Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I am currently fasting for the 3 o'clock meal so I'm feeling slightly shaky but the payoff will be worth it!


Anyway, I just want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving! May your day be filled with food, family and thankfulness!
-G-

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Week of Thankfulness: Day Seven

Woo! I am home for Thanksgiving and ready for some fun, it's going to be a busy 5 days but I'm excited for them.

Today I am thankful for:
-An easy time giving my speech
-That class let out early
-Chick-fil-a sandwhiches
-That I got picked up before the bad weather came
-Law and Order: SVU
-A Thanksgiving TV marathon with my sisters

-G-

Week of Thankfulness: Day Six

Today I am thankful for:
-Muffins for breakfast, again :)
-Easy classes
-My warm coat on a windy day
-Netflix
-The Hunger Games on Netflix
-Water
-Jeopardy

-G-

Monday, November 25, 2013

Week of Thankfulness: Day Five

Today I am thankful for:
-Getting to teach the kindergarteners at Church with M
-Muffins for breakfast
-Help preparing my final speech
-Gymnastics blogs
-A delicious dinner
-Fun watching the AMA's with my family

-G-

Week of Thankfulness: Day Four

Today I am thankful for:
-Spending time with my favorite family and helping them at a birthday party
-Hanging out with El
-Helping my mom make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, yum
-A visit with family
-My warm bed

-G-

Week of Thankfulness: Day Three

Today, I am thankful for:
-Going home!
-A visit with my favorite grandma
-Watching Across the Universe
-Spending time with my family

-G-

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Week of Thankfulness: Day Two

Despite the fact that I'm in the worst mood ever and just spent 10 minutes crying, I will go forth with my week of thanks.

Today I am thankful for:
-M not getting hurt when she was hit by a car from behind and that the kids she nannies were also unharmed.
-Free and easy to use washers and dryers to do laundry
-Cancelled speech class
-That I completed my final speech at last!
-Cheaper by the Dozen 2 for an hour and a half of entertainment
-Einstein Bagels

Signing off now, the weekend I was looking forward to isn't looking as fun anymore and I'm just upset for reasons that aren't a big deal in the grand scheme of life but are still enough to get me down right now.
-G-

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Week of Thankfulness: Day One

Instead of picking one big thing that I'm thankful for like last year, for the week leading up to Thanksgiving I'm going to list off the things I'm thankful for each day. It will be a bit less monumental but how many times can I drone on about family/friends/health/happiness??

Today I am thankful for:

-A cancelled class tomorrow and next week!
-The beginnings of my final speech
-Ibeuprofen to take away a headache
-Readily available gymnastics broadcasts to watch
-The ability to exercise and start toning myself up
-Heat
-Finding a book I wanted to skim through at the bookstore
-Movies like Ice Princess to take me back to childhood :)

-G-

A Tribute

Children's author Barbara Park died over the weekend.

Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business was the first book I really read on my own and enjoyed. I thought it was hilarious (and still do) and went on to read and own every book in the series by the time I was in 3rd grade.The Junie B. Jones series was really a work of art because Barbara park was so able to write from the view pint of a 6 year old all while be totally believable and incredibly funny. Here are some of my favorites of the series:


Park didn't just write these books though, she also penned one of the greatest children's books of all time, in my opinion:
 Mick Harte Was Here, addresses death head on and through the eyes of a 13 year old girl. It is funny, heart breaking and deeply moving. I first read it in 4th grade and was absolutely taken with the story of Phoebe and her brother Mick. I recently reread it and the last couple lines still give me chills.

Thank you Mrs. Park for writing my childhood and for doing it with such passion and honesty tha isn't seen a lot in children's literature.

-G-

Monday, November 18, 2013

When People are Mean

The weekend was nice, it went by really fast though so I'm hoping this week goes by quickly because I didn't feel like I got much rest and relaxation.

On Sunday M and my Grandma R and I were out running errands before my cousins birthday party and a rather unfriendly situation occurred in the parking lot. I'm not going into specifics but it never ceases to amaze me how some people are just straight up mean. I don't understand how someone can feel alright about acting like a complete jerk for no reason at all. After the incident I kept thinking of snappy comebacks I should have said or certain hand gestures I should have made. And then we got home and the house was a mess because E "Didn't feel like cleaning" and our dog Ruby hadn't been fed or taken outside because E had "Forgot". So I found myself fuming at the sink while washing dishes and you know what I did? I prayed. I prayed for those people in the parking lot because they so obviously needed God in their hearts. I prayed for my own temper to quiet down and that I wouldn't think mean thoughts of them. Sometimes I think that's all you can do, at a certain point a situation is just not worth getting that upset over because then you are just as hotheaded as the other person. This is something I needed a reminder of after the shuttle line incident.

So anyway, that's my little soapbox rant that really isn't very insightful at all and I'm certainly no expert at keeping my temper in check. If you would have heard the choice word I dropped this morning when I forgot my ipad at home you would know that it is a constant struggle :)

Happy Monday-here's to a good week!
-G-

Friday, November 15, 2013

2 Years of Musing

It has become tradition to write a "Midnovember Musings" post each year on November 15th. Here are my 2013 musings!

I am MORE than excited by the fact that C will be home in 11 days! I can't wait to see her and catch up. I also can't believe that Thanksgiving is in less than 2 weeks! I think M and I will make pies again but probably only 3 because we'll have less people.

Now onto the upcoming holiday season! I used to be all, "Why are these Christmas commercials airing so early? Why do stores already have decorations?" But now I don't mind because I really love it so much so who cares if it starts early? More time to be festive.

This weekend my mom and sister and I are going to see my uncle play with his band, it should be fun and then we have a family party on Sunday. Oh and next weekend I get to help out at a birthday party for MFF and I'm really looking forward to it :)

-G-

Midnovember Musings:
1 Year Ago
2 Years Ago

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sucking it Up

Well, I meant to post sooner but evidently didn't get around to it. I shy away from the blog when I'm struggling with something because a lot of times I don't really want to write about it even though it does help.

Here's the thing, I really don't want to come back here next semester. I want to go somewhere closer to home so I can live there and commute. It's now feasible for me to go somewhere else and I am pretty much done with dorm life. But, it's really a bit too late to transfer for the spring semester so I'm going to have to wait for fall. Moreover, I really don't feel like dealing with all that goes with coming back home in the middle of a school year.

I've already heard whispers here and there from various relatives and acquaintances who clearly disprove of me coming home on weekends. I wish it didn't bother me and I didn't care but it does and I do. Imagine what people would say if I all of a sudden wasn't returning here after Christmas break. I shudder at the thought. I have been planning on transferring in the fall for a while now so the whole, "I can't wait that long" thing was just too last minute. Even though I'm tired of living away from home and so not looking forward to another 6 months of it...I need to suck it up. As hard as its going to be I want to make myself a promise on here that I will have a positive attitude and just get through it with as much ease as I can muster. It's just one of those things that I have to do, for myself but mostly for others. It sucks though because at first I was living on campus to prove something to myself and to challenge all the boundaries I had built. Now though, I've seen that I can do it, I've done fine and accomplished about all I can here but for my parents and for all those naysayers, the show must go on because apparently I haven't proven anything to them.

So I'm going to do it. I'm going to live in a tiny room until May when all I really want to do is be at home. I'm going to navigate a big campus every day when I long for a smaller setting. I'm going to deal with the bum roommate I have now and whoever comes through here in January when I really just want my own space and I'm going to continue to excel in my classes because that's what I'm here to do. I'll get through it and I'll get it done. There are worse things.

-G-

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Changing it Up

Yes, I have changed the title of the blog. The url is the same though so no worries...I guess I felt like this new title emulates what I write about on here really well. The journey through life and the passing of time. "Through My Eyes" was becoming a bit too generic for me. It's hard to believe that I picked that title out over 2 years ago. Also, I changed my font and I don't like it but I can't remember what the font was before...it's a problem.

This weekend I have to work, boo hoo. I really don't mind working a four hour shift, I mean honestly it's not long. What I don't like is having to wake up at 5:45 on a Saturday. Oh well, I complain about this on here every other weekend. I actually have no other plans this weekend though so it will either be nice and relaxing or really boring.

Some new developments as of late:
  1. I've started watching Jeopardy again, I love that show and had I been an actual contestant last night, I would have won. 
  2. My roommate went a wall for a few days abut is back now...insert sad face. 
  3. I have part of my exam schedule and, wouldn't you know it, I have exams on the last possible day. 
  4. The Best Day just came on my ipad, I wonder how many times I've blogged about that song?? I still love it. 
  5. I NEVER used to pain my nails, ever. But as of this year I've been doing them every week and I've actually improved on the skill. I don't get any on my skin anymore :)
  6. I lied earlier about having no plans this weekend, for Mazy's birthday we are going to a local museum and then out to dinner and having people over our house for cake. 
  7. Mazy is not my sisters real name, it's a nickname I call her sometimes and I'm just really getting tired of this whole initial business.
That's all I have for now :) Oh and I've been "crushing it" in all my classes, seriously my best work since elementary school.
-G-

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Happy Birthday Mazy!

Today is M's birthday!! Wooo! I, of course, am not home to celebrate with her but I want to write a birthday post like I have for the past 2 years.

M is three years older than I am and we've been best friends for as long as I can remember. I am SO thankful to God for giving me a big sister who perfectly emulates all of the characteristics that I want to posses. M is always working to better herself, she is constantly studying God's word and she is tries hard in all she does.

I can't believe it's been a years since M's last birthday, that fell on election day. Hallelujah to the fact that this birthday isn't marred by politics!
-G-

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A New Month

Currently, I'm sitting at the kitchen desk at home, next to the heating vent that just turned off :(. My mom and M are out boxing and I have to finish up my persuasive speech that I must deliver on Tuesday. Gulp.

I'm happy to be home and excited about this month of November. I love the holiday season and I can finally start thinking of Thanksgiving and not far from that is Christmas!! Today I'm going with my mom to get M's birthday present. I'm not entirely sure what it'll be yet but I'll figure it out.

Happy Saturday!!
-G-