Lauren’s Opinions

A small piece of my mind

Friends April 29, 2009

Filed under: Personal — laurens918 @ 3:14 am

I have always been a “people person.” I love socializing and just plain being around people.  I have lived in the same town my entire life, so I never really had to make friends. When I came to college I was worried if I would find a group of people that I could fit in with. Joining Alpha Delta Pi made it easier because there are 125 members. My friends at home are amazing, but now that we have all left and gone to different schools, we have nothing in common. I think that we all hung out because our parents were friends, we all attended the same church and schools. Now that we no longer have these in common, we have nothing to talk about. Sure, we can share stories, but it is not the same because we do not know the people that are involved.

The bonds I have made with people here are strong. I feel like I have known them my entire because we are so close. I have shared some of my darkest secrets with them, without a worry of being judged or looked down upon. I have become especially close with three young women here. These girls have made me laugh when I needed it the most. We can vent to each other and share stories that happened throughout the day. I can now honestly say that I have found my place here at school because I have a solid group of great friends.adpi3

 

My Secret Passion

Filed under: Personal — laurens918 @ 1:29 am

My secret passion is home decorating. I love re-arranging rooms. I like to paint and shop around in stores like IKEA that have example rooms for you to see how things would look when they are actually set up. I am always buying magazines on home decorroom-2. My favorite TV channel is HGTV, (Home and Garden). I like to watch shows that show viewers how to create their home into the “dream home.”

I am also interested in real estate. I love to hear my aunt talk about her job as a real estate agent. I enjoy watching TV shows on people searching for a new home, and I like to pick up flyers that are outside houses that are for sale. I am really into home decore and i like to see other’s ideas on designing.

I can offically say that I know exactly what I want my house to have and what I do not want it to have. I already know how I want to design certain rooms and what kind of appliances and furniture will be in them.

If you are interested in home design check out some of these shows on HGTV.

  1. Desing to Sell
  2. House Hunters
  3. Design on a Dime
  4. My Amazing Renovation
 

The Masters 2009 April 28, 2009

Filed under: Personal — laurens918 @ 10:56 pm

This year I was able to attend a day at the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. I went on Thursday, April 9, 2009, which was opening day of the actual tournament. I am not much of a golfer, but I got the tickets for my boyfriend’s birthday because he loves golf. Another friend of mine also got a ticket for that day. I had never even been to the Masters and was overwelmed with the beauty of the lawn. The flowers were all in bloom and it seemed as if every blade of grass was in perfect place. I was amazed at the fact that it was so quiet for the amount of people that were on the course. We walked around to the different holes, watching the players tee off. Hole 6 was my favorite hole because the audience could actually sit on the green while the players hit the ball. The players, including Tiger Woods walked two feet away from us. We spent some of our time going through the gift shops where I bought a hat for myself and brother, and my boyfriend bought a polo golf shirt and a couple of souvenirs for his family. We also toured the room where they hold the trophies and plaques of the winners. There were also small TVs that told interesting facts about past Masters. masters

If I had another opportunity to go back to the Masters, I would take it in a hearbeat. I suggest that you go if you ever have a chance. It was defiantly a great experience that I will never forget.

 

Elvis Presley

Filed under: Personal — laurens918 @ 9:33 pm

elvis1He is known as the “King of Rock N’ Roll.’ He is a cultural icon. He was a great actor, musician, and singer. Today, there are thousands of people in the United States impersonating him. Today, his songs are still played on the radio, and his movies have been turned into musicals. Today, he holds a spot in four music halls of fame, and during his time, he set records for highest concert attendance and record sales. Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935. Elvis was the man who integrated different forms of music, bringing all races together. Elvis’ concerts cannot be compared to others because of their originality. He influenced people during his glory days, and he is still influencing music today.

Elvis integrated different kinds of music within the songs he performed. He took jazz, blues, gospel, and country, and mixed them together. He came upon the music scene in 1957. This new version of music was popular with every race, which was uncommon during this time period. In the beginning of his career, many news papers called him a racist because they thought he was making fun of blues and jazz singers. They soon saw that his music was liked by all because of its mixture. His songs were catchy and easy to dance to. Presley’s music began the phenomenon of rock and roll. His music was like wild fire spreading across the entire country.

Elvis performed on stage like no other singer had before. His moves were very dramatic and inappropriate for this time period. Many believed that his moves were too suggestive, such as his first TV appearance, where he was only shown from the waist up because of these moves. He soon became known as a sex symbol for his era. Elvis could always be spotted in a leathered, jeweled outfit while performing, and he would often pull girls from the audience up on stage to sing with him. He had jet black locks and long side burns. His deep and distinctive voice made his song easily recognizable. His good looks and tan, fit body made him any girl’s “dream boy.”

Elvis never performed outside of the United States, yet he influenced the entire world. Elvis proved that it was possible for anyone to be successful. He was an average man. He came from a working-class family; he was drafted into the army and held odd jobs as a young man, yet he still managed to fulfill his dream. He is still influencing the world today with his movies and music. His songs are used for commercials and his famous quotes like “Thankyouverymuch” are used throughout conversations in movies and everyday life.

Although he continued to perform, the last years of his life were full of drugs and depression. Elvis and his wife of 6 years divorced in 1973, and he died on August 16, 1977 from an alleged accidental overdose. People still say that he is alive; he is alive through his music. Elvis changed the face of music by bringing people of different races together. In a time of segregation, he connected them. Pictures and songs of his are instantly recognizable. Elvis Presley will never be forgotten, not just because of his dress appearance and exceptional performances, but because of the impact he still has on the music society today.

 

Where I Stand April 25, 2009

Filed under: Personal — laurens918 @ 9:16 pm

My English professor, Dr. Martwiz, read us something she created. It was a description of her likes, dislikes, and beliefs. The sentence of each paragraph started with the same words. After class, I wrote my own.  I think that expressing yourself on paper, helps you to realize things that you never knew.

 

I am a girl. I am emotional and want to be loved. I am a student who is willing to work hard as long as there is a reward. I am a “people person,” meaning that I do not like being alone. I am nineteen years old and have finally realized that contrary to my previous beliefs, I do not know everything about life. I am a good listener, even though I love talking more. I am open to new things and people.

 

I like to eat popcorn when I watch movies and blueberry bagels for breakfast. I like walking in the rain and playing in the snow. I like the color pink and sitting on the back porch swing with my dad. I like sunflowers. I like to sleep way past noon and I like driving with the windows down. I like taking long showers and getting respect. I like feeling secure and I like anything that contains chocolate. 

 

I believe in God and that he is a part of everything in life. I believe that absence does make the heart grow fonder and that sunglasses were one of the greatest inventions. I believe in living in the moment and that everyone needs a best friend. I believe that a chick flick and a tub of ice cream will solve any problem. I believe that everything happens for a reason and I believe that exercise is extremely important. I believe in myself.

 

I do not care for mustard or sweet tea. I do not care for bikes, math problems, cold weather, being told what to do, or immaturity. I do not care for laziness or lies. I do not care for horses, roaches, Mondays, tennis, disorganization, or mowing the grass.

 

I am tired of self- pettiness and people worrying about what others think. I am tired of going to bed too late and waking up too early. I am tired of hearing about my family arguments; I went to school to get away from this. I am tired of hearing about the guys new video games next door and how slow my computer is running. I am tired of hearing about how all I have to eat are frozen dinners and cereal.

 

I favor summer over any other season. I favor gossiping with my roommates over studying. I favor honest opinions over white lies and chocolate chip cookies over sugar ones. I favor college over high school. I favor tanning out by the pool, sleepovers, movie nights, surfing llthe internet, and shopping. I favor Target over Wal-mart. I favor pet fish and frogs. I favor steak over any meal and I favor my dad’s theories. I favor baseball over basketball and blue jeans instead of khakis. I favor the beach and my mom’s spaghetti.

 

 

My Dad

Filed under: Personal — laurens918 @ 8:56 pm

This blog is dedicated to someone who has shaped my life to the fullest extent. christmas-0151

Standing at an even 6 feet, my daddy has crystal clear blue eyes; exactly like the ocean, which happens to be his favorite place.  He has soft, thin once-brown- now- gray hair. He is extremely athletic, but has recently gained weight since he has stopped smoking. He wears collared shirts with khaki shorts and tennis shoes to work. After a long day he can be found in his worn down easy chair with a hat over his eyes, sleeping. He is an extremely hard worker and says that you “should never half ass anything.”  I have never met someone who my dad could not make laugh with either one of his corny jokes that he received in his latest email or just by the random things he says.

            I have lost track on the amounts of times that people have told me how strangely alike I am to my dad. We have the same oddly shaped nose and a kind of finger nails that nail artists cringe at the sight of. My father and I are impatient, loud, and easily angered; but we are also honest and caring.  My daddy has been through a lot; losing both parents and a brother along with struggles to keep his business running. He has taught me to never quit something I started and to not let others bring me down.

 

 

Wedding Planning

Filed under: Personal — laurens918 @ 8:48 pm

weddingIf you have read the “About” section of my blog, you will find that I hope to one day become a wedding planner. On my blog titled, “Another Shot at Twitter,” you will also find that I wrote about an event planning group, “BelleWedding.”

I began interested in wedding planning a couple years ago when I started watching “Whose Wedding is it Anyway?” on TV. I think it is so cool how creative these planners are and how they make everything flow together. I realize that it is a lot a work, but I want to be a part of a bride’s “big day.” Some of the shows prove that brides can be rude and snappy, but I know I can handle it. I work well under pressure, and I am extremely organized.

I recently subscribed to a wedding magazine in Charleston, South Carolina. It not only advertises for event companies, bridal shops, and floral shops, but it also gives tips to wedding planners. The most interesting thing I read about was in an article on what to do when a problem arises. One wedding planner keeps an “emergecy kit” with her at all times. The kit has things such as safety pins, glue, and extra bobbypins in case any hairs fly loose. This magazine also shows what flowers bloom in what season and also gives tips on how to save money on decorations.

I feel that I would be qualified for this field because I work well in groups and I love romantic settings. I like to please others, which works well for this setting because it is what it’s all about!

You can learn more about this magazine at www.Charlestonweddingsmag.com