Archive | April, 2011

I realize

30 Apr

…that my blogging skills have not been up to par lately.

…that you are probably tired of my (as Mama Pea would put it) pissing and moaning.

….that slapping a camera phone picture of a book into a blog post and writing a few sentences about it cannot exactly be considered high quality material.

BUT…just bear with me a little longer. This is my very.last.weekend as a college student.

Next Friday, at approximately 11:30am, I will be free.

(Source)

And together, we will celebrate (perhaps with a giveaway?) :).

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A mother’s love and an open heart

29 Apr

Mother’s Day is only one week away. This is one holiday that is always celebrated with balloons and cake in my home. My mom’s birthday falls very close to Mother’s Day every year, so we usually tie the two together and make it a birthday/Mother’s Day celebration. My mom always says that she’d rather celebrate the “Mother” part of the celebration more than the “Birth” part, though I feel that both deserve to be acknowledged.

Growing up, my mom was a stay-at-home mom. This was her choice, and although she has never actually said that “it was a sacrifice”, I feel that she sacrificed a lot for us. Read: She would take my sisters and I on various shopping trips throughout the year, but I cannot remember many times when she took us shopping so she could look around  for herself… By the time she sat down at the dinner table, her food was cold; she always made sure the family was situated first… She shuttled my sisters and I around so much that the side of our van might as well have read “TAXI,” in big yellow letters. And I could go on.

Yes, I would be the smarty pants oldest child sticking my tongue out

I know that I am truly blessed to have my mom in my life. She has been there to care for, support, and help me through the rougher patches of growing up, including the not-so-fun parts of being a girl. I do know, however, that I should not take this for granted.

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Heart of Haiti Vase, $54.00

Heart of Haiti Pendant: Open Heart of the Goddess, $10.00

Heart of Haiti Bowl- Watermelon, $9.97

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When I think about how much my mom has helped me through the tougher times in my life, I realize how insignificant my definition of “tough” is. While these works of art will make great Mother’s Day gifts for the wonderful women in our lives, our purchases will make a difference in the lives of those who have survived things we can probably not even fathom.

We have the power to make a difference; today, let’s open our hearts.

Mother’s Day is not only for “Mom”. Who else in your life deserves to be acknowledged?

What is your favorite Heart of Haiti piece?

I was selected for this very special “CleverHaiti” opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity. All opinions are my own.

Gone crazy

28 Apr

Last night, Jordan met me at the gym to do some weight lifting while I took a Zumba class. He arrived when I was already in class, so I didn’t see him until it was over. After saying our “hellos”, our conversation went something like this:

Jordan: (Looks at me strangely) Umm..sweetie, why are your eyes all bloodshot?

Me: I don’t know; I don’t think they’re bloodshot? Are they really bloodshot?

Jordan: Did you get any sleep last night?

Me: Yeah, I slept for at least 7 1/2 hours.

Jordan: Oh…okay. You should really go home and rest… (looks at me sympathetically)

Me: (almost starts breaking down in tears, right there in the gym parking lot) Okay. Fine (insert defensive voice)…I don’t know why my eyes are bloodshot. I’m really tired, and I’m really sweaty and just want to go home and take a shower (starts walking to car).

Moral of the story? Don’t wait until the last minute to do an eleven page research paper. It will leave your brain fried, and your appearance, not so hot.

Then, when your professor tells you to submit your paper electronically, you might end up sending the paper to your own email address instead of your professor’s. I may or may not have done this.

(Source)

If anyone asks me about my eyes today, I’m just going to say, “I partied way too hard last night.”

Yes, I think that makes for a much better story.

I’m having an affair

26 Apr

There’s just something about an ink stain on a page,

and a tear in a plastic cover,

that just makes this look like a fake.

Today, I am having an affair with a library book.

And it feels so good.

Weekend Recap

25 Apr

Wow, is it Monday already? My weekend consisted of a lot of overloading on sugar and carbs, and little time for blogging. I don’t think I’ve even read a blog since Friday! I have to admit, it was kind of nice to take a break my blogging “addiction” for a couple of days :). Here’s the recap:

Friday

As I mentioned earlier, on Friday evening my chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta (National Communication Honor Society) was inducting new members. The program went smoothly (though it took longer than I thought it would), and I didn’t stutter over my lines, or burn myself while lighting the candle :).

Lambda Initiation

We took a group photo, but for privacy reasons, you’ll just have to settle for looking at me :)- my eyes glowing in the funny lighting (why does that happen?) and looking over my shoulder at a different camera- oops! Then we took a “serious/look tough” photo, but I’m not sure I look very intimidating.

Wow, I look so mean ;).

Since I didn’t think the program was going to run as long as it did, I didn’t eat beforehand. Needless to say, I was a bit hangry when it was over. Luckily, we were already downtown with plenty of restaurants to choose from, so Jordan and I headed to Weber Grill for a late dinner.

I had one of their specials- a portobello mushroom pizza, and a non-pictured mixed green salad on the side. Everything was wonderful, but I was definitely feeling the effects of the carbs a day later (luckily , that’s when a  gym membership comes in handy).

Saturday

My Saturday consisted of an Earth Day (one day late) service project, a lunch date with a friend, homework, and an early Easter celebration with my family. Jordan came over to celebrate with us, and he brought quite a big surprise with him.

Literally. It’s probably about four feet tall when standing up! He was so excited about it, that he gave it to me a day early. What girl doesn’t love a big bunny on Easter :)?

Jordan also treated me to a Dairy Queen blizzard on Saturday night since I gave up ice cream for Lent. I know I probably should have waited until after church on Sunday, but I knew I wouldn’t have time to go to DQ then, and figured Saturday night was close enough!

Sunday

“Family time” was the theme of my Sunday. I went to church, had breakfast, and opened Easter baskets (yes, I still get an Easter basket 🙂 ) with my family, and then I began baking for an Easter get-together with Jordan’s family.

My contribution- pumpkin cookies with a homemade cream cheese frosting. They were the hit of the party :). By the time I got home, it was after 9:00. Since I had a bit of a sugar high from all of the Easter goodies, I quickly finished some homework and called it a night.

Today

The good news? Two of my professors cancelled class day, due to the fact that everyone is playing end-of-the-semester catch up. For this reason, I decided to take a “mental health day” from what would have been my first and only class. I will be catching up on homework, cleaning, and hitting the gym today.

I only have one week of college left; it’s kind of hard to believe! Well… I should probably get moving so I can make this day somewhat productive.

Enjoy your Monday!

How did you celebrate the Easter weekend?

How do you cure a carb/sugar hangover?

This Friday’s so…Bootylicious?

22 Apr

TGIF (and Happy Earth Day and Good Friday)! Instead of sleeping in and lounging in front of the TV on this day off, I got up earlier to enjoy a repeat of Monday’s breakfast, and try out a new class the gym. Today’s class was called Cardio Jam/Turbo Kick. It was basically a kickboxing class set to music, and after a sweaty hour of kicking and punching, I was more than ready to go home and take a shower. I’m not sure this is a class that I would take regularly, but it was nice to try something new.

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Yesterday, the wonderful Lauren awarded me with the Bootylicious Award.

Doesn’t this remind you of the Destiny’s Child song? They used to play that song over and over on the radio. Ah, high school memories. I never was a fan of that song, but I am appreciative of the award. Thank you, Lauren :).

Here are the rules:

1. Post this award with the picture, and name whoever tagged you in it

2. Do “THE STUFF

3. Award 7 others and tell them you did so!

THE STUFF

1. Name three things that are lying right next to you

2. Name two foods you cannot live without

3. Name one thing you did today

Let’s get started, shall we?

1. Three things that are lying next to me:

– My phone. It’s an ENV2. I can’t give in to the $30 smart phone data plan yet, don’t judge ;).

– My cup of water (for the record, it’s sitting not lying). I drink sooo much water. The other day I counted, and my water intake totaled 15 cups. Granted, this includes during and after workouts, but sometimes I think I have a water addiction. The more I drink, the more I crave…

– My stuffed animals. I still live at home, therefore, I still have my childhood stuffed animals on my bed. Please tell me I’m not the only 20-something that has yet to get rid of them :)?

2. Name two foods you cannot live without

– Chocolate. If you have ever read my blog, you could’ve guessed this one yourself. If you’re new to my blog, you will learn soon enough. It is a mood lifter, after all :).

– Oatmeal.

Mmm..pumpkin oatmeal

I could eat oatmeal for every meal. Although I eat it a lot for breakfat, I also tend to crave it for lunch and dinner. Did I just say that I crave oatmeal? Yeah, I’m 80 years old cool like that 🙂

3. Name one thing you did today

Since I already told you what I did this morning, I will tell you one thing that I am going to do this evening. My honors society is having an initiation ceremony this evening.  I am already an inducted officer, so I get to read a few lines and light a candle (sidenote: I can never seem to get those lighters to work; this should be interesting). It also gives me an excuse to wear a dress, and eat dinner downtown :).

There you have it, “my stuff” for the day. I will pass this award on to seven lovely, or should I say “bootylicious,” bloggers:

Grace @ yourdailygrace

Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries

Michelle @ Living, Learning, Earning

Caitlin @ Diary of a Scatterbrain

Jess @ A Taste of Confidence

Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andrun)

Nicole @ Of Cookies & Carrots

And now I am off to do homework before tonight’s event :).

Happy Friday!

Guest Post from Runyogarepeat: On Taking Leaps

21 Apr

As you can tell from yesterday’s post, things are pretty darn stressful busy around here. Luckily, Lauren has some inspiration for you today. I know we can all appreciate having more positivity in our lives, so thank you Lauren :).

Hey guys! My name is Lauren, and I blog over at runyogarepeat.wordpress.com where I talk about training for my 4th half marathon, eating yummy food, and some random life tidbits.

When I found Emily’s blog, I felt like I could really relate to her story about college, transferring, and pressures of being perfect, which I’ve realized mostly come from me, not others.

I am a pretty driven person and have always tried hard and done well in school. So, when it came time to apply to colleges, I applied to what I thought were good, “prestigious” schools, as well as the state school in my state. I got into all of them, visited them, but my decision was more based on how prestigious the school was, and if the program for my major was good rather than if it would be a good fit for me.

I chose Villanova University, and I was so excited the summer before.

It was about 8 hours away from home, but I didn’t think I would mind. When I got there, it was a bit of a culture shock! I’m from a small town in Vermont, so I found myself surrounded by city kids from New York City, Philly, and Jersey mostly. Not a problem, I was just kinda out of the loop when it came to city fashion and accessories on campus. (My idea of fashion still is yoga pants & a sweatshirt)

The first year I did what I thought I was supposed to do as a college student. I made friends, went out to parties, stayed up late, and all that stuff.

It was fun, and I made a few good friends, but subconsciously, I felt like things were wrong. I was going through the motions, but I wasn’t truly happy there. I hid those feelings from myself and others because I didn’t want to accept them.

I went back for a second year, and by the end of the first semester of my sophomore year, I realized that I wasn’t going to be happy with myself and my college experience if I stayed there another 2 years. Everyone else had found their place in a sorority, a club, or just a really great group of friends. My group of friends from freshman year had grown apart, and although we still hung out, I felt like I did not belong at Villanova.

So, I broke down and told my parents and my boyfriend (from home) that I wasn’t happy there, and my parents were kinda shocked because I had never complained before, but they were supportive. I applied to the University of Vermont when in high school, I absolutely DID NOT want to go to college so close to home, but now, it seemed like the perfect fit.

Now, I am happier, surrounded by beautiful sites like this,

closer to home and closer to this guy

and a million times happier.

Now, I’m just finishing up my junior year at UVM, and I could not be happier with my decision. I feel like I belong at this school, I like being closer to home, and I have grown and changed so much because of this experience.

I never wanted to admit that I chose the “wrong school,” because I was too worried about what others would think if I transferred back home and left a great school. In the end, it really doesn’t matter what others thought about my decision. My parents were supportive the whole time, and it was a scary decision. College is supposed to be the time of your life, and I wanted to experience that. It is also a time of HUGE change, and you make tons of decisions during the 4 years.

Make decisions based on what will make you happy, what you want to do, so you can enjoy them. Change is scary, but taking that leap is so worth it.

Oh, and also, just relax, be spontaneous, and have fun in college!

Thanks Emily for letting me share! Good luck in the next few weeks, and congrats on graduating soon!

Thank you, Lauren! I can relate so much to your story, and I’m sure others can too :).