Its been awhile…

since I have talked about my favorite organization, Marley’s Mutts! As always Zach and the Mutts are makin’ moves and are such an inspiration. Recently Zach was on Dr. Drew’s rehab show talking about his past struggles and how animals can have therapeutic effects. I want to talk about a sweet sweet girl that could use a little lovin’

(all info and picture from Marley’s Mutts)

Meet Diamond! This beautiful girl is in desperate need of a forever home, when I was reading about her I learned she has an immune deficiency that Zach believes has only gotten worse because of the stress she has been put under. A Chipin account has been set up and any contribution would be helpful! If it was up to me, all the dogs would come live in my little tiny apartment and I would love them forever and ever πŸ™‚

————>>>>>http://marleysmutts.com/index.php/2012/11/diamond/Β <<<<—————-

This is the link to read more about Diamond and you can check out how the rest of the Mutts are doing!

More exciting news, my beautiful older cousin, Devin was in a music video! She looks so awesome in it…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7IdhXCwrbg&feature=plcp

Check it out!

Tonight has been a very relaxing night, we did the homecoming parade earlier and now I’m just relaxing with 7,000 curlers in my hair and a yummy chai latte catching up with my house guests for the weekend, Randall and Matt!! I’m so excited they’re here! We have a 12:30 game tomorrow so it will be an early morning!

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Failed attepmt

So I’m behind on blogging lately but I haven’t had much motivation to write so instead of bore you with stupid posts that I don’t care about writing I have just kept my thoughts to myself.

This gloomy weather has me wanting to curl up in bed and watch movies all day! Which is basically what I ended up doing yesterday. After class, I met up with a few of my teammates to drive out to my coaches school and deliver an edible arrangement for her birthday. We ended up staying and hanging out for a bit and it was nice to see how happy she was that we came to visit. Once we left, Meredith, Ally and I headed to El Cerro for lunch and then back home to watch a scary movie in bed! I am not a scary movie person at all, but I though I would be okay since it was the middle of the day and I had two people to watch it with. We watched the Last Exorcism, I’m not sure I believe in possession, but that movie was terrifying!

We quickly changed for our Halloween themed practice and headed over where we had our skills practice. Today I woke up and got ready then headed over to campus for my second to last orgo lab! Can’t believe how quickly the semester is coming to a close! I’m writing this post from the Tally Student Center ballroom as I wait for Kyleigh to give blood. I was in line to give blood for my very first time and once I got back there and they asked if I was on any medications I had to say I was still on penicillin for strep throat and they sent me on my way faster than I could blink! Bummer! I was really nervous, but I still wanted to do it.

Once Kybo is done we are all going to go out and get the rest of the stuff we need for our costumes tomorrow night! I can’t wait to see how it all comes together! I’m sure there will be lots of pictures that I can post later this week πŸ™‚ After that I need to crack down because I have a test tomorrow morning and then another on Friday morning. College would be so much better without the exams!

I also want to remind everyone to keep all those touched by Hurricane Sandy in their thoughts and prayers!

Have a good week y’all! And a safe Halloween!

Can’t catch a break

So remember a couple Monday’s ago when I got strep and stayed in bed all day watching The Walking Dead? Yeah, it’s back. Why is it back? Have I been licking doorknobs? Kissing strange boys? Spending to much time with small children? NO! I haven’t been doing any of these things. Yet somehow, just a few short weeks after my first run with strep, I have it again. How did I get so lucky?

So another Monday has been spent laying on the couch watching tv and alternating between different tv shows on my laptop. Oh, and lots of naps. It is times like this though that I wish I was home being spoiled by my parents haha but lucky for me my dad had dinner delivered from Chili’s! How awesome is that! Thanks Daddy!

Now Shelby and I are just trying to figure out how we can get Brixx sent in a care package! I’m definitely missing home, if you can’t tell. It happens when I become sick and pathetic, try not to judge me. Anyway, I only have one class tomorrow so I am probably just going to try and go to bed soon and hopefully I will feel better tomorrow! Come on antibiotics, work your little magic!

Fall Activities

Tuesday we also had off and the North Carolina State Fair is going on right now so that was our next fun activity! A group of us ended up going, me, Mere, Mike, Kyleigh, Meg, Ben and Tyler. I had sooooo much fun! We ate way to many calorie-packed foods including, pizza, deep-fried oreos (by far my favorite) frozen banana dipped in chocolate coated in peanuts, frozen cheesecake slice dipped in chocolate on a stick, funnel cake and more. My excuse for tasting all these treats is that the fair only comes once a year so I might as well make it count. My goal this year was to taste the deep-fried oreos and I am so glad I did. Although earlier today I heard rumor of deep-friend girl scout cookies…that I could get into! Maybe next year πŸ˜‰ Aside from the eating we wandered around enjoying the people watching and interesting sights the fair holds. We attempted and failed to win prizes and even performed red and white for a chance at a free throw from one of the games. You had to throw a football through a tire, I think my daddy would have been ashamed at my pathetic excuse of a throw…sorry! Once we got to the ferris wheel though it was time for stunt pictures. Because of course being a cheerleader you can’t go anywhere without throwing up a stunt in front of something. I based one stunt (even thought technically with my back I wasn’t allowed) but then left the rest of the stunting up to everyone else and just took pictures. It was a really great night and I can’t wait to go back next year!

fair food

so much powdered sugar

The rest of the week hasn’t been very exciting, I got cleared to stunt yesterday so I enjoyed being able to do something at practice besides sit and watch my teammates. We have an away game this weekend and I wasn’t picked to travel (stupid back) so I am spending the weekend relaxing and doing homework. I know I lead a thrilling life haha

My friend Brad and I are actually going to see Pitch Perfect in a couple hours so I am excited about that. I also attempted a sock bun…MAJOR FAIL! Never again will I try. Too much hair and too many layers=HOT MESS! Last bit of rambling info for the night, I enrolled for my 3rd to last semester of classes today. WHAT!? I swear time just gets faster and faster. Its a little sad, but at the same time, I’m ready to be out making $$$$ so I can stop being so broke haha Although Mere sent me a picture of what the starting median salary is for certain undergraduate degrees and according to that Mere and I are gonna be broke haha I promptly responded with “Better marry well then so it doesn’t matter how much we’re making” Anywho, I’m off to do something productive with my life. Enjoy your weekend y’all!

Chilly Days

Where has this year gone? I mean wow, I can’t believe how fast it is going. We are now into October and the days are getting colder and colder. I love it! Everything about this weather is wonderful Β (when you’re dressed properly that is) boots, jeans, scarves, sweaters!

I had a great time with momma this weekend and as always it seemed like there was never enough time. It really flew by and I wish she could have stayed another week, but she promised she would be up again soon. Friday when she got in we ran went out to lunch at Carolina Ale House and then had to hurry back so Ally and I could get ready for the first ever Induction to the NC State Hall of Fame.

Talk about an amazing experience! I got all dressed up and watched the first ever class of greats to be inducted into the NC State Hall of Fame. Reynolds was transformed into a glittering place! It was really beautiful and the desserts were good too πŸ˜‰ The highlight of the night was being able to say I walked NC State’s Roman Gabriel down the red carpet to be inducted. How awesome is that! I wish I had a picture or something, but unfortunately I have no pictures from the night except one of Ally and I and the lighting is weird from all the red so we look slightly demonic.

Once I got back, momma and I headed to Sushi 9 (the second time for me that week) because I needed real food. Somewhere along the lines my back locked up and I ended up having really weird pain that caused me to have to sit out of the NCSU vs FSU game. Total bummer I know because that was an incredible, nail-biting game! 17-16! Holy intense last seconds batman!

After the game, I got to enjoy all the wonderful food momma had made me while I was away. Tacoritos! Black bean and corn salsa! Queso! YUMMY! I stuffed myself and then fell right to sleep. The next morning we woke up craving good southern breakfast. Logically our minds went right to cracker barrel. We found the closest one and had the whole day planned out. Leisurely breakfast, pumpkin patch, carve pumpkins, make homemade mac and cheese. So we got ready and headed out. Then I learned I had a mandatory practice from 1-4…

Needless to say we killed some time in cracker barrel until we realized we were never going to get called in time, momma bought me a really adorable halloween mug, we went through the bruggers drive through and then I changed rapidly into practice clothes while she packed. She ended up leaving stuff (love when she does that) We said a hurried good-bye and I have no been living off of the yummy food she has left me since then.

MOMMA COME BACK!

Anyway, I’ve had these past two days off of practice, which has been good for my back but I still have to see the doctor about it tomorrow. I also don’t have any tests this week so I have been spending my time getting ahead homework wise and even studying for my genetics test that is on Monday because I need to do extremely well on it. I actually don’t mind school when I don’t have exams. The pressure goes wayyy down and I actually want to go back through the material and work things out. Weird how that happens.

Anyone ever heard of The Walking Dead? It is a show about zombies that actually really is awesome! I’m slightly obsessed. Season 3 starts on Sunday and I have to have season 2 finished by then but they just put it on Netflix and I am already about to start episode 10. Days without practice and no tests are the greatest!

couldn’t help myself

Fall Break

Every year we have a home game during fall break. What does this mean for me? It means I am stuck in Raleigh for my break because I don’t have a car and since I would have to be back late friday night or early saturday morning, I stay here. On the plus side, Meredith is usually stranded here with me.

This fall break is going to consist of relaxing, sleeping, watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix, homework, working out, a Hall Of Fame Induction dinner and best of all, my mom coming to visit! She hasn’t seen the apartment yet so I am super pumped for her to get up here! I’ve already put in my request to have her bring up DVD’s and make tacoritos. And I am thinking I would also like homemade mac and cheese. It has been one of those weeks where I have over thought everything, worried about everything, stressed about everything and only a momma’s love can fix it. Well, momma’s love and homemade mac and cheese, that will definitely help too.

I’m currently laying in bed trying to decide what I want to do first. Run? Work out? Another episode of Grey’s Anatomy? Statistics modules? History paper? Clean the apartment?

I’ll probably start with Grey’s Anatomy while making a to-do list.

You know what is really sweet? Just a message from someone who cares. They don’t know you particularly well, but still they reached out. It’s refreshing. So reach out to someone, see how they are. You never know, it might be just what they needed. πŸ™‚

Relationships

require work.

From both people, constant everyday work. And that is a lot.

And you run the risk of being with someone who gets tired of the work. Who isn’t willing to make the effort, and you can’t force them to want to. You’re stuck on the outside, wondering why you were willing to make it work and they weren’t.

It happens to the best of us. And it’s scary. How can you put your faith into another relationship when you have seen, in varying degrees, people just give up.

Marriages ended.

2 years ended. 3 years ended. 4 years ended. 18 years ended. 26 years ended.

Its the work. Its hard. To love someone and think about someone else everyday, thats hard.

But people do it. People do it everyday. I have 2 sets of grandparents, both who have been married for a very long time, one for 50 years, the other set almost 50 years. How incredible is that, people who make it work. Would they tell you it was easy and everything was sunshine and roses? No, because it wasn’t, they had to work. They didn’t give up. Maybe there was times they wanted to, but they didn’t.

Random tangent I know, considering I haven’t posted since I was sick and then this comes out, but it has been on my mind. Maybe one day I will be able to figure it out and find someone, that’s what everyone hopes for right? They hope they meet someone who will stick with them, through all the hard times and the good times. In sickness and health. You know the vows that everyone makes to each other on their wedding day…

I don’t want to be cynical, but doesn’t it seem like it is a little hard not to be?

Not my usual princess and puppies post, is it?

Sick Day

Okay so I know I said I was planning on having a productive week, but then I woke up this morning. My alarm went off at 5:01 (my snooze is set at 9 minute intervals, yes I know this is weird) but I had already been up every hour because I couldn’t get comfortable, felt like my head was full and my throat was on fire. So I texted my ride to lift and told her I wouldn’t make it because I needed to see the doctor.

I made it out of bed by 7:30 and headed to student health where I proceeded to wait until 10:30 after strep tests, blood work and he pharmacy got my order ready. I left with 3 different medications and strep. Awesome. Which meant I came home and sat in bed watching the whole first season of The Walking Dead, which I highly recommend to anyone (although not for the faint of heart)

Once that was over I found Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix and have been enjoying the first season, while folding clothes, cleaning my room up (somewhat) and Β planning out my week. Now I’ve taken my medicine and I am going to try and get one more episode in before I fall asleep!

Flu season is upon on y’all! Stay healthy! Wash your hands more than usual! Don’t share your drinks or food! Drink your green tea and take your vitamins!

I need to take all my own advice πŸ˜‰

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NCSU vs. Citadel

This weekend we had another home game! It was also our military appreciation game, which is always one of my favorite games considering I have a lot of family who are military or ex-military.

I hate that we miss the half-time show though when they pull out the field length flag! Although I bet it would probably make me cry because I am such a sap about things like that. We ended up killing the Citadel with a score of 52-14! Do you know how much tumbling is required for a game that has a score of 52!? Let’s just say it is a lot and my body is still feeling it today!

I was exhausted after the game and ended up just relaxing on the couch for the night. We had lots of visitors last night! Bobby lives in the apartment complex so he came over to hang out, then Meredith’s boyfriend Mike is in town visiting and Kyleigh’s sister Kolby stayed the night with us with her guide dog Sunny! THEN at midnight (because when you have a bad week and call your best friend begging her to come stay with you she leaves straight from work to drive 2 and a half hours to your apartment) Emmy got to the apartment!

Sunny searching for any leftover cupcake crumbs from the cupcake she tried to eat off the end table

We ended up crawling in bed around 12:45 and had pillow talk until 2 in the morning, way passed our grandma bedtimes! Then it was up early to curl hair AGAIN (my hair is really hating me) to head to team pictures that got cancelled last week.

It was a beautiful day, but I really just wanted to be in my apartment doing what Emmy, Mere and I do best. Sitting on the couch watching tv…

The 5 third years who remain on Small Coed, boy how our numbers have dwindled. When did we get so old?

Once pictures were over, we gathered up Emmy and Mike and headed to El Cerro, anyone surprised? Good, you shouldn’t be. Back at home, it was time for a nap! I know I know, I have a genetics test tomorrow, but my nap was only for an hour and I really needed it.

Somehow, Emmy and I realized that the Emmy’s (haha weird) were on tonight and that meant we needed Ben and Jerry’s ice cream to eat while we were watching like we used to do all last year. We also decided we needed to live together at some point so we could be workout buddies and cook healthy food together. Ironic considering all we did today was eat unhealthy food for us…

So now I am spread out all over the kitchen table with my Genetics work, studying hard, while watching the Emmy’s with Mere and Emmy. The world feels right πŸ™‚

Hope everyone had a good weekend and is ready to have a productive week! I know I am!

Life Plans

I know I have talked before about how I am a constant planner and I think God really gets a kick out of them and says, “Sydney, when are you going to learn? I make the plans.” So sometimes things don’t work out the way that I wanted to, but I am taking every opportunity to learn from my experiences.

Nothing can bring you peace, but yourself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Its time now to focus on me. These are my 20’s, time for focusing on being the best student, athlete, Christian, daughter, sister, friend, roommate that I can. At the end of the day my strength comes from within and from my faith.

Today is all about relaxing in preparation for tomorrow, we play the Citadel for our military appreciation game! I’m also waiting to hear from Emmy about if she is going to come visit after work, hope she can make it! I have a lot of studying to do also because I have a test in Genetics on Monday. Fingers crossed it goes better than the last one πŸ™‚

Hope everyone has a relaxing Friday!