It's snowing! Did you notice my purposely placed exclamation point. I've decided to be happy about the snow instead of complaining. Life's too short and all that jazz. Also, I've got a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts to spend the evening with, so life is good! I have been craving doughnuts all week, so this is a pretty great way to start the weekend. Here are some links for your enjoyment:
P.S. Did you know that in exactly seventeen weeks from today Mark and I will be getting married?! Yep. I did the math and everything.
A little feature about the things that made me happy this week. Even the worst days have happy moments and this feature is to remind me of that.
- Long weekends. Martin Luther King weekend came along right when I needed a long weekend the most. Sure, I ended up catching some nasty bug and blowing my nose like it was my favorite thing to do but that didn't stop it from being an awesome weekend. Any weekend when I can travel to Georgia is an awesome weekend. Have I used the word awesome enough?
- Shorter weeks. Of course this was going to be the next thing on my list. It's already Thursday. One more day until the weekend!
- Wedding invitations. Mark and I screen printed our wedding invitations this past weekend. It was a pretty intense process and we got a little frustrated more than once, but the final products turned out perfect. It makes everything feel a whole lot more real knowing those are my wedding invitations laying on the desk in my room.
- BLTs. On Monday, before leaving Georgia, Mark and I met up with some friends in downtown Athens for lunch. It was a tiny little corner restaurant with an amazing menu selection (think fried green tomatoes, mashed potatoes, burgers, and Nehis). Their BLT was delicious! It is no secret that I am bacon's biggest fan, so this little place was right up my alley. We all agreed that the music selection was a little creepy though. It sounded similar to a chorus of out-of-tuned screeching violins. Other than that, it was the perfect way to spend a sunny Monday lunch.
- Parking. Yet again, this little gem makes it onto my weekly happy list. I scored a spot right in front of the door to my building this morning. And the meters haven't been "configured" yet (whatever that means) so I didn't have to pay, which is another good thing since I didn't realize until after I left the house this morning that I had no change with me. Ahh...life.
17/365: Wedding invitation samples came in the mail today!
18/365: Pulled out the winter hat and boots today. It finally snowed in Richmond!
19/365: Saturday night was spent with a great bunch of people eating at one of my favorite Atlanta restaurants -- DBA BBQ.
20/365: Wedding invitations! We managed to screen-print them all Sunday night. Whoo hoo!
21/365: I missed a day. I know, I know. The majority of this day was spent in the backseat of a car, travelling home to Virginia. I slept the majority of the way, waking up only to blow my nose and/or sneeze. Deeeelightful, let me tell you. You probably didn't want to see a picture of that anyway. So, you're welcome.
22/365: Sunshine! It makes these frigid days a little more bearable.
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
As social media becomes more and more integrated into our daily life, our friends have the privilege of knowing what we're doing at any given moment, what music we're listening to, what we're eating, where we're eating it at, and exactly what our opinion is on that new Parenthood episode. The issue of over sharing on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook has been discussed over and over in the past few years, but what about how we are supposed to respond to all that over sharing?
Alex Knapp, a writer for Forbes, brought this subject up recently when he saw on Facebook that one of his office mates was listening to a certain band. He looked the band up and began listening to their music. This is when he found himself in the middle of a social media etiquette predicament.
Should he thank his office mate for introducing him to a new band that he really liked? Would that be creepy? Should he not say anything and continue listening to the same music as she did? Would that be even creepier? What if she didn't know that what she was sharing on Facebook was "public"? What if she didn't know she was sharing at all?
Knapp woefully wished for a Miss Manners of the social media world to plague with these questions.
Sharing on Facebook has reached a point where not everything that is posted is voluntary. Outsider apps, such as Spotify and Pinterest, will automatically post what song you're listening to or what recipe you've repinned. While most people are aware of their privacy and sharing settings, not everyone is knowledgeable of the fact that the minuscule details of their lives are being posted on the Internet for "everyone" to see.
("Everyone" as in their office mate whom they added out of politeness, their crush from high school whom they added so they could browse through his/her wedding photos, their best friend's brother's girlfriend whom they added because...heck, they don't even know why they added her!)
Either way, these are the people who are being updated with details of other people's lives, a little treat they have at their fingertips thanks to a pretty little thing called social media.
How are we supposed to respond to that? Is it simply accepted that everything that is posted on social media is meant for public consumption and, therefore, okay to discuss with family and friends? Or do social norms prevail and real life manners apply?
Will you be spending your weekend snowed in? They were calling for the Great Blizzard of 2013 on Thursday. I was skeptical, but they proven me wrong. Snow in Richmond is not a common occurrence so I get a little credit. Because it's a long weekend (for us college students anyways), I'm heading to Georgia until Monday. I'm in need of a long weekend away from classes, homework, editors, and deadlines. Snowy roads and awful traffic is not what I had in mind, but I'll take what I can get.
Here's some links for your weekend:
A little feature about the things that made me happy this week. Even the worst days have happy moments and this feature is to remind me of that.
- Work. I love my new job. I spend most of my time dealing with news and social media and the rest of the time blogging. And the best part is - I get paid to do it. I also love dressing up to go into an office everyday. It's been awhile since I've had the liberty of picking and choosing an outfit for work every morning.
- Writing. This past week I've been reminded again how much writing makes me happy. There's something special about seeing a finished draft and knowing that you created that. All the frustrations disappear when that final copy is in front of you.
- Wedding stuff. More specifically, actually getting wedding stuff done and not just talking about it or looking at it on a pinterest board. When the topic of weddings roll around, I've found that people (including me) can talk for hours on the subject but actually buckling down and accomplishing things can be difficult. This week a small number of things got squared away and that makes me happy. We're that much closer to our wedding day!
- The big picture. This week I've been trying to look at the big picture instead of getting stressed out over little things. For example, when I start stressing over homework and deadlines, I remember that I'm finally in my senior year of college. When I start wishing I could sleep in for another hour, I remember that I've got a great job that's worth getting up for. When none of that works, I think that I've got a fiance who's pretty darn cute and a wedding coming up in May. That always does the trick. Really, though, the big picture ain't so bad.
- Bloglovin'. I have this addiction with my Bloglovin' feed. I used to check it as often as some people check their inbox or Facebook, but then life/this semester stepped in. Now I only have a few moments after I crawl in bed at night to scroll through my favorite blogs, but those few moments are nice. Really nice.
- Scoring a parking space right outside my building. It has been raining alllllll week! Not a pretty rain either, a freezing-cold-drench-you-to-the-bone rain. I know because I've been caught in it (without an umbrella or rainboots!) too many times this week. It's getting to be annoying. I finally gave in and started driving to class instead of suffering through another cold miserable walk. I normally don't drive because parking is a nightmare around campus and usually results in a ticket that I can't afford to pay. This rain calls for desperate measures though. This week I somehow managed to score a parking space right outside my building. I'm telling you, miracles do happen!
After the day I had this soft wool blanket in the most perfect shade of green looks absolutely lovely. I got caught in an torrential downpour leaving campus today and arrived home soaking wet and shivering. I couldn't wait to take a long hot shower and hop in my warm bed. This cozy blanket would have been the perfect addition.
It's Friday! That means I have survived my first full week back to the grindstone after a wonderful break. This week was full of new things: a new job, new classes, new schedule, new routine. There were a lot of firsts as well: first time riding the bus downtown, first time receiving an official press ID badge, first time attending a production meeting at work, first time being published. I think that's pretty impressive for just one week! Technically, classes haven't begun yet but the beginning of this week was an "orientation" for my capstone course, so it felt like classes were in session. I have to say, it's a little creepy being on campus before classes begin. I walked into the dining hall for lunch one day, only to find the place dark and deserted. On Monday classes will begin full throttle. With that in mind, I intend to enjoy my weekend to the fullest extent.
Here are some links for your weekend:
- This pillow is awesome. It's officially on my want list.
- Olivia Rae James always takes the best photos. These are stunning!
- My first article for Capital News Service was published on Wednesday. It's just a short piece covering a press conference that was held the day before, but I was super excited to see my name in print. So if you're interested, here's the link.
- I'm loving all the new 365 or 52 projects that are popping up everywhere. Here's a cute one.
- I just discovered Done Not Done via swissmiss. It's a list for all the things you want to do, not the things you need to do. Here's mine.
- Danielle has done it again. I love this girl's posts, because they so often embody the exact thoughts or feelings that I have. This post is about enjoying the journey and not always rushing ahead to the next thing.
I'm starting a new (hopefully weekly) feature of the little things that made me happy during the week. Even the worst days have happy moments and this feature is to remind me of that. Here's week one:
- New daily planners. If you know me at all, you know that I have a deep abiding love for planners. Think about it... it's a notebook completely dedicated to lists and organizations. What's not to love? My planner from last year included half of 2013, so I decided not to buy a new one. That decision didn't last very long at all. Call me a nerd if you like, but jotting down lists and to-do's in my new planner make me happy.
- Working with Mark. As this break flies to an end, Mark and I have been working on a lot of last minute things that need to get done before school starts again. Since my parent's Internet is painfully slow, we've been making trips into town to a local cafe to take advantage of faster WiFi. These little trips make me happy. We usually have our noses in our respective laptops the majority of the time, but it's really nice to glance up and see his handsome face across the table.
- Sunshine. It has been pretty chilly lately, but there has been no shortage of sunshine the past few days and that makes me immensely happy. I can deal with winter better when it's bright outside, instead of gray and bare. It also makes walking outside a bit more bearable for a cold-blooded person like me.
- Listening to records while making dinner. Even the suckiest day gets better when there's good records playing. My favorite right now is an old piano version of Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.
- The Capitol. I'm always in awe every time I enter that building. It's pretty impressive, to say the least. I'll be doing a lot of work there this semester and hopefully I'll learn my way around soon. The place is massive! It is a beautiful place to be lost, though. As long as you don't inadvertently walk into a General Assembly session.
- Downton Abbey. I finally watched the newest episode. There's something about the theme music of that show that puts me in a good mood. It makes me feel nostalgic. Is that odd? Also, I find myself using a lot of British terms after watching an episode. That's always amusing.
- Being published. Some of you may know that I'm working with the Capital News Service this semester, covering the General Assembly. It is pretty intense work, but my very first article got published in two news outlets and seeing my name in the byline made it all worth it.
The past week was full of trade-offs. Mark would go hunting one day and the next day I'd drag him with me for wedding shopping. I say "drag", but he was a really good sport about it. Actually, I know for a fact he loves Hobby Lobby more than I do. He did sneak off to the rocket and model airplane aisle a time or two, but overall we got a lot done.
(Speaking of Hobby Lobby, I take back all the mean things I ever said about that store. It has been super helpful when shopping for wedding supplies. It's not like I'm going to start going on a regular basis or anything, but we're on speaking terms now.)
Mark did say that somehow every day we went shopping was a perfect day for hunting (something about the way the wind was blowing?) Haha. I didn't have anything to do with that, I promise.
Loving: The new features on some of my favorite blogs. It seems like bloggers got an extra dose of creativity this year when January rolled around. Here are a few that I'm currently loving:
E is blogging everyday in January.
Elsie is doing a cute 365 days at home project.
James started a new series called Want, Need, Wear, Read.
Breanna is curating some beautiful wantlists.
Danielle has started a new series titled Girl-Crushin'.
And I'm attempting my own 365 project on this blog. I've been posting my photos weekly. Taking a picture every day is one thing, blogging every day is a completely different story. :)
Watching: Back to back episodes of The Wire. It is one of those shows that I have heard about constantly, but just never took the time to watch it. I surprised Mark with it for Christmas and we've been watching it together. I have to say, I'm pretty hooked. We've got a few more episodes to watch before Mark goes back to Georgia, or I may be borrowing his Christmas present for a little while. :)
Reading: Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos. I was so happy to receive it as a gift this year, since I had somehow missed that Santos, one of my favorite authors, had published another book. Big fail on my part, but it made for a great surprise! It has been an embarrassingly long time since I've sat down to read a book, so I'm enjoying it. The way Santos writes makes me happy. Someone once told me that they didn't like her books, because she was too wordy. I have to disagree. The way she words sentences make me wish I was a better writer. She has a knack with words that is seriously impressive. I'll let you know my feelings on the actual story as I get farther into it. Working on: Getting organized. It has been so wonderful to shut my brain off during this break. There were quite a few days when I even forgot what day of the week it was. But school and work are fast approaching, so I have had to start thinking about things and getting myself organized for the coming semester. It's not as bad as it sounds. I'm all about making lists and organizing things. I've also been working on a lot of wedding things. I'm super happy with everything that has come together during my time off from school. We've still got a lot to do before May arrives, but little by little it's getting done. The organization freak who lives inside me is having a heyday.
Thinking about: How excited and slightly scared I am for this year. I'm taking my final capstone courses this semester and it's a little terrifying. Combine that with wedding planning and a new job and you can understand why 2013 looks a little scary. The good news is that the exciting parts outweigh all the scary parts.
It made me excited to write '13 in this post's title. It's still sinking in that a new year is here. This weekend is the last weekend before Mark and I both go back to school and I start my new job. I've said it before and I'll say it again...this break has been amazing! These last few weeks with Mark have been super nice. The coming year is going to be full of so many new and good things, but it's also going to be an extremely busy year, so these last few weeks of vacation have meant a lot.
If you're in college, is this your last weekend before the "fun" starts again? How will you be spending it? Mark and I are still at my parent's home. He and my brother have been hunting as much as they can before the end of the season on Saturday. We're having a handful of friends over on Sunday, so it'll be a nice way to end this perfect break from school. Here are a few links that I've enjoyed this week:
This year I want to do a 365 photo project. I'm sure you've heard of them before. The idea isn't new and the rules are simple: take a photo a day for 365 days. I've seen people do everything from self-potraits to photos of their feet (eck!). I've decided to loosely center my project around "home". The past few years have taught me how quickly the feeling of "home" can change. Home isn't always a particular place. As we make connections and grow, home takes on different forms. Home can be many places.
Currently, I'm spending my break from school in the little farmhouse that I grew up in. It has always been the one place that I've thought of as home. Unlike most people who move two or three times during their childhood, this old house has been home since the day they brought me here from the hospital. There's something nice about starting off the new year here.
Once classes begin again, I'll be back in my tiny Richmond apartment -- my first home away from home. And four months from now, I'll be moving into a new home with my new husband. That will become home too.
It is going to be a year so full of changes and I don't want to miss the little moments. I think documenting them in photos will be fun and it will be great to look back and remember my other "homes" as Mark and I create our own. I have this lingering feeling that I'll probably stop halfway through or, at the very least, skip a few days, but it will still be neat to look back on the pictures I do take when 2014 rolls around.
Will you attempt a similar project this year? Let me know in the comments, so I can check yours out. And thanks to Elsie for the original inspiration.