Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Only good things


I've been daydreaming about this outfit for weeks, and finally got the chance to wear it.  Unfortunately, thanks to leftovers from Sandy, it was raining.  Despite not being able to take decent pictures I had a lot of fun all day clomping around in my boots and my new favorite skirt.  This was a hand me down from my mother, and I don't really want to take it off.  Really, everything about this outfit made me happy.

Actually, I'm just happy today.  Life is good here.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Not sorry


I know that not everyone is a huge One Direction fan, but I am, and this is my blog, after all.  This song was just released off of their new album, and it's beautiful and could mean a lot to a lot of people.  Even if you don't like the band, give it a listen and think about the fan base; someone has to tell this to all the thirteen year old girls of the world.  

Friday, October 26, 2012

They're all related!


Please excuse me if I can't quite form sentences properly.  My mind is in a state of upheaval.  Here is why:

I know that the implications of this don't exactly jump off the page, so let me enumerate a bit.  The guitarist from Company of Thieves, one of my Favorite Bands Ever, used to be in The Hush Sound.  I never loved The Hush Sound, but I've been a fan since I first heard them in early high school.  So, that's cool enough, right?  Well, it gets better.  For the past five years I've worked at my local water park, and pool gossip is that one of the singers from the Hush Sound used to work there.  As long as I'm sitting looking up the roster for the Hush Sound, I figure I might as well double check that fact.  

Sure enough, one of the guys is from my home town.  That same guy also used to play for The Audition, another group that I like a lot.  He's also in another group with members from OneRepublic and Ok Go.  Do you want to know why I like all these bands?  It's because the same people are in all them.  No wonder they all sound so similar.  Maybe I need to start paying more attention to who's behind the music.  

Someone complimented me on my "impecable side zipper" today.  My mom hates the zipper that I put in to this skirt because it's a peachy pink and therefore doesn't come close to matching.  It felt good to have my sartorial choices validated by my peers.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

A concert-filled week.  Jazz band yesterday, symphony band and wind ensemble tomorrow, possibly chorus Saturday, SAI recital Sunday, and Trombone Choir on Tuesday.  Live music is just so exciting. The jazz concert was definitely worth the five dollars that I spent on the ticket, and the rest of the the concerts are free.  Honestly, I can't think of a better way to avoid doing homework after a long school day.

Family weekend.  I got to see all of my grandparents, half of my cousins and aunts and uncles, and got to spend a lot of time with my brother and sister.  My mother and I watched Pride and Prejudice late one night, and I also got to see my father.  A friend told me a couple years ago that as you get older going home becomes less about friends and more about family, and she couldn't be more right.  I didn't even check to see if any of my friends were home.  This weekend was just all family.

MY FAVORITE BROTHER.  I've barely talked to him since he began college too, since he isn't home anymore when I call there.  We had a good couple hours together driving out to see my dad's parents.  I love my brother, and it was so nice to spend time with him.  For some reason my throat is getting tight writing this... I  am not going to cry over my computer.  Maybe I miss my brother more than I thought.

Company of Thieves... with my favorite brother!  In addition to the stack of concert tickets for the coming week that are already sitting on my desk, I bought two more last night.  The friday afte Christmas I'm going to see Company of Thieves again!  It'll be my fourth time seeing them (!) AND it'll be my baby brother's first concert!  I promised him I'd take him to one for his birthday this summer, and then we never found anything affordable that we both wanted to go to.  I was so happy when he told me this weekend that he'd been listening to a lot of Company of Thieves since I made him listen to them so much this summer.  Then when I found out they were playing over break I jumped on those tickets.  I'm sooo excited.  I can't express how much I love this band.

Honest conversations.

New shoes.  I'm very rough on my shoes, so most of them are falling apart.  There was a pair that I'd been eyeing from Target for a while, and when I was there with my mother this weekend they were on clearance.  My mom, being awesome, bought them for me..in two colors!  They're really cute, and decently comfortable.  They gave me blisters at the backs of my heels; I hope that that's a breaking in thing and not a permanent effect.

Knitting.  I have quite a few projects going, and a few more road trips planned where I'll have hours of uninterrupted knitting time.

Voting.  I'm mailing my absentee ballot today!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Other places

Exciting announcement: next semester I'll be studying abroad in Segovia, Spain!  

I've been running around like crazy for the last few weeks getting paperwork in order, and I'm not finished yet.  

I have a new blog, Siempre una aventura, where I'll be documenting the nitty gritty details of the trip.  I'm not sure how studying abroad will affect blogging here, but as of right now I don't plan on interrupting my usual posting.  I'm sure that occasionally topics will overlap, but in general I hope to be able to keep everything separate.  

Monday, October 22, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

Paying for coffee.  There will always be a part of me that puts Starbucks up on the list with American Eagle and Abercrombie and other stores where the customer is paying more for the label than for the product.  Still, I'm slowly beginning to love their coffee.  I blame working behind the counter, and making coffee for other people.  There's no easier way to start a craving for a cup of coffee than by making it for three hours.  Ok, I admit it.  It's delicious.

This mix.

Listening to music.  This sounds terrible coming from a self professed Music Person, but there are times when I go for days without listening to any music.  I don't like having headphones in when I'm walking places because of safety reasons, and I need quiet to study.  Therefore, there are weeks when I just don't get around to opening up my itunes.  For the past few weeks I've been listening to a lot of music, and it really makes me happy.

Slow days.  I haven't had one of those in ages.  But it sounds nice.

Knitting.  Fingers crossed, I might have something to share soon!

Studying.  Before I can explain this one, I have to tell a story.  When I was in second grade my mother asked me if I had any homework, and I said no.  She knew I had a test coming up, and corrected me to say that I had to study.  Very calmly I explained to her that studying isn't really homework.  She still makes fun of me for that.  In all seriousness, I am really bad at studying.  I have one of those brains that allows me to hold on the a lot of information for a short period of time, and then dismisses it all afterwards.  So I normally don't study for things.  Lately though I've been going over my Spanish lessons before bed, and I feel like it's actually helping me with my classwork.  Maybe studying should be considered homework after all.

Brain-melting books.  I've been reading 50 Shades of Grey.  It's terrible.  I have to stop periodically to rage about the use of commas, the overlap of verbs and adjectives ("He smirked at me.  "Are you smirking at me?"").  Despite that, it's nice to have a way to distract myself at the end of a rough day.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Two times


I may have posted this song already for a Music Monday; it was playing on the radio at work and consequently I've had it stuck in my head all day.  

The internet on campus is up again after being down for most of Sunday and this morning.  It's nice to be able to google things again.  I do love the internet.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

I can't believe I'm doing this already.  This week has flown by.  Things have been going a little rough, which is why I want to say straight up that I mean this.  Some days I have to force myself to thing of good things, but right now I have reasons to be happy.  Honest.  Let me list them.

I have great people in my life who care about me.  There are certain people that I know I can always rely on for a hug and an ear when I break down crying in the middle of a conversation.  There are people who will leave the comfort and warmth of their own room to listen to me complain about my life.  I am grateful for this.  I don't know what I would do without these people.  Thank you.

Coffee.  I've had a lot of coffee in the past few days.  Good coffee.  I also started working at one of campus's Starbucks locations, which makes me appreciate/crave coffee even more.  You know, making those drinks can be a lot of fun.  Just holding a warm cup can cheer me up and give me the energy that I need to get through the next class or group project meeting or homework session.

Going home, and looking forward to it.  Next weekend is fall break, and to be honest I really wasn't planning on going home.  I enjoy being on campus, and I enjoy being on campus when it's quiet and empty.  It turns out that in order to apply for a visa for studying abroad next semester, I need do present myself to the consulate on a weekday between the hours of 9 and 2.  Which means that I better get my butt home while I have the chance.  At first I wasn't too excited about this, but I've been making a list of all the things that I can do while I'm home.  I can visit all my grandparents, I can work on two separate final papers, I can play with my sewing machine, knit during the car ride, and collect more yarn and winter clothes.  Maybe I can even convince my mother to take me shoe shopping.  See, self, things will work out.

Tromboning.  I know I keep saying this, but I love the trombone, and fitting it in to my schedule just makes me so happy.  The band office announced earlier this week that basketball band will be starting up soon, and I am ecstatic.  I love basketball band even more than marching band.  AND I finally made copies of my recital piece, so our trio can start rehearsing.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle.  I don't know where the Aussie brand of hair care products does and doesn't sell around the world, but if it's available to you, get it.  I swear, my hair has never been so soft, frizz-free, and curly.  LOVE IT.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Rasberries


A couple weeks ago I started leaving an hour earlier than I need to for class in order to get some practicing in.  I really love being able to start my day out with a solid hour of trombone playing.  Here's another benefit of taking my trombone to class: trombone cases make excellent camera stands.  For once I was able to take outfit pictures without having to balance my camera on my backpack, or on a half-rotten log.  Why didn't I think of this ages ago?  


In the middle of her lecture today, one of my professors mentioned the midterm exam that we took last week.  She announced that there were only two A's, belonging to Pam and myself.  I wish she would have kept that to herself, because the next thing I know the girl next to me is saying "well, thanks for ruining the curve for the rest of us".  She was smiling while she said it, but the meaning was still there.  I swear, the next person who blames me for their own bad performance is getting punched.  

I'm not as upset about it right now as I was the last time that this happened.  Good weather, good food, good music, good use of my time = keeping the good mood going.  


Friday, October 5, 2012

Turn it around



I'll have to be honest, I was not in a good mood while writing up yesterday's post.  The whole point of the Happy Thoughts post is to come up with reasons to be cheerful.  Luckily I'd been working on that list all week, because I just wasn't feeling it.  I'd had a rough day the day before, and as a result had a lot of stress to look forward to throughout the day.  In addition, what I was wearing felt really frumpy and uncomfortable.  


Then I put on a sweater, and added a bow to my hair.

All of a sudden I felt so much better.  When people in my classes ask why I always dress up, here's the reason.  A good outfit can put me in an even better mood.  The power of clothes is very real.  It becomes easier to deal with daily frustration when I can at least feel good about one thing.  During the weeks that I settle for jeans and a t-shirt I need to remind myself of this.  

Plus, the cashier at dinner told me I looked like Madeline.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Happy Thoughts for Thursday


Watching the debates with friends.  This is the third year that I've watched the presidential debates.  The first time around I was 13 and fell asleep halfway through.  The second time I was 17 and just getting in to politics.  I watched them, and didn't understand a word the candidates were saying.  This year they made a lot more sense.  Still, I feel like in order for the debates to make any sense to ordinary people, we really need to have a grasp on economics and on how things like taxes and medicare function.  But if we've taken the time to research those topics it's likely that we already have an opinion on what the best course of action would be; then watching the debates is really just waiting for the candidates to say stupid things.  Like "I like big bird".  

I understand that the tumblrization of debate coverage is not necessarily the best medium for discussion, since tumblr users are more likely to whip out gifs and memes than they are to discuss what was actually said.  At the same time, I do love the internet.  

Putting on my skimpiest dress and dancing around my room to Pitbull in between midterm papers.  I swear, this is my best strategy for staying motivated.  Dancing for three minutes is just enough time for a mental break, and it wakes you up.  Staying awake during paper season is the worst sometimes.

Running again.  I ran twice this week.  That's better than not at all.  Next week will be better!

That after practicing my trombone my mouth feels the same way my legs to after running.  You know that sore tiredness that means you had a good workout?  It's like that, but for your face.  Yeah.

Watching football. (!)  Ok, I need to talk about this for a minute.  I am not a sports person.  Specifically, I do not watch sports in my free time, and I especially do not watch sports on television.  I've trained myself to fall asleep whenever I hear the voices of sports casters.  I just don't do sports.  Well, this Saturday I watched a football game on the television.  And by that I mean I was watching it, not just sitting in the same room.  And I was yelling at the tv and cheering.  And after the game I talked to strangers about it.  Guys, I'm having an existential crisis.  I don't know how to deal with these feelings.  In case you were wondering, we lost by 2 points.  

Let me be a dork about social media for a moment.  I tweeted about watching the game and having an existential crisis.  The official football team's twitter favorited the tweet.  Gasp.

Nighttime coffee.  Delicious and helpful for the paper writing.  Not so much for the sleeping.  

Crunching on leaves.  Walking across the quad in the fall and kicking up leaves is fun.  

Academic resolve.  Last night was not productive.  Today will be.  


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

PSA



I made these yesterday to pass out with my condoms.  Aside from the layout of this blog, this is the most "graphic design" that I've ever done, and I'm pretty proud of them!  I would have liked to make them in color, but I figured it was best to stick with black and white since I'm planning on printing a ton of them.