Monday, June 25, 2012

Signs Of A Relaxing Weekend

A rare and beautiful thing happened this weekend. This Type A gal didn't follow an itinerary or sneak in work. Instead, she emerged herself in fun, rested, and enjoyed good company. (Don't worry, Kellie will stop talking in third person now.)

Everything about this weekend screamed relaxation.

Check out the indicators:

1. I got to see this guy.

Oh, how I missed you

Some things never change

2. I slept like a baby. Literally, I probably slept the same amount as is required by a newborn child.

3. I hardly looked at my phone, let alone was conscious of where it was located.

4. I went to a Saturday matinee.

Sci-fi flick a.k.a. 100 girlfriend points for me

5. I didn't feel compelled to hook up the Internet modem that arrived Friday afternoon until Sunday evening.

This weekend, I disconnected from distractions and connected with people I love and things that matter. Monday crept in entirely too quickly.

Monday, June 18, 2012


Yesterday, I moved into my new house in Athens, Ohio. In a few months, six special ladies (prepare for countless "This is our house!" photos) will move in with me. For now, I'm sharing the space with a subleaser.

Moving into a new place is always a process. Miscellaneous belongings are scattered all over my room, there is no Internet or hot water, maintenance men are putting in new floors (read: making loud noises at 8 a.m.), and my clothes are having anxiety about whether or not they will fit in the closet (they won't).

It's a work in progress, but it will all come together eventually.

In the past month and a half, I've lived in New York City, Las Vegas, NYC again, Dayton, and Athens.

Life has been moving at full speed -- which is exactly why I feel compelled to slow down, take a breath, and reflect on everything I'm feeling, doing, and thinking right now.

Currently I am ...

  • Listening to this song on repeat:

  • Drinking Donkey coffee like it's water.

Need. More. Coffee!

  • Getting back in the swing of schoolwork (note the highlighter and planner in above photo). I'm taking two online classes this summer: Money & Banking and Ethics, Media & Society. Can you feel my excitement radiating through the computer? Because I can feel your jealousy.

  • Feeling incredibly thankful for my parents. Yesterday, they helped me move a bed, a desk, and a TV from my old house into my new house.

    Bodybuilders in disguise

  • Waiting impatiently for my pal Maddie's next blog post. She is interning in Manhattan this summer and is sharing her experiences via a witty and fashion-conscious blog. My NYC withdraw symptoms are greatly mitigated by her photos and musings. Our big city stays overlapped for one rainy day.

Passing off the NYC torch

  • Anticipating an emotionally-charged reunion with Ping, the Ohio University student gym. I missed that place more than I missed most people while I was gone.

... and now, I'm getting back to organizing and cleaning my new house like the shameless OCD sufferer I am.

What are you doing?

Friday, June 15, 2012

I'm Gone

I'll make this short and sweet -- I'm back in Ohio.

My New York adventures are over (for now), and all I have to say is this:

I am forever grateful for the people I met, lessons I learned, and memories I made. 

"Once in a lifetime" does not even touch the experience I had.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The View From Las Vegas

You can stop worrying. I made it back from Las Vegas alive. Actually, I've been back in New York for a week. And, somehow, I haven't blogged.

Let me explain myself.

In Las Vegas, I was working on location for a live telecast production. Our entire team worked seven days a week. Twelve hour workdays were the norm. (What is sleep?) Needless to say, I had little time for blogging. I also only had Internet access while in my office. The odds were against me, no matter how compelled I was to preserve my adventures in blog form.

Now that I've had some time to catch up on sleep in "The City That Never Sleeps," I will bring you up to speed on my Vegas work-ation. But, I'm going to use pictures to do it. Lingering exhaustion tends to contort my words into nonsense -- I'll spare you.

Here we go!

My first night on The Strip

My home for three weeks -- Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

My room

My first full day in Vegas

"Did Caesar really live here?"

... Yes, yes he did

Check us out in theaters next month!

The (fake) Eiffel Tower

My Parisian meal from Mon Ami Gabi

Where I will tell people I stayed to impress them

My pseudo-debut on the red carpet

Trump Tower Pool

... Just because I could

Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!

Dinner at Bucca di Beppo

Embracing the whole "Year of the Dragon" thing

Watching the Bellagio fountain show


Comfort food from Serendipity

Enjoying vegetable sushi at KOI

Our night out at Marquee

Above & Beyond

The Blonde Brigade

Me and Giuliana Rancic, my role model and favorite TV personality
P.S. G is as amazing in real life as she is on TV
P.P.S. In my head, I'm on nickname basis with her

Our beautiful PR team on the 2012 Miss USA Red Carpet
(Taken by staff photographer Greg Harbaugh)

There you have it, a picture book of my trip to Las Vegas. Maybe once I have a little more time to reflect on everything I did in Sin City (read: think a complete thought), I will use sentences and punctuation to describe it.

... Or, maybe I won't.

After all, a picture's worth a thousand words. Consider this my Vegas novel.
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