fearless

Yep, that’s right! I went to Taylor Swift’s 1st concert for her Fearless 2010 Tour! Woo hoo!! I had so much fun with my best friend & sorority sister, Lauren, and of course, B =) I’m a huge country fan, and was so excited to see Gloriana and Kellie Pickler open for her. 


I will say that I felt a little old cheering for someone a few years younger than me, especially surrounded by screaming and crying tweens. BUT I HAD FUN!!!! She puts on a great show–even stopping in the middle to hug anyone and everyone around her. 


Next up…. 

Mmm… I love me some Michael Buble! B and I are going to see him next week and I can’t wait! He won’t tell me where we’re sitting, so it must be some place good 😉

What a Weekend!

So this weekend has been one of the best weekends in a long time. 

Friday night: B and I met up with a couple for drinks. We stayed at the bar so long, they kicked us out; and we went to a 24-hour Starbucks till almost 2 in the morning. (What did we do without 24-hour Starbucks?!) 

Saturday: Even though I only got 3 hours of sleep, I still managed to make it through work. I took the kids I nanny to Barnes and Noble for “Story Time” and they were absolutely adorable, as usual. I had a half-day at work and went to my friend Marissa’s daughter’s first birthday party! She was so cute in her pink tutu and couldn’t stop smiling! 

After the party, B and I sporadically got a couple’s massage. We had been wanting to do this for our Anniversary, but with me working all the time, and him being in Med School, we never got around to planning/executing it. 

It was this hole-in-the-wall type of place, but boy was is amazing! The people were so nice and it was absolutely relaxing. Now, it wasn’t as nice as when we got massages in Mexico, but in my opinion, I don’t think you can really go wrong with a massage?

Sunday (today): I got an iMac!!!!!!! 

I have a MacBook, but I’ve reeeaaallly been wanting the desktop (21.5-inch) because of it’s large display. My eyes hurt looking at my 13-inch laptop. It was a hefty purchase, but I worked very hard to earn it and I’m very pleased with my decision. 

[BTW, I cut back on my hours at work. I was having such a hard time keeping up at home. Six days a week/eight hours a day was too much. Now, I have every other Saturday off, and when I do work Saturdays, it’s for four hours instead of eight. I think I’m going to be a lot happier with this schedule.] 

It’s a bummer it’s almost Monday, but I have lots to look forward to this week:
My best friend is coming in town and we’re going (along with B) to see 
TAYLOR SWIFT in concert!!!!   
I’m super excited, y’all! I’ll be rockin’ out in my cowboy boots and sundress =)


I hope everyone had a safe and happy weekend! 


Roses Are Red…

Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet,
and cupcakes are, too!

I baked/made this cupcake & cookie rose bouquet for a girls-only Valentine’s dinner. Seven of us Med school significant others each brought a different dish; from won tons to turtle bars. We exchanged recipes, played Apples to Apples, and just talked for over five hours. It’s always comforting to talk to other young women who are going through the same situations, and are experiencing similar emotions as me. Although they try, no one can understand what it’s like dating and living with a medical student, unless they’re doing it (or have done it), too. I must say, though, I’m having some of the best & most memorable moments in my life right now!
I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!
 

Winter Kisses & Birthday Wishes

I don’t even know where to start! These last few weeks have been crazy, busy, fun! (I’ll try to make this as short and sweet as possible):

1. B’s parents treated everyone to a weekend getaway at the Grand Cypress near Disney. In case I’ve never mentioned it before, B has two older sisters. Here’s a room with a view, if you ask me:
2. The whole fam went to the coolest mini-golf place ever! It was Disney’s Fantasia-themed. Just a little goofing off with the boy…
3. I took a little break from the resort to support my best friend & sorority sister, Lauren, at her college graduation. I always love when we get to hang out, but wished we lived closer. I can’t wait ‘til we go see Swifty (Taylor Swift) in concert together in March!
4. Back to the resort… On the second night of the weekend we celebrated B’s grandma’s 80th birthday! We jumped on the Disney monorail and hotel-hopped to see the Christmas decorations and watch the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks from the Polynesian. I love this pic of us (even though my eyes look funny from adjusting the red eye. I really need to invest in a better camera).
5. “Goofing” (no pun intended) around at the hotel shops. Only a few hours until my 23rd birthday!
6. One of my favorites. B’s sister volunteered as our photographer and caught this candid. I love it. (Again, new camera needed desperately!)
7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY (and Hanukah) TO ME!!! A fun fact about me… half my family is Christian/Catholic/Baptist and the other half is Jewish. Interesting mix, huh? In my parents’ household we celebrate Hanukah. If we go to West Virginia where my mom’s family is, we celebrate Christmas. And with B’s fam, we celebrate Christmas. At my and B’s house, we had both a Menorah and a Christmas tree. It’s ALL FUN! Here’s a picture of me with one of my Hanukah gifts from my mom. I’ve been swooning over these Victoria’s Secret “Pink loves the Knights” sweats. (Not posting all the pics of my goodies, especially since all the pictures clearly give away that I just rolled out of bed, HA!)
I also got a Longchamp backpack in taupe. I have two other Longchamp bags and just love them!
For my birthday my parents got me this baby (I got the matching ring for my 21st birthday):
One of my other absolute favorite Christmas gifts was from B’s parents. They were so thoughtful and got me a mug with pictures of B and me because they know how much I love to drink hot green tea every morning. On top is says “Live, Laugh, Love.”
8. Finally, we have come to Midnight Mass. B’s mom plays the bells for their church and it’s absolutely beautiful to listen to them. But what a late night! I didn’t get back to my parents’ house until 2 a.m. Then, I had to drive two hours the next morning to be back on the gulf coast to work at noon! Yes, that’s right… I had to work on Christmas. Two year-olds don’t stop, and neither do I!
I hope everyone had a very safe, happy, and blessed holiday and New Years. Welcome 2010! I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

I Love New York, Part 2

Well, it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been back from The City, but I’m finally getting around to dishing about my trip. (Thanks 10-hour work days for getting in the way.) I don’t even know where to begin. I had the BEST time with my BEST FRIEND, Dana! I’d have to say though; my least favorite part of the trip was having to drive an hour and a half to the airport at 3:30 in the morning!! WHAT?! Am I crazy? I was nervous I was going to be way too tired because B and I spent half the night talking and laughing—I was so wired with excitement; but any way, thank goodness for adrenaline because that’s what got me through the drive. That, and John Mayer’s new jams.

Apparently it was supposed to be rainy the entire time I was visiting (Thursday-Sunday), but I must have brought the Florida sunshine with me because it was gorgeous weather! Cold, but beautiful.

I couldn’t resist taking a picture with this tree. I don’t get to see this EVER in Florida. This was taken at Columbia University.


I’ve been to New York a few times, but I never got a chance to go to Central Park. This is where a scene from the movie “Enchanted” was filmed.


Again, I can just swoon over these leaves. LOVE IT!


I was a little early for the revealing of the tree, but here it is being put together. Pretty cool! AND we went ice skating at Rockefeller Center… definitely a fun (but pricey) experience.


TIMES SQUARE! I know it’s touristy and I’ve already done it, but I couldn’t resist. (P.S. I looooveeee Wicked… and B loves The Phantom, although he hasn’t seen it yet on Broadway.)



Yes, the ROCKETTES! It was Dana’s birthday gift to me. Oh, how I love her =) They were awesome, by the way, but I wouldn’t expect anything less than perfect from these leggy ladies. I’ve seen the Rockettes on TV, but it doesn’t do them justice. There’s nothing like seeing them live at Radio City Music Hall.

Hey, we’re in the window display at Bloomingdales! Bloomies was the only one who had their Xmas displays revealed when I was there.



We ate at “Serendipity” from the 2001 movie with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. They’re notorious for their frozen hot chocolate. Oxymoron, I know, but let me tell you… it was the best thing I’ve ever tasted!!! I can’t even explain how delectable it was!

Central Park, again. We rushed our first visit to Central Park because we didn’t want to be late for ice skating and The Rockettes, and since we had some time before I had to go to the airport, we picnicked in the park. I could come here everyday. It’s prime for people watching (a favorite pastime of mine—LOL).

Again… these trees!! I’m so jealous. I’m so thankful for my best friend for showing me the best time in New York. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip.

One thing I didn’t get to do and I was extremely disappointed about was visit my Grandmother’s grave. She passed away at 91 years of age when I was in 9th grade. I set up a car service to take me there before taking me to the airport. I didn’t even think about calling to see if the cemetery was open, but my dad suggested it at the last minute and sure enough, it was closing in fifteen minutes when I called. UGH! I wanted to cry. I was so sad I wasn’t going to be able to visit her. On the bright side, B and I are talking about taking a trip up to NY this summer since he’s never been and I know she’ll still be there. More bright news… when I went home to my parents for Thanksgiving, my dad let me have her wedding band. And that, I am happy and thankful for.

I Love New York, Part 1

No, I’m not talking about the [trashy] VH1 show; I’m going to NEW YORK! In six short days, I’ll be on my way to the city that never sleeps. Why am I going to New York? ….To see my best friend since preschool! Dana and I were in the same class together from kindergarten to eighth grade. (Seriously!) We then went to separate high schools and were an hour and a half away for college, but we still managed to talk on the phone every week, as well as visit one another. We have a kind of friendship that will surely last a lifetime. Don’t you love friendships like that?

Dana now goes to grad school at Columbia in NY, and I’m sitting pretty on the West Coast of FL. Any way, now that we’re getting older, it’s just going to get harder and harder to see one another. Who knows where I’ll be living in three and a half years when B does his residency? So… I had a last-minute four day mini-vacay from work and decided—what the heck?! I’ll fly to New York.

I’ve been to New York a couple times before to take dance classes at Broadway Dance Center, and again for my grandmother’s funeral. I’ve done most all of the touristy things. This time, I want to do what New Yorkers do! However, I’ve yet to go to Central Park (my parents went without me while I was dancing). AND, I’m so excited because for my birthday (coming up next month), Dana’s going to treat me to a Broadway show! I’ve seen several so I’m really pumped to see something new.

Dana called me the other day to plan my visit and this is what we’ve come up with so far:
*Ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza (okay, it’s touristy, but hey! I’ve never gone to NY in the wintertime)
*Central Park
*Shopping at H&M (a must)
*See a Broadway show
*Go to a wine bar
*Eat at Little Italy (I loooove Italian food)
*Go to Times Square (again, it’s touristy, but the atmosphere there is just awesome)
*Go out to a bar or club that only New Yorkers would know about (I’m really not a club gal, but I think it’s a necessity to get the full effect of being a New Yorker)
*Take lot of pictures

Like I told Dana, I’d rather spend my time there creating memories with my best friend, than spending lots of money sightseeing. What are some things you like to do when you go to New York, or wish you’d done?

One thing that irks me is the airlines now charge you for your luggage. What’s up with that?! (P.S. I hate flying. I know it’s supposedly safer than driving, but it still scares me.) Any who, I’m determined to NOT have to check-in any luggage. I’d rather spend that money in New York. I’m determined to fit everything into my carry-ons. I’ll just borrow some of Dana’s things—what are best friends for, right??

Well, I leave next Thursday, and I’ll be sure to report on my adventures. You never know, maybe I’ll run into Chuck and Blair from Gossip Girl?
“Start spreading the news, I’m leaving [today] Thursday. I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.”