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i had the time of my life and i’ve never felt this way before. and i swear this is true, and i owe it all to you. (part one)   2 comments

A.MAY.ZING.  That is the only way to describe this past weekend’s road trip back to Columbus, OH.  Exhausted, I’m sitting here debating whether to let my tired mind ramble on and on about the festivities or simply write: This weekend was, by far, (one of) the best weekend I’ve ever had in Columbus.  Let me reinstate that I lived in the city for over a year and there have definitely been some memorable moments in Buckeye Country since first visiting 7 years ago.  Okay, that’s it.  Let me give you the details instead of just writing that it was A.MAY.ZING.  But it really was quite A.MAY.ZING….because of all the people I spent it with.  So, to each and every one of you- Stef, Jen, Kristin, Jim, Jay, Ashley, Nicky, Tony, Brandon, Ryan, Charlie, and many new friends, etc.- THANK YOU!

Where do I even begin?  The beginning, I guess, sounds like a good start.  So the beginning of our trip to Columbus would be when Stef and I ventured downtown to catch our 10 pm Megabus.  I could tell you about some of the shenanigans of our overnight bus trip, but instead I”ll leave it at- what happens on Megabus, stays on Megabus.  Well I’ll just say that if it wasn’t so cheap and convenient, then I’d probably have stopped riding it by now.  With a feel restless hours of ‘sleep’ under our belts, and a whole lot of thinking & stressing for me, we landed at the intersection of High St. and Nationwide Blvd. around 6:30 am and immediately made our way to the hotel (aka our home for the weekend).  Although excitement was seeping through our veins, we opted for a little napping before we caffeinated ourselves with Starbucks and fueling with lunch at North Market

After crepes in Goodale Park (my backyard when living in my first C-bus apartment), Jen picked us up and carted our carless butts to (drumroll please) Easton!!!  I was (so happy that I had the chance to introduce Stef to Easton- my retail sanctuary for therapy.  We stopped at all the basics- H&M, Forever XXI, Buckeye Corner– and ironically and completely unexpected, ran into a former Hampton classmate of ours.  It’s a small world.  After buying new shoes (and a hat for me), we settled for some (more) caffeine and snacks at ‘bucks and sat outside to enjoy the rest of the cool fall afternoon. 

You know, for me, that was one of the most memorable moments of the weekend- and just only because I was sober.  Sitting there, enjoying the breeze, Stef’s company, and being back in Columbus was one of those rare moments were I didn’t want to be anywhere else.  Telling Stef more about Columbus and engaging in soul-searching & eye-opening conversations like we always do, I found myself back in love with the city- believing that I could actually see myself back there again.  Maybe?

Jen picked up her carpool (us) again and we headed back downtown for an evening out in my old stomping grounds.  Stef’s friend, Lindsey, and her brother, Mike, drove down from Cleveland and joined us for dinner.  Soon I was graced by the presence of my partner-in-crime, Kristin, and the rest of the weekend is a blur.  Thanks Kristin!  (I actually mean that!)

Heading to the Arena District, we began our adventures by meeting Jen’s friend, Kelly, at O’Shaughnessey’s– one of my favorite bars and full of memories (mainly with Sarah).  After a(nother) glass of wine, we found ourselves walking into the new bar (to me at least), Park Street Cantina.  You most certainly do not feel like you’re in Columbus, OH when you are inside that bar. 

If those Cantina walls could talk, they would tell you that this little blogger of yours turned into a little (old?) cougar- right in the middle of the crowded bar.  How it happened is all a blur, but it most certainly happened.  Before I say more, I have to once again come clean with my addiction: I love Ohio boys.  I really do.  And, for some reason, they love me.  I promise you, I will end up with a Ohio boy and/or Buckeyes fan.

With a third glass of wine in me, the details of the evening all blend together in my mind today- three days later- but I will admit that there were definitely boys that crossed my path.  Now perhaps using the term “boys”, instead of “guys” or “men”, is appropriate.  Yes, they were “boys”.  I did not come across a boy- other than the ones I was with- that was over the age of 25-years old.  Oops!  In my defense, I am commonly mistaken for an early-twentysomething (if not a teenager).  But still, it’s not like my 3 glasses of Merlot were the Fountain of Youth.  I’m telling you, something happens to me when I cross the border into Ohio.  I’m like a movie star or something.  Or maybe, it’s because I’m exuding happiness and confidence in my Happy Place.  Seriously, I’m not sure if I get it either, but I love it!

So yeah, “boys”.  A few of them.  There was one from Turkey….as in Istanbul, Turkey….who I believe was 24-years old.  We had an interesting conversation on the dance floor, but after having a flash (literally) that he resembled a certain guy (ck), I decided that I had to say my goodbyes.  (I think I gave him my phone number thought. Idk.)  Before I knew it I was engaged in a conversation with a 21-year old, but dismissed myself quite quickly to rejoin my girls.  After they abandoned me- Jen & Kelly for guys and Kristin for the bathroom- I found myself in the presence of Austin, someone who definitely showed that he can shoot-the-shit with me and put me in my place with equivalent sarcasm and humor.  I have to say that I enjoyed talking to him, and of course, Kristin thought that he could be the love of my life that leads me to moving back to Columbus.

Did I tell you about that?  I probably should as this knowledge will come in handy for Part Two of this weekend’s story.

Because I love her dearly, I granted Kristin the chance of a lifetime: To play wingwoman for me over the weekend.  The hope was that I’d meet the love of my life (this weekend) and move back to Columbus to live happily ever after- with her (Kristin) at least.  So, that being said, Friday began the hunt as we scouted out boys- beginning at O’Shaughnessey’s and continuing at Cantina.  I’m not sure if the love of my life was found in the Arena District that night, but Kristin did keep Austin at the top of her list…at least until Saturday night.  (More later.)

That’s really the most of Saturday night.  It was a late night.  A long day.  But it was wonderful!  The perfect beginning to an A.MAY.ZING. weekend back in Columbus, and you know what, it only got better from here-on-out.

morning coffee with the macs   2 comments

Good morning, and good morning indeed.  I’m a little confused what time it is since half of the clocks/phones/laptops have Eastern Time (aka Ohio, Michigan or New York Time- as we’re calling it) and others have Central Time (aka Chicago or Indiana Time).  So yeah, this is why it’s best to just live carefree this entire weekend without even being bothered with what time it is.  Love it!

I woke up this morning and believe that I got a much-needed 10+ hours of sleep.  We got home last night from the New Buffalo Fair and I almost immediately conked out.  It was 9:30 pm (Chicago Time), and the exhausted girl who I was rationalized that it was too early to go to bed so I resurrected to watch the first episode of the new season of The Hills (which yes, was ridiculous.  There is no doubt in my mind that this show isn’t scripted, but did they seriously openly address Kristin’s crackhead lifestyle AND Heidi’s horrific desire to be Barbie.  This was definitely a discuss at breakfast this morning with the Macs.  Love them even more.)

Okay back to the lakehouse.  I had a great breakfast/coffee chat with the family this morning, in which Mrs. Mac and I discussed my current life in Chicago.  She said it best, “You’re a city girl, but maybe Chicago isn’t the right city for you.”  TA-DA!!  That’s it. 

You know I thought that yesterday after driving around on the golf cart with Jen, and realizing how much I miss doing this kind of stuff, and especially seeing nature.  Don’t get me wrong, Chicago has some beautiful parts to it, but it’s nothing like this- nor other places.  On top of this thought and others, Mrs. Mac’s analysis made it all crystal clear, once again.   Chicago is not the city for me.  Sure I love some components of the city and the lifestyle I lead…but not all of it.  Life is a journey and Chicago is just a stop on the way to my final destination- wherever that may be.

I could spend hours telling you about how A.MAY.ZING. the MacPherson Family is and how A.MAY.ZING. I feel right now.  However, as always, I am a busy girl right now.  Through a simple search for Child Life practicums on Children’s Memorial Hospital website, I found a weekend/nightime PT job that I’ve decided to apply for this morning.  Why not?

On that note, I’m going to sign off and finish applying for the job and head to the beach.  I just love saying that…(I’m heading) to the beach!  Cannot wait until August for a some real beach time.

you’ll be the prince and i’ll be the princess. it’s a love story, baby just say yes.   4 comments

The Princess has officially married her Prince Charming.  The Princess, formerly known as Kristin Young, is now Mrs. Kristin Comyns.  Congratulations to Kristin and Jim Comyns!  What an A.MAY.ZING. wedding!  Now Kristin is one of my best friends and I have known Jim for 3 years now, so of course it meant a lot to me to be celebrating their wedding day, but I was also fortunate to be surrounded by several friends that made their wedding extra special for us all.

Let’s start at the beginning since I wasn’t able to write much during my weekend trip to my beloved Columbus, Ohio.  I landed in Columbus around 7 am on Friday morning and headed to my landing post (Starbucks) for the day.  As planned I had lunch with Jen (Morel) at Tip Top in downtown Columbus.  Perfect lunch of Spicy Corn Chowder, House Salad, and Sweet Potato Fries…not to mention wonderful company.  I love spending time with Jen so much!  Oh and she gave me this little surprise gift.  How perfect is this!!  She found it at TJ Maxx in Columbus, but it’s a Chicago Starbucks bear.  I’m going to name him Oscar because of (Oscar) Wilde’s- the first bar we went to when then Morels were in town last week.

Jen dropped me back off at Starbucks to work the rest of the afternoon; however, shortly after the infamous Sleepy Sean (Sean O’Neill) stopped by for a visit.  So, yeah.  Sleepy Sean.  Where do I even begin?  I’ve always said that he just reminds me of (his own) cartoon character.  Doesn’t The Nonsensical Adventures of Sleepy Sean sounds like a show that captivates your attention?  (My creative juices aren’t flowing right now due to lack of sleep last night so this will have to do.)  On that note, he’s a story for another time…but a great guy nonetheless.

After Sleepy’s always attention-grabbing exit, (which was more low-key than those in his younger days at OU), I got a few hours of work in with some Columbus/Ohio friends calling in between.  Eventually Jen (MacPherson) swung by to pick me up, and off to Easton we went.  Oh Easton, how I miss thee.  After taking advantage of Starbuck’s half-price Happy Hour and loading up on some much-needed caffeinated happiness, we ran around to a few stores.  It was at Macy’s where I spotted ‘the dress’.  Now I brought a total of four dresses with me on Megabus, pretty certain that the strapless pink one was ago- especially after getting approval from Alisha and Darlene.  However, when I spotted this one, I just knew.  And when I tried it on, no other dress existed.  It was cute and, more importantly, comfortable.  Perfect for a wedding and all-night reception.  Not only that but it went perfect with the silver shoes that I needed to break in for Julie’s wedding next weekend.  AND, it has pockets!  Love love love it.  I included this photo of me with the lovely bride so you could see the back.  And for more support and comfort, I opted for the straps on my bra.  So yeah, I figured if Carrie Bradshaw can pull it off, then why can’t I?  No honestly, I just didn’t want to figit with it all day so if the bra straps bother you then so be it.

Shortly after purchasing the dress, my friend, Jacquie, made her way up to the renowned outdoor shopping center.  The other Jackie was there with her boyfriend, Dan, so we planned to have dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.  Jackie and Dan ended up eating so us three girls were on our own.  It worked out well because I haven’t see Jacquie since moving and I adore her.  She’s an OU alum too, but I didn’t meet her until we were both living in Columbus (through my former roommate, Tony).  Jacquie is also a Child Life Specialist, and the one responsible for introducing m to that wonderful career. 

We had a great dinner just catching up and I hope that if I move back to Columbus, that she’s still there.

After dinner Jen and I headed back to her parents’ house, which was my home for the weekend…and actually my second home when I was living in C-bus two years ago.  Her parents are A.MAY.ZING. and I miss them so much!  Somehow I hadn’t seen Mrs. MacPherson since I moved to Chicago, and I only saw Mr. MacPherson a few weeks ago by chance.  I had a great time chatting with them and drinking Mr. Mac’s infamous homemade red wine.  (Delicioso.)  After a glass of wine with the Macs, Jen and I poured ourselves another and headed to the hot tub which proved to be the perfect ending to a perfect day.  Good friend, glasses of wine, and a hot tub!  I am a lucky girl.

And yes, with one of my best friend’s wedding the next day, the inevitable question, “If you were to marry someone tomorrow, who would it be?” did get asked and answered.  Blame it on the alcohol.  I believe we also put in 27 Dresses before bed, but I believe I only lasted ten minutes.  (Don’t worry, we watched it on Sunday night.)

We woke up to the wonderful aroma of Mrs. Mac’s homemade breakfast.  She is so A.MAY.ZING.  We watched last week’s Grey’s and ate our omelets.  (PS. Grey’s was fantastic and I will be watching it again soon…and either quoting and/or writing about it on this blog.)  After having a little lazy time, we ran out to (I heart) Meijer for little shopping, stopping at Smoothie King before heading back.  Before I knew it, I was rushing to get ready…and a little stressed.  Fortunately everything worked out and once Jen’s date, Neil, we had a quick photo shoot (I told you Mrs. Mac is fantastic and multi-talented.) before heading out to Worthington. 

The wedding was beautiful.  The bride was beautiful.  It was just such a wonderful ceremony.  Jim and Kristin seemed so happy.  And yes, being brainwashed by 27 Dresses, I found myself looking to see Jim’s expression when Kristin entered into view.  She was so stunning! 

I’m only admitting this because I don’t see the shame in it.  Yes, I got a little teary-eyed at times.  It was just really special for me to see them both so happy.  And additionally, during the ceremony I did find myself imagining what it would be like to get married…maybe/possibly even imagining a certain groom.  Maybe…

After the ceremony we headed down the road for the reception.  It was there that I met up with my faux-date for the evening, Charlie, who is a good friend of Jim’s.  I hadn’t seen Charlie nor his friend, Sean since I moved to Chicago and it was good to catch up with them.  Jackie and Dan, Jen and Neil, and Sean’s girlfriend were also at the table.  Here are photos of the others in case you are interested.  That’s Jen and Neill in the first photo, and Jackie and her beau in the second. 

We chatted and had our first drink (drinks for Jackie and Dan) before the bridal party made their way into the reception.  It was so adorable.  They came into the theme from the Price is Right, with Mr. and Mrs. Young beginning the mayhem.  Mrs. Young was so happy and just kept jumping.  I love her so much!  (That’s them in the photo on the right, by the way.)

After the others made their entrance, including my beautiful bridesmaids, Sarah and Ruth, the bride and groom made their way in the reception hall.  I love that I was able to capture their happiness in this photo because they were both radiating the entire day.  Just writing that gives me the chills.  (Not kidding.) 

After thanking everyone for coming, Jim’s best man, Jimmy took over the mic and gave a little speech for the couple.  And then it was the A.MAY.ZING. Maid of Honor’s turn.  Now I could say so much about Ruth but in essence she is like a Big Sister/ Inspiration to me.  She has that strong personality, but a huge, caring heart.  And this was evident in her speech.  It was wonderful.  What started off as good old-fashioned fun and slight humor, with Ruth putting on this fireman’s cap and having the bridal party chant, “The Ruth, the Ruth, the Ruth is on fire,” soon turned into a tear-jerker as she expressed her love and happiness for her best friend and Princess, Kristin, and her Prince. 

Seriously, I love my friends!  In Pink’s song Glitter in the Air, there’s this one part that goes- Have you ever wished for an endless night.  Well, that’s how I felt about Kristin and Jim’s wedding.  It was just such a special night for us all, and seeing them so happy was enough to make us all want this night to continue forever.  So many memories with such special people.  I mean EVERYONE was in good spirits.  Heck, we even danced to the Electric Slide and Ricky Martin’s Livin La Vida Loca. 

Just as the weekend, this night is a little blurry.  Sure there was alcohol…I mean afterall it was Jim’s and an OU girl’s wedding…but the night was just so much fun that it went by so quickly. 

Their wedding song was Then by Brad Paisley.  And just like on Saturday night, I have the chills just listening to this song now.  What a great song.  Knowing them, I think this was the perfect wedding song for their courtship and future.  He loves that girl so much.  As her friend, that’s all you can ask for.  Someone to love your friend almost as much as you do. 

How do you choose a wedding song anyways?  I mean their love for country music makes me feel like this was a shoe-in, but there are so many options out there.  For instance, IF I was to marry a certain someone one day, two options play in my mind right now…God Blessed the Broken Road (Rascal Flatts or Carrie Underwood version) or At Last (Etta James).  Sorry, I got caught up in the moment.  Moving on….let’s talk about…

SHOTS!  Captain Morgan Shots to be exact.  So I really have no idea how this happened, but all of a sudden the DJ or Jim are making some announcement saying that if anyone wants to take part in the largest group shot of Captain Morgan for the Guinness Book of World Records to come onto the dance floor.  Now at first it was pretty much Jim, Kristin, us girls, and other friends and family members…but before I knew it, well about 80% of the attendees were clasping shots of Captain and trying to stand on one leg.  I have video proof, or at least my version of it, but you may just have to go to my 20sb or Facebook page to see it instead since this doesn’t want to upload through here. 

Spirits were running even higher than before after that.  People were dancing left and right to niece and flower girl, Megan, had a blast to.  Oh to be young again!  And songs such as Down, Shout, Cupid Shuffle, and Jump, Jump– which Jim’s apparently Charlie is a Michael Jackson aficionado and made his way to the dance floor after encouragement from Sean and Jim. 

And then, the ‘clever’ DJ spun a semi-familiar tune called Single Ladiesmaybe you’ve heard of it?   Before we could grasp it, the madness of the bouquet toss was upon us.  Jen, Sarah, Ruth, Jackie, Christie, and I made our way to the dance floor, standing behind the three younger girls that were there.  Thank goodness Kristin knows better about her dear single friends (and the unlikelihood that any of us were next…atleast not Ruth nor I) and so she aimed right for the little girls. 

The same was the case for the garter toss, with Jim aiming right for his ring bearer/ nephew, who actually slid to catch it.  Those the highlight of this moment was when Kristin’s older brother, Matt, came over to a gleeful Jim- as his hands were ready to assume the position- and did the I’m watching you/ Barney Stinson move. 

After taking a short break to rest my high-heeledd feet, I was immediately summoned to the dance floor with the dedicated of Murder on the Dance Floor to the “OU Girls”.  This is one of the songs that we enjoyed during our OU days and made it on The Pub Mix (Kristin’s cd).  I love these girls so much!!

In between songs, Anna (Kristin’s cousin) took to the mic to recite a rap for Kristin and Jim.  Anna is wonderful and rap was filled with humor, sentiment, and lots of love for her Big Sis. 

After all of these upbeat songs and moments, it was time to slow it down.  I found this to be such a lovely moment actually.  (And I cannot remember the song right now, but it may have been something by Rascal Flatts.  Drawing a blank.)  So the DJ invited all of the married couples to join the new Mr. and Mrs. Comyns on the dance floor.  After a few minutes, he would dismiss all couples that have been married less than X amount of years until the last couple remained.  Being the single girl that I am, I loved every moment of this.  And not only that, but during the song I had a great conversation about dating, love, and marriage with Charlie, who is also single.  Anyways here are a few of my favorite couples that took to the dance floor. 

Carrie and Ben Wolfe.  They’ve been married for almost 3 years (I believe), but have been together since I met them through Kristin, Ruth, Sarah, and Jackie back in my OU days.  They just mesh so well and I really enjoy seeing them.  Hoping to see them in Chicago for a weekend getaway soon!

And here are the proud mother and father of the beautiful bride, Alan and Cindy Young.  Much like the MacPhersons and the Cooks- as well as others- Mr. and Mrs. Young have welcomed me into their family.  I actually had a great talk with this lovely couple later on in the evening at the hotel bar about their own love story.  In short, they went to high school together and Mrs. Young thought Mr. Young was a prick!  (Love it.)  However once she got to know him she immediately realized her mistake and the rest is history. I believe they’ve been married over 40 years and they still look at each other with love in their eyes.  It’s so beautiful.  (Once again, I have chills typing this.)

 Just to share more about my likes and who I am, I love LOVE.  Sure, I can be called a hopeless romantic, but it’s not just that.  I love hearing other people’s love stories: how they met, how they fell in love, their engagement story, and how they knew the other was “The One.”

Back to reality… the reception was nearly ending but that wasn’t the end of the night for us.  Being the Designated Driver, Jen and Neil were fine with participating in after-hours at the hotel bar.  After a little miscommunication and convincing from the always charming groom, we were able to get the bar to stay open til 2 am.  Poor girl ended up being the only bartender and I hope that they tipped her well.  By that time in the night, not too many people were still sober besides me, but I had a ball AND remember all of  it too, including this moment WFT moment with the lovely Anna and her cousin.  As Anna posted on my Facebook wall, most likely with a hangover, “Mulch anyone?”  Only you, Anna. 

People started stumbling up to their hotel rooms and I escorted a drunk and tired Maid of Honor to hers.  Shortly after that the groom announced, “Wife, it’s time for bed.”  Love it.  Doesn’t that make you want to be a wife yourself? 

After deciding that there was no way Jim was going to be patient enough to unbutton all of her dress buttons, Sarah and I manned-up and went with the lovely bride and groom up to their hotel groom…and of course Jim made a comment about getting married and taking three girls to bed.  (He was too tired to make the comment too inappropriate.)  You know it was kinda cool having that moment with Kristin at the end of the night; however, as soon as we were done helping her undo the buttons, Sarah and I sprinted out of the room. 

We said our goodbyes and drove back to Jen’s parents’ house for the night.  It was 3:30 am by the time I got into my sweats and I was obviously ready for bed, but God had other plans in store for me.  Jen got a bit emotional.  Now she was embarrassed and kept apologizing, but I tried to reassure her that it was fine.  Afterall I’ve been there before…trust me. 

Actually, while I wish she wasn’t upset in the first place, I was so happy to be able to be there for my friend in person.  That’s it, Chicago.  See ya!  I’m moving back.

Anyways, I’m sure you know what our topic of discussion was since we were two single girls that just attended a beautiful wedding.  In essence,  Jen and I had a great little heart-to-heart about boys, love, and all that messy stuff in between.  Being sober and wanting to assure her that I was there to listen, I found myself being very honest about my own feelings.  Now I’m only sharing this because it was a revelation for me- the me that tends to keep feelings inside, especially when it comes to boys and love.  Here is the gist of what I said to my dear friend:

Jen, I have been single for a long time and a day has yet to pass when I don’t have a moment or many moments of wanting the fantasy.  As happy as I am for Kristin and Julie, I of course wish that I was engaged to the love of my life too.  But the reality is that it’s not my turn yet.  Sure I have bad days where I think it’s never going to be me, but I try my best to stay positive and remind myself that it will…because I deserve it.  And so do you.  I’ve been in love with someone for over 6 years now and I think about him more than I want to admit.  I hate doing so but it hurts more not to think about him.  Every part of me wishes that I can move on once and for all, but there’s always that part of me that believes that he’s the one for me- no matter how many people tell me that I’m foolish for thinking so. 

You know yourself best (as Alisha said to me), so you are the only one that will ever fully understand who you love and how you feel.  So don’t let others tell you otherwise or make you question what you feel.  And just know that I’ll always be there to listen whenever you need someone to talk to.  Just don’t stop believing because you deserve love.

Unfortunately my body doesn’t know how to sleep in, even when I don’t go to bed until 4 am, and I woke up at 7 am.  Fortunately after a shower and catch-up call with my mom, I was able to get another hour of sleep.  Being as wonderful as ever, Mrs. MacPherson’s homemade breakfast drew us downstairs, where we watched some TV before Neil woke up.  Afterwards we got ready to meet Jen’s friend, Kelly, to see Letters to JulietI think I wrote enough here so I’ll save my comments for another day.  Following the movie, Jen and I headed over to Mass.  Jen had Youth Group immediately after, so I took advantage of that time and ran a few errands.  We then headed back for Mrs. Mac’s baked ziti and watched 27 Dresses until it was time to leave for my departing Megabus…which put an end to this wonderful weekend in Columbus.

Weddings are so bittersweet, but I have to say that other than a few moments of wonder “what if” and daydreaming about a certain boy or two, I was really okay with my single status.  I was surrounded by so much love this weekend and truthfully I’m just so blessed to have what I have.  My only wish is that they all came back to Chicago with me…but maybe I’ll be back in Columbus with them (soon).  Mr. MacPherson even asked the inevitable question, “So when are you moving back?”

I wish I knew the answer to that….and if I am.  Thanks for an A.MAY.ZING. weekend, Columbus.  I miss you!

happy wedding day to the beautiful, kristin young   Leave a comment

It’s a beautiful day for a beautiful wedding for the beautiful bride-to-be, my friend and partner-in-crime, Kristin.  It’s been a great weekend here in Columbus so far and the best is yet to come.  I will have many stories and pictures to share over the next few days…promise. 

It’s felt so great to be back ‘home’ in Ohio.  Yesterday was A.MAY.ZING. filled with many phone calls and visits from friends.  Honestly if I could stay here (indefinitely) I would, but again more on that latler.  I promise that my posts for the next week or so will be filled with earth-shattering revelations and good, honest thoughts from this single twenty-six year old’s mind.  Weddings really are held to f***with us single girls, aren’t they? 

Trust me, for my friend’s happiness I can handle anything. 

So HAPPY WEDDING DAY to my dear friend, Kristin.  I can promise you that there will be tears of happiness cried by many of us tonight, but that’s because we just love you so much.  Love you.

before i close my eyes   2 comments

I wasn’t sure where to begin, but this quote captures how I feel about my weekend in Columbus with a group of the most A.MAY.ZING. girls in the world (Kristin, Ruth, Sarah, Carrie, Jen) and their lovely families.  Fortunately for me,  these are only a few of the beautiful friends (and extended families) that I feel this way about.  I am blessed.

While I want to share all of the adventures of my weekend back in Columbus for Kristin’s Bachelorette party and bridal shower weekend, I have to admit that I’m exhausted and promise to fill you all in when I recover…probably this weekend, unless I get very bored at work.  (Okay, maybe you’ll hear about it all tomorrow.) 

Today was a long day.  Last’s night Megabus trip proved to be wild ride.  Apparently the bus driver decided to take a break around 2 am- somewhere in the middle of Indiana and forced all of us to drag our Zombie-butts off the big bad bus and kill a half an hour in some convenience store.  I’d think that this was a ‘dream’ except I unfortunately have evidence that it was indeed not.   I kinda-sorta remember purchasing these, after roaming the aisles (Zombie eyes and all) looking for something edible and healthy.  Trail mix it was…again.  Seriously, rest stops across the country, would it kill you to offer fresh fruit, yogurt, salads…anything but McDonald’s greese and sugary sugar-snacks with added sugar???

Anyways, trail mix it was, and I’m disappointed to say that I ate the whole bag.  I was so tired that I just kept eating while I waited to get back on the bus.  Not the best thing to do after a weekend of booze and no exercise…not to mention all of these weddings coming up.  Workout & dieting started today and fortunately there are no roadtrips in the very near future.  The next few weeks are going to be filled with Spinning Classes, Treadmills, Biggest Loser DVDs, Sweet Potatoes. Tofu, Veggie Omelets…doesn’t this sound fun?  Honestly, to me it’s does, but I’m also a girl who did the Master Cleanse for 10 days.  Yeah, don’t waste your time trying to understand me because sometimes I don’t understand myself.

Okay, Dancing with the Stars is almost over and I just realized that for the past 4 nights, I slept on a bus twice, a hotel bed with two other girls one night, and a couch the other.  So yeah, my bed is calling my name, even if it currently looks like this- which is a preview of the stories from my weekend.  You cannot see it in the photo, but that wonderful suitcase pictured on the right-hand side (in)conveniently ripped open last night before I hopped on the bus. 

One more dance love- by the mess that is Pamela Anderson- and then it’s time to crash.  My tired brain is convinced that my body will wake up and work out in the morning before the dreadful trek to Skokie, but we’ll see…  Good night. ♥K

my heart is in ohio   Leave a comment

Somehow I made it back to Chicago after what seemed like the longest Megabus ride ever.  Oh well.  I made it, but unfortunately I had to leave my friends back in Columbus.   Let me first say that all my expectations were exceeded and I had a truly A.MAY.ZING. weekend.  Where do I even begin? 

For those of you who don’t know me, I’ll give you some background to understand why I’m so connected to Ohio.  I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA- living in the same house in Hampton Township since I was four years old.  With high school graduation came my first relocation ever.  Changing my mind in late spring, I decided to go to Kent State for my freshman year (where I met Julie!).  Realizing that Kent wasn’t for me, I transferred to Ohio University for my sophomore year.  That’s really where my love of all things Ohio began.  After OU, I moved back to Pittsburgh with my parents for  a year, with the plans always being to eventually move to Columbus.  I finally landed an AmeriCorps position in Columbus beginning in July 2007, moving in with my friend Tony (from OU).  Overall I loved Columbus.  I was able to reconnect with so many of my OU friends, and my job made it easy for me to make new ones.  I thought I would live there forever, but unfortunately life had other plans for me.  Still, my heart has always been in Columbus. ♥

With Julie’s bridal shower on the agenda for this past weekend, I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to fulfill my Maid-of-Honor duties and enjoy some quality friend time.  With my online class ending on Tuesday, it was the perfect time to enjoy some R&R in Columbus.  After being in Indy for work on Wednesday, I flew into C-bus on Thursday afternoon.  Juls picked me up and we ran around a bit before heading back to her parents’ house.  So I love her parents!  They have welcomed me into their family, and we’ve gotten exceptionally close over the past few months in planning Julie’s wedding.  So we worked on Julie’s invitiations on Thursday evening before deciding that we were in the mood for sushi (at 10 pm).  We headed to Giant Eagle, and tried to rent Where the Wild Things Are at RedBox.  We ended up to Julie’s to eat sushi, edamame, and mangos and watch the movie.  Oh yeah, and I picked up fortune cookies thinking that we could have some fun with those this weekend….boy was I right.

While eating our dinner and watching the movie, Juls opened her fortune and immediately broke into hysterics.  It read- Colors, colors, colors all around you.  Enjoy them.  We laughed for at least 10 minutes, so loud that her parents came out from their room to see what we were on.  And then they started laughing.  It was that kind of laughter that caused you pain, but well worth it.  It was one of the many great JK moments of the weekend, soon to be followed by our bonding over the movie that we build very high expectations for.  So someone please tell me what was going on with the writing/ producing of Where the Wild Things Are.  My favorite part was when the bird-creature’s arm got torn off and he says, ‘That was my favorite arm/wing.”   And then he sticks a snowman-stick arm in his side for the remainder of the movie. Yeah, I don’t know. 
Okay, Friday.  We woke up early to begin our day at All R Friends– which is Julie’s mom’s Adult Day Care program.  I took a volunteer day from work to assist them with this fantastic program, which is for adults with disabilities.  It is really difficult for me to explain completely what this day meant to me.  I am grateful for the opportunity to meet them and they truly touched my life.  This is the kind of work that I’m meant to do, and I was reminded of it on Friday in spending time with these A.MAY.ZING. people.  We played kickball, did crossword puzzles, went to CiCi’s for pizza, and then….we went back to the church to meet the most adorable puppy in the entire world!!
His name was Xaiver and he is a Shih Tzu- Chihuahua mix (aka a ShiChi)…who would have thought that combination would make something so f’in A.MAY.ZING.  I couldn’t find a photo that appropriately revealed their cuteness but here’s a video so you can see for yourself- ShiChi puppy.  Xavier was exactly the kind of puppy I’d want, and even better is that this mix stays fairly small.  In saying that, we inquired if there were any more puppies available, with my every intention being that I would take one home with me.  Julie also fell in love with the puppy and we hoped that we could adopt puppy siblings- hoping that Ken, her fiancee would permit it.  How could he not!!??  Unforunately there were no more puppies, but to be honest I think I found my breed.  I cannot promise that there won’t a little puppy in my apartment soon, especially since I’ve already stared picking put names- Addison (Addie), Ellie, Aidan, Aniston (Ani), Wrigley…
Okay, so that was Friday during the day.  After AllRFriends, Julie and I drove around Westerville to find me some caffeine.  Unfortunately there is not a Starbucks on every corner (point Chicago), but we found one by the mall.  Afterwards we ventured over to Cosi to get as healthy of a snack as possible.  It was such a gorgeous day so we sat on the patio.  We were just having more JK fun when one of the workers came out to keep us company (?).  Yeah, I don’t know.  I’m telling you, there’s something about me that attracts guys from Ohio- another reason to move back.  After Cosi we headed over to Bed Bath and Beyond to play with the registry gun.  Juls and I were already so tired from a long day and week, but after 2 hours in that place we were zonked.  However, I had plans to meet up with my friend, Kristin, and I really wanted to see her before I headed out of town.
Being the always carless girl that I now am, Juls drove me over to the restaurant to wait for Kristin.  Now let me rewind a second.  Kristin is a friend since my OU days- one of the Lancaster girls (along with Ruth, Sarah, and Carrie)- and we got very close when I lived in Columbus.  We were Double K Trouble; however, unfortunately we had a rift in my relocation and have finally got things patched up.  So this was our first time seeing one another since all the issues (that I caused…long story).  It was so great to see her.  I’m attending her wedding on May 15th in C-bus (a week before Julie’s) and I really wanted to see her before then.  We had a great time and I’m just so glad I got the chance to see her during this trip.  Kristin dropped me back off at Julie’s after dinner.
Even though we were both exhausted, Juls and I chatted for a bit before going to bed.  We always have such great talks, and feel comfortable talking to one another about anything and everything.  She is the (only) reason I have no regrets going to Kent State.  For those of you who don’t know us, Juls and I lost touch when I was at OU.  I always thought about her, especially when I traveled to Columbus, and believed that we’d eventually reconnect.  When Facebook became big during my senior year of at OU, I searched and searched for her- but no luck.  When I moved to Columbus, I decided to look her up again…and found her!!!!  Our friendship has gotten stronger since, and now I’m her Maid of Honor.
Saturday…we woke up around 8 am to go for a 4- mile run and do a 15-minute intense ab video.  Since I was missing my Fit Chicks Bootcamp class with Barbie, I figure that this was an adequate substitute.  After our workout, I took Julie’s car out to pick up my Starbucks, deciding on the way to pick up her bridal shower gift at Target.  Oh Target!  How I missed you!!  The Targets in Ohio & Pittsburgh as SO MUCH BETTER than the ones in Chicago- no question.  Since Juls wouldn’t get her own, I picked her up a yoga mat for her workouts.  Having to literally drag myself out of Target, I head back to Juls’ house to get ready.  The shower was fine, and I finally got to meet some of her other friends.  Afterwards a few of us went back to the house to hang out and talk Bachelorette Party- which will take place in Chicago the weekend of April 23rd.  Guess I’ll have to do some spring cleaning before then. 
Julie went out to dinner with Morgan & Laura, providing me with the opportunity to spend some time with my friend, Jen.  It was another great night out for me.  After dinner we went to kill some time at the Target in Easton (!).  If you don’t know what Easton is then I’ll assume you’ve never been to Ohio.  Easton was my favorite get-a-way during my OU days.  I’d escape there with Phill or Jackie on an occasional Saturday.  But when I moved to Columbus, I’d frequently head over there with the girls for some retail and/or Barnes & Noble therapy.  I miss those Easton days so much.  Anyways, while we were in Target, we ran into Jen’s dad!!  Now like Julie’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. MacPherson welcomed me into their family while I was living in C-bus.  I adore them.  I hadn’t seen him since I moved to Chicago so this was a truly, A.MAY.ZING. treat for me.  Unfortunately Mrs. Mac was out of town, but I’m looking forward to seeing them in May when I stay with them before Kristin’s wedding. 
After Target, Jen and I got a few drinks at Bar Louie and just caught up.  We’ve stayed in touch since my move, but it’s also so nice to talk about things in person.  Jen took me back to Julie’s afterwards.  Like the night before, Juls and I stayed up for a little bit talking.  I wish we lived together or at least in the same city.  Or friendship has really become so effortless!  Like many of my friends, she means the world to me.  I just want them all to be happy and I’m so glad that Julie is!!  It doesn’t hurt that her fiancee, Ken, is fantastic…wait…he deserves an A.MAY.ZING.  I’m so happy that they found one another.  They make me want what they have. 
I was so sad to see today come because I didn’t want the weekend to end.  Julie drove me to the downtown bus stop after treating me to my Starbucks breakfast (A.MAY.ZING.) and we said our goodbyes.  It’s easier to say goodbye to people when you know you’re going to see them soon.  The Megabus stop was near the Arena District, which isn’t too far away from my old apartment.  Sitting there, waiting and waiting some more for the bus, I was having flashbacks of my time in C-bus and thinking about if/when I’ll be back.  I talked to Julie about it this morning and how my priorities and views of life are changing.  I mean I couldn’t imagine not being in the same city as her when she has kids- which may not be too many years away.  That’s just one of the things that makes me want to move back to Columbus, and I do hope that it’s in my future plans. 
Okay, I’m rambling here which isn’t a surprise since I’m exhausted.  But let me say that our bus traveled down High Street towards OSU to pick up other passengers.  We rode right past my apartment on Buttles, which was bittersweet.  Part of me felt like I just left, but now being back in Chicago it feels like ancient history. 
I miss living in Columbus so much, but the truth is that I still have no regrets about moving to Chicago.  I have grown so much from moving here that I’d do it over again if I had to.  I just keep my fingers crossed (pingers, for Darlene) that I’ll end up back there one day.  Since my OU days, Ohio has felt like home to me.  And with this weekend as evidence, it always will.  ♥ K

ohio, i’ll be home again   Leave a comment

Sadly the day has come for me to hop on Megabus and venture back to Chicago.  I just wanted to take a minute to say that it’s been a truly fantastic weekend, which I’ll write more about later.  Yes, I know, it deserves an official…..


In the shower this morning I thought of this song.  So due to lack of time before saying my goodbyes, here is my song to Ohio… i miss you bunches.  As I ride the always-adventurous Megabus back ‘home’, I’ll be thinking of you- with my OU baseball cap on. ♥ K

Home- Michael Buble