top 5 – date ideas

Ok. So maybe I feel a little odd doing this Top 5. But seriously, maybe some of you guys need help. Of course, this is just a personal list and so it wouldn’t work for everyone . . . but most would probably work for lots of girls.

1. Cooking. I love cooking. I love cooking with friends . . . so I can only assume I would probably enjoy cooking with a significant other. Never tried this, though, so who knows if it would actually be as much fun as I think.

2. Duke basketball. Ok, I’ll admit that this one is probably not anywhere near the top of the list for most females. But I love Duke basketball. And any man willing to spend enough to get me a ticket (especially for the Duke|UNC or Duke|Maryland games) gets mega bonus points with me.

3. Glassblowing. I want to learn how to do this anyway, so why not have a first encounter on a date? Just make sure you don’t get burned.

4. Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights. This one can only take place in the winter months in Chattanooga, TN. I haven’t been to this myself, which I don’t really mind, cuz I hear it’s pretty romantic, so I’m saving that outing for when I can go with someone besides my family.

5. Kite-flying. Yes. On the beach. In a field. It matters not. Windy days are beautiful. This one will happen.

Yeah. Like it or not, there they are.

no secrets

Ok. I know you’re out there.

You people who read my blog and then run in hiding. Or maybe you’re not running in hiding . . . I should probably give you the benefit of the doubt – maybe you don’t own a keyboard or have a total of 2 fingers. There has to be some really great excuse for your lack of comments! [Tommy Ferris, Alex George . . . ] Granted, my posts don’t always require a response, but it’s nice to know who’s watching.

Now that we’ve gotten that little formality out of the way . . .

I don’t know what to do with myself. My parents have persuaded me out of working for the month before I go to California. Yes. That’s right. They want me to continue to mooch or something. They feel like I just need to rest after having such an intense semester. [The equivalent of a full-time job between my internship and Vintage while taking 12 credits of classes on top of all that.]

Last summer I set out to read quite a few books. I read some amazing things. This May, I hope to get through another 9 or more. So . . . here’s the summer reading list

Emma by Jane Austen
Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (again)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Love to Eat, Hate to Eat by Elyse Fitzpatrick
Not Even a Hint by Joshua Harris (again)
Attributes of God (vol. 1 and 2) by A.W. Tozer
What is Modesty by Michelle Brock
When People are Big and God is Small by Edward Welch
Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
When I Don’t Desire God (How to Fight for Joy) by John Piper
The Divine Conspiracy by Willard
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

The list will probably continue to grow. I have great intentions for my summer.

We’ll see what happens.

progress

Change has always bothered me. I guess I’m a true fundamentalist.

Today marks maybe the biggest change yet. College graduation. I don’t enjoy the mix of emotions that goes with the day. It frustrates me to no end to be so excited about being finished with my formal school training (I hope to never stop learning), but be so sad about leaving everyone I love so much.

The exciting thing is that when people ask me what I’m doing, I’m able to tell them something. “I have a couple options I’m looking at . . . ”

for the summer, I’ll be working at Camp Ironwood as a designer. That will take me through August.

After that I’m hoping to move back to Greenville. I’m actually in contact with 3 companies located in the area right now. Gibbons|Peck is the small marketing company where I had my internship. They have interest in me and will be able to let me know something by July.

VantagePoint is another company I’ve talked to. I sent in my resume and portfolio and had an interview with the Creative Director who wants to keep in touch over the summer and then re-evaluate options in August.

Lastly, I dropped my portfolio off at Greenville Magazine after receiving information that they were looking for a graphic designer to fill an open position starting in August. This is the job I’m really praying I get. It’s all about layout which is what I love to do.

That’s the basic gist of what . . . well, actually that’s pretty much exactly what I say.

The last week of my college career was filled with fun. A job interview, a freakish scramble to collect money from very elusive graphic designers, a 20-minute packing session of most of my junk from 4 years of college, one last run to Starbucks with the Vintage family, a quick overview of the last 100 days of my life, memories shared from the last year, laughter with roommates, stressfulness of last-minute change of plans, bob-hugs, a poetry reading, falling out of a chair in front of lots of strangers and a few friends, my 3rd date while in college, presenting a years’ worth of work in 5 minutes, being proud of friends receiving [much deserved] awards, meeting new people, my last attempt at finals ever, a 4.0 for the semester . . . which included several loud screams of joy after receiving the email, the last demerit received in a lifetime, walking through the doors of the Vintage office for the last time as a staffer, tears. Love.

All that was felt and done this week was in some way developing me.

Progress.

Life would pretty much stink without it.