Friday, August 16, 2013

Here's To You.

Hey y'all,
    It's that time again. I'm literally the worst blogger ever, but every now and then I get a little inspiration to write a new blog... which leads me to this moment now.
    So, it's officially the end of summer. Tomorrow I make the big move to Gainesville for the second time in my life, and although it feels completely different than last year, it's just as emotional. For those of you that don't know me, I'm not an emotional person... well I'm emotional, I just don't show my emotions often (except anger... something I'm working on!) So anyway, that's what this blog post is about. Expressing how I feel, and what I have to say about this past summer, and this upcoming year.
    Here's to beginning the summer at Disney World. I literally got out of school and went to Disney World for 3 days with 3 awesome girls. So thank you Amanda, Andrea, and Sheldon, for helping me start off my summer right.

    Here's to my next big trip being a beach trip with my best friends. It was not at all what I expected to be, and everything I expected it to be. Regardless of what happened, and how our time was spent, it was time well spent with you.

    Here's to spending time with my niece and nephew, who I love more than life itself.

    Here's to being the hands and feet of the Lord, and serving at my absolute most favorite place on this entire earth: Sharp Top Cove. It was unexpected, but man was it exactly what I needed. (P.S. Photo credit for these goes to Keala Yu, Nick Oberle, & Amy Gray)

    Panayiota: You survived your senior year, and you're headed to one of the best schools in the nation. I'm more than proud of you, and so happy to call you a best friend. You're a special one Pota, and I could not choose someone better to share my secrets, tears, laughs, and love with.
    Sheldon: Words cannot express how thankful I am to have someone who understands me so well. You're literally me, in a different body... or I'm you in a different body? Regardless, we are the same person, which makes it easy to call you my best friend. I literally have no idea what I would do without you.
    Amanda: This summer has shown us more than anything else that our friendship is a never ending one. You've been with me since we were 5, and I hope to keep you with me until we're 95. I wouldn't trade you for anyone.
    Haley: You helped me so much this last year. You got me through a lot of tough times, and for that I will be forever grateful. I can't wait to see what shenanigans you get yourself into this year... please, don't ever forget to text me every day to tell me how annoyed you are with class, or how excited you are for the weekend. Your texts make me feel like I'm home.
    Sharp Top Cove Summer Staff, & Work Crew Session 3, 2013: You were a part of the best month of my entire life. I couldn't hand pick anyone better to work with. You all forever have a special place in my heart.
    My sister: It's safe to say that your goodbye was the hardest. I can't even begin to explain how thankful I am for you, and how much I love you. You are my favorite person on this entire Earth, and I could not pick someone better equipped to be my big sister. I haven't even left yet and I already miss you so much. I'll be calling.... every day. Be ready.
    Momma: You've been there every step of the way, pushing me on. I love you so much, and couldn't do anything I do without you. 
    So there's that. I just got super sappy. All that's left of the summer is my 9 hour trip to Florida, and my process of moving in, but it's okay because I'm ready for this year to start. I am SO excited to see what the Lord has in store for me this year. I have a great feeling about what is to come, so bring it on fall semester, I'm ready for you.
Here's to you Summer 2013. You've treated me well.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Springing Into Break

People have told me since I started school at UF that Spring semester is rough because you only get one good break. So naturally, since the beginning of the semester I was counting down the days until Spring break. Finally, at 1:00 pm on February 28th I hit the road to the Orlando airport to fly to that sweet, sweet place I call home. I was SO ecstatic. Now I don't know if y'all have picked up on it yet, but I'm that girl who get's super homesick while she's at school. So anyway, after waiting in the airport for 2 hours, I boarded my plane and headed home. When I got on the ground again, I was ready to see my best friend-niece(it's a long story) pick me up! Unfortunately, I was met with a bunch of text messages explaining that Sheldon was in fact at the Charlotte airport... my plane was at the Greensboro airport. Luckily, a friend picked me up, and I was headed home.

To start my break, I got to celebrate another best friends birthday. It was a random, surprise get together, and although it was nothing big, I think she had fun. Especially since we hadn't seen each other in two months. Fun fact: Panayiota(She's a super Greek) was born on February 29, so technically she didn't have a birthday this year. 

The next adventure of my break was going to be spent at the beach. Amanda and her family graciously invited Sheldon & I to spend some time with them at their beach house. Before we left though, we had to make one quick stop. As we headed towards Greenville, NC to see yet another best friend, Haley. It wasn't until an hour and a half into the trip that I realized we were actually going towards Greenville, SC(Yeah, we're actually really bad with directions). SO we turned around and ended up getting there 3 hours later than planned, but it was okay because Haley had no idea we were coming, and ended up crying from how surprised/happy she was. It stunk that her spring break was a week after ours, but spending a night with her while I was home made it a lot better.

Finally we were off to the beach bright and early Sunday morning! As soon as we got to the house, we all took a loooooong nap(clearly exhausted from driving all over the state of North Carolina). When we woke up, it was too late to go to the grocery store and make dinner, so we drove over to Joe's Crab Shack and had a fantastic dinner(Except Amanda, because she's un-American and doesn't like seafood). During dinner, we came to the conclusion that it's impossible to look attractive while eating shellfish, which was unfortunate because while we were eating, a baseball team happened to be sitting two tables away.

The next few days were spent shopping, and relaxing. It was too cold to really lay out on the beach, but we made sure to sit around and do nothing all day... it is, after all, called Spring Break for a reason. Finally, Tuesday came around and it was time to head back home and spend the rest of my break with my family. As sad as it was to leave the beach, I couldn't wait to sleep in my own bed.

Quick backstory: All through high school, I couldn't wait to get out of Surry County, and I made it known. Now, a few months later, I get so excited when I come back. So once I finally saw the peak of Pilot Mountain, my happiness level went right back up. For the rest of the week I, again, did nothing. I spent time with friends, hung out with my mom and grandparents, and ate real food(because dining hall food is NOT real food in my book). Luckily, while I was home I got to watch my high school basketball team play in the state play-offs. This year they went further than they have in a super long time, so I was very happy to be able to experience that! The day before I left, I got to celebrate my nephew's 3rd birthday. The theme was Angry Birds, because that's about the only game that will keep him occupied when my sister and I are trying to watch TV when I visit her. Finally, on the last day I spent all of my time with family. My cousins came to my grandmothers and all of us crazy Italians consumed our body weight in homemade baked ziti and meatballs. When it came time to fly back home, I was stuffed with food and emotions. I wasn't ready to leave, but I got on the plane and made my way back to Gainesville to finish out my freshman year at the University of Florida.

So, what's the point of this blog? Well, over break I realized just how fantastic my life is. The Lord has blessed me beyond belief. I have 4 best friends who I can count on for anything. We can act completely ridiculous together, and then have serious conversations about life. I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. I also learned that despite all of the arguments we get in, I'm always going to be lost without my mom. She's always one step ahead of me, and I love her to pieces. Not only that, but I'm also attached to my sister right at the hip. She's the best person I know, and being 3 states away from her is incredibly difficult! So anyway, there's all the sappy stuff. I just felt like blogging about how much I love the people I'm surrounded by. After all, they gave me a very memorable first college spring break!

Oh yea... I forgot to mention, I got my first tattoo over break!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Constantly Changing.

     As you can see from my last post, I've been on an adventure kick lately. I've been trying to think of things I can do to make my life seem a little more interesting. It's kind of hard though, as a college student. I live in Florida, which in itself seems awesome, but I'm broke. I can't randomly go to Disney World for the weekend, or drive to the beach(Gainesville is literally in the middle of the state, the closest beach is an hour and a half away) because I'm broke. SO, my options are pretty slim. So here I am, running out of ideas, when I finally found my adventure. This post is going to require a little backstory though, so here it goes:
     When I first came to UF, I was a Zoology major. I didn't want to be a vet(I used to tell myself that, only because everyone thought I was crazy for choosing my major), I just wanted to learn about animals and work with them. So I came in, ready to learn...until I saw the requirements for Zoology. FOUR SEMESTERS OF CHEM!?!? If there's one thing about me anyone should know, it's that I completely and totally despise Chemistry. So anyway, basically the Zoology major here is all pre-vet courses aside from Physics. So, I thought about it, reevaluated everything, and dropped the major. I thought of other ways that I could work with animals, and eventually settled on International Studies(I got hopeless). I started taking IS classes, and really liked them, but wasn't passionate about them, so last week I logged onto UF's website and searched through majors. After reading about 23382459 major descriptions, I found one that really intrigued me: Wildlife Ecology & Conservation. I saw Wildlife and immediately clicked on it, and there it was... the major I had been looking for. It was perfect, it dealt with animals and taking care of the land they inhibited, but that wasn't even the best part. It only required one chemistry class. I finally found my major, and am so at peace with it. I haven't officially switched yet, but I plan to, and I can't wait!
     So, there it is, my first adventure. Hopefully this first one will lead to a lifetime of big ones. I can only imagine where this field will take me!

Sorry for the long post. Again, I know my life isn't that interesting, but I like writing. Thanks for reading and happy Friday!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Let's Go On An Adventure.

So, this is literally going to be the most typical and hipster sounding thing in the world, but I'm so bored with life right now. I wake up, I get ready, I go to class, I eat, I nap, then I do homework. Life is so routine right now, and I can't stand it. I'm sure it has something to do with summer being right around the corner, and me missing home, but I want to do something crazy. I want to hop in a car and drive around the United States visiting places I've never been before (I'd love to fly, but that's just way too much money). Around me the world is moving at such a fast pace. People are preparing themselves to graduate college, getting engaged, moving to new places, and here I am, sitting in Library West at 2 in the morning, writing a blog. This summer, I'm not letting it go by without doing something fantastic. I literally have no idea what this super cool, spontaneous thing will be, but it's going to happen.

So there's yet another blog that really no one cares to read, but I felt like writing it.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

It's been a while.

       I used to have this plan of what I was going to blog every day of the week, so not only would I blog every day, but my blogs would be some what interesting, or make people kind of look forward to reading them (I flatter myself, I know)? BUT that plan fell through.... you can look through previous posts to see what I mean. So, I stopped blogging for forever and a day, or 8 months for that matter. 
        So here I am, with new found inspiration, ready to rejoin the blogging world. I don't actually know what this inspiration was. Before I started writing this, I was sitting on my bed in my dads house, lurking on facebook when I said to myself, "You can either watch Netflix, or spend hours looking on Pinterest," both of which I have done so much in the past two days that I felt the need to roll my eyes at both, SO I decided, "Hey... you haven't done that blogging thing in a while." Which led me to here. So let me fill you in on what you've missed since my last post.

I started this summer by doing the obvious... GRADUATING!
Super Awkward Picture
 Two short days after graduation, I headed off to the most amazing city in the whole entire world with my best friend. I'm referring to NYC by the way.
Central Park! 

After our big trip to New York, I came home for a few hours (yes I literally mean a few HOURS) to pack, and get a power nap before I headed to senior week with Panayiota for the best beach trip I've taken so far.
Such a fun group to spend senior week with

After that, I was home for a week, and then left AGAIN for Work Crew Round 2! This experience was just as amazing as the last. I made more wonderful friends, especially the 7 that I was practically attached at the hip with. I grew closer to Christ in this month, and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Modest is Hottest

When I got home from this trip, I was home for a few more days, and then Pota sprung an idea to take another beach trip to her house in Wilmington. So we grabbed Sheldon and hit the road. This trip was short, and we lived off of cheesy bread and mac and cheese for the two days we were there, but it was SO much fun!
They're such cuties

After this trip, I decided that I needed a break. So for the rest of the summer, I didn't do much, other than enjoy the time I had left in Surry County... which meant I spent a lot of time at the movies with Abi, or getting cookout with Haley... both of which are time well spent to me. 

Finally the time came. It was time for me to pack everything up, and head off the next chapter in my life: college. This was a very bittersweet time for me... much more bitter than sweet. I was in NO way ready to leave everything I've ever known for a new place where I knew two people out of the 45,000 there. I was scared, and homesick before I even got in the car. Eventually I got over these nerves, and settled in to my new home. Here's what's happened since I moved to Gainesville:

The first thing I did as a college freshman at UF, was rush the panhellenic council. Now, this wasn't entirely my idea (because I'm sure some of you are thinking, "What? Kaitlyn Anthony rushing?"), I was told by a lot of people to, "rush, because it's something you'll regret later if you don't do it now," and "it's just something you should do as a freshman! It's an experience every girl should have!" So I pulled out my straightener and dress flats, and rushed PC. No surprise, it wasn't my thing, and I definitely wasn't their type, so I did not end up in a Panhellenic sorority, which is totally fine because it led me to the AMAZING MGC council that I am a part of now!
Before Round 2 with my roomie & her friends

So, some of you are probably thinking, "What the heck is the MGC?" Well, let me tell you. It's one of the four greek councils at UF (yes, there are more than the PC & IFC). MGC stands for Multicultural Greek Council, so basically these 13 sororities and fraternities are culturally based. One of the reasons I love this council, is that it's so diverse. Also, it's significantly smaller than the PC & IFC, so it's kind of like we have our own little family. The sorority that I'm a part of is the AMAZING & BEAUTIFUL GAMMA ETA SORORITY INC. These girls are beautiful, smart, driven, and passionate about everything they do and I feel so blessed to be a part of something so wonderful. Let me introduce you to my pledge class sisters:
This is the beautiful Sigma Class. AKA, my pledge class. We are composed of 17 girls who are very different, yet so much alike. We worked our butts off to be a part of this wonderful sisterhood, and we are SO proud of it! I literally love these girls so much. They've made my time in Gainesville so much better than it ever could have been.

       So, that's basically it. I came to college, joined a sorority, and now I'm just struggling to make it through finals. Hopefully I'll keep this blog thing up, and maybe my blogs will get interesting? Because let's face it, no one really cares about these things, or wants to read them! If you did however, make it through this post, kudos to you! Hope you keep reading!

Oh.. and I'm going to post more pictures just to add a little spice!
This is my beautiful Big & G-Big. I'm obsessed with them!

I'm kind of in love with this girl. She's so fantastic in every way.

My perfect NMEs who I admire SO much! Even though Joselyn awkwardly closed her eyes.

Hoy y Siempre <3

Finally, these are two of the most amazing people I've met so far at UF. They are my best friends, and I don't know what I'd do without them.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

excited doesn't even begin to describe it.

In 4 days, I get to be reunited with some of my most favorite people in the world.
For those of you who don't know, last summer I spent a month with these people. We worked all day, every day to serve the Lord and show other high school kids how awesome he really is. This was the hardest, most rewarding month of my life. The amount of inside jokes amongst us are too many to count, and I made some of the best friends I've ever had... scratch that, these people aren't my friends.. they are my family. The bond between us is a beautiful one that no one will ever understand until they experience work crew themselves. Now, after 5 long months I finally get to see them! This may be the best New Year's celebration I've ever had.

one of the boys on work crew drew this for me... i know, talented right?

Funny story about these girls. They weren't on work crew with me, they were a group of campers from week one. I was so blessed to be the server of their table and see their beautiful, smiling faces every day, 3 times a day! Having them the first week was wonderful, because when the going got tough, they helped me remember that God's work may not always be easy, but it's so worth it! Oh yea, they live really close to me so eventually I will get to visit them(:

Sorry this blog is kind of boring, but I haven't written one in forever and this is the only thing I've been able to think about for weeks! I'll post pictures when we get back next year!