Thursday, October 20, 2011

If You Need Me, You Know Where to Find Me

If you need me this weekend, you can find me in one place and one place only...Salisbury, North Carolina.

I'm heading back to good ole Cat-U.

It's homecoming ya'll!

It is time for my first Catawba College homecoming as an alumni. I have been looking forward to this day since graduation, and it has finally arrived. 

Past homecomings have been some of the best weekends of my life.

I am hoping that this weekend will be even better! I have missed all of my Catawba lovers so badly, and cannot wait for a whole weekend of fun with them.

Not to mention that this lovely lady will be in town :) 

That's right. Erin and Emily will finally be reunited. I have not seen her since last year's homecoming. It has been WAY too long. Catawba's campus better watch out, because when we get together, you never know what is going to happen.

Now don't worry girly girls, I wouldn't write this post without giving you something wonderfully girly to be excited about. So here it is---> I have two new dresses to wear this weekend! One of them is one shoulder (oh yeah Aly Halter, I found one!).  I have been searching for the perfect one-shoulder dress, and I managed to find one just in time.

Exciting right??

AND there is more good news! Remember Zandi Watts from my older posts? You know, my suite mate that always did my hair and makeup. She will be there to help me look beautiful all weekend long. It is like a dream come true.

Anyway, I hope that all of you have a lovely weekend. If you need me, I will be at Catawba College wearing one of my new dresses and looking ridiculously girly. If you are lucky, I just might come back with some pictures for you! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Television Tuesdays: Hart of Dixie

I love television. I honestly do not know what I would do without it to keep me entertained on rainy days like today. There are so many shows that I want to watch lately, it is almost stressful to try to get them all recorded. My weeknights are full of dramas, comedies, and reality shows. I am thrown into a land of fantasy, where problems can be solved in an hour and everyone is attractive.

I have decided I will set aside a day to blog about some of my favorite television shows. From now on, Tuesdays will be strictly for blog posts about shows that I love. Welcome to your very first Television Tuesdays post...I know you are just as excited as I am.

For my first Television Tuesday, I want to talk about one of my new favorite shows, Hart of Dixie.

The show revolves around Dr. Zoe Hart, played by Rachel Bilson, who you might recognize from The OC.  Zoe graduated at the top of her class in medical school and dreams of following in her father's footsteps to become a cardio-thoracic surgeon in New York. However, through a series of unfortunate events (which is also a good movie by the way) Zoe accepts an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work at his practice and finds herself in Bluebell, Alabama.

Upon arriving in Bluebell, Zoe realizes that this southern town is a far cry from the big city where she grew up. To her surprise, Dr. Wilkes has passed away and left his half of the medical practice to Zoe.  This medical professional soon realizes that she is up against some big odds when she meets the other doctor in town, Dr. Breeland. He is not very enthusiastic about having to share his practice, and wants to do anything possible to make her give up and go back to where she came from. His daughter, Lemon Breeland, makes Zoe's life even more unbearable with her jealousy and conniving ways.

Through a couple of emergencies and bad judgements, Zoe decides the only way that the citizens of Bluebell will trust her is if she associates with them and tries to learn about their southern roots and traditions.

Not only does the show keep you rooting for Zoe, it also gives you girly girls out there a little eye candy. Scott Porter, who you may have seen in the television series Friday Night Lights, plays George Tucker. He is Dr. Breeland's lawyer and Lemon Breeland's fiance. He is constantly being scrutinized for being nice to the new lady doctor in town, but for some reason he is continuously drawn to her.

Then there is Wade Kinsella, played by Wilson Bethel. He is Zoe's neighbor and has that bad, southern boy charm. That charm has Zoe spending some quality time with him in his car during the first episode.

The shows airs every Monday at 9:00 pm on the CW. Tune in for some laughs, alligators, gumbo, snakes, hunting, and some good ole southern hospitality. I have uploaded the trailer below, check it out.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Month


The month of leaves falling, football, fall festivals, pumpkins and Halloween. When most people think of October they think of candy, costumes, and tailgating. However, it is also a month to think about breasts.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, "Each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die." 

Every October, cancer charities hold a health campaign to increase awareness of this disease and to raise money for research on finding a cure. If you are wanting to get involved, then this is definitely the month to do it. 

Today I wanted to share with you some of the ways that all of you girly girls, and you manly men, can get involved in the fight for the cure. We have to help protect our breasts. Like I said in a previous blog post...The world would be a much sadder place without them.

First of all, there is always the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events. These are a series of 5k runs and walks that raise huge amounts of money, provide awareness, and honor survivors and those that lost their battles with the disease. In 2010, the St. Louis race had over 71,800 participants making it the largest race ever. For information on races near you, check out their website

I also found this delightful website called The Pink Ribbon Shop. They have almost any kind of pink ribbon wear that you could imagine and have donated over $27,000 to different breast cancer charities. They also have some pretty cute work out gear, for all of you that enjoy your time at the gym. Perfect to gear up for your race for the cure.

The last thing that I found is very cool. This organization is called Bikers Battling Breast Cancer. They have events like Boobapalooza and Bikers for Boobs. It was founded in an effort to gain the support of the motorcycle community and raise funds for the cause. They have raised $350,000 for local breast health programs. Please take a look at their website

Students can also get their schools involved in the search for a cure. Last year, the Catawba College SGA raised money by selling these super cute shirts designed by Zandi Watts at a basketball game.

If you are unable to participate in any of these events, or you don't have the money to buy any breast cancer merchandise, then you can always just wear pink. Girly girls love pink. I know it is one of my favorite colors. I also have to admit, one of my favorite things about this time of year is seeing those giant football players rocking the pink socks. That brings a smile to my face.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Real Women Have Curves

I have one goal.

Well actually, I have quite a few goals. They include finding a job, moving out of my parent's house, and everything that goes with becoming a grown up. However, the goal that I am writing about today is a goal that girly girls have been trying to meet since the beginning of time.

I want to get skinny. More importantly, I want to get in shape.

This is obviously not me.
In an attempt to work off some extra poundage, and to feel better about ourselves, my momma and I joined Curves. This is a huge move for me, because I have never been a member of a gym before. My momma was a member many years ago and lost 20 pounds working out there after she had my little brother. So one day in August we jumped in the car and headed over to Curves in Siler City to sign up.

Curves is unique because it is only for women. It is for this reason that I enjoy working out there. I have no need to feel paranoid about huge muscle men thinking I am weak, or about creepy men that stare. I feel so much more comfortable during my work out because I don't have to worry about any members of the opposite sex.

This gym is the world's leader in women's fitness. The program is specifically designed for women. The machines target those problem areas that plague us females, like our thighs and stomachs.

Another perk is that the workout program offered easily fits into a busy schedule. It only takes 30 minutes to complete the circuit of machines. This is perfect since I work in tobacco with my family all day, and have little time to exercise.

The Curves Smart workout is also designed to keep women motivated to continue working out. When you join the gym, they take your measurements and your weight. Your measurements are then plugged into a computer system and you get your own key. There is a place in each of the machines to place your key. The machine computes how hard you are working and determines if you are meeting your goals. You are told to "Go for Green" because if the screen on the machine turns yellow, that means you are not working hard enough. I always try to keep the screen green, but sometimes I have a little yellow show up.

You weigh in and get measured once a month to track your progress. At my last weigh in, I had lost 3 pounds and 3 inches in my stomach. I was very excited. I am hoping that the next weigh in will have even better results.

Curves prides itself on motivating women. One of my favorite things about the gym, besides the lack of testosterone, is that I feel like the employees really care about me and want to see me succeed with my goals. There is always a smiling face there to greet me when I walk through the door. My name is even on the tree.

I really enjoy going to Curves. There is just something about women helping to motivate other women that makes me want to work harder. There is no yelling drill sergeant or someone standing there telling you that you are fat. It is just women that are there to support you and your fitness. I can finally say that I enjoy going to the gym. BELIEVE ME, these words have never come out of my mouth before.

I would like all of you girly girls to check out Curves if you are trying to get in shape. They have a facebook and a website. There are gym locations all over the world. If you have always wanted to work out, but have been putting it off, this is the place to start.

Now, I will leave you with two signs that are hanging up in the Curves I attend. They were so cute, I just had to share.