My Venture Crew went ice skating last Friday. We had a blast! We'd make up little games to do while skating like follow the leader dancing and races-duh. We also did our best to be pros, some more pro then others.
I also was dared to go up to the "skate helper" or whatever. He was this little guy who looked like a Leprechaun and was just like super weird. My friends dared me to go ask him how to backward skate. We ended up all going over to where he was (the guys fake falling hilariously) and got his attention. We asked him if he would teach us and kept showing off. Then he made us all group huddle and like ripped his yellow vest and jacket away from the middle of his chest and said (I kid you not) "My game? Hockey. My name? Brandon." He didn't really tell us how to do anything but made us watch him skate around until we just kind of left. What a night. I love ice skating every time I go and I try my best to pick up a new trick whenever I go. I have decided that, if possible, I want to take an adult skating class when I'm older. Add that to the bucket list.
I left my flute at home and luckily Mary Mason heroically delivered it to school before band. However, she took advantage of my mistake and put in the shown Barbie head. When I opened my case I saw this crazy Barbie with unruly hair smiling at me and I 1. Screamed 2. Put down the case and walked away 3. Doubled over in laughter 4. Cried tears. It was much needed comic relief and for this I thank you. Now Barbs just hangs out in my cubie. What a doll.
I was thinking the other day about how reluctant I used to be to my name. I didn't like that it was different. Now of course, I've come to my senses and realized that nothing could fit me better. I like that it stands out and sometimes needs to be pronounced multiple times so people remember it (ehh, maybe not so much that).
It does have a little impact though. When you have an uncommon name, you get to put the meaning behind it. Some names already have a niche. "That's an old timey name" "That's a very plain name" "That girl must be a stripper" but I get to pack the punch in Parrish! I have the power behind how people receive it and therefore me. I know you must be thinking something like this: You: "So cool, way to go on having a hip name" *sarcasm, etc* Me: "Whatever Mildred. I'll run you one day" and this is how. My name allows me to leave an impression (and impression I pick!) and not get lost among all of the John's and Katie's (Kady, KD, Kadie, Katy, Katiey, etc) of this generation. This will come in handy when I apply for jobs and the such. At least, this is what I'll tell myself before every major interview and application henceforth.
I was wondering, would you name your kid something, should I say, "individual", to automatically get them ahead in the world? Is it giving them ground to be a nut? Can you deal with the resentment they may have for you, however temporary or long-term that may be? (Photos via myPinterest)
A couple of weeks ago, my best friends and I went out to dinner to celebrate one of our favorite people visiting town. As we were sitting at the Mushroom (Mellow Mushroom of course) I was overcome freshly with how blessed I am to know each of the people in my company. Those kids in the featured picture mean the world to me (and one more fellow not able to make it!). We've been going to church together since preschool (most of us) but it took us until 6th or 7th grade to form a friendship. It's strange and beautiful the way things work out. We go to six different schools and span across three or four counties. I would not know these people (welllllll, with the exception of the one who is my beloved cousin) if it weren't for our church and our somehow randomly ending up together. I love these people with everything in my heart. Go appreciate your friends today.
Charlie woke my up with the first gift of the day tied around his collar.
Sorry that this has taken so long! My weeks have been busy and nonstop! I know this was kind of a while ago, but I can't not devote a post to this.
I was not really looking forward to my birthday because birthday's are not really my thing. But this year was awesome! I had a chill day at school and then Mom and Dad (tried to) surprise me!
I kind of guessed that we'd be going out of town for my birthday dinner somewhere and had hoped that we would meet up with you and Pip, but I was little too afraid to ask, and surprises can be fun for everyone involved so I didn't want to have it spoiled just as much as they didn't want to have it spoiled. It was a surprise though that Dad drove us to Emily's where we picked her up to come along! Yay! We then headed up to Atlantic Station for Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro (which I love, and thought I picked but was actually part of the plan all along) and Jenni's Ice Cream! It was really really sweet that you remembered that I liked those two places even though we had never been there together before! At dinner, I opened up mostly doll sized items that represented what I was going to receive. It was so fun and creative and added that extra "game show" element I'm always longing for (haha). I LOVE my gifts and am so thankful for an awesome family who knows how to shop. haha. But seriously, I was blown away. There were some things I really wanted but never expected to get (here's to you camera and Hunter boots) and it was uber touching that y'all went the distance for me.
At Jenni's we all appreciated the world's best craft ice cream together and had a quick photo shoot because that building is the coolest (pun).