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

Friday, October 1, 2010

I don't know where to start.

I hate how one minute I will be doing fine, just going about my business like normal, and then the next minute something will happen that will snap me back into reality and make me realize that, oh yeah, I'm alone, at a new school, all of my best friends are in Missouri, and I don't know anyone here.

I have to admit that things have gotten a little easier.  I have been at UNT for more than a month now and I have fallen into my routine.  No, I don't miss everyone less than I did before, but I have gotten used, or at least somewhat used, to the situation.  I consider myself to be a friendly and social person, but I am having an incredibly hard time meeting people.  Yes, I talk to people in my classes and am beginning to see familiar faces around campus, but that's about the extent of my social life.  

I live in an upperclassmen dorm, which means that there are no community building or "getting to know you" activities like there are in freshmen dorms.  There have been a few hall activities, such as a barbecue night, but all of them have been at 7pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, which is when my night classes are.  My dorm is basically a ghost town.  It is usually silent and I never see anyone.  I almost never see my suite mate and I share a bathroom with her.  I have my own room, which can get a little lonely, but I like the privacy and enjoy having my own space.  Sure, I see a few people hanging out in the lobby and playing pool down the hall from time to time.  I guess I could walk up to them and introduce myself, but I never do.  They are in their established group of friends and I don't want to be that awkward, intrusive, weird girl.

I basically do everything alone.  I once absolutely hated and refused to eat my meals alone, but now I don't even give it a second thought because it is just another daily occurrence.  Of course, there are people who also sit alone that I could sit with, but they don't know me and I don't know them, so I scarf down my food and am out of there in fifteen minutes.

Yes, there are some people I went to high school with that go to UNT, but I wasn't close with most of them in high school.  I guess beggars can't be choosers, but I feel uncomfortable going to them.  Plus, they all have been here for a few years and have their own stuff going on.  I understand completely.  I was always busy with school, and sorority, and friends when I was at Mizzou.  I sometimes hated being so busy, but I would kill to have a packed schedule again.

One of my best friends goes to UNT.  I see her occasionally because she's busy with her sorority and school and her own life.  I get it, I really do, but I can't help feeling a little mad that one of my best friends is here and, despite knowing that I am lonely and hurting, she has made little effort to spend time with me.  I know it's not her responsibility to babysit me.  That's not what I'm looking for.  Yes, she has invited me to do things, and every time, I am so, so grateful for it, but I would be perfectly content just hanging out together and doing homework.  I don't need a big production, and honestly, I don't have any money to spend on anything extra, anyway.

My dad called me tonight and told me how worried he is that I don't get out enough and haven't met people yet.  He felt the need to remind me that a social life is part of being in college and he doesn't want me to miss out.  Thank you for the advice.  I realize this.  That's what I lost when I left Mizzou.

I know I am the only one who can put myself out there in an attempt to meet some people.  I just don't even know where to start.  All of this is so much easier said then done.  I am really lost here and I'm having a hard time.  I like being busy with classes and I am continuing my job search.  I go to class, work out, do homework, play around on the internet, watch TV, talk to my friends, and go to sleep early.  That's my life.  I don't always notice it, but I'm lonely, and I really don't feel like I have the means to change that.  Maybe it will be better next semester, once I get into new classes with the people who I have classes with now, but I can't count on that.  I guess I have just started to accept that this is what my life is going to be like here.  I graduate in a little over a year.  Maybe I am just supposed to get my degree and get out.

More to come,
Sara
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