With a Change of Plans Comes Hurricane Irene

So I was supposed to leave for school a week ago, but because money problems are a bitch, here I am still at home in Maryland. And boy has it been a week. First, I experienced the first earthquake I’ve ever been awake for (we had one last year, but I slept right through the thing). And now I’ve got the adventure of Hurricane Irene bearing down on me. And I’ll tell you one thing, if bitch cuts my power during True Blood… well, I don’t know what I’ll do, but I’ll be pissed!

This is the first major hurricane Maryland has been threatened with in a long time. We’ve had a few ones make small landfall in my lifetime, but nothing like this. So what will I be doing this weekend? Why, taking advantage of course! I’ll be going over all of my 2011 September Issue magazines (InStyle, Glamour, Elle and of course, the big one, Vogue. Which I had to buy at the store because the U.S. Mail Service is taking for-frikking-ever to get my issue to me!). I’ll be working on some posts courtesy of Ricky’s NYC. And I’ll also be working on a post about Tresemme’s dry shampoo and waterless foam shampoo. Can’t promise that anything will get posted this weekend. I might get a power cut. Or I might get evacuated, God forbid. Plus I’m also working my way through the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. I admit it, the tv show (Game of Thrones, on HBO), brought me to the books, because I wanted more after the season ended. Those books suck you in and don’t let you out. And I’ll be eating and watching movies for as long as I can. And I may or may not have my fingers crossed that we’ll have the power cut at work for one reason or another… But I can neither confirm nor deny that.

But you know who I don’t envy? My sister. Who is camping this weekend. Poor kid. Hope they don’t get rained out. It’s rained out camping trips that made me hate camping.

So, everyone who is in Irene’s path, stay safe! If they tell you to evacuate, GTFO! And everyone who’s not in the path of the bitch, be glad. It’s gonna be one hell of a weekend.

A Complete Change Up

I’ve been looking through all of the Bloggers Do It Better posts tonight while making brownies (Annie’s Eats Chocolate Caramel Brownies, oh my god they are so good!) and something hit me. I’m about to go through a big change up. Two years ago I stopped going to school. Money was too tight and I needed to work and save. I got a job and worked on a certification course to not completely fall out of the habit of studying (I am now a fully certified wedding and event planner). And when I finished that I just kept on working for about another six months before re-applying to go back to my former university, Southern Adventist University. If you’ve never heard of this school, I’ll give you my (probably biased) opinion. Southern is a beautiful college down in Collegedale, Tennessee, which is a little bit outside of Chattanooga. The people are great, the campus is great, the living is great, the winters are short and spring comes by the end of Feb./beginning of March, and the food is mediocre (but hey, it’s better than some other educational institutions food I’ve had… I won’t name names). I dreamed of going to this school since I was ten years old, and after a few changes happened the college I attended my freshman year (back in 2007-2008), I decided to apply to Southern and see what happened.

Many things happened. I made new friends. I reconnected with old friends I hadn’t seen in years. I got a horrible kidney infection and was ten hours away from my Mommy, who I wanted with me more than ever when I was hugging the toilet bowl every few hours for days on end. I took a fantastic trip to New York. I checked my “date the absolutely wrong guy” box off my list forever (I hope). I worked the worst job of my life. I learned a lot. I made mistakes. But I really loved my year there and in the two years since have made visits back, and worked very hard to come back (although I could still use some money, anyone got any cash they don’t need? No? Okay then, I’ll just keep working hard.)

In the next two weeks I will be buying school supplies, packing up clothes and shoes, bedding and kitchen/food supplies, textbooks and more shoes. Two weeks from today I will be making the loooooong ten hour drive from Maryland to Tennessee with my parents, and moving back into a dorm. Three weeks from today I will be back in the world of homework, tests, quizzes, projects, speeches, papers, mid-terms and God help me, finals. I have not missed finals week.

There’s a part of me that’s excited. I can’t wait to get back down there, to see my friends and family down in Collegedale and be back to try again. I am determined to succeed this time. But there’s a part of me that’s terrified to fail. I’ve taken steps to do better than last time. I intend to get to know my adviser. I will happily use the learning success center and all the help that is offered to the students. I won’t let myself be ashamed to ask for help when I need it. I’m taking the Intro to Acting class down there. Acting brought me out of my shell in high school, and I’m hoping it’ll do it again in college. And I’ll be damned if I don’t put my phone on silent and in my bag! Um, watch my twitter feed on that last one. My classes are from 8-10:45 Tuesday and Thursday mornings. I’ll betcha I’m gonna tweet in that time. But I’m gonna try not to. But jeez it’s scary. I’ve had so many people stepping up to help me already, and I sort of feel like I can’t let them down. But I’ve gotten rid of some of the biggest distractions, and I have more determination to do it and do it right than I did the last time.

So the next time you see pictures, they’ll probably be in a different setting. I’m going to try to do my Bloggers Do It Better assignments outside on campus, it’s a gorgeous campus that needs to be shown. You’ll probably be able to tell when the threat of finals are looming over my head like an axe without me having to say so, because my tweets and posting will probably have a more punchy and stressed ring to them. But know that underneath, I’m happy. Really happy. Because I’m changing things up and finishing what I started. I can’t wait.

And this time I also have awesome rain boots. What? It rains a lot down there and last time I didn’t have rain boots. See. I learned my lesson.

 

Edit: Two days before I was supposed to leave to go to school, it all fell through. So I’m still in Maryland. I’m watching football, making food, and applying for area community colleges. It’s still gonna be good.

Bloggers Do It Better – Arm Party!

So the latest Bloggers Do It Better Assignment is Arm Party! If you don’t know by now, Bloggers Do It Better is a challenge set up by Kristina of Pretty Shiny Sparkly for any person who has a blog to complete. Here’s the link to BDIB. Go check it out soon!

If you don’t know what an Arm Party is, don’t worry, it’s nothing super complicated. It’s just wearing a bunch of bracelets on your arms. See, really simple, Of course, working where I do, jewelry isn’t something I wear an awful lot, but I love it whenever I can, so I was naturally really excited about this! I went through my collection, my mom’s collection and the Laurel Village Thrift Store’s collection to get a ton of awesome bracelets for this challenge. I even had help from other shoppers at the thrift store once I told them what I was doing! So, without further ado, Arm Party!

Crystal Heart Bracelet: Gift, Circular Crystal Brracelet: Laurel Village Thrift Store, Coral and Silver Bead Bracelet: Gift, Blue Disk Bracelet: Mom's bracelet

Black and Gold Bangles: American Eagle Outfitters, Deco Crystal Bracelet: Laurel Village Thrift Shop, Peacock Ring: Kohls

Circular Crystal Bracelet: Laurel Village Thrift Shop, Beaded Toggle Clasp Bracelet: Mom's

Deco Crystal Bracelet: Laurel Village Thrift Shop, Silver Bangle: Cozumel, Black, White, and Crystal Beaded Bracelet: Cozumel (Mom's)

Silver Fashion Loop: Francesca's Collection, Crystal Deco Bracelet: Laurel Village Thrift Shop

Wooden Bangle: Laurel Village Thrift Shop, Silver and Pearl Beaded Bracelet: Mom’s (Brighton), Deco Crystal Bracelet: Laurel Thrift Shop

Blue Beaded Necklace (Used as bracelet): LVTS, Black and White Beaded Bracelet: LVTS, Deco Crystal Bracelet: LVTS, Hematite Fashion Loop: Francesca’s Collection, Silver and Red Beaded Bracelet: Mom’s (Brighton), Circular Crystal Bracelet: LVTS
Hematite Fashion Loop: Francesca’s Collection, Silver and Red Beaded Bracelet: Mom’s (Brighton) Circular Crystal Bracelet: LVTS, Snake Ring: Modcloth
So there you go! Yeah, I like the two crystal bracelets from the thrift store: So here are some more pics of them. More because I’m trying to find out info about them, what decade they’re from/replica of and on the ciruclar one, what kind of clasp it is.
I think this one is kind of Deco style looking… Maybe a take off of 50’s/60’s Deco. Or maybe from 50’s/60’s Deco period… you never know with thrift stores, it’s why I love them.
This one looks slightly like a picture of a 60’s bridal bracelet I saw online while searching for info. Could be something like that… or not. I don’t know for sure.
Here’s the clasp on this one, it’s interesting:
Not sure if you can see it, but there’s a crystal that’s raised above the rest of them, and when you pull it lightly back, the little flat metal piece slides out of a hollow metal piece. Anyone know what kind of clasp this is? Is there a specific era/place that it’s from? Any recommendations on where I can get this kind of information?
Okay hope you enjoyed… Sorry about the weird sizes and captioning difference… photobucket and wordpress are being weird today. And now, I’m gonna eat my lunch and read A Clash of Kings!
Me and my trusty photographer/awesome little sister. ❤ ❤ ❤