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Ok, so we can all agree that it’s finally universally acceptable to listen to Christmas music, right? Fantastic! Because I’ve been holding out over here and it’s been killing me! It’s now painfully clear how good of a job my mother did at instilling in me that “CHRISTMAS MUSIC BEFORE BLACK FRIDAY IS A SIN.” I tried really hard to listen to my Christmas Pandora station a couple of weeks ago, but I got 8 seconds into the first song and had to switch back to my Disney station. It must have been hilarious to watch, because I know my face was most likely contorted some sort of horrible grimace and I probably looked like I was struggling against an invisible force to keep myself from changing the station. Speaking of Christmas, I’ve been super jealous watching all my friends Tweet about bringing Christmas trees home already, but Matt and I agree that neither of us are capable to keeping a tree alive for over a month, so we’re waiting til December 1st to get ours. Rest assured, though- I’ve got all my ornaments ready to go and have my retro lights in tip-top shape for their debut this Saturday.

As always, lessons learned from the past week:

  • From hereon our, before making plans as to where we’ll spend Thanksgiving, we will be checking the Dallas Cowboys schedule. Should they be playing the Redskins again on Thanksgiving Day, we will plan to spend the holiday alone, holed up in a dark room until the game is over. Or at least, that’s what I’m planning on doing.
  • I have a bone to pick with you, JCrew Factory store. We stood in line at 11:00 pm on Thanksgiving night for over an hour and the line barely moved at all, and I’m pretty sure the only reason it DID move was because people in front of me were fed up and decided to go home. What’s up with that?? They were only letting 10-15 people into the store at a time, and those people inside the store were taking their sweet time. Never again.
  • If you’re picking up the last bag of rolls at the grocery store on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving, try not to do your rendition of a touchdown dance and shout “BAM! I GOT it!” You’ll look like a jerk. (speaking from experience)
  • If I never heard the song “Christmas Shoes” again, it’d still be one time too many. It’s one of those songs that’s designed to make you cry, and it makes me want to punch an elf. (that was unnecessarily violent, I apologize).

Hey look! My film scans from RU came back! Fall in the New River Valley is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen- the trees are ablaze with autumn foliage and the drive down 81 will take your breath away. During my time at Radford, I’d tell myself I really NEED to take photos around campus, but would always come up with an excuse as to why “right now” wasn’t convenient. And then I graduated… so I managed to go four full years at Radford without ever having taken the photos I wanted. So when I was down at RU in October, I made sure to have my Contax with me in case any leaves were left on the trees. Sure enough, they were! I’m actually glad I waited until now to finally take these photos, because I hit campus at the PERFECT time and got to capture the foliage on film instead of digital. I’m definitely framing some of these around our house.

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The Bonnie, where I spent nearly every lunch hour with other CRU peeps, and my  PO box  where I received many a care package (thanks, Dad!).

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This one is my favorite. It’s an image of the classroom where I took my first film class.

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Preston Hall, where I played in countless band concerts!

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And then a few images from the day my grandparents and I spent on the Blue Ridge Parkway…

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I love them 🙂

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Monday Mash-Up

November 26, 2012

  1. Lena

    November 26th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Can totally picture you doing the touchdown dance with the rolls. lol

  2. Dani

    November 26th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    First off, I love your grandparents. Love them and I don’t even know them. Second, monday mash ups are so hard for me because I feel like I am needing to leave a whole paragraph in your comments section. JCrew Factory store – so lame of them! Christmas Shoes – I cry every time, it really should be banned.

  3. Jean

    November 26th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Great photos, Abby! Memories of that fun day with our beautiful granddaughter. Looking forward to many more!

  4. Hannah Rancourt

    November 26th, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Everything is SO beautiful on campus!!! I love the mountains <3

  5. molly

    November 26th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    i LOVE your scans! and your grandparents are the cutest things i’ve ever seen. seriously. i hope john and i are like them one day!!

  6. Matt

    November 26th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Well, I don’t think it was that bad on Thanksgiving… but I guess that’s because I was on the other side of things. I am sure I would have been just as upset if the situation were reversed.

  7. TL

    November 26th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Ah, Radford. So different, and yet so much the same. Love that place. And Mabry Mill in the fall. It doesn’t get much better than that. Love all the photos, and your granparents really are precious 🙂

  8. Brittany Claud

    November 27th, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I’ve never been to Radford…but what a beautiful campus! I was at Longwood and never took that many photos of campus either…totally need to go back and do so. And your grandparents are so freakin adorable!

  9. Megan Guernsey

    November 27th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Your grandparents are so cute together! Love the film photos.

  10. Sarah B.

    November 28th, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Abby, I am right there with ya on the music after Thanksgiving. I waited and waited! But it has been worth the wait! 😀

    I’m laughing a lot about the rolls…. lol.

    And, I TOTALLY agree with you about the song Christmas shoes!! Seriously!

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