Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December 31st

Today is fun. Today has a graphic! I've been meaning to do this for ages, and now that my hair is back to the length it was before I shaved it, I figured now was the right time! Below you will see my hair from September 2011 until December 2013. Two years of shaving, cutting, dyeing, growing, and styling. These are just some of the many selfies I took to document my hair growth, so this is my no means exhaustive. I just wanted to show how it grew.

The top two photos were taken on the same day, about an hour apart. The bottom two pictures are the first time I could wear my hair up again, and a picture from this week.



I hope you all had a wonderful 2013. I am so, so looking forward to seeing you all in 2014. Cheers, my friends.

Monday, December 30, 2013

December 30th

Hello everyone! Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day for me, so my year-end blog post is going to be tonight instead of tomorrow. I found out today that Gilly is, in fact, closing tomorrow and not on the 11th, so I'm visiting tomorrow morning. That store is like my home. I've spent so many hours there and I'm going to miss it so much. I also have a NYE party to attend! I'm going to wear a gold dress and look and feel like a goddess. A goddess with a cute butt.

So, let's get serious and talk about 2013 for a minute here. First off, thank you a million times over to every single person who has read even just one entry this year. I keep this blog mainly for myself, since it's not like it has a wide readership, so every time someone decides to read it, it feels really special. We're at over 26,000 page views today, which blows my mind.

2013 was incredible. I did something I have wanted to do for so, so many years, which was traveling to England and Ireland. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life, and I want to go back to Ireland this summer. (I very well might!)
I met one of the most wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, and that's Eoin. We started talking in January of last year and met in August, and I cannot express in words how lucky I feel to know him.
I started school again this fall, which has been pretty good actually. It also means I get to attend SSA meetings, which is like hanging out with a second family.
I got a new job in September and left it just a few days ago. I found out that my job of 1.5 years is closing, which still breaks my heart. I volunteered with baby birds and fell in love with them.

Thank you all for helping to make this a wonderful year. This blog has been such a perfect constant in my life...even when things are crazy, I know I have this. I have blogged daily since January 10th, 2010. That is four years of my life. 1,450 days. 2014 will be year five, and I can't believe that. I never, ever thought I would blog daily for this long, but I'm so happy that I have. I so happy for the friends that I've made and for the memories on which I can always look back.

To Lexa, Jon, Eoin, Anfo, Kady, and everyone else who has shaped this blog, thank you. And to everyone who helped shape 2013 for me, thank you. I'll see you all in 2014.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

December 29th

I'm at my mom's house on my cell phone, so it's a short stray today! Tomorrow may end up being my year end review since I've got plans starting at 5:00 on the 31st. Hope you're all staying warm!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

December 28th

My feet hurt SO BADLY but I am DONE with my job so now I've finally got time to let them recover!

I'm sorry for the short entry, but I am very sleepy and my bed is very comfy.

Friday, December 27, 2013

December 27th

Tomorrow is going to be a long day of work. It will also probably be my last day there, so that's how I'm going to get myself through. I'm going home on Sunday too, which I'm really looking forward to! I get the second half of my Christmas presents!

I think I'm gonna play Solitaire on my phone til I fall asleep. It's one of those nights.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

December 26th

Happy birthday to my darling sister Caroline! As far as sisters go, she's pretty damn cool and I feel very lucky that she and I are so close. She is 17 freaking years old today! (They grow up so fast...*sob*)

I'm off to work now, but I'm there past 11:00 so I figured I ought to blog now. I am so responsible! Occasionally!

I really, really need to clean my room and do laundry, speaking of responsibility. That'll be a job for tomorrow, though.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

December 25th

Merry Christmas! My dad and sister came up to visit today, which was really lovely. And I'm hopefully seeing my mom on Sunday! I haven't gotten all of my gifts yet since I haven't actually been home, but so far I've gotten Delta miles for my trip this summer (probably to Ireland!), a car charger for my phone, a gift certificate for a mani/pedi, a calendar with lighthouses (!!), and gift cards/money. My wonderful friend also got me a necklace a little while ago, which I love so, so much. It's got London blue topaz in it and it's the prettiest thing ever.

I hope you all had a merry Christmas! It's time for me to start thinking about this year's end-of-the-year blog post. 2014 will be year FOUR of blogging for me! How crazy is that?

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

December 24th

Merry Christmas Eve! I just got home from work and I'm about to fall asleep, so I figured I'd blog now and not have to worry about it later. I'm seeing my dad and sister tomorrow and my mom this weekend (probably), so I do get to spend a bit of time with my family despite how much I'm working. I'm sad that I'm working on my sister's birthday though! I requested the day off...sigh.

Monday, December 23, 2013

December 23rd

Overall, I had a good day. Work was...work, but aside from that, I'm feeling really happy. It must be Christmas or something. I'm going to eat Oreo ice cream and sleep well. Thank you, universe, for awesome friends.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

December 22nd

One day of my Work Week of Hell is complete! Hooray! Today wasn't too bad, just the usual aching feet. Tomorrow is 9-5 though, so boo for waking up early, but yay for getting home at a decent hour! I'm just now getting home from work, since we're open til midnight tonight. Why is that even a thing? Who shops at 11:30 PM on a Sunday? Answer: no one.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

December 21st

Happy winter! I hope you all enjoyed hearing from Sarah yesterday. We're coming up on the end of the year here you guys, which means I'll be entering year FOUR of daily blogging! How crazy is that?

Friday, December 20, 2013

December 20th

Guest blogger today! I'm Sarah, and I not  only enjoy being friends with Kate, but I also enjoy sharing doge memes with her. so post. very blog. wowe.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

December 19th

I stayed up aaalllll night and finished my last project for finals, so now I'm free! Or at least, free from classes. Not free from the nearly 40 hours I have to work next week. But I am rightfully exhausted and as per usual, my feet hurt, so I'm going to sleep.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December 18th

The third floor of the library is supposed to be the silent floor. The second floor is for group studying. So why is there an obnoxious group of guys laughing and talking on the third floor? I don't know, but it is driving me up the wall.

I'm on the second floor now. I was upstairs by those morons, but my laptop wouldn't connect to the internet. So I went to one of the computers on the third floor. Except they're all PCs, and I'm used to typing on a Mac, so I kept making typos and couldn't get into the groove of typing. I went to the second floor computers, which is the only place that this library has Macs. It was obscenely loud. I tweeted for help. I managed to get connected to the internet and now I'm on my laptop in a corner of the second floor, waiting to go back upstairs. (I don't want to go back up too soon because everyone is going to be like "Why is this chick running around the goddamn library?")

Finals week is shit.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

December 17th

Hello friends! I am on my way to eat cupcakes and play with baby rats! I might end up with a few of these rats at some point, so why not, right? I want a pet! Or twelve.

Monday, December 16, 2013

December 16th

I have to work 36 hours next week. I don't get Christmas Eve off. I don't get my sister's birthday off. I am going to be miserable and exhausted and I'm kind of in denial. So I'm going to sleep. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

December 15th

My feet hurt so much tonight. At least my shift tomorrow isn't too bad.

Buying that pack of corn dogs the other day was one of the best decisions I've made in recent history.

I'm all ready to start looking at places to travel this summer! I'm thinking of going back to Ireland. :)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

December 14th

My eyes are SO DRY. Where's Ben Stein with my Clear Eyes when I need him? (My dad met Ben Stein once. I'm kinda jealous.)

Tonight's agenda: Corn dogs and Game of Thrones

Friday, December 13, 2013

December 13th

I finally saw Catching Fire today, and it was fantastic. I had pretty high hopes regarding book-to-screen accuracy based on what I'd heard, and I was not disappointed. I was actually pretty pleased with the changes they made too, as they genuinely made sense  (*cough* Order of the Phoenix *cough*). I loved the soundtrack, and the casting was good, and oh my goodness all my feels! The character development! The effects! The timpanis! AND MAGS OH MAGS ILY.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

December 12th

I've got shit to do!

Today's emotions:
- I really love mini corn dogs
- I really loathe Perez Hilton

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December 11th

I think I did pretty well on my final, so that's a relief. And we get our scores for our final papers back on Friday, so I'm anxious to see how I did on that too. (I think I did well!)

I have a pretty low-key day tomorrow. Perhaps I will supplement it with LOKI OH GOD I'M HILARIOUS. But seriously, I might watch The Avengers.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December 10th

I am stressed about finals. What else is new? OH RIGHT I'M BLOGGING BEFORE GOING OUT TONIGHT. See? Change is possible!

I don't have too much to say though, unfortunately. Everything is kinda blah up in here, so hopefully things will get a little better after finals are over.

Monday, December 9, 2013

December 9th

(gross sobbing)
I'm so sleepy but I'm having trouble sleeping.

I have to work 11-4 on Wednesday and then go straight to a final.
I really wish I could, you know, spend the morning studying.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

December 8th

Tonight I'm really just feeling lucky to have good friends. Sarah bought me a necklace and I can't even express how grateful I am. I want it to be Tuesday so I can see my friends some more.

This is a terrible entry but my back and feet hurt super badly and I'm tired.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

December 7th

I'm at work until 11:30 (at least) and I forgot to blog before I left, so I'm blogging on my dinner break. Sorry for the short entry. 

If I didn't have to work tomorrow I'd totally go to late night skating, but alas, it is another long day tomorrow. At least I won't be there til nearly midnight. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

December 6th

We're humming Christmas music at Sarah's. I did nothing today and it felt awesome. I need socks. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

December 5th

You guys have no idea how excited I am to sleep in tomorrow. I need sleep. I couldn't fall asleep until like 6:00 AM last night/this morning and I am worn out! Although I'm currently in a nice mist of perfumed body mist at Sarah's, which is lovely.  

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December 4th

Sorry for the short entry yesterday. Tuesdays are not ideal nighttime blogging days for me.

I wrote a paper today! I am such a good student. (Haha yeah right.) I'm super tired though, so I'm going to play Solitaire and get some sleep. I have class and work tomorrow, which will be a big ol' bucket of fun. (Class should be okay actually.)

Currently playing: A fantastic song from an old Gilly floor playlist, which contains the lyrics: "I feel like Barry White but I'm looking more like Barry Manilow." (The song is "Don't Ask" by Megadon Betamax.)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December 3rd

The planetarium is awesome. Having to write a paper soon is not. And this is a short entry because I'm with people. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

December 2nd

I have to write a paper tomorrow night. I thought it was due next Wednesday but it's due this Wednesday and I haven't started and I am panicking and freaking out. I'm going to start it tonight but I need to do most of it tomorrow night because I have to send out interview questions to people tomorrow morning and oh my god so much work so little time.

I'm going to the planetarium tomorrow though, so that's cool.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December 1st

Happy December! I asked Kjell and Sarah what they wants me to blog about. No one is answering me though.

Update: I have been told to blog about about Bear (the dog) and tea (which I am drinking), because my friends are boring people.

We're listening to Area Codes by Ludacris.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

November 30th

It's almost December. I am 100% more anxious than I was last week. It's like I suddenly have a million things to do for school and I'm running out of time because holy shit where did November go. There are only two weeks left of class before finals start. I am freaking out so hard.

Friday, November 29, 2013

November 29th

I did it. I survived. Ten hours of pain and suffering.

I bought a few things.
$10 leather gloves and a $5 perfume rollerball (Sinner by Kat Von D).
The perfume smells like patchouli, cinnamon and plums. The gloves are touchscreen compatible.

I'm going to sleep now.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

November 28th

It's bedtime for Kate. Kate has to wake up very early in the morning so she can work a hellish ten hour shift for Black Friday. Kate is filled with dread and sadness.

My only Black Friday purchase: $1 nail polish from Julep (with free shipping.) I'd say I've spent enough for this year, and I'm ready to move on.

(Someone should buy me some London blue topaz though.)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

November 27th

I am home visiting my family! Caroline and I are going to play Mario Party. I just drank orange juice with peach schnapps. Today is a pretty decent day overall.

Friday will not be.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

November 26th

Hanging out with Sarah and Kjell and Adam...and Bear. SSA went better than expected. I don't want Black Friday to happen though. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

November 25th

I was having a good night last night until I wasn't. I hope tonight will be better. I hope tomorrow will be okay.

At least I'm diamond certified at work now. I did one good thing today. And I smell good. So I'm not totally hopeless.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

November 24th

A very happy birthday to one of the most amazing friends anyone could ever wish for, my dear friend since 5th grade, Dana! :)

I think I might need to watch the 50th Anniversary Special for Doctor Who soon. I've been pretty "off" the show for about two seasons but it seems like this episode is getting a lot of good feedback, so I'm going to give it a shot.

Shower time!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

November 23rd

I am stressed about like eight things right now. I have lots to do and lots that I will do and a lot has been done.

I'm going to Sarah's again. We watched Monsters University last night, which I'd seen before but appreciated seeing again. I can't get over the badassery of Hardscrabble's character design. Also she's Helen Mirren, which is equally as badass.

Friday, November 22, 2013

November 22nd

A bar is walked into by the passive voice.

How are you fine people doing this Friday evening? I am becoming increasingly frustrated by how dark it's getting. I don't like taking an afternoon nap and waking up to a pitch black sky and thinking I've accidentally slept for eight hours.

Times I have gotten home after 5:00 AM this week: Three

I'm going to eat a goddamn Subway sandwich today. I have been craving one and it's payday so YOLO or whatever.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

November 21st

My mind is a loop of three songs right now thanks to Lucahjin, Kjell, and the radio. Somehow they have come together to form my mind's playlist for the past few days so I'm gonna post the songs here because why not. Share in the joy!




Wednesday, November 20, 2013

November 20th

I got home at 7:15 AM. That's never happened after an SSA meeting before.

I have to go to a workshop for a class tomorrow and it's four hours long and I'm not too excited about it. It's not even related to the class, it's about community and diversity. Now, both of those are super things but somehow I feel like going to a required workshop about them won't be so super. Maybe I'll be proven wrong though.

Friday is payday! I want to go to Lush.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November 19th

I am running late but DAMMIT I AM BLOGGING BEFORE THE MEETING

I look cute today.

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18th

Too many things to do. Work and school and registration and job hunting. (Since Gilly will be no more, I need another job.) I might be going out tonight, but I feel lethargic and I need to shower. I tried out my new Clinique Black Honey nail polish though, and I'm totally loving it. Tomorrow I shall paint my nails for real with it!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

November 17th

Today was shitty. Except for when I adjusted some watch links by myself. Things are better now that I'm at Sarah's though. Even though my nails got messed up. Sigh. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

November 16th

I am inexplicably super tired. I also have a headache because I ran out of water at work and got all dehydrated. Now I'm going to see Forrest, eat some candy and take a nap/go to sleep. I have to be back at work at 10:00. Oh, and I'm working 6:00AM-4:00PM on Black Friday. D:

Friday, November 15, 2013

November 15th

Good evening! I'm off to check in on Forrest while Sarah is away in Chicago. I love that little bunny man!

I have work a 1:00 tomorrow so I'm gonna stay up and watch the last Suikoden II video (sob) and eat my feelings.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

November 14th

I didn't have to work today! I don't have to work tomorrow! I only work 1-6 on Saturday!

I painted my nails. They look like this:


I'm pretty pleased with myself to be honest.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November 13th

I'm going to bed like right meow. I am so tired and I keep staying at people's houses until after 3 AM and my body is not happy with me. On the plus side, listening to the Mulan soundtrack in my rental car is cool because WUB WUB WUB SYNTHESIZER WUB WUB

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November 12th

I'm at Sarah's and there is an additional dog here tonight! Her name is Mya (Maya?) and I love her so much! Tomorrow is work and class. Wednesdays are lame. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

November 11th

I get to go hang out with friends tonight! I have to drive my goofy rental car though. It's the strangest car! But it's pretty new, which is nice at least. I like turning the bass up all the way and listening to Radioactive by Imagine Dragons. WUB WUB WUB

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November 10th

I'm not having a very good weekend. I'm in a sad mood. I need to watch some QI.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

November 9th

I went to Meg's funeral today. I think Meg would be happy to know that her funeral was held on Carl Sagan Day. I had never cried at a funeral before today, but Meg kept incredible company and thus there were some wonderful eulogies given. (They were also incredible because Meg was incredible and it comes as no surprise that her life should give way to inspiration and profundity.) Meg was so caring and so bright, and as Paul put it: "You need big, huge, massive stars in order to get a super nova. And, these stars live very short, exciting, energetic lives; they die at a very young age. And when they die, they explode in a spectacular super nova, throwing themselves throughout the universe. [...] Meg did not die of heart failure. Meg went super nova." 
Meg, you are dearly missed by so, so many people.

Friday, November 8, 2013

November 8th

All I wanna do is watch Lucahjin play Suikoden II. It gives me all the feels!

I'm at Sarah's right now. We're gonna go to Walmart because we're cool college kids who know how to have fun. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

November 7th

I am so obsessed with turkey sandwiches right now. I had two today.

I might get to hang out with some of my besties tomorrow. Saturday is Meg's funeral followed by work, so I could use some fun times tomorrow. I've got work on Sunday too, plus I have to drive home. And drive back up here on Monday. Hooray hooray.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November 6th

I am very, very sad to say that my beloved workplace of a year and a half is closing. My good friend (read: CEO) Mike Jeffries is pulling the plug on Gilly Hicks, and Gilly merchandise will now be sold through Hollister. I'm going to try extra hard to pick up some hours at my store before we close, because my god I'm going to miss that place. I might buy some more La Perouse just for nostalgia's sake. I know Abercrombie has a bad reputation, but in my year away from school, I found myself at Gilly Hicks most days, and I really did love it. There were obviously things I didn't like, but it was like my second home. The smell of the store, the crazy loud music, the ridiculous look policy...it's sort of comforting to me, the insanity of it all. And I know it sounds super cheesy to be this attached to a job, especially one where most people who work there are so flippant about it, but dammit I like working there. I like Gilly Hicks. And I'm gonna miss it.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November 5th

Remember, remember...

To blog before SSA. I'm at Patrick's now. It is delightful, as per usual. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

November 4th

SSA tomorrow. :3 Also class. But my professor cut back the reading assignment, so I'm just gonna go to class mostly unprepared and then come home and nap. Tuesdays are great.

Dear person with whom I am upset: You are making me sad today.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

November 3rd

My tail light has been broken since I got in that car accident, and I finally got pulled over for it tonight. The red glass covering the light is broken so it's a bright white light, and while the cops up north haven't minded, they do back home apparently. With good reason of course- I wasn't surprised or upset to be pulled over. And the cop who spoke with me was pretty nice. I called him sir.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November 2nd

I'm exhausted. I have to drive home tomorrow to get my car fixed. I just want to sleep all day.

Seeing Dessa was amazing. Sitting through two opening acts was not. It was worth it to hear her sing 551, but I left after that because I was tired and needed to go to Sarah's. But hey, I was standing in the very front, leaning on the stage. I've never been that close before. And here's a picture, taken with no zoom...


She was RIGHT THERE in front of me. How crazy cool is that?

Friday, November 1, 2013

November 1st

I'm very sad to have to say that one of my friends passed away this week. We weren't especially close, but she was a wonderful person and a great friend. Miss Meg, you are missed greatly. 

I'm downtown right now about to see Dessa, which is kinda of surreal. I'm excited despite the circumstances. Dessa is brilliant. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 31st

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

My Halloween has been a sleepy one. I stayed at Sarah's far too late last night, and then got to wake up and take a quiz. I sort of got to nap after that, but then I had work for many an hour. Now I'm home though! And I'm planning on hanging out with Patrick despite my sleepiness, because hey, tomorrow is Friday and I have nothing to do! I shall sleep in and such!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

October 30th

Today was not a good day. I'm hoping things will turn up though, since I'm going to Sarah's for a little bit after I take a shower. But I didn't sleep enough and I had a really hard test and everything is just blah. Except for talking to Eoin. I like that boy!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

October 29th

Hello good people! I am tired and I keep having weird dreams. I am also hungry despite getting delicious oatmeal at Perkins. (And a pancake from Alex.) Talk about a low-key Tuesday- I'm home already. And it's before midnight! Who knew that was possible? I'm going to make myself a sandwich and watch YouTube videos and then sleep. Huzzah.

Monday, October 28, 2013

October 28th

My bed still smells a bit like cat pee, but I'm working on it. I slept a lot today and it's given me quite the sore neck and headache. On the plus side, I finally got to Skype with Lexa for the first time in like three weeks, which was lovely! I like that girl.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

October 27th

THE NEW CATCHING FIRE TRAILER IS PERFECT
I LOVE WHEN MOVIES LOOK LIKE HOW I PICTURES THE SETTING WHILE READING THE BOOK
SO MANY CHILLS

I went skating with Sarah today, except the rink we went to only rents out hockey skates, which I've never used before. They are not as easy as figure skates and oh my god I felt like a moron scooting and sliding around. Also I fell on my knee and I have a sweet bruise.

Chaos peed on my bed last night. Now I have to sleep on the couch because my bed is damp with cleaner and the sheets and comforter smell like kitty pee. No fun at all.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

October 26th

I'm Khal Drogo right now. Khal Drogo doesn't understand Blogger. But pictures will come tomorrow.

Friday, October 25, 2013

October 25th

I had a depressing shopping day today. I didn't find what I was looking for and it bummed me out. And then I bought some stuff just because I felt like I needed some stuff. I only spent $15 the whole time I was at the mall though, so I was very good.

I work too late tomorrow. I wish I worked from like 6-9. That'd be perfect.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 24th

I'm gonna go be social! Hooray!

Work was long today, but I got to ring in casuals which made it better. And I found some pants I want to buy. Tomorrow is payday! HOORAY!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

October 23rd

I'm the sober cabbie tonight. And tomorrow, I will be the class-attending, jewelry-selling girl. And then I get to go home on Friday! ...And come back to my apartment on Friday! So much driving! I have a Halloween party on Saturday night but I work until 10 because the universe is cruel. I need time to get into my sexy Khal Drogo getup! SIGH.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October 22nd

I forgot to blog before the meeting. I'm a moron. But at least I look cute today. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

October 21st

I'm off to Sarah's to bake things! I don't know what we'll be baking yet but I'm excited.

NOTE TO SELF: Blog before the SSA meeting tomorrow. Then you can have a nice, normal entry.

I bought a shirt today! It was on sale! I love shirts and sales!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

October 20th

A+ concert, would attend again. Josh Groban is a lovely, funny, and fantastically talented performer. Also, his lead violinist was super attractive. And everyone was wearing skinny jeans. Ohh, the heart, it flutters!








Saturday, October 19, 2013

October 19th

I'm blogging from row 6 of the Target Center, waiting for the incomparable Josh Groban to appear. I'll blog about the concert tomorrow, but for now, I'm enjoying the moment. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

October 18th

This is me and my dear friend Zia. I love her to bits.




She's much more photogenic than I am.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

October 17th

A kitten has fallen asleep while holding my leg. I am internally crying due to cuteness. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October 16th

I was in a wee bit of a fender bender last night. No one was hurt, but my poor car took a beating. -sniff- Poor baby.

Tonight I'm cleaning and eating and sleeping. I had work and class and I bought a few things for my Halloween costume, so I'm all tired out.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October 15th

I'm being antisocial and blogging at Sarah's. Again. But Forrest is out and I love him! 

I got to talk to Eoin today! I quite like that kid. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

October 14th

Tomorrow is Tuesday, hooray! I like Tuesdays. Also, I don't have to work tomorrow. Extra bonus good times!

I had a delicious dinner with Patrick tonight. Pita and hummus and olive spread, and red and green peppers. So perfect.

And some copy-pasted tweets of mine about how work was today...

I had to set the date on a Bulova watch today and it only changed the day if you went through all the hours because it was old and you couldn't partially pull out the knob to do the date. The dial was so old and slow and the date was so off that I twisted the dial for twenty minutes to get it to the correct date, going through each day manually. And now...I have an actual blister on my index finger. I twisted the dial that much.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

October 13th

I bought the Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay. Sorry, paycheck.

Tonight is a night for FaceOff. And tomorrow is a day for working again, but luckily only for five hours. And then Tuesday I'm free! Except for class and SSA, but that feels pretty free at this point! I've got work again on Wednesday and Thursday too, but I'm off Friday and Saturday. Aaaand I've got another 10-6 shift next Sunday. No thank you.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

October 12th

I am weary. I have to work again in 11 hours. I want to sleep for 11 hours. :/

At least I'm good at selling things. A customer complimented my personality today, which was the sweetest thing ever. He was like 65+ years old and a total gentleman. Nice customers are my favorite.

Friday, October 11, 2013

October 11th

Last night was hellish. I took some store brand Nyquil and that knocked me out pretty quickly, which was nice, but my nose got so stuffy that I woke up a ton during the night because I was breathing through my mouth and it felt like I was eating cotton. I was super sore all night and overall miserable. I ended up just taking some acetaminophen after breakfast/lunch and going back to sleep, and that nap actually helped. Then I drove down to mi casa, which is where I am now! I'm going to drive back in the morning instead of tonight because I'm exhausted, so hopefully that doesn't make work even more tiring tomorrow. Eight hours tomorrow and on Sunday...no thanks. But I'm seeing Josh Groban soon, which is exciting! Yay!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

October 10th

Well friends, I am sick. Like a cold/flu type thing. My throat hurts and my nose is like a faucet. And may I just say that working in retail while having a runny nose is like at least the second level of Hell because there's so much sniffing and sadness. I took some extra strength Contac (which I think is like Nyquil) and now I'm hella sleepy and ready to hit the hay. Good thing I don't have a super busy weeke-- oh wait. I'm driving home and then back to St. Cloud tomorrow, and then working 8 hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday. My body is so not ready.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October 9th

I'm sorry for the short entry last night. I tend to forgot that I stay out past 10:00 on Tuesdays and that I won't have time to blog after leaving for my SSA meetings, but I never blog beforehand because I'm an idiot.

Anyway. I got new jewelry for my helix piercing today, but I had to go up a size because they didn't carry the jewelry I wanted in a 16g. So now I am a 14g and my ear is very throbby and sore. But I look cute as fuck.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

October 8th

I'm hanging out with my favorite people right now. Tuesdays are nice. :)

Monday, October 7, 2013

October 7th

Can we not jump the shark please? It's not even necessary. Thanks.

I'm going to watch FaceOff in protest. This episode looks like it'll be good so no1currrrr

Sunday, October 6, 2013

October 6th

I CAME IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL

Anyway, hi. My feet hurt so damn badly. But I have no plans tomorrow so I am going to stay up late tonight and then sleep in and then hang out with myself when I wake up. I am excited.

Also, I can has foot massage?

Saturday, October 5, 2013

October 5th

I'm playing Cards Against Humanity and life is good. I am so damn sore from work. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

October 4th

I remember why I don't eat fast food now. I feel so full and bloated and gross. And I've been eating pretty weirdly recently lately and I'm sure I'm putting on weight and I'm not in the mood for that. I'm in the mood for watching Grey's Anatomy, and also cuddling but I am sadly lacking a cuddle buddy. I just wanna eat fruit and cleanse the fatty buildup in my tummy.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

October 3rd

I just noticed that my Blogger profile picture is still me with a pixie cut. A pixie cut! A short one! I can put my hair up now. It's made me a lot lazier. But it's just at that awkward length where wearing it down looks weird and funny and I just wear it up most days now. It takes a lot less time in the morning.

The only time I get to be social this weekend is after an eight hour shift at work, and I feel like I'm going to be too tired and someone make plans with me please.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

October 2nd

I love confusing Mass Comm tests. Yep.

I have to work 2-10 tomorrow. My body is not ready.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October 1st

Happy October!

Apparently I am obsessed with McDonalds now, because I just went and got some chicken nuggets there. And fries and a lemonade. Yummmm.

Time to bum around and watch Grey's Anatomy!

Monday, September 30, 2013

September 30th

I have to write a paper tonight. I haven't started yet. I haven't even started the reading I need to do to write the paper. This weekend has totally drained me. Too much work. Too much social chaos. I want to sleep more. And watch Grey's Anatomy. And catch up on my YouTube Watch Later playlist.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

September 29th

So, I didn't have the best weekend, did I? Lots of drama. Now I'm just sleepy after lots of working and I can't even say awake enough to watch Grey's Anatomy. Also, I think I saw a spoiler on Tumblr and I am sad and mad. So...still not my best weekend. But tomorrow is a new day, so let's hope for happy fun times. I'll buy an iced pumpkin chai. That should help. It usually does.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

September 28th

Perfect. I had a shitty day and I got caught up in it being shitty and I didn't blog. I fucked up because of drama about a boy. I am an idiot.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

September 26th

Ohhh goodness, Grey's Anatomy is punching me right in the emotions tonight. The season finale episode opened up and I immediately knew what the premise was going to be and it was so heart-wrenching. And of course there were things I didn't expect, which is always a plus. My favorite kind of episode is the kind that makes me shout "Oh shit, what?!" According to my sister, season nine is going to be a tough one emotionally, but now I'm just starting season seven. I don't want the characters I love to die.

Well, I don't have work tomorrow and I may not have any plans at all, barring a potential movie night that I don't think is going to happen. So...Netflix all night long, baby.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

September 25th

Current mood: Exceptionally happy to have stumbled back into watching Grey's Anatomy and also very, very attracted to Kevin McKidd. I am 100% ready to watch Maid of Honor so I can see him in a kilt.

In other news, my body is so not ready for next week. I can't do classes and as much work as I'm scheduled for. (Hello, ending preposition.) I gotta talk to my supervisor because oh my god I am going to be exhausted and how can I do a movie night with Sarah and Aaron if I can't stay awake?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September 24th

I love my SSA friends so dearly. They are the best group of people.

I'm seeing Josh Groban in less that a month! I am ecstatic. October, I am ready for you. I even thought of a Halloween costume!

Monday, September 23, 2013

September 23rd

I might actually do something for Halloween this year. Also, I want to dye my hair. Or just part of it. I'm not picky, I just get bored with my hair very easily. Leave suggestions in the comments maybe if you love me? For hair dyeing and for costumes. :)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

September 22nd

I shopped at Walmart and ate at McDonalds today. I feel like a gross American.

My YouTube Watch Later playlist got full (which is not a thing I knew could happen) so I am attempting to watch ALL THE VIDEOS. It is time consuming but enjoyable.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

September 21st

Mulan is my favorite movie. I watched it again and it's just flawless (sans Shang's grammatical mishap). It's just so pretty and inspiring and good gracious it's the best.

I'm heading out with Mike and Sarah (and others?) now! Oh, college.

Friday, September 20, 2013

September 20th

I am all caught up on Face Off! I really do love that show. Aside from the concept, I just really appreciate that the contestants are so friendly and supportive of one another. If you need a new show to watch, Face Off is something I would highly recommend.

I'm home alone tonight so I'm going to hang out with Chaos. I love kitties.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

September 19th

Today we had a kitty visitor. We got to cat-sit for a lovely boy named Squid, with whom I promptly fell in love. He is a big talker and he took a liking to me and hung out on my bed most of the day. He is my favorite friend right now and I love him. I miss him terribly.


Happy two years, self. Way to kick some ass.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September 18th - Colgate Slimsoft review


I'm not very adventurous when it comes to toothbrushes. If they clean my teeth and get off tooth sweaters (you know, the fuzzies on your teeth in the morning), I'm pretty much good. When I was notified that I'd been selected to try a new toothbrush, I was actually pretty excited because I thought hey, maybe this will blow my mind.
Influenster sent me the new Colgate Slimsoft toothbrush, along with some Colgate toothpaste and mouthwash. According to Colgate, the bristles on this brush are 17x thinner, which apparently is a good thing. I don't usually go for soft brushes, because I feel like they aren't cleaning my teeth aggressively enough. But these are apparently some magic, super deep-cleaning bristles.
So I tried out this magical soft toothbrush yesterday and today. It's not bad. It definitely feels softer than my normal toothbrush, and it's much easier to brush my gums without it hurting. But I feel like I couldn't scrub as thoroughly as I would like. The toothpaste was just their generic whitening one, and it was nice but not extraordinary. The mouthwash was pretty good since it didn't burn my mouth very much.
Basically, if you have sensitive gums or like soft toothbrushes, you will like this brush. It's gentle, and even though it doesn't feel exceptionally deep-cleaning, you can tell that it's doing it's job. I probably won't purchase one after I'm done with this one, but I of course am very thankful to Influenster for letting me try it out!

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September 17th

Tomorrow I'm gonna post a review of my new tooth brush! But right now I'm being social. Thank you for being patient!

Monday, September 16, 2013

September 16th

EVERYONE I LOVE IS GOING TO BE IN MOCKINGJAY
Lily Rabe was just announced and I HAVE MET HER OH GOD. She is so, so sweet and lovely. Also NATALIE DORMER, MY LOVE. And Julianne Moore is rumored for Alma Coin. I CRY!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

September 15th

I have now officially seen The Hobbit and I REALLY ENJOYED IT. When is the next one coming out? Because not only will it be awesome, it will have Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug and I can't even.

So today was complicated and weird and my emotions are going 800 different directions right now. And now I have to drive home in the middle of the night which is scary because drunk drivers and deer and such. I'm gonna go so slowly and I'm not gonna get home til 1:00 AM and I don't even care because safety first!

I'm going to the Mall of America tomorrow. :3 I'm excited.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

September 14th

Last night was fun, but it made today a little rough. I took a nap after training, but I'm tired again. Tired and sad and not in the mood to do much of anything. My mom and sister did come up to visit though, which was really sweet! I got to have some delicious french toast at Perkins. But now I think I'm ready to sleep for a bit because I'm mopey.

Friday, September 13, 2013

September 13th

LEGEND OF KORRA PREMIERED TODAY
and I haven't watched yet. I took a nap because I had to get up at the buttcrack of dawn for job training. And I have to tomorrow, too! I'm going to a little get together with some friends tonight though, so at least I get to chill with cool people. And my mom and sister are coming up to visit tomorrow! Hooray!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

September 12th

I am hot and I need to take a shower. I have job training at 8:00 AM tomorrow.

I need Skype dates with my people. I miss my friends.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11th

When your professor won't stop talking about the Great Wall of China, the best solution is to summon Shan Yu.


Mind you, this is not a history class. One sentence on how the Great Wall served as a means of communications because they lit fires across it as signals would suffice. But no, my crazy professor is the emperor of rambling.

Or he could have shown us this clip.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September 10th

I'm pretty into Iwan Rheon today.

Also, I love SSA. It is comprised of lovely people and sometimes those people bring pie and cupcakes.

Monday, September 9, 2013

September 9th

Hello lads and lasses! I have a new charger! In fact, I found out the charger had arrived this evening...and drove home to get it. I'm just now getting back. And yes, it's nearly midnight. Here's hoping the new charger works well! Also, here's hoping the mint-flavored chunky Kit Kat that I am about to consume is as delicious as it looks.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

September 8th

Wow this not having a charger thing is getting pretty old. Currently waiting for my roommate to finish with hers and let me use it. Here's hoping she doesn't fall asleep before giving it to me.

Also, if you want to purchase the best pants in the whole world, look no further. I discovered these the other day while shopping for business casual stuff to wear at work and oh my god, they are the nicest looking, most comfortable pants ever. Buy them now.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

September 7th

Well, my charger didn't come. But I got a job. So...I guess that evens things out, right? I also got a dresser finally! It is awesome and big and I don't have enough stuff to out in it. I also don't have enough stuff to decorate my room. But now that I have a job, I can have money to buy decor. My walls are too naked! And my shelves. And the top of my dresser. I need tchotchkes. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

September 6th

Okay, tomorrow is going to be the day for a long blog entry! But for now I'm still phone blogging, so it's a shorty entry today. Sorry!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

September 5th

Still no charger. I did acquire a wall charger for my phone though, hallelujah. I promise I'll post a school update when I have my new laptop charger!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September 4th

My laptop is dead and my phone is about to die. Cue panic mode. I am blogging quickly and succinctly now just in case my roommate doesn't get her charger to me before midnight. I did order a new charger, it's just in shipping limbo. Hurry hurry hurry, little charger.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September 3rd

I'm at a party and there are cats. I am useless right now. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

September 2nd

My laptop charger broke. It came apart. And now I have to buy a new one.
Luckily one of my roommates is letting me borrow hers tonight, but now I've got to shell out way too much to get a new one. And I'm probably going to end up paying even more for fast shipping. Yaaaaay.

I did get to Skype with Lexa tonight though! I like that girl. Also we send each other stuff.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September 1st

ICED PUMPKIN CHAIS ARE BACK AT CARIBOU
HOGWARTS STARTS TODAY
SEPTEMBER FIRST IS A GOOD DAY

Saturday, August 31, 2013

August 31st

So Peach Schnapps are a thing that I like today.

I am sleepy from staying up late last night and getting up early today. I did get two pairs of shoes at the thrift store though. So I would call today a success. Also I got more furniture for my room, and a mattress. But I didn't buy those myself.

...I just really want my mattress to hurry up and get shipped here. I love the air mattress and all, but my goodness do I want to be in a bed.

Friday, August 30, 2013

August 30th

Wait, August is almost over? What? Why?

I'm going over to see Sarah and Forrest tonight! I love that little bunny fluff. :3

Thursday, August 29, 2013

August 29th

Today has been Job Application Day! One of the applications I'm filling out literally has made me put my name/address/contact info like three times and I don't know why. And one of my online applications had a dead link and I couldn't finish it. But I have ~officially~ applied to at least one job, and one that I actually want, so fingers crossed!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

August 28th

Watching Doctor Who with Kayla and Company. We're watching New Earth and that makes me happy. Also, I miss Ten and Rose. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August 27th

I'm building an Ikea bed with Kayla right now. There's no time for blogging.

Monday, August 26, 2013

August 26th

Hello friends! I am in my lovely new apartment right now! My housemates are super sweet and my room is orange so basically everything is great. I still need to move in my actual furniture, but I've got most everything else. Air mattresses are a great invention, by the way. I only brought eight of my full-sized perfumes and I feel like I have too few and I'm having perfume separation anxiety. I think I might just bring the rest next time I make a trip back home. One can never have too many perfume choices. (And before you freak out and say ONLY EIGHT? that is so many dollars worth of perfume etc etc, just know that I spent under $100 on all of these combined, and I've got my most pricy perfumes with me.)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

August 25th

My mom and Caroline and I are playing Catch Phrase! We are silly giggly messes. I like these people. :)

I think I'm moving into my apartment tomorrow?? This is a confusing rushed time. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

August 24th

Today was good. I actually got out and did stuff, which made me feel like less of a lazy mope after my trip. And now I've got to start moving into my new apartment. Holy stressballs. I don't wanna go back to school yet.

I blind bought a perfume for like $10 and at first I thought it was awful and then I actually wore it for a day and now I kinda really like it. It's Si Lolita by Lolita Lempicka and it's super peppery but also somehow really good. I think it's because it has sweetpea in it. :3

Friday, August 23, 2013

August 23rd

I am a sleepy bum. A sad, sleepy bum who misses Ireland a whole lot. When do I get to go back?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

August 22nd

One of my favorite actresses in the universe (Natalie Dormer) was cast in Mockingjay. I am ecstatic.

In other news, I slept all day and I'm fully prepared to sleep some more. When I did venture downstairs to eat some dinner, my dad decided to lecture me about school. I have barely been home for a day and I am not ready for yelling parents yet.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August 21st

Today was airport hell.

I got up early to get to the airport two hours before my flight, since there was pre-clearance customs. (Doing customs before you leave instead of when you arrive.) I went through pre-clearance, bought some juice and water bottles, and waited for my flight number to show up so I could go to my gate.
...and it didn't. Turns out the flight was cancelled, and no one told any of the passengers. So we waited around for a representative to help us. We waited for a long time. I found out I'd be re-booked. Instead of flying from Dublin to JFK and then JFK to Minneapolis, I'd fly Dublin to Chicago to Minneapolis.
We al had to go reclaim our bags and check them again. When I tried to check mine in, I was told that the flight I'd been re-booked onto was actually full. I was sent to the Delta counter, to the Aer Lingus counter, and back and forth. I finally managed to get a seat on the flight to Chicago, but I had to go through security. Which meant I'd wasted a huge amount of money on the bottles of water and juice I'd bought, because I had to throw them away and buy new ones.
My original flight was meant to be at 11:20 AM, and the new flight was at 3:30 PM, so I had time to kill. I found out that my seat was awful and not by a window. I was originally in an upgraded economy class window seat.
I was very lucky to find someone who switched seats with me so I could have a window, but the flight was still pretty awful and long. No sleep, just podcasts.
When I got to Chicago, I had to reclaim my bag and check it in to the new flight. This went without a hitch. Then when it was time to check me in, it said I wasn't on the flight. And the flight was full. So I was put on another new flight, this one finishing up boarding as I was being booked. So I had to fly through security (which was hard because the guy in front of me had the worst security line etiquette ever) and literally run to my gate, which happened to be...you guessed it, the farthest one away. Literally at the end of the line. So my sweaty panting self got to the gate and the guy told me I was really lucky to have made it. I got on board and they immediately closed the boarding gate, so I got there just in time.
Now, here's the fun part: my luggage was still on originally re-booked flight, the full one. So after I'd landed (safely back on the ground after lots of turbulence), my bag wasn't there. I had to wait at the baggage claim for an hour so the other flight could come in. And I just wanted to sleep. In fact, I'm going to do that now, because I'm so tired that I feel disconnected from reality. The only thing keeping me grounded is the fact that upon exiting the plane, I noticed a huge canker sore on my tongue, which is currently hurting a lot. Talking and eating are so painful, but I want to do those things.

Anyway, before I fall asleep at my keyboard...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

August 20th

So yesterday was kind of amazeballs. I got to hang out with Eoin! In person! We went to Dún Laoghaire, which is a lovely little town just outside of Dublin. And there was a lighthouse! I like those! We walked down this massive pier and explored and got confused trying to find a toilet. We are both slightly navigationally challenged, it seems. We also had a great deal of trouble with the train.


I want to come back to Ireland and spend my time exploring the countryside. I want to go to glens and cliff faces and farms and valleys and fields. I want to go to Cork and kiss the Blarney Stone. I like this country a whole lot, and I'm not ready to leave.

I also went to the library at Trinity College today, which was basically like heaven, except real. It smells like old books and it looks like something out of a story. I am in love with it and I could stay there all day.


Now I have to pack up to leave tomorrow. I wish I had more time here! I want to explore this whole country. So I'll be back someday. :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

August 19th

Another short entry, I'm afraid! I am completely exhausted. Today was great fun though! More tomorrow! 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

August 18th

Hello one and all! I finally am awake enough to write some actual sentences in here, so I'm going to do that! Sorry about the delay in proper blog entries; I have been completely exhausted at the end of each day and have basically walked in the door and gone to sleep.

So, starting with my first full day in London! I actually didn't do as much as I thought I would, because whoa jet lag. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to tire myself out by walking Oxford Street up and down, which ended up making me too tired to do much else. Oxford Street was a lot like I expected. I bought all of my souvenirs and gifts for my family here, in those notoriously tacky tourist shops. I went into Zara, where I found a completely ridiculously weird shirt which I absolutely had to buy. What a coincidence that I would find a shirt like this! And no, it doesn't make any sense at all. But I love it, and that's why I bought it. Also it was only £10.



I went to Primark after that, which was completely terrifying. There were so many people in there and it was so messy and crowded and they give you little laundry baskets to carry your merchandise in because people buy so much because it's so cheap. I didn't even bother with clothes because I couldn't find anything and I didn't want to try anything on. I ended up getting an adorable makeup bag, since I've wanted (and needed) one for awhile, a wintery headband things to keep your ears warm, and a snood. I also bought a gift for my sister.
I then found a store called Pull&Bear, which is the cutest name in the world...so I had to go in. I bought a shirt there as well, since it was on sale for £6.
I stopped into Superdrug and bought some UK-only Rimmel foundation that I've wanted for ages, as well as some UK-only nail polish I'd been wanting.

I was supremely hungry at this point, but for no apparent reason, there aren't any actual restaurants on Oxford Street. I was passing by Marks and Spencer in a peckish haze and went inside to look around when I discovered that they have a whole freaking grocery store in their basement. Who knew? Unfortunately there was no place to sit, so I took my food with me.
...and with me, and with me, because there is no place to sit anywhere on Oxford Street. There are maybe five benches total on the whole mile of stores, and of course they were taken. So I kept trying to lean against walls and eat, which felt weird. So...I went to Topshop. They didn't have nearly the selection of lipstick I was hoping for, as they only had about four colors. Disappointing, since I'd really wanted to buy some! However, I didn't need orange lipstick. Quite reasonably, I bought some ombre cat socks instead. I also found a place to sit on the lower level, so I finally got to eat!





At this point I was a sweaty, tired mess, so I decided I should head back to the flat. I sorted out my purchases and took a nap. A long nap, which basically ended with me doing nothing else but going to Sainsbury's that night.

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The next day was touristy sightseeing day! I woke up early and went to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard, but they cancelled it "due to rain"...brilliant, since it wasn't actually raining. It had drizzled a bit earlier, but it was hardly wet out. I then got super confused trying to locate Birdcage Walk, since London has no damn signs anywhere.

 "lol what where am I going"

I eventually made my way through Birdcage Walk to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben.



Then it was off to the London Eye! I met a really lovely family from the Midlands on my ride, so it was an even more fantastic experience.



That was all the sightseeing I did, but certainly not the last thing I did that day. I went to Leicester Square after all of this to get a discounted theatre ticket from TKTS, and ended up getting a ticker to Spamalot for £25. I really wanted to buy a ticket for The Cripple of Inishmaan, which is the show that Daniel Radcliffe is in, but with the exchange rate it would have been the equivalent of $90, which seemed like a bit much.

I went back to the flat to nap, then went to Waterstone's bookstore on Piccadilly, where I bought two of the UK edition Harry Potter books. After that I went (very quickly, as I'd overslept a bit) to Spamalot, which was actually really good! There was a lot of topical humor, and one of the actors ad-libbed a bit and made the older/seasoned actor playing King Arthur laugh and break character, which was hilarious and totally priceless.

So then, back to the flat so I could wake up nice and early to leave for Dublin! London Heathrow is a bit confusing, but it did have a lovely surprise...


Yeah, apparently Daleks hang out at the airport. The flight to Dublin was super easy, as it was only an hour long. Customs was much nicer in Dublin too. The guy literally asked four questions: Have you been to Dublin before? Why are you in Dublin? When do you leave? What country are you from?
...and then I was off to find my hotel. I got a cab with a fantastic (and very Irish!) driver, who told me some great stories and gave me some tips about Dublin. I made it to the hotel just fine, and decided what I really wanted was to sleep, because traveling is tiring, so I did.

And that brings us to today! Today is Sunday, which means a lot of stuff is closed in good ol' Catholic Ireland. I decided to walk around the city and get acquainted with it, as well as walk around Trinity College a bit. I walked out of the hotel and immediately noticed a good 50+ football (soccer) fans walking in one direction, so I went with the flow. Then I looked at my map and realize I was going to complete opposite direction of where I needed to go. So I walked for a bit and got to the main shopping street in Dublin, which thankfully is nothing like Oxford Street. I did buy some more tacky souvenirs though! As I was walking towards the college, all of a sudden I heard chanting and there was a giant swarm of people everywhere. Turns out I'd walked into a parade for marriage equality, and someone handed me a sign to carry, so I went with the parade for awhile. Why not, right? Well, Dublin is horribly confusing and winding, so I got a bit lost. I managed to find the college again, which was completely gorgeous.




I then decided to head back to the hotel...and got totally lost. Like I said, Dublin is crazy confusing. I wandered around for ages before finding where I needed to be, and luckily made it back to my hotel. I then Skyped with Eoin (who I am seeing tomorrow, ahh!) and got dinner...and now I'm blogging. Hello!

I know I've missed a lot of details and I've got even more pictures, but I've been writing for awhile now and my head hurts and I'm tired, so I'm going to be done with blogging for today! Hopefully tomorrow will be another decent entry, but I'm going to be quite busy, so we'll see! Thanks for putting up with my shoddy recent posts- I hope this makes up for it!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

August 17th

I have a pretty casual day tomorrow, so I should be able to post another massive rundown of my activities! For now, though, I am happily sleeping in gorgeous Dublin. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

August 16th

You're all going to yell at me for this, but I'm running late and I don't have time for a proper entry. Today was lovely though - I saw Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben, rode the London Eye, went to Platform 9 3/4, and now I'm off to Waterstones and then to see Spamalot. More later, I promise. :)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

August 15th

I am currently riding the snooze cruise, so I'm going to take today off from doing an intense entry. Tomorrow's will be extra long instead! Sorry for the delay, but I am a very tired girl. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August 14th

I AM IN LONDON

It still doesn't even quite feel real. Luckily, local time does feel real and I've pretty much conquered my jetlag. Yay! So, since I can, I'm going to give you a HUGE RUNDOWN of the last ~24 hours.

Getting my boarding pass and checking my bags and all that jazz was super smooth. My gate was also really, really close to the security checkpoint, so I didn't have to take that weird tram thing. (My gate was G6 and you betcha I was singing that song in my head.) So, the G terminal is INSANE at MSP. There's a super hip, modern bar there as well as a restaurant and every table has an iPad built in. There are also a good 100+ stations with complimentary iPads and charging ports. I was super worried about my iPhone dying on the flight, but I think it went from 99% to 87%. So...I was a little overly anxious there. I always wait around to get on the plane because I don't want to spend more time than I have to on the plane, but literally two minutes after they called my zone they were like FINAL BOARDING CALL and I didn't get to pee beforehand, OR fill up my second water bottle. D:

So, my seatmate was this super chill old lady named Gertrude. Her passport was full of stamps and she was like the best traveller ever. And she was funny. I felt really bad because I had to pee a few times during the flight and she only got up ONCE and it was like 8+ hours on the plane. I was in the window seat and there was zero legroom, so there was no way to politely go past her without disturbing her.

Since we took off at about 10:00 PM, the first four or five hours of the fight were dark, which I hated. And then the sun started coming up and I was like FINALLY I can look out the window and calm down about not being able to get my inner ear oriented and this DAMN FLIGHT ATTENDANT comes and closes ALL THE SHADES. And I was like, okay, I have to at least be able to see outside a tiny bit, or I'm gonna get motion sickness. So I opened the shade ever so slightly, so the brightness of the sun was only visible to me and Gertrude. And then this super high maintenance girl from across the aisle, who was facing the opposite direction and talking to her hubby turns over and goes, "Uh, that's really bright. Can you close it?" So I did. Until she fell asleep facing the opposite direction of the window and I opened it again. Screw her. Get a face mask.

So we landed and I was exceptionally relieved because holy shit 8+ hours on a place when all you can do is listen to music (or in my case, podcasts) is really brutal. I didn't sleep at all, either. I never can. D:
The first thing I did off the plane was pee Niagara Falls, and then it was time for customs. I was feeling a little queasy since I hadn't eaten much or slept at all, but I was fine. The customs guy who asked my questions was absolutely terrifying and mean, but I guess that's to be expected.

And then I was free. Able to roam about the UK at my leisure. Aaaand all I wanted to do was sleep. So I followed the instructions I'd written up on how to get from the airport to my flat, which was easy once I figured out where the Underground entrance was. (It was not exactly where I thought it would be, but I wasn't too far off.) I bought my (holy fucking expensive) Oyster Card, and got on the tube. The tube is the easiest damn thing in the world. So much easier than NYC. I had to switch to another line during my trek to the flat, and I had no problems at all. Easy breezy (beautiful Covergirl).

I went up way too many stairs and escalators for someone carrying a decent-sized suitcase, and I was on the streets. And I was disoriented as all hell. London has this thing where it doesn't actually have street signs. The street signs are only for specific buildings or locales, but they never tell you which street you're on. I didn't know that. The street you're on is painted on the side of the first building at the start of the block. Why? I don't fucking know. So I walked in a circle or two with my bags and my sweat and finally kind of figured it out, and then meandered slowly but surely in the right direction. I finally found my stupid flat, which was great until I had to go up to my room and get inside. There are three locks on the door and two keys, and some of the locks turn different ways to open than you'd expect. So I'm standing there, sweating, tired, and I can't open the door. I can't call anyone and ask for help if I can't figure it out, either. Luckily, I finally cracked the code and got in. And I stripped down and looked around a bit, and then fell promptly asleep.

I was planning to get up around 7 PM to explore a bit, but I was exhausted and it was raining. So, my first "day" in London actually consisted of me getting up at about 9:00 PM, finding my way to Tesco Express, and coming back to the flat, where I am now blogging. The best part? I couldn't figure out the damn locks. Again. I hate this door.

So, tomorrow I think I'll go to Oxford Street in the morning, head to the London Eye after lunch, and maybe find a cool pub for the evening. I'll probably hit up Baker Street too, and/or Forbidden Planet. If my Oyster Card doesn't run out and charge me another one billion dollars for tube fares.

Thanks for all of your well-wishes! More tomorrow. xxx

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

August 13th

Welp, I'm flying out to London tonight. I won't get there til tomorrow since my flight is at 10 PM, but I'm leaving today! I have ALL THE ANXIETY! I'm not even excited yet because I'm too freaked out. But once I'm safely in my flat I think I'll be okay. I have to take the tube with my luggage, which is stressful! Everything is stressful! Ahhhh!

Wish me luck, friends! I'll still be blogging daily, don't you worry. :)

Monday, August 12, 2013

August 12th

PANIC PANIC PANIC
TRAVELING MAKES ME ANXIOUS
I WILL BE ON A PLANE IN 24 HOURS
OH GOD

I'm loading the TFIOS audiobook into my iTunes now. This is like the final countdown yo. Oh man.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

August 11th

I am in freak out mode. I've started packing. This all feels super surreal and I just don't even know. And I'm looking at a place to live tomorrow, and classes start soon...this is crazy overwhelming. On the plus side, Caroline got to come home from the hospital today! She's still in a lot of pain and on a lot of drugs, but she's doing much better! We watched Grey's Anatomy together tonight. :)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

August 10th

I'm supposed to go to Saint Cloud tomorrow and all I want to do is spending hours packing and planning because oh my god traveling alone apparently makes me feel very anxious. I'm honestly the most worried about not having enough planned and feeling like I'm wasting my time. Like, I'm so scared of that right now. I just want to plan for every hour of every day. Holy shit. This is so stressful.

Friday, August 9, 2013

August 9th

Happy birthday to my dear friend Eoin! In case you have forgotten, Eoin drew the lovely header on this page. He is also lovely in all other aspects of life.


This song gives me two feelings. One: Holy shit this is gorgeous. Two: The Irish language is so confusing but pretty how???

Thursday, August 8, 2013

August 8th

Hello friends! Caroline is feeling much better today. She was kinda pukey yesterday because of the anesthesia, but I went down to visit her today and she was okay! Obviously in pain since, you know, she had major surgery...but definitely better than yesterday.

Today I am a fan of bagpipes.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August 7th

Caroline's surgery went well! No complications. :) She had a rough day today because of the anesthesia wearing off, but she's in the healing process.

I'm kinda touch and go with Celtic Thunder because some of their songs are a bit weird, but I'm kinda in love with Midnight Well and Harry's Game right now.

Anyway, holy shit I'm gonna be in London so soon. Whoa.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

August 6th

My darling sister is getting her surgery tomorrow! I don't even fully understand what they're doing, but I recently learned that it involves a valve from a pig, so that's super cool. I'll be going down to visit Caroline on Thursday in lovely Rochester. The Mayo Clinic is an awesome place.

My back hurts oh so badly from work today. Lots of hunching over is not good for the body.

I am sleepy, and there is a lot of stuff I want to get done. I'll probably do it all tomorrow. Like a boss.

Monday, August 5, 2013

August 5th

I gotta get shit done, yo.

I've been thinking about Macho Man Randy Savage today.

Work tomorrow. No work Wednesday or Thursday. Caroline's surgery is Thursday. Eoin's birthday on Friday. Last day in the avian nursery on Saturday. Last day of work (before I go back to school) on Sunday. Final packing and such on Monday. Depart for London on Tuesday. Oh my fucking god.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

August 4th

Hello, 12th Doctor! Peter Capaldi, I foresee good things from you. From Moffat, not so much.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

August 3rd

I GOT MY LAPTOP BACK EARLY
IT'S FIXED
AND I DIDN'T HAVE TO RESTORE IT FROM THE BACKUP
I AM SO HAPPY

...I thought I was going to cry when I got off the phone with the guy from the Apple Store. To celebrate, I'm gonna go make myself some Oreo ice cream. I'm debating between continuing to catch up on YouTube videos or to work some more on my itinerary. I'll probably just stick to YouTube and do the itinerary work tomorrow night, since even if I do work, it'll only be until 7:00.

I fucking love that Féerie perfume that I bought, by the way.

Friday, August 2, 2013

August 2nd

A thing that I do not like: when you put forth a lot of effort into something and the people who observe this effort are like, "meh." Like, I am trying so hard, and I'm not getting anything back. 

I TRIED SO HARD
AND GOT SO FAR
BUT IN THE END
IT DOESN'T EVEN MATTERRRR

I can't help but sing that every time I say "I tried so hard." It's a serious problem. 

You guys, I miss my laptop a lot. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August 1st

DAY TWO WITH NO LAPTOP
MOOD: ANXIOUS

How am I supposed to make plans and do trip research without my laptop? I can't book things, half the shit online isn't able to be viewed nicely on an iPhone, and this screen is so damn small. I can't go on sites that require Flash. My battery is perpetually running out. (Biggest thanks ever to Eoin who informed me that I can use the Wii as a USB port!) As if I wast stressed enough about making plans for both my trip and going back to school, all the relative ease I was having with getting stuff done is now gone and I am FREAKING OUT. Apple is supposed to call me within 48 hours of my appointment, so I'm just hoping that's true and that they call me tomorrow morning and say what they did worked and that everything is okay and I don't need to restore my hard drive. Actually, as long as my hard drive is okay, I don't even care at this point. I just want my laptop back. And if it's not fixed, I may be getting a new laptop, which would be cool. Then I wouldn't have an old school black plastic one anymore. Then again, I've been through a lot with this laptop. It is very near and dear to my heart. 

In completely unrelated news, this band called Celtic Thunder has this song called Midnight Well that's not meant to be funny but it kind of is because of how the guy sings it, and it's stuck in my head and I'm a little obsessed with it.  

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 31st

Horrible news. I decided to take my laptop into the Apple Store because the backlight kept going out when the screen was tilted at certain angles. It wasn't a huge deal, just a bit annoying, but I figured I'd see what they could do. Well, my laptop is still at the Apple Store, and it'll be there for 3-5 days while it undergoes major invasive surgery. With a 10% success rate. I may need a whole new laptop...and I would have been fine dealing with the stupid screen but nooo, the guy was like ordering parts and asking me if I'd backed up my data (which I did recently, whew- though I hope they don't fuck up my computer because I literally as I am typing this I realized I didn't back it up after I made my new travel itinerary with ALL my London details and directions FUCK FUCK FUCK I can not lose that document. Oh Apple Store, please do me this solid and don't ruin my computer. Now I'm even more stressed about not having my computer. This is Harry Potter's birthday. This is supposed to be a happy day. I have all the anxiety! This is not good! Oh universe, please be in my favor in this first week of August. There is a lot I need from the universe this week. Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July 30th

I made progress in my travel itinerary, thank goodness! I can't believe it's almost August. Also, it kinda hit me today that I won't be working regularly very soon! At least not where I'm working now- I'm going to try and get a job while I'm at school, obviously. And I'll still come back to my current job when I can, because hey, it's kinda awesome there.

LOW QUALITY POOR LIGHTING PERFUME COLLECTION PICTURE GO!


Monday, July 29, 2013

July 29th

I am now the very happy owner of this gorgeous perfume:


This beauty is Féerie by Van Cleef and Arpels, and it is fantastic. It's a really unique scent...it's a crisp, woody berry. Very earthy, vaguely minty, and I can definitely see its relation to fairies.

I also bought some boots. God, they are fantastic. Pictures to follow!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

July 28th

I am stressing myself out so much with all this planning. I feel like I have a million things to do before my trip, and that includes things that don't even have to do with my trip, like school. I feel like time is just flying away and I've still got a lot of stuff to accomplish before school starts back up. Anxiety!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

July 27th

Stuck on BuzzFeed. Doing laundry. Had awesome Hang Outs with Eoin and Lexa. Bought an umbrella. Overall, not a bad day.

Friday, July 26, 2013

July 26th

I do my best not to talk about work on this blog because I don't want it to bite me in the ass someday, but let's just say today was not a good day. Long story short: one of my coworkers made a mistake that she didn't acknowledge until much later, which ended with me having to stay late. However, one of my managers was totally awesome and helped me fix said coworker's mistake, and I didn't have to stay as late as I was originally going to have to stay. Awesome managers make up for stupid coworkers.

After work I decided I probably ought to use my $10 off coupon that Victoria's Secret sent for my birthday. I was originally just going to buy something pretty cheap, like for $12, and then it'd only cost me $2. However, a total miracle happened instead. Backstory: At least three months ago, I was in VS with a different coupon, and I had no clue what I was going to buy. I tried on a gorgeous black lacy bra as well as some yoga pants with a sweet cosmic waistband, and I loved them both, but ended up getting the yoga pants in the end. The next day I decided I really didn't need the yoga pants, and that the bra was more practical. I went back to the store, and the bra was gone. Every bra in that style, every color, gone. I asked a sales associate about it, and she said she didn't know which bra it was. I told her where it was located before, and even the name of the bra, and she was clueless. So I left. I asked one of my coworkers about it, because she worked at VS too...she didn't know what the bra was. I kept checking back, but the bra never showed up.  ...Until today. The bra was there, with the same name, in the same colors. And they had my size. And they were having a deal where you got a pair of matching panties for free if you bought the bra. So I bought the bra, and I am so ecstatic. I literally had thought about this bra so often since I didn't purchase it the first time around, and now I get to own it! I ended up paying $20 for the bra plus the panties, which is amazing. So in the end...not a bad day, despite work being less than spectacular.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

July 25th

I started making my detailed trip itinerary! It mostly consists of my shopping day on Oxford Street at the moment.

My tummy keeps hurting. Why is this? WHY

I haven't worked in way too long.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

July 24th

Good evening, my loves! I have a lot of planning to do. I remember reading that once you've been doing a task for 15 minutes, it's really easy to keep going...so I just need to plan for 15 minutes and get really into it, and then I can do it in one fell swoop. This is how cleaning always goes for me. I do it for a bit, get really into it, and then clean for like two or three hours straight.

I haven't worked since Sunday. Days off are nice, but I'm trying to save some money for my trip...which is hard when you're not making any money.

Hi, Anfo!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

July 23rd

I've gone a bit crazy buying perfume again. It comes in surges. I don't buy any for months, and then I'm like I WANT ALL NEW PERFUME. So I bought two new perfumes (on eBay, reduced price of course!) and I'm doing a swap for some more. Fun fact: I've never paid more than $35 for a perfume, and I have four or five perfumes that retail for $80-$150. I must reiterate: eBay is your friend, dear readers. I have never been ripped off in purchasing perfumes via eBay, and eBay is generally viewed by perfume collectors as a reliable and cheap place to buy. I'm no collector, but I do like my perfumes and also having money.

Some current perfume suggestions, if you're looking for something new:

Lolita Lempicka by Lolita Lempicka - dry, warm, licorice scent. spicy and dark, with a delicious vanilla drydown.

Daisy Eau So Fresh by Marc Jacobs - quintessential floral perfume. not too green or earthy, and very fresh.

The Beat by Burberry - nautical and a bit salty. notes of tea and some bitter fruits. very sharp and fresh.

Omnia Coral by Bvlgari - a tropical fruity punch that isn't cloying or overbearing. summery and bright.

Monday, July 22, 2013

July 22nd

Hello friends! I am looking at cosplays from Comic Con and I am so envious of the craftsmanship that goes into so many of these costumes! I want to cosplay someday. Really, really badly. I just need to acquire some artistic skill first.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

July 21st

I have all call-ins this week. I'm all for having a day off, but I hope they use some of them, because I need the money.

In one month, I will be very jetlagged.

I am eating homemade Oreo ice cream. I am happy.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

July 20th

BALD BITCHES GET SHIT DONE

KAREN GILLAN, ILY BABE

SO CUUUUTE




Friday, July 19, 2013

July 19th

I really want to keep watching Lucahjin's Suikoden II LP, but I'm sooo sleepy.

Baby birds tomorrow, whee! I wanna touch some tiny cuties.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

July 18th

Remember that time I was stuck in traffic for an hour and a half? Remember when I was supposed to get to work at 2:00 and I got there at 3:15? Hey construction workers, try not to spill hazardous liquids all over the freeway next time.

I found someone with whom I'm going to do a perfume swap! Whee! Oh Lexa, you know my joys.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July 17th

I will be in Dublin in one month!

Lexa and I are Skyping right now. Well...her internet just died, so we're taking a break. But we're trying to be Skyping.

Do you ever just get sick of your perfumes? What do you do when you want to buy all new perfumes? What do I doooooo?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July 16th

My mom and sister and I are playing Phase 10. I am not winning. This is not Scattergories. This is luck.

Also I am hot. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

July 15th

Here's a problem: only 10 of the ~375 pictures of me on Facebook are from after I graduated high school. What the hell is up with that? It's really annoying to only see 3+ year old pictures of me on there. Also it makes me feel like I have no friends, because no one is taking pictures that involve me. Sad day.

Oh, and since I'm going to Europe alone, I doubt there will be any pictures of me from that trip at all- maybe a few if I can recruit some strangers, or from when I see Eoin. It'll be like I was never even in London! :( Sort of like how I have like three pictures of myself from my last trip to NYC.

Mopey mope mope.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

July 14th

ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH ONE MONTH

I CANNOT EVEN

It doesn't feel real. I'm going to London?! And Dublin?!? WHAT

Saturday, July 13, 2013

July 13th

Hello lovelies! I am doing a serious room clean at the moment, and it is exhausting. I'm so sweaty! I have a really bad habit of not doing laundry unless I have to, instead of just doing it once a week or something, so sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming, and then I put it off because it's intimidating, and then even more laundry piles up...anyway. I keep finding weird shit in my room, too. Like, stuff where I look at it and think, "Wait, why did I keep this?" Cleaning is such an adventure!

I also discovered that my asshole dog ate the crotch out of another pair of my underwear. They were pretty new and I'd only worn them once, but they were one of the pairs I got at Gilly for $3, so the loss isn't too painful. I'm just glad they weren't any of my favorites, or a really fancy pair! Thanks for going for the cotton ones, Darcy.

I wonder how many pairs of underwear the average American female owns.