Thursday, July 21, 2011

Four Things and What I've Been Up to This Week

I saw this on Hannah's blog today and I thought it was such a cute idea and I wanted to try it too!

Four Jobs I've Had in My Life
1. Ice Cream Scooper- my first job. I was 16, and I wound up getting fired haha. In my defense, I was running high school cross country, had asked for a weekend off months in advance for a race weekend trip, was told I could have it off, then he gave a girl who started work after me the weekend off instead. I picked XC. Oh well haha.
2. Starbucks Coffee (baristas then shift supervisor)- I started working at Starbucks the summer before I started college and left a week before I started graduate school. Best job ever. Now don't get me wrong, some things were a massive pain and I felt like I was babysitting adults, but I loved this job. Awesome pay. great hours, and I loved the people I worked with.
3. Undergraduate Researcher- I worked for one year as an undergraduate researcher. I looked at the effects of fluorocarbons (like Teflon) and their effects on pulmonary lung membranes. I got to play with liquid nitrogen, which was cool. I wish I took more advantage of this job though and presented at a conference or tried to get co-authored in a paper.
4. Graduate Research Assistant-the worst paying job of your life will be grad school. Sure, I get a stipend, but the amount I work makes my hourly rate about...$2 an hour? Maybe $3 on a good week. But I have to say, best decision of my life was to come to grad school. I am a way better engineer, I think on my own more, I will have publications by the time I leave, and I met my Zach here :) Like I said...grad school sucks, but it has made my life better in lots of ways.

Four Movies I Would Watch Over and Over
1. Sex and the City (the first movie)
2. Sweet Home Alabama
3. Anchorman (kills me everytime)
4. Legally Blonde (no judgement)

Four Places I've Lived
Like Hannah, I don't want to share all my life's details publicly ( haha ), so I'll do 2 places I've lived and 2 places I would like to live
1. Starkville, Mississippi- I moved here for grad school at Mississippi State. Aside from the lack of Target, Ann Taylor Loft, J Crew, TJ Maxx, and any type of craft store, I like it here a lot. I love State. Oh and the beach. Not being by the beach sucks.
2. The always fabulous Jacksonville Beach, Florida- Home is where your heart is. And part of mine will always be in Northeast Florida, no matter where I live in my life.

3. Savannah, Georgia- Zach and I are REALLY hoping that this is the next place we move to. We've heard awesome things about it and it seems to have lots of opportunities for chem e's. If anyone in the Savannah area wants to offer us jobs, by all means we are on our way!
We are going here Labor Day weekend to check out the place.
4. Key West, Florida- My favorite place of all time. I'll live there as a beach bum engineer. Are there beach engineers?

Four TV Shows I Love to Watch
1. My favorite- Sex and the City. Who could not love this show

2. Weeds- Little boxes on the hillside little boxes made of ticky tacky...
3. Law and Order: SVU- I love this show.
4. Cooking shows like Chopped and Challenge

Four Places I Have Been on Vacation
1. Cozumel, Mexico- I don't love Mexico, but I do love kayaking in their oceans
2. Key West, Florida- Obvi.
3. Grand Cayman, Bahamas- Went here on a cruise with my 2 friends, Amanda and Brianna. The water is awesome but the enormous stingrays are freaky.
4. Charleston, SC- Zach and I just spent a weekend here and we loved it. Will definitely be re-visiting in the future.
I would love to see y'alls responses if you decide to fill out these questions so let me know!

This week...hmm...I've been running in the morning as usual. This morning it poured with about a mile left...Zoe is a princess and is not a fan of rain, but she got over this quickly. She did not get over the rushing water into the drainage on the side of the road though and janked me around them. I felt like she was pulling me the whole time! Baby steps for my furry baby.
I hope my shoes are dry by tomorrow morning!
I've also been working in the lab, also as usual, reacting some films, same story, different day.
Tonight we are going out with the other grad students in our lab group to celebrate my and Zach's birthdays. We usually all take out the birthday person for their birthday, and since Zach and my birthdays are 2 days apart, we are combining. I guess I can share with him :)

Hope you all have been having a good week! Almost Friday!!

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Zoe's First Birthday and Weekend Recap

I had a very good weekend! It was mostly relaxing, even though I feel like I did a lot!

Saturday Zach and I decided to take Zoe for a walk outside somewhere we hadn't been before, since we had been away from her during vacation and her birthday was Sunday. We picked Lake Lowndes Park in Columbus, MS, which was about 25 minutes away.
Zoe and Zach at the start of the walk. The weather was slightly overcast and there was a breeze on the lake.
All ready to walk!

We picked out the nature trail, which we saw on the map was 3.5 miles.
Zoe and her momma walking :)
Zach tried to take a picture of us but when he said her name so she would look at him she just ran towards him. Oh well haha.

We wound up running a lot of the trail since it was so nice out (although humid...I was sweating like a stuck pig). We got to the end of the 3.5 miles and saw a sign that said Nature Trail Exit...too bad we were 2 miles from the car! We wound up trail running/walking for 5.5 miles, which was ok with me (it paid for the high-calorie supper I ate!)
My pink and green trail them :)

After we brought Zoe back to the apartment we got ready and went to Tuscaloosa for the evening. We ate Hooter's wings for supper (I'm telling y'all...if you haven't been...go. They are amazing. I know you're thinking ugh Hooter's....but I promise the worth it).
Then we went to TJ Maxx and Target before heading back home.

Sunday was Zoe's first birthday!

I'm the only one who liked the party hat...Zach refused to partake in the party hat wearing and Zoe hated hers...she kept putting her head down
The best picture I could get

Then Zach and I gave her the birthday doggie cupcakes I made...judge away.
It was made out of flour, vanilla, carrots, an egg, and peanut butter. I put peanut butter as icing.
She was kind of confused by the birthday cupcake and us singing happy birthday to her and she kept looking around.
Zoe with her candle! (I swear Zach isn't choking her haha...just trying to get her to look at me)
Her pink sparkly "1" candle!
Next we gave Zoe her birthday gifts!
She cracked me up with the gifts part. She peaked in each bag as I opened it and sat right there beside me and looked at each gift. So funny!
A Kong!
Her new Gator friend!
(She isn't much into stuffed animals so she doesn't chew them up...just lays on them which is why we got her an alligator...if she chewed them I would have gotten something a Seminole or something (haha!))
Girls love new accessories!
Playing with her daddy and hugging her new friend
Posing with her momma
Pretty Gator girl!
Zoe's gifts!

After all the birthday activities we got lunch and lounged around for the most part watching movies.
I gave the 1 year old a bath!
Then bed time with her new buddy.
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Vacation Part III: Charleston, SC

Friday after lunch we got in the car and headed towards Charleston, South Carolina where our friends Dan and Caitlin live! From the looks of this picture I bet you can guess what happened on our way up there...
Yup...traffic. We hit traffic in Jacksonville and also once we hit SC...there was a huge wreck on the highway. I make the worst mad faces. I'm always trying not to laugh and I wind up looking weird. I tell people it's because I'm so sweet I always looks happy :) haha

We finally made it to Charleston and met Dan, Caitlin, and two of Dan's Air Force friends (another couple who were so nice!) at the Charleston Crab House which was so yummy. I got the stuffed tilapia which was stuffed with was so good! Zach got coconut shrimp which he really liked also.

Then we walked over to Rooftop, a rooftop bar (if you couldn't guess from the name). It was so fun to catch up with Caitlin and chit chat while we had an amazing view of the city at night!
Zach and Dan. Boys are silly.
The steeple of St. Philip's looked gorgeous with the moonlight
View of the city
Me on the rooftop!
Zach and I on the rooftop
I loved how Charleston had white Christmas lights everywhere at was SO pretty and reminded me a lot of St. Augustine
The outside of the Rooftop

We stopped by the Southend Brewery but they were closed. I was able to sneak in a quick picture though!
Zach is being goofy...but the inside was so cool how you could see the fermenters and columns, etc.
Gorgeous building for a bar! We learned later on that it used to be a cotton warehouse and had ocean-front offices on the top floor before it became a bar.

We went to an Irish pub and then Dan, Caitlin, and their friends ate HUGE pieces of pizza before we went back to Dan and Caitlin's house at THREE THIRTY am! If you know me, you know I go to bed at like...midnight. Maybe one on a weekend. I am a morning person not a late night person so it was crazy for me to be up so late! I had a lot of fun though and enjoyed seeing Charleston at night.

Saturday morning when I could finally get the crack-of-noon risers up and ready, Zach, Caitlin and I went to Isle of Palms! We had a yummy lunch on the deck of Banana Cabana and then walked out on the beach. It was rainy when we first got there, but stopped raining shortly after, even though the sky was overcast most of the day.
This guy washed up just a few feet away from where we were collecting shells! Yuck...creatures.
Caitlin and me! Pardon the squinty eyes/wet hair look haha
Zach and me!

After the beach we went to a few of the beach shops, then stopped by Whole Foods to pick up a few things (including Caitlin's birthday cake!) on our way back to the house. There isn't a Whole Foods near us in MS so I was thrilled to be able to get some blueberry scones (AMAZING) from the bakery and Zach liked picking out a few of the local beers to try (not so amazing haha)
We had to travel back to the house in a huge rainstorm (gotta love the South in the summer!) but once we made it back, we got ready and ate yummy barbeque for supper, and then hung out at Dan and Caitlin's and talked. We called it an early night on Saturday night! We were wiped.

Sunday was Caitlin's birthday! Zach and I got up and got ready and went to a few stores while Dan and Caitlin got ready and also went to a few stores and had lunch (since Dan just got back from deployment and they have had visitors the past week I figured they might want some Dan and Caitlin time on her birthday). We went to World Market, which I love to pieces, PetSmart (for some Zoe birthday gifts), Target, and the best store of them all-Palmetto Moon.
If y'all are ever in Summerville, HAVE to go to Palmetto Moon. I fell in LOVE with this store. They have everything from South Carolina gifts, to Southern gifts, to Clemson, USC, The Citadel...all sorts of stuff. I think I'll do a whole post on what I got there!
We ate lunch at a little place called the Sweetgrass Cafe which was cute and the perfect lunch, then met back up with Dan and Caitlin so we could have some birthday cake!
Happy Birthday Caitlin!!
She had picked out a chocolate and peanut butter cake and it was so delicious!

After hanging out a while longer, Zach and I got packed up and headed to Charleston.
We wished Dan and Caitlin could have come but they had to get ready for work on Monday.
First, Zach and I went to Battery Park. It was SO PRETTY. It had cannons, monuments, a gorgeous gazebo, a park, shaded by mossy oaks and palm trees, surrounded by antebellum homes and colorful houses, all on the water! Easily one of my favorite places I saw in Charleston.
Me with the water
Zach with one of the cannons
One of the monuments in the park.
Some of the pretty colorful houses we saw.
After a little while at the Battery, we drove down by the water into the city, parked, and walked around looking at all the pretty houses/buildings and Charleston charm.
I loved this little side street with its palm trees, lantern style street lights, yellow building and cobblestone.
I love cobblestone streets! They remind me of places I love like St. Augustine, Newport, and Boston.
And I also loved my yellow bow sandals...happy birthday to me! haha
Walking towards Waterfront Park
There were these unique maps of Charleston that looked like they were made of copper because of the blue/green color.
The infamous pineapple fountain...I love that Charleston picked a pineapple since it's the symbol of Southern Hospitality!
Zach and I at Waterfront Park

After leaving Waterfront Park, we walked to the same pizza place with the huge slices and ate some for supper...
They were so yummy, inexpensive, and HUGE!

Then we walked to Southend Brewery and had some dessert while we waited for our ghost tour to start.

We love going on these ghost tours (judge away) because it's a fun way to learn the history of the city you're visiting. And Charleston is so pretty at night!
This is the same church I took a picture of the first night, just much closer!
This hotel is haunted by Civil War soldiers
This graveyard is the site where one of the most famous "ghost" pictures has ever been taken. A man captured a picture of a woman carrying a basket.
There is a woman who gave birth to a stillborn son. Since he was stillborn, the church wouldn't allow him a baptism or to be given a name. The woman died a couple days later from childbirth complications (and grief). Despite the family's wishes, mother and son were not buried together because the baby wasn't baptized. He was buried next to his mother in a sweetgrass basket. The woman in the picture is the mother carrying a sweetgrass basket on the day of her son's birth. Sweet and creepy at the same time.
Creepy haunted alley. One of the ghost's name's was Ashley!
See any orbs?

After the tour was over, we stopped by Waterfront Park on the way back to the car, then headed back to Mississippi overnight!

We got back about 9 AM Monday morning, slept, then went and picked up sweet Zoe!

We had such a great trip and I loved having a week away from lab and research! So grateful to be able to visit the beach and family and friends!

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