Monday, January 31, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 13

Day 13: A photo of your favorite band or artist
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This post was very difficult for me. I love so many different kinds of music and, as a result, so many different artists and groups. It's impossible for me to choose just one that epitomizes my music taste. I chose Michael Buble because I have loved him for a long time, and I think he is so underrated.

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 12

Day 12: A picture of something you love (for Jan. 30)
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I love surprises. Good, happy surprises, that is. I got the best surprise ever this past Friday! Details to come.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 11

Day 11: A picture of something you hate (for Jan. 29)
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I know this picture is terrible, but I hate tickets! I really can't speak from experience since I got a ticket for the first time EVER this past Friday. Yes, I was speeding, but so was everyone else. Plus, I had never been pulled over before, so this was my first offense. People with much worse on their record have talked their way out of a ticket. A warning would have been sufficient.

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 9

Day 9: A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most (for Jan. 27)
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I'm taking Melissa's advice and listing myself for this particular photo challenge. Yes, I have an amazing support system, and yes, they have always been there for me, but I recognize my own personal strength. I am the only one who is inside my head all the time, so I know what I am capable of. I do rely on my loved ones for a lot, but I know my own needs, and I know that I have to put myself first.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

USA Today Debut

My first blog post for USA Today College was posted yesterday! I am so excited about this fantastic opportunity. Check it out here!

Friday, January 28, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 10

Day 10: A picture of the person you do the most messed up things with
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I had a hard time picking a person to put on here, but it had to be my BFF, Travis. We just have so many stories of all of the random things we've done together. This is one of my favorite pictures of us. It totally describes our relationship.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 8

Day 8: A picture that makes you laugh
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My dad having a stare-off with a monkey on our car in Gibraltar

Spring 2011

It is the second week of the new semester, and I have been to each of my classes a few times now. After a little finagling, I have figured out a schedule that works for me that keeps me on track to graduate a year from now. Here's a quick low-down on my classes this semester. It's always fun to look back during finals to see just how wrong my first impressions of my classes were.

English 3000: Analysis and Interpretation
This class is one that all English majors have to take. Think of it as Freshman Comp., but for people who actually choose to study English. Each 3000 teacher can customize the course to the subject matter they want to teach, and my teacher wants to awaken and stretch our critical faculties as English majors. (I took that straight off the syllabus, not going to lie.) To keep it short and sweet, he wants us to learn how to think. We started off the class with a few essays by T.S. Eliot, and will continue to study poetry and novels as the semester goes on. My teacher seems alright. He is a little offbeat and slightly absentminded, but he's interesting and really enthusiastic about what he is teaching, so it looks optimistic.

English 4400: American Fiction
I took this class because a friend of mine recommended it, and up until now, I have pretty much only taken British Lit. courses, so I thought this would make me more well-rounded. We started right off by reading The Scarlet Letter, which I wasn't very excited about since I read it in high school and didn't care for it. I liked it a little more this time around, but it is definitely not one of my favorites. Now that the class has met a few times, I've discovered that my teach really likes to ramble. In the last two class periods (four hours total), we have probably spent about 40 minutes actually talking about the text. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if I'm going to spend so much time reading these books, I want to at least talk about them a fair amount. My teacher is probably in his 70s, has shoulder length, slicked-back gray hair, and wears too-small sweatpants, t-shirts, and a big, bulky ring on at least seven of his ten fingers. He's a character, to say the least, but he's passionate about what he's teaching us and wants to hear our ideas, so I really have nothing to complain about.

Chemistry 1360: Context of Chemistry
Let's just say I'm less than thrilled to be taking this class. I mean, I'm an ENGLISH major. What do I need three lab sciences for? I decided to take this class because I heard good things about it from several people. We have our first test next week, so I won't really know until then how it will be, but it seems okay so far. My teacher is an older French-American man from New Orleans, and he has a ton of stories to tell. Don't even think about getting him on the topic of Mardi Gras! I can't really say much about his portion of the class since it's a typical large lecture, but I am happy to report that the class should be simple enough...hopefully.
There is lab for this class, too. Mine is from 5 to 6:50pm on Mondays. I can't really tell how it is yet because we've only had one and it lasted a grand total of five minutes. In those five minutes, my lab TA made it a point to show us every safety feature in the lab. It was a required safety measure, I'm sure, but is it really necessary for there to be three separate eyewash stations AND a shower all in one lab?

Spanish 3070: Advanced Composition and Oral Practice
I was super nervous about this class since Spanish isn't my strongest subject and my Spanish class last semester was pretty tough. I am happy to report that the people in my class now seem to be more on the same level I am, which is giving me the confidence boost I need to participate and raise my hand more. This class is all about controversial topics, and my teacher actually expects us to have debates. This part freaks me out a little bit. She wants us to intelligently talk about abortion, immigration, politics, and the like in Spanish! I'm not really sure what I feel about a lot of these things in English! That will definitely be interesting. I do know that this class will be a lot of work. Homework from the book is assigned every night, and she may or may not pick it up in class (don't you hate that?). There are also a few tests, essays/papers, and weekly debates.

English 4920: Internship in English
Yes, that's right. I am getting credit for my internship! I needed an elective credit, so I applied to get credit for my internship, and I got it! Apparently, this is kind of a big deal because it's hard to get an internship to be eligible for English credit. Apparently mine is writing intensive enough to count. All I have to do now is turn in a goal sheet, have my bosses evaluate me once during the semester, and turn in a three to five page paper at the end of the semester about what I learned from my position. That's it for three credit hours, and I just keep going to work like I usually would. I can totally do that.

That's the beginning of the second semester of my junior year in a nutshell. I can't believe this time next year, I'll be a college graduate.

More to come,
Sara

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 6

Day 6: A picture of a person you would love to trade places with for a day (for Jan. 24)
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Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
I would want to trade places with Elizabeth Gilbert, but it would have to be for a little longer than one day. She travels all over the world, and is famous for traveling to Rome, India, and Bali in search of herself. There are things I would not want to acquire from her life, like her failed marriage and restlessness, but I admire the strength that it took for her to leave her cookie-cutter life and do what she needed for herself. I would love to be able to open up and tell my story as freely and confidently as she did. I want to have an adventure and do something extraordinary, and Ms. Gilbert has done that.

Monday, January 24, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 5

Day 5: A picture of your favorite memory (for Jan. 23)
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I'm not sure if this is my most favorite memory ever, but it is definitely up there and popped into my head right away. This was taken when I asked Tom to my sorority's formal my freshman/his sophomore year. I planned a whole scavenger hunt for him around campus, complete with poems and balloons. I was proud of myself, and it's definitely one of the most romantic things I've ever done for someone! This is one of my all-time favorite pictures of us.

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 4

Day 4: A picture of your night (for Jan. 22)
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Celebrating my best friend/pledge daughter Whitney's 21st birthday

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bits of My Weekend, volume # who knows

I've lost track of what number Bits of My Weekend post this is. I've combined and skipped so many weekends that it's kind of impossible to keep count anymore, so from now on it will just be Bits of My Weekend with no number. It's my blog and I'll do what I want!

I'm going to sit down and write about my trip to Spain soon. I promise. I don't know why I am having such a hard time doing this. The trip was incredible. I loved it, and I want to write about it. Maybe that's why I'm having such a hard time getting around to it. I just have so much to say and I don't want to leave anything out, so I don't want to sit down to post and then not have enough time to do it justice. The posts are coming, though. I promise.

Before I get even further behind, I want to post about a little trip my dad, stepmom, brother, and I took to Detroit this past weekend. Why did we go to Detroit in the middle of winter? Because we're crazy, of course! Well, not really (but kind of). We actually went to celebrate my dad's 50th birthday.

A little back story here: my dad is incredibly difficult to shop for. He doesn't really want many things, and if he does want something, he will buy it for himself. Over the years, I have watched him exchange countless birthday and Father's Day gifts, so we knew we had to do something big for his big birthday. We put our heads together and focused on one specific thing about my dad. He loves cars. We're talking total car connoisseur, here. Obviously, we couldn't buy him a new car (because we wouldn't pick out the right one, of course), so we decided to do something different. We decided to take him to the car show of car shows: the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. See, my dad goes to the car show at the Texas State Fair every year, but the one in Detroit is the one to see.

We also knew that we had to plan every detail of the trip from start to finish, because my dad would try to think up every excuse not to go. Trust me when I say my dad is super anal about everything, so we had his travel agent plan a lot of it so my dad would feel more comfortable. With the flights and hotel booked, and the tickets to the show purchased, it was time to decide how to tell him.

His birthday is in September, so we wanted to give him something cool to tell him about the car show since it was still a while away. My stepmom owns her own video business, so she came up with the idea to put together a full, personalized video for my dad telling him about the trip. We asked family members and some of his friends to send in videos wishing him a happy birthday. I wrote a script, and she had one of her colleagues narrate it. I love how it turned out! Unfortunately, you won't be seeing it right this second. Sorry for the awesome build-up! I thought I had the link to it, but it turns out it has expired, so I will be sure to post it as soon as I get the new link from my stepmom. Just think of it as something to look forward to!

My dad was definitely surprised to say the least. At first, I think he was so impressed with the video that he didn't fully grasp that we were taking him on a trip. He watched the video a few more times and then started getting excited. Then, we waited.

Last Friday night, we were on our way to snowy, frigid Detroit. We stayed in the Renaissance Center Marriott in downtown Detroit, which is connected to the GMC headquarters. My dad loved that! We were able to walk around our hotel and check out all of the newly released cars. On Saturday, we headed over to Cobo Convention Center for the show! It was huge. I could not believe how big it was and how many people were there. I guess I didn't realize how big of a deal it really is. The Department of Homeland Security people that were directing the crowd inside the convention center kind of made that obvious.

All of the major car companies (plus some) had displays there. The displays must have cost a fortune. They all had hundreds of LCD screens with lights and music and various areas for guests. It really was quite impressive. Now, I have to admit that cars aren't really my thing. Sure, I enjoyed sitting in a Smart Car, a fancy Mercedes, and the Jeep Liberty, which I have been in love with forever, but I was more interested in the "culture" of the place, I guess you could call it. I liked seeing the people, especially the ones (mostly the women) who appeared to have worn the highest heels, biggest diamonds, and most expensive furs they owned, as if to make it obvious to others that they could easily afford the specialty cars.

Overall, I liked the show and I'm glad to write it down on my list of life experiences, but my dad loved it. Seriously loved it, and that was the best part.

More to come,
Sara

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 3

Day 3: A picture of the cast from your favorite TV show
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I'm a total Gleek, and I'm okay with it. I like this photo because it's not super Glee-y, but I wish more of the cast was in it.

Friday, January 21, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 2

Day 2: A picture of yourself and a person you have been close with for a while
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BFF Travis and I

Thursday, January 20, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 1

I came across this on my friend and sorority sister Kara's blog, so I thought I would give it a try!

Day 1: A picture of yourself with 15 facts
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  1. I have been to Europe once, and I am dying to go back.
  2. Chipotle and sushi are my favorite foods.
  3. I am a Phi Mu lady, and always will be.
  4. I have a really bad hair-twirling habit.
  5. I have never been to the Grand Canyon, and I really want to go.
  6. I color-code my planner and dry erase calendar.
  7. I am a Spanish minor, but speaking Spanish in front of people really scares me.
  8. I am terrified of life post-college. Making the transition from college student to independent adult seems impossible.
  9. Thanks to my internship, I know more about teeth and dentistry than I expected to or wanted to.
  10. I am obsessed with blogging. I spend way too much time reading other people's blogs and working on my own. One of the best compliments you could give me is that you read my blog. It actually bothers me when I know someone reads my blog, but they haven't subscribed.
  11. I am the oldest of my siblings and first cousins.
  12. I love mascara. I don't leave the house without it on, and it takes me way longer than it should to apply it. It has to be perfect. Maybelline Great Lash Washable in black is the best.
  13. I have my wedding colors and decor picked, and I know what time of year I want to get married. I'm not even engaged.
  14. My favorite Disney movie is The Lion King.
  15. I really wish I knew how to cook. I think I am going to make it my project for this summer. Maybe I'll cook my way through a cookbook...and blog about it.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Dream Home

Did you know that HGTV gives away a free home every year? I didn't. I found out about it from Shoshana over at The Adventures of a Future Housewife. I was smitten with her pictures and, after doing a little research (devouring every inch of the website), I fell in love with the house. It's decorated in my colors, located in snowy Vermont, and beautiful down to every little detail. It's perfect.


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Car Barn (SUV included):
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Mudroom:
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Entry Hall:
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Gathering Room (My favorite!):
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Annex:
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Kitchen:
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Dining Room:
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Deck:
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Master Bedroom:
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Master Bathroom:
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Master Balcony:
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Guest Bedroom:
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Guest Bathroom:
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Living Room:
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Terrace:
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Ski Dorm:
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Dorm Bathroom:
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Laundry Room:
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Exterior:
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It's amazing. I'm obsessed, and if you are the lucky winner, you have to invite me for a weekend.

More to come,
Sara
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