So as I approach the end of January I realize that 1/12 of this year is gone already!!! This is frightening to me as I do not feel like I have done anything great this entire month! Besides going to the gym I really haven’t done anything other than hang around the house. This depresses me as I am 26 years old and in the prime of my life. I feel like I should be more adventurous and exploratory! I am going to try to start working on that. I feel like I keep saying that I will do this when we move when I can plan better. It upsets me that I cannot plan my year or even the next few months(if you know me then you know that I love to plan because I love having something to look forward to). There are so many things I want to do like go on a vacation with Mike, meet up with Ann Marie somewhere fabulous and plan to go home and visit my family and friends again. What is holding me back? Hmm, the fact that after this Friday Mike and I will be officially free!! What a feeling! For over two years we have dreamt of the day that Mike has a successful thesis defense and we have viewed this as sort of a turning point in our life together. As we approach that day I am getting more and more anxious as we do not have anything planned for after as of now. No jobs lined up, no great location to move to and no new adventure that I have been longing for!! I am not down about this because I am being positive and believing that the reason that we do not have anything lined up right now is because the right thing has not come along yet. Everything will happen in due time and I will not allow this to get me down. Situations like this can make or break a person and can cause rifts and I do not plan on letting that happen! So I guess for the time being I am going to focus on being happy and having fun with Mike and Pumpkin! I have a great little family and I have a feeling that everything will work out for the best.

Just because I cannot see the end of the road doesn’t mean that there is nothing there waiting for me 🙂

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” – Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Stay southern,

Nothing new…

Not too much has been going on down here in Mississippi but I still feel as if I need to update as it has been a while. For the past few weeks we have not been doing a whole lot except for hanging around, with the exception of Mike’s FL trip. We have had people over for an almost poker night, helped a good friend move 😦 and went fishing(Mike more than me). I did catch my very first Mississippi catfish that I am very proud of! I have also been trying to be more motivated to workout more and it was going well until some scheduling changes. I am going to have be diligent with my working out to achieve the results that I want! Nonetheless, the healthy lifestyle is going pretty well! I am down 26 lbs as of today for a total percentage of weight loss of 16.39% 🙂 Life is pretty good and I can’t complain. I am super excited for football season and my Gamecocks!! Hopefully I will still feel that way after a few games!

Here is one of the bday girl!! 

Stay southern,


I am getting really bad at keeping up with this. Nothing has been going on for the past few weeks. But about 3 weeks ago we went to GA to visit with Mike’s family. We had a great time and ate some really yummy food! We are actually about to head back there in a couple of days for the holiday then we’re headed to my home(the greatest state in the union, South Carolina) for Sallee Anne’s wedding! I am so excited to see everyone and visit home! I know we are going to have a blast!! Of course pics and details to follow our 9 day long adventure 🙂

Mike and I with Pumpkin, Cody and Wendy

As far as music goes right now I am listening to a bevy of new songs. My two favs are Adele(the obsession continues) with her track I’ll Be Waiting It is a great song with an infectious beat and it makes me wanna sing at the top of my lungs! The other is from The Band Perry and their song You Lie which is just as unique as If I Die Young. When I first heard You Lie I did not wanna like it but I couldn’t help it! I hope you enjoy ❤

Stay southern,


Me circa 1989

I cannot remember a time(in my adult life)when I have been so excited about a vacation! I don’t know if it’s because I have not been to Disney World in two years or if its just because I am just a big kid. Disney has always been a special place to me. I remember going there with my Mom(who loved it too) and telling her that I wanted to work there when I grew up. At that time I wanted to be a performer of course but I did fulfill a childhood dream of working at that amazing place! I think it has only become more of a special place since I have made some wonderful friends and have lifelong memories from my time there. Oh and I guess it’s quite special because Mike and I met there and I have been enamored with him ever since!

The Cox’s and I on their first family visit to WDW!!

At this time I need to give a very special thank you to my good friend Meghan without whom this trip would have been very, very expensive! Thanks so much and we’ll miss you while you are in Italy! Ciao for now!

Stay southern,

Crazy Weather

On Friday we had some severe weather(as did most of the country). I have never experienced anything quite like it. Sirens wailed all day alerting us to seek cover. Although I never actually saw a tornado that day it was kind of freaky. It was so weird how not 5 minutes after the warning was lifted it was sunny and beautiful, we even took Pumpkin for a walk later on that evening and everything was fine only a couple of downed limbs and a lot of water was displaced. I managed to snap a few pics.

View from my office window, it was actually much darker than this pic conveys.
As you can see the street lights were still on(this was at about 9:00 am)
This weekend was kind of low key! We had date night Friday and went out for sushi(yum) and Saturday we ran in the morning and then went to a local fish fry with Kristin and Dan(I know not diet friendly, however Saturday is the cheat day, and I have lost about 13 lbs so far, so I deserve it). We also went to Tupelo to pick up my bridesmaid dress for Sallee Anne’s wedding! Sunday was a relaxing day around the house! I am trying to get my relaxing in because in the next 6 weeks I have a lot going on!! I am looking forward to this short week at work and for a nice weekend away at the Arnold’s with Mike and Pumpkin 🙂
Stay southern,


On the way home for lunch yesterday Mike spotted something odd in a yard while we were stopped at a stop sign. It appeared to be a muskrat. After I got back to work I looked them up and apparently they are creatures of the night and like to be around water. Well this one was eating on the side of the road at noon sitting next to a storm drain. I think it there was something wrong with it.

*Side Note: As you may or may not know, I am a huge music person(I almost always have it playing if I am alone and or while I am cooking, cleaning and just plain living). Since I have been here I feel as if  I haven’t found any really good music that I just want to play over and over again(thats the tell-tell sign that I think a song is awesome). The last song that I obsessed over like that was If I Die Young by The Band Perry. You can ask Mike about the amount of times he had to hear that song haha. However a few weeks ago I finally opened my ears to Adele’s Rolling In The Deep and I’m obsessed. Idk why I didn’t like this song earlier as I love Adele and have her debut album(which is phenomenal). So I highly recommend this one! Rolling In the Deep- Adele

Stay southern,

Super Bulldog Weekend Part 2 and Fishing

I love all things college football but I love nothing more than tailgating. There is nothing like getting up and heading out 7 hours before the game to just stand around and talk to people and eat delicious food. Oh and did I mention that its okay to drink outside in public? I am not a huge beer person but there is nothing better than a cold beer on a hot day! I know I am way too into this 🙂 The weather was beautiful here in Starkville on Saturday. It was about  85 degrees and it made me think to myself is this really April? What am I in for this summer? Anyway, we had a wonderful time with some friends and enjoyed a nice day outside. The Maroon and White game was fun, but I missed the whole actual game day experience as there is usually a lot more going on. Side note: yes I did try my first crawfish. They were actually pretty tasty however I don’t really care for eating things with the heads still attached. 

Sunday was a very eventful day. We ran outside for the first time and it went pretty well! Mike and I were both surprised at how much we actually enjoyed it. I am actually looking forward to my next run! We also went fishing at the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge where we had quite the adventure, but not before it took like an hour to get a fishing license. When we got out on the boat and went to bait our hooks we realized that we left the bait in the car back in Starkville. Then one of us(not naming names) hooked a tree and then accidentally knocked the rod in the water, but then we were glad that the rod was attached to the tree so we could save it! After a day of fishing with out even one bite we decided to call it done but then it took us about 50 tries to back the trailer down the ramp, as we are both new to pulling a trailer. After all this we were exhausted! Oh did I mention that I am sun burnt, like pretty badly? But we had a great time and that’s what counts! I would definitely do it again. Here are a few pictures of the refuge and our day on the water.

Stay southern,

It’s Raining Turtles!?

Yesterday morning was one of those times when you say to yourself is this for real? I woke up as per usual around 7:30 and took Pumpkin outside. Our back ‘yard,’ if you can call it that, is a pad of dirt and a patio with a tall wooden fence as in we cannot see anything back there except the trees above our heads. As she is exploring I hear some rustling in the tree above but I just assume that it is a squirrel as they are quite active in that tree. I was mistaken as I look to my left and see a divot in the ground and turtle laying next to it. This kind of weirded me out so I went and got Mike and we came to the conclusion that the turtle fell from the tree as it was not damaged or hurt as if it maybe was dropped by a predator. Although I had no idea that turtles could climb trees. I know that there is probably another explanation as to how it got up there, but I’ll never know. Pumpkin of course had a great time barking and carrying on at the poor thing. She even dug in the dirt so much that she tracked the mud in and ended up having a surprise bath. She was less than happy about that! Mike looked it up and identified it as a box turtle. He put it outside the fence but I said that if it came back that we should just keep it as a pet back there! Its name will be Tortuga. There have been no more sightings.

Pumpkin and her muddy paws awaiting a bath

Stay southern,

Super Bulldog Weekend!

So yesterday marked the 1st day of Super Bulldog Weekend here on campus. Although I have never experienced this I have been looking forward to it since the last home football game in November. The festivities for Thursday included a movie night at the stadium. One of the things I am most impressed with here at MSU, besides the beautiful and immaculately kept campus, is the huge jumbotron at the stadium. So when it was advertised that there was going to be a free movie screening I knew I was going to make it a point to go! I wasn’t disappointed. I am still amazed and the quality of the picture and the sheer size of that thing. I wonder what we need to do to get one of those at Williams Brice? Anyway, we had a great time with 3 other couples and enjoyed a perfect family friendly movie.

Stay southern,

Inaugural Post

So I have finally decided to bite the bullet and blog about my new adventure. Starting March 1st, 2011 I have embarked on a new healthy lifestyle. I am not calling this a diet per say because I feel like it is more a lifestyle change. This is no quick fix, but a change that I will be making for good and for the better. I decided to start keeping a food log and counting my calories along with starting the Couch to 5K program. My boyfriend(bless him) is doing this with me and is my greatest supporter! We have both made a healthy change in our lives and we are both embracing our new outlook on life! So far I am down 11 lbs and I am currently on week 7 of Couch to 5K(which means I can run, well more like jog slowly for 25 min straight)! I am hoping this blog will serve as a creative outlet for me and also a way to keep in touch with my friends and family that I do not see as often as I would like. I am also hoping that it holds me accountable. So here it is, my journey and my new life! I hope you will come along for the ride 🙂

Stay southern,