Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My Favorite Fall Beverage


This really isn't going to be a very long post, but I think it would be wrong not to talk about my favorite drink for the fall! I make it myself, although you can purchase it from most coffee shops - and that's Chai Tea with Vanilla syrup.

I prefer the Tazo classic chai tea bags, I think that they have the best flavor. I typically will mix in some milk as well, any milk will do, and then some of the Torani French Vanilla syrup.

To be completely honest, I normally put in probably way too much of the syrup because I prefer my teas to be sweet, but you could add however much you wanted because you really can't go wrong with the Torani syrups.

I've been making this in the mornings before starting my day, and it's been really lovely. To me it taste pretty pumpkiny even though it doesn't actually have pumpkin spice in it. This has been my go to fall beverage for the past few years! There's really nothing better on a cold morning than a nice mug of chai tea!

Have you tried this kind of tea before? Are there any kinds of teas that you think I should try in the future?

I'll see you on Thursday!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

My Inverted Industrial Bar

The last time I posted about my piercings I was talking about my cartilage piercings that were my first ones since getting my original earlobe piercings where I was 8 years old. You can check out that post HERE if you're interested

After getting those last piercings, I wasn't entirely sure what I was going to get next or even if I wanted to get any others. My friend who had gone with me spent a lot of time talking to me about different types of piercings and the potential pain scale. After talking to her about it for a while, I decided on getting an industrial bar (I'll insert a picture here)

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/thoughts-before-during-after-getting-industrial-bar-piercing

Industrial Bars are a really unique looking piercing, and at least where I live there aren't a lot of people who have them. 

I waited a few weeks after I made the initial decision about what I wanted so that I could be sure that I would like the look of it (and have the funds to be able to get it).

I picked a date and actually went in alone to the parlor! I explained to the piercer, the same guy who had done my cartilage previously, what I wanted. He looked at my ear for like half a second and said that the industrial bar that I was planning on most likely wouldn't look right on my ear because of the shape. He then suggested that I get in Inverted Industrial Bar, he said that it would be a bent barbell that would go vertically through my ear rather than horizontally. 

At the time I felt ready for anything, so even though I wouldn't get a lot of time to think about it and what it would look like, I said I was down for whatever he thought would be unique and would look awesome! 

He drew the marks on my left ear, taking his time to make sure that they would line up correctly, and then he bent a barbell to fit my ear. He did let me check the marks to be sure it was what I wanted, but I didn't look at them too hard because I knew he put them in the best places for it to look really great.


I absolutely love it! It wasn't something that I had thought about getting, but I love how it turned out and how it looks. It's something I'd never seen before, so I'm really happy about the level of uniqueness because that's one of the main things that I was going for.

For the pain scale, the conch part of the piercing hurt by far the worst. The top portion hurt the same as the other cartilage piercings I got on my other ear.

It did bleed a lot the day that I got it done, but after that it didn't really bleed or hurt at all. It stayed really sensitive for a few weeks, so I couldn't let anything touch it or jostle it at all.

It really doesn't give me any problems now, and it doesn't hurt at all anymore. I'm really happy with it and how it looks! But I'm really not planning on getting any more any time soon. I do have ideas for which piercings I'd like to get in the future, but at this point I think I need to give my ears a bit of a break before I get any more.

Thanks for sticking around and reading! I'd love to know what you think about this inverted industrial bar!

I'll see you on Tuesday

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fall Makeup Favorites

One of the things I love the most about Fall is all of the Fall Colors! Oranges, browns, reds, yellows... They're absolutely beautiful. I especially love adding those colors into my daily makeup looks. This fall, I've been loving some specific products and I wanted to share them with you!


My two favorite eyeshadows have been "Happy Hibiscus" from Seraphine Botanicals (which is actually meant to be a blush, but works great as an eyeshadow) and "Marrakesh - Spice Market" by Nomad.


They're both pretty similar mahogany red colors, however Spice Market is extremely metallic and Happy Hibiscus is much more matte. I've been using the colors alone and mixed together almost every day! Occasionally I'll mix one or both of them with some matte brown shades as well, but not as often as I wear them on their own.


My go to lipsticks have been some really dark/purple toned colors as well as a beautiful true red. As you know from my past post about my lipstick collection, I've always been a fan of these lipsticks, I've just been reaching for them more often now that it's the Fall. They really round out and add to a fall makeup look.


The colors I've been loving are from ColourPop. Wild Things, Viper, Tulle, and Creeper. Creeper is the one that I've been wearing the most. There's something about a true red lip that screams "Fall". 


To top off an awesome fall look, a beautiful fall nail color is always needed. I've been wearing "Left Marooned" from the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel nail polish. It goes along with the mahogany red eyeshadows as well as the darker, more purple lipsticks. This particular polish lasts a really long time, and wear really well. 


Just to make me love all of these products more, they're all cruelty free! Most of them are also vegan as well! There's nothing better than not having a guilty conscience for using such wonderful products.

What are your favorite fall makeup products? Have you tried any of these before? I'd love to know what you think about these products, or if there are any new products that I should try.

I'll see you on Thursday!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

American Horror Story

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/top-10-american-horror-story-episodes

I know I'm pretty late to the game with this one, but I recently started watching American Horror Story on Netflix and let me tell you - I'm addicted.

This show is exactly what I want to watch this fall season! There's nothing that gets me into the Halloween spirit quite like curling up with a big blanket and some hot coco in the dark to watch something really scary and psychologically thrilling. I really recommend it if you're looking for something new that has major unforeseen twists. However, it's really not for the faint of heart.

Each season is a different story with different characters and a different level of horror. However, the cast of actors typically stays the same throughout each season, with only a few additions.

The first season, Murder House, was by far my favorite season. It was mostly psychological rather than being gory or  full of jump scares, which I really liked. It was a lot of ghosts and haunting and tricks of the mind so that you're not sure who's alive and who isn't, as well as being confused as to who is "good" and who is "bad".  If you're going to start watching AHS, then the first season is for sure where you want to start.

The other seasons have much more gore and blood, but they keep up with the psychological aspects (although not as much as the first season).

Although each season is a different story, they all slightly tie in together through some of the minor characters, like the realtor, or a nun, that leave them all a little bit interconnected despite being different in story line.

One of the things that I love the most about American Horror Story is that there's no way of knowing what's going to happen next, or what trick is up a certain character's sleeve. I'm glad there are so many seasons up on Netflix, because there's no way that I would be able to wait between episodes! I always need to know what's going to happen, because I can't guess for myself!

I'm not normally someone that goes for horror, but American Horror Story is a type of horror all its own, and for some reason I can't get enough of it!

Have you seen American Horror Story? What do you think about it? Let me know what you think about it, or if you think you'll start watching it!

I'll see you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

September 2017 Overview


September was mostly a month of catch-up and midterms and getting ready for Fall to finally be here!

One of the major things that's happened in my life was signing up to help take care of some rabbits that a graduate student had for a research project about behavior. I go early in the mornings twice a week before my classes to take care of them, and I absolutely love it. It's also a great way for me to make some higher up connections to be able to get a foot in the door with some other animals.

When it comes to my life plan and my goals, I don't want to be limited in the types of animals that I can work with, so while I'm still in school I want to gain as much experience as I can working with as many different types of animals as I can.

For the most part, I had a lot of midterms, but there are still a few more to come in October. Exams aren't my strong suit, but I've been doing well at them so far, which is great! I enjoy almost all of my classes because a majority of them are belonging to my majors and what I actually want to do.

Along with September came football season, which is a big deal for the department I work for, and took up a majority of my weekends. It's actually really nice to be able to think about having weekends off after the season ends! I was basically living on energy drinks and leftovers in the work fridge, which isn't super surprising for a college student, but isn't really a great way to live life.

Fall is my favorite season of all time, so I'm beyond happy about the weather getting cooler, the leaves changing, and all of the awesome seasonal drinks and clothes! The leaves where I live haven't started changing yet, but as soon as they do I'm sure I'll get lots of great photos up of all of them!

One of the most exciting things that happened in September was that I got my guinea pigs approved by the school, so they're no longer smuggled in, they're actually allowed to be here. No more trying to sneak in guinea pig food or bedding or hay! Plus, now I can call maintenance to come fix the bathroom sink in my apartment without worrying about them seeing my guinea pigs and turning me in to housing. Which is great because now housing is aware that I have them, and I can having a non-leaky sink!

I ordered quite a few books in the month of September, which I'm really excited to read. I got out of the habit of reading, and I miss getting wrapped up in a good book. Now that I have some new books of my own to read, and the determination to actually sit down to read them, I'm really happy to be rekindling one of my favorite things to do. I may or may not write up some reviews of the books - let me know if that's something that you'd want!

All in all, I would say that September was my busiest month by far, but now that the weather is cooling off and my first round of exams are almost done things are really looking up! I'm hoping for a fun and kind of lazy October!

How was your September? Do you have any plans for the month of October? I'd love to know!

I'll see you on Thursday

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My Cartilage Piercings

I'd been thinking about getting my cartilage pierced for a long time, but I'd never had the nerve to actually do it. 

I wasn't helped very much by The Gabbie Show's video about getting 5 piercings in one day, because her reaction and description of the pain level was kind of terrifying to me! I didn't want that much pain going on! But afterwards her ears looked really really good... So then I was feeling really indecisive again.

One of my coworkers actually came into work a few days after Gabbie posted that video with 2 new cartilage piercings, and I though they were so cute. She recommended a place to me here in town, and even said that she would go with me if I was worried about it.

So, on Friday the 18th, I went to the shop with my coworker and explained to the piercer what I wanted to have done. Originally I was planning for 3, but when he was putting the marker on to see where they would go I liked the look of 2 better than 3 for my ear. 


Here they are!
(Sorry about the poor quality photo, I snapped it on my phone really quickly)

So far they've been healing up really well! They don't hurt at all anymore, and I was lucky enough to not have any swelling even after they're were freshly pierced.


The shop I went to is known for being the best in my area for both tattoos and piercings, so I felt comfortable going there because I knew they would do a good job. The piercer himself was really easy to talk to, which is great because I felt like he was also really listening to what it was that I wanted. 

I think the most fun part was deciding which jewelry I wanted to get. He had a whole bunch of options and colors of gems for me to choose from. At the end I was debating between a dark pink colored gem and the clear ones that I ended up going with. A majority of what I own is a dark pink color, but I thought that the clear ones would match more things. 

Now, the pain... One of the main things that I was worried about in getting the new piercings was the pain. 

The only piercing I had before this were my lobes, which I had pierced when I was 8 years old in a Claire's in my local mall. That basically meant that I had no reference of what the pain would be like for me, or memory of what the aftercare is like. The piercer knew all of this and was more than willing to answer all of my questions as well as giving me a detailed sheet of care instructions to make sure that I would heal really easily and as painlessly as possible. 

The best way I can describe what it felt like for me was like getting pinched. A strong, but brief, pinch.

He did put a slight numbing agent on my ear, so that may have played a part in why it didn't hurt at all for me. 

Most of the pain came later as I realized that I probably wouldn't be sleeping with that ear down on my pillow for a while. 

I love them, and I love how they look! I'm really comfortable with them - it actually feels as if I've always had them. Like they've always been there and been a part of my overall look. 

They'll take a while to heal, but I'm planning on investing in a pair of the pink earrings for them to be able to switch between the two because pink is my most worn color.

As soon as my coworker and I got back to my car after I got them done, we sat down and she said "So what are you going to get pierced next!?" Haha I'm not sure if I'll get any more piercings any time soon - definitely not before the ones I have now are completely healed. I'm open to new ideas though, so if you have any suggestions for ones you think would look good be sure to let me know!


Have you ever thought about getting piercings? Let me know which ones!

I'll see you on Thursday!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Work Bits - A Job Update



I can't remember the last time I did a post about my job, but a lot has happened over the summer with it, so I thought it would be worth making a post about.

As you know, I got this job back before my first year of college, and I was beyond happy about it. I was working specifically at school events on the weekends and I was happy to be earning some money while also taking classes.

Not too long after getting hired on for events I was asked to move up to ticketing, which would have regular weekly hours as well as event hours. I jumped on the chance, and I was really happy to be given a promotion within the department because it meant I must be doing something right!

Well, in about mid-june they moved me up to working in the office on the other side of the tickets and permit sales! So I moved up again!

My previous boss recommended me for the position, and the other office staff jumped on the opportunity to have me working with them.

When I first started off it was a little bit tricky because I wasn't allowed to "help" people with parking tickets that I had written them before starting on exclusively doing office work (I guess I'm biased about them? I have no idea why they'd think that...). However, because of my background in ticketing I was really good at explaining the tickets to people as well as knowing where they were parked and which permits were valid there.

One of the biggest learning curved for me in moving to the office was learning about permit sales.

There's quite a bit that goes into how many permits are sold for each area, who's able to get which permits, and the different payment and pick-up options that are available depending on their employment and class standing related to the school.

At first I missed being out and walking around campus, but I really don't miss the sunburns and being yelled at by total strangers.

Funnily enough, people typically don't yell at me when they come in with a ticket - most likely because a lot of the students here view me as holding the fate of their ticket, so if they're mean to me I may make them pay it when they don't have to (which isn't the case at all, we have a set protocol with the tickets and what we're able to do when people come in with them).

It's been both nice and stressful moving into office work because I get a lot more hours. I'm working 18 hours a week, plus events, on top of being a full time student. I'm just trucking along over here doing the best I can juggling everything!

There's something really great about being able to advance in a job, even if it's mostly because positions open up frequently. (It's a college town, so new job open up when students graduate and move on to bigger and better things).  It's really reassuring to know that I'm doing a great job at what I do!

This was kind of a chatty post! Haha I'm not sure how to wrap it up, so I'll just end here,

I'll see you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My Scope - A Gall Bladder Follow Up - Update

Hello Again! This is just a little bit of an update about life after getting my gall bladder out!

As it turns out, there are some people whose bodies don't adapt very well to life without a gall bladder, and of course I fall into that group.

I'd been having a lot of digestion issues, and when I met with my surgeon he wasn't entirely sure what was going on. At that point, he said that if I hadn't had my gall bladder out he would have though it was a gluten allergy. So he wanted me to go in for a scope - where I'm put under and a camera on a long, wiggly thing is put down into my digestive system.

Well the scope couldn't have gone better, and he was able to determine what was wrong and give me a prescription for a medication that's actually been helping me quite a bit! The only downside is that the medication tastes absolutely awful and there's the potential of having to take it for the rest of my life if my body doesn't ever adjust correctly.

At this point in my life, I'm not bothered by having to take it especially because it's helping me feel so much better and I don't feel restricted in what I can and can't eat.




Gall Bladder Removal Post - HERE
Last Post Mentioned - HERE

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Smuggling my Guinea Pigs to College


This is no secret - I've brought my guinea pigs into my school owned apartment.

Backstory:
My parents decided over the summer that they were going to move, and they no longer wanted to take care of my guinea pigs while I was away at school. At first, their solution was to have me rehome them while not being in the same state as them, so that they wouldn't be in the house during showings. However, just thinking about not having them anymore made me unbelievable upset, so I talked to my roommate and made a plan to smuggle them into my apartment so that I would be able to keep them and be able to take care of them myself.


I moved into this apartment in the early morning as soon as I was able to get my keys. At the time that I was moving in, I was alone in moving in. There wasn't anyone around to see my mom and I carrying my boys and their supplies up into my room.

There was a time when they were adjusting, and they spent most of their time jumping out and running around to explore as well as spending a lot of time hiding. However, after about a week they were totally back to their normal selves - happy and trying to eat everything within their reach.


For the time being, I'm technically not supposed to have them... I've been working on the paperwork to be able to keep them as emotional support, but as of right now they're secrets and aren't going to be very avidly talked about (which is really hard for me).

I might do another post specifically about how I have them setup in my apartment, so let me know if that's something you'd be interesting!

I'll see you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

August 2017 Overview


Hello! It's been a while! Basically a whole month, actually... A whole lot has happened since my June and July update on here, and I won't go into a whole lot of detail because I'm planning other posts as well, but this will give you a better idea of where I was for all of August!

So I did move, I've touched on that quite a bit in previous posts, and it's been really awesome being so settled in and not having to worry about another move. My roommate did get all moved in, and so far it's going so spectacularly well! We get along perfectly, and we've been having a lot of fun hanging out and having each other to talk to all the time about everything.

Now... In my last post I mentioned a new relationship with this guy that I work with... Well, as of August 8th, we officially became a couple! I couldn't be happier about it! For all of August we would go on dates and see each other - literally - every other day, and it was the best ever. I'm not going to talk a whole bunch about my relationship, because I do want to keep my personal stuff at least a little personal... So that's probably all I'll say about it for the time being. But like... lowkey we're the cutest...

As you may have guessed from the starting photo, I do have my guinea pigs with me and I am absolutely loving it. There was a little bit of a rough patch where they were getting adjusted to being in the new place, but since then they've been their normal selves! I love having them, but I'm also starting to realize that I have to set a timer for myself or else I'll spend a whole afternoon playing with them and holding them rather than doing my schoolwork - which isn't a good plan.

On a more exciting note, I was granted residency for the state I'm going to school in, so I'm getting in-state tuition now! Which is beyond stupendous for a lot of reasons! Then, two days after I got residency, I went with one of my friends to a piercing shop and I got two cartilage piercings. No one in my family really knows about it yet, but I really love how they look and it feels really normal to me to have them.

Hmm... What else....

School started for me on the 21st of August, and after the first week I was already feeling pretty overwhelmed. For some reason the start of the year is just as stressful to me as the exam weeks, because everything for the whole semester is laid out and it all seems really intense. Like there's no way that I'd be able to everything that all of the classes are trying to get me to do. The first day of classes was really laid back because of the eclipse, which was really awesome to see even though my school wasn't in the path for the total eclipse we still got a really good view of it.



At this point, I know that things aren't going to be settling down for me because school adds a lot more into my plans along with work and my new relationship. However, this blog has always been a good stress reliever for me, and I really enjoy posting, so I'm going to be better about making time for writing posts. For the most part, I may write posts when I have time and schedule them for my normal posting time... Which isn't as much of what I like doing, because it doesn't feel as current/genuine to me, but it'll be the best I can do while I have school going on!

Thanks for not giving up hope while I was away for a month! I'll see you on Thursday!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

June and July 2017 Overviews

This isn't going to be a super long update since I included a lot of the June things in previous posts.

When I posted back on July 11, I was still in the midst of a whole bunch of stuff. When I said that things had settled down in that post, they were really only settled for a little while.

I've since had an emergency visit with my optometrist who explained that my eyes were reacting to my contact solution and I would need to go back to wearing my glasses for a while. I then had to get used to using a different kind of contact solution, and so far it doesn't seem to be bothering my eyes at all.

I also met up with the surgeon from getting my gall bladder out, and I had to go in for a scope this past Monday (I'll be doing a post about it later). I haven't gotten the results back from it yet, which is kind of nerve wracking. I feel like I've had a whole bunch of medical issues all at once!

On the plus side, I've smuggled my guinea pigs up to college with me. Technically speaking they're not allowed in my apartment... Haha I'm also going to be doing a post about that this week, so be sure to check back on Thursday.

Overall, I'm feeling like I have a better handle on everything than I did before even though I still have a million and a half things going on. I actually moved into my new place this morning, and it's really really amazing to be able to actually move in and get settled and know that I won'e be moving again for a long time.

I have some work things to update you on as well, so that'll potentially be something to look forward to later this month.

When it comes to my relationships, someone that I work with actually asked me out, and we had an amazing time going to see the new spiderman movie and getting food. He was gone this past week for a mini vacation, but even before he got back he was starting to plan another date! I'm not entirely sure where it'll go at this point, but I'm really excited to find out.

July was filled with a lot of planning and sorting out life, as well as a ton of work. I'm glad to have been able to stay for July, as it turns out, because I was able to keep working and saving up for this upcoming school year.

Welp, this wasn't a particularly exciting overview of what's been going on in my life, but I guess it'll have to do!

I'll see you on Thursday

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My Favorite Earrings

I really like earrings, but I have a hard time finding earrings that I like that actually match things that I wear. Which basically means that I own a ton of earrings but I only wear a select few of them...



This pair seriously catches some looks! They're probably the most "extreme" pair that I own.

 I'm not entirely sure what they're made of because they're extremely lightweight, but they reflect almost every color depending on the angle that you're looking. If I'm wearing my hair up I'll wear these earrings, and people definitely notice them. 

The only downside is that some people probably think I'm wearing earrings that don't match because they only see them from one angle... Haha But aside from that I love this pair of earrings.


This is the pair of earrings that I wear the most often. They're a soft, dusty pink with little pearls in the center. There are very few things I wear that these don't match! They're really delicate looking even though they are really large for floral earrings, and they add to an outfit rather than taking all of the attention like that first pair of earrings.


Lastly, my go-to earrings for when I'm in a rush or want a little bit of a change from the first two pairs, are these. They're in every color that I wear (which is super convenient) so I don't have to put any thought into which pair to put on. They're much smaller than they look in this photo, so they're really comfortable to wear.

The only downside with these is that, because they're predominantly a type of metal, they can be really cold.



All of the earrings that I talked about in this post are from Charming Charlie.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

My Favorite Movies on Netflix


I think this movie is the least well known out of all of the ones that I've chosen for this list. The Matchbreaker is an easy to watch Rom-Com with some hilarious actors perfectly portraying some really amazing characters. Although I was apprehensive about the plot of the movie (based on the title), after watching it I was really happy to watch it again and again and again. For some reason, there's something awesome about watching someone try to fix relationships that he broke in the first place (that's kind of a spoiler... but not too big). If you want something lighthearted that doesn't take a lot of focus to follow, be sure to watch this movie.


It's Finding Dory. This movie is everyone's favorite on Netflix.


I started off by just watching the trailer for The Fundamentals of Caring and I was really interested in the characters. After actually watching the movie I wished that I had watched it sooner! The characters, although in more specific/dire situations, are really easy to relate to. Their senses of humor throughout the film air on the darker side, but overall the film is something that will make you laugh. If you've been holding off watching it, then hold off no further! There's no better feel good film than this one. 


To The Bone only recently went up on Netflix, however I continue to go back and watch it over and over. This movie is not for the faint of heart, but if you really want your heart to be filled with a lot of emotions all at once then you'll really like this movie. It's extremely honest, in a way that I don't think people usually address eating disorders. There's a messed up family dynamic, some weird romances, and some seriously sad imagery. However, it's a very clear picture of what it's like to be living with an eating disorder.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Favorite Shows on Netflix


Death Comes to Pemberly is the show that I pull up to binge watch all in one afternoon. There's only three really lengthy episodes, so it's great to take up a whole day but not a whole week. This takes the character from Pride and Prejudice and continues their story in a hilarious but suspenseful way. Any fans of the original will be fans of this continuation. If I was asked to pick something for a girl's night in, I would for sure pick this show. 


I was first introduced to The Paradise by my mom, and it quickly became my favorite. Whenever I need a comforting thing to watch for several days, I turn this on. There's something really relatable about the characters. There's friendships and courtships, espionage and betrayals, as well as some really BEAUTIFUL costumes and sets that really set the scenes perfectly. This show will keep you on your toes and keep your attention on the screen. No matter how many times I watch it I never get sick of it! There's always something new that I didn't notice before, which just makes it more fun to watch.


I really loved this show. For some reason, even though I'm not from England and I've never been there, there's something so interesting to me about their government. Especially their royalty! There was such a focus on the people themselves and their planning and reasoning, and it was really amazing to get to watch Elizabeth fit into her role so perfectly. This is definitely a must-watch show!  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Some Life Bits


Since my last post, I took about a week off from blogging. I needed some time to work out everything that's been going on and to focus.

At the moment things have mostly settled down, which is really great. I got completely moved into the place for July, which I owe to my coworker who helped me move. In my old apartment, I ripped the paint off in 4 or 5 places, turned in my keys, and said good riddance. I stayed up until about midnight that night unpacking and then repacking to drive home the next morning.

I wasn't chosen for Jury Duty, they never even got to my number so I didn't have to be interviewed or anything. At first I thought that was really great because I'd get a week long break, but that wasn't how it worked out. As mentioned in my last post, my parents are moving. While I was there for that week, I had to pack up everything of mine in the house so that it can go into storage until I'm able to settle somewhere and take it all.

The weirdest thing is driving away from a home knowing that you're not going to come back to it. The next time I'm in my hometown my parents will have moved to a new house that, at this point, they haven't found yet.

I feel very out of place at the moment, because everything is so up in the air. I don't really feel like I have a firm footing yet, but I'm hoping it will come soon.

I have a few east posts headed your way in the next few weeks so that I can continue to have a bit of a breather.

I'll see you on Thursday

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thoughts on Moving and Other Complete Craziness


Previously, my summer plans were to stay in my college town until the end of my lease (the end of June) and then go back to my hometown for the month of July... Well things haven't gone at all according to plan!

A few weeks ago, my dad called me right before I was going to sleep and told me that I would be able to become a resident of the state I'm going to school in if I could find a place to live for the month of July (because my next lease would start up again in August for my new apartment).

(Side note, I'm living in school owned apartments so they have us leave for the month of July to "clean". I'm going to be moving into a different school owned apartment, with a different roommate than my previous one, in August)

That gave me a little over two weeks to find a place to live.

Luckily someone from my church had a spare room that they were willing to rent to me for a month! Which was extremely fortunate for me!

I had to get my phone and my car in my own name, register my car in this state, and get my driver's license for this state (all of my other bills/renting was already in my own name within this state). Then, with all of that stuff and my proof of living here for a full 12 months, I'll apply for my official residency.

Tomorrow, after I get off from work, I'll have to load up all of my things and make the trip to my new place where I'll be for July. I have a small car, so it'll most likely take me several trips before I'm fully moved. (And yes, I will be doing all of the moving completely on my own.)

Just add to it all, I got jury duty for the first week in July.

I'll have to move all of my things, on my own, and then leave for a week to go home to fulfill my jury duty. Then I'll drive back up to my college town to work 40 hour weeks up until I have to move AGAIN into my August apartment where I'll be for this next school year.

I've got a lot of rent and bills to pay on top of the gas money I need to get home for jury duty. Not to mention the upcoming textbooks and school supplies I'll need to get.

It's been particularly stressful and heartbreaking for me all at once because my mom then dropped another ball on me. My parents have decided to move house as well.

That's not it, though!

I called my mom to talk to her about all of the moving and work stuff that I've got going on, and I kind of already knew that they were planning on moving. But my mom didn't want to hear about anything that I wanted to talk about or was worried about. She told me that they're for sure moving and that they aren't going to be taking my guinea pigs with them.

In fact, they wanted me to rehome them before the start trying to sell the house because they'll "turn away potential buyers". My mom then ended the call because she needed to meet with the realtor.

It didn't help that the next day, when I tried to talk to my mom again about how much stress I've been feeling, she complained to me about having to box up the stuff in the garage, and that I'm lucky I don't have to do that.

I would do anything to have my biggest worry be boxing up the garage!

Everything in my life has been completely out of control. It's been to the point where I haven't been sleeping well because I'm so stressed and worried and upset all the time about everything. June has been trying to kill me, and it doesn't look like July is looking any better....

This was a really long kind of angry/ranty post... But I really just needed to get it out into the world somehow.

I'll see you on Tuesday

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Pepe

As of TODAY, this very day, I have had my guinea pig Pepe for 4 years!


Pepe came with the name when I got him. He was an owner give-up living in a foster home, and I went to go see him. He was full grown, and they estimated that he was around 1 or 2 years old at the time. I had found out about him off of an ad placed online by the foster home that was taking care of him. They mostly had dogs, and seemed to be a little in over their heads with a rodent.

I got Pepe all set up, and I was so excited to have him!

Pepe loves cuddles, but only with his best bro Hamilton. He isn't afraid of my dog as long as he knows she can't get him (i.e. she's on the other side of some fencing, or on the ground rather than on the couch, etc.).

He weighs in at a whopping 3.4 pounds, which is really large - even for a male guinea pig. However, my vet doesn't think that he's overweight, he most likely has some cuy in him. Considering I got him from a foster home there's no way of knowing where he originated from so I can't say for sure. He certainly doesn't seem to be bothered by his size at all!

Pepe LOVES food, but he is a really picky eater! He won't eat anything that's cold - we have to wait for the lettuce or other veggies to warm to room temperature or else he won't go near them. He also won't eat foods that have small seeds, like strawberries, and he won't eat any type of dried fruit.

When people first meet Pepe they're always surprised that a guinea pig of his size is so picky about the foods that he's eating.

My mom and I joke a lot that he wouldn't be able to survive in the wild because he wouldn't understand that romaine lettuce doesn't just appear.

Pepe is the 3rd guinea pig I've ever had, Hamilton is the 4th.

I absolutely love this piggy! I can't believe it's already been 4 years with this handsome little guy in my life making my days brighter.

Do you have a favorite pet? How long have you had your pets for? Pets are a magical thing! I'll see you on Thursday.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

So Many Things to Buy, So Little Time


Like most people, I am no stranger to looking up products and reviews online to make sure that I'm getting the best product for me and the best price.

Just recently I was introduced to Reviews.com, and it has saved me so much time!

It's run by real people who really try and honestly review everything they write about. You can look up their views on the best antiperspirant, the best dog food, the best tax software, etc. There's nothing they won't try and review.

So when I interested in getting one of those health monitors that have become really popular recently, I was happy to know that they had a review comparing the different Fitness Trackers that are on the market along with a comparison of the quality to the price.

Their reviews are so thorough that every question you could ever have about the product is completely laid out. However, if you're looking to a quick answer, they do have a short summary at the start of the article about the overall opinions.

It's spectacular to be able to see an honest review of the products you're interested in purchasing without having to do a whole bunch of digging around on the internet!

10/10 recommend it to everyone!

Let me know what you think about reviews.com! Or if you've used the site before for information!

I'll see you on Tuesday!



The Fitness Tracker Article is HERE

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Summer in a Small Town


For all of May and June I've been staying in my little college town to work, which has been dandy!

I love how quiet it is, and how quickly I'm able to drive around because there's absolutely no traffic anywhere.

There aren't any lines, the stores never run out of anything - and there's all the cool summer stuff going on like farmer's markets and swimming.

A group of people I know recently went out cliff diving because that season opened up here!
(Don't worry, there's a company that does it and they ensure it's as safe as cliff jumping can be)

One of the best parts for me was being able to see Wonder Woman right when it opened in theaters because there were only about 30 people in the whole theater, and of those 30 about half were there to see Wonder Woman! So I got both arm rests because no one sat by me! And really, what more could you want out of life?

I've been loving being here, and being able to have all of the luxuries that come with staying in a small college town when all of the students are gone.

I do understand how some people wouldn't enjoy it though... Even though there are no lines, all of your options are always the same, and you only have about 20 options. 20 may not being enough to keep someone entertained and happy for an entire two months.

However, there's a way to make it feel as if there are tons and tons of things to do!

Work 40 hours a week...

No, I'm just kidding!

In all seriousness though, the best way to get through a summer in a small town is to keep busy. Whether that means you plan friend parties every night, or you go swimming for a certain amount of time every day, or you plan to go to the markets every week (even if you only sit and people watch from a food establishment).

For me, when I'm not working, I like to go for hikes and take photos. That's something that I really enjoy, and it's different every day. Otherwise I go see movies (movies change pretty often, which is great) or I hang out with my friends to play board games, picnic, or just to talk for hours!

The summer nights where I am are beyond beautiful, so sometimes it's worth it just to sit outside and watch the world happen from a happy little perch above it all (which is part of why I enjoy hiking in the summer).

All in all, there's nothing like summer in a small town whether you love it or not. In my case, I really love it!

Do you live in a small town? What are things you love to do in the summer? I'd love to know!

I'll see you on Tuesday

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

My High School Internship


Ever since I was little I knew that I wanted to work with animals. I didn't have imaginary friends, I had imaginary kittens. I would have tea parties with my stuffed animals rather than dolls. I would love doing animal reports in school because I got to spend a lot of time learning about an animal and then got to present about it to my classmates.

When I was old enough, my parents would sign me up for the day camps that our local zoo had in the summer, and then I moved up to doing the week long camps they offered. During that time I was learning so much and I was so excited to get to be at the zoo so often!

As soon as I was old enough, I because one of the teen volunteers at the zoo. I would work as many hours as I could every summer for the next 5 summers.

I knew the zoo like the back of my hand by that point, but I still wanted to learn more to be able to do more!

My senior year of high school, I was able to get an internship position at the zoo where I was able to work up close and personal with a lot of animals. It was a dream come true to be able to see what my dream job of zookeeping would really be like, and I loved every second of it!

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't at all glamorous, but there was something about spending a morning cleaning out the giraffe barn before being elbows deep in a salt water jelly fish tank that made me extremely happy.

I worked with a variety of exotic animals, which I was grateful for because I was able to see how the care works for each of them. Fish, Reptiles, Insects, Birds, Small Mammals, Large Mammals, Rodents, Felines, etc.

I've got a lot of funny stories about a lot of different animals and their amazing personalities!

Did you know that Giraffes can throw temper tantrums?

While I was there, there were two giraffes - one of which was much older than the other. The older one would get extra vitamins in his food every day, and would also do some extra training (which meant extra treats) so that he was amply prepared for his regular checkups with the vet. The younger giraffe would very often dump his food out and then run around and throw his head back in protest of not being given the same extras! He would throw a temper tantrum! Sometimes he would even try to reach the older giraffe's food!

I learned really quickly how to put up his food so that he wouldn't be able to dump out the whole thing.

The best part was getting covered in giraffe hair and having to explain to people what it was... Haha

One of my other favorite animals to work with were the Binturongs. There's nothing better than spending time with an animal who smells like buttered popcorn. They were so beautiful, and had such strong personalities! I had the opportunity to prepare their food for them on many occasions and even that was fun. It was like making a big fruit salad most of the time!

As you can imagine, I wasn't alone with a majority of the animals that I was working with. I was supervised by the keeper I was assigned to for the duration of my internship. However, there were a few things that I was able to do on my own!

I would manage a small building in a section of the zoo, which included jellyfish, cichlids, a lizard, a sand boa, and a tailless whip scorpion (which was always fun to talk about because one was used in one of the Harry Potter films, so people have sometimes recognized it).

There was only one time when I was left alone to clean, and that was with some red panda cubs. they stayed up in the trees and watched me while I cleaned. I raked up a lot of leaves, and cleaned out their little water feature that ran through the enclosure. I also moved around some of the wood that they use for climbing to make it so they could explore a little bit more. They were really adorable, and I was able to get a lot of photos of them.

During my internship, the biggest thing that I was trained on and learned was safety when it comes to wild animals. Not just my own safety, but the safety of the people who come to the zoo. Part of the internship included me being able to design and set up an enclosure. In my case, I set up a little aviary for an assortment of birds. Before that I had very little knowledge about how much thought goes into setting up an enclosure.

You have to keep in mind the birds' natural tendencies, making sure the ropes and branches aren't too thick or too thin for the birds to perch on, that they have the ability to hide but are visible enough for visitors to view them - and the safety of the keeper. If the keeper needs to get out of the enclosure in a rush, they don't want to be stepping over and under a million things trying to get to the exit.

Now I did my internship before the whole Harambe thing... But even then it was top priority to ensure that the enclosures couldn't be entered by the people visiting the zoo. Even people who would try. There are locks and keys, double door systems, alarms, nets, tall fences, etc. (Of course there were signs, but no one tends to read or pay attention to signs.)

I could go on and on about my internship! It was what made me really serious about going into this field - what made me want to study the care and management of exotic animals in addition to wildlife ecology.

Anyway... Haha I'll see you on Thursday! I'll be posting a selection of photos that I took during this Internship.

What do you think about your local zoo? Or about my internship? Let me know in the comments :)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

About Me



Hello!

Back in December of 2014, I got up the courage to start this blog, which was a lifelong dream of mine. I've always wanted to write and have people read what I've written!

For the time being I'm an anonymous blogger, but who knows what the future holds! 

I'm in the United States, living life as a 20 year old college student. I'm a double major studying the care and management of exotic animals, wildlife ecology, and conservation. I'm going into my 3rd year in August 2017, which is both exciting and nerve wracking for me. 

This blog is made up of my thoughts, experiences, opinions, and A LOT of photos. I have new posts going up every Tuesday and Thursday by 2:30 pacific time, and the occasional random post, so there's almost always something new to check out over here.




My Camera is a Canon Rebel T3
My blog layout was made by Envye 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

May 2017 Overview


May was a nerve wracking, but happy month for me. At the beginning of the month I had my final exams, and the wait to find out about my grades. Luckily everything went well and I got the grades that I needed!

My summer vacation from school began, which also meant my 30 hours a week at work began. I'm really glad for the work, and the ability to pay for so much myself. However, walking around in a hot parking lot giving out tickets or sitting in a hot parking garage booth wasn't exactly how I pictured my summer being. I'm mostly excited to go back to my hometown for July to actually relax and do some more summery things.

May was really glorious in that my awful roommate finally moved out!! :D It's so nice to be in the apartment alone - I don't have to worry about taking out the trash all the time, or how many dishes there are, or how the place smells.

The only thing is that I haven't been able to get the smell out of the room that was hers... It smells like there's something rotting in there, but I can't find it. For the time being I've just been keeping the door to that room closed so that the smell doesn't go all over the apartment.

One of the big things that happened in May was my surprise trip home to see my family for a few days. I was beyond excited to see them, and my pets, and to be in my own bed! No one could believe that I'd pulled off a surprise as big as that without letting it slip even a little bit that I was coming.

For the month of May, I'm really proud of all of the things that I was able to do! I'm especially proud that I learned how to back into a parking space - which was something I'd never been taught before.

At work I'm allowed to drive company cars, which requires the ability to back them into their designated spaces at the end of my shifts. At first they told me it was okay not to back in, but that I needed to learn how. Nothing's better than getting paid to learn a new driving skill on the job! I spent a few days out in empty parking lots practicing, and I had the help of some of my coworkers. The first time I went and backed the car in on my own my coworkers clapped and told our boss that I deserved a raise! Haha

I hope you had a great May as well! Let me know what you did, or if you learned any new skills during the month :) I'll see you on Tuesday.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Life Update


Sorry this post is going up later than usual today, I totally forgot about it so I'm frantically writing this up while in the parking garage booth at work. It's a good thing they're nice and have wifi in here so I can get some things done in between rushes of cars!

Do you remember that post I posted a long time ago? You know, the one about having my Gall Bladder removed, and that lead to my post about one bad semester? Well my Fall Semester was actually pretty great! I had a hard time in my math and statistics classes, but that was what I expected going on. The great news is that my grades/gpa were good enough and so probation is off the table! I was so unbelievably relieved when grades went up after finals and I saw that I was for sure in the clear.

I'm hoping that I won't have any more surprise organ removals this upcoming school year, so my grades will continue to be good. Like I said in that post, it was only one bad semester.

As I mentioned in my hair update post, I made a surprise trip back home on the 19th! I got off of work at noon, dropped my apartment keys off at a friend's house so she could watch Phillip and Jimmy, and then I drove home as quickly as I was able to.

When I got into my neighborhood, I called my dad (who was the only one home at the time) and asked him to go look at something on the front porch for me. He jokingly said "You're here!" and I said "As a matter of fact, I am" before I came around the corner onto our street and I pulled into the driveway. He was so excited! He then had me pull my car into the garage, so that I could surprise my brothers as they got home because they wouldn't see my car.

All of my brothers were equally as excited to see me! We then decided that we were going to keep it a secret from my mom that I was back home. (She had been on a trip with my grandparents in a different state and would be arriving at the airport Saturday afternoon.) I went with my dad to pick up my mom and grandparents from the airport the next day - and as my mom said "The exit doors opened and she was standing right there waiting!".

I got to do lots of fun things while I was at home, and I spent a lot of time with my family. I had to drive back up to school for work on Tuesday (I had a post already scheduled to go up) and then I started back up again at work on Wednesday!

I mostly loved getting to see my guinea pigs, as well as my dog and fish. I made several trips to the pet store, because I can't help but spoil my pets - I love them so much.




As of right now, I'm still working and in my apartment by myself. My lease ends at the end of June, so I'll be going home for July, but I'll be back up at school in August!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Favorite Skincare Products

I've been wanting to put this post up for a while now, and I've finally gotten around to it! I'm not being paid at all to talk about these products, they're actually my current favorite skincare products. Stick around, and be sure to let me know what you think of them too!


When I first heard about Micellar Water I was really skeptical. I didn't think that it would work as well as people were saying it did, and I thought that it would irritate my skin if I did use it because pretty much every product except for the one I was already using would upset my skin. 

Once when I was at the store with one of my friends she convinced me to grab a bottle to try, and after I started using it I never wanted to go back.

It doesn't irritate my skin at all, and it does a much better job a removing all of my makeup than the product that I was using before. It also feels really nice on my skin, and there's no need to wash it off which saves me a lot of time! 

Now I know it may not seem worth it because of the size of the bottle verses the cost, but one bottle does last a really long time. A little bit goes a lot way with this product, and it really gets the job done.

So if you haven't tried it yet, I would highly recommend that you check it out!


Now I'm one of those scaly people whose skin really dries out if I'm not paying attention. CeraVe makes many different types of lotions and creams for different levels of dryness, as well as a face specific lotion. When it comes to keeping my skin hydrated, this is the product that I reach for every single time. One tub like the one pictured above lasts me for an extremely long time, because once again, a little bit of this product goes a long way. 

Another thing that's super great about it is that it's unscented. When put on already chapped or dry skin it doesn't hurt at all, which is a major plus. I also like that it's unscented because then I can wear a perfume and not worry about the two smells competing. 

I personally prefer the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for Normal to Dry Skin because I've found that it works the best for me. Especially since it's made for people with sensitive skin as well as dry skin, so there's no risk of irritation.  


I had a hard time getting a good photo of this product because I've already used so much of it. This was a product that I bought because I felt kind of obligated to.. Haha Which sounds kind of bad. The sales woman was really excited about it, and she was sure that I would love it, and she was completely right. It's the Mary Kay Timewise Night Solution. I normally put it on before bed after I've put on my CeraVe cream, and I want up to such beautiful looking skin in the morning. Like with the other products, it doesn't irritate my skin at all, which is super great. I'd highly recommend this to someone looking for a some kind of night cream or serum. It's definitely worth the cost.


This is no surprise, but I love wearing lipstick, especially matte lipstick which can be really drying. When I'm not wearing lipstick and I'm trying to get some hydration back in my lips, my lip balm of choice is Dr. Dan's Cortibalm. It doesn't have any really color or smell, and to be honest it doesn't taste particularly nice, but when it comes to hydrated, healthy lips I always go for Cortibalm. It has 1% Hydrocortisone in it to promote healing in chapped lips in addition to other ultra hydrating products. Using this lip balm, chapped lips are a thing of the past, and I can wear as much matte lipstick as I want!


It's no secret that sheet masks, especially charcoal sheet masks, are really popular at the moment. Well, I jumped on the bandwagon! The Yes To paper masks are really cheap, and there are so many different types. Hydrating masks, soothing masks, acne fighting masks, etc. Plus they're a really good price! I've been doing them all the time, without any skin irritation, and I've been really enjoying it. There's nothing wrong with taking some time to put a slimy piece of paper on your face for 10-15 min of relaxation, especially when it helps your skin feel so nice! 

I think a paper mask is the best way to go for a pamper evening because it doesn't require any rubbing or rinsing to take off, you simply remove the paper mask and throw it away. Paper masks are really easy too, and when they work as well as the Yes To masks you can't go wrong with them for a relaxing time.

I'd love to know what you think about these products if you've tried them, or if there are any other products you think I'd like. I'll see you on Thursday!
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