Wednesday, April 27, 2016

20 Simple Things to be Happy About #2

Here are 20 MORE simple things that make me happy!

1) Thunderstorms.

2) And the smell of rain.

3) Being excited for an upcoming trip.

4) Coming home from a long trip.

5) Putting on chapstick when my lips are dry.

6) Bonfires.

7) Eating my favorite ice cream flavor.

8) Getting a massage.

9) Completing a stressful task.

10) Treating myself to something I really wanted to buy.

11) Kissing chubby baby cheeks.

12) Relaxing on the beach.

13) Clothes that are hot out of the dryer.

14) Wearing lipstick.

15) Exploring a city with my friends.

16) Bubble baths.

17) Brushing my teeth in the morning.

18) Having a REALLY good hair day.

19) Dancing like a nut to my favorite songs.

20) The smell of freshly cut grass.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Freshman Year: Check!

I can still remember how sick to my stomach I felt on that last morning at home. I held back tears saying goodbye to my dog. I held back tears saying goodbye to my grandmother. I even held back tears saying goodbye to my brother. MY BROTHER. (If you couldn't tell, I'm not the type of person who is inclined to share their feelings or show any sort of emotion other than sarcasm. Which isn't even an emotion.)

The drive down was the shortest 2 hours and 15 minutes of my life. I had gone from a place full of comfort and familiarity to one of complete and utter strangeness. This was it. This was college.

Move in day was a rush of activity. And by rush I mean blur. And by blur I mean what even happened the day went by so quickly. Before I knew it, I was unsuccessfully holding back tears as I said goodbye to my mom, dad, and sister. Good thing I was wearing sunglasses.

And that was that. Freshman year had officially begun. The first couple of weeks were filled with fake smiles, awkward silences, and over-enthusiastic activity involvement. I soon adjusted to life as a college student. What I meant to say was, I soon adjusted to devoting my entire day to school and homework and subsequently spending my nights crying, watching Netflix, and drinking hot chocolate. (The crying stopped, obviously. Everything else is pretty much the same.)

Now, with roughly 2 weeks left to go, I can't believe how fast my time as a college freshman has flown by. (I know that's a painfully cliche thing to say, but sometimes painful cliches are the only way to get your message across. I also feel like I'm using a lot of parenthetical asides.)

I've learned and achieved a lot this past year. I've pulled through MANY stressful situations, I've done MANY adult things, and I've met MANY different people. Could I be more vague? Well, I'm glad I asked that question for you. The answer is YES. I've also done MANY cool THINGS that MAY or MAY not have been difficult, fun, exciting, and/or scary. *high fives self*

In all seriousness, though, there have been a few things that I can say I'm relieved to have figured out. I declared my major (Literature with a Writing Emphasis), I found a place to live next year and don't have to do ANY housing paperwork (!!!!!), and I secured a summer job for myself. Things are looking up for me at this point, and I can say that I'm somewhat sorta kinda maybe possibly excited for next school year.


Cheers to a long, hot summer!

Here is my face. And a pile of branches sitting in a creek in the background. Because SELFIE OR DIE! Amiright?

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Summers at the Cabin

Summer vacation: so close yet so far. I'm very close to throwing all my papers out the window. You heard me. Despite the fact that I'm on the verge of going insane, I have maintained enough of my composure to write up a blog post. In honor of this coming summer (and to help me through these last few weeks of school) I thought I'd share with you what a summer trip to my family cabin looks like.

My family cabin isn't just a weekend getaway where we spend the day swimming and cooking out and then fall asleep on the way home that same evening. No no, my family cabin is more like a run-down resort crawling with daddy long legs - in the most charming and nostalgic way possible, of course. It takes us four hours to get to our northern Minnesota destination, and when we do get there, we stay for a while.

Just to further orient your imagination, when I say "cabin," I should really be saying "cabins." My family (that is, extended family - aunts, uncles, cousins 500 time removed) owns land in northern Minnesota, land that we built cabins on. Now don't go crazy on me, thinking that we have like 50 log cabins and a water park and all that. It's 5 small to medium sized cabins - no more, no less. We have a pretty nice beach though, not going to lie.

Just ignore the seaweed on the shoreline - I never said it was a Caribbean beach. NORTHERN MINNESOTA, PEOPLE.
My summers spent up at the cabin, or as we call it, "the Lake," consist of Shell Wars on the beach, getting out of the water and praying you don't have The Itch, singing songs around the campfire, and of course, laying on the beach at night and stargazing. The sunsets are also to die for. Proof:

A trip to the Lake also consists of getting giant ice cream cones and eating said cones, agate hunting at the Island, (did I mention some of the land we own happens to be a small island just off the shore? Don't get too excited, it's covered in poison ivy) and the occasional game of mini-golf.

Cotton Candy and Licorice Chip - don't judge. And yes, of COURSE I ate the whole thing. Who do you think I am?

My hole-in-one. This was achieved out of sheer luck, I assure you. 

This place is essentially my second home - I've literally been going since I was in the womb. THE WOMB. It holds many memories, and I really hope I can find time to make it up this coming summer.

Leave a comment telling me what you're looking forward to this summer, or where you'd like to go!

My sister and I being adorable on a pontoon boat up at the Lake. Because this IS a Throwback post.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

March Favorites

It's that time of the month - Favorites time! This is my first official "Monthly Favorites" and hopefully I won't slack off (or forget) to do more.

March was a pretty chill month for me, and by chill I mean I was tearing my hair out by the roots trying to hold on to as much sanity as I could before Easter break came. Granted, three weeks before Easter break I was on Spring break, but school is school, people. I did, however, find myself noting a few things throughout the month that I was loving, and I thought I'd share them with you today.


Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo:
This is probably the best dry shampoo I've ever tried. It really left my hair feeling soft and shiny, plus it smells REALLY nice. Also, now that I've found a good dry shampoo it means showering less which sounds disgusting, but in reality, is a very very magical thing for a college student. Less showering = more sleep.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Polish: I own three shades - Pink Me Up!, L'Orange, and Greycian Goddess - and this month I rediscovered them. The formula is more on the watery side, but I almost like that better than a thicker formula because it goes on easier. The brushes are also really flat and square which makes painting nails a breeze!

Sheer Lipsticks: If you're timid to try a full on creme or matte lipstick, or if you're just looking for a moisturizing lip product that'll also give you color, I highly recommend sheer lipsticks. I've been using two in particular this month: Revlon's ColorBurst Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya, and L'Oreal's Colour Riche Balm Pop in the shade Pink Satin. They're perfect springtime colors, and they moisturize as well.

nspa Rich Body Butter by Nirvana Spa: This stuff is a lifesaver. If you're looking for a cheaper version of a body butter from the Body Shop or Bath and Body Works, this is it. Even though it's cheaper, it's reasonably buttery and very moisturizing. This month I've been loving the Mango scent, but I've also tried the Vanilla scent which is just as nice.


Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans: I mean, it was Easter this month. I had to eat jelly beans. I HAD TO. Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans are my favorite. Starburst Jelly Bean lovers - no hate please.

Jesus Christ Superstar: JC Superstar is a ROCK OPERA - bear with me - by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. If you're familiar with those two gentlemen, then you know you're in for a treat. If not, please, do me a favor and get to know them and their work. Jesus Christ Superstar is a musical about the Passion of Jesus. You don't have to be religious to enjoy this film. Made in 1973, it stars Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson. I've been listening to the soundtrack all month because I hadn't heard it in so long, and I re-watched the movie twice. It's amazing. The music. I just. Ugh. So good.

Audrey Hepburn: I mean, Audrey has always been a favorite, but I've been in a bit of a Netflix slump and have just been watching movies lately. One night I decided to watch Charade, starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. Let me tell you, I fell in love with her all over again. I then had to satisfy my obsession and watch How to Steal a Million, with Peter O'Toole starring opposite Audrey. And of course, that left one Audrey movie unwatched on my part, so I had to re-watch Roman Holiday with Hollywood hunk Gregory Peck as Audrey's love interest. If you're in the mood to watch quirky, Old Hollywood rom-coms with engaging plotlines, do yourself a favor and watch these. "Watch anything with Audrey Hepburn" is basically the lesson I'm trying to teach here. You won't regret it.

What were YOU loving this month?