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)

Spring Break Shenanigans

Happy April! :D It’s been a little bit since I’ve blogged – this whole having a job and going to school and keeping up with all my work and having somewhat of a social life is pretty new to me, but I’m starting to get the hang of it.

My spring break is, by now, long over. It went by way too fast for my liking, but that’s just how those things go, right? I didn’t talk too much about what I did, I mainly complained (haha) so here’s a little mini-recap:

  • Work. For those who weren’t aware, I got a job at the Holiday Inn working at the front desk. I haven’t talked about it too much yet just because my first week or so there I absolutely hated it. I was completely overwhelmed with all the information I needed to know and with all of the work I was expected to do – and I wasn’t even doing anything yet! I was just shadowing the other workers and watching what they did. Which, looking back now, was probably part of the problem to me. I don’t really like sitting back and watching other people do all of the work and I felt absolutely useless.However, I’m feeling a lot better about my job now. Over spring break, I was pretty much done with my training so I was actually taking phone calls, checking people in, doing deposit drops, and all that jazz. While I’m technically done with training, I’m still learning and there’s a lot that I’m not sure how to do or just am not required to do yet. I’m just glad I’m not hating driving to work everyday. I’m much more comfortable with it now – something I’m extremely thankful for. I’m also much more comfortable with the my coworkers, which makes working not so much of a drag anymore either, and have got to know most of them – and I love them all!
  • Read the Hunger Games series. Again. I went and saw the midnight premiere of the movie with a bunch of my friends and absolutely loved it, so I wanted to read the books again for like the, I dunno, fourth time? This series I really cannot recommend enough. I can’t pick one series of books that is my favorite but it is definitely in my top three (right next to Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings). So much happens in this series that the books never really get old to me – I’m always catching something new each time. And I get so emotionally attached to the characters, it’s crazy. I haven’t read a book where I’ve had more of a connection to the characters than these. But anyways, I read them again. ;)

  • Watched the first Lord of the Rings movie. My annual tradition to watch the Lord of the Rings movies over spring break didn’t really happen this year, which is kind of sad. I managed to watch the first one, but I really didn’t have the time to watch the others (I mean really, they’re like four hours long). I was also trying to watch them with Becky and Andrew, but because we all have jobs, we couldn’t find any days that we all were off. Growing up sucks. :/ I’m going to try and watch the other two soon, just because I love them so much, it just won’t be over spring break – which is alright. I still have many years to come where I fulfill my nerdy tradition. :P
  • Celebrated mine and Andrew’s two year anniversary. At the beginning of our relationship – as in before we even started dating – we would meet up at a park between my house and his and hang out. He also asked me out at this park, so I think it’s needless to say that the park is kind of special to us. As a surprise, he took me there for lunch and we had a picnic together. We had sandwiches and fruit and some chips, and it was just altogether really, really nice. :)After that we went back to his house and played some video games. Actually, that’s singular: video game. The only games that he has that I’m decent as are his LEGO games, so I played LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean while he laughed at how much I sucked. :P A little bit later, we went out to eat and then rented a movie. It was a really good day. :love:

I didn’t get everything that I wanted to accomplished (like working on my travel site) but it wasn’t too bad. I was able to catch up on some sleep and do a few things for myself.

I have today off from school for Good Friday so it was nice to have a little mini break. I had lunch with Andrew at a local Italian restaurant called Nick and Elena’s. I had never been there before but I’ve always heard good things so we went and tried it. We just split a pizza but it was very good! It’s kind of a hole-in-the-wall kind of restaurant and it’s rather small, but they had good service and good food, so that’s what really matters. :) It’s also just down the street from the Holiday Inn that I work at, and people are always asking if I would recommend it. So now I can say that I do!

I always like finding new restaurants since me and Andrew are both pretty picky. It can get kind of boring going to the same places over and over, and I like going to local restaurants – though we really don’t have that many around my area. We mainly have big chain restaurants. So I’m pretty happy that we both liked this place. Next time I’ll have to try some of their pasta! Sometimes I think I could live off Italian food. 8)

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