Friday, April 29, 2011

A Royal Wedding

While I did not wake up early to watch the ceremony, I am absolutely in love with the pictures. Kate looked stunning but not overdone. I believe the simply elegant look was perfect for a classic Royal Wedding. And now that I see her in lace sleeves, I would even consider a similar look!

Arriving at Westminster Abbey with her father.

Walking in with her Maid of Honor, sister Pippa.

Entering as a commoner, leaving as a royal. The ultimate fairytale!

Perfect Royal Wave!

First Public Kiss as a Married Couple!

Modern Royals in their "get away" car!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

Counting Down

So many things are happening so soon. I can't believe this semester is about to end and summer (and consequently the real world are on the horizon).

6 Days - Splash & Dash (sorority's philanthropy, running the 5k)
1 week - Far East Movement Concert
8 Days - of classes left
1.5 weeks - Cinco de Mayo
2 weeks - Junior Year is over
2.5 weeks - Moving to Richmond
3 weeks - Internship Starts
5 weeks - 21st Birthday & Rivah!

Sunday, April 24, 2011


I hope everyone has a great Easter and able to share the miracle with their families!

1 Peter 1:3
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead ..."

Romans 1:4-5
"And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name"

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Recipe

My family will be heading to Easter brunch this year but if we were not, I would definitely being trying to make this delicious recipe by my girl Paula Deen. Quiche is my new favorite and I love crab and asparagus, so its a perfect combination!

Crab & Asparagus Quiche Cupcakes

Crust Ingredients:

½ cup unsalted butter, cold
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cold water
¼ teaspoon cracked pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 F.
Cut cold butter into ¼ inch cubes.
Add flour and butter to a small mixing bowl. Use your hands to combine until the mixture resembles small pebbles.
Add water a tablespoon at a time. Continue mixing with your hands until the mixture sticks together when you squeeze it, being careful to not over mix. The batter should not become a solid ball.
Line a cupcake tin with 12 liners.

Divide batter evenly between the liners. Press batter into the bottom of each liner and push it about halfway up the sides.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Roasted Asparagus Ingredients:
½ pound asparagus
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Break the tough ends off of each spear and discard.
Cut the asparagus into 3/4 inch pieces.
In a small bowl, toss asparagus with olive oil and salt.
Spread asparagus on a baking sheet and broil at 450 F for 15 minutes.

Quiche Ingredients:
1/3 cup shredded gruyere
4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Pinch ground dry mustard
½ cup crab meat, cooked
Pre-cooked pie crusts from above
Roasted asparagus from above

Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a small bowl, mix the gruyere and flour. Set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, whip eggs with heavy whipping cream and mustard until fully integrated.
Sprinkle gruyere evenly over pre-baked pie crusts.
Spoon crab meat on top of the gruyere, evenly distributing it between the cupcakes.

Pour egg mixture over crab meat, filling the cupcake liners about ¾ full.
Arrange asparagus pieces on top of the egg mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from cupcake tins and set on paper towels to dry any moisture off of the bottoms of the liners.

Serve warm.
And don't forget my favorite Easter time candy, Cadbury Eggs!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Home for Easter!

I am home for the Easter weekend. It is so nice to be home, since I was only home a few days for Spring Break and will only be home a few days before my summer internship, and need a little refresher before exams start.

Things I miss about Home:
~ My own room (living in my sorority house = roommate, I love her but do not love her early classes)
~ Plush toilet paper, anything beats 1-ply university supplied toilet paper
~ Bravo TV, I do not get to watch tv a lot at school (nor do we have Bravo channel) so I love catching up on my favorite shows
~ Mom's home cooking
~ And of course being with my family!

Besides exams and ending another school year, I am looking forward to getting back to school for:
~ Splash & Dash, my sorority's philanthropy (and running the 5k)
~ Big and Grandbig coming to town ... hopefully?
~ Far East Movement & Keri Hilson Concert
~ Cinco de Mayo

So many things are changing in my life currently, ending another school year (and becoming a senior, what?), moving to a new city, starting an internship, and summer loving! Can't wait to see whats in store!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."

I think I am becoming a little cynical. Sometimes it is very difficult for me to understand actions of others. We all have priorities and many of them differ as to what is most important. For me, the things I value the most are my relationships, with my family, friends and most importantly, with myself. While school, jobs/internships, winning a philanthropy, and community service are all priorities of mine, I believe sometimes we have to step back and ask, what are we really living for?

Yes, that A+ in Finance is amazing and joining 5 organizations is great, but when do you start living for yourself? Twenty years from now you won't remember that A+ or all those clubs, instead you will remember those memories made with your friends. Thats why it is hard for me to understand sometimes why people (seemingly purposely) do not take the opportunities to make themselves memories, by staying in the library instead of grabbing a late night ice cream with friends or watching tv instead of enjoying a beautiful day. Because this is your life, start living it before it is too late.

Here is a couple things to keep in mind ...

"In the end we only regret the chances we did not take, the relationships we were too afraid to have, and the decisions we waited to long to make."

"You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You'll never remember class time, but you'll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So, stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due on Wednesday. Spend money you don't have. Drink 'til sunrise. The work never ends but college does..."

"We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets."
-Marilyn Monroe

Congrats KKG

Tonight two great events happened in the Greek World today.

1. Homecoming Court was announced! And the wonderful Kelsey was chosen to represent Kappa on Court. Also, my amazing roommate for next year, Lindsay, was chosen to represent Pi Beta Phi! I cannot wait to campaign and see everyone's slogans!
Kappa with last year's nomination, Libbi

2. Greek Awards! Lindsay was in charge of putting them on and did a fabulous job (out in less than an hour, what?). Kappa won the "Living your Values" Award which I love since our values are so close to my heart, Leadership, Scholarship and Friendship.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Parents Weekend

This past weekend was my sorority's Parents Weekend. So my parents and youngest sister, Allie came down to partake. One the way down my Dad picked up our new boat! So exciting! It is perfect for jetting around and towing all us on tubes.

We had dinner and relaxed on Friday night. On Saturday my Dad, sister and I were planning on running the 3.2 for 32 Run in Rememberance, however due to severe thunderstorms it was cancelled. We spent the day shopping though, so it was not a total waste of time. We also saw the movie Hanna, and I equate it to a girl version of Bourne Identity. Good for a rent.

Sunday we had a brunch at the house, followed by a walk on campus, a trip to the bookstore and my mom and I's favorite Crackel Barrel. (We do not have any at home!)

Family in the backyard

Ellen and I matching in Lilly skirts and Polo sweaters!

I loved hanging out with my family, even though I will see them next week at home for Easter.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

4/16, Live for 32

We are the Hokies. We will prevail. We are Virginia Tech.

We are Virginia Tech. We are sad today and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on, we are embracing our mourning. We are Virginia Tech. We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly, we are brave enough to bend to cry, and we are sad enough to know we must laugh again. We are Virginia Tech.

While 32 of our friends and classmates are in heaven trying to explain what a Hokie is, I stand here sure in the fact that I wouldn’t want to be anything else.

April 16th did not create the Hokie Nation. It showed the world who we have always been. Say a prayer for each of the 32 and each person whose lives they touched.

I wasn't born a Hokie nor was I raised as one. But I know for the rest of my life I'll always be one now. Blacksburg has a special piece of my heart ♥ Live for 32.

‎I don’t know what a Hokie is, but God is one of them.
- Lee Corso

You don’t arrive at Virginia Tech accidentally. You have to work to get there, journeying into the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s lovely, picturesque, and seems very far away from the dangers of the outside world. There is a collective strength of spirit there that feels quite different from other campuses we visit. It’s a big school … but it feels like a tight community. That spirit seems to endure long after students leave Blacksburg—once a Hokie, always a Hokie.
- Chris Fowler, ESPN College Gameday Host

Friday, April 15, 2011

What is a Hokie?

A passage by Lady of the Ball ... very similiar to my story and how all Hokies feel. We love our school, we love our community, and we pride ourselves on reactions to this great loss. I will forever by thankful to be a Hokie.

I’m sitting here and I can’t help thinking that I just don’t have the words for this week. I’m one of the Hokies in an awkward situation. I wasn’t a student on April 16th, 2007. I hadn’t even applied to Virginia Tech yet.

I remember watching the news on my calculus teacher’s television, a Hokie Alumnae. At the time, all I knew of Virginia Tech was that I liked their football team—thanks to Mike Vick and it was a good engineering school, a profession I thought I could enjoy one day.

I’ve always had a somewhat addictive personality and when the events of April 16th unfolded, I had to know more. I needed to know more about the people it had affected, I needed to know more about why it had happened to such a quiet community up in the mountains (except during football season, of course). On that day, I took to the library. I hopped on a computer and I read the news as it came in.I watched the death toll rise to 32. I watched the number of people injured climb to 25, not including those who had been mentally and emotionally scarred. As I continued this research, I began to learn more about Virginia Tech—before April 16th, 2007.

It was on that day, watching the tragedy unravel that I began to learn about Virginia Tech’s incredible past, their potential for the future and that I decided I wanted to be a Hokie. I applied to Virginia Tech, as soon as I could, in the Fall of 2007 and was accepted in March 2008. After one rather quick discussion about out-of-state tuition with my parents, my deposit was sent in.

Since I became a student at Virginia Tech, not only have I learned more about that incredible past but I’ve learned about our traditions, our successes, our strengths, our few weaknesses, but most of all—I’ve learned what it is to be a Hokie. Everytime I tell someone that I attend Virginia Tech, they ask me what a Hokie is…but how do you explain that to someone?

How do you tell someone that has never been to Blacksburg that a Hokie is not a Turkey, that it’s not really even a bird. A Hokie is a state of mind. It’s a sense of community. It’s a feeling of pride. It stretches from our football fields to our classrooms, from our undergraduate programs to our graduate studies, from our Greek Life to our Res Life, and, physically, from War Memorial Chapel to Lane Stadium and back to the Duck Pond. Being a Hokie is about consistently being the#1 Collegiate Relay For Life, it’s about Hokie Camp and The Ring Dance and SGA and the #1 Panhellenic Council in the Nation, being a Hokie is about an unconditional love for our little town tucked away in a deep valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

So, here’s my challenge to you. As this week passes, you may hear of April 16th in small talk throughout your day or on the news for the anniversary, or you may not hear of it at all, but I challenge you to learn something else about Virginia Tech. There is nothing that kills a Hokie more than Google Image searching “Virginia Tech,” looking for a picture of iconic Burruss Hall or Torg Bridge or Lane Stadium and instead, finding the man whose hands killed 32 of our dear Hokies as the very first picture.

As I continue my education at Virginia Tech: I’ll pass the April 16th Memorial a few thousand times more, I’ll take a few classes in Norris Hall, and I’ll always wake up every single day Thanking God that I’m a Hokie.

Judge us not by our tragedies, but instead of the triumph over our adversities.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Weekend Re-Cap

This weekend was busy, busy, busy, but I had an amazing time with everything!

Friday - The day started off less than great, left my student id at home so I had to run home to retrieve it after class in the pouring ran before I headed back to campus for an easy workout at the gym and some lunch. After a warm shower and a little relaxing, my friends and I headed to the new Mexican restaurant in my town (Mexican is my favorite) and while the food was not superb the company was! We went home and hung out/watched movies before heading to bed.

New Mexican Restaurant!

Saturday - Woke up early to participate in Open House weekend for my university. As a Business school ambassador I helped at the Business information session followed by a "preview" where I shared my knowledge about my major, Business Information Technology. I rushed home to get ready for my sorority formals at my favorite venue with some of my favorite people!

Steph and I at Formals

Sunday - Again, woke up and participated in Open House followed my Phi Sig Olympics Field Games. I participated in the 4-legged race and obstacle course and was so excited to hear 2nd place overall! After a run around campus and ice cream run I enjoyed listening to an all-boys A Capella group at our sororities chapter! Now its Sunday Study time!

Last year's Winners, this year a close second!

Hope everyone else had a great weekend and is looking forward to a beautiful week!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Los Niños

This semester I took on a great opportunity to give back and get back from my community. As a Spanish minor I received an email about an after school teaching program at the local elementary school. I love children and Spanish (plus it was my first semester in 7 YEARS since I was taking Spanish!) so thought it was the perfect fit.

It was so rewarding seeing how much they retained as our time was limited, one hour an afternoon for 6 weeks. But seeing their faces after they correctly identified the color red or name for dog in Spanish was amazing. They were so excited! I hope I am able to take part again next semester!

And on a semi-side note: If you have the chance to expose your child to a foreign language at a young age DO IT! It is so much easier to learn and retain when they are younger. Plus America is pretty ignorant when it comes to languages. While most of the world does speak English, it is their second language. We should try to also learn another so we can effectively communicate in today's global world. Plus learning a new culture is very fun and interesting.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Favorite Inspiring Ads

Some new ad campaign's have recently caught my eye. Both are very different from typical ads out now and they actually inspire me to be the goal of the ad.

"Adidas is all in"

"Bloodline" - Jeep Compass

And of course, who could forget these old sports ads. Always inspiring to be better, faster, stronger. Makes me want to get up, get out and get going!

"I Can Do Anything You Can Do Better" - Gatorade, Michael Jordan & Mia Hamm

"Impossible is Nothing" - Adidas, Jose+10 (World Cup 2006)

"How to Live" - Coca Cola (World Cup 2010, South Africa)

"The Future Has Been Written" - Spain (World Cup 2010)

Sorry for all the soccer ads, I grew up playing soccer and it was my passion. I will always love it and get goosebumps whenever I see these! Also, they remind me of my favorite coach and biggest supporter, my Dad. Happy Birthday Dad!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cake Boss

I love watching cooking shows and for some reason I always happen to catch "Cake Boss" ... while at the gym (counterproductive much?). Specialty cakes are all the rage nowadays and are making quite the splash as television shows. I love the family atmosphere of "Cake Boss" and of course, all the fabulous cakes they make. Sometimes I wonder how they will ever accomplish such incredible feats with food but they always make it happen wonderfully! Here are some of my favorite "Cake Boss" cakes.

Looks exactly like an aerial shot of NYC!

Love the classic white wedding cake!
Perfect Beach Cake!

What little girl wouldn't love a Disney Princess Cake?

Yummy, looks like real candy!

Perfect FAO Scharwtz/toyland cake!

Winter Wonderland!

Ringling Brother's Circus Cake - CRAZY good!