Monday, June 27, 2011

My weekend: weddings, reunions, and a bench

I had a near-perfect weekend. Loved it. Full of quality family time and catching up with friends. 

(The lovely coworker bunch).

Friday night I went to my coworker, Teri's, daughter's wedding. It was so beautiful. The bride was gorgeous, the toasts were heartfelt, God was the focus, and the location was amazing. Definitely would love to get married there someday. I had a great time with my coworker friends! We almost didn't make it on time because the car broke down along the way and we had to beg people to come pick us up, but we made it just in time and am so glad we did. It was wonderful to spend time laughing with my coworkers! They are very special women. 

(My bench). 

Saturday was full of beauty appointments and family time, as well as some major shopping (hello new shoes and make up). My mom and I went to lunch together between appointments and walked around downtown Escondido. We meandered into an antique store and I fell in love... with a red bench. It is adorable! Perfect for my bedroom at my apartment. I bought it on the spot. Of course, it wouldn't fit in the car and my Dad had to take me back the next day to pick it up, but it's mine and will look great in my room. Can't wait to get it there!

(Old school photo of the teachers and students from about 2005).

Sunday brought a reunion with four of my favorite high school teachers: Ms. Kanawi, Ms. Gerent, Ms. Le, and Ms. Kawano. I love those four women so much! It was amazing to catch up and I wish we had more time together. Then three of us went to see a play, which an old friend from high school was in and my good friend, Sam, works at the theater. It was great to see him as well! Seeing the four teacher friends brought back a ton of memories and reminded me of how amazing my high school experience was for me. In fact, after that mini-reunion I had missed calls and text messages from other high school friends... not many people can say that about their high school experience when they're 25. It was a very special time in my life and I am blessed to still get to see the people who have meant so much to me. 

It was a fantastic weekend, ending with backyard BBQ with my parents before heading back up north to my apartment and "real life."

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

summer solstice

so summer and dreamy

Happy first day of summer. Not my favorite season (it's actually my least favorite). But this summer will be very busy...

Nikki's wedding
Emily's wedding
Attending at least three other weddings
Many trips home to SD
Half day Fridays in July
Seeing former friends
Busy work time
Reality TV
Tanning
Bachelorette parties
Driving

Summer, for not being my favorite season, is often my busiest.

(photo from Amy and then added to my pinterest).

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Top Ten: Things my Dad taught me

(circa 2007)

1. To learn to do things for myself (to be self-reliant).
2. Be generous with money.
3. School is important.
4. Perfection can be found in a chocolate chip cookie.
5. Dad's can be "room mom" and cook dinner for the family.
6. It's important to think about the future.
7. Don't be a quitter.
8. Be respectful to authority.
9. How to plunge a toilet, replace registration tags, and change a light bulb.
10. You are never too old to enjoy Disneyland like a kid.

Happy Father's day, Dad! I love you.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pinterest

I've been home sick today and am now officially obsessed with Pinterest (first found via Erin).

Here's mine:

Monday, June 13, 2011

Happiness is...


Talking to your whole family on the phone at once (yay speaker phones).


P.S. As I write this they are all home and watching The Bachelorette together... how cute is that? We have our moments. :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

summer goals (for Amy)

Dear Amy,

First of all, I miss you and am so hopeful I'll get to see you this summer! I loved your latest post and you have inspired this one. :)

My summer goals are...
  • to see you!
  • try out the pool at my new complex (it is literally outside my front door, I look at it from my balcony)
  • visit a church (because, honestly, I do really need to find one up here)
  • wear skirts and dresses more often
  • get a tan
Happy summer to us!

Love,

Carrie

P.S. This video makes me smile. I love us!

video

Saturday, June 11, 2011

a mid-twenty-something single woman

on a weekend...

First, let me start by saying I first titled this post with the word "young" replacing the word "mid." I am 25. This age marks "mid-twenties." It's strange to realize... sort of... but I think I like it.

Okay, back to my weekend... I spent my Friday night with a close friend having a heart-to-heart over burgers. Perfect starts to the weekend.


Today, I woke up at 9am (early, but to one in their "early twenties" and on the way to sleeping in to one in her "mid-twenties")... just kidding... I woke up because I've been sleeping badly in my new apartment (but LOVE it otherwise). I read in bed for two hours and finished my book, The Help. It is AMAZING. I feel like I usually finish books and think "that was pretty good, but they don't write them like they used to," but this one made me want to shout from the rooftops about it and start reading it again. GO BUY IT. It is an incredible novel. Teaches you, frees you, and reminds you. It is a quality novel.

Then I watched TV, chatted with my roomie, and took a leisurely shower (don't you love those, when you're not late for work?). I met my good friend, Nichol, for a trip to the movies and Barnes & Noble (where I spent way too much money and bought 6 movies and a magazine and put back two more and a book). We saw Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. It was... unexpected. Good, but random. Owen Wilson's character transports back to Paris in the 1920's and hang out with Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and plenty more. I think I liked it because of my English background. It took me to places and conversations I used to imagine in my Hemingway and Faulkner class. I loved that about it.


Now I am spending my evening watching Season Two of Mad Men. I just ate my favorite dinner (of the moment): prosciutto, cheese, and fruit/tomato.

These are the kind of weekends I love to break up the craziness of my work week and normal busy weekends. I crave days spent with nothing to do but meet friends and watch TV. Love it.

This weekend is the best part of being a mid-twenty-something single woman.

(photo from here).