May 2012


This weekend my best friend from high school got married.  It was a beautiful ceremony and she couldn’t have picked a better guy.  They look so happy in love and I’m very happy for her.  I didn’t share any  stories of Kylie at her rehearsal dinner because those stories our ours.  We have so many inside jokes together and I’m glad that I have been able to call her one of my best friends.

If you don’t know Kylie she is amazing. Loyal. A third-degree black belt. She can kick any guy’s butt at any sport. She is smart. She is beautiful inside and out. She was there for me when I needed her. She is one of the best people I have ever met. Kylie is fun to be around and is always having a good time.

I realize this post makes it sound like I’ve lost a great friend but that’s not it at all. I hope that Kylie and I will always keep in touch with each other no matter what part of the world the Air Force takes her and Matt. But this post is a sad one because my best friend is starting a new chapter of her life.  Her life as Kylie Lowe.

It’s hard for me to see how Kylie went from the goof ball to the first of our friends to get married. But I am so happy for her and Matt and I’m glad that I got to be a part of their special day.

Being eaten alive by SpongeBob at the Wild Animal Park

Singing on the car because she can

Science Fair photo shoot

All dressed up for prom

She was a cheerleader for a day

Riding to science fair senior year. She was scared of Katlyn’s driving

Her first dance as a married woman

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Describe 5 weaknesses you have.

My least favorite thing to do is talk about my strengths and weaknesses.  At least for my strengths I can cheat. But I’ll tell you about that in my next post.  Anyway here are my weaknesses, I guess.

1. I care about what other people think of me.  I try really hard not to, but I’m human (and a woman) so I constantly compare myself to others and I worry about what they are saying about me.  This tends to hinder me a lot because I will listen to what they say about me so I tend to tear myself down and think that I can’t do things that I am capable of doing.

2. I’m a procrastinator.  I wait until the last minute to do everything.  I could have all semester to do it but I’m going to wait until the very end the night before it’s due to complete it.  I know this isn’t the best thing, but it’s when I do my best work so I continue to do it.  I’m one of those people who stress makes me do better because then I’m freaking out about failing.

3. I talk a lot.  Sometimes this comes off as a good thing, but usually it’s not.  I tend to “steal the focus” even though I don’t do it on purpose.  I think that’s where I’m different from other attention whores.  I like the attention but I don’t HAVE to be in it all the time and I usually don’t think about it when I am doing it.  It’s done subconsciously but I think that’s how a lot of people are, but to me that’s a flaw in my personality.

4. I’m scared of change.  This is a weakness.  I don’t like change and being a part of it scares me, but at the same time it’s so invigorating.  Change scares me because I am a creature of habit.  I don’t try new foods, I don’t like meeting new people, and I don’t like when policies I have known forever change.  I know that change is a good thing and that’s why I’m very excited about what is happening in UALR Housing next year and I’m excited that I get to be a part of it!

5. I care too much.  No, seriously I really do.  I tend to care about people so much that it hurts me.  This hinders me because I think about it so much that I can’t focus on other things. I worry about my friends to the point of making myself sick.  I also worry about my family so much that I am permanently stressed out about it.  I get physically sick when I start to worry about others and that’s why it’s a weakness.  If I could handle it better I would call it a strength but since I can’t.  It’s a weakness.

Describe a typical day in your current life.

So my days are pretty boring but I’m going to try to make it sound interesting.  Here it goes:

I usually wake up at 8 but hit the snooze button until I absolutely have to get up.  Then I go to work or class depending on the day. If you don’t know my schedule I work MWF and I go to class TR.

After work I usually go back to sleep.  I really like sleeping. If I went to class  it’s 3:30 in the afternoon so there is no point in a taking a nap.

Then I tend to run errands.  That could be go grocery shopping or just wandering around trying to find stuff for a program.

At night I’m doing one of two things.

I could be hanging out with these guys:

fun fun

Don’t they just look like fun people to hang out with?

Or I could be hanging out with these people:

The Beast of East (and Stephen)

They are fun people too.

After doing all of that it’s usually around midnight so then I crawl into bed and go back to sleep.  Did I mention I really like to sleep?

Describe 10 pet peeves you have.

Lots of things bother me, so this is probably going to be the easiest post I write.

1. When people don’t use blinkers, they are on cars for a reason.

2. When people shake their legs and the whole tables moves with them. That’s just annoying.

3. When people switch lanes in the middle of an intersection. That’s really dangerous and dumb.

4. When residents don’t check their guests in and then lie to my face. That’s just not nice.

5. When you send emails or texts asking everyone to reply yes or no but EVERYONE needs to reply and not a single person responds.

6. When people reply to listservs and then everyone else replies to the listserv telling you that you replied to the listserv.  If it annoys you when they did it, why would it not annoy other people when you do it to?

7. When people tell you they need to talk to you but don’t tell you why. It’s not hard to say, “Michelle,we need to talk about _____. Please come meet with me today.”

8. When people put up signs with the tape showing. It’s not bad if it’s clear tape, but masking tape should be hidden.

9. When big companies call you and then put you on hold. THEY CALLED ME, SHOULDN’T THERE BE SOMEONE ON THE PHONE ALREADY?

10. When people use handicap spots or bathrooms or buttons for no reason what so ever. They are just doing it for convenience but there are people who need it waiting. RUDE!