Posted on July 20, 2012 by 1 | 0 Comments

Wow! Where has time gone? It's the last day of my internship at Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design. It's all a little bittersweet. Bitter because this summer has been one fun learning experience, but sweet because it means graduation is just 2 short weeks away. I've been on cloud nine around here this week about the fact that I don't start classes again in August. Rachael doesn't like my bragging too much as she is just now entering her senior year. All I can say to her is don't wish away your college years. I'm not even in the "real world" yet, and I'm already not liking it. Don't get me wrong, I'm ready to call myself Auburn University Alum, but not so ready to call myself "grown-up". [caption id="attachment_6586" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Pouting Rachael[/caption]

This summer really has been a blast. I have enjoyed working with the lovely ladies of PARISH, and I have learned so much. I've also enjoyed meeting a lot of you guys, our awesome sub-contractors, vendors, and sales reps.  It's awesome to see how everyone jives around here. Not just the girls in the office, but all of those wonderful people mentioned in the CAN YOU FIX THIS? post. I know I have asked Ashley many times this summer "where did you find these people?"  because everyone has been SO nice and hardworking.

I think it's safe to say I've come a long way since weeks 1-3. I finally learned my way around Montgomery! Well, at least to the places we go frequently, and the food places that we visit frequently. As you all have read from prior posts, we love food around here. I have thoroughly enjoyed the restaurants here in Montgomery. So much so, that Rachael and I started our own food diary. The place I'll miss the most is definitely Tish's Cupcakes. If anyone ever wants to send me some, I will gladly give you my address.You know, as "I miss you" kind of gift. [caption id="attachment_6590" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Chris's Hotdogs. A Montgomery fav.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6593" align="aligncenter" width="612"] Tish's Cupcakes. Bet you can't eat just one....or at least I couldn't[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6596" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Sushi Cafe....A studio fav[/caption] Since Emi doesn't work on Fridays, the intern's last day was a 2 day celebration. We did a mini celebration on Thursday with a refreshing glass of wine. That, my friends, is my idea of an office meeting. Emi baked us some sweets and we enjoyed our last full day in the "hen house". Today Ashley took us to lunch and we celebrated some more. All I can think is, we must have been some pretty special interns ;) [caption id="attachment_6598" align="aligncenter" width="536"] Cheers to Super Interns![/caption] So here it is guys, my final farewell. I want to thank Ashley and her amazing team at AFGID for a fun summer. It was definitely an experience that I will cherish forever. I learned so much from all of you. Except that mind reading thing that Ashley loves so much. Amanda is pretty much a champ at it, but I guess it isn't something you can teach. I also want to thank all of the people who were so patient with me all summer. After all, I was just an intern. I'm finally getting the hang of things and it's time to say goodbye. So... goodbye PARISH readers, and goodbye Montgomery! You will both be missed. And for Rachael's final word... It was a sad, sad day checking off the last item on my list here at AFGID! I have had a fabulous summer working with four of the sweetest girls you'll ever know. I can't repay Ashley, Amanda, and Emi for teaching me so much about the profession that no university could begin to match, or Lucy for sharing the whole experience with me and always making me laugh! One of my favorite quotes of all time pretty much sums up my summer... "You can never be overdressed or over-educated." The ladies at PARISH know this all too well! Thank you clients, subcontractors, and readers for making my internship all the better. I'm truly blessed to have made so many new friends here in Montgomery. As for now, I'm headed back to the great state of Georgia, but I hope to cross the border again in the future! It's been great! -Rachael

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