Friday, April 20, 2012

Big Smiles

This week has been awesome. For a lot of reasons. I'm going to sum them up via bullet points for y'all.

-I found out I won a $1000 scholarship. With this scholarship comes the new responsibility of being one of the students who goes out and promotes our communication department to high schools, visiting students, and random other people/events. I'm really excited about this, because I love our comm department and it'll be a great experience for my resume.

-I noticed that the workout regime Brad started and I've gone along with is starting to have some positive affects on me. I'm looking more toned and I no longer lose my breath when I have to walk up four flights of stairs to get to work.

-Someone offered to pay me $250 for the rights to a not-so-great story I wrote 5+ years ago when I was in love with the Twilight series. (I quickly saw through this sham - when I asked a few questions, the person who claimed to be an independent publisher pretty much told me they were going to self-publish it on Amazon with their name on it instead of mine - but it's still flattering!)

-I found out I won another $500 scholarship, just because.

-Because of all of these scholarships and my financial aid, I am now going to have no problem paying for tuition and rent next year (knock on wood).

-Brad just surprised me by bringing home a Zumba game for the Wii that I really wanted and am extremely excited to try out.

I hope your weeks have been as good as mine!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Dying of laughter

Let me tell you a story:

When I was a sophomore in high school about 5 years ago, I rather enjoyed the Twilight series. I'm not proud of that now, but at the time I felt I could totally relate to Bella and that Edward was the perfect man.* I loved that it was a human/vampire romance and I thought that was so unique and interesting.

So, I wrote a story called Once Bitten, Twice Shy about a bartender named Faith who falls in love with mysterious motorcyclist while some equally mysterious murders are happening in their town. Long story short, the motorcyclist is a werewolf and the murders are being committed by his crazy werewolf brother. It ends tragically.

Now, remember, I wrote this story at least 5 years ago. I posted it on a website called Fiction Press where I also shared a lot of my other writings (you can find them through the writing tab up top). People occasionally still comment on it, and it's usually pretty flattering, which I find ridiculous because I'm pretty sure it isn't that great.

Today, I got a message through this website from someone claiming to be an independent publisher who wants to pay me $250 for the rights to my story.

I'm dying of laughter. I asked for their credentials for two reasons. One, I am curious if they are for real. Two, if they are, I am super curious what other things they publish if they want to publish a mostly-crap, Twilight-inspired raving by a 15 year old girl.

I have to leave for my Creative Writing class now (ironic, right?) but I'll keep you updated!

*For the record, I have since outgrown these thoughts. Don't judge me.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Dear Guilianna and Bill

Dear Giuliana and Bill,

I am oddly into your show. I've never really liked reality shows, especially the ones that just follow a famous family/couple/person, because I never really got the point. But you two are just so cute, and your attempts to have a baby are so sad and endearing.

And now Giuliana has breast cancer. WTF guys. That is maybe the saddest thing ever. Except, you won't let me properly empathize because you never show the episode where she finds out she has cancer when I can watch the whole thing!!! It's extremely frustrating. I mean, it's nothing compared to having cancer, but I need to know how this ends! Does it have a positive message (I'm sure it does, I've seen enough of it that I know you try to use this as an opportunity to educate other people)?

Please air this episode at a time when I can view it in its entirety. So, pretty much any time not between 9 a.m. and noon. Which is when you always want to show it. And then I always have to leave for class before it's done.


An unlikely fan.

Friday, April 6, 2012

New hurrrrrrr

Poop. I already failed BEDA. But it was a worthwhile reason. I am home right now for the first time since early March/late February. I just got back from hanging out with some friends who I haven't seen since probably August. It was nice catching up with them.

Remember yesterday how I told you I was giving a stranger a ride home with me?

Well, it wasn't nearly as awkward as I thought it was going to be. At least, not in the way I thought it was going to be. She and I ended up talking the whole 3 hour ride back. And we talked about really personal stuff (like people we know getting pregnant and relationships we've had and friend problems and all kinds of stuff). It was kind of weird. I've never been one of those people who just tells their life story to someone (well, ok, I guess that's kind of what I'm doing now, but this is different!) I have no clue why I was so open with this girl who I don't even know. I don't even think she and I will be great friends or anything after this.

Isn't it interesting how sometimes it's just so easy to open up to someone you don't even know? What is it that makes us trust strangers so much? Why do we feel so comfortable revealing so much about ourselves?

It makes you think.

(Also, I got a haircut. My friend, who is now a hair stylist, cut it for me. It looks grand. I love it. She's a pro.)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Shhh!! It's a real post!! Don't scare it away!!!

Holy crap, guys. I'm actually writing a post. Because, even though it feels like nothing has happened to me lately, I've actually been up to a lot. So, here's a recap of my life lately:

-I had the most boring spring break in the whole world. I stayed on campus so I could work and stuff because I'm planning on going home tomorrow for Easter. But the thing is, when you go to a small school in a small town and everyone is gone for spring break, there is literally NOTHING to do. The only stores we have are a Walmart and a grocery store. The closest thing resembling a city is half an hour away and I had no one to go bum around with, anyway, because my boyfriend works at a real job now and can't just be a lazy bum with me. But I guess it was still a break from school. That part was pretty nice.

-I've started working out and eating better. I gained some weight this year and I'm right on the boarder of healthy and not. So I'm trying to get better. I already feel really great just from the few changes I've made. It's really nice.

-Brad's kitten lost a tooth on me just a few minutes ago. It was really weird.

-I'm really excited for my internship this summer. I get to write, edit, interview, proofread, and do design stuff for these business magazines about the airline industry. Not what I ever imagined writing about, but I'm sure it'll be really interesting. I am going to be such a busy bee. I work my internship four days a week, my job five days a week, and I'm taking a three week class from the middle of June to the beginning of July. I really hope I'll be able to balance everything alright.

-I am going home tomorrow and I get to see some of my best friends while I'm there and I haven't seen most of them in forever (like, since August) so I'm pretty much the most excited kid ever.

-I am also giving a stranger a ride up to my town. I posted a thing on our campus ride board saying where I was going and when and I guess a girl needed a ride. I've never done this before, and I'm afraid it's going to be super awkward and weird and we'll either feel like we have to talk the whole time or we'll sit in awkward silence the whole time. And it's a 3 hour drive. That's kind of long.

I'm sure you'll be hearing about that when I post tomorrow, though! So I'll leave it at that for now!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Crappiest BEDA Poster Ever Award

You guys. I am really sorry, but I am going to have to write another cop out post today. I just did 30 minutes of plyometrics (crazy jumping exercises) and I am dead.

It's ok, though. I made myself that award up there.

I promise. PROMISE. That I will write a legitimate post tomorrow. I PROMISE. And if I don't, you can hate me forever. Deal? Deal. Ok. Bye.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Hold your horses!

Guys! Guys! Don't even worry. Tomorrow I really am going to write a real post. I promise. For today, though, I am just going to leave you with some adorable pictures of Brad's kitten, Gus. I think you'll forgive me when you see them.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

BEDA...oh geeze

You guys. It's April again. You know what that means!!!


I can't tell if I'm excited or full of dread at the prospect of blogging every day. I have a few ideas for things to do, but my April is already going to be super busy and I don't know if I'll have time to post every day. But I sure as heck am going to try!!!

This is it for today, though. I have some garlic chicken spring rolls in the microwave calling my name, and it is almost my turn to play Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7. Because I have the video gaming talent of an 8-year-old.

So, you will be seeing me again tomorrow!! I look forward to seeing everyone else's BEDA posts!