Monday, June 27, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
POTTER UPDATE: The Harry Potter announcement was somewhat disappointing. There aren’t any new books coming out : / “Pottermore” will be an online gaming experience that will include real-world prizes such as magic wands that are secretly scattered throughout Britain and the United States (I’m guessing treasure hunting type stuff). Pottermore will be the only place that fans can buy the Harry Potter books in a digital format. Rowling also said there would be additions in the digital copy of the books that have never been told. I’m guessing additional information about characters and a few more stories.
On a serious note:
When I first decided to create a blog I told myself I wouldn’t put anything negative on here. There is enough negativity in the world without me contributing to it. However, life isn’t always sunshine and roses. The past couple of days I have been feeling a little down. I never thought I would say this but I MISS DURANT!?! (What! I know I’m shocked too) In my first couple of weeks here I was filled with the excitement of all the new changes in my life. I was busy getting settled and exploring my new hometown. I met some people and made fast friends but that didn’t turn out so well (long story).
Anyway… I’m back to being the new kid in town and have LITERALLY one friend here. I have felt very homesick and Tuesday I broke down. I was getting ready for bed thinking about how much I missed home and I got a heytell message from my sorority sister singing me a song (we used to do that randomly anytime a good song came on the radio) and at the end she told me how much she loved and missed me. I lost it. I was reminded of the fun times I used to have EVERY day with my sisters. I sent her a pathetic-crying-sniffles-response and told her about what I had been going through. She told me that she would pray for me. She asked God to send me something to be happy about tomorrow. That night I did the same. I had mixed feelings about asking God for help. I mean, there are SO many people in this world that need the Lord way more than I do and I felt as though I was complaining.
The next day was much better. I woke up a little late, rushed to work, not even thinking about the night before. That day I received a text from my college roommate and best friend. She just wanted to know how I was doing. I hadn’t spoken with her in weeks and since then I have talked to her every day! Later that day I got a call from my other best friend (If you’re greek you will understand this relationship---my Big). She is a nurse, married, and expecting a baby so we don’t get to talk very often…but it was her day off! We talked for probably an hour. It was just what I needed. After I get off the phone with my Big, my little brother called me. This is a very rare occurrence. He read my Harry Potter blog and just wanted to tell me he enjoyed it. We talked for a while, which was nice because I never, ever, ever, get to talk to him! Lastly, I am about to crawl into bed and my phone starts ringing. It is my little sister. She was calling to ask me for help with something and wanted to know if she can visit me for a weekend! P.S. I forgot to mention that I talked to my parents but they don’t count because I talk to them every day!
I spent the ENTIRE night talking to the people that I love! The only person that knew about my little breakdown was the sister that sent me the message. It is amazing to watch the Lord answer prayers. He knew exactly what I needed. I realized that I was being silly. I have such great friends and family, I’m not alone at all. I am just a phone call away.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
I have been a huge Harry Potter fan for several years now and I must admit that I am very sad to see it come to an end. The first time I heard about the series was when my babysitter (yes babysitter!!) was reading the books. She brought one to our house and I thought “I will never be able to read a book that big!” I didn’t take an interest in the series until the first movie was on DVD.
I remember when the first movie opened in theaters and I thought that the people lining up at midnight were so nerdy. (It was probably because my baby brother was into them and anything he did back then was nerdy). So one summer day we were bored and my brother forced me to watch the DVD with him. About five minutes into the film I was hooked. I still haven’t read the first or second book but I am considering reading them now that it’s over and I’m having Harry Potter withdraws!
So of course I will be one of those nerdy people lined up (possibly in costume) waiting for the final movie! The reason I am telling you all of this is because I found a website: www.pottermore.com that is very mysterious. It is a picture of two owls with the message “pottermore coming soon…” Once you click on the owls it takes you to youtube where you see a countdown. Apparently there will be an official J.K. Rowling announcement in about 12 hours! I have no idea what it’s about but I am so excited!!!! I will post an update tomorrow but I am hoping that the announcement is so big that all of you will know about it before I have time to write another post! Please let it be another book!!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Yesterday was the annual Orr family lake party. Every June, the entire Orr family spends a Saturday at my cousin’s lake house eating and playing in the water. If you have ever met one of my “Orr relatives” you would know that we have VERY similar personalities (Especially my Dad and his brothers). We are all neat freaks, we can get a little grouchy at times, we like to eat, and we love each other. When my uncles and dad are together I feel as though I am watching comedy central, they are constantly mumbling something hilarious under their breath. Last December we went to Colorado for Christmas. Oh how I wish I had been blogging at that time.
Back to yesterday…I understand that I am in the “real world” now and it is time to start my post-college life. However, I don’t understand how that is linked to having a boyfriend. Yesterday I had at least 6 people ask if I had a boyfriend. I am not a stranger to this question. It seems like I have been asked this since I was 14 or 15 but it is beginning to sting a little bit. Their response when I say “no” is normally: “Well you have plenty of time…or you will meet someone soon!” I didn’t know there was an exportation date on being single!! I wanted to respond with: do you know how hard it is to find a guy that appreciates that famous Orr “clean freak- tells it like I see it-strong willed” personality?!?! But that would have been rude so of course my response was simply a smile.
Thanks to my Dad, my standards for boys are pretty high. Today is Father’s Day. I have been blessed beyond what I deserve with my Dad. He is the best listener, advice giver, hugger, and the list goes on forever. He has been there in the darkest times and the best times. He knows how to make me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world. He knows how to step aside and let me make my own mistakes. He doesn’t judge when I make those mistakes, he has never said “I told you so,” and he always helps me find a solution. He has never left or hung up without saying “I love you” (even when he is mad). My Dad is constantly trying to embarrass me and my siblings by dancing or singing in public, he never missed a game or a show, he is our biggest fan. I am so LUCKY that he is mine. I love him so much. Thanks Dad for all you do! I hope you know how much your presence in my life has influenced every decision, memory, and accomplishment I have made. I love you.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
This has been an amazing weekend. I have met so many wonderful people in my new hometown. I spent Friday cleaning my apartment and rearranging furniture. Saturday I went shopping for the new apartment. I went to my favorite stores: Target, Tjmaxx, and Kirklands. Saturday night I went to a cookout. I had such a great time! We had hamburgers and hotdogs, we played games, and I felt very comfortable. It is so good to meet people that make you forget you are the “new kid.” My only fear in moving to a new town was that I would be lonely without my friends and family. I forgot how easy and exciting it can be to meet new people.
Tonight I watched the Tonys! I am head over heels in love with the theatre! I have been for most of my life. While most of my high school peers were listening to Eminem, Dave Mathews, or Kid Rock, I was listening to Wicked, Seussical, Chicago, Phantom, and so on. I have been lucky enough to have parents that support my passion by taking me to the theatre, paying for my voice and dance lessons, attending dozens of school productions (where I was just the chorus girl in the back corner). I even entered college as a theatre major. I soon found out that I was not cut out for life on the stage but I am (and will always be) a musical junkie. Have you ever heard of people that watch ice skating on TV and glide around their home wearing socks pretending to be in the Olympics? I am that way about the Tonys. Tonight, while watching the cast of Anything Goes perform, I decided to pull out my old tap shoes and dance around. I forgot that I live on the second floor and there are people under me. Anyways, my Tony debut was short lived : / maybe next year.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
This week is the first official week of my “grown up” life. I have a grown up job, a grown up apartment, and : ( grown up bills. My life has changed so quickly in the last couple of weeks! I don’t even know where to begin.
My first week at work has been absolutely wonderful! I love the people I work with! I think I will be very happy. Unfortunately, you won’t get to hear much about it on here (that sounds like I work for the CIA or something). I spend the entire day at work, by the time I get home the last thing I want to do is write about it! So: all I will say is that I feel truly blessed to be employed right out of college, and even more thankful that I actually love what I do!
I live in a cute little two bedroom apartment. I love it because it is very sunny. It has new appliances, wood floors, big windows, its perfect! I even have a plant! I have never been a “plant owner” but my mom is always gardening so I decided that having a plant would be another thing to add to my grown up list. I am still trying to decorate but once its complete I will post some pictures!!
I have also taken an interest in health and wellness. This isn’t really a new interest. I joined weight watchers last January. I have lost about 35 pounds and counting. This week I took my healthy living a step further. I joined a boot camp class at my company gym. The fact that my company has a gym for its employees makes me feel very grown up as well. Anyway, boot camp has lived up to it’s name. It has challenged my body more than I expected. This morning I woke up and of course my entire body ached. I was surprised that even my KNECK was sore! How did that happen?!? I can’t even turn my head without wincing. I expect to have Kelly Ripa arms, Cameron Diaz abs, and Beyonce ‘s bootie at the end of this! We are swimming laps tonight; it should be interesting because I can’t swim straight. Pray for me!
Sunday, June 5, 2011
So I created my blogger account three days ago and I still haven’t been able to come up with something to say. I considered an "introduction" blog. Where I would introduce myself to you, talk about my life, tell you about all things Brittney, and then it hit me: the people reading your blog already know you. Because let’s face it, they probably saw a post on Facebook (which means we are friends because I am very picky about who sees my Facebook). So I decided to skip the introduction and just start!
I am a little concerned that it took me three days to figure out what to talk about. I’m thinking “this is bad, I haven’t even started my blog and I have writer’s block!” Hopefully this gets easier and my posts are somewhat interesting. I am really new to the blogging world. My mom is the one who opened me up to blogging. She started telling me about all of her friends and their fabulous blogs. At first I wasn’t really interested in reading about other people’s lives. Especially my mother’s friends, but she sent me the link to their blogs and I was instantly fascinated. She follows a lady who is a stay-at-home mom. Her blogs are hilarious. She is so funny, I find myself laughing (out loud) while reading. Also, I start thinking about all the funny, quirky, and ridiculous things that my family does. I am convinced that we are interesting and that someone should record all of this stuff. So I began pressuring my mom to do a blog. I sent her an email listing out all the different topics she could write about. Every time something funny happens I started mentioning “this would be great for your blog!” So after two weeks of pressuring her with no results, I decided I would take matters into my own hands and do it myself.
I am most eager to blog because my life is at a crossroads. In the past month I have graduated college, moved to a new town, and tomorrow is the first day at my new job! I want to stay connected to my friends and family and let them know what is going on in my life. This is such an exciting time for me and I can’t think of a better way to preserve these memories!