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Tuesday Questions IIII

Although this won’t show up until Tuesday, I’m actually doing these questions on Monday night (which is tonight).  I’m sitting up, waiting for Kyle to call me to tell me that he made it safe home.  It’s raining outside and I really don’t like the idea of him driving alone in it.  Yes, you guessed it; I’m back at my dorm, because I have college stuff tomorrow (at 8 a.m.).

  1. Mood: Anxious and tired.  As explained above.
  2. Did you go Black Friday shopping? Nope. I was in bed.
  3. Current nail polish: I’m actually wearing a Sally Hansen, it’s called Sheer Strawberry Creme and it adds a tiny amount of color to my nails.  I love it.
  4. Do you like rollercoasters? I’m okay with rollercoasters.  But it doesn’t take much to make me sick.
  5. What is your favorite breakfast? I love all the normal breakfast fare; pancakes, french toast, fruit, eggs, bacon (I hate sausage though), hashbrowns and tea!
  6. Outfit:  I’m actually wearing my underwear and a white tank top.  It’s super warm in this room (which is something I love!  In the other room, I had to wear a blanket pretty much every time I was in the room), and I’m heading to bed to read for a little bit.
  7. Have you ever skinny dipped? A few times. ;)
  8. If you were handed $100 in cash right now, what would you do with it? I would put it straight into my bank account.  Tuition is getting close to needing to be paid, I have bills, and I also have to do some Christmas shopping.
  9. Do you speak a second language? A third? I can understand some spanish, read some spanish, and read a little bit of latin.
  10. Weekly goals: Get through my teaching thing, work all my hours, get some jobs lined up when I’m not working as a hostess, and get some sleep.

Post in a comment so I can see what you’re up to :)

1.) Mood:
2.) Did you go Black Friday shopping?
3.) Current nail polish:
4.) Do you like rollercoasters?
5.) What is your favorite breakfast?
6.) Outfit:
7.) Have you ever skinny dipped?
8.) If you were handed $100 in cash right now, what would you do with it?
9.) Do you speak a second language? A third?
10.) Weekly goals:

(P.S. I just got the call; he’s home :) )

Tuesday Questions III

So I stayed up until about 2  a.m. reading.  I was reading “Heartless” by Anne Elisabeth Stengl, and I seriously could not make myself put the book down.  I kept telling myself, “One more chapter and then you’ll go to bed.”  But before long, I was more than 200 pages through, and I was exhausted from my day.  I stopped reading in the middle of a chapter and fell asleep.  It feels so good to have a book that holds me, and that I’ll actually finish.  The other one I was reading wasn’t holding me.  I looked ahead, and at about page 300 it looked really good, but I wasn’t even halfway there and I wasn’t going to make myself read.  I usually do, no matter how much I dislike the book, I will see it through, but not this one.  I should make a list dedicated to all the poor, good books that I never finished.  It would probably be longer than my list of read books since I’ve been in college.

This book is a faerie tale, with dragons, kings, castles, and a princess in trouble, and I love it.  It makes me feel so young again to read it.  I’m not the best at doing reviews, so you probably won’t see one from me (I always give away too much information), but you can find a ton on Google.

On to my questions:

  1. Mood: I’m completely drained.  Staying up late when I got up so early yesterday was not a good idea.  There was too much going on yesterday, with my final and switching rooms, and let’s just say I’m glad to be almost done with school at this point.
  2. Current nail polish: I actually put nail polish on last night.  I was tired of the look of my bare nails (which had just a clear coat on), so I coated them with “Midnight in Moscow“.  It’s a gorgeous plum brown with a pretty gold shimmer to it.
  3. Any big plans today/this week? Today I have my anthropology final at 3:30, and then after that, I’m going to start working on my Latin project that’s due tomorrow morning.  I seriously haven’t even looked at this stuff yet.  Anthropology is an open book test, so that’ll be fine, and Latin should be easy enough.  This week is a pretty big week.  On Wednesday, after finals are done, I’m getting all packed up to go to Kyle’s grandparent’s house for Thanksgiving.  We’re spending a few days there and then I have work all day Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
  4. If you celebrate Thanksgiving this week, what is your favorite dish at dinner? If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, what is your favorite holiday dish in general? I love mixing bits of turkey, corn, and mashed potatoes together, with gravy on top.  In my opinion, it’s the best thing about Thanksgiving!
  5. Current outfit: White tank top and red NCC pants.
  6. What is your favorite holiday movie? I love the Santa Claus movies.  Thanksgiving is that weird time where Christmas is so close, yet so far away, and the perfect time to cuddle with your love and watch Christmas movies.  My love just ordered me “Beauty and the Beast” Diamond Edition, and I plan on some serious cuddle time while watching that since I’ve been on such a Disney kick lately.
  7. Ugg boots: yay or nay? I have never own a pair, nor worn a pair, so I’m going to stay neutral.  I am going to say NAY to to girls who wear them with tights and skirts though.  The point is to stay warm, right?
  8. Have you/do you plan on seeing the new Harry Potter movie? I saw it on Friday, and I liked it a lot.  I really wish it would have been just one whole long movie, cause I would have gone (and I think everyone else would have too).  I can’t wait for the next part to come out.
  9. If you could switch bodies with one person for a day, who would it be? This is a tough one, but I’m going to say someone who’s working with children somewhere else in the world.  I think it would be really cool to be a doctor and head out all over the world to help women give birth, help malnourished babies, and save lives.
  10. Weekly goals: Get through the rest of my finals, don’t forget to pack anything (since the dorms will be locked to us), have a wonderful Thanksgiving with Kyle’s family, add some more to the ten pounds I’ve gained already since moving here, and get through work without making mistakes.

Copy and Paste your questions in a comment :)
1.) Mood: 

2.) Current nail polish:
3.) Any big plans today/this week?
4.) If you celebrate Thanksgiving this week, what is your favorite dish at dinner? If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, what is your favorite holiday dish in general?
5.) Current outfit:
6.) What is your favorite holiday movie?
7.) Ugg boots: yay or nay?
8.) Have you/do you plan on seeing the new Harry Potter movie?
9.) If you could switch bodies with one person for a day, who would it be?
10.) Weekly goals:

A Different View

This morning started out early, 7 a.m. early.  I dragged myself out of bed so I could make it to my 7:30 final (Biology), and on the way out, I grabbed some pop-tarts that I ate while walking.

The final didn’t go so well, I think.  I didn’t really know anything until the 70th question.

When I got back at 8:30, I packed.  Rachel was still sleeping so I tried to be quiet.  I gathered everything up, and wondered how I got so much stuff, coming all the way from Wyoming with only a carry-on a checked bag.

I knew I had to get everything out of the room so I could clean it for the girls moving in, but the room I was moving into wasn’t quite ready for me yet.  So I did the next best thing and piled everything I had into the hallway.

This is only half of it.

Then I played the waiting game.  The girls weren’t quite ready to move yet, and most of them were still sleeping or taking finals.  I swept and made sure that all the little dust bunnies found a new home, and in doing so, moved everything around.  It’s crazy how light this furniture is.

When everyone was finally ready to get moving, I started feeling like maybe this wasn’t the best idea.  I was missing my room already.  But I packed everything up, and I carried it down the hall.  I brought everything in and dumped it onto my new bed.  I didn’t get pictures of all the steps, but believe me when I say I organized everything.

After I got the bed made up, I stepped back and took everything in.

It didn’t look so different.  It’s more organized, but only because I haven’t had a chance to mess it all up.  It smells the same, because I have the same bar in my Scentsy.  But the view is definitely different.

Speaking of different, I colored my hair the other night.  I used Revlon Colorsilk in color 49 (Auburn Brown).  I was looking for something warmer than what I had, and darker too.  It looks super red in the box, but once I got it on my hair, it turned out very dark.  I love it.

I did the coloring about an hour before I went to work.

I think it turned out wonderful.

What do you think?  Too red or just right?

Packing and Reading

I had my last class of this trimester, and after next Wednesday, I’m done with all school related stuff until January.  I have a Biology final on Monday at 7:30 a.m., an Anthropology (open book!) final on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., and a Latin project due on Wednesday at 8 a.m.

On Monday, I’m moving into my new room.  (So, when I make new videos from there, you know why the surroundings are different.)  I’m not moving away from Naperville, or even out of Seager.  I’m just moving down the hall, to the quieter part of the building.  I’m getting a new roommate, and a new dorm room.  I’m excited!  I’m just not looking forward to the packing aspect.

I have to get everything packed up, (everything I’ve accumulated in the short 3 months I’ve been here), and then clean the room completely, so the girls moving in this room will have a nice, clean place to call their own.

It’s a little bit sad to be leaving this room, partly because it’s been my “home”.  This was the first place that I could call my own, and I got to put stuff where I wanted, and no one could tell me any different.  I could study, eat, or nap, and it was totally okay.

I know that the same thing will be true in my new room (unless my new roommate is violently opposed to napping), but your first true room can never be replaced.  Even though the blinds don’t work half the time, the room gets weird smelling a lot, and dust/hair collects EVERYWHERE, I’ll still miss this place.

The other night, as I might have mentioned on Facebook (okay, I mentioned it a lot), Kyle took me to Chicago to see “The Dresden Dolls“.  The drive over was stressful, because the doors opened at 7 and the show started at 8, so we hit really bad “leaving work” traffic.  When we finally got to the venue (“The Vic“), we waited outside in the cold for about 45 minutes.  The show was really good.  Amanda and Brian have such amazing chemistry on the stage, and they were fun to watch.  (Kyle told me not to bring my camera, because they might not allow them, so I left it in the car like an idiot.  Cameras were allowed.  I did get a few pictures, but they’re crappy cell phone pictures.)

On the way to Chicago (while it was still light, anyways), I FINALLY started my book, and I’m glad I did!  The writing is so amazing, up to the level of classic literature, and the subject matter is something I enjoy: fantasy/magic.  The book is called, “Fortress in the Eye of Time”, and it’s about a magician that makes a “shaping” (which is a being made from magic; not evil, just innocent), that he has to teach, because the boy comes out with the mind of a baby.  That’s about how far I’ve gotten, and I’m loving it.  I’m just having a hard time finding time to read (I know, I know.  I always say this about everything).

“No. No, you witling!  Do you at all understand pain?  Fire burns.  Water drowns.  Wind chills you.”  He shoved the young man, he flung him from the bench, scattered embers as the boy fell, his hand against the fire-bricks.

The boy cried out, recoiled, made a crouched knot of pain, rocking like a child, while smoke went up about the cloak edge that lay smoldering within the fire.

“Fool!” Mauryl shouted in rage, and snatched the boy away from the leap of fire, stepped on the hem of his own robe and, betrayed in balance, clenched his arms about the youth to save himself as he fell to his knees.

Young arms clenched about his frail limbs, young strength hugged tight, young body trembled as his trembled, in a stench of smoking cloth, a burning pain where a cinder burned his shin.  His own arms locked.  He had no power to let go.  The boy had no will to.  That was the way they were, creator and creature, for the space of breath and breath and breath.

College is Getting in the Way of Knitting

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you know that I just started knitting a hat.  I’d been waiting for weeks to get all my knitting stuff sent from home, and when it FINALLY got here, I was on Ravelry for hours deciding what I wanted to make.

I ended up choosing this design, and I’m using this yarn, in this color.  (It’s knitpicks’ “Wool of the Andes” in “Williamsburg”.  I believe this colorway is discontinued now.)

I love, love, LOVE the design of this hat, but I’m having a really hard time making myself sit down and knit.  At home, I had no problem, because first of all, we had dial-up.  We also only had one line, so Pat and I had to share the internet, and I also couldn’t be online every hour of the day because no one could call if I was.  So I had plenty of time to just sit in my room and knit things.  I also liked to knit and watch movies, especially Harry Potter.  (Which is why I was able to knit a hat in about a day.)

Here at college, although I have a 750 MB bandwidth cap, I have super fast internet, so I’m always finding something to do.  Reading blogs, facebook, youtube, you name it.

But, back to the hat.  As I said, I love the simplicity of the pattern.  At first, I was like, “What the heck?  Why am I decreasing in the 5th row?  I want this hat to fit my head!”  But then I was like, “Oh yea, I’m making a stitch while I’m knitting 2 together, so I’m really just keeping the same amount of stitches and the pattern gets a little bit of a lace look because the knit 2 together and the make one stitch leaves a little hole!”  So, needless to say, I’m enchanted.  The yarn is soft, the color is gorgeous, and the pattern delights me.

Now, if college would just stay the heck out of this new relationship, and quit causing rifts between me and my new found love, we could just love each other in peace.

(I don’t really sleep with my knitting, even though I love it so much.  I also don’t sleep in jeans.  It’s not a good idea, and I don’t advise it under any circumstances.  The sleeping with your knitting, that is.  This was a staged photograph.)

Tuesday Questions II

As you can see, I’m following up on my promise to do a weekly post on Tuesday, just a simple questionnaire on how everything is going for me.

1.) Mood: I’m mainly just really tired.  I was up late last night talking to my RA and my Hall Director because of complaints, and I had to get up early to go take my lab practical.  When I got back, I laid around, and at about 3, I fell asleep, missing my Anthro class.  Oops.

2.) What month is your birthday? November; I just had my 19th birthday.

3.) Current outfit? I have on some Bullhead jeans and my Blue Man group shirt.  It’s been really cold lately, and I’m just waiting to see snow in the air.

4.) Would you rather have the ability to fly or be invisible? I would choose to be invisible, because I’m so scared of heights.

5.) Current nail polish? Just plain old Sally Hanson Hard as Nails in Clear.

6.) Do you have any pets? I did. :(

7.) What is your favorite board game? I really love Monopoly.  I can play for hours and not even know time has passed!

8.) Do you have any allergies? Just some minor seasonal ones.

9.) What holiday makeup collection (if any) are you most excited about this year? I’m new to the world of make-up, but after looking at MAC’s new collection, I wish I had money to spend!  I’m loving the “Style Clan” nail polish, which is a gorgeous dusty brown, with copper and gold glitter flecks in it.  If I only bought one nail polish the rest of this year, it would be “Style Clan”.  “Lightly Prancing” lipglass is also very pretty, and “The Faerie Glen” lipstick.  And last, but certainly not least, if I wore blush, “My Highland Honey” would be the one I would wear constantly.  Someone buy me some MAC! :)

10.) Weekly goals: Get enough sleep to avoid picking up a cold, finish START the book I picked up at the library the other day, and possibly finish the hat I started knitting.


COPY AND PASTE YOUR ANSWERS IN A COMMENT (I’d love to see how you’re doing) :)
1.) Mood:
2.) What month is your birthday?
3.) Current outfit?
4.) Would you rather have the ability to fly or be invisible?
5.) Current nail polish?
6.) Do you have any pets?
7.) What is your favorite board game?
8.) Do you have any allergies?
9.) What holiday makeup collection (if any) are you most excited about this year?
10.) Weekly goals: