Thursday, December 31, 2009

Two Thousand and Ten, Let's Go!

Welp, I survived yet another year! And I'm looking forward to what 2010 has to offer. My mission is to make this one more memorable. Don't get me wrong, some pretty great things happened in 2009, but I think I can do better.

I know New Years resolutions have kind of become something to scoff at, but I've made some resolutions for this year that I think I' might be able to stick to:

1) Take my vitamins!- lets be honest, I've never been a treadmill walking, spandex wearing, gym goer, but improving my health is something I do want to focus on. Vitamins are a more realistic goal for me.

2) Cook more- I'm staring off the new year fairly low on funds, so you are looking at Richmond's newest lunchbox toter! Tomorrow I will be digging out the crock-pot that has been submerged in my trunk for the past 2ish years and put it to use. Home made meals that last a few days? Oh my!

3) Productive days off- I've been working full time for about 3 months now, and since I no longer have classes taking up my days off, I can do whatever I want! The past few days off have been more like "Catie veg days" which have been vital in catching up on rest that i've been missing from the past 22 years of non-stop action and ambition. Some of the things I plan on working on: working on my book, sewing more and putting them on my Etsy shop, reading a lot more, creating new baked good recipes.

Pretty good list, huh? I'll let you know how it goes.

Here's hoping everyone had a wonderful New Years celebration!


Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Merry

Hope that everyone is having/had a wonderful holiday! Mine has been swell so far. Right after work on Wednesday, I rushed home shoved laundry, random clothes, and the cat in the Volvo and hit the road. That night the family and I had chinese food, opened gifts, and laughed a lot. Good times. The next morning we woke up and had breakfast, said goodbye to my Dad (a little peeved that he didn't actually stay to see me for more than a night), and then my Aunt and I started baking!

Jerrie and I made kiss cookies and Amish-style sugar cookies. The latter was the most tedious cookies we've made yet. Last year, we made lemon cookies dipped in dark chocolate, these required fridge time, double-boiler, and fishing line. This year, the sugar cookies required me to sculpt them on the cookie sheet since the dough was more of a biscuit consistency. We followed the directions and 20 minutes later we had the largest cookies you've ever seen. Seriously, the size of my face. Needless to say, it took three people to 'test' just one of the cookies, so the recipe was cut in half.

I love family, even if i'm the butt of their jokes. The feeling of home is what is really making me consider moving back.

Cookie disasters, routines, and predictability.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Season's Greetings

Christmas is in 2 days, who would have thunk that this year would fly by as fast as it did?
Around this time of year I always evaluate where I was the year before. Last year, I was working for Nordstroms, taking some of my degree's core classes, I was single, and had some great friends.

This year, definitely had it's ups and downs, but there is no doubt that I came out on top. I landed myself a great job that I love, met some great people, became closer to my friends, got promoted AND graduated from college.

I have some high hopes for 2010. I am pretty much free to do whatever I want! Whether that means move to a bigger city, go back to school, start up my own company, fall in love, travel- who knows? I'm hoping all of the above, honestly (told you they were high).

Each year I find out more about myself, I'm excited to see what I learn next year.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

White Out

If I had to choose my favorite precipitation it would have to be snow. The city goes clean and quiet, and you are left with heavy tree limbs and a new source of light. I love the cold, I enjoy bundling up and breathing air that makes my lungs hurt, and one of the best feelings in the world is coming home and cuddling up with hot chocolate.

I never thought that I would ever be frustrated with snow though. This morning I was scheduled to open my store at 8am. I woke up at 5, anticipating a hard commute, and found despite all my snow moving efforts, my car was stuck. Actually stuck. Inconsolably stuck. Mall? Opening on time. Taxis? Not running. State? State of freakin' emergency.

I am officially in between a rock and a cold place.

Sunday, December 13, 2009


Yesterday officially marked the end of my time at VCU. For me, the graduation experience was better then I had expected. Being in a room where families, friends, loved ones came out to show their pride and support for all of the graduates, it hit me kind of hard. Maybe this whole thing really was a big deal? This idea was reinforced to me when I saw my family jumping around and waving like crazy, and again when I hugged my Dad and there were tears in his eyes.

Waking up today I feel like the world is moving forward and I'm taking a breather. I've decided that tomorrow is the 'first day of the rest of my life' and today shall be the no responsibility, sleep until noon, eat pizza kind of day. I feel like I deserve an actual day off, haha.

Tomorrow begins my opportunity to see how far I can go. Now that my time is not divided, I plan on being an unstoppable force, not that I'm not one already.

Friday, December 4, 2009

So you'll go your way, and I'll go mine...

Yes, sad song, but there is something about this band I really love.

Truths XXIV

The colder it gets, the more you wish for someone to keep you warm.

Truths from an Almost Graduate

In about a week, I will be graduating from college. I'm thankful for having the opportunity to extend my education, and I have been told that it is a great achievement- but I'm feeling somewhat unfulfilled. Looking back, I really wish that I had been challenged more, gotten more life experience, and tested my abilities to the max.

Maybe thats what a graduate degree is for?
Maybe that is what life is for?

I plan on exploring both, in due time. All in all, I am truly sad to see this chapter of my life close- it's been a fun ride.