Radiating Sunshine: March 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

Feeling 22

So, this is a very delayed post but I'm finally writing about my birthday!! I turned 22 this past Monday and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. 
 It started with Alex knocking on my door at 12AM to sing, give me a Blue Moon cupcake and a cute card! I was already in bed when she came over and I actually debated whether I wanted to get up and answer the door... and I'm so thankful I did! We ended up having girl talk until way after 1am and although I felt sleepy when I woke up, I am so thankful for the time I got to spend with that sweet girl.
 And although I was tired when I woke up in the morning.... my exhaustion faded to excitement because Josh came over and brought me flowers and a bunch of cute and symbolic gifts!!
Throughout the day I was showered in love and hugs. I went to class, work, and had a soccer game. I haven't played soccer since my sophomore year and it was really nice! I get to complete number 54 on my 101 in 1001 list and my team won our game.
 After I showered from the game, Josh drove us to Carrabbas where we met up with my family. For me there is no better way to celebrate a birthday than with people I love and very good Italian food. I've been going to Carrabbas for my birthday for years and I really loved it!
 When I came back from Carrabbas my residents through me a little party and showered me in treats and handmade cards! I love them so much and it was really nice that they remembered my birthday and sang T. Swift's "22" song!!

The only picture I took of the cake... and it was blurry!!
 Wednesday night the celebrations continued because it was college night! My guy friends bought me a cheesecake and attempted to make a monogram out of beer caps on the cake... which, I absolutely loved! Like how sweet is that!! They also picked me flowers that are currently at my desk in a cute little mason jar.
 So, it was basically a wonderful birthday! I'm not huge into birthdays because I don't like all of the attention on me, but I really liked all of the hugs and how so many people sent me so many well wishes! Whether it was a phone call, text, or Facebook message I really enjoyed all the kind words and I am so thankful to everyone who helped me "feel 22."

Also, for all of my Grey's Anatomy fans check out this Buzzfeed article of how much the cast has changed over the years! Check it out here!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Playing Catch Up: Life with Josh

Life has been busy for Josh and I! We have been having a blast doing various things and going to different campus events, but we seriously have been super busy. A few weeks back we celebrated on year together, which was wonderful. It feels like we haven't even been dating for a year, but at the same time it also feels like we have been able to do so much over the past year. 

We have gone to baseball games, have visited new places, met each other's families, celebrated every holiday together, been able to play different sports, and ate a lot of food. I really don't even know where to begin when I think about summing up our relationship... there has simply been so many great memories that encompass pure joy and I couldn't be happier. 
Relay for Life a few weekends back was a blast! We walked and talked so much it was marvelous. 
Going out to celebrate our anniversary!
Always smiling... even when he is out in the cold scraping the windshield!
Playing racquetball for the first time!
We are trying to be a more active couple so we have been going for a lot of walks and we recently have started playing racquetball. The first session didn't go as well as we planned because I ended up getting whacked in the face, but I've always been a klutz, so I'll need to be more careful next time.

Anyways, that is a little update on what we have been up too! I have had an absolutely blast with this guy and I'm really looking forward to our future.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Playing Catch Up: I'm Employed

On Monday, I wrote about the Dominican Republic and how awesome Spring Break was... but, I forgot to mention that I also got a job offer while I was in DR. I was expecting to hear from Shippensburg University over Spring Break, but I had no idea I would find out the first day of my vacation. It definitely started vacation on a really positive note. 
When I found out the news! 
Anyways, so I'll be one of the next Residence Directors at Shippensburg University. I am literally so excited. About a month ago, I was reflecting on my last semester as an undergrad and as an RA. I realized that the next few months could be my last few months in Residence Life, which totally blew me away. However, I'm so proud that that isn't going to be the case.
As a Residence Director I'll be in coordinating a staff of RAs. I really hope I get a big staff because I have all of these fun ideas on things we can do. I'm dreaming about cooking lasagna dinners and inviting them all over to eat dinner. I will also facilitate any building, roommate, or code of conduct concerns. Not to mention, Shippensburg has a student union which I'm really excited to learn more about.
So, now I am just setting up everything to move in at the end of May. I will have my own apartment and since I have lived in a residence hall- dorm style community for my four years at college, I'm so pumped to buy things for my apartment. Thankfully, I think my parents are going to give me some of their old stuff which, I'll be able to use!

I'll be finding out my placement sometime this week or next week and I'm definitely living by this song & verse that my sister painted on a canvas for my new apartment! God is good friends! Happy Hump Day!

Shout out to Ryan McNeil for always reading this blog and catching my typos!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Playing Catch Up: Dominican Republic

So, I have a few excuses for why I haven't blogged since the middle of February... most of them revolved around school work, but instead of blogging about that I'm going to blog about something a little more fun... Spring Break!! I blogged a couple months back about my friend Alex and I planning a vacation to the Dominican Republic for Spring Break and I'm here to report that it was one of the best vacations we have been on to date! 

Dominican Republic is an absolutely beautiful country! The resort we stayed at Confresi Lifestyle Holidays Resort was gorgeous. We had a rough time getting there because our original flight got delayed causing us to miss our connecting flight. So, although we started our vacation by standing in a really long customer service line for United Airlines, we made the best of it.

 And obviously, it really wasn't hard for us to make the best of it! Look at how beautiful this resort is! I love vacation. I love sweet drinks, good books, and the sunshine warming me up! As far as I'm concerned 'Where We Belong' by Emily Griffin, a pina colada, and a great view is my type of vacation!
The view from our gorgeous balcony! 
 It took Alex and I almost the whole vacation until we got into the ocean. We are both-- tan all day and maybe occasionally swim a little type of people. So, I guess that explains why we didn't get in the ocean. Plus, there were a bunch of little markets on the oceanside beach and they tried to sell you things and we both are suckers at saying no so, we both just avoided the situation. But, we did walk on the beach every morning.

 I'm really glad I went away with Alex! She is such a nice and thoughtful traveler so, even despite all of our struggles getting to DR-- she was a great companion! Not to mention, she loves to dance like me so we had a ball every night at the night club and at the parties at the resort.
Just your casual palm tree leaf... the size of my body!
This was probably one of the best vacations to date! We relaxed, laughed till we cried, took videos of really embarrassing things, and basically had the perfect college Spring Break. We made a lot of friends down in DR and I'm really thankful that technology allows us all to connect and stay connected. 
 Alex and I also got dressed up every night. We were big advocates for getting pretty even if we were just going to dinner and then to the pool bar to meet up with friends! We took a selfie every night before we left... and on the last night when I was looking through the pictures I realized that I totally wore the same dress twice. Now, ordinarily I'm not one of those girls who freaks out about repeating an outfit--- but, I packed so many dresses and I was so mad that (a) I totally didn't notice [beer goggles are real] and (b) I didn't get to wear everything I packed!
Because United really messed up our flight and vacation plans, they ended up bumping us to first class on the way home... and let me just say it was luxurious. When we first got the call to the desk, we thought they had messed up again. But, boy were we in for surprise. They had complimentary drinks-- so we tried bloody mary's (I was not the biggest fan). They also gave us warm towels, a full-course dinner, and free movies. Although we were sad to leave the DR and friends goodbye, at least we ended the trip "flying first class up in the sky" (Cue Fergie's Glamorous video). 

It was a perfect Spring Break! I did miss Josh a lot, but this was my last vacation of college and before I start working and going to graduate school, so I'm glad I had a girl's vacation to celebrate. I'm sure Josh and I will have tons of vacation plans in the future, but I know that Alex is going to be one busy bee and will be traveling the world, so it was our last hurrah! 
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