25 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Me

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I stole this from Tina at Carrots and Cake, because it looked fun and I feel like y’all don’t know a whole lot about me quite yet.

1. I’m happiest when I’m in my garden.
2. … especially if it involves tricking people into talking about/buying plants with me.
3. I’ve always wanted to live in a tiny house.
4. My family and I love to talk about obscure facts.
5. I was a terrible gym studentIt was pretty pathetic.
6. My first job was in a flower shop as the delivery driver. 
7. I could probably eat spaghetti and meatballs every day.
8. I stole answers from my friend Rachel during labs in chemistry class when I was in high school, because I was awful at it. She let me, so I guess it was cool.
9. I was born on the same day as John Kerry and NIkki Sixx.
10. My all-time favorite film is Robin Hood (both Kevin Costner OR Cary Elwes versions) followed closely by The Sweetest Thing.
11. I do a pretty mean Grumpy Cat impression.
12. I’m still mad I never studied abroad.
13. I met my boyfriend at a friend’s house for the first time.
14. I always knew I wanted to have my own apartment in a city. Instead of envisioning a wedding or kids, this is what I daydreamed about.
15. I’m not afraid to pick up bugs (in cups) and set them free outside, but crunching them makes me gag.
16. I make the best homemade pizza. No lie. The Best.
17. I have almost no musical ability. I can’t keep time at all.
18. I always cry when at Alzheimer’s commercials. Any and all.
19. I’m a West Virginian, but I gladly live in Raleigh.  This town suits me so well.
20. I spent 2 months at camp every year for five years as a counselorI still wish I could do it, but I am way too old. Everyone else that works there had my campers as their counselors.  I’m grandma.
21. I wish my folks lived closer.
22. At 5, I was deeply in love with elephants and the Statue of Liberty.
23. I believe if everyone had a sense of humor the world would be a better place.
24. I can’t stand going more than 24 hours without a shower. Unless I’m camping, and if there’s a shower nearby, I’ll still risk one.
25. Whenever Friends is on, I’ll watch it.


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I’ve been absent for almost a month. In the blog world, that happens sometimes.

I’ll be back soon, just focusing on living the good life for now. :)


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Update: Calendar Crisis

Remember that post when I was talking about being disorganized when it came to calendars?

I’ve gotten a bit better.  Since I’ve downloaded a CalenMob* to my iPhone to make my Google Calendar more user friendly on my iPhone, things have gotten much better.

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This app allows me to update my calendar across all platforms, even my pesky iProducts. From what I hear, Google and Apple don’t particularly get along sometimes, and I noticed that I was having two different accounts updating on my iPhone calendar. It wasn’t particularly affecting anything, other than the fact that at times something I entered into my iPhone wouldn’t show up when I looked for it on my laptop.  I’m sure there was some way to get my old account erased through the app if I had searched long enough, but I found that CalenMob was the easiest fix for me. I seriously took an hour trying to find the right button to push on the original calendar app .  It was a no go.

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When I am on my laptop or a school computer, it’s easier to access Google Calendar itself. The magic of being able to color code various activities (work, school, play, etc.) made it super attractive to me.  That, and you can have a full month view or an agenda view.

untitled 1Super easy.  Since I had so much trouble getting my shit together regarding calendars, this was a huge breakthrough. It’s easier now, even though I wanted to have stuff written down on a page so badly.  I still write lists, but it mostly ends up on the app/online now. My only complaint is that there aren’t larger scrollable views of everything on the Google Calendar app.  When I am looking at my calendar, I want to be able to see the whole scope of things without having to click arrow buttons a thousand times. Maybe a three-month view would work? I don’t really have the same problem on the CalenMob app, as it’s mostly used for reference and quick information dumps, rather than for vast planning purposes. Other than that, there isn’t much I could complain about.

In short, when you find something that works for you, run with it.

*This post is not sponsored by CalenMob or Google. I just love the shit out of their apps.


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Unintended Breaks And Purges

I took a break from blogging this past week.  Mostly due to travel — I went to West Virginia to see my family, wish a Borders friend a happy retirement on her last day at Books-A-Million, and take some maternity shots for a vastly pregnant friend.  That, of course, took us on a hike.  She may or may not be in her 9th month and may or may not have been breathing pretty hard when we got back to the top of the hill.  Oops.

I also took a break because I had a pretty hard beginning of the week. Mostly because of my own idiocy.

If you’ve been around the internet, you may have heard the term FOMO (fear of missing out). I have to admit that I am such huge a victim of this. To show you how bad I am at this, here is a look at my calendar for this month:

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I’ve always planned too much, put too much of myself out there, tried to be as present as possible. There are planned activities almost every day on this calendar.  How am I supposed to get any life maintenance done?

So, in the past few days, I’ve decided to scale back.

Photo Jun 04, 8 44 18 AMSo much better. That week in the middle is going to be spent at the beach.

Most of why I had such a terrible beginning to my week is because I have been getting so caught up in trying to see everyone and do everything that I am not focused or very considerate to those I care about the most. When you are carrying too much of a load, you tend to drop things. I needed to clear up my calendar to refocus and re-prioritize myself.


I spent Monday and Tuesday in my apartment, mostly sealed off from contact from the outside world.  I watched old episodes of New Girl. I cleaned, baked a cake for my friend’s birthday, and gardened. I stared at the ceiling. I thought about things.  I enjoyed myself without having to entertain anyone else’s desires. I didn’t have anywhere I had to be for the foreseeable future. It was pretty awesome.

I am now refreshed and refocused.  All you need sometimes is to realize that you are spreading yourself too thin. Once I purged, my creativity and sense of well-being came back.

And the result of all of this was a pretty awesome cake.

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Do you have a problem with the fear of missing out? What do you do to refocus?

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Lists: Apply to Grad School… Again

I thought this picture was appropriate. It does look a bit like me…

Applying To ECU – Library Science:

  • $70
  • Residency issues
    • Change Title
    • New Insurance – Amica: $?
    • Get NC Driver’s License: $4
      • Requirements: WV License, Passport, SSN Card, Utility Bill, Proof of Insurance
    • Vehicle Emission and Safety Inspection: $45
    • Registration, Plates, and Property Taxes: $?
  • Letters Of Recommendation
    • See if you can send hard copies instead of e-copies (what the hell? I know it’s 2014 and everything, but still!)
    • Make extra copies of the ones you have
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Send Transcripts: $8
  • Send GRE Scores: $27

Due date: July 31!

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I’m having a slight hiccup in registration at ECU.  You see, I can get in at a wayyyyyyy cheaper rate if I am considered in-state, which I qualify for.  Except it doesn’t look good that I have a WV license/car accoutrements if I am trying to apply for that status. Essentially, the whole problem here is money and how much of it I am willing to part with.

untitledThat’s enough money to make anyone want to puke, in my opinion.

Granted, I should have done all of this car-related crap when I moved, but the problem lies in the fact that I don’t actually own the car.  My parents do. So I can’t technically do all that mess.  My options are as follows:

1. Change the car ownership over to me, get my own policy, get my own everything. Become a real adult.

2. Convince parents to switch auto insurance, which is unlikely to happen since Dad is the kinda guy to stick to the same brand of deodorant since 1963. He has been with the company forever, and I am sure they give him fantastic rates because of it.

3. Apply anyway and hope they don’t care that it looks like I could fly back to WV at any moment. This involves sucking it up and paying the extra for being a technical non-resident, even though I’ll have been here for over a year by the time school starts.

The most likely scenario is that I will take over the title. Let’s add a million things to my Apply to Grad School… Again list.

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Link Dump: Stress Remedies

A lot of links have been popping up on my Feedly lately that have made me stop to think about how much I am stressing out lately. I’ve been thinking about the end of the school year, and consequently, finding a summer job. I’ve also been worrying over applying to school, getting certified to be a media specialist in schools, and money, which is directly related to school ending for the year.  In short, I needed some of these posts. Here are a few of my favorites:

- On giving ourselves a break every once in a while.  I’m especially feeling this because my giant to-do list has been haunting/ruling me for months.

- Directly related to the last link, here’s some advice on how to restart an unproductive day.

- An essay on how things take time. Especially life.

- Personalizing ‘self love’ so it actually works for you.

- How one blogger adds stress-free note to her day.

Bonus: If you’ve been having a bad week, here’s a quick cupcake recipe for two (one for batter consumption, one for baking). I can’t tell you how important this was on this past Wednesday. I’ve been using this recipe for over a year now and it has brought me through some pretty stressful cravings times.

Also, naps help, too.


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