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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

College is really expensive.

**Disclaimer: I have been compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own.**

I've written before about my plans to go back to college and finish a Psychology degree. I love love love psychology - I think the nuances of the human mind are ridiculously fascinating, and I can't wait to get started really digging into it in more depth than I did in my last degree. 

One of the hardest parts about going back to school though, at least for me, is that it is so stinking expensive! Tuition, course fees, school supplies....not to mention the textbooks. Oh, the textbooks. I remember when I first left home for my freshman year....I had worked and saved all summer, and I thought I was hot stuff with my like, $1400 I brought to school with me. Yeah, the bottom dropped out of that ride real quick when I realized that just my textbooks alone for the first semester were going to cost almost $800.00. YIKES. 

This time around, I'm doing things a little bit smarter, and have decided I will be renting my textbooks from www.CampusBookRentals.com. The minute I discovered this site, I was like, "um, holy money-saving power, Batman!" Textbooks are really cheap on this site (seriously, one of the ones I looked at was $134 retail, but I could rent it for just $19...$19, people!!), AND they offer free shipping both ways! Seriously, you just can't beat that. 

And then there's the studying. You might think that since you're essentially borrowing the book, you wouldn't be able to highlight important passages. Uh, WRONG. You totally can! CampusBookRentals.com understands that sometimes in life, you blow off studying for that really important text until five minutes before the prof is handing out the blue books, and you need to be able to flip through the book and glean the really important stuff ASAP. Ergo, they let you highlight in your rented books. Heck of a deal, huh? 

And let's say that your school operates on a quarter schedule, instead of a semester. You wouldn't want to pay the cost of renting a book for the entire semester if you're only going to need/use it for 11 weeks. So CampusBookRentals.com also offers flexible rental periods! A LOT of campuses are moving to trimesters now, as well, and my last college worked on the quarter schedule, so this option will really come in handy. 

And here's something even cooler: Let's say that you purchased a bunch of books for class last year, but now you just don't need them, and you're not sure what to do. No worries! CampusBookRentals.com allows you to rent out your textbooks to other students, so that you get paid each time they are rented. This definitely would have come in handy after my first years of college, when I had literally about 26 textbooks, and no reason to keep them and nowhere to put them. Selling them back to the bookstore is just silly because you only get like 10% back of what you paid. I seriously wish I had had this option back then, because it just makes so much sense!

And as if all of those awesome things weren't enough, CampusBookRentals.com also donates to Operation Smile with each textbook rental. This is actually a cause very near and dear to my heart for a number of reasons, so I am really excited to be able to help such an awesome charity while saving money AND still having the textbooks I need for school. I would definitely encourage you to check out CampusBookRentals.com if for no other reason than you know that by doing nothing more than finding textbooks for your education, you are helping to save a child's life, or at the very least, increase the quality of their life. 

I am so excited that I found this website. If you're currently in college, thinking about going to college, or even just interested in checking out some awesome textbooks for a review of what you've already learned, or to do some self-teaching, you definitely need to check out this website. You won't be sorry, I promise!

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Never, Ever, Ever will I be late to a link up. Just kidding!!!

**Quick note: I know I'm a whole day late to getting this done, but yesterday I was sick, so I didn't do anything blog related. Sorry!**

It's time for another week of "Never Ever Ever"!! I love this link up because a.) it's fun to come up with my own new list every week, and b.) it is SO fun to read everyone else's! 

So, again, my apologies for being late...and here we go! :)

Never, Ever, Ever........
Will I think that duck faces are sexy instead of funny

Will I think that having a big huge wedding is really all that important

Have I enjoyed the taste of black coffee

Did I think I would actually enjoy painting freehand off the top of my head

Did I think I was going to spend my birthday at Noah's Ark

Will I think that Oreos are a bad idea

Will I not love wearing sandals (as long as my toes are pedicured)

Do I think I'll master the art of actually doing my own hair in a cool style

Will I be able to blow dry my hair and round brush it at the same time

Will I not have a part of me that wishes I could have gone to actual public or even private school at least for high school

Will I not love being able to sleep in

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Schooled on Saturday {Link up}

all the small things..

Sometimes you have to date a few crazies before you meet the right person for you.

Ever wondered how or where to get your awesome Instagram pictures developed so they aren’t all weird and misshapen? Look no further – you can have them printed and mailed 
straight to you with Printic!

Her Royal Highness Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (at least I think that’s her official title) finally had her royal baby, His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge, St. James Palace. And because he’s a royal, and about nine million times cooler than the rest of us, apparently, he has already written the world a letter.

You should marry a man who eats ice cream. Because it’s delicious. And fun.  

Apparently, dogs are like toddlers. Good to know in case you’re considering actually getting a dog. Which I am.

And last but not least, in case you’re interested in participating in any Fantasy Football leagues this year, you absolutely need to check out Sarah’s list of potential team names for girls. And even if you’re not considering it, still read it, because it’s totally clever and also completely hilarious.

What did you learn this week? Link up and share!

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Friday, July 26, 2013

It's Fill-in-the-Blank Friday!

It's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. 

Thank goodness that Rebecca Black does not occupy any space on my iPod. That would be more embarrassing than Los Del Rio. 

Also, since it's Friday, it's time for another rousing rendition of "Confessional Friday" with Leslie. Let's get to it, shall we? 

1. My worst fashion offense of all time has to be: uh, I probably commit some sort of crime against fashion every single day. So I wouldn’t even know how to pick one!

2. The most embarrassing song on my iPod is probably: The Macarena. It’s completely ridiculous, but it’s my happy song.

3. The last white lie I told was: I honestly don’t remember. Probably something along the lines of “I’ll call you” or something.

4. The celebrity I most wish would disappear is: basically all of the Kardashians. And Kanye West.

5. Sometimes I wish: that I actually played the lottery, because then I’d at leave have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning, which is more than you have if you don’t play.

6. My childhood crush was: Seth R., Justin S., Curtis R. – and Jonathan Taylor Thomas.

7. I've never turned down: free money, a Kick Start, or a massage.

8. Applying for jobs and going to interviews makes me a nervous wreck.

9. I'd rather watch paint dry than: train for and/or actually run a half- or full-length marathon.

10. Much like a train wreck, I can't turn away from watching: Dance Moms. I haven’t seen it since I moved, and (I’m somewhat ashamed to admit), I actually miss it!

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Am I the only one.....???

This picture has nothing to do with anything. I just put it up because it's true.
I don't know if any of you have noticed, but it appears that a lot of bloggers in the world all like and do a lot of the same things. I don't like or do any of these things. Which kind of leaves me feeling like I'm that sort of weird girl on the playground at recess that people are pseudo-nice to because they think they're supposed to be, but they really have nothing in common with her, so everybody kind of keeps her at arms length. 

Like...being Mormon. Am I the only blogger who isn't a Mormon? 

Am I the only one who isn't married or engaged?

Am I the only one who forgets/straight up just doesn't take pictures of every drink I have or plate of food I get at a restaurant? 

I'm fairly certain I'm the only person on the blogger planet who still buys my planners at Barnes and Noble. (I'd like to buy an Erin Condren one at some point, but they're expensive, so I'm waiting until I'm gainfully employed again before I go down that path.)

I might be one of the only bloggers who didn't go nuts over the NKOTB/98 Degrees/Boyz II Men tour, has never worn a pair of jelly sandals in her life (although to be fair, I always wanted some when I was a kid, I was just never allowed to have them), and doesn't have the phone number of at least one other blogger so we can have awesome text convos outside of blog or Twitter land. 

Also pretty sure that I'm the only girl in all of blog world who isn't obsessed with Kate Spade or Lily Pulitzer, and has never once owned a single article of clothing from J. Crew, Banana Republic, or the Gap. 

It appears I may also be the only one (or one of the only ones) who doesn't do my hair all the time, or my makeup, and doesn't generally look all put together and cute, like all of the time. Actually, most of the time I look like a hot mess. Am I the only one who can't seem to get it together??

I have like, the world's hardest time writing my posts ahead of time. But it seems like so many people are like, super on the ball with that stuff, and have all their stuff written and scheduled ahead of time. HOW DO YOU PEOPLE DO IT??!! (Although, I'd like to point out that I'm writing this post on Wednesday and it's not getting published until Thursday. I figured writing ahead would be a good idea, since it's my birthday on Thursday, and I'm going to be spending it at Noah's Ark water park, cuz I have an awesome Boyfriend who loves me and wants me to be happy.)

I have no idea how to do any kind of coding or customization to my blog design whatsoever, as you can probably deduce the instant you happen upon this little space. But it seems like everybody else has this awesome handle on it, and has like this awesome header, and all their social media buttons that work, and all that. And I'm just over here like, "uh, wtf." 

Along those same lines, I seem to be the only one who doesn't have a "brand" for my blog yet. I'd like to, but I'm not sure how to go about it, plus I don't have a specific topic direction that I follow. I just kind of write stuff when I feel like it, which means I tend to be kind of all over the place. 

If I am not the only person for whom all of the above things ring true, feel free to let me know.. Solidarity, and all that. Either way, I'll just keep on keeping on, marching to the beat of my own drum, and playing alone in my corner of the playground. I'm pretty good at it by now anyway. :) 


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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Check this out! :)

Hey Guys! I had the opportunity to do a Pinterest-inspired guest post for Sarah over at To Be Mrs. Collier today. Head on over and check out some projects I've added to my list for whenever I finally have a house. And while you're over there, spend some time getting to know Sarah, as well! She is such a sweetheart - you're going to love her! :) 
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It's Wednesday - and I love stuff! :)

I haven't done a What I'm Loving Wednesday post with Jamie for a while, so I figured it was time to do it again! Yay!

awesome mystery books

I am loving mystery novels. I know I’ve been on like a crazy mystery kick lately, but seriously, trying to figure out the endings before I get to them is one of the only things that challenges my brain right now, so I’ve been going through them like mad. Here's my current addiction: ----->

I’m loving that Boyfriend and I have been incorporating some running into our walks. Also, I hate this.

I’m loving that I’ve started watching “The Office”. I know it’s over and everything now, but I’ve only just discovered it via Netflix, so I’m having myself a whale of a time.
john krasinski is so cute
 On a related note, I’m loving John Krasinski, because he is completely adorable. (See above photo.)

I’m loving that I finally have my Wii back, which means I can watch unhealthy normal amounts of the aforementioned Netflix.

applying for jobs

I’m loving that I’ve applied for a bunch of jobs. Also, I hate this. Let me explain. Given the law of large numbers or whatever it is, the fact that I have applied for like 45 jobs should mean that I’ll actually get one of them soon, right?

I’m loving that it’s Christmas in July on Thursday...because really, who doesn't love that?? :)
July 25th

I'm loving that I got to Skype with my two little nephews on Monday! I miss them so much it's not even funny, so getting to see them via the magic that is the interwebs is like, the highlight of my life. 

What are you loving this week?

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Not gonna do it...Wouldn't be prudent.

It's Tuesday! And you all know what that means... 

Yep. We're linking up with Neely for another edition of "Never, Ever, Ever..."

And away we go.. 

…will I not think that Jack’s makes some delicious frozen pizza

…will I stop loving going to movies

…would I complain about a great thunderstorm, even at night

…would I not be excited about dinner at The Melting Pot

...will I understand why certain people refuse to get out of their own way

…would I turn down an Amazon gift card

…would I be upset if people gave me presents, just because

…will I get tired of watching documentaries about the ocean

…would I have a long-distance relationship again

…will I not love the ambiance the white Christmas lights provide, and wish I could put them up in my house without making it look like a dorm room

…will I think there is a better way to eat green beans than straight from the plant in the garden

…will I stop reading mystery books and loving them

...will I understand the nuances of blog design and HTML coding

...would I turn down a home on a lake (or with a view of a lake or ocean)

…could I ever possibly be bored of watching “Friends”

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Monday, July 22, 2013

When I'm 40..

When I am 40 years old, my perfect day will look like this
crap i'm 40

I should probably point out that technically,no perfect day of mine would start with me being 40, because that thought  scares me more than a little bit. But then again, 30 is pretty terrifying for me too, and that’s coming right up, so I guess I just have to put on my big girl panties and learn to love it.
Also, I wasn’t quite sure which kind of day he was referencing (vacation, regular weekday, Saturday, etc.), so I decided to go with the one I’ll most likely be experiencing the most – a regular weekday.

When I’m 40, my day will start slowly, and gently. None of this alarm clock blaring out big noises nonsense. I’ll have one of those fancy-schmancy sunrise lamps that brings light into the room gradually. This will be good not only for me, but for everyone around me, since I am an absolute menace in the mornings if I’m woken up too quickly, or in any other manner I deem inappropriate.

I’ll be able to spend a little time relaxing on my deck, drinking delicious coffee with just. Then I’ll hit the ground running to get ready for the day. Hopefully, by the time I’m 40 my hair will have figured out how to be a dear and just do itself so I won’t have to fuss with it. I imagine there will be children and a husband running about as well, who have places to go and people to see, so we’ll all be scampering through the house in the best kind of organized chaos to make sure we all get to where we’re supposed to be when we’re supposed to be there.

I’ll have a lovely house with fresh flowers all over the place, because they’re so pretty and they just make everything seem so much more cheerful. So even during the morning madness, I’ll be able to literally stop and smell the roses, which will be just delightful. Plus, fresh flowers always make me happy, so I think they should always be around. 
beautiful flowers

I will be a licensed and practicing therapist by this point, so I’ll take my little self on over to my office. Oh, did I mention that I’m in private practice when I’m 40? Yeah, I’m kind of a big deal. Anyway, my office will have even more coffee (yay!), so I’ll indulge in some of that deliciousness.

I’ll meet my handsome hubby for lunch, and we will discuss such titillating topics as who will be picking the kiddo(s) up from school/sports/rehearsal/friend’s house, what we will be having for dinner, and whose turn it is to do the grocery shopping. I know, I know…my 40 year old self is wildly fascinating.

i love my husband
The afternoon will be spent with some more clients, where I will of course do all kinds of incredible good for the world. Then that evening, I’ll come home to a meal that is already on the table, courtesy of my wonderful husband who had previously volunteered to do all the picking up of children and cooking of meals that needed to be done.  

We’ll enjoy a nice family meal, and then play some kind of fun game together as a family. We may also work on some homework with the kids. I would also get the chance to go for a workout, or at least a nice walk.

Then, after the night has settled, and the kids are in bed, Husband and I will sit down with a glass of wine and debrief our day for a bit. Then we will snuggle on the couch watching the news or a movie or something. Actually, he will probably watch the news or whatever. I’ll probably fall asleep, since that seems to be my M.O. when I sit down to watch tv at night already, and I don’t see it changing as I get older.

Actually, the more I think about it, the more this kind of day sounds really appealing, despite the fact that I’ll be 40 (yikes!). It’s almost like the most exciting kind of boring, because it’s the kind of boring you build for yourself. So now I can’t wait to be this boring!! J

What will your perfect day look like when you’re 40?

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Feeling blue....


Do you ever have one of those days weeks where literally nothing feels right? Like, your clothes don't fit right, your hair can't be bothered to look any kind of decent no matter what you do to it, food tastes weird, sleep isn't restful, etc.? 

That's the kind of week I'm having. And I have no idea why. I don't know if it's just a girl thing, or if it's just because I'm feeling stressed and this is just the manifestation of that... Or if it's just a weird kind of funk thing. I don't know. Either way, I'm all kinds of irritated. I have lots of ideas for posts, but literally no inspiration to write them. 

What's a girl to do when her brain is just straight up not in the mood to do anything? 

I've spent my brain-mush week reading (which has been awesome, cuz you know, I've read some good books, and we all know I love reading), and job hunting, and playing around with pictures in PicMonkey, because that site is all kinds of ridiculously addictive. 

Entertaining? Yes. Sort of.

Productive? No. Well except maybe for the job hunting part. We'll see what happens there. 

Also, since I have been somewhat MIA in the blogging world, I haven't been staying completely up to date on all the blogs I read. Which means that even if I tried to do a Schooled on Saturday post today, I wouldn't even know what to include. So I guess I'll try to catch up on stuff tonight, and get a Schooled post out tomorrow. Or whenever. 

Anyway, the point is, sorry that I've been such a dud this week. I have high hopes for next week. Keep your fingers crossed for me, lovelies. 

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Friday, July 19, 2013

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Oh hey everybody! Happy Friday! I've got some awesome news...I'm joining together with Patricia for a super-big-awesome giveaway. Seriously, there are some amazing prizes in this giveaway, and you definitely don't want to miss it. Ad space,and gift cards, and PayPal cash, oh my!  

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Confessional Friday {Link up}: Guilty Pleasures

confessional friday

All right lovelies! It's time to join Leslie for another juicy rendition of Confessional Friday! Today we're confessing our guilty pleasures. Let's get to it!

  • Reality television. I know, it’s awful, but I love the cooking shows on the Food Network, I love Dance Moms, and I love competition shows like X Factor or So You Think You Can Dance. It’s a possibility that I may have gotten sucked into a Teen Mom/Teen Mom 2 marathon once or twice, too, but I’ll neither confirm nor deny that specifically.
  • Chocolate. Honestly, if I could be trusted with Hershey’s kisses in the house, you can believe I’d have at least one bag available at all times, as well as at least one backup, just in case I finished the first bag.
  • Alcohol. I don’t really like to get drunk, but I do love to relax with a nice glass of red wine, or some other type of mixed beverage. I mean, let’s be honest….who doesn’t love a delicious vodka red bull, or a sex on the beach, or a long island iced tea? Or two of them?
  • Salt & vinegar potato chips. I’m addicted. Really, it’s kind of embarrassing how quickly I can put away an entire bag of them, but you know…whatever. They’re delicious, so I don’t care.
  • Hot fudge sundaes from Dairy Queen. I mean, seriously, I could probably eat one every day, and be happy. My inner fat kid keeps trying to get me to do exactly that, actually.
  • Mountain Dew kick starts. It’s no secret that I am borderline obsessed with these, especially the fruit punch flavor. I can put them away like there’s no tomorrow. 

What are your guilty pleasures?

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013


I haven't written anything for a few days, as I'm sure you have all noticed. I have started a bunch of posts and then deleted all of them because nothing is quite making sense in my head yet. I have a million thoughts swirling around, and nothing is quite falling into any kind of reasonable or logical place. So I'm sorry for the silence.. But I will have a post soon!!! Maybe even later today, if I can get my brain organized enough.

In other news, I'm eating a Lunchable today. It makes me ridiculously happy, even though Boyfriend told me I'm like a little kid because I'm eating it. He admits that he has never eaten one though, so I don't think his opinion counts on this topic. :)

Also, I'm taking an informal, impromptu poll: What is your favorite topic to read about on blogs? And what is your favorite blog to read? Leave me a link so I can check them out too! :)

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Schooled on Saturday {Link Up}

So, I do a lot of reading during the week. I’m unemployed right now, and I’m not in school either, so I pretty much have a lot of free time to be stalking blogs and finding hilarious and/or helpful things.

I’m just going to assume here that all of you readers are entertained by the same things I am, because obviously, I am only entertained by the funniest things there are. And also that you all are wondering the same things I do. Because well…..you should be, if you’re not. I only wonder about the most interesting things.

So here, for your reading pleasure, are some of the best things I’ve read this week.

You’re welcome.


Lesson 1: When it comes to dating, sometimes you really should take the D.A.R.E. 
approach, and just say “no”.

Lesson 2: In case you ever wondered, it really is true – googly eyes make everything better.

Lesson 3: I have been drinking the wrong wine my whole life. 

Lesson 4: I’ve been embarrassed a lot in my life, but thankfully, I’ve never had a moment quite this awkward. Or this dramatic.

Lesson 5: I’m not the only person who doesn’t really understand yet how the whole blog sponsorship thing works. Thank heavens for that.  

Lesson 6: Everyone in the world can learn something from Mean Girls.

Lesson 6: George Clooney is single again. And Justin Bieber touched the Stanley Cup. Really.

Lesson 7: Life is beautiful.  

And now I want to know all the cool stuff you guys read this week. Sharing is caring, people. Grab the button from the sidebar and link it on up.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Confessional Friday {Link up}: Embarrassing Moments

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One of my favorite parts of the week is linking up with the lovely Leslie for Confessional Fridays! Today's topic is embarrassing moments, which is awesome. I have more than any normal person should, I think, but oh well...c'est la vie. 

And off we go...... 

I spilled a bloody mary all over my boyfriend’s mother’s white shorts the very first time I met her. In front of two of his brothers and their wives, who I was also meeting for the very first time. Apparently, I like to leave an impression. 

I tripped at work and fell flat on the floor so hard that the building shook, and people were coming from other floors to find out what happened and make sure everything was okay. I also knocked the wind out of myself so bad that I struggled to breathe for the rest of the day. And then everybody at work called me Grace. Because they thought it was funny. Jerks.

I had a leeeeetttttlle bit too much to drink at my going away party before I moved to Vegas, and ended up knocking over a bunch of people’s beers, and spilling water (that I was supposed to drink, to help me sober up) all over the place. Thankfully none of it landed on me, though, so I was just drunk, instead of drunk and soaking wet. #SilverLining

I dated “C” for a year before I had the guts to actually break up with him, even though I knew it was a bad idea after about three weeks. What a cluster eff that was. *shaking head at my idiotic self*

I wore an awesome wrap that I had gotten in the Philippines as a skirt to church one day. I thought I had it pinned up properly, but apparently not so much, because when a gust of wind came up, I suddenly found myself wearing nothing south of the border but my icky granny-panty-laundry-day underwears. And of course my crush saw it. Figures.

I was so frustrated and stressed and exhausted that one time I cried outside a Starbucks for like, an hour. People kept stopping to make sure I was okay, and all I could do was blubber at them that I was fine, and appreciated their kindness in stopping, but really *gasp, cough, sniff, hiccup* “I’m fine.”

I broke my wrist trying to show off a flip in the church parking lot in the middle of January. Not my proudest moment.

I once was working on a word search while on a family road trip, and forgot how to pronounce the word “calf”. I was completely confused, and made the mistake of asking my family what it was, while enunciating each sound. I still get crap about it, 18 years later, but at least that wasn’t as bad as my brother mispronouncing “faux pas” by saying “fox pass”. Ha.

What are your most embarrassing confessions?

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Five Reasons I Hate Working Out

i hate working out
Seriously. No one is ever this happy.
1.       It’s really hard. Let’s be honest – good workouts are hard anyway, even when you’re in great shape already. And they should be! Working out is really all about challenging yourself, pushing yourself past your limits, through the pain, and all that. So, awesome. But when you’re out of shape, like I am, and something as simple as walking up a couple flights of steps can make you take an extra breath or two, actually going through an organized workout where you’re intentionally doing things to yourself that make your heart race and your lungs scream for oxygen does not sound fun at all.

2.      It creates extra laundry. To be fair, this seems like less of a big deal when I’m in a place that has its own laundry room, but the apartment I live in right now only has one laundry room for the whole building, and washing and drying a tiny little load costs $2 in quarters. LAME. So now if I want to work out, I either have to do extra laundry, or wear stinky clothes. Both options sound awful, so I just skip the whole thing.

3.      It’s expensive. Even if you decide not to get a gym membership for whatever reason, you still have to have some sort of equipment that you may not otherwise purchase. This could be something as simple as sneakers (which, really, even these aren’t simple anymore, because there are about a million different options, and they all cost a lot of money), or it could get as crazy as getting shoes, shorts, shirts, bands, ropes, etc. that are all specific to exercise. Ain’t nobody got the time, or the money, for that nonsense. I will say though, that if I could get a new piece of Lulu clothing for each week I work out or something, I'd be all over that like white on rice. 

broken knee4.      I have a tendency to injure myself like, all the time. I honestly don’t know if this is a.) because I’m out of shape, or b.) because I just have a body that doesn’t do well with a lot of physical activity. Or if b is only a factor because of a. But either way, it’s rare for me to go through a workout without pulling, straining/spraining, or blistering something. I am almost always swelling up somewhere due to injury, be it on my foot, my knee, shoulder, whatever. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen this picture. Sadly, this sort of thing happens on the regular. 

5.      I always start to look like a tomato by about three minutes in. Seriously, I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but anytime I exert any kind of effort into anything, I turn bright red. So red, in fact, that I’m almost purple. When I lived in Nevada and would go jogging in my neighborhood, people stopped on more than one occasion to offer me water, since apparently, I looked like I was dying. The worst part about all that is that on most of the occasions, by the time people noticed and were stopping, I was already cooled down, so my heart and breath rates were normal. Apparently, though, I still managed to look like a stop sign. Awesome.

Lesson learned? I just should just stop working out entirely, and not bother to try it again. .....right???

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Thoughts on Making Friends

When I was a kid, I always felt like I had to have a “best friend”. In my little kid brain, that meant somebody who listened to all my secrets (without judging or telling me that the boy I had a crush on really wasn’t all that cute), who would trust me with their own confidences, who would come over to my house and play, who would cover for me if I tried to do something at their house that I knew wasn’t allowed at mine, etc.

Now that I’m older, that definition has changed somewhat. Yes, it’s still important for me that a friend will keep my confidences and all of that, but there’s so much more to friendship now, it seems.

I have always been someone who struggled to make friends. Sure, I’ve had acquaintances here and there, but the number of people I have met in my life who (whom?) I count as real friends is pretty small.

Now I am living in a town that is far away from any friends I have had, and I am neither working nor attending school at the moment. I’d like to be doing both of those things, of course, but given some other life circumstances at the moment, there’s not a lot of options for them at the moment.

Since I don’t know anyone in this town, and really don’t get out much, my question is, how do I make friends? How do I meet other women and build friendships with them? Is it even possible?

This is part of the reason that I started blogging. I wanted to find a way to start to get to know others, to build relationships with people who are in the same walk of life, or who have experienced some of the same struggles and difficulties I have. I know it’s not quite the same as being able to just call someone up to go to a happy hour on a random Tuesday, but it’s still something, I think.

My biggest problem, I think, is feeling like I really don’t have anything all that interesting or important to say. I tend to be pretty shy with new people, plus I’m not sure I want to get too personal on a blog, so I end up feeling like the stuff I write doesn’t mean anything to anyone. I blog things that are running around in my head, but I can’t write all of it, because so much of what I think/worry about involves other people, and I’m not about to be putting their business on my blog. I do keep a notebook with ideas and inspiration topics in it, too, and then I always end up feeling like my thoughts on that particular topic are completely lame, and I end up not even publishing the post because it’s almost embarrassing! Maybe I’m just too hard on myself….??

Either way, my hope is that eventually, I will have some new relationships with other bloggers, and will gain some new friendships through this little blogging adventure. And maybe if I’m lucky, one day I’ll be able to meet some of the people whose blogs I love, and who have inspired me to keep going, even when I feel completely boring and irrelevant.

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