Monday, March 10th, 2014
Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya! Tomorrow! You’re only a day away!
Tomorrow I’m going on a nice journey back to MD for awhile. Hopefully being around family and friends will inspire more blog posts, since I have been severely lacking in topics to write about.
Of course I probably overpacked… but I think two suitcases (one clothes and one shoes) isn’t so bad. I’m itching to get back to HoCo:) I’m going to see THREE spring musicals while I’m home and I’m so excited to bring that part of music back into my life. Of course this trip brings a plethora of sorority get-togethers. I’ll hopefully have lots of pictures and I’ll share some of them here.
Wish me luck on my long drive!
Saturday, February 15th, 2014
Today I want to throwback it to 2011 with this fun bonfire pic. My parents went away that weekend for their anniversary so I had a few of my sisters over for a night and we built a bonfire in my backyard. We had our trusty fireman with us (my friend’s boyfriend) so we figured nothing could go wrong. We sat around on blankets drinking, listening to music, and just enjoying the cold November night with each other. It was one of those nights you can’t forget but could never repeat. Sure you could have other bonfires, but that night with those specific people could never be duplicated. The magic of that night was amazing and full of memories. Especially the part where a raccoon came out of the woods in my backyard and scared us all to death 🙂
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Today’s New Tune Tuesday is a remix from Caked Up that I found on SoundCloud. If you don’t know what SoundCloud is then go look it up right now, it will change your life. I have a thing for good remixes and mashups and I have found SO MANY great songs from SoundCloud. Add to the fact that making an account is free, you can download the app and listen to all the same music on your phone for free, and you can make playlists to organize the songs you like the most. It’s just fantastic! (No, nobody is paying me to say all this haha.)
Anyway, back to the song. My husband introduced this one to me and I just can’t stop listening. The beat is incredible. This of course lead me to investigate Caked Up on SoundCloud and I was pleasantly surprised to find more remixes that I love. I even liked the one with Wrecking Ball which surprised me the most considering I can’t stand the original song. I’m so excited I can listen to this right on my phone from the app and it will definitely be a song I blast LOUDLY with the windows down during my road trip to MD next month as well as playing this at pre-gaming evenings with my friends back up at school 😉 !
Monday, February 10th, 2014
Ever since I moved to Florida I have been learning all about long distance friendships. I’m used to the long distance relationships with date night Skype dates and cutsey love posts on social media to let your significant other know you’re thinking about them, but this is my first real struggle to learn the ins and outs of keeping up strong friendships despite the distance. I heard that quote “when things get tough you learn who your real friends are” constantly growing up but I never thought I would be the one saying that eventually. Because being down here in Florida really has taught me who my “real friends” are. The people who text me from time to time asking how I’m doing, send me loving Snapchats with capital letter messages of “I MISS YOU!” or “I WISH YOU WERE HERE”, the Facebook messages asking when I’m coming home to visit next… It may sound like stupid things but to someone who goes from living in a place surrounded by these people daily to all of a sudden living in a place with nobody you know, these things mean a lot. Yes, life does go on, and people do continue their lives without you. Of course I don’t expect the whole world to pause in Maryland because I am gone. Of course I don’t expect to hear from people daily. The whole dynamic of my friendships had to change and we are learning how to adapt to this long distance.
I guess over all I’m just surprised as to who has been keeping in touch with me and who hasn’t. People who I would never go more than 24 hours without talking to have disappeared and people who I hung out with sparingly but still considered friends surprise me with their messages. I am thankful for these people because they have been helping me heal, so to speak, from the end of deep friendships that I thought would last the distance.
And you may be wanting to tell me “don’t forget friendship goes both ways”. Yes I do understand that. Don’t think I haven’t tried. Sending texts with “hope you’re having a great day! love you <3”, “Good luck with school this week, you’re a fantastic person”, or Facebook posts with cute pictures or links to fun websites also with a “This makes me miss you more! Can’t wait to see you whenever I come home” get old after awhile when they don’t get answered or just get a quick “like” and then are passed over. I think what hurts the most is when you can see (from all of today’s social media) that not only are you being ignored but you are also being slowly replaced.
I guess today I just needed to vent one of the small struggles of being a military wife and being far away from home.
Thursday, January 30th, 2014
This song brings back memories to Summer 2012, with one of my best friends in her backyard swimming in her pool, making s’mores by her campfire, driving around in the car, sneaking trips to Target, and staying out very late geocaching and playing on playgrounds all around Howard County. I even remember when she came to Pennsylvania with me for my cousin’s birthday party that summer and we went to the playground in my grandmother’s neighborhood and fooled around like two little kids.
I am so thankful to have this girl in my life. My family has been friends with her family since she was like 6 months old. You’d never be able to tell she is 5 years younger than me, and some people at our church actually think her last name is the same as my parents’ last name. She is my sister even if we aren’t actually related. This song reminds me of all the memories we have shared, good and bad, and reminds me that sometimes family doesn’t mean you share the same blood.
Sunday, January 26th, 2014
Today’s post requires a throwback to this wonderful musical number. Way way back (many centuries ago;)) in 2006 I did The Music Man with my church’s theatre group and I was Marian. My at-the-time (but-now-very-much-my-ex) boyfriend was Harold Hill (of course he was) and we got to play these unlikely lovers together. I got to pretend to be the strict librarian while he danced around and sung this song to me. This is one of my favorite dance numbers in the show, and this show is forever one of my favorites. 🙂
Saturday, January 25th, 2014
This is just one of my favorite songs… I don’t think I could ever come up with a singular favorite song. I live and breathe music too much for there to be only one. This song is also one of those songs that remind me of my best friend, she introduced me to The Cab and she is one of the few who rocks out to this song with me.
This is a good one to play when you need a song to boost your spirits, or to blast with the windows down on a perfect weather day.
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
I apologize for not posting over the long weekend, but as I was living in the moment with my family back up in Maryland (as I mentioned in my last post), I was so busy I wasn’t posting.
The Cupid Shuffle is one of my favorite dancing songs. Back when I was working for my mother at the preschool we used to hear it on the radio every Friday morning. We then would have a dance party in the car, but of course being in the car means we weren’t able to actually do the dance. So, once we got to work, we would put it on my iPod and dance to it again on the carpet.
From time to time I still listen to the song on Fridays for a little pick-me-up to remind me of home. It’s also a great song to listen to with the radio cranked up loud and the windows down in the car 🙂
Thursday, January 16th, 2014
The first time I heard this song was last spring while I was finishing up my last semester in college. I was preparing myself for all the excitement of Summer 2013 and for moving far away from all my family and friends when I heard it, and it really hit home. Because I could feel for the girl in the song, wanting the time to go faster so she could be married and so she could have a bigger house and kids, but at the same time (which is what made me cry) I could really feel for the person telling the girl to slow down and that while she’s very excited to move ahead to the next life goal, she will in fact miss this time. I spent half of my time wishing Andrew could come back home from Florida and I spent the other half wishing I could jump ahead to July when I got to finally move out of Maryland.
But right now, in this moment, although I love my husband dearly and I’m treasuring this time alone with him in Florida, I would give anything to make that time when I was just a silly college sorority girl come back and slow down. One more car ride with my sisters, one more fraternity party, one more spontaneous dance party with my roommates, one more work day where I got to spend the day playing with my preschool babies. Because now, on the other side of it all, you’re supposed to be a grown up, and let’s all be serious here. Growing up and being an adult sucks.
I’m lucky I get to go home to MD this weekend. I’m lucky I get to spend the time with my parents, fooling around with the little girls I used to nanny, seeing everyone in the town where I grew up. And you better believe I’m going to take advantage of every moment. The 32 degree coldness, the giggles, the hugs and cuddles, the car rides, the music that will be shared, everything. Because after this weekend I won’t be able to come back until March, so I’m going to savor every minute. This weekend is the perfect time to live in the moment 🙂
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
**Or husband in this case.
A few years ago when this song came out (wow this came out in 2011?) my husband (he was my fiancé back then) put this on my Facebook page and we had a dance party over Skype together while we listened to it. I was living in Maryland and he was already stationed in Florida so it was nice to have this little moment together over Skype. This song always reminds me of that time, dancing in my dorm room at school, while he was in his tiny room on base very far away.