twenty thirteen in review [part 1]


  • felt AMAZING starting the year out with a mini vacation to charleston. hands down the best getaway ever. have i mentioned that i LOVE that city!? because i’m not even sure if love really begins to cover it. obsession is more like it. my soul is at peace when it’s near water & palm trees. alex & i stayed at this adorable hotel downtown that had so much old southern charleston charm. it was also perfect to be able to walk down and be right in the middle of everything. it being their off season it was refreshingly quiet. seriously my favorite place on earth.
  • alabama killed it & became BCS champions for the 2nd year in a row!
  • I started my first semester back with a full class load. it felt nerve-wracking and great to get back at it.
  • celebrated Rosa & Archie’s sweet baby in the oven at her beautiful baby shower.


february 2014

  • this month contained lots of study dates + project life working days.
  • awesome shopping date at old navy & target with mama bear, finding some gorgeous outfits in spring colors + the lacy white dress to war to the Barristers ball.
  • sweet pre-valentines date with the parentals! dad surprised me with a gorgeous cross necklace + took me and mama bear out to a yummy dinner at texas roadhouse.
  • annual outback sweetheart dinner for two + movie girlfriend date with my boo Ashley.
  • began my addiction to the amazing TV series Suits! my my my how freaking gorgeous that Gabriel Macht is. Whew!
  • also became addicted to the app 8tracks for giving me a continuous playlist of Suits’ awesome soundtrack.
  • had a wonderful night downtown Raleigh with Alex at Campbell Law’s Barristers Ball. fun night with all of his friends + a delicious dinner + heading out to some local places afterwards. raleigh’s downtown is pretty quaint.


march 2014

  • ordered a few sweet artwork pieces to fill some more space on my gallery wall. Basically obsessed with the penguin artwork from Kal’s shop
  • a few very successful ikea trips to get some decorations + shelving for the apartment
  • mama and papa visited to help finish hanging the last of artwork & wall shelves. finishing up the last little bit of my plans felt great! i adore my first apartment to myself.
  • welcomed sweet Kingsley Ryan into my life! i adopted him on march 24th. a sweet 31lb 6 month old black lab/pitt mix. i’m obsessed with his pupster face.
  • said hello to tattoo # 3 weighing in at a long two hours. unlike the others this serves as a reminder going forward. to always hold the past as just that. don’t let it hold me down as I try to go forward. and also to stay anchored to hope. that there’s always something to hope for. a reason to go forward even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time. “which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;” KJV Hebrews 6:19
  • mister kingsley ryan took his first trip to statesville to meet his grandparents. needless to say they adored him as much as I do.


april 2014

  • enjoying lots of kingsley cuddles & play times
  • celebrated papa bears birthday with a family dinner
  • met baby g for the first time. she wasn’t too fond of me, giving me that stank eye the whole time. hehe. it’s okay i still adored her.
  • night out + daytime play with miss ashlee.
  • king’s first ride in Betsy, papa bear’s F250 on the way to the vet :( my boy won’t stop itching and scrating!! the only thing we concluded is that he has bad allergies & needed an antibiotic shot to clear out the infection he caused himself.
  • craft day with mama. learning how to work the machine and do some basic sewing. made king and i cute travel bags. and started an anchor nail project.
  • enjoyed the gorgeous weather and the welcoming of spring’s arrival
  • lots of reading for economics and in the good books I picked up ‘carry on warrior’ & ‘a beautiful battlefield’. thanks blogging world for the awesome suggestions.
  • day of shooting with the parentals + kingsley.


may 2014

  • date night out for drinks with ashlee
  • carolina rebellion w/paulina @ the charlotte motor speedway. had an amazing time. amazing music. and had some strangers turn into amazing hangout buddies. need i say more?
  • delighted in quite a few saucer nights.
  • date night out to noda with alex. first time eating at revolution pizza + a few drinks @ the dog bar afterwards.
  • lots of outdoor time with papa bear.
  • the most amazing surprise ever! tickets to a sold out Sara Bareilles concert!!! man. absolutely adore her music. but live she is awesome and hilarious.
  • soaked up afterwork dates poolside reading time.
  • spent memorial day thankful for the sacrifice of amazing men + enjoying the gorgeous outdoors


june 2014

  • still absolutely enjoying the summer and gorgeous weather outdoors.
  • hung out with the second brother tyty for the last time before he headed off to basic.
  • celebrated meggie poo’s graduation. can’t believe she’s already out of high school. i remember holding her the day she born. #gettingold
  • bento box from cowfish. absolutely delish.
  • had an amazing date night in Baxter, SC. i had never been there and it was one of the most adorable little places. loved walking around and checking it out. the wine shop was hands down my favorite.
  • crawdad’s game with the brother bear and alex. then enjoyed dinner + drinks at one of the favorites Olde Hickory Tap Room.
  • margaritas + sappy love movie night in with miss paulina.
  • and lastly night out to coyote joes to meet a missed friend canaan.

my little pupster is growing up.

Kingsley Ryan

his sweet face is a little over a year now.

he loved spending time with his grandparents for a week when I moved. but started to get extremely sad and moping wanting to come home. not gonna lie, this made me a happy puppy mama.

loves people watching & could sit out on the porch for hours just staring… oh wait he does that. although i’m glad he loves having a porch as much as i do!

he’s always ALWAYS always a happy pup.

he’s a chewer. yet to find one toy he can’t destroy in under a minute besides a kong rubber log thing. stuffing? heh. rope? he rips it and eats it. rubber toys? he chews chunks off.

has now started sleeping all night in my room on his dog bed. it’s too precious.

he truly loves watching tv & gets bored and restless inside if I don’t have the tv on or music playing.

he knows how to sit, lay down, shake, give paw, & stay.

he’s absolutely loving his new little dog park here at the new place. he met a little ‘girl’ friend and had some play time the other night we went out.

his cute little self curled up on the couch for his naps get me everytime.

he’s always gotta be with you. whether it’s couch cuddles, under my desk when i’m crafting, or under my feet when i’m getting ready or cooking.

if he sees you out the window or on the porch he’ll give you a long low growl. if he sees you out on the walk he’ll WHINE and WHINE to come play with you.

really hoping his new food we’re trying will stop his terrible itching. not sure what we’re going to do if it doesn’t help him.

love you sweet, king.

this morning. currently. right now.


this morning.
- excited to wake up to a satruday with no plans
- convinced that the king’s face is the most adorable puppy face #wrappedaroundhispaw
-  feeling rested. why did i think a midnight movie with work the next day was a good idea?

- have a massive list of things i need and want to get done
- looking forward to going home to spend some time with the fams for thanksgiving… and coming back to decorate afterwards :)
- accumulating a lot of books on the list I want to read.

right now.
- adoring iTunes radio. the mumford & sons, of monsters and men, & the lumineers station is what’s up.
- feeling a little overwhelmed with my first december daily album. but i think it’s coming along semi well. piece by piece.
- hoping for an EXTREMELY productive day. #herewego


I was looking at Kristin’s instagram @ KV Confessions and saw her picture of dreams  written on here wrist. she was contemplating a tattoo idea. took me back to the time way back thinking that I wanted my first tattoo to be passion written on my wrist. passionate was the one word I could sum myself up in. I loved to love. and especially the little things in life. even the excitement i would get buying a new cup that i loved was borderline insanity. every little thing made me happy. every time I would use it would make me equally as excited and happy.

now today…. all that excitement and passion seems to be gone. and i’m not sure where it went. or quite frankly how to go about getting it back. the slight moments in which I will feel excitement dwindle very quickly. life does a good job of finding ways to suck the passion out of you. although, i would like to be able to get mine back. i still have ideas that make me excited but somehow talk myself out of following through with them. wish there was a guidebook for re-finding your passion. i’d click buy in a heartbeat.

i miss the excitement of the little things.

.kingsley ryan.


meet the pupster.
he’s such a sweetheart.
i adopted him.
he’s a lab mix. with some pit in there somewhere.
i can’t believe i have a puppy.
i’ve had him for a week and two days now.
he’s a major cuddle buddy, which i can’t get enough of.
i hated leaving him at home this past week.
i’m quite certain he likes naps as much as me.
he’s been such a good boy since i’ve gotten him. minus one pair of shoes..
i like buying stuff for him. a little too much possibly.
he’s an old soul in a pups body. kinda like his mama.
he’s pretty much the best kind of roommate.
his attention span is all of two seconds.
i really want one of these paracord amazingnesses for him.
he met most of the family this weekend. everyone can’t help but to adore him.
being a puppy mama is the best.

march days.

if you asked me how things were going right now I’d tell you…

  • i’m loving our first peak at gorgeous warm spring weather. and wish it would stay that way.
  • completely falling in love with how cute my apartment is turning out. especially since dad helped me hang some shelves & other things last weekend. i seriously never want to move!!!
  • i would tell you that the week finished up a lot better than it had begun.
  • having my own place to myself most days has been God sent. my OCD tendencies love being able to have everything exactly the way I want it. but I’m not gonna lie that it doesn’t get really lonely sometimes.
  • i am really really contemplating getting a young dog. i fell in love with two rescues online & will hopefully meet them soon. stressing out about whether its a right decision or not. they’re already house trained, which is the major thing I was worried about not being able to do. but we’ll see how it turns out!
  • seriously missing that boy of mine. three weeks without seeing him? not happy at all. definitely a love/hate relationship with LDR’s. fo sho.
  • hating google is getting rid of google reader!!! like what the heck?! i set up my blog lovin account & have used it for a few days, but it’s really not the same.
  • seriously dreading the next couple of weekends. which in turn is making me dread the next couple of weeks. can I just skip to the end of March already? please?!
  • i can’t believe I have my second tattoo appointment booked. could not be more ecstatic.
  • i’m pretty sad that I haven’t worked on project life in like 2 months. my year ends at the end of march. i’m gonna take a little break. so I can get caught up & rethink exactly how I’m gonna continue. i don’t have as much time as I used to & what I want to get out of it has shifted.
  • sadly i have a hole in my ear and no piercing. i have been wanting my tragus pierced for forever. however, the lady had trouble and after finally getting it pierced couldn’t get the jewelry in. uber sadness.
  • can’t wait for sweet summertime. warm weather. boyfran to be home. and pool days.


.lately i.

  • have been getting my tan on. however, yesterday it got the better of me. going to need to turn the face tanning bulbs off for the rest of the lays this week.
  • this cold windy weather has made me live in the pea coat, leggins, & boots. but since layering is my favorite i’m not complaining.
  • realizing how lucky I am to have this sweet guy in my life. he’s amazing and seriously a blessing.
  • spent the better part of the night last night catching up on my Project Life binder [after being 2 months behind!!]! still got a little more to go. but very happy with the progress. thankfully this refreshed my love of this project. not to mention it was the first time using elise’s seafoam kit & I absolutely cannot tell you how much easier it is to do when I actually have a kit I actually use.
  • adoring spending time with that sweet boy. even if it is spent studying over coffee. so glad he came up this weekend.
  • hello long[er] hair! she’s growing out and here lately I haven’t hated it. thinking i’m going to try and rock a medium length for awhile [but i am not making any promises! ]
  • after realizing the favorite pens in my collection were all Steadtler. i quickly answered my question of what to purchase to with my new planner. hello, sweet color coding.

and here’s to a very very very busy week ahead …


wondering  how I am possibly going to make it through the rest of this week! I know it’s only 3 more days… But it’s literally been the most insane BUSY two weeks of my life.

dreaming Of finally having a break from things, getting away and enjoying time with that sweet boy of mine!!

covering my new apartment’s walls with pretty paint :)

feeling very anxious. The anxiety floating around me and my life the past two weeks has most definitely been unprecedented.

thinking about how crazy it is that everything can change so quickly in such a little time frame.

wishing there was a way to spend more time with his face, but I’m thankful for the time I do get to see him.

watching my apartment come together right before my eyes. Slowly. And one step at a time! It’s going to be absolutely gorgeous when I am finished!

planning Well, it feels like everything. I’ve got so much stuff to still do for the apartment and then gotta plan out next semester and get all of that paperwork done.

reading The Creative Habit, it’s taking me quite a while to get through this book & all of the craziness isn’t helping. Hopefully after settling in after the move it will continue progressing.

savoring my first extremely short and sweet “commute” to work now :) after three years of commuting over an hour it feels nothing short of AMAZING!

waiting for the HOLIDAYS!!! They’re right around the corner. Not working retail last year was the first time I got to actually sit back and enjoy them. This year I will be diving in to all the cooking and excitement!

working on fun DIY projects for the apartment. Definitely my favorite part of moving.

excited for UNCC finally getting a Football Team!! I’m sure it’ll be a slow start, but it’s FOOTBALL :) Woot Woot!

- samdann

anna karenina.

I’ve discovered with the random want to do this task, that I’m quite odd.

What you ask?

Well I got the strange urge to read a classic novel. The random mention of Tolstoy in a movie may have had something to do with it. I never paid that much attention to the often boring novel picks in high school & figured my knowledge of classic literature is quite lacking. This clearly isn’t gonna totally fix that, but will broaden my horizons a little just the same.

What sparked Anna Karenina? Again no clue. I wasn’t even sure what the plot of the story was. In spite of that for some reason I was drawn in to it. I am sure this is the classic novel I wanted to dive into.

When I went to google it for the correct spelling of it. I stumbled across a movie trailer with the release date of November 20th! What?! A new movie!! I’m not gonna lie made me 10x more excited than before about it.

Looks quite interesting too!

After finally deciding that audiobooks fit into my life a little better right now, despite my love of having the physical copies of books. It’s off to download it and see if it lives up to the hype I’ve created.

- samdann

erratic fall thoughts.

I’m quite certain there aren’t enough weekends in fall for me to accomplish all of the fall activities I’d love to do. Not to mention all the homework/studying/assignments I’ve got to fit in to the normally busy schedule.

All I have been listening to for the past week are the sweet sounds of Mumford & Sons and Wakey!Wakey! Even after realizing this I can’t stop it. They’re just so lively, and have awesome lyrics, and sound like the sweet sounds of Fall rolled into amazing bands.
Someone should probably stage a scarf intervention & by that I mean I’m running out of space & need a storage idea option. #someonehelp
“Because I Said So” movie is playing right now & it could not be the most fitting movie for the way I’m feeling right now. Not quite 100% sure why. But it’s adorable, and kinda makes me wish I had a sister or two. Not to mention I’m totally gonna dress in the awesome classic clothes Daphenne Wilder wears when I get to that age :D. Plus the difference in Johnny and the lame Jason is quite funny. Shows you not to judge a book by it’s cover. And my second favorite movie quote lies somewhere within the lines of this script. Also, I love everything about this movie.

Pumpkin. Pumpkin. Pumpkin. Beer that is. It’s pretty much rocking my world. If you’d like to try some of the best, you should check out Dogfish Head Punkin Ale or Southern Tier Pumking.
Prediction for the fall / winter. My outfits will all consist of leggings, long tank, boots & a fantastic scarf. You’re right I don’t see a problem with this either.
The Cowboys are playing the Panthers here in Charlotte this Sunday & I’ve got to admit that I’ve never been as excited about a sporting event in my life. Excited to see the game. And surely hoping my boys play well & grab a win. I’m also a hundred percent sure I’m sad that I didn’t order my Personalized Jersey in time to have it to wear on game day.

I’ve had this strange urge to wear plaid [ whether it be a plaid flannel shirt or plaid patterned anything ]. I found a shirt at target tonight, but couldn’t make the plunge. Am I really gonna wear that ? Who knows with me. However, I did set my sight on a sweet scarf! Who can argue with hunter green, mustard yellow, navy & off white ? I couldn’t either.
Have I mentioned football watching, scarf wearing, pumpkin eating/drinking season is my absolute favorite? Because man, there literally is nothing better than this time of the year.

Side note. I should be ban from Target. For my own good. Why do I want everything there? Why?

Just like that my random thoughts shall end. I’ve had such a delightful fall so far and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for the rest of this wonderful [ also favorite ] season of mine. I’m gonna get back to watching this awesome movie I’ve popped in & hit the sack soon.

PS. My favorite quote of the movie is….

“‘Cause you were so nervous, you laughed like a hyena in that beautiful polka dot dress of yours.”

“Really? Mmm-hmm. I’ll tell you one thing, through. You did not have me the moment we met because I wasn’t even sure that I liked the fact that your staff talked about you behind your back at the dessert table. And, excuse me, but, truth be told, I didn’t like anything that you ordered for me on our first date, except the calamari. And okay, fine, yes it was nice to not have to think for a change, but who wants someone who doesn’t think? Look, and sometimes you laugh when I cry and say, “Huh?” when I make perfect sense. And never, ever in my life have I burned a chocolate souffle until now and that, in and of itself, oh my God, should have told me I don’t feel like myself around you. And I would have decided that a long time ago if it weren’t for my mother. Because who wants someone who laughs like a hyena in a polka dot dress that my mother made me buy?”

“I love that dress”

…… Oh boy, if that doesn’t say it all.

:) Goodnight Folks.

— samdann