So I don’t know if you remember those cards from the last post but I have been doing a lot of thinking about them. I just got 3 boxes of card making stuff given to me by one of my mom’s co-workers. It was like Christmas this past Saturday afternoon! I plan on making some cards to donate at our next OAC fundraiser that they can sell.

What I really want to do though is figure out how to get people back home (most of y’all that read this) a chance to buy some cards and have the money donated to the OAC. I also have been wanting to do my own mini “fundraiser” since my capacity to give financially to the OAC this year is limited.  I am currently brainstorming the best way to get my cards online somewhere for people to look at and purchase and then have them shipped to them. As of right now I am thinking an Etsy shop. My other option is to just have a blog post with all of the pictures and then the instructions on how to order and pay via paypal. If anyone has any thoughts or ideas let me know. Obviously for these cards 100% of the profit would go to the OAC , either in the form of a monetary donation or as goods that are really needed (aka feminine hygiene items!!).

Be on the lookout in the next week or so about information on how to purchase some of these cards! And if you think this is a bad idea, maybe you should send snail mail more often!

Springtime is here!!! Well sort of…

So the weather in Atlanta is just beautiful today! This post is actually coming at you from my front porch complete with some Mickey Mouse gummies from my trip to Disney World last month. Don’t get me wrong though, there have been some pretty nasty days lately (including but not limited to: rain, wind, and chilly temps). I am SOOOOO ready for the weather to be hot, hot, hot! To be able to sit outside at restaurants, enjoy runs and walks more than the gym, and have an excuse for eating too much ice cream.

Since the last post I have been thinking way more about what is next. I have actually drafted a resume (this is big people), realized I will probably have either a full time job or two part time jobs (I was really hoping I would never have to work full time again, that dream has gone down the drain rather fast), and have conducted an online job search. It wasn’t a really serious one, but more of a look to see what is out there. I am most likely going to return to Alexandria when my year is over, don’t hold me to it though. If anyone has any comments of what they think I would be good at doing in August/September let me know. As of right now my thoughts of what I want to do job wise are ALL OVER THE PLACE. No really, one day I am searching in one kind of field and the next day I am considering something totally different. I have been having a really hard time putting what my skills and qualifications are down on paper.

So now a couple pictures to make things a little more interesting.



These little fur balls of adorableness have visited the OAC twice! I should also probably give photocred to Kimberly, our executive director, on this one. I was too focused on how cute they are to take a picture. Puppies are probably my biggest weakness. I just wanted to scoop all of them up and take them home with me. (Don’t tell my parents but I actually looked up the prices of puppy vaccines today…Whoops!) One of our guests is trying to sell these cute little guys (don’t worry mom, I would never pay him for one). I hope they make another visit again soon so I play with them again!

photo (4)The other new thing (well sort of) I have ben working on is handmade cards. I have been stamping cards since I got to Atlanta that I send to my family and friends, what is new is that I am gearing up to make a whole lot of them. The OAC is having an art show fundraiser in 6 weeks. Our development coordinator planning who is planning the event asked me if I was artsy and could contribute anything to the show. I quickly laughed and walked away. The next day I realized I am not artsy, but pretty crafty. So I told her I would love to make some cards to sell. I also warned her my mom is the biggest fan of them so if she thought they were haneous I would understand. She surprisingly thought the opposite and quickly asked me to make a card for her since she had a friend she wanted to send one too. That’s where these came from. I made two because I didn’t like the first one. She ended up buying both (after I refused her money several times)! My sister thinks I should open an etsy shop but we will see what happens. For right now I am going to keep making them for myself and a lot to donate to sell at the art show fundraiser.

That’s all for now. I hope everyone enjoys the first day of spring!

Halfway There

So my year in Atlanta is over halfway done! It is crazy to think about. Part of me feels like I have been here forever and another part feels like I just moved in 3 days ago.

Sorry for the lack of posting for the last month. I will fill you in on what you missed. The first couple weeks of February were spent just hanging out in Atlanta, I also had a surge of babysitting jobs those first two weeks. Then I went to Blacksburg for Valentine’s Day weekend, which kind of turned into 6 days. There were snow storms expected all along the east coast so I scooted out of Atlanta Tuesday afternoon. I missed the second Atlanta winter madness this year but I got to experience Blacksburg’s snowpocalypse. There was 2 feet of snow on the ground when I woke up Thursday morning. It was a great week(end) spent with friends and eating at some of my favorite Blacksburg bars (in my defense they were all that was open in 2 feet of snow).

Taylor in the snow Wednesday night.

Taylor in the snow Wednesday night, yes that is an intersection behind him. 

The next weekend I was off to my FAVORITE place in the entire world…DISNEY WORLD!!! I have really downplayed my love of disney here in Atlanta, don’t want my roommates and co-workers to think I am strange. (For exmaple I didn’t bring my Disney Dooney with me. While packing though I deeply regret it.) I met up with my mom and cousin at the airport on Thursday and the next day with the other 8 friends there. 5 of the 11 were there to get our run on that Sunday morning at the Disney Princess half marathon. I ran really slow so my time will not be advertised, but I am so proud of myself for doing it. Some of the other runners in our group were way faster than me (like the 189th finisher out of 20,000) so I am sure they will share their times if you ask. It was a super fun weekend that left me exhausted (hello 5:30 am start time on Sunday) and 10 lbs heavier (despite running 13.1 miles and walking all over creation we ate A LOT). Madison, my cousin, and I agreed we needed to go back for a week next time and not run. It would be way more relaxing and we would actually get to see everything we wanted to.

My mom, cousin, and me with our shiny metals after the run.

My mom, cousin, and me with our shiny medals after the run.

Main Street USA

Main Street USA

This past weekend was spent sleeping in (my favorite Saturday activity), reading magazines, and enjoying Sunday’s beautiful weather. Also Sunday was youth Sunday at Central. Youth Sunday is always one of my favorites. It is so refreshing to see how the youth the youth of the church interpret their faith. 

I promise to try harder to post more often. Let’s go with a goal of once every 10 days. I am still trying to decide what to give up for lent (I know so last minute Ash Wednesday isn’t 3 hours away or anything) so my next post might be all about that. Who knows though, maybe my brain will take me in another direction. That’s all from the mind of Rhuggins this evening.


So I am sure many of you have seen the disaster of Atlanta yesterday and today on the news. There is maybe 2 inches of snow, not that big of a deal to most, and it is utter chaos. Luckily I only live 1.5 miles from work and I don’t have to get on the highways to get there but it still took me some time to get home yesterday. I woke up this morning to a sheet of ice as our street. I turned on the news and saw the reports of children who spent the night at school, the still stopped traffic in some areas and the local officials giving their commentary. Bottom line, this city was not prepared. I wonder if the streets near us will ever get touched with a salt truck or plow or if we will just have to wait out for the warm weather tomorrow to melt it all.


Our house in the snow around 2 pm Tuesday.

Our house in the snow around 2 pm Tuesday.


The road last night.

The road last night.

In front of our house this morning. Yes, Grant St is somewhere under there.

In front of our house this morning. Yes, Grant St is somewhere under there.



What is appropriate to give?

So with the holidays and the extremely chilly weather our storage space at work has been exploding with donations. There are toiletry bags, mats, socks, gloves, hats, scarves, and more blankets than I have never seen in my life. It is great that people are donating stuff but have they really taken the time to see what is really necessary.

These past few days our donation bin has been overflowing with blankets a few times I dread having to unload it because there is no where for the blankets to go. Finally I learned that taking up to the shelter and not into our space was the solution.

There are also times when we are on the other end of this spectrum. The food pantry walls are bare, there is no drawing paper for art class and we are lucky if there is one bar of soap.

So why these ebbs and flows? I think the cold weather has people feeling guilty that they have a warm place to go and others may not.


The mountain of stuff one Sunday after church.

The mountain of stuff one Sunday after church.

So next time you decide to give to an organization really look at the needs if they are sent out. If you don’t know what to give contact the organization and ask. Maybe it’s money, maybe it’s canned vegetables, maybe it’s new socks. I just am strongly recommending doing your research before dumping stuff on an organization.

Thank you for contributing to organizations! It is really cool to see the impact people’s donations are making where I work every day!

Dream Big!

So two of my favorite women ran the Dopey challenge at Walt Disney World this past weekend. It includes a 5k on Thursday, a 10k on Friday, a Half Marathon on Saturday and a Marathon today (Sunday). Crazy, I know. I am training for a half marathon and only a half marathon and I think I am dying. 

These women are incredible. As crazy as their goal was they went out and trained for it and accomplished it! 

Both of these women are role models to me in endless ways. This past weekend the texts and facebook pictures had me beaming every time I saw one. They really show that you can set big dreams and actually accomplish them. So get out there and do something you always thought wasn’t possible. With the right mindset anything is possible. 

These ladies were definitely the inspiration for my training run today. It was the best I have felt and fastest I have run in a while.

I am ready to set some big goals and make them happen.

What will you dream up of this year? Remember anything is possible! 



So I was in the middle of another post when I learned some horrible news. WE HAVE A MOUSE LIVING IN OUR HOUSE!!!! I am now completely terrified.  I will be wearing closed toe shoes everywhere around the house and only eating food from the fridge until the problem is solved. I will also be leaving if I see the mouse and it isn’t dead. The only mice I enjoy are the two at Disney World who wear clothes. I hope this is just a cold weather thing for this week and there are no more signs of it ever again. 

So if anyone wants to sponsor a stay at a hotel for me it would be greatly appreciated…or loan us their cat for a week or two.  

This is not a drill! 


On the Road Again

Since I am headed back south tomorrow I decided I would post the top 10 reasons I am excited to get back to Atlanta.

*I want to make a note that neither the last list or this one are in any particular order. They are just the 10 main reasons.*

  1. Warmer weather!! I really do not enjoy the cold or snow. Scrapping snow off of my car is one of the top things I dislike and I had to do it this morning. So I am really excited to be back to weather around 20 degrees warmer.
  2. Work, yes I actually enjoy work. I think one big thing I like about it is the routine of it. But seriously I do enjoy it. I am not looking forward to waking up early on Monday morning though.
  3. The little trips coming up in the next few months. So technically these don’t involve Atlanta but they are in the near future. I am actually wearing one of my Disney sweatshirts right now I am so excited!
  4. Reuniting with the clothes I left behind. I am actually bringing more things back that I came with, whoops. But I am excited to get back to the other half of my wardrobe I wear often.
  5. My roommates! I miss the witty remarks and company of my roommates.
  6. My little desk area. It is where I do my hair and make up as well as use my computer and write letters. I love my desk area and probably what area I ‘use’ the most often in my room.
  7. My keurig. The clean up is so easy compared to a regular coffee pot with grounds. I am also excited to drink some Starbucks Christmas blend coffee! It is literally my favorite and I will savor every last cup until next Christmas when they come out again.
  8. No cat litter!! Another thing that tops my life dislikes list, scooping cat litter. Bleh.
  9. Grant Park. I love the park that is just 2 blocks away from me. It’s great for running or walking through/around. Hello hardcore half marathon training.
  10. The 10 hour drive will be done! I am actually really excited that I don’t have to drive or sit in a car for an extended period for a while. It’s not that I dislike it, I just get really bored and have back pains as a result of it.

Wish me luck as I am headed back over the next 2 days (I am making a pit stop for the night in Clover). Also I am taking way more back than I brought with me. I think it is a combo of less efficient/lazier packing, new clothes/shoes and old clothes/shoes that I missed, and presents I received for christmas. Needless to say it is going to take me a while to unload and unpack on Sunday afternoon.

10 Things

Sorry for the no posting. The Christmas season is always so crazy. After some holiday gatherings I packed up the princess-mobile and headed north. (I think I was a very efficient packer, only one large suitcase, my cosmetic bag and a few totes!) I made a quick  stop and the next day I had 2 passengers (my grandparents) along for the ride. After some traffic and a lunch stop at Cracker Barrel we arrived in Alexandria. I have loved being home for the past 2 weeks. It has been filled with spending time with family and friends, eating way too many desserts, lots of Bravo and a quick trip up to PA for New Years. As my trip comes to an end I have mixed emotions about heading back to Atlanta on Saturday/Sunday. Part of me is super excited to get back and the other part wants to stay at home. To wrap up my stay I decided to post what I will miss most about being at home.

10 Things I will miss the most about Chateau Huggins:

  1. My family. I have loved hanging out with my sister, mom, dad, and grandparents. We have eaten lots of food, exchanged more presents than I thought possible and there is never a dull moment in our house. Hello you can’t top family hot tub night with Lil’ Ashley crashing.
  2. Ginger, the cutest pup in the world. I think that this one is pretty self explanatory.
  3. My bathroom. I love being home because I love having my own bathroom. I can leave my hair things laying around and no one says anything. Maybe I don’t clean the hair out of the drain, oh well I can get it the next day. Seriously though, in the future I will either need my own bathroom or share a rather spacey one.
  4. Bravo!!! If you know me at all you know about my unhealthy obsession with Bravo. We don’t get Bravo with our cable in Atlanta, don’t worry that will change though when we switch providers (at least it better), so I have been soaking it in. I am pretty sure the night I was at my grandparent’s I laid in bed for 3 hours watching it before falling asleep.
  5. Food. So we all have our own foods and snacks we prefer. Living in the same household with my mom, dad, and sister is great because they always have the snacks and foods I like. It’s nice to been somewhere that I will basically eat anything put on the table for dinner.
  6. Sleeping in on weekdays. Here at home I can sleep late since I have no major responsibilities. I am pretty sure I am not mentally prepared for getting up on Monday morning for work. I see lots of coffee in my near future.
  7. Being 3 hours away from Taylor. Soon it will be back to 6 (mostly 7 due to traffic). It makes visits so much more stressful.
  8. Endless supplies for everything. Seriously we have everything at this house. Or maybe I just think that because I don’t have to replace it. But for real my mom has like 1,000 different sharpies for whatever project you need them for. And there were like 10o different ribbons to choose from while wrapping gifts. And the copious amounts of plastic bags and aluminum foil under the stairs. I never have to worry about buying new stuff at home, it just appears (thanks mom).
  9. Not having to use a gps to get around. I am still learning Atlanta so a gps is basically required for anywhere I go. Here I know where everything is so getting around is so much less stressful. Well except for the drivers, Nova people cannot drive. Your turn signal is there for a reason people, not just to look pretty!
  10. My double bed. You are never so grateful for a double bed until you have to sleep in a twin bed in a freezing cold room. Seriously though, one day I put on sweats and blow-dried myself before hoping under the covers to stay warm.

Thats all for now. Hopefully I will get up another post up soon!


So there are some who come into work who just have a ridiculous number of bags. They either need to come down the elevator because they can’t carry it down the stairs or it takes them multiple trips to move all of it. I hate to say it but they look crazy.

So rewind to August 19th, not only the best day in the world (my birthday), but the day I was at Union Station getting ready to board a train which marked the start of my YAV adventure. I have 2 massive suitcases, a backpack, purse, and pillow. I probably looked absolutely ridiculous to most. Now on amtrak they don’t weigh your luggage so I could get away with whatever the bags weighed. Now it is August 26th the day I flew from New York to Atlanta. At the airport they actually weigh your luggage. I had one bag at exactly 50 lbs and the other was 72 lbs. I knew going into it would be overweight but the $50 price tag was WAY worth it to have my precious belongings (and 10 lbs of Jack Rodgers) in Atlanta. I mean I could’t repeat outfits at work. Again I probably looked crazy with my 122 lbs of checked luggage not to mention my huge backpack and monster of a purse.

So to bring it all together one day in September our executive director wrote a reflection about the bags we pack and how they are only for a week or so. Can be read here:  It wasn’t until recently that I really thought about it. I thought the world was going to end because I could only pack a months worth of stuff for the beginning of my year. I complained about my arms hurting from wheeling around my precious summer clothes and ‘necessary’ belongings. These people who I think look crazy because they can’t handle their bag look the same as me every time I travel. The difference, their life is in those bags, for me its just a week or even weekends worth of stuff.

As I write this I have been thinking about traveling home for Christmas in 10 days. I am dreading the packing. I also wait until the very last minute and don’t think through what I need and always tend to over pack. (Read my suitcase is regularly over 50 lbs when I fly somewhere for more than 4 days) So this holiday season I am challenging myself and you to really focus on what you will need for traveling over the holidays. I will let you know how much I end up taking home for the 2 weeks I will be there. I am hoping for 1 large suitcase and my toiletry bag.

I hope everyone is having a joyous holiday season!