Friday, November 28, 2014

What I'm Thankful For

Yes, I'm fully aware that it is the day after Thanksgiving. But I'm also aware that yesterday was a day about family and friends and football. So now I can sit back and reflect on all of the wonderful things that I am thankful for in 2014. And it's a lot.

My Grandmother
I've detailed on here everything that's going on with my grandmother right now. It's taken quite a toll on the entire family and we're starting to see how much we've taken for granted over the years. This was our first year having an unconventional holiday of sorts, and it's definitely a reminder of how things used to be. They always say nothing makes you appreciate something quite like the fear of losing it. And that couldn't be more true here. My grandmother is one of the greatest people to ever grace this planet. And I've been blessed to have her as a part of my life for the past 22 years. And we tend to under appreciate the most deserving people sometimes. It's easy to be thankful for Gamma, and I'm so glad we got to spend yesterday with her.

My Grandfather
God bless this man. He's been by my grandmother's side for over 50 years. And now is no different. He's my grandmother's caretaker. He's keeping the family together. He's being a beacon of strength when everyone else can't. And I can't be thankful enough for having him there for her and for us. He's working his butt off to make Gamma happy and I wish we could all do a little bit more to help. I'm thankful he's healthy for now and I hope we can keep him and Gamma that way for a long time to come.

My Family
This is the last of the semi-sad stuff, I promise. But it's something I think we are all thankful for. It's just become extremely apparent through this whole thing with Gamma. I hate that it's taken something as terrible as this for our family to come together like we have, but I'm glad it's happened. I feel closer than ever to my family and I think we've grown together through this. Having a family that's always there for you, especially in a time of need, is something we all tend to take for granted. I love these crazy people and I'm proud to call them mine.

This Blog
In the past, I've really neglected this little place of mine. But this past year I've definitely paid it a lot more love and nurtured it a bit more. And now I'm learning to love it again. So thank you for reading the strange things I write from time to time. 

The University of Georgia
I had a totally over-emotional post about this last week, but it's still something I'm so thankful for. It may seem to dramatic to say that UGA has changed my life. But it has. It was the greatest decision I ever could have made and it's the thing I'm the proudest of in life. I'm sad to be ending my time as a student here in less than a month, but I'm eternally grateful for the things I've gained here.

Team Strength
Last Christmas break I made the decision to give CrossFit a try. And I've never looked back. I loved every second at the box I went to during that break, and when I returned to Athens I was determined to continue down that path. Team Strength isn't a CF affiliate, but it's the place I call home. And it's been one of the greatest decisions I've ever made. I'm mentally and physically a stronger person than I was a year ago because of this gym and these people. And I thank God every day that I get a chance to workout there.

New Friends
Isn't funny how you always meet or bond with people right as y'all are leaving each other? Or does that only happen to me? Towards the end of last semester I ended up becoming really great friends with a bunch of people that were about to graduate and leave. Then all of my old friends went with them and I was left feeling like I was the only soul left in Athens. But friends of friends turned into best friends and I couldn't be happier. I'm so thankful for the people I've been able to surround myself with in 2014 and I look forward to those people being something I'm thankful for forever.

What are you thankful for this year?

xoxo, jgp

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Nordstrom Giftcard Giveaway!

We all need a little extra money for the holidays, amiright? And Nordstrom has everything you need. Really. So, you'd just be dumb not to enter this giveaway!

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Jamie // Samm // Magen // Kippy
Morgan // Katie // Cat // Lauren
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xoxo, jgp

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What's Next?

As graduation approaches, I'm finding myself reflecting on my life a lot more. And this past week something dawned on me...

My whole life has revolved around the University of Georgia and that will soon be something of my past. My whole childhood I was raised to believe the end-all-be-all of colleges was UGA. Then as I got old enough to realize what that meant, we got football season tickets. Then I fell in love with this place. And then the only goal was getting into school there. Then that happened. And then I spent four years here. And now it's all ending.

And I'm left wondering what's next.

Yes, I know that there is life after college. I'm not delusional. But UGA has been the center of my life for as long as I can remember. And I'm starting to feel like I'm lost in space... in this weird limbo between the dream life I had been leading and the uncertain future.

I'm not a fan of uncertainty either. Although, I'm not sure anyone really is. I've just pretty much always had a plan. And I've reached the last stage of the definite life plan: Graduate from UGA.

I realize that everyone essentially goes through something like this. But for most people, it hasn't been their entire life goal to attend a certain school. So here I sit. Wondering where I go from here: the top. As far as my life goals are concerned, I've reached my peak. Which terrifies me.

So while I figure all of that out, I'll be here. (Looking like that.) Just trying to play it cool and float through life. Per usual. So stick with me here as I try my best not to panic about this whole process of the future.

xoxo, jgp

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Favorites: Cold Weather Edition

I'm pretty sure the entire US has been going through some un-naturally cold weather lately. I know we certainly have been in the south. And it's taken a toll on me in about a million different ways. I'm not scared of the cold like most Southerners. I actually love it. Mainly because that usually means I'm not sweating. Sorry 'bout it.

But this past week I've had to bust out some serious cold-weather gear in just about every department of life. So I figured I should share the things that have been helping me through this crazy weather.

Funny story about this stuff. It comes in this handy dandy glass container. And I have this handy dandy tile floor in my bathroom. The two met and it wasn't pretty. We're talking a full container of this stuff. I somehow managed to salvage most of the remains... Thank God. Because I'm pretty sure my skin would be falling off my face by now without it. It's so thick and creamy and wonderful. It's totally been the difference in having cracking winter skin and semi-managable skin this month.

Barbour Jacket
Yup. That's me. Rockin' this guy in the freezing cold last weekend tailgating. I had on about 4 layers under that thing. But I was warmish. So that's what counts. I've got the men's version because my arms and torso were too long for the women's. Go figure. #TallPeopleProbs 

Since my Accutane experience my entire sophomore year of college, my skin is constantly dry. All over my body. Hence the reason I need intense facial moisturizer. Same goes for my hands. Between the hours I spend in the gym lifting and the cold weather, my hands are actually ashy. If that's even possible. But they are gross. And cracky. So this stuff right here has been saving my soul. You can find it at any drug store. 

This stuff is technically a men's product and brand, but it's been saving my soul for a while now. I got a small sample of this stuff over the summer in a package from Sephora. I then went and purchased a full-size version immediately. It's the only stuff that keeps my lips from chapping (also an Accutane thing... it never ends.)

Sudafed 12 Hour
Okay. Let's just take a minute here. This Sudafed is an absolute life saver. This isn't the stuff available on the shelf. It's behind the counter, but you just have to ask the pharmacist for it. It works so much better than the standard 24-hour. I've been sick for about three weeks now, and it's been the only thing keeping me alive. Although now I'm starting to think this is more of a sinus infection than a cold. So that's always fun. But. Thanks to Sudafed, I can still function in society. 

What are your must-haves for crazy cold weather?

xoxo, jgp

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weekend Update

Yup. On a Tuesday. Because I'm so bad. *Whips hair*

But meanwhile, back in Athens... I had one heck of a weekend. 

Thursday (which is the weekend because college) was one of my bestie's birthday. So we spent the evening at Terrapin, our favorite restaurant, and the Corey Smith concert at the Georgia Theatre. It was an absolutely amazing night, and I'm so glad I got to see Corey one more time in Athens before I depart into the land unknown. 

Friday I did nothing other than eat to prepare my body for the debauchery that would occur on Saturday. But. I did eat some delicious food. We're talking fire roared pimento cheese, bacon mac and cheese, and a cheese steak made with cheese whiz. So yeah. My fat girl came out. 

Then Saturday. Game Day. My happy place. 
Even my daddy was in town! 
But I'll let these pictures say everything else.

Well. One other thing... 
Bye TigersEaglesPlainsmen... 
Pick a freakin' mascot already. I mean. Come on. 

How was your weekend?

Happy Tuesday!

xoxo, jgp

Thursday, November 13, 2014

101 in 1001 Episode 5

I feel like it's been a good while since I updated y'all on the status of my 101 in 1001 list. I'm seriously struggling with it. I think I got a little bit excited when I made the list. So I'll probably be trying to bust out a bunch of these during my down time in January. 

Here's the progress I've made in the past few months.

No. 5: Blog redesign
I mentioned this about a month ago, but it's all still in the works. I'm hoping everything can go live just in time for 2015!

No. 12: Juice cleanse
Yeah. I discussed that experience here. That is all.

No. 41: T-Shirt quilt

It's a beautiful thing, isn't it? Finally did something with the overabundance of UGA t-shirts I've accumulated over the years but no longer wear. Lord willing, I'll actually do a post about this process sometime soon.

No. 47: 100 blog followers
This was a small but huge accomplishment for me. After spending two years just kind of hiding out trying to find my niche, I've finally decided to start pushing my blog out a lot more. And last week I finally hit 100 followers. This was my reaction:

Now I'm at about 140-sh. So, like, hells yeah.

No. 74: Blog every day for a month
This wasn't nearly as difficult as I expected it to be. Blogtober made it easy. Giving me daily posts to be accountable for and not having to come up with my own content on a daily basis was a life saver. It definitely got me back into the blogging grind and pushed me to work on creating better quality content. Big things happening here, y'all. 

No. 78: Tailgating

As you've probably figured out by now, I love football. But I love tailgating just as much, which is how I ended up looking like the above photo. (I'm a good time, y'all.) So when I made my 101 in 1001 list, I knew tailgating had to be a part of it. After my rather interesting trip to Columbia, I finally knocked off my third and final tailgate trip. I can't wait to see where I head next!

Can't wait to actually get to conquering the rest of this list! Fingers crossed for some skydiving action in March!

xoxo, jgp

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Currently Swooning: Clare V Handbag

First things first, I hate that I've been MIA for the past few days. I've been slowly dying from an annoying cold that sucks out all of my energy. And on top of that, this is a week of fun madness. A working-real-world friend is here visiting right now, a best friend's birthday celebration tomorrow, the Auburn game this weekend, and a philanthropy formal event of sorts on Sunday. 

So, long story short, I've been dying from a cold and I'm super busy. But I'm still making time for my usual online shopping escapades. And that's how I found this gem: The Clare V Supreme Tote Handbag.

Like. Good golly Miss Molly, I need this bag. But first, I need to find $450 to pay for it. That's a hefty price tag, but it's so beautiful. Sheesh.

So I guess I'll just dream and wish for now.

xoxo, jgp

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Currently Reading: Gone Girl

I'll admit, the reason I picked up this book to begin with is Ben Affleck. 
AKA The Only Man In Hollywood That Matters. 
AKA My Future Husband. 
(Fingers crossed.)

Honestly. How can you not love that man? I mean, look at that face. Good God. He's perfect. But I'm done now.

But back to what I was saying: I only read this book because of my main man Ben. (If you've been living under a rock, they made a movie based on the book, he's in it.) And everyone kept raving about how great it was. And I wouldn't want to deprive myself of that. Andddddd it gave me a reason to go see another Ben Affleck movie. Just sayin'. 

But back to the book...

I hopped on the bandwagon and read Gone Girl. And I loved it. Until the end. Which made me so, so angry. I hate nothing more than getting to the end of a really great, totally riveting book like this one and it just sucks. 

I guess maybe that's what the author was looking to do: make people angry. But I don't deal well with that. I don't like when books don't end like I think they should. And this totally missed the mark. But the rest of the book: perfection.

So I would definitely suggest reading it. Just don't get your hopes up for the ending you are hoping for. I normally give a quick summary of the book, but the way this book is written, I would probably give something away and ruin it for you. So I won't do that. 

The best I got: wife goes missing. There ya go. 

Now go grab that book. I also need someone to see the movie with me. ASAP. Because Ben. Duh.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Have you also seen the movie? I need to know if it's as good as the book. Help!

xoxo, jgp

Friday, November 7, 2014

What To Watch: College Football Week 11

I get it, not all of you are die-hard football fans. Or sports fans at all for that matter. But for today's purposes, we're going to pretend like you are trying to get into the whole football thing this weekend.

Here's five games that should make that a pretty easy task. 

The perfect way to start off a long day of football watching. Two ranked teams. In a noon game. This is rare. Revel in it. You can find this game on Fox Sports 1 at noon.

Surprise! I'm not choosing the SEC afternoon game. Instead, you should check out these guys go at it at 3:30 on ABC.

Let's take a minute and think about the fact that I still haven't chosen an SEC game. We're making progress. But this is going to be a good one. Two teams trying to make it to the playoffs. There may be some blood shed. Find them on FOX at 7:30.

I wouldn't be JGP if I didn't choose this. Let's be honest. This game has become a giant rivalry in the past couple of year. LSU isn't terribly impressive this year, but Death Valley at night means strange things could happen. You'll find this one on CBS with an 8:00 kickoff.

Get your remote thumb ready. Because all of these night games are bound to be great. Just like the Kansas State vs. TCU game, these two teams are aiming for the playoffs and things could get ugly around 8:00 on ABC.

Lucky for you, all of these are national broadcasts, so you won't have to miss any of the action! I'll be watching my Dawgs at noon then the remote will be getting a workout.

Linking up with VTIM for some Fan Friday action!
Venus Trapped in Mars

What are you watching this weekend?

xoxo, jgp

PS: Don't forget about the Visa Giftcard Giveaway! It closes on Tuesday, so do it now!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

That Time We Almost Could Have Died

As promised, I'm back with a recap of this past weekend. Yes, I know it's Wednesday. So I'm a little past-due on a "weekend update" post... but it's Georgia/Florida weekend. It's never too late to reminisce. 

I've mentioned the wonders of this weekend probably way too many times on here. But it's honestly better than Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years combined. No lie. And this year was no exception. 

Per usual, it consisted of the usual chaos on Friday and the game on Saturday. Unlike the past four years, the Dawgs decided to let me down and completely suck against Florida. 

But. You win some, you lose some I guess. We've never lost a party, though. I can promise you that. Here's the proof:

But now to explain the title of this post. Another thing that wasn't so normal about this weekend: my living situation. It was... something else. 

So on Wednesday, the night before we were to depart, Natalie informed me that the girls that booked the condo we were staying in were a little bit worried that it may be sketchy. For some reason, I was very calm about the whole thing and decided everything would be fine. 

Fast forward to 6pm Thursday. We are 3 hours into our drive to St. Simons when the other car of ladies arrive at our destination. And it's the creepiest place on planet Earth. This fellow named Allen had listed this "condo" on a booking site as a "3rd floor suite." 

It's an attic. 
With no lock on the door. 
And no air conditioning.
In his home. 
With one bathroom: his. 
And he was a hoarder. 

Oh. And it's in the middle of nowhere on a "lagoon." It's probably filled with bodies. But that's not confirmed. He was also selling alcohol out of his garage? I'm not even sure. 

But needless to say, the girls hightailed it out of there, called the rental website, told them what happened, and they told us to find somewhere else to stay and they would compensate us for it. 

Only one huge problem: the whole island is booked. Except for the Manager's Suite at a condo complex on the beach. And they gave it to us. It was the greatest upgrade of circumstances in the history of the world. I've never been so happy to share a one-bedroom house with 12 girls. It definitely had a better outcome than whatever would have happened staying in the creepiest house of all time. 

So God Bless the Ocean Inn and Suites in St. Simons for saving our lives this weekend. 
Me love you long time!

xoxo, jgp

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Visa Giftcard Giveaway!

After 31 wonderful days of blogging, I decided to take a quick hiatus. But now I'm back!

Well. Actually, if we're being honest here... I didn't decide to. This weekend happened and blogging did not. And that is that. So here we are. We shall recap tomorrow.

Happy Tuesday. And I'm glad to be back. And I'm back with all of the fun! A giveaway!!

A group of us blogger folk have teamed up to give one lucky lady (or fellow, I suppose) $105 in the form of a Visa gift card! WOOHOO!

Because I know you want that moolah, use the Rafflecopter widget below and get you some! There's so many new lovely ladies to follow and get to know, so I hope y'all take advantage of it!

The giveaway will last until next Tuesday, November 11th, at midnight, so don't miss out! Do it now!

xoxo, jgp