Slipping and Sliding 

Hey There,

Christmas break has officially began for me, and I could not be any happier. I will mostly be working and studying for the NCLEX,  but it will be a nice break from what I have been doing this semester. I will also be taking a trip to meet my boyfriend’s family. I should probably be really nervous, but I am actually really excited! I am excited to meet the parents of such a wonderful man, and to see where he is from. I also won’t mind the drive too much because I can just listen to music and such.

Anyways, last night it started getting pretty chilly and things started icing over, and the roads were getting pretty slick. I was glad that Matt got on the road before it got too bad. My parents were on the way to pick up my sister from college and they ended up turning around because they were in stand-still traffic and they had shut down the college town due to all of the ice. There were multiple wrecks and many semi’s were flipped. I am just glad that they were able to turn around and make it home safe.

This morning I was supposed to go to work at the hospital, but the weather had other plans. Both of my parents were scheduled to go to work, as well, but they tried and the roads were too bad. They were going to try again when I went to work and make sure I made it okay. My Dad drives an Expedition and I drive an Explorer so I thought, as long as we went slowly it would not be an issue. Well, our street was a sheet of ice. We made it around the turn out of the subdivision, and my dad made it around the turn towards the light, but I went to make it and fish tailed. I corrected, and then went to continue, but I kept fish tailing and could not get traction. My car began to slide, and I started freaking out and crying because my dad was at the light, and I thought he was going to go leaving me to figure out what to do. He happened to notice I was having a hard time and he back to down to  me. I said I am not driving 20 miles to work. My dad ended up getting in my car and taking it back. He was struggling to get it turned around and to make it up the hill back into our subdivision. We were able to skate around with our shoes on so we all decided it was not worth the risk to go to work.

So today has been a great day spent in doors making cookies, spending time together, watching tv, listening to Christmas music, and napping.

The snow is coming down and there is talk that we will get 3-5 inches. Hopefully the roads get taken care of tonight and many people do not have to go out tomorrow.

Stay warm and merry,

Aud

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Team Then Boyfriend

Yes, I am dating someone who slid into my DMs, but I am also dating a college athlete. I am dating a senior college athlete. I am dating a man that has the most respect on the team, the one who is always encouraging the guys, and has been around the longest. This man has dedicated his college years to this sport and the team. He has spent many hours outside of practice and weights meticulously taking care of the field and continuing to improve himself. He is not the only one who lives this life of morning weights, followed by class all day, afternoon practice, and then homework…there are 40 other men who lead the same life. When you spend mornings together, classes together, breaks together, and endure practices together, you will without a doubt be extremely close with each other. These guys have quite a remarkable bond. 

Before I started dating Matthew, I was always intimidated by the “baseball corner” in our school’s PLC. It is a just a corner with some couches and chairs that is home to the baseball guys in between classes. However, they are rather loud, and their bond is always what intimidated me. So when I started talking to him, I still wouldn’t go to the corner because I was still so nervous, so he would venture over to me. Even after we started dating I was really scared. One day Matthew “made” me sit with him on couch one day. I was terrified, but I slowly relaxed and got to experience this bond amongst these guys from a different perspective. They worked on homework together, talked about weights, asked about plans, and SO.MANY. INSIDE JOKES.  These guys are interesting individuals because well…they are college guys. I am sure they can be mature when they need to be, but a majority of the time it is playing poker and jokes. 

One thing that definitely surprised me was, the guys talked to me…not immediately…and not in depth conversations, but they made and effort. They learned my name. Now a little over a month since we started dating I have no problem with venturing into corner without Matthew and I greet the guys on my way to and from class. Something that I once found very intimidating is now a source of happiness and comfort. I like being able to watch these guys interact and I laugh when they tell their inside joke, not because I understand them, but because I am laughing at their interactions and comfort level with one another. I also care about these guys because they love and support each other and they take care of the guy I deeply care about. 

When I became Matthew’s girlfriend I wanted him to know that I do not expect him to put me before the team. He has been a part of this program for 5 years, and he has made a tremendous impact on the program and the program on him. It would not be right of me to be selfish or reasonable for me to ask him to put me before the team. I want him to enjoy his last year as a Cardinal because again, he is part of something special. I am honored to be the girlfriend of a senior college baseball player. I am honored to be able to watch these guys interact and work towards the conference championship every day. I am honored to give guys rides home. I am honored to play them in Mario kart and almost beat them. Lastly, I am excited to be in the stands this spring and watch these guys show how hard they have worked in the off season and how much they want to win. 

Update

Hey There,

Wow…it has been a really long time since I have last made a post, and I could say I was just really busy, but that is a terrible excuse. To be honest, I have been busy and in my free time I chose either sleep or hanging out with people who mean the world to me.

Since August, life has been kind of busy, weird, and scary. The reality of graduation has really set in after taking my senior nursing pictures for our composite and sending my requests to do my capstone. I am excited for graduation because I want to have more freedom in my schedule, finally start the next chapter of my life, and travel some more. Before I can do that though, I have to survive the rest of this semester and next, but with the support of my family, friends and boyfriend it should be bearable.

Anyways, in case you are living under a rock,  today is Thanksgiving! I am blessed to be able to spend today off with my family just goofing around, watching football, and eating good food. I know it is important to be thankful every day, but it is nice to just have a day dedicated to spending time with family and for our society to take a bit of a breath from everyday life!

To conclude, I hope to be blogging a bit more now that I am back in the grove and will have quite a bit to share with everyone!

Let the holiday season begin!

Audrey Jane

Fall Hall

So…I am just like many other girls {and there is no shame in that} who buy everything she doesn’t need from Bath and Body Works. It may be a sweltering hundred degrees out, but I am wishing for sweater weather, dark lipsticks, fall flavors and pumpkin anything. I stopped by Bath and Body works to check out the new scents and stock up on a few things before heading back to school. If it was up to me, these bad boys and girls would be put to use immediately, but I still have some of my summer stock left to use up.

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Last year my roommate and I burned through multiple Flannel candles so I picked up a few of the air fresheners {also really good for making your boyfriend’s room better}. I think my top two of this fall may be Sweater Weather and Carmel Pumpkin Swirl so I definitely suggest picking them up!!

 

 

Seeking Adventure

Today is August 1st, which means that I will be moving into college in 12 days for the last time. When I was a freshman I didn’t think this time would come fast enough, but now I am not ready for it. I have developed a wonderful support system, made numerous late night QT runs, cried over stupid boys and assignments (mostly assignments…God bless Jewell), but most importantly I have made memories and I am comfortable here. The thought of graduating and being thrown into a new environment is terrifying. I know I will find my way, but there is a small part of me that wonders what will really happen after I graduate.

College has allowed me to have grow tremendously as a person and I am now comfortable with who I am. I have this sense of adventure that keeps nagging me whenever I look at jobs and apartments in the Kansas City area. I do love where I currently live, but it will always be here. I would be perfectly content with getting a job right after college and settling down with the hopes of finding someone to share that adventure with, but I don’t know if I just want to be content.  I have no commitments to anyone right now, and relatively few responsibilities so now is the ideal time to get lost in the streets of Paris, play soccer with the kids of Tonga, eat foods I can’t pronounce, and meet people who see the world in a different way and learn from them.  Some might say that is what college was for, but for me college was a time to learn and find myself so I could be non-judgmental and have something to come back to when I get home.

Right now I don’t know a lot, but I do know somethings…I want to see God’s creations whether that be the views from atop a mountain or having a conversation with someone in a far away country. I also know that everything works out with God and my family behind me.

Few of My June Favorites

Hey There!

I know quite a few YouTubers who share their favorites each month and I find those to be really enjoyable so I thought I would do the same! So here we go:)

Favorite Song: Dancing On My Own by Calum Scott.  

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One of my friends suggested this song to me and while it definitely something that won’t get you pumped; it is something you can sing your heart out to. My dad is not a fan because my sister and I sing at the top of our lungs {No regrets. He will get over it}

Favorite Snack: Smart Pop White Cheddar Popcorn  

If you have never tried this I highly suggest it because it’s delicious and you can eat a ton of it without feeling guilty!!

Go To Drink: Caribou’s Cold Press with no milk or flavoring 

(Adult Beverage: Long Island Iced Tea…refreshing on the hot days of summer, but not fitness friendly)

Favorite Make-Up Product: Nyx Suede Sandstorm.

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Favorite Piece of Clothing/Accessory: Still obsessed with my nickel and Suede Earrings! I picked up the Caribbean Blue pair for the Fourth of July!

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Favorite TV Show: New Season of OITNB (Orange Is The New Black) 

Ugh…so good, but over so fast. I don’t know what to do with my life.

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High Necks & High Temps.

Hey There,

I hope your week is off to a good start! I had class today and then was off to my internship and now I am about to watch some good ol’ baseball.

Anyways, I was needed a couple more dresses to wear to my internship and I wanted to be able to dress them up and dress them down, so I went with a simple grey high- neck, swing dress. I paired it with my silver bling sandals from Target, some earrings from Nickel and Suede and my favorite black Ray-Bans from Ditto.[see side note]

My make-up consisted of a smoky eye done with the Naked pallet that was primed with Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer, my mascara was Too Faced Better Than Sex, and my foundation was Covergirl (see previous blog for review). Pretty simple, which is it what I need for my busy days.

[side note]: Nickel and Suede is an awesome company who have been online, but just opened up their first store in my town. The earrings they have to offer are light-weight and extremely trendy. In addition to earrings they have some great leather bracelets that would go great in a stack with a boyfriend style watch. I can’t wait to see what earring is selected as July’s earring of the month.

20 things you learn when you’re 20

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Dear 19-year-old me,

There are some things in life that I wish you knew at the beginning of your 20th year instead of at the end of it. But, there is not a “How to be a 2o Year Old” manual that is given to every woman as soon as she turns 20. That is just not how life works. We have to try different things and go out of our way to figure out what it means to be 20 years old.

Here are 20 things you will learn when you are 20:

1. Binge-watching Netflix takes up the majority of your time.

You will literally only leave your room to get food and go to class, and that counts as your socializing for the day. Then when the series is over, you go into depression for about a week because you are in denial that McDreamy from Grey’s Anatomy is gone…

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5 Things You Swore You Would Do This Summer

  1. Work Out
  2. Sleep
  3. Go On An Adventure
  4. Work and Save Money
  5.  Get Tan

….yet, you don’t actually do those things. Everyone swears they will work out now that they don’t have class and have less temptations to order pizza every night since mom is cooking. Sleep…something we college student put on a pedestal, sometimes higher than our grades (sorry mom), yet it’s summer and we end up watching endless amounts of Netflix or going out with people. Which brings me to my fourth point…working and saving…something we swear we will do so we can relax and focus on school {ordering pizza whenever} during the year. While we may work, we certainly aren’t saving because we definitely {don’t} need another romper. And now going back to point number three…going on an adventure. I know this is something that I always swear I will do because I have the time and I will have the money, but I end up working and not having money because I bought that extra romper or ordered pizza again. Yes, I know I made that choice and I only have minor regrets. Anyways, my fifth and final expectation of the summer, get tan. However, you spend most of your day indoors because when it’s so hot out you can fry an egg, you don’t want to fry out there either…or you work…or you are binge watching a Netflix series in the dark.

While we swear we will do a lot of things some times we don’t, but regardless we have three month off of school!

Enjoy It,

Aud