October 28, 2010

10 Reasons Why Today Was a Great Day

10. I was wearing a new, soft, warm Aeropostale hoodie.

9. I wasn't stressed about homework this morning.

8. David Crowder in my CD player.

7. I feel skinny AND strong. :D

6. It's Thursday, so no more classes until Monday.

5. I got enough sleep last night.

4. Millie brought a latte to writing class and gave it to me. Just because. =]

3. I actually enjoyed my math class for the first time EVER.

2. My mom got me a pocket surprise: strawberry shortcake gum. It's very Willy Wonka-ish.

1. I am loved.

How was your day? 

October 25, 2010

you'll believe you can fly

It's been such a full weekend, but I'm finally home!!

On Thursday I woke up at 5 AM so I could shower and give my hair time to dry before Monica picked us up and took us to the train station. I had a smoothie for breakfast like I sometimes do and picked out a really cute travel outfit (of which I was going to take a picture, but then I found out/realized/remembered that my mom took the camera to North Dakota with her on Sunday! What a waste! haha) The train was on time and we boarded with no hassles - at first we couldn't sit together so I sat with a talkative old lady for the first few minutes. She was going to Minot for her brother's funeral and she said they didn't really have deer where she was from. This was a foreign concept to me. When the conductor came through, he found a spot for my brother and I to sit together. It was a long trip - we had a bunch of delays due to freight trains that needed to get through, a freight train whose engine stalled, and caution because of previous derailments. Because of these delays, we arrived in Minot at about 12:37(ish) central time. We figure the train was roughly 3 hours late. It was kind of miserable, if only for the reason that we weren't prepared to be three hours late.

Friday, my mom took me shopping at Dakota Square Mall. I couldn't remember if they had a Hollister or not (they don't, by the way. Remind me later.) or if they had an Abercrombie (which they also don't). Those are really the only preppy big-cityish stores where I like to shop, but that day we meandered into Aeropostale and they happened to be having a fabulous sale! (Imagine that.) I bought a pullover hoodie and a T-shirt for fun. That probably means I'll never wear it but just knowing it's in my closet makes me happy. We also hit up the maurice's there: you may remember my post where I put together an outfit. Well, I bought that shirt, and I tried on the skirt. It was in my size, and on sale, but it was.. shall we say.. less than flattering. Oh well. I stocked up on burnouts and bought a lovely pair of earrings.

Long day today! I forgot my laptop, so I couldn't really work on anything super important. After class I met my teacher's new puppy, Gustave. He's a Jack Russel terrier and extremely friendly. I liked him. BSF was great, as always - I love my group and my discussion leader. When I got home I did my in-class essay (out of class) and worked on my math homework. Now I'm thinking sleep is in order! Goodnight, cyber world. (have you bought any fun clothes lately? Or traveled anywhere more exciting than ND?)

October 19, 2010

step into my thoughts.

    Long-sleeve burnouts are a fall must!!! I only have a white one and a black one. Next time I go shopping I want to expand my collection of colors. The reason I say this is because I like to wear T-shirts in the winter, with long sleeves underneath (I don't really wear T-shirts any other time). And the colorful burnouts make it so much more interesting and fun!! I love the drama of this top. The color would make the most boring outfit fun and sassy! It would also be cute with a black tank top underneath and a big necklace. I must say, I love fall fashion. I'm trying to find colors I wouldn't normally choose. Since I have a lot of different colors of crinkle camis, I usually try to stay basic with the overshirt, but I think I can get a little exciting this year =] I've included a few more images I like as well. My black and white ones are getting worn out, too, so I want those colors - in the same style as the pink!
     Well now that I've had my little fashion frolic for the day, it's probably time to start getting productive. I have to finish my homework by 4:00 today - and that includes working out, showering, getting dressed, and eating at some point. I don't have a ton, I just need to stay focused and alert! (No coffee, though. I'm getting twisted bliss later.) First thing on the agenda is my BSF homework! Haha, I'm sorry for blathering. This is the exact same thing I do in my journal. I talk about all the stuff I need to get done. I prioritize. It must help me focus, I think, and it lays it all out on paper before me instead of little annoying butterflies that flit around my head and land on me only when I'm NOT trying to catch them. Stupid butterflies.

It makes me think of Anna Nalick's song, "2 AM (Breathe)" where she says, "2 AM and I'm still awake writing a song/If I get it all down on paper, it's no longer inside of me, threatening the life it belongs to." I have been listening to Anna Nalick a lot lately. She's my company as I drive to school and back. She understands what it feels like to watch someone you love fall in love with someone else. She knows what it feels like to want to "hide my head here in this paper bag, 'cause if I can't see you, then you can't see me." She can relate when I feel like everyone only wants to change me. Don't bother wasting your time. "In the Rough" contains hope that maybe someday the ordinary and unexciting girls of the world will fall in love. Love will find me in the rough. *contented sigh*

I need to start with math. I have 30 problems and it's a race against the clock. =\ I hate math, I hate problems, I hate racing! I hate everything about that! The only thing that makes it even a little bit better is that fact that I'm in my fuzzy pajamas, and I'm also in bed. I may have to get out, though. I'm kinda tempted to watch a movie when I'm in bed. =P

I'm gonna end this post with a Dr. Seuss quote. This is how I feel about school.

"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple." --Dr. Seuss

Have a great Tuesday! Are you doing anything fun today? Have any favorite quotes, Dr. Seuss or otherwise?

October 15, 2010

outside my mind is a lost world that lies

I cleaned my room today! What I mean by "cleaned" is I moved the junk around and rather stacked it up, so it looks and feels cleaner than it really is. My desk still needs some work, and my schoolbooks and potential outfits seem to conglomerate in my chair. But I have already forgiven myself for that.
How could you not be happy in a room this pink? and HAPPY? =] Love the Christmas lights.

     This morning I watched The Break-Up Artist (rated PG-13 for Adult Content and Adult Language) on netflix.    
The movie began with a younger version of Britney Brooks on a playground. "Love is eternal, until it ends," we hear the supposedly "older" Britney narrate.
     We then get to watch little Britney rave to her unimpressed friend. "Love is the bestest. Better than recess. I love, love." And of course, up walks Tyler. OOOOOOOOOOOH. *swoon*
     "I'm dumping you. Heard you got cooties."
     WHAT?! And Britney's whole world falls apart as her classmates jeer, "Britney's got cooties! Britney's got cooties!" Britney incredulously turns to her friend. "Love BLOWS!" We are expected to believe this one rejection kills Britney's hopes for love, eternally. The movie switches to present time and we watch a pessimistic Britney helping lovers all over break up with each other by running a business called Splitzville. "It's not you.... it's her/him." The classic line.
      Overall, this movie was... I don't know. Cute? Funny? Stupid, but good for a lazy day? Watch it if you want, but I'd say it's a waste of time.

    Have a great weekend, everyone! Have you seen any good movies lately?

October 11, 2010

set on someone different that I never realized

That was a long, tortured groan!
Last week was horrible. HORRIBLE.
It all started on Monday. (Doesn't it always?) My math teacher assigned 9.1 and 9.2. "Do as many as you can," she said. So I did. I got home at 9:20 and slaved over my math, in the book, until I had to go to bed.
The next day, I found out the work was online.
No one informed me. Apparently I am the only one that doesn't get these memos. I won't bore you with talk of the rest of my week, but let's just say... the worst week I've had so far. It can ONLY get better, I'm sure. :D

Tonight I actually didn't have much homework -- I finished up my literary analysis to be turned in tomorrow (I think it's a piece of crap, but my mom read it and said she would grade it very well. Don't know how much of that is because she's my mother, but it made me feel better), we had a math quiz this morning, so no homework tonight (praise the LORD IN HEAVEN) and then we also took a quiz in world music. So again, no homework. =] I feel like I can breathe now.
The blurry of this photo makes me sad. Especially since my favorite part is my hair, and that's what you can't see... And sorry for the messy bed! Saturday was a stressful day for homework. 

Every girl should have a little black dress in her closet! I have two. 

October 5, 2010

I see life through a new set of eyes.

I feel amazing this morning.
A few days ago, when I was writing in my journal, I thought, man, I'm gonna be 18 in 40 days. And I proceeded to write a bunch of ways that I wanted to become better, overall, before my 18th birthday. I'm 5 days in to my "40 Day Challenge" as I like to call it, and I just. Feel. Good. I broke my goals down into three sections: Body, Mind and Soul.

The first thing I did was write down a workout schedule. I already have Pilates on Mondays and Wednesdays, so that's taken care of, but I decided if I work out at home when I don't have Pilates, I will feel much better, and I will also be stronger and able to work harder in the Pilates class itself. Tuesdays I jog (on the treadmill if it's cold) and Thursdays I do a light workout DVD (such as Jennifer Galardi or Ellen whats-her-name). On Friday I do a hard workout, like Jillian Michaels, and then I get the weekend off.

Second thing was to decide how much water I should be drinking everyday. They say (I still don't know who "they" are...) you should take your weight, divide it by two, and drink that many ounces everyday. I came up with 59 so I rounded up to 60 - a nice, healthy number. Didn't succeed yesterday but on Sunday I did.

Third, I wanted to start doing my BSF homework (hmmm, is it ok to call that homework?) first thing in the morning. Another thing I did this morning. By the time I was done reading the notes and answering the questions, I felt awake enough to jog for 20 minutes (about the length of one episode of Gilligan's Island, hehehe). It's just a good way to start the day and get focused on the Lord right off.

As far as mind goes, I just wanted to remove any distractions that keep me from getting my homework done. The main one would be Facebook, obviously, so I cut way back on that - and the other main one is simply how clean my room stays or not. I cannot focus or even sleep in a messy room. Just another one of my personality quirks. (Last night I actually left my closet door open. I have NO idea how I could have slept.)

So there you have it. If I feel on my 18th birthday the way I feel today, I will be satisfied. =]

my banana berry smoothie with protein powder and yogurt... waiting patiently as I blog! =]

October 3, 2010

out of the dark

Hooray for adorable dresses. This is my favorite dress in my closet! I don't like wearing tights with it, but it was too cold this morning to forgo them. If I hadn't worn tights, I would have worn black classy boots with it =]
Tomorrow is Monday. NOT looking forward to it! Except I am looking forward to BSF. I love my discussion group. They make Mondays bearable for me. I'm really, REALLY not looking forward to my music theory test though... ack, I'm scared. Does that mean it'll all work out? Cuz it seems like when I think a test will go just fine, or I feel prepared, it totally bombs. So if the opposite is true, then if I worry and stress, it'll all work out. (big sigh.)

Have a good week, my friends! =]

October 1, 2010

like a shooting star across my universe

It's a cozy Friday night, I've been in my pajamas almost all day, singing all night, and thinking about the horrors of homework and room cleaning. It's been a good week. I have three random photos and tidbits to share tonight. ^_^

     Don't even bother asking me what the summer of code is. I couldn't tell ya. This is a T-shirt Jason got for free, and it turned out to be women's small. I thiefed it, with permission, (since, yeah, like my 23-year-old brother is gonna wear a women's small T-shirt cuz he can) and he told me maybe I can pick up some cute nerds if I wear it occasionally. It actually is comfy, and I do have T-shirt days every so often.

Hannah spent the night last night and we were having a sweet tooth at 10:30 PM... so we snuck downstairs like little grey, giggly mice, only much bigger, and much less unnerving than the ones in my car, and I made some chocolate pudding. We heated up tortillas in a skillet 'til they were just a little crunchy and then spread them with cream cheese and cinnamon (by the way, don't eat cream cheese plain... I took a bite and, yeah, it's less than appetizing.), and chocolate pudding. When we folded up these "dessert quesadillas" of sorts we put whipped cream on top and then drizzled it with chocolate syrup and white chocolate syrup. I couldn't finish mine (and it had too much pudding in it, as you can kind of see from the photo.), but it was a fun thought and mightily delicious.

Finally, I think this is the biggest carrot I have seen!!! My dad said it was 31"? I'm guessing that included the fluffy green top. And yes, that is from our garden.
And that is my brother holding it. Haha, we are awesome =]

I hope everyone is doing well, and having as much fun with life as I am!!