Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Those of you that know me know Wednesdays are, by far, my least favorite day. Excuse me "hump day" cant you just hurry up already? I am not really sure why I feel like this, but I think its because Wednesdays always seemed to crawl by, smack dab in the middle of the week and ready to throw a curve ball your way. Anyone else have the Wednesday blues?

If so, here is a little video to cheer you all up!

Here's to hoping we are all that energetic 62 years from now!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Here Comes October!

I cannot believe September is almost over! I would be sad time is flying by, but I selfishly love October. The next few weeks/weekends will bring some really exciting things, so I absolutely cannot wait!

Here's a little line up of some of I get to look forward to on this Tuesday morning:
  • DC this Weekend
  • VT/Clemson Game in Blacksburg! (My First Game in B-burg Since I Graduated!!)
  • Seeing Wicked in Richmond
  • My birthday :)
  • Reavis and Sarah's Engagement Party!
  • LA Vacation with Jon! (One Month from Today!)
I absolutely cannot wait to see all of my favorite Hokies, spend the night celebrating my good friends, and take on Hollywood with Jon - along with all the other stuff in between! It is certainly setting up to be a great month!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Happy Birthday, Nama!!

I would like to take the time this morning to wish my grandma, Nama, a very happy birthday!! She, like Papa, has been such a wonderful constant in our entire families' lives. She taught me every travel game I know, gives the best hugs in the world, and is responsible for my love of photography. From the beginning, her and Papa have shown us what it means to be a strong, loving family - and for that I could not thank them enough.

Nama always makes each birthday special for me, and while I will not see her tonight, I hope this helps make this one special for her. So Nama, here is to many, many, many more. Thank you for being such an amazing grandmother, and inspiration to us all!!  I love you!!

Me and Nama in Florida

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thursday Thoughts

Recently I have felt a little bit like a crazy person. Now don't worry, I am not going to go around talking about "WINNING" and inventing my own vocabulary, a la Charlie Sheen, but I am going to do a little blog-venting.

I have realized that the post-college early twenties seem to be much like freshman year: lots of confusion, but lots of fun. Somewhere in all of that I have found myself questioning myself, what I do, who I love, and so many other things that I envisioned to be so solid a year or two ago.

I often get a lot of jokes made (yes Jon, I am talking about you) about the title of this blog.  To some people, I am sure like it sounds like "another one of those girly things." But really it is because I think Marilyn Monroe said it best when she said:

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

If I had to pick a quote to describe how I felt when I started this blog, and even now, it would be that quote. For starters, I am no where near perfect, but I have realized somewhere along the way that usually the imperfection brings on some other kind of positive in your personality/life/etc.  As for the madness, I think that pretty much describes life right now and proves that someday soon I will be so thankful for these crazy years.

I believe all of that aforementioned confusion, for me, is just fear of the unknown. We seem to be at this strange point in our lives where we seems think about how our actions determine the rest of it: career, marriage, friends, family, etc. We somehow overnight went from "crazy college students" to "working professionals". We have more responsibility, whether we choose to take it or not, to ourselves and others. And with that comes a lot of pressure: pressure to be the best daughter, sister, friend, employee, girlfriend and person I can be. And pressure to make sure all of that makes me happy as well.

With responsibility and pressure comes choices. Should I or shouldn't I? Is it or isn't it? Why or why not? The hard part seems to be making the decision for yourself, and for me, without the emotional mumbo jumbo involved. We all want to be extremely successful, loved, and happy; and all we can do is fight like hell to get there.

My Dad used to tell Katie and I one life lesson over and over again when we were little, "never give up." It always seemed so simple to me. I mean, sure Dad math was hard but I had to do it, so why would I give up? Of course now I realize that lesson seems better suited for now. Never give up. Three simple words that to me mean fight for what you believe in, the job you want to reach, the relationship you want to keep, and so much more.

I guess the point of this big boring rant, is way more for myself than anyone else. But I hope you all can relate to in some way. Alright, or maybe I just need to be sent to live in a house with Britney Spears and Charlie Sheen, remember "it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Labor Day Weekend

To celebrate Labor Day weekend this year, Jon and I bored a plane for Atlanta after work on Friday. My cousin Amy, her husband Chinda and my other cousin Adam all live in Atlanta, with the cutest little man in the world (Amy and Chinda's son) Colton. A mini-vacation + getting to see your family = heaven.


Over the course of the weekend we were able to go to the lake, visit an art festival in Marietta, tour downtown Atlanta (and dragon-con in this case), and spend much needed time laughing/relaxing with each other. Now of course, it would be no trip to the south for me if I did not insist upon Zaxbys at least once. So we went there, twice. :) (thanks Amy and Chinda!)

Chinda, Jon and Adam hanging out on the boat

Enjoying the lake with Amy and Colton

Marietta with Amy

As for Jon, I think he passed the family test. Or at least I know he did with Colton, who would wake Jon up every morning by coming in the room and saying "rise and shine Jon, wake up!" and then bring him a few toys to inspect.

Best buds, and Jon's human alarm clock

As Jon and I waited at the airport, we couldn't stop talking about our amazing labor day weekend. The trip was everything I hoped it would be and more and I am counting down the days until our Bryson family Christmas back in ATL.

Waiting at the ATL airport after an amazing vacation!

Friday, September 2, 2011

15 Minutes of Fame

Alright, make that 15 seconds.

As I mentioned, I headed to Roanoke on Monday night for a big meeting and got to spend some much needed time with my little sis! Katie just moved into the sorority house and had saved me a spot to snuggle with her in her new bed. Or at least that was the plan until I arrived and saw this.....

Katies Bed
...see the two magazines I laid across to show the in the world were two people going to fit in there?! So instead of  spending a night praying I didnt fall off the side of the bed whenever Katie wiggled her big toe, we decided a blow up matress on the floor was the way to go.

After Katies childhood stuffed animal fell off and hit me in the head later that night, I knew we had made the right decision. I mean if a poor little dog was sent flying off the bed, imagine what my fate had been.

Before the actual slumber part of the party began, Katie treated me to Zaxbys and a trip to the Roanoke Star. After 4 years of living in the NRV I had never made it here, and am so happy I finally got the chance!

When we arrived at the Star Katie informed me we could send people a website and they would see us at the star. I, of course, jumped on the opportunity and sent the website to Mom, Cetta and Jon. Which lead to this.....

You can always count on Concetta for a few good laughs. We finally were able to get a screenshot of ourselves and, in turn, savored every moment of our 15 seconds of fame.

Katie and i on the bench!

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend everyone!