Tag Archives: Athens

From a house to a home

10 Dec

We officially close on the house on Wednesday! We have had our walk-through (basically to learn how to work the house and not break it). I have about 4 pages worth of notes, so hopefully as first time “homeowners” we will be able to take great care of it! The fence is in and kitchen appliances have been hooked up. Now all we need are the keys!

To document the momentous occasion of the fiance and I being in our new home for the first time together, the agent shot this photo for us. How sweet…

As the final few days come to a close, we are trying to get a few things re-done and organized before the moving truck transports everything to Athens. Stay tuned for some furniture makeovers!

And in other news – it’s officially 3 months until the wedding!

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Lasting Friendships

20 Apr

Today I just want to take a moment to brag on my friends – and one friend in particular that I met on a very fateful day in 8th grade: Cindy Austin. Our lockers were right next to each other, and I needed a science fair partner. She asked to borrow my brush and we fell in love. Cue late nights (including a pretty uneventful New Year’s Eve) of cutting out bubbles for a tri-fold board where we explained the effects of acid on magnesium. We bonded instantly and even placed in the science fair…

Although we went to different high schools, we still remained best friends. After four years we graduated and threw a stellar graduation party. Notice our UGA attire and sweet graduation cap plates.

We quickly decided that we would live together freshman year at UGA. We pledged the same sorority and continued to make friendships that would last a lifetime. Although Cindy and I don’t live together anymore or spend every waking moment together, she is a friend that I will cherish forever. I know that no matter what, when I see her, I will be reminded of a friendship that has lasted almost half as long as I have been alive. Pretty cool. She’s headed to be a baller at UNC, but you can follow her travels at her blog.

With college graduation right around the corner, I have realized that these kinds of friendships are such a blessing. College has been an incredible time of growth full of friendships that I could never have expected or hoped for. Tonight, my entire AOPi pledge class took the annual “Senior Pictures,” and Cindy and I documented our lasting friendship with this picture:

In fact, here’s a chance for me to get a little sappy (I’m graduating from the best four years of my life, I’m allowed to, ok?).

Here is the best group of friends I could ever ask for:

And one that could go down in the books as from the most entertaining photo shoot ever:

I’m so blessed for these girls. I can’t wait to see all of the incredible things that they go on to do and all that is in store for their lives.

Is yours clean?

17 Apr

For my social media class (the same one that I started this blog for) we are doing a project where we have the goal of raising $5,000 for charity: water in a month. This incredible organization raises money to fund clean water projects in developing countries. One well costs $5,000, hence our goal. You can see an example of a live drill here.

To kick off the project, we decided to host a bake sale complete with many water themed goodies.

The night before the bake sale, a roommate of mine knew that I had a bake sale the next day and decided to surprise me by making the cookies for me. I could not have asked for a better treat or more helpful gesture on a stressful night. I also loved finding out that a another classmate’s friend also helped her with blue rice krispie treats. What great friends we have!

Anyway, the great thing is, is that the treats were a huge hit! We ended up raising approximately $180 over the course of two days for our “Is yours clean?” campaign.

Here are some of our delicious goodies courtesy of Sarah Varner from Bun Voyage.

And finally, a few of the lovely ladies of #5990H.

We would greatly appreciate any bit of donation you would like to give. To donate, check out our My Charity Water page.

Remember: $20 can give one person clean water for 20 years. Any little bit helps!

Sangriaritas. Olé!

26 Mar

Spring has sprung, pollen in tow. But on the plus side, warm weather (and post-Spring Break blues) have brought on the anticipation of summer! Cue happy dance. (On a side note – only six weeks left of college blows my mind.)

While it may be rainy this weekend, last weekend was perfect.

In honor of the awesome weather, Chip suggested a fun-filled day for us on Saturday. I must say, it ranks at the top of my best days in Athens.

It went a little something like this: tennis, lunch at Casa Mia, homemade sangriaritas, Terrapin with the med school class, dinner at Taqueria del Sol and Scrubs.

However, you probably care most about what this means to you… the homemade sangriaritas. Chip thought it would be fun to try the Summer Sangriarita at Casa Mia during lunch. While it’s supposed to be a half sangria, half margarita frozen drink, the blender was broken, so we had it on the rocks. Surprise: we think it was better that way. So much, that we wanted to try it ourselves!

After a trip to the grocery store for these ingredients:

And a lot of chopping and pouring, we created this delicious (and pretty) jug of sangriarita!:

And now for the recipe (you can alter it to your liking or desired strength of alcohol):

  • 2 limes, chopped
  • 1 orange, chopped
  • 1/2 bag frozen mango
  • 1/2 bad frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1 bottle of dry white wine (Trader Joe’s two buck chuck was our choice)
  • Margarita Mix (depending on the size of your jug and the proportion to tequila)
  • Tequila (depending on the size of your jug and the proportion to margarita mix)

Directions: Chop it all up. Put it in a glass jug/pitcher. Pour the liquid in the pitcher. Cool it in the fridge. Pour it over ice. Enjoy.

(Side note: our glass jug was saved from apple cider from the winter. We knew we would use it for something. Some call it hoarding, I call it thrifting.)

So what are you guys doing to enjoy this incredible weather? Or have you had to pass the time inside to avoid awful allergies? We are always looking for fun things to do in the spring!

I pledge to Live Financially Thrifty

22 Feb

So, as I have mentioned before, being a college student definitely lends to an “on a budget” lifestyle. Although I do have two part-time jobs, all of that money goes immediately to pay the rent for my sweet Hartford house, bills and food (which I love a lot, as you can/will see over the course of this blog).

The mission

However, being a college student definitely also keeps me in the know about what awesome things are going on in Athens/at UGA. I recently discovered the Live Financially campaign that has been taking over The Classic City. Originally I saw the campaign come to life on Twitter and Facebook before really realizing what it was. I later had the opportunity to get to know a little more about the campaign and seriously think that Athens could not be a better place for this team to be executing it.

According to their Facebook page, Live Financially is a community-based grassroots movement to inspire Athenians to take charge of their personal finances. The goal of the campaign is to encourage people to define their financial goals and practice personal finance skills to achieve them.

I have been following their “Daily Tips” for February to remind myself to be financially thrifty and here are a few of my favorites:

1. Record all of your purchases: Sometimes I can lose track of how often I eat out since I have such a busy schedule. By doing this I can monitor where my money is going and hopefully spend it more wisely.

2. Replace your incandescent lightbulbs: Save $56 over the course of the lightbulb’s life? Heck yes. Who cares if it’s a bit more expensive to start, that’s totally worth it. Plus, it saves our precious little Earth.

3. Free entertainment is the best entertainment: It’s so true. It makes you feel better about going out to do something fun when you know it’s not putting a dent in your wallet. Also, discounted entertainment is definitely another way to go, if you really want to do something that costs a bit (more on that to come in a future blog post!)

And here is some free entertainment from the team – I highly recommend checking out the other “Suggested Videos” because some are seriously funny:

Those are just a few of their many awesome ideas to save money!

And guess what… if you want to learn more about how to Live Financially Aware, you can check out their free financial workshop at the ACC Library on Baxter St. on Feb. 26 at 2:30 pm.

So, what do you think are the best ways to be thrifty?