Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Lame Attempt at a Wedensday Wish List

I apologize for my lame wish list this week.  I have been fighting a losing battle with the sinus infection from Hell.  $90 worth of prescriptions later, I just want to sleep for days until I begin feeling better.  Having a Spanish literature test tomorrow morning (that I am way less than prepared for) and being sick are the reasons behind this short and sweet post.

I came across the Oval Bead and Chain Necklace on my sorority sister Ashley's daily fashion blog.  How fabulous is this necklace?  It's gold, silver, bronze, chrome, and can be worn with almost anything!  It is really one of the most versatile pieces of jewelry I have ever seen, and, at $14.99, it can't be beat!
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More to come,
Sara

Monday, September 27, 2010

Better than you since 1852

I just need to brag for a second.  Chi chapter of Phi Mu is featured today on the front page of Phi Mu's National website.  My amazing chapter is being recognized for all of our hard work benefiting the wonderful Children's Miracle Network.  Check it out!  I could not be more proud!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bits of My Weekend, volume 11

I was exhausted on Thursday after class and spent most of the afternoon and evening in and out of sleep.  I woke up around 10am on Friday morning with a sore throat, but felt okay otherwise.  I got ready, got my stuff together, and headed home to Carrollton to have lunch with my stepmom.  I decided to go home this weekend because it was my brother's homecoming and he had asked me to come see him march with the marching band at the homecoming football game.

I had lunch with my stepmom at a yummy Mexican food restaurant called Abuelo's, picked my sister up, and headed over to the football stadium.  The band performed pre-game because it was homecoming and they did a great job!  I have only seen my brother march a few times before, so being able to see the whole show performed by the band in full uniform was really a treat!
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I only stayed until halftime because I was feeling pretty bad at that point and sitting in the rain just didn't seem like the smartest thing to do.  I grabbed a quick bite to eat with my dad and stepmom and then went home and promptly passed out.  I went to bed around 10:30pm and slept until noon on Saturday.  I don't think I've ever slept so much in my life.

I was planning on getting a hair cut yesterday, but woke up feeling like death and lounged around for most of the day.  I went to my mom's house around 3pm and then just hung out there.  My sister introduced me to her brand new guinea pig, Coco.  I am slowly getting over the rodent-factor.  She is actually pretty cute and makes the funniest, little, squeaking noises!
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While I was being a sick lump on a log, my brother was busy getting all snazzy for his homecoming!  Of course, I snapped a few pictures (against his will) while he was on the way out the door to go pick up his date.  He looked so handsome!
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I woke up around 10am this morning and hung out around the house for a little while.  Then I got ready, made a Starbucks stop (I'm happy to report that Pumpkin Spice lattes are back, but sadly, no holiday cups yet) and went to get my hair cut.  I had to wait for a little while, but waiting for Erica, my hair dresser, is more than worth it.  She has been cutting my hair for at least 9 years now and is absolutely fabulous!  I love how I feel after I get my hair cut.  I always feel refreshed and like a weight has been lifted.  When my mom, sister, and I were all done, we went over to Kroger to pick up a few things.  Then I went home, got my things together, and headed back to school.

Tonight, I have just been working on homework, catching up on some television, and enjoying one of my favorite things.
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Oh, I decided to change the blog look and go for something more Fall-ish.  Thoughts?  Be honest.

Have a good week,
Sara

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Lista de deseos

It is Wednesday, which means it is time for another wish list!  This week's Spanish title pays homage to all of the Spanish I have been studying recently.  I downloaded a series, 120 episodes to be exact, of podcasts that are meant to teach Spanish to the listener.  I already have three years of high school and four semesters of college Spanish under my belt, so I do know more than just the basics.  Nevertheless, I decided to start practicing just in case I do actually study abroad and my destination ends up being Spain, which is a pretty big possibility at the moment in time.  If things don't work out, or I end up traveling somewhere else, all the practice will still come in handy because I am currently in a Spanish class and have to take two more to finish my minor.

I am excited to announce that it is officially Fall!  I am definitely a Winter girl through and through.  I am a naturally warm person and, unfortunately, I tend to be hot most, if not all, of the time.  I have had more than enough of the sweltering Texas heat!  I love, love, love snow.  I want to live somewhere snowy and beautiful, where I can smell that wonderful Winter smell.  Do you know what I'm talking about?  The magical crisp and clear atmosphere when you can just feel the holiday season creeping up on you.  Ahhh, amazing.  I love Thanksgiving and New Years and celebrating with the people I love.  I love warm comfort foods and pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks, but only if they are in the special "holiday" cups that I go crazy for each year around that time.  I love watching a movie and snuggling under a cozy blanket as the fire place crackles in the background.  I love wearing jeans and boots and Winter white.  The first snowfall of the year is always magical.  I'll never forget the year it snowed on my birthday.  Even though I was 17 years old, I knew it was snowing for me.  This Winter girl has a lot to look forward to.

I know it's only September and I have to admit that I dress pretty casually from day to day and only really dress up if I am going out somewhere, but I am just in love with the Fall and Winter fashions for this year.  There's no harm in thinking ahead!

1) Cardigans
No matter the color, style, or texture, cardigans are the perfect way to transition warm-weather outfits into fun Fall fashion.  Cardigans have the versatility to dress up a t-shirt and jeans, add a feminine touch to a sundress, and look professional enough for work or an interview.  I want to get several cardigans in varying styles, prints, and colors to spice up my wardrobe!
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2) Dresses
I love wearing dresses!  I have one or two dresses that are really meant for Fall, but the majority of the ones I own are all Summer pieces.  A dress worn with tights and boots is one of my favorite Fall looks!
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3) Tops
A sassy tank top or halter is the perfect Summer party or date top, but having dressy shirts for Fall is a must for when your tank or sundress just won't cut it.  Pair it with a cardigan and some great shoes and you're ready to go!
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4) Sweaters
I love sweatshirts as much as the next person, but sweaters are stylish and comfy cozy!
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5) Miscellaneous
Do you remember my search for the perfect pair of silver sandals?  Well, I finally found them while browsing on Old Navy's website.  They are only $8.97, but is it too late in the season to buy them?
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My dorm room gets incredibly cold, even for my hot-blooded body.  I hate walking around on the tile barefoot, so I usually wear flip flops.  I would love a pair of comfy slippers to keep my tootsies toasty!
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Tights and leggings in various textures and colors are also a must for Fall and Winter!

Just a note, the links in this post are the italicized words.  I used the pictures of items that I found on the website.  Most, if not all, come in various colors or patterns that I may have liked more than the picture I used in this post.  I know that a ton of stores will have items like these, some of which I may like better, but these just happened to jump out at me while I was browsing around.

Now that I have my Fall favorites picked out, let's try to say goodbye to the 95 degree weather!  Oh, and how cute would all of these items look with the beautiful Steve Madden boots I featured last week?  Fabulous!

More to come,
Sara

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Horoscope

"You are fighting for those you love this month in an attempt to express your passion.  You have found that you are driven more to express yourself this month rather than see yourself achieve in a more materialistic sense.  Your spiritual growth is key this month in helping refocus your mind and redirect your goals where they need to be.  You are slowly seeing how by changing your attitude you change your mood.  Those around you have taken notice of your new outlook, and they are beginning to catch on to your way of thinking.  At work you find that not much has changed, continue to do your job, and look for ways to be more efficient in the future.  Your love life flourishes this month as you see an overwhelming response to the new you.  Continue to indulge your desires and see what you want in life."
-College Guide Magazine

Perfectly perfect in so many ways.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bits of My Weekend, volume 10

I basically took no pictures this weekend.  I had a few opportunities, but just didn't think about it, so I apologize in advance for the lack of pictures used in this post.

My mom came to Denton on Friday afternoon to spend some time with me.  We had a yummy lunch at Mr. Chopsticks and then I showed her around Denton a little bit, and went to Walmart to pick up a few things that I needed.  I showed her my dorm because she hadn't seen it yet and she even helped me decorate some more of my room!  My room is now more of a shrine to Phi Mu then it already was. :]
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It was so good to see my mom and spend some time with her!  I spent the rest of the afternoon just hanging out and doing homework.  I went and saw The Town that night with some friends from high school.  The movie was pretty good overall.  It was interesting, but seemed incredibly long.

I slept in late yesterday and spent most of the day doing homework.  I have had a ton to do this weekend because my first round of tests are coming up in the next two weeks.  In addition to the tests, I consistently have a mountain of reading to get through just because I am an English major.  I ventured to a dining hall that I hadn't eaten at before because it is the only one open on the weekends.  It was alright, just like the other ones are.  After dinner, I decided to get out for a little while, so I took a drive down to 288 where there are a bunch of stores and restaurants.  I browsed around in Old Navy for a little while.  I didn't buy anything, but I definitely fell in love with a lot of their Fall pieces.  I think I have been inspired for my next Wish List Wednesday!

I was feeling a little down and lonely yesterday.  I think a lot of it was because there was a home football game at Mizzou.  I really miss tailgating and going to the games with my friends.  It's such a big and festive activity that I looked forward to every other week of Fall semester.  Luckily, my good friend Chelsea called me and convinced me to go to a party with her.  It was one of her sorority sister's birthdays, so I met a lot of her sisters.  They all seem really nice and I had a good time.  It was good to get out and meet some people!

I have just been working on homework today.  My dad, stepmom, and brother came to Denton to have dinner with me and, like always, I was thankful for the company.  We went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner and then they dropped me off back at my dorm.  Now I am just back to doing homework and catching up on some television.

I want to wish my friends Passini and Hoban (don't worry, those are their last names) a very happy birthday!  I hope you are both out celebrating right now!
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Have a good week,
Sara

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Transferring Tales: Wrapping it Up

As of this past Thursday, I completed my first three weeks of classes at UNT.  Now that I have been to every class at least twice and have gotten into the groove of school, I decided it was time to wrap up the Transferring Tales series and move on with my daily life here at UNT.  Take a look back and read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

I have to say that I like my classes.  I do enjoy some more than others, but overall, they are all good so far.  I think my favorite class is Shakespeare, which I have on Monday nights from 6 to 9pm.  I am just about as shocked as you are that this particular course is in the running for my favorite, but I am really enjoying it.  My teacher is very enthusiastic and almost everything is new to me because I haven't read much Shakespeare before.  I think I am really going to enjoy it!  The rest of my classes are alright.  My biology lab on Wednesdays is long, but it's only once a week and I have already met a few people that I will probably study with.  Spanish is still very difficult and daunting, but my teacher keeps reassuring me that it will get easier.  Yiddish literature and Principles of Rhetoric are alright.  I don't love them, but they are interesting.

I have my first set of tests coming up in the next two weeks, plus a good amount of homework and reading that I need to get done this weekend.  This is the first weekend I have stayed on campus and, honestly, I am thankful for the distraction.  I have learned that keeping busy is a good thing because it keeps my mind occupied and away from the fact that I am not at Mizzou.  Things are definitely getting better here.  I am beginning to find my niche, but there are definitely times when I still get up upset.  I am busy with school work and the mountains of reading I have to do for my classes every day, but all I do is go to class, do homework, and work out.  I need a job, for more reasons than one, and I would love to be involved in something on campus.  This is the first time in my life that I have ever just done school and nothing else.  I miss being involved and busy.  I have been working on tackling the issue of finding a job, but haven't had any luck yet.  I'll keep you posted as I continue my search.

I met with my academic advisor this past Thursday, which was definitely an important step in the transferring process.  Basically, we sat down, looked at my credits, and figured out what I still need to earn my degree and graduate.  At most, I need 33 credits to graduate.  That is two 15-hour semesters and a summer course.  There is a possibility that I can combine two courses and get my hours needed down to 30, but the bottom line is that I will be graduating a semester early in December of 2011.  I am so excited that everything worked out like this!  I did find out that the requirements for earning a Spanish minor have changed and that I need to complete one more class than I thought I did, which I am not happy about at all.  I am so ready to be done with Spanish, but I can deal with it.  Although it is not the most ideal news ever, it does open up my options for study abroad programs.  I'm still crossing my fingers that studying abroad is in the cards for me!

I still haven't gone to a UNT football game yet, but I am planning on going to the next home game on October 2 against Louisiana Lafayette.  Other than that, I am more or less acclimated.  Forming a routine has helped me become more comfortable here and I know that I will only grow to be more comfortable in the future.

As always, I'll keep you posted.

More to come,
Sara

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Another Wednesday, Another Wish List

I did manage to get a few of the things I featured on my wish list from last week.  I found rain boots at Target, as I mentioned in this post, and I took advantage of Allposters.com's $4.98 sale (which is still going on, by the way) and treated myself to the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster that I wanted.  I was mistaken about the sale including free shipping, but I paid $9.97 total, which is considerably less than just the poster would have been elsewhere.  I'm excited to hang it up in my room!  I'll post pictures once I find a home for it.

Now for my wishes for this week!

1) Steve Madden Candence Boot in Cognac
These boots are just to die for!  I came across them when they were featured in an article written by my sorority sister, Ali, about how to dress like Pretty Little Liars character Spencer.  The article is just one part of a four-part series, so I encourage you to check them out!  I first saw boots like these last Fall and wanted a pair, but they weren't at the top of my wish list.  After seeing them again, however, I have fallen hard!  The beautiful cognac color is so versatile and can be worn with every color palette.  The boots can easily be dressed up or down and will transition nicely from Fall to Winter, and maybe even into the spring.  These particular boots are Steve Madden, but Target, Zappos, and DSW offer suitable alternatives.  They are just beautiful!
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2) Einstein Bros. Bagels Gift Card
Having an Einstein's in the student union is both wonderful and dangerous.  I have gotten into the habit of buying coffee once a day, Monday through Thursday.  With late night classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, and early morning classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the need for coffee is just too immense to ignore.  At $2.05, including tax, it's a hell of a lot cheaper than Starbucks and tastes about a million times better.  While Einstein's prices are pretty good, my routine coffee fix and occasional bagel and schmear definitely add up.  A gift card from some generous soul would be a perfect gift!
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I can't think of any other material things I want at the moment, which I tend to think is a good thing, so here are some of my deeper desires.

3)  I still need a job.
I know I included this in my wish list last week, but I am posting about it again.  My want/need for a job is borderline ridiculous.  I have applied for several positions on campus and have had no luck so far.  I think I am going to visit places close to campus this weekend and see if anyone is hiring.  If anyone has any suggestions or advice, PLEASE let me know!  I would greatly appreciate it!

4) A good night's sleep
I was an absolute zombie today.  I have no idea why I am so tired, but I know I need a full night's sleep tonight.  I have an 8am class tomorrow, so I am going to finish up some reading and sink into my bed pretty soon!  At least I am done with class by 12:30 tomorrow, so I have time to take a nap if I need to.

I realize this wish list was a little lame.  I'll do a better job next week!

More to come,
Sara

Monday, September 13, 2010

Thinking back and moving forward

I wanted to include something about the ninth anniversary of the attacks that shook America on September 11, 2001, in my last Bits of My Weekend post, but it just didn't seem like the appropriate way to talk about such a monumental day for our country.  Like everyone who is old enough to recall the events of that day, I remember where I was.  I was sitting in my sixth grade math class.  I had heard murmurs in the hall as I passed from home room to my first period math class, but it wasn't until my teacher turned on our classroom television that I knew what was happening.  We watched live as the second tower collapsed.  Soon after, my teacher turned off the television and went on with her lesson as normally as possible.  That's how most of the day went.  Teachers tried to go about the day like nothing had happened, but it was more than obvious that everyone was distracted and scared about what the next hours, days, and months would hold.  I remember that one particular teacher didn't teach that day and we had a study hall period instead.  She was the teacher of my last class of the day and was out the door as soon as the bell rang.  Students were constantly being called to the office as their parents came and picked them up from school.

The whole day was a blur and I know, at eleven years old, that I did not recognize the magnitude of what had happened.  Honestly, I still don't know if I fully comprehend the events of that day.  I remember being scared and the feeling of uncertainty that lingered in the air for quite some time.  I remember bits and pieces of the conversations my parents had with me and my brother.  They tried to explain what had happened and what it meant for the future of our country.  I remember thinking how scared my mom must be to be bringing a new life into the world at this tumultuous time.  My sister was born exactly three months later.

I have visited Ground Zero and have seen the damage.  Although I do not, and probably will never, know the answers to all the questions I had inside of me, I do recognize the effect that fateful day had on our country.  We pulled together and, through the fear and uncertainty, rediscovered our patriotism and love for the abundant freedom we have.

Nine years later, the anniversary was not an afterthought and was not forgotten by any means, but it was more of a recognition of the day that most people will never forget.  I noted it in my head, but I wasn't reminded throughout the day because I didn't watch any television or anything.  It wasn't intentional, but it just happened that way.  I have to admit that it slipped my mind several times on Saturday.  It wasn't until I was standing out by the football field at my old high school, waiting for my brother's marching band to perform their show, that I was reminded.  The band played the national anthem.  I have never had such chills in my life.  Then, a trumpet sounded the familiar and eerie notes of "Taps" followed by a moment of silence.  It was breathtaking, and beautiful, and the perfect tribute to the events that occurred nine years ago.
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I found this on the wonderful Sweet Tea and Sunshine.  This new year is coming at a good time.  I realize that the months didn't turn just because I needed them to, but in so many ways, it is exactly what I needed.  I am making a new start for myself, at a new school, new friends, new experiences, and most of all, a new outlook.  I have the opportunity to come into my own and find out who I am supposed to be in this great, big world.  Happy new year.  I hope it brings everyone happiness, peace of mind, and a new, much needed start.

What are some of the most important lessons you’ve learned this year?
I've learned, and am still learning, that things happen for a reason.

What is a new skill you’ve acquired?
I haven't completely acquired this skill, but I have definitely improved on it.  I am a pretty big procrastinator and I have been working on the issue.  I am making progress, but I definitely have a ways to go.

Did you do something big that you never thought you’d be able to? What was it?
I never thought I would be able to say goodbye to the people who I love the most, besides my family.  I have realized, however, that it is never "goodbye".  It will always be "see you soon" and that I will not lose the relationships I have with people at Mizzou just because I am not there physically.  I also did not think I would be able to start over somewhere new as a junior in college, but look at me.  I'm doing it!  Some moments are definitely better than others, but I'm doing it. 

What do you find beautiful about yourself that you didn’t before this year?
I have never really loved my hair.  The curly, often frizzy, texture makes it hard to manage and almost impossible to straighten and have it last for a while.  I am starting to appreciate my hair and the fact that it can be versatile when I am patient with it.  I also love that I don't need to do anything to it in the morning besides use a little gel for it to look good.  I realize this answer is shallow, but it's the first thing that came to mind.

Who did you grow to love even more?
I have grown to appreciate my family more, and love them in ways I maybe didn't before.  The past few months have been difficult for me and I have really leaned on them a lot.  They have always been there for me and have been supportive and that has only continued.  I have recently realized how much they love me, not that I already didn't know, but I have needed them more recently than I have over the past few years.

Who did you grow to love or appreciate for the first time?
I have grown to appreciate my dad in a much different way than I already did.  He really just has my best interests at heart and wants me to be happy and taken care of.  He's always wanted those things, I have just had a hard time seeing it. 

Who impacted you in a profoundly positive way?
Tom is a profoundly positive person.  Throughout this entire transition, he has remained positive and has encouraged me so much.  It would be so easy for him to blame me for leaving or be more concerned with his own sadness for me not being there, but he been so strong and helpful this whole time.  He wants me to do well and be so happy here, which makes me want those things even more than I already did.  I am so grateful for that. 

Who surprised you?
My brother, Ethan, surprised me.  He has grown up a lot this past year and is turning into an adult before my eyes.  We have always gotten along well, but I feel like we have grown a lot closer since I came home from Mizzou in May.  I am so excited to continue our relationship and watch him grow up. 

Who infuriated you? Have you been able to come to terms with it?
I am not going to name names and be specific with details.  In some ways I have come to terms with it and in some ways I am still upset about it.  I know we are never going to agree on what happened, but I am hopeful that we can move forward and rebuild our relationship to some extent. 

Who hurt you? Have you been able to forgive them?
Someone who I was very close to at one point hurt me.  I have pretty much forgiven them. 

What do you recognize in yourself that you want to work to improve?
I am in the process of recognizing my lack of independence.  I am independent in the sense that I can take care of myself day to day and not have to be told what to do, etc., but I am dependent in a several other ways.  Yes, I am in a vulnerable place right now, but I really need to be independent and take the initiative in shaping my life here at UNT.   I need to go out and meet people and get involved, and I realize that I am the only one that can make that happen. 

What food did you discover? Or what food did you grow to love?
I didn't discover them recently, but I have really grown to love avocados.  I am pretty sure that I love them in any form and/or dish.  They are the perfect snack and really add so much to foods.  Yum! 

What negative thing have you let go of?
I have, and currently am, trying to let go of all of my "woulda, shoulda, coulda" thoughts.  I could have done so many things differently that would have impacted where I am now, but this is how things played out.  I can't replay every detail of certain things over and over in my head.  If I do that, there is no way I will be able to be successful or happy here. 

What is something you’re truly sorry for?
I'm truly sorry for losing touch with people who I was once close with.  I have a new goal of trying to put my all into maintaining relationships with those close to me.  It should not be a difficult thing to keep up with the people I care about. 

Who did you really hurt? Did you tell them you’re sorry?
I hurt someone that I was once very close to.  I have apologized and I do mean it. 

What goal did you accomplish? (It’s OK if it’s something “small.”)
I consider changing my major from journalism to English to be a sort of accomplishment.  It was something I had thought about for a while and now that I have made the switch, I am confident that I made the right choice. 

What are you really looking forward to?
I am really looking forward to seeing Tom during Thanksgiving!  I seriously can't wait!!! 

What is one of your favorite things about your life, looking back?
I have had a nice life so far and I have been lucky enough to experience a lot of things, see a lot of places, etc.  My life would be nothing without the amazing people who I love and who love me.  My friends and family are the best, hands down.

More to come,
Sara

Bits of My Weekend, volume 9

First and foremost, I hope everyone had a happy start to their new year!  The Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which marks the beginning of the new year, began Wednesday evening at sun down and ended on Thursday at sun down.

I came home after class on Thursday (after a very short, three day week) and was welcomed by the smells of traditional holiday foods as soon as I walked through the door.  I was in heaven!  I spent the afternoon hanging out with my family and helping my mom cook the holiday meal.  She made brisket, and I helped with the matzah ball soup and kugle.
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Kugle is my favorite holiday food, by far.  It's a sweet noodle dish that I have always loved.  I'm sure that my family has it much more often than just the holidays it is traditionally eaten on, but we don't care.  We love it!  My mom taught me how to make it this year!  It's not complicated, but I never really had the interest to learn how until now.  We even made two complete kugles just so we would have leftovers to munch on for the week and that I could bring some back to school with me.  I will post the recipe when I can get my hands on it because it is amazing and everyone should experience the sweet, crispy, goodness that is kugle.
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We had a very nice holiday dinner and enjoyed each other's company.  Even though we didn't go to services this year like we usually do, the holiday was special and brought in the new year in a great way!

I passed out incredibly early that night.  My brother had been using my bed for storage since I have been away at school and new sheets had not been put on my bed since I left, so I ended up sleeping on the couch all weekend.  Oh well.
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I went to lunch and ran some errands with my stepmom on Friday.  She doesn't work on Fridays and I don't have class, so we end up having lunch somewhat frequently.  I was able to get rain boots while we were out and about.  I desperately needed them, if you don't remember.  I spent the rest of the day just hanging out at home and working on homework.
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I slept in late on Saturday and then ran some errands.  Both Mizzou and UNT had their first home games this weekend, but unfortunately, I did not go to either of them.  Mizzou won, but sadly UNT lost against Rice by just a point or two.  Around 5pm, I headed over to my old high school for my brother's marching band fundraiser.  The fundraiser was a silent auction that included a catered BBQ dinner and a performance by the band.  The real fundraiser, however, was called the "Cow Patty Plop".  Basically, the football field was divided into however many spots and people bought $2 tickets that corresponded to spots on the field.  If the live cow "plopped" in your spot then you had your choice of a large, flat screen TV and media package worth $4,000 or a cruise package worth $4,000.  I bought five tickets, but sadly, I was not the winner.  My mom was one of the people in charge of planning and running the event and she did a great job!  The evening went smoothly, except for one detail.  The cow didn't show up!  The cow had been booked for the event about two months prior to it, but the farmer realized the morning of the auction that he had no way to transport the cow.  Seriously?!  That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.  The winner was picked by a different method and everything turned out fine, but this was the only cow to be found:
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Afterwards, I went home and freshened up, and then went to a surprise birthday party with Travis at one of his friend's apartments.  I was nervous at first, but I knew a few people there and met a bunch more!  It felt so good to get out and be a normal college kid again.  There were even people from UNT there!  I chatted with a few of them, but it was hard to really get their names or anything.  I had a good time and it made me a little bit more confident that I will meet people eventually.
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I slept in pretty late today and then got ready and went over to my dad's house.  His 50th birthday is this Wednesday, so we celebrated today when we could be together as a family.  My dad is an incredibly difficult person to shop for, so my stepmom, brother, and I planned a trip for the four of us to go to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit!  We planned out every detail down to our flights and hotel reservations.  My dad is a smart guy, so he had already figured out that we are going to Detroit, but he had no idea why we are going.  He was so surprised and I think he is really excited!  The event isn't until January, so it is still a little while away, but it is such a perfect gift for him.  We put together a DVD for him to watch that told him what the gift was.  It started out with birthday greetings from various family members and his friends and then went into a personalized commercial that told the specifics of our trip.  I wrote the script for the commercial and my stepmom had a friend narrate it.  My stepmom owns her own video business, so the entire thing looks very professional.  I'll post it on here once she sends me the link.

We went to dinner at Pappadeaux, which is one of our favorite restaurants.  After dinner, I came home, got my stuff together, and headed back to school.  I have been working on homework and just hanging out since I got back.  Currently, I am contemplating marching upstairs to the room right above me and asking, somewhat rudely, if they could stop slamming things on the floor.  I am used to hearing lots of banging from up there, but tonight has been ridiculous.  It's like they are throwing furniture off their bed or something.  It is almost midnight, come on.

Have a good week,
Sara

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wish List Wednesday!

It may be Wednesday, but it's also my best friend Jill's birthday!  Happy, happy birthday!  I love you and hope you have so much fun celebrating!
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I am sorry about not posting a wish list last week.  I was just super busy with school stuff and getting ready for my trip to CoMo.  I was able to use my PACK THIS! Notepad that I was so excited about getting from Tom in this post for the first time.  This little notepad is wonderful and exactly what I needed!  I didn't stress over packing and I was able to cross things off the list as I put them into my suitcase.  Of course, I packed way too many clothes, but I didn't have to worry about forgetting anything.  I think my packing problems have been solved!
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I also succeeded in getting a few of the items that I wished for on that same wish list!  I found a dry erase calendar at Walmart that I hung up next to my desk and is coming in handy!  I also got dish soap and my parents had some extra silverware around the house that they let me take to school to use.  Surprisingly, small sets of silverware at Target and Walmart were ridiculously expensive.  I know these aren't the most exciting items, but they were things I needed.  I still haven't found collage frames I like at a reasonable price and, unfortunately, there just isn't a good spot in my room for a full-length mirror.
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1) Tuneband for iPod Nano 1st/2nd Generation
I have a 2nd generation iPod Nano, which I really only use when I work out.  I went to the UNT rec for the first time the other day and was instantly reminded how annoying it is to have to carry my loose iPod all over the gym with me.  I have wanted one of these handy armbands for a while, but now that I am working out again, I definitely need to get one.  I also came across an armband by Apple, but $29.99 before shipping is a little steep to spend on something like this.  The Tuneband is much more reasonably priced at $14.99.  I am not very picky about what brand I get, but I want it to last.  It also would be convenient to be able to slide my student ID into the band somehow so I have somewhere safe to put it while I'm on the treadmill.
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2) "Keep Calm and Carry On" Poster
I have seen this poster in several places and have always liked the saying.  In an effort to spice up my room now and get things that I can frame and use in my future apartment, I decided to look for this poster on AllPosters.com, which is currently having a huge sale on many of their products.  Check it out because a lot of stuff is on sale for $4.98 with free shipping!  It doesn't get much better than that!  This particular poster is being featured in that sale, but I am not sure if I want the red one.  I have been contemplating getting the Seafoam, Light blue, or Yellow versions of the poster, but they are all $19.99 before shipping.  I do like the red and it is a great price if ordered before the sale ends, but I just don't know.
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3) Dogeared Necklaces
I recently saw a link to the Dogeared jewelry website on my sorority sister Ashley's fashion blog.  I did a little snooping around on their website and was impressed by what they have to offer.  The It's the Journey necklace and New Beginnings necklace caught my eye, but I liked most of the pieces they offer, which include necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other items.  All of the pieces have a theme or message that comes along with them.
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4) Rain Boots
I desperately need some rain boots!  I had some at Mizzou, but after using them for two years, they had little cracks in them and no longer served their purpose of keeping my feet and pants dry.  I am not exaggerating when I say that it has rained almost every day I have had class so far this semester, but today it rained torrentially all day.  Because I don't own rain boots, I have been wearing my Sperry's because they are able to resist water and recover well after being soaked through, but they can only do so much.  I am going to go to Target this weekend and look for some boots that are somewhat neutral, so that I can wear them with a lot and not have to worry about matching my outfit to them.  I just chose this picture off of the Target website because I like yellow and thought they were cute!
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5) A job!
I want, but more importantly need, a job!  I have a lot of free time during the day because I am not currently involved in anything and am focusing solely on classes and homework, plus I need a source of income!  I have applied for seven positions on campus and have not heard back from any of them.  I am frustrated, but I check the student employment website daily for more openings.  I was trying to avoid looking off campus for work, but I might have to go ahead and try my luck. 

More to come,
Sara

Bits of My Weekend, volume 8

Well the secret is out, so I can finally post about it!  Sorry about this Bits of My Weekend being a little bit late.  I was gone all weekend and was busy getting stuff ready for school last night.

I made a little trip to CoMo this weekend that only Tom and a few close friends knew about.  I decided to spice things up a little bit and surprise all of my Phi Mu girls that live in the house on campus!

I was done with class on Thursday at 12:30, so I went back to my dorm, finished getting my stuff together, and headed home to meet my stepmom so she could drop me off at the airport.  My flight was only slightly delayed, surprisingly, and Tom met me at the airport when my flight landed!  I always love the first time we see each other after not being together for a while.  Every time I land in STL, I get so nervous, and excited, and tingly, and check my mirror to make sure I look alright about twenty-five times before I get off the plane and jump into his arms.  I feel like it's our first date all over again, or something.  I just get so excited and realize how lucky I am that he's all mine.

We decided to grab a late dinner at Chick-fil-a in the St. Charles area.  Tom was so excited!  For years, I enjoyed Chick-fil-a at home, but once I got to Mizzou, I realized how precious it really is.  There was a Chick-fil-a in Brady Commons at Mizzou for a short time before it was demolished to make room for the new student center to be built, so the Mizzouians were left with nothing to satisfy their Chick-fil-a cravings.  I think Tom has requested that we go to Chick-fil-a at least twice every time he has visited my home in Carrollton, where there are free-standing Chick-fil-a restaurants all over, just like there are all over Texas.  Needless to say, Tom was super excited and more than willing to make the 20 minute drive to eat some yummy Chick-fil-a with me, his oh-so-wonderful girlfriend.  We then got back in the car and made our way to Columbia.  I think we finally got there around 11pm or so.

Tom had class at 11am on Friday morning, so I went to campus with him and went over to the Phi Mu house.  Jill was supposed to meet me at the house around 11 to let me in because nobody else knew I was coming, but I got there early and her class got out a little late, so I ended up beating her there.  I was just creeping around in the house parking lot because I didn't know the code to get in the house and I didn't want to just show up inside when nobody knew I was coming, so I, being my creepy self, was standing awkwardly in the parking lot when I saw Jordin run across the parking lot to the annex in her pajamas after getting breakfast in the house.  I yelled out her name and she came running over to give me a hug.  She was so surprised to see me!  She was about to let me into the house when my friend Brittany came running over from the annex after thinking she heard my voice.  Apparently I'm loud.  Who knew?  She came running over and started screaming about how excited she was for me to be here!  Hahaha, I have the best friends.  I followed her up to her room, where I surprised her roommates and some of the other girls.  Everyone was so shocked and excited to see me!
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I hid behind the door when I heard Jamie coming up the stairs.  As soon as she came into the room, I jumped out from behind the door and she burst into tears, which of course, made me start to cry.  It was just so great to see everyone and, what can I say, I can be very emotional sometimes.  I ran outside to see Jill as soon as I saw her coming up the walkway.  I love that girl!  We went into the house and had lunch as I started to make my rounds and surprise people.  A lot of people had to do double takes when they saw me.  It was like they weren't surprised to see me because I was supposed to be there, but then they realized I was there just visiting and got all excited.  I saw a few people and then went with Jamie to the bookstore where she needed to return a book.  She showed me all around the brand new student center, which I have to say is pretty nice, and then we went to Starbucks to kill some time before her class.  I enjoyed just catching up and getting to talk to her face to face.  She is one of my best friends and I miss her so much!

I went back to the house alone after Jamie went to class.  It was odd to be alone on campus, walking the same paths and passing the same buildings that had become so familiar throughout my two years at Mizzou.   It was so familiar and I loved it, but I also did have a sense of the feeling that I didn't belong there anymore.  I love the pride that can be felt around campus and that "big school buzz" that I haven't yet felt at UNT.  I love beautiful Memorial Union and impressive Faurot Field, but the Quad and columns overlooked by Jesse Hall never cease to amaze me.  It is such a powerful and calm place that really epitomizes college culture and Mizzou, in general.  It was a beautiful sunny, breezy day, and I was lucky enough to spend some time on a column with a few friends.  It was perfect.
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I surprised more people when I got back to the house.  I got to see more of my close friends, my little sister, and my grandbaby!  The looks on their faces were priceless!  Is there anything more satisfying than surprising someone?  I think not!
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Jamie, Kelsey, Brittany, and Andrea all left around 3 to go to St. Louis for the Mizzou/Illinois game, which cued a photoshoot and several heartfelt goodbyes.  I can't wait to see these girls again, hopefully sooner than later!

Tom came over and hung out at the house with me and a few of the other girls during his break between classes.  I think he is almost as missed at the house as I am.  He spent a lot of time over there last school year hanging out with me.  He was a regular guest at lunch and dinner and has become good friends with many of my sisters.  He still hangs out with them and I will not be surprised one bit if they start inviting him over to hang out and asking him to be their dates (platonic, of course) to socials.
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Jill, Sherbs, Elizabeth, and I headed over to Huhot around 6:30 for dinner.  Tom met us there after work, and Anna, Lindsay, Passini, and Corey also joined us!  Getting to see everyone was so great!  I'm glad Sherbs came to dinner before heading home for the weekend because it gave me a chance to spend some time with her.  Great friends, great food!  What else could I ask for?  Tom and I went over to Anna and Lindsay's apartment for a little while after dinner and then went home and hung out for the rest of the night.
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Saturday was a pretty lazy day.  Tom and I just hung out and enjoyed each other's company.  I have to admit that I love days like that sometimes.  I feel like the small stuff, like watching a movie together and just hanging out, are just as, if not more, important in a relationship as the big stuff, such as anniversaries.  I miss seeing Tom and spending time with him on a daily basis, so I really enjoy just being with him and being us when we are together.  We went to the Heidelberg around 7pm to celebrate Lindsay and Anna's twenty-first birthdays.  I was in town for Lindsay's actual birthday about a month ago, but she and Anna decided to have a big birthday bash now that everyone is back in town for school.  A lot of people did go home for the weekend, but there was a decent turnout.  It was really good to see some friends that I haven't seen in a while and don't talk to on a regular basis!
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After dinner, we moved the party to the apartment that a few of our friends live in.  It was a great night!
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Sunday consisted of sleeping in, lunch, and seeing a "The Other Guys" with Tom.  The movie was decent, but a little odd.  I got to break in my brand new, gold, sparkly TOMS for the first time!  Phi Mu at Mizzou wore them on one of the days of recruitment and I had ordered them before I found out I was leaving, so I was able to pick them up when I was at the house.  Aren't the fabulous?!
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On Monday, Tom and I had lunch and then headed to the airport in St. Louis.  I always hate saying goodbye, but it's always inevitable.  Tom and I won't see each other again until Thanksgiving break when he comes down to visit me.  That's more than two month away, which is longer than we have been apart recently, but we've done longer and I know we will be just fine.  It is nice, however, that we do know when the next time we will be together is because we have something to look forward to and nothing is uncertain.

I didn't run into any problems flying home on Monday night, which is always nice!  My dad and stepmom met me at the airport and took me home.  They spent the holiday weekend in New York and we were able to coordinate our flights to land at just about the same time.  My brother met up with us and we had dinner at a local Mexican restaurant.  Then I made a quick stop at my mom's house to say hello before I drove back to Denton and got ready for school to start today.

Have a good week,
Sara
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