Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!

With everything going on this month, I almost forgot to participate in The Simple Woman's Daybook for the month of December!

Outside my window... is a dark and rainy Christmas Eve.
I am thinking... about how I should really be packing instead of doing this.
I am thankful for... realization, the payoff of hard work, and a promise.
From the kitchen... I smell the delicious scents of barbecue sauce still lingering from dinner, and baked goods that have been cooking all day.
I am wearing... a purple Phi Mu t-shirt, black Nike shorts, and gray bootie slippers. It's a really attractive ensemble.
I am creating... brownies that are baking at this very moment. I mean, they are from a box, but still. :]
I am going... to SPAIN!
I am reading... nothing at the moment, but I will start something tomorrow. I went to Barnes and Noble yesterday and can't wait to jump into my new reads!
I am praying... that everyone has a safe, happy, and healthy holiday and start to their new year.
I am hearing... the Christmas light special on TLC that my sister is watching.
Around the house... is warm and busy. It's nice having everyone home.
One of my favorite things... is winter. I love it. The cold, the food, the lights, the snow, the clothes, the festivities, and the spirit everyone is in. I'm a total winter girl.
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Happy holidays to all,
Sara

Bits of My Weekend, volumes 22 and 23

Honestly, I don't know how much longer I am going to keep up with Bits of My Weekend. I always feel behind, and that bugs me. Maybe I will just start posting if and when I have stuff to post about. Maybe.

Nevertheless, I am making an attempt to get caught up before I leave for SPAIN tomorrow! Be ready for lots of stories and pictures when I get back. I am so, so, so excited.

Volume 22: December 10-12
This weekend concluded the craziest, most stressful week of my life. Finals week lasted two weeks for me this semester, so this weekend was much needed and well deserved. It was also my sister Natalie's 9th birthday!
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Volume 23: December 17-19 (Well, technically until the 21)
 I finished my last final at 12:30 on Thursday, packed up my room, and officially began my winter break! Finishing this semester was a great feeling, and I'm happy to say that everything paid off. I spent Friday just hanging out and packing, and I was on a plane to Columbia, Missouri on Saturday morning! It was such a great trip, and I was able to see several of my friends, which is always a treat. As always, spending time with Tom was incredible and I am reminded every day just how lucky I am to be with him.

He even planned an amazing surprise date for us! He would not tell me anything about it and I had no idea what each stop on the date was until we got there. I love surprises, but I have a hard time knowing something is happening when I don't know anything about it. I am definitely a snooper, so he had his work cut out for him. :]

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First stop: Caramel Apple Spices at Starbucks--- We went to Starbucks and then walked around downtown Columbia just talking and window shopping while we waited for the restaurant to open. I love walking around in the cold weather and seeing all the Christmas lights/displays in the store windows!Photobucket
Next stop: Dinner at Geisha--- Tom and I love sushi, and we generally go to Osaka in Columbia. Tom went to Geisha in a downtown Columbia a few months ago and liked it and knew that I was dying to try it, so he decided to take me there! It was delicious and had such a great date atmosphere!Photobucket
Next stop: The Magic Tree--- The Magic Tree is a tree in Columbia covered in thousands of Christmas lights, and I LOVE it! I mentioned a few weeks ago that I wanted to go see it when I was in town, but I kind of forgot about it. Of course, Tom remembered and surprised me! I had no idea where we were going until we turned the corner and the tree was right there. We only stayed for a few minutes because it was super cold and we had another mystery activity to get to, but we were able to snap a few pictures!PhotobucketPhotobucket
Final stop: Ice skating at the outdoor rink in Forest Park--- Tom told me the next stop would be a little bit of a drive from the Magic Tree, so I assumed we were going to Jeff City or something. I could not have been more wrong! We just kept driving and driving and he finally told me we were going ALL the way to ST. LOUIS! I seriously freaked out! I had no idea what we were doing and the only hint he would give me was "Steinberg", which meant nothing to me at the time. I now know that it is the name of the outdoor ice skating rink in Forest Park. I almost cried when we pulled into the parking lot at the ice skating rink! It was so pretty! There were twinkly lights everywhere and Christmas music was playing. It was the PERFECT winter date and such a surprise!PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket
It was the best date I have ever been on, hands down. Seriously perfect.

Since I got back on Tuesday, I have been visiting with friends and relaxing. Now it is time to pack and get ready to leave tomorrow afternoon for Spain! I hate packing with a passion, but this trip makes it pretty worthwhile.

More to come,
Sara

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Suggestions Needed

In preparation of my trip to Spain and a ridiculous amount of time on an airplane, I am planning a trip to Barnes and Noble. I love to read and don't have time to do it during the school year, so I am excited to pick up a few great books for the next few weeks. I am thinking about finally attempting my goal of reading all of Jane Austen's novels, but, as much as I love her, I have to be in a certain mood to enjoy her stuff. I already have a few books in mind, but I definitely need suggestions! If you read something and loved it, let me know! Also, if you thought any of the books on my list sucked, let me know that too.

Thanks,
Sara

Friday, December 17, 2010

Accomplishment

I am DONEEEEE!!!

I am officially finished with my first semester at UNT.

Weird? Satisfying? I'm not sure yet.

This month-long winter break is well deserved. My workload this semester was much more than it has been in the past. My emotional load was much heavier.

The end of this semester signifies many things. I know for sure that being an English major is the right thing for me. I am much more independent than I ever thought. I made it through one of the biggest changes and struggles I have ever been faced with.

I did it. I'm okay. And I'm two semesters away from graduating.

That's a lot to digest for one night. It's a lot to think about, but I did it. Talk about a sense of accomplishment.

More to come,
Sara

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bits of My Weekend(s), volume(s) 19, 20, and 21

Bits of my past THREE weekends in whirlwind mode!

But first, a reminder as to where we left off. 

Volume 19: November 19- 21
Mavs game with Kelsey!
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New boots!
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Volume 20: November 25- 28
TOM IS HERE!!! He is wonderful, and I'm a very lucky girl. :]
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Grandma and Aunt are in town!
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Mom's birthday!
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Two wonderful Thanksgiving celebrations with both sides of the family!

Volume 21: December 3- 5
Hanukkah celebrations with both sides of the family!

Homework. Lots and lots of homework.

I feel somewhat caught up, now. I have been swamped with finals, so please forgive me. I plan on making up for it during break.

More to come,
Sara

AnticipaciĆ³n

I will be here in just a few short weeks.  Seriously cannot wait.


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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tonight

Tonight is my night to relax, breath, and sleep. Oh, glorious Sleep, how I have missed you so. After one of the most stressful, demanding, hectic weeks of my life, I am finally getting a second to just be.

Let me give you a break down of the past week:
  • last Thursday: Rhetoric presentation
  • Monday: Biology paper due
  • Tuesday: Rhetoric research paper due
  • Wednesday: Biology Lab final exam at 10:30am, Yiddish Literature final exam essays due
  • Thursday: Spanish Literature paper due, Rhetoric notebook project due

Who knew finals began the week before finals week?

Even though I am taking a break tonight, I still have a lot on my plate for the last week of classes before a lovely, glorious, month-long winter break.
  • Tomorrow (Friday): Shakespeare research paper due by midnight
  • Monday: Biology extra credit essays due, Biology Lecture exam at 1:30pm
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: Study like crazy
  • Thursday: Rhetoric exam at 8:00am, Spanish Literature exam at 10:30am

On Friday, I pack up, leave my dorm, and hop on a plane to CoMo the next morning!

But tonight, I sleep.

More to come,
Sara

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah is wrapping up and I must say I had a very enjoyable holiday! My aunt and grammy were in town for Thanksgiving, so we celebrated the first night of Hanukkah while they were here, even though it was a little early. It was a nice treat to be able to celebrate with family that I haven't seen in a while!

I am lucky that I had several of my wish list wishes come true! I thought I would go through my past wish lists and pick out the things I got as gifts. :]

I got a few pairs of pj pants, similar to these. My mom pretty much rocks and got me this necklace that I have been dying for! It has been sold out for a while, so she must have gotten it as soon as I put it on my wish list. I got several of the items from this post, including the button-front rosette cardigan, the pieced lace top in navy, a gray argyle sweater, and some brown leggings. I also got the mukluk slippers from the same post and I absolutely love them! They are so warm and cozy. I got another gift that I absolutely love: my boots from this post! They are amazing.

I also got some money/giftards, Vera Bradley notecards, note set, and cosmetic bag, an amazing makeup kit from ULTA, a travel journal (that I need an occasion to use!), some chocolate, leather gloves, Halle Berry perfume, a cute set of cosmetic/bathroom cases, a heavy duty ice scraper for my car (because all Texans need one hahah), a cute travel mug, and a few other things.

I would say it was a successful holiday! Thank you to everyone! :]
Now I need to buy holiday and birthday gifts for other people. I think I enjoy giving gifts as much as I enjoy getting them.

I PROMISE a nice long post about my life recently is coming. I have 1 project, 4 tests, and 5 papers to do in the next 2 weeks, so I am extremely busy. It sucks.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with this. My stepmom emailed it to me a few days ago.
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More to come,
Sara

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Lots to be Thankful For

I have lots to be thankful for!  I had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with great family, great food, and lots of laughs.  Tom is in town, which makes everything about a million times better!!!  I love this time of the year and it is always nice to be reminded of how lucky and I am and just how much I have to be thankful for.  A longer update is coming, but I just wanted to post quickly and wish everyone a happy (late) Thanksgiving!

More to come,
Sara

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wish List Wednesday

I think every girl has had the dilemma of not owning an evening bag at some point or another.  This black clutch from Old Navy is stylish and inexpensive.  You can never go wrong with basic, classic black!
Women's Black Clutch from Old Navy
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I am suffering from a serious cardigan obsession.  I think they are a great way to make summer clothing cool-weather appropriate.  Unfortunately, I own one cardigan.  Yes, one.  Old Navy is offering a ton of different styles and colors this season, all stylish and all inexpensive.  I would love to have cardigans in a variety of styles and colors.  This is an example of one that I like, however I wouldn't want it in black.
Women's Ruffle-Tier Jersey Cardigan
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My dorm room tends to be freezing cold, so at cute pair of pajama pants would be awesome!  I already have a blue pair of these and I love them!  Another color in a size medium would be perfect!
Aerie Slouchy Plaid PJ Pants
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I actually really do like bright colors, so I apologize for everything being black this week.

More to come,
Sara

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

November Daybook

I am excited to take part in the November edition of The Simple Woman's Daybook!  I encourage you all to participate! 

Outside my window...is a beautiful, cool, sunny day!  I'm thankful for the sunshine, especially since it was so rainy and overcast early this morning. 

I am thinking...about where I am going to live next fall.  I will be a senior in college, so I want to finally live off campus, but I'm graduating a semester early (in December), so maybe it's not worth it.  Ugh. 

I am thankful for...the internet.  I'm actually being serious.  Our lives are made infinitely easier by the internet every single day. 

I am wearing...plaid pj pants and a long sleeve gold Mizzou shirt.  I just got back from class and changed back into my pajamas to do my homework. :] 

I am remembering...that I really need to get going on my research papers that are due in the next few weeks.  I want to completely finish one before Tom gets here next week (YAYYYY!!!) and have a good chunk of the other one done. 

I am going...to post this and then get to work on the blog posts I have to write today for my internship.  I get to work from home today woohooooo! 

I am currently reading...nothing.  I just finished reading The Tempest for my Shakespeare class.  I guess I'm technically reading "La Casa de Bernarda Alba" by Federico Garcia Lorca for my Spanish literature class, but that's not exactly what I consider pleasurable reading. 

I am hoping...that Tom's drive from Columbia, Missouri to Dallas goes smoothly and that he makes it here safely! 

On my mind...is a list of tasks and things I need to do before Thanksgiving. 

Noticing that...I suddenly had thousands of dollars to my name would be a real treat! 

Pondering these words...that I've heard about the future and "the real word" after college.  The transition from being a college student to an independent adult seems impossible!  It's scary and incredibly overwhelming. 

From the kitchen...I don't smell or see anything, because I don't have a kitchen in my dorm.  I do, however, get SO excited when I think about all of the yummy food I am going to enjoy with family next week!  Green bean casserole is my favorite!

Around the house..., well around my dorm room, is finally (somewhat) clean.  I put all of my clothes, shoes, and other crap away, so now all I need to do is vacuum and a few other things. 

One of my favorite things...is snow!  I hope we get some this winter! 

From my picture journal...I seriously love this girl and I am sending a big hug to her all the way in Houston!
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Also, my sorority sister Ashley is having a giveaway on her outfit of the day blog, Ashley Getting Dressed.  One lucky winner will receive a $55 gift card to the CSN network of stores just in time for the holidays!  Click on the links for more information and to enter.

More to come,
Sara

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bits of My Weekend, volume 18

Well, I did it.  I survived the craziest, most stressful week ever.  After having a Spanish poetry exam on Tuesday, a biology exam on Wednesday, a rhetoric exam on Thursday, and a proposal for my Shakespeare research paper due on Friday, this weekend was well-deserved and couldn't have come fast enough.  This week absolutely wore me out, but there was an up side to having so many tests in one week.  It gave me the opportunity to study with people in my classes.  I spent Wednesday night and all day Friday studying and working with a few people in my class.  As lame as it sounds, this was my first time really socializing with anyone new, so I was grateful for it.  Hopefully this opened the door and we can all hang out in the future. :]

In between everything I had going on this week, I managed to make it home on Thursday night to see my sister play Aristotle in her third grade play about the solar system.  It was adorable and she did such a good job!  Sorry the picture sucks.  I went right from work to her school and didn't have my camera with me.
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Luckily, I didn't have to work on Friday since my bosses were at a convention, so I was able to devote my entire day to working on my research paper proposal, rather than having to stress about it all week while trying to get everything else done.  I spent the entire day in the library.  I had a good topic in mind and started to write my paper about that, but finding credible sources turned out to be a near-impossible task, so I ended up changing my topic.  Once I did that, everything was much easier.  I'm frustrated that it took so long, but I ended up writing a paper that I am proud of.  Hopefully my teacher feels the same.  I left the library after submitting my paper around 11:35pm (the deadline was midnight), and then I went back to my room and passed out.  The stress of the week absolutely wore me out.

I spent most of Saturday just hanging out and being a complete lazy bum.  I probably should have been doing homework or something constructive, but I just couldn't make myself.  I needed a break.  I went to see "Due Date" with my friend Chelsea last night.  It was pretty funny and I really enjoyed it!  We went to a small party at one of her sorority sister's apartments after the movie.

I slept until about 1pm today, but I thoroughly cleaned my room this afternoon to make up for it.  I even got a little homework done today, too.  My dad, stepmom, and brother came to Denton to have dinner with me tonight.  I like when I get to have dinner with my family.  Not only do we usually go out to a yummy restaurant that my broke college self can't afford, but I almost always end up having leftovers for dinner during the week.  I have some yummy shrimp, a baked potato, and biscuits from Red Lobster to have for dinner tomorrow night!  Oh, and I like seeing my family, too.  :]

I'll just be hanging out, watching E!, and doing some homework tonight.  This week will be infinitely easier than last week, thank goodness.  I have a research paper due next Wednesday (Nov. 24), but I am going to get it done this week since Tom will be here next (YAYYYYYYYYYYYY).  I am so, so, so excited to see him!  I can't believe it's one week away!!!

I'll leave you with this picture.  Not because it's from this weekend, but because it's something out of the ordinary.  We looked at it in my biology lab and I was completely disgusted.  I did handle it a little better than I thought I would, but I definitely did not touch it.  A pat on the back to anyone who can guess what it is, and no, you can't tell if I already told you.
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Have a good week,
Sara

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wish List Wednesday

I thought of something I have really wanted for a long time.  Finally!  There have been booths selling these in some of the local malls around here for quite some time.  I don't know exactly what to call them, but they are framed words made up of pictures.  They look like this: Photobucket

Now do you know what I'm talking about?  Anyways, I have wanted one ever since I first saw them.  A lot of people get their names or their family's name, but I don't think I would want that.  I think I would want some other word like "love" or something like that.  I found this website where you can design your own word by picking the letters you like and then matting and framing it.  I like black and white letters and the black frame.  There are probably a ton of other websites that offer the same product, but this one seemed to offer a lot of freedom to choose exactly what you want for a reasonable price.  I am SO happy I finally thought of something I really want!

On a completely unrelated note, I am on the American Eagle email list (for some unknown reason) and came across this necklace, which is pretty similar to this one that I am in love with.  I don't like the American Eagle one as much as I like the one from The Limited, but it would be a good alternative since the one that I love has been sold out for a while.

Also, I like these, and I actually do need new black flats.

If I could survive this week, that would be excellent, as well.

More to come,
Sara

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bits of My Weekend, volume 17

This weekend was super low key, except for the fact that I had a ridiculous amount of homework to do.  I have a test or something due every day this coming week.  Ugh.

I am spending most of today studying at Panera.  I love the jazz music they play here.  Plus, I'm convinced their coffee is better than Starbucks, in taste, price, and presentation.
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Have a good week,
Sara

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Wish List Wednesday

I realize it's not Wednesday, but oh well.  I haven't blogged in a while and this post was already in the works.

I have decided that I do not like the purse that I put on my last wish list.  In fact, I think I hate it.  I do however, really, really like this one.  It's exactly what I'm looking for and I've already checked it out in person, so I know that it will work for me.

Actually, I would really love this one.  It's completely beautiful, but completely out of my reach.  There is a Coach outlet store not too far from where I live, but I am pretty sure the price at the outlet is still more than I can spend on a purse at this moment in time.
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Oh, if only.

I have been having a really hard time coming up with things I want.  Well, that's not entirely true.  I have been having a really hard time coming up with things that I want that aren't clothes or shoes.  I just really need to go shopping for some fall/winter pieces!  I think that would solve all of my problems.

I have been looking around for things to add to my holiday wish list and, I must admit, the results of my research are somewhat random.

1) Stella & Dot Love Script Necklace
This necklace is so delicate and feminine!
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2) A massage/spa treatment
Every girl loves to be pampered! :]

3) Fossil Maddox Three Hand Champagne Dial Watch (Rose Gold)
This rose gold colored watch is just gorgeous!  It's perfect for the fall and winter and is timeless, so it will never go out of style.
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I have been racking my brain trying to come up with things I want, but I am having a really hard time.  Suggestions are always welcome, and in this case, encouraged! :]

More to come,
Sara

Bits of My Weekend, volumes 15 and 16

The past two weeks have been...weird.  Between midterms, work, a health scare, and recovering, I haven't had much time to think straight, let alone blog.  I apologize and will attempt to get caught up over the next few days.

I don't even know where to start.  I have officially been working at my internship for two weeks.  I like it and I definitely think I am learning a lot.  I just need to get used to writing so much in one chunk of time.  Most Tuesdays and Thursdays, I write and publish 4 to 5 blogs, most of which require research.  I work all day on Fridays and write around 7 blogs and do some other random tasks.  I'm getting the hang of it, so hopefully I will become more productive as time goes on!

Last weekend (Friday, October 29) was pretty quiet.  I worked all day, which is something else I will need to get used to since I have have grown accustomed to having Fridays off.  I just hung out on campus for Friday night and most of Saturday.  I had a little scare on Saturday, though.  After getting out of the shower, I was extremely dizzy and nauseous, and to make a long story short, I blacked out.  When I blacked out, I fell and hit my nose/head on my bathroom door.  After a few minutes, the sick feeling passed and I was fine, but it was SO scary!  I didn't know if I had seriously hurt myself or why I felt bad in the first place.  It also made me realize that I am completely alone here in my dorm.  I'm sure my suite mate would come in if I was screaming hysterically or something (or at least I hope she would), but if I got really hurt, nobody would know.

After I recovered and was feeling better, I went to my friend Kelsey's house to watch the Mizzou homecoming football game.  Kelly, another one of our Phi Mu sisters, also came.  It was so good to see both of them!  Mizzou was playing OU, who was ranked #1, so in addition to this being Homecoming, this was a big game.  Mizzou ended up WINNING and everyone in the stadium rushed the field!  Kelsey and I were jumping up and down and screaming!  It was an awesome game to watch, but I wish I could have been there.  I'm so jealous everyone rushed the field!
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I spent Sunday morning with my dad and stepmom since my dad had just gotten home from China.  He brought me back beautiful hand-strung pearls.  They are beyond gorgeous.  I spent the rest of the weekend just hanging out and doing homework and stuff.

I spent most of last week battling with the worst headache I have ever had in my life.  I still wasn't sure why I blacked out and I was nervous that I had really hurt my head when I fell, just because of the level of pain I was in.  My nose bruised a little and hurt when I touched it.  In addition to the headache, my neck and body were incredibly achy and stiff.  By Wednesday, I couldn't take it anymore and decided to go to the health center.  The doctor looked around and felt my face and neck, but didn't really have any constructive information for me, so I left without any reassurance.  I decided to go to the emergency room that night.  I ended up getting a CT scan on my head and neck, an EKG, and blood work done.  To make a long story short, everything came back normal.  Nothing was cracked in my face and nothing was injured when I fell.  The doctor seemed to think that the hot shower caused my blood pressure to drop, which in turn caused me to feel nauseous and black out.  Unfortunately, they couldn't do anything about the headache, but they reassured me that it would go away on it's own.

By Friday night, I felt fine.  The headache finally went away and my body felt normal again.  The whole thing was just bizarre.

Last weekend, I went to Houston with my dad and stepmom.  It was a pretty last minute trip.  My brother's high school marching band had a competition in Conroe, so my dad suggested that I go with them and he would take me to see my friend Whitney in Houston, which is about an hour further.  I  jumped at the chance to see Whitney!  We spent Saturday and Sunday just hanging out and laughing, like we always do.  I seriously love that girl!
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I feel somewhat caught up now.  I feel like I covered all of the big things from the past two weeks.  This coming week is going to be absolutely insane for me, but I will try my best to post at least once.  I feel like a blog post with some substance is coming.  I can feel the wheels turning in my head.

On a happy note, Six in the City has made its triumphant, long-awaited return.  No Bits of My Weekend post yet, but I'm sure one will be up soon!

P.S. First Starbucks holiday cup of the season = reason to smile!
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P.P.S. Phi Mu ended up placing third in the talent section of Homecoming!  My good friend and old roommate, Elizabeth, won best actress for all of Greek life!  I'm so proud of you ladies!

More to come,
Sara

Friday, October 22, 2010

Happy face

Today was a good day.  Actually, the past 48 hours have been pretty good.

I applied for a writing internship about two weeks ago.  I received an email at the end of last week asking me to submit a writing assessment.  That night, I received a phone call asking me to come in for an interview the next day.  I went in for my interview on Tuesday afternoon and left with mixed feelings.  I was interested in the position and thought the interview went well enough, but it was my first interview for a "real job" and I had a mental list of about twenty things I wish I had done or said differently.  I did something right, apparently, because I got a phone call that night saying that I had gotten the job!  I can't believe that I heard back from them so quickly!  Not only did I hear back quickly, but I started quickly, as well!  Today was my first day!  Talk about a whirlwind!

Basically, I am working as a writing intern for a company that does marketing for dental practices both domestically and internationally.  The company has only been around for a few months, but they appear to be off to a strong start!  As far as I know, the majority of my responsibilities will be researching dental topics and writing and publishing posts on client's blogs.  I am so excited to have an internship, rather than just a regular part time job, because I will learn a lot.  I did a lot of observing and tutorial tasks today, although I did get to write an article that will most likely be published on one of the dentist's blogs tomorrow.  I wrote and rewrote the article several times after my boss tore it apart.  She is an incredible writer and she was very nice about all of the changes she made.  It is already obvious to me that I will learn a lot and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this works out well and will help me in my future career endeavors. 

Also, this week is Homecoming week at Mizzou.  First of all, Mizzou's homecoming is HUGE!  After all, Homecoming was founded at Mizzou in 1911.  Since then, it has become the biggest event of the year for everyone associated with Mizzou, especially the students involved in Greek letter fraternities and sororities.  I explained what pomping and house decorations are in this post, but there are about a million and five other components of homecoming that Greek life participates and competes in.  Service and the blood drive (which happens to be one of the largest in the country) are worth a lot of points, but the other highest amount of points comes from talent.  Each Greek pairing, consisting of a sorority and either 2 or 3 fraternities, must come up with an elaborate skit in which they have to make reference to the Mizzou theme, Greek theme, Homecoming football opponent, and several other things.  Two dance routines, a song, and an introduction video are also part of the talent portion.  For example, my sorority, Phi Mu, was paired with the fraternities Lambda Chi Alpha and Phi Kappa Psi this year.  The Mizzou theme was "Homecoming: Set in Stone" and the Greek theme was board games, in which Phi Mu was assigned Chess.  The Homecoming football game this Saturday will be against OU.  Oh, and by the way, ESPN's College Game Day will be covering Homecoming weekend live from the Mizzou campus....no big deal.  :]

Basically, my sister's and their partners kicked some serious talent butt on Tuesday night at Talent Prelims and moved on to Finals, which took place tonight!  Only five of the fourteen pairings continued on to finals!  What makes this all even sweeter is that this is the first time in 4 years that Phi Mu has made it past prelims!  Phi Mu and their partners are up for six superlatives (more than any other pairing), including Best Actress (who happens to be one of my best friends and old roommate), Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor, Best Props, Best Costumes, and Most Creative Script!  I could not be prouder of my sisters!  I even got to see all of the skit performances all the way from Texas because they were broadcast live on the internet this year!  Check out the skit performances here and the Phi Mu blog post here.  Final announcements for all of the homecoming events are Sunday night!

As if I haven't done enough bragging already, the Mizzou Phi Mu chapter was featured on the TOMS Shoes blog on October 8 for sporting gold, sparkly TOMS during recruitment!  A link to the story can be found on Phi Mu's National website.  You can read the TOMS blog post and see a picture of my beautiful sisters on the Phi Mu blog.

Obviously, I am very excited to be employed and to be a Phi Mu!  Life is good!

More to come,
Sara

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wish List: Favorites

A few people have expressed their concerns that I am not the easiest person to shop for, so I thought I would try to help them out.  I decided to go through my past Wednesday Wish Lists and pick out my favorite items!  I know how conceited this might come across, but Wish List Wednesday has turned into a great shopping list for people who want to buy me presents!  I figured with the holiday season coming up, this might come in handy! :]

My favorite items (in no particular order):
1. Oval Bead and Chain Necklace: It's sold out at the moment, but maybe it will become available.  I'm crossing my fingers!
2. Women's Knit Mukluk Slippers: I really like the marshmallow, dark gray, an neutral camel colors.
3. Any of the clothing items from this post, or items similar to them!
4. Steve Madden Candence Boots: The cognac color is beautiful!
5. Giftcards:  Giftcards are ALWAYS awesome!
6. Quatrefoil Halo Necklace: This necklace from Carnation Collection is the beautiful symbol of Phi Mu sorority!
7. Fossil Gold Faux Python Three Hand Watch: This watch is so classic and season appropriate!

Those are my favorite items from previous posts!  Now, it's time for some new favorites (once again, in no particular order)!
1. One of these, please!  Really, any little guy as equally adorable and loveable will be just perfect!
2. Glee: The Complete First Season
3. A large, black purse (maybe something like this one)
4. A Plane ticket to go to Missouri during winter break
5. An A on each of the three midterms I have next week
6. To study abroad this coming Summer

That's all I got for now!  Hope it helped! :]

Because I'm terrible, I thought of something else.  I desperately need new jeans and new black flats.  Ok, that is really all...for now.

More to come,
Sara

Put on Some Purple!

College campuses and celebrities nationwide are wearing purple today to take a stand against bullying, harassment, and hateful speech.  This movement has been inspired by the tragic suicides involving young gay individuals that have occurred over the past several weeks.  Many celebrities have made "It Gets Better" videos to explain that the current situation, although it may seem unbeatable, will change and things will indeed get better.  You can view the videos on YouTube.  Hateful speech is an important issue and big changes need to happen NOW.  Put on some purple and join millions of people around the country in taking a stand today!

Thanks,
Sara

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bits of My Weekend, volume 14

I apologize for falling off the blogging bandwagon recently.  I have been feeling like I've been super busy, but I haven't been more busy than I usually am.  Next week, however, will be incredibly hectic for me with a midterm and two papers due, so maybe I am just anticipating everything that I need to get done in the next week and a half. 

This weekend was pretty low key.  It was UNT's homecoming, but I didn't know about any of the festivities going on, so I went home early Friday afternoon.  I had lunch with my stepmom at a local Indian restaurant and then ran some errands with her.  I took my mom to the doctor because she had thrown her back out and driving wasn't the easiest thing for her, and then I went over to my friend Kelsey's house.  Kelsey and I met in our seventh grade Sunday school class and became friends, although we never saw each other outside of Temple.  By coincidence, we both ended up at Mizzou and in the same sorority.  Although we have known each other for a long time, we have grown much closer over the past few years.  Kelsey has been having some health problems lately and decided to come home instead of finishing this semester at Mizzou.  I'm sorry that she had to come home, but she seems to be relieved to be closer to her family and is certain that being home is what she needs right now.  We spent Friday night and Saturday morning just talking and hanging out.  I know we both appreciated the company.  Hopefully I'll see Kelsey a lot during the time that she is home, however long that may be.

The rest of Saturday was low-key and Halloween themed!  I accompanied my mom and sister to a make-shift pumpkin patch and then to Walmart to pick up decorations for the Halloween party my sister is hosting for a few of her friends.  The pumpkin patch wasn't quite the epitome of my fall fantasies, but it was meant to raise money for my old high school, so I purchased a couple of itty, bitty pumpkins to spruce up my dorm room.
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I got to skype with Tom on Saturday night!  Thanks to incredibly slow internet in my dorm room, I am pretty sure that we have not skyped since the summer.  We haven't seen each other since Labor Day weekend, which was six weeks ago and we won't see each other until Thanksgiving, which is another five weeks away, so it was definitely time for some face time!  I love skyping with Tom!  I miss him so much and getting to see him, even if it's just over the computer, is such a treat!  Thanksgiving can't come soon enough!

I got back to school around 1:00 on Sunday and had somewhat of a difficult time hooking up my television and DVD player.  In the end, I was successful and I didn't have to ask for help, so I consider that a small victory!  I spent the rest of the day just hanging out and doing homework.

I have to take a second to recognize all of the hard work my fabulous Phi Mu sisters did this weekend.  For over a month now, all of Mizzou's Greek Life have been working hard in preparation of Homecoming.  The weekend before Homecoming is known as Marathon Weekend in which everyone works around the clock finishing up all of the projects that still need to be done.  I know how hard all of my sisters worked this weekend and I can't wait to hear all about your homecoming triumphs!  I wish I could be there with all of you!

In honor of Marathon Weekend and Mizzou Homecoming, I decided to post some pictures of Phi Mu's 5th place overall win from last year!
Our pairing spirit stick:
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This is a picture of just ONE of our pomp board scenes!  This entire board is made out of tissue paper and takes an obscene amount of time to complete.  A skit goes on in front of these board and each pairing gets judged on how well their pomp boards are done.  Our theme was "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and these boards slid apart to expose an entirely different pomp board scene!
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This is Tom and I posing in front of the pomp boards.  Tom is just about 6'3", so you can tell just how big the pomp boards are!:
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Passini, Brittany, and I in one of the prop houses in front of the pomp boards:
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Some of pledge class '08 walking in the homecoming parade:
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Have a good week,
Sara

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bits of My Weekend, volume 13

My Spanish class was canceled on Thursday, so I finished my Rhetoric exam at 9:30am and was officially done for the week!  I spent the rest of the day just hanging out, working on homework, working out, and planning my schedule for next semester.  I have a pretty good idea of how everything will work out, but it's not 100% set in stone yet, mostly because I don't know if I will be studying abroad during the Summer and I don't want to sign up for a class that I will take if I go abroad.  I haven't registered for classes yet, but right now it looks like Tuesdays and Thursdays will be my difficult days.  Right now, I have it so that I will be in class from from 8am to 12:20 on those days (3 classes back to back, with a 10 minute break in between each).  Is that manageable of am I being overly ambitious?  Thoughts?

I turned in my Spanish essay on Friday morning, ate lunch, and then went back to my room to get it all ready for my best friend and pledge daughter, Whitney, to come and stay with me for the weekend!  Whitney, unfortunately, had to transfer from Mizzou this year, as well, so she is now home in Houston going to school.  She decided to come visit me for the weekend and I could not have been more excited!  She got here around 7pm on Friday night and we went to dinner at Pei Wei.

We had a late breakfast/early lunch at IHOP, where we were served by an overly friendly and flirty waiter, and then Whitney gladly accompanied me on some errands I needed to run.  We hit up Hobby Lobby and Michael's to get supplies for some friend's shot book pages.  I showed her around Denton a little bit before coming back to my room to change into our UNT garb.  Whitney's good friend, Jason, goes here and he invited us to tailgate with him and his fraternity brothers.  I met Jason very, very briefly last Winter when I visited Whitney in Houston.  To my surprise, her remembered meeting me!  Jason introduced us to some of his brothers and made us feel very welcome.  Everyone was very nice and it was good to be meeting some people.  It's funny that Whitney knows more people here than I do, but it was definitely a good start.  This was my first time tailgating here.  It seems like most of the students only tailgate and don't even go to the football games.  I haven't been to one yet, but I want to try to go to a game before the end of the season.
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After tailgating, I showed her around campus and we got some ice cream.  It was incredibly hot outside, so we didn't walk around for too long.  We ended up staying in for the rest of the night, just hanging out, eating pizza, and enjoying each other's company.

We woke up, got ready, and grabbed a quick lunch at Chipotle before Whitney hit the road around noon today.  She loves Chipotle almost as much as I do.
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I am so, so happy Whitney decided to visit for the weekend!  She is my best friend and we always have so much fun together!  Also, she is pretty much going through the same transition I am, so it was nice to be able to just sit and talk to someone that I know understands everything I am feeling.  We talk pretty regularly, but hopefully we will see each other again soon!

I have just been hanging out, catching up on TV, and doing homework tonight.  This has kind of become my Sunday routine, but lazy Sundays are the best!

Have a good week,
Sara

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Daybook to celebrate my 50th post!

Yep, that's right!  This is my 50th blog post!  I consider this to be some sort of small accomplishment, so I decided to celebrate the occasion by participating in something I came across on Sweet Tea and SunshineThe Simple Woman's Daybook is a fun activity that really forces you to stop, take a deep breath, and observe the current moment, rather than rushing around and worrying about the million things that you have to do.  I encourage everyone to check it out! 

Outside my window...I see night time darkness illuminated by bright lights from lampposts lining the sidewalk.

I am thinking...about the homework I still need to finish for my Biology lab tomorrow. 

I am thankful for...a best friend who is more than happy to drive half an hour just to hang out and watch "Glee" with me.

From the hallway...I hear nothing but silence.  My dorm is eerily, and disappointingly, quiet.

I am wearing...what has come to be my uniform: Nike shorts, a t-shirt, and a zip-up sweatshirt.

I am creating...a momento of my life right at this moment every time I write on this blog.

I am going...to have a long day tomorrow.  Wednesday's are always my longest day of the week with classes from 10:30am to 9pm.

I am reading...Hamlet for my Shakespeare class, but I haven't gotten very far yet.

I am hoping...to do well in my classes this semester.  That is the only way that all of this will be worth it.

I am hearing...a TLC special about incredibly tall people from all over the world.  I also hear the barbarians living above me who seem to enjoy throwing their furniture off their bed onto the ground and walking around in the loudest, heaviest pair of high heels possible.

Around the house...is always hectic.  Somebody is always doing something.

One of my favorite things...
is the BEAUTIFUL Fall weather we have been so lucky to have for the past week or so.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Get through two more days of class, rock a Rhetoric exam, and get a visit from my best friend, Whitney!!!!

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...First Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season!
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Once again, if you want to participate in the daybook fun, just go here!


More to come,
Sara

Monday, October 4, 2010

Bits of My Weekend, volume 12

I had a Spanish Literature test on Thursday, which ended up being about as difficult as I anticipated.  There are 13 students in my class and 10, including myself, did not finish the exam during our hour and 20 minute class period.  My teacher told us that he knew the test was long and would see how far everyone got and then decide what to do.  I have the class tomorrow, so hopefully he will tell us what his decision was.  I spent the rest of the day just lounging around and trying to shake the rest of my sinus infection.  The weather was gorgeous and I wanted to be outside, basking in the sun, but unfortunately, I do not have access to a pool, so I just hung out in my room doing homework, watching movies, and being somewhat unproductive.

I slept in pretty late on Friday (one of the perks of not having class) and then drove around Denton for a while.  I know where most of the basics are around town, but I haven't really explored anywhere, so that's exactly what I did.  I got a little lost and found some back routes to get to crowded places around the city.  The weather this weekend was perfect, so I took advantage of the new-found Fall feel and took a walk around campus.  

I woke up on Saturday with every intention of going to my first UNT football game.  I texted a few friends from high school that go here, but everyone that I heard back from was busy and not going to the game.  I really did want to go to the game, mostly because I haven't participated in many social activities since I started at UNT.  Mizzou football is such a big event and, although I know UNT football will never measure up, I thought it would be something fun to do.  Unfortunately, I do not like or know enough about football to go to a game alone, so I didn't.  Maybe next weekend.  

I went home Saturday evening to have dinner with my friend Alex who was home from OU for the weekend.  Classes are canceled at the University of Oklahoma on the Friday before the Red River Rivalry game between UT and OU.  How ridiculous is that?!  Alex and I had dinner at this new Asian restaurant that just opened up in our neighborhood.  We chatted for a while and then I went home and passed out.  I have been so exhausted lately.  It must be a combination of getting over being sick and taking antibiotics.

My family and I woke up early on Sunday morning and headed to Fair Park in Dallas for the Texas State Fair!  We hit a little bit of traffic and it took a full hour to pull into the parking lot once we got onto the fair grounds, but the wait was so worth it.  If you know anything about Texas, you know that everything is BIG!  The State Fair is no exception!  The fair is huge with lots of things to do, see, and eat.  There are all of the typical carnival rides and games, plus countless shows/concerts, vendors, fireworks, parades, celebrity appearances, animals, livestock shows/competitions, shopping, a number of museums, a car show, a football stadium, and much more.  People come from all over to go to the fair.  Elementary school students have Columbus Day, commonly referred to as "Fair Day", off from school and are given a free admission ticket.  I hadn't been to the fair since my freshman or sophomore year of high school and am thrilled that I was able to go this year!

The Texas Star:
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The Cotton Bowl, where the Red River Rivalry game was played the day before:
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A few of the animals:
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Big Tex:
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Big Tex is a landmark of the Texas State Fair.  He is 52 feet tall and wears size 70 boots, a 75 gallon hat, a size 100 shirt, and 284W/185L XXXXXL size jeans.  After several renovations, Big Tex's head moves from side to side, his hand waves, and his mouth moves as he booms a hearty "howdy y'all" throughout the entire duration of the 24-day annual fair season. 

Something has to be said about the fair food, which goes much further than the typical carnival hot dog and cotton candy.  The State Fair of Texas fries everything, and I mean everything, imaginable.  I saw signs for fried ice cream, fried pb & j, fried Coke, fried praline, fried latte, fried cookie dough, fried banana split, chicken fried bacon, fried butter, fried beer, fried Frito pie, fried Snickers, fried Oreos, fried Twinkies, fried margarita, fried chocolate-dipped strawberries, waffles, and fried smores, just to name a few.  I almost tried fried beer out of curiosity, but after seeing the reactions of a group of fraternity guys, I decided to not be so adventurous.  Check out this link for a look at fried beer.

I did, however, indulge in some yummy treats!  I sampled one of the best corn dogs I've ever had in my life, a fried latte, the best thing in the world: a funnel cake, and tator twisters.  I was very curious about the whole fried liquid thing.  The fried latte ended up being little fried dumplings, much like sopapillas, that had iced coffee inside of them.  The fried bits were topped with coffee ice cream, caramel, coffee flakes, and a ton of whipped cream.  It was amazing!
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Obviously, I love love love the state fair and I am SO glad I was able to go this year!  It was a day full of food, family, and fun!
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I headed back to school after we left the fair and promptly went to the rec.  I mean, how could I not go work out after a day of munching on food like that?  I'm pretty proud of myself that I worked out after such a long day.  I went to the rec this morning, too!

This weekend brought about the most gorgeous weather imaginable.  It is cool, but not cold, and sunny, and beautiful!  I'm totally digging this whole Fall thing.  Speaking of which, I changed my background once again.  I wasn't happy with the Fall background I chose before, but I love this one.  It's called "Pumpkin Spice Latte"...how perfect!

Have a good week,
Sara
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