Thursday, 30 September 2010
My freshman roomate and I like to think we coined this term.
Productive Procrastination is putting off doing on task (in our case, homework/studying) but not spending the time idly. I am becoming a champion at this. I will clean, do wedding projects, run errands, clean out my desk, organize my recipes, fill out requests for samples, write blogs, make cards and about anything else to avoid doing my homework.
I've been worse than usual since I've returned from Scotland (I think I adopted the wrong end of their carefree attitude) and this semester, with my developing case of senoritis (and the fact that most of my classes are GEPS and not major classes), I've become the champion of productive procrastinators.
What about you? Is there anything you avoid by doing other necessary things first? Or do you get the worst over with in the beginning?
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
I dream of having a craft room, with plenty of scrapbook storage and a wrapping station.
I dream of being a good cook.
I dream of making a living with my pen.
I dream of being a full time volunteer.
I dream of having a happy, healthy family.
I dream of having a Girl Scout troop.
I dream of making a difference.
I dream of being able to give, and not having to borrow.
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
I'm inpatient. Terribly, so.
I have terrible handwriting.
I like to elaborate my spoken ancedotes. Once I start telling them they just seem lame, maybe I should correct this to I tell bad stories.
I can't cook but I am trying to learn.
I have very few physical coordination skills.
I stink at math.
I eat way too much chocolate.
Yep, I think thats enough.
Monday, 27 September 2010
2. Do a wedding planning update post.
3. All classes, homework and tests (can you believe I have midterms this week?)
5. Call Soup Kitchen
10. Complete my logo design project
12. Print my pictures
13. Start my ring bearer
What's on your todo list this week?
Post One: Your Best Friend
I know it sounds cliche but my finace is truly my best friend. I share things with him that no one else knows. We were friends before we dated and I think that is part of what keeps our relationship strong. But I do have a second (as in another, not 2nd place) best friend.
I like to call her Hotglue and she calls me that sometimes too, so it can get a tad confusing. She's 4ft9 and absolutely adorable. She loves children and is a psychology major at the college down the street.
Saturday, 25 September 2010
I'm interning at Hub City Press, arranging service projects for a club at school and helping edit the school paper. And keeping up with wedding planning and social activites. It is darn near exhausting.
This weekend has been fabulous though. Mr. Groom came down Thursday after and we went to one of his favorite places for dinner- WAFFLE HOUSE. Ya'll those pecan waffles are pretty darn delicious. We just hung out and relaxed around the hotel room.
Friday we went and applied for a marriage liscense! And later in the day had dinner with my family. I was suprised at how well everyone behaved and how painless the entire experience was.
Today we went and picked up my cleaned and tightened engagement ring at the mall, bought him some pants, ate Korean food for lunch, took a long nap and then met up with three of my bridesmaids for dinner and conversation. (And the Amish baked goods that Mr. Groom brought down from PA).
He's leaving tomorrow after church to continue the job search. I've had such a great weekend I don't want him to leave just yet (This is the first time we've been together since we've been home from Korea) but I know that soon we'll be together for quite a long time. Keep him in your prayers as he drives back.
Monday, 20 September 2010
Tonight, while watching TV I smelled cigarette smoke. I double checked to make sure our window was closed and it was. I walked outside to locate the culprit. I politely explained my allergies and asked the girls to move a little further away from the building. Their answer This is the designated smoking area for our building.
I ran back upstairs and checked the college's handbook. They're correct. The designated smoking section is right under my window. What genius thought of that? The policy says that it is designed to promote a healthy environment for nonsmokers as well as allowing smokers their right to smoke.
A healthy environment? Second hand smoke is coming in my room and clogging my nose and lungs. I'm constantly sneezing, coughing and blowing my nose. There are easily avoidable pollutants in my home.
Tomorrow, I'm going to look into getting the smoking area moved a little further from the building. Not just because my body can't tolerate cigarette smoke (it really can't- cigarette smoke has caused me to puke before), but no one should have the second hand smoke forced on them because they happen to live on the right side of a building.
Sunday, 19 September 2010
6. Greek Festival?
7. Continue trying to contact nonprofits.
9. Generate ideas for new articles.
It's going to be a busy week for me! What have you got going on this week?
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Last night was Sparkle City's Collegefest, where students from all six colleges gathered to listen to 3 bands and eat free barbecue, pizza, fried oreos, candy apple, funnel cakes and beer. Okay, I ate dinner before hand so I could save all of my free tickets for the fried oreos, funnel cake and candy apples. Goodness, that does make me sound like a pig. I DID share the oreos with both roomies and the funnel cake with Lyric. And I brought the candy apple home for a movie night snack. Before we left for the night though, the waterbottle I packed leaked all in my bag and completely soaked my phone so now the battery won't charge. I have the worst luck with phones! Hopefully, I can find a cheap battery to buy.
Today I did homework (bleck) and went shoe shopping. I found a really cute pair of white flats with "crystals" on them, but they're $70 and I really don't want to spend that much on them, so the plan is to hit up David's Bridal tomorrow to see if I can find something similar. Tonight the plan is to work on invitations with the roomies and Hotglue, watch Lifetime's polygamist move, eat some tenderwhite popcorn and my candy apple.
Tomorrow? Church, lunch with the girls and then a FREE cooking lesson at William Sonoma, updating my registry, more shoe shopping, more homework and the beginning of present delivering for K10's Big Sis/Lil Sis week.
What did you do this weekend? Any exciting plans?
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
We had opening convocation today, which traditionally means we get all dressed up and go listen to a few speeches and then feast on fried chicken on the lawn.
This year was different. This year we're SENIORS! And this year was the best year yet.
We spent last night decorating the campus in red. My class is the Red Devil Class of 2011 (Odd years are red devils, even pink panthers) My group of friends was responsible for decorating the rock and the fountains.
This morning we filed into the assembly wearing our graduation gowns and red devil gear. I almost teared up walking down that aisle. The entire room was silent as we entered and our little sister class was waving red pom poms in the air. There was an intense feeling of love, support , and sisterhood. As we began to file into our seats they erupted into cheers and shouts and we joined in with them.
I almost teared up when we sang the alma mater, and when we filed out and the pompoms were again waved.
I love the women I've met here and have never regretted my decision to attend an all women's college. I've loved every minute of my time here. Its a bittersweet experience for me because I know I will not be here in the Spring for all of the senior celebrations with these fabulous women and the Converse traditions. I'm trying to soak up everything I can semester, to make every minute a memory.
Sunday, 12 September 2010
Here we go!
7. Contact two nonprofits for Project Serve- whoops I only did one
8. Come up with three goals for my position (Publicity Chair) for Project Serve- only one at the moment, but I've got until Tuesday.
9. Go to College Fest
14. Call my Aunt to let her know about the Flower Girl dress colors. Again, I'm a slacker.
17. Find out why I didn't get a response about my engagement notice.
Wow. I'm exhausted just looking at this list. Here goes nothing!
Saturday, 11 September 2010
One thing on my 101/1001 list is to make a list of 25 books I've been meaning to read. Here's the list (in no particular order):
1.Problems Men Started- Nikki Hardin (This has been on my to read list for quite some time and I'm determined to read it this go around!)
2. Animal Farm- George Orwell (I loved 1984 but never ventured to read Animal Farm)
3. Retribution- Jilliane Hoffman (My mom loaned my this this summer and I've yet to finish it)
4. The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott- Kelly O’Connor McNees (I won this in a giveaway)
5. The Last Song- Nicholas Sparks (This one may change)
6. Traveling with Pomegranates- Sue Monk Kidd (I love the other books of hers I've read)
7. The Lost Hours- Karen White
8. As if I am Not There-Slavenka Drakulic (I discovered Drakulic last year and can't wait to devour more)
9. Daniel X- James Patterson (Another loaner.)
10. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table - Molly Wizenburg
Outlander - Diana Gabaldon (recommended by mom)
12. The Distant Hours- Kate Morton
13. The House at Riverton- Kate Morton
14. The Glass Castle- Jeanette Walls (several recommendations)
15. The History of Love- Nicole Krauss
16. A Jodi Picoult Book
17. The Abstinence Teacher- Tom Perrotta
18. American on Purpose- Craig Ferguson (I love Craig Ferguson. Not enough to stay up every night though)
19. A Good Mule is Hard to Find - Kirk Neely (Dr. Neely is my pastor)
20. The Murder of King Tut- James Patterson (I love Patterson!)
21. A Bill Bryson Book (I love reading Bryson!)
22. In Cheap We Trust- Lauren Weber (seems interesting...subject to change)
23. House of Sand and Fog- Andre Dubus (I loved the movie)
24. Barbie and Ruth- Robin Gerber (I'm curious)
25. A Movable Feast - Hemingway (I recently read an excerpt for class and its gotten me hooked)
What do you think? Did you love/hate any of these? Any suggestions for a specefic book where my list is vague?
Friday, 10 September 2010
Yes! I am really bad about this. My flip flop bedroom slippers are totally worn out and I need more page protctors for my "to try" recipe notebook, but I probably won't buy them until next month, and then I'll probably just get the slippers.
2. How well do you know your neighbors?
I know my neighbors from my childhood home fairly well. They always treated me like their children/grandchildren. Now, if you ask me who lives on my hall in the dorm I could probaly only name three people, and two of them would be my roomates.
3. What age are you looking forward to being?
This one! People are finally starting to stop asking me what colleges I'm looking at. I wonder if its the ring... 22 should be exciting because that'll be my my first year as a married woman.
4. Do you get excited when the mail comes? Why?
Haha, yes. I love seeing if I have any little suprises- especially on campus when clubs are trying to bribe us to attend events by placing candy in our mail boxes. And as soon as I finish my copy of Real Simple, I start looking for the next one
5. What is your earliest childhood memory?
Playing in the yard with weeds I thought were lettuce and being surrounded by 8-10 cats who followed me whereever I went. We lived in the country. (When my parents first bought our house, the street was just a number and was later given a name.)
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
We explored the connected bookshop and coffee bar and then headed over to an upscale consignment shop that was having a 50% of sale. I found plenty of cute shoes, but none that I liked for the wedding. I guess I'll check out a few more places this weekend.
Once we left the consignment shop we wandered over to a small farmers market and made googly eyes over massive fresh picked apples, peaches and peppers. We split a bag of peaches and headed home.
Later tonight I'm picking up my cap and gown and stopping to watch a Comedian/Musician.
I hope ya'lls day has been as great as mine!
Sunday, 5 September 2010
Ya'll I promise to get back on the blogging ball as soon as I get back into a routine. Today I'm going to share my to-do list for the week and answer the GTKY questions.
First up, my to do list:
13. Work on my Korea photobook. (ie
Yeah, I think thats plenty for now. Now, for GTKY
1. Do you like seafood?
2. Are mermaids hot?
3. Have you swam in the ocean?
yes, I love the Ocean
4. If you got stung by a jellyfish, would you let a stranger pee on you?
Do I have to? Is there no one I know?
5. Have you ever pee'd in the ocean?
As a child
6. Can you make a cute fish face? (Show a pic..if you want)
7. When you see the lobster tank at the grocery store do you just have this overwhelming urge to set them free or cook them up?
8. Are you afraid of sharks?
Um, yes. Who isn't?
Saturday, 4 September 2010
My wonderful roomate helped me to put together one of my invitations so I could get it weighed and order postage.
Then we went shopping and I bought a paper mache mailbox that I want to decorate and have at the reception to serve as part of my guest book. We also stopped by a new local coffeeshop/bakery/bookstore combo.
After a dinner of leftover pasta, we all headed outside. My college had set up a large outdoor movie screen. We watched the Blindside and nibbled on free popcorn and candy.
I loved the Blindside! I can't believe it took me so long to see it. It made me feel like crying during one part, and a few minutes later had me laughing at the top of my lungs. The experience was made even better by the fact that I was laying on a beach towel under the stars, and surrounded by good friends.
I want to see Blindside again, and may have Mr. Groom watch it with me when he comes to visit in two weeks.
Have any of you seen it? Did you love it too?
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
1. What item of yours has the most sentimental value, and why?
I really loved my charm bracelet- I'd collected a charm for every activity I'd been involved in as a child and had been given charms by mom parents and grandparents for special events. And then some jerkoff luggage inspector had to steal it.
2. What is the best compliment you've ever received?
Possibly related to my writing.
3. What did you want to be when you grew up?
In charge. Haha. I talked about being an actress, novelist, magazine writer, news anchor and teacher.
4. Do you love or loathe family get-togethers?
I tend to loathe them because it means long periods of time with my mother. However, I do enjoy seeing my little cousins and getting to see them growing up
5. What is your favorite breakfast?
Pancakes and bacon or a veggie omelet
6. Where were you born?
7. What is your favorite holiday?
I love Christmas but I also love to see the fireworks on the Fouth of July. My family actually shoots off fireworks on Christmas Eve. I just love them.
8. What are you going to do for yourself today to make yourself happy?
Well, I did eat a Brownie earlier and am considering a trip to Hobby Lobby. And of course, I'm planning to read some in my current book.
1. What is your favorite family tradition/ritual?
2. What do you like to watch on TV?
3. How many calendars do you have?
4. What is your favorite chocolate concoction?
5. What's your favorite dinner to cook?
6. What's the best place you've ever been?
7. What is your dream vacation?
8. What is your talent?
Mandy's Life After 30
The Answer is Chocolate
More Than A Mommy
Southern Comfort in a Northern Life
A Day in the Life of a Grad Students Wife
Life of Meg
One Sassy Vixen
Even if you're not tagged, I'd still love to hear your responses!