my life be like…

June 29, 2010 § 9 Comments

Oooo ahhh, oooo ahh! Anyone know who sings that?
Hey pretty ladies! If there are any guys¬†reading don’t be shy to comment too. ūüôā

This post is going to be short and sweet. I’m working a lot but looking forward to updating over the holiday weekend for you all. As you know, I’ve been in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina since late May visiting familly. Life at the beach is the sweetest thing on the planet. Stresses come and go but one thing remains the same. The beach! It is such a calming atmosphere, I love tra laa laaing in the sun, and tourist watching with friends is to die for.¬†My life be like:

I started working at a local movie theatre and have met some of THE nicest people. My shifts are during the day, fast paced, and I always get to work the free kid shows! Three days out of the week free movies are played at 10am for the public. Over the course of one hour, a crowd of up to three or four day camps, church groups, and close to 700 other people flock to the movies for some free entertainment. There are so many little sweet peas that come in! Consessions are open (we serve $1 popcorn and soft drinks at 10am, yikes). One day last week a pair of sisters told me I was the prettiest girl they had ever seen. They went to each female employee and told them the same thing. How cute are they! After talking to their mom, she explained they got on this kick a few months ago. She has no idea where it originated. A bunch of children also come by with stuffed animals in tow. It can be a great money saver for moms and dads (yep, pleanty of them come by too!). Toddlers rarely want to sit still for a 90 minute movie.

Some days I chill in box office.

With the best view ever.

Unfortunately, I only have a few more weeks left here! It feels like there is so much left to do. I haven’t been able to visit all of my old friends, go to shows, and spend every waking minute at the beach. You can’t imagine the pressure I’m under. ūüėČ Mid July I’ll be headed up north to visit my dad in Pennsylvania. August is somewhat of a mystery. There is a program I applied for. It really is too early to say. How about we just keep that a surprise for now?

My life be like: family time

Some photographed meals

My absolute favorite being a hummus packed salad from Gordon Biersch yesterday. I had never been but heard really great things. Let me just say, I was so impressed. The menu was huge and the restaurant had an awesome atmosphere. Plus, GB is right down the street from where I work. Perfect. How much is that doggie in the window?
My mom and I also took a moment for a bathroom photoshoot. Class and convienance. Love ya mom.

So what can you expect from me soon?
-A review on a tasty product I recently recieved
-My thoughts after my very first 5K next Saturday!
-A July 4th holiday weekend update
-Answers about what the heck I’ll be doing in the fall * keeping my fingers crossed*
-Countless movie reviews (seriously ask questions…I’ve seen ’em all)
-The best of the beach (reasons why you should visit the Dirty Myrtle!)
-The rest of my 2010 and 2011 fitness goals
-The one Youtube video that positively affected my body image
-Why I might wind up visiting a hippie commune in Oregon

xoxo, Annie


virginia is for berries & coasters

June 11, 2010 § 19 Comments

Hello! Your favorite freak out blogger is back! ūüėČ

I wanted to take the time to recap my trip to Virginia Beach last month. My mom, youngest brother, and a family friend visited my cousin, her fiance, and two kids. We arrived early Saturday morning after a long night of driving in the rain. I made sure to pack a few movies and books to keep me occupied.

By the time we got there it was almost four in the morning. My little cousins are light sleepers and woke up to greet us…kind of. They tend to play the shy card for the first few minutes (I did the same thing when I was younger!). It wasn’t long before they warmed up. ūüôā

Around seven that morning everyone finally fell asleep. By ten my mom, cousin Cyndy, and I went to¬†watch her daughter’s ice skating lesson. She did a great job showing off her newest spins and tricks. I never realized how much time and money goes into this sport! Growing up I thought dance was expensive (needing new shoes each year, costumes, etc.). I was blown away listening to the moms talk about spending x hundred dollars on new shoes and blades, competitions, travel fees. Also, certain mothers (there were about fifteen girls there for private lessons) kept talking about body types and weight gain. It just made me cringe listening to it! I cannot stand diet and weight talk around young girls. I feel like it is too risky to be brought up. They are vulnerable and I would hate for them to have negative body image. I get so crazy and they are virtually strangers to me.

After her lesson and some eavesdropping, we went back to round up the crew for the Strawberry Festival. AKA the best day ever. I enjoyed some roasted corn, lemonade, fries, and funnel cake (with only a teeny bit of guilt).

After a long day of laughing feasting, and walking we went home. Don’t worry, we got our strawberry fix! There were several local venders selling my favorite fruit. Later that night we all enjoyed pretzels, vegan marshmallows, vegan chocolate, and strawberries. Le sigh. And all was right with the world.
On Sunday morning we left for¬†Busch Gardens. If you ever have the opportunity to visit, go for it! The park is beautiful and broken up into different “countries”.¬† I’ve been to Dorney Park (Pennsylvania), Disney World, Universal Studios, and even Cedar Point. But I think I’ve found my new favorite in Williamsburg, VA!

It was Memorial Day weekend and it was crowded. I thought parking and walking in would take forever. The neat thing is, Busch Gardens has shuttle buses that arrive every few minutes.

                                   We saw a bunny running through the flowers and hiding in the bushes in Italy!                   
After a packed picnic lunch (where my pictures at?!? ūüėČ ), the big kids headed for the coasters. For lunch my cousin packed homemade pasta salad, strawberries, watermelon, sandwiches, chips and salsa, and lots of other snackies. Yum! We made a stop at the car to get changed. Check out Youtube videos of Escape from Pompeii if you want to see why. This¬†ride takes you from fiyah burnin’ to water splashing in a matter of seconds.

Theme parks never fail to bring my brothers and I (or in the case just Eric and I) closer. We all love thrill rides, comparing them, sizing them up, and screaming bloody murder on the first drop. Here we are sitting over The Griffon. Something unique about this coaster is the first drop. Before the big fall, the ride holds you for several seconds at the top. :0

I was having way too much fun that I forgot to take photos later on in the day. This just means you’ll have to go check out the park for yourselves. Call me when ya do! ūüėČ

a bit of confusion.

June 7, 2010 § 8 Comments

Hello friends! If you knew me in real life you would swear I’m a basket case.¬†I’ve been a moody mess and incredibly passive and¬†indecisive recently. Case in point: A bunch of my friends graduated high school this week so I went to support them….

My girls circa ’07! Most of us met in PE class and went on to celebrate a sassy Quince together. Three years later, the last few ladies in the group have finally finished up school and are moving on the bigger and better things!

This is one of the only pictures I have from the other night. I said a few quick hey’s and gave hugs. But it wasn’t long before I ran for the door.¬†Most my closest friends were throwing parties but I passed for fear of high calorie drinks and dinner. Seriously. What the hell is wrong with me?
As you all know I’m back in good old SC for the summer. After a mini melt down last week on vacation, (post on VA trip soon!) I’ve come to a¬†conclusion. Going back to school in NM is not¬†in my best interest.¬†While I enjoyed my time there, I think¬†my purpose is to find a university¬†that will better fit my needs.

The bf is still out west (in upstate NM) for now. He seems to like it well enough but didn’t attend the university I did. For now he is working and doing some traveling this summer with no plans to come out east. Naturally,
I’m pretty bummed out about it!¬†I think a combination of school searching, body woes, and beau missing has got me down.

You might be thinking- where is the fun in any of this?!? I’m young and should be having the time of my life! I want that. ūüėÄ

If you lllllllurrrrrve¬†giving advice, this post is for you! Hit me up and tell me your experiences. I’m young and winningly naive. How did you find the school of your dreams?

Here is what I’m looking for in a school and the community.

Annie’s Hot Pink Wish List
Medium to large city (or access to larger cities)
Good public transportation
Massage therapy/future opportunities
Active community (yoga, running, bike friendly)
NO MORE desert living
Near ocean if possible
Progressive psychology program
On campus living
Maybe off campus living with SEVERAL roommates
School spirit/campus activities/games
Rock wall/large activity center
Photography classes (even for non majors)
Inexpensive tuition
Smaller class sizes
Artsy community
Healthy/trendy¬†ūüôā¬†restaurants/grocery stores
Travel opportunities in school

I feel like I’m in 10th grade all over again searching for scholarships and open house days. More than likely I’ll stick around in Myrtle working and going to community college for a semester (which is ok by me). I’d really just like to form a plan and get moving!

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