Monday, May 17, 2010

Miss you, Love you, Mean it...


This past weekend I was reminded of one of the main things that made me the person I am today. I know this is all probably going to sound a bit cheesy, but it's my blog and I can write whatever I want :)

Growing up I may have taken for granted a lot of things, but as you get older you realize the friendships you made growing up are some of the most precious ones you will ever have. I have been lucky enough to be apart of such an amazing group of people. I can't say enough about these people...and when I really sit here and think about them I am seriously near tears. To make and maintain a wonderful relationship with one or two friends in your life is something I would like to think most people have, at least I would hope they do. But to be able to maintain such strong friendships with an entire group of people as amazing and wonderful as my friends is something not everyone gets to experience.
I have had the same group of friends since I was about 9 years old...sure some have come and gone and I have made new friends in different chapters of my life, but these people have grown with me and know me like no other group of people ever could. And now I am going to quote the greatest show ever made, My So Called Life ( you know you loved that show too!) In that show I remember hearing one of the characters saying this and even back then knowing exactly what she meant...she said "There's the people who you've known forever who, like, know you in this way that other people can't, because they've seen you change...they've let you change."

I can (and often do) call any one of these people at any time, and can tell them a brief story, with little detail, and they can tell me exactly what i should do. And I trust them with every ounce of my being because they have been there and know me. We have seen each other at our worst and at our best, at our ugliest, fatest, skinniest, most beautiful. We have been there for the lows, the highes, and everything in between. We have seen each other hurt, scream, fall down and have a hard time getting back up, but we have also laughed so hard we have tears running down our face. We have so many great memories it's hard to even put them in words, but don't worry Jessica has captured most of them on film and when we do get together we can usually be found reminiscing on all of the hilarious things we used to do,and still do.
Through all of this, somehow we still manage to make extreme efforts to maintain these relationships because we know how precious these people are. We love these people, they have become our family and it is beyond words comforting to know you always have an army at your side when you need them. Here are a few pics from Amy's bach party and bridal brunch...aka tea and crumpets...just another tradition we have carried on for all of our weddings (made possible by Deb and Anne, and all of the other wonderful moms...that's an entire other post, stay tuned) With the exception of a few key players most of us were here this weekend and the ones that couldn't make it, we for sure contacted and thought about often. miss you, love you, mean it!!






Thursday, May 13, 2010

New Job...New Hair

I have been working for a great radiology company for the past seven months. I loved the job and more importantly loved the people I worked with. When I was approached a couple of months ago about a different position within the same company I was confused at first. As you know from my previous blog, I LOVE makeup!!! What you may not know is that my love for makeup actually carries over into anything to do with the beauty industry.

When the time came for me to decide what to do next after graduating from high school, I looked at my dad and said, "Dad, I want to go to school to learn how to put makeup on people better." Thankfully my dad explained that him and my mom really wanted me to get my college education, and if I graduated from college and still wanted to learn about makeup, I could do that AFTER college.

Fast forward four years and I did graduate college, and will never regret that for a second. Much to my parents surprise (i really cant believe they were surprised...have they met me?) I turned to my dad and let him know I still wanted to learn about makeup. Again, thankfully, my parents are wonderful and understood and encouraged the thing I have a passion for..makeup.

Anyway, long story short I got my esthetician and nail tech license and worked in a medical spa for awhile, had several other jobs,came across some "road bumps" (that's what i call it) and then found myself back at square one....no matter what job I had, I still always had a passion for the beauty industry. Anyone that ever spends time with me knows I could and will talk forever, with much enthusiasm, about anything beauty.

Ok...so back to my new job. It just so happens that the company I work for owns their very own medical spa and so they asked me if I would be interested in taking on the office coordinator position. (even the company knew I loved this stuff...I guess I really do talk about it alot :) )

After asking the opinion of anyone I could get a hold of I decided to take the position. With a new job, obviously comes a new hairdo. I still like my long hair so the only way to change long hair is the color (too expensive) or bangs (naturally). So...I got bangs, and love them!

Here are some pics from the new job and of the new hair, enjoy:


The waiting room...love the chandelier!!
The new hair!!!
The really nice bathroom...how cool is the sink?!!?
My lovely desk:
Me sitting at my desk:







Sunday, May 9, 2010

Capital City Half Marathon...done and done!







So, it has been about a week since my last blog but I promise I will try and do better this week! Anyways, last weekend my family participated in a half marathon. My fascination with jogging and races started when I was about 20 years old. My mom started training for and finishing marathons. I started thinking, "if my mom can finish a marathon, why can't I?" So, I did just that. My mom and I signed up for the Flying Pig Marathon. Once you sign up for a race like that it sort of gives you the motivation/fear to actually get out their and train. Needless to say, after months of long runs, short runs, and hours of quality bonding time with my mom (when you are jogging for hours you have plenty of time to talk) we finished the marathon. During the training for the marathon I also did the Athens half marathon, and last October I completed the Columbus half marathon also.

So...when I suggested to my mom that we walk the half as a family she was all for it. We got matching green outfits and showed up race day and gave it hell...through rain and pain, we finished the darn thing! It was fun, so fun that I think we are going to sign up for the Columbus half in October. Anyway here are a few pics from the race.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

WWW

Oh, happy hour...that magical couple of hours when beer and appetizers are cheaper than normal. I love those couple of hours. Several friends and I have tried to make it a practice to weekly get together one evening during the week for happy hour. We still usually call it WWW (working women Wednesday) even if we go on a Thursday, and even if men join us :)

I love this picture of us at happy hour for many reason, but the main one is my friend Sarah's shirt...it's hilarious and i think everyone should own that shirt. It reads: "get to the pint" ...the perfect happy hour/WWW shirt. Hmmm...maybe we should get shirts made that say that and WWW. Anyway i just wanted to get a blog in here quickly, but watch for tomorrow...my family and i finished a half marathon today (blog to come!) I hope everyone is having a great weekend and that this finds you living fearless and always laughing!!!!