Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spring is in the Air (or is it summer? or back to winter?)

It's that time of year again....SPRING!  Days are getting longer and the sun is warming up the air....or is it?  Last week my travels had me visiting East Carolina University.  The weather was beautiful during my stay and temperatures made it to the 80's. This spike in temperatures caused me to re-evaluate the wardrobe in my closet/suitcase, and I found it challenging to put together an outfit suitable for such fabulous weather.  Due to the layering items that I've kept in my suitcase this past semester, I was able to manage for the week I was in town.  Unfortunately, I am back in Ohio and experiencing winter once again.

I look forward to the days when the heat of the day calls for a cooler at the pool with a little SPF and good friends.  The days where you drive around with the radio blasting and windows down.  Trips to the beach for the weekend and going for a long boat ride on the lake.  These days are right around the corner and this puts a huge smile on my face!

This is my last chapter visit as an ELC.  Next week I will be in Indianapolis with the other consultants where it all began back in July.  We will only have 3 days to debrief and catch up with the close friends we've made this year.  Time has passed by so quickly and I have no clue what comes next, but I know it will be amazing (it always is)!

Friday, March 11, 2011

March Madness....(but not the basketball kind)

While I do enjoy March Madness and all of the basketball triumphs and defeats it brings, the March Madness I am experiencing this month isn't as entertaining.  The madness of my March comes from my travel schedule.  Just looking at how busy I am this month makes me break a sweat, but I would be lying to yall if I said I didn't love it.   Here's a rundown of this month in the life of Becky Wilbanks:

March 1-3:  Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS)
March 3-6: Mardi Gras with friends (New Orleans, LA)
March 6-11: Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)
March 11-14: University of Illinois (Champaign, IL)
-------Here's where life gets busy-----------------
March 14-15: Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY)
March 16: (Birmingham, AL)
March 17-21: East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN)
March 21-25: East Carolina University (Greenville, NC)
March 26-27: Friend's Bridal Shower/Bachelorette Party (Auburn, AL)
March 28-April 5: Ohio University (Athens, OH)
(April is just as crazy because I go from Ohio to Indianapolis, back to WKU, and then move to Alabama)

Adding this all up totals to 9 states in the month of March. Where life starts to get crazy is after my visit this week.  This Sunday time will spring forward giving us longer days (and hopefully bringing in some warmer weather).  This time change comes at a bad time for me, but I just have to buckle up and accept my fate.  Here's a breakdown of the next week of my life:

Sunday (Move time FORWARD 1 hour)
Monday: Flight leaves Indianapolis at 10am (need to be there by 9am, 2 hour drive, central timezone to eastern - 1 hour, means leaving Champaign at 6am - which feels like 5am bc of the time change). Arrive in Nashville (shop a little while waiting on Laura's flight to arrive) and drive to Bowling Green, KY.  Attend Greek Awards Banquet.
Tuesday:  Campus PR all day promoting our chapter that we will colonize in the fall.
Wednesday:  Drive (3 hours) from Nashville to Birmingham for an interview.
Thursday: Drive (5 hours) to Johnson City, TN for next chapter visit at ETSU.  Stay until Monday morning when my flight leaves for the next chapter.
(Some time in the midst of all this travel and chaos I have to write 2 reports and edit one to be sent out.)

I remember back in January thinking that this would be a long semester (especially with all the SNOW...yuck!), but as it turns out, the time is passing by so quickly (just as it always seems to do).  The other ELCs and I have been eagerly anticipating our return to Indy in April, when we will all be reunited and doing our debriefing for the spring semester.

Staying busy is something that I LOVE to do, and this schedule for March and April (as exhausting as they may be) is right up my alley.  Knowing that the constant travel and tasks will be occupying my time gives me relief in knowing that after each day I am closer to seeing my girlies. I have really enjoyed the experience of this past year traveling to chapters and having the opportunity to impact hundreds of girls lives each week, and I know that next year during recruitment season I will be missing it.  To all of the new ELCs (whoever you may be), good luck next year.  This has definitely been the most interesting year of my life, and I have learned so much about myself and grown as a person.  While my time as an ELC is drawing to a close, I will look back fondly on the memories I have made and the friendships I have formed that will honestly last forever.

Next chapter of my life is starting soon....stay tuned.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Today's Realization

It is time to grow up (or at least make an effort to start).  I am not in college anymore.

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Countdown Continues......Mardi Gras 2.0

In preparation for Mardi Gras 2011 I dug up some memories from last year. Words cannot express our experience well enough, so here are some photos to do the job.

<---The weekend started out with alovely tour of the Abita Brewery (with a few tasty samples, who wouldn't love it).

After the tour, we went to our lovely "hotel" to check into the room and make our way to the parades. Due to the last minute impulse trip booking, we were lucky to receive such a prime room in this past orphanage turned into a bed/breakfast-ish creepy hotel. I wish I had exterior pictures for your viewing pleasure, but imagine an old scary building with a gated (and chained in) courtyard that has a slide from the second floor to the first (as a fire escape). Then picture creepy motion sensor lights that flicker (like the ones in horror movies).
You can see a lovely shot of our cozy room here. --------->
The walls were pink, the furniture was white wicker, and there was absolutely NO heat! To say the group was close this weekend is an understatement. There was a door to the adjoining room, which was home to a group of loud drunk British dudes that I had a lovely conversation with (through the door) one morning around 3am.

After checking in to our "resort" for the weekend, we hit up a
SHELL Station and packed the cooler for the parades. The reason SHELL is in all caps is because on our excursion from Abita to New Orleans, Emily and I were riding in the trunk and I kept mentioning that we should probably stop to grab some cold snacks before fighting the traffic to find parking. This idea was mentioned several times from the trunk with no response from the driver (geeze Jason!). Eventually I gave up with subtle hints,
and just screamed SHELL! Meaning that there's a Shell station on the corner and we should buy beer now. After explanation of my outburst this
made sense and we successfully secured our needed items. On to the parades!

Katherine (having grown up in NOLA) is really on her game when it comes to Mardi Gras. She is what I would consider an expert bead snatcher, but it's really so much more than that. If there are any other special trinkets thrown to the crowd, you can rest assured that KFing will emerge from the mound victorious! Literally, if Mardi Gras was an Olympic sport, KFing would win the Gold! For an added advantage, she used Jason as a ladder and approached the floats with open arms and came away with lots of festive gear!

Between her mad skills and Emily's expertise (also growing up attending Mardi Gras festivities), all of us first timers quickly caught on to the fabulous experience of Mardi Gras! Friday night was full of parades, fun parties, and of course red beans and rice. Emily's friends were excellent hosts!

On Saturday, we enjoyed more parades and good times. Em wasn't lying when she said use the bathroom when you can. Mardi Gras is one of the most unique experiences I've ever had. It's a lot like tailgaiting with the added danger of being hit in the head with beads. Some things I learned while attending Margi Gras:

1. When Em says wear comfortable shoes...DO IT!
2. Other than the rodeo, this will be the only other time in life I stand in a 10 minute long line to use a port-a-potty!
3. Look up (at all times) and be aware. If you do not do this, you will be pelted in the head with beads or some other plastic object and it will hurt. (Or stand next to KFing because she will catch anything flying through the air within a 25 ft radius)
4. Get there early! Much like tailgating, it's crucial to get to the parade route and stake out a spot (especially if you plan to stay for a while). The people next to us used a tarp to mark their territory, but failed to fill the tarp with people (so we took over!). You can't be shy, but you must be polite.
5. Parking is no fun (#1. there's tons of traffic, roads closed for parades, and one way nightmares #2. After you park, you have to walk with a full cooler) Keep it it!
6. There are tons of people (phones don't always work)....stay with your friends...always, and enjoy!

Mardi Gras 2.0 kicks off in 4 days....can't wait!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Countdown to Mardi Gras 2.0

At this time next week, I will be leaving a tour of the Abita Brewery with my friends and heading into New Orleans for a weekend of Mardi Gras parades. Last year the crew made a trip down to NOLA for the festivities and had quite a memorable time. Our "hotel" was more of a hostel with no heat and a slide for a fire escape, we attended the parades, enjoyed some parties, soaked up the culture, and survived our first Mardi Gras. Now, as our return journey approaches I find myself eager and impatient to get back down to warmer climates and close friends.

In preparation for this event, my always prepared friend Emily composed a Mardi Gras Survival Guide for the crew making the trip down. As always her travel tips are entertaining and useful. For anyone who has been to Mardi Gras before, you will appreciate her following rules/requirements of us:

3. Use the bathroom whenever it is available to you.
4. Do not pee in your pants or on the street because you will be mocked and/or end up in jail.

And a few things to know/be aware of at all times:

1. Where are my friends?
2. Where is the bathroom?
3. Where is my drink?

We've upgraded our hotel a little this year, and should have heat (though I hope in March we won't need it). If there is a fire, while there is no slide conveniently out of our window, we do have experience from our last visit to New Orleans for New Years. After that experience we are all prepared as to what items we will grab and run with.

My countdown begins now! 6 days!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

What's LOVE got to do with it?

Valentine's day was this past Monday, and I must say that it was one of the best Valentine's day's I've ever had. I've never been a huge fan of Valentine's Day, because in my opinion if you're in love with someone you will show them every day instead of waiting for a hallmark holiday and a sugar high. On the flip side, if you're not in a relationship with someone, then the disturbing realization that you're alone on this couple day becomes that much more apparent. To add insult to this situation, you then have access to this extra large supply of chocolates to cope with your feelings. Gladly I did not choose the sugar high to relieve the stress and stigma of being, dare I say it "SINGLE", on this day of looooove.

Instead, I decided to spend the day with my friends (who were conveniently in the same predicament). Here's how my day went:

11am - Wake up =) Why not sleep in? I didn't have anything better to be doing because I took the day off. I had no desire to be at a sorority house accepting the deliveries of their flowers and chocolates, or worse listening to the girls not being showered with gifts.

11:30am - 2.5 mile jog. There's no better way to enjoy the absolutely PERFECT weather that the Lord blessed us with this past weekend.

1pm - Lunch with Sara and Emily at Moe's. Sara took a half day at work and came back to Auburn to hang out.

2pm - Mani/Pedi. What girl doesn't like to be pampered every now and then?

4pm - Time to hit the Gym. While Sara headed for the elliptical I joined in on the Body Pump class that was about to begin. Unfortunately we weren't sooner because all of the spots in the back had been taken. It's been since freshman year since I went to a Body Pump class and now I was front and center for everyone to see when my energy began to fade fast. Luckily the girls at JSU had encouraged me to do the Insanity workout DVDs, so Body Pump wasn't that challenging of a task, and turned out to be a great workout.

5pm - Made it home and decided on Hibachi Express for dinner. After working off all that fat, why not eat 8lbs of fried rice doused in orange sauce. SOOOO Good! While Sara, Em, and I were in the drive thru at Hibachi we realized that if we wanted to meet single guys, then this was probably a good place to do so. Think about it....who else would be going through a drive-thru on Valentine's Day? Right?!

10pm - Time to hit downtown for an entertaining display of fun, also known as Karaoke Night at Skybar. Emily, Sara, and I met up with Webb, Sullivan, Mike, and Cory and enjoyed listening to the interesting song selections of everyone in the crowd.

Around 1am we decided to head home to catch a nap before I had to catch a shuttle to the airport at 6am. This Valentine's weekend turned out to be a great break from work, and a much needed vacation with my friends. I can't wait until our next vacation, Mardi Gras, which is only 2 short weeks away now!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Staying Busy, Busy, Busy....

The month of January has come and gone, and I can't believe how fast the time has flown by (literally)! All of my travel for just the month of January consists of a combination of 8,000 miles flying and driving. So far I have spent 2011 in 6 different states: Louisiana (for New Years Eve), Indiana (for Indiana University's recruitment and then to Purdue for officer training), Illinois (for officer and advisor training), Texas (for area wide officer training), North Carolina (for a presentation), and finally to Wisconsin (for formal recruitment at Marquette). Technically, I guess you could also count Alabama since I traveled to Jacksonville State on the last day of January.

The month of February slows down for me a little, and I will only be in Alabama, Iowa, and Kansas. I am currently in Jacksonville, AL visiting JSU. The great thing about this visit is that I've worked with this chapter before this job, and I already know their Greek system and school. Another perk is that my grandparents only live 15 minutes away, so my parents were able to come down for a visit this past weekend so I could see them! During this job I seem to live in some alternate reality where all of my friends are virtual and my days and weeks don't operate on a normal schedule. It's difficult to stay in contact with everyone, but still manageable.

There's a good chance I won't know what to do with myself in April when I can actually get into a routine. The strangest part will probably be the fact that after 7 days I won't have to wake up at 3am and drag some girl out of bed so that I get to the airport in time to catch my flight, or that I actually have my own bedroom, bathroom, AND a CAR! I will be able to eat when and what I want every day of the week, and if I need more shampoo I can drive myself to get it! I will have 1-2 or no roommates instead of 18-54, and I won't have to constantly question which time zone I am in.

I have really enjoyed the experience this job has brought into my life, and cherish every new friendship that has been formed this year. I can honestly say that I have grown and gained a lot of character this year, and wouldn't be the same person without it. The other girls traveling with me, and other consultants we have met along the way, have become a great support system, and I look forward to how our relationships will change once we transition into the next phase of our lives. April 8th is my last day as an ELC, and although that is only two short months away, I still have a lot of ground to cover.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I need to blog but....

I feel like I should really update my blog, but I'm tired and can't believe FEBRUARY is right around the corner!!! Whenever I get caught up on work and sleep (which might be never) I will be sure to post the latest and greatest stories from my 2011 experience (it's nothing glamorous I assure you).

Peace Out.

Monday, January 10, 2011


If the way this year began is ANY indication of how my year is going to be, then I welcome it openly. There is a feeling of excitement for the new opportunities in store this year. To tell you all my new years story I will begin with the journey to New Orleans, where my friends and I chose to kick off our 2011.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010, Bridgett helped me load my life into her car and drove me to meet up with Jordan so I could stay with her in Birmingham for the night and leave early in the morning for our New Years adventure! After saying goodbye to my sissy (who I won't see again until MARCH), Jordan and I made our way to her house. We left early the next morning to make our way to NOLA! After a slightly directionally dysfunctional start, we corrected our course and made excellent time to meet up with Emily in Pearl River, LA.

The three of us got lunch at the Speckled T's in Slidell and then ventured across the bridge into the city. After meeting up with Jordan's brother, Matt, and his friend, Ken, at the Royal St. Charles Hotel, we decided it was time to hit up Bourbon Street. The music and atmosphere is always a good time, and the people you see provide plenty of conversation topics. After grabbing dinner, we met up with the rest of our group (Amanda and Turtle) and continued in the fun festivities! Once we made it back to the hotel, Emily and Katherine said goodnight and went home, and the rest of us settled into our room.

At 3:45am a loud buzzing sound filled the room and we all thought to ourselves that we were gonna seriously injure whoever had set an alarm for that hour. However, then the loud buzz was followed by a voice telling us that there was a fire and we had to evacuate the building. Naturally we all thought this was a drill, and I know
realize why people die in burning buildings. None of us were in a state of mind that contributed to rational calm thought in this particular situation, so once we determined this was NOT a drill, we frantically moved in 100 different directions grabbing necessary clothing to make our way out the door. Once in the hallway, I announced to my room, "OMG! There's SMOKE in the hallway!" At the time I honestly believed that the haze I was witnessing was indeed death coming for us, even though I couldn't detect the slightest hint of a smoky scent. My announcement definitely put a pep in our step as we all then began to walk (very briskly) to the exit. Once we made it outside and across the street, we realized that Matt wasn't with us. Ken then ran back into the building to find him (terrible idea). While the guys were in the "burning building" which had no smoke or flames anywhere to be seen, the rest of us looked around at each other and for the first time realized the items everyone had chosen to grab before fleeing the building. Below are the items we each grabbed.

Turtle: Went to the bathroom and exited in his boxers and a white t-shirt, but no contacts or shoes.
Amanda: Grabbed shoes and a purse.
Jordan: Put on slippers and got her phone AND matt's phone (convenient when he was lost in the building and we couldn't call him to see where he was).
Ken: managed to find shoes, a phone, and was already sleeping in sweats and a sweatshirt.
I put on a bra, scarf, jacket, and boots because firemen were coming! :) And wish I had gone to the bathroom like Turtle.

Matt...never made it out.

The reason Matt didn't make it out was because the idiots in the room next door to us thought it would be funny to set off a fire extinguisher in their room. While the rest of us were freezing outside, Matt was listening to the drama shake down on the 6th floor. The "smoke" I had seen was the leftover remains of the extinguisher foam that filled the hallway when the guys opened their door. Apparently the culprit responsible for our early morning drill fled the scene and his buddy was taking the fall when the firemen were questioning them. They were asked to leave the hotel at 4am, and I'm sure received a hefty fine. We spoke with a cop the next day and the latest fine amount was around $800, but who knows how much more they had to pay in damages and other fees. SUCKS to be them!

I will admit that we had a little too much fun on our first night in town. The next day was a bit of a struggle, but we managed to grab something to eat at the Checkered Parrot and then hit up the casino. By that evening (NEW YEARS EVE) I was ready to go again, and we all got dressed up in our New Years attire and loaded up the cars to go to dinner. Dinner was AMAZING!!!

After dinner, back to Bourbon Street we went! We started at Pat O's, and unfortunately we sat outside in the rain for the first part of the evening. There was a table under a tree in the corner that we snagged and made due until we were ready to go party. Earlier before dinner, we were chilling at The Beach on Bourbon and were highly entertained by the girls attempting to ride the mechanical whale. That's right, you read it correctly, A MECHANICAL WHALE. There were too many people there to make fun of and the temptation to return later on was too much to resist, so we left Pat O's and ventured down to the Beach!

The Beach was PACKED! Everyone was dancing and having a great time. Once we arrived, midnight was approaching so we all made our way to the dance floor and set up shop. At this new location we managed to find the creepers, or as usual they found us. I made the mistake of making eye contact with a tragically drunk and unfortunate soul who preceded to attempt dancing with me for the hour leading up to the big countdown. There was so much going on all around us! A girl was dancing half naked on the stage with the ropes around the mechanical whale. To this day I still cannot figure out what in the heck she was wearing, or WHY SHE was the one hired to do the dancing on stage. Disturbing is the only thing that comes to my mind to describe her. Then the bouncers were passing out headbands, hats, and horns to blow once 2011 finally arrived. Mr. McCreeper was still trying to show me his classic dance moves, he wasn't exactly blowing me away until he invaded my personal bubble to tell me, "Looks like you're the lucky one!" With a wink and stumbling backwards I burst into laughter and realized that this was real life, because only in real life would something like this happen to me. Several other creepers made their way past and at least asked for a dance while trying to convince me how beautiful they thought I was. Unfortunately I just wasn't feeling them, and besides, I was McCreeper's "lucky one". BAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA!

Once I realized that Mr. McCreeper wasn't going anywhere until that clock struck midnight, I began wishing I was Cinderella or that he would at least turn into a pumpkin. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, ohhh no here he comes, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, insert horn in my mouth and blow it as loud as I can in his face! He smiled the creepiest smile I've EVER encountered (and you should all know that I've encountered some Creeeeeepy smiles in my 25 years), and I just shook my head NO!!!!! Apparently he did not like the reaction of his chosen one rejecting his 2011 love offer, but I was PERFECTLY fine with this! His friends then made fun of him, which I took a small amount of pleasure in, because who is he to think that I would kiss him just because he wanted me to. I've got news for you Mr. McCreeper, I have standards and I don't care HOW single I currently am, you sir do not meet these standards!

Soon after welcoming the new year, and dealing with Captain Creepy, I was OVER the Beach. On top of being done with the bar I was hungry! Krystals was obviously a first option, but when we walked past we quickly decided we'd rather stand in line elsewhere. McDonalds was the next option, but get this.....McDONALDS WAS CLOSED!!!!!! How does that even happen!?!?! We were in complete shock and just stood at the door looking in. As we stared longingly through the windows, I saw on the board the quarter pounder with cheese meal and I wanted it so bad. Jordan made the comment, "What are we going to do without happy meals in the world? Now they're just gonna be sad, sad meals." We all agreed, but needed to move on to find something else we could eat. I remembered that Dominos was around the corner from our hotel, because we had been there on previous trips to NOLA. There was a big crowd inside, so Shug and I went in to place the order while Emily and the Turtles waited across the street. When I walked in Shug informed me that everyone had been waiting for about 30 minutes. This was NOT OK! We were the only two girls in the place, and I asked them how long they'd been waiting. One dude started to say 30 minutes, but another guy quickly said only a few minutes! He told the other guy to not run off the girls, and started to say something to us and called me sweetheart. First off, I'm not a fan of pet names, and even if I was, this man had definitely done nothing to deserve the honor of calling me sweetheart, so I told him my name was Becky. Shug and I were next in line and as we approached the counter I asked Phil if they had anything hot and ready. Phil has a sense of humor and replied, "Well I'm hot but won't be ready for another 4 hours when I get off work!" HAHA CLEVER, Phil! During the time Phil was making his jokes, a wrong order was made and he offered the 2 pizzas to us for $15. I could care less what was on the pizza at this point, so I said, "We'll take it!" Handed Phil our money and as we turned around with our pizzas every guy in the place just shouted, "Ahhhh Beckkkky!" HAHA point girls!

We skipped across the road and told the others what had just happened. When we made it to the room to eat our feast, we thanked Dominos for messing up Julia's order and enjoyed our chicken and bacon pizza, as well as our olive and ham thin crust pizza! There were no alarms or emergencies to wake us up that night so we all got a good night's sleep. On January 1st, we went to Emily's house for the traditional New Years meal of black eyed peas and cabbage! We enjoyed some football during the afternoon, and as night approached we loaded up the car to try out the new daiquiri place, Daiquiri's Gone Wild. Let's just say that we couldn't quite figure out where the "Wild" part comes into play. The door was open and inviting, but as we walked in there were no tables or chairs anywhere! There was country music playing and one guy behind the counter that kept forcing samples in our faces. Emily ventured to the back of the store, because surely there was more to this wild place than what laid before our eyes! But no....this was it!

We took our daiquiris and got in the car before bursting into laughter and recalculating our plans for the evening. As a last resort, we decided to go to another daiquiri place which did indeed have chairs and tables. In order to not appear sketchy by bringing in our large drinks from another business, we opted for a table on the patio with a view of the game on the outdoor tv. Soon we decided this was a TERRIBLE idea, because we were drinking frozen drinks, and sitting outside in January while the ceiling fans were going full blast. We quickly finished our drinks inside, and went to dinner at the Speckled T's! There are absolutely NO words that can describe the band playing that night at the T's! Their name was the BTU's, and it was composed of a hippie chick with no rhythm as the lead singer, the guitar player who was hippie chicks husband (who wore sunglasses inside even though I don't believe he was blind), a chatty drummer, and a bass player who had a pony tail and never said a word! After finishing our meal, we peaced out of that party and drove back to NOLA.

Amanda, Turtle, Jordan, and I went out to Bourbon for one more night and at that point we all realized our age. I am not exactly cut out for that lifestyle anymore, and all I wanted to do was go to sleep. We made great efforts to have a good time, but the drunk people around us were on a level that we had no chance of reaching so we called it a night. The next morning everyone went their separate ways, and Jordan and I went back to Emily's to stay for the night. We watched the Saints game at a restaurant, and then went to a bar for the rest of the game. As usual we managed to make friends! It all started when we walked into the place and were the only people younger than 40. We made friends when we need to know where the bathroom was, and this kind gentleman kept sending over kamakazi shots and pitchers of beer. After the second round of shots a lady walked up to our table, asked if we were gonna take those shots or let them sit there, picked up the glass as I was telling her they were empty, and then she turned up the glass to drink the drops in the bottom! The three of us exercised all of the self-control in the world to keep from laughing! From this point in the day (and I mean day, probably 4pm) she was then referred to as Drips. There was a kind man who was an Auburn fan (and he did graduate from Auburn) who kept offering to buy us drinks. I don't think that anyone there had any concept that it was a Sunday afternoon, and as soon as we could make our move we ran to the car and headed back to the daiquiri bar from Saturday night(I can safely say I have reached my daiquiri quota for the year! However, I will probably exceed that quota during Mardi Gras). My sissy Bridgett stopped by to say hi on her way home from mom and dad's(it's so weird that she lives in Louisiana now). After this point in the evening it was high time we went home. Monday was an early morning catching a flight to get back to Indiana to start work for IU's recruitment, and Jordan had a 5 hour drive back to Birmingham.

So much happened that weekend, and I know I left out tons of details! With the way this year started, I can guarantee that 2011 will be one for the books! I had a successful New Years trip, a very successful recruitment with the chapter at Indiana University, got to watch the Auburn Tigers WIN the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, and it's only January 12th! I can't wait to see how everything will play out for the rest of the year!

p.s. WAR EAGLE!!!!