Saturday, December 31, 2011

Nostalgic Notebooks - Part 2

I've always enjoyed keeping track of my life by writing things down. Good things. Bad things. Anything and everything. I have kept a journal for as long as I remember. Although there are certain breaks in my life where I didn't write as much, I always came back to it. A while ago I posted this blog with my early high school memories. I decided to continue going through my journals and pick out some "words of wisdom" according to the younger version of myself. On the eve of this new year, I couldn't help but reflect just a little bit.

February 26, 2007 – “We’re not the same people we were two years ago. I need to stop thinking that we are. I need to stop hoping that we are. We’ve both changed and that’s the main reason we can’t be together. Not now. Not ever again.”

March 3, 2007 – “So, *Andrew* asked me to Prom today. I wasn’t even expecting it. I didn’t really know how to respond so I just laughed. Then I realized he was serious and I told him I would go. But I’m not so sure if that’s what I really want…”

March 24, 2007 – “Today I love these things: Jam sessions. Road trips. College visits. Pretzels with cheese. Getting lost. Record stores. Sidewalks. The Beatles. Music. Screaming. Starbucks. Naps. Driving in the van. The Spice Girls. Lying in driveways. The moon. Cloud shapes. Hide and seek. MY FRIENDS.”

March 26, 2007 – “Even though certain things remind me of him, I’m ready to let go of old memories and make new ones with great friends who make me happier than I ever could have imagined.”

April 5, 2007 – “I like making my parents proud. I hope they think I’m great for being inducted into the National Honor Society.”

April 15, 2007 – “It's really weird when your best guy friend likes you. He wants me but I don’t want him. And I can’t keep making him think that I do. He deserves someone who will be just as into him as he is to them. And that person isn’t me.”

April 22, 2007 – “Everything is really fucking fucked up right now and I’m not sure how it got that way.”

April 28, 2007 – “She is the type of friend that I know will last a lifetime. We don’t always have to be hanging out 24/7 to know that we are true friends. She knows I’m here for her and I know she is there for me. Whenever we hang out, we pick up right where we left off. Its an effortless friendship and I cherish it.”

May 4, 2007 – “I feel like a rebel. No lie. At school, during 9th period, I have a study hall and am an aide for the band director. But the band is on band trip and I didn’t technically have a class to be in. And for some reason I had the urge to skip my “non-existent” class. The point of the story is that I texted my friend *Michael* to pick me up from school. I am a good student, daughter and a person. It’s about damn time I let loose and did something out-of-line!”

May 10, 2007 – “Guys are so full of shit. Even more so than girls.”

May 19, 2007 –“I’ve finally found someone new, someone to take my mind off of *Chris.* I never thought I’d see this day, that I would be stuck loving what once was. But I am crushing hard on someone new. Someone better. And honestly, I couldn’t take it anymore. I needed to know if this new guy liked me back or if I was the only one feeling something. So I texted him that night after everything had happened. When I woke up the next morning he responded by saying he liked me too, even though things are so complicated. Key words: He. Likes. ME! I was so happy reading that. Still am.”

June 4, 2007 – “I told him I was really starting to like him. You know, getting attached. And that if he didn’t feel the same he needed to let me know. He assured me he liked me but the price for us to be together was too high to pay. I never planned on wanting to break him and his girlfriend up. But here I am now getting selfish. I want him to choose me over her. I just know that’s not going to happen.”

June 6, 2007 – “We sat side by side at Lake Milton just watching the sun set. It was silent and it got dark and I couldn’t have asked for better closure to something that didn’t quite happen. When he dropped me off later that night, I waved good-bye. I knew that was the last time I would see his car pulling out of my driveway. And I was somehow okay with it.”

June 9, 2007 – “Another school year down. One more to go. Life moves fast and so does my mind.”

July 14, 2007 – “My dad is so cute. He’s planning a 50th surprise birthday party for my mom. I really hope she’s surprised and appreciates his effort. I love hearing him pace around the house, making plans over the phone. He really is a great guy. My mom really is a lucky lady. I hope to find that some day.”

July 20, 2007 – “My stomach is in knots right now. The weather, the music, the photographs, are all conditions for a pity party.”

July 27, 2007 – “Well. A lot has happened. And I’m not really sure where to begin. But, I guess I didn’t forget how to kiss. And, I don’t know how I feel about that yet.” 

August 3, 2007 – “I'm seventeen today. How did that happen? WHEN did that happen? Birthdays are supposed to bring happiness but all I feel is sad. Good thing I'll be surrounded by my friends soon. I need them right now.”

August 12, 2007 – “He's really starting to grow on me. I like having him around.”

August 24, 2007 – “I haven't had much time to fill you in on the details of my new love interest. But, it's official. We are officially dating. I have officially and truly moved on to someone better.”

Sorry I've been slacking lately.
I'll make it up to you.
<3 oohv

Friday, December 23, 2011

Flashback Friday

I know it's not technically Friday anymore :) sorry! I've started watching the show Dexter from season one and it's been distracting me from posting this in time. Anyway. On Instagram, I've seen a lot of people posting pictures known as "Flashback Friday." With this trend, people get to share old photos of themselves from whatever stages in their lives they feel like sharing. I think it's a really neat concept and I invite you to witness the high school version of me!

Trips to local thrift stores

 My friend Amy from this political program "Buckeye Girls State"

 Planned Picnics

Road Trips

 The light was on at Krispy Kreme!

Amanda and I and our polos :)


When band T-shirts were cool...


Lunch Crew

Mirror Picture!!

You had to be there to understand the greatness of this photo

We often times thought and still think we are gangsters ;)
This is also when I wore green contacts all the time haha

My dad and his two favorites!

Obviously, we are very important

My 17th birthday :D woooohooo!
  Daddy's girl

Hahahaha yes! Little kids at heart

 Slip & Slide

This looks easier than it seems!

And old Myspace picture - hahah

<3 oohv

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Best Time of the Year! (in photos)

Hi guys! So. I've been busy, like super busy. Working. Last minute Christmas shopping. Cookie baking. Visiting the boyfriend in Pittsburgh. Being sick. Decorating. Hence the fact I haven't updated in about a week. I know I missed Tattoo Tuesday this week and I promise to make it extra awesome next week! :)

I just wanted to share some Christmas photos with everyone.

 My mom always has to get the Christmas tree JUST right

YUM! Homemade Clothespin Cookies!

 I'm a present-wrapping master.

 Christmas Nails

 Christmas Cookies :D

 Christmas Beagle!!

 Silent Night

 All prepared for my mini trip to Pittsburgh to visit Mikey. I was sick all 
last weekend with a sinus infection. But I made it! And I feel better :)


 He couldn't wait to play with the spice rack I got for him haha

Happy Holidays!!
<3 oohv

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Food Feature - Cheerio Treats!

In need of a quick dish for the Christmas holiday? Try a Cheerio Treat! This delicious snack is a twist on the traditional Rice Krispie Treat recipe. The first time I tasted a Cheerio Treat was when my boyfriend and I visited his parents. His mother made them to bring back to his apartment, but on the way home we ate about half of the bag! They are THAT tasty :) Trust me. And they are also so simple to make. That's why I've decided to share this recipe!

Step 1: Grease a 13x9 glass dish with butter.

Step 2: Melt butter in a decently large pan over low heat. 

Step 3: Once melted, stir in marshmallows and peanut butter.

Step 4: Stir until the marshmallows are melted and the mixture is smooth and creamy. 

Step 5: Remove the pan from heat and stir in Cheerios until they are well coated.

Step 6: Add half of the chocolate chips into this mixture and stir until all ingredients are blended together. 

Step 7: Press into the glass dish. 
(Tip: I coat my hands with butter when putting the mixture in the pan. This way, the cheerios won't stick to my fingers!

Step 8: Once pressed evenly, pour the remaining chocolate chips on top of the treats. You can add as many as you like!

Step 9: Let the dessert cool for about 10-15 minutes.
<3 oohv

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tattoo Tuesday - Girls with Dragon Tattoos

This week's Tattoo Tuesday post has been inspired by Stieg Larsson's #1 New York Times bestselling book "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." I initially heard of this novel a couple of years ago when it first came out. Being the bookworm that I am, I wondered what all the hype was about. My father recently read all three books in the trilogy and highly recommended them. A few others have also claimed these books as "must reads." It was always on my list of books-to-read, but with the combination of changing my major and getting back into my school routine, it sat on my shelf for a few months. When I finally saw the preview for the movie adaptation, I knew I had to read this book. For about a week now, I have been reading every chance I get. My goal is to finish it before the movie comes out on the 21st. I'm a little over 200 pages in and it's getting so good that I'm having trouble putting it down! (love that feeling)

According to Bulls Eye Tattoo, "A dragon tattoo on a woman usually acknowledges 'woman as the creator.' Like the dragons of many mythologies, woman's true body form is that of life, the world and the universe. It is this superior form that allows her to be without equal. Dragon body art also represents a flowing, fluid grace that conceals a reserve of power just beneath the cool surface. Studies have shown that women who get dragon tattoos become more self-confident and assertive."