Sunday, June 29, 2014

Heavy Heart

I don't think there are many things more startling to someone my age than hearing about someone my age losing their life. And that happened today. 

Two people who meant a lot to a lot of people passed away in a car accident early this morning. I knew neither of these boys, but I know plenty of people whose lives were touched by them in one way or another. 

Ian Davis was a UGA student and former UGA baseball player. Philip Lutzenkirchen was an amazing Tight End for Auburn. I've never met either of them, but hearing the stories of their short lives and seeing all the love that surrounds these men and their families breaks my heart. I'm happy that very few of these memories have been about athletics in any way, but more about the value of human life. 

It's definitely one of those moments that takes you aback. We tend to go through life making plans and thinking of ourselves as somewhat invincible. When something like this happens, it's a very sad reminder of how finite life really is. 

So I urge you to take a minute and thank the people around you for all they do and tell them what they mean to you. And take a good look around and thank God for all he has given you and the abilities he has given you to get you where you want to go in life.

If you want more information and stories about the life of these two great men, it won't take much more than a Google search. Every new Twitter and Facebook post breaks my heart.

My prayers go out to the families, friends, and fans of these men and may they rest in peace. 

xoxo, jgp

Friday, June 27, 2014


One of the many reasons I've struggled to keep up with blogging, and well, life, has been the plethora of sports happening right now. I've spent my time scheduling everything in life around when the next USA soccer game is, who is wearing white, and the attractive (and smart) men in the College World Series. 

If you haven't been keeping up with these things, my first question to you is: WHY? And my second is: have you been living under a rock?

Either way, I got you covered. I'm taking a note from VTIM here and providing the basic info you'll need to keep up. 

In the past two weeks, US soccer (#USMNT) has taken the World Cup by storm... Or maybe just America. Whatever. We beat Ghana, who knocked us out in the past two World Cups. We tied with Portugal thanks to a heart-breaking Portugal goal in the last 30 seconds of the game. If we had won, we would have automatically advanced, but that didn't happen. So the USA's favorite country to beat was up next: Germany.

Yesterday we lost to Germany, but still advance to the knock-out round thanks to Ghana and Portugal having a messy game and all sorts of strange goal-differential things. 

USA plays Belgium Tuesday at 4PM (EST), which means I'll have to stop drinking Stella's at the bar. Crap. But take a note from me here: if you haven't gotten into the World Cup fever yet, do it Tuesday. Take off work, leave early, or something. I wasn't on the soccer band wagon two weeks ago, but now I'm all about it. 

Oh, and fun fact, if you hashtag any country playing in the World Cup, Twitter ads that country's flag to the end of the hashtag. So #USA all you can. Because, well, America.

Moving right along to another international event: Wimbledon! It's basically the most royal event in all of tennis, and it's my favorite fortnight of the summer. If you don't follow tennis regularly, here's the only thing you need to know. 

The state of American men's tennis is sad. In the third round, only one American male remains: John Isner. Which I'm not complaining about. That's my man. 

He's also kind of a legend there. He played one match for like three days straight there in 2010. It was kind of a big deal. That's also when my love for him began. 

On to more attractive men: the College World Series. This year's final was between Virginia and Vanderbilt, which basically meant there were intelligent men in baseball pants. Can a girl ask for anything else?

Vandy won, because the SEC always prevails. And lots of happy things happened.

That last one made me way too happy. Everything perfect. 

Well. That's what I've got for this week in sports. Linking up with Venus Trapped in Mars for Fan Friday.

What was your favorite sports moment this week?

xoxo, jgp

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Fallon: The One & Only

It's a well established fact that I'm obsessed with award shows, but my other television love is late night. Specifically my man Fallon. 

It's a terrible thing that he's married with a family and things, but I would love nothing more than to marry that hilarious fellow. One of the best forms of procrastination I've ever discovered? Binge watching Tonight Show clips on Youtube. 

So my job as blogger-extraordinaire is obviously to share the best ones. 

Before watching this next one, if you want to fully understand the awkwardness that happens with the small-mouth talking, watch this guy.

I mean, I shouldn't have to force you to watch Zac Efron being hilarious and vulgar, and Jennifer Lawrence being her perfect and hilarious self. 
You won't regret spending the next 15 minutes laughing your ass off. It's burning calories, right?
What is your favorite Fallon moment?
xoxo, jgp

Friday, June 13, 2014

101 in 1001 Update 4.0

It's been quite some time since I took some time to update my 101 in 1001 list, and I've actually made some progress! I've got a long way to go, though, that's for sure.

No. 1
I covered my entire spring break in this post, but yes, going to Mexico was the first time I've ever left the United States. So hopping off the boat in Cozumel was a big deal for this girl.

No. 4
I've been doing a good bit of reading this summer because there's really nothing else to do. I just re-read The Fault in Our Stars (I read it 2 years ago) because I needed a refresher before I go see the movie this weekend!

No. 16
If I'm not reading, I'm probably eating. And lately I've been eating out a lot. But that's also given me the perfect chance to try some new places in Athens. I've got a whole bucket list of Athens restaurants that are necessary before I graduate. It only took me four years of living in Athens to finally make it to one of Athens' most infamous places: Mama's Boy.

I know, I'm cute. What can I say?

No. 46
A new brewery opened in Athens in early May and I finally made it there two weeks ago. It's no Terrapin, but I think it will be lovely when it's too cold for Terrapin in the winter!

No. 49
In case you missed it, I bought a car. NBD.

No. 61
Sadly there is no photo evidence of me eating food from a food truck, but it happened. And it was delicious. I'm planning on going to a food truck festival in Buckhead in July. NOM.

No. 87
Neighbors. Go see it. Now. It's hilarious. Vulgar, but hilarious. Oh, and Dave Franco & Zac Efron aren't too awful either.

No. 88
This semester I learned that I don't want to go into sports reporting. But this semester I also had a good amount of my sports writing published in a local Athens newspaper. So that's exciting I guess. You can find my stories here if you feel the urge to read about UGA Equestrian.

No. 101
If you know me personally, you know that UGA HEROs has a special spot in my heart. This upcoming week is our HERO camp, and I sadly can't be a counselor this year, but I'm still getting my donations in for everything I accomplish. We also shattered every single fundraising amount that's ever been set in the past this year. It's going to be a fun fall semester. And I can't wait to see what other goals we bust wide open!

I've got some big plans for the rest of the summer, and I'm hoping to knock at least 10 more off my list by the time school starts back. Because this is the last time in my life that I've really got time to do all the fun things I want to do!

Any travel suggestions for a weekend trip somewhere in North Carolina or South Carolina?? Trying to adventure somewhere soon!

xoxo, jgp

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Well. After a two-week hiatus, I decided it was probably time I come back and say hello for a minute. I wish I had a decent reason as to why I fell off planet Earth, but I really don't. I've honestly been doing a lot of sleeping, binge watching Orange Is The New Black, playing Cards Against Humanity, and sitting by the pool. 

I've apparently reached the point in my life where living like that is exhausting, so blogging hasn't really even crossed my mind. I guess I've just been enjoying my summer too much to share it with y'all. 

If it sounds like I've been doing a whole lot of nothing, that's exactly right. And I'm embracing that because this is the last time I'll be able to do that... maybe ever. 

But let's cover the moderately productive things I've been up to.

I've made some progress on my 101 in 1001 list, so that's coming tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

The Bachelorette has taken over my life on Mondays. The obsession is real. (Mainly because Aaron Murray's older brother is on the show and he used to live in my apartment complex, so I obviously have to watch.)

I've finally cleaned my room. Horray.

Sunburn has become a way of life.

Finally made it to a Braves game.

Broke the washing machine, got it fixed. Got new TV and internet installed. Oh. And purchased an Apple TV. So I basically haven't left the couch in a few days.

Today I came back home to Kennesaw for the weekend to take care of the pup while mother is gone on vacation. I know, I'm a great daughter. So I'm hoping I can finally get some things back in order and maybe get myself together a little bit.

Oh. And watch some golf. That's all I need for the weekend, let's be honest.

I've got some exciting things to share now that I'm back! Can't wait!

xoxo, jgp