Wednesday, April 9, 2014

22 Before 23

  1. Save more, spend less
  2. Graduate college
  3. Learn to cook something besides chicken strips
  4. Make more videos
  5. Use my DSLR more
  6. Go on an adventure
  7. Read at least twenty books I haven't read before
  8. Watch The Office
  9. Apply to graduate school
  10. Find the perfect couch
  11. Move to Austin
  12. Get my second (and probably third) tattoo
  13. Blog more
  14. Watch all the movies I own yet have not seen
  15. Finish my textbook
  16. Go to SXSW
  17. Send more letters and packages
  18. Write more stories
  19. Volunteer somewhere, preferably at a library
  20. Get my family to visit Austin
  21. Buy, use, and develop at least two disposable cameras
  22. Take a road trip with my BFFL

Monday, April 7, 2014


Lately, things have been feeling weird.

My spring break was hectic and, for the most part, terrible. Between work, getting sick, and the four assignments I had due the first day back to school, it was nothing like a break. The good news is Mary took my pictures for my grad announcements/blog, and I finally got to meet her daughter, Whimsy. Other than that, it was an incredibly stressful week, in which I cried, like, four times.

Things have slowed down since then, which is unnerving in a "calm before the storm" kind of way. I only have five weeks of school left, and a slew of papers to write and tests to take in that time. I've been doing relatively well this semester, but I'm terrified something random and awful is going to happen that will again prevent me from graduating. I've been pushing that thought from my mind all semester, but the closer I get to the end, the harder it is to keep out.

I've been missing Austin more than ever recently. I think it's the fact that school–what has been keeping me in Lubbock this whole time–will finally be over. After that, it's just a few months of saving money, and then it will finally be time. I'm so excited.

I hope you're all doing well. To those still in school, like me, we're almost there! Keep on keeping on.


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Monthly Mix: March 2014

  1. Take Yours, I'll Take Mine – Matthew Mole
  2. The End of That – Plants and Animals
  3. Song For You – Alexi Murdoch
  4. This Is a Country Song – A Great Big Pile of Leaves
  5. Tiderays – Volcano Choir
  6. The Love Club – Lorde
  7. Stay Alive – José González
  8. Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
  9. Love Like This – Kodaline
  10. How Do I Know – Here We Go Magic
  11. Changing of the Seasons – Two Door Cinema Club
  12. A World Alone – Lorde
  13. Naïve – The Kooks
  14. Punching In a Dream – The Naked and Famous
  15. Fortune – William Fitzsimmons
  16. Sufidrop – Sean Hayes
  17. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  18. The Modern Leper – Frightened Rabbit
  19. Careless – Amos Lee
  20. I Will Be Back One Day – Lord Huron
Spring is probably my least favorite time of the year. For some reason, the transition from winter to summer is always worse than from summer to winter. Allergies are going crazy, it's windy all the time–not to mention the "haboobs" that blow through every week. (For those who don't know, a haboob is a massive dust storm. We've had two in less than two weeks. This is what I deal with all the time.)

Regardless of the nasty weather, things have been okay. Summer (and the end of my career as an undergrad) is so close. In the meantime, here's some warm weather music to get you through the windy days of March.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Talk directions to me

Last week, a wonderful thing happened. Truly, one of the greatest things to happen probably ever. The best day of my life thus far.... WE GOT INTERNET. Also, either the crazy lady next door has stopped blasting gospel music at two in the morning or I've just gotten used to it. It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

Now that I have Internet, and it's Spring Break which means I actually have free time,* I can finally write about the weekend of Melany's birthday. Which was, you know, a month ago. Whatever.

On Thursday, we found out that Craig Ferguson was doing a show at the Paramount on Friday night. It didn't look like there were any seats left, so we took it as a sign that we weren't meant to spend eighty dollars we didn't have even if it was Craig Ferguson.

But on Friday morning when I woke up, the first thing Melany said to me was, "Good morning! I think I found seats for Craig Ferguson." So we took it as a sign that we were meant to spend eighty dollars we didn't have because it was Craig Ferguson. We honestly didn't have a choice. If Craig Ferguson is in town, you go see Craig Ferguson.

So on Valentine's Day, Britny, Melany, and I went to see Craig Ferguson. It was everything I dreamed it would be. Cross that off the bucket list. Afterwards, we refreshed our red lipstick and headed to Barbarella where we danced the night away to eighties music and I acted as bodyguard for the group. (I'm so not about strange guys dancing up behind girls. SO NOT ABOUT IT.) It was a really, really great night. It was the first Valentine's Day since I was little that I didn't think about it being Valentine's Day. Not that I'm ever particularly bitter about Valentine's, but it was still nice to not think about boys or relationship statuses. It was nice to drink rum and dance to Madonna, to be young and carefree.

Saturday was Melany's birthday, and we spent most of the day decorating her apartment for the little party we were going to have later that night. We got all dressed up for our reservation at South Congress Cafe, which we were so late for because it took Melany three years to curl her hair so they gave our table away and we had to awkwardly stand in the doorway for an hour. (But because I am a good friend and it was her birthday and she got sick at the restaurant, I didn't say anything about it. I'm such a nice person.) Although everything that night didn't go quite as planned with the reservation, Melany getting sick, and me accidentally making margaritas for twenty people, it still ended up okay. Melany felt better for a few hours, long enough for us to have some cupcakes and play Cards Against Humanity.

The next day I ventured to Ikea in Round Rock by myself to buy my bookshelf. It is my belief that Melany purposely contracted a virus just so she wouldn't have to go to Ikea with me, though I have no idea why she wouldn't want to go because Ikea is BEAUTIFUL. I'd never been before, and I was running around like a kid in a candy store, throwing all kinds of stuff into my basket. I was so tempted to buy things I don't even need right now (like a couch and area rug and dining room table) just because they were so reasonably priced. I'm going to have a field day once I move to Austin and Melany and I go shopping for our apartment.

When I drove back into Austin, I headed to South Congress so I could go to Parts + Labour and visit KaCee at work. When I passed the Snack Bar on the way back to Amy's, I noticed there was space at the bar. I decided the need for chicken avocado quinoa was too great and ducked inside.

I like spending time by myself. I do things that are generally considered group activities (like go to the movies) alone all the time. I've eaten alone many times before, but always at places like Chipotle while watching Frasier on my phone or something–never at a sit-down restaurant. I'd always wanted to, but the opportunity had never presented itself until then. I ordered a drink** and my quinoa, and just listened to the conversations around me. There was an nice English man to my left who watched my purse for me when I ran to the restroom, and a Russian guy and his bro friend to my right who talked about the Sochi Olympics. It was just nice. I highly recommend.

After I left the Snack Bar, I stopped by Amy's for some ice cream and to see KaCee. It felt so casual, just dropping by KaCee's work, chatting, making lunch plans for the next day. I felt so content that night, in my city, with my best friends. It's always so hard to leave.

Eight months.


* That's a lie. I have no free time. They call it a break, but really it's just a week to catch up on all the reading and essays you've gotten behind on.
** If you're ever at the Snack Bar, get the Pomgrenada. It was delish.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Saturday before last, Keren and I met in Snyder so we could see each other, if only for a few hours. It was a fun little day trip, but entirely too short a time.

Snyder is one of those small towns that doesn't reach its full potential (but I grew up in Albany, so I often look down on other small towns). There isn't very much there that isn't fast food or Walmartexcept for a badly decorated sandwich shop and a combination formal dress/book/baby/pet store, and both of those were already closed. We ended up grabbing a bite to eat at Sonic, and then wandering around taking pictures by random buildings and under train tracks.

I've been thinking of summer plans lately, and all the possible trips I could and want to take. Unfortunately, the Blogger Family won't be having a meetup this summer, which means I'll just have all this spare money lying around unlike the last two summers.* I'm hoping I'll get to take one of the trips I've already planned in my head, as it'll be my last chance before moving to Austin and becoming an actual, real adult person.

Before all that though, I have to finish my last semester of college. Yikes.


* Hah.
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