First day of classes

My classes are all in the afternoon this semester. I will be working some mornings, but other days I will have the morning to do with as I please. When class doesn’t start until 12 or 1pm, it’s embarrassingly easy for me to stay in bed until then. My goal this semester is to be a little more productive during those morning hours. Lately, I’ve been waking up around 6am for some odd reason. I’ll lay in bed and look at the early morning sky and wonder why I’m awake at such an hour. It’s really not such a bad hour, though. For twenty-one years I’ve held a grudge against 6am. I never liked it and never wanted to see it. But I’m discovering that 6am really isn’t so awful. It’s quiet and peaceful and kind of beautiful. It’s important to note that I’ve discovered this while lying in bed at 6am with no plans of actually getting up. If I actually needed to get out of bed and function at 6am my feelings might change a bit. Anyway, the point of all this rambling is that I want to start taking advantage of those early mornings. Not just lie in bed, but get up and learn to enjoy those quiet moments before the day starts.

Thinking of this has made me consider some other things I want to do this semester. All of this thinking has led to a list. Of course. So here it is, my goals for a new semester:

[] Exercise everyday

[] Find an internship or job

[] Put more money into savings

[] Read 10 books (1 2/10)

[] Raise GPA

[] Eat at the Cuban restaurant across the street

[] Take more pictures

[] Get up earlier

[] Complain less. Make everyday a good day.

Now it’s published for the world to see. Come January there’d better be some check marks in those little boxes. If you’ve made semester goals, I’d love to hear!

Image from here


A day with no plans

A day with no plans could mean no productivity and a whole lot of laziness. It could also mean a relaxing day, with no worries or cares. It’s all in what you make it. I thought I would be back to work by now, but that’s not the case. Instead I have one last day before school starts – a day with no plans. Even if nothing gets done, I will enjoy it. These days don’t come often enough.

If You Really Knew Me…..

you’d know that I’m not a girly girl at all. I never got into the whole princess thing as a kid. I dressed up as an old lady instead and called myself Eunice. You’d know that I can’t stand the color pink and my feelings towards purple are about the same.

you’d know that I wanted to work in a toll booth when I grew up. Later, I decided I wanted to be a jockey. I have pursued neither of these careers. Yet.

you’d know that I love to play piano even if I’m not terribly good at it. My hands start itching for a piano if I haven’t played in awhile. Oftentimes, I will play to an empty room, just to hear the music and the rhythm. I hated taking lessons while growing up, but I love playing.

you’d know that my favorite color is green, my favorite foods are bacon and apple pie, my favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird (along with a few others), my favorite season is summer, and my favorite accessory is a scarf.

you’d know I’m not a big shoe person. I have two pairs of sandals that I rotate between during the summer months (not counting flip flops, of course) and a trusty pair of boots for the winter. That’s it.

you’d know that I am a country girl in love with the city. I love the city I live in now and I love visiting cities. The crowds, the buildings, the noise, it’s all exciting to me. But growing up in the country ingrains something into your bones that never leaves. Because of this, I have a deep abiding love for the smell of fresh cut grass and rain. I love the sound of frogs at night. I love being able to look up at the sky and feel engulfed by the stars. There’s even a small part of me that feels somehow connected to the sound of country music, pickup trucks, and the excitement of hunting season.

you’d know that I love being a twin, but you wouldn’t ask me that because you’d know how annoying I find that question. Having a twin sister is hard to explain. We’re totally different, but we get each other. It’s like having a best friend who knows all about you.

you’d know that I like things to be in order and to happen in a certain order. When I go shopping, I like to work my way through the store in an orderly fashion. When I’m writing, I like my letters to be the same size and my lines straight. When I’m working, I like things to be clean and organized. The world doesn’t end if things are not orderly and organized, but my world is a whole lot better when they are.

Thanks again to Danielle for post inspiration

Back home

Beautiful old homes like this are one of my favorite things about Richmond.

It feels good to be home, honestly. I was surprised. I thought the process of unpacking and putting the last memories of summer away would be sad, but it really hasn’t been that bad. My sis and I met up with some friends for the day and visited some of our favorite places in Richmond. I’m so glad we did. It reminded me how beautiful this old city is and how much I enjoy living here.

The next few days will be busy. There’s still a bit more unpacking to do, getting ready for school, etc. But there’s a whole lot to look forward to and that’s what I’m focusing on the most.

Life is good right now.