Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Surprise! I'm Engaged!

That's right. You heard it here. Well really, you've heard it from my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter like 2 weeks ago when it actually happened. But now it comes down to make the blog debut of how my now fiancee proposed! Even though it's been 2 weeks as of yesterday, it's still weird to hear myself utter the word "fiancee" or look down at my left hand to see a pretty pretty ring there :) But I assure you, I am getting used to it.

The date was November 5th, and what I had thought was going to be a normal dinner date with my friend Ashi and good ol' Chipotle turned out to change my life forever. I didn't think anything was out of the ordinary. Blake was visiting me for the week and and I had left him unattended in my apartment while I went to go eat. Half hour or so passes by of me enjoying my chicken burrito bowl and Ashi's not very good chips and guac (way to drop the ball on that one, Chipotle), and in walks in my roommate from last year Kate! Now mind you Kate graduated last year so I'm thinking A) you like 2 hours away now and B) how did you know I was here? "It's Chipotle, Lauren. It's not that hard to figure out." Okay, fair enough. I'll accept it but I'm still a little confused. She then hands me an envelope with my name on it with the following message:

Lauren Ashley Rager,
You are about to go on a scavenger hunt that may change your life. You will find each clue in envelopes, follow what they say and lets see what happens.

Clue No. 1
Ashi, Kate, and you should go enjoy a treat and get warmed up at Dunkin Donuts for this evening.

So, off to Dunkin we went! Now after this I knew something was up. And I tried really hard to have a normal conversation as we walk down Green Street to the Dunkin Donuts. Low and behold, there is my now roommate Allison sitting in the window... But first, coffee. "I'll have a shmedium mocha coffee" seriously, why am I allowed in public? I walk over to Allison making it as awkward as possible because now this is just a coincidence. I literally said "I know you have something for me" "Take a sip of your coffee first." Way to go, champ. The next message read:

Clue No. 2
Hope you are warmed up and ready for the next step... I'll be straight up babe, this is a sh!tty @ss clue, but go to the White Ho. (By white ho, I don't mean a Miley Cyrus concert, so don't get your hopes up)

Oh good ol' White Ho. Or what is now referred to as "The White Horse" no thanks to my special fiancee. We walk in and see my best friend from freshman year, Corie sitting at the bar with shots! Yes, I'm liking where this is heading. With a few early drinkers sitting at the bar, obviously knowing what is going on and yelling for Corie to read the letter out loud, the note read:

Clue No. 3
I know that many of our problems have come from each of our pasts and from places like this, but I am finally ready to move past that and that's why you're where you are right now, so you can see that everything is okay and everything will always be okay as long as I'm with you. Now, there is a stair case on campus I'd like you to go to.

Now as were walking towards Foellinger Auditorium on the quad it starts to rain and I'm seriously rethinking the jacket I brought with me. At this point I have Ashi, Kate and Allison in tow with me on my adventure. And as I'm trying to contain myself and act as normal as possible we turn the corner to walk up the steps of Foellinger where I blurt out "Oh my God, it's Suz!" when clearly everyone else can only see a shadowy figure. My next clue read as follows:

Clue No. 4
Stairs are a lot like relationships, sometimes trying to get to the top, we fall and it hurts, sometimes it hurts for a while, but then again, sometimes we make it to the top, one step at a time. I want nothing less than to make it to the top with you, one step at a time. I promise I will never hurt you. I will always catch you when you fall. Next, make your way to The Morrow Plots.

No you can't throw shade on the corn! The oldest experimental field in the United States, the Morrow Plots was our next location. Luckily it's not too far of a trek and the rain was light. As we walk down the path by the Morrow Plots I already knew who it was, Haley and Michelle! Guys, I have really good eye sight. Sorry bout it. Haley then proceeded to start the message "I'm gonna live where the green grass grows..." before Kate and I put it to a halt it told her to sing it to us :) Which then turned into us singing instead:

Clue No. 5
"I'm gonna live where the green grass grows, watch my corn pop up in rows, every night be tucked in close to you..." All I want in life is to come home to you, maybe get you out of the city lights and take you somewhere that you're surrounded by corn and shining stars. If not, I'll go anywhere with you. Now make your way to the Eternal Flame where I'll be waiting...

The Eternal Flame. The most romantic spot on campus. There's a tale that says if you kiss someone in front of the Eternal Flame, they are your one true love and your love is eternal (ergo the name). I brought Blake to it in the summer when he first visited me so I was really surprised that he remembered about it! Sitting by the eternal flame was my friend Jeni with the final clue:

Clue No. 6
Gotcha, I'm not here, sorry (:
Lauren, I love you, with everything in me. Every mile has been worth every time I've been blessed enough to talk to you. Any man would be the luckiest in the world to get to share a life with you. I want to make coffee with you every morning, I want to go out with you, I want to climb to the top with you, I want to come home to you, I will love you forever, always, and for eternity.
You have a family that loves you, not get over to the Sigma Kappa house.

Now we have Ashi, Kate, Allison, Haley, Michelle and Jeni all following behind me as we approach the place that I have called home for my college career. Sigma Kappa. Now I was expecting for another clue to appear, but once I walked through that door there was my sweet fiancee standing. I honestly can't remember what he said because I was in so much shock of what was about to happen. I'm pretty sure that he said "I love you" and "will you marry me?" in some sort of variation. And because I was so speechless the poor guy thought I said no, as if! I obviously said yes and I could not be more blessed to have such an amazing fiancee and who sought out the help from all of my friends. 

Isn't it beautiful??

Now comes all of the following question: When is the wedding? Honestly, I don't know. Seeing as how Blake left for Air Force basic training yesterday it's kind of the furthest thing from my mind right now. I have colors, that's all I got. And since were kind of on the military's clock nothing can really be set in stone. I'm just going to enjoy being engaged right now, not be stressed out seeing as how I have a month left of school full of finals and papers to end the semester. After that, talk to me. I might give you a better answer.

Who would've thought that a country music fest in Arkansas would give me a fiancee? Best souvenir ever! :) 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Okay. Maybe not so much like that but I just couldn't resist. 

I'm talking about my senior year of college!!

Please, someone come console me with ice cream and wine and snuggle for me while I have to face this harsh reality.

This whole past week has been full of emotions. While we have been preparing for recruitment to welcome our new baby 17s (still trying to accept this too), I have begun to realize all sorts of "last firsts" that will happen during my senior year. In poms during my senior of high school this was a constant saying for EVERYTHING. Now this has a whole new meaning.

It was my last first day of work week. My last first day of spending 12 hours a day with my sisters and bonding in ways we could ever imagine. My last first day of moving back to campus that has become my home for the past 3 years. I could honestly babble on and on about all of the "last firsts" that I have experienced and will experience for the next 9 months.

I thought high school went by fast. But that fact that it's been 3 years since I moved into my dorm freshman year, even though I'm pretty positive that it happened just yesterday, astounds me.

I have a lot of changes happening in my life within the next year. Am I scared as all hell about it? Absolutely. But am I embracing the change and excited about what's to come? 500%

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Love Don't Know What Distance Is...

Let me first start by saying that I have no issue with long-distance. As long as the effort is put into it, I feel like it shouldn't be a problem. But there's a slight problem...

I am constantly finding myself in long-distance relationships. And it's not on purpose at all. It just happens

I would love to actually find a person for me that I don't have to travel a long distance in order to see them. But, if I meet someone and feel that it's right, I'm not going to fight it. I feel that I at least owe it to myself to try. Because trying never hurt anyone at all. You try it out; if it doesn't work then you move on with your life. 

Our communication devices are so advanced now that you really have no excuse at all to maintain a relationship if you want it. There's phone calls, Skype, FaceTime, texting, etc. Every little bit helps. 

And I'm not saying distance isn't hard, because it is. I always say that I will never be in another long distance relationship, but I'll end up finding myself in another one. Again, not on purpose. Maybe it's a part of my character in the fact that I'm independent and don't need to be around someone 24/7. That also goes along the lines of being clingy but that's a whole different issue in and of itself. 

This is just something I have always felt strongly about. If you're putting in effort; given that be a relationship, a job, school, or your friendships, then that means more than anything. Effort is the most important thing, even when distance isn't an issue.

Have to end it on some humor :)

Monday, June 10, 2013

I've Fallen in Love With the South

If I thought I loved the South before, man was I sure wrong. This past weekend has pretty much solidified that I will be in fact moving to somewhere in the South after college. 

Now what happened this weekend you may ask? I went to Ozark, Arkansas for the first annual Thunder on the Mountain. This is a country music festival that is basically in comparison to Country Thunder but with a few headliners and more-so smaller country bands that are big in their own way. In shortened terms:  I will be returning. It was that amazing. Sure it included camping, drinking and not being able to shower for 3ish days (gross). But I also met some of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I can't even put into words of everything that happened, so I'm just going to let the pictures do the talking.

Set line-up included: Big & Rich, JJ Lawhorn, Easton Corbin, Montgomery Gentry, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Randy Rogers Band, Stoney LaRue, Aaron Watson, Justin Moore, Reckless Kelly, Brandon Jenkins, Josh Abbott Band and so, so much more. 

Needless to say, I have a lot of music to be adding to my iPod.

I recommend for everyone to check it out next year. I've never even been to Country Thunder; but I just have a feeling that this is extremely better. Now all I have to do is find out which friends would want to join me! Shouldn't be too hard right?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

All of the Sundresses!

So... It's April. The end of April for that matter. And it's cold, rainy, and I may or may not have seen some snow flurries today on my walk back from class this morning. 

Another reason why I hate the North and I am moving to the South. Because that's happening.

I just want to be in a magical place where I have to worry about packing away all of my winter clothes for the spring/summer because I simply won't need them. Who needs to be wearing a fall jacket and a hoodie in April?! Not I, I say.

All I want to do is wear sundresses all day, every day. My closet is severely lacking in that department and since I am kinda rolling in the dough, I need to buy all of the sundresses!

le sigh. A girl can dream can't she?
Basically everything from A'Gaci would be fantastic :)

Amanda, in the middle, is in my favorite dress.
It's definitely overstayed it's welcome.
Who is with me on loving sundress weather?!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Wait, I'm legal now?

So this weekend was a very huge event for me. Not only was it my sororities formal that I rightfully earned to go to!! Holla at my good grades :) But...


And let me tell you, I feel old. Like actually. 

When I get asked how my birthday was I say to everyone the same response
"I was hungover until 5pm and I told a bartender that he couldn't see my ID when he asked for it"

I still giggle at myself about that one. Because honestly, who says that? I say the darndest things sometimes. But I will just share pictures from my epic weekend of drunken debauchery instead of saying it. Not because I don't remember, because I do. But pictures are better.

Rockin' the high-low with the roomie/date :)

Wall sits are normal right?

Love my children :) (missing one of them)

Room 20! Minus Allison, wah.

See how excited I am to get my wristband?!

Finally legal!

Mai Thai for my first legal purchase at lunch.

The boys in the kitchen at work are the best