Post A Day 2011

Starting tomorrow (or today?) I’m joining the WordPress Post A Day 2011 challenge.  I’m going through with this, and I promise, from here on out, I will have something up every day.  And I’m not thinking little tiny things that are boring to write and even more boring to read.  I’m talking real, serious, interesting posts that give you insight into how I’m doing as a college freshman 1200 miles from home.

But I need a break from every day (not even the blogs that I read post every day), and I think I will be taking a break on Sundays, if I need to.  I may or may not post on that day, but you’ll have to make sure to check anyways (if you’re on the computer).

Now, I need encouragement from my readers, and ideas to write about.  Facebook, comment, e-mail, or even text (if you have my number) ideas of what you want to read.  If you want to know more about my reading, and less about my knitting, so be it.  If you want me to take more pictures of where I am and how I’m doing, I’ll do that.

And now I must go; the dogs I am pet-sitting are running around like chickens on cocaine with their heads cut off.  They’re crashing into things and sending things (namely the door to the t.v. cabinet) flying.  Maybe that means less cold-nose-pokes in my face while I’m trying to sleep at night, because they’ll be sleeping too?  I can only hope.

Pretty Potted Plants

A few days ago, I was super excited when Kyle took me to a craft store to look for glass containers to hold my terrariums that I had been building in my mind.  I got 2 glass jars that are super cute, and some pebbles to put in.

Today, we went back out to get the rest of the stuff that I needed; plants, gravel and charcoal.

Turns out I got the wrong kind of plants.  I went in with a list of plants that are perfect for terrariums and we couldn’t find them anywhere.  So I ended up getting mini roses and a little pink spotted plant that was identified simply as “Tropical Foliage” (now I know that it’s called a “Polka Dot Plant“.  I figured that if it was tropical, it would love the humidity of a terrarium.  Both plants are too big to fit into my little glass jars, and both plants grow to be about 2 feet tall.  My glass jars are only about 6 inches tall and just begin to fit the roots of both plants.

But, even though my terrariums aren’t officially “terrariums”, I’m still happy with them.  The roses smell divine, and the little polka dot plant is adorable.  The point of making them was to have something living in my room that I could take care of because pets aren’t allowed, and I do have something to take care of.

The polka dot plant only likes to be watered with warm water, and both plants need to be watered with rainwater or tap water that has been left to sit for 24 hours.

I wonder if plants are allowed in the dorms?

Tuesday Questions VIII

  1. Mood: I’m in a really good mood because I just got my “terrariums” planted.  I love the feeling of putting flowers in soil.  Soil smells so good to me, like summer at home.
  2. Do you have any New Year’s Eve plans? I’m actually doing house/dog-sitting that night, so I’m not sure.
  3. Pullover sweatshirt preference: hood or no hood? Hood definitely.  Even if I don’t wear it up on my head, it’s perfect for keeping the back of my head and neck warm.
  4. Current nail polish: OPI Birthday Babe on my fingers, OPI Glacier Bay Blues on my toes.  My fingernails are chipping though and will soon be replaced with MAC Style Clan from the Holiday 2010 line!
  5. Do you like to cook? I love to cook.  I’ve always been the kind of girl who just wanted to get married, have kids, and be at home all the time.  Cooking things from scratch (like tomato sauce) is so fun for me.
  6. Current outfit: EWC shirt that’s 2 sizes too big, and sweatpants that were passed from a bunch of people before they got to me.
  7. What was the last movie you saw? Kyle took me to see Black Swan and it was the best movie I’ve seen all year!
  8. What is your favorite makeup brand? I’ve been loving MAC, but I don’t have much of it.  I’m slowly but surely building up my collection though.
  9. If you had to be on a reality TV show, which would you choose and why? I’m not really sure.  Man vs. Wild interests me because I love the wilderness and could survive for a long time (I think…).
  10. Weekly goals: Make a Christmas haul video, make some money, and relax.
You know the drill…:
1.) Mood:
2.) Do you have any New Year’s Eve plans?
3.) Pullover sweatshirt preference: hood or no hood?
4.) Current nail polish:
5.) Do you like to cook?
6.) Current outfit:
7.) What was the last movie you saw?
8.) What is your favorite makeup brand?
9.) If you had to be on a reality TV show, which would you choose and why?
10.) Weekly goals:

More Books

I’ve written about the number of books I have collected since I’ve moved away from home, and for Christmas, I got three more.

I got “Jane Eyre” (which I’m reading now), “Pride and Prejudice” and “Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales”.  I showed you “Arabian Nights”, which I got for my birthday, and “Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales” (to be known as GCFT from here on out) is from the same collection.  Both books have gorgeous illustrations, pages tipped with gold, and a ribbon bookmark.

GCFT had me in awe the minute I opened it.  The picture that is on the inside cover looks like this:

I’ve always wanted to read Grimm’s versions of the fairy tales that I know and love, and having an awesome hardcover will get me reading them.

And there are a TON of stories in here.  This is the first page of the Table of Contents:

These are the 2nd and 3rd:

These are the 4th and 5th:

And here’s the last page:

The front cover is a picture of Rapunzel wrapped in her hair:

I also got another book for Christmas, although I won’t get it until March.  I’ve talked about it a million different times.  It’s Jean M. Auel’s “The Land of Painted Caves”!  It was pre-ordered for me for Christmas, and it’ll ship within days of it’s publication.  I’m anxiously awaiting it’s arrival, and after I get some knitting done, and read some of the books that I already have, it’ll be here and I can enjoy the end of the series!  My goal is to read the first ones (again) to get ready for it to be here.

By the way, all the photos in this post were taken with another Christmas gift I got: a Sony Bloggie video camera.  Kyle got it for me, and I’ve been using it for everything…I actually made a video a few days ago showing some of my Christmas gifts.

Now I need to go and get Kyle’s Christmas gift made.  I spent so much time on Annette’s gift that I didn’t get time to even start his.

Tuesday Questions VII

Today I went out with Annette to do a mani/pedi day with her for the holidays.  I got OPI “Birthday Babe”

on my fingers and OPI “Glacier Bay Blues”

on my toes.  “Birthday Babe” is a gorgeous frosty silver, and “Glacier Bay Blues” is a deep blue with purple and green tones.  Both are shades that I would love to own.  This was my first time getting a mani/pedi and I loved every second of it!  The massage chairs, the smell of the lotion, and the way my nails feel groomed make me want to go a get another one!  Onto the questions:

  1. Mood: Super relaxed and feeling pretty because of the mani/pedi.
  2. Are you right or left handed? I’m right-handed.  I always wanted to be a leftie though.
  3. Name something within 5 feet of you: My camera.
  4. Current nail polish: OPI Birthday Babe
  5. Do you like fast food? I love fast food.  Something about french fries so greasy you can squeeze them for juice makes my mouth water…
  6. If you could time travel forward or backward to any point in history, what would it be and why? I would go back to the days of castles, knights and kings.
  7. Have you met any celebrities? I don’t think so..
  8. What is your holy grail mascara? I don’t really have one.  I really like Ulta’s mascaras and Rimmel’s.
  9. Would you rather shop at Ulta, Sephora, or MAC for makeup for the rest of your life? This is a tough one, but I’m going to have to say Ulta.  They have more than just one brand, and who says someone else can’t buy you MAC makeup? :)
  10. Weekly goals: Get some knitting done and enjoy my holiday!
Copy and paste the list to answer in a comment below!
1.) Mood:
2.) Are you right or left handed?
3.) Name something within 5 feet of you:
4.) Current nail polish:
5.) Do you like fast food?
6.) If you could time travel forward or backward to any point in history, what would it be and why?
7.) Have you met any celebrities?
8.) What is your holy grail mascara?
9.) Would you rather shop at Ulta, Sephora, or MAC for makeup for the rest of your life?
10.) Weekly goals:

Chegg vs. Bookrenter

Yesterday, I was checking out my schedule for winter term (my college has three trimesters instead of semesters.  We study the same amount as in a semester, but with trimesters, we don’t have as many classes per term, and can take more classes during the year.) and with my schedule, the books that came along with each class.

Winter term is my fullest term with 12 credits (that’s the max amount you can take without paying extra for an “overload”).  My classes are Latin 102, Archaeology, Classical Mythology and Physical Anthropology (I’m on the wait-list for this one, but I still have to buy books and show up to class).  I’m so excited because all of the classes study what I love, and I get a double dose of my two favorite professors; Dr. Fontana with my Archaeology/Physical Anthro and Dr. DeBrauw with Latin and Mythology.  I have two teachers for all term, which is awesome.

Now, the thing that’s not awesome is the price of these books.

I already have the Latin book because I knew I needed it for all the other latin classes, so I just bought it.  But I also need a few others.  All the other books I rented.  Here’s a rundown of the books I need, and the dent they’ll make in my bank account:

Archaeology: “Images of the Past” – $122.25 (Buying new is the only option from the bookstore)

Classical Mythology: “Classical Myth” – $72.25 (Used)

Physical Anthropology: “Intro to Physical Anthropology” – $102.75 (Used)

Latin 102: “Auricula Meretricula” – $9.75 (Used) and “Scribblers, Sculptors, & Scribes” – $17.99 (New)

So, if I bought (because with these books, there is no option to rent) everything from the bookstore, my grand total for this term would be $324.99.

Now, if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I don’t have anywhere NEAR that kind of money.  But this last term, I didn’t get everything from the bookstore.  I think I ended up renting two books from there because the price online wasn’t any cheaper and if I ordered from the bookstore, I didn’t pay shipping.  I mostly got my books from Chegg.  I found out about this site through Facebook, and went to see how much cheaper books were from there.  Turns out they’re A LOT cheaper.  And Chegg plants a tree for every book you order.  No shipping costs, and they’re free to ship back as well.  Let’s look at a rundown of renting (so I won’t have a bunch of books lying around) my books from there:

Archaeology: “Images of the Past” – $51.49 (rent)

Classical Mythology: “Classical Myth” – $40.49 (rent)

Physical Anthropology: “Intro to Physical Anthropology” – $49.49 (rent)

Latin 102: “Auricula Meretricula” – $12.80 (Buy new, $12.95 new at bookstore) and “Scribblers, Sculptors, & Scribes” – $15.79 (Buy new)

Total for renting/buying books from Chegg: $170.06. (I don’t have that kind of money in my bank account, either, but after my next paycheck I will.)  I save $154.93 just switching places.  Because I have so long to get the books, I might order from other places too.  I’m not done shopping around, but I thought I would bring it to your attention that Chegg is better at saving you money.

*Edited to add:

I found another rental place online: Bookrenter that’s even cheaper to rent books.  In most cases, to rent a book is about $5 cheaper than chegg.  Free shipping both ways (same as chegg), and instead of planting trees (which I love because books are trees), Bookrenter makes a book donation to First Book (which gives books to kids).  In some cases, my rental is $10 cheaper.  I’m doing further research, but I think I may have found my rental place.

Check Bookrenter out :) (Use this link and get 5% off your rental…It’s worth it.)

Terrariums

I mentioned on Facebook a few days ago that I have been getting magazines in the mail that I haven’t signed up for or have paid for.  I didn’t get any responses and I still have no idea where these are coming from.  But.  I’m glad that I’m getting them.  One of them is “Fresh Home” and it’s all about design and decorating.  I’m in love with it.  I’ve spent days poring over this magazine.  There are so many cute ideas that I want to try out.

On the top of that list to try out is making a terrarium.  I can’t have pets in the dorm, and I’ve been craving something that I can take care of.  Also, outside is so grey and slushy and yucky and I want something colorful in my room.  A terrarium pretty much covers this for me.  Not only do I get to put it all together (and I love planting flowers), but I get to choose plants I love and little bits and pieces to make it mine.  In the magazine, there’s an article describing the plants you can use, what stuff you need to make it successful and other little tips to help you out.

I’m moving out of the dorms tomorrow, and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for things to use in mine over the holidays; plants, glass containers, and little odds and ends to make it pretty.  When I move back into college, I’ll have my own little “garden” and I won’t feel so lonely with something to care for.