Archive for April, 2010

Proof of a Wonderful Birthday

Just some snapshots from my birthday…Enjoy!

My favorite Firenze roommate and me on my birthday

My parents and I at my birthday dinner at Celestino

My Favorite Boys

My bestest friends in Florence

My Wonderful roommates. Love them SO much.

I hope you enjoyed these. Just proof of a great day!

All my love…


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Soooooo let’s count the disasters that are happening around the world……..

1. Another earthquake in China

2. Mudslides in Northern Italy

3. Train crash in Viareggio Italy that killed at least 12 American students

and finally…

4. Volcanic ash that has covered almost all of Europe and has cancelled thousands of flights and that have left millions stranded

How does this all affect me??

Well the mudslides and the volcanic ash made it impossible for me to travel to Parma today, which was a total bummer. Β However, I’m actually thankful that I didn’t go anywhere this weekend because my friends are in Barcelona, stuck, and have to take an overnight train to get back to Florence because the volcanic ash has moved so far south that it is now forcing Spain to cancel flights. THIS IS CRAZY SHIP as Enrico would say…Also the volcanic ash cancelled Taylor’s trip to Italy and so I couldn’t see her this weekend. Totally almost ruined my weekend. Neither of us were happy. Β It’s a scary situation and I’m scared I won’t be able to get home in 3 weeks.

Now that I’ve covered that I will now talk about what is possibly the best birthday I’ve ever had. #20 did me well and I’m so happy.

Tuesday night, after the soccer game, which we should have won, Sarah and I got Mexican food with my parents at Tijuana and that made me smile because I really wanted a margarita to celebrate my birthday, which I got. πŸ™‚ Then we came back home and got ready and headed to Naima to start the celebrations. πŸ™‚ We were the first ones there, which I expected, but it was my birthday so I did what I wanted. HA. like I wouldn’t do that anyways……Sarah bought me 2 drinks (very nice of her) and then everyone started to show up and we all just hung out and drank and talked and took pictures. It was SO MUCH FUN. I LOVED that part of my birthday because most of us were together and just having fun and I don’t know…it was just really a fun night. And I got to ring in my birthday and be the center of attention–which I like most of the time…especially when it’s my birthday. πŸ™‚ I know selfish selfish of me but it’s only my birthday once a year.

Wednesday (my actual birthday) I got up and and got ready and went to school like any other day; had class and it wasn’t terrible. Then Eliz and I met my parents and we had lunch at the pizza place we ate at the first night. SO DELICIOUS. πŸ™‚ Then we came back to the apartment and I did my art history assignment and then went to my parent’s apartment to hang out with them and I watched some TV. We talked and it was really nice and then it was time for dinner so I went back to my apartment and got ready and then went to Celestino’s for dinner. Of course. Where else would we go??!! haha I ate my WEIGHT in food there but it was TOTALLY worth it. It was really enjoyable to spend time with my closest friends here and my parents–I just feel so thankful to have all these new people in my life and am just so happy I came here and got to know all of them. Then we came back to our apartment and got ready to go out and then headed to the boys apartment to pre game. When we got there–EVERYONE WAS THERE. EVERYONE. AND IT WAS SOOOO AWESOME. I LOVED IT. It just made the whole night even better. We just hung out and were getting along and then I called my sister-in-law and chatted with the chillen’s which was much needed. I miss those kids SO SO much. Then we left and took more and more pictures and went to Yab to dance the night away. and THAT was also SO MUCH FUN. I was having the time of my life. I was dancing and not caring and wasn’t even that drunk. Then I got up on the platform and was dancing up there and watching everyone dance below….ahhhh it was incredible. It was definitely one of the best nights in Florence yet and what’s even better is that it was for my birthday!! AH I just want to look at the pictures forever so I can remember how great it was and how much fun I had. It was truly the greatest birthday ever.

The rest of the week was slow and after everyone left I got into a weird funk and didn’t really feel like doing anything which could also be because of how tired I was. I slept a lot and watched a lot of TV and relaxed. Yesterday, I had lunch with my parents and then hung out with Erin, Kierstin, and Kelly and that was a lot of fun too. I feel like I got to know them a lot better, which is sad since this trip is almost over, but I really like them all and will miss Erin when she goes to the Naval Academy. Today, we got up to go to Parma but like I said it was not an option so we just hung around here and then I hung out with my parents and took them to the Piazzale so they could see it. So beautiful–especially today since it’s so nice out and sunny! πŸ™‚

Now, I’m just sitting in my apartment absorbing all that I have to do this week and praying that my friends get back safely and that the world waits to end a few more years or at least waits until I get back to Saint Charles.

All my love…

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I love Italy. Enough said. Never want to leave. Ever. I mean I am excited to go home, don’t get me wrong, but I just love Italy and especially Florence. I was sitting in the Piazza Signoria to listen to music with Eliz and Peter and I was just sitting there taking in the whole situation and just realizing how blessed I am that I get to actually LIVE IN FLORENCE. It’s just a wonderful feeling to be able to say that I live in Florence. I have been neglecting that thought in the last week and when I realized it again and realized that I am only here for 25 more days. I really need to just live in the moment and not worry about everything else around me…it all can wait. I won’t be in Florence forever.

I haven’t really updated in a while but it’s going to be a quick update. Seeing the Last Supper was an awesome experience because it was just SO neat to see!! I loved being in there and just knowing all the history the painting has seen; it’s quite the feeling. Easter was also a great experience! We went to church in Santa Croce and then saw the fireworks display by the Duomo; something that I can say I never thought I would ever see. It was definitely different but so neat to see because it’s how Italians celebrate one of the most important holidays in their religion. Classes started back up again and I didn’t really do much the rest of the week. Jeff and Lauren left on Wednesday and I was sad to see them go because I had a lot of fun with them and I was happy because Jeff and I bonded a lot and got to know one another better and it was something we both needed. I got to show them around and show them where I live and how my life works and I really enjoyed that. It felt weird to actually be showing someone my life in Florence because now it seems so natural.

Last week was a little rough but I made it through with the help of my closest friends, which I posted about already, but still really thankful to have them in my life. On Friday, my parents and I traveled to Lake Como in northern Italy and spent 2 days there. It was just so beautiful with the mountains surrounding the lake and seeing them with snow on top was an amazing sight. We took a huge “ferry” to Bellagio on Saturday and explored the city and had lunch at a wonderful restaurant and shopped around some. Even though I was crabby I really did enjoy myself and was really grateful that my parents took me there. I’m sure it wasn’t what they expected with my attitude but I think I was still recovering from the week before. I know that is no excuse but it’s all I really got. I should have acted with more grace and not been such a pain in the ass but when they get back from Germany today I will be much much better.

We went to Bologna on Sunday for Art History and it felt like a waste to me but it was neat to see the city…nothing too special though. I wouldn’t recommend it.

This week is my birthday celebration week–at least in my eyes–like I said we listened to music last night after the soccer game, and tonight we have another soccer game and then I’m going out for a while and then tomorrow is the big day! I feel nervous…is there something wrong?! I’m never nervous–I love my birthday. I need to get over this age thing…I’m only 20- not that big of a deal at all. I am excited to have my parents here and to celebrate with all my new friends. I love these people and will miss them greatly when we go back in…….25 days………. 😦 We’ll focus on the good and make the time we have left the best time of our lives!!!!!!!

All my love…

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One of my very good friends from home just said that to me as I was facebook chatting with her…and I believe those words to be 100 percent true.

I feel as though I have been very fortunate in my life to have found some really good and true friends; mostly from home since I went to school with the same group from Kindergarten throughout high school. Of course I was closer with some at some point and then closer with others are another time but nonetheless I had a large group of friends going into college. I am now going to talk about my very close friends because the group has dwindled down to just a handful.

One of my very oldest and best friends–Emily–has been there for me throughout pretty much everything life has thrown my way and I the same for her. We have been friends since kindergarten and have remained very very close since–a good 15 years. She is in Missouri for college while I’m in North Carolina but thankfully nothing has changed between us since we’ve gone to college or even in high school as we went to different schools then as well. She has literally been there when my Mom told me my Gran was not doing well and always knows when I’m upset or will always listen to me when I need an ear or a shoulder. I feel beyond blessed to have her in my life because we have a history and know one another so well and I think that is one of the best friendships you can have.

Next will come my best friend from high school…Miss Carlee….College has been a little hard for us to remain as close as we were in high school. We made it through the first year not really talking very much and I felt a little distant from her as I’m sure she felt from me. We had literally gone to school together and been together every day up until we went to college so it was an adjustment to say the least. Then a boy came into the picture and I think that just made it even harder for both of us; because we can’t deny how boyfriends affect friendships. It’s alway unintentional but somehow it happens anyways. We haven’t talked as much as I’d like but we are both busy and I understand that. I know though that we will always be friends and now whenever we do get the chance to talk we pick up where we left off and that is very encouraging to me. I love her like she should be my twin and I know I will always feel that way and I hope we will always be as we are or used to be.

Now my college best friend…Tay-LOR or Taco or Roomio or whatever other nickname she has….haha Now this is one friend that I am MORE than blessed to have in my life. She’s been mentioned quite a few times before in my posts but she is one of the greatest and most encouraging people I have ever met. She knows me so well and that is only after a year of knowing her. It’s kind of scary. She really helped me at Elon and was just always a constant support I felt I had in my life and now I don’t know what life would be like without her. I just feel so blessed. I feel very confident in saying that we will always be close friends no matter where life takes us.

I also have to mention my dear Theen who was so wise as to say this quote to me and it just always continues to ring true. Athena and I became friends junior year during golf and I’m so happy that we both played golf. I know that I can be completely honest with her and tell her exactly how I feel and if I think she is doing what she should and she feels the same about me. It’s nice to have someone who you know will give an honest opinion. I see a lot of myself in her and I think that is why we connect so much. She’s funny and always says “Katie Ann….come on–you know better.” or something similar to that. It’s like talking to my Mom sometimes but she just reinforces what my Mom does say. It’s just such a great thing to have a friend like that.

Sam-Buddy or Sahm– thankfully for us–we travel together very very well and that is exactly how we became friends. I have known Sam since kindergarten but really just started to become friends with her in high school because of youth trips and we always had so much fun together, always laughing and making fun of someone or something. What really brought us close together was our trip to Italy in June 2008 because we really only had one another and of course we like our luxuries but we didn’t have them so we had to make do and had fun doing that! It was quite the experience but it really helped our friendship grow and now we are so close even though she is in California and I’m in Italy or more regularly- in North Carolina. We will always Love the Rays. πŸ™‚

Racquel as she has become known to me; a dear friend from the midwest that I found at Elon. Sometimes it scares me how similar we are in how we think and act and react to situations. I have found a trustworthy friend in her and that is also really needed and is very nice to have at Elon since I’m still working on my circle of friends there. We always laugh about how goofy we are but we can also talk serious and that is really important for me. It’s been hard being away from hanging out and seeing her like I did last semester but the few times we have talked I know that she will be another good friend that I can count on.

That is my “shout-out” list to all of my closest friends right now and I just want to thank each of you and every other friend I have for being there for me and supporting and loving me despite how I can be sometimes. I know I’m not the easiest person to deal with at times but without you I wouldn’t be as strong or even learn how to be less moody. I apologize for how I get sometimes but it’s just a part of how I am but I promise I will work better to be more positive and patient. I love you guys so so much and I hope you know how much I value our friendships and that I will no matter what.

All my love…

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