The wedding!

Okay, so I now have my fabulously amazingly incredibly wonderful wedding photos that I love so much! So I thought I'd share just a few of my faves with you. I promise I'll try not to post them all... but it will be hard.

I loved my wedding!



My beautiful coworker just put this up and I think it's really cute so I wanted to do it too!

Answer the following 12 questions about yourself in order to influence your mosaic! (my answers are in parentheses after each question):
1. What is your first name? (Amber)
2. What is your favorite food? (Chicken and Dressing)
3. What high school did you attend? (Lowndes HS)
4. What is your favorite color? (Orange and purple)
5. Who is your celebrity crush? (Zac Hanson all the way!)
6. Favorite drink? (Dr. Pepper)
7. Dream vacation? (Africa)
8. Favorite dessert? (Chocolate cake)
9. What do you want to be when you grow up? (Minister)
10. What do you love most in life? (my husband)
11. One word to describe you? (wacky)
12. Your Flickr name? (I don't have one ) -- this one won't work because I haven't uploaded any pictures, so I'm choosing to search for Harry Potter because I'm a big nerd!

All you have to do is type your answer to each of the above questions into Flickr's search. Using only the images that appear on the first page, choose your favorite and copy and paste each of the URL’s into the Mosaic Maker (3 columns, 4 rows)... Have fun!


I'm a winner and you can be one too!

My beautiful and wonderful friend Tracy posted this "Pay it Forward" on her blog, and I love prizes so I responded. Now, I'm giving you the chance to do it too! 

Here are the rules:
I will send a gift to the first 3 blog owners who comment on this post. Those 3 people have to post this on their own blog and continue they cycle! 

So start commenting and maybe I'll give you something cool!


We're taking a trip

to another blog! My friend Nate asked me to guest blog for him this week. He has a theme for every day and Fridays are about Religion. You might want to check out last week's Religion Friday on his blog to get the context of the post, but either way I hope you enjoy! 



Okay, no matter what you think of policies, it is undeniable that Sarah Palin named her children interesting things. Go to this link and find out what Sarah Palin would have named you if you were her child! It is hilarious!


I would be Flack Gobbler Palin. hehe.

Just the highlights

Okay, so the past few days have been mostly boring sprinkled with some craziness. Here are the highlights:

Yesterday as I was leaving my apartment I got in a small fender bender. By that I mean I backed directly into the side of a brand new truck... oops. So, unfortunately/luckily I was in my rental car for work. It sucks because I think I'll probably get in big trouble at work, but on the bright side it wasn't actually my car that was damaged. I freaked out for a while, but I'm over it now.

I'm in South Carolina now for a few college fairs and it's been super quiet so far. I even went to see House Bunny by myself. I wasn't sure if it would be the dumbest thing I've ever seen or cute, but luckily it turned out to be cute. The biggest thing that's happened is that the remote in my hotel room doesn't work. Actually, the TV doesn't work with any remote so it's something wrong with that. The hotel staff was so nice about it though. They offered to move me to a different room, but I really didn't feel like doing that so they sent me a free gift! It's a lavender oil diffuser, which is nice.

Up until now there haven't been any more good college fair stories to tell without being really mean about not smart high schoolers, but I'll tell you a little about the SC kids. Nothing really stood out except the shoes. Apparently high schoolers in South Carolina are obsessed with brown colored shoes. Seriously, nearly every person had on one of the following brown shoes:
Rainbow flip flops
gladiator sandals
Wallabee's (yeah, I didn't really think those were still in either)
Birkenstocks! I don't think I've seen Birkenstocks in like, 8 years. Not only did I see the more common closed toed kind
but I saw multiple pairs of these:

which I haven't seen in FOR-EV-ER! It was like I'd been transported back to 1996 and it was awesome!

So... that's my super exciting life right now... I know you're jealous.

I do need a little advice though. How important is it for your husband to like your haircut? Let me be more specific, I want my hair cut like this

really really bad! But my husband hates bangs like this. So, I'm not sure what to do. Help! Anyone who's a husband please tell me if it bothers you when your wife gets a haircut you don't like!

Hope you're having a great Monday!


I miss my husband

I don't remember travel to be this hard last year. I already feel like I've been on the road for a month and it's only been 2 weeks. Not even 2 weeks yet actually. I can't decide if time has somehow actually slowed down this year, or if it's just because I'm married now.

Last year at this time Derek and I weren't even dating. I didn't really have anyone to miss last year. Not like this anyway. I hate being away from him. And maybe it would be different if we'd been married longer than 3 weeks, but it's driving me crazy. Also I'm dealing with the strong temptation to make myself feel better with retail therapy which is so not good - especially when my hotel is directly across from a mall like it is tonight.

On a different note, sometimes I feel like I have a million things to blog about but I have to stick to one subject, but other times I feel like my mind is completely devoid of thought and I couldn't blog if I was paid to. Anyone agree?


Who wants a pit bull with lipstick for a VP? Not me!

Okay, so as I promised, here are my thoughts on John McCain's running mate, Governor Sarah Palin. I'm not a McCain/Palin fan, but Palin is definitely my least favorite of the two. With that being said, I'm sure that she is a very nice, intelligent, talented person so I'll try not to be mean. I'll try.

And so the reasons I dislike Sarah Palin as a Vice Presidential candidate are:

1. It is ridiculous for someone with her miniscule amount of experience to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. I understand why people think that Barack Obama is lacking experience, but Sarah Palin is far worse. She was the mayor of a town with 9,000 people and the governor of a state with less people than Dekald County, GA for a mere 1.5 years. If she and John McCain are elected, I will move to Sweden just to avoid the chance that she could be President. Honestly, this is the least of my worries about her because I'm far more concerned about her policies. But I honestly think that the President of the college I work for probably has as much "executive experience" as Sarah Palin and I would much rather back him for VP.

2. Just like her running mate, Sarah Palin changes her policies with convenience. John McCain claims that he would now vote against the immigration policy he helped to write(!). In the same vein, Sarah Palin pats herself on the back for opposing the now infamous bridge to nowhere in Alaska, when she originally supported it and then after she cancelled it she kept the funds the federal government allotted for it!

3. She hates polar bears. I know this is a small detail, but she sued the government to take the polar bear off the endangered species list. Have you seen polar bears?! They are cute. They drink coca-cola. Doesn't it make you think there's something wrong with her?

4. She wants to drill in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve for oil. Despite the fact that no oil would come of new drilling for years, wouldn't lower current gas prices, and would destroy a national wildlife reserve (where more cute animals live! have you ever seen a baby seal?) she thinks it's just a grand idea! I'm sure it would be great for the people of Alaska (not that they need any money because she's wrangled plenty of that for them), but not for the people of America as a whole.

5. She thinks the Earth is 6,000 years old. I believe the Bible people, but can someone please point out where in the Bible it says that the earth is 6,000 years old? I'm calling shenanigans on that.

6. She thinks global warming isn't caused by people. I don't really know where this comes from either. I think in her head (and many other evangelical Christian's) it's somehow connected to the whole "Earth being 6,000 yrs. old thing", but that makes no sense. Maybe the reasoning is that God created the earth and therefore it's impossible to mess up, but God created lots of things that we mess up all the time. That's what sin is. And even if you don't agree that global warming is real Sarah Palin, what's so bad about recycling? Why is only having to buy light bulbs once every 5 years wrong? Why not have a car that gets 50 miles to the gallon? Really someone explain why anyone is opposed to this stuff.

7. She wants to make abortion illegal completely illegal in all instances except in the risk of the mother's life. Please don't get me wrong, I'm pro-life, I think that unborn babies are people who are in need of love and deserve to have the chance at life. However, Sarah Palin is so vehement about reversing Roe v. Wade, but that's where her plan ends. Making abortion illegal doesn't stop unwanted pregnancy though. She's supports abstinence only sex education despite the fact that it has been proven not to work (case in point: Evangelical Christians teens - most of whom are raised in homes that teach abstinence only and pro-life beliefs- are more likely to get an abortion than any other group). Not to mention, teens are already having sex. That's why the teen pregnancy rate is up. That's why they're having all the abortions. Stop unwanted pregnancies and you stop abortions. Stop abortions without stopping unwanted pregnancies and that's when you have people throwing themselves down stairs or having surgery in a garage.

I think 7 reasons is probably enough. There are plenty of other reasons why I disagree with her, but that covers the basics. Ultimately I really do think it would be another 4 years of exactly what we have now and that's one of the worst thing's I can imagine.

And if that's not enough then just take a look at this admittedly partisan clip from Keith Olberman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BAwgT6gWRE

Feel free to comment, argue, agree, etc.


College Fairs = Freak Fest

Okay, so I figure since I have to go to all these college fairs I'll put up a quick rundown of all the stuff I see at them.

Today there were:
5 pregnant girls
3 students who looked like they did Meth
6 guys who said really inappropriate things about what they wanted to do to some girl
3 recruiters from other schools who had inappropriately short skirts
1 off the shoulder 80's sweater
Approx. 60 really snooty private school kids (Normally I like students from private schools, but these particular students wouldn't even "drink out of a public school water fountain. ew.")
1 police dog
1 police motorcycle
1 girl who passed out
4 couples who made out or touched each other grossly
and a plethora of the typical high school stereotypes.

Also two things that we always see at college fairs are that I feel need to be explained first are:
1. A trend specific to the particular high school or area. This college fair it was waaaaay too tight skinny jeans. I mean, skinny jeans are in and all, but these were so tight that you could see individual leg muscles.
2. My most hated this at college fairs are military recruiters. I'm not dissing the military, but I do oppose their recruiting tactics. It pisses me off that my tax dollars are being used for stupid gimick giveaways to students who just want free stuff. Also, the things they give away are annoying. So, todays annoying military recruiting tool is:jelly yo-yos. They were these squishy yo-yo type things that the students kept flinging at each other. I just knew I was going to lose an eye.

I'll keep you updated on how the rest go.


I am a woman desperate for Hilton Honors Points

I travel for my job. ALOT. Tomorrow is the first college fair I have to go to and in the next 2 months I will have done 38 more and stayed in a freaking lot of Hampton Inns. But in the Admissions world this is completely normal. Usually I don't mind the first couple of weeks of travel, but this year it's only been 2 weeks since I got married and now I'll be gone for him 4 nights this week. It's torture. To cope with this I've had to come up with something to make myself feel better and so, I've decided I'll do it with Hilton Honors Points.

We always stay in Hampton Inns and, as part of the Hilton family of hotels, we can get Hilton Honors points from it. So, how does this help me deal with being away from my husband? Well, I keep telling myself that by staying in 20 Hampton Inns I will earn enough points for my husband and I to be able to go somewhere and stay for free. I'm keeping myself from going crazy by earning a little vacation. I'll let you know how long that works.

On a side note, did anyone see Michael Phelps on the VMA's tonight? He should really stick to swimming because he is AWKWARD on television.

Maybe tomorrow night I'll blog about the recent political frenzy. I haven't shared my thoughts on Sarah Palin yet, and I have a lot of them.


I'm back!

I know it's been forever since I blogged, but I've been a little busy GETTING MARRIED! It's so incredibly exciting and wonderful and amazing etc, etc, etc. I love my husband more now that ever before. So there's tons to talk about but I guess for now I can just give a brief overview of the events (there will be pictures to come with more specific blog posts):

The Wedding
My best friend (well one of the two) Julia came down early to be my "wedding elf" (I recommend that everyone get one of these) and help out with a few last minute details. And by last minute details I mean single handedly putting together all 130 of my wedding programs that were FABULOUS!

Sooner than I could have ever imagined the rehearsal was here and it was the day before my wedding! The rehearsal went smoothly (thanks to Julia's mom and sister) and the dinner was DE-licious! I was a less than 24 hours away from becoming a Mrs.! After much giggling with my incredible bridesmaids I actually managed to sleep...
and then the big day arrived! Before I could even focus people were pouring into my house to do hair, and bring breakfast, and make sure that every detail was taken care of. We got to the Chapel to get ready and take pictures (which I can't wait to show you because OMG!). After almost no time at all I was sequestered in the tiniest room ever with 3 bridesmaids (1 which had nervous gas) and people coming in and out to see how we were. To be honest, we were cramped and I was tired of having to duck to not be seen. But the next thing we knew everyone was loaded into the Chapel and we were getting ready to walk down the aisle!

It went perfectly and it was beautiful and meaningful and I loved all of it - and I was married!
We took some more pictures then rushed to the reception where we had a small bite of delicious cake (and nothing else because there was no time) and then walked through all the bubbles and we were off!

The Honeymoon
We went to Cocoa Beach/Orlando, FL for our honeymoon and we had five wonderful days of beach and Disney World! It was great (except for the sunburn) and I wish that I were still there. I really like my job, but it's not nearly as fun as the beach! 

I promise I'll post more pictures and details soon! But I'm glad to be back and so glad to be MARRIED!!!!

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