Atlanta Bucket List

So I’ve officially been in Atlanta 10 months… pretty crazy. My time here has flown by and while I’ve done a ton of cool stuff, there’s a lot more I’d like to experience here in “The Big Peach” (do they even call it that? Whatever, I’m gonna…)

I like putting together lists, so I wanna start by listing off some of the stuff I’ve done so far:

  • Attended Music Midtown 2013 (Saw one of my favorite bands, Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • Saw Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band and Eli Young Band at the Georgia Dome
  • Been to a Braves game at Turner Field
  • Ran the Color Run at the Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • Gone to Johnny’s Hideaway on a Saturday night
  • Watched the sun rise from a 39th floor penthouse apartment
  • Spent a couple nice afternoons at Piedmont Park
  • Witnessed arguably the weirdest weather Atlanta has ever seen (rainy last summer, “Snowpocalypse”)
  • Worked at two different offices, both located on Peachtree St.
  • Got in my first car accident (super fun!)
  • Six Flags Over Georgia
  • Meet/pet a penguin at the Georgia Aquarium
  • Eat at Anticos
  • Eat at the original Chick-fil-A
  • Atlanta Botanical Gardens
  • Sweetwater on a Friday afternoon
  • Holeman and Finch burger
  • Vortex at Little Five Points
  • South City Kitchen

Now here are the things left on my list of things to do:

  • Hike Stone Mountain
  • Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles
  • go to Underground Atlanta
  • See a Hawks Game
  • See a Falcons Game
  • Cry and wish the Thrashers were still an NHL franchise so I might have the chance to watch the Red Wings (oh wait, I did that…)
  • Eat a drunken meal at the Varsity
  • See a show at the Fox Theater
  • Shoot the Hooch
  • Run the Peachtree Road Race
  • Check out/run the beltline
  • Lips Ultimate Drag Dining
  • World of Coke
  • Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
  • Drive-in movie at Starlight
  • Sun Dial Restaurant
  • Brunch at West Egg
  • Decatur Farmers Market
  • Tailgate for a UGA game
  • Tailgate for a Tech game
  • Park Tavern
  • Skyview Atlanta
  • Grant Park
  • Zoo Atlanta
  • Rock the guac at Rosa Mexicana
  • Atlanta History Center
  • High Museum of Art
  • Puppet Show at the Center for Puppetry Arts
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KU Bucket list

I haven’t been very good about blogging consistently throughout my college career. With classes, work, internships, shots, lacrosse, classes, beer, work… (you get the picture) I just don’t have a ton of time to dedicate to it. However, I feel this is an important post (especially for younger KU students) and one that you definitely need to read about.

When I came to college, there were so many things I wanted to do, places I wanted to go, etc. etc. Now that I’m a second semester senior, I realize I’ve done my fair share of awesomeness, but I’m far from being finished. I made a Senior Year Bucket List of things I want to do in Lawrence/KC before I graduate. But first, I’d like to make a list of awesome things in Lawrence that I have already done, and give you youngins some good ideas for things to do at KU.

Things I’ve done:

  • Seen basketball games in Allen Fieldhouse. Seriously, Allen Fieldhouse is like the holy grail of college basketball
  • Tailgated then went to football game at Memorial Stadium (an ENTIRE football game)
  • Witnessed the crazy pandemonium on Mass St. after defeating UNC in the Elite 8 and Ohio State in the Final 4 last season
  • Went to Dollar $ night at the Hawk and DIDN’T gotten puked on by some freshman’s 17 year old friend from high school (1 point for me)
  • Gotten backstage at a concert at the Granada
  • Saw Atmosphere at Liberty Hall
  • Went on an awesome spring break trip with some of my best friends to Gulf Shores, Ala. and New Orleans
  • Enjoyed many a sunset atop the Overlook, just south of town
  • Finished 2 schooners from Louise’s
  • Discovered the deliciousness that is Terrebonne Café

Things I want to do:

  • See a show at the Bottleneck
  • Swim in the Chi-O fountain
  • Get hit by a campus bus for free tuition (nah… not really)
  • Sit front row at a basketball game
  • Go to The Cave (I know.. seriously.. I’ve never been. I must be the only one)
  • Play beer pong at the Phoggy Dog
  • See a Tech N9Ne show in Kansas City…….. but only if I have big man friends to go with me
  • Ride a sled down the Campanile Hill
  • Actually walk through the Campanile (supposedly, if you walk through the Campanile before you graduate and don’t walk out the door you came in, then you won’t graduate on time… ummmm hello?? I’m trying to stay here as long as I can…)

No matter if you’re a second semester senior or lowly freshman (to whom I virtually grab your face and say “Stay here. Stay here…. as loooonnnggg as you can” *Billy Madison style

) you can all benefit the knowledge of my experiences here. Don’t take anything for granted, and don’t turn down any opportunities. Go see shows at the Lied Center (the shows are good, believe me,) join a sports club… or just a club in general. Meet new friends…just cause they don’t look like all the friends you have doesn’t mean you won’t have a lot in common. GO TO CLASS, it’s what you are here for. Never stop learning.  and live it up… stay out late on a night you planned on staying in, because really what are you going to remember? A spontaneous trip at 2:30 a.m. to the Legends Casino with your best friends or studying for that 3 point art history quiz? I’ll let you decide

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Newest Member of 1237

In the beginning of February, my roommate, Megan, said that the Lawrence Humane Society was redoing all their cages and were looking for people to foster their dogs. We decided it was a good idea. Originally, Megan picked out a small siberian husky mix puppy, but when we went back the next day to pick him up, they told us that he had been adopted earlier that day. We walked through the building looking at all the dogs that had not been fostered yet and saw this little guy. His name was Sirius — but we renamed him Cowboy because (duh) he looks like a cow. He’s pretty well trained too, which is nice.

About halfway through February, my roommate Megan got a call from the Humane Society saying they had some people who were interested Screen Shot 2013-03-12 at 6.09.40 PM in adopting Cowboy. After some tough deliberation, Megan decided she couldn’t let him go, so now we get to keep him for the rest of the year.

I’ve never had a dog before (minus my family’s dog Mizewell, who was only alive when I was 1 & 2 years old) because my oldest brother is allergic.

It really is nice to have a dog around the house… they are always so excited to see you.

Cowboy is also the biggest cuddler in the world. He cuddles 24/7 when not going on walks, sniffing his butt, chewing on bones or eating. I’m putting some of the best Cowboy pictures up in this post.

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The Awakening Author Unknown

So, as I was browsing through some old Facebook messages in hopes of finding my best friend Caroline’s address so I can send her birthday gift (she turns 22 today) to her, I stumbled across a quote that I sent to her and a few other friends a couple summers ago. I don’t remember how or where I found it, and the author is unknown. I think no matter how old you are or at what point in life you are, these words can bring you some inspiration — I re-read it and it gave me goosebumps all over again.

i was just reading this and i thought you guys would appreciate it. i love you.

The Awakening

A time comes in your life when you finally get it…when, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out…ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying and blaming and struggling to hold on.
Then, like a child quieting down after a tantrum, you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes.

This is your awakening.

You realize it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to magically appear over the next horizon. You realize that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings, and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you… and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.

You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are… and that’s OK. They are entitled to their own views and opinions.

You learn the importance of loving and championing yourself… and in the process a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval. You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you – or didn’t do for you – and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected.

You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that everything isn’t always about you.

So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself… and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance.

You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties… and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness.

You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. You begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for.

You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you’ve outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with.

You learn that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a “consumer” looking for your next fix.

You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.

You learn that you don’t know everything, it’s not your job to save the world and that you can’t teach a pig to sing. You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake.

Then you learn about love. You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be. You learn that alone does not mean lonely.

You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes. You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO.

You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs.

You learn that your body really is your temple. You begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin to eat a balanced diet, drink more water, and take more time to exercise.

You learn that being tired fuels doubt, fear, and uncertainty and so you take more time to rest. And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul. So you take more time to laugh and to play.

You learn that, for the most part, you get in life what you believe you deserve, and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen is different than working toward making it happen.

More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You also learn that no one can do it all alone, and that it’s OK to risk asking for help.

You learn the only thing you must truly fear is fear itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your own terms.

You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom.

You learn that life isn’t always fair, you don’t always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people… and you learn not to always take it personally.

You learn that nobody’s punishing you and everything isn’t always somebody’s fault. It’s just life happening. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls.

You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you.

You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.

Then, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never, ever settle for less than your heart’s desire.

You make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.

You hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind.

Finally, with courage in your heart, you take a stand, you take a deep breath, and you begin to design the life you want to live as best you can.

– – Author Unknown

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How Color Theory Affects Landing Page Conversion | Unbounce

This semester, I am taking a visual communications class. We’re learning about aspects of good design. I am really interested in how color affects how people perceive certain messages and how it can either strengthen (when used correctly) or weaken (when used incorrectly) a message. Check out this great article by Josh Pigford, CEO of PopSurvey.

How Color Theory Affects Landing Page Conversion | Unbounce.

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Clever ad for a zoo

Clever ad for a zoo

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Pep talk

This is a nice little pep talk for all of you that are feeling down/worthless/useless/etc. This kid will make you feel better, trust me

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