Friday, January 22, 2016

Clown Noses

We had our last loft party, before spring semester starts.
Our last party was suppose to be our last hurrah, but people asked if he could have one more.
Victoria and I are always up for a good time!

The one downside to our party was that Victoria had a 8am appointment to get her wisdom teeth removed. We had every intention of dragging your butts out of bed for it hungover or not, but Victoria got the brilliant idea to cancel her appointment while completely wasted. 
Somehow she actually managed to cancel it.
Oh Victoria.

We started out drinking pink pantie droppers, which we have decided to ban from our parties!
We make terrible decisions while drinking them.
This was definitely one of our weirder parties, but it made for some great stories.

Someone found our clown noses and brought them out for a photo op. 
They were a huge hit with drunk people!
I guess sober people can't resist a clown nose either.
Jacob the fire breather put on another show, which might be a staple at our parties, until the neighbors complain.
Nurse Rae made an appearance and that's where my time went for the majority of the party.
I've decided that I am destined to be a nurse, because even when I'm completely fucked up myself, I still can pull myself together to take care of people. 

Winter Break 2015/2016 you were filled with adventure and good times.
I'm sad to see you go, but at least I know you were well spent.

Monday, January 18, 2016

2015 Rewind

Best part of 2015
  • Vacationed in Florida with Victoria and Liv. It was just a small two week vacation, but we packed in a lot. We spent time at the beach, Universal Studios, exploring locals parks, kayaking with alligators, and I got to attend Victoria's Aunt Pam's famous new years eve party. 

  • I continued my nannying job, which really got me thinking that kids may not be for me.
  • Victoria, Liv, and I went to Michigan and spent time with Victoria's grandparents. It was a really laid back time, but we shot guns, gambled at a casino, and enjoyed the great outdoors. You can make an adventure out of anything!
  • I broke up with Andy. My relationship with him made me realize just how independent of a person that I am, what I want out of a relationship, and most importantly what I want of out life.
  • Victoria and I got invited to Brittney's 30st birthday party. What's so special about a birthday party you might ask? Well, we were introduced to a few people that have been a big part of our life since then.
  • Victoria and I partied a lot. We had loft parties, partied in Milwaukee, partied up north, partied on Bourbon St, etc. It was a year full of drinking and we have a lot of great memories from our crazy nights and days! 
  • I finally attended Country USA. Victoria, Sydney, and I stayed with Sarah during it. There was lots of drinking, drama, and we even hitch hiked home one night. It was a great last hurrah, before leaving for the summer!
  • Victoria and I went on a two month long road trip and Liv tagged along for a month of it. It was amazing being able to have a new adventure every single day. We met some really great people, saw America, reconnected with family, and made a lot of great memories. It was a trip of a lifetime and really made me grow as a person.
  • I started the official nursing program. I finished my gen ed's and finally got off of the wait list. Nursing has always been a dream of mine and to finally know that my dream will come true in a little over a year is crazy to me! It went through one of the hardest semesters of my life, but I ended the semester with a 4.0. Hard work pays off!
  • I quit the job I've had since my junior year of high school and got a job at Starbucks. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made! I have some really great co-workers and a wonderful work environment.
  • Spent Christmas in Florida with Victoria's family and spent a week in New York City. Every time I go to NYC I fall more in love with it. We also got to celebrate New Years Eve in Times Square!
It was a hell of a good year!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

New Years Resolution

I believe that everyone's new years resolutions should include growing as an individual. That growth doesn't even have to be a lot! We all make new years resolutions and a lot of times we fail, but even failure can help you grow.

One of my favorite quotes to keep me motivated to truly experience life is by Robin Sharma and it says, "Don't live the same year 75 times and call it a life." It's really easy to get caught up in making money, getting good grades, spending time with people that don't help you grow or simply watching Netflix to waste time. All of a sudden 365 days pass by and your year doesn't stand out from the previous year or the year before that. Making new friends, quitting jobs you hate, letting go of negative people, etc., can all be small ways to grow as a person and get more out of life.

So my ultimate goal for 2016 is to simply grow more as a person, as a friend, as a sister, etc. I want to work on becoming a better person than I was in 2015. This one goal can easily lead to getting more out of life, but most importantly getting more out of the each day individually.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Winter loft party

What would winter break be without a loft party?
Our loft parties have become a staple within our friend group.
I never thought that I would be a host for college parties, but Victoria and I seem to rock our role as hosts. 
We have been having these parties for a year and a half already and they just keep getting better!

I invite my old friends, Victoria invites her old friends, we invite our mutual friends and our co-workers, our invited guests invite their friends and/or boyfriends/girlfriends. We just end up with a lot of random people who mesh really well together and become friends! I think it is because we have some amazing people in our lives.
It's always a surprise seeing who will walk through the door.
This particular party brought a blast from my past times two.
My co-worker Emily just happens to be roommates with a guy named Jordan and his fiance. 
I just happened to go to high school with Jordan and the last place I ever thought I would see him was at my house taking shots with me.

He got the nickname Jim Jones, because of the religious pedestal he put himself on.
We didn't get along at all, because we just had different views on life and what "fun" meant.
We talked a lot in between typical party shenanigan's and it was fantastic!
I love seeing how people change after high school.
Our minds were blown that we were hanging out and getting along.
We really buried the hatchet and agreed that it wouldn't be the last time we hung out.
Then a kid that I've known since I was 5 and happen to work with at Starbucks now showed up!

We were drinking pink pantie droppers all night, which always get the best of us!
We also had beer and wine galore.
Our friend Jacob has taken up the hobby of fire breathing.
So our parties have live entertainment now, besides the entertainment you get from being around a ton of drunk people.
I wonder what our neighbors think about us.

Our night flew by and the party started to shut down around 4am.
We all scrambled for places to sleep and the designated drivers took people home.
I didn't even get to sleep in my own bed!

I fell asleep really happy, because this is what being young is all about.
We are finding out who our true selves are. 
We are figuring out what we want out of life and who we want to be a part of it.
All of our paths will not always be along side each other, but it is important to appreciate the time where they are, because before we know it we will all be going our separate ways. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Co-workers and 21st birthdays

I've been trying to fit as much into this winter break as I possibly can.
During the semester there is always something that I could be doing regarding school, so I'm enjoying my time off to the fullest! It is great being able to watch Netflix and not feel guilty. Of course I have been doing more than just that.

My girl Sarah turned the big 2-1 a few days after I got back from NYC.
Sydney and I came for a few hours to celebrate with her.
Unfortunately, I got scheduled to work the next day, which meant that I couldn't truly party with her.
I still owe her a drink!
It was so great seeing my girls and celebrating with them.
They are the best things I got out of high school. 

I also spent two nights in a row drinking with my co-workers.
Victoria and I work with some really great people.
Our time at work is spent joking around, singing, dancing, and goofing off.
I mean we do our job, but most of the time it doesn't feel like it.
Brandon is wearing pants, but they were a flesh color. Makes for a great picture!

In ten years, when we all have adult jobs and real responsibilities, we will look at this time fondly.
It's a time where our biggest concerns are going to work hungover or customers bitching at us, because we gave them the wrong drink. It's a time to really take in and enjoy it to the fullest!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Day 7: Statue of Liberty, the MET, Charging Bull

We woke up feeling sad that it was our last day in New York City. Why do vacations go by so quickly? We did a great job at crossing off all the things on our list of "must see's" and felt good about all that we did accomplish during our trip!
Victoria had a friend from middle school contact her and asked to hang out.
Her name is Isabel and she lives in New York!
We had the most delicious breakfast at the Cornerstone Cafe with her.
She then walked with us to Battery Park.
We stopped and took a picture with the Charging Bull...technically we just took a picture with his balls. We are very classy people!
The security to get on he ferry heading to Liberty Island is just like airport security.
I realized that I had my taser and pepper spray in my purse.
Isabel offered to take them with her to work and we could just pick them up afterwards!
She just happens to be a security guard at Madison Square Garden!
The ferry ride to Liberty Island was a bit intense.
It was very windy and the ferry was very rocky!
Our actual time on Liberty Island was short, but we walked around the Statue of Liberty and got pictures. It was a nice stroll and I highly recommend it!

We then got back on the ferry and went back to Battery Park.
We hopped on the subway and made our way to Madison Square Garden.
While Isabel was making sure people didn't have any weapons on them, she handed me my weapons.
Oh the irony.

Madison Square Garden is really close to an H&M store and I just happened to have a gift card!
So after eating pizza for lunch we did a little shopping. 
I have spent way too much money on clothing here!
Afterwards, we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
As Gossip Girl fans we needed a picture of us on the steps!
I also stopped to buy some chocolates for my family.
Our plan after this was to head back home and pack, except we ran into our friend Doris.
So invited us out to get drinks and dinner with her.
We couldn't refuse the offer!
So we ended our night with drinks at the Crown Royal, more drinks and dinner at Berg'n, and finally made it home to pack! We slept for 3 hours and woke up at 2am in order to make it to our 6am flight on time. That involved two trains, one bus, and a 45 minute wait to check-in all with our backpacking backpacks on our backs and our regular backpacks on our front. It was a rough journey, but we made it!

New York you have captured my heart once again.
I hope to be back once again and hopefully for more than just a visit!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Day 6: Roosevelt Island, Little Italy, One World Trade Center, Friends, Sex and the City, Stonewall Inn, and the Plaza Hotel

This trip is just flying by! It's so easy to fit things into our day, but that makes the day go by so fast.
We stopped at Bloomingdale's and Urban Outfitters right away in the morning. Bloomingdale's was crazy expensive, but it was fun looking around at clothing that could pay people's rent or even mortgages!
Next we went on the Roosevelt Island Tramway! It takes you over the river to Roosevelt Island and gives you a beautiful aerial view of the city. It also didn't cost us anything, because we could use our metro cards on it!
By this time we were very hungry and decided that we wanted Italian!
So we headed to Little Italy, which is also in/near Chinatown.
Our service was awful and the food was expensive, but we did get Italian food.

Afterwards, we went to the One World Trade Center!
We have seen the One World Trade Center throughout our trip between buildings, but this was our first time getting right up to it.

We also passed St.Paul's Chapel, which is the oldest surviving church building in Manhattan. It survived the 9/11 attacks even though it was facing the east side of the World Trade Center site without even a window breaking! It was then used for refuge workers throughout that time. 
Our ultimate goal for the day was to go see the Statue of Liberty, but we ran out of times and the ferry stopped running! Instead, we headed back home to eat dinner. Victoria managed to get a really bad cold the past few days so she was on the struggle bus. She decided to stay home, while I went out again. I didn't really have a plan, but I didn't want to miss out on time in the city!
I just happened to stumble across a cute vintage store called No Relation (L Train Vintage) and found a cute pair of pants. I have down way too much shopping here, but at least I have some new cute items to add to my closet.
Then I hopped on a bus and found the apartment building they use for the tv show Friends!
It is located in a fancy area in Greenwich Village.
On my bus ride I just happened to pass Stonewall Inn.
So I made the trek back to take a picture!
The Stonewall Inn was the site of the 1969 riots that launched the gay rights movement.
There's a little history lesson for you!
Then I walked to the place that Carrie Bradshaw calls home in Sex and the City!
The owners are clearly not fond of all the visitors their house gets and have plenty of signs telling people to stay away.
My last stop for the night was the Plaza Hotel!
I watched Home Alone 2 and Eloise so much as a kid.
Seeing the actual place was really cool!
I even snuck inside and got this picture of the Christmas tree.

I had a very successful night out!
I missed my partner in crime, but I also didn't mind going out alone.
I'm definitely a bit of a loner at heart.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Day 5: Hungover, Empire State Building, Macy's, Times Square

Victoria and I woke up feeling like death around noon. We could not get ourselves together! We ordered a pizza and laid in bed watching Netflix. I eventually decided that I was not going to waste an entire day in New York nursing a hangover. So I hopped in the shower and got ready to go out. Victoria decided to stay in bed. It was weird having to walk around the city without my sidekick, but I still had fun!

I went into a few stores to look around including Uniqlo and H&M.
I just happened to find Macy's along the way!
The last time I was in that Macy's I was in middle school and my family took a mini-vacation to NYC. I only allowed myself to buy one thing! The store was still decked out for Christmas and was beautiful!

I then walked around Times Square without the crazy crowds from the night before.
Confetti was still all over the place!
This city is so magical and every turn makes me happy.

My last stop for the night was the Empire State Building!
I was so cold at this point, but I'm glad I went to go see it.
I heard the view from the top is wonderful, but it's expensive and I decided not to go to the top. 
I picked up some burgers for Victoria and I and decided to call it a night.