I am super excited to announce that a couple friends and I are going to be going to the United Kingdom and Ireland for two weeks in May. We will be going to London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Dublin. While we are there we are going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour (like any self-respecting Potterhead would). We are also going to go to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff. Needless to say we are going to be geeking out hardcore while we are there.
I am going with two previous roommates that I had my senior year of college. We had a wonderful year and became what I believe to be the best of friends while we were living together. You see, we all actually know each other from high school but lost touch when we went to college. However, my junior year Laura contacted me and asked if I wanted to be her roommate the next year. I was anxious at first but I said yes. Then Laura mentioned that Becca, a fellow friend from high school, was looking for a roommate as well. It only made sense for us to get a third roommate to save some money one rent. So Becca, Laura, and I moved into an apartment together for our last year of undergrad. That was a wonderful year.
We watched HOURS of Doctor Who. Got Becca addicted to Harry Potter (SHE HAD NEVER READ THEM!). Made forts. Had crazy snow days. We had fun but we also had serious times as well. We talked about the future. We argued about ideas. Discussed politics, ethics, and spirituality. We became really close that year.
When we graduated we kind of went different ways, Becca to grad school in Miami, and Laura moved home. But somehow we never lost touch. This last year Laura has been in France, so Becca and I decided to make a trip out to see her. I know we are all so excited to experience new things together in London, and stay in hostels together. I cannot wait!
Soooooo, it’s been awhile gang.
I’m sorry but I have been more focused on my life away from the computer lately. I have been trying to find my place in this world away from technology. Not that technology is bad but we do not need to be constantly attached. Sometimes I find myself so absorbed in the technology in my life that I fail to make regular, daily interactions with the HUMAN BEINGS around me.
These months away from blogging and internet have led me to better draw a line between online life and real life. I will continue to blog and be online but I will invest more time in the people I make daily contact with than I did before. I will consciously put my phone away at work, at a restaurant, or while with friends. I will reserve internet time for the evenings. I will be less connected to the technological world and more connected to the physical and spiritual one around me.
I look for to blogging with this new mindset.
So, here we are in a new year. This last year was overall a good year. In 2013, I graduated with Bachelor degrees from Missouri State University, I moved to a new apartment, got my first full-time job, and I worked a part-time job. I was a busy girl this year. But 2014 will bring new adventures and new friends. I am excited and welcoming the year with open arms. I am going back to school in two weeks and I am finishing out my short-lived career at Starbucks. I had a wonderful experience there. I met a lot of nice people and thoroughly enjoyed my time there but I could not work there, and at my full-time job all the while going back to school. That would have been the end of any relaxation in my life.
I have goals for the new year. I have them written down but I don’t know if I am quite ready to share them yet. I’ll let you all know if I decide to reveal my resolutions to the world.
I have failed you and I am so sorry for that. I have not updated in over a month! I will start putting a reminder for me in my schedule so that I will post at least once a week. I just got super busy with my new job. I am now working two jobs. One is part time and the other is full time and needless to say I am exhausted by the end of the day. I usually go home and and relax.
I have so new changes in my life other than my new job. The first one is that I am going back to school. I am going to try and get my LPN nursing license first. Then hopefully my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). If all goes according to plan (which it may not you never know) I would like to do traveling nursing while I am still young and my parents are in good health. I may even go as far as getting my Master’s in Nursing so I can be a nurse practitioner when I have had some experience.
That is the biggest thing to have occurred in the last month of my life. I have been reading more and more. I am venturing out of the YA world and reading more adult fiction. I started reading Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell. I decided to pick up the book because the author is a native Missourian and I found that really interesting. I wanted to support one of my own. The book also explores the complexity of family and I find that to be a very interesting subject.
I am also reading And Then There Were None (Ten Little Indians) by the infamous Agatha Christie. This is the second time that I have read this book but it has been a while. I always enjoy Agatha Christie. I highly recommend her books to anyone. They are short but they are really good.
“She worked in a shoe shop. It’s not there anymore. I went in to buy a pair of shoes and she said to me, “Need any help?” That was it, right in the heart. Prettiest little thing I had ever seen and I said “Shoes.” I couldn’t talk. Well the next week I went in to buy my third pair I asked her out. And we were married a year later. No, she doesn’t always know me but I look forward to seeing her everyday. She’s still the same person. And every day I introduce myself and we get to know each other all over again. I’m lucky, who else gets to fall in love 365 times a year. You see here’s the thing, people see a couple of tottering old fools caught in a time warp waiting to die. But I see a beautiful young girl from Dublin who wants to spend the rest of her life with me. I win. Don’t feel for me or Izzie. We had the best life we could have ever have had cause we spent it together.”
I have fallen in love with a show called Derek on Netflix. I went in thinking it would be on the same comedic level as The Office. But it wasn’t and that’s not a bad thing. It is a different type of show. This show works on many different levels: amusing, reassuring, and touching. This show made me cry. This show made me laugh at Gervais’s famous awkward moments. This show clenched my heart. This show cheered me up. This show made me think. This show gave me hope. This show is a masterpiece.
PLEASE! GO AND WATCH IT! I BEG YOU!
I seem to have ran out of room on my bookshelves!!
Today has been a crazy, hectic day. At work we did our Christmas photo for our facility’s Christmas card. That is a crazy adventure. We try to fit all of our 107 residents and large staff into one picture. It takes us at least an hour to set everyone up for very few photos. That was only the first hour and a half of work. I then spent the rest of my work day answering phones, call lights, talking to the residents, cleaning, etc.
Then, after I got off work, I took my friend Eugene (he’s 86) shopping because he needed new tennis shoes. His wife just died so I have been trying to get him out of the facility when I can. We walked around Academy and looked at shoes and other things. We then went to eat dinner at Freddy’s (which is a delicious steak burger place, I am a known addict). While there we talked about his wife, his family, and his feelings. This can be exhausting but I never mind helping him in any way I can.
I literally just got home. I have been out of the house for the last 14 hours. I need to relax. So what do I do when I need to relax after a hectic day? I read. I may grab Harry Potter because those are easy books for me to read and relax with or I might pick up a new book. I am currently reading a novel call The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Sutterfield. I am actually really enjoying this book and I am almost done with it. I will put my review up when I am finished with it.
I know this post is a little scattered but I believe that is because at the moment my mind is scattered. I read to put my mind back together. I read to relax.
I have recently purchased new things and they have become some of my favorite things.
My old roommate and I discovered the BEST lip color ever. The brand is NYX and it is the Matte Lip Creme. I absolutely love it. It is smooth and not chalky like other lipsticks and it is not shiny and sticky like lipgloss. Another great thing about this lip color is that you can find it at Target.
I bought this super comfy sweater yesterday at T.J. Maxx. Talk about a steal. It is really warm and it goes well with leggings, skinny jeans, or shorts with tights. I love it. I think everyone should invest in a boyfriend sweater.
I got these new moccasins yesterday too. I got them from Charming Charlie’s. I was finally able to throw away my old tattered pair (I had them for about 7 years) and replace them with these. I love moccasins.
I have worked at the nursing home for five years this month. I have seen the same people almost everyday for last five years. This is in no way a bad thing. I have made life-long friends and extended my family. For that I am very thankful for my job; however, these last few months I have felt my life become mundane and kind of boring. And dang-it! I am 22! I should be out meeting new people and trying new things.
Now is the time for me to be adventurous. I deserve and can handle something new, exciting, and scary. That is why I got another part-time job at a coffee shop. It is something different. I will be able to try and learn new things. I will meet new people. I am scared out of my mind and extremely nervous but I am also excited and ready for this new adventure in my life!
I was Harriet Potter for Halloween.