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Just Chilling… Sort Of

There’s something about the changing seasons that’s just so inspiring. With summer it’s the bright sun, warm air, green grass… everything looks so much better in comparison to the drab winter from a few months prior. And with every changing season I have new things I’m interested in doing, whether they have been revitalized from the previous year, or are entirely new in appeal.

This summer for me is all about taking a break and doing what I want. The past two summers I have had internships, and they were worth every second for the knowledge and skills that I acquired. For summer of 2015 though, I’m de-stressing. I have a job at the local school district where I’ll be cleaning and help getting things set up for fall. I’m house sitting for family friends. For the first time in almost three years I’m going to be home for longer than a two week stay (this is both good and bad, as you can imagine).

For the next few weeks I am going to be busy getting our house ready for my brother’s graduation party. I feel old. We have hardwood floors to put down, a deck to stain, a senior video (complete with embarrassing pictures and videos from his younger years), and a mountain of other cleaning tasks that need to be done.

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So I guess I’m not really taking a break, physically at least. Maybe it’s more of a mental break?

Oh, I guess I forgot about studying for my GMATs too. So there goes the whole idea of getting a breather from thinking for awhile. I’m planning on studying for 3 months and taking them at the end of the summer before I head back to school in August. Originally I was just going to get my Master’s degree at the school I’m at currently (in which case I’m not required a GMAT and would be accepted based on academic performance instead). However, I’m not sure I want to go into accounting anymore. I’m now double specializing in both accounting and management, and I’m really enjoying my management classes.

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I have no idea where that leaves me in terms of getting a Master’s degree though. I don’t know what to do. Taking my GMATs is the first step though, or so I’m told by my father. After graduating from high school I thought I would be done with exams like that ever again (except for CPA exams of course, but those aren’t for college). The GMATs sound even more strenuous and awful than the ACTs. And I really want to get a good score so that I can get accepted into a good Master’s program and get scholarships and possibly a graduate teaching position and not end up with so many loans that I don’t pay them off until I’m ancient. I don’t think that’s too much to ask, right?

So that’s what my summer’s going to be like. Starting off this post, I was planning on diving into all of the fun things I was going to do during my “break,” but after typing this out, I’m not really sure I’m going to have any more time than I have had in previous summers. *Insert exasperated sigh here*

I probably should make a list of all the things I want to do before summer is over. Like a short-term bucket list*. Maybe I’ll write one up and that will be my next post.

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In the meantime though, a few things with me haven’t changed. I’ve still been reading a lot, and enjoying my Netflix (isn’t almost everyone and their mother on Netflix these days though? I feel like it’s become such a common thing).

Here’s a list of the books that I’m currently in the middle of: 

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  • Saint Anything – By Sarah Dessen
  • Legend – By Marie Lu
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts – By Susan Cain
  • Superfreakonomics – By Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt

Question: What have you been reading lately, or what would you recommend? Not that I don’t already have an extensive reading pile both physically and just in the general listing sense, but it’s always good to have suggestions. Mostly, right now, I’m curious as to what your favorite non-fiction books are? I like ones that make you think, and I’ve been considering reading a book by Mary Roach who is the queen of humorous scientific books. Biographies aren’t really my thing, although I’ve listened to quite a few autobiographies via audiobook in the past year, so I’m really up for it all. 

I also need some suggestions on TV shows. I’ve been doing a lot of re-watching of my favorites, instead of plunging into any new territory for the past month or so.

Here are the shows I’ve been watching again lately:

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  • Haven
  • Eureka
  • Teen Wolf
  • Under the Dome
  • Continuum
  • Dollhouse

Question: So, what would you suggest? Again, I’m open to anything, but right now I would prefer something sci-fi. That’s my favorite genre in books, tv shows, movies, etc. I like sci-fi shows that have an interesting concept and compelling main characters. This summer new seasons of Haven, Continuum, and Teen Wolf are coming and I’m super excited for that. In the meantime though, I should probably stop watching random episodes of the aforementioned shows and dive into something new. Feel free to suggest multiple shows, because I’ve most likely seen a good portion of them already. I think if I were to put the full extent of the sci-fi shows that I’ve watched above, you would think I’m crazy. Or crazier than usual, however you want to put it.

I should also mention that the soundtrack to my life right now is also sci-fi…ish. It wasn’t an intentional choice on my part. I heard it once and got stuck there on repeat. Before you listen, heed my warning.

I’m not even in the same room with any of you and I still feel embarrassed. It’s just so catchy. Really, I have no idea what they are saying for half the lyrics, but doesn’t it just make you want to dance? And while the song itself isn’t very sci-fi in the lyrics, the techno aspect, and music video are. It’s very campy, ridiculous, and just kind of perfect in its carelessness. Britney and Iggy look like they are just having fun, not caring what anyone else thinks.

*It just hit me that a short-term bucket list is basically a to-do list. Well, no basically about it. That’s the definition. Except it has a slightly more fun connotation.

I Just Remembered… (MIMM + WIR)

I just remembered that I have about one bazillion plus one pictures that I haven’t shared on here from my summer and back-to-school antics. Among these are the rest of my weekend trip in Michigan with my family, some pictures from a recent shopping excursion with my mom and her friend, as well as just some random these-don’t-belong-anywhere-else photos that I have no where else to put.

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Notice that none of these lay mention to my dorm room. That time will come eventually. I just need to clear out my computers from my internship and that will give me a ton of extra space.

Right, about that… It turns out that my school requires a username/password to access their internet, and the phone that I run through the internet is not setup to require a password. Ergo, I can’t do the internship any longer.

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I have two main thoughts on this:

  1. Oh my gosh. Money!! I really needed that money. Like A LOT.**
  2. This will free up a lot of time for studying and just doing whatever I please. Already in the two weeks since school starts without taking any calls (what I did for my internship for those that don’t know) I haven’t once felt like I had too much time on my hands. I also never feel rushed. So maybe it really is for the better.

** So that’s just me being melodramatic. I have enough money to cover my school bills in my bank account as of right now, and it won’t kill me to take out a loan. I know that there are people out there with actual money concerns and mine are not even near as dramatic as theirs.

Overall I think I am also a lot less stressed without the addition of work, but that’s both good and bad. Yes, I don’t want to be OVER-stressed; however it was good practice for the real world outside of college and having that constant commitment kept me on my toes.

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I’m going to be taking back my computer and phone equipment in the next few weeks and hopefully get to chat and say goodbye to my intern coordinator. She was such a nice lady and always responded to all of my questions (which were quite numerous as you can imagine). This trip will also lend itself to a trip to Whole Foods and/or Trader Joes so if that happens there will definitely be more Pictorial Deposits in the near future 😉

That’s all in the future though. Let’s wrap up the past and get crack a’ lackin!

Week-In-Review-Button-FinalI’m linking up today with Katie at Healthy Diva Eats for MIMM and Meghan at Clean Eats Fast Feets for Week in Review.

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I took a lot of self portraits at work.

Obviously.

But instead of being obnoxious and posting one every day… I decided to bombard you with them all at once.

It’s proof that I did not wear a t-shirt/jeans/shorts every single day. My parents will be so proud (if they read my blog 😉 ).

It seems that I have an affinity for long sleeves, stripes and plaid. Hmm. Go figure- I actually have a “style.”

Before I get too retrospective and lose everyone’s respect let’s move on. After all, this blog is not about fashion!

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Now here is Part 2 of my weekend with my family up in Michigan this past summer (sorry in advance for the inordinate amount of photos).

After going to Greenfield Village at the beginning of the day, we took a short break recouping during lunch and messing around on our respective technological devices. Then my dad got it in his head that it would be fun to walk around a nearby college campus. You can just imagine my brother’s groans in protest and my mother’s dubious looks (I probably complained too but must have just blocked that part out… 😉 ). Upon explaining that the campus was well-known for looking like the grounds of HOGWARTS though we were all on board!

Instead of driving I pulled the directions up on Map Quest and suggested that we walk since it was only about a mile away.

Once we got closer I became increasingly more excited because it really DID look like Hogwarts.

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The weather was absolutely perfect!

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I felt like I was a student at Hogwarts… Just waiting for Harry Potter to walk around the corner.

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Way far in the distance you may be able to spot a person in a light-colored shirt. There were actually two kids getting there senior pictures taken that day on the campus grounds. I bet they turned out amazing!

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My mom.

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Thing #1

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Thing #2 (I’m guessing they were supposed to be monks?)

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Me in front of a “passageway.”

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Whomping Willow anyone?!

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There was a lot of construction going on while we were there, which I tried to avoid in all of my pictures because it just kind of ruined the mood.

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Madison Street!

I’d highly recommend for all of you Harry Potter fans out there to visit the campus whenever you’re in town. It didn’t take very long to walk around but I would love to go back there some time and have a picnic, take some more pictures, and if classes were in session maybe even take a look inside!

Alright…. Now let’s skip forward a few weeks to first of the September when I went shopping with my mom and her friend.

As I’ve mentioned before, coming from a small town we don’t have many specialty stores around to shop at. That limits the variety of things that we can buy as far as clothes, food, etc. More importantly, for my mom at least, it really puts a damper on the school supplies that she can buy for her classroom. We used to have a really great teacher store around us but that closed over five years ago so now we have to trek over an hour away to get to the nearest one.

Some may have found it boring, but growing up a teacher’s daughter I’ve gotten accustomed to teacher stores, quick trips into town for last-minute supplies, and helping with back-to-school crafts (<< one of my favorite parts aside from helping her grade tests!).

I know that there a few teachers that also blog out there, so this is for you all. I guess if you really like shopping/books/stickers you’ll like all of the pictures too… 😉

You Know You are in a Teacher Store When…

There are bulletin boards in the bathroom.

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There are aisles upon aisles of books.

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And stickers…

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I guess I should also specify that these stickers are AWESOME!

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Look closer… That’s right! Scratch and sniff. Stickers scented with the best foods known to man: Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Pizza, Grape, Popcorn, Strawberry, Cola, Lemonade, Apple, Taco, Bubblegum and there was even MORE on the other side. Heaven.

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I even came across these. I think it’s safe to say though that our homemade versions were just as good and much cheaper 🙂

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Now to wrap up this post a little something to remember from a scientific genius who we have all learned from over the years:

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Well said Einstein. Well said.

I think I will take his advice and catch up on my fairy tales with Once Upon a Time this week to prepare for the new season. Who’s with me?

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Questions for you:

Have you ever gone anywhere that has reminded you of the set of a movie?

What scent would you want your scratch and sniff stickers to be? Cookie dough or cupcake. Duh.

What shows are you excited for this Fall? Or sad to see leave from the Summer? Excited for Once Upon a Time (but I’m WAY behind on my episodes…) and sad to see Rookie Blue end.