Word of the Year

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2016 was a huge year for me and I can’t wait to continue to expand upon what I have already accomplished.  I have declared 2017 as the year of growth.  I want to grow and extend my roots here in Charlotte, making new friends and increasing relationships with old friends.  I want to grow and mature in my career.  I want to see my creativity and new projects bloom and flourish.

We never know what the year to come has in store for us, but I think 2017 is going to sprout many opportunities.

Happy New Year Friends!

XOXO

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Jenna visits the Queen City!

This weekend, I did not have to travel for work due to it being the Fourth of July weekend.  Up until about Tuesday, I was going to just have a low-key weekend but then Jenna decided to come visit and I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER SHE DID 🙂 🙂

She arrived Friday night really late cause she drove straight from work and we didn’t do much that night but have some brownie sundaes and go to bed.

Saturday morning, we woke up and went to Amelie’s French bakery for breakfast and it was so cute and fun (S/O to my squad). I had a delicious blueberry and cream cheese muffin and a salted caramel brownie café mocha coffee, which made me want to die cause it was so good. Afterwards, and basically the whole reason Jenna came this weekend, we went to David’s Bridal to pick out and try on our bridesmaids dresses for Dani’s wedding #teamtino.

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After, we went to some cute and fun shops that I have been dying to go to, but are more fun to shop in with friends.  So we went to Swoozies (literally heaven on earth).  So its kind of embarrassing but Jenna and I were literally so obsessed with this store that we were psychopaths in there.  If I can give you any indication of how much of a psychopath, I took photos. We also went to some cute boutique shops with the most adorable clothes, and went to Park Road books, which is funny cause Jenna has called them multiple times to book appearances for her authors for work.

After we went shopping, we went into Uptown to explore.  Drew had to go to work for a few hours Saturday afternoon, so we wandered around the city and I showed Jenna things like the Epicentre and Romare Bearden Park and things like that until Drew was done working. When he was done, he gave Jenna a little tour of the ballpark.

For dinner we went to Cantina 1511 and it was DELICIOUS.  We ate entirely too much guacamole but it was so so so good.That night, we went out to Whiskey Warehouse to have some drinks.

Sunday morning we went to Duck Donuts to get some freshly made donuts (once again delicious).  Afterwards, we drove around and looked at beautiful homes and then took a walk through Freedom Park.  We spent our afternoon lounging by the pool and then decided to make corn on the cob and burgers for our little Fourth of July dinner.

After dinner, Drew had to go to work for a few minutes so Jenna and I went along to hang out in the park across the street and then we all went to get ice cream at the Elizabeth Creamery! I had a cone of black raspberry and it was so good, and whenever I eat it, it makes me think of my Nana ❤ Finally, we came home for the night and just hung out together and watched a movie.

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Unfortunately Jenna had to leave Monday morning and wasn’t able to stay around for the baseball game and fireworks afterwards.  They were legitimately the best fireworks I have ever seen in my life, and I had such a great view of them.  The Knights have fireworks every Friday night and I never get to see them because I’m always traveling, so it made me so happy to actually get to see some fireworks for once!

 

It was such a wonderful weekend spent with Jenna.  So much so, that I constantly kept asking her when she was going to come move to Charlotte.  I’m so happy that she decided to make the trip to visit and that I have such a wonderful friend ❤

Marching On

I’m a month into my new job and so far things are going great.  I’m still learning a lot each day, but each event is getting easier and easier with experience.

Long Beach, CA – March 5th

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Charleston, SC – March 26

Tuscaloosa, AL – April 2

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Some other things I’ve done in the last month:

  • Went to a Hornets game!

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  • Painted and decorated my office at work
  • Steph visited the Queen CityIMG_0905
  • Got my nails done with the girls from workIMG_1019
  • Booked a cruise for this upcoming fallIMG_0902 
  • Started going to a church and got all dressed up & pretty for Easter

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!!

Independence Weekend

After working long days through the week and the holiday weekend, today I finally had a day off to relax.  This morning I decided to head to Brigantine to spend the day at the beach.  It was nice to be able to relax without any time constraints.  Usually when I go to the beach, I can’t really fully relax or take naps because I have to be at work at a certain time so today was really nice (and no seagulls attacked me).

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Kelsey came back this evening after she spent some time at Ithaca.  We picked up my friend Michelle and went into Atlantic City to watch the fireworks tonight.  Atlantic City has one of the top five firework displays in the country for the 4th of July celebration.  The director of One Atlantic allowed all employees and friends/families to come up and watch the fireworks from the venue.  This gave us a spectacular view because we were already 100 yards over the ocean so we were really close to the fireworks. They shoot the fireworks off of two barges (boats) out in the ocean.  There was supposed to be one barge on each side of the pier so they could be seen from all the beaches but the one boat kept drifting so they were both on the same side.  Because they were on the opposite side of the terrace we were going to watch from, we moved everything inside and watched from the 15 foot windows.  It was still AMAZING! We were able to see both sets of fireworks go off together as they were originally choreographed so both sides of the pier would see the same show at the same time.  The director had a cart full of water, Johnson’s caramel popcorn, salt water taffy and macaroons for us to snack on during the fireworks.  It was really great experience overall.  It was really cool to see the water and the waves light up with each firework.  I am really glad they were postponed until tonight so I got to experience them!

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Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend my parents came for a visit and Uncle Mike, Aunt Cindy, Alex, and Aaron were all here so we had a full house (apartment)!  I was so happy that everyone wanted to come because I  had a rough few days at the beginning of the week because I was so lonely in the apartment by myself.

Friday evening, Mom and Dad showed up and we were able to hang out for a little before going to bed.  Saturday morning, we all got up fairly early and I headed to Mays Landing with Mom.  Mays Landing is about 15 minutes away and has all the stores you could imagine!  It was very comforting to find a Target, Bath and Body Works, Old Navy, and most importantly MICHAELS!  Saturday evening, I had my third day of work at The Cellar 32, but my whole family came in to eat.  They all said their food was really good! (They got to try it before I even did).  Hostessing isn’t very hard because I’ve worked in the restaurant industry for a while, but its always a little difficult learning everything because each place operates differently.

On Sunday we headed to the beach at Brigantine for a while before I headed to my internship in the early evening.  This was the first event I worked for my internship and it was a beautiful wedding!   I finally got the chance to meet the other intern, Kelsi. Whenever I work an event, the kitchen provides us with a dinner beforehand.  That night we had pasta with crab meat and asparagus, snap peas, and tuna tartar.  I had everything, but I wasn’t quite willing to try the raw tuna.   As an intern at a wedding, I follow the wedding planner, banquet manager, and also serve as a greeter for the guests.  Because One Atlantic’s events are private, greeters are located at the elevators and escalators to check in all guests before the ceremony.  In addition to this, I helped set up tea light candles on the reception tables and in the lobby for cocktail hour.  We also helped the planner direct guests throughout the entire timeline of the event.  Before the event concluded,  the interns and greeters were responsible for setting up the candy bar.  The couple bought an assortment of candies and take home boxes to serve as favors for their guests.  Overall, it was a good first event.  I’m looking forward to working another wedding next weekend and expanding my skills and knowledge in the event industry.

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On Monday we spent another lovely day on the beach! It was so nice to spend Memorial Day with my family.  It would not have been the same without them.  I’m truly blessed to have the family that I do.  I love them all very much!  And a special shoutout to my mom for bringing me personalized casserole dishes of homemade macaroni and cheese. She knows the way to my heart!

My dad’s weekend in photo summary:

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I’m feeling more and more settled here as each day passes.  I’ve learned all the main roads and no longer need to use my GPS to get to my three main points of interest (home, internship, work).  I also realized that almost anywhere I need to go is 15 minutes away so it makes timing things easy.  I also think I’ve finally mastered the parking garage after a week.

Now I’m gearing up for another full week! I’ll be working at The Cellar 4 evenings and working my internship 1 or 2 days along with an event on Saturday.  With the rate I’m going it seems like its going to be a VERY busy summer and when I’m not working I’m usually on the beach working on my tan!

 

P.S. I finally have lamps in my apartment so I no longer have to sit in the dark! 🙂