Monday, March 2, 2015

Acquiring an Aviary

This afternoon I was out at a coffee shop near where I go to school, and finished up everything I needed to a bit early.  I decided to stop by the Goodwill located on the way to campus, and a little bit of Spring was there waiting for me.  This skirt is so delightful and preppy, I just had to get it.  I mean, who could resist those cute little flamingos?!

(photos by e.hunt)

To Find Satisfaction in Being, Rather Than Seeming

(title taken from the Creed of Zeta Tau Alpha)

Yesterday I received an email from my sorority stating that today, March second, is International Badge Day.  Back in college days we would have been required to wear Badge Attire (i.e. church clothes) throughout the day.  This, and my recent trip down south, got me thinking about Zeta days: how much fun it was, the awesome people I met, and the friends I made.

These were in my first year.  We were one of the few organizations to get a group pic with Bob Barker when he was on campus for having a street named after him.  The second picture is my big sis, Alex, and I wearing our ZTA sweatshirts (those little sayings are really hard to come up with, by the way), and in the third pic my friend Emily and I built a log cabin while waiting for Initiation.  The fourth picture is my Big Sis and I at the Spring Formal dance.

The next year was especially exciting because we got to see everything from the other side.  I became friends with my little sis, Emily, during the first few nights of Freshman Orientation, and here we are on Big Sis Reveal night.  I was part of the reception table crew during our Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for Think Pink Week, and the third picture is a group of us playing in the snow.  That Spring, we started a new fundraiser called Campus Kidnap, where we ran through other organizations' meetings and kidnapped their president, leaving ransom notes (Kaitlin and I made ours extra creepy) with a list of items for needy people they had to get in order to retrieve their leader.  We had a lot of fun with it.

Junior year was a fun one.  I had a bit of a shift in friend groups, and became extremely involved in the chapter when I was voted President.  I took my second little sis, Chelsea (the first picture sums us up perfectly), we took part in many a themed event, wearing matching clothes, of course.  And the third picture was taken during Greek Week in the Spring where we were re-enacting the famous SNL skit, More Cowbell.

And all of a sudden, it was my last year.  My last Rush Week (the first pic is my Zeta family; me, my two littles, and their littles), my last Bid Day (the second picture is of my Pledge Class, being goofy, as usual), my last New Member Brunch (that had some exquisite dessert selections, as you can see in the third picture), and many other lasts.  We made the best of it though.  The fourth picture was the beginning of a great night out with the girls, the fifth was our team at the completion of the Can Competition during Greek Week, and the final picture was of my little family at our last dance.

 This was not the end though, as I have continued to keep my Zeta friendships alive and well.  Here we are doing what we do best, striking an instant group pose, an art we learned early on in our sorority days.  The second picture was taken during Spring Break on the beach of Fort Walton, Florida.  And the third is from just this last weekend.

(photos by e.hunt, e.gerhardt, s.harris, and random people we happen to ask to take group pics) 

Friday, February 27, 2015

In a Sea of Turbulent Sound

Yesterday I was sitting at Bread Co listening in to the elderly couple sitting at the table next to mine.  According to them, “We should all probably pay more attention to things like Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, because that’s what this country is going to turn into.”  Seems like they do need to start paying attention because the two aren’t even in the same genre.  Hunger Games, maybe, but Game of Thrones?  That would be a bit of a step backwards, as it is set in medieval times, with some fantasy elements.
And today the table next to me is discussing different species of snakes in great detail.  I think today will be a headphones day!

Also, this cold weather needs to go away.

(photos by e.hunt)

The Grand Budapest Hotel Should Have Won

Thoughts on the Oscars:
-It was the first time ever that I've watched the entire show, beginning to end.
-Neil Patrick Harris' attempt at hosting was rather disappointing.
-The music performances were definitely the highlights, especially John Legend and Common's beautiful Glory, and Lady Gaga's Sound of Music tribute.
-I was very impressed with the production design.  Twinkly lights are always a good idea, the vaguely art deco sets were refreshingly simple, and the title card graphics were very well-done.
-In the same vein, did anyone else think that the floor looked like the Death Star?

(photo collected from nydailynews)

Good Heavens!

(as said by an excited elderly British woman on Antiques Roadshow)

I've had quite a busy week!  Taylor came home last Friday for a weekend visit.  He and I braved the impending snowstorm and headed down to a local bar for a few beers.  When we left, the ice was thick enough on my car to break my scraper!  The next morning we had our usual family trip down to Kaldi's for coffee and breakfast, which was delicious as always.  After that, I got on the road and headed southwest towards my old stomping ground, Springfield.  A bunch of the girls were going to be in town for a birthday party so I thought I'd tag along.

We met up at the Mud Lounge for an afternoon cocktail (alcoholic coffee, mmm) then retreated to our arranged hosts houses to get ready for a night out on the town.  Sydney was gracious enough to supply some wine for the hair-and-makeup festivities as well.  Now, anyone who ever had a birthday party in Springfield chose one of two restaurants to start the night off at: Brew Co or Big Whisky's.  Megan picked Brew Co, which was the one I always preferred.    We made our way to a few other spots before closing time, and all ended up in sufficiently giggly moods.

The next morning we met up at Ihop for our traditional Hungover Breakfast, where a few more of the old crew joined us.  It was absolutely lovely getting all caught up with my old friends.  It was like we hadn't skipped a day, and now I can't wait for our next reunion.  On the way out of town I stopped by my favorite Springtown locale, The Mud House!  It hasn't really changed, and my frozen mudturtle tasted as awesome as I remember it being.

(photos by s.harris, and e.hunt)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Where the Sun Sails and the Moon Walks

The other day it was sunny enough to go running outside, so I went.  It wasn't really warm enough, but the cold just made me keep running to stay warm.  Survivalist motivation, if you will.  By the time I got to the park, it was just about sunset, but not quite.  Made for some great pictures.

And a really awesome daily step count.  Can you guess which day it was?  (Please ignore today's low count, I didn't have my phone in my pocket when Dad and I were shoveling the driveway).

(photos by e.hunt)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

To Infinity, and Beyond!

Have no fear, the Snow Ninja is here!  Fighting for justice against anyone in the way of this beautiful snowstorm eve.




and kicking,

all in the name of snow.

Don't mess with the snow.  It is coming, whether you like it or not.

I'm so excited!  Snow Day!!

(photos by e.hunt)