Wednesday, January 26, 2011

happy half birthday to me!

Today, January 26, 2011, is my half birthday! I realized this as I was staring at the time/date on my phone on the bus from Rutherford to campus today. Back in middle school and the beginning of high school, my friends and I used to celebrate my half birthday since I am a July baby. It used to be a HUGE deal to have your locker decorated and get balloons on your birthday while you were in school. So it was obviously completely necessary that I celebrated my half birthday in January. Nowadays, I suppose a half birthday is just another day. Just 6 months closer to being that dreaded age...20! Yikess!

However, Elder Wheatley must've known it was my half birthday this week because I received a fabulous care package from him just a few days ago! Actually the relation of getting a package from him this week and it being my half birthday is nonexistent. But hey, it was the perfect coincidence!

I have sent James many care packages over the years, from a birthday care package when he spent his summer at BYU to a few care packages since he has been in the MTC. I always have jokingly said that he neeeds to send me one back, but really never thought it would actually happen (especially now that he is away on his mission). To my surprise, however, I found a little brown box left on my doorstep on Monday when I came back from class. As I was walking up to 888, I assumed it was going to be my textbooks I ordered online. But no, it was from Elder Wheatley himself! I was shocked. I ran inside and opened it up immediately, so curious to see what was inside!

First of all, let me just say that the boy did an amazing job putting together his very first package he has ever sent! The package included cookies or "bolachas", sweets, pictures from the MTC, postcards, my weekly 4-page letter, and my very own MTC tshirt inside a BYU bookstore bag! I didn't even know they made Missionary Training Center tshirts! I was so soo surprised.

Thank you, James for making my 19 and 1/2 birthday so special!! I miss you.

Monday, January 24, 2011



Last night was Bid Night, and we got the HOTTEST pledge class ever. I am so excited for SPRING 11 (even if it means retiring my time as an aphi baby).

The girls got the cutest maroon pullovers that say Alpha Phi on them, and I have been LOVING seeing them today wearing them on campus! This year, the chapter also got Bid Day shirts (which we have never done before). Sooo exciting!

I am about to go pick up my first buddy, Mia, and take her to the house for her first dinner with her pledge class. So excited for her and the other babies!

Here is to an amazing week and semester with our newest spring 11 ladies! Get ready for the time of your LIVES!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

back to school

Today was the first day of my sophomore second semester. I have one word to describe how I feel about it...wahhh! Is that even a word? Oh well. Basically, it feels like I have been in school since last Saturday since I have been in Blacksburg that long. I guess Recruitment workshops, Open House round, and Philanthropy round don't count for credits. Bummer!

After a very busy weekend at the Alpha Phi house, Recruitment is now halfway over! Bittersweet. I can't wait for this weekend though. Bid Day is gonna be the BEST with all the new aphi babies!! It was really great to have Monday off (MLK day) to just sleep and get ready to go back to school. For dinner, KJ and I even met up with Alexandra and Ta at West End (unexpectedly). It was so fun! We had lots of laughs over a delicious West End meal, I missed that place. The only thing missing was the creme brulee.

Today, I woke up wayyy early for my 12:30 class. I think my internal body clock is a little confused. It is used to waking up at 5am for Recruitment. NOT okay! But it just gave me plenty of time to gather my thoughts, eat a balanced breakfast, and look sharp in my Alpha Phi letters. Around 11:30 I caught the bus to campus, and was 45 minutes early for my Leadership class. Typical! I just sat in the lobby of the building and called my Mommy while I waited for all of my PY lship buddies to arrive.

After that class, I had a 2 hr break until BIT 2406, so Megas and I went to Westy for lunch. We wanted salads, but they were out of lettuce. REALLY?! Such an inconvenience. So I settled for quiche and fruit. Not bad. Then I walked all the way to Surge, literally the farthest walk I have ever made on campus, and sat for 30 minutes outside the classroom. No one knows what I was doing at my classes so early today.

After that class, which seems like it is going to be the hardest class of my life, I went home for a little. I checked the mailbox, and got two things: Comcast bill and letter from Elder Wheatley! YAY! I walked inside 888 and read my letter, then scurried off to West End (AGAIN) to meet Ta and Morgirl for dinner. We all got salads! They must have miraculously gotten a lettuce shipment sometime between 2 and 5 today. But it was delicious! I settled for rasberry lemon cheesecake for dessert since there was still no creme brulee to be found. After dinner, I had my first SAA meeting of the semester. It was fun to see all of my fav most spirited Hokies and talk about the new adjustments to SAA!

Wow, hard to believe I did all of that in one day. I can't even believe it! I suppose my days have always been like this during the semester, but it just seems like a lot coming from winter break. Looks like I am going to have a very eventful week, month, and semester ahead of me! We will see what Spring 2011 has in store. I can hardly wait...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

ready or not, here I come

New year, new semester, new adventures. As winter break comes to a screeching halt, I am opening my agenda (literally) to many new and exciting activities. I head back to Blacksburg on Saturday to take on polish week to prepare for Sorority Recruitment. I can't wait to spend every waking moment at the Alpha Phi house, and to get the best new phi babies in the world!

Of course, I also have new classes and new textbooks to look forward to following the first weekend of recruitment. Only 12 credits this semester though, YES! On top of that, I have many new positions and extracurriculars at VT which I can't wait to dive into. Relay For Life meetings on Tuesdays, SAA meetings every other Tuesday, Orientation Leader class on Wednesday nights, Leadership Team meetings and 2013 Marketing tasks, Alpha Phi Chapter meetings on Sundays, plus a new addition to our Alpha Phi family to care for. Looks like this semester is going to be one for the books. I just hope I can keep up with it all!

This is fair warning to all my blogfrogs that Alpha Phi is about to take over my life for the next few weeks. I hope to write a quick blog or two when I get a chance. But give the girl a break! I do what I can, and I love what I do. Oh, and I love you all too!

Much love,

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

deebz+stean=nova love

I can't believe it! Deebz's 2.5 week visit to NOVA is over. I woke up at 8:30am this morning to take her back to Dulles airport with Erin and Fish. Feels like just yesterday we were going to pick her up from the same airport amidst the snow and flight delays. I wish there was going to be snow resulting in more flight delays today, but unfortunately we have very clear skies. Have a safe flight back to sunny Florida Deebz!

Let's look back at just some of the adventures we had while DB was visiting her NOVA loves:

On The Border for dinner with Grace, Steph, and Shanley. Followed by RTC to see "Little Fockers" (great movie by the way), and taking pictures by the RTC Christmas tree.

Making muddy buddies and other treats with Sara and Yost. Always lots of laughs when we are all gathered in the kitchen together!

VT Alpha Phi and USF ADPi photo shoot and Christmas present exchange. You rep that NOVA shirt Deebz!

Otani's dinner with Deebz's fav girls was sort of the last hurrah! From fried rice, to lo mein, to shrimp, to chicken, to sherbet for dessert. I'd say it was a very successful dinner and evening (with Deebz and I finishing off every last bit of our meals). Hehe, this is why I love my Deebz!

Although these four adventures are the only ones I have pictures of, that doesn't mean they were our only notable encounters. There were countless more along the way. Mall trips, noodles runs, cinnamon rolls, ben and jerry's, redbox, homemade dinners, late night chats and snacks, and of course, baking galore (just to name a few!).

I'm already missin' my BFF dearly, but I know she will be back for some more action-packed NOVA fun in the summertime! Until then, Deebz and Stean....signing out.