M.I.A.

Hey, all! Sorry I’ve been missing in action- school, illness, and other personal stuff has consumed me lately. I am very much looking forward to getting back to blogging, though! Because I’ve been so overwhelmed, I haven’t had the time to write a formal entry to I’m just going to share some cool things!

First… I went “pumpkin patching” with my roommates and I have to show you what I picked out!

Yeah, that’s me on the right, falling over (and laughing hysterically)! That’s not the pumpkin I took home, but I DID carve this baby…

Second… I read these and loved them, so I’m passing them along!

Have you done anything fun in the fall spirit? What inspires you?

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What’s Hot/ What’s Not Fall 2011

The highly anticipated Fall is finally here and as I begin to dig out my Fall favorites, I am more, and more excited to see what’s ahead! Surely, there’s a lot going on this Fall and check-in right here to what’s hot and what’s not for this season!

WHAT’S HOT

The new show, The New Girl. 

WHAT’S NOT

Tuning-out the slew of superb Fall TV shows (You know they’re your guilty pleasure, too!).

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WHAT’S HOT

Carving pumpkins.

WHAT’S NOT

The scary knives that pumpkin carving requires.

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WHAT’S HOT

The Halloween spirit.

WHAT’S NOT

Using Halloween as an excuse to dress… well, not very modestly (I’ll leave it at that!).

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WHAT’S HOT

Cool air and lovely sweater weather.

WHAT’S NOT

Runny, red noses from the chilly air.

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WHAT’S HOT

Fall football (DolFANs get your fins up! AND Go Knights!).

WHAT’S NOT

Lacking spirit.

HAPPY FALL EVERYONE!

The “Pros” and “Cons” of School

The start of another semester of college lends itself to being a consistent whirlwind, and as a result, my blog has sat untouched and neglected. In honor of the semester having officially begun, I’ve made a list of all of the things a new school year entails and I’m listing the pros and cons of each! Here we go!

1. The new school year means new classes.

Pro: New people and new, interesting information (hopefully!).

Con: Schoolwork and studying=social life killers!

2. New textbooks.

Pro: The smell of new books (Am I the only one that likes this, because if I am, this is really embarrassing!)

Con: The exorbitant cost incurred by having to get new textbooks.

3. Back to school parties.

Pro: It’s so much fun to be reunited with friends you haven’t seen all summer.

Con: I can’t think of any… can you?

4. Fall sports.

Pro: Lots of school spirit and lots of fun!

Con: The rare occasion when your team loses. 😦

5. Reunions with friends.

Pro: The whole gang is back together again!

Con: Um, nothing!!!

6. Being back in my apartment.

Pro: Being in my own space.

Con: The whole college food situation. I could really go for some home cookin’ by mom and dad!

Okay, so my list isn’t very extensive or very good, but, as timing would have it, I have to get back to my schoolwork! I’ll blog again as soon as possible!

What’s Old (Should Be) New Again

Many words in the English language have, unfortunately, become obsolete. I truly believe that each word was formed with specific intent and, therefore, deserves respect. Despite, the intricacy and significance of each word in our language, many of our valuable words seem to have fallen into extinction. In protest, I’ve decided to compile a list of words that are no longer used, but should be. My plan is to experiment with these words and to try to work them into my vocabulary. Let’s make these old words new again!

1)   DefCon 1-5: DefCon is an alert status, signifying danger. Defcon status is ranked 1-5; 5 signifying peacetime and 1 signifying attack!

Duck for cover. We’re in defcon 1!

 

2)   Make haste: To act swiftly

Let’s make haste through the airport or we might miss our flight!

 

3)   Jollux: A fat person.

His sweet tooth has made him a Jollux.

 

4)   Ludibrious: A person apt to be the butt of jokes

He’s so ludibrious that I couldn’t resist the opportunity to joke with him!

 

5)   Guffaw: A loud and boisterous laugh

She guffawed at the comedic movie.

 

6)   Cantankerous: Argumentative, uncooperative

Her cantankerous personality makes her very difficult to work with.

 

7)   Nudiustertian: The Day before yesterday.

I was at the doctor nudiustertian and I’m healthy as a horse!

 

8)   Please and Thank you: Words expressing gratitude and appreciation.  (Okay, I’m being facetious here, but, sadly, manners seem to have fallen by the wayside in this generation, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to mention it here!)

 

Are there any unusual words in your vocabulary? 

At Least I Burned a lot of Calories…

The Atlanta airport is enormous, but for someone with some common sense, it shouldn’t be that hard to navigate. Unfortunately, my twin sister, Jessie, and I are apparently lacking in the common sense department.

For those of you that have visited the Atlanta airport, you probably know that it’s one of the largest airports in the world with many concourses. There are trams that help move people around the massive airport so that everyone can get around in a timely manner. Jessie and I, even though we’ve been to this airport before (it’s embarrassing to admit), were unaware of this system and followed the signs that pointed toward baggage claim… ON FOOT.  We were huffing and puffing, walking for what seems like eternity when Jessie says, “We must be doing something wrong. It shouldn’t take this long to get to baggage claim.”

“Well all of the signs are pointing this way so we better keep following them,” I said.

Jessie and I keep on trucking when we were stopped by a young girl. She says she’s trying to get to baggage claim to find her Mom. While I’m flattered that this young girl seemed to think Jessie and I are older and so we must know what we’re doing, this made our situation much more embarrassing. Jessie and I were clearly lost and now we were supposed to help this young girl find her Mom? Oh man…

Jessie and I kept walking (it’s as fun as it sounds :p) when the friend we were visiting called. We had called her when our plane landed so she was expecting us to have been at baggage claim already… she was waiting for us. Mind you, we had been walking for about thirty minutes at this point, and our new friend was still in tow. Great.

Jessie is on the phone with our friend so I can only hear one side of the conversation…

“We’re following the signs that point to baggage claim. This airport is huge.”

I imagine that this is when our friend informs Jessie that we should have taken the tram.

“That would have been a nice thing to know before we walked the whole airport. Lovely. Well, we’re at baggage claim now.”

We got to the carousel that was carrying our luggage and I said, “Look, Jessie! Our bags are the first ones out on the carousel.” She politely reminds me that it’s taken us about thirty minutes to get to baggage claim and that ours are the only ones left on it, and, in fact, that’s why they came out so seemingly fast…

While I would have preferred NOT to have walked 700 miles (exaggeration) around the Atlanta airport, at least I burned some calories in doing so! Our friend was sure to remind us to take the tram when we were catching our flight home!

In My Next Life, I Want To Be My Dog

Disclaimer: The following statement is not meant to inflict shame or insult upon any of my two-legged loved ones.

I like dogs more than I like most people. This is not to say that I don’t like people or that I put dogs and people in the same category. Let’s get real; obviously dogs are in a higher category than  most people.

My family rescued my beautiful dog, Gracie, about a year and a half ago. She succeeds our family’s princess of a puppy, Sophie, my first love. We have no idea what Gracie’s life enTAILed preceding her entry into our family  and at first we had a hard time connecting with her. She didn’t display affection, act protective, or even respond to us for the most part. We (fondly, of course) referred to her as a “Lug,” because she really didn’t do much of anything.

Of course, with time, patience, and lots of reassurance from us, Gracie has become a part of the family. She is affectionate, protective, and responsive. We love her very much and she clearly loves us in return. Today, however, was an exciting first in my relationship with Gracie because today was the first time she followed me around the house. She walked beside me like the trusty companion she is, and I was touched. I’ve seen her follow closely on the heels of my parents’ feet, but this was a first for me. I felt Gracie’s loyalty and trust more than I have ever before.

I find dogs to be so sincere. In my opinion, they behave the way that humans should behave toward one another. There are so many lessons that we can learn from our dogs and we’d be better people if we acted more like them. If dogs were our teachers we would learn these lessons and more:

  • Always run to greet loved ones when they come home.
  • Take naps.
  • Be loyal.
  • Always be yourself.
  • If something you want is buried, dig until you reach it.
  • When you’re happy, jump around and wag your whole body.
  • Do not bite when a growl will suffice.
  • Take the opportunity to appreciate the small stuff.
  • If someone is having a bad day, sit close and nuzzle them.

In my next life, I hope I have the honor of being as great as my dog. She has taught me how to be a better person, an invaluable lesson.

Spelling Bee Life Lessons

I am the typo queen, but… there is a difference between a typo and just plain spelling something incorrectly. I know that grammar, spelling, and all of that good stuff were only last discussed in elementary school, but there really is no excuse for not being able to write correctly. After all, that word was created with specific meaning and purpose for its use in the intricate English language- we certainly don’t have any right to mess with that! This isn’t a rant I go off on everyday; however, with the recent completion of the 2011 National Spelling Bee, I thought I would use this opportunity to compile a list of some commonly mispelled misspelled words in the English language.

I MUST make special note of three little words: there, their, and they’re. I’ve never found these words very difficult to differentiate, but, apparently, I’m in the minority.

There refers to a place. It could be used in a sentence such as, “She is over there.” Their implies possession. It could be used in a sentence such as, “Their dog is so sweet.” They’re means they are. It could be used in a sentence such as, “They’re such nice people.” I’m so glad that that’s cleared up. Here goes my list:

A lot                                       Gauge

Absence                                Guarantee

Acceptable                           Hierarchy

Accidentally                        Independent

Accommodate                     Leisure

All right                                Loose

Amateur                                Lose

Atheist                                  Maneuver

Broccoli                                Misspell

Bureau                                  Neighbor

Candidate                            Pastime

Category                               Principal

Ceiling                                  Principle

Collectible                           Questionnaire

Colonel                                 Receive

Column                                 Rhyme

Conscience                           Rhythm

Conscientious                      Vacuum

Conscious                              Wednesday

Deceive

Definitely

Dumbbell

Embarrassment

Exercise

February

Fluorescent

Foreign

Like I said, this isn’t a rant I go off on frequently, but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make note of how the English language is so often taken for granted. Of course, I don’t mean any harm or disrespect, but learn to speak and write properly! I assure you that it will serve you well!