Stop and Think

I have got to do something with my hair.

I wish my hair looked “cute messy” instead of freaking “something-exploded-in-my-hair messy.”

I need to fill my duck tape orders this weekend.

I’m starting to look forward to school a tiny bit. I’m pretty sure I’m going crazy or something.

Prayers for the Browns and the Mortensens.

My room really needs cleaned. And I really don’t feel like cleaning it.

Senior Year Swag

Senior year has been so awesome so far! Don’t get me wrong, I still dislike school, but this is definitely the one I dislike the least. I feel like I’m really making friends and “being a teenager.” Obviously I had friends already, but I am referring to making new ones. (Don’t worry, Em. You’re still my bestest friend.) My Business Ownership class has gotten really close this year. I’m really considering going to Homecoming and/or Prom this year since I’m not “that new girl” so much anymore. I am so blessed to have such good friends (even the ones who are “bad influences”) and I hope we keep in touch after high school. I am so ready to be done with school, but on the flip side, I’m not at all ready to “grow up.” Maybe it’s because I feel like I had to be all grown up when I was younger, or a lot of my close friends are younger, but graduation is going to come super fast. I just hope I can keep up! 🙂

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Hacks for the Free Spirit Fashionista

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You’ll need:

Hole-y Jeans/Capris/Shorts
Scraps of lace big enough to cover the holes
Scissors
Fabric Glue (machine washable and dry-able is nice)

What to do:

  1. Turn your jeans inside-out and flatten them as much as possible. {If you’re really picky, you could iron them, I’d just wing it.}
  2. Pick a hole to start with. {Any hole. Really, it doesn’t matter.}
  3. Outline the hole in glue. {Use plenty, but not so much that it seems through to the “right side” of your jeans.}
  4. Place your piece of lace over the hole and press down firmly. {Make sure it gets good and glue-y. And chillax, it’ll wash off your fingers soon eventually.}
  5. Let dry completely and then repeat with other holes you want covered. {You could probably do the rest of the holes while the first is drying as long as they’re all on the same side.}
  6. Now rock them there jeans girl! {In case you haven’t noticed, the comments in brackets are quite irrelevant and sarcastic. I would just ignore them if I were you.}

{Cannot wait to try this!!}

Tutorial was copied from HERE.

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What you need:

Tee-shirt
Matching thread + a needle or sewing machine
Sharp scissors for cutting fabric
Sewing pins
Ribbon, yarn, etc. (Optional)

What to do:

1.  Cut your shirt up like so:

2. Then just pin and sew like so:

3. Finally, just thread your drawstring/ribbon/whatever through the top of your shirt and you’re done!

All credit for this tutorial and the photography belongs to THIS BLOG.

Stop and Think

Head lice. Why does just thinking about that make my head itch?

At what age is it weird to have never “been kissed?”

Duck Tape is on sale at Menard’s.

I feel like I need more clothes.

My first period class is torture. Pure torture.

I also feel like I need more chocolate.

I need to get ready for school tomorrow.

This. Ticks. Me. Off.

Seriously. Who goes around publishing photos of Princess Kate sunbathing? Scratch that. What kind of pervert goes around buying the magazines that publish the pictures?? Is there no decency left in the world? Seriously. Have a little respect for the woman. And to the photographer? How would you feel if that was your wife or sister? How about your daughter? I think we should boycott the magazines and websites that published the pictures.

And what about the “video that offended the Muslims in Libya and forced them to kill people” deal? Seriously people. It’s time to see things for what they are. And by a show of hands, how many of you actually saw the film before the drive-by media started carrying on about hateful and inflammatory speech? So think back to school, if you called your classmate a name, and they decided to punch you in the face, who would have gotten in trouble? And what makes me angriest, is that our government is apologizing to them! They’re the ones who killed our people! An ambassador and two extremely brave Navy Seals (rest in peace) were killed and we’re supposed to apologize?!?! Alright. I think I’m done ranting now.

Introducing Stop and Think

Starting a new thing – Stop and Think.

I’m going to try to do this every day, but that’s unlikely to happen so I’ll shoot for twice a week.

Basically I’ll post several sentences/questions, what’s on my mind, things that bother me, what’s going on right now, things I hear, etc.

So here goes:

I woke up this morning to the sun coming through my window.

My mom called me down for bacon, and to take my vitamins.

I really should be working on my homework (mainly my 2 page report) due Monday.

And I’ve eaten way too much stale chocolate today.

It is really windy outside, I can see the trees in the woods waving violently.

I woke up with a pen mark on my foot. I guess I failed to un-click my pen last night.

Is it really that wrong to date someone who isn’t a Christian?

How can I explain something I don’t understand to someone?

Hacks For the Student

As I continue into my senior year, I’m really starting to catch senioritis. The schools are really starting to push the college stuff too, so here are some tips for highschoolers and college students {maybe their parents will find it useful too?}. Enjoy!

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Practice public speaking. The vast majority of future careers, not to mention your courses in college, will ask you to speak in front of others. If you struggle with it, practice it while you can so it won’t be as terrifying when it really matters.

Yeah I definitely need to work on this one…

See the whole article HERE.

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Talking right to professors/teachers. 

Call them by the right title. A “Doctor” is someone with a PhD; not all professors have a PhD. “Professor” is usually appropriate, unless you’ve been told otherwise. I prefer to be called by my first name, and I make that point clearly on the first day of class; if your professor hasn’t said anything about this, you’re better off not using their first name. If you’re totally unsure, a “Mr.” or “Ms.” Is usually fine. Do not use “Mrs.” unless the professor herself uses it; after 30 years of women making this point, it’s time to recognize that not all adult women are or want to be married.

Be prepared to do the work. If you’ve missed an assignment or a test or are falling behind in your reading, and you are seeking help to get caught up or a special dispensation to make up the assignment, you’d better be prepared to do the work — and generally under more difficult. I get the impression that a lot of students imagine I might just say “don’t worry about it, I’ll give you the points anyway” which, of course, is not going to happen.

Yeah, I do a lot of makeup work with all my health issues. Make sure you make it worth their time to print off another copy of that class assignment or help you with those trig problems. It takes effort on their part to get you caught up.

See the whole article HERE.

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And because teachers are so big on note taking, y’all need to read this article.

And I feel like I shouldn’t even have to mention this, but text speak is NOT appropriate for school assignments!

 

Hacks For the Icky Sickies

As I’m home sick today, this seemed an appropriate topic.

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Take a Day Off

For many people who have major projects on the horizon, this is not going to be a your first option. That being said, you may be so sick that you really don’t have much of a choice.

As a migraine sufferer, I’ve learned that I can’t be my usual workaholic self when I’ve got my head in a toilet. If you are sick, really, truly, terribly sick, you need to take it easy. Not only will you be back to your normal self much sooner, but you will also prevent yourself from making stupid mistakes at work or while communicating with co-workers.

See the rest of the article HERE .

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Take a Hot Shower

Taking a hot shower when you’re feeling sick is an instant pick-me-up. Similar to a humidifier, a hot shower produces steam that can help relieve cold or respiratory symptoms.

See the rest of the article HERE.

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Get Better Sleep

As a neuroscience major at Princeton, Tim Feriss researched sleep deprivation and has experimented with sleep optimization for increased performance for the last ten years. Feriss recommends consuming 150-250 calories of low-glycemic foods, like yogurt or an apple, before bedtime. This bedtime snack can combat morning fatigue and headaches from low blood sugar through the night. Adding 1-2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil to the bedtime snack can also help decrease fatigue and increase cel repair.

Feriss also tested the effects of a 10-minute ice bath an hour before bedtime in combination with a low dose of melatonin. He says the effect is like being hit with an elephant tranquilizer and may not be pleasant.

His research also found a set eating schedule can help regulate melatonin, ghrelin, leptin, and other hormones that affect sleep cycles.

See the rest of the article HERE

It’s time to graduate… Plus a Reflection on 9/11

Ok, this is what… week four of school, and I am catching senior-itis. Got my senior pictures taken last weekend by my friend JP with an awesome camera. And then on top of that, I am dead tired.. Like trying to climb out of my desk seat and tripping over my backpack, my purse, my laptop cord, the desk, and my desk neighbor’s boot, that’s how tired I am right now. And did I tell you my inner hillbilly shows more when I ain’t got ’nuff sleep the night before? I was joking with my friend about how “my county is showing.” A person from my homeschool was talking to us about voting for the school fair king and queen.. I muttered to my friend “I’m sorry… were you under the impression that I gave a crap?” plus they’re bugging us about our senior trip which is to New York (only I kept saying Yew Nork) which cost a grand total of… (wait for it…) Seven. Hundred. American. Dollars. Are. You. Freaking. Kidding. Me. I could almost buy a car with that! And then somebody texted me during class (I have no idea why…) and I almost fell off my chair trying to take my purse off the table so the vibrating wouldn’t be so loud. So yeah. And it’s 9/11, so we watched a video in first period and I cried. It was really neat hearing what things other kids remembered about that day. One of my friends said he was at Big Lots (I think it was big lots) with his mom and they had all the TVs turned to the news so that the footage was playing and he thought it was a movie. Several kids remembered the sonic boom of jets breaking the sound barrier. I remember my first grade teacher turned out the lights and turned on the TV and told us to sit down and shut up (probably kinder than that but it was something to that effect). So…

God bless our nation’s heroes. Firefighters, EMTs, and our Armed Forces, thank you. 

A Moral Dilemma

In my business program at school we’re doing a sales project that involves selling things for sweetest day (which I think is really retarded) and I would have thought this was a fun project except for one thing. We’re giving the profits to the Susan G. Komen foundation. You are most likely thinking “But they help fight breast cancer! What the heck is wrong with that?!?!” Well did you know they also help fund Planned Parenthood? So now I have a really tough choice to make. And keep in mind this is a 300 point project. So on one hand, my class is going to raise some money for Suzie G whether I help or not, but then I think, is there really any difference from that to being in the Nazi army and not refusing to kill Jews because they were just going to get killed anyway? The way I see it, is it’s a matter of principal. Yeah, people will keep throwing money at planned parenthood whether I help or not, but the point is I won’t have helped. So after consulting my parents I’ve decided to request an alternate assignment.