Friday, June 1, 2012
let's count to twelve.
I like to make lists
announcements & news & stuffs
(I have this strange adoration for calling my friends "kids." don't take it personally.)
soo, I feel like I've finally caught up on all the exciting things things that have been happening & all the photos I needed to post (hah, not really, but I'm pretending for now). and that's a good thing.
there happen to be an abundance of exciting things going on right now, so we have not quite reached the end, you see.
so first, some basic updates.
1: new blog design not by me.
I feel slightly embarrassed--I forgot the new design was even up. miss Hannah did it for me, and she was/is fabulous. especially because I really needed to be done with that winterish design but had absolutely no time on my hands whatsoever. so, thanks dear! I love it.
2: new blog design by me.
speaking of which, I recently did up a little design for my friend Megan at her blog. check it out & tell her you did, maybe?
3: meeting people.
recently more than ever before, I've had people tell me they read my blog. like, people I meet, or people I know, or people I used to know...they'll ask me about it, or make references to it, or just tell me "oh yeah, I read that." it kinda sorta makes my day.
4: I'm going to France.
5: no really, I'm going to France.
oh. have I not explained this yet? oh dear me, I haven't explained this yet. okay, wow. here goes.
so my mom has this friend who is a professor, and this year she--her name is Lori--happens to have the job that's in charge of the exchange/study abroad program in France. so she's been living over there keeping track of the students and all that jazz.
back in the day, when both my mom and Lori were studying French in college, they went to France together. and five years ago when Lori had the job previously, she said, "heck Holly [that's my mommy], you have a free place to stay. come visit me."
so through lots of figuring things out and such, my mom and sister Cassie did.
and now, five years later, Lori has the job again, and guess what? it's my turn.
yeah. it's crazy.
my brother Grant and I are going along with my mom this time. we leave in five days. five days. aahhh! my last final is on Tuesday, and I jump on a plane on Wednesday. can you say crazy? yeah.
we're going to be gone a full month, until the first week of July. most of the time we'll be staying in Strasbourg, the little town on the German border where Lori lives. but of course we'll go to Paris, and we're actually flying in and out of London. I'm so excited. it's still a little surreal, guys. I feel so crazy blessed and totally cannot wait.
6: I have been freaking out a little, if you're wondering.
meanwhile, hello I'm trying to finish up my school year and pack and plan and study and do all this stuff before I have to leave in such a short amount of time and oh gosh I hope all my friends don't forget me while I'm away.
7: guest posters.
so while I'm gone that long, long time with no phone service or internet access, I've lined up a couple guest posters for ya. you'll love them. and who knows, I may even have time to schedule a post before I go...
like I said, my last final isn't until Tuesday, the day before I leave. oh, it's June already [wow, it's June already!] and oh, summer come to me! it's going to be a grand summer, folks. I can feel it in my bones.
9: the Les Mis trailer came out.
10: so about my sister.
Cassie? you've heard about her? yeah. she graduates tomorrow. we had her [huge] party last weekend, and it was beyond epic. no really. it was sweltering hot, but all her (and thus my) friends came, and we had a blast. plus--plus--Ruthie showed up!! you know that redhead you've seen around here, the one that moved to Texas on me? she flew in for the weekend & totally, totally surprised us. it was....amazing. I'm still in shock that it happened.
also, my sister is leaving me. she's going to be living in Canada for nearly six months doing missions work and being immersed in French to learn the language, and she leaves while I'm in Europe. rude, right? I'm going to have an emotional break-down when I come home to no sister/best friend/hero.
referring to the photos above featuring the lovely Abigail! ...her hands, anyway. this is just a sneak peak into her pretty spectacular senior shoot, which I'm sure you'll be seeing around here soon.
12: life is kind of great.
it's also kind of interesting, and also kind of awkward, and also kind of weird, and also kind of crazy.
but I think overall, it's kinda great. so don't forget it.
see ya kids soon!