So There's That Series

So There’s That Vol. 31

{Sort of like  a “Friday Five”  or a “Life Lately” except it’s probably not Friday, and I gave up on the idea of a catchy alliteration. These are some bits and pieces of my not-so-glam 20-something life. See past posts HERE}

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London

I just returned from a long girls weekend in London with one of my best friends Brandi! Stay tuned later this week or next for a few blog posts all about our adventures!

In Case You Missed It On the Blog in March

  1. Favorite Things I Need to Tell You About Right Now – Vol. 2
  2. Friday Jam Session: Post Break Up
  3. Third Work Anniversary and 10 Things I’ve Learned
  4. So There’s That Vol. 30
  5. Friday Jam Session: 90’s Country
  6. Guest Feature on Whimsical September’s Saturday Sit-Down

Mom and Dad Visit DC

My parents visited me in DC at the end of March. We had a wonderful time and I wrote all about it on the blog here.

Sawyer June

This sassy girl just turned 9 months a few days ago and her personality is really starting to show. Snapchat videos and FaceTiming with her is my favorite! This particular round of pictures is EXTRA ADORABLE.

I mean SERIOUSLY!!!

Guest Blogger Saturday Sit-Down

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be a guest blogger for Whimsical September. Since I discovered her last summer, Erica has become one of my favorite bloggers to regularly keep up with, so I was thrilled to be featured in her Saturday Sit-Down series. She did a fabulous job at doing her research and personalizing questions for me to really showcase what my blog and I are all about. You can read it here (and check out the rest of her blog while you are there)!

Wild Love

Having been a dancer growing up, I could watch dance routine and choreography videos ALL DAY LONG. Kyle Hanagami has become one of my favorites to follow on Instagram. This is video is one of his most recent choreographed routines, which also features one of my favorite dancers, Julianne Hough, and music by another favorite, James Bay.

Winter Sunrise

Mark Alan Andre Photography

I can never get enough of beautiful DC photography. And even though I am hating this eternal winter we seem to be having, I was practically drooling over this photo and the full series.  The photographer is a fellow K-State grad too 🙂 Great work Mark!

Life is Too Short for Fake Cheese and Fake Friends

This article was technically written for moms, but even though I am not at that stage of life yet, I can still relate on many levels. More and more, I am seeing and experiencing the equal difficulty, stages and crucial importance of adult friendships.

“I want friendships that fill me up, because no one is ever satisfied after eating fake cheese.”

Amen, girl. Read the full article here.

National Ag Day

National Ag Day was March 20, and in DC that means a series of special events and guests in town. I spent one evening speaking with college students attending the Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Policy Institute, and shared a bit about my job and path to living and working in DC. AFA also invited me to join them for an event at USDA, where Vice President Pence spoke and signed an official proclamation for National Ag Day. I had never heard Pence formally speak before, and was happy to hear most of his comments. There continues to be a lot of uncertainty right now regarding trade, so personally I think that part of his speech was a bit sugar coated.

Out and About

A few snippets (and Instagram stories) of life lately.

Going on my resume: Winning the office March Madness bracket 2 of the 3 years I’ve been working here.

My Life in Memes

Memes that are speaking to me right now… both thought provoking and just plain funny.

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So, There’s That.

So There's That Series

So There’s That Vol. 14

{Sort of like  a “Friday Five”  or a “Life Lately” except it’s probably not Friday, and I gave up on the idea of a catchy alliteration. These are some bits and pieces of my glam #postgradlife. See past posts HERE}

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1. Welcome to the World Wesley Ray

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My childhood best friend Richole finally welcomed her little guy into the world on March 4! Isn’t he adorable! I am so excited for this next season of life and know that she and Dustin are going to be great parents. Unfortunately I will not be able to meet Baby Wes until I am home again in July, so for now I am Richole and her family’s number one Facebook stalker…

2. A Mentor and A Friend

There is no other experience in my life thus far that has been more rewarding, humbling or encouraging, than AFA, and I am so thankful that Russ Weathers is someone I personally call a mentor and a friend. As a student on the leadership team, we always ended our day by each sharing a “word of the day” and what it meant to us. To hear Russ choose words as simple as “friendship” and “teamwork” to describe his career, reminds me why agriculture and the people who make it their livelihood are things that I believe in with my whole heart. It is my goal to look back many years from now and be able to say, like Russ, that I have loved every job I have ever had because of the friendship and teamwork around me. Thank you Russ, for sharing so much of yourself with us and dedicating your life to students.

3. Brunchin’

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Love brunches with new friends.

4. Scaredy Cats

I am pretty sure 75% of the random stuff that my  sister and I send each other are funny cat videos…. SO. FUNNY.

5. Can You Name All 50 of These 80’s Movies From a Single Image

THE BREAKFAST CLUB, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, 1985. ©Universal Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection
THE BREAKFAST CLUB, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, 1985. ©Universal Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

Because I can, and I did.
It is my favorite movie era, and I don’t know if my mother has ever been more proud of me ace-ing a test.
Take the quiz here.

6. Bill Murray KNOWS.

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7. Excuse Me While I Fan-Girl

The Bachelor is one of the few ridiculous things that I have no shame in being a fan of. It’s the perfect combo of hopeless romantic and quality mockery. My friend Brandi and I have watched it together since we met in college and consider our live-tweeting  a serious sport. Now that I live in D.C. we FaceTime and watch it together that way.

Obviously, our favorite season was our fellow K-Stater (and football player), Sean Lowe. During the most recent season’s finale, we both tweeted images of tweets from Sean’s season that came up on our Timehop apps, and about died when he responded.

#EMAW

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8. Hammy-Downs

Most people would tell you that my sister and I are opposite of each other in a lots of ways. This includes the fact that while writing is my favorite thing in the world… Janci, not so much. Her grades in college are WAY BETTER than mine ever were (she’s on the Dean’s list almost every semester), but I still edit most of her papers. She’s not going to happy about this but I literally teared up from laughing so hard at her error on “hand-me downs.”

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9. Criminal Minds

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I’ve spent the last three weeks thinking that Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds was going to be killed off the show. Of course, this last week just as I am calming myself back down, the story leads to him just plain leaving.

Friends, as an owner of every single season and an obnoxious super fan, it was just brutal.

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10. National Ag Day

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One of my favorite days of the year, and this year was another success! I love the industry that I work in!

11. Snaps and Screenshots

A couple of randoms  from my phone lately that make me smile.

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12. Easter Sunrise Service

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This past weekend for Easter I attended the Sunrise Service at the Lincoln Memorial. It was a pretty early morning as I got there shortly before 6, and it was a little disappointing that it was so overcast that we didn’t get a beautiful sunrise. But aside from that, it was a pretty cool experience. There wasn’t a formal service, but a few pastors gave short messages and led a few prayers. Most of the morning was spent in song. Another reason I’ll never get over all of the unique things that happen in this city.

13. Obnoxious BFF Memes

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I am sometimes concerned by how Buzzfeed seems to know my life.
But more importantly,  I am SO EXCITED for my girls weekend trip to New York City with Megan this upcoming weekend.

If you follow me on any social media, consider yourself warned…

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Cheers!

Love Letters, Washington D.C.

Welcome to D.C.

Welcome to D.C.

Yes, I’m referencing Taylor Swift.
I have no shame.

And yes, I realize that D.C. “lifers” would be quick to inform me that New York and D.C. are extremely different. I get it. But this song has been stuck in my head ever since I moved here and it just seems fitting.

Any who…

I have been here in Arlington/D.C. now, for almost a month.
It is loud, busy, overwhelming and impatient.
And I love it.

I love that there is always something going on. Just yesterday I decided to go into the District with no plan in mind other than to explore, and stumbled across the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall. Don’t get me wrong, I am always missing my Oregon mountains and now the wide open spaces in Kansas, but right now in my life, this energy is what I want to be around.

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I love the people it draws here. Everyday I am surrounded by active, passionate, quick-witted people who are here to make things happen. It’s a contagious environment, that is already forcing me to stay on my toes.

I love that I’m living in my history books. American history was always my favorite and I still haven’t quite wrapped my mind around the fact that there is so much to see, do and learn in just a few square miles. I plan on becoming a resident tourist here.

There is so much more to share from just the short time that I have been here so far.
I love my new job and am so glad that I took this risk.
As expected, the learning curve is steep, but I’ve really started to find my place in the office and have so much already on the calendar that it is hard to keep it all straight. Most importantly, I am continuing to do what I love for the industry and people that I believe in.
My second week at work I spent most of my time in the District celebrating National Ag Day.
It was great to see the few familiar faces that I do already know here and catch up with people in know that were in town for the festivities.

Other than that, I am settling in well. There are plenty of little quirks and differences that living in a city is teaching me, and I would say so far I have only drawn minimal embarrassing attention to myself.

Except for when this happened…
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Looking forward I am really going to make a good effort at continuing to blog and share some of the fun highlights of my life here. This is a fast-paced, exciting new chapter and I definitely want to document it. I also want to make a quick note again about how thankful I am for all of the support that I had in making this move and life change. Whether it was the grunt work in Kansas on moving day, helping me find a place site unseen here in Arlington or the magnitude of encouragement and kind words, I am eternally grateful. So many people that I never would have expected, showed up in someway.

My grandparents though, are the true rockstars. They cut their anniversary vacation short to fly to Kansas to help me finish packing and make the trek across the country with my Escape and a U-Haul. There was really bad weather, missing keys, pushed buttons and a couch that barely fit in the door. I was stressed, overwhelmed and just plain cranky through a lot of it, and they laughed and loved me through it all.

Here is some quick shots of the move and my time here so far.

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Cheers! Have a wonderful week friends!