Back From the Dead

Today is August 15th, 2013. I don’t remember the last day I posted on here, but I can try to fill in some of the blanks regarding what I’ve been up to since my last blog post. You know, in case any of you actually care or are still interested in/reading my blog.

Life has been pretty hectic lately, but mostly in a positive way. I’ve just been busy nonstop for weeks… I worked like crazy at my job right up until I had to drive up to my college town and move into my new apartment. Then, I turned around and headed home a few days later, spent the next three days hurriedly finishing up my horrible summer World Lit class, and then left the next morning for a week trip to the beach. The beach trip was lovely and all, but the day after returning home, again I left to go back to my college town and sort out my job situation over there… only to come back home two weeks later just “for the weekend” which ended up being an entire week instead, and now finally today I am headed back up to school once and for all. Well, probably until Labor Day weekend when my family will want me to come home yet again. Sigh….

Because of the constant busy-ness and running around like a crazy person, my summer break hasn’t really felt like a “break” at all. I had some pretty high hopes as far as things I would get done this summer, but as you can imagine, I eventually just ran out of time for everything.

But while I may not have done EVERYTHING I had hoped to accomplish this summer, I still can’t really complain. I got an easy, 3-credit English class out of the way while working a ton at my job and making some pretty good money. I’ve got a better idea of what I might want my major/s and minor to be, but I still think I should take the introductory business courses in finance, marketing, and management science before I make a final decision. I got accepted for a PR position in a club that I’m currently involved with at school, which is really exciting because it’s a year-long position and will also help me determine if that may also be something I’m interested in. And in regards to my social life, I was able to see most of my friends from back home in one way or another, and was also able to see my boyfriend a good 4 times this summer (can’t wait to stop the long-distance in a few days!) I also made a few new friends this summer as well :)

And of course, the overall process of moving into the new apartment certainly had its moments, but I am happy to say that I absolutely LOVE this new apartment! My roommate Katherine and I are almost finished putting the final touches on the decorative and organizational aspects of the apartment. I can’t wait to officially be settled in because not only will we be able to finally relax in our new space, but I’ll be able to snap some photos of the new place and share some of my decorating and DIY projects I’ve done around the apartment so far!

So… It’s been really busy lately, but now that things are beginning to settle into a more predictable routine of school, work, blogging (hopefully), extracurriculars, etc., I’m feeling much less stressed and more prepared for this upcoming school year. I’m pretty excited to see what my junior year of college will bring. I really do hope this year will involve a little less studying 24/7 so that I can make some more free time for myself and actually enjoy my second to last year in college :)

In the meantime, I’ve got one more week of summer break to enjoy before classes resume for the fall semester. I’m going to make every one of these next 7 days count :)

Summer Polaroids Collection: #3

Summer Polaroids Collection: #3

This photo was taken about two and a half weeks ago (the same day as the previous Polaroid photo) at the Piedmont Park in Atlanta. My friend Billy was nice enough to show my friend Corey and I his favorite photo spot in the park, and I must say, he was totally right!

What I love the most about this gem of a photo spot is that it is one of the only places within the park that gives a spectacular view of the lake, as well as a stunning view of the Atlanta skyline :) Unfortunately, the buildings in the background didn’t come out as well as I would have liked, but I still think that the faded, ghost-y effect that developed instead looks pretty cool :)

This was my first time ever at Piedmont Park, and I really hope to go again sometime soon… preferably when it isn’t so unbelievably hot and humid outside :P

Summer Polaroids Collection: #2

Summer Polaroids Collection: #2

This photo was taken at Papi’s Cuban Restaurant in downtown Atlanta right before our delicious Cuban food was served! Since I’ve been super busy with my job and summer class, I haven’t had much of an opportunity to hang out or even see any of my friends from back home.

Thankfully, my friends Billy and Corey were free today, so we all met up for lunch and were able to catch up and relax over our tasty Cuban meals :) I am so glad we all took advantage of having the same free time in our schedules, and I am EXTRA glad I took the much needed break from writing my research paper to indulge in my favorite type of food!

I absolutely love how this photo of Billy and me turned out. My favorite part about it is the wooden Cuba cutout hanging on the wall in the background. None of us realized it was even in the photo until the picture developed all the way!

Note: If you have never had the chance (or really, the pleasure) of eating some authentic Cuban food, I highly recommend it! You won’t even know what you’ve been missing until you do!

Oedipus… With Vegetables?

As I was researching the several adaptations of the classic Sophocles play “Oedipus the King” for my World Literature research paper due in a few days, I managed to stumble across this 8-minute retelling of Oedipus that is equally amazing and ridiculous.

Complete with outstanding animation and epic music, not to mention the kitchen utensil weapons and brief scenes involving some vegetable lovin’ and gory ketchup, this is quite easily the most incredible short animated film I have seen in a long time.

Summer Polaroids Collection: #1

Summer Polaroids Collection: #1

This is the first photo out of a collection of 8 summertime photos that I will be blogging about (my post about buying this instant film can be found here).

This photo was taken right before my boyfriend and I parted ways to go back to our respective hometowns for the summer. Unfortunately, this is one of my most unflattering looks ever, but I still think the picture came out kinda cute-ish :P

Thrifting Is Truly Amazing!

I’m not sure if I have mentioned this before, but one of my favorite things to do is to go thrift shopping.

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I’m not really sure why I like thrifting so much. I think part of it is that I just really enjoy the thrill of finding something really amazing and unique, with plenty of life left in it, for a really great price! Here are some of the things I’ve found over the years at thrift stores, antique stores, flea markets, Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc. that were seriously incredible finds:
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Sometimes I find things that are a bit more on the ordinary side, such as clothes, books, and jewelry, which is fine because I save so much more money buying that item at a thrift store than if I had bought it new somewhere else!

ImageSo now, let me talk a bit about the newest addition to my growing list of thrifty finds from last week!

I spent a good part of Wednesday at multiple thrift stores in search of a cheap wooden table with decent legs on it that could be turned into a desk for my new apartment (which I did eventually find and will be posting about that later on! Stay tuned :P ).

After searching a few places, I ended up at a Goodwill store and, once again, did not find the kind of table I was looking for. Discouraged, I decided to waste a little bit of time looking at some other things that were for sale. Just as I was leaving the store, the most glorious and beautiful leather bag caught my eye, and I knew I had to turn around to get a closer look…

ImageI literally could not believe what I was seeing! I had been eying the vintage Dooney & Bourke “All Weather Leather” Essex purses for quite some time now. I even almost bought one off of eBay this past Christmas, but decided against it because it was too expensive for me at the time (The one I was looking at was $75).

I am so glad that I waited, because I found this bag for only $25! I was a bit wary of its authenticity at first, especially since it was priced way under what I thought it was worth. However, after doing some brief research (thanks a bunch to this website and this blog), I quickly realized that I held a truly authentic bag in my hands! WOW!

Here are some more photos of my bag. I was so impressed to find it in such amazing condition at such a low price point! Gotta love Goodwill :)

ImageAll in all, another successful thrifting excursion! The best thrift days are the ones when you initially set out looking for one thing and you end up finding something totally different and unexpected instead! :) Have you ever had a lucky thrifting experience before?