Tuesday, April 30, 2013

New Song (to me) Tuesday!

I really just like making up special topics for the days of the week. Sombrero Thursdays! Pez Fridays! Sparkles & Glitter Mondays!

Thanks to Pandora, I heard a song today that I knew I liked but once I read the lyrics, I totally loved! I really like the positive energy and words since I could use a little positivity AND energy right now!

Two Door Cinema Club: Something Good Can Work 

There's a spanner in the works you know,
you gotta step up your game to make to the top.
So go!
Gotta little competition now,
you're going to find it hard to cope with living on your own now.
Uh oh!
Uh oh!

Let's make this happen, girl you gonna show the world that something good can work and it can work for you.
And you know that it will.
Let's get this started girl, we're moving up we're moving up 
It's been alot to change but you will always get what you want.
Took a little time to make it a little better,
it's only going out, just one thing and another,
you know!
You know!

Took a little time to make it a little better,
it's only going out, just one thing and another, you know!
You know!

Let's make this happen, girl you gonna show the world that something good can work and it can work for you.
And you know that it will.
Let's get this started girl, we're moving up we're moving up but 
It's been alot to change but you will always get what you want.

P.S. I also LOVE "Anna Sun" by Walk on the Moon. Greatest dancing-around-in-your-undies-in-the-house-alone song.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Monday Funnies!

Just a little humor is what we need to start the week of right, right? RIGHT?

Charleston: Part IV - The Citadel

I may have lied on that last post...THIS will truly be the last review post for Charleston. I almost forgot that I did a little "drive-thru" tour of The Citadel as I headed out of the city. It just seemed really cool so I decided to check it out.

From wiki:
     The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, commonly referred to simply as The Citadel, is a state-supported, comprehensive college located in Charleston, South Carolina, United States, founded in 1842. It is one of the six Senior Military Colleges in the United States. It has 16 academic departments divided into five schools offering 18 majors and 35 minors. 

The grounds are gorgeous and pristine. As you are driving through the city, you end up in a neighborhood area then all of a sudden, The Citadel is just there with its big, intimidating buildings and military cadets walking around. 

I did a very quick visit but they do have a museum and visitor's center on the campus that is open to the public. I was excited to see the big ring that everyone online had gotten pictures of:

This thing is HUGE! It was so well made and the display area was really something to take in. I walked along a large part of the fields that are located in the center of campus (behind in these pictures) and saw some of the military vehicles and aircraft as well.

It was such an honor to be able to see a place like this. I have only heard "The Citadel" in the news or through military friends but actually getting to see it up close felt like seeing this very special and privileged part of history.

Charleston Day Trip Recaps:
Part I
Part II
Part III

Friday, April 26, 2013

Charleston, Part III

I know! I just couldn't forget some of the other places I visited in Charleston. It was the absolute perfect weather so I went a little nuts with picture taking but the beauty and culture of Charleston was undeniable.

Hope you enjoy! 

 The City Market at Meeting Streets which extends several blocks and is filled with many shops and vendors. Great place to get locally sourced goods and just shop!

  Above, the Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park. Gorgeous area to walk, eat lunch, see amazing views and people watch. They even have porch swings on the dock!

Friday Wish List

It's Friday! The last one of April, and I cannot believe it will be May in just a few short days. I feel so cliche when I say that time is flying by but there really isn't any other way to describe it!

I realized on Monday that it was the end of April. This means that the food in my fridge that is suppose to expire on 4/23 is probably ready for the garbage.
It means that summer is just around the corner.
It means that I should start getting on the ball with pretty much everything in my life right now.
Oh May, you seem so unassuming yet are full of surprises and chaos.

Here is my Friday "wish list" that would make my life a whole lot easier at the moment:

1. A partner for road tripping. I love, love travel in general and being on road trips are so much fun because you get to stop for the most random things (nature parks, world's largest something or other, weird food carts) yet going it alone is not all that fun. True, it is one less bladder to consider when getting through the long stretches in record time, but it is so much better to have someone else to share the experience with.

2. A laptop that is what I want AND in my price range. The thought of buying a computer has been a little too overwhelming but at this point, I just need to bite the bullet and get going on it.

Single Lady Cornbread Pizza from Take a Mega Bite!
3. The motivation to actually cook proper meals. I started out really strong this year with making dinners and then leftovers for lunch but somewhere within the last month, I just don't care. I am good with saltines and a pack of Justin's PB or some trail mix and a cheese stick (protein, fiber, calcium, whole grains) so something needs to change. I did make tacos and ate them for about a week. I think that is the laziest I can be while actually making a "technical" meal.

4. The motivation to continue to workout. I have been pretty consistent the last few weeks but it has been rough with my allergies and general crankiness (I know, exercise helps with crankiness). I have my gym membership for another two weeks so I plan to use the hell out of it.

5. Positivity. I find it challenging lately to find the positivity and silver lining in the world. Not just big events but the little interactions between people everyday. I see people caught up in their own little "bubbles" that they (myself, included) never take the time to notice the world around them. It might just be my frame of mind at the moment but I feel kind of sad when human interaction is lacking in the daily routine and yet we never talk or even think about it. I guess I just need a little humanity and compassion to give and to receive.

Does anyone have their own "wish list" for life? 
What is one thing that would help your world be a bit brighter?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Charleston: Part II

So, it's been about a month since I reviewed my day trip to Charleston; how about we do part II now?

One of the things I have slowly come to realize is that I am fascinated by the tiniest details of history. When I see the brick buildings in Charleston, I think about not only the people that put those bricks up but also the cement between each individual brick, the horse and buggies that once road down the brick roads and the people who mapped out the city and even the cemeteries.

I have an odd fascination with cemeteries as well. Yep, perhaps a bit morbid but they are so serene, reflective, and beautiful in their own right. The architecture, design, and history contained within those walls and on the property is so fascinating and even a bit overwhelming. So, with that being said, I took a LOT of pictures of cemeteries and churches.

St. Matthew's German Lutheran Church is a Gothic Revival church.

 The Unitarian Church. I was actually really hoping to be able to go inside to see this beautiful view but alas, they are only open to the public on the weekends at specific times. The grounds were definitely worth the trip though. 

The Unitarian Church St. Philip's Episcopal Church, a National Historic Landmark, houses the oldest congregation in South Carolina. 

I really, really could have kept walking around just enjoying the churches and cemeteries and there is even one that I missed because my time was running short (Magnolia Cemetery) but all in all, I feel like I had such a rich experience even in my short time in Charleston. 

Part III to come!