Thursday, February 28, 2013

TGIO (Thank Goodness It's Over): A February Recap

In February I...

officially have been employed at my job for a year

celebrated Valentines Day without a valentine 

went to C's final school show

struggled with motivation

joined my Churches Easter choir

bought my first sundress this year

seriously contemplated cutting my hair

got pneumonia 

Alright, so it wasn't the best month but I am fully prepared to enter March with a positive attitude and hopes of warm weather. I have never been so ready for spring in my life!! Bring it on!
-G-

How I Ended February with Pneumonia

I got back to school last Wednesday, started to feel sick that night and left the following day. I didn't return for a week. Unfortunately the flu turned into Pneumonia. I had a really high fever last Friday (103.8) and I felt crummy for awhile. I'm glad to be getting stuff done here at school but annoyed that I have all of this makeup work and now I feel very stressed out. I would have come back sooner but the doctor said "No school until at least Thursday" so here I am.

Pretty much I came for just over 24 hours and then my mom is coming to get me tomorrow for an eye doctor appointment that I've been waiting for for 2 months. February has not been kind to me, it wasn't a good month by any mans. I'm so ready for March and for Spring!

-G- 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Four Day Weekend Recap

Friday
My dad came and picked me up around 12:30, I ate some lunch at home before M got back from her college and then we went to look at boots for her before we had to get our mom from work. Then E called us saying that she and her friend were ready to get picked up from Starbucks. E has a lot of friends bu this particular girl is so sweet and polite and she is a Leukemia survivor, such a great girl! After we went and picked up mom we headed to look at more boots *SNORE* for M. She found some that she liked but in typical M fashion she couldn't decide to buy them or not so we just left. Before C's show we ordered a pizza and hurried to get there in time. The school C goes to is private and pretty swanky, their shows are usually phenomenal, this one was not. C was AWESOME though so it was totally worth it. I congratulated her afterward and told her how much I missed her. She is always so excited and grateful when I come see her perform. When we got home I watched House with M, this is an old favorite show of ours but M really loves it and right now she is recording and watching all the episodes that come on TV. I love the show for it's medical aspects but also for it's intensity and comedy. Hugh Laurie is amazing.

Saturday
I woke up kind of early on Saturday because I had to take a shower, we didn't really have much planned earlier on in the day but that evening was our Churches winter fun fest. I was pretty excited since its held in a heated lodge nearby. My mom was participating in the chili cook off competition so M and I left to buy her ingredients and also buy M those darn boots. I bought a summer dress...oh it is torturing me to see all of my sundresses hanging in the laundry room ever day. I can't wait to wear them. When we got home I helped my mom chop onions for the chili and I made some cornbread to go with it. We finally got to the fest around 5 there was a great turnout, right after my mom put her chili down on the competition table they started asking questions for door prizes. First there was a prize for the tallest person in the room and then the shortest (over 18) of course I won that prize!! I got a lovely picture frame with a verse on it. We ate, mingled and listened to a few testimonies. Finally it was time for the chili winners to be announces, my mom won!! None of us could believe it, we knew that her chili was good but not first prize good! She won a good amount of gift cards, it was awesome. When we got home we watched the movie Ordinary People, it was sad but very good.

Sunday
We went to church on Sunday, was always and we ended up staying after and talking for a while. E and I signed up for the Easter choir, practices are on Sundays which pretty much keeps me at home for every weekend for the next month. I don't mind ;). After church I had to go into work to do some competency testing for nurses assistants. OH MY GOSH, IT WAS AWFUL. I kept getting mixed signals as to what I had to do and then I failed my restraint test. Thank God that my supervisor was there to save me and explain that I had not had much experience yet. Oh man, it was sooooo stressful. When I got home I helped my mom make dinner and we all ate at the table together, it was nice and relaxing. While my dad and sisters watched Once Upon a Time, my mom and I hung out and she read and I studied. After awhile we turned on the TV and watched a Monk episode that I'd already seen and loved. Before bed I watched more House with M, good times.

Monday
I slept in a little on Monday and failed at making french toast. I added a bit too much milk and a tiny bit of lemon extract instead of vanilla...ooops. I ate granola instead. I went with my parents to pick out a new couch, we have had the same couch/ottoman/chair set for nearly 14 years. They are literally the exact same age as E as they were delivered the day she was born! So we arrived at the furniture store in hopes of finding a sectional with more seating than we have now. We picked out a good one but my parents are still deciding on the color. I really liked being apart of the decision. We had to hurry home because E had off for presidents day and I had promised her that I would take her to the movies. We went to see Safe Haven, I am NOT a Nicholas Sparks fan so I didn't love it but it was a fun time and it kept my attention so I can't complain. My dad had to go to work and my mom went to the gym so us three sisters decided to go out to eat at a restaurant that has cheap burgers on Monday. YUM. We of course had fun together and watched House when we got home...what else would we do??

Tuesday
M had been begging me to go to school with her for the past couple years so I finally agreed. I like her campus and her classes weren't too boring. I even got to correct her in Biology, ha. It was fun though and she was happy to have me. I made a big lunch when we got home, E had come home form school sick with  fever so we all kind of lounged around and ate Popsicles. It reminded me of when I was little. That night my parents and M had Bible study so I had to stay home with sick E. We watched Americas Funniest Home Videos. Before bed M and I watched more House....it was a very TV weekend.

Happy Hump Day

-G-.

Friday, February 15, 2013

It's the Middle of February!

Holla!!!!! Half way through February means just over a month until SPRING!

Alright so I have a 4 day weekend ahead and C's school play is tonight and I'm so excited. She's a senior so this is her last production, I've loved seeing her onstage so much in the past 3 years.

School is....school. I'm still struggling with motivation, which is not a good thing. I make my flashcards but I never feel like studying them...it's bad. I know I need to find some way to keep going strong because I really want to do well this semester. It's only my Anatomy and Physiology class and lab that have me worried. My other classes aren't difficult for which I am very thankful!

My dad is coming to pick me up at 12:30, which means I'll have about 35 minutes after my last class to chill. I've been watching the TV series Monk on amazon and I love it. I'm on the fourth season and totally hooked. Of course it was recommended to me by M and it is a great example of a TV show that appeals to adults but doesn't have sex or real violence in it. Let's see, what else? Huh, nothing really interesting to report, I donned my red and pink yesterday for Love Day and ended up dying of heat stroke in dance class because my only red shirt is long sleeved. At least I was festive.

Happy Friday!

-G-

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Love Day!

For some reason I get a kick out of calling Valentines Day, Love Day. I don't know why but it's how I refer to it in my head. Anyway, I'm wishing everyone a day full of chocolate, flowers and LOVE

My Love Day Haiku:

Though I have no beau 
I still have people I love
Thank you God for them

-G-

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

College Diet

In lieu of my Nutrition assignment that tracks food intake I have begun to examine my (poor) eating habits. Here is a typical food day for me:

Breakfast: Frosted Mini Wheats and skim milk
Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly sandwhich, applesauce and trailmix
Dinner: Keebler peanut butter crackers, Honest Kids juice bag

If I feel like it I'll sometimes eat some cheese and crackers for dinner as well but not always and I do drink a ton of water but I'm missing a very key food group, every single day. Vegetables! I actually like veggies so it's not as if I'm trying to avoid them, they just don't come readily available to a college student. Sad but true. I'm still hoping to get into shape for the BEACH HOUSE, this summer but I'm not sure if that's possible with this diet. I don't eat a lot but I'm getting mostly empty calories. Hopefully dance will help with the outer body upkeep, but I am worried about my poor, deprived insides. I have eaten really well for the vast majority of my life so I don't want to end up with high cholesterol or something.

Ahhh, things must change.

-G-

Monday, February 11, 2013

Memory Monday: A Love Letter to my Grandma

After I had surgery my granny from out of town stayed with us for about 4 weeks. For two weeks after surgery my mom got off from work, after that it was just me and my out of town granny alone, all day. I need to be honest when I say that I was not a fan of hers during that time, I hadn't really spent much time with her growing up so I felt kind of invaded having her around for such a personal time in my life. It sounds awful but I was glad when she went home. After she left though, M was still in school for another week and I couldn't stay home alone. So my other grandma, my dads mom, who I am much closer to came every day to "watch me".

For some reason my whole atmosphere and persona changed once my favorite grandma started coming, I actually felt really peaceful and calm. I remember one particular day that I think about often.

It was early June and the weather was getting warm, the sun was out so my grandma suggested that we take a little walk to my Uncles house and sit on his back deck for a while. My Uncle lived right down the street at this point in time and had the most beautiful backyard so I agreed. Grandma urged me to bring a book along, I took The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants which I hadn't read yet but is now a favorite of mine. We both sat in the wrought iron lawn chairs and read under the warm sun. After a little bit I think I requested a milkshake :), at the time I was pretty much allowed to eat whatever sugary thing I wanted because I had lost so much weight. My out of town granny had let me get ice cream treats from McDonalds nearly every day. But my grandma said that she would go inside my uncles house (he is her son so she had a spare key) and make me a banana milkshake with vanilla ice cream. To this day that was the best milkshake I've ever tasted.

Spending that week with my grandma was sort of like a sacred time for me, she knows me so well and she literally provided me with just the care I needed. I love her so much and I'll never forget these cherished memories. To this day I remain very close with her, she, M and I go to the movies, and just hang out in her apartment. She is the reason that I am a writer as she passed on her talents to me and supports me in all that I do. At 86 years old she is still sharp and active, I am so blessed that God has put her in my life.

-G-

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Drained

I'm realllly tired. That may or may not have something to do with E waking up at 5 am on Saturday and thumping around for a few hours until I got up. I'm tired and sad and homesick and sometimes I don't want to be here anymore and it makes me angry and now this is a giant run on sentence.

Every time I come back to school I get really sad for a day or two. I miss my house and my family and mostly my mom. It is so much worse this semester and I can't figure out why. I can't wait for this weekend, I have four days off! I'm so excited for that.

This is very rambling and all over the place. Sorry about that.

-G-

Friday, February 8, 2013

Why I'm Not a Fan of February

I suppose there is nothing exactly wrong with February. It's not like it holds any bad memories for me, other than being the month my beloved guinea pig died in 2006...

But seriously, something about February is slightly dull and depressing. I'm tired of winter by this point, very tired of it. There's only one holiday and it's Valentines Day, not exactly a day of f-u-n if you have no one to l-o-v-e. I mean I have plenty of people of people who love me but you know, not in that way. I don't really expect to get a dozen roses from my parents or a heart shaped box full of chocolate from my grandma. But I digress...

I want spring and I REALLY want summer. I just keep imagining all of the things I'm look forward to sooooo much. I'll make a little list so that in May when I'm done with school I can look back and smile really big:
  1. Memorial Day weekend. My favorite weekend out of the year. For my entire life we have gone to my grandpas on Memorial day to watch the parade near his house. My moms side of the family all comes and we cook out and hang outside for the entire day. 
  2. C is graduating! I'll get to go see her graduate and attend her graduation party, along with my other cousins party. I love grad parties. 
  3. VBS week!! I was really sad because the week we're going on vacation fell on the week that my church normally holds VBS but some miracle it got moved this year to the end of June!!
  4. Beach house vacation in July, I am beyond excited for this. Family, swimming, beach, hot tub, huge house...it doesn't get any better. 
  5. Birthdays! C's sister L's bday is at the beginning of the summer and both of my cousins babies turn three in July/August, then in the middle of August little K of my favorite family turns one!!! 
Sigh. 

If only I could fast forward three months...

-G-

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I Love (to hate) Chasses!!

I had a splitting headache as I waited for dance class to begin. Red decided to blast her music which did not help at all.

Today, her hair was mega-spiked, it really was probably a good 6 inches up in the air. This was the third time she wore her bandana with the dollar bills on it, I take it it's her favorite. The green money clashes terribly with her fuzzy red head. Adorable. We began with our weird plie stretches that I really hate love so much. It may look graceful when Red does it but all I see in the mirror is a short blond girl who looks like she needs to use the bathroom. After stretching we worked on a combination in which we roll on the ground, homegirl behind me kept on coming in too close and her feet brushed my face. Twice.

I was strongly considering leaving early when Red said that we were going to work on our "falls". I worked on my "falls" last semester in Jazz when I tripped over my yoga pants and the outcome was less than desirable. However, under Red's guidance I learned the true trick to falling: shift your weight in the other direction. This allows control and poise. I was good at falling. Are you surprised?

After that, we did some feet work. For some reason Red really likes to add little parts into our combinations where we strut around the room purposefully. The only problem is that we so obviously don't have any purpose, so we end up running into each other like wind up toys. Today we were suppose to strut around, find a partner and allow them to hold our arm while we give them it's full weight. Red wants us to get the hang of holding our arms up and letting them drop like dead fish. Red demonstrates with one of the only boys in the class. She asks if her arm is heavy and he is hesitant to say yes. But Red butts in "It better be heavy! I work hard for that arm!". Harder than you work on your anti-gravitational hairdo? I highly doubt it.

We moved on to shannay turns which I remember quite acutely from jazz. They are not hard to execute but they make me very dizzy. Red says that if we feel the room spinning we can put our hand (thumb first) to our forehead and jump up and down. "It may look like something from Star Teck," Red says, demonstrating, "but it really does work". Alright, I've never seen Star Treck but I have seen a wayward kangaroo in a Mary Kate and Ashley movie. Perhaps Red got her technique from our friends at *DuelStar Entertainment.

Finally, we work on our chasses (shah-say), a chasse is basically a gallop in the air and I terrible at them. I'm not the only one though and Red can clearly tell. She tells us all to repeat, "I love chasses!" I do so, with clenched teeth. Red says, "I don't want you guys to get frustrated with these", except instead of "frustrated" she says "fusstrated". It is clear that Red has spent more hours in the studio than in the classroom and I'm OK with it. It's good to know that I can spin academic circles around her, you know even though I can't spin actual circles.

By the time class is over my patience has worn as thin as the string that threads Red's miniscule eyebrows. I was checked out. We all applaud the almighty Red and go on our merry way. Just another day in Modern 1.

-G-

Friday, February 1, 2013

Photo Friday

Today I am longing for spring, past memories and cake...so that leads me to post this picture:
M and I made this cake for E when she turned 12. Our oven wasn't working so Mrs. D of my favorite family offered for us to come over to her house and use hers, this was right after she told us she was pregnant and I was sooooo excited. She aided us in our cake baking and while we waited we sat around and talked. I love her so much :) I'm so thankful that God put her and her family into my life. So as I long for spring I am reminded that there is really only a few more months and then ti will be E's birthday which is right a the beginning of the season, I long for old memories with some great people but I know that there are always good times ahead. And last, as I yearn for some cake...I take comfort in the fact that I will most likely get to eat some this weekend.

-G-