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Senioritis

Monday, November 28, 2011

Well it's official...senioritis has definitely set in.  Thanksgiving break gave me just enough of a break to make me not want to be back at school.  It's hard to believe there is only a week and a half left of classes, and that my projects are all due next Tuesday.  Where has this semester gone?  And why can I not get my brain back in work mode?   I have a TON of stuff due this Thursday and I really need my brain to start functioning in design mode again.  I was talking with Jodi last night and we decided college would be perfect if we could live this life minus classes.  Then we decided every student in a major other than Interior Design does live that lifestyle.  We've all decided we are crazy for choosing this major.  No one warned us going in how hard, time consuming, and stressful it would be.  I've been at it for 3 1/2 years now and my brain is beginning to shut down.  Unfortunately for me however, I cannot give into these senioritis feelings.  I must get back to work and finish these projects.  (I just don't want to!).

Sigh.

I can do this.  I will make it.  I can do this.  Right?  Oh I hope so.
This is what my to do list looks like for the next 4 days:

  • Draw 3 perspectives
  • Render those perspectives
  • Finalize 4 elevations
  • Render those elevations
  • Draw an axonometric
  • Render that axonometric
  • Draw my ceiling plan for the Wrenn Room
  • Choose lighting and other accessories for Wrenn
  • Put all my programming and budge information into a spec book
  • Finalize my kitchen elevations
  • Draw a perspective of my Kitchen
  • Put together 3 boards for my store project
  • Present my store project
  • Draw my sections and details for the kitchen project
I'm officially stressed out.  Funny thing is, I'm on top of all my checkpoints and deadlines for each project and I still have all of that left to do.  I can do this?????   I can do this.

On the bright side, after I turn all of that craziness in, I will get to spend a relaxing weekend with Cassie, Todd, and Kevin. Along with Meredith's boyfriend Jack, and Jodi's guy Ryan.  Hotel Motel 409 is officially booked with 5 guests, we are no longer taking reservations! Ha!  It's going to be a CRAZY fun weekend in room 409!  (I just have to make it to Thursday!)

Norton here I come!

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Thursday Thoughts: Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 24, 2011

On this wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, I can't help but find myself thinking about how thankful I am.  This season calls us to remember the things in life that we are given, and it reminds us all to be thankful.  There are so many things in my life I'm thankful for this year, and I am truly blessed with the life God gave me. Here are the 10 things I'm most thankful for (these are in no particular order).

  1. I'm thankful for my family.  For the Christian upbringing they gave me, the values and morals they instilled in my life, and the love they have always shown me.  I'm thankful for their never ending support in all aspects of my life.  I'm thankful to have a family that loves me unconditionally, encourages me to follow my dreams, and trusts me.  I have been truly blessed by the most wonderful family in the entire world and I love all of you dearly.
  2. I'm thankful for my friends. I am so thankful for all the wonderful friends the Lord has put in my life. I'm thankful for the good times and laughs we have shared together.  I'm thankful for the tears we've cried together and the memories we've made.  I'm thankful to have so many wonderful friends I can trust unconditionally and lean on when in need.  I'm thankful for the support they give and the love they show.  I'm thankful for how they challenge me to grow, and for the comfort and joy they provide.  I love you all! 
  3. I'm thankful for my relationship with the Lord. I have been blessed with an amazing upbringing where religious morals have always been instilled into my life.  I'm thankful for the amazing gift God gave when He sent His son to die for us.  I'm thankful for the forgiveness, guidance, love, comfort, and strength he provides every day. I'm thankful for the gift of Heaven and the chance to become a better me.  I'm thankful for all the opportunities God has provided me with and all the mission trips I've been able to take part in.  My relationship with the Lord has been my strength and guiding force in life. That gift is simply irreplaceable.
  4. I'm thankful for the gift of laughter. There is truly nothing more refreshing in this world than a good laugh.  Everyone says they always see me laughing, and that's because I truly love to laugh. I'm thankful for how such a simple act can uplift one's day.  I love the impact it has on me and others.  I love the joy and closeness it brings to everyone.
  5. I'm thankful for my parents. I'm thankful that they love the Lord, that they love each other, and that they love me. I'm thankful that they care for others and have instilled that quality into my life.  I'm thankful for the care they give and the things they provide even in the hard times.  I'm thankful for the unending faith and strength they place in the Lord. I'm thankful for their guidance, support, and love.
  6. I'm thankful for my sister. I'm thankful for all the memories and laughs we've shared. I'm thankful that she knows what I'm thinking when no one else does.  I'm thankful for our inside jokes and times spent together.  I'm thankful for the man she married and the example she sets through their marriage. I'm thankful for her walk with the Lord and her encouragement she gives to grow in mine. I'm thankful that no matter how much we may frustrate each other that at the end of the day she still loves me and will always be my sister.
  7. I'm thankful for my dog. Oh my sweet sweet Coconut.  I'm so thankful for the joy I feel when I'm around him.  I'm thankful for his sweet kisses and hilarious tricks. I'm thankful for his occasional cuddles and late night barks.  I'm thankful that he loves to sleep in my room, gets excited when I come home, and cries when I leave.  I'm thankful that even as a dog he has a personality and lights up anyone's day when they see him.
  8. I'm thankful for the simple joys in life.  Things like the joy you feel after turning a large project in, the warmth on your skin from the sun when you first go outside, the peacefulness you feel when you lay down at night.  I'm thankful for good stories, pedicures, relaxation, holiday spirit, and inside jokes.  I'm thankful for fall colors, spring flowers, home-cooked meals, and comfortable clothes.  All these little things, remind me daily to be thankful.
  9. I'm thankful for our freedom. I am reminded, especially the last few weeks, of how precious a gift the men and women that serve our Country are.  I'm thankful for their sacrifice and willingness to protect people they don't even know.  I'm thankful for the freedom that results from their love and sacrifice.  I'm thankful for their families and the support and love they show to their children serving. I'm thankful for the ability to live in a place that allows us the freedom to make our own choices and encourages it daily.  Today I'm thankful for all the men and women out there serving our Country.  Your efforts do not go unnoticed and I am truly grateful for you and all you do!
  10. I'm thankful for my creative skills. My creative abilities have made me who I am today.  I'm thankful for my calling and my ability to utilize this skill.  I'm thankful that I'm challenged daily to try new things and push my abilities even further.  I'm thankful for the joy expressing my creativity brings to others and myself.  I'm thankful that I can use this quality to help others and change lives.  I'm thankful for such a seemingly small quality, that has truly changed and shaped my life.

Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope yours is as wonderful as ours!!!

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever."  Psalm 107:1

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A View Through My Eyes Part 2

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I think it's official.  Yep, I've officially gone cross-eyed.

On the bright side....my electrical plans are now done! 

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Quick Update

I've still got a lot of work to do, so I'm going to have to make this post a quick one.

Last night I finished:

  • My reflected ceiling plans
  • The Wrenn Room elevations (I just need to key them now)
Today my goal is to finish:
  • Electrical/Switching plans for Wrenn
  • Kitchen Elevations
  • Cabinet plans for the kitchen project
Haiti update:  I got another $300 in this week, so I'm only $200 away from my final goal!  I'm hoping to get a little extra in to give to Dorothy for a Christmas present to support her ministry and any after that will go to help Cassie finish raising her money.  It's getting SO close I can taste it!  Thank you to everyone who has supported this trip so far!!! And thank you for all of your prayers.  They are greatly appreciated and still very much needed.  Thank you everyone!  Your support has been incredible!

Dorothy and a couple of her kids in front of her house.  This is where we'll be staying.

A couple of the babies Dorothy takes care of.

A glimpse of Haiti.  Dorothy rescues her children from these conditions.

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A View Through My Eyes

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I'm trying very hard to be productive in Norton today.  We've got a LOT of stuff due on Tuesday and I've only got part of it done.  Megan and I came over here this afternoon around 1pm only to find that the power was out on main campus and they couldn't let us into the building.  We lost 3 hours of productivity time, but I'll be honest I enjoyed having a few hours to relax.  We finally got into the building at 4pm and have been working non-stop since.  A dinner break will happen soon, but we'll be in here all night weekend.  Here, take a look at what I'm seeing for the next 8 hours:

My work area.  Orderly chaos as always.

An overview of all the plans drawn on my CAD file at this moment.

Make you dizzy?  Yeah I think I'm going cross-eyed or will be by the time I do this to the other 3 floors.

Oh Norton.  We have a love-hate relationship.  I will love it again when I turn this project in and have the satisfaction of finishing another project.  Until then, we are not on great terms. 

This is my to do list for Tuesday:
  • Wrenn Room Elevations
    • Key elevations to my floor plan
  • Reflected Ceiling plan of all 4 floors in Wrenn (that'd be the dizzying picture above)
  • Electrical/Switching plan for all 4 floors in Wrenn
  • Finish cabinet plan for kitchen project
  • Draw the rest of my elevations for the kitchen
Sounds like I've gotten nothing done but the other parts due for Tuesday that I've finished are:
  • Finalize my Wrenn budget and key all furniture to my floor plan
  • Finalize fabric choices for Wrenn
  • Finished my new construction plan for the kitchen project
  • Part of my kitchen elevations are done
  • Part of my reflected ceiling plans are done
Whew! I should get back to work now.

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The Rise of the Nutcrackers

Friday, November 18, 2011

It's that time of year again folks.  Time for HPU to shine their holiday spirit with the rise of the Nutcrakcers. Yep, every year our promenade gets lined with Nutcrackers.  They put one on almost every light pole down the promenade with strings of Christmas lights up the pole to make it shine. They are beautiful, and always a hot topic of discussion around here.  Last year we had the fall of the Nutcrackers, which made top news around High Point. The wind knocked them right down.  See ----v

This year they are standing strong so far. 
I also got a good laugh today when I pulled up to Norton to see two new friends guarding the building.

From what I could tell, we are the only building with Nutcrackers.  I guess HPU thought this building needed a little extra protection since we're in here at all hours.  Ha! Aren't they cute?

Another Happy Early Christmas from HPU!


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Friday Five: Must Have Etsy Items (part 2)

If you remember from this post, I told you about my five favorite Etsy finds.  After scouring Etsy and the Fabulous Fun Finds Blog Peppermint Giveaways  I've found five more must have Etsy items.  (These would make great Christmas presents for all you family reading :D along with the other list of 5).  These are in no particular order.

5.  This necklace with an A charm.  This Etsy shop owner made the necklaces we are giving to Dorothy's staff when we go to Haiti.  They are adorable and affordable!  I'd want an 18in chain but they're great.

4. This necklace. I found this necklace on the fabulous fun finds blog during their giveaway.  I love the color and uniqueness of this necklace.

3. This Pillow.  I've noticed lately that I have a bit of an obsession love for pillows.  This is currently top on my must buy list, although there are a LOT of others I can't afford want.

2. This necklace. I also saw this necklace on a fabulous fun find giveaway.  I think it is so beautiful.

1.  This one is a little more tricky because I'm not exactly sure when or if I'll be able to get it. While looking through one of my favorite Etsy shops (pillows :D) I saw one of her pillows laying on top of this blanket.  I fell in love with it and have been looking everywhere for one since. I emailed the shop owner and come to find out, she made this blanket but apparently with the amount of labor and time it took, it's not profitable. Darn.  She is going to try to figure out a way, after the holidays, to make it more successfully (and profitably) and then will let me know.  I'm REALLY hoping she can figure out a way because I'm in love with it! So this is definitely a must have Etsy find, but clearly not a good Christmas present.  Maybe birthday :)

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Homemade Delights: Coca-Cola Pork

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanks to my lovely sister, I now have a crockpot to cook with in our apartment.  Before, I was limited to only two burners and a microwave, but a whole new world of cooking options just opened up!  For our 'family dinner' this week, I decided to try my hand at my mom's Coca-Cola Pork recipe.  Apparently my dad found this recipe a while back on the Coke website (go figure he would be the one to find a recipe that calls for Coke), and it has become one of our family's favorites.  All you need is:

  •  A crockpot
  • Pork Roast, Boston Butt, Pork Shoulder, or Pork Tenderloin (any of them work fine, I say go for the cheapest!)
  • A small bottle of coke
Simply sprinkle salt and pepper onto the pork option of your choice.  Pour Coke into the crockpot until it rises about an inch. For my small crockpot it took around 12oz.  Place the pork into the Coke. The coke will rise to almost cover the pork.  Turn the crockpot on low and let it sit for 8-10 hours.  Once it's finished cooking simply pull it apart and serve!  You can serve it how it is, or sometimes mom will pour barbecue sauce on it.  Both are great and very easy to make!

My first try was a success! Many more crockpot recipes to come soon!

My new platter I painted with Jodi Chesko!

You've got to have some great sides to go along! Clearly my roommates had already dug in before I was able to snag a picture.

Thanks for the crockpot E!


Ps. My babysitting interview is tomorrow! Fingers crossed I will get the job!

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Rain Rain Go Away

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It has been raining non-stop here today.  Now as much as I enjoy a good rain occasionally, I've had my fill today.  I would like to see the sun at least once, and that my friends has not happened today.  To top it off we are now under a tornado watch and I'm in Norton.  I would be in Norton when a tornado hits.

I don't mind the rain so much as I do the side effects.

The wet feet,
The soggy bottoms of your pants,
The soaked car door after trying to get in your car,
The leaky car door that makes my back floor board wet,
My soaked class bags,
The wet umbrella that creates puddles everywhere I go,
The puddles that look harmless until you step into them and they go up to your ankles,

The wetness everywhere!  It's not fun! 

I like to be in bed while it's raining and sleep to the sound of it.  Only problem is I have 3 projects that are due in about 2 1/2 weeks and sleep...well sleep is not an option right now. 

And when HPU built our building, they put a drain pipe straight through my closet so it sounds like an uneven waterfall going through my room while its raining.  I applaud HPU's efforts to be green and reuse rain water, but come on, through my closet?!?!  There's a storage room right beside our apartment, wouldn't it have made more sense to put it there???  I'm just saying!

Ok I feel better now.  I'll go back to doing my projects.

What do you hate most about rainy days?

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Design Inspiration: Mirror Makeover

When I moved into school this year, one of the first things I noticed was the mirror missing in my room.  HPU puts a mirror in each room for all students, but for some odd reason I was the only one in our suite this year that did not get one.  We also weren't given our big mirror for the living room.  When we contacted the HPU maintenance and furniture people, they brought us a mirror for the living room (the size of the one that should be in my room) but not one for my bedroom. They told us they couldn't give us the large size one and were only allowed to bring in one mirror.  It had something to do with not being able to hang stuff unless it was already given.  I don't know, it didn't quite make sense to me, but that is what they said. While, I'm very happy we have a mirror in our living area now, I still really wanted a mirror for my room.  I have a full length on my closet door, but I wanted one that was smaller and in an area with better lighting to use while getting ready.  So I came up with a solution.

The other day, while shopping with Megan Steele, I ran across this really cute mirror at Ross for only $15. It had an ugly wood frame, but I knew a coat of spray paint would make it quite the little charm.  I forgot to take a picture of the original mirror but here's one that is very similar to what mine used to look like.

Ugly right?  Maybe it could be pretty in a traditional space, but it didn't fit my taste.  So after purchasing the mirror, I bought a can of spray paint, grabbed a free newspaper from our Concierge desk, and headed to the back of Norton to spray paint it.

All you have to do is tape around the edges of the mirror and then lay a sheet of newspaper to cover the rest of the exposed glass. Secure the newspaper once the mirror is completely covered, and you're good to go.  I had to put about 3 coats of spray paint on to cover the old finish.  Some of the original finish still shows through in certain areas, but I kind of like the look it gave.  I may do another coat of paint one day, but it works great for now.  This was my final look:
Close up view of the detail.

 Finished product before being hung.

Its final resting place.  To the left of my desk behind my door.

While I wish the wall color in our room was darker to make the mirror pop more, I think it looks pretty good.  It turned into quite a cute mirror. All for under $20!


Mirror: $15
Spray Paint: $4
Newspaper:  Free
Total:  Under $20!

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Design Inspiration: Pillows and Rosettes

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Over the past few weeks I've come to realize that I have developed quite the love for pillows and rosettes.  I don't know what it is about them, but they are beautiful and make me smile every time. After going through Pinterest, Etsy and the Fabulous Fun Finds blog I have noticed my love for them even more.  Every time I'm at a store I automatically go to the pillows.  While I can't afford them quite yet I still love to look.  My favorites are the ones embellished with ruffles, sequins, and rosettes (obviously).  It adds just enough spark to add a little interest to a space.  I can picture almost every pillow somewhere in my home one day. I cannot wait to have a house to decorate and a job to pay for my obsessions loves. Some day. Until then, maybe you can get a little inspiration from some of my favorite pillows and rosette applications for your space.  They are quite beautiful!

Check out a few of my favorites!


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I need your help!

Monday, November 14, 2011

I need your help blogging and facebook world!  I am only $600 away from being able to go to Haiti in December to serve at the Faith Hope Love Infant Rescue. Read more about our trip here. Will you please consider making a donation to help us get to Haiti?  Any amount will help, no gift is too small!  If you would like to make a donation all you have to do is make a check out to me, Allyson Hemric and send it to:


833 Montlieu Ave
Campus Box 21104
High Point, NC 27262

OR 

If you know my parents, you can give them a check

OR

You can make a donation online here:


ChipIn is a completely safe site used my 1,000s to raise money for their event.  You simply click "ChipIn" and it will redirect you to a page where you can donate money with a debit/credit card or through your PayPal account.  All donations go directly to my PayPal account, which will go directly to our trip to Haiti.

It's that easy.  I could really use your help!

Thank you to everyone who has already supported my trip! It would not be possible without you!!

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Notice Something?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

What's wrong with this picture (other than the poor quality)???  It was taken on November 1st outside of Norton Hall.


Do you see it? Maybe this picture will help:
See it now?

Yes folks, that would be Christmas decorations up only a day after Halloween.  Now I know HPU is all about some holiday spirit and making the campus look beautiful, but can we get to Thanksgiving first please??  After thanksgiving I'll be more than happy to start hearing Christmas tunes on the promenade, seeing light poles sparkling with Christmas lights, and Christmas trees going up.  However, I'm not quite ready for it yet.  And the other problem with this photo? I was at Norton the day after Halloween. And not only was I at Norton the day after Halloween, but as you can see from the pictures I was there well into the night as well. Those rooms all lit up on the 2nd floor to the left of the door... yeah that's where I was and/or always will be.  Story of my life.  Happy early Christmas from HPU!

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Homemade Delights

Saturday, November 12, 2011

One of my favorite foods growing up was my Great Grandmother's soupy corn.  When she passed away my grandmother began making it and it has carried on through the generations.  When summer hits and corn on the cob comes in season, my first thought is I can't wait to eat her soupy corn.  It's best with fresh from the garden corn and made by my grandmother, but tonight I decided to try my hand at making a batch.  I've been craving it for months now, and with the weather getting so cold I thought it would make a great dinner.  Yesterday at Erin's I got out our Hemric Family Cookbook, wrote the recipe down, and decided I'd make it tonight.  Unfortunately I couldn't use fresh from the garden corn, but Harris Teeter had some in their produce aisle that worked perfectly.  I whipped together a batch using the recipe, opened up some Zesta crackers and indulged. It tasted just like my grandma's and I felt like I was at home again.  Delicious!


SO good and really easy. The hardest part was cutting the corn off the cob, but it wasn't difficult.

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It'll Only Take a Second

On this beautiful Saturday evening will you please take a quick second to answer my poll located to the right of this post? Simply click on your favorite topic I write about and hit vote.  It's that easy!  I'm trying to get an idea of what people enjoy reading the most on my blog so I know what to write more of.  Please, it'll only take a second!

Don't see an option that's your favorite?  Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite posts/things to read about on my blog.  Or leave me a comment and suggest some other ideas you'd like to see.

Thank you :)

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Friday (Four &) Five: Baker Edition

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sitting at Baker today, I was trying to come up with an idea for my Friday Five, when it hit me that I should show you all my favorite Baker pieces.  As I walked through the showroom, picking just 5 items was a bit hard.  Everything is so beautiful here and ultra-comfortable. So instead of just picking 5 items, I chose my five favorite pieces, along with my four favorite spots/exhibits in the showroom (hence the Friday Four & Five title).  So brace yourselves to see some beautiful items and be prepared: This post will be picture overload!

My Five Favorite Pieces in Baker:
5.  The Anneau Table Lamp.  I love the organic curves and appeal of this lamp. It would go well in almost any contemporary or transitional space.  It comes in bronze or white and retails around $2,000 depending on the finish.




4. Thomas Pheasant Temple Console. This beautiful console table with classical column legs is perfect for an entry way, small buffet in a dining room, or as an elegant console table in a living room.  It retails around $7000.


3.  Thomas Pheasant Paris Bed. This is the perfect upholstered bed, with a tufted headboard, beautiful pillows, and elegant fabrics.  It's a king size which everyone loves and I think it is absolutely stunning! Retail price starts around $10,000, as shown its $13710 (I think I have good taste!).

2. Thomas Pheasant Etagere. These last two were a little bit harder for me because I love them both equally.  They are both, hands-down, my absolute favorite pieces in the ENTIRE showroom.  This etagere (or as you call it bookshelf) is absolutely stunning. It comes as one unit and while it is gorgeous standing alone, it is breath-taking when grouped together. See for yourself.  (I think I'm going to get Pa to make a knock-off version of this for me one day!) Retail price $9150.
I love the crisp white books and accents used on this grouping! (keep a lookout, you may see this again further down)

A smaller grouping with colorful accents. Stunning isn't it?

1. Thomas Pheasant Moderne Wing Chair.  Like I said, this chair and the etagere above are both my favorite pieces, but I listed this one as number one because of its comfort quality. You'd have to sit in it to understand, but this chair hugs you when you sit.  It's my favorite place to relax in the showroom and I would love to have it in my house one day.  I can picture myself curling up in a blanket on this chair with a nice cup of hot chocolate enjoying my favorite movie.  Oh yes.  I will own this one day! Retail price starts at $5775, as shown $7623.

Now for my Four Favorite areas in Baker:

4.  The McGuire Chair Wall: The very first time I walked through Baker, this is the display that stuck out in my mind.  I love the creative display for chairs. You get to see every style, finish, angle, etc.  Genius I tell you, and beautiful!

3. The Fabric Walls: Obviously with my major I have a true obsession love for beautiful fabrics.  This wall is one of my favorite places to explore, along with the sample fabrics to the left and right of it.  I love having access to high quality fabric samples.  It comes is very handy with my major. 

2. The Lamp Wall: Now come on, what designer wouldn't love this wall?? Fabulous I tell you! They've got pretty much every lamp Baker carries on display here and as stunning as it looks, it's even more fun to explore.  I can't wait until I can actually look with the intent to buy!

1. And my all time favorite place in the showroom.  Can you guess it?  The Thomas Pheasant Bedroom:  Surprised? Clearly since 3 of my 5 favorite Baker pieces are all in one room, this is my favorite place!  I want this bedroom setup so badly. It's perfect. (I was sitting in the Moderne Wing Chair when I took this)

Whew! I think that's enough pictures for one day! It's time for me to get up off my favorite chair and hit the road to go home.  Off to decorate Erin's apartment now!!

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Thursday Thoughts: One of those days

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Yeah, its been one of those days.  One of those days where you wish you had slept in, not gone to class, stayed inside, and relaxed.  One of those days where you mess things up unintentionally and unfortunately cannot get back.  One of those days that class is too much stress to deal with in the moment, and all you want to do is go back to the room, curl up in bed, watch some TV, sleep, and wake up hoping tomorrow will be better. Yeah, one of those days.

Tomorrow will be better though.  I get to head home for a day or two, see my family, help my sister decorate her apartment, and hang out with the people I love the most.  I get to have the comforts of home surrounding me, my sweet coconut to cuddle up with (if he'll let me), good home-cooked meals, and relaxation. Oh relaxation...you are so desperately needed!

It's that time of the year again where life becomes...well...chaotic.  Finals are only a few weeks away. Project deadlines are creeping up fast, Haiti plans need to be finalized, tests are coming, papers are due, holiday shopping needs to get done, and I still need to somehow manage to stay sane during it all. Whew, I'm tired just thinking about it!

Maybe these can help sum up how I'm feeling:




 If those don't cover it, this one should:

Ha!

On a happier note, my friend Todd comes home from basic on the 22nd, and we'll all finally get to hang out for the first time since the summer! We haven't been able to talk to him in months and we've all missed him! I'm really excited to hang out with everyone again.  They're all so much fun and a blast to be around. Battle of the Sexes, Taboo, and Cranium round 3 here we come! Plus some much needed catching up!

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Haiti Update

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Things are moving right along for our trip to Haiti!!  I've gotten in almost $1,000, which leaves me around $600 to go!  Our tickets are booked, insurance purchased, hold harmless forms sent, gifts made, and we're getting excited!! I looked at the countdown today and it said only 50 days, that's crazy! The only thing holding us back now is getting the rest of the money in.  As students we can't come up with $1700 on our own, but because of every one's support, you are making it possible!  The Lord does provide!

I had a dream the other night about our time in Haiti, and it made me miss it so much more.  I cannot wait to return, love on the kids, Dorothy, and her staff, and enjoy a couple of weeks being completely immersed in God's will.  I don't know what He has planned for our time there, and I don't fully know what to expect. However, I know this is where He is calling me and my heart longs to be there every. single. day. I love Haiti, I love Dorothy and the work she is doing, I love the kids she's helping, and I am so excited to share this wonderful trip with my best friend.  It's going to be amazing!

Will you please continue to pray for our trip?  Pray for our travel, safety, and the preparation of our hearts. Pray that the people in Haiti will be receptive to us, that God will use us in ways we haven't though of, that we will get the funds in, and that God will bless our trip according to His will not ours. We need and appreciate your prayers!

Also, will you please prayerfully consider donating to our trip?  Any amount will help and goes a long way towards getting us to Haiti.  If you would like to make a donation simply make a check out to me, Allyson Hemric, and send it to:

833 Montlieu Ave
Campus Box 21104
High Point, NC 27262


Thank you so much to everyone who has supported our trip both financially and through prayer!  We cannot thank you enough, and are truly blessed by your efforts!  50 days and counting!!!

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Not Me Monday

Monday, November 7, 2011

I did not stay up until 2am cramming for my History of Architecture test last night. I am always prepared and on top of my game.

And I most definitely did not skip taking a shower last night and justify it with my cram session as an excuse.  I always take a shower, I would never skip one. That would just be gross.

And there is no way I would make time in my day to catch a good two hour nap. That would just be pathetic and lazy. And since I got a full night's sleep last night, that nap is definitely not needed.

And there is absolutely no way I'm going to skip Norton tonight and play Phase 10 with my roommates instead.  That would be unheard of. 


Nope. Not me.


Happy Monday!

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Simple Pleasures

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Crawling into bed tonight, I decided there are very few things better in this world than having clean sheets.  I washed my sheets for the first time in a while today, and I have been looking forward to going to bed ever since.  I love crawling into the fresh, clean smelling, soft, perfectly laid sheets on my bed.  It's one of those things that you have to experience to appreciate.  I also decided along with clean sheets, one of my other favorite things is when your head hits the pillow for the first time all day, your body relaxes, and for a split second the world is at peace. Nothing in that moment can bother you, and all your stresses slip away.  I love that feeling!  I think I just love sleep but that's beside the point.  Sleep does mean dreaming, and I love waking up the next morning trying to understand what I just dreamt about.  Dreams are odd, but really kind of fun and always unexpected.  Oh the simple pleasures of life!  I'm going to go enjoy my clean, good smelling sheets now, and sleep the night away.

(ps. I wish my sheets were washed and hung out on the clothesline to dry.  I always loved when my grandma dried our clothes that way.  It always made them smell SO much better and fresh.)

Goodnight!

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