Guys, I'm graduating next semester and subsequently freaking out. There's so much I have accomplished and so much I want to accomplish, and I can't believe it's coming so soon! My friend, Hilary, tweeted about this list she was doing, and I got intrigued. Now the official list from Mackenzie Horan is 101 Things in 1,001 days, and her list is a little more bucket and to-do. Obviously I'm not going to put "Go to Rome" on my list since I have a much smaller deadline. I'll prepare that list after this one. I'm cheating a little by putting this list out there fourteen days early, but so goes life. So, without further ado, the 50 Things I want to accomplish in 150 Days!
Figure out exactly what I'm doing after graduation.
Fit into my clothes again.
Travel to a state I have not been previously.
Finish my Spanish thesis.
Finish my English thesis.
Finish all the completed Jane Austen novels. (Pride & Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion)
Save $3,000 for Europe Trip (Markers: $1,000, $1,500, $2,000,$2,500, $3,000)
Successfully stay off Facebook for a week without needing to change password or delete it.
Become a beginner Yogi
Write 150 pages (12 TNR, double spaced, 1 inch margins)
Go to bed before midnight every night for a week straight.
Catch all the way up with "Isabel."
Buy a matching pajama set.
Officially adopt my own cat or kitten. Name cat Lord Byron if male.
Go to Korean BBQ.
Read 5 new books off the 1,001 Books to Read Before You Die List (only two can be dirty)
Work out at 7 every morning for a week
Run 300 miles.
Memorize 100 new Korean words and phrases.
Watch 5 Audrey Hepburn films. (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Charade,
Drink 1/2 body weight in ounces of water for two weeks.
Have something published.
Enter in at least three 5K's.
Create a full "real person" wardrobe by looking through my current wardrobe.
Read a full contemporary novel in Spanish.
Do something absolutely crazy.
Go a week straight without hitting the snooze button.
Get into the habit of flossing every night.
Avoid stopping at Dunkin Donuts or McDonalds for a month on way to work.
Go two weeks without drinking coffee.
Write a poem of which I'm 100% proud.
Buy more yoga pants
Write myself a letter to open five years after graduation.
Learn how to budget
Set up an Ebay store to sell older items.
Learn to do a full split.
Go for a swim again.
Donate blood when they come to school in the spring.
Send out little presents to my friends around the world at least once.
Start using my Clarisonic
Go to New York City
Do a photoshoot with friends
Pick up knitting again.
Dress like a young adult everyday for a week straight. Not allowed: sweat pans, sneakers, moccasins, sweatshirts, yoga pants, T-shirts, etc.
Donate $5 to TBD charity for every task not completed
As Turkey day draws to a close, I am sitting in non-matching sweats back in my college apartment in anticipation of working a 12 hour shift tomorrow. I'm about to go to bed in hopes that I manage to wake up early enough to attempt a little workout before I go off to serve the crazy shoppers of Black Friday. If being home and collecting winter clothes means anything, it means I am quite a bit plumper from this time last year, and I have no money or desire to replace my current wardrobe with larger sizes, so gym and portion control need to take a larger place in my To-Do List.
Anyhow, before I close in for the night, I just want to take a moment to say how thankful I am for everything and everyone in my life. This past Tuesday marks my twenty-first anniversary of being in this country, and I could not be more thankful to be raised in the United States of America by the family that I have. Lord knows who I'd be elsewhere in the world! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you don't worry too much about the crazy shopping tomorrow! Take a moment, breathe, embrace your family because you never know what's going to change next year.
What to wear for Thanksgiving dinner? Whether you're going to your own family function, are a guest at a friend's, or meeting a significant other's family for the first time (God bless ya!), these kinds of things can be difficult sometimes. However, after having been to twenty Thanksgiving dinners myself (save for last year when I spent it Skyping with my family in sweatpants, eating frozen grapes...#studyabroadproblems), I think I've figured out the right methodology for picking out a good family dinner outfit.
Pick something that allows your belly to grow. If you don't have a minor food baby after your Turkey dinner, you're doing something terribly wrong. Clingy shift dresses and pants just don't allow for belly growth, so pick something with a bit of flow like an A-line cut. I chose to feature a dress in plum because for some reason I'm obsessed with this color for late November! It's rich, simple, but interesting.
Always layer. You could be walking into the Artic tundra or you could be walking into a sauna, you never know. Come prepared! You can't keep your jacket on the whole night--it's rude. So a heavier sweater should do the trick for when it's too cold, an keeping your outfit short sleeved will balance it out if it's too hot. I chose yellow because mustard yellow and plum just look so beautiful together.
Flats, flats, flats! Heels, puh-lease. I usually take my shoes off within five minutes of walking into my grandmother's house, so shoes aren't always a big issue. However, heels are just too much for Turkey dinner. Cute, simple flats will be comfortable and easy. You could also do a cute pair of riding boots as well. How quirky are leopard flats with plum and gold?
Accessorize at your comfort level. I usually always wear a watch and a bangle, so that's what I included the above. I also usually have a purse with me, and I'm a little obsessed with this MK satchel at the moment. It reminds me of the fifties, and I love fifties style. Also, to the bangle above, totally just found something VERY similar at Charming Charlies, and I'm in love. It's in a ton of different colors as well!
And, of course, make sure your outfit leaves you comfortable! You should be more worried about getting together with family, sitting by the fireside, cracking up as the parents pour the wine (I guess I can legally drink it too now!), and forever being put at the kid table no matter how old you get. I hope everyone is enjoying time with family and that Thanksgiving will be full or all sorts of yummy food! I'll be putting up my post on all the things I've been grateful for this year tomorrow :)
So I saw Catching Fire last Friday. Of course I saw it within 24 hours of its premiere! Since it's my favorite book of one of my favorite young adult series (a series that seriously changed my life two years ago), I was beyond excited to see it's film version. And, I was excited for the return of some amazing actors and the ability to see some of my favorite book characters come to life.
And I was NOT disappointed.
It did not disappoint in the least bit, and it followed the book quite closely save for a few minor details. You're going to love Peeta just a little more than you already do (and if you don't, you have no heart), J.Law is a queen, and everything is just amazing. You can tell their budget was a lot higher for this movie as well!
-District 11: I cried so hard at this scene, SO HARD. The image of Rue's face, the three fingers, the emotions. I cried. I didn't shed a tear at the end of The Notebook, but I sobbed at this scene. Poor Rue :( Poor old man :(
-Sam Claflin as Finnick: I was so pleasantly surprised by his acting! I have to admit I was a little skeptical about him when they first revealed Claflin as Finnick O'dair, handsome heartthrob of PanAm. However, he was absolutely fantastic, and he had an element of that Franco brother charm in him even.
-The Costumes: This is totally where you can see they had more money to spend. The costumes of the opening ceremonies were prime. And that wedding dress...just wait and see!
-Jena Malone as Johanna: GOSH I LOVE HER. I've loved her sass in everything in which I've seen her. I don't know that she's quite as well known as she should be, but Malone is awesome. I don't know that anyone was skeptical of her casting as Johanna, but she was awesome. So much 'tude. And...
-THAT ELEVATOR SCENE: So hilarious. Everything about it was just hysterical, especially in the midst of all the heavy drama. J.Law's face. Malone. The wink. Just perfect comedy. I'm sure I'm not the first to rave about it.
-The ending: Shit has gotten real in PanAm, as if it weren't already, and if you're only a movie watcher who never read the books, you're in for a ride. Collins did not a regular YA series create.