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I’m in a New York State of Mind

27 Nov

Thanksgiving break is over and my binge-eating break came to a close at the hands of the ultimate purge: the flu. While my health has taken a turn for the worst, I also got some good news concerning my life after graduation…

It’s official, I finally have a direction to follow after my impending graduation date. Upon leaving the University of Tennessee with a BS in Advertising I will be traveling to the New York/Jersey area. Though I am not quite sure what I will be doing once I get there, this is a start that will guide my job search. (Hire me!)

Less than two weeks till the end of the semester! Once I’m done with all my school work I will  be directing me efforts toward applications to various agencies within the New York and Jersey area. If all else fails, I can always fist pump my way onto a new season of Jersey shore. (GTL)

While it is scary knowing that the future is coming fast, I am excited for the possibilities. I am ready to start anew in an area I have yet to conquer. Let’s hope my hopes and dreams don’t fizzle out in a New York minute. I’m far to pale to be on Jersey Shore anyway.

In a desperate attempt to gain attention from professionals reading this blog, here is a link to Mark Schaefer’s blog that I, along with my other classmates, were featured in.

 

Pretty lights on the tree, I’m watching them shine

24 Nov

Thanksgiving has passed and the demented Black Friday shoppers have done their damage. This was my second time playing the role of moral support while accompanying a friend on their quest for good deals. I seldom offer my services for this dreaded mission as the sergeant of arms (I have no qualms fighting Grandma for an Xbox 360), but I was feeling generous this year. Luckily, I didn’t have to utilize my aggression defense training while Josh purchased his Xbox Star Wars bundle pack and I bought my newest addition to my boot collection (Hi, I’m Shannon and I have a shoe problem).

I was quite surprised by the lack of craziness during this Black Friday’s festivities. I witnessed no fights and heard no threats. It was actually quite disappointing; I had mentally prepared myself for a battle of strength if it came down to me going toe to toe over Dance Central 3. I suppose Walmart is the place to go for knockout brawls, however I will never be convinced to wait for 8 hours in the freezing cold to submerge myself in a sea of crazed mothers playing tug of war over Wii U.

While Thanksgiving was a time to give thanks for family, friends, and hopes of good prices on that new 60″ TV you were planning on buying; it is also a reminder of a more important time of year… CHRISTMAS. B97.5 has already started playing Christmas music non-stop (thanks, Delilah) and houses are being decorated with twinkling lights and red ribbon. The best part of it all:  people are more accepting of this holiday cheer now that Thanksgiving is over.

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your families/friends and are stuffed with turkey leftovers. I have currently logged 5 Thanksgiving/leftover meals this week (and counting!)

Monday is approaching bringing back the lull of school work and job duties. Here’s a Christmas mix to keep you getting through the week, enjoy!

Count Your Blessings

13 Nov

I can’t believe how was this year/ semester has flown by. Only three more weeks and I will have finished my LAST full semester in college. Graduation is approaching as well as another festive time of year. I know what you’re thinking, and no this is not another Christmas comment (42 days, guys!) Thanksgiving is next week and to mimic all of the “thankful” Facebook posts that are surfacing, I am going to dedicate this Monday’s Mash-up to all the things I am thankful for.

1) I am thankful that I will be going home in less than a month! Being away from home and family members  definitely adds an unnecessary stress to my life. I am thankful for the family members I have here in Tennessee, but nothing replaces the feeling of being home for the holidays.

2) I am thankful that this semester is almost OVER! This semester hasn’t been my most difficult in college, however, group projects and 17 page papers definitely have a way of making things more stressful than they need to be.

3) I am thankful for my mother who does my laundry when I go home. Though the lacks the maternal ability to cook, she always makes sure to pamper me. She may complain about it, but I know deep down she loves doing it.

4) I am thankful for my father who does know how to cook. While being in Tennessee I constantly get phone calls about the scrumptious dishes my dad cooked that night. I am ready to go home to stuff my face with culinary masterpieces my dad usually calls to brag about.

5) I am thankful for my sister whom I fight with on a daily basis. Everyone around us would swear that we hate each other, however, only we know the bond that screaming at each other strengthens. Almost 1,000 miles apart and we still find meaningless topics to bicker about, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

6) I am thankful for my entire family that consists not only of blood relatives, but also the really not really family members I have acquired over the years. From grandparents to step parents and those who have adopted me as one of their own, I have a great deal of people who I know will love me regardless of the blood lines that may or may not exist.

7) I am thankful for all of my friends that I have stayed in contact with over the years, as well as the newer ones I made along the way. From my high school besties to my advertising peeps, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to surround myself with.

8) I am thankful for my boyfriend who I have been with for almost five years now. We fight and pick at each other, but at the end of the day I couldn’t see myself with a better person. I don’t know why we work, but we do and I wouldn’t change our relationship for the world.

9) I am thankful for my dogs. Dogs are the most loyal and loving creatures that God placed on this Earth and I am grateful for their excitement every time I enter the door.

10) I am thankful for social media that allows me to stay in contact with those who live far away. I am also thankful for the late night creeping that distracts me from my studies.

11) I am thankful for True Blood, Glee, and Christmas television specials. Call it mindless entertainment, but I can’t help the joy I get whenever I can watch either of these shows.

12) I am thankful for food. Not only does it fuel my desire to live; it also just tastes so good. I am not a picky eater and love trying news things. I am grateful for the opportunity to try diverse culinary treats.

13) I am thankful for my job and my internship. I may complain about having to go into work or in the office, but I am lucky to have the easy job that I do… and get paid for it. As for my internship, I get to watch hockey. What’s better than that?

14) I am thankful for all of the opportunities I have been granted in life. I am truly blessed for the college I go to, the program I am in, and the possibilities these two things have granted me.

15) Finally (though there are MANY other things I am grateful for) I am thankful for you. Yes, you who is reading my blog. The fact that you gave up five minutes of your time to read my ramblings makes me extremely grateful. For that, I will reward you with a Christmas song.

Wham! Last Christmas

You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave

16 Oct

Fall break has come and gone so now the next thing we can all look forward to is THANKSGIVING Pre-Christmas (did I mention I love Christmas?)  Four days of binge eating turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, and leftovers galore! I can’t wait!

My 5 glorious days of fall break was spent in Tunica, MI where I gambled with the best of them. After a catastrophic blow to my bank account, I traveled to Starkville where I witnessed a catastrophic blow to Volunteer spirits… and probably Dooley’s career. After all was said and done I learned that Mississippi exists on the 3 C’s: Casinos, Cotton, and Corruption. The only things outside these main staples are dirt and air. I was honestly surprised that Mississippi State even existed after spending an entire weekend in a town that didn’t even have an Applebee’s (but they had casinos!!). It’s amazing how much service one building can provide. The casinos host restaurants, clubs, spas, gyms, pools, and more. They provide everything you could ever want to ensure you can never leave. Luckily, Hotel California didn’t suck me into the deep abyss of an alcohol induced bank account purge, and I made it back to Knoxville!

My much needed break was concluded with my LAST ADVISING APPOINTMENT EVER which led me to registering for MY LAST CLASS EVER. It’s a crazy feeling knowing that my 17 years of education is finally coming to a close… finally! Yes, I know, college will probably end up being the best years of my life but I am eager for the adventures that are in store for my future.  Maybe this blog will lead me to a career in social media at a large agency in NYC, or maybe I’ll end up back at the Gold Strike casino wishing I hadn’t blown my last $20 on a steak buffet.

Whatever the cards have in store (pardon the pun) I am ready to take it on. I am excited and nervous to make this life altering change; I just need to figure out where I’m going.  For now, my concerns are finishing out this semester so I can start the grueling process of filling out job applications (if you’re an employer, I could use a job).  Then it’s off to Campaigns in the spring and I’ll be one step away from hopping off the big orange bus.

Let’s just hope the bus doesn’t end up running me over.

Things to look forward to!

Halloween: 16 Days

Thanksgiving: 45 Days

End of Semester: 57 Days (UTK students only)

Christmas: 72 Days

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