77. Go to a wedding.

(I swear I did not purposely make this #77!!)

Last month, I had the privilege of watching two of my friends from college get married to each other.

I don’t know exactly when I met either Steve or Steph. Steve was in Eight Beat Measure, an a cappella group at RIT. I know how I became friends with the group – Karl rescued me from a shopping cart in the tunnels – but I don’t have stories for how I became friends with each member individually (except for Mark and Brian). Steph was a photo major so I guess I just knew her from being around. She was also in Singers with me and we had some mutual friends.

Then, right at the end of our third year, Steve and Steph met each other. I remember the first party she was at. Steve and Steph began dating shortly after that and when we all returned for our fourth year, she was a regular in the Eight Beat apartment. I was really happy to have another girl around! Steve and Steph kept dating. After graduation, they both moved downstate and eventually got a place right outside the city. Best part? They frequently invite us to visit. [=

Time has flown by since graduation – something that feels like it just happened last year is actually three years behind us! So forgive me when I can’t remember the exact details anymore…first we were wondering when Steve was going to propose and then he did propose and the next thing we knew, we were counting down the DAYS until the wedding.

Steve and Steph’s wedding was just beautiful. I know, I know, all weddings are beautiful BUT THESE ARE MY FRIENDS AND THEY’RE AWESOME SO IT WAS MORE BEAUTIFUL. (My logic hasn’t changed much since graduation.) I could sit here and go on and on about the food and decorations but that’s what actual wedding blogs are for. So instead I will overwhelm all of you with pictures. Enjoy!

The happy couple!

The happy couple!

First Dance

First Dance

Hoskins saved me a dance.

Hoskins saved me a dance.

 

Dave and me

Dave and me

 

The closest thing I have to a group picture

The closest thing I have to a group picture

 

 

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78. Use up my tanning credits.

I am a pale, pale person. Normally I get some color during the summer, but last year I started working full time and got NO color whatsoever. Fast forward six months and I had a wedding, a formal, and cheerleading tryouts coming up and I looked like a very blonde ghost. I went to the local cancer box tanning salon and purchased I think something like ten sessions. I went once or twice before each event and then forgot about it for awhile. I went again during the summer, but I just haven’t found the time since. When I do go, I go to one of the less powerful beds and I don’t tan for very long. I actually find it super relaxing and kind of miss it! I’m not sure if I will buy another package, but I should at least finish what I bought!

80. Go ice skating.

Recently I made a goal to be more social and get out more. I get bored with just going out for drinks, so I started looking back on things I did before I was of legal drinking age – bowling, ice skating, and sporting events were how I spent many a weekend during high school! I haven’t gone ice skating in FOREVER…hopefully I can go this winter! Bonus points if it’s on a lake or outdoors!

84. Come up with a workout routine that works for me.

Last year I was in the best shape of my life. I had been going to the gym regularly. I got all these workout videos to get ready for cheerleading. I was able to run three miles in 21 minutes…I’m pretty sure that’s faster than I was able to drive to work this morning. So what happened? Cheerleading ended and I “took a break”. A long break. I mean, I still walk my dog daily, but I don’t go to the gym. The other day, I tried to do one of the workout videos, but Lilly just climbed all over me. Going to the gym doesn’t work because I feel bad leaving the dog at home. Working out in a traditional way at home doesn’t work because my dog is apparently morally against it. I need to find some creative way to get my exercise. Suggestions?

87. Properly recycle my old laptop.

Before I left for college, my dad’s siblings all got together and bought me my laptop as a graduation/birthday present. Unfortunately, that laptop didn’t survive too long, but Apple replaced it! That one did manage to make it all the way through grad school before finally succumbing peacefully refusing to turn on one day. By this time not only was my laptop WAY out of warranty, but it was so old that Apple wouldn’t even fix it. So I did what any sane, cash-strapped twenty-something would do and bought an iMac. The only problem is that I still have this dead laptop taking up precious storage space in my closet.

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31. Get the balance of my student loans under their original amount.

Like most twenty-somethings out there, I had to take out student loans in order to fund my four five seven years of higher education. I pay a lot towards them each much so I can pay them off as soon as possible, but I swear it seems like I haven’t made a dent. I currently owe more than I took out in the first place thanks to interest. It’s hard because at this point, my payment isn’t much more than the loans accrue in interest each month. Every month I look to see if my loans have gotten below that magic number and I plan on celebrating once this happens…maybe a $12 bottle of wine instead of a $6 bottle!!

37. Buy the rest of my bedroom furniture.

Many entry-level student affairs positions require that you live on campus. Mine is one of them. Most schools provide furniture for your apartment. Mine is only sort of one of them…when I moved in, the only furniture was the same type of furniture that you find in a dorm room – desk, dresser, and a twin XL. My boss told me that I could have this furniture removed and bring in my own, which I promptly did. I spent a wonderful day at Ikea picking out everything I wanted for my apartment, but only left with a few things. Currently, I have the bed and the vanity from my bedroom set. I still have the school-provided dresser in my apartment and probably will until I leave (which will hopefully be sometime before I’m 30!). I can’t wait to have the matching dresser and nightstand!

I already have the vanity on the left…can’t wait to have a matching set!

42. Be a bridesmaid. (October 2014!)

While I’ve had plenty of friends get married, I’ve never been a bridesmaid. The closest I’ve come is being a flower girl when I was seven (no I don’t have pictures). Next year, I will get the chance to be a bridesmaid! Ashley, my friend that I met the first day of kindergarten, asked me to be in her wedding! I’m super excited for her and super excited for the wedding!! We’ve already picked out our dresses and shoes – now comes the fun part…planning the shower and bachelorette party. The other bridesmaids are Ashley’s sisters and some of our other friends, so there won’t be any crazy Bridesmaids-style drama.

Trying on bridesmaids dresses for next year!

Trying on bridesmaids dresses for next year!

44. Visit a farmer’s market.

When I lived in Rochester, I was lucky enough to have the Public Market a short drive away. On Saturday mornings, I could head out and pick up food for the week for a fraction of what it would cost me in the grocery store. There would be farmers selling fresh fruits and veggies, Mennonite families selling baked goods, and plenty of stands on the side where you could get crepes or empanadas so you didn’t hungry-shop. Apparently there’s something similar in Reading, but I have yet to check it out. Maybe this weekend…