loved getting to know. Basically, I don’t want to leave them. I wish I could stick around a bit to see how they grow over the next few years and where they take our house. I have full and complete faith in them, but they are just such awesome people that I don’t want to leave them yet! Alpha Phi, you’re great….keep it up…and never change.
My pledge class at an event earlier this year....
This year was officially the strangest Christmas Break that I have ever had, mostly because I was the only kid around my house for most of the time. I was an only child for most of break because my sister and her husband didn’t get to our house until the 27th…so we postponed all of our Christmas traditions…like I mentioned in a previous blog. Not going to lie…I threw myself a pretty big pity party for a few days. Eventually…my sister and brother-in-law got here…and everything was just as it should be. We opened gifts, made our usual Christmas dinner, had my Mom’s family over, and just had an all around great time.
Since this year was already turning out to be completely different than other years…I wondered how many things would change. Don’t worry though… my family pulled through and we had a traditional family Christmas. There are several things that go into our traditional family Christmas…
- Watching Christmas Vacation
- Renting tons of other movies
- Sleeping…a lot
- Laying on the couch
- Eating awesome food (mostly meat)
Don’t worry…there wasn’t too much fighting…my sister and I just like to show our love in very different ways….
Also…one of the biggest successes over Christmas Break was that I officially got my little cousins hooked on Vera Bradley. Sorry family…you’ll really hate me in about 5-10 years…but aren’t they just precious??!!
So here we are back at Butler after a wonderfully relaxing Fall Break. I don’t know about anyone else, but I wasn’t ready to come back after break…I needed like one more day. Then I would have been completely ready to come back. I think that’s because I was just so busy doing things the whole time that I was home, and I never totally got to relax. I was such a good student that I even wrote a paper and worked on a speech while I was at home. Yeah, I’m that dedicated. But I didn’t do homework the entire time that I was at home of course. I went to a wedding (my friend Taryn’s older brother married my friend Casey’s older sister) which was so much fun! It was kind of like a reunion of a bunch of my really good friends from high school, and we haven’t all had the chance to hang out together for a long time…like a truly long time. I love going places and seeing people who I haven’t seen for awhile, and who I really enjoy….it’s one of my favorite things I believe.
This past weekend I also did something I have been wanting to do for years…. my sister and I made homemade noodles. Now, to understand why this was such a big deal for me, you would have to understand how delicious my Aunt Cheryl’s noodles are. They are basically the highlight of every Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, and any other random family gathering during the year for me and everyone else in my family. Two Christmases ago, Aunt Cheryl hosted a “Noodle Night” where most of the women of my family all went and learned how to make the famous noodles. Natalie and I were too scared to make them for awhile, but then we decided that it was finally time to take the step and finally make them, and they weren’t too bad! They weren’t as good as Aunt Cheryl’s…..they were a little salty and a little bit too big….but hey, it was our first time, and they didn’t kill us. That’s an accomplishment! I’m ready to make them again, and then again, and again…..so I can discover all the tricks and secrets and everything that comes with making them 10 thousand times.
So as you all might know, exactly two weeks from today, we will hopefully know who our next president is. YAY! I’m so ready for election day……but I’m actually sad that I’m voting absentee so I can’t go through the line of people who give you cards or pens, and then go in and vote and get the sticker that says “I voted”. I’ve always wanted one of those on election day…and I got one during the primary election in May, but I don’t get one this time. But here is something that I enjoy as well…. when I went home, I noticed something different about our election signs in our yard. We have a rather large yard, and part of it is a hill and another part is flat, so we always put our signs on the flat part of the yard that runs alongside the highway. This year is different though. My Dad is a Republican, and my Mom is a Democrat, and they each have their own set of signs, on opposite sides of the yard. Dad’s are on the hill, and Mom’s are on the flat part. I find it rather humorous though…and random? I guess this is what happens when they have an empty nest. I just wonder what will be next….haha. Oh and the other day I got my first call for a poll…it was pretty exciting. Not really, but now I guess I’m a part of the numbers they talk about all the time….that’s pretty sweet. But yeah….make sure you get out there and vote!!! Remember, vote early and vote often!
So this week at Butler it’s homecoming!!! Whoohoo!!! But I’m kind of ready for it to be over…..there is just so much to do! I wanted a nice, peaceful week to get back into the swing of things….but no. That’s not possible. I’m really excited for Yell Like Hell on Thursday Night though…I will be dancing with the dance team and performing with Tri Delt and TKE…which will be exciting I’m sure. And we are dancing again on Saturday at the game….so come out and watch us!! And maybe I’ll post some videos from Yell Like Hell….and/or the game….so yeah, prepare yourself. Butler Homecoming is intense though. I think that’s the only way for me to describe it. I’m enjoying just taking it all in and seeing how everything goes down basically.
Well, I must go to sleep….I have yet another big day ahead of me tomorrow. Yay for college.
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