Monthly Archives: May 2014

Nailed May

this month has been really long and at the same time i have very little to mention about it. i have been home for a bit now and feel very ready to go back to school i can barely wait. this upcoming weekend is extremely eventful for me i have bookcon and my girl scout gold award banquet. because i seen to be unable to think of fun things to say up here i guess i will jump right into the nail art photos.

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This feels like forever ago, the butterfly nail i found super easy and it didn’t chip or anything for about a week so i would say very worth it’s time consumption and i got loads of compliments.

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Aye Aye sailor. nautical themed nails, i think i will have an anchor themed phone cover for my new phone that should arrive for this weekend thank goodness mine is so done right now it basically does not work

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tribal patterns as requested by roommate abbie

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simple glitter tops

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it’s a penguin

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sorry about the quality of this one it was  hard to get both of my thumbs in a picture but m&m’s

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job hunt simple

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lots of dots

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i did these for the new levels of candy crush which i have already played through so i am at 590 waiting for more levels

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pretty in pink and a touch of glitter never hurt anyone

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these were for the R5 concert i saw on sunday it was okay

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and my current nails mint with black and white grass no purpose just pretty

so hope you are having a beautiful week and if you do nail art or thoughts of what i should try i have time to do them just leave me a comment.

chapter 4

So I have been home for over a week now and already really want to get back to school and my college friends. but becuase i am currently in NJ that means that I get time to sleep in and stay up late reading books for fun and fill out job applications that will hopefully lead to me getting paid. i have some really cool things coming up in the next few weeks posts will be sure to follow. i may have to put up some polls to get opinions on what you guys want to see.

the post is chapter 4 of collin and jade this is the second Collin POV chapter if you do not know what i am talking about there is a catagory for this and it is the novel i started writing in November 2013.

Chapter 4 Collin

I have spent half the lunch hour looking all over for Jacob but he is completely nowhere to be found. I guess it was dumb of me to think that an upperclassman would stay on campus if they have a car and could go anywhere. It’s not a total waste of time though, at least now there will not be a line for the cafeteria food. I get to walk straight up to Betty the server who plopped a scoop of mash potatoes on my plate.

“Will that be enough for today?” Betty asks me in her scratchy smoker’s voice.

“More than enough thank you Betty.” I feel the need to be extra nice to her and all of the other cafeteria staff because they are not appreciated by most of the guys. The way I see it, without the lunch staff I would get really hungry every day so putting in the tiny bit of effort to recognize they exist really can go a far way.  Sometimes Betty will make an exception for me and give me a double serving of pudding or a nice big corner piece of cake. The icing is my favorite part so the corners are my favorite part especially if there is one of those edible roses on it.

“Would you like chicken patty or meat loaf?” Betty asks me from behind the counter. Her huskily built body moves down the line with me.

“What’s better today?” It really does not matter neither one is all that good.

“Meat loaf it is.” And with that I get a slab of random lunch meat placed down next to the mash potatoes.  “I realize it’s not a turkey dinner but I can give you cranberry jelly.”

“That sounds so good, I would love some cranberry jelly with my lunch feast.” I receive the full plate of lunch goodies and get a plastic fork and knife. It is not good silverware but it is what the school provides to us with everything being very disposable to cut down on what needs to be washed.

I go to my small circular table in the corner of the room on the far end of the windows.  Brandon and Chris are already sitting and have a chess game in progress. Brandon wears glasses and is the most out of shape guy of all of us. He has always been a bit over weight and now he just sits around and so he gained more weight than he would have liked to. He is wearing a flannel like he does on most days; today it is red and black, paired with jeans. Chris has a mocha complexion and a small fro. He is one of the few minorities in this school and for that he has to work extra hard to show people he is not one of the average black stereo typed kids. He is actually super smart, working towards seulidictorian. Chris is also one of the nicest people who goes to the school largely because he wants others to accept him so he is very excepting of himself.

“Hey guys, how’s it going?” I sit in the chair next to the two of them.

“I am winning this game.” Chris does not even look up from the game he is so involved his mindset is set on game mode and there is no need for him to break that to small talk with me.

Brandon is less concentrated largely because he has already lost, not guaranteed but he has only no chance of winning at this point in the game. “Hey dude, um I don’t know my day has been pretty average, but it sounds like you might have a good story from today.”

“I do, today in gym I was partnered with Jacob Wilkins and we actually won a few matches and I got two points on my own. It was the best feeling ever like I had really accomplished something, my body loved it. I think I want to join a team for next quarter.” I am beaming with joy, my tone of voice it glowing with excitement.

Both Brandon and Chris look away from the chess board in shock of my over joyous statement.

“Collin did you get hit in the head today, or are you sick? We can take you to the nurse if that’s the problem.” Chris seems slightly concerned.

“Were you abducted by another life force because I feel like if that’s the case we have to ask some personal questions only you can answer and if you get them wrong we should kill you?” Brandon is more of a joker than Chris so his explanation to my change in character is very fitting.

“Guys I am perfectly fine, and the same person you have known since second grade reading buddies for Brandon and the library’s annual chess competition two years ago where I was cornered by Chris’s queen and rook and lost in the semifinals. But I just felt so good I want to be like that more often and sports are not like chess. They can get you up and moving to lose weight or get your brain fired up form endorphins. I was looking to find Jacob and discuss winter sports but I couldn’t find him. I was thinking basketball.”

“Basketball is for the tall and talented people of the world not for chess playing kids with asthma. Think about what you are about to get yourself into.” Brandon brings up some fair points.

“If I were you I would recommend you sleep on the idea and if you still want to join sports on Monday then talk it over with coach, he would be the best one to figure out how to channel you inner athlete. But for now you might want to just clam down.” That is Chris putting in the last word the way he almost always does. Now he is done with this conversation and turns back to the chess game where it was his turn and he had already figured what he was doing for the next five moves depending on what Brandon did. Chris moves his knight left two and up one. “Check” it’s no wonder why Chris is nationally ranked in chess he is a true genius in the art.

I start to eat the mash potatoes with a dollop of cranberry jelly and let the conversation simmer in my mind. Everything the guys said was true and good advice. I think I will have to think it over during the weekend and make my decision next week. I hope that my decision is the best one regardless which way I decide to go.  For now I watch chess and eat my school lunch when the time to decide comes I will be ready to go which every way I am being called and that will most likely not be the basketball courts.

 

Hope you enjoyed it. ps there was little to no editing done to it sorry about that.

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this is me after opening an email from Julia the writer girl about meeting her at bookcon so excited less than 2 weeks away from meeting my writing idol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Summer is for Reading

So depending on where you go to school if you go to school at all you might also be on summer vacation. This is my first post of summer and other than looking for a job, filling out applications and sleeping I am doing some reading for pleasure.

I have two things to touch upon in this post re-reading books and my summer wish list of reads.

There are so many good books that get written every year and there is nowhere near enough time to read all of them. So there is this constant inner debate of weather to read a book that is recommended by friends or the newspaper; the book you think you want to read because you would enjoy it. Or you car reread a book something you either really liked the first time through or one that you did not enjoy but now that you are older and wiser you may like it more because you could appreciate it.

I am starting my summer reading with a book called wonder by RJ Palacio

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I want to read the second and third divergent books by veronica Roth who I will be seeing at the end of the month at bookcon!

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Reread looking for Alaska and the fault in our stars by John Green (who will also be going to Bookcon)

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The Hunger Games and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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The Giver by Lois Lowry (hopefully I will enjoy it more now that I am not being forced to read it in school.)

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Beyond that I am not sure I know there are other things I will read but right now this is the list I really want to get through. At the end of the summer I will have a books I read over the summer review. As I read a book I will post that, if you have any must read recommendations leave a comment I will try to read those too.

Weather your summer has started or not I wish the best to your pleasure reading .

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this was the last picture i took of myself in my dorm. i miss gorham and RI and my roommates but books should make time go faster and in no time at all i will be back at school.

The Internet Friend or Foe

I have been thinking a lot about things recently in the time that I am not studding for my finals. Which have been stressing me out majorly at this point I only have one left, chem tomorrow (wish me luck I will need it). Something that has been taking up a lot of my thought is where will I be in blank amount of time. For example this time next week I will be in New Jersey but this time next year will I be in Rhode Island? Grades are stressing me out majorly. When I woke up this morning to review a take home exam a few more times before it was due I finally felt slightly rested I hadn’t been sleeping well all week. Yoga and Zumba at the gym have been pockets of salvation from my thoughts and studies.

Considering I do not know where I will in the future it makes me think my college friends the ones that I met in September and see every day might not know either,(lets be honest the future is a scary exiting unknown) But there is a chance that I will not be seeing them for 3 months because we are split up for the summer we plan on getting together but who knows what will happen. That leads me to the next thought; this is about the internet and what it has done to people. I am guilty of using it every day I think we all are but feel free to leave a comment if you are somehow able to go off the grid for a long period of time and tell us how you do it. I am touching on two main topics the serious addiction we have to our technology and “internet friends”.

By now there is a good chance you have seen the look up video on facebook but just in case you have not here is the youtube link, watch it and think, I have seen it a few times and really like it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7dLU6fk9QY

the other thing is internet friends, I do not like the term internet friends because it makes them seem less important. My college friends that I won’t see for three month other than online are very much still my friends the same. I consider people I make real connections with through their blogs or channels my friends and I do not think they are less close to me because of proxy or lack thereof. I will have to use a quote because John Green said this better than I ever could. “ I dislike the phrase “internet friends,” because it implies that people you know online aren’t really your friends, that somehow the friendship is less real or meaningful to you because it happens through Skype or text message. The measure of a friendship is not its physicality but its significance. Good friendships, online or off, urge us toward empathy; thy give us comfort and also pull us out of the prisons of ourselves. …our internet friendships were real and they were powerful, and they became more real and powerful when Ester and her friends were finally able to acknowledge and openly discuss the truth about her illness.” John Green This Star Won’t Go Out introduction

So with that to think over I will try to study for chem or pack up my room for the rapidly approaching move out day. I hope to see you all in the near future weather online through the blog or most preferably in person. If you feel you need luck I wish all the good out to you.

I hope you can get some sleep over summer vacation I know that is one thing I will for sure be doing, the picture below is what i want to be doing right now.

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P.S stranger I plan on giving you a proper story but this week has been far too crazy for me to do much writing that is not for school.

Pink and Red Donations

So I feel like I have a lot to say and I really do not want to wait until Wednesday, I might burst or make a really long rambling post if I wait. Or even worse forget half the things I wanted to tell you cool people. So today I donated blood for the second time in my life and it feels great. So I have this silly red bandage on my arms for the next few hours to prove I gave blood. I need to thank my roommate Courtney for also donating and also waiting for my pulse to go down. Normally I get rejected from donating blood because I have low iron (super common in vegetarians) but this time my iron was okay so I needed to not be turned away because of nerves raising my pulse.

When I got out of the blood drive I had a bag of clothes that I was bringing to the women’s center end of year clothing swap. If you like on University of Rhode Island campus or are in the general Kingston area I recommend bringing some clothes you no longer wear to donate or trade. The donations are going to big brother big sister and collection will be today until 4 and tomorrow 1-4. I brought in a few long shirts, t shirt and sweat pants all that I had not worn all semester and traded for the top I am wearing at the picture featured below.

So that is what I had for today quick shout outs Courtney best roommate ever thank you for the things mentioned earlier and I hope you appreciate the capitalization used in this post.

To Julia the Writer Girl thank you for your comment on my blog the sweet words about my nail art and the reason I will not give up on putting chapters of Collin and Jade up, the story is not finished but the 15k I wrote in April has brought it in a direction that makes me want to complete it soon. Also for the comment response on your blog explaining I should post when I want/need to allowing for this to be a multiple post week.

In extra cool news I have 10 likes on this blog so that’s pretty cool thank you anyone who liked it ever.

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