November 18, 2013

The sweetest weekend.

     The past couple weeks have been some of the hardest weeks in my entire life. I've found myself overwhelmed and in tears on many of the days, and for many different reasons. I don't really need to go into any more details, but I'll just say again that the past couple weeks have been really, really tough.

     Going through everything has made me so homesick. I rarely get homesick for Maine, but I can now safely say that I know what homesickness feels like. As this weekend was approaching, I knew that I needed to get away from school for a bit to clear my head. I know and believe in the famous saying "You can't run from your problems," but I do believe that sometimes space from a certain place can help to clear your head a bit. Since my hometown in Maine is too far for a weekend excursion (plus I'll be headed there in a week for Thanksgiving break!), I wasn't sure where to go. But then one of my sweet friends from my former college invited me to be her "date" to a dance that they were having on Friday night. When I found out that the theme was 90s I knew that I had to go!!

     On Friday after my classes got out I quickly packed up a few bags and then headed to my car!! I stopped in a town that's halfway between here and my old school to get a head start on my Christmas shopping. This town has a bunch of great discount stores, and I got great deals on some presents for friends!! I also stopped at a Walgreens to get a couple 90s beauty essentials: dark berry lipstick and butterfly hair clips!! Below is a picture of what I hoped my hair would look like. Unfortunately the package of clips that I bought only contained two butterflies, but better two then none at all!



     I arrived at my old school in the late afternoon and was greeted with hugs from my best girlfriends. We ate dinner in the student center and got caught up. Next we headed to the lobby of one of their dorms and watched the Lizzie McGuire movie- one of my all-time favorite films. :-) There were a few technical difficulties so we had to crowd around someone's laptop screen instead of using the TV, but with a movie as good as that one you just can't go wrong!! After this it was time to get ready for the dance!

Me, A, K and C!

     Here are our outfits!! I tried to curl out the ends of my hair... it turned out that my curling iron was a little bit small for the look that I wanted, but I still tried. :-) I just love C's jean jumper... how 90s is that?!

C and A

      C and A were kind enough to let me sleep over in their room during my visit... aren't the just the cutest roomies ever?!

      After taking a few pictures in the dorm we headed over to the dance! My sweet friend E met us there, and took a few more pictures of all of us in the student center (which is already decorated for the holidays). :-)


My FAVORITE picture!



     The dance actually turned out to be just kind "eh".... the music was terrible. It was all early 90s rap... no boybands, Britney, J Lo, or anything like that! But I still had a great time getting to catch up with so many people that I hadn't seen since I transferred. I was pretty well-known and well-liked at my old school, so there were many people for me to say hi to!

      After the dance, a group of us headed out for a midnight Cookout run. For you Northerners reading this, Cookout is an awesome fast-food chain in the Carolinas that serves burgers, milkshakes and other snack type foods (my favorite item are the quesadillas!). The food isn't exceptionally great, but all Cookouts are open super-late so that's what makes them appealing! We have Cookout in Charlotte near my new school, and I've been a couple times. But there was something so fun about going to Cookout with people from my old school, so I'm so glad that I got to do that! Memories were definitely made... I'll leave it at that. ;-)


     C, A and I went to bed at around 2 am... and even though they got up earlier than me I slept in until 11:30! The next day happened to be the last home football game for my old school, so I went with the girls. I like to brag that this is where I used a "fake" ID.... aka I used my old school's ID to get into the game for free. ;-) Rebel status huh?! Haha. Unfortunately I couldn't stay for the whole game because I had to be back in Charlotte early that evening, but I got to see the team make a few touchdowns! The spirit at my old school seemed to be much better then I remembered, and since my new school doesn't have football it was awesome to be back at a live game. I'm not a fan at all of watching football on TV, but I enjoy actually attending games once in awhile.


     This weekend was exactly the type of break that I needed, and it was simply wonderful! I can't say that enough. I also think that I've come to a really healthy place mentally about my transfer... it's okay that I miss my old school a lot, and it's okay that I go back to visit mulitple times a semester. But it's also more than okay that I like my new school, and that I'm still happy that I transferred! God knew that my old school wasn't the place that I was meant to stay at, but He also knew that I would miss everyone from there terribly. I'm so thankful that Charlotte is only a little over an hour away from my old school. It's like the best of both worlds. :-) I'm feeling quite blessed right about now.

 
       xoxo Miss ALK

2 comments:

  1. It looks like you had a great time at the party- minus the rap music! I'll be praying for you in your homesickness-- hang in there! I was homesick for the majority of my 2 years of college, but once it goes away I've had a great time.

    Bailey
    BecomingBailey.com

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  2. I'm sorry things have been so difficult friend, I understand that! Glad you had fun though :) xoxo!

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