Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Chance to Travel?

Because of the nature of my Dad's job, he has the opportunity to travel really frequently with the aid of his company in covering the costs. This upcoming July, it's looking like my Dad will have the opportunity to go to France on business!

I have my own passport and some money that I've been saving up specifically to be able to go to France. If/When my Dad goes, I'd only have to pay for my plane tickets and food and any tourist things that I want to do. For the most part my Dad will be in meetings, so I'll be on my own going sight seeing and shopping so I'll be able to only see what I want to.

As you can imagine, I'm beyond excited! This is something that I've been dreaming about doing since I was in Junior High! I'm extremely hopeful that this will actually happen. I'm also hopeful that I'll be able to get a good quality camera before going so that I can document my travels as well as I'd like to... Don't worry, I'll blog about my trip as well!

Right now, I need to figure out what sights I'd want to go see... If you have any suggestions of things I wouldn't want to miss in France, let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Trouble with Clothes

So far this summer, I've spent a lot of my time in various stores and shopping centers with one of my best friends finding the clothes she needed for her LDS Mission. She and I are both very different in height and weight, but we're not unhealthy or unhappy with how we look. However, when we were out shopping together, we weren't able to have as good a time as we would have liked.

In most stores, the smallest sizes are often too big for my friend. Zeros and Ones in pants, skirts, and dresses often fall off of her or hang awkwardly. In those same stores, the clothes that fit me are typically in the "Plus Size" section that's completely separate from the rest of the store's merchandise.

The whole experience was really eye opening for the two of us, because I always assumed that it was easy for her to find clothes because of her size and she always assumed it was easy for me to find clothes because of my size.

Overall the two of us were often frustrated about having to get each other's attention from across the store to show each other what we wanted to try on, and not being able to try on the same things. To me, all of the cutest things are in the smaller sizes and to her, all of the cutest things were in the larger sizes.

I don't understand why stores don't carry all of their clothes in a variety of sizes that they display together on the racks. Having different clothing options in separate sections makes it hard for friends to shop together because the clothes that fit them aren't kept together!

My friend has joked before that if she could have one superpower it would be to change clothes to fit and to be the right length and style. Adding sleeves, shortening pants and dresses that are too long, making shirts the right shape, etc - all in the blink of an eye. I must admit, that does sound pretty fantastic! You wouldn't have to go to multiple stores and try on everything to find exactly what you were looking for, and you'd be able to shop with your friends regardless of their size and where the clothing is displayed in the store.

The trouble with clothes is how they're made and how they're displayed. I hope that eventually stores will catch on to this fact and change to having clothes in every size displayed together.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Writer's Block

I haven't posted in a while... I hit a bit of writer's block, so I wasn't loving anything that I was coming up with. I've been doing several things to try to end my writer's block. Some have worked, and some really haven't... 

For the most part, I was on Pinterest. It's really easy to waste a lot of time on Pinterest... Not that I did that at all!

After spending a lot of time looking at funny dog shaming photos, I looked up various blog post suggestions and helpful articles. 

I found the prompts and suggestions on helloneverland.com to be the most helpful to me in coming up with better ideas of what I wanted to write/post about on my blog. Which I'm hoping will also help me produce better content that you guys want to read! 

If you have any suggestions of what you'd like to read about on my blog, I'd love to read them! Leave a comment below. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Feeling Like Summer

The past couple of weeks have been really full of a whole bunch of stuff that was unplanned. To this day, I still haven't fully unpacked all of my things from college because I haven't had the time to.

So far, I've only had one night that really made me feel like it's the summer.

It was an 80 degree day, and a few of my friends were able to get together at my house for a girl's night. We roasted marshmallows in the fire pit in my backyard and talked for hours! There was a wasp that, at one point, flew straight into the fire, and a spider that tried to crawl into the bag of graham crackers. We talked about our plans for the summer and realized that most of us wouldn't be able to see each other again for a long time just based on how our plans were panning out.

 For the rest of the night (it went until about 10:30, which isn't very late), we didn't talk about our summer plans and just focused on having fun in the moment. We played Jungle Jam (a card game that they discontinued - if I could find a copy of it online I most definitely would buy it, it's the best) and got really aggressive and into the game! We just kept playing it and laughing and enjoying each other's company.

Up until we started making s'mores, it didn't feel like it was the Summer to me. I probably ate ten times as many s'mores and chocolate bars as I should have, and laughed until my stomach hurt, but it all made me feel like Summer really is here!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Back Home

I know that I missed posting my 4 Month Resolution Update because Finals Week got ahead of my and for the first time in a long time my blog fell at the bottom of my list of things to do. The post on Tuesday (Things I Learned My First Year of College) was written over the course of the school year, so I'd already written a majority of it and had it scheduled ahead of time.

My parents came to help me move my things out of my dorm room and the day after we moved me out we drove back home. The very first thing I did when we pulled into the driveway was run inside to see my pets! Then, almost as an afterthought, I went back out to help carry my things inside.

It feels really weird being back home... Even weirder than when I was home for a long break from school. I'm at home, but most of my stuff is in boxes and bags in storage areas rather than in my room and I don't really have any stuff established anywhere permanent. There have been several times when I've thrown myself into a panic thinking that I needed to start getting things ready for the Fall Semester because I was going back soon (which isn't the case, I'm not going back to school until August).

My job search has been going on in full force, and I've received a couple of interviews. The main thing that's made me frustrated is the fact that a lot of the places send automated emails setting up interviews but they don't give the location of the store where you'll be going to the interview. This may seem unnecessary, but where I've been applying to the same jobs a multiple different store locations I'd rather not show up at the wrong one and make a fool of myself by trying to talk to the wrong manager. I have done that before - it doesn't make them very excited to hire you.

 Things also hit the ground running when I got home because one of my closest friends is going to leave the country voluntarily for 18 months and we only have 2 weeks to help her get everything that she needs together so she can leave in July because she's doing so many other things the rest of the summer that she won't have time to shop. I don't think that I've ever shopped so much for someone else in a week in my life! I don't even think I've shopped that much for myself in a week!

My boyfriend and I have been trying to work out his trip up here, but my mom is proving to make the planning a lot more difficult... She'd not very excited about the fact that I'm dating him, but I know that she'll like him once she actually gets to know him. That's probably why I'm so determined to get him up here again. However, I am said that I still haven't met his family because I still haven't been to where he lives. Hopefully that'll change in the near future.

I've also been having a hard time recently because my grades for Spring Semester were posted - revealing my worst nightmare... I didn't pass my math class. I'm not sure what this means for me, since I'm too late to take it in summer school. I'll need to figure out what it's a prerequisite for and redo my plan for my classes... It's going to be trickier now that I'm planning on double majoring because falling behind in my prerequisites will mess up my whole plan.

It's basically not Thursday anymore, but I'm going to consider this a Thursday post... I'm one of those weird people who views days as the times between sleeps, so because I haven't slept yet it still feels like Thursday to me. Tomorrow I'm mainly going to be making strawberry jam with my mom, so I'm hoping that it'll give me some time to relax and think because I've been so all over the place. I'm hoping that the summer only gets better from here (i.e., I find a job, my friend gets everything she needs at exactly the time she needs it, and I'm able to keep up with this blog and social activities like I want to).

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Things I Learned in my First Year of College

  1. It's never too late to do homework
  2. You'll do your best work in the laundry room waiting to wash your clothes
  3. The walk is worth it for cheap Ice Cream
  4. A few points are better than no points
  5. Drink water
  6. It's always a good time for a Rug Nap
  7. Play Go Fish in the cafeteria until they kick you out
  8. Invest in a mini fridge that has a real freezer
  9. It's okay if you can't remember everyone's name, they don't remember yours either
  10. Sometimes, you can eat too many cookies
  11. It's okay to call/video home every day
  12. Getting overwhelmed is normal, don't let it discourage you
  13. "LOOK! I'M DOING IT! I'M ADULTING" is an appropriate thing to say
  14. Don't be embarrassed to call your mom to ask which of your clothes can be washed together
  15. Say no when you don't want to do something, you don't have to have a good explanation
  16. You won't actually study in your study group, you'll gossip and argue
  17. Your best work will be done right before it's due
  18. The library isn't as scary as you think, the librarians aren't going to judge you
  19. Some of your best friends will be the people you meet while waiting in lines
  20. Chocolate Bars are worth it. Always.
  21. Going to school events, even when you're tired and are scared of people, is worth it for the memories
  22. Befriend people who have cars so that you don't have to ride on the buses that make you sick
  23. Keep a cup on your desk with a piece of paper for catching bugs that come into your room
  24. Stamps, Stamps, Stamps! You won't get mail if you can't send any
  25. Surprise your across the hall friends with tiny pumpkins and small boxes of cereal just for fun
  26. You're not failing if you wake up one day, or several days, and feel like you can't adult
  27. After midterms end, cake and cookies are the best way to celebrate
  28. The 24 hour library will become your best friend
  29. Make time to be alone
  30. It's okay to cry when your mom comes to visit you for a weekend
  31. Sometimes the worst grades you'll earn will be on the things you worked hardest
  32. Sleeping outweighs studying past midnight
  33. Being home for a long break feels weird
  34. Print as much as you can while you're home 
  35. Stay up until 3am with your friends, in the long run it's worth it
  36. Be HONEST in your course evaluations
  37. Sometimes caffeinated beverages are the only answer
  38. Don't be afraid of tutor or asking for help, everyone wants you to be successful
  39. Invest in Netflix 
  41. You can never listen to music too often
  42. Finals are really hard, and everyone knows it, so no one will judge you for sleeping on a bench or in the library on top of your papers
  43. Be nice to everyone, especially when they're not nice to you
  44. Tell the important people in your life why they're important people to you - they most likely don't know
  45. Sleeping for a million hours is the best thing to do at the end of the year when you're finally back home again for the summer

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

April 2016 Overview

April was a crazy busy month for me, and it was full of so many ups and downs!

I did a 30 Day Challenge here on my blog where I posted almost every single day (feel free to go back and check those out if you missed them). I applied and was turned down for a job at my local zoo as well as being turned down for an internship at the zoo in my boyfriend's home state. A high point would be that I registered for classes for the Fall school year here at my school.

More recently, my office had an Employee Appreciation Banquet (the free food was the main reason that people were willing to hike over their during lunch). For college students who are running out of money on their meal plans, Free Food is a huge motivator. In my opinion, I think that's why most of the greek houses have end of the year bbqs for all of their members.

The best part of April was finishing all of my classes. Well... Finishing the lectures and labs (Tomorrow I'll have my first final exam, which is when I'll be officially done with my classes).

On the 29th, I decided to change to being in Double Major which is a huge deal! I'm not sure whether or not I'll regret choosing this in the future, but for right now I'm so unbelievably excited about it! I'll do a post all about that decision later if you'd like!

Other than being jam packed with a whole bunch of stress and last minute school work, April doesn't seem like it was that full looking back on it.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Funny Thing About Rain

It's currently POURING rain right now, and like the crazy person that I am I have my window open so that I can get the full effect of it (don't worry, I put a towel along the window so that it won't ruin the wood or anything). There's something that I absolutely love about the smell and sound of rain, which is one of the reasons why I choose to go to school here - it rains so often that I get to be a part of it all the time!

Just before I realized that it was raining I was down in the dining hall getting an over priced smoothie. I've really missed being able to make my own smoothies at home, but I've avoided buying one because it's always bothered me how expensive they are. When I was heading back to my room, I heard someone complain about how much it was raining, so I rushed back to open my window.

The funny thing about rain is that it brings out the best and the worst in people.

For example, there's a well dressed sorority girl teetering across the soaking wet parking lot outside my window in her strappy high heels who appears to be cursing the world for ruining such a great evening. There are also three girls leaning out of their window (near where mine is) smiling and laughing while dangling their limbs out the window.

I really like the rain, some people may even say that I love it! The main thing for me though is that I don't like to be cold, which is normally what happens when it comes to rain. I'll run around in the rain and get soaking wet, and then go inside when I'm too cold to feel my fingers and my nose to take a warm shower and curl up on by an open window wrapped up in several layers of blankets. Rain is my best friend up until I'm freezing cold and I can't do anything about it. Like if I got soaked walking to class and then had to sit and remain cold in class for an hour.

The best part about rain is how much it lingers. After it stops falling from the sky things are still covered in the dewy drops and the hair hangs with the crisp smell of it long after it's gone.

Right now I'm actually getting quite cold... Maybe drinking a smoothie by an open window wasn't such a good idea! Time to brake out my stained old sweatshirt and some blankets. Maybe I'll get adventurous and make some hot coco!

I'm going into Finals Week, but this is such a sure sign to me that everything is going to work out. It's so beautiful and peaceful and clear. I'm going into Finals Week with the sense of calm that can only come from rain, and the confidence that I'm going to make it through this.
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