A Huge Thank You

It has been a WONDERFUL week for me, and it honestly wouldn’t have been nearly as good without the help of two very lovely, very special ladies.

Stacia (my long-lost-aunt) and her momma Judy have supported me since I started this whole college thing.  They’ve sent me e-mails that cheered me up when I was having a horrible day, and care-packages throughout the year.  But this week, they’ve gone above and beyond.

You all probably remember the post (that was incredibly whiney) earlier this week about what I had been up to.  I mentioned money problems, and they both instantly sent me e-mails about helping me out.  I’ve always had a hard time accepting help, and I think that I’ve come so far this year, what with my thank-you’s (which have always been hard), and admitting to myself (and to others) that I need help, and I can’t always do it on my own.

I grew up in a family that made me the person I am today (in a good way), and the person I am today is a strong, independent woman who is used to taking care of herself and her brother.  Now that I’m alone, I’m still taking care of myself, and trying to take care of my family, as well.  It’s been hard to accept the help (that deep in my head, buried under layers of guilt I know I need) that was almost denied (which is a wrong, negative word) to me when I was in high school.  I’ve come to realize that everyone needs help sometimes, and it’s okay to send an S.O.S., and it’s okay to be selfish sometimes, like accepting money from home when I know how much they need it, too. (And now I’m becoming an emotional wreck as I write this.)

I want to thank everyone (but especially you Stacia and Judy!) that has encouraged me this year from the bottom of my heart.  It’s been a rough year, but I can finally say that I’m going to be a college graduate.  It wasn’t a sure deal when I started, and now, with the help of everyone who reads this, I’ve turned myself from a nervous college wreck, to a sure graduate (in another three years!).

If I am a person to look up to (which I’ve heard many, many times from many, many people) it is because of the strong women behind me (that includes you, Annette!) who encouraged me when my spirit was flagging (which happened quite often, I admit).

Much love,


Spring! (And Care Package!)

The snow is almost all melted off and I can see grass again!  Although it’s a little soggy, and not green at all, just the sight makes me extremely happy.  I’ve been keeping my window open at night, and I’ve been sleeping fantastically.

But even the nice, warm weather can’t make me feel better after forgetting about a mythology test.  I missed class the other day because I didn’t feel up to going, and now I regret it.  I finished in 30 minutes, and headed to the mailroom, hoping in my head, “I hope I get a care package to make me feel better….”.  Well, I did.

This was enough to make me feel better :) I’ll do swatches of the makeup soon.  Thank you, Stacia! <3


Edited to add:

You guys, I totally forgot to do my love list!  I explained this last Friday…It’s a list of the things I loved this week:

  1. Getting a care package filled to the brim with things I LOVE.  Thank you so much Stacia!  I feel like I can’t thank you enough!  You always cheer me up :)
  2. Spring is finally here!  The weather is warm enough that I actually wore flip flops for about an hour (but ending up with mud under my feet, and cold toes).
  3. Watching my plants flourish!  I actually tossed out my polka dot plant (it was dying so fast.  I didn’t have the heart to watch it.  I also felt really bad that I didn’t give it an extra week to possibly come back.  I almost cried.  Sad, right?) today to make room for the soon to be sprouted Spearmint and Chamomile plants.  I can’t wait.
  4. I’m only supposed to do three (I don’t know why, that’s just the rules!), but I’m also loving my new haircut.  It’s nothing special, just 3/4 inch off, and some bangs added, but I feel like a brand new woman!  With spring in the air, and a new look, I’m ready for a new season! :)

What did you enjoy this week?  Have a great weekend!

To Catch Up..

So let’s start with Halloween.

You saw some of it, but here’s more.  We trick or treated for about an hour, but all of the neighborhoods were empty (which was weird because it was still pretty early when we went out).

On the day before my birthday (the day after Halloween), Kyle’s mom ended up getting me some clothes for my job interview (more about that later), and a gift card to downtown.  I made homemade vegetable soup like I used to  make at home, and Kyle’s brother made cheesecake.  The cheesecake was supposed to be chilled for 5 hours.  We didn’t want to wait until 2 am to eat it, so we had some slightly runny cheesecake; either way it was good.  Kyle’s youngest brother Scott drew me a picture (of a hyena!), that I hung right next to my bed.

The next day, which was my actual birthday, I dissected a pig fetus at 10 a.m. for Biology, and at 2.30 went to a job interview. (Yes, I showered in between.  I smelled awful.)

I got the job!

I also got some nail polishes and mascaras with my gift card from Ulta.

A couple of days later, I tried my hand at covering my tattoo, because my job requires that no tattoos are visible (and you know that I have one on each wrist).

Then on Friday, Kyle and I went to dinner with his dad and his dad’s girlfriend.  I got a book, and a set of travel MAC brushes.  (And I tried deep dish pizza, which I’m not really that fond of.)

I got this super soft blanket (among other things, I’m too tired to put everything back together to photograph) from my aunt Stacia.

Then, with the gift card, I got this from Barnes and Noble:

Christmas presents probably. :)

Then before my birthday week even started, I forgot to mention that Kyle bought me another book, one that I had been wanting to read for so long, but never had time to pick it up from the Hulett library.  It’s “The Rose Labyrinth“.  It was on the bargain table for $5.95, and he told me I could pick out any book for under $10.  It’s hardcover and I can’t wait to read it!

And then yesterday, Kyle took me to the mall to find some black pants for my job (I did get pants from Annette but they have gray in them, and I can only wear flat black.).  I got a pencil skirt, and some black pants (and tights, because I can’t have bare legs).  We stopped at Target and picked up some food, and I also picked up some more of the best face wipes ever (which was good, because when we got back, I used the last one from my first pack).

Now, I have reading to do, a paper to do, and I have a test (which is tomorrow) to study for.

Also, don’t forget to enter my giveaway!  It ends in 8 days, and I wouldn’t want you to miss out on free jewelry for the holidays! I pick the winner on Monday the 15th at 11 am Chicago time (so if you get in before that, while I’m in class, you still count).


This morning, when I woke up, I was feeling like crap, but I made myself get up and go shower.  When I got in the shower, I realized that I would not be able to get anything done in class, so I came back to the room, dried my dripping hair, and climbed back into bed, after texting Kyle and telling him that I wasn’t going to class.

Fast forward a few hours (after The Neverending Story on Netflix), Kyle was out of class, and he came to my room.  He decided that I was feeling better and told me to get dressed and eat lunch with him.  After a few minutes of cuddle time, I got up, and put some clothes on.  We went to the dining hall and had some lunch.

After that, we went to get the mail, because I was expecting my birth control.  I looked in my mailbox and saw the manila envelope in there.  I grabbed it, and noticed a yellow slip (that means I have a package that won’t fit in the box).  I pulled that out, and went up to the counter.

They gave me a huge box that weighed about 20 pounds.  When I slid it towards me, I almost dropped it on the floor when I realized that it was so heavy.  I figured it was from Astrid, because she said that she was sending something.  I looked down at the address, and it was not Astrid.

It was Stacia!

When I told Kyle who it was from, he looked at me funny, and joked, “It’s probably a law-book so you know what to expect when she sues you because you can’t pay the loan.”  (Haha.)  He carried the package back to the dorm, and I had to stop him from opening it.

When I opened it, I kept pulling bags of candy, dried fruit (which I LOVE), popcorn, pop tarts, clothes, and magazines out.  THERE WAS EVERYTHING.

And on the card?  There was a red maple tree.

You succeeded, Stacia.  You get a thousand million points for your efforts.  It not only cheered me up and made me feel important, it also made me feel better (with the period situation), and replenished my snack drawer. :)  You win!

A Day Off…

Finally, a relaxing day where I don’t have to do anything except be on the computer or read!  I’m probably going to spend most of the time designing a banner for Stacia on Photoshop with some photos she sent to me.  I’m really looking forward to it.

Last night, while talking to Kyle, we finally solved the mystery of vacation!  You may remember months ago, I blogged about his dad offering to take me with.  Well, he had been dancing around the issue for awhile, but last night, he told Kyle that I can come.  To Flordia!  I’m super excited to go to an actual beach, and Universal Studios (HELLO, HARRY POTTER!!), and most of all, just hang out with Kyle.

Before I crawled out of bed this morning, I read.  As you know, I was really obsessed with Kathleen Woodiwiss for awhile, and romance books.  The books I’m reading now are a bit over the top.  I really don’t even want to link to them, or admit that I am reading (and enjoying!) them a lot.

Anyways!  Tomorrow I’m off to Sundance for an appointment at the lady doctor (which I’m completely dreading).  Wish me (lots and lots) of luck!

Also, check these out! I’m excited to see who wins! Printer(s) and Bedding/Free Stay giveaways. They’re definitely worth entering!