Friday photo flashback

Happy Friday, lovelies! This has been the longest week on record. I never thought Friday would get here! I guess the first week back to school, even when I’m not really the one in school, is always the toughest.

For today’s photo (video) flashback I wanted to share with you something from Ohio State.

I think you all know about my obsession with Ohio State by now, but this little diddy really solidifies my love affair with the university. Last May, students and staff members did a flash mob in the new Ohio Union to Glee’s version of Don’t Stop Believin’ (um…OSU + a Journey song = I DIE!).

The new Ohio Union is absolutely gorgeous!! You’ll get a little glimpse of it from the video. I visit it every time I’m back in Columbus and I’m jealous it wasn’t quite done when I was at OSU.

The thing that I love most about Ohio State is the overwhelming sense of school spirit that surrounds the school and the community. This video really shows how much the students and staff just love that university!

For some reason, I’m having WordPress issues and can’t get the video to properly imbed (and Worpressers out there have some advice as to why this isn’t working?!), so it looks like you’ll have to view it through the link to the YouTube video. Do it…you won’t be sorry. I’ve watched it a million times and it still gives me goosebumps every time!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJux_VTITfI

 

10 personal questions – part 2

It’s time for part 2 of the 10 Personal Questions. AKA…you get to hear me talk about myself some more 🙂

For part one, see here.

10 Personal Questions, Part 2

What do you have on your bedside table?

A small lamp, 2 magazines, three books, my Kindle, a vase with flowers, my TV remote, and my iPhone. Also, on most nights there is a hair-tie or two and a tube of lip gloss

Do you have a tattoo?

Sigh…I’m not sure if this is a good or a bad thing, but yes. I have a tat. On my lower back. AKA a “tramp stamp”.

I swear, when I got the tattoo it was the “cool” place to get one. If I could go back in time, I probably wouldn’t get it again. It’s just not really my style anymore. I designed it myself and it’s a small cross with ivy twisted around it and a daisy in the center. Why a cross? No clue. I’m not overly religious and I never have been. I can’t really remember what was going through my head at the time that I got it (sophomore year of college during sorority recruitment). I guess the good thing is that it’s almost never visible.

Do you believe in abstinence before marriage?

No. I don’t think it’s a bad thing for those that do, but it was never something I valued. I do not think that choosing to have sex before marriage is necessarily a bad thing and I do not think that choosing to do so automatically makes a woman a bad person (or a slut). In general, I am a fairly liberal person so that’s where my opinion comes from on this matter. Again, I think it’s great that some people choose to wait if that is what aligns with their values and beliefs. It’s just not my own personal belief.

What is your worst habit?

Thankfully, I’ve given up a few of my really bad habits of the past. I would have to say that my worst habit is worrying. I am a constant worry-wart! I am also a bit of a control freak and when you mix that with the worrying it can be a recipe for disaster! I’m trying to work on it.

How do you handle finances in your relationship? Or how would you like to handle finances in your future relationship?

Well, I’m not married yet, so currently Michael and I do our own thing financially. However, we are moving in together in two weeks (yay!) and then we will split the household bills. I’m not sure what we’ll do about groceries though because I definitely have more expensive grocery taste/needs since I like veggies and overall “healthy” options and he can live on frozen pizzas and grilled cheese (I’ll likely pay more of those bills). No clue what we’ll do when we get married. I guess split everything? Luckily, we are both very fiscally responsible, so there’s no need to worry about that.

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

I wouldn’t. I love the name Lisa and the fact that it’s not too terribly common.

Where do you want to go on your next vacation?

Oh gosh..so many ideas come to mind! I’d love to go to NYC, Vegas, or a beach somewhere. I could really use a vacation right about now, too!

What is one political cause that you feel strongly about?

Women’s rights and gay rights

Have you ever stolen anything?

Nope! Goody two-shoes right here!

Tell us something embarrassing about yourself

I can never think of good answers to these kind of questions when I need to! The only random and maybe embarrassing thing I can think of is that when I was born I was tongue-tied (the little membrane thingy under my tongue was attached all the way to the tip and later had to be snipped) and I had a flat ear from the way I was laying in my mom’s belly. Luckily, the ear fixed itself and I now have normal ears with curves and all. Then as I got a little older I would keep my toes all pulled back except for my big toes which I would point straight up into the air. All the time. So my mom couldn’t put shoes on me. I joke with my mom that I’m surprised she didn’t give me away when I was a child b/c of all that randomness!

Bring on the pumpkins

As I mentioned yesterday, with the start of school comes the start of fall, so I have fall on the brain. For me, fall is not just a season it is an OBSESSION! I’m probably the opposite of most people because I get so excited as summer draws to a close. There are just so many awesome things about the fall!

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Since Texas is kind of lacking in the “fall” season, this post will at least let me reminisce about the things that I loved about fall when I lived in a state that actually had seasons. If you’re in one of those areas of the world just know that I’m extremely jealous! Send me some pics of changing trees or something to tide me over.

Fall means the start of college football. Especially Buckeye football!

No need to really elaborate here other than to say that the start of college football season has always been one of my favorite things. What’s better than college football, tailgating, grilling out with friends for away games, cheering on your favorite team, and heading to the Shoe on a Saturday for a Buckeye’s game? Answer: nothing! I love football Saturdays and when I worked at Ohio State it was such a thrill to hear the band’s fight song echoing through campus on game-days.  Please no mean comments about the current situation involving Ohio State and the football team. I’m pretending that nothing has happened!

Fall means changing leaves.

I just love the way nature looks during the fall. The clear skies and changing trees are just beautiful! As the weather turns cooler, I love to bundle up on crisp fall nights and enjoy the outdoors. I’d much rather be outside in the fall when it’s cooler than during the summer when it’s so hot.

Fall means the Pumpking Spice Latte at Starbucks is back on the menu!

Oh man, do I ever love the day when the pumpkin spice latte is finally back at Starbucks. In fact, I love anything and everything pumpkin spice. Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin pie…you name it, I love it!

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Apparently Starbucks is having a competition this year to bring the PSL to your town one week earlier than the normal release date. Come on FW, we’ve gotta get on this!!

Fall means Halloween

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love the candy (duh…candy corn is amazing), I love the movies (more on that in a sec), and I love to dress up and go to Halloween parties. Halloween was big at my college, so the love of it has kind of stuck with me.

Fall means horror movie marathons on TV!

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I love me some old-school horror movies and October brings with it horror movie marathons for Halloween. I like all the cheesy classics like Halloween, Poltergeist, Friday the 13th, etc. My DVR always works overtime in the month of October.

Fall means sweaters, sweatshirts, and other fall clothing

I’m a sweater-a-holic. I love a good, comfy sweater or sweatshirt. I also have a thing for coats and scarves, so I don’t mind when the temps drop even further so I can further accessorize for the crisp weather.

Fall means pumpkins!

I love pumpkins and so does Perry…

Hmmm...what is this thing?

Smells kinda funny

Is anyone else as excited for the fall or am I the only werido out there that is happy summer is coming to an end?!

The end of summer

Hey everyone! I hope some of you readers are still out there after I took an unplanned hiatus from My Blonde Moments. Where did I go? Well, no where really. I just had a busy week last week and felt like I needed a break from blogging. But, I am back, my Google reader is cleared (just too many posts to catch up on, I’m starting fresh), and it’s time to look forward to a great fall.

Fall?! Say what?!

Yep, I said it, fall! Today is the official start of school down here in Texas and with that brings (in my mind) the official start of fall. So yea, it’s still well over 100 outside and Texas never looks like that lovely picture above, but a girl can dream.

With the start of the new school year and the closing of the summer chapter, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect upon this past summer. It might have flown by, but I had some pretty fun summer moments! Here are my top 5 memories from summer 2011:

#5 – All of the good summer eats!

Snow cones

Grilling

Strawberry shortcake

Banana ice cream sundae

Corn on the cob!

#4 – My trip home to Ohio in May

Hanging out with Jess in Cincy

 

My sister Emily and Jess

My sister's new apartment after helping her move

Blind Lemon - Cincinnati, Ohio

Old college roommates, Lisa and Michelle. Hanging out in Cleveland

Ohio State's number garden

# 3 – My good friend’s wedding in Cleveland, Ohio

Wedding in Cleveland, Ohio

# 2 – Jess’s July visit to Texas

Watching the bats in Austin, TX

Stop for coffee in Waco, TX

Horned frog!

Heading out to 6th Street in Austin, TX

Flat Creek Estate vineyards in Hill Country Austin, TX

Thanksgiving Chapel - Dallas, TX

#1 – Celebrating my 1 year anniversary with Michael during 4th of July weekend!

1 year anniversary at Medieval Times!

Michael's new Keurig coffee maker

Fireworks in Frisco, TX

A summer storm

For the first time in what feels like months, the sun is hidden behind the clouds. It seems like such a refreshing change to have a strong breeze blowing as it brings in a long overdue summer storm.

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I decided to grab my favorite summer-time beer and sit on the patio to enjoy this much needed break from the sun and the heat. If only we got more of these summer storms down here in Texas! I’m going to enjoy this one to the fullest while it lasts.

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10 Personal Questions

I used to love filling out those surveys that circulated Myspace (yep, remember Myspace?) and Facebook back in the day. You might already know this about me if you’ve read my post 25 Things.

Caitlin over at Healthy Tipping Point posted a 10 Personal Questions Part 1 and Part 2 recently and I’m going to copy her and do it too because I love her blog and I love random questions about myself 😛  I’m going out-of-order and doing Part 2 first because I like these questions better!

What are you really good at? What are you really bad at?

I’m really good at math, documenting my life through pictures, keeping in touch via FB/email/text/personal visits, cleaning, making and sticking to schedules, school/tests, swimming, and baking. I’m really bad at grammar and punctuation, keeping up with people via phone, dealing with uncertainty or change, cooking without a recipe, and not worrying about everything all of the time.

Have you ever been in a car accident? What happened?

From what I remember, I’ve been in three accidents. One was when I was in the 5th grade and I was with my dad on our way to the gas station. A car ran a red light going about 55mph and slammed into the passenger door where I was sitting. This was by far the worst! Another was when I was a junior in HS and was on my way to an out-of-town basketball game. An old lady ran a stop sign and ran into me. The third was just last year when I was on my way to Walgreens around 10pm and thought I was getting into the turn lane only to find out it was a fake turn lane and I was zooming ahead full speed into an oncoming curb. I ran into and over the curb (which was actually a rather sizable median) and completely blew out and screwed up a wheel.

Why did you attend your college?

Honestly, I can’t really tell you why Kent State first entered my radar or why it took the #1 spot during my college search. I do know that I wanted a large public school that was a decent way’s away from home so that I wouldn’t be attending college with all of my high school (which ruled out Ohio State the very popular choice of many of my HS classmates). Kent State fit that bill. Another factor might have been that a friend of mine at the time was also considering Kent and I knew that was my chance to go to college with a friend (she left after one semester though and we’ve since lost touch, so that was quickly an obsolete reason). When I received my full-ride scholarship it was a done deal.  

Describe your morning routine today

The alarm went off at 5:15am. I quickly changed it to 6:15am and decided I was NOT working out before work. I got up, brushed my teeth, showered, and then realized the cat was freaking out for some reason and running all over the place like a bat outta hell. After trying to figure out what in the heck was going on with him for about 30 minutes (he was acting like he had something on him that was bothering him, so I worried he had fleas!! But I searched and searched and found nothing, so I don’t know), I finally slapped on some make-up and tried to figure out what to do with my hair. I cursed myself, yet agin, for cutting stupid bangs that now look horrible and won’t do anything. I then gulped down a breakfast shake and packed my lunch and ran out the door 20 minutes late!

Have you ever snooped through someone else’s things? Find anything interesting?

Honestly, I can’t say whether I have or have not done this. No recent memory of snooping comes to mind, so I guess that’s a good thing!

What do you think happens when you die?

At this point in my life, I’m not really religious, so I don’t have a standard answer for this. I tend to think that things just end. I know this possibility freaks a lot of people out, but for some reason it’s fairly comforting for me. Ask me again in a few years and this answer might have changed. However, I don’t think anyone living will every really know the answer to this.

Are you superstitious?

Yes and no. I do say “knock on wood” quite a bit when I’m trying not to jinx myself. And I have this odd obsession with fortune cookies and believing they sometimes hold all of life’s answers (ok, I’m kidding, kinda). However, I don’t really do any sort of ritual for OSU games like wearing the same socks everytime to make sure I don’t jinx the team or anything like that. I just think superstition is all fun and games.

Do people think you are younger or older than you actually are?

Ugh, younger. I’m 28, but am usually told I don’t look any older than 20 or 21. I don’t say, ugh, because looking young is a bad thing. I’m sure when I’m 40 I’ll gladly accept the fact that I look younger (and hopefully I still will). But, when working at a university it gets kind of old when I am constantly asked by students’ parents if I’m “an undergrad” if I “really do have a degree” or told “we would prefer to talk to someone who is actually old enough to know what is going on” of “there’s NO WAY you can possible have a master’s degree”. Thanks peeps.

Also, I still get heckled ALL. THE. FREAKIN’. TIME. in my car whenever I’m driving down a freeway and a car full of pubescent boys drives by or I get stuck at a red light next to a similar car full of uber mature gentlemen.  

How did you parents’ relationship influence you?

Oh lordy, this probably deserves a post all its own. My parents divorced when I was 12, and it made me a very strong person. The end.

What were the three happiest moments of your life?

It is so hard to only pick three happiest moments! I’d have to say: The day I found out I got my full-ride to Kent, the day I found out I got into Ohio State for grad school and then moved to Columbus, and the day I started dating Michael.

Friday photo flashback

Happy Friday bloggers! Let me tell you, I’ve been looking forward to this day all week because I took next Monday off. Hello lovely three-day weekend!!

Michael and I are heading down to my favorite Texas city, Austin, for the weekend. The more I visit Austin the more I like it. If I’m meant to stay in Texas, I think that’s the city I need to live in. Maybe one day!

For today’s photo flashback, I thought I’d show you a glimpse of the Texas State Capitol which we visited during a trip to Austin last October.

Not the best picture, but you get the idea. It resembles the United States Capitol

 According to Wikipedia, the Texas capitol was the 7th largest building in the world at the time it was built and it remains the largest of the state capitols in present day. You know what they say, everything is bigger in Texas! The Texas capitol is actually taller than the US capitol building!

The inside of the building is very impressive. Going into the senate’s chambers was like walking back in time.

Can you tell what this is? If you said door hinge you guessed correctly! All of the hinges in the capitol look like this. So fancy!

The rotunda was my favorite part of the building. From the floor to the dome, it’s a sight to see!

Montly goals – August

Well, hello there August, how did you get here so fast?! I can’t believe the summer is already winding down. As soon as August hits, I consider my summer pretty much over. In just three short weeks, the students will return to campus and life will once again be normal hectic.

No, I’m not a teacher, but it’s hard to find a good back to school image that doesn’t look like it’s meant for elementary aged children! Plus, we all know college students still act like little children some most of the time. I kid I kid. Well, maybe not…

Annnyways, In an effort to make the most out of my last few weeks of “summer”, I decided to come up with some goals for myself. Here’s to making the most out of my last three weeks of student-free bliss! (Side note – I’m actually kind of looking forward to the students returning to campus because my job has been, well, sloooooooow!).

August Goals:

1 – Take a mini-trip somewhere

2 – Do something new (and summery) for a date night with Michael

3 – Workout at least 3 times a week that includes at least 1 run

4 – Track my eating every day with My Fitness Pal.

5 – Try 3 new recipes and post reviews

6 – Read at least 1 book

So, what about you? What would you like to accomplish in the last few weeks of summer?

Friday photo flashback

On Fridays I like to cater to my nostalgic side and take a look back at some of my favorite photos and memories.

Today when I was getting ready a song came on my iPod that prompted today’s photo flashback. It was These Are Days by the 10,000 Maniacs. To me, this just isn’t a song. It brings back a flood of memories from my sorority days in college. “Days” as we called it was our sorority’s song.

I’ve mentioned being in a sorority several times, but never really explained why I treasured that experience so much. As much as I love Kent now, that’s how much I hated my freshman year. I was miserable with literally no friends and I fled campus every weekend to return home to Columbus. If it weren’t for my medallion scholarship that paid for all of my college expenses, I would have transferred in a heartbeat. My mom (ever so wisely) talked me out of giving up that scholarship and instead of running away I sucked it up and returned for my sophomore year.

In an effort to turn my college experience around, I signed up for sorority recruitment in the fall of 2002. On the first (of four) days of recruitment, I immediately knew where I belonged. I still remember meeting Alpha Phi that first day and watching them line up in their cute pastel themed matching recruitment outfits to sing Days to us rushees. I got goosebumps. And a week and a half later at bid day I became a Phi! Joining a sorority literally saved my college experience and allowed me to fall in love with Kent. It helped me find a “home” at a place that had felt so uncomfortable prior to that.

My first Alpha Phi event. A social with the boys of Alpha Tau Omega. September, 2002

I wish I had more of my photos from that pledge semester, but most of them are still at home in Ohio. One of these days, I’ll bring them all back with me to Texas so I can post more of them on the blog.

Out with some of my Phi sisters in February, 2003

As a sorority, we sang Days during recruitment, formals, date parties, other random parties where a lot of Phis were present, in the car, pretty much anywhere and everywhere. It’s also a tradition to play Days at Phi weddings. Every time I hear it it gives me goosebumps because it has so many fond memories attached to it.

I couldn’t find a great video of the song, so this one will have to do. However, I think it was Natalie Merchant with 10,000 Maniacs that originally sang it.

 

The lyrics are really what make the song so special.

These are the days
These are days you’ll remember
Never before and never since, I promise
Will the whole world be warm as this
And as you feel it,
You’ll know it’s true
That you are blessed and lucky
It’s true that you
Are touched by something
That will grow and bloom in you

These are days that you’ll remember
When May is rushing over you
With desire to be part of the miracles
You see in every hour
You’ll know it’s true
That you are blessed and lucky
It’s true that you are touched
By something that will grow and bloom in you

These are days
These are the days you might fill
With laughter until you break
These days you might feel
A shaft of light
Make its way across your face
And when you do
Then you’ll know how it was meant to be
See the signs and know their meaning
It’s true
Then you’ll know how it was meant to be
Hear the signs and know they’re speaking
To you, to you