Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Chronicles of the Start of a New Semester

Last Monday, I welcomed my tenth semester at Georgia Tech.  This tenth semester is also hereby known as my second to last semester because I'm hoping to perform the rare feat of graduating on time, aided of course by lots of tea.  I made the discovery last week that it seems that nobody really knows about the Highland Bakery, so I've abandoned Starbucks' ridiculous lines for Highland Bakery's nonexistent ones.  It's especially great when I wake up too late for class to conceivably have time to stand in said ridiculous lines and still make it to class.  Plus their tea is cheaper.

Despite being on track for graduating this Spring though, I am having to take fifteen hours this semester and that has already meant that I have a to-do list a mile long!  I think having so much to do has actually been a good thing though.  It means that I have had to get early starts on all my assignments, and it really encourages me to stay on top of all my work as opposed to having days off where I have time to get lazy.  I've still had some time to myself though, so not all hope is lost. I'm not quite doomed to a semester spent purely at the library. I've devoted time every night to finishing crocheting my first blanket (almost done!!), and I had an amazing time celebrating my birthday last week. I've truly got some awesome people in my life.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Favorite Book Superlatives

If you're an avid book lover like me, then you understand what I mean when I say that having someone ask me what my favorite book is usually turns into an internal battle as I struggle to narrow down the long list of books that I love. Do I choose a book that gave me warm, fuzzy feelings? A book that's critically acclaimed? A classic? A book that reduced me to a puddle of tears and gave me lifelong lessons to cherish?

You get the point.

So Kristin at My Life As A Teacup, sharing the same problem, devised a solution, a means of giving our favorite books their due credit by creating a superlative system, not unlike high school senior superlatives. 

So without further ado:

Comfort Book (For when you're in a bad mood, good mood, or somewhere in between.  Pair this book with your favorite feel good meal, get comfy, and read): Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac


Favorite classic: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

Favorite series: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling


Most beautifully and hauntingly written: A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

Favorite story: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon


Favorite book that's kind of depressing, yet beautiful, and frankly, I still don't really know what to do with it: One Day by David Nicholls

Most nostalgic: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.  I read this book during a very interesting time of my life.


The perfect book (Captivating story, subtle yet powerful message, beautiful prose, characters you both love and love to hate, not too lengthy, timeless...): The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

What are your favorite books?  Are you like me and can't nail it down to one?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

22 Things On My 22nd Birthday

1. The only vegetable I've tried and haven't liked is peas.
2. Today is my Golden Birthday.
3. I think mango might be my new favorite fruit.
4. I'm 3/4 of the way done with crocheting my first blanket.
5. I'm going to be an aunt again on Thanksgiving Day, and for that I am thankful.
6. I like to dress up for no reason.
7. I'm excited for cooler Fall weather.
8. My favorite drinks are tea and water.
9. When I was little, my favorite book was Harold and the Purple Crayon because, naturally, my favorite color was purple.
10. I hate politics.
11. I really hope that my birthday wish comes true.
12. When I was little, my imaginary friend's name was Libby.
13. I'm kind of excited for my birthday next near because 23 is a prime number.
14. I wish I could fly.
15. I am taking 15 hours of class this semester.
16. I'm a tea snob.
17. I'm glad I never have to take P.E. again.
18. I'm thinking about getting my ears pierced for the first time.
19. I've cut my hair short a couple of times, but I'm growing it out right now because I'm going to be a bridesmaid in my sister's wedding.
20. I think this semester is the first time that I'm actually looking forward to taking a physics class.
21. I have so much love in my life.
22. I made myself a birthday tribute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uTIh1IXFnE

Here's to another year of being me, loving life, and not taking moments for granted.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

My progress on my chevron blanket has definitely increased exponentially since I finished exams and the summer semester ended.  I'm hoping to have this sucker done by Labor Day, and I think I'm definitely on track.

I love being able to simultaneously use it while I work on it.  Not always conducive during a hot summer, but it's definitely had its awesome moments.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tuesday Tea: ...lately

If we were having tea right now, I would tell you what I've been up to lately since my blogging has been sporadic at best for the past few weeks.

- I finished my last summer of classes.
- I went horseback riding in Madison with my parents and sister for three days.
- I've been catching up on my crocheting since my goal is to finish my blanket by the time I go to Chicago over Labor Day.
- I started deep cleaning my room.  I've mostly had an "everything must go" mentality, but I admittedly have been overly-sentimental about a couple things.
- I finished reading Ender's Game, and my mind exploded from the awesomeness.
- I started stressing about the already imminent fall semester of classes.
- I've made about a zillion lists.
- I partook in the tradition of Tuesday night trivia with some old friends.

Not much of a very detailed update, but you get the idea.  I've just been trying to enjoy the rest of my summer.  The blogging should pick up once the semester starts, and I start trying to find infinite means of procrastination.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tuesday Tea: The Start of a Two Week Summer

I'd be lying if I said I haven't had much of a summer up until now because even though I did just finish twelve weeks of summer classes, I really did find the time to enjoy myself. But now that school is over for the next two weeks, I'm going to be making sure I spend it enjoying what little summer is left. Over this past weekend, David surprised me by coming into Atlanta, and it was such a welcome surprise. If he hadn't been able to fly in, then it would have been a two month separation until we would have been able to see each other again. No bueno.

But we took advantage of our weekend together, touring the Monday Night brewery in Midtown, eating delicious food, and spending time with great family and friends. He was also awesome enough to help me move apartments, a lamentable task.

This week, I am spending a few days in Madison, Georgia going horseback riding. I can't wait to spend some quality time with "my" horse, Cookie. Unfortunately, it's too hot for flannel though.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Six Things That Made Today Wonderful

1. For better or for worse (but hopefully better), I finished my last final this morning.  I never want to do another heat equation or partial differential equation again for as long as I live.
2. David flew into Atlanta today :)  I wasn't supposed to see him until Labor Day, but surprise of all surprises, we get to spend a weekend together four weeks early.  Sappy side note: Sometimes I wish we had a secret photographer to take a picture of us when we see each other again at airport arrivals.  I'm pretty sure it would look like a scene taken right out of Love Actually.
3. I did laundry and had pairs for all my socks.
4. I got to crochet for the first time in over a week, even if it was for only 45 minutes.
5. Today officially started the 2+ weeks I have off from classes.
6. In three weeks exactly, I will be 22 (a terrifying thought, but hey, who doesn't like birthdays?).