Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Goodbye, Sweet Girl

Last month, we lost my cat, Isabelle. From the day we went to the shelter to pick her out, Isabelle was the sweetest, most loving cat you had ever met. In fact, we didn't pick her out- she picked us. We visited the kitten room first. I had my heart set on a kitten, but my mom had convinced me we needed to look at the other cats as well. And as soon as we walked into that room, there was my sweet little girl, purring and rubbing up against the bars, begging for attention, telling us that she wanted to come home with us. She was two years old, had beautiful green eyes, and had a short little bob of a tail.

Every time I cried, she was right there in my lap, crying and purring, so upset that I was unhappy. She slept curled up on my pillow every night. While I read before bed, she slept on her pillow next to me, but as soon as I set my pillow down flat, she moved over to my pillow. And she had to be touching me. 

You could here her purring from across the room. She was always purring. If she saw you walk in the front door, she started purring. I only ever heard her hiss a handful of times, and most of them were at my sister's cat, Sam, when he wanted to play and she didn't. 

Isabelle was always in my lap, and always with me when I was home. She laid in the hall and watched me put on my makeup every morning. When I was making food in the kitchen, she would sit at my feet and cry until I picked her up. 

She slept in her favorite green chair all the time. She watched the animals in our backyard through the back door. She was always the hunter- at our old house, she caught snakes and lizards and loved to bring them to us. At this house, she watched the rabbits and probably dreamed of catching them. 

She was my sweet baby girl, and I miss her so very, very much. She was only with us for seven very short years. She was only nine when the vet diagnosed her with kidney disease. It was in the advanced stages, and there wasn't much they could do for her. I think having to put her to sleep was one of the hardest decisions we've had to make as a family. 

Isabelle will always be my sweet baby girl, and I was so lucky to be her mommy for the seven years she was with us. It's still hard to not have her with us every day. Here's a picture that my sister took of my sweet little girl:


Rest in Peace, Isabelle.

That's all for today,
Meghan

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Brief Summary of my Disney Trip

It's been two months since my trip to Disney, and it's still one of the greatest memories of the year for me. I hope my best friend Kelsi can say the same. I may be not be a relaxed Disney goer. You don't sleep in Disney. At least, I don't sleep in Disney. We slept in one day, and hit rope drop every other day. This may have been my first trip since I was 7 or 8, but I know the importance of rope drop: it means less crowds and shorter lines! 

So, without further ado, here is our trip broken down into a few pictures. Because I took over 700 pictures, which I won't frighten you with. 

We stayed here, the Herbie section of All Star Movies. We were lucky, and got ground floor!


 I wasted no time in dragging Kelsi to the parks. The first park we visited was the Magic Kingdom, so we could see this beautiful sight: 
 It's alright if you cried. The castle is known to do that to some people. Especially on your first day in Disney. Or, if you're me, you just start grinning uncontrollably and start bouncing down Main Street. 

I saw Belle's cottage for the first time. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite movie, so this was honestly one of the highlights of my trip. I saw her book! It was missing the bite from the sheep! It was amazing!


The next highlight? The grey stuff. Which is located in Be Our Guest, which is located, where? In the Beast's Castle! It was heaven for a Beauty and the Beast fan like me! We ate in the ball room, and I ate the grey stuff, and told Kelsi we could leave then and I'd be happy (but of course this was day 1, so that wasn't actually going to happen!)

A few days later, I ate a cinnamon roll and had some LaFou's Brew in Gaston's Tavern. And guys? He REALLY DOES use antlers in all of his decorating! It was absolutely wonderful! 

We waited for an hour to meet Anna and Elsa. We met them at 1am. We were sleep deprived, but happy! Elsa is one of my favorite characters, and Frozen ranks up there for my favorite movies. 

I met this cow in Andy's room. Cows are my favorite animal, so I was overjoyed. I may have frightened some people with my excitement.


I saw some Flamingo's on the safari. Flamingos are my third favorite animal, so I was pretty excited to see them, too. 

And guys- Kelsi tricked me into tasting the Beverly. Even though I knew it was disgusting. She STILL was able to trick me into tasting it. Yea. Don't drink it. Just take my word for it. 


We did a ton of other things- we had dinner at Akershus (where I met Belle!), rode Expedition Everest in the rain (while I held my poncho hood up), and rode my favorite ride, Splash Mountain. I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful this trip was. And I can't wait to go on the next one. I'm hoping the next trip will be a crossover for the Food and Wine Festival and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. 

That's all for now,
Meghan

Monday, January 27, 2014

133 Days

133 days until what? you may ask.

Graduation? No, though I guess that's pretty important, since it means I'll be thrown out into the real world.

Seeing my family again? No- a little longer until my cousins come to visit, and I see my parents almost weekly.

Well then what could it possibly be?

Ok, I'll tell you- 133 days until I'm in Disney World!

I don't think I can properly express my excitement to you- no, seriously. I haven't been this excited over something in a very long time. You think I get excited over a new eye shadow palette, or Disney Vault Release Day? Multiply that by a hundred, no a thousand, and you might be getting there!

To celebrate graduating from college, my best friend and I are heading to Walt Disney World in June. I haven't been to Disney since I was 7 or 8. I don't remember which exactly. I do, however, remember going. We went three times, all very close in a row. I look through our Disney photo albums every once in a while when I want to feel some magic. But now? Now, I'm going to be able to create my own photo album in 133 days!!

Over the weekend I booked our dining reservations. They aren't set in stone, because my best friend, Kelsi, hasn't chimed in on all of them yet, but we needed to get something down while slots are still open. I think the most exciting reservation we have is at Be Our Guest. I got the last reservation available for our week when I was booking- 9:15pm the Saturday before we leave. A bit late, but guess what? I'm eating in Belle and Beast's castle! AAAGGHHH!!

As you may or may not have figured out by that, Belle is my favorite princess, and Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie. Eating at Be Our Guest was at the top of my list for our trip. I am beyond excited to see part of my favorite movie come to life before my eyes- the pictures I've seen are phenomenal, and the fact that I'm going to be there, in person, to eat? I can hardly believe it! I'm also quite excited to try the Master's Cupcake- as Lumiere says, "Try the grey stuff, it's delicious! Don't believe me? Ask the dishes!" Oh, believe me, I shall! Try the grey stuff, that is. I think I trust you enough to pass on asking the dishes. I've been dying for a taste since I saw the grey stuff was available at Be Our Guest, and in June, I'll get to taste it!

As of right now, we have two days planned in Magic Kingdom, one in Hollywood Studios, one in Epcot, and one in Animal Kingdom. For dinner we'll eat in Magic Kingdom twice, in Epcot twice, and once in Hollywood studios. We haven't made plans for our arrival day, because we haven't booked flights yet.

My must-do ride is Splash Mountain- I remember on one family trip, we got to the park right at rope drop. We literally rode splash mountain 4 or 5 times in a row. One time the CM even let us stay in the log because there was no one else in line! It was wonderful! And it quickly became my favorite ride.

We'll be staying on property, so we'll be getting MagicBands, and will have access to FastPass+. Splash Mountain is one of the rides I'm hoping to snag for one of our fast passes. I'm not sure how it'll go exactly, because we've obviously never used FastPass+ before. Another friend just used it and said booking what she wanted was fairly easy. We won't be able to play around with that until we book our hotel and get our tickets, though, and we're waiting to do that until a little closer til go time.

Well, that's all for now,
Meghan

Monday, January 6, 2014

Christmas Goodies

So, I'd like to share a few of my favorite gifts that I got for Christmas with you guys. I have so many different interests that I got a hodgepodge of different things- books, makeup, clothes, dolls.

 
So here are a few of my favorite things.
 
From my mom and step-dad:
 
This beautiful Beauty and the Beast throw blanket. I'm just in love with it. You can't tell from the picture, but it has shiny golden threads woven throughout it, so that Belle's dress and the outer edges of the blanket sparkle. It's so beautifully made!
 

(image from Disneystore.com)
 
Ruthie and her Accessories. I've had Kit since I was a child, and had been hoping to get Ruthie sometime soon. For those who don't do dolls, Ruthie is a 1930's era doll from the Great Depression. My great-grandmother was a teenager during the Great Depression, and just passed away over the summer, so Ruthie is even more special to me right now. I can't wait to get some pictures of her- unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to photograph her yet, so you just get to see a stock photo.
 (image from americangirl.com)
 
Finally, the most shocking gift they gave me was Naked3. I'd asked for it or Naked1, but my mom had told me the stores were sold out of Naked3 and that she'd had to buy me Naked1. I was ok with that. But I was absolutely thrilled when I opened this up on Christmas morning! I think I've used it just about daily since getting it.
(image from Sephora.com)
 
From my dad:
This is the first year my father has ever had to pick out our Christmas gifts by himself. It's been a rough year on all of us, and I fully expected him to get us to help him with each other's presents. But he didn't. And I'm surprised by how well he did, especially with me, his only non-athletic child. He gave each of us a Visa giftcard so we could do our own Christmas shopping, but he also wanted to give us something to open. For me, that was:
 
This NorthFace hat. This picture from their website makes it look grey, but it's a bright, snowy white. And I absolutely love it. I don't have a single warm hat to wear when it's cold, and my only pair of earmuffs just broke a few weeks ago.
 (image from thenorthface.com)
 
These winter gloves. I don't have winter gloves. I'm not sure if my father knew that or not, but these were a blessing when it snowed and I had to go clear off my car. They were so much nicer than the mittens I've been wearing every time it snowed.
(image from thenorthface.com)
 
 
My cousin and my aunt also gave me a wonderful gift that I absolutely love- the one day that I haven't used my Naked3 palette, I've used this one. This is TooFaced's Glamour to Go palette. It has eyeshadow, blush, and lip gloss. It's an adorable little palette and will be great for travel!
 

 
I also received a plethora of giftcards, and have been spending them on some new clothes and makeup. I hope to share some makeup swatches of my newest additions soon!
 
That's all for now,
Meghan

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A New View

After months of packing, (and yes, I do mean months- I started packing in October!) we finally moved into a new house. It's taking some getting used to. We moved an hour and a half away from where I was born and raised, and we're a lot closer to the city. I've discovered that I'm not a huge city girl. I loved living by a cow farm. No lie- the fact that my neighborhood was by a cow farm was wonderful. Cows are my favorite animals, and it didn't bother me at all. So much cooler than the cornfield my elementary school had been next to. Are you starting to understand a bit more about where I was raised?

I live in the city when I'm at school. It's nice, don't get me wrong, but going home was always so nice. I miss being in the middle of nowhere. I lived in a neighborhood, but there was space between the houses. Here, the houses are right on top of each other. We do have a rather nice backyard, though. Do you want to see the view? Maybe? Possibly? Well, I guess I can show it to you...

 
This picture was taken from my backdoor. Through the glass. Yea, you can kinda see the neighbors porch off to the side. But there's a dock. And we can go crabbing and fishing, right off said dock. It's a wonderful thing. My step-brothers are excited. My parents are excited. Heck, I'm excited, and I don't even pick crabs- it's far too messy for me. But I do love catching the little critters.
 
Another positive is that I still get my favorite radio station. Most of the time. It gets a little fuzzy here and there, but then it comes back strong. I'm not yet sure I trust these people's taste in country music, so I have to stick with my station as long as I can ;)
 
 
And some truly devastating news (well, devastating to someone coming from a place where there were 2 Wawa's within 7 minutes of her house): the nearest Wawa is roughly 25 minutes away. And these people seem to put their faith in Royal Farms. I went there. And let me tell you, it is no Wawa. Their French vanilla cappuccino doesn't even compare to Wawa's.  
 
My next post will likely be sharing some of my Christmas goodies with you,
That's all for now,
Meghan
 


Monday, October 14, 2013

Photo Shoot with the Bestie

So, a few weeks ago, my friend Kristin, who is a wonderful photographer, wanted to do a photoshoot. I happily obliged. We went to our local veterans' home and walked around the grounds, taking photos at the different interesting sites. I wanted to share some of the pictures with all of you. Here are a few of our favorites:









Outfit breakdown:
Top is from Marshall's
Shorts are from American Eagle
Sandals are from Kohl's
Short necklace is Tiffany&Co
Long necklace made by me
Earrings from Somerset South
Bracelet by Trollbeads

That's all for now,
Meghan

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition

The Little Mermaid Diamond Edition released today on Blu-ray and DVD!
 
I snagged the Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy combo pack from Target and paid around $19 for it- there's a $7 coupon from scott values available here, as well as a 10% off coupon from Target Cartwheel (which I have become obsessed with recently!). The movie is also available in various other forms, including a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, and a Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy combo pack.
 
 
(image from Amazon.com)
 
Two of my friends and I watched the movie tonight, and the Blu-ray version was beautiful! My only complaint was the scene swap in Part of Your World (which has apparently been corrected in the Amazon digital copy, but not in the iTunes digital copy- I don't know about any of the other formats).
 
The slipcover is one of my favorites, and one of the reasons I wanted this version- I love the way Ariel is framed on the front.
 
Well, time to get to work finishing my thesis edits for my draft that's due tomorrow!
 
That's all for now,
Meghan