Friday, September 27, 2013

Transition Months

You may remember my strong disdain for the month of February. I feel a little like that about September though not as strongly. I do not like the weather in early fall. The sort of in between weather where you never know what to wear. Jeans or shorts? Jacket or no jacket? So annoying. I'm ready to just slip on a pair of Uggs and my coat and forget about the confusion. I do enjoy this fall season and I love the crisp pumpkin kind of weather. I also really enjoy Halloween.

Needless to say, I am excited and ready for October. My moms side family reunion is next month, so is the birthday of someone special and the beginning of the real Autumn weather.

In other unrelated news, I am done rewatching Parenthood and done catching up on New Girl. Currently I am watching the best animated show of all time. Avatar the Last Airbender. I love it, love it. I have to work tomorrow morning and aren't particularly excited about it but I'm sure it will be fine.
Happy Friday!
-G-

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Be Aware!

I would be remiss if I let September pass by without a post devoted to childhood cancer awareness. This is a cause very close to my heart and I think it should be close to everyone's heart as well. Because honestly, what is more important than the welfare of our children? The reality is, kids are dying every day. 7 kids, every day from cancer. We are aware that pink means breast cancer and red means heart disease and puzzle peices are for Autism. This is all great but do many people know what this stand for?
This gold ribbon is for childhood cancer and it SHOULD be known by all. This is the number one disease killer of children and hardly anyone even knows it. People are so quick to donate to animal shelters and wildlife organizations and meanwhile-kids are losing this battle every day due to lack of treatments and funding.

So, you don't have to donate money or walk around with a sandwhich board sign. Just spread the word, let others know and if you can, give money to a reputable charity or organization because these kids matter.

-G-

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hipssues

That's my new name for my hip issues. I don't know what started it but I've been having a hard time just walking today. Bad.

I feel a lot better as far as this stupid cold goes. I just paused to drink cranberry ginger ale through a straw (the drink I over consume during illnesses). Today was an alright day, the problem is that my floor of going to dinner tonight and I fear I might not go again because of the hipssues. I hate seeming flaky for not going but honestly I have to walk slowly and pigeon toed on one side if I want to avoid the pain. I have an exam in Ethics tomorrow and I'm seriously worried, the class is TERRIBLE, oh my gosh, so boring and so pointless. Why would anyone chose to study ethics or philosophy or anything like it??? That's mean to those who like that type of thing but I just don't get it and I can't pretend to.

In other news I'm adding My Sisters Keeper to my book list. Yes, this is cheating because I've read it before but I read it again so whatever. I do however have 2 books awaiting me, that almost never happens!! My new goal is just to read more books than last year and I'll consider it a success.

I have been rewatching Parenthood for the past month in preparation for season 5 which starts tomorrow. I have an episode and a half left of season 4 so I'm totally right on target. It's funny how the second time I watched the show I totally changed opinions on characters. I do love TV :). Wow, I've missed blogging like this. It reminds me of last year and my dance saga and all that fun stuff. Speaking of fun stuff...my roommate has decided to move in with another girl on the floor. Did I find this out from her? Nope. My RA told me, seriously though this fool that I've been living with doesn't even have the decency to tell me shes planning on moving out? Good riddance, I've been nothing but nice to you. Yikes. I'm sounding kind of mean. I first thought this would mean I'd have my own room *three cheers!*, but there is a girl who wants to move in. I'm going to talk to the head of my building tomorrow to see if I can just stay alone. I do NOT want to go through another bad roommate.
That was nice and long! Happy hump day!

-G-

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Under the Weather

Very Quick Weekend Recap:
Friday: Eat pizza and stay home while everyone else attends high school football game. Watch a lot of TV.
Saturday: Drive 5 hours round trip to pick E up from a college she was supposed to be performing with in her marching band. Go out to eat at favorite restaurant with M and see Prisoners. Get terrified.
Sunday: Wake up sick with fever and beginnings of a cold. Miss Church, watch lots of TV, sleep a ton.
Monday: Still sick, miss school, stay home alone and watch lots of TV. Eat delicious home cooked meal.

I returned to school this morning, the fever is gone but I sill have a nasty cold. I really hope I feel better soon, I think today should be my last day feeling so awful. I hate colds and I hate any moisture in my nose so I'm pretty sure I seriously disrupted my Ethics class by all the nose blowing. Tonight I will read, watch TV and hopefully rest easy. I always have some trouble sleeping with a cold (just had to pause to attend to an awful nose itch and subsequent eye watering and dripping).

Oh! It's officially fall, I'm ready for the season and am already anticipating the holiday fun!! 

-G-

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Wallowing Day

Here's what happened at the hip doctor yesterday:

The pain I've been experiencing is muscular and I'll need to do some stretches to fix it. Also, I have something called Acetabular Displasia which means that I'll for sure need hip replacement or some other type of surgery, not a question of if but when.

So, today I'm wallowing. I'm really upset about this, it feels like I have all of this crap thrusted upon me and I hate it. Short, bad eyes, bad back, bad hips. I'm angry and I don't want to have to have such a serious surgery nor do I want pain and arthritis. I just want to live my life!!!!! SO, as much as I wish this would go away, it isn't going to. It will, in fact get worse and that's the part I hate the most. Now I'm just waiting for the pain to come, all the while knowing that every physical activity is putting more strain on my freaking messed up hips. The doctor was really nice, he was actually kind of awesome and I'm glad I picked him but I always leave doctors appointments with so many question that I didn't think to ask during the 15 minutes that the doctor is actually in the room. I have to go back and see him in 6 months but I wish it were sooner. I feel scared and nervous about this whole thing. I hate this. I hate it.

And that's why I bought season 4 of Parenthood on Amazon ans skipped Ethics class and that's why I'll be sitting in my room eating cheese and crackers instead of going to the floor dinner. Tomorrow I'm sure I'll have a bright and sunny post on how this is all fine and dandy-that's great, I expect it.

But today I'm wallowing.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Oh, My Love

Back in May after school was over and before I started back at work, my dad enlisted me to help him on a little project. He had bought a groupon to get 24 of our home movie video tapes converted into DVD's. I LOVE our home movies and was happy to help because the only way we were able to watch them was by hooking up our old video camera to our TV. So we picked out the allowed number or tapes and sent them away. The company, called South Tree, promised to have them back in 4-6 weeks. Yay! I thought maybe just in time for vacation. Wrong. When they weren't back by the end of July my dad got nervous and looked up some reviews for South Tree, turns out they are notorious for extended time periods and choppy quality. At that point I just wanted our originals back at least!

Finally, on Saturday we received our package in the mail and were so excited, we watched about 5 over the weekend. The quality was alright but out of order chronologically. Ah well. My very favorite video is this one when my mom is taping and M, my dad and I are dancing around in the living room. I was about 2 or 3 and Unchained Melody came on. I motioned for my dad to pick me up and then he danced with me in the air. It was so cute. I have the best memories from childhood and I have only my parents (and God!) to thank.

-G-

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Gymnastics Memoirs: Reviewed

Since January I've read 3 gymnast memoirs and I loved them all in different ways. I've been wanting to review them so here goes! I'm going in the order in which I read them.

1. Grace, Gold and Glory (my leap of faith) by Gabrielle Douglas
If I'm being honest, this is probably the book I enjoyed the least. I love Gabby and I love her faith and her focus but I wish the book would have been more about her time leading up to the Olympics and her personal thoughts and less about her childhood. Now, I totally get that she would want to include her whole life into her book and not just he past few years but I think I would have liked it more had she went more in depth about her Olympic journey. I loved reading about her relationship with her host family and her troubles with being away from home. The inside cover of the book folds out into a neat poster and there are color pictures in the middle of the text.

2. Winning Balance by Shawn Johnson
I really loved this book! I think it had a great balance of life in the gym and outside. I didn't know that Shawn was a woman of faith until reading this and that really made me smile. This book takes you from her childhood to her present and you get to follow her through switching gyms to the Olympics and to Hollywood. Her Olympic experience was really well chronicled, she definitely wrote about it the best. I really was able to picture her there and understand her thoughts and feelings. I thought that the portion after the Olympics would be dull but it actually wasn't, even though she struggled to find her place outside the gym at first, she ends up feeling "balanced" once again. This book also includes pictures, which I love!

3. Off Balance by Dominique Moceanu
This book was different from the other two in that it was much more raw and Dominique's life had a lot more turmoil. This was an awesome read. I was given a look into her family history and taken all the way to her life now as a wife and mother. It was so enchanting to read about Dominique's life as a tiny 14 year old in the Olympics and yet to know that her life behind closed doors was much less glamorous. I really enjoyed the honesty in this book, I had no idea how political the sport of gymnastics was and how this became clear to Dominique when she was trying to make her comeback. Even with all the drama, there is still plenty of gymnastics in here. The Olympic portions were vivid and I liked reading about her relationships with the other girls. And, the book had pictures in it too!

I hope to possibly read Nadia Cominici's book soon and possibly Kerri Strugs, we'll see!
-G-

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

12 Years Ago

Here's a repost of the post I wrote 2 years ago to honor 9/11

I actually wrote this last year but it somehow got deleted. So I revised the title and decided to repost it on the 11th anniversary:

I was 7 years old. Sitting innocently in my 2nd grade classroom when the first tower was hit. The teachers did not want to scare us so they didn't tell us what was going on. Strange things happened that day though and it's amazing what a kid can pick up on. A lot of my classmates were getting taken out of school, one was pulled right from our line on our way to music class. The teachers held hushed conversations. I knew something was going on.

I just didn't know what.

When my sister and I got home my mom met us at the front door and we sat outside on the front steps. She told us a simplified version of what had happened that day. I did not understand, I don't even think I cared. It was like hearing about a story or movie where a bunch of people I didn't know died. I didn't get the magnitude of it, not for years did it hit me emotionally.

September 11th 2001 was the first major historical event that I lived through. It will be a memory that I will never forget. It's weird to think that the kids that weren't born or were babies at the time (like my little sister) never knew a world without the fear of terrorists or the war. I'm thankful that our country was somewhat peaceful for the first 7 years of my life.

For the past 5 school years in my history classes when the anniversary of the attacks comes around we watch a documentary or a TV special on the subject. When I watch these people talking about their loved ones that died or when I hear these phone conversations, actually recordings of people saying goodbye, it just gets to me. I can't imagine what was going through their minds when the realized that they had no chance, that they were going to die. The fear, the terror, the panic. I'm not brave or strong enough to even think about how I would handle that. I know that I would be praying madly and I know that the fact that I have God watching over me would help but I don't know...it's just so unimaginable.

When I think about those brave passengers that overpowered the terrorists, I'm overcome with pride for the citizens of our country. That we have people that are so willing to sacrifice themselves to save more lives. Their bravery will never be forgotten.

Lets remember, today and always. September 11th 2001.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Buzz

Hey there! The title of this post is paying homage to my favorite phrase, whenever I text anyone or call, instead of saying "Whats up?" I always ask, "Whats the buzz?"
Everything has been going good lately. My classes are a bit dull but things are looking up. Here's some stuff to share:
  • C's birthday is tomorrow! She's going to be 18 and I won't be able to celebrate with her. I did send her a card though and I'm hoping it gets to her in time. 
  • I have a Dinosaurs test tomorrow and I'm semi nervous about it. I'm not really interested in the subject so I have a hard to being enthused. 
  • I have a doctors appointment next week for hip pain that I've been having for awhile. I (of course) think it's a tumor. 
  • The Dance Moms finale is on tonight and I'm kind of glad the season is over. I'm getting tired of the whole plotline formula. 
  • Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition is also on tonight and I'm excited for that. I love competition shows. 
  • I'm getting excited for the gymnastics world championships at the end of this month. So fun! 
  • M is coming early on Friday to go to my classes with me, I'm really looking forward to it. 
  • I'm re-reading My Sisters Keeper. I discovered that book in 9th grade and have skimmed through it probably dozens of times. This time I'm going to really read it cover to cover. 
  • I want to do a book review post soon, maybe even tonight!
Thanks for sticking with me!
-G-

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Up and At 'Em

Alrighty, my blue mood has come and gone since my last post. I just haven't felt much like blogging. I've had hip pain on and off for about 3 to 4 years and I am finally getting that checked out in two weeks. I wish it could be sooner but I have a test in "Dinosaurs" that is preventing that. Oh well, two weeks goes by rather quickly these days.

I had a really nice long weekend, of course it's always hard to get back down to business but I try. I am going to suck it up and make the best of whatever comes my way this semester. I think I'll shoot for a single room come January but until then I will tough it out. I can do it! In other news Dance Moms season is finally ending, it's felt like eternity! But I am obligated to watch...and season 2 of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition is back so that's something to look forward to. I'm on the lookout for a new book to read as always.

That's all for now, I won't take long breaks again. I really like blogging :)
-G-