Awkward and Awesome: End of Summer

This year, Labor Day weekend is actually marking the end of my summer. School doesn't start for a couple weeks but I am starting an internship (more on that later) on Tuesday. So I am soaking up the last few days of freedom with a visit out to the islands.

Also, I just had the realization that this could be my last real summer. I mean, I have stretched it out for 27 years, but that doesn't make it any easier to stomach.

Anyways, onto the awesome and awkward moments of late.

- The amount of stuff you realize you have when moving (something anyone who has ever moved has probably said). I am so ready to downsize. But I am also trying not to go overboard since the closet at my new place is tiny and also has to fit my coats.
- Scaring my downstairs neighbor--the one I haven't met yet. I was opening my door right as he was coming out. He literally jumped. And then basically ran away.
- Having no clue what class to take to finish out my degree. I'm really unsure.
- Not actually getting this posted on Thursday. But it is getting posted.

- One last summer getaway this weekend. I'm headed out to the islands with the fam. My uncle is hosting us and we're bringing him some essentials.
- I got an internship!! I'll be working on the digital team at a local TV station starting Tuesday. So excited!!
- I'm at my parents' house for the night and the puppy is cuddled up next to me. He's in a bit of a hellion stage right now (we'll call it puberty), but he's so dang cute.
- I finally saw Dark Knight Rises and really enjoyed it. Also, I basically drove into town, changed into yoga pants in the parking lot (classy!), and walked in to see the first preview. Perfect!
- Officially only having one apartment. Bliss!

So, what has been awkward or awesome about your week?


Blogging Besties

I'm busy sorting through photos and stuff around here. While I get organized, I wanted to pop in with a quick post on a recent blog swap I took part in.

Krysten, over at Why Girls are Weird, hosted the Blogging Besties Swap. Each participant filled out a little survey and Krysten matched us up based on our answers. Then we sent little packages in the mail to our partner.

I was matched up with Hena, a Pakistani photographer who lives in New Jersey. She shares her gorgeous photography and little pieces of her life over on her blog. I highly recommend checking it out!

My package is on its way to Hena right now, but I received hers just a couple days ago. I wanted to share the goodies she sent my way.

Hena definitely got my tastes with this little package. I love peacocks because of all the colors in their feathers--pretty much every color I love is there. Peanut butter and chocolate is definitely one of the best combinations ever. And that wall hanging will be the perfect addition to my new home.

I had a blast taking part in this swap and getting to know Hena. So much fun!


Back Home, Finally

I'm back in Seattle and close to returning to regular life. Just one more weekend and I'll be settled (and hopefully organized).

After dropping my friend at the airport this morning at 5:30am, I spent the rest of the day cleaning and packing, but mostly cleaning. While the old apartment had been mostly emptied, we had to make one final push to get it ready for the end of our lease.

Minus one small carload of some odds and ends, it's ready to go to its next occupant. At least I think so.

I also did a little cleaning at my new place. So I could rest easy. My roommate is actually out of town through Monday, so I have some time and space to get organized without worrying about getting in her way.

(A.K.A. I can spread my stuff out all over.)

I'll be back over the next few days (or weeks) catching you up on life. I have stuff to post about from July through this weekend. Seriously.

Try to hold back your excitement.

For now I'm going to bed really, really early. I think I've earned it.


A Lot of Wonderful Things

I have high hopes to create a time lapse of our cross-country drive in the next week. But I had a good friend fly in for a long weekend visit and blogging has fallen to the wayside again.

So far, we've seen some of Seattle, bummed around my hometown, and tomorrow we're headed up into Canada.

She's worried about all the driving we'll be doing, while to me, it's really nothing.

The visit has been a blast so far, catching up, eating delicious food, sunshine, exercise, and beer and wine tours. Pretty much perfection.

I can't wait to get back into a rhythm with life, blogging, and everything else, but for now I'm soaking up the last few days of summer.


Soooo Tired

Hey all! I'm back in WA at my parents' for the night. I hope to be back with a real wrap up tomorrow of the trip. But I can barely keep my eyes open so it's not happening tonight.

For now, here's a look at exactly how far how we drove.

By the numbers:
- 3,200 miles,
- 53.5 hours,
- 9 tanks of gas,
- 3 hotel rooms,
- over 400 pictures taken,
- and at least 8 times hearing Call Me Maybe.

Have you ever been on a long road trip? Where to?


Day 1 Under Our Belts

We're half an hour in to day two of driving. Yesterday we covered just under 800 miles and we're hoping to go a little further tonight, ending the day somewhere in South Dakota.

Let me tell you, driving a U-Haul during construction season is a ton of fun. The narrow lanes take me back to driving in Ireland, except I'm in a larger vehicle going at much higher speeds. It should be fine.

Sadly, we don't have much time for sight seeing. Our one off-freeway excursion was to Walmart (ugh) in Auburn, New York. Exciting stuff happening here.

Now we're just waiting for the next service area to grab gas and breakfast. Heads up, the Red Roof Inn in Maumee, Ohio doesn't serve breakfast.

P.S. I included the picture to show you my mad parking skills. Also, I backed that thing up to a gas pump.


Jetting Off

Surprise! I'm in Boston. My plane ticket was purchased two days ago. This is by far the most last-minute trip I've made.

Let me rewind though. My uncle, who's from the area, has been visiting WA all summer. And then, on Monday he was offered a job in WA that stars next week.

Since I finished my summer class last night (yay!), I offered to join him for a cross-country road trip.

Jealous yet?

My plan is to stop in with little posts along the way. So you have that to look forward to.

Until then, here's my day in an overly-processes photo collage.

Oh, and happy Friday!!


Tag, You're It!

I just had to post after Molly at A Foreign Land gave me a Liebster award. It's award given to cool blogs that don't have huge followings. So I have to say thanks to Molly, one of my first blog friends and an awesome lady having great adventures in Chicago.

There are some rules for this award. (Tell 11 things about yourself, answer 11 questions, write 11 questions, tag 11 people, and tell them.) But I'm pretty sure I've done this before and I'd probably just end up tagging the same 11 people, so I'm going to do things a little differently because I'm lame lazy busy.

I am going to answer Molly's questions. Then I'm going to write a few of my own and encourage anyone who wants to to answer them to do so, either in a blog post or in the comments here. (If you write a post, share the link in the comments so I can check it out!) And if no one wants to, my feelings won't be hurt a bit.

Here are my answers to Molly's questions:

1) What was the last movie you saw in a theater?
I'm pretty sure it was Hunger Games. Wait, there was something after that. But I can't remember what it was...

Oh wait, it was the Avengers. I think. Pretty sure. Either way, those are the only two movies I've seen in theaters in 2012. I don't get out much.

2) What do you want to be when you grow up?
This is a question that plagues me daily. I am closing in on the last four months of (expensive) grad school and have to start applying. But what for, exactly? I'd like to be working in something related to sports and the digital space, but I don't really have a "dream" position in mind. I'm more about the journey.

3) What would you do-oo-oo for a Klondike Bar?
Well, I'm pretty full right now, so probably not much. Generally though, I don't mind being a little silly. :)

4) Superman, Batman, or Iron Man?
Of recent versions, Iron Man is my favorite, mostly because of his snarky wit. Batman is a close second. His voice is a little much, but I love the series (and still haven't seen Dark Knight Rises). I could take or leave Spiderman. Plus I have an aversion (*cough* fear) of spiders.

5) How many brothers and sisters do you have and where are you in the birth order?
I have a younger brother and sister. First borns unite!

6) What is your favorite season?
Where I live, summertime, for sure. We don't get ridiculous heat in the PNW, like the rest of the country does. Instead it's sunny, gorgeous, green, and the days are long. Pretty wonderful.

7) Are you more of an early riser or a night owl?
Definitely a night owl, though this summer has found me waking up early than I would normally choose to. A combination of a puppy and tons of relatives around. It's been nice to sleep until I want to since things have quieted down a little.

8) How did you come up with the name of your blog?
My blog has had two titles, "Random Stupidness" and the current "E is Random." As you can tell by the catchy creative names I've used, I really put a lot of time in it. Since I just write about whatever I feel like at the moment, I like a title that gives me a lot of room to play.

9) What's one thing that you've accomplished that you want to brag about? Go ahead! Brag!
Oh gosh. Can I come back to this when I land a job (hopefully sometime in the next four months). Not that I been a failure all my life, but that's weighing pretty heavy on my mind at the moment.

10) What book are you reading right now?
I recently started (finally!) Bossypants and I got Let's Pretend This Never Happened for my birthday. I have a few other options sitting on my night stand, plus some books that are unread on my Kindle as well. I haven't had as much time to read this summer, but I have about five weeks off once class is done and I'm looking forward to take advantage of it.

11) What would you consider your signature color?
Oh man. This is another tough question. I really like jewel tones, but I don't know if I have a "signature" color. Magenta? Emerald? Something else?

Now it's your turn to join in. Here are my questions for you:

1) If you could live anywhere in the world, know that the most important people in your life would be there as well, where would you choose?
2) What did you do after you graduated high school? (Go to college, travel the globe, start working, etc.) Be specific, I want to learn something about you!
3) Sunrise or sunset?
4) What is your favorite animal and why?
5) What does your dream retirement look like? Too far away...what does your dream vacation look like?
6) Tell me about the cause or charity that means the most to you.
7) It's Saturday morning and you have nothing that you "have" to do. What would you do with your day?
8) What is one talent you wished you had?
9) What book world would you like to live in?
10) If you could back in time to a certain point in history, what would you choose?
11) Describe your go-to outfit when you can't decide what to wear.

I'd love to hear your answers. Choose one question or answer them all. Make sure to link back if you do a blog post!


A Quick Hello

I'm not here to declare my return to regular blogging. Life is a little to hectic and unsettled right now. I just have a little too much going on mentally and for real, so this little space (that I love!) has been put on the back burner.

I can't tell you how many times I've opened up a new post only to stare at it blankly. It's not that I don't have anything to share, it's that I don't have the brainpower to make it all happen.

I promise that I'm doing my best to keep up with your blogs even if I'm not posting. I have two more weeks of class, then I'll finish moving into an apartment that has internet. (The joy!) Also, the Olympics will be over then, which is a huge time suck right now--not going to lie.

For now, I leave you with another picture of parent's adorable puppy, because his face makes everything a little brighter:
By the way, at four months, this puppy is already a whopping 50 lbs. He's going to fit the nickname I gave him - Monster - by the time he's done growing.