Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Five: Five Things That I am Sort of Super Proud Of

Five Things That I am Sort of Super Proud Of.

1. How well I am doing in my probability and statistics class. I certainly don't have perfect grades--far from it really--but if there is one thing I am proud of, it is how dedicated I have been to this math class so far this semester. Considering my two tests grades so far have been a 100 and a 98, I'd say I'm off to a good start already. Even better, this ties in directly to the actuarial exam that I will be taking this November.

2. My Will to Start Running: I was pretty good about this over the summer, but I'm trying to get back into the swing of things now that the school year has mostly settled into a routine.

3. My guitar playing: Sometimes I can't believe that I've been playing guitar for three and a half years. To think about how what used to be a dream is now a reality is the coolest thought. I'm also constantly trying to push my guitar abilities, and I do so by covering a song on YouTube about once a month. While I'm certainly no Internet star, I've discovered that this is really something I do for myself just to prove to myself that I can.

4. I am a published writer. Although never having been on the caliber of Yeats and Eliot, I've been writing, mostly poetry, for most of my life. What started off as just silly rhyming poems gradually transformed into some work that I felt proud enough of to show to people. Over time, I was published in my award winning high school literary magazine, Rapier, and I have been published in Georgia Tech's literary magazine for the past two years.

5. I floss every night. While most people floss sporadically, if at all, I floss every night without fail. I attribute this mostly with the fact that I really hate the dentist. As a result, I take dental hygiene really seriously since I take it as a sign to not have to go to the dentist as often.

The Very Best Thursday of My Life

A lot of things happened yesterday. Some were epic, some involved very hard midterms, yet it was one for the books.

The main reason: David came back into Atlanta for the first time since he moved to Chicago.

*Insert one very happy Kerry here.*

So the day started pretty typically. I woke up, hit the snooze button a lot, and finally resigned myself to get up and do some last minute studying for my abstract vector spaces test. And it was as scary as it sounds. But when it was finally done and I had commiserated with a few of my fellow classmates, I went down to Skiles Walkway and browsed Tech's weekly farmer's market. Of course, I wanted to buy everything because it all looked so good, but I settled on buying David a watermelon orange King of Pops popsicle to eat after his plane got in. After that, I rushed back to my apartment to put the popsicle in the freezer and forced myself to sit down and do some work. I was practically exploding in anticipation, but I knew I needed to get the rest of my work done in order to validate taking the weekend off from studying while David is here.

Fast forward a few hours, and after some transportation issues, David was finally on campus. He texted me to come down and let him into the building, and walking around the corner after I got off the elevator and seeing him for the first time in a month was the greatest feeling. You guys, I literally cried. I was seriously the happiest girl in the world in the moment.

Icing on the cake: David told me a couple days ago that he had boughten me something. I honestly thought it was going to be something small (yet something I would love anyways), but it was something I was not even expecting despite the fact that he had given me several hints. Long story short, he bought me an E-Reader. Knowing my love of books and knowing that I really enjoyed borrowing his Kindle, he got me one of my very own. Just out of the blue. For no apparent reason.

Please excuse me while I go add this to the list of reasons why I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday Tea: Ask Me Why I'm Mad

I am currently sitting down with a delicious cup of earl grey tea, and although I was particularly looking forward to writing this blog post because it meant I would finally be done with my abstract vector spaces test, it turns out that that's not really the case.

So if you were here having Tuesday Tea with me, I would talk about the following things:

- The proctor for my math test showed up half an hour late.  The end result, the test is now moved to Thursday, so I have another two days to sit on it.  The really bad part is that I put off all my other work in order to study for this test, so now, on top of still having to do all of that work before Thursday, I also have to study for the test again.
- But on a happier note, once I manage to survive the next two days, David will be here!  In case you're wondering, only 3,285 minutes to go :)
- I've recently become obsessed with a fairly new interview-based show called The Conversation.  And it's ahhh-mazing.
- I signed up to take the actuarial exam this November.  *Gulp!*
- Mumford & Sons came out with a new album today, so please excuse me while I go drown my math sorrows in some English folk rock.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Procrastination at Its Finest

Today, I did the following things, respectively:

- Woke up at 7:30 at my sister Erin's house because I babysat my nieces and nephew last night.
- Witnessed a 7 year old's tantrum because she "literally had nothing to wear."
- Went back to school to study.
- Proceeded to not study.
- Made oatmeal and tea to fuel my belly.
- Watched Man vs. Food, and now I really want to go to Chicago to have deep-dish pizza.
- Learned that the proper way to make deep-dish pizza is to make it backwards: cheese on the bottom, sauce on the top.
- Found out that I can have a crib sheet in my test on Tuesday which only made me procrastinate more.
- Made another cup of tea.
- Finally opened my math book.
- Did not go to the GT vs. Miami game because I told myself I had to study.
- Snuck down to the vending machine in my pajamas because this girl needed chocolate.
- Received football updates periodically throughout the end of the game from David.
- Went highlighter happy in my math book.
- Made oatmeal again, this time for dinner, because I haven't gone to the store in two weeks.
- Journaled.
- Cried over my math book. No shame.
- Had a very unsuccessful attempt at video chatting with David. Stupid laptop.

The End.  Very literally, everything I did today.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Five: Five Nicknames That I Have/Have Had/Wanted Desperately

Five Nicknames That I Have/Have Had/Wanted Desperately.

1) Boo-Boo's:  I'm not really sure how this one came about, but it was what I was dubbed early on by my parents.  Every once in a while, I'll still sign a letter or card this way just to make them remember those early childhood days of mine.

2) Ker-Bear: This is generally my nickname of choice.  I was called this sporadically throughout my life, but it really picked up in college.  It's funny how a new set of friends can adapt a new nickname for you.  This was especially the name of choice right about the time I started calling Molly "Mollz-Ballz."

3) _______'s Little Sister:  Having five older sisters, I got this one a lot, especially during my high school years.  Having a dad who also worked at my high school, I got "Mr. Cogan's daughter" a lot too.

4) Ms. Giraffe:  This is quite recent and destined to be one of my all time favorites.

5) Grandma:  For some reason, this one started my senior year of high school by one of my friends.  The funny part was that it again got picked up by someone completely unrelated my sophomore year of college.  The latter time was more explainable though since that was about the time I picked up knitting.  According to this person, I'm working on my future grandma skills.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Getting Cozy for Fall

To honor the changing weather, I decided to knit up a new tea cozy to use instead of the cardboard sleeves that Starbucks provides.  The perks of this cozy was that, as opposed to the cozy that I knitted back in March, this one had an actual buttonhole.  I really like the way this one turned out!  Plus it's in a great maroon color that gets me excited for Fall weather!

Getting good use out of it already!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tuesday Tea

It is my personal belief that hot tea is the most under-rated drink. When my sister and I were younger, we used to hold regular tea parties (using water for tea and Cheerios to represent our biscuits and crumpets) out of our plastic tea set that we had inherited from our older sisters who had hence outgrown it. We would sit at the kitchen table with our pinkies outstretched from the cup and pretend that we were legitimate English ladies (usually while we discussed who would get to use which paper doll after the "tea" was finished).

Needless to say, tea has never really left my life. I first started drinking it (legitimately) in an effort to extend my memories of those tea parties with my sister and to actually know the taste of tea to see if it was indeed all it was chalked up to be. Let's just say that it was.

Fast forward many, many years to today, and I'm still drinking tea a least once a day.  I love the idea of having afternoon tea everyday, but this isn't necessarily cohesive with my schedule, so I want to devote at least one day a week to making afternoon tea a ritual.

And so, Tuesday Tea is born.

But because I'm a big dork, and nobody wants to enjoy afternoon tea by themselves, I'll just pretend that you are here with me.

Things I would talk about while enjoying our tea:
  -  I updated my resumé recently (which desperately needed it).
  -  I've started making efforts to step outside my comfort zone.
  -  I'm about halfway through knitting my gameday scarf!
  -  David arrives in Atlanta in 13,365 minutes.  But who's counting? :)

I hope you can join me next week for Tuesday tea!

Some Late Night 13th Century Truth

"Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along."

Monday, September 10, 2012

A Longer Brag

Okay, so I promise this won't become a habit because one of my pet peeves is people that go on and on about how amazing their grades are, but since this isn't Facebook and since I only have like two people that read this, I figured this had to be shared with the world.

We are in the midst of week four of the semester, and so far, I have gotten 100's on every assignment, be that CS homeworks, psychology quizzes, and even my probability & statistics test.  Sound unbelievable?  Trust me, I can scarcely believe it too.

But I like to attribute these grades to my motivation to stay on top of all of my work this semester, and I think I'm off to a pretty good start so far.  I will be the first to admit though that I have ulterior motives for working so much other than just getting good grades.  About once a month, David will be coming down from Chicago to spend the weekend in Atlanta, and I plan on not having to do anything during the days that he is here.  The end result: me working diligently to stay on top of my work so that I have the liberty to take those weekends off too.  So far, so good.  Here's to hoping that this keeps up :)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

I Miss You

"To see you when I wake-up is a gift I didn't think would be real."

This song has been on repeat for me right now.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Quick Brag

I just went into my blog's HTML and manually changed some things without royally messing anything up in the process. Gutsy, I know. I feel like my computer science classes are maybe finally paying off.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Five: Five Things That Are Perpetually on My To-Do List

Five Things That Are Perpetually on My To-Do List.

1. Paint nails / remove nail polish: When it comes to my fingernails, I'm always telling myself to take the half an hour and paint my nails, just so they look a little better.  When it comes to my toenails, they almost always have polish already on them, but it's usually been there for so long that half of it has chipped off anyways.  It's a cruel painful cycle of always removing and re-applying nail polish for me.

2. Do CS homework: Just as soon as I finish one CS homework, another one has already been posted in its stead.  Having CS homework due every week is a real bummer.

3. Journal: Looking back at old journals that I have kept over the years, I find that I am always the most satisfied with the ones that I kept up with on a regular basis.  As a result, I am always pestering myself to keep up with my journal more often because I know that one day I am going to want to go back and re-read it, but there are always disconnects and lags in my writing.

4. Knit: I have this crazy dream of one year not buying gifts for anyone but instead making everything I give.  If this were the case, at the rate I knit, I should have started last Christmas.

5. Call my sisters: I sometimes feel bad because my sisters and I (or maybe just me) are bad about calling each other.  Of course, we always want to let the others know what's going on in our lives, but we're really bad about doing so.  We always have one weekend a year in January (dubbed Sister's Weekend) where we spill every little detail of our lives (the good, the bad, and the ugly), but other than family shindigs and birthday parties and the occasional TMI post on Facebook, I feel like there is always a lag in us finding out what's going on in each others lives.  I like to blame it on the fact that I have five other sisters to keep up with, but in reality, it really should be easier than I'm making it out to be.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What I'm Reading

When I was younger, there was never a time when I didn't have more than one book piled onto my nightstand.  It wasn't so much that I would start one book and get bored with it, but rather I attributed it to my desire to read everything at once.  I generally broke that "multiple book" phase during high school when I focused all my attention on just one book at a time, but this year is starting to become the exception again.  I am currently in the middle of, count them, three books.  I guess childhood habits win again.

My current escape reading:

1) Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
2) Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
3) The Sea is My Brother by Jack Kerouac

And speaking of Jack Kerouac, a tribute to him today on the 55th anniversary of his classic novel On the Road :)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Friday Five: Five of My Very Favorite Restaurant Meals Ever

I probably shouldn't write this on an empty stomach--it's like going to the grocery store when you're hungry, you want everything--but alas, here goes it.  Five of My Very Favorite Restaurant Meals Ever.

1) Jambalaya Pasta, The Galley, Ocean Reef, FL: My mouth is watering just thinking about this dish.  It's spicy and creamy and chock full of perfectly seasoned chicken, sausage, and shrimp (which I order sans), and every bite is seriously yummier than the first.  When my family first discovered how delicious it is, three of us ordered it.  It's that good.

2) Oatmeal, The Pancake House, Atlanta, GA: Okay, call me lame for putting oatmeal on here, but I crave this stuff on a regular basis.  I don't know what they do to it to make it so creamy and thick, but this oatmeal is the bee's knees of oatmeal-dom.

3) Beef Tips and Noodles, this little place called my mom's kitchen, Atlanta, GA: Conveniently located in the house I grew up in, this will always be one of my favorite restaurants.

4) Key West Salmon Salad, Fins on the Beach, Jekyll Island, GA: I ate this over Spring Break which I spent on the Georgian coast with David. It was probably the memories I have from that trip that make me remember this meal so much, but I won't forget it.

5) Bison Burger, Snake River Lodge, Jackson, WY: This burger was just room service and it's still ingrained in my tastebud memory. Buffalo = yum.