Recaps, reviews and resolutions

Everybody’s doing it. You know, writing a “Here’s-what-I-did-in-2011-and-here’s-what-I’m-going-to-do-in-2012” blog post. And I’m finally jumping on that bandwagon. I’m only four days late.

I run on my own schedule.


2011 was a fun year! And because I’m sure y’all have already read a bunch of these kinds of lists and I don’t want to bore you, I’ll just rattle off a few quick highlights. I’m sure this is probably more for my benefit/nostalgia/enjoyment than yours anyway.

–2011 saw more snow days for my little Arkansas university than it had seen in 30+ years.

–Said snow days occurred as a result of one heck of a crazy snowstorm everyone dubbed, “The Snowpocalypse.”

–Then came, “The Rainpocalypse.”

–I failed at baking brownies, coloring, cards, and drawing the state of Kansas.

–The highlight of the year was definitely completing an internship in Spain!

–I decided to take the LSAT and possibly apply to law school.

–I started my senior year of college.

–I got to TP a basketball court.

–2011 closed out with a (semi)-winter storm and plenty of Christmas and New Year’s parties.


Now… for 2012.

I’m not much for resolutions. It’s not something I’ve ever really done and I’m much more of a go-with-the-flow person as opposed to making a plan and sticking to it tooth and nail.

I jokingly told a friend that I had made a one-day resolution to cheer for the Denver Broncos when they played the Kansas City Chiefs even though I am a huge Chiefs fan. I only did it because I didn’t want the Oakland Raiders to go to the playoffs, which they would have if Kansas City won. A few minutes after the game started though, I figured out that if Oakland lost their game to the San Diego Chargers, it didn’t matter if Denver won or lost; Oakland would be denied a playoff berth. (If you’re unfamiliar with the NFL playoff system, let me tell you, it can get a little crazy!)

So I said heck with the Donkeys, uhh… Broncos, and cheered all-out for my Chiefs!

And it all ended up working out ok. The Chiefs won and Oakland lost! Yay!

But, I digress.

Back to New Year’s resolutions.

Which I don’t really make.

With the exception of sarcastic one-day resolutions pertaining to football games that I actually make for selfish reasons.

And then break ten minutes into them.

I have problems. I know this.

But for real. A couple days before the new year, I downloaded a year in photos app for my iPhone. Y’all know what I’m talking about. Take one picture a day, every day, for 365 days.

Now, I’m really not a fan of such long-term commitments, mostly because I don’t like planning and being tied down, but also because I’m pretty sure I’ll break them. Nevertheless, I’m attempting this one. And by attempting, I mean keeping up with it as long as I can and not caring too much when I miss a day.

I’ve kept up with it so far though! Four days… impressive, I know.

Here are the first three photos and captions. (I haven’t uploaded the fourth to my computer yet. It and subsequent photos will hopefully follow.)


New Year’s Cookies! This is a family tradition. Every year my aunt makes these delicious German treats. This year I had at least six of them. I lost count after that, so the final tally isn’t exactly known. Oh well, it’s better that way. I’d probably rather not know how many I ate. I tend to overindulge a bit during all the holiday parties.

I have problems. I know this.

Being a cat is rough. Just ask my cat, Turvy, and he’ll tell you all about it. He gets to spend all day inside and stick his head in the bag of cat food and eat whenever he wants. And he’s supposed to be an outside cat. Pshhh. My mother spoils him.

Family Christmas supper at the local restaurant. This was like the twelfth (and final… thank goodness) family Christmas we’ve had this year. I love my family. I really, really do. And I love get-togethers and parties! But we like to eat in my family, so there is always tons of food at our get-togethers and my stomach has finally said enough.

The flip side is that in a week, I know I’ll be back at school dying to have a home-cooked meal again, so I really shouldn’t complain.

And that’s all for now, folks!

I hope y’all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year’s with your friends and families and that you can approach each day in 2012 as it comes, with a smile on your face!

Life recently

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’ve neglected this blog. I’m sorry.

I know y’all wait with bated breath (pet peeve cliché right there) to read about the super exciting details of my life and y’all’s worlds cave in when I don’t post an update every day…

Okay, maybe not.

I’m pretty sure I only have three readers anyway, so sorry to you three. Let’s move on.

Life recently has consisted of…

–Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday of all time. It’s ten times better than Christmas in my opinion. No gifts. (I’m so not a gifts person.) Just quality time with friends and family, (I’m all about the quality time) and lots and lots of food. I’m all about the food too. I love to fill my plate with everything: turkey, mashed taters, sweet taters, green bean casserole, stuffing, and then cover my entire plate in gravy. Yes please, amen, thank you Jesus. Gravy is all that is right and holy in this world.

–Basketball. I’m still totally into football (even though my Chiefs are quickly playing their way to a last place standing in the AFC West) but basketball is my favorite sport and the college basketball season is gearing up. Several weeks ago my little Arkansas college made national headlines after our first home game of the season.

That is the Yahoo homepage. We’re famous for earning basketball’s best technical foul. And it’s a doozy. If you dont’ know what I’m talking about, you should do a Google search for, “JBU TP game.” It’ll change your life.

ESPN tweeted about us!

ESPN even aired footage of the game and gave commentary on our crazy tradition during its show, “Around the Horn.” We were on national television! It was a pretty big deal for our little bitty school.

And for one last bit of importnat life info, (that is probably not all that important to most people, but I’ll tell y’all anyway because that’s the kind of person I am…)

–I am turning into an old person. I just had a birthday earlier this week and now I go to bed at like 11:00 every night. Considering that I am a night owl and I am also a college student, this early bedtime business is kind of ridiculous. But I’m also not complaining. Sleeping is wonderful. I just haven’t done a whole lot of it the past three years of my life. It’s like I’m rediscovering my affections for an old friend.

That wording was weird. It’s past 11:30. I’m not thinking clearly. It’s past my bedtime. I’m going to bed.

Tuesday’s thoughts

Hello, hello, hello! It’s Tuesday! Unfortunately it’s not really that close to Friday, but at least it’s not Monday anymore.

Monday’s are rough. Especially yesterday. For me.

But…since it’s Tuesday, I’ll give you Tuesday’s thoughts. Maybe I should make this a weekly thing? I might need a more creative name to make it an official weekly event. Tuesday Museday? Maybe not. I’ll keep working on it.

Anyway… #1. Yesterday was rough. I was tired all day. More than normal tired. I had no energy and thought about skipping class simply because I didn’t want to go. I’m such a bad kid. (Don’t worry Mom, I promise I did go to all my classes!)

#2. I tried to give blood yesterday because the blood-mobile was here. (Does the word blood-mobile make anyone else feel like a super hero? I think I should get a Superman cape or a Zorro mask every time I give blood instead of a t-shirt. All because my blood gets to ride in a blood-mobile. Awesome.) Anyway… I wasn’t allowed to give because my iron count wasn’t high enough. My initial reaction was to blame it on the cafeteria food. Because that is the source of all my problems in life. Not really. But for real… you can’t buy protein (or iron I’m sure) in that place. My daily diet consists of fat, grease, and completely overcooked green beans on days I feel like I want to attempt eating cafeteria vegetables. But I later found out that my addiction to sweet tea might actually be to blame. Did you know that tea has something called “tannin” in it which reduce’s the body’s absorption of iron? And seeing as I’d had at least three or four glasses of sweet tea in the 48 hours prior to attempting to give blood, I guess I really had no shot at all of getting an acceptable iron count. Sad day. I just love my sweet tea too much.

#3. Summer is coming up and I still don’t know if I’ll be in Spain, in Arkansas, in Kansas. I have no clue. I’m still waiting to hear back on an internship. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Not knowing. Not planning. Not worrying. (That last one was a joke for those of you who don’t quite understand my sarcastic sense of humor. I’m sure the internet doesn’t help with the translation from my brain to your brain either. Sorry about that.)

#4. I wrenched my back out of place yesterday. Want to know how? It was so dumb, I’m almost to embarrassed to tell y’all. I did it picking up a sock. Yeah… a teeny-tiny little sock. I was doing laundry and bent down to grab the sock I’d dropped and while I was stooped over I felt something in my lower back move, pinch, explode, whatever… excuse me for not knowing the exact scientific term. All I know is that whatever happened, it wasn’t right and now I feel old and pregnant… let me clarify. I now walk like a crotchety, lopsided old man because my left leg refuses to move the way it’s supposed to and whenever I bend over for something, I have to lean back like a pregnant woman sitting in a chair. Awesome. And to top it all off, I ended up losing a sock somewhere between the washer, the dryer and my laundry basket. How the heck does that happen? I checked everywhere for it and I could not find that daggum sock. This would happen to me.

#5. I want to make this.

Fourteen layer cake. I think it looks like fourteen layer heaven on a platter just for me! For real, I don’t think I can live much longer without baking and eating this in the very near future. I’ll let you know how it goes.

#6. I’m excited because I’m about to go get coffee with a great friend in about 30 minutes. There’s a new coffee shop in town that we both love. They’re kind of coffee snobs though and I always feel completely intimidated whenever I go in there because their menu overwhelms me. “Yes, I’ll have the caffe-mocha-brave-creamed-frappuccino with half a shot of caramel and extra foam.” That is sooo not me! Give me some black Folgers any day and I’m one happy girl. That’s not to say that I don’t like to try those fancy coffee drinks. I do. I just don’t know how to order them. So I go in to this place and tell the barista to surprise me and they make me whatever they want. It works out well. The best thing I’ve had so far is some sort of coffee in a huge mug over a scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate and caramel drizzled over the top of it all. It was delish. Probably very bad for me. But very delish.

And that is the end of Tuesday’s thoughts. I’m ending on a quote, unquote “uneven” number. Sorry if that bother’s y’all.

Have a great week!


Pumpkins and a list

First off let me apologize for my week-long hiatus from this site.

I know this goes without saying, but life is crazy.

And that is definitely no exception in this college student’s life.

In the past week I have…

–Played more basketball than I have in all my high school years combined

–Toilet papered my university’s brand new sports arena to celebrate the beginning of basketball season

–Skipped class three times

–Skipped chapel twice

–Felt guilty about the above two lines only once

–Went to Kansas City

–Went to a rodeo

–Went to a concert

–Ate deliciously authentic German and Honduran food

–Pulled all of my hair out during the Chiefs vs. Bills game (just kidding… almost)

–Bombed a test

–And… (this is the best thing yet) won second place in a pumpkin carving contest with some of my best friends!

That’s all of us and our award-winning pumpkin!

We walked into the cafeteria one evening last week and were greeted with tons of huge orange pumpkins available for anyone to decorate. My friend Hannah and I picked out one of the biggest and smoothest pumpkins (because everybody knows it’s no fun painting a bumpy pumpkin, duh) and signed our group up for the campus-wide contest.

As we ate our dinner, we contemplated what we should paint on our pumpkin.

Our group consisted of a biology major, two education majors and two engineers, plus myself: the journalism and photography major. Consequently, that earned me the position of creative director of the group, despite my persistent refusals.

I tried to explain that there is a big difference between being creative with a camera and being creative with a paintbrush; the latter of which, I am most definitely not.

They didn’t get it.

In the end, we collaborated on the idea and decided to paint a seasonal pumpkin. Mainly because my friend Bethany is good at drawing trees and the rest of us figured it wouldn’t be too hard to paint little colored dots on the branches for leaves.

The finished product was above and beyond what any of us had imagined.

See for yourself.

Hannah and Morgan and their beautifully blossoming spring tree.

Kathryn and Lindy and their cheerful summer tree.

Lindy and myself and our vibrant autumn tree.

Bethany and her frosty winter tree.

Voting commenced over the next several days and the winner was announced on Monday. The winner of first place was an illustration major (go figure) and painted the most detailed design on her pumpkin I had ever seen. I’m sure it must have taken her ten years. She definitely deserved to win.

And we were all thrilled at our second place victory. In reward of our artistic efforts, we received a $25 gift card to Walmart.

Next weekend we are going to use the card to go buy real food (a true delicacy in college life) and make a real dinner.

You know you’re a college student when the highlight of your week revolves around fresh, homemade, healthy, non-cafeteria, non mass-produced food. I can’t wait.

Now excuse me while I go make some Ramen noodles.

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