Saturday, June 16, 2012

Things to do today besides packing.

just in case anyone wants a distraction from packing...
{because I'm leaving tomorrow to go to camp for 9 weeks in New Hampshire and still have no idea what I'm going to be bringing at all. i had a dream that I forgot my bathing suits once, and since then packing always holds this awful anxiety... so I'll go eat some cake instead}
....or something else they should be doing
I've compiled a list
you're welcome

-Make blueberry pancakes
-Lay outside in the sun
-Paint the windows
-Watch the workers in the backyard make our patio
-Refrain from questioning them
-Write a blog post
-Watch how i met your mother
-Prepare for birthday party tonight
-Think about packing
-Clean my room
-Make my bed
-Shower {eh.. maybe}
-Watch Indiana Jones
-Download music {completely illegally}
-Play with goodie bagged makeup from Chanel
-Comment on all my friend's profile pictures {just to remind them that I love and miss them}
-Paint my nails
-Drink lots of water...
-Go running
-Eat lunch
-Pick out outfit for later

nothing too special. just some good ideas! I might check things off {mentally} as I go... just to make sure I did em all...

incidentally.... jenna marbles also made a video about this. it's called "things to do instead of cleaning your room" or something like that! I would include the link...but right now I don't really feel like it...

Friday, June 15, 2012


Sitting in Penn Station today, I was thoroughly enjoying that round of people watching,  when I noticed an older gentleman dressed in a suit sit down next to a younger man also in a suit.  I was trying to figure out their personalities as an observer {uncreepy.}, trying to figure out whether they're humorous people, or more serious, kind, curt, etc. the list is pretty long.  They were talking about the younger man's shoes, and he was complaining about blisters from his new Macy's shoes {again, uncreepy that I know that}. 
As I was watching this interesting impromptu interaction between generations, I noticed one thing that differentiated the men from each other. 

The older man had smile lines.  
and after thinking about it for a good couple of minutes, I realized that I really like smile lines.
They are wrinkles were formed after years of happiness...  
They're the product of countless laughs shared at the dinner table, laughs shared with high school friends, formed while smiling during a first date, pure joy while watching his bride walk down the aisle towards him, smiles formed on the day of his first child's birth, tearful smiles watching that child get married, and even more smiles from his grandchildren's arts and crafts and silly faces.  
Those smile lines are a testament to his countenance, and character.  
I could tell that he loved life, and that he has learned throughout his many years, how to find joy in the smallest details of life.

All I can say is that I hope I look like this when I'm that age.


Thursday, June 14, 2012


"Yesterday... all my troubles seemed so far away! Now it looks as though they're here to stay...
oh I believe in yesterday."

Wise {totally untrue, and unrelevant} words of wisdom from Paul McCartney {of The Beatles for those of you who were born under a rock}.  
That being said, yesterday was interesting.

I woke up at my friend's house, after an impromptu sleepover because we watched too much Chopped that night and were too tired to drive back.  I had no clean clothes, so {I saved the planet recycled, and} wore a cardigan as a top!*

I went to the dentist.*
I've never met the guy before, and he wasn't the most talkative.  I mean...neither am I when he's got long sharp pieces of metal in my mouth, but still...{conversation left much to be desired}

got shots of novocain in my mouth
Lemme tell ya..."rinse and spit" was not my most attractive move of the day, but it was right up there with how I looked eating my Wendy's later on with my numb face, and to top it off, whistling was impossible*
{along with trying to talk to my mom without her cracking up because of my face was a fail}

and a cavity filled.
I swear on everything holy that this literally took less than 10 minutes and I expected it to take WAY longer ~ sorry for the "I won't be able to pick you up" text scare, mom...{she started walking home}

Tried out a sock bun!!* {then took it out, because I didn't want to use hairspray, and my hair had the most lovely waves!}

I got my new shoes in the mail!* {for my birthday!!! thanks taylor!}
They're pretty much the most comfortable shoes I own. The shoe fits my foot like a glove {hence "run pace glove" see? these marketers totally know what they're doing}, they're unbelievably flexible, and they're really low profile, so I don't feel like I'm wearing big blocks of ugly 90s styrofoam sneakers on my feet.  {and I even went running tonight in them. I know. R.U.N.N.I.N.G}

Then I went tile shopping with mom... for three hours. 

then I ate food. 

then went and saw a movie with the bropsicle. {it should be brosicle... I understand, but come on... which is funnier?!?!}

{all those *s up there... refer to this!}

I hope your yesterdays were as ordinary-but-at-the-same-time-exciting as mine was!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Big boots.

“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an adventure is going to happen.” -Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh, besides being my all-time-favorite childhood cartoon, is so chock full of great tidbits of simplistic wisdom! Big boots = adventure!
I love it.

With that being said, a rainy day is just a chance for adventure.  The next rainy day you find yourself in, go slip on your rain boots, slosh through some puddles, get soaked, and have yourself an adventure, because that's what big boots are for.

P.S. Hair styling oil that smells mildly like men's cologne... I don't hate it.

Monday, June 11, 2012


I'm not a big hat wearer.
But there are days when I wish I was.

There are also days {or day...} when I have the opportunity to sport such large, floppy {rather pretentious looking} hats, and I.LOVE.IT.

This past saturday was one of those days...
when you realize you're leaving home for another 9 weeks after being {home for 4 weeks} away at school for 5 months straight, and you haven't done nearly enough fun things to justify your lazy little snippet of summer before selling your soul....signing your life away summer camp. {stop thinking of ghost rider..

 but it was also similar to those days...
when you just have nothing scheduled, and your best friend brings to your attention an event that will
1. Require dressing up {cue entry of floppy hat}
2. Not cost more than $20 {cue fist-bump with my wallet}

and ya know it also just happened to be one of those days...
when you wake up in the morning, and decide to complain to God for threatening to ruin {what was supposed to be} your bright sunny day with rain...

and of course it was a day...
when God TOTALLY pulled through, and burnt up those clouds with a beautiful day!

last but not least,
it also happened to be the Belmont Stakes!
it was awesome.

'hats off' to sun hats, everyone!

{I totally just did that}


Friday, June 8, 2012


Now... I don't know about you guys, but I literally feel like it was just yesterday that I was on the beach with my best friend, talking about how happy we were that school was finally over, and how great it felt, just to lay in the sun, soaking up the Vitamin D, and knowing we had no commitments, responsibilities, or assignments to hand in the next day.
{albeit, we WERE just at the beach a couple days ago... doing just this...however this isn't the occasion I was referencing}

Anyway. this past year passed by quicker than I would like to admit to.
At first, when thinking back to my year... {I still reference years in school-terms.. pun intended so this past year for me was summer '11- summer '12}...I thought that I hadn't done much this past year.   Looking back at my year, and falsely realizing that nothing monumental occurred was really disappointing. 

But facebook came to the rescue, and showed me that I didn't just waste 365 precious days of existence, I did so many things, and had so many new experiences.

-My house was completely re-modeled. Where did we stay during this renovation? oh... we stayed here... I slept in a recliner and an on an air mattress for the entire summer... and my clothes were chillin with the 90's video tapes in that cabinet.

-I modeled for House Beautiful magazine during their Kitchen of the Year in New York City.  Which also happened to be during the hottest week of the year... standing outside for 8 hours a day for a week in 94+ degree weather...
this is the tanline.... i got from one day.

-I filled in for a counselor at a Christian camp in New Hampshire for a week, and lemme tell you...AWESOME. {also extremely draining physically, mentally, and spiritually... but still awesome}

-I was extremely stressed out for a couple weeks and cried my eyes out numerous nights in a row because I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life declared a major!!!! {....actually two}

-I pierced my nose!

-I wore THESE things...

There's more... but now I don't want to write anymore. what a great blogger...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Well, my friends...
I know I haven't been the most dedicated blogger at all, {I even wince at the title "blogger".} but today I have something to say! 

I know for those people who know me it's like 
"oh REALLY? YOU have something to say?" 
{and to that, I say, hold your tongue, you mean-spirited "friend" of mine!! Sometimes the things I have to say must be shared on a grander scale than just our relationship? so CHILL. oh. and I love you!}

But seriously, a lot of the time I'm just completely ok with leaving my thoughts and feelings undocumented, which of course leaves you all very unfulfilled, unhappy, just pining my return.... or to be a little less dramatic, you're just lackin a little joy!!!! { *say that in a james bond voice, and it'll stop being creepy.. or start?*
However, sometimes I just start feeling a little creative... my spidey-senses start tingling.. {or maybe I'm just hungry...} and I start thinking of very creative and roundabout ways to say really simple things.

Kinda like right now...

In the next couple of days I'm going to start looking back at this year, pictures included, and talk about things that have {and have not} changed.

That's all I had to say.
YUM. these were in my pancakes.

that. and blueberry pancakes are healthy, AND delicious. {especially slathered with butter and maple syrup...jk about the healthy part

that.. and when you sing "piano man" by Billy Joel, interchanging the word 'piano' with 'banana' makes it much more entertaining.

that... and when you find a box of hair products that you used to use a year ago, using all of them after you get out of the shower is a really great idea. {I'll let you know if my hair falls out}

that.... and when you get dressed for the day and someone asks you "oh where are YOU goinnn???" that's probably a sign that you should change out of your pajamas more often.

that..... and eating dark chocolate mounds before lunch doesn't inhibit your appetite!

and before I tell you that today was my first shower since Sunday, I'll just say goodbye...

{gosh darn, they're so delicious}
P.S: Circumlocution- noun- The use of many words where fewer would do, especially in attempt to be deliberately vague or evasive...or write a blog post.