Monday, March 25, 2013

Braids Make Any Day Brighter

So, I am very happy to have been able to get some days of work in over break. The kind of happy that feels more like an obligation than an actual emotion. Still though, I'm very glad to have a job at all. My first day back went really well, I got to work with some nurses that were super nice. I'm hoping today goes just as smoothly. One thing that I love to do before I go in for a long day at work is have E braid my hair. I do normal braids all the time but E knows how to do some seriously fancy stuff. I always feel confident having my hair done nicely. Today she did a "snake braid". Here is a picture of what it looks like:
 
Property of Google Images
This isn't a picture of me but it's an accurate representation of what my braid looks like.

Anyway, yesterday after church we had our last regular choir practice. Our final one is an actual run through of the Easter service and it's going to be on Thursday night. After practice my sisters, mom, my grandma R and I went to a clothing store that was a little ways away in order to pick up the shirt I had put on hold. The store by my house didn't have the correct size so I was really thankful to be able to find it somewhere else. I really love it, it's pink and floral. Perfect for the occasion.

On Wednesday I'm going with M to babysit my favorite family. Yay! I can't wait.
Happy Monday
-G-

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Breaker

Hey there, the season has officially transitioned to spring. This is making me very pleased. Although the weather around here isn't exactly spring-y yet, it will be soon and I cannot wait to pull out some of my beloved spring/summer clothes. Especially my romper.

This week has been adequate. Of course instead of looking forward to tomorrow being my last day before break and the week I'll have off, I'm just getting nervous and dreading working. To clarify, I am only working 3 days, a total of 24 hours total. Yep, I'm a baby and I know it. I just get myself worried and stressed out that the nurses will be mean to me, I'll forget how to do things, the shift will be too long...blah blah blah. I call myself out on my inner-whining all the time. I know that working is actually a really good thing. For one, I'll be making money and it's also important that I keep coming back over breaks so that they won't forget about me and I'll have an easy time starting up for real in teh summer. It's a really good job and most of the time I like what I do. There is a lot of variety and different tasks so it doesn't really get boring. The patient interaction is nice as well, that's something that I really love about the healthcare field. Of course, the cute newborns only add to the appeal.

I really don't have much planned over the little break. I'll probably just hang around the house and organize my room, go to the movies, go shopping and attend the last two choir practices before our big Easter performance. I'm soooo looking forward to it. Of course, E's birthday is on Good Friday this year so I'm not sure how we'll be celebrating. There is a church service that night that we always go to so we'll either do something before or after that. I'm really excited for Easter, it's always been one of my favorite holidays, it is so joyous and such a time of celebration. After the church service we'll be going to my grandpas house and celebrating with my moms side of the family. I have three younger girl cousins who are between ages 9-11, I haven't seen them since Christmas Eve! My three older cousins now have 4 children between them and they are all 2 years old and under! Baby overload and I love it!!

Anyway...that's about all I can ramble about for now. I'm going to go watch Law and Order SVU with a friend in a few minute and then I'll have to come back up to my room and pack for break! I don't think I've mentioned that we've gotten an Amazon Instant Video account and it has 4 season of America's Next Top Model...um can you say dream come true?? I loooove that show, my mom and I used to watch it together every week. It's so weird to watch seasons that came out in 2006 and remember watching them as a 13 year old. I miss those days but I have to remind myself that these days are good too. It's all about having a positive attitude and truly appreciating every blessing.

I'll be posting over break, I won't disappear!

-G-

Monday, March 18, 2013

10 Good Things About This Week

  1. It's the last week before break
  2. I only have one exam, and I'll get it over with tomorrow
  3. There is no dance this week!
  4. I have a conference with Red this week, everyone in the class has one. It's just a ten minute meeting in which she will tell me how I did on my midterm and discuss my progression. I'm excited to hear what she has to say. 
  5. My hair will be straight for the next few days.
  6. Two hour Dance Moms tomorrow
  7. The weather is bad now but hopefully this means it will be nice next week. 
  8. Dancing with the Stars starts tonight, I'm excited to cheer on Aly Raisman. (Of course!)
  9. I have another new book to read tonight!
  10. I'm going to have a good positive attitude. 
Happy Monday!
-G-

Friday, March 15, 2013

it's Firday!

The title is to be sung to the tune of the notorious 2011 song. Enjoy.

Anyway, I finished my new book and it was really good! Like, I couldn't put it down good. Head on over to my book page if you want to try it for yourself, I definitely recommend it. My dad is coming ot pick me up after noon and then M and I are going to visit my favorite grandma. Saturday morning M and I are helping out at the preshool Easter egg hunt at Church, I love all the little kids.

Still hoping to hang with C this weekend, she may or may not be free. Fingers crossed! I really should start revising this paper that I have to bring to English today for peer review. Have a good weekend folks!!
-G-

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lars's Bad Day

This is Lars:
My beloved laptop
I received Lars for Christmas just two years ago. Right from the start I called him Lars, I don't know why but it fits. I'm one of those weird people who like to name their electronic devices, don't judge. Yesterday morning I was struggling to get the cap off of my milk, I finally loosened it and then it sort of slipped out of my hands onto my desk. It didn't fall and spill, it just bounced once and milk shot out of the top. I often eat and watch Netflix so Lars was opened up. Some milk (really not a lot) got on his keyboard. Frantically I wiped it off with paper towels then I used these special keyboard wipes. Alas, when I tried to type windows started opening and noises were made...it was a mess. I quickly turned the power off and removed the battery and charging cord. Then I rushed over to my ipad, Iris, to find out what to do. Yahoo answers told me that I should put it in rice...there is no rice here and no container big enough to fit Lars. So I wrapped the keyboard in paper towels and turned Lars upside down. I called my parents and my dad said to try and find a vacuum to use on the keyboard. My  mind flashed to the pump in the common room that is used for the air mattress. I put in the new batteries and suctioned the keyboard and also blew air onto it like the internet said. I let Lars sit overnight and then this morning my dad said to try and see if the damage was permanent. Praise God, it was not!! My Lars recovered like a champ. I am sooooo happy because I have a sort of bond with my laptop, I spend a lot of time on here and it would make me really sad to have to get another one.

Here's to the unstoppable Lars!
-G-

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Tuesday List

  1. I finally am reading a new book. I feel absolutely terrible that I've done so poorly thus far but I figure that I'll catch up over the summer when there will be plenty of idle time. 
  2. We went shopping on Friday night but I have yet to find a "brightly colored blouse" to wear for Easter choir. 
  3. TV is currently making me very happy. We got Amazon Prime so now I have access to America's Next Top Model and Party of Five. Woo! M and I are going to watch POF all over again and I'm super psyched, I love that show so much. And in the midst of all the excitement I am still tring to watch all of Monk. 
  4. I'm not going to Bible study tonight, it sounds awful but I just don't feel like leaving my room. And there is a guest speaker so I'm afraid I'll fall asleep, I woke up at 5:30 and didn't get a nap in so it's really entirely possible. 
  5. I'm really hoping to see C this weekend. I haven't seen her in a month and I haven't actually hung out with her in 2 months...that's just crazy. C's the type of friend that I can pick up with after any amount of time though. The best case scenario is that C comes with M and I to see Side effects (finally) on Saturday night. 
  6. The semester is officially over half way over! I couldn't believe when I heard that. Time has flown, before I know it it will be May. 
  7. Dairy Queen's, "buy one blizzard get one for 99 cents" deal was much appreciated by me over the weekend. I got one "french silk pie" on Saturday and an oreo banana on Sunday. Yum. 
  8. I'm still in a hair cutting dilemma. I really do enjoy my long hair but I'm the kind of person that never really maintains a hairstyle. If it's short, I'm growing it. If it's long, I'm cutting it to donate. Honestly that's the pattern I've been in since I was in Elementary school. I'm thinking I may cut it after Easter, the one driving force is that it's very heavy and I'd like to be able to pull it back easier. 
  9. Dance Moms has a 2 hour episode tonight...ahem...possibly another perk in staying home from Bible study but not the main reason, I promise. 
  10. I have a lot to do in the next 2 1/2 hours...I better get started. 
-G-

Friday, March 8, 2013

Photo Friday

Here's a little photo dump from my phone!
My drawer full of fun flashcards

Scripture memory verse program booklet from Church

It took me nearly 2 months but I'm finally almost done with it!

Yay for March!
I finally got around to posting that picture of the electrical fire that occurred in my room over Christmas break. Hardcore huh? 



Happy Friday!
-G-

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for food. In Nutrition class we talked about two diseases that are a result of malnutrition. Of course no lesson would be complete without heart breaking pictures of starving children in third world countries. Directly from the class, I walked to the convenience store on campus and bought cereal and some m&m's. I then went up to my room and ate a sandwich, some cottage cheese with fruit and some trailmix. This is a luxury that some kids can only dream of, I have been blessed to never know what it feels like to be truly "hungry". My parents have always bought food for me and prepare meals on most nights. It is such a privilege to have a kitchen full of readily available food. I don't take it for granted!

-G-

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Word Wednesday

Writing prompt: Write about your summer memories.

I love this prompt! I'm going to go through all my summers (so far) and try and recollect what memorable things happened in each one.

Ages 0-5: I have plenty of memories from ages 2 onward but not specific to summer memories. I do know that I loved to ride on my favorite toy named Cappy. I scooted down the driveway with Cappy nearly every day. We got a pool when I was 5 I think and I learned to swim that summer.

Age 6: Went to the beach house with my dads side of the family. Had the time of my life splashing around in the pool and jacuzzi. My cousins and I though that we had actually found pirate coins but in actuality our uncle had planted them there for us. My other uncle made "Tropical Drinks" AKA delicious smoothies served in half a coconut with little umbrellas pretty much whenever we asked for them! I had my green and yellow tie die bathing suit and I got so tan. My sister and I both got hermit crabs during that vacation, mine was named Shelly and lived about a week. M's was named Hermie and he lived for years.

Ages 7 and 8: These were truly golden summers, my mom was still a SAHM and we had pool passes to our community pool that was within walking distance from our house. We would set out there nearly every morning and set up our towels, food and beach bags in this little shaded corner near the baby pool. The "soccer moms" always got there before us and they would take over all of the lounge chairs, when one of them would leave I would pounce and grab a chair and drag it over to our spot. My mom would pack sandwiches and fruit for us, occasionally we would get to go to the snack stand and by an ice cream bar or candy. I loved swimming, going down the water slide and jumping off the diving board. I had my blue and white Speedo one piece bathing suit that I though looked SO cool.

Age 9: This was the first summer that my dads side of the family and I went to a resort in Canada. On our drive there, we stopped at C's house (C is my dads cousins daughter), they were living in a different state at the time and we got to spend a few days staying with them. It was SO MUCH FUN, we hung out in their tree house, walked around their small town and went swimming. One we got to the resort we all had "cabins" but they were pretty much like hotel rooms in a house. I loved it there, the food was amazing. It was buffet style for breakfast and dinner and the choices were seriously out of this world. For lunch a worker would go around by the pool, beach or boating station, take down orders and bring your food to you. During the day I would swim and order non alcoholic strawberry daiquiri from the bar by the pool area. Or my sister, parents and I would rent a paddle boat, canoe, sail boat or kayak and boat around the lake. There were fishing contests (so much fun) and sandcastle contest too. The prize was always these funky suckers. We also participated in wasping, it was so much fun to get pulled around the lake on a giant float! At night there was entertainment at the big cabin, there was a guitarist, piano player, kids band and talent show to go and see. I had this two piece blue "undersea" bathing suit with fish on it, it had a skirt too that I loved. Before we left I bought a souvenir spoon that I had been eying in the gift shop and thus my spoon collection began!

Age 10: We went back to the resort again and this time I had even more fun! M and I decided to participate in the kids activities that they offered. We went to the arts and crafts cabin where I almost had a heart attack when a bee got in. We went to movie night and a nature hike and developed a crush on a counselor named Keith. Twice during the week they offered water skiing, I missed the little lesson they had given on the first day but decide to give it a go on the second. The rental skis were too big on me but I tried anyway, I fell right away but didn't know to let go of the handle...I got dragged for a good 30 seconds! M tried and did pretty good and I really wanted to go again, a nice family let me borrow their smaller skis and I was off! I stayed up the entire time. It was awesome. On the last night they had a big kids party. We could choose to participate in the princess fashion show or the survivor challenge. E did the fashion show but M and I opted to do the challenge. We had to hold logs over our heads for as long as we could handle and bob for gummy worms in a big bowl full of chocolate milk (ew, not something I would do now). It was a lot of fun, we went into the big entertainment cabin and all the parents joined us to watch the fashion show. E looked really cute with her plastic jewelry and lip gloss. This was the summer I got my favorite bathing suit of all time. It was a brilliant sky blue two piece with a stripe and white hibiscus flower on the top and a similar flower on the back of the bottoms, it had white straps and a white hem on the bottoms.

Age 11: Undoubtedly my favorite summer of all time. For the first half I was in day camp with my best friend. I LOVED camp, we played sports, swam, did arts and crafts and took field trips once a week. I got soooo tan from being outside and swimming int the chlorine bleached my hair. This was also the summer that we got a new bigger pool. I would come home from a full day at camp and go right back in the water. I still had my favorite bathing suit. I became best friends with C in July and we hung out all the time with her sister L and M. Our families became close and we often hung out, ordered pizza, made tacos and got ice cream. I would play outside with them from morning to dark. We all got really into the TV show "Brat Camp" and would get together each week to watch it together. For the finale we had an ice cream sundae night. I remember swinging on the swing set a lot that summer and doing gymnastics on the front lawn. We also went to the huge amusement park for the first time and I got really into roller coasters.

Age 12: This was an interesting summer because I had just had surgery in May and it was the first summer that both of my parents were working. Every morning M would ride E up to day camp (the same one I had previously gone to but was now too old) and I would wait at home because I wasn't allowed to ride my bike yet. I was really scared to stay home alone so every day I would watch The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and pick up where I left off the next day. It was totally a comfort thing and the movie still has a way of calming me down. My favorite bathing suit had worn a whole in it so I had to get a new one in the same style that was light green and blue tie die. I hated putting it on though because my back was still numb. I don't think I swam that much, honestly on the days my mom was at work M and I would watch TV a lot. We had a line up of shows, The Brady Bunch, Animal Miracles, Full House...etc. We weren't allowed to go in the pool without a parent present so we vegged inside a lot. Of course C came over all the time and that was a source of fun. We took a few small trips that summer, one to a little town on a lake and another to a nearby island. When I look back at those pictures I'm amazing at how skinny I was. I lost so much weight and looked sick. At the end of the summer all of the cousins/second cousins were planning to go to a smaller theme park nearby, I was obviously not allowed to go on roller coasters yet so I wasn't going to go. At the last minute I decided to and C's mom promised to keep me safe :). I got to go on a few small rides and was just happy to be included, it was such a fun day. At the end of the summer C, L, M and I got really into the book The Outsiders, we talked about it nonstop. I won first place in the baking contest at my dads family reunion when I made a giant cookie decorated like a pizza.

Age 13: This summer was another one full of TV! I think I swam more this summer and I hung out with C more than ever. My family and I took a trip to Chicago which was a lot of fun. My family took L and C to the big amusement park and we stayed overnight, so fun.In August I got my hair cut really short and won 3rd place in the baking contest at my dads family reunion. I had my first bikini, it was orange on the bottom and the top at oranges on it.

Age 14: I honestly can't remember any defining moments from this summer, that makes me kind of sad. I'm sure I swam a good amount and I think we went to that island again for a day trip. At the end of the summer I went with a friend and L to the amusement park. My bathing suit this summer was a green bikini with shorts, it had white polka dots and was really cute.

Age 15: This was a really good summer, M graduated in June and we had a super fun party for her. It was at my grandpas house and it was a great time. I started going to my churches youth group on Friday nights. I went on a few trips with them. I played softball for the 6th year in a row. M got her license at the end of the summer which was very exciting. I had a pink and white polka dot bikini with a skirt.

Age 16: Probably my 2nd best summer! I swam so much and got really tan. M and I were always in our pool, floating or swimming. We went to the beach a lot and took our big trip to CA. I helped out at a party for my favorite family My cousin had a baby, my other cousin had a baby. My sisters and I went up to Dairy Queen all the time to by chocolate cones with sprinkles. So good. I got my license in June and hit two parked cars by August...it was bad but turned out alright. M, E and I also went to this dollar movie theater a lot, we saw probably close to one movie a week. Summer 2010 was awesome!

Age 17: Not a good summer. The weather was just blah so I didn't get to swim a lot and we really didn't do anything. I hung out with C of course but I spent a lot of days cleaning the house and sitting around doing nothing at all. My parents were too busy fixing up the house across the street for my CA granny and it just consumed everything.

Age 18: Click here to read about that summer.

Wow that was long and took me awhile to write!

-G-

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Truth Tuesday

Q: How is dance class going? You haven't posted about it in awhile!
A: Dance is going really well! Some days I don't feel like going at all but I know it's great excessive. Currently we're working on some more difficult combinations involving rolls and turns.

Q: So the problem with your eyes was your contacts? I'm confused. 
A: There was some sort of error when my dad ordered my last supply of contacts. For some reason I had the wrong prescription and the specialist I went to in December and January failed to notice.

Q: What exactly is your job and do you work currently?
A: I'm a nurses assistant in a maternity unit at a hospital near my home where both of my parents work. I love my job but it's too hard for me to work during regular school weeks. I'll be working over spring break and during the summer.

Q: It's too bad you got so sick, were you able to catch up? 
A: I'm pretty much all caught up now, it was pretty stressful at first but things are back to normal for the most part.

Q: Are you still in a Bible study?
A: Yes, I missed a lot this semester due to being too tired or not feeling well. I really enjoy going though and I'll be there tonight.

Q: Who is your better friend, C or L? 
A: I'm close to them in different ways, C is the friend that I've had the longest and she probably knows me best.

Q: I can tell you're excited about the BEACH HOUSE this summer :)
A: Oh gosh yes. I can't wait. It is literally my motivation and light at the end of the tunnel!

-G-

Monday, March 4, 2013

Memory Monday

Today I'm going to write about a memory that is actually rather recent in the grand scheme of things but it's a memory none the less!

Two and a half years ago my family and I took a trip to California to visit family and explore the state. The day before we left was one that I'll never forget. We all woke up early to pack but ended up being all done before noon. After my dad left for work we were all just buzzing around the house and driving my mom a little crazy! So M and I decided to escape to the movies. we saw Charlie St. Cloud and although it wasn't excellent, it was memorable and fun. When we got home we gathered on the chairs in the backyard because my mom promised that she would paint all of our nails before the trip. I got mine painted silver.The day was overcast but warm. I was the first one done so I went back inside and watched the Hawaii episode of Modern Family and ate a chocolate Nature Valley granola bar (my favorite). We didn't really have any food in the house so my mom had us run out and get some Mexican take out for dinner. SO GOOD. This was during the time that M and I (and a lot of times my mom too) were watching the whole series Party of Five. My mom had watched it when it was airing on TV and she suggested it to us. The only way to stream it at the time was through Youtube so we had to watch on the main computer in our living room. On this night, like so many others, I was laying on the leather couch, my mom on the futon and M on the floor. The episodes were divided into parts and whenever one ended whoever shouted "You!!" first didn't have to get up and put on the next part. I pretty much always won. :) I remember going up in my room quickly to put on my pajamas and while I was there my moms friend dropped off her air mattress for us to borrow and bring with us in case we needed it in one of the hotels or my grandmas house. After the episode was over (we were in the fourth season) we watched one more and then went off to bed, setting our alarms for 5:30 in order to get to the airport on time. I remember laying in my bed with my window open, listening the sounds of the summer night. I used to LOVE to do this, the sounds of the cars on the main road, the crickets and the rustling of the warm wind were like a lullaby to me. I can almost place myself right back in time. I was so excited for the vacation that it's amazing I even was able to fall asleep!

So there's my memory, it's a simple but good one. I think those are the best kind.
-G-

A New Week and A List

It's a new week, the first full week of the new month. I have a lot going on today and tomorrow but after that it should be pretty relaxed around here once more. Here's a Monday list for you:
  1. I've been playing around with this story idea in my head for awhile, I'd like to start typing it up but I'm nervous it won't turn out all that great. It's kind of a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants type thing with four friends spending the summer apart. I love writing about summertime. 
  2. Out of the 7 things on my to-do list I have crossed out 2 so far, I will do the other five shortly ;)
  3. I've decided to watch Dancing With the Stars this season, I watched one season about 3 years ago and it was fun. Aly Raisman being one of the stars really makes me want to tune in. I just looooved watching her and the "Fierce Five" in the Olympics.
  4. I'm still slowly plugging along and watching Monk. I'm at the beginning of season 4. I really do love it but right now it's not the kind of show that I can watch many episodes at time with. I always get distracted!
  5. I'm going to start The Poison wood Bible today. My dad has been encouraging me to read it for years and it is a classic so I thought I'd give it a shot. 
  6. My eye saga is officially OVER as of now. What was causing the 6 months of blurriness? The wrong contact prescription, I mean the contacts I have in my eyes are literally a prescription I've never even had before. It was a mistake of the company my dad ordered them through most likely, from now on we'll order them the recommended way.
  7. I joined my churches Easter Choir and I'm super jazzed about it. I can't wait to perform for the congregation on Easter! E is doing it with me along with my favorite aunt and uncle. I'm so excited. 
  8. I got to see L on Saturday! We caught up and hung out, I may be seeing her again this weekend, it's up in the air!
  9. M and I have been meaning to go see Side Effects for the past 3 weeks, hopefully we'll get around to seeing it this weekend. 
  10. On Saturday M and I took our mom to see Les Miserables, it was our second time seeing it and I think I loved it even more than the first! It is honestly such a great movie with an awesome message. 
Well, that's all I've got for now!
-G-

Sunday, March 3, 2013

I Want to Live All the Days of My Life

I came upon a post by another blog I follow, the author wrote about someone she was close to who truly lived every day of his life. No time was wasted, no day was meaningless. This really resonated with me. I spend so much time worrying and so much time doing a whole lot of nothing. Some days pass by and I really feel as if they were completely wasted. I do enjoy a good TV program and who doesn't like to relax on the couch?? But I have spent so much time this winter doing absolutely nothing. Recently there was an analogy that I heard at Bible study: What if you got 1440.00 dollars every day but you had to spend otherwise it would be gone by the next day? Of course you would choose to use it instead of waste it. Now apply it to time, we get 1440 minutes each day and they will be gone by tomorrow, do you really want to waste those minutes or do we want to make them count. I want to make them count!

One thing I have really realized lately is that life is short and there is nothing guaranteed. God has given me so many opportunities and I honestly feel like it would be a sin not to take advantage of them. I can sing? I should join the choir! I can learn? I should try my hardest to get good grades. I can walk? I should exercise and take care of my body. I can read? I should do this as much as possibly instead of watching TV.

I'm alive? I should LIVE.

I can't count how many hours I have spent worrying and fretting this semester, it is so pointless. Whatever happens will happen and I can't change that. I should focus on the things I can change and take control of. One thing I have learned since starting college is that I really can do well if I put time and effort into my classes. I just need to be totally committed and not worrying about silly little things. God has given me one life and one chance here on earth, I don't want to waste it. I truly want to live every day, every hour and every minute of my life. Instead of surfing the internet I want to shut my computer and do some art, instead of watching netflix I want to turn of my iPad and read or study. Instead of laying around I want to do situps or ride my bike when the weather gets nice. Instead of sitting around doing absolutely nothing I want to engage in conversation and make new friends.

Instead of worrying I want to focus on the here and now and this day, this hour, this minute.

-G-

Friday, March 1, 2013

Well, Hello There March!

My beautiful friend March is here, 21 days until spring!! I can make it, I can. Since I pretty much failed at blogging last month I promise that this month will be better. Meaning:
  • More posts
  • Longer posts
  • Picture posts
Today I'm going to my eye appointment, this little saga has been going on for months and I'm really hoping for some closure. I'm hopefully going to see L this weekend, holla!
Happy Friday
-G-