Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I am on the hunt

for new "teacher" clothes. I was instructed to dress like Charlotte from Sex and The City because she is both modest and stylish, qualities admired in teachers.

( ok so maybe not SOOO modest here, but still very cute)

So I am very excited to find this online boutique called Shabby Apple that has very stylish, sometimes modest, dresses that appear to be of very good quality. My favorites are


Of course I like others on their site, I am not sure that I have come across one that I DONT like, but I am trying to be practucal for both my wallet and my career.

Friday, June 25, 2010

How to procrastinate

I found this while going through old stuff on my computer (its kind of long but a hoot, it was published in the Meredith Herold). So just for funsies.....

Mark Twain once said, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” These profound words encompass a philosophy that I like to model my life after. Most people look upon procrastination unfavorably; however, procrastination can actually be quite a wonderful thing. Some of the best memories I have are ones that occurred when I was procrastinating. If one were to examine closely procrastinators, he or she would discover that there are really two types of procrastinators: those who procrastinate because they just do not feel like doing the task at hand and those who procrastinate in order to get other things done. I prefer to think that I am of the second breed, with only the occasional instance of the first breed sneaking in here and there.

Imagine with me a typical night where you have an overload of homework. Maybe this does not happen to you; maybe you are on top of your game and never procrastinate. For those of you who do, you have a paper due tomorrow and a test to study for. You sit down, fully intending to start right away on your paper and move gracefully into the paper writing, but wait! you realize that something just isn’t right about your desk. This brings us to our first stage: adjusting the environment.

So you have just realized that there is something wrong and unworkable with your desk. You have papers strewn everywhere, your books are not put away and stacked all over the place, and you have a sizable stack of dishes piling up on the corner. Who could possibly work with such clutter? Then the adjusting of the environment begins. To work efficiently, you must have an environment conducive to be productive, thus you must clean up your desk. This cleaning cannot just be a cursory clean. The cleaning involves making piles, reorganizing, and rediscovering all the junk at the back of your desk drawer that you forgot was there. After you do a thorough cleansing of all the clutter, junk, and general disorganization of your desk, then there is the inevitable: “Well, my desk is clean, might as well continue with the rest of the room!” And so the cleaning of the rest of your room commences. Now I could continue with full detail on the process of cleaning up the rest of your room, but for time’s sake, I am going to leave that up to your imagination.

Now that your desk (and room) is finally clean and conducive for work, you finally settle in to write that paper and study for that test. Since writing a paper automatically means that you must be on your computer, you might as well check your email so there will be no more distractions detaining you from your paper writing and studying. This brings us to the next stage: email, networking, and catching-up.

In this email, networking, and catching-up stage, there are many smaller, simpler steps. This stage can actually get quite involved and may take several hours. It starts out by simply checking your email. In your inbox, you will most assuredly find a stockpile of emails that you have meant to respond to but just have not had the chance to. Therefore, the email responding begins. This can take up quite a bit of time depending upon how long you have let those emails sit in your inbox. When you are almost done with the email, you realize that there is a notification from Facebook, and thus, the next smaller step of the larger email, networking, and catching-up stage commences: Facebooking. Now Facebooking is really a subset of the networking part of the email, networking, and catching- up stage, but currently, it really deserves its own title. It starts out by innocently logging on to Facebook in order to attend to whatever the notification was about, but it ends up getting more and more involved as you begin to see new and interesting things. Your friend that you haven’t seen or talked to since high school just posted new pictures of her cat. Your ex-boyfriend just changed his status to “in a relationship” with that cheap girl he always used to hang out with. Your friends have been having a wall-to-wall conversation of epic proportions, and you just HAVE to know what they have been saying. Thus, the Facebooking continues in a like manner for at least an hour. The final smaller step of this stage involves catching up, which could be a subset of the Facebooking step, but it can also branch out into a reading of a favored blog, a “quick glance” at your favorite news site, and the like. Admittedly, this process could get quite involved and probably needs no further explanation.

Now that much time has passed, and you really need to start working on your paper, you turn off your wireless in an attempt to no longer be distracted by the wiles of the Internet. Then you realize that you have no clean clothes to wear tomorrow. Since procrastination is a lifestyle and not a casual occurrence, it has seeped its way into every area of your life, including your laundry. Thus, you enter the next stage in the art of procrastination: the everything-I-should-have-done-a-long-time-ago stage.

The everything-I-should-have-done-a-long-time-ago stage is actually quite self-explanatory and probably needs no explanation from me. This is a catchall stage that includes a laundry list of possibilities (no pun intended): laundry, calling back your mother, filling out that application, searching for a job, editing a friend’s paper, and the list goes on. These tasks can no longer be ignored and must be completed because they have been put off for far too long. So in favor of putting off that paper and studying that you have so successfully been putting off all night, you complete your to-do list.

Once the everything-I-should-have-done-a-long-time-ago stage is complete, hours later of course, you are now finally, and that means finally, ready to start your paper officially. You bunker down in your clean room, with your wireless turned off, laundry done, and the daunting list of to-dos finally complete and with one quick glance at the clock, you realize, it is now 3:30 in the morning and you have class at 9:00. Oh well, guess that paper will just have to wait until tomorrow.

To come tomorrow: an update on grad school.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thursday Five

Happy Happy Thursday!!

Wanna play..all you have to do is post 5 things that have made you


Basically..just post 5 things that have made you happy..then go over to MannLand5 and link up :)

My Five

1. I start grad school today... eek! I am not sure if this is something to be jubilant, giddy, excited, thankful, or stoked about... but I am trying to take the optimistic approach here. Tune in later to see if this is a good thing or not!

2. My grandmother did well in her procedure that she had done last Wednesday and things seem to be going well for her! Sweet!

3. Classic movies

4.My sweet puppy is growing up and I love her and... yeah

5. Friends and Gilmore Girls>

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Getting to know YOU

Getting to know YOU

The questions..

1. While at the beach, pool, etc..Do you cover up your assets or show them off?
for the most part, everything is covered up. I wear a one piece suit, but it does have a low neckline that shows off the girls a little bit.

2. Road trips or Plane trips?
Road trips! I dont mind flying, but I prefer road trips because I feel like they allow for a bit more freedom. With plane trips, once you are up, you're up. Road trips can have some spontaneity. BUT on the flip side, plane trips take you to more exotic locations!

3. I can't stand it when...?
People make stupid decisions while driving (cutting me off, blocking me in, switching lanes at the last possible second at a light, etc, etc, etc....)

4. Have you ever gone topless at the beach?
5. How many blog carnivals do you do a week?
Not many. Most are not on a weekly basis and are more like whenever I feel like it.

6. My favorite thing about the weekend is...?
Well next weekend it will be the fact that there are no classes :)

7. Pancakes or waffles?
I like the crunchiness of waffles

8. Water Park or Amusement Park?
I haven't had many experiences with either, but water always makes things better!

Friday, June 18, 2010

new collar

So Meredith Grace recently got a new collar. She officially broke her first one (which was a cheap dollar store collar that I got when I unexpectedly got her back in February) one day while she was tied out at my parents house. I bought her a new one that was quite a bit more hefty than the first one in hopes that it would last, but alas, the same thing happened when my sister was watching her while I was at Katy's wedding.

** just a side note, I really dont like to tie Meredith Grace up. At my parent's house, our house is really close to a very busy road and Meredith is unfamiliar with the area and is still very much a curious puppy. I have to respect my parent's wishes of not allowing her in the house and since there is no decent size dog kennel, she has to get tied up. If it were my decision, Meredith would be a basically indoor dog with the exception of exercising her and that is the way that it was at my apartment. At my Grandparent's house she is allowed inside if she stays in her crate or on her bed, but they have a kennel and a pretty secluded neighborhood that Meredith is getting more and more used to so I like to let her run loose some while we are here. (That was possibly TOO much information, but some people have very strong opinions about tying dogs to a stake or tree)

I wanted a collar that was both cute and functional because her last collar got so nasty looking so quickly. I wanted a fabric that would resist getting dirty to a certain degree (because let's face it, my dog likes to get down and dirty) but that would be washable as well. I ALSO needed something that was adjustable and could fit snug to her neck (she is an odd size and the standard store mediums are too small while the larges are too big for her). There have been a few occasions where Meredith's collar has come off right over her head and that is never a good feeling.

After thinking all of this through (who knew that there was so much thought put into a dog collar?), I decided to go custom. My Aunt has talked up an etsy shop called Lucky Fiona (found here) and I checked them out. They were running a special where I could buy one collar and get the second one for .50 cents so I decided to go for it! Without further ado, here is the photo collage I made of Meredith sporting her new collar to send to Lucky Fiona to show her how cute it was on Meredith!


Major frustrations going on in my life.

1. Meeting with the TF commission yesterday. I think overall it went well. The meeting itself was an hour and a half later than it was supposed to be because the commission was running behind, thus an hour and a half longer for my nerves to be through the roof. I was told that I handled myself very well and I guess I will just wait to see what the outcome of it is. At points I did get frustrated with the questions that they were asking, but I do think that some of them were just generally interested in knowing the details of how we got to this point. Others, though, were interested in making me into a liar, and that I was NOT cool with.

2. My computer yesterday decided to die and then come back to life. Don't know what is going on with that, but let's just hope that it was a fluke of some sort and that the computer doesn't decide to poop out any time soon. I start classes in 6 days and I can't do that with a dead computer.

3. Babysitting last night- what an odd experience! The husband booked a babysitter without knowing the wife had already booked me through the agency that I work for. So there were two of us. I would have offered to leave but a) I needed the money, b) this was a two night gig and I didnt want to seem like I didnt want the job, and c) since I was working for an agency, I didnt know what that would mean if I were to just leave. Anywho it was fine, the other girl was pleasant and the kids were nice but at the end of the night there were some minor complications with the paying that I hope are all ironed out.

4. ECU's financial aid office. Seriously behind here. I am supposed to start classes in less than a week and I submitted my paperwork in MORE than enough time for it to be processed, but there was some hold up on their end which means that I will likely be dropped from my courses and I dont know what that means. I have to start this next summer session (next Thursday) or I will not be able to start until NEXT summer, and I can't wait that long. Oh the joys of dealing with college offices.

Fun stuff.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thursday Five

Happy Happy Thursday!!

Wanna play..all you have to do is post 5 things that have made you






Basically..just post 5 things that have made you happy..then go over to MannLand5 and link up :)

My Five

1. I got my bookcases set up this week. It seems a little silly that this is my numero uno on my list, but I HATE when my books are inaccessible and packed away in boxes.
2. I got my much-needed refund check from my security deposit on my apartment.

3. Strawberries, pomegranate yogurt with granola, new water bottle, string cheese, and broccoli salad.

4. My baby sister graduated from high school last week and is on towards bigger and better things.

5. Grad School starts next week, eeek!

Your turn!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Some old photography shots for enjoyment

I think the part that I love the most about this picture is just the perspective on it!

I love the shadows in this picture. The contrast between light and dark is so stark, I just love it.

This last picture is perhaps my most favorite picture that I have ever shot from a camera. It was taken with an extremely old digital camera so I will probably never be able to enlarge this picture to the size that I would like to (big enough to go over a mantle) without it being all grainy.

Monday, June 14, 2010

A picture-happy post of Katy's Wedding!

So this post is VERY picture-happy one with some of the edited versions of the pictures that I took at Katy's wedding. I can't wait to shoot more weddings because this was a blast to document and edit the pictures from her special day.

Enjoy :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

More updates

So I have been a little MIA this week because there has been so much going on. First and foremost, I am sick. I hate being sick. My nose is stuffy, my ear is clogged and more than likely infected, and that is never fun. I have also been frantically getting paperwork ready and together for ECU (financial aid and the like).

On top of all of THAT, I have been trying to tackle some major life decisions about moving versus commuting to ECU, if I do move what is the best option for me, and trying to be very adult about the entire thing. This decision can't just be about what I want to do, but what is the best option all around (in the way of cost, energy consumption, feasibility, and the like). It would of course, be more cost effective to live at my Grandparent's house and commute. Yes, it would add an astronomical amount of miles on to my car, but my car is old, so does that really matter? No, I wouldn't be able to have a job that is really worth mentioning because I would be spending so much time commuting, but if I am not spending so much to live, is that really an issue? Plus, I have absolutely no idea in what county my internship will actually be in and would hate to sign a lease in Pitt county and then end up doing an internship at Carteret County and be faced with a huge commute anyway. Oh the joys of being an adult.

Lastly, my baby sister graduated from high school tonight. Boy do I feel old! Being back in my old high school and realizing that neither the bathrooms nor the smell of that place had changed brought back all sorts of memories, yet all of that feels like a lifetime ago. I didnt cry at my own high school graduation and when my baby sister walked in to her ceremony, I cried like a little baby. I am getting soft in my old age!

Overall, that has been what is going on. More to come later!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Something fun for today

So I have been working tirelessly on editing all of the pictures that I took at Katy's wedding, the process is exhausting! It is very fun to see how much a picture can change with the editing process though. I think anyone can get lucky and take a good shot, but it is a completely different issue to actually edit a batch of pictures to make them into art. While the pictures aren't ready for actual viewing yet, I decided to scan in the picture from the photo booth they had set up at the reception. The guest got a printout right there at the reception, and the couple got a second copy made into a scrapbook, how fun!

Me with the beautiful bride!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Katy and Jason's Wedding

So here is a sneak peak of some pics from the Lee wedding yesterday. I have to edit the pics before I put them up. These ones are unedited, but still awesome :)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Thursday Five

I have wanted to do this Thursday five thing for the past couple of weeks but couldn't think of five things, pathetic I know. So this week, I am happy to report that I can indeed come up with five things and therefore:

Happy Happy Thursday!!

Wanna play..all you have to do is post 5 things that have made you






Basically..just post 5 things that have made you happy..then go over to MannLand5 and link up :)

My Five

1. Katy is getting married this weekend. So exciting! Weekend trip to Winston-Salem to have a great time and celebrate something awesome for a friend

2. My new long-term goal of running a half marathon in the far-distant future.

3. This awesome salad that I had at a restaurant in Raleigh a few weeks ago and have been able to replicate.
* Spinach Lettuce
* Apple
* Pecans
* Dried Cranberries
* Blue cheese crumbles
* Raspberry walnut dressing....


4. Re-connecting with old friends.

5. The new phase in my life I am about to enter into in the near future: Grad school!

Your turn!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A new long-term goal for myself

While on my nightly walk the other night with Mere Bear, I decided that I needed a new long-term goal for myself. I have set very few long-term goals other than the generic graduate from high school, college, etc. and I think that my life could use something that I am working towards long-term. So since I was on a long walk, it just seemed natural to decide that my new long-term goal would be that I am going to train myself for a half-marathon. What half-marathon? No idea. When? Even less of an idea. All I know is that I want to run a half marathon.

Now for anyone who knows me knows that I am not a runner. I am barely a walker... hence, the long-term goal. I think I would feel such a sense of accomplishment if I could actually do this, and it would definitely be a help to my quest to live a healthier lifestyle. I have recently been taking Mere on pretty long walks (for us anyway) of a couple of miles each and I think that in time, I can expand these walks into really long walks and eventually incorporate some running. I definitely need to build up my lung capacity because it is fairly pathetic at this point.

Stay tuned to see how this turns out :)

Today's walk: 3 miles.