Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I'm not married, but I think this article can teach us worlds about any relationship, marriage or otherwise.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

My house

I know I mentioned that I bought a house, but I haven't really given you much more than that. In a word, it's perfect.

I'll start from the beginning. I began looking for houses seriously about a year ago. At first I was set on living in the little neighborhood that I had my rental in, Five Points. Five Points is this cool mix of redone bungalows, as well as some newer construction and is close to downtown. I soon discovered that the houses there were INSANE pricewise. Like $350,000 for a 900 square foot house. I convinced myself that I would be fine living in a tiny house and that I just loved the neighborhood, but my mom told me I really could get a lot more money for my house living somewhere else.

So, I started looking near North Hills (for you locals, the OTB aka affordable part, not ITB) and found a house that I really liked around September. I made an offer and the owner basically went MIA. Buying a house is stressful, but not hearing back is even more stressful. Those were a long couple of weeks of very little response and I ended up giving up.

From there, I mostly looked in that same North Hills neighborhood. Apparently the neighborhood is becoming very popular because things started going after only a few hours of being on the market. I considered put an offer on several houses that I'M SO GLAD I DIDN'T PUT AN OFFER ON now at the time, just to get in the neighborhood and get something.

In March, I went to see a house on my lunch break with my (amazing) real estate agent Tim. I really wasn't expecting much, as it didn't look like the houses I had been looking at really. Most of the things I was looking at were small ranches and this was a "split foyer." For those of you who don't know what a split foyer is, I didn't either. Basically, it's a form of split level where the front door opens to the foyer and you immediately go up or down the stairs. I'd say it functions more like a two story than a split level. It was also four bedrooms, which is way more than I was planning on.

I ended up loving the house. It wasn't that everything was perfect (example: it has three bathrooms, but only one shower), but I totally felt a connection (too much?) and saw myself living there. My parents ended up coming that night to look at it and I made an offer immediately. Negotiations were (relatively) painless and the offer was accepted a couple of days later.

I've been in the house about five weeks now and I love it more every day. My childhood home (my mom's current house) is the only place that's ever truly felt like home and now this house does. I still have tons to do, but it gives me the best feeling coming home at the end of the day to that beautiful place that I can call my own.

I am trying not to pressure myself to have art on every wall or everything perfect just yet, because I really want every piece to be something I'm in love with, not something I just stuck on a wall to have something there. I'll share pictures soon! :)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Catching Up

Time for an update. Way overdue, per usual. Here are some random thoughts, in no particular order and most of no particular importance. 
  • Two of my best friends, Ryan and Micaela, got married this weekend. The wedding was the perfect combination of both of them and we had an amazing time. I love love.
  • I like iced coffee! I'm not really a huge coffee fan, but yesterday morning (after Saturday night's festivities) people were getting them so I joined in. Um, yum!
  • I'm really happy and grateful lately. I have some amazing people in my life, I adore my house... I just am really blessed!
  • I need to get back on the healthy eating train this week. Between Memorial Day and the wedding, way too much indulgence has been happening. Still debating a juice cleanse. 
  • The second season of Orange is the New Black comes out on Friday. Sooo, that's what I'll be doing all weekend. 
  • Speaking of the weekend, I know it's only Monday, but I'm counting down already. I'm looking forward to a weekend of absolutely no plans. Orange, the pool, grilling, decorating the house, some good runs... perfect!!
  • Next post: random pictures!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Random

It's been over two months. YIKES.

Let's start with a bulleted list of things that may or may not be noteworthy? Okay.

  1. I bought a house. YAY! I've been in it a little over a week and it's perfect and I'm in love. All my money that used to go to clothes is going to house stuff. It's magical.
  2. House buying is quite the process, y'all. So much paperwork! But totally worth it. Thank goodness for my mama throughout it all.
  3. Carolina lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
  4. James Michael McAdoo is going to the NBA. That one surprised me.
  5. Marcus Paige is staying. He's so great. Like, who I want people to think of when they think about student athletes at Carolina. 
  6. Watch this and love my sweet school like I do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WisXFOD8Jk
  7. Yesterday my brother played a live guitar show at Brighton Gardens (the assisted living facility where my grandmother, Po, lives.) It was adorable.
  8. Also, at said show, I discovered that Po is quite the hot commodity at Brighton Gardens. That doesn't really shock me (she looks amazing for her age and is super social), but it was fun to see.
  9. I've started using wrinkle cream because I'm getting old. And I'm pretty sure that I'm going to have to get my hair colored soon. More grays keep popping up. 
Be back with more soon!!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

MIA once again, I know, and this won't change much but I want to get it down for posterity's sake. Last week's home win against Duke (that was delayed a week because of snow) might have been one of my two favorite nights in the Dean Dome ever. The night started with my dad and I going to Bin 54. It was such a Carolina stereotype in the best way possible. So much wine, cheese, fans dressed in fancy clothes... I loved it. (We did nothing to help the stereotype with prosecco, a delish pinot and a cheese plate).

Yes, there have been more important Carolina Duke games and yes, there have been better Carolina teams, but after a turbulent start to the season those boys seemed to finally be having fun. I've never heard the Dean Dome that loud in my life. Ever. The Dean Dome shook. The "wine and cheese crowd" stood the entire time. I cried at the beginning (basketball girl, I guess) and cried at the end. Everyone stormed the court in pure, unadulterated joy. It was perfect. I don't ever want to forget that night or that feeling.

(My other best night in the Dean Dome? My freshman year watching the Heels win the National Championship on the big screen with all my fellow students before rushing Franklin.)

This is why I love sports. I hadn't felt that in a while and it was magical. Go HEELS!

Friday, January 10, 2014

It's Friday, y'all!

Yay for Fridays! The first full week back at work/routine is always an adjustment after the holidays so I'm pretty pumped it's Friday! And even more pumped that I don't have any major plans on the agenda. My weekend includes:
  • finishing Orange is the New Black tonight (3 episodes left. beyond addicted)
  • cleaning out my closets
  • grocery shopping
  • watching my Heels take on #1 Syracuse tomorrow
  • going to see Po
  • getting in a workout or two
Perfection! Have a great weekend y'all!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Photo bomb!

What are these square shaped things that aren't text? Pictures?? You haven't seen those in a while, huh? Here's a random assortment of pictures from the last a few months - the time when calories don't exist.

A group of us at The Station for drinks!

Best nap ever. Raleigh on left, Hobbes on right.

Thanksgiving morning Pilates with mimosas!

Thanksgiving with the brother!

Me, Aunt Jodi, Po, Nikki (and sweet Reese in her belly)

Me and the mom-to-be

Cast iron deep dish

My amazing discovery at Target

Baby Nins!

A moment of love

Christmas!

Santa Hobbes

Cheers-ing on Christmas Eve with Mom in our awesome cups

Bowl game outfit!

Victory walk before the bowl game (which we won!)

Snuggles with Hobbesy

With MG at Ry and Micaela's Christmas party

And I'll leave you with the most epic pork belly fried green tomato BLT there ever was. Bam.

January Blues

Does anyone else find January to be the most depressing month? The holidays end, it's cold, there is nothing to look forward to - BLAH. Any tips for combating the January blues?

I've been trying to schedule lots of friend dates in the evenings and on weekends to give me things to look forward to, but I'd love to hear your ideas!!