Monthly Archives: April 2011

Taking a Break

Goa Beach Chairs by miqspix

To be honest, I started this blog for a class assignment, and  I have learned in my class that I really enjoy blogging. This blog became, for me, more than a “duty” or a “grade”.  It was a breather from work, from stress, and it really did hone my vision to focus on “the little things.” Words cannot explain how rough and stressful this semester has been (see this post below to get just an idea of what I’ve been up to,) and this blog actually became “My Bit of Happiness.” I loved posting, getting feedback on posts (still do *hint hint*), and enjoyed spending time finding other interesting blogs to read, too.

However, lately, I’ve been forcing myself to find something to write about, and updating my blog has become more of an item on my to-do list than something that I’ve been enjoying.

Natalia at A Side of Simple put it best when she said “And it’s times like that when you need to take a little breather.” I completely agree, Natalia.

So, for now, I am going to focus on surviving the rest of my semester, and then on enjoying my senior week festivities and celebrating becoming a college graduate. I’m not leaving, I promise. In fact,  post-graduation I plan on not only keeping this blog up,but  expanding it, and maybe even re-designing and refurbishing it. My future is unknown…I’m leaving my college in Newport, RI and I’m not quite sure where I’m living or what I’ll be doing, but I do know my life is going to take a different direction, and it’s time to sit back and enjoy the ride for a bit.  It may be only a week, it may be a few months, but keep on checking back, because I’ll return. Be excited :)

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Memories

3 weeks until I’m a college graduate. It’s so hard to believe that I’m almost done in college. Granted, I did my undergrad in only 3 years…but these past 3 years have truly changed me….. I had so, so many other memories that I simply can’t list.  If I was to sum up my college experience, I would say:

It was a roller coaster of  experiences,  people, emotions and memories that changed my life and changed how I see the world, and I will never forget that blur of events and moments of learning.

Here are just a FEW of the photos from the past 3 years:

http://photopeach.com/album/qrxd1c

How would you sum up the past three or four years of your life?

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Here comes Peter Cottontail…

As a kid in my Easter outfit...awww

I love spring...and the overabundance of flowers.

As I’m recuperating from a wonderfully delicious Easter dinner of ham, sweet potatoes, kielbasi, bread, strawberry shortcake…and oh so much more… I am am going to wish that everyone else had a wonderful day, whether or not you celebrate Easter.

Sadly, my brothers and I were too old for an Easter egg hunt, but just for the sake of the child in us all, here is a silly online game that requires hunting for eggs:
http://www.akidsheart.com/holidays/easter/egghunt.htm

I also missed the Easter egg decorating again, but here’s an online easter egg decorating game, too:

http://www.akidsheart.com/holidays/easter/decoeg2.htm

Of course, I know the true meaning of Easter.  But I must admit, this holiday always reminds me of childhood, more so than even Christmas or Halloween. I think it’s because of the feeling of spring in the air, the feeling of renewal and rebirth. Today it’s sunny and warm–I think one of our warmest days all season so far– so it really does feel like spring.  Also, Easter’s pastel colors, the bunnies, the eggs, the Easter egg hunts… all are so refreshing and youthful. This holidays timing during the month of April, when it is just getting warm here, really is perfect for a holiday celebrating Christ’s resurrection.

Take a breather today, spend time with friends or family, and celebrate life.

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My dog Brandi

I have the cutest dog ever! I own a Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Brandi. She’s a pain sometimes (like when she barks a lot, eats things she shouldn’t, etc…) but she’s so darn cute you can’t help but forgive her.

This is Brandi.

Why hello there!

I iz wet and not happy!

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Getting Work Done

"Post it Time!" by 3oheme

oh, where to start?  I’ve been absent from this blog for the past week because:

  • I presented my thesis presentation this past Saturday. Essentially, a 12-minute speech/power point talking about my paper, and then answering questions. Despite the fact that I was sick and nervous, I managing to do well on the presentation and the grade. :)
  • I wrote an eight page paper on Othello for a class.
  • I wrote two three page papers for my French Film course.
  • I just emailed my professor my 25-page thesis paper.  PHEW.
  • And of course, I worked, interned, acted as president of two clubs, did various readings for my other classes, cleaned my house, and this morning I headed home for Easter break.

Sooo, I’ve been quite the busy bee.  and I have one (short) paper to finish up tomorrow, but after that I am looking forward to a relaxing Easter weekend and a  less stressful week next week, now that the bulk of my papers (and thesis) are finished.

But all I can say is, I have this INCREDIBLE feeling of RELIEF and ACCOMPLISHMENT after all that work!!

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Alone Time

I have wonderful friends. I have a busy life. I am even connected to those who are far away via Facebook, cellphones and other technology.

But sometimes, you just gotta be alone…

(This video is by filmmaker Andrea Dorfman and poet/singer/songwriter Tanya Davis)

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Spring Fashion

Ok, ok. I'm cheesy here. But I like my simple (but cute) outfit.

So there’s sometimes nothing that makes you more confident like feeling cute in an outfit. It’s getting warmer out, meaning it’s time to ditch the sweatshirts, boots, heavy coats and layers, and time for some skirts and shorter sleeves.  Today I decided to wear a simple, monotone gray outfit, but I liked its simplicity paired with a gold heart necklace and geometric patterned tights.

Although I don’t have the time to show it, I secretly have a huge passion for fashion.

I draw some inspiration sometimes from this website called Lookbook.nu, a GREAT fashion website where teens and young adults post pictures of their best outfits. I really envy these people. I’m usually too busy, too shy, and with too limited of a budget and all old clothes, to come up with something super-creative like these people out of my wardrobe. Sometimes I do try though.

Even if I don’t use the inspiration that this website gives me, I still enjoying looking. I made a collage on this cool website called vuvox of my favorite recent lookbook.nu looks.

http://www.vuvox.com/collage/detail/03ce267c28

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10 Ways to Say I Love You (Without Saying It) (via Jaclyn Rae’s Blog)

I love Jaclyn’s blog so much, that this is the second reblog of hers I’ve done. This blog is filled with so much love and hope.

10 Ways to Say I Love You (Without Saying It) 10. Stand up for a friend when he or she is alone. 9. Invite your sibling to hang out with you and your friends. 8. Tell someone you’re a better person because of them. 7. Leave a thank you note in someone’s pocket. 6. Prepare a meal for someone. 5. Help a friend move. 4. Talk positively about your family when they aren’t around. 3. Sing a song on someone’s voicemail. 2. Encourage someone’s dreams. 1. Tell someone they are your sunshine. … Read More

via Jaclyn Rae’s Blog

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Bike Riding

It’s finally starting to feel like spring! Yahoo!

100_1448 by rowanofravara

"1000_1448" by Rowan of Ravara

I was cooped up editing the school newspaper all morning, so this afternoon I took a bike ride. I rode down my street, past the ocean, and took a rest stop at the beach. Then I rode back up the hill, past mansions, the ocean, past tourists and spring’s robins. It was a lovely ride. :)

I highly recommend taking a leisurely bike ride. It’s great exercise, a great stress reliever, and the fresh air and beautiful scenery really is worth it!

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Sleep

Sofija Sleeping by midwestforlife

As a busy student and insomniac, I definitely don’t get enough sleep. But I cherish every moment of the sleep I do get. Some nights it’s a Fight Club-esque insomniac night, and other nights it’s a late homework or stressed induced sleepless night–buuut this semester in particular I’ve been trying to get a decent amount of sleep every night to be attentive for internship, class, and my general well-being.

I found a recent Huffington Post article An Easy Trick for Better Sleep that gives some advice on how to get a good night’s sleep:

The ideal sleep environment soothes all of your body’s senses, easing you into sleep. We’ve talked before about the positive impact that a cool bedroom temperature has on sleep. You can darken your bedroom by using low wattage bulbs (45 watts or less) near your bed and making sure all the lights are off for bedtime.

In this article, there is some pretty interesting advice from Michael J. Breus, Ph.D “The Sleep Doctor,” such as making sure your pillow is comfortable enough to sleep on. You can test the pillow by folding the pillow over your arm and making sure it doesn’t fall flat. According to the article, you should also make your sheets have a fresh, clean scent. It’s a simple idea, but who thinks of spraying fabric freshener on their sheets every night?

There is some other pretty common advice in this article, such as avoiding caffeine, sticking to a regular routine before you go to bed, and making sure you have a comfortable mattress.

Here is some other advice (from an insomniac) on how to cope with insomnia:

  • I’ve heard eating before bed is bad. But I can’t go to bed even slightly hungry, so I usually have a snack before I sleep. Make sure it doesn’t have a lot of sugar, though.
  • Listen to relaxing music before you sleep.
  • To relieve stress or worries before you sleep, try writing in a diary or talking to a friend.
  • Don’t think of anything too thought-provoking before you go to bed.
  • Take a warm shower.
  • Make sure you know the temperature you like your room at, and keep it that way if at all possible.
  • Cuddle up with a pillow, soft blanket, or stuffed animal. I get made fun of by my family for still having a “blankie,” but hey, it is comfortable and comforting to have something soft against your head.
  • If you can’t sleep, DON’T think of unhappy things. DON’T think of things that stress you out, and DON’T THINK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN’T SLEEP. Think of something random, like…blue chickens, or a lake off in the middle of nowhere, or square-shaped objects. It sounds weird, but if I start letting my mind think about the strangest things possible, then my mind starts to drift into dreamland. (No wonder I have weird dreams?)

Oh, and to end with, here’s a funny video (a public service message)circa the 1950s:

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