Wednesday, July 31, 2013

#Sterry #TheMcCauley's

So I have decided one of my worst traits is that I suck at coming up with titles for posts, so sorry for the lack of creativeness for this one, but I think it sums up the "Wedding Weekend 2013" pretty well. The past year has been so much wedding planning for one of my best friends Stevie over at Colorful Commotion and on July 20th she finally got to experience one of the happiest days of her life, and all of her hard work the past year came together for a beautiful night that I know is only the beginning of a beautiful marriage.

From sitting in her apartment in Foxridge last summer picking out wedding colors and bridesmaids dresses and photographers and videographers and other things like that, to the day her and Terry asked me to be a part of their ceremony, to the bachelor/bachelorette party, and all the other events that I was or was not present for, I know how much Stevie and Terry both had been looking forward to this special day, and I was so excited and honored to be a part of it. It has been a long time coming, so it was very exciting for everyone involved when we finally got to pack up the car for the weekend and head to Hershey, Pa for a sweet weekend! (See what I did there, Hershey, sweet....candy joke! Get it!)

The Crew
This is the group of our friends that all went to the wedding, me (obviously), my best friend and date Courtney, our good friend and used to be co-worker Ed, our friend and co-worker Amanda, and her boyfriend Joey. (Amanda Joey and I are all also roommates) so it was a pretty solid group for a great weekend! Let's be honest, we all clean up pretty nice, and we look good :)

The Couple
Let's just be honest, STEVIE LOOKED ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! For those of you that follow her blog, you know she has been working her butt off (quite literally actually) with weight watchers trying to keep the weight off for her wedding. I know it has stressed her out to no end, but she looked amazing and every second of stress and counting points and everything else was worth it. She was a beautiful bride and was glowing all day. It was a crazy hot day (at least it didn't rain!) and she still managed to look flawless (while I was sweating and makeup running and hair frizzing within 10 minutes of being outside) the entire day/night. You have to go over to her blog and check out all of the amazing photos their photographer team got, as well as the wedding day video they had made! It is so sweet it made me cry and I'm so happy for them that they got to document their special day in such a way. 

The Decorations
Thanks to lots of pinterest-ing on Stevie's part, the wedding was perfectly decorated even down to the smallest little details. One of my favorite parts were all of the signs that they had around the ceremony, the cocktail hour, and the reception. The Instagram and Newlyweds ones were outside of the tent that the ceremony was in, and I thought it was a great personal touch! I also loved the sign for the bar, they were cute and classy and incorporated the VT theme of the cocktail hour into the decor. They also had these signs set up all around the reception with quotes from songs about love on them. It was simple and sweet and absolutely adorable.

The Bride
She is one of my best friends in the world, and she looked stunning. And I know she was under a lot of stress leading up to the wedding and I know for sure I didn't help at all. I am beyond blessed to have her and Terry in my life, and I couldn't be happier that they found each other and I got to be a part of a day they will remember for the rest of their lives. They had a great night for their love to become official in front of all their friends and family, and then a great party to follow afterwards :) 

The Bird
One of the best parts of the night was a great surprise for the past 6 months, THE HOKIE BIRD!! Both the bride and the groom, and many of the wedding guests and close friends are Hokie Alum, or at least Hokie Fans! So it was a great surprise to have the Hokie Bird show up! It's a huge honor to be the Hokie Bird, and this is why! You get to do so many amazing events such as people's weddings. It was a great part of the evening to have the Hokie Bird there, he made it tons of fun and was a great addition to their Virginia Tech themed cocktail party as well! He was a great sport with so many pictures and even some in the photo booth....which leads to one of my favorite parts of the night...

The Fun
This was another amazing part of the night and a great memory that Stevie and Terry will always have those memories of their closest friends and family forever. It was a really personalized part of the evening and they had a little wipe board you could write messages to the happy couple, they had Hokie Feet and VT signs and lots of other fun props! Obviously Courtney, Ed, Amanda, Joey and I took full advantage of this, and had WAY TOO MUCH FUN with it, and maybe it was the multitude of drinks from the open bar or maybe we were all just on fun wedding brain, but I think we all got a little carried away, and I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT!  :) 

So to sum it up, the wedding weekend was perfect, at least from out point of view. I was so happy to be a part of my best friend's special day, and I am so happy for her that she will have those memories to cherish forever. I am also happy that one of the most stressful years of her life is over, and she can enjoy for her beautiful marriage to the love of her life. 

That's about as cheesy as I'm gonna get on here, to sum it up, Stevie looked stunning, everyone sweat their butts off, had lots of drinks, and had a freaking great time! So over and out for today, and stay classy blogland! For your entertainment purposes: here is an amazing photo taken of me getting my dance, drink, and wink on ;)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

"The Greatest City In The World"

Snapchats on Snapchats on Snapchats, just me chilling in New York, BEING WAY TOO FREAKING EXCITED 

New York, New York – the greatest city in the world.

Let’s just say I agree, but I also agree to disagree. For those of you who don’t know, I am kind of a city girl. I decided to go to college in the middle of the mountains though, and so sometimes I get a little “city sick” or home sick for the city and have always DREAMED of going to New York. Now I don’t know how many of you actually have bucket lists, but there have been a lot of things going on in my life that have made me realize that I need to starting doing what is going to make me happy, or I’m gonna be MISERABLE with a capital M. So I have started doing bucket lists, and saying yes more, and this weekend fell into the category of both of those things. Going to see New York was VERY much on my bucket list, and I got to cross it off.

Now I’m not going to make it sound THAT easy, just going to New York for a weekend, going to see a few exciting things, and then making it out all in one piece, right? Nah that would never be the case. First of all, you’re going to get lost. Let me repeat that. YOU ARE GOING TO GET LOST. I like to pride myself in that I am pretty good directionally, especially when all the streets are named in alphabetical and numerical order, and my friend Taylor has been to the city his fair share of times, and between the two of us, there were more than three occasions in which we he would be walking for a few minutes, stop, look around, say “ummmmmm…I don’t think this is right” and then proceed to turn around in the direction from which we just came and keep walking that way. (Let's also say that after this happened three times within 20 minutes one night I was a LITTLE more upset than Taylor considering I was in 4 inch heels....)OOOOOPPS.

Second, New York City is GROSS. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the hell out of every part of about it, but god damn is it disgusting. It just feels and sometimes smells like someone took a big garbage can, dumped it all over it place, and then let it rot in the sun for two weeks. BARFFFFF. My goal is to make it there during every season, I mean come on, fall is my favorite and I think I could die a happy girl to see central park when all the leaves are changing, obviously you have to go during the winter to see Rock-a-Feller plaza all lit up with the tree and everything, and the spring would be nice and pretty like the summer, except not QUITE as hot yet.

Third of all, SHIT HAPPENS. I’m gonna make this one short. MY IPHONE GOT STOLEN!!!! And I couldn’t be more pissed about it, but you know what, New York City, you didn’t win. You can take my phone, and my dignity, and my efforts I put into straightening my hair at the beginning of each day (lots of it) but you can’t take away my yearning to come back to you each and every year and maybe live there. You ain’t stopping me.

To sum it all up, NEW YORK WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AND I WANT TO GO BACK RIGHT NOW! But all great things do have to come to an end, and for now, my New York City adventure as a “young and beautiful twenty something” is over…. for now. 

Thankfully, before my phone was stolen, I got LOTS of pictures of things we did that weekend. I was literally most mad when I realized I wasn't getting my phone back that I had lost every single picture of the first time I was in New York City. But THANKFULLY, I was smart enough to link it up to my Facebook so that all my pictures were still on my Facebook! I literally couldn't have been happier, and since I am a 21 year old girl, iphone user, and blogger, I took SO MANY PICTURES! So here is a summary of most of my weekend in pictures

So first thing we did was walk down 5th avenue, saw all the shops and stuff like that, which was really fun. And then after central park, we headed over to Times Square and most importantly Shake Shack for lunch. Literally out of all of the different places to eat in New York, I chose Shake Shack. If you have never been to Shake Shack, please go, for your own sake, it's amazing. Like beyond amazing. I'm actually in love with it. It's mouthwatering and amazing, it's just burgers and fries, but THE MOST AMAZING BURGERS AND FRIES EVER! Times Square was also pretty cool, it was dirty and over crowded, but a little too much for me. 

Central Park was by far one of my favorite things we did the whole time. It's one of those things that I have just always wanted to do, just go and walk around in Central Park, and that's exactly what we did. I was so happy, it was such a pretty day and I just loved walking around the park. There were so many people just hanging out, jogging, picnicking  and hanging out. One day when I am living in New York City I want to be one of those people that just goes and hangs out in Central Park. Oh I can dream. 

Then on Saturday night we went and saw Wicked, obviously since I had never been to New York before I have never seen anything on broadway, and Wicked is a show I know a lot about despite not having seen it. I have the soundtrack on my ipod and know every word to it, but had never seen it in context. But we went to dinner and then went to the show. It was amazing. It has been so long since I got to go to see a show of any sort, and it was fantastic. Then after that we went "out on the town" in New York City. Excuse the crappy quality of most of the pictures, haha two were from a dark bar, and the other one was a snapchat from the cab! One of the biggest differences out of many between a college town in the mountains of Virginia and New York freaking city, cost of EVERYTHING! We got two shots of Tequlia and two rum and cokes, and it was $40! Like that is insane...going downtown in Blacksburg life is a lot different haha

Then on Sunday we went and saw the Empire State Building super early. We also went on a rescue mission for my iphone but no luck on that. So the Empire State Building was absolutely breath taking. I mean the top. DUH. It was really cool to see all of New York from so high up, especially since there is so much that I have left to see of that great city. Then we took the train over to Yankee Stadium and even though it was like a million and 47 degrees, we enjoyed an awesome Sunday afternoon baseball game. Literally sweating my butt off the whole time, but it was a lot of fun. After a crazy running around constantly weekend, it was nice to just relax for a couple hours. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Life is Crazy

Welllll, I think I win the award for worst official blogger ever. It has been a full 23 days since I last blogged. AND I HATE IT! I'm not going to bore you all with all the problems and stresses and worries of my life lately, because that is the whole point of life, that we are all super busy and have so many things going on, but we do it anyways. but here are just a few reasons excuses why I haven't been blogging, and some amazing posts to look forward to this week (after I finish taking this exam for my class). 

So here it is: Kate's big long list of apologizes to people she has been ignoring/the worst friend ever to and things that she was doing instead of blogging, but can't wait to blog about so you all can catch up on my life. (wow that made me sound conceited, I'M SORRY!) 

1. I FULFILLED ONE OF MY LIFE LONG DREAMS AND FINALLY VISITED NEW YORK CITY! Finally something to cross of the bucket list. 

2. While I was in New York City I had the love of my life, my dear iPhone, stolen from me. So I basically have dropped off the face of the earth. Being a blogger is way harder without an I said..I am making excuses and I'm sorry. 

3. One of my best friends in the whole wide world, Stevie, got married this month! It was an amazing wedding and I don't even want to describe any of it here because it won't do it any justice and it deserves it's own post...maybe even two! :) So Stevie, I am so happy you let me be a part of your special day, and I'm sorry I've been so stressed and busy and made you stressed and I am sorry I have been the worst friend ever. (PS I REALLY HOPE YOU ARE READING THIS) LOVE YOU<3 

4. For all of my friends that I usually text, and have been slacking on that. I promise I'm not ignoring you. Like I said, my phone got stolen and that threw off a whole mess of things. 

5. I moved into my new apartment, and have been helping a ton of other people move. It's that time of year in a college town where everyone is moving in and out of apartments. 

6. To my best friend Ryan, who I have been so close with for so long, I am sorry I didn't call you on your birthday this year, like I said, my phone situation has been finicky  But in honor of you being an old man, here is a little collage of pics of us, as always, looking fine. You seriously are one of my best friends, even though we are both always so busy and we try to talk when we can. I love seeing your ridiculous snap chats, and you have always been one of the most outrageous people I know. From your senior year prom, to you making the long drive down to Tech to visit me, to our first trip to Sunny Jim's since I've turned 21, I am so happy to have you in my life, and despite the distance we have stayed close. Happy Birthday Stud, you deserved nothing but the best day and hopefully we will get to celebrate soon! 

7. I am taking an online class this summer and it is a lot more work than I expected. I got out of work a little earlier than expected today and tried to treat myself to just an hour or so of pool time because I came home to take my midterm exam, and I left after 20 minutes because of how stressed out about how much work I have to do, so I am off to read 6 chapters and take a midterm exam, but I just wanted to let everyone know that Little Kate is still alive and she feels awful for everyone she has been putting on the back burner recently. 

8. Also, I have been working with this lovely woman named Vanessa on a new blog design that Stevie was nice enough to gift to me, so look forward to that some time this week, I know I certainly am!! 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Saturday Instagram Recap!

Hi Everyone! Today I am linking up with Sara over at Pearls and Curls for her Saturday Instagram recap! This was a pretty boring week, but I've got at least a little something to show for it. So why not? 
Pearls and Curls

Blacksburg has been raining A LOT recently, and quite frankly, I'm getting a little sick of it! I love a good storm, but NOT EVERY DAY!! 

I got to get back on campus for a little bit earlier this week and enjoy the view of my wonderful University! 

Reunited and it feels so good! 

Tequlia and firecrackers, how could this go wrong?

The roommates and I are moving into our new apartment in about two weeks and they are moving in with us in the meantime, so I started packing up things that we don't use that much anymore, feeling a little productive this weekend!

So this weekend has been very eventful in some ways that were not expected, but I am enjoying this long weekend so far and am looking forward to starting up with Orientation on Monday, July is a VERY VERY VERY busy month for me so I am enjoying all the down time I can. I hope you are having a good weekend as well! 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Fourth Of July "Shenanigans"

So I hope all of you had a fun AND SAFE, MOSTLY SAFE 4th of July! I mean don't get me wrong, no one loves celebrating the birthday of our amazing country more than me, but it is a little scary to think that getting drunk and lighting things on fire is our main form of entertainment on this day. 

Not saying that heavily drinking and fireworks weren't a part of my 4th of July
but we will get to that more later.....

So my fourth of July weekend didn't exactly start as planned. I woke up at 5:00 am Wednesday morning not able to walk on my foot and I was in so much pain I couldn't even move it. So after laying in bed for a few hours hoping it would go away, I finally went to the doctor to have him tell me that the rheumatoid arthritis I have in my joints was acting up, so I spent the past two days, mostly in bed, and feeling a little lotta good on my pain meds to dull the pain. Spending most of the weekend like this...
At least I was representing America even while I was  stuck in bed! 
But I did manage to get out of the house for a little bit because my AMAZING BIG CAME TO VISIT FOR THE WEEKEND!!!! She got a real person job after graduation and moved down to this little town down in South Carolina, and I haven't seen her since graduation. So anytime spent with her is a huge treat, and I was thrilled that she came to stay with me this weekend. 
We did head downtown for just a little bit, and Alex had LOTS OF FUN. Her and our good friend Becca started the night with Tequlia shots, and also ended the night with them. Needless to say, once we got home (I was DDing, so I was LOTS of fun) we didn't really get to setting off the sparklers. 
The only two pics I got on my iphone. 
So I swear that I will put better and cuter pictures up in a post later, but such a #firstworldproblem they are on a real camera and I am too lazy to connect it to my computer, so instead I am just gonna have to deal with these few iphone photos I have. For real #bloggerprobelms. 

Mostly, I'm just going to try to spend the rest of the weekend relaxing my foot as much as I can (as I start my first of four 40 hour work weeks in July on Monday for orientation and my calling center job, along with my class starting Tuesday) and enjoying some time with my Big, cause I never get to see her enough. I am also really excited because my new roommates for next year Amanda and Joey, are going to start moving in this weekend so this is just a super busy time right now. Lot's of changes and lot's of exciting things! 

- How was your 4th of July?
- Did you have relatives/friends anyone from out of town come visit?

Monday, July 1, 2013

What's a Hokie?

"I AM!" 

Okay, so all of my Virginia Tech friends that are reading this are looking at this title, maybe excitedly, and maybe grudgingly going "I am!" cause that's what our brains were all washed with during those two jam packed days of orientation, for anyone else that can remember that as well as I do.

For my non-VT peoples, I'm sorry, today is NOT the day that I give a long worded explanation of what a "Hokie" is. For our purposes today, all you need to know, is that this is something that every VT student knows, is that during orientation, if someone asks "What's a Hokie?" you're supposed to scream "I am!". I know, I KNOW, SO CHEESY, but sometimes, we have a little bit too much school spirit here even we can't handle it :)

So in honor of New Student Orientation starting this week here at VT and me getting to help the University Studies department with their advising, I just wanted to share one of my passions with you guys: Counseling. My path to become a counselor (that isn't even near over yet) started even earlier than me coming to VT, and I didn't even realize it until 2 years later.
My Hokie Passport, and me looking rough on my very first day of orientation! A huge stack of my Hokie Tshirts, my awesome polo from my new Career Services internship this fall, and one of my favorite stickers, all showing how much I have changed since I came to VT, and how much this place has impacted my life. 

It all started back in high school. I had the MOST amazing guidance counselor in high school. I feel like high school guidance counselors are either hit or miss, either you love them so much and they had such a big impact on your future and your experience, or you saw them once when you first got there and once before you left to sign an application or two. Fortunately for me, mine was the former, and I have to thank him as part of the reason that I am on the career path that I am today. His name was Mr. Como and he was super amazing, he was fun, energetic, helpful, compassionate, and would do anything to help me through. He watched me struggle as I tried all my junior year to get accepted into my absolute dream school, Pitt, and when I didn't, helped me find another amazing school that would be the perfect fit for me (13 applications later, and here I am). I found my home at VT, and I don't think I would have if it wasn't for him.

My next step in my journey to becoming a counselor happened when I finally came to Virginia Tech. Despite coming in as "undecided" or what we call University Studies, I was eager to begin my first year at college and had what I wanted to do all set out. I had it all set in my mind that I would pursue a major called HNFE, Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise. My dream had always been to become an athletic trainer and eventually work with a pro sports team in Pittsburgh. After getting here, failing math, chem, and squeezing out a D in anatomy and a few other core subject requirements for that major, my advisor Helene decided it was time for a change. This had all happened in my first two years, and after realizing that this was NOT the track for me, I had to find something different. This is when I finally ended up in Human Development, heading down my road to be a counselor.

Some of you may be thinking, "oh wow, she just gave up that easily" or "she couldn't handle the hard classes so she HAD to switch into something easier just to get a degree" or "way to give up on your dream just to get a better grade" which are all things I HAVE heard. But none of these things are true, and this is not how I view what happened. I am a firm believer that you will end up exactly where you are meant to be, and I know this is where I am meant to be. After much struggle, failure, and VERY much clarity, I realize that this is the path I am supposed to be walking. I didn't get into Pitt, and I ended up here, I didn't get into HNFE, and I ended up in Human Development. These are probably two of the biggest decisions of my "college career" that I thought I had decided on my own before I even started, and neither of them worked out the way I thought they were going to, and I couldn't be more happy about that.

To sum it all up, I am just feeling a little nostalgic this week because once again I am lucky enough to  be teaming up with an Academic Advisor for Freshman Orientation during the month of July to help the new freshman create their schedules for the coming fall semester. I remember being in their shoes 3 years ago, and I remember how confusing it was. I love being able to help them through this exciting time, although yes, they can be annoying, and not listen, and be stubborn, and tell me that they don't want to add that section of chem because their older sister and best friend who is a sophomore told them that it wasn't the right teacher to take (grrr) but at the end of the day, this is the kind of work that makes me happy. I like helping others, guiding them, training them, and being someone they can look to for support. Like I said before, my road to being a counselor if far from over, I have at least two years of school left, and so much left to learn still.