December 28, 2009

black velvet

A pretty eventful Christmas this year! Took a little vacation

from my house and ended up staying with my relatives for like

5 days, including Christmas.

Unlike many of the other holidays, this Christmas seemed a lot better for some reason. As if by magic, I feel like everyone was talking about more interesting topics, and not just how school is going. It felt pretty darn good to have a stronger connection with my family members. Especially since they're just so wacky.
Carolers came to the door and we invited them into the house to sing for us and then made everyone in the house come into the front room to listen. I'm sure they felt a little awkward, but hey, that's what we do.

Of course, everyone had a little too much wine. This lead to my cousins boyfriend, Adam, placing a bow on his head for the majority of the evening and everyone else exclaiming that it was "baby's first christmas" I think it's safe to assume that I was thoroughly amused.
I also participated in Christmas Extravaganza this year.
Don't feel excluded, my Christmas-whore friend Brooke created
the event...more on that to come in a future post.
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For Christmas eve, I decided on a black velvet one piece with long sleeves (it had crotch snaps!)and black tiered pencil skirt. I might have pictures if I can get them from my cousin...I never end up taking pictures of ME! Oh well... I thought my cousins looked beautiful...despite their goofy, more than slightly intoxicated state.

I got a record player and a keurig coffee maker for Christmas!
I cannot wait to sip coffee and jam to old recods in my room.
In a fort, because I'm going to build one when I get back to school. It's going to be awesome.
 
 
 

Oh and not sure how I forgot THIS HUGE BIT OF NEWS.
I got glow-in-the-dark footie pjs. Dream come true.

December 23, 2009

but what was normal in the evening by the morning seems insane.

Christmas Eve is tomorrow and I'm super pumped!
Still not sure what I'll be wearing.. but I'll figure that out
sometime tonight or tomorrow. So many events are coming up before
the year ends. Christmas festivities, neighborhood dinners, new years
bowling, new years parties, and all the things in between.
Got my hair chopped today, too. Nothing special. I was going
to get bangs again.. but then decided they would be too much
work and went with a slight trim and layers. Thrilling, I know.

We decided to go up to Mt. Washington and of course
I was snapping away. The pictures aren't fabulous since
I was without my other lense and it was snowing..but eh
what can I do? Fun group.

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Hope everyone has a SUPER FANTASTIC Christmas!!

December 19, 2009

make a wish

happy birthday to my cousin who just turned 6 years old!
I was messing around with my camera and got some decent shots of the festivities.

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Got my nose pierced too. Maybe I'll get some pictures of that up soonish.

December 17, 2009

blue



She makes me want to have a fun makeup photoshoot. In the works? In my mind at least. We'll see if I can find the time to make it a reality.


December 14, 2009

that's my hand!

One by one, my friends are finishing finals and coming home for winter break. Thank goodness for this, because I'm getting extremely bored being here almost by myself.
We decided to shuttle the crew down to south side for some hookah, oh how I miss summer. It's so much nicer smoking outside or having the opportunity to take little breaks by walking a few blocks. When it's 20 degrees outside, breaks aren't exactly something that we consider anymore. We saw a few people that we graduated with, too. It's funny how this place always brings people together, it's so chill and I love it.


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Oh I totally forgot to include the story behind the title of this post:
As we were leaving hookah, Nikki and Sarah were bickering over who got the front seat. Nikki won and started telling a story. Sarah wasn't listening for some reason and then Nikki got mad at her for not listening and also because she couldn't get the door shut. Meanwhile, Sarah was shouting at Nikki because she kept slamming her hand in the door, each time with a little more force because she couldn't shut it the previous try. Ouch.
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PS... anyone have some suggestions for shooting inside like this? I can never get the pictures to turn out because the lighting is so funky and dark. I have a canon rebel xs, I can't find a setting that works well!

December 10, 2009

24 hours a day

Wow good, Katie. Go nine days without posting.

Anywho. This long long break has been pretty boring. I stupidly didn't call work ahead of time and so the schedule was made without me on it. I have no second job, so this means I'm pretty much done for until summer with making money. Yeah, I'm a smart one, you live you learn I guess. I just wish the learning part didn't involve me being an especially broke person.
At least I got one small shift in because someone needed me to work for them.. yay?
I try to be optimistic, but in reality, I'm kicking myself for being an idiot.

Thank goodness for dunkin donuts. It's open 24 hours a day, and although I feel bad for the girl that is always there at 2 in the morning, I really enjoy being there myself. Pumpkin coffee is my new addiction and at $1.80 with free refills, I'd say that's nothing to be ashamed of. Of course I always go with my favorite ginger and best friend, Alex. We yak for at least two hours about tons of shit. That's probably why I can never think of anything to say here, it's already been said to Alex so I don't need to vent! Plus he offers his very own thoughts of wisdom, I'd say that's a good deal, especially since I can help him out too. As i said, thank goodness for dunkin.
Oh. and aj, who pops up out of nowhere and comes to my house...


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don't worry...it's just his cream for coffee.
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December 1, 2009

all around me are familiar faces

I've had this song stuck in my head all. day. long. Why I left this movie back at school? I'll never know. I guess this video will just have to satisfy for now.
It makes me want to sit on the flat part of a cliff with the playing in the background. I would also need a blanket and pillow for this event. And a cliff..I should find one of those.




I was at the mall today with my friend Sarah. After paying at Forever 21, they gave me a free water bottle and a mini magazine thing for the store. I opened the magazine only to find Rumi, Karla, Susie, and Camille inside. Of course Sarah didn't even know who they were so I felt like some sort of freak oogling over blog friends I don't even know for being in the spreads. Naturally I didn't care and proceeded to tell her about their blogs and she also proceeded to not care as well. Good stuff.

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November 29, 2009

pumpkin pie

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I find it strange that you can know people for literally your entire life and not even find the time to get to know them. People come and go, and you think about all the times you were together with them and then also the memories that you share and realize that you hardly have any to remember. It’s sad to me. My entire family gathers at the same house for the same holidays and does the same thing every single year. You would think that I would know every detail about every aunt, every detail about every cousin, but sadly I feel like I don’t know anything about them at all. We eat, love, talk, hug, laugh, dance, cry, celebrate, drink, cook, shop, vacation, and gather together, yet behind all of this, I know only a little of their lives. Meager chat is all that occurs. How is school? How are you? Do you like it there? Are you getting good grades? How is your roommate? Over and over and over again. No school hasn’t changed; it’s still “good”. Yes I like it there. Yes I am getting good grades. Finally, my roommate is just dandy. I use words like dandy to describe my roommate because that is the only possible spice I can add to such a conversation. Then again, what else is there to talk about when you are in a house filled with people that you are supposed to know and love? Obviously I do the latter, but as for the former, I wish for a little more. Is there anything that I am even missing though? Is it worth the energy thinking about how much I want to know what I don’t only to find out that I shouldn’t have wanted to know in the first place? What is it that I even want to know? Every time I see my family come together, these thoughts are trailing through my brain. I think it has to do with my cousin Adam, because when he died at 24, I knew him. He was my cousin, his name was Adam, and he had some problems. I never really knew him though and it scares me. I have no idea what kind of music he listened to, what his favorite movies were. I didn’t and now never will have a real and deep conversation with my own cousin. This is sad. Wonder if more go and I never actually knew them? I feel like our family life is so repetitive that I have all the time in the world to understand and learn about my family members, except at the same time, I’m not even using that time- sticking to the same conversation about school and how they are doing at the moment. It’s not fair to anyone. I know people have something much more interesting to say than they are “fine” or that work is just great. I just don’t know what that is or how to find out. What about a time when my aunt was 23 on some random Saturday night, tell me a story. I want to hear that more than some bullshit about the dip you made tonight- even if it is really tasty with those sesame crackers. It’s not even learning all that much about the past, it’s about being able to have real conversations with people. All of my cousins are in their 20’s and are girls. You would think that I’d be best friends with all of them and not be afraid of what they think of me and walk right up to them and enjoy a lively night. But that’s not the case. I feel like I was born at such an awkward point in their lives that I’m still just the little girl they always knew, it’s hard for them to understand that I am one of them now. I’m in a transition stage.


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Hope everyone had an awesome thanksgiving! It wasnt the best start to my break considering my goal is to not gain weight while I'm home. good stuff.

November 23, 2009

WHOA, WHOA. Lois, this is NOT my Batman glass.

It was so, so beautiful outside last week! I wish it were like that today, it's raining and cold. I got back from my last class of the day and got to lounge around in the grass in front of the dorms. With my blanket, camera, iced latte, and iPod, I was good to go for hours. Of course, I was supposed to be studying, but everyone knows how that goes on such a wonderful day. All you can do is sit there and soak up everything good about sitting outside in the grass without having to wear a jacket. Then when you bust a guitar out, you really know you're not getting any work done. Gotta love these stress-free, lazy days.
I remember feeling that this was exactly what I was looking for when I went to school. It was like it was out of a movie, and it's really strange to actually find those events in real life. Movies about high school would always have that- kids tossing a football out in the parking lot or people sitting around outside waiting for the day to start. It was really neat to see and experience that sometimes when school let out. Now that all that's over, it's even better to see that it continues here, even more so. Ever since I visited the school, all I wanted to do was take a blanket outside and side on it while reading a book.
I wish I could do the things I really want to do, but then reality always gets in the way. Like the fact that the wind would start to turn the page too soon or make my hair get stuck to my lips. Or that there would soon be ants crawling all over my blanket and I wouldn't be outside reading lazily for hours, but rather minutes.
I would also love to be able to run for miles around the campus. Meanwhile, I would sweat way too much for my liking and I would crash and burn before reaching the half mile marker.
I know that there are so many things that I know I would love to do. I don't have a reason for not doing them, really. It's usually... follow certain cliches because they put off a certain image. Coffee, newspapers. I don't like my coffee black and I don't like to read the newspaper. I wish I liked my coffee black, it just sounds so artsy. I am artsy but I don't like my coffee black, I like lattes with a splenda packet or two. So why do I want to be someone I'm not I guess?

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Has anyone ever seen the movie La vie en Rose? My friend and I just borrowed it from the library and I guess it's super sad..My roommate and I were watching Tarzan (the Disney version) last night and we teared up when the baby gorilla died. I think this is going to be a sad night.



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I get to go home for my six week break tomorrow! I am super excited to be back in my own bed and to work! I am in serious need of some cash.. hopefully I remember how to host the birthday parties! I was pretty good when I left, but now who knows which direction some poor kids birthday might go... bummer for that birthday kid.


and i will leave you with this.