Goodbyes, Picasso, and a Birthday!

Happy Monday everyone!

You guessed it-- my weekend was filled with goodbyes, Picasso, and a birthday (my mother's to be exact!).

Thursday night, one of my best friends and APhi sistas, LPC and I went out for one last Charlottesville hurrah-- we had a blast!  Our night began with dinner and "Survivor Hour" (aka $1 drinks) at The Biltmore followed by more drinks and fun at my favorite UVA bar, The Virginian.

Allie and LPC

Friday night was the Residence Staff Banquet.  4th year was by far my favorite year of college and being surrounded by such wonderful other RAs this year, was definitely a huge reason for this year being so great.

our whole staff

LOVE these girls!
JLJ, Allie, ADH

Saturday, I moved out and said goodbye to my last few residents.  They're tearing down our building this summer to rebuild new dorms, and my residents had left the sweetest messages written on the walls!

My dad also left a note for me on my bedroom wall after moving everything out on Friday!

Saturday afternoon I got home and relaxed for a bit and was surprised with a special treat on my bed!

That night we headed to the Picasso Exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Richmond was one of seven cities for this international tour and the only venue on the East Coast.  I have always loved art and wish I had taken more art history classes in my time at school.  They divided his works into eleven exhibitions by time period, which made it very easy to see the progression of his work.  

My favorite two pieces were his Portrait of Dora Maar, a woman who served as an inspiration for Picasso's political works and his Bathers, in which I noticed the contrast between the symmetry of nature (as seen in the clouds and the rocky islands) and the asymmetrical movement and life of the three bathing women.

Portrait of Dora Maar


No pictures were allowed inside the exhibit, so this was as close as my camera got!

After Picasso, we had planned to go to a nice dinner somewhere in Carytown to celebrate my mom's birthday, however, it was POURING rain, so we decided to go to one of our favorite Chinese spots, Tiki Tiki, for a quick meal instead.  At dinner, I gave my mom her Mother's Day/birthday present that I have been SO EXCITED about!

Getting a little teary-eyed reading the card.

I saw these necklaces and knew they were the perfect present for my mom.  I got them as a symbol of our loving relationship and the fact that we have been and will be together forever.  

Finally, while home, I LOVED hearing the song of tree frogs as a reminder that summer nights are just around the corner.  When we got home from dinner Saturday night, I even almost stepped on this little guy!

Can you see him?

What did you do this weekend?