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Finally Settling Down

“Settle down, it’ll be all clear. Don’t pay no mind to the demons, they fill you with fear. The trouble it might drag you down. If you get lost you can always be found. Just know you’re not alone, cause I’m gonna make this place your home.”

I was just listening to my iPod and this song came up and I thought it would be a fitting start to this new blog post, because really, this last month I just needed to take one big huge deep breath and calm the heck down. Things are so much better in college since the last time I blogged; it’s not perfect, but gosh, I’m actually happy.

I’ll start with my roommate. Her name is Alysha and she is absolutely fantastic. I’ve heard so many horror stories about different people’s crazy roommates but so far me and her have gotten along so well. We’re both Christians and at that  we’re both Baptists (what are the odds?) so having her as a roommate has been an encouragement and it’s definitely been a God thing that we were put together. We have a lot in common and a few weekends ago I actually went home with her to meet her family and check out her town for the weekend.

We’ve both gotten pretty involved in a Christian organization on campus called Impact and it has been so much fun meeting everyone in it. We went to a house party last night and had a potluck dinner and played games. Me and Alysha just brought chips because we can’t really cook anything in the dorm very easily. :P With big group gatherings I usually tend to be kind of awkward and don’t enjoy them very much, just because I’m kind of a quiet and introverted person. But last night was so great.

As far as classes, I’m fairly confident in all of them. I still don’t necessarily enjoy them, but that’s okay. I’ve pretty much decided to drop my French major and not even consider it for a minor either. I loved it in high school, but I really think that was largely due to my teacher. My professor is literally the stereotype of a Frenchman: snobby, rude, intimidating, and doesn’t understand a word that anyone is saying unless you pronounce it perfectly. So that class is really a pain. I’m wondering if it’s just my professor and if I should give it another shot next semester, but I don’t want to waste my time. Just have to think about it some more.

Instead, I’m considering majoring in business administration. I need to talk to the business college advisers and get some more overall information still, so that’s another step forward. Both Andrew and Becky both thought that Business would be better suited to me than French, so we’ll see. :) Plus my roommate is a business major, so that would be fun.

Me and Andrew are planning on heading back home towards the end of October which I’m really excited about. I miss my family and friends and my dog! That furry slobbery lump of joy I have missed so much. Plus, I didn’t bring hardly any winter clothes with me and it’s been getting cold so I need to bring some of that back! :P

I received a care package from one of my aunt’s yesterday and it was so sweet. She included all of my favorite junk food and included a note that said, ‘When things get rough, call on Christ. And a little bit of junk food. Junk food helps too.’ So now I have enough junk food to last me a good month! And something else to snack on when the cafeteria food gets old (which it is starting to).

On a bit of a different note, I am so so so excited for NaNoWriMo in November. I know that it’s not even October yet, but I already have a plot in mind for my novel and have started with character development. Anyone else planning on doing NaNo this year? Because I think that you should. It’s one of the best experiences that I think everyone should at least try once! And while I think I must be some kind of neurotic person for attempting to do this on top of school and all of my other obligations, I keep thinking I managed it my senior year with six honors classes and pulled a 4.8 GPA. I got this.

That’s another phrase I keep telling myself. I got this. Because I can. I can do this.

I can do this.

(P.S. For whatever reason, my laptop won’t let me view CO.CC domains. I don’t know what the problem is but I love all you lovelies, I just can’t view or comment on your sites! :( If you have any ideas to what the problem may be, that would be much appreciated!)

Dresses and Birthdays Don’t Normally Coincide

Huzzah huzzah.

My senior prom is about two weeks away. While most girls dream about this night since they were five, I’m a little more apprehensive. Is it bad that when I think about prom, I think about all the work that has to go into being prepared for that night? Then again, it’s a little hard to look at prom more positively with how it turned out last year.

On the bright side, it can’t be worse, yeah? ;P

Becky, my mom, and I went dress shopping over the weekend. I love shopping for dresses for homecoming because the style is something that I like. I prefer the shorter dresses to the longer ones – I guess they look better on me? – and I can always find one at the first store we visit since there is such a wide variety to choose from.

With my luck, it took all night to find one for me. I didn’t think that we were looking that late for a dress, but all the stores we visited had about one rack to choose from. And, naturally, they were all bright pink and frilly, or cheetah-printed with most of my skin showing.

No thank you.

We finally found one after going home to eat dinner and heading back out to a different mall. The little booger cost $198, waaayyy too much for a dress I am going to wear for one night, but we bought it because it was the only thing that I had. My mom agreed to pay up to $150 and I will cover the rest, which I’m perfectly fine with. I feel bad that my mom is already paying that much for it.

It’s a long, formfitting, dark purple dress with a little bling on the top part. :P I’ll upload a few pictures of me in it after prom. The dress does have me a little more excited about going, though I’ve yet to figure something out for my hair!

Becky didn’t manage to find a dress, so we headed back to my house to look at some of my sister’s old prom dresses. She really liked one, but it was a bit large on her, so she showed it to her mom to see if they can alter it. I’ve got my fingers crossed because I think it looks so cute on her. :) Plus, you can’t beat free!

Saturday was my birthday, so this is officially my first post that I’ve written as an eighteen-year-old. 8) My family went out to eat together to celebrate a few days before, so I didn’t really do anything much. Andrew took me out to lunch at Applebee’s, my favorite. Then I had to work that night which was a bit of a bummer.

Not exactly my most exciting birthday, but it also isn’t as important to me anymore. Just another day, except with cake. ;)

Andrew gave me a boxed set of the first four books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, which is exciting since I’m such a sucker for books. :*  I’ve heard marvelous things for the series, especially for A Game of Thrones, the first in the series. I’m about 100 pages into it and enjoy it so far, but for an 800 paged book, I’ve got a bit to go!

And speaking of things I have ‘a bit to go’ with, my travel site is still under construction, as I like to say. I’m not sure why I had such an unrealistic expectation to finish it over spring break (when I didn’t even have time to work on it over spring break). From my France and Italy trip alone, I have seventeen journals to write (I have a small bulleted outline for each). That’s like seventeen blog posts, except with pictures and more details. Even if I did one a day, that would take the majority of a month. And that’s just for that trip.

So anyways, what I’m saying is that I’ve got a lot left to work on the site. I’ve got a little checklist of things to do right above my computer as a sort of reminder to work on it and to not go completely insane with all that I want to put on there!

That’s obviously not all that I need to do before the site is completely finished, but this is definitely a start and a point that I can open the site for visitors. I think that’s something we all can work with. :)

All this planning for the site makes me want to start working on it now and get a big chunk of it done, but I’ve got to head off to work in less than an hour – which in itself will probably be a nightmare because we’re expected to be really busy tonight. But I’ll just keep thinking about my first paycheck that I’ll receive Friday. 8)