Wordless Wednesday: Formals

Ryan & Mindy Go Formal
Mostly good memories, but I always had the cutest date around

High School

Courtwarming 2006 (First dance together! He was King!)

Prom 2006 (His senior prom)

Homecoming 2006

Courtwarming 2007 (I was a Queen candidate, but didn’t quite make it big like him…haha)

Prom 2007 (My senior prom)


Does my cousin’s wedding count? We danced. Fall 2007

All Club Formal 2007

This picture is MIA… Ryan, can you send it to me so I can add it? :)

Freshman Formal 2008 (Re-used a dress from HS, did you notice?)

Thursday 13: Stuff

[13 things I can’t throw away]

—-> But keep in mind, I dislike clutter! I am not a pack rat. Too much stuff drives me crazy, even if it’s put away and organized. These items listed below I just can’t seem to throw away because some are fun to keep or look back on. (By the way, there’s not much more than 13.) Someday, they may very well end up in the trash. For now, most remain in boxes, stashed away, and a few are displayed/used.

1) Several dried corsages from dances in High School
2) All the letters I’ve received since 7th grade until now, all organized by year
3) Color/Winter Guard related items: such as notes, locker decorations, gifts, almost every newspaper article we were in, polo, jacket, warm up pants, gloves, flag, rifle (Just for the record: I returned everything that was not mine to keep!)
4) Some movie ticket stubs & “evidence” from other various events
5) Several dried roses & rose petals
6) Lots of graduation items: cap (which I had people sign), gown, tassels, all cards I received, a list of all the gifts I received and from who, newspaper articles, etc
7) Beads that hung from my car’s rearview mirror for several years
8) My HS Letter Jacket (WHY DID I GET ONE OF THOSE?! I can’t seem to throw away that $300 that I wasted)
9) First Florida trip sand & shells, and I even saved all of our receipts
10) Some old planners/calendars
11) A ton of old school papers/projects, some from HS and college, all organized by class in folders or notebooks. What if I need them?
(I realize that my Calculus papers will NOT make any sense now and can be trashed. Also, Chemistry in my HS was a joke. But it was funny to compare after I took it in college.)
12) T-shirts from HS… although most are now made into a quilt thanks to Ryan’s sweet and talented Grandma!
13) One of my earrings from when they were first pierced (3 years old) & my first ring as a little girl


The weight on my shoulders known as Spring Semester ’09 is gone!

I am officially finished with another semester! I LOVE the feeling of being done with a semester, especially the one right before summer. Freedom! Once again, I can’t believe how quickly the time goes, especially this past month. I can’t keep up!
Now I realized my “classification” is even more questionable. It was last year because I went into college from HS with enough credits to be a sophomore, so half the time I called myself a sophomore and other times a freshman. Now that I didn’t go last semester and this is only my third semester in college, am I still a sophomore, a junior, super junior or super sophomore?? Do those even exist? HAHA. Well all I know is I am still a junior by credits and I have completed three semesters and have MANY more to go I’m sure. OH and what about summer classes, do they affect your classification? So complicated, who cares anyway?!
By the way…. If someone would like to give me a cookie, I definitely achieved perfect attendance for the first time in my life!! It seems like I have always missed a lot of school, especially in HS. In fact, I was not eligible for A+ money because I missed too much school. So anyway that’s why I’m proud of myself this semester! Now, today I did miss cell biology lecture, but I did not have to go all this week because I am not taking the final. I was just going because I did pay for this education. Plus, I almost made it to class, but there was a tornado warning and I decided not to risk my life so I turned back around. So anyway, today’s cell lecture doesn’t count! :)
Another cool thing about this semester is that my finals week was not in my vocabulary! Finals week is officially next week, but all of mine were this week or last week. So this week was my last week of classes & last week of the semester! WOO!
Hopefully I got all A’s in my classes… the only questionable one is my philosophy grade– could be a B depending on how my professor feels when he grades my final. We’ll see.
If I’m this excited to be done with a semester, how am I going to react when I graduate?! Watch out, whenever and wherever that may be!


There’s a first time for everything… [Or so they say]

1. When was your first breath taken?

August 2nd, 1988

2. Who was your first kiss and when?

Ok first off, I am considering “kiss” a “peck.” Second, I am not for sure, but I think it was during Spin The Bottle in 5th grade with Brett Edgar. Sad I know.

3. Who was your first prom date?

Kyle Scott (sophomore year)

4. Who was your first roommate?

Victoria Cline in Morrison 201. Didn’t know her previous to that.

5. What was your first job?

If babysitting doesn’t count, then Creative Play Learning Center (daycare) my senior year of HS.

6. What was your first car?

1998 Eclipse- still drive it.

7. When did you go to your first funeral?

My Aunt Marcia’s funeral when I was in 4th grade

8. How old were you when you first moved away from your hometown?

19 (to college)

9. Who was your first teacher?

Mrs. Verkamp (preschool)

10. Where did you go on your first ride on an airplane?

First and only time so far. It was to Chicago (I was in 6th grade) and it was only 50 minutes long.

11. Where did you go for your first date and who was it?

I don’t remember my first “date”

12. When you snuck out of your house for the first time, who was it with?

Never had to sneak out

13. Who was your first best friend and are you still friends with them?

I would say it was probably Kayla Hawley in 1st grade and no I’m not

14. Who was the first person to send you flowers?

This kid named Scott in 2nd grade, ha.

15. Where did you live the first time you moved out of your parents’ house?

Morrison Hall; Anderson University; Anderson, IN

16. Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?

I don’t really call people when I have a bad day. They call me.

17. Who’s wedding were you in the first time you were a bridesmaid or a groomsmen?

Jennifer Fales (Morris).

18. What is the first thing you do in the morning?

It depends but I usually like to brush my teeth first

19. What was your first career choice?

Teacher is the first one I remember.

20. What was your first sport?

T-Ball, haha

21. First time you tried alcohol?

Ummm I don’t exactly remember, but probably 5th/6th grade.

22. First trip to the ocean?

South Carolina in 6th grade

23. What is the first thing you wash in the shower?

Shampoo my hair

24. When did ‘Aunt Flo’ first visit?

5th grade… way too soon.

25. Which sock do you put on first?

Left I think

26. First food/drink in the morning?

Drink- water. Food- cereal with soymilk!!!

27. First rollercoaster ride?

Mine Train at Six Flags, I was probably in 3rd/4th grade. Make that my LAST rollercoaster ride, lol.

28. First grade teacher?

Ms. Brinker

29. First crush?

Well, I actually was a little boy crazy at a young age if you haven’t noticed yet, but they were all ‘innocent’ crushes. Probably Robert Durrett since I knew him when I was 3, and then I also remember liking Matt Wools in preschool. The first crush I remember most is in kindergarten, Wes Stammers. I remember he moved away (I cried) and always tried to find his new phone number. Is that sad or what?

30. First time you got Facebook & MySpace?

MySpace first in summer 2005. Then FB later that year.

31. First cell phone?

I think my freshman year of HS.

32. First impression of current love?


33. First piercing?

Ears when I was 3. It was my decision.

Looks Can Be Deceiving

When people don’t know me, they usually think I am anywhere from about 12-15 years old–MAYBE older if I’m lucky. If you do know me, you know that I’m actually 20. I’m not sure if it’s the height and petite frame that throws them off, or if I actually look young in the face. Sometimes it can be annoying, but I find it pretty entertaining most of the time. Such as these stories…

In September 2008 I was with my mom at a carpet store in town, and the owner asks me “What grade are you in?” Ok, if he is saying “grade” that makes me think he is referring to elementary or middle school. And HELLO, I was in the same class as this guy’s son.

When my dad was preparing for/had his surgery in September 2008, I was around the hospital a lot with my parents. A lot of people, especially nurses would ask me, “Are you skipping school today?” I’m like “Uhh…not really.” [I was taking the semester off from college, not exactly what they were thinking].

Also in late September 2008 my dad was being released from the hospital and one of his nurses was wheeling him out to the car. My aunt and I were walking along side him. She was really nice and just felt like making conversation I suppose, so she asks me… “Do you know what you’re going to be for Halloween yet?” Ok I didn’t have any makeup on that day & looked pretty tired, but come on!! The way she asked it I’m assuming she thought I was probably 11 y/o ? I was so shocked and tired so I just said.. “I don’t know yet.” Plus I didn’t want to be mean. My Aunt said I already had my mask on, haha.

In October 2008 I went to Cracker Barrel with my parents and the host asked me, “Do you want crayons and a coloring page?” This time I laughed and he sounded embarrassed and said, “Sorry I had to ask.” Yeah if you think I’m 10!

In November 2008 when I went to vote, the people there questioned that I was old enough to vote!!!

In December 2008, I was with my mom at Wal-Mart and we were going through the self check out. I was the one checking it out, and when I scanned the Dimetapp (cold medicine) we had to get approval because you have to be 18 y/o to buy it. Well the lady looks at my mom and says, “Are you the one buying this?” And my mom said “Yes, but my daughter is old enough too.” I said, “Yeah I’m 20, haha.” And the lady was very surprised and said she didn’t think I looked 18.

Whenever I subbed this past semester, I heard a lot of uncertainty about my age. Most people at the HS know how old I am, but the principal thought I wasn’t at lunch duty one day because I “blend in” with the students. He told me to get gray hair. No thanks! A lot of the elementary kids would comment & ask me, “Are you a teenager?” “Are you in high school?” “You’re short!!” And I would hear them whispering to each other, haha.

This is one of the best stories:
September 2007…Ryan, his mom, and I were at the “Picnic in the Valley” at AU (part of the new student orientation activities). Ryan and I went over to go meet his roommate, Adam, and Adam’s parents. Ryan introduced himself and then Adam’s mom asked him (referring to me), “Is this your little sister?” I’m not exactly sure what he said, but I’m sure it was something like “No, this is my girlfriend Mindy.” IT WAS SO FUNNY!! But I did feel bad because Adam & his parents were so embarrassed!! Adam did know I was the girlfriend though, not the little sister, so he was REALLY embarrassed.

The other day I was at Wal-Mart’s Vision Center with Ryan and this lady who was helping Ryan get contacts asked if Ryan and I were related. Ok so that makes me wonder…did she think we looked similar, like siblings? Or did she think I looked so much younger that I couldn’t be his “girlfriend?” Who knows!!

I don’t drink nor do I plan on drinking, but whenever I turn 21 I should just try to buy alcohol just for kicks. It would be quite funny.