Monday, May 21, 2012

international mail.

Listening to: "I Got You" by Leona Lewis

Who bought this beanie a few days ago from Topman? Who is very happy about this purchase? And who does not care that this is technically a men's beanie?

This girl!

I have been wanting a grey beanie for years now. And a slouchy one, not one that clings to my head of dear life.

So, I will be getting it in the mail in a few days. I am saving the packaging, for sure. Have I ever mentioned how much I like mail? ;]

Sorry for the short post. I will hopefully be writing more once I get my stuff unpacked and cleaned up, or after the He Is We concert in a couple days.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

final stretch.

Listening to: "Fire" by Ingrid Michaelson

These days, I just need a cup of coffee and enough sleep. I am content with just that. Anything more is a bonus.

This week is finals week for me.

I have my oral exam in Spanish tomorrow afternoon. Then I have my Interpersonal Communication final on Wednesday morning at 8 AM. And then my photo story for my Photojournalism class is due Thursday afternoon when I present the photos I took for the project. 

I'm glad I already have two of my exams out of the way. It makes the stress level for this week go down by a lot.

For some reason, I am craving pizookie currently. Probably because I made it when I was home this semester with one of my friends from school. I am really missing being at home right now. I am trying to be content where I am, but I really want to see my friends and family at home. I am sort of looking forward to going back to work at the Bar and Grille this summer. Actually, I am looking forward to being able to pay off some of my school loans while I am still in school so I have less once I graduate. 

Well, I better be off to bed. I have a long week still ahead of me. 2.5 more days, and then I will be home for the summer!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hobby Lobby, Laundromat Tanning & British Boy Bands.

Listening to: "One Thing" by One Direction (don't judge me...)

These past couple of weeks have been kind of crazy, but a good crazy. I have been going full speed ahead for a while now, and that is just starting to slow down a bit because dead week is on its way. In less than two weeks, I will be at home and done with final exams and projects and all of the hectic end of the year stuff that professors throw at you at the end of the year (which I have never understood because that only makes more work for them...). I have had two presentations, a ten page research paper, and other little assignments to do in the past couple of weeks and luckily I have friends and an amazing God to keep me from going insane. I have two more presentations, a photo portfolio, a photo final project, and three final exams to tackle before I am out of here on the 17th though. saying all of that reminds me of how much work I actually have to do between now and the end of the school year.

A few things that make me happy about these stressful next two weeks:

1. On Friday, I went to Muncie with my roommates. We spent an hour and a half just in Hobby Lobby. It was fantastic.

2. I got a new wallet and sandals from Target!
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3. Quality time with the roommates!

4. I just saw an old friend who I haven't seen in a year because she is on campus this weekend to visit people. :]

5. The weather is hot, but that means I get to wear dresses, skirts and shorts all the time. Cannot complain there.

6. Lots of Polar Pops . . . too bad they went up to 79 cents. Going up 10 cents is a big deal when you don't necessarily like change and you're a college student.

7. Skyping with one of my besties into the wee hours of the morning when I have to get up for church the next day. #worthit! :]

8. Blasting music in my friends car with the convertible top down and the back speakers blown . . . and the bass all the way down . . . and the music completely in the front speakers . . . with still a funky thudding noise coming from the back speakers when there is any bass in the songs. NOTE: Ballads should not have as much bass as some do these days . . . :]

This summer and this time of year is a time for growth and change. Yesterday, I went with a couple of friends to a laundromat that has tanning beds attached in a separate room. I did not want to go tanning, but I did want to spend time with my friends (so I tagged along...). It was interesting to people watch. I forget how blessed I am to live in a dorm that has washers and dryers in the building. And I don't have to worry about having change to pay to wash my clothes because the cost for doing my laundry is included in my housing fees for the year. I am blessed to be able to go to college, to go and do silly things with friends, and to have the opportunities that I do. Unfortunately, I forget the things that I am blessed with sometimes. Luckily God reminds me of His provision and blessings daily. 

On a very different note . . . 

(British Boy Bands to be exact)

This year, I have become more aware of the growing number of boy bands in existence, especially in the UK. From oldies like McFly (and the awfully awkward East 17) to newcomers like JLS, The Wanted, and One Direction, the UK is getting something right here. For some reason, boy bands are still working for them. And I am completely okay with that.

(I mean who doesn't love a little McFly?)

The Wanted, five 20-somethings from the UK, are growing in popularity in the US as I type this. One problem . . . their songs are awful. The lyrics are not in the least bit deep. They are quite cheesy, but they are even more unfortunately catchy. 

Exhibit A: Their new single "Chasing the Sun" (plus the video is VERY strange . . .)

And then there is this one. 

How cheesy, right? How does this stuff sell millions of albums?

And now, there is the best boy band in a long time: One Direction. 

Aren't they precious?

I cannot help it. I have to love them. All of my friends at home (except one, who we are still working on) and one of my good friends here are "Directioners" (a.k.a. One Direction Fans). They are just so cute, how can I deny those cute faces? And the beautiful voices that go with them (including their beautiful accents). 

Their first single (which I have heard for the last 9 months, thanks to my X-Factor loving friend Lauren) is called "What Makes You Beautiful," is pretty cheesy, as is the video, but it is cute.

I listened to their entire album 4 times through while writing a 10 page research paper for my Media Theory and Ethics class. I now know every verse, every chorus and bridge, and every riff on the entire album. Am I a bit embarrassed to admit that? Yes. But confession is good for the soul. :]

So, what is next in the US? Any more boy bands coming out here? Time will tell I guess . . .

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