February Recap!

I haven’t blogged in a while so I will just go ahead and recap most of February.  Beginning with the Super Bowl! Being in Charlotte, the Super Bowl was a crazy big deal here! I obviously wanted to see the Panthers win because everyone here was so excited and it would be really cool to experience Super Bowl related things in the city, like the big parade! Although I was okay with seeing either outcome to the game, the people I was watching with were not.  As the game went on the bar we were at got quieter and quieter.  Even though the Panthers lost, it was still cool to be with tons of crazy fans who have been die-hard Panthers fans since birth and watch their reactions to the game.

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Then there was Valentine’s Day. The Friday before, I woke up to a phone call from a Charlotte number and it was a lady saying she had a delivery for me and needed to know which apartment I was in because it didn’t say on the delivery.  So I tried to figure out where she was in the apartment complex but after some confusion, I told her I would just come downstairs and meet her. So I threw on sneakers and grabbed my keys and went outside (in just a t-shirt and sweatpants).  I didn’t see the lady outside, so I called her back and she told me she could see the pool from where she was, and I told her I was right by the pool standing, and so she drove around and called me back and said she didn’t see me. Then I was beginning to question if she actually was in the right apartment complex….SHE WASNT.  She was at a complex down the street. So by now I’m standing at basically the entrance of my apartment from the street waiting for her to pull in.  Meanwhile a nice lady was driving out of the complex and stopped and asked me if everything was okay and said she was concerned because “I was not dressed” and just standing in the parking lot. I seriously died laughing and tried to explain what was going on.  So eventually the delivery lady showed up with beautiful flowers from my Dad! I of course had to call my dad and thank him for the flowers and tell him the whole story and told him about how cold I was waiting for them to come, and he asked how cold it was, and I told him about 40 degrees, and he goes, “Rebekah, when I woke up this morning it was 2 DEGREES”.  SOOOO GLADD I’m not in Pennsylvania dealing with that coldness!

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On Valentine’s Day, I had to work most of the afternoon so Drew and I decided we would cook a nice dinner at home together instead of trying to beat all the crowds going out to dinner.  We made a caesar salad, garlic bread, homemade lasagna, and dirt pudding for dinner! Everything was really delicious and it continued to feed us for the rest of the week!

 

If you read my last blog post, you know that I made a bucket list and one of the items on my list was going to Discovery Place. Every third Friday of the month, Discovery Place does an event called “Science on the Rocks”.  They have the museum open after hours for people 21+ and they have bars set up throughout the museum so you can drink and explore the cool things they have.  As a part of my Valentine’s gift, Drew got us tickets to go this past Friday. Each month they have a different theme and being that it was right after Valentine’s Day, this month’s theme was “Fire & Ice”.  So when we entered if you were “taken” you wore blue beads and if you were “single” you wore red beads.  One of the attractions was them making ice cream with liquid nitrogen and then we all got to try it.  The kicker was that this ice cream was made with cinnamon and cayenne pepper, giving into that whole Fire & Ice thing, it was such a weird sensation.  Another thing was that we got to set our hands on fire and try all these really spicy sauces, including what is supposedly the spiciest pepper on the planet.  There were a TON of people there! I was actually really shocked cause I thought I was the only nerdy person who wanted to spend my Friday night at this science museum. We had a really great time and then afterwards walked through the city and grabbed some dinner.

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Laying on a bed of nails!

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Laying on a bed of nails!

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I just really love Dolphins!

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This weekend I will be heading to Nashville to visit Jenna! I’m so excited to see her and see the awesome city she’s been living in!!

Tomorrow is my last day at David’s Bridal!

Tuesday is my first day at my new job!

SO MANY AWESOME THINGS HAPPENING!!

Bucket List

I thought it might be really fun to come up with a bucket list of ideas of things to do while here in Charlotte.  Here’s some of the things I’ve come up with!

  • U.S. National Whitewater Center– Seriously, this looks so fun! I’ve never whitewater rafted and I’ve heard really good things about this place! I’ll definitely look into this during the warm summer months.IMG_5483
  • Discovery Place– a fun and educational museum that’s hands-on. It reminds me of the Whitaker Center (which I love).  Would be a perfect activity for a rainy day!0737-Discovery-Place-068c.jpg
  • Time Warner Cable Arena– although I’m not much of a basketball fan, when in Charlotte, see a Hornets game!uqk6dUH6
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden– I found out about this garden center when I was researching jobs (they do weddings!) and it looks so beautiful so I really want to go here! Maybe when friends come visit (cute ‘n fun pics)zzdata-1055_560x378.jpg
  • Bojangles Coliseum– this is the arena where the minor league hockey team, The Checkers plays.  Its really close to Drew’s old house and I’m sure I wouldn’t have to twist his arm to come with me coliseumopening_002.jpeg
  • Visit Lake Norman- they offer all sorts of things like kayaking, paddle boarding, and jet skis for rental1-2-acb6b2.jpg

Some other fun things:

  • Painting with a Twist
  • Wine Tours
  • Trampoline Park
  • see a concert!

I’m sure I’ll keep adding to this list as I explore the city more, but this is a great start for now!  If you know of any cool things to do in Charlotte that I’ve missed, let me know! I want to experience all that I can!

Charlotte is INSANE

Hey everyone! So its been 2 weeks since moving down here and so far I love it and things seem to really be working out!

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I moved down January 8th and my parents stayed that weekend and helped me get all settled in.  We had to buy a few things like a dresser and a kitchen table and just random things for the apartment.  I am so thankful that they were able to make the drive with me and see where I’ll be living.  I know it wasn’t easy for them to leave me here, and it definitely was not easy for me to be left here at first, but home will always be home.

oh and by the way…I got a job!!! So back before Thanksgiving I had applied for this position and then had a phone interview at the beginning of December.  At the time it didn’t work out and I wasn’t going to go any further in the process.  So the day before I moved down here I got a call from the company asking if I was still interested and if I would be able to Skype interview the following week.  I told them I was actually moving the next day and would love to do an interview in person.  So we scheduled my interview for Monday morning.  I moved down that weekend and Monday morning I got up and went to my interview.  I thought it went really good but I didn’t want to get my hopes up.  That afternoon they called me and offered me the job!! I am so excited! It’s a really awesome job with great opportunities! So here it is…

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I will be the Registration Coordinator for the Insane Inflatable 5k.  The Insane Inflatable 5k is an awesome race for all age groups done on inflatable obstacles! Part of my job is being on site for these events and that means I get to travel all over the country.  Basically every weekend, I will get to fly to a different state to go to these different races.  Currently most races are in California, Texas, and Arizona (because they’re the only warm states), but they’re coming all across the country later in the year. I don’t start until March 1st but I am so INSANELY excited to finally be in my career field of event management and have this awesome opportunity to fly all over the country and visit new places. Its so surreal that on my first “real day” in Charlotte I was offered such an awesome job I had been waiting for!

Since I don’t start until March, I am continuing to work at David’s Bridal for now because that had been my plan and they were counting on me as an employee.  Its definitely been a transition, just because they don’t do everything the same in this store as my last and  I most definitely miss my Harrisburg crew!!! But as of now, I’m going to continue to work there through February to make a little extra money and to keep myself busy for the next month.

And last but not least, Drew is awesome!! Love that kid to death! He’s been busy with work during the week and has been picking up a few extra gigs with the local hockey team on the weekends.  We’ve been having a lot of fun just being able to hang out with each other, which is something we weren’t really able to do for the past 1 1/2 years, so we’re really enjoying living together. We’ll see when he gets sick of me 😉

THE big move

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It is officially official! In just one short week, I will be moving to Charlotte, NC! As most of you know, Drew moved there back in February for a job with the Charlotte Knights, and in October was hired on full-time as their Assistant Director of Video Production.

Since graduation, I have been working at David’s Bridal here in Harrisburg, still looking for a full-time job in event coordination.  At the beginning of the summer, I went on a few interviews here and there.  Nothing worked out but I know I am able to come to terms that that’s how it was supposed to happen.  Later in the summer, I began looking more towards the long-term.  Drew and I talked a lot about staying in Charlotte or coming home, or moving to a different city, but one thing we knew for sure is that we wanted to be together.  Since he was hired on full-time, I began to search for jobs in Charlotte more seriously.  There are endless opportunities down there (much more than Central PA has to offer) and that’s a really exciting thing for me as a 23-year old.  The city of Charlotte is absolutely beautiful and there are constantly events and things happening around the city to experience .  I’ve only been there twice, but I’m so excited to call it my future home.

For the time being, I will be transferring stores to a local David’s Bridal in Charlotte.  I struggled with this for a while, because I really wanted to have a full-time job lined up, but it just wasn’t happening.  I realized I needed to just take the leap and go down there so I can interview in person and make connections in Charlotte.  I have been in contact with a few people who want to meet up once I get settled, so that is always something to look forward to!

I am really excited to see what a new jobs, friends, and a new city will bring in 2016!

Nashville Dreams

Go confidently in the direction of your DREAMS! Live the LIFE you’re imagined!

This quote perfectly describes my beautiful friend and college roommate and the new journey she is beginning.  She moved into her new apartment in Nashville today!! She has always dreamed of living in Nashville and working in the country music industry doing public relations.  Last summer she interned there but this summer is the BIG MOVE! I’m so insanely proud of her and the courage she has  to do something like this.  I know she’s going to do absolutely amazing and have the best time, but I sure am going to miss her a lot ❤

Monday night, my friends and I went out to dinner to celebrate Jenna’s big move

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Thanks for the memories

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU, BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY!

Thank you for endless opportunities

Thank you for giving me friends for life

Thank you for providing me with a wonderful education

Thank you for challenging me academically and personally

Thank you for memories that will last me a lifetime 

I officially graduated 2 months and one day ago. Although at times I was ready to get away from school and be at the comfort of my home, at other times Bloomsburg was my home (sorry mom). It still hasn’t totally hit me that I won’t be going back come August.  These past few months since graduation haven’t been the easiest…going through interviews and applications, figuring out college loans, getting ready to see friends move away, and adjusting to life in the “real world”, but these past months have also been thrilling! Interviews lead to new opportunities, seeing friends move away means new vacation spots 😉 and college loans, well there’s not much thrilling about that except being closer to having them paid off!

I have been really into Shutterfly books lately…I made one for my trip to LA (which I should probably blog about) and I recently made one for a friend for her birthday.  I made one for myself reflecting my four years of Bloomsburg which I’m sure I will take wherever I end up to remind me of my “other home”.

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Orange & Pink

When I think of some months, certain colors tend to pop into my head.  For November I think of brown & orange and for December its red & green and for January, you have blue & white and the list goes on and on.  For October, I think of orange & pink. Orange reminds me of all the fall foliage and of course pumpkins everywhere and I guarantee during the month of October, you’ll see pink in many places you go for Breast Cancer Awareness month.  This weekend, I saw a lot of these colors.

Friday, my friends and I carried on our yearly tradition of going to Rohrbach Farm’s pumpkin patch in Catawissa, Pa.  Each year they have a little pumpkin festival with a hayride, food and all sorts of things.  In years past we’ve participated in the corn maze, but this year we decided to forego that and instead watched Dani slingshot apples across a field.  We also picked out some pumpkins to take home and paint.  And as Jenna would say, the lighting was golden so it was perfect for pictures.

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IMG_0546 IMG_0549 IMG_0565Then Saturday, my student organization, PRSSA organized a balloon release to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.  We had a table inside the main gate at the football game and asked for donations.  People could come get a tag that either said “In memory of” or “In honor of” and fill in someone’s name.  We then had them hold onto these tags until halftime when they would be invited down to the track around the field and given a pink balloon to tie their tag to.  My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer and underwent numerous treatments and thankfully is finally received a clean bill of health just recently, so I wrote my tag for her and tied it to my balloon.  At the beginning of halftime, the announcer gave a nice little speech about our club and what we were about to do and then at once we released 65 balloons into the air.  It was such a great event to help out with and PRSSA raised $133 to be donated to Breast Cancer.

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10 Wedding Traditions Explained

Have you ever wondered why every wedding you’ve attended has similar traditions or where they come from? Why do bridesmaids all wear the same dress? Why is there a garter toss? Why must the bride and groom feed each other cake? This is just what we expect at weddings, but have you ever thought of the origins of these customs? Here are 10 traditional wedding customs explained by me:

  1. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue: It is customary for a bride to have a trinket of each of these descriptions on her person while getting married. They each symbolize something the bride and groom hope for for their marriage together. The something old represents the past, while the something new represents their future as a couple. A bride is supposed to borrow a special token from someone who is happily married in hopes that their good luck will rub off onto them. A blue something represents fidelity and love.
  2. Rain on your wedding day: Rain on your wedding day can represent fertility and cleansing
  3. Wearing a Veil: In ancient Rome, a bride would wear a veil over her face in order to confuse spirits who were jealous of her glee
  4. Not seeing each other before the ceremony: This custom is changing. Some couples choose to have a “first look” photography session before the wedding, but some people stay tried and true to this custom dating back from the time of arranged marriages. It was believed that the couple should not see each other before marrying so they couldn’t change their mind. Sounds an awful lot like the show, Married at First Sight.
  5. The “Ring Finger”: Wedding and engagement rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once believed that that finger had a vein run directly to the heart.
  6. Bouquet and Garter Toss: This tradition comes from across the pond in England. Wedding guests used to try to rip pieces of the dress and bouquet from the bride in order to gain some of her good luck. Brides started tossing their bouquets in order to get away from the crowd. Now this has become a tradition at most weddings in which a single woman catches the bouquet and then is believed to be the next to marry.
  7. Bridesmaids: Bridesmaids at one point were to dress exactly as the bride on the wedding day to confuse evil spirits.
  8. Giving away the bride: This tradition also comes from the days of arranged marriages. It was believed that a daughter was property of her father until she was literally given away to the man she was to marry.
  9. Feeding of the cake: In Christian weddings, feeding each other wedding cake represents giving everything they have and caring for one another.
  10. Throwing rice: This common practice represents the guests showering the newlyweds with abundance and fertility.

If you think some of these are weird traditions we’ve carried on for years, wait until you see what some traditions from other cultures are: