Wednesday, June 30, 2010

America, America

So, June has come and almost gone. In 2 days, I will be half-way done with my internship. I am enjoying it a lot. I love the people and the projects I work on. If all continues to go well, I might get to work part-time through the school year and maybe even (cross your fingers) get a full-time offer, when I graduate. But for now, I am just embracing my summer experience.
This weekend we celebrate freedom for our country. I always forget this through the year, but it is one of my favorite holidays. The meaning is wonderful, the colors are great, it's low-stress, I usually find a cute outfit to wear, there are always sales, you can go to the lake, you can cook-out, and I love how pretty fireworks are. My family was typically on vacation over the holiday, when I was growing up. So, past the age of 10, we didn't really buy many fireworks, we just watched the local show wherever we were. However, 4 wonderful years ago, Blane trotted into my life, and this all changed. Blane loves setting off fireworks, and not just small ones. It has become a kind of tradition, accidentally, that he puts on an entire fireworks show for my family. We enjoy it, he enjoys it, we don't have to get anywhere early and worry about finding a spot to sit, food and bathrooms are readily my opinion its a win-win-win. Some years we do it in my parents' yard and sometimes we take the show on the road to my great-uncle's house. Either way, it's a fun time and I'm really excited about it.
Another thing I'm really excited about is seeing my family!!! I haven't seen them since Easter, and that is really too long. I have never gone that long without seeing them, but Asia, internships, and life got in the way. But no fear, for the next like 6 months I am going to see them at least once a month because of holidays, birthdays, baby showers, babies, etc..... It just warms my heart. I know that I don't actually live that far from them, but it seems like it. I also know that other people live much farther away and don't see their families hardly ever, but that's not me. I need to see them. They are actually my favorite people in the world, besides Blane (which I consider to be part of my family anyway). Anyway, I am excited.
I purchased a 4th of July dress, which is actually just a long t-shirt that I'm going to put leggings under. So, I'm ready to be festive. It's now on sale, which is slightly unfortunate since it wasn't when I bought it. Oh well, I still like it.

If you read my last post, you know that Blane and I celebrated our 4th "anniversary" on June 10th. It wasn't our most successful celebration ever, he didn't like his present and my present is still in-transit. But, I love him more everyday, and that's what's really important.  Blane says my present is a present for both of us and to just return his and we will just share mine. He said it's phenomenal, and since, he was a little late on getting it here, he went a little out of our "low-key" agreement. I'm excited to see what it is. No, people, it is not an engagement ring, I promise.
Did you notice I re-vamped the blog? What do you think?
Anyway, I know this was a boring blog, but nothing is really new and I need to get my creative juices flowing for work. I will let you know what I get and (hopefully) take pictures this weekend AND post them.


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Saturday, June 5, 2010

3....errrr 7 weeks

Well, 3 weeks didn't allow me to breathe, just started my exhaustion. Since those 3 weeks, I have gone to Japan, S. Korea, and China. I came back, went immediately to Blane's parents for a crawfish boil, came home for 2 days, had my final presentation for my Asia trip last Wednesday, immediately flew to Little Rock to help my best friend get ready for her wedding last weekend, came back went to another crawfish boil last Sunday, and started my new internship Tuesday.

I. Am. Tired.

So, as I write this, I am still sitting in bed. This is going to be a long post. So, get on board.

First things first. I finished my semester and had finals and I am officially 1/2 done with my MBA. A countdown has been added to the blog so you can celebrate with me. Asia was amazing. I think I appreciate it more looking back on it than I did when we were actually there. It was remarkably gorgeous, especially Japan. I know you are thinking "Where are the pictures?" Well, I don't have a lot because I kept getting the backs of peoples' heads in the beauty. So, I decided to borrow everyone else's. Ijust haven't had time to download them and save them on my computer. So, I will just phase them into later posts. Deal? Deal.

The order of my preference is: Japan, China, Korea. Japan was the prettiest. Korea was dirty and smelled but was the most memorable. China was kind of in the middle. We had a free day in Japan, but it was a Monday, and as it happens, everything is closed on Mondays in Tokyo. So, we didn't really see much, but we walked A LOT. In Korea, we had the option to go to the DMZ (the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea where there is no military). I am glad I went, because it was very historical. Also, it happened to be Buddah's birthday while we were there, and one of the top 10 things to see in Asia is the Lantern Festival in honor of his birthday. We got to see it our last night there and it was awesome!!!! China is kinda a blur because we didn't have a free day and two of the trips combined for a total of 85 people. We did go to the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, and that was neato.

But, now I am home and I am very glad. Mom, Meg, and Blane are not eager for me to go away again any time soon.

On to the wedding. It was breathtaking and I have a lot of fun. I realized when the plane was landing in Little Rock (on the way there) how beautiful Arkansas really is. (Not that I'm saying Texas isn't, you crazy loyal Texans). I got to spend a few days with Mary Kathryn getting her prepared for the big day. It was wonderful, because I miss her so much in Texas. It is so hard to find good friends (especially when you are an adult). So, I consider myself lucky to have her. The wedding was pink, pink, and more pink. It reminded me of Steel Magnolias and made me want to say "Mother, my colors are blush and bashful." in a very southern voice. But, I refrained. However, the wedding was up on a mountain (Petit Jean for those of you familiar with Arkansas) and everyone refered to it as "on the mountain" which made me think of the Charlie Daniels song. You know......"fire on the mountain, run boys run....." This song was already top of mind because Blane and I had sang it in the car like a day before I left. I am sad to say (for MK) that I did not refrain from singing it. But anyway, I can't wait to see pictures!

Since I have been back, I have started my internship and I love it. I like the people I work with, the projects I'm working on, and the tone of the office. The only thing I don't like is that it takes me over an hour one-way driving, but that can be overcome.

Blane was in a wedding too! Combined, we have 4 weddings in 6 weeks. It is obviously wedding season. The wedding he was in was right outside of Chicago, and he said it was equally gorgeous. I wasn't able to go with him for two reasons. 1) it was the first week of my internship and I wasn't going to be able to take off 2) the plane tickets were expensive. So, I was sad I missed it, but got to catch up on some much needed sleep.

Sunday we played at the pool and grilled out with some friends. We had a great time, and will probably do it many more times this summer.

Tomorrow is a very special day in Blane and Morgan Land. We started dating on June 10, 2006. So, it will be our 4 year anniversary. We decided to go a little lower-key than we normally do on celebrating and presents. I have no idea what we are doing, but I will update you afterwards. I can't tell you what I got Blane because he reads the blog.

I'm jealous. A good portion of my family on my mom's side is all at the beach together right now have a fabulous time. However, Blane and I will be making the trek to the parentals' for Independence Day here in a few weeks, and I can harldy wait.

Well, I need to be productive.

Sorry it's all over the place.....hopefully I will blog soon.


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