Thursday, March 30, 2017

Photography Challenge

I was going through Pinterest looking for some ideas of things to do for a full month of posting, when I stumbled upon this gem! A 30 Day Photography Challenge! Technically speaking it's meant for Instagram... But I felt like I could apply it here! There are a few things I'm not entirely sure how I'll accomplish yet... But the challenge is part of the fun. Plus, this will give me an opportunity to post a whole bunch of photos and practice my skills some more. I'm going to be doing this challenge throughout the entire month of April!

Now, since I'll be posting every day for this challenge, I don't have a separate post for every Tuesday and Thursday. It's a lot of work taking all of the photos and doing all of the editing, so April will be almost exclusively photos. In May everything will go back to the normal Tuesday and Thursday at 2:30 PDT postings.

I hope you guys are as excited as I am about this! I'll see you on Saturday with my first post.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Roommate Update - March 2017

Ew. Is this another roommate update?

Why yes.

Yes it is.

If you want to read up on all of my roommate updates, you can see my previous posts HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. (Yes, they're in order, so you can start from the beginning with the first HERE and go in order)

So my roommate has been really hermity. She'd hardly been leaving the apartment - not even to go to classes. I found this to be really worrying, even though I may not like her if she was having struggles with mental illness I still wanted her to be okay. However, she of course wasn't going to talk to me about it. Which may be mostly because of me - it's not like I've been the nicest roommate to her either.

More recently, she's been up to her usual things that really get on my nerves. Never cleaning, never doing her own dishes, not sharing anything, making a lot of noise really late at night.

The medicine cabinet that she ripped the door off of (I talked about it in the most recent post I did about my roommate) was just barely put back together by her before spring break (about the 8th of March). However, she didn't put it on correctly, so it doesn't exactly open. She assumed that eventually I would give up and call to have it fixed, but because I didn't break it off I wasn't going to be the one to fix it. Rather than getting maintenance to come and fix it, she attempted it herself and did it wrong.

I know, the last post went up in January! That medicine cabinet door was off for almost 3 months!

In my last post I told the story of how my roommate came stomping down when I was making chicken nuggets and got mad because she thought I was "banging around"... Well not too long ago, I dropped a bottle of juice when I was in the kitchen. It was a plastic bottle, so it made a loud noise but it didn't break or anything - I just picked it up and put it back in the fridge where I keep it.

Well, once again, she came stomping down the stairs. This time, though, she went "What did you brake. I heard that noise, something must be broken."

I really, really, REALLY wanted to look at her and say "Oh, you mean like the medicine cabinet door?"

However, I didn't say that... I just said I'd dropped the juice and she kind of scoffed and went back up to her room.

Now when it comes to the apartment, we originally planned to have things split evenly between the two of us. As you well know, that didn't work out at all. She only brought her own things that she uses, and I brought my own things that I use as well as the things that we both use.

The wifi router is mine, the blender, the showerhead and shower curtain, the microwave, TOILET PAPER, etc.

She has, not once, purchased any toilet paper. This whole year. She'll gladly let us run out and start using tissues (which, by the way, cloggs the toilet that she then leaves) until I give in and go buy more toilet paper.

In about mid February she ran out of paper towels. When she moved in, her brother in law and sister bought a bunch of groceries for her which included paper towels. After she ran out she asked me if she could use some of my paper towels - which turned into me supplying the paper towels as well as the toilet paper. I guess me letting her use the paper towels once meant she could keep using them forever.

I've attempted to get her to buy her own paper towels, as well as trying to work out an "I bought the toilet paper this time, you'll buy it next time"  thing, but she'll have nothing to do with it.

Keep in mind, though, this is the same girl that lost her mind when she found out I put myself on what was meant to be a joint account to pay my half of the electric bill. Nothing's shadier than when your roommate refuses to add you to the account, tells you that she'll pay it in full and that I have to "pay back" my half in cash every month.

To make things a little bit worse, we ran out of trash bags. The only thing she brought that we both use are the two trash cans in the Kitchen. I'm the only one who ever takes the trash out, so I assumed that it wouldn't be that big of a deal for her to be the one to buy the trash bags for her own cans. However, when we ran out of the few we had, she made no move to get any more.

Being the passive aggressive person that I am, I started throwing things away in the unbagged trash cans. If she doesn't want the trash going directly into her trash cans then she can buy new bags. We'll see if she actually does get new trash bags. Until then, I've also made it harder on myself taking out the trash, because I have to carry out the trash cans to dump them.

Now, you've seen my hair before (HERE). I have almost shoulder length hair.  My roommate has extremely long hair - long enough that she can sit on it. In a previous post I explained how she showers ALL THE TIME. Well I went and got this little thing that you put in the drain so that it's easier to clear out the hair so it wouldn't get clogged as often. Despite how easy it is to clear the hair out with the little thingy in the drain, she won't clear out her own hair! Now I've been getting her hair out of the drain for the whole year, so it's not that big of a deal anymore...

The main thing now is that, if I don't get her hair out after a day or two, she'll continue to shower even though the tub (because it's a shower-bathtub duo) fills up because there's so much hair in the drain. Often times, for some crazy reason, she'll wait until there's a lot of hair blocking the drain and the tub fills up during her shower to shave her entire body.

That means that, because the water isn't draining properly, the entire tub gets covered in her stubble/hair! Which is so gross! And, of course, she'll leave it. She'll leave her hair all over in the tub as well as the hair in the drain. So I've been having to do full cleanings of the tub and drain in order to use it myself and not be completely grossed out.

Like I've said in other posts about my roommate, she doesn't clean her half of the bathroom and I won't clean it for her. However, I've since realized that she's going to move out at the beginning of May (which is when the semester ends) and she most likely isn't going to clean anything before she moves out.

The official lease goes until the end of June, which is how long I'm staying for. So after she moves out at the beginning of May I'll be living in the apartment on my own for the rest of May and all of June.

So when she moves out and doesn't clean anything, I'm going to have to clean everything so that I'm not living in filth anymore for the last two months. A whole year of not cleaning her half of things only to have to clean it all after she moves out. Bleh.

In my next update I'll have to let you know if she does clean anything or buys more trash bags or any toilet paper. However, I highly doubt it... Hahaha

Well this was a really long, kind of angry post! I'll see you on Thursday!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rainy Season

(I got my rain boots in this photo from - HERE)

This winter went on forever! It was not letting go easily! We had so much snow, and then it all melted, and then we got just as much snow back again. Even after that snow was mostly gone, it would still start snowing randomly almost every day. I was beyond sick of the snow and the cold. 

I happen to live in a really rainy state, so ending snow meant starting rain. 

At first I was perfectly happy with this, because rain isn't nearly as cold or lingering as snow is. However, after several days of feeling soggy and looking up into gray/cloudy skies I was wishing for the summer.

Betcha that when it's the summer I'll be wishing it was the winter again so it would snow and I could cool off!

In all seriousness though, I'm not hugely against rain. It's actually one of the reasons I wanted to go to school here. I'm from a desert state, so a state with a lot of rain seemed really amazing to me when I was choosing which school I wanted to attend. However, it's not all I thought it would be. Rain is great for a day or two, but a week straight of rain isn't the greatest thing in the world. 

One of the first things I did when I realized exactly how much rain I'd be going through was buying actual rain boots and a rain jacket. Since I got those things the rain has been easier to withstand... Haha

I've  been a student here for almost 2 years now, and I consider myself an expert when it comes to handling the rain! When my mom was up visiting, it kind of made me laugh because she'd try to wear regular shoes, and use an umbrella (with the rain comes a lot of wind here - umbrellas just break) as well as wearing a thin jacket that didn't have a hood on it.

Right away I got her all fixed up with some boots and a hooded coat. 

Rain can be miserable without the right gear, that's for sure!

I'm glad to be done with the winter and the snow, but now that it's raining I'm seriously wishing for the summer! Unlike with the snow, I'm at least more fitted for the rain, which is a good thing. I'm sure I'll make it through this rainy season and into the summer a lot easier than I went from the winter into this rainy season.

Do you have a favorite season? Are you equally as happy as I am that there won't be any more snow?

I'll see you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

When You Don't Know What to Post

I know I'm not the only blogger to have a hard time coming up with something to write about. I've often hit a bit of writer's block and had to go searching for some inspiration. A lot of the time I'll go on Pinterest, but after a while you use up all of the good ones there.

For me personally, I'll try to write down my ideas when they come to me, even when I don't need to write them up yet, and then I'll go back through my list of ideas later (when I don't know what to write) and I'll actually go through with writing one of them.

Over the course of the 2 years that I've been writing this blog, I've gathered some tricks on how to come up with posts. If you use any of these, or are going to start using any of these, be sure to let me know! Or if you have any other tricks on how to come up with posts!

1. Look at other people's blogs.

Now I'm not saying you should copy someone else's work. What I mean by looking at someone else's blog is look at which posts of theirs you like the most. Do you love their Outfit of the Day posts? Do you love their rants? Stories? Posts with all photos? If you like outfit of the day posts on other blogs, maybe try one for your own. If you like story posts, maybe write up a story.

2. Google and Pinterest

Like I said, I'm a fan of using Pinterest. There are a lot of other bloggers and blogging magazines out there that have compiled various lists of post ideas. Often times I'll be reading through the lists when I come up with an idea that's a mix of s few of them, and it'll end up being a really good post!

3. Do an "Easy" Post

"Easy" posts are a great filler for when the previous tricks don't work. Posts such as a list of the youtubers you currently watch, or a list of the songs you're loving at the moment. Maybe a response post or two to a video or article or something that you have strong feelings about. Motivational or Inspiring posts also fall into this catagory - sharing quotes that you like or talking about people who motivate/inspire you

4. Tutorials

If you know how to do something, share it! A food you like to make, a hairstyle you wear all the time, a craft, etc. There are so many things that you may know how to do that someone else may want to learn how to do!

5. Podcast/Vocal Recording/Video

Something that I see suggested a lot online for other writers who have writer's block is to give up writing a post all together, and speak/record a post instead. I've thought about doing this many a time, but I typically chicken out... Haha

6. Brain Dump

I saved this one for last because I've found that, at least for me, it can lead to more frustration than just having writer's block. For a brain dump post, you basically just sit down and type up everything that you're thinking. Sometimes, when you go back through it, you can fix it up into a real post about something, but other times it ends up being a big ramble that no one would want to read... However, I do think that this is a great idea for when you don't know what to say, because you say everything instead.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Summer Plans - Update

In a post back in February (click HERE to check it out), I talked about my Mid-College Crisis and wanting to do something really cool like everyone else seems to be doing.

I had signed up for some summer classes that I thought I would have to take, and I was worried about finding summer housing since my lease ends at the end of June... However, when my mom was up visiting for the weekend before my spring break we were able to work out my classes for next school year, so I don't need to take any summer classes.

At the moment, I still don't have anything cool planned for the summer.

I'm going to stay here at school in my current apartment until my lease ends in June to work and earn as much as I can over those 2 months. As of right now, my plan is to go back to my home town for the month of July, and then move into my next apartment in August.

My best friend and I are going to be roommates next year, which I'm really excited about because I know we get along and have good communication between us. (I may have a new roommate update coming pretty soon.)

I hope you've been having a good week! I'll see you on Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hair Dye and Happiness

I've had a wild start to my Spring Break! My mom came up to my school to visit me because I stayed to work the whole break. We had an awesome weekend of doing so awesome stuff.

One of the things we did was go to the nearest big city to where I'm going to school, and we walked into a salon randomly and asked them if they'd dye my hair! Right then and there! We asked them which color the thought would look nice, and how it would look the nicest with how my hair is. They said "Wild Orchid" and "In sheets", so that's what we went with!

After my hair was all washed out and amazing, the stylist dried and curled my hair. The photo above was taken a few hours after I had it dyed, and I didn't edit the photo at all (the shirt I'm wearing is a deep redish color). My natural hair color is a light brown, and I think the "Wild Orchid" goes with it really well!

I've had my hair dyed in the past, back when my hair went down to the small of my back, but when I got it cut into the pixie cut I didn't think it was worth it to keep dying it. One of the first things I wanted when I started growing my hair back out was being able to dye it fun colors again! 

Having it colored feels so comfortable and normal to me. It makes me really happy having it! 

I've been doing everything that I can to keep it from fading, so I'm really hoping it'll last a while. I think that it'll fade to a really pretty color over time, which I think is equally as great to look forward to. 

If you could dye your hair any color, what color would you go for? I'd love to know!

I'll see you on Thursday!

This post is going up a lot later than I normally post on Tuesdays - I worked all day today so I wasn't able to write it up earlier. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

What I Am, With Pride (Sprinkle of Glitter "I'm SO Sorry" Response)

It comes as no surprise to anyone that I am indeed a Sprinkle of Glitter fan. Louise makes some of the best videos on the internet, most of which are motivational and/or very honest about real life. For International Women's Day yesterday she posted the video "I'm SO Sorry", which I've put in the top of this post for your convenience (I don't think any of you assumed that the video was mine, I'm not taking credit for making it at all, I think that's pretty clear... Yeah).

 I watched it and I realized a lot of things about myself.

Much like Louise says in the video, I apologize for things that I shouldn't have to apologize for. Some of those things relating to my appearance... "Oh, I have a lot of layers on, I'm not actually this size", "These glasses aren't very cute, I've had to wear them this week", "I promise I'm not sick, this is just my face, I'm sorry I don't look the greatest today".... and some of the things had to do with several of the other aspects of my life. Things like "Sorry, I know it's not ladylike to  _________".

In actual fact, people know that I'm wearing layers because it's cold outside and everyone is wearing layers. People don't care what my glasses look like, or whether or not I'm wearing glasses or contacts that day. People don't care whether or not I wear makeup.

And the thing is - I am a lady. Whatever I do is ladylike, because I am a lady and I'm doing those things.

(That kind of reminds me of a post I saw last summer that said "If you want a bikini body, just put a bikini on your body, weight has nothing to do with it")

For my whole life I've made myself small. I'm quiet, I keep my things out of other people's ways, I don't answer questions or ask them, I avoid eye contact with people I perceive as being above me, I follow the strongest personality in a group, I do my best to keep from talking about myself.

Never before have I been vocal about what I think about things, especially political things. I often think that my opinions aren't important enough to share with others. That most definitely isn't the case! My opinions matter, and I may be one person, but there are so many other women out there who are strong and firm in the same beliefs as me who are out there doing something about them. I'm hoping to be more open with my opinions in the future, and being more vocal about those opinions.

As a college student, most people only ask me what year in school I am and what I'm studying. That's all. I've always answered very directly, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I've realized that I downplay what I'm here to do, and what I've had to do to get here.

Here is the list of things that I am, with pride:

I am a Double Major
I am a proud Guinea Pig lover and owner
I am great at customer service
I am a master at binge watching baking shows
I am a sister and daughter
I am taking 16 credit hours worth of classes
I am a lover of all things Yoga
I work 17-20 hours a week
I have been a zoo volunteer and intern
I write a moderately successful blog
I am a huge lover of marching bands (and was in one for a while)
I am independent
I am a Woman

Much like Louise, I would love it if you would comment to let me know what you are with pride, or if you've noticed that you do anything of those other things as well. 

I'll see you on Tuesday!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day

I tweeted out this video from YouTube earlier today, but I wanted to post it here as well.

I absolutely and completely love this video.

Don't take the women in your life for granted, and most definitely don't take yourself for granted!

Happy International Women's Day!

Here are some links to other videos and posts that I love by some people who inspire me, I hope you love them as much as I do.

My Daughter, Malala by Ziauddin Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize Speech

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A Girl Who Demnaded School by Kakenya Ntaiya

I'm SO Sorry by Louise Pentland (sprinkle of glitter)

My Life Changing Experience in Kenya by Lily Sigh (iisuperwomanii)

First Lady Michelle Obama's Final White House Speech

Emma Watson at the HeforShe Campaign 2014

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pink Eye, Filling In, and Missing Class

This past week has been a really hard one for me. I started having issues with my right eye. It was swollen and red and gooey (super gross, I know) but I couldn't figure out what was going on.

Most of the time, if I'm reacting to my mascara or contact solution both of my eyes will be red and swollen, not just one of them. I took to wearing my glasses every day, and I wouldn't wear makeup at all. Millions of times a day I would be rubbing my eye.

Okay, so I wasn't the smartest and I thought that I could just wait it out and it would heal up on its own.

That really isn't what happened at all.

As you know from previous posts, I work in a parking garage booth where I handle people's credit cards when they want to pay. I didn't think about whether or not it was a good idea to go into the booth and be handling hundreds of strangers credit cards where I was also spending so much time rubbing my eye. I even volunteered to fill in for other booth attendants who were sick! I took extra shifts in the booth because I wanted the extra hours, but in a second you'll see why that was a bad idea for me....

My mom was factiming with me, and she could tell through the facetime call that there was something wrong with my eye, and she had me go to the walk in center to get it looked at. I, of course, tried to avoid it. I thought I would get there and the doctor would just tell me to keep doing what I was doing and that it would clear up on it's own, so I will have wasted the money on a doctor's visit.

However, when I got there, the doctor wasn't in the room with me for more than a few minutes before he said that I had PINK EYE! Which is EXTREMELY contagious!

I got the eyedrops to put in to start clearing it up, and let me tell you they make my eye feel a million times better! But I can't help but feel bad about having spread pink eye to everyone who paid at my booth... Even more people came through while I was there because I filled in the extra shifts! So even more people got the germs from me rubbing my eye than normal because I was in there more often than I normally I am! I even went to classes until I found out that I had pink eye! I basically have just spread it to the whole school because those people are most likely going to also spread it! It's one big cycle of itchy eyes and sadness.

Missing college classes isn't something that I would recommend. Back when I had to have my gallbladder taken out I had to miss an entire week of classes, and two weeks of work. I was so far behind after just a week that I never actually caught back up.

I contemplated going to my classes anyway, because I'd gone to them earlier in the week before I knew that it was pink eye that I had, so the other students in those classes probably already have it from it, but I decided against it.

Truth be told, I'm a little worried it'll go through everyone and then come back and hit me a second time...

I'm not entirely sure where I got pink eye from in the first place! Maybe I got it from handling someone's credit card at work... If that were the case, that would make sense. I guess karma may have come back around since I then spread it from the booth instead of someone spreading it to me from outside the booth.

Oh well, at least it's over with for now!

I'll see you on Tuesday.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

February 2017 Overview

February wasn't an exciting month, but it was a really productive one for me! I had my Midterm Exams at school, I did a lot of cleaning, drove a lot of places... I also had quite a bit of writer's block when it came to this blog! I still got posts up that I was happy with, which is the important thing.

One of the big things I did was start working out more often. I did a Fitness Plan that I found on pinterest, and even though it didn't really work how it claimed I was excited to be working out. I've got another post coming later on that has more about what I'm doing for my health. Thanks to Molly, I've been loving going over to Lucy Wyndham-Read's youtube channel for her workout videos, which has been really awesome - I highly recommend it!

I've been going through my Mid-College Crisis, which you can read about in my last post. I've basically been trying to find really cool and memorable things to do while I'm still in school so that I can look back on my "college experience". I haven't worked out exactly what I'm going to do yet, but I'm still trying to find something. Hopefully I'll stumble on something amazing that I can grab hold of that's turn out to be exactly what I need!

I took a day off from posting for Valentine's Day this month, I'm not sure if anyone really noticed ;) I wanted the day to myself! I took it as a self-care day, which was much needed for me considering all of my Midterms. It was really nice to take the time to fix up my nails, take a bath, watch some of my favorite movies. It was a really good day.

After Valentine's Day I went to go see if I could get some of the themed stuff for cheap from the store, but most of what was left wasn't anything that I wanted... I hoped to get some flowers for cheap, but the only ones left were the ones that were mostly dead or on their way out.

Probably the most exciting thing that I did in the month of February was buy and install a really beautiful template on my blog! I was really happy about it when I got it, and I'm still really happy with it now. There's something so satisfying about having my blog look how I always pictured it. This is something that I love, so I'm investing more in it!

I also started working on something big for this blog. I have a plan for something super cool to do in April, and it's taken a lot of pre-planning on my part. I'm really excited about it, I can't wait for April to come to that I can share it with you all!

What did you do in February?

I'll see you on Tuesday.
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