Black Friday

This week while home for Thanksgiving break, I decided I would help my mom cross something off of her bucket list. When we started discussing the idea of something we could cross off together, Black Friday was suggested. We had never participated in Black Friday and honestly, I was almost scared too. You always hear those horror stories of people being trampled and I did not want to buy anything that badly.

We decided to go to Old Navy at 12 am and check out some of the sales. We got there around 12:05 and there was a line wrapped around the building, no joke. We ended browsing for a good amount of time and purchasing a few things. The worst part about Old Navy, was waiting in line to check out for an HOUR! Yes, a whole hour. While standing there, we kept debating if it was worth it…I believe it ended up being worth it. We purchased 5 items and ended up saving $121. One of the things we bought was a Pea Coat that was originally $89.95 and we got it for $35. What a steal. I was so excited.

Next,  we went to Macy’s to look around and it was packed. After Macy’s we finally headed home around 3 am. We fell asleep right away and went back out at 9 am. We went to Dillard’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods. At Dick’s, Nike shorts were 50 percent off, so of course every girl was going crazy. I ended up buying two pairs for myself.

Black Friday was exhausting, but also a lot of fun. I loved spending time with my mom and being able to help her knock something off her list.


p.s A video of our experience will be up eventually!


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41. Go to Buddy Holly’s grave

This weekend I went to Lubbock, Texas, to see one of my best friends from high school, Emily Gandy, and to go to the OSU vs. Texas Tech game (10-0 y’all!). While in Lubbock I knew I had to knock something off my bucket list. So I decided that I would go to Buddy Holly’s (his real name was Charles Holley) grave.

Growing up I did not listen to Buddy Holly and the Crickets, but in seventh grade that changed. In my Texas history class in middle school we watched a movie all about Buddy Holley and I fell in love with his music and his story. After watching that movie I went home and purchased six or seven Buddy Holly songs. I became obsesses with That’ll Be The Day. I’m pretty sure I listen to it on a weekly basis still.

Going to see Buddy Holly’s grave would be harder than I thought. Emily and I drove around the cemetery for a good 20 minutes before we found his grave. For someone who was so influential we assumed he would have a huge headstone and would be clearly marked. We were wrong. He has a simple headstone with a few flowers and small sign pointing to his gravesite. It was really cool to see his grave and still see fresh flowers on it. I think I am so amazed with Buddy Holly because he had such a short career before his death but was so successful. He and Elvis Presley changed rock and roll. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and others were influenced by him. Buddy Holly had a huge influence on the music industry and I hope that my generation and later generations learn about him and how important he was.

5. Meet Someone Famous

When it comes to seeing or meeting famous people, I am that typical girl who is super obnoxious and the famous person probably assumes I am a crazed fan who stalks them…but I am far from that, I just get really excited. I am pretty sure the first famous person I ever “met” was Dennis Quaid, at a charity fashion show he put on in Austin. And by “met” him, I mean scream his name from 3 feet away and him ignoring me.

The first famous person, who I actually met and had a conversation with was Shay Butler, better known as Shay Carl. Now, a normal person who is not obsessed with YouTube probably has NO idea who this is. Shay Carl has multiple channels on YouTube and he puts up daily vlogs of his life that I have watched since day one. I know this sounds crazy, but this guy and his family have had a huge impact on me. If you watch the videos, you soon realize what an amazing man Shay is. He has a gorgeous wife and four children and you can just tell his family is his world. I started watching the Shaytards (his YouTube channel) in 2006 after my heart transplant. It kept me entertained and gave me something to look forward too. I think I enjoy the Shaytards so much because it has proven to me that someone can have a job they love and be legitimately happy. Time and time again I have heard adults complain about their jobs, and Shay, whose job is making youtube videos, has proven to me that happiness is a choice and if you’re not happy with something, change it.

Me, Shay, and Emily. I was geeking out.

I met Shay in Austin last spring break when he was there shooting a video for GE Ecoimagination, It was during SXSW, a huge music, movie, technology conference, so Austin is packed with people and it is just crazy. Well I happened to be downtown with two friends, Jamey and Emily, walking around and soaking up the weirdness Austin has to offer. I knew Shay was in Austin because he had tweeted about it, and I knew I had to meet him. After grabbing dinner, Jamey, Emily, and I headed back to my house to hang out and RIGHT as we got on the main highway, Shay tweeted saying he was at the GE solar powered Farris wheel. I am pretty sure I have never driven that fast in my life. I turned the car around and headed to the Farris wheel. When we got there, Emily and I jumped out of the car while Jamey drove around the block. Right when I saw Shay, I yelled his name and ran over to him. I was shaking and tearing up. I told him how much I love him and how he’s such an inspiration for me (he’s the reason I started a YouTube channel) and I gave him a package of pop rocks. Why? I have no idea…Emily and I got a picture and said our goodbyes and then went to go find Jamey. I was freaking out, jumping up and down and just squealing. That was one of the coolest moments of my life, hands down. When you finally meet someone who has impacted you in some way, and they are genuine and a nice person, it’s amazing.

P.S. Funny story, the following Sunday I met Michael Cera. He was not nice…at all.

Michael Cera and my friend Sarah in the blue. Doesn't he look friendly?