Merry Christmas Eve!

>> Wednesday, December 24, 2008

This has been one of my favorite Christmas Eve's yet. As I think about it, generally I enjoy Christmas eve more than Christmas day because of the fun family rituals we started about 10 years ago. We used to do Christmas eve with my mom's family and then Christmas day at with my dad's, but lately we've pushed my mom's family back to the Sunday before Christmas, leaving Christmas eve just to be spent with my parents and brother at the house. Usually the ritual is to cook a big dinner that night and then either play games or watch a movie until everyone gets tired from wine and starts to fall asleep. This year we just watched stand up comedy (also pretty normal in my house) and hung out with my parent's best friends, William and Nancy. The dogs were also a big entertainment.. I'm keeping my roommate's cocker spaniel and she seems to have just figured out how to be nice to Rylynn and everyone else. Watching them actually play together was a big treat. Up until today I pretty much thought of Ellie as the really beautiful, snobby girl in high school that no one liked (with good reason).

Anyway, a brief synopsis via pictures.. as told by dogs...

Try one... humans put silly fuzzy hats on dogs' heads (which of course don't fit)

By the way... I would be lucky to look like my mom at 52. Maybe she's been right all of these years about wearing lotion everyday.

Try two.. with a little help from me (fresh out of the shower)

This is how they really feel about it--

Rylynn: Elllllieeee... I have a soft plushy toy for you....

Rylynn: See, Taylor gets it


Now Ellie is fearless.. loving on the scary tall guy with the crazy white hair

Within minutes... Santa is gutted. Poor Santa. Glad the girls got some fun out of it.

Other random Christmas pics in the Williams' home

he looks so amused...

The end..

One more note... Happy Birthday, Sarah!! She's moving with me to Nashville this summer... holding her accountable via this blog :) Let's just hope the economy is nice to me so I can get a job!


Looking Up

>> Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The hardest semester of my life is officially over. I look back on it and still can't figure out why it was so hard exactly, but it was definitely exhausting. Even though I've gone through some major changes, I still feel like this has been one of my happiest times. It's rewarding to go after something that you know is right for you even if it doesn't seem like the most obvious choice. It was a pretty big deal for me to leave UVA and start completely over in the middle of my masters. Though, it was really nice to realize within my first week of classes I had made the right choice. I feel so much more competent, motivated, optimistic.. My work experience has been great and it must be working out on their end as well since I was offered a raise yesterday.

Anyway, here's to Virginia Tech! Guess I'm somewhat officially a hokie! I had a great time celebrating with my friends last night.. they've made such a huge difference in my experience here.

So here's to them! Cheers!


Acquired Taste

>> Sunday, December 14, 2008

I can now understand why people who are not from the South really don't like grits. For me, I really can't stand oatmeal. I think it may even be an either/or type deal... grits or oatmeal... or maybe even neither. The texture is weird for both.

I've tried to like oatmeal.. had some this morning actually. Added brown sugar and dried fruit. I managed to get down about 6 bites until I finally made myself quit because not being hungry just isn't worth it.

I think sometimes you get used to one thing and you just just can't turn back. No matter how hard you try. I managed to finish off a little bit more of the oatmeal by adding salt (I know that's gross to some people) but it sort of made me feel like I was eating grits and wasn't quite as bad.

So, all that to say, I'm going to try to let myself be ok with not ever liking certain foods. And also to say, it's really lame that the 2 coffee shops I know of in Blacksburg and Christiansburg aren't open at 8 am on a Sunday. LAME. Thus.. I was forced to go to Starbucks and waste my money on oatmeal.

I have now updated my blog three times as much in the last couple of days than I have in probably the last 5 months. Never ending papers will do that to you I guess. I went ahead and took proactive measures and deactivated my facebook account last night. The only thing standing between me and freedom is this damn paper.

12 pages!! Focus Tia!!


Goodbye Summer!

>> Saturday, December 13, 2008

It's officially effing cold! No turning back now. The only way I'm going to get through this winter is to be partially in denial and optimistic. I can't talk about the cold in front of my friends here bc they are from Michigan and Minnesota.. so therefore I'm stuck just pretending like "it could be worse" (though I really know it could be a hell of a lot better!) So... I will suck it up.. enjoy my time in Blacksburg..remember how great the fall was for me here. Blah blah.

By the way.. I DO love it.. minus the cold this place would be heaven! So maybe I'll find that I'll get through it better than I had first imagined (see.. there's that optimism ;)

As a way to provide myself closure, I am doing a quick tribute to the recent summers of the past and to my dearly beloved sun dresses (you will be missed!).

A fabulous, WARM night in NYC

Birthday weekend with Jen at her lake house

One of many amazing Charleston weekends

Beach time (I believe at Isle of Palms..)

Mary Jane and Andrew's wedding

The end! Sun dresses, until we meet again (April, please?)



>> Thursday, December 11, 2008

As much as I LOVE babies.. it is really weird to me that not only are most of my friends now married, many of them are reproducing like rabbits! My friends are on their second, some even third sets of kids..

Not to mention I had a dream last night that I was 27 years old and really stressed out about not being married. I should NOT be having such dreams! 27 isn't even old..

I may have to boycott Facebook for a little while if my attitude doesn't get any better. It's presenting a side of reality that just isn't all that real. When my DC friends start getting married then I may become a wee bit worried.. but the idea seems really premature for most of them.

And the responsibility factor is freaking me out as well. It occurred to me that I could very possibly move to Greenville when I graduate and live there for the rest of my life! No more big adventures? I don't think it's even the matter of needing to move to a new place, it's the option that is so attractive. I feel like the need to stay in one place and pay off debt is going to keep me from moving around. I guess I'll just have to embrace a new kind of adventure that involves one city. Or find random people who are out-of-staters to be friends with (to mix things up a bit). I refuse to settle before I have to! That's no fun at all.. boring life, minus the perks of a husband (and possibly kids?).. what's the point in that? Is there such thing as a 25 year old cat lady? OK, moving to Greenville does not have to mean that the fun, live for the moment lifestyle has to end.. I just don't know anyone in Greenville that's not married.. haha. Surely that's not the case with the whole young-adult population.

Anyway, call this a quarter life crisis.. so be it. Blogs are good places to vent so that I can make myself get back to my paper.. which should be my main concern right now anyway.


Little More Gloating

>> Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I'll stop soon, I promise! Yay for Dabo..


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Tia Nicole Photography has launched this summer after many practice photo sessions and the encouragement of some dear friends and family ("Life Through Tia's Lens" was a recommendation of my good friend, Kristin, who has been an avid supporter the whole way through!). This blog has documented the process from the beginning and also dates back to some older rantings during grad school and football seasons. Feel free to get to know me and my work. I like to focus primarily on natural shots, true emotions and beautiful landscapes. I also absolutely adore kids and pets so you will find a good bit of my work in these areas. Feel free to contact me anytime! I love blog comments!

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