Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Deep in it

Blame it on the holidays (as many seem to do) but blogland starts to get more and more quiet around this time of year. Which is good. People are doing real life things. Enjoying time with loved ones or just maybe incredibly busy with life they can’t catch a moment away. I’m a mix of all those reasons.

I’ve wanted to blog, but I have really little to say and even when I do, I can’t wrap my brain around words or justify my time spent blogging when I feel like I should be doing more more more homework.

I’m in the thick of my mid-terms and doing what I need to stay afloat with all my homework. That’s the thing with a 7 week semester. Everything is crammed together and it’s stressfully busy the entire 7 weeks. My life has pretty much been consumed with school, and I’m pretty sure you don’t want me talking endless about the fact that Chemistry is the most pointless subject I’ve ever taken. And how this is completely unnecessary for me to know, understand, or use for any part of my life now or in the future.
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and my personal favorite…
Write a complete ionic equation for the following reaction: potassium chloride and lead(II) acetate:
I won’t tell you how long it took me to create that in photoshop..

It’s just silly and I have something to say about it each and every day. (be thankful you don’t live with me)

I think my advisor was really wanting to see if I were serious about going back to school by putting me, a person who hasn’t done this in 14 years, right into one of the hardest classes out there from the start. It’s so hard, students (who live in Arizona) actually go to other colleges and pay twice as much money, just so they don’t have to take it with this professor. That says something.

So this explains my absence lately. This is my all consuming life. Chemistry nonsense and history papers where I get hung up on the proper way to cite and do bibliographies..and if it wasn’t for Natalie helping me (read: holding my hand), with my history papers, I’m not sure if I ever would have gotten it. Not to mention my third class that I deem unnecessary and a waste of my time, but is required for all incoming freshman with this school.

*deep breath*

Despite my mini freak out with all of this, I am still enjoying being in school. I like knowing I’m learning. Being challenged. Getting pushed and frustrated and confused because I still have my end goal in sight..albeit a very far away sight. I’m grateful I’m here and with so many friends coming forward to help me, it means a ridiculous amount.

You can basically find me in three places these days. In the chair, on the couch or on my bed studying, 7 days a week practically 24 hours a day because I want this, dangit.

So, since I want to spare you of my constant talk of school and the stresses it brings, I’ll be around a little less, but I’ll still be around. You can count on that!

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Those who can’t play, coach

Another perk to having nerve damage in my feet is the inability to play a sport I’ve loved for years. Volleyball. I played it in middle school, high school, college, city league and a beach league. To say I’ve missed it is an understatement.

A couple months ago, my sister told me of her friend who wanted to hire a private coach for her daughter, and I was mentioned. After some talking and scheduling, I now coach her one on one once a week in their big barn.
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It feels so good to touch the ball again. I’ve never actually coached before, but it’s something I’ve always thought about and am really enjoying.

If I can’t fully play the game anymore, this will be my way to get as close as possible to it.
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..even if the dust from the barn gives me a bad sinus infection every week.

So even though I have limitations, I’m finding ways to get around it so I can still enjoy a sport I’ve loved for as long as I can remember, and that one day a week sure makes me happy.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

It’s a basic routine

Monday is here again..

I’m kind of shocked its November. I  expected so much from this year, and so much of it didn’t happen, yet so many things I didn’t know would happen, happened. Ever have that? Big things you thought would occur, don’t; but then equally big things do?

I cope with this on a daily basis. Some days I let it all sink in and pull me down, and others, I marvel and enjoy the things that happened and it keeps my spirits up. It’s quite the roller coaster of emotions for me.

I got a little bit sicker over the weekend, but thankfully my mommy was here to thoughtfully tend to me. A perk to being back home. When I was living alone, no one was there or even cared if I was sick. So it’s nice to have some love given my way.

Some great things that did happen over the weekend was seeing my dear friend Angie open up her Etsy shop. There are so many great things in there. I love the verses and island colors. These two are some of my favorites

via Angie's Etsy

So simple yet beautiful. It’s a verse I say in my head over and over sometimes. If you remember, Angie lives in Maui and I got to meet her back in 2012, when G-man and I did a little island hopping. It was so great to hug her.

Another friend of mine is having quite the big birthday and is wanting to do a roaring 20’s theme! I can’t tell you how excited I am for this. This will be my first ever themed party I’ll be attending. Heck, I’m pretty sure it’ll be the first adult birthday party I’ll have ever attended in general!

I’ve been scouring the interwebs for the perfect authentic  20’s style dress. I’ve been looking for days now and it seems the majority believe the ridiculously short flapper dresses are “it”, but I wouldn’t give up and finally stumbled upon a fabulous website. Here are a few that I’m going to look over.

Aren’t they beautiful??

You’ll have to weigh in and say which one you like the most. I’d love to get all your input. I have about a month to choose one and find some feathers and pearls. I can’t even tell you how excited I am for this! Unique Vintage really has some great dresses to choose from.

Today I get to take my very first big exam and its for Chemistry no less, so this should be quite fun. I’m hoping everyone got to enjoy their fall weather over the weekend.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

A stuffy amount of sugar

Hello November.

Though I woke up off and on between 2am and 4am before finally getting up from a sinus infection, I knew what this morning would bring. A tiny drop of sugar. With lots and lots of coffee.

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As I was walking down the hall to the kitchen, imagining my little drop of sugar in my coffee, I see my mom baking my ‘surprise’. Pumpkin bread to welcome me proper. She’s quite excited October is over so we can enjoy the sweeter things this holiday season and in a way, so am I.

I’m not wanting to indulge whatsoever, but it sure will be nice to grab a cracker when I want a cracker.

The month turned out to be fairly easy toward the end. All the chocolate I made thinking I’d need it, still sits in the freezer waiting to be eaten. My sweet tooth has pretty much gone away and overall, I’ve felt really good. No bloating ever.. TMI? But despite my lack of working out…at all in October, my stomach has stayed flat, pants are looser and I never feel gross after meals. Ever.

I still recommend anyone to take this challenge for themselves to see how much it’ll benefit them. And again, I don’t recommend doing it during the holidays (just too much temptation), but at least cut the sugar down greatly, if you can’t do completely. Of course (as I know we’ve all heard), the processed foods, because, why not. We all know they’re horrible.

So November starts out right. Pumpkin bread. A dollop of sugar. And a sinus infection.

The two cancel out the one, for sure.

Happy November and Happy Friday to you, my friends. Thanks for the support throughout October with cutting out sugar. I wish you the best weekend!

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