Birthday Celebration

Hello, everyone!

Today is my friend Micaelina’s birthday. Yesterday I was able to make it back home for a birthday dinner at her house. We ate a ton of delicious vegan food, played a dorky game that I got her for her birthday. It was really nice to hang out with some friends from back home and have a good time. I never pass up a chance to eat Teri’s vegan cupcakes, so how could I not go? Just kidding! I really did go for Mic.

Here are a couple pictures from the night:

In honor of our eight(or something like that) years of best friendship, I thought I ought to share some embarrassing old photos of us together!

I hope all of your birthday wishes come true. You’re a beautiful soul and you make me laugh like no other. Thank you for sticking with me through all of the dumb obstacles growing up can bring. I will love you always. As 2012’s obnoxiously huge birthday card said, you’re the greatest!
Talk to you soon,
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Good times

Hello, everyone!

Yesterday was a pretty great day. I’ve had quite a few good days since moving here, but yesterday was extra good. I think God knew I needed it, because I’ve been having a rough time getting settled. Not having a job and not really getting to know anyone here has left me pretty bored and lonely while William is at work for most of the day. Adjusting hasn’t been easy for me. I think I’m finally going to get used to it now.

First on the agenda for yesterday was a visit from my friend Kristin and my little sister Bethany. I love when friends and family from home visit me, so it was really nice. We tried to get out to go the park and ride the merry-go-round, but Bethany wasn’t feeling great so we got some food and chilled out in the apartment. We did play a very competitive game of Candy Land, at least. Bethany and I were neck and neck for winning but I drew that double red and made it to King Candy’s castle first. What can I say? I’ve got some sweet Candy Land skills.

William got home from work early, which is always a nice surprise for me. Our apartment building was having a cook out, so we decided to make chicken wing dip and cut up a watermelon. While we were working on our contribution to the feast I received a phone call from Macy’s offering me a part-time position. I obviously accepted it because a little more income and a little less time alone at home is greatly welcomed right now. It wont be as many hours as I might like but I can always pick up shifts and I’m sure it will be perfectly fine. I am super thankful for that call because I was getting restless and worried about being unemployed. I’m looking forward to starting in a few weeks!

The picnic was awesome. Everyone brought something delicious and southern themed to share. It was really nice talking to everyone and hanging out for a while. I haven’t had a chance to talk to many people here so I am very excited to make some friends! It was a really good time.

The best part was the slip and slide that we played on afterwards, I’d say. I have never been on one so I was a little freaked out to go shooting down a hill on a soap covered tarp… I’m glad I did though! I only went a few times. William and some of the other guys were crazy and were at it for a really long time. Once they started linking arms and going down three or four at a time, Ala cracked us up by saying,

See? Guys like touching each other, they just need an excuse

By the end of the night we were covered in grass, which is still all over my bathroom floor because I’m waiting for the grass-covered clothing and towels to dry so that I can shake them off before putting them in the washing machine. I don’t enjoy huge messes, but this one was well worth it!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Frisbee and broken laptops

Hello everyone!

So, if you’re wondering why I didn’t get a post out on Monday it is because my computer decided it doesn’t want to connect to any internet at all and I can’t figure out how to fix the problem. Isn’t it convenient that it is messing up on me right before this next semester begins? I love electronics! (Hopefully you sensed my sarcasm there…) So, I am using William’s computer right now since he is at work and I suppose I’ll do the same for Friday unless we can figure out a solution with mine. I really hope we can. I’m a little bit, well, a lot bit frustrated about it. But that’s enough about that, here is what William and I were up to yesterday, plus some poor quality photos from my phone!

William didn’t get finished working until almost four yesterday, so I put up my cute canvas in the kitchen. My sink area had this boring open spot so I figured it would be a nice place to hang something up!

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We decided that we needed to get out and do something fun for the rest of the day, so we purchased a Frisbee at Walmart and headed over to our favorite park. It’s probably ten minutes away from our apartment. I really like it there because it’s out of the city and feels a lot more home-ish. William wasn’t actually annoyed at me, he was just being a goober. By the way, I used to be terribly bad at Frisbee, but William made me practice and now I can actually enjoy playing!

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My book list for 2015

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Hello everyone!

Since starting college three semesters ago I had put a screeching halt to reading for pleasure. I simply had way too much textbook boringness to keep up on and I’d get so bored of reading words that pleasure reading didn’t really appeal to me anymore. I know, awful. I decided to break that silly mindset this Summer after realizing that the library back home at a fifty cent book sale going on for the whole month of May and went crazy buying a bunch of random stuff.

I will all the books I have on the list so far, including some that I have already read with a brief review of what I thought. I have completed five books since the beginning of June, which is a huge deal for me! So, without further ado….

MY READING LIST!

  1. East of Denver by Gregory Hill – This was a really weird book, to say the least. It was witty but also extremely morbid most of the time, and frankly quite depressing. I still appreciated it, especially for the ending that left you wondering what really happened without getting much information to go on. I love that because I wrote a story with that type of ending for my Creative Writing Fiction course in college and was told by my professor that I couldn’t end stories like that. HA! Jokes on you, professor! (Please never read this….)
  2. The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg – This was a teenybopper book if I ever read one. It wasn’t horrible at all, but definitely something I would have thought was the shizz back when I was twelve. It had some pretty weird themes and elements regarding death that wouldn’t be appropriate for modest Christian children, though, so I wouldn’t recommend it unless you aren’t heavily bothered by that sort of stuff. All in all pretty dorky but still somehow enjoyable enough to finish reading? Does that make any sense?
  3. Love Sick: A memoir of Searching for Mr. Good Enough by Frances Kuffel – Doesn’t the title of this sound super funny?! Well… it wasn’t. It was pretty super boring and I could barely stand finishing it. I did because I hate not finishing things. The ending made me wonder why it really needed to be written in a book anyway since there was no fabulous ending. Sorry, Frances..
  4. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie – I have grown up loving every Peter Pan related movie, every version of the musical I could get my hands on, and most things involving Tinkerbell. I don’t know why I was never able to get my hands on a copy of the book, however. To my complete and udder joy, there was a great copy for pretty inexpensive at Barnes and Noble, so my darling husband bought it for me. I read it pretty quickly and loved ever. single. word. I love how Barrie wrote and I enjoyed his fun sense of humor. It is sad, funny, and imaginative. It is everything I love in a good fantasy book, and it honestly climbed right up the scale of books I have read and loved and made a place for itself in my “favorite books EVER” section. By far the best thing I have read so far!
  5. The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles: A woman’s fight to save two orphans by Hala Jaber – This was a really incredible true story about a reporter attempting to help two orphans after the devastating Baghdad missile strike of 2003. It is heartbreaking and interesting. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who is interested in other cultures and enjoys memoirs. It was really incredible and well written to top it off.
  6. Wild Ride: The Rise and Fall of Cobb & Co by Sam Everingham
  7. Somebody Else’s Daughter by Elizabeth Brundage
  8. Becoming Clementine by Jennifer Niven 
  9. The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh
  10. The Painted girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
  11. The Song by Calvin Miller
  12. The entire Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling(Its about time!)

I will keep you updated on my thoughts of this next pile of books after I read a couple. I hope I can get most of them done before school starts, but I am not so sure that will happen. We shall see!

Have a great weekend!

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Fashionably Cheap

Hello everyone!

Last week I snagged some sweet new articles of clothing for super cheap and I wanted to share them with you! I put together a few different outfits with what I bought to show you how I would most likely wear them (style them?) I am no fashionista, so bear with me here.

First, a quick back story on my still slowly developing “fashion sense”…. Growing up I couldn’t be bothered with cool or stylish outfits. I was way too comfortable with a good pair of sweats and a zip up hoodie. I was extremely self conscious about my body and insisted on wearing baggy and unflattering clothing, often from the boy’s section at Walmart. Though I can’t say that I have completely grown in confidence, I can say that I care a bit more about my appearance(most days) and try to pick up a few cute things here and there.

My only requirement when it comes to shopping is that whatever clothing I buy is  cheap as heck. I usually only by clothing out of season or ridiculously marked down. I still enjoy some things from Walmart on occasion, but I buy most of my clothing from Rue 21 anymore because their sales are AMAZING. The mall near our apartment just opened a Forever 21 Red as well, so I am definitely getting into that as well.

So here is my post to prove that you can be, as I mention in the title, fashionably CHEAP.

Rue 21

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I really wanted something professional but not heeled (I suck at walking in heels) I found these adorable pointed flats for $5!

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I thought the sides were really fun too. I don’t usually like pointed shoes but these look pretty great on me and the price was just too good to pass on.

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I really liked the high waist and the pattern on this skirt. It was $2. Yeah, you read that correctly.

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This probably isn’t attractive to a lot of you, but I have a weird thing for sort of ugly clothing. Especially sweaters! I always buy my winter clothes out of season because of the lovely prices. I believe this was also $2. I always wanted something mustard colored, for whatever reason!

Forever 21

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This is just a nude undershirt, but I had to tell you about it because it was $1.80. Usually I can’t find them less than $5!

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This is a really fun crop top. You can see in my 4th of July post. It doesn’t look that great by itself but I feel rather adorable when I’m wearing it. It was $3.50.

How I would wear them:

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I wear a cami under this shirt otherwise I’d be showing some serious belly. I think it would look just as cute with shorts with a high waist, though. I don’t have any or I would try it out. I like to wear my blue necklace with this shirt to add a little something. I like this shirt a lot because it is comfortable and loose without making me seem completely shapeless. It might be my favorite item that I purchased.

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You definitely have to tuck a shirt into this skirt in order for it to look right. I paired it with my new shoes and one of my hats because I thought it looked pretty cute. I am planning on wearing this exact outfit minus the hat for my job interview tomorrow.

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Here it is without a hat as well.

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Here is the ugly sweater! I love it, though I had trouble taking a flattering picture of myself in it. So I just goofed off instead. I think it might look cuter with a black undershirt or even just one of similar mustard-y color. I would either wear it with leggings or skinny jeans but definitely always with boots of some sort.

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“Its not toooo ugly, right?”

So anyway, like I said, I am no fashionista by any means. I just like cute clothes and wanted to share my experience of finding them without going broke in the slightest. There is nothing wrong with brand names, but I really do prefer saving major money and doing it the cheap way! Have you ever snagged any sweet deals? Tell me about it!

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4th of July weekend!

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.(The Deceleration of Independence – http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html)

Hello Everyone!

William and I took a trip to Philly to visit his sister for the holiday weekend. We had a wonderful time celebrating independence with a parade, and festive outfits, and a really amazing firework show.

I unfortunately didn’t get any pictures of film of the fireworks. I had attempted to pull my phone out to film the absolutely gorgeous finale, but my phone is so. unbelievably. SLOW. I completely missed it. But, you’ll have to take my word that it was the best display I have ever been to in my life so far. Impressive, right?

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My shirt is from Forever 21 and so is my American Flag bow! 🙂

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What did you do to celebrate?

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2015 Highlight: Best friends

Hello everyone!

I figured I should probably share a few highlights of the year so far. A lot of great stuff has been going on so I will go over some of them throughout the next few weeks (among other random stuff, of course).

So before going into this one I should probably give you a little bit of a back story. I “met” Jami through a mutual friend that I had met through a Christian website for kids forever ago. Jami and I started talking on Google Chat because for a while that was the shizz. We didn’t have an awful lot in common but we got along weirdly well and she became one of my favorite humans ever despite never seeing her in person…

Fast forward to May of this  We decided we were finally going to hang out in person. For a whole WEEK. I don’t know about you guys, but I am really awkward when it comes to meeting people. I was extremely excited to meet my beautiful friend but I was also extremely nervous that she wasn’t going to like me very much. It was a crazy mix of really freaking excited and really freaking scared. Little did I know, there was not one itty bitty thing to be worried about.

William, my sister Rachel, and my bestie, Micaelina all piled into my dad’s bright green car (mine was way to rickety to drive all the way to the airport in and come back alive..) and headed to pick up my favorite Texan. I was so excited I kinda thought I would pee myself… And I’m being serious. We got to the baggage claim and real life, totally adorable Jami attacked me with one of the greatest hugs of all time(See below).

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The meeting was surreal to say the least. I instantly felt comfortable. We weren’t actually meeting because we already knew each other so well. We were just finally seeing and it was great.

We tried to fit in as many fun things that we could within the boundaries of a little less than a week. It was tough and we were exhausted half the time, but we did it! We tried way too many coffee shops, bought way too many matching items, and ate way too much food! What else do you do with a best friend?

I never once in my life thought my mom would be cool with one of my “internet friends” staying at our house for a week. I’m so glad she did because meeting Jami was one of the best experiences ever.

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Until next time!

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