Friday, November 30, 2012

Blink! It's About to be December!

That was truly how November was for me. Possibly the fastest month I have experienced. It's truly amazing to how fast months seem to go, and weeks are even quicker. Crazy.

Onward! Let's review November...


Celebrated the end of election season...

...and my sisters birthday

Overcame a trial

Cheered C on in her play

Learned our dance in Jazz

Got bangs

Decided to move in with a girl on my floor

Began to feel more comfortable in my small group Bible study

Did my Week of Thankfulness

Made four pies with M

Celebrated Thanksgiving

Went Black Friday shopping

Began Christmas decorating and preparations

Started to feel insanely tired of this whole, "School Thing"

Blogged more than ever before! 

Sheesh, a lot happened and I don't even think I realized it. I'd say it was a good month overall. So, her's to December, may the Christmas season bring joy and blessings! I'm excited!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Finish Strong

I don't really feel like blogging right now. Alas, here I am.

Lately I've been feeling ready for this semester to be OVER. I got a little taste of relaxation over Thanksgiving break and I want it back! The good news: I will officially be done at the end of next week! Woohoo! How awesome is that? I will have over a month off. College life is good.

The bad news: I really don't feel like doing much of anything between now and Friday December 7th. More bad news: I have to do a lot of things before Friday December 7th because I have 3 exams that week. Yeah...I don't feel like studying and working my butt off again but I must! I want to finish strong soooo badly and that can't happen without some hard work. I'm just going to try and push myself these next 8 days. I'm not going to like it and it won't be fun, but it will be so worth it when I do well on my finals.

Hard work, perseverance, prayer and dedication is all I need!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wait, Someone Got Hurt and it Wasn't Me??

I know that I've deprived this blog from my Jazz Class Saga, I am here to tell you that no news is good news. I've been coating alone, trying to learn the dance without fan kicking anyone and practicing my turn whenever possible.

Today however, there was a bit of an upset in Studio E. As we were rolling back to do our rolls, TallGirl's shoulder popped out of her socked. Loudly. One minute I was doing shen-ay turns (phonetically spelled) and the next I realize that everyone has stopped. What's going on???? I finally noticed TallGirl in the corner, crying in pain. The teacher was crouched next to her, holding her arm up. We all just stood there for a bit until she sent Highschoollookalike to get one of the medical people. Then we stood around and watched TallGirl some more, I tried to sit but no one followed so i got up again.

After a lot of staring, the medical ladies rushed in and assessed the situation. Yes, the shoulder was indeed popped out and her arm was beginning to go numb. Not good. They spent a long time putting a sling on her so that she could be transported to the hospital. She cried out in pain a few time which was both sad and awkward at the same time. One lady had to leave the room because all the pain was making her nauseous. Really?

The teacher made us leave the room while they took her on a stretcher but we didn't get out soon enough! Poor dislocated TallGirl cried out in pain just as I walked over the threshold of the door.

The show went on though, we continued in another studio. Word went around that TallGirl was gone and we could return to Studio E. When I saw the empty mats where TG keeps her stuff I felt a pang of sadness.

I hope she'll be alright by Thursday...


Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Break 2012

Here are my top 5 moments from my break:
  1. Thanksgiving! That's pretty much a given, but still I had a great Thanksgiving this year. Truly, it was awesome. My dads entire side of the family was there, including my cousin home from college (like me!) and my other cousin who just recently moved back here. My sister and I made four pies! It was a long saga and they weren't perfect but I'd say we did pretty darn good. All of the other food was delicious and I helped clean up this year and got to hang out with my mom and aunts while we did the dishes. After dinner we played some games and hung out. So much fun. The only thing missing was my dad who had to work :(
  2. On the way home from my uncles house, my mom allowed me to turn up the T-Swift and pop out of the sun roof. I loooooove doing this and haven't done it since summer when L and I did it. 
  3. Hanging out with L on Saturday! I missed that girl so much and it was great to catch up with her. We're planning a holiday party for our high school friends in December. We're going to host it together which is good because I have a fear of hosting parties alone. I'm excited about it, but of course, nervous too. 
  4. Black Friday shopping with M and E! Doorbusting at 6 am, sleepwalking through the mall...good times. 
  5. Going to see Silver Linings Playbook with M. She has been excited about this movie for months and I didn't really know exactly what it was about so I wasn't crazy looking forward to it but WOW, it was an awesome movie. I totally recommend it. I'm sure it'll score some Oscar noms too. 
  6. Going out to eat with my family. Quality time. Love those 4 people so much.
Yep that was six, oh well. Better to have too many good moments than too few.



My mom drove me back this morning. She just left my dorm about 5 minutes ago. We had a really nice ride together. I miss her and could probably cry if I wanted to. Boy Meets World is on my TV so that makes me a little less sad.

Depending on when my Anatomy and Physiology lab final is, and I'll find out tomorrow, I may be going home for Christmas break as early as the 7th! Otherwise I will be home on the 11th which isn't too bad either :). My new roommate is moving in sometimes next week. I am excited about it but I will miss having my own room. Now I'm getting sad about that! I just want everything to work out.

I'm going to start decorating my room for Christmas today! I'm really excited for that. I brought some paper for a new red and green chain, some foam to make a big cut out tree and Santa hats and bows. Fun fun fun.

I have this statistics homework that I really don't want to do but I have to do it right now...

Signing off. I'll be posting again later to talk about my break.
Happy Monday!


Saturday, November 24, 2012


I'm laying on my favorite couch in my house. It's dark and peaceful and I can hear my sister upstairs talking to my parents. Thankful.

I'm warm underneath one of my many blankets, I'm using one of our big red pillows. My pajamas are cozy. Thankful.

We got to go out oat at one of our favorite places tonight. I've been going there since I was very small and the food was delicious. My stomach is nice and full. Thankful.

Tomorrow I will get to go to church and worship and learn more about God. I will do this alongside my family and friends. Thankful.

I am loved, provided for and watched over. Thankful.

For all of it.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Week of Thankfulness-Day SIx

At risk of sounding a bit shallow I'm just going to go right out and say it,
I'm thankful for technology!

The internet is awesome as far as I'm concerned, I can do all my research for papers online. I get to BLOG online, which I love. It's an easy way to stay connected with people and stay up to date with school work. Microsoft word is my playground and I am currently working on a story that is (gasp) about 30 pages long! Another great thing about the internet? Netflix, another one of my faves. Ahhhh I could write about the wonders of my laptop, Lars for hours. Maybe I should have made this whole post about him.

Let's move on to music devices, although I'm not a huge fan of my ipad, Iris, I love that I can easily download and listen to music all from the same player. Oh and I watch Netflix on my ipad a lot so obviously that's a perk.

And now we have TV. I really love TV, I'm not ashamed. For years I have been able to wind down from school or work by just laying on the couch and watching my shows. I even like to channel surf, I get joy from searching the guide and recording things. I'm weird like that. Movies too, I adore movies. In the theater, on my laptop, TV movies. All of it.

Now, to move toward more meaningful technology. I'm very thankful for all of the medical advances that are continually being made. Without technology I wouldn't have contacts and would be legally blind! Without technology I may have had to have spent a month in a body cast after my spinal fusion surgery. Going back even further, before the surgery even came about, I would have died from scoliosis eventually because my spine was twisting into my lungs. That's a really scary thought.

Technology is making so many great strides, I really hope that in my lifetime cancer will be cured. How awesome would that be???


Monday, November 19, 2012

Week of Thankfulness-Day Five

I am thankful for my friends.

Since I have written quite a bit about my older sister/best friend M in the past few weeks, I'm going to focus on my other two best friends.

C...I love her so much. She has literally been there for me every step of the way for the past 7 years. Even though she doesn't live that close and we go to different schools, we have and will remain close no matter what. When I'm with her, I don't have to worry about how I come off. I can be crazy, I can be myself and we have the best time together. When we were younger we were so imaginative, we created a whole  new land in my uncles backyard, we wrote stories together, we made up fake celebrities and wrote interview out. Every time we had sleepovers we would make an elaborate breakfast in the morning and set the table just so. These days we could spend hours just talking, laughing and have those deep conversations that you can't have with just anyone. I don't know what I would do without her. She is my constant. I imagine in the next 10 years we will attend each other college graduations, be in each others weddings, watch as we start families and careers...I can't wait to do all of that together.

L, AKA Lilly, this girl got me through high school. We were notorious together. I can promise you that I spent more time laughing with her than I did complaining about homework or studying. She is the most fun person I know. She's hilariously candid, crazy impulsive, super kind and so very real. I wish we had gone to the same colleges but it was not to be. I miss her every day, I know that this would be so much fun with her by my side. She is taking her campus by storm, I just know it. The best thing about L is that she is a great listener. I would always tell her my problems and she didn't rush to talk or interrupt. She really thought out her advice. She has calmed me down from so many stressful moments during senior year. With her, everything turned out alright. She compliments me so well and I love her for it. AND I get to see her this weekend! Hollah!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Week of Thankfulness-Day Four

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I am thankful for my family. I don't really want to group everyone together in this post so I'm going to get a little more specific:

My aunt and uncles are just awesome, I love family gatherings when we get to see each other. My parents are each a part of fairly large families so I do have a lot of them! My favorite aunt and uncle are practically like my second parents, I grew up with them living down the street and they are a huge source of encouragement. Overall, my favorite thing about uncles and aunts is that they are always willing to do something fun with me, play a game or watch a movie.

My cousins...I really don't know who I would be without the 4 girl cousins on my dads side. We are all so close in age and have truly grown up together. We've fought, laughed, cried and shared some of the coming of age experiences that shape who you are as a person. My 3 boy cousins were my best friends growing up, we grew apart over the years but are still friendly. They're coming with us to the beach house this summer so I'm hoping we'll reconnect. As far as younger cousins go, I have three little girl cousins who I adore. They are so funny and look up to me. Cousins are built in best friends!

My grandparents, I have a lot of grandparents! Some of them are step-grandparents but there really is no difference since I have always grown up with them. My favorite grandma means so much to me, she is one of those people who I has always understood me and who I totally connect with. She is the person that I get my zest for writing from and I have always shared a new story with her. My grandpas house is a source of so much nostalgia, it holds memories of countless Christmas Eve gatherings, Easter brunches, Memorial Day picnics and birthday parties. There is ALWAYS food at my grandpa's house, even if we're just stopping over on a Sunday, my grandma K will whip out cheese and crackers, chocolates, sausage, veggies and dip, name it! My final grandma, is hilarious and fun. We really don't have too much in common but she is always a good person to talk with or shop with. I love my grandparents so much.

My sisters! Ahhh, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times....I guess that sums it up! No, but seriously I love my sisters with all my heart. My older sister, M and I are seriously BFF's and always have been. We could talk and laugh for hours and have so many inside jokes. I fight with her sometimes but it doesn't last long. M is a great spiritual role model and the best friend I could ask for. E...oh E, she is my little sister, 5 years my junior. I love her but she is challenging. She can be so much fun and so full of happiness and energy. Or she can be a self entitled rain cloud. Bottom line, I don't know what I would do without her and I know she'll mature eventually. I really love growing up with two sisters, I even love being the middle child. I feel like I get the best of both worlds.

Finally, and I saved the best for last, my parents. God gave me the best of the best. I know I'm probably about to speak in cliches but I don't care, it's all true. My parents are always there for me, they raised me with integrity, they love each other, they love the Lord, they love my sisters and I. I don't know what more a child could ask for. They are the reason I am where I am today, they always encouraged me to do my best but NEVER put too much pressure on me. They work hard for their family and rarely complain. I will never stop thanking God for my parents.

A final shout out to my dog my adorable little snuffles, scruffles, snuggles, struggles, scrubbles, bubble, ruffy, baby-girl, pup-pup, nuffy.  And guinea pig Baileyboy-I love them too!


Week of Thankfulness-Day Three

I am thankful for my church. Last night my family and I went to an event at our church and I felt so much love in the room. Being surrounded by people who care about me AND the Lord.

Can I just say that I LOVE my church? It has definitely been majorly missed since I've gone away to school. I love the music, the pastors, the messages and the people. I have met so many awesome people through my church.

My mom first brought my older sister M and I 11 years ago (actually, the anniversary just passed). I began attending Sunday School in the 1st and 2nd grade classroom. My dad started coming with us about a year later. I didn't love it at first, but once I started to understand what it was all about, I really began to look forward to Sundays and I still do!

My church family has been such a blessing in my life, this is how I met my favorite family and how I have been encouraged by so many people. I have been a part of 5 Bible studies to date and plan on joining another one this summer.

Of course, I can't talk about my church without mentioning how great the messages are every week. We are totally Bible driven and we focus on all sides of God, not just the fluffy and feel good stuff.

To conclude (I feel like I'm writing an essay), I am so thankful for my church and thankful that my mom decided to start going to church at all. Because of her choice we have all been saved and can now look forward to an eternal life with Jesus in Heaven!


Friday, November 16, 2012

Week of Thankfulness-Day Two

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Today I am thankful for God's timing. Last night we had a floor meeting with our RA to discuss procedures before we go on Thanksgiving and Christmas break. We talked about a lot of things, including the fact that anyone who doesn't have a roommate could possibly have one when we get back in January. Yikes. Apparently you can keep your single room if you pay a large sum of money to "buy out" the other half. I started brainstorming, would my parents pay that all themselves? Would I have to go into my savings to pay half or more?

I was getting all worried until I ran into my "neighbor" who s!aid that her roommate was moving out after this semester and she doesn't want to get a random roommate either. So, she asked if we could move in together. I've always thought this girl was really nice and friendly and I started thinking that this was a good idea. She checked out my room and I looked in hers and we talked for awhile. We actually have a lot in common and I really think this could work out. I tried not to unleash all of my quirks on, I really hope I didn't scare her off! I'm really not a weird person, I promise.

Pretty much, I obviously like living by myself but there is no way that myself or my parents will want to pay so much to keep a single room. Therefore, if it comes down to the choice of a random roommate or my nice neighbor, I will absolutely choose her! I really am praying that this works out. I know I'll have to be really flexible and easygoing if I live with someone. I'm sure it will be a challenge at times but it will be good for me. Plus, I'll hopefully become good friends with her. I really want that.

God totally worked that all out for me last night! He turned my worry into excitement! I am so thankful for that.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Week of Thankfulness-Day One

So, for the week leading up to Thanksgiving I want to take each day and focus on one thing that I am thankful for. Obviously I am thankful for more than 7 things but I'm only going to focus on the big stuff. They do NOT go in order of importance though. Day One is just as significant to me as Day Seven will be.


I am thankful for my health. Honestly, this has been something that I have thought about a lot lately. Sure, I've had my share of medical issues, but I am overall a very healthy girl. As I follow the stories of people who have not been blessed with such health, I come to appreciate this even more. I don't know how God chooses who will get a serious illness or injury and someday I may be chosen. Who knows? what I do know is that right now I am very thankful that I can get up in the morning, walk around, eat normally, learn easily enough. It is all so amazing that our bodies work so intricately to keep running smoothly.

Now, to talk about more minor health stuff, this has also been an area of huge milestone. I don't think I've ever gone this long without catching a cold! Honestly, I was going on a once-monthly record last year and it was awful. I HATE colds, they totally bring me down. How awesome is it that I haven't gotten one in this whole time at college? I kind of feel like I'm due for one soon but I'll keep praying otherwise.

Finally, I know that I mentioned awhile back that I was having some eye concerns. I go to the doctor on December 4th to try and figure it all out. It most likely isn't serious but it could be and that, of course, is a source of great anxiety and stress. I am giving those worries to God and thanking Him for the healthy body He has given me!


For Sentiment Sake

I was looking through some old posts and I found this post that I wrote exactly a year ago today. I can't believe how fast time goes.

So here are some 2012 "Midnovember Musings"...

Christmas decor is coming fast! As soon as Target took down the Halloween stuff, the Christmas stuff came. My sister and I were shopping for Operation Christmas Child last weekend and we walked through the holiday section. I got super excited to see all the wrapping paper, lights and stockings. Target also had one of those CD testing things set up where you press the Christmas CD on the screen and it plays you a little preview. Of course I want to get Taylor Swifts Christmas CD this year, I wanted it last year but it never came to be.

In other news, I'm about to head off to Jazz class and learn the rest of my dance. Fun stuff! We also have to learn some combinations across the floor which are giving me a little trouble. Alas, I just need practice. It also doesn't help that I'm partnered up with the most enthused girl in the class, this chick has groove!

That's all for now, but guess what?? I have a little something planned for this week, I'm excited to publish the first part tonight!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Play It Again...

I'm writing this post to Taylor Swifts "Our Song". I'm actually watching "Journey to Fearless" on Netflix but I have a habit of just listening to whatever I have on and surfing the web at the same time. I signed up for pre-sale tickets for the RED tour and I am BEYOND excited. Embarrassingly enough this will be my first real concert! I meant to go to Speak Now but my sister ruined it for me, long story.

Anywho, I've been smelling garlic everywhere today. In the elevator, on my hands and oddly enough, on the grapes I was eating. Ew I threw them away. Food here has been getting steadily worse, I can't seem to eat healthy even when I am trying. Nothing here is natural or fresh. I really hope that I don't have a heart attack from all of this processed junk.

In other news, I got some real bangs!! Yes, I know that I had side bangs as of August but they grew out really fast and I started to get annoyed with them so on Monday I tried to trim them up. I didn't do a terrible job but they just didn't look quite right. So I called up a friend who knows how to cut hair and she came over and made them real straight across hard core bangs. I feel funky and I love it. They are itchy though but I'm sure I'll get used to it.

And what else...I'm getting excited for Thanksgiving! My dad's whole side of the family is coming and we're all pretty close. I just love this time of the year.

Oh yeah, fire alarm went off this morning at one am. I jumped out of my six foot bed and somehow landed on my feet? Seriously, it was like I floated down there, I think Jazz class is improving my motor skills because it was honestly ninja-like. After we all got back into our beds the alarm went off again, boo. I finally got back to sleep an hour later. Turns out some guys burned their popcorn. Lame.

Happy Thursday peeps!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Cursed Fruit Chips

I ate some fruit chips today with my lunch and now I feel like I'm about to lose it. My lunch, I mean, lose my lunch.

Silly me for buying the seemingly innocent peach flavored all natural apple chips. Silly me. Yuck, I can't think about them.

I feel like by typing this out I somehow am warding off any vomit. Hopefully that is true.

In other news...

...there is no other news. Sorry folks, right now I am going to wrap myself in a blanket and watch Netfflix and hopefully not throw up.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Thoughts

In list form!

  1. I'm going home right after Stats class, my friend K's dad is driving us both. I kinda wish that one of my parents could have came and got me. I like riding with them as opposed to someone else's dad, oh well. I should be glad that I have a ride home at all. 
  2. I'm going to give M her birthday present from me tonight! I'm so excited, my mom and I both pitched in for it and we ordered it last month. It's a Sawyer figurine from her FAVORITE shoe Lost. I know she's going to looooovvveee it. 
  3. Tonight is C's play, I can't wait to see her in it. She's a great actress and performer. I'm going to get her flowers. 
  4. After today there is only one full week left of school, then two days before Thanksgiving break. That's only 7 more days of school until the little break. 
  5. Wow, there is currently a Christmas themed commercial on my TV.  I'd like to be annoyed about the early advertising but I just love the season so much!
  6. I have an Anatomy and Physiology test today. I'm not sure that I studied enough, I hope it works out. 
  7. We started learning our final dance in Jazz yesterday. It's really fast but it's fun and high energy. It's to this song and I'm totally loving it. 
  8. I have to leave for my Stats lab (not class) very shortly and I'm not really looking forward to it. 
  9. I began Desperate Housewives Season Three yesterday. I'm not sure  how long it's been since I started. I thought that I'd be done with the 5th season by Christmas, but I feel like it will be before that. 
  10. I'm going to start working on my red and green paper Christmas chain soon. Exciting stuff. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

I Miss High School

There, I said it. And I'm not ashamed.

Don't take this post to mean that I am miserable here at college and long for my glory days. That's honestly not the case. I really do like it here, I just miss some things.

I had the BEST junior and senior year of high school, I was in an awesome post-secondary medical program and I made so many friends through it. we became like a family. That's when I met one of my best friends, I'll call her Lilly, Seriously, me and Lilly made the best memories together for our last two years of high school. We were a notorious best friend due and we were always making people laugh. Lilly is the reason that high school was so much fun, I don't think there is any person that I laughed with more than with her. She is so hilarious and fun. I wish we could have went to the same college but she was going into pharmacy and I was going into nursing and it just wouldn't have worked out. If she was here...I would be having a GREAT time instead of just a good time. Oh well. And my other friends, I miss them so much. The feeling of being surrounded by people you really loved and cared about was so comforting.

I used to hate school, really hate it. For a good five or six years. Junior year totally changed that and I began to enjoy it, to enjoy learning and being around my friends. I liked going to school, a lot. Sure, it stunk to have to wake up early and homework wasn't exactly fun but I knew that it was worth it and I didn't mind those things. I experienced the biggest turnaround, I went from a girl who spewed "I hate school" and "Why can't I just be home-schooled, why do I have to go??" to someone who said things like "I like school" and "I don't want to stay home" even when I didn't feel well. If I were to go back in time and ask my twelve year old self if I ever thought that I would like school, I surely would would have laughed and said no way.

What else do I miss about high school you ask??? The teachers! I had so many great teachers through my five years at high school (no I didn't get held back, my high school used to include 8th grade as well) especially my English teacher senior year. She was so awesome and I really miss her, we were friends! Even though he was a bit rough around the edges, I miss math teacher, we really did end up being friends just like I said in that post last year. I can't believe its been a year since I wrote some of those posts.

Finally, I just miss the high school building. It was SO familiar and comfortable to me. I easily knew where everything was and friendly faces were everywhere. I miss the calm feeling of walking through the halls during class to go to the bathroom or drop off a note, everything was vacant and quiet and I used to love reflecting on things in those halls. And the classrooms, my medical classroom where I spent the most time. It felt like home. 

I sometimes wonder if I'll ever have that kind of experience here. I hope I do, I hope I find some way to make a nice group of really good friends. I hope that the campus will feel like home. I hope that some teachers will impact my life.

Even if those things never quite come to be, one thing is still constant and I hope it always will be. I like school and I like learning. All thanks to my high school.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Overcoming the Habit

I wrote this post way back in August right before going to college. My word counting had gotten worse than ever and I was determined to stop. It took a little while but I have been counting free for over a month! I honestly think that this is a habit that develops from stress and at that point in my life, I was very stressed!

Thankful that God gave me the strength to stop and that I am able to overcome the urge.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Happy Birthday M!

Today is my sister M's 22nd birthday! It's hard to be annoyed about politics when I can celebrate the birth of my best friend. M and I have been close from the start. My entire childhood contains numerous memories of the two of us playing Barbies in the basement or riding our bikes around the block. M and I would play little games all the time where she was the mom and I was her daughter (or son sometimes :), we were each others playmates and over the years our bond has only deepened. I don't know what I would do without her. She is my role model, my confident and best friend for life.

So, this post is for M and her impressive 22 years. I wish her many more good ones and am thanking God for blessing me with the most amazing older sister I could ask for.


Monday, November 5, 2012

On Politics

I'll tell you how I feel about politics right off.

I despise them.

I feel that our political system is so flawed. The bashing, the immature and catty name calling...the fact that no one can agree on anything and thus nothing can get done. I can't stand how the party system is so divided. I wish that people could just be genuine and try to get along. I wish there was a candidate that I believed in, but there really isn't. I honestly don't feel comfortable with voting for either.

I will be SO happy when this election is over, I am so sick of the ads, phone calls, commercials....blah. You know what bugs me the most? How ridiculous people are about politics, it makes people mean, immature and extremely judgmental.

I'm done writing about it now. I don't want to get too angry.
(The end.)


Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Land of Flashcards and Pumpkins

Let's review October shall we?


Decorated my room for fall

Made hundreds of flashcard for Anatomy and Physiology

Got an A on my midterm!

Celebrated my 100th blog post!

Changed my major

Spent some time with my two best friends

Excelled in leaping in Jazz Class (hollah!)

Finished season one of Desperate Housewives

Enjoyed a very low-key Halloween

Alright, I guess it wasn't too uneventful!
Here's to November! May I be extra thankful this month and I pray that it's a great 30 days!