Spring Semester and New Begginings

So Monday marks the start of my Spring semester at Niagara University and I have vowed to myself to be more organized. This seems to be a promise that every college student makes to themselves, but lets be honest! We usually fall short. I can not tell you how many times I have imagined myself being that good student who would be involved in every club that mattered to me, and would spend countless hours at the library set with my laptop, books, a skinny vanilla latte, and those special nerdy glasses that I convinced myself had magical powers to make me focus.

Lets face it though…That picture of myself flew right out the window as soon as I saw that re-runs of friends was on and there I would be! In my pajamas eating Oreo’s instead of heading to the library like I had planned to write a 12 page paper about the History of Russia. From the sound of it, it seems like my GPA would be in the trash, but luckily I work better under pressure and my grades have always been on point. But not everyone is lucky enough to be able to function that way and then I thought! I could do so much better if I actually planned ahead. We all could.

So like an sorority girl, the first thing I did to set my self n the path t organizational bliss is order myself a customized monogrammed agenda! I always feel like I have a fresh start and like anything can be accomplished when I have a brand new agenda.

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 Etsy Customized Agenda 

I ordered this customized agenda Plum Paper Designs off of Etsy (Link found above.) You can customize it to have your name and monogram on the cover in addition to how many pages of notes you would like, number of months and 3 options of how to set up the layout to fit your day to day planning. This was perfect for me with having to juggle work, my internship with Congressman Higgins, my independent study and of course my blogging which I have just started up again after an unannounced hiatus. So as you can see, I can no longer rely on leaving things to the last minute. So I will use this agenda to commit myself to being more organized (jeez that sounded corny). Lets face it though, who does not love a fresh new start and new clean cut planner! I encourage every one to get on this track. A new year a new leaf!

Gift that keeps on giving!

I don’t normally celebrate Christmas, but this year my family has decided to join in on the festivities. However, when my mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I had no idea what to ask for. I didn’t just want anything from the mall..I wanted a gift that actually meant something. I want a gift that keeps on giving. So I put in a stipulation that if I get any gift, it has to be a gift that supports a good cause and benefits those in need.

One organization that I particularly fond of is V-Day. V-Day is an organization founded by Eve Ensler, that raises money and awareness to end violence against women around the world. I first heard of V-day in my women’s studies class the other day and when we watched a documentary called “The Vagina Monologues.”   A documentary that that brings awareness about rape and violence against women around the world.  A truly moving film that is raw, moving and at times funny, but most of all enlightening. 

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In an effort to raise money and awareness, Eve Ensler teamed up with Amanda Keidan Jewelry and put together a line of rings and necklaces to support the cause. This is one gift I would not mind receiving, since it is for such a good cause. My suggestion for everyone is to pick a cause that is close to your heart and celebrate the spirit of Christmas by picking a gift for a loved one that supports people around the world. Truly a gift that keeps on giving.

Snapshot!

Okay! With my hectic school and work schedule, I am a bit slow with the newest apps and shiz. So it’s no surprise that I am just now finding out about Snapshot.  I have spent the last hour having loads of fun with snapshot. I kid you not, this is now how I fill my hours of procrastination! Case in point, instead of writing a paper on human trafficking. I was perfecting my mustache drawing skills

College Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I honestly thought that juggling work and blogging was a tough thing to do…I was dead wrong. Working, going to school AND blogging is a tough thing to do. I have finally carved out some time to do what I love the most. Blog ❤ So far I have been away at school for close to two months now, but it honestly feels like I have spent a lifetime here. So much has happened within such a short period of time that my mind (and body) are still playing catch up.

My life consists of late night study sessions, early morning classes, mid-shifts at work and dorm room madness. It also consists of breakdowns, laughter, cat fights, snide remarks, nonsense, priceless moments, reality changing conversation’s & memorable encounters…& I love every single moment of it. Even the bad!  i wouldn’t change this experience for anything. Whether I want to laugh, cry, scream out of frustration or shout for joy! I take the bad with the good, otherwise I would never learn anything.

I’ve made terrible choices that I have learned from and know never to do again. I’ve met people that I know will be with me for a lifetime and I have had conversations that have altered my perception and me as a person. Things that i have felt to be true my whole life have been stripped away and re-born into something new. Understanding. I love this about college..the connectedness to all things academic, the drunken nights, the hangovers, the late night papers and mile long walks at midnight in the freezing cold. Memories that I cherish already. College life!

 

Last Hurrah!

The time to leave for school is approaching fast! & I am trying to make the most of it. I am going to miss my new friends dearly and I’m trying to fit as much time together with them as possible. It’s safe to say that between work and hanging out..I have not slept in a very long time!

aaaaand here is my favorite pre-going out song to jam to. Enjoy!!

Stressed! But lookin good

 

(Lipstick is “Russian Red” by MAC)

So much to do and so little time. This is horrible for a professional procrastinator such as myself. Honestly; I believe a lot of my procrastination is a form of self sabotage. At times my procrastination tends to screw me over big time…or it work out great. Don’t really know how it will turn out this time.

My mind spins when I think of all I still have to do! All I can do is just breath and take things one step at a time & try not to go into full panic mode. I believe I should just write a list of everything I need to get done. For someone with the memory of a gold fish, this seems like a step in the right direction. I think I will just compose a list of things on my mind for you guys right now :]

List number one: Things that are worrying me/bothering me

1.) My number one stress factor right now is school (which hasn’t even started yet!) Taking care of appointments, appeal letters, job transfers…it’s a lot to handle in three weeks!

2.) A guy that I am completely over & had nothing to do with in the first place…Let’s just not go there.

3.) Mending bridges. Before I leave I really need to do some apologizing to some people that I care about dearly. All the stress has made me take it out on the ones closest to me & it really isn’t fair.

4.) The future

List number 2: Things to smile about

1.) School! It’s a bit oxymoronic I know hehe. The same thing that is stressing me out beyond belief is also one of the reasons for my smile.

2.) This new guy that puts a smile on my face everyday without fail. I can say with complete honestly that I have never liked someone or clicked with someone o easily before. We talk every day and every night without fail. It’s refreshing and I can not wait to see where it goes.

3.) Work! I absolutely love my new job. The atmosphere and the people are absolutely amazing. I have built such great friendships already (& I am not one who easily calls someone a friend) Even though I have been with this branch for a short period of time and I will be transferring soon, I know that I will always be connected to these girls for a lifetime.

4.) The future! Although scary and worrisome, I know I am going to take it by storm :]

29 days & counting

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29 days and counting till I leave for Niagara to start school. Honestly is all feels so unreal! On one hand it seems like it’s so far away, yet approaching very fast. I was just getting used to being back in my hometown & now I have to pack up again. This time without the comfort of my family and everything that is familiar to me. It’s all very exciting and scary…mostly exiting though. 

This week has been so hectic with work and tying up all the final details before I go. The stress of tuition and moving is weighing heavily on my mind, but I know everything will work out and turn out great. So for now I will just enjoy my family for the short while I have left. So much to do, so little time!!

Bits of my week

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1. The best “Aztec Iced Coffee” i have ever eaten w/ mint chocolate cake that i shared with my girls as a nightcap at 2am

2. Dinner at Taverns 58 on Gibbs. They literally have the  best macaroni in the world. You can quote me on that!

3. …and John’s Tex Mex has the best Quesadilla’s in the world. You can quote me on that as well :]

4. Dippin my feet in the water at Linear Park.

5. I am dying to buy this dress from Delia*s!

6. Checking out the menu at the local sub shop

7/8. This girl came into my job & i just had to snap a pic of her tattoos. I am dying to get inked!

9. I couldn’t resist the urge to snap a pic of this bridge, while on my way to my college orientation (that went amazingly well btw) & then I had to mess around with instagram.

Since moving back to Rochester, life has been moving at the speed of light. i am constantly on the move! Between preparing for school, my new job & juggling some form of a social life I seem to be having a bit of a problem with time management. However it is a learning experience. One that i am really enjoying, despite the stressful of it all!

Current Obsessions

1.) The first thing that I am currently obsessed with are braids.  I don’t know what it is, but there is something so beautiful and whimsical about braids. Of course, I have my hair in layers so I am unable to pull off the perfect braid -.- Just my luck! I have made the decision to let my hair grow out….Let’s see how long this little challenge lasts!

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2.) The second thing I am obsessed with are my Sperry’s! Working 10 hour shifts 5 days a week in retail really takes a toll on your feet! So I am completely grateful to have these bad boys in my life..that & the fact that they are so flippin cute!

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3.) Rounding up the list at number three is “Somebody I Used to Know” by Gotye ft. Kimbra the Tiesto remix! I kid you not, this song is on repeat all day, everyday. Enjoy!

Frumpy & Dumpy

I don’t know about you, but after the Holiday’s I tend to feel a bit Frumpy! It’s also the time of year where clothing stores become my worst enemy. Maybe it’s just me, but when I’m feeling frumpy I don’t exactly want to go shopping for clothing.  However; I have managed to nip this in the bud by viewing other bloggers that inspire me. Seeing how other bloggers dress and put things together always inspire me to want to dress better. I believe that when you make an effort in your appearance, you automatically feel better about yourself  (Well this is true 90% of the time.)

Here are some bloggers that inspire me to get out of my Frumpy, Dumpy mood!

This is Christine of Fish n’ Chips. Bringing her personal style to the world on a daily basis. Christine never fails to bring me out of my funk with her killer style. So inspiring!

What I love about Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere is that she can take absolutely anything and make them look phenomenal! She is so classy and effervescent.

This women can do no wrong in my eyes! This is Carrie of Wish Wish Wish. She is from a different time, truly a lady & I am always inspired by her.

Which fashion Bloggers inspire you?

Don’t forget to check out my guest post on over at The-Loudmouth to celebrate her one year Blogiversary! Happy one year girl [:

Late night tea is where it’s at

I do 95% of my writing in the wee hours of the night as I have my late night tea sessions. Honestly, late night tea sessions are where it’s at. For some reason I can’t really write during the day. It’s like my brain is on autopilot. However, at night my brain won’t shut the !@#$ up. So that’s when most of my writing occurs.

It’s become a ritual. Make the tea & get to writing. Some other odd things I do before I write (even if it’s late at night) is I put on Mascara. Odd I know! I don’t know why I do it, I just have to. Don’t ask me to expalin, because I can’t. However; I’m not wearing Mascara as I write this particular post because my mother lost my Mascara. So now I feel kind of topsy turvy.

Good thing I didn’t run out of my favorite tea (Harney & Sons Green Tea w/ Coconut, Ginger & Vanilla is seriously delicious!) I like to put a spoon full of honey in it though for a little sweetness. But I seem to be running dangerously low. All hell would have broken loose if I would have opened the tin to find no silk tea bags left.

If I am rambling, I apologize. I swear  it’s the lack of mascara. It’s throwing me off my groove & it doesn’t help that I have a massive headache.

On a good note, I have made plans to go to the farmers market this weekend. Always an awesome time at the farmers market. Hopefully this time I will be able to check out the pottery and get my hands on another Cannoli! (okay..that’s the real reason I want to go. I need another Cannoli!) Best I have ever had. I swear it! I also wanted to pick up some figs so I can make this sweet ass recipe! I mean, how good does this look?!?!

 

With that being said, I think I’m done for the night. I just flipped on the tv and saw that they are showing Baseball Wives! (First time I’ve heard of it!) I know all about Mob Wives, Basketball Wives & Real Housewives. But never have I ever heard of Baseball Wives. What on earth will they come up with next…Mime Wives? Nevertheless, they are all my guilty pleasure.  

Nighty night!

 

This is what I’ve been missing!!

I was so excited to finally be able to head to the Famers’ Market yesterday! & I must say it was soooo much better than the one in Florida. It was all hustle and bustle. Owners were shouting out deals, while people tried to bargain. It was a cacophony of accents and people  shouting in their native tongue. Russian, Hindi, Spanish, Polish! I absolutely loved it. So much diversity. Something I’ve been missing since my six years in Florida.

The only downside is that is was FREEZING!! It felt like the blood in my hands had frozen and my hands were about the shatter from the cold…& I promise you, I am not exaggerating! It’s going to take me a while to get used to the cold weather again 0.o Other than that I loved it haha

I would have taken more pics, but it was so crowded and people were shoulder to shoulder that it was absolutely BANANAS trying to get decent photos. Here is what I was able to get to share with you lovely readers. Honestly; these photos don’t do it justice & there was so much more I wanted to show you, but I got carried away in the beauty of it all. Next time I promise to show you so much more.

I swear to you! These are the best Nuts everrrrr. They are made fresh everyday and they are so yummy. Besides..there is nothing better than warm nuts on a cold day. (Is it me, or does that sound really pervy??)  I couldn’t help but buy a bag. I got Honey/Cinnamon roasted Walnuts. I’m actually eating them as I type this post. DELICIOUS!

This really cute old Italian guy with the thickest Brooklyn accent I ever heard convinced me to buy one of his Cannolis, promising me that they were the best in NY haha & guess what?? It was heaven! Next time I go I’m picking up a few, because I was really sad when I took my last bit and it was gone.

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Is it weird that I get exited when I see produce?? I haven’t decided yet…anyhoo! I la la loved all of the produce at the farmers market. They were selling little cartons of Mushrooms and Tomatoes (The Tomatoes were HUGE) for ONE DOLLAR. I’m never shopping in grocery stores for my produce ever ever ever again. They also had the reddest pomegranates I have ever seen in my life. They look weird in the photo, because of the sun light. SO you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Now, I absolutely love sea food. So it pretty much broke my heart when I couldn’t get any. My mom is highly allergic to sea food…Next time Lobster tail…next time. (* Sniffle )

I adore these collapsible wooden baskets that I found at the Farmers Market. Does anyone else want one?? Cause I sure do!

In a way I’m just like Khloe Kardashian…I love my winter animal themed hats and my scarfs! haha

And finally…me just goofing off haha. I decided not to buy the animal hat, but I did snag the sunglasses. FIVE BUCKS! How could I say no??

What did you do this weekend??