Monday, February 25, 2013

Our Weekend

This weekend we went out to eat with friends, 
saw an amazing concert and a really cool recital,
I worked on writing my minuet (for a class),
and enjoyed the Oscars with some champagne and mimosas.
(Jennifer Lawrence is perfection.)

It was a relaxing weekend. Fun and relaxing. Oddly, considering how busy we really are. The weeks feel so long that the weekends feel like mini vacations. If add up the busy-ness, the practically non-stop rain, and this budding cold that I have, you've got a recipe for an exhausting week ahead.

Friday, February 22, 2013

John's in a Band

 A few weeks ago (maybe a month ago already), Allison and I went to see a band that John is in play at the Mockingbird Cafe. They were so good and it was so fun! I took a million pictures but they were all pretty much the same, so I picked just a few to post, albeit much later than anticipated (haha). 
Can't wait to see them next time!

Happy weekend!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

This is a Long Post About a Lot of Things, But Mostly John's Birthday

 John's 21st birthday was on Monday. But I've been so busy that I just got around to editing and posting these photos. I made him a cake, woke him up with some gifts and that evening we had a nice dinner courtesy of Allison, followed by obligatory "you're 21 now!" drinking and movie watching at John's. It was quite fun, and quite funny :)
Since the last time I blogged, I:
- chopped off, like, all of my hair
- saw my mom
- played in 3 concerts
- lost my fsu id
- lost, and then found, my keys
- practically lost my mind
- and saw the FSU production of Spring Awakening (SO GOOD! Everyone should go see it)
I think I've also kind of postponed my weekly DPS project...I just haven't had time to go out and take photos just for fun. It's hard enough making sure my camera is around for big events (like John's birthday), and it'll only get more difficult as my junior recital rapidly approaches. I think I'll come back to it later in the semester or over the summer, when I have more time. In the mean time, sorry for the amounts of iPhone photos...that thing is just so freaking convenient!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Our Valentine's Day, a DIY, + Happy Friday

We weren't going to go out on Valentine's Day, we were planning to just make dinner and ya know, eat it, but John had a leftover Christmas giftcard and we decided to use it! It turned out to be really nice, we only waited to get a table for 30 minutes, and even though poor boyfriend got really sick the night before we had a lovely time.

When we got back to my apartment, I had a nice surprise waiting for him. I made a heart garland and each heart (there were 21, since he's turning 21 on Monday) said something that I love about him. Cheesy as all get out, I know, but it really made him smile and how could you not love that smile? I also gave him one of his birthday presents a bit early, because why not. That made him smile too :)
Here's how I made the garland:
I wrote out what I love about him beforehand.
I cut out 21 hearts (not individually). I ended up having big hearts and then smaller hearts because I didn't get very specific when I was cutting.
Then I simply taped them to some ribbon (the same type of ribbon that I wrapped around this package below).
I've always loved Valentine's Day, even when I didn't have someone to share it with. Even though I make sure that John knows how much I love him everyday, it's nice to have a day laid out specifically for that. I know not everyone is into Valentine's Day, and that in fact a lot of people are not, but I can't help but think it's a nice gesture. That being said, going out to a nice dinner with the best guy on the planet is all I'll ever need, any day of the year.
(I love you, John)

And now I am preparing to go play the first of 3 concerts in the next 5 days AND my Momma is coming tomorrow! These next two weeks or so will be the busiest. Wish me luck.
Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Change

Photoshop is a miraculous thing. As is Google. Put those two together, and you've got my new blog header! (and this photo) I just facilitated the relationship, but it was really fun and easy to do. I got the idea from this cute lady, so sorry for stealing your thunder there! (yours is cuter than mine anyway) I'm never quite happy with this blog design, I'm hoping for some major changes after Spring Break...because if I'm doing this for me I should like how it looks, right? Right. Right-o indeed.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Our Weekend + Happy Birthday to Our Best Friends!

The most exciting part about this weekend was Chris and Allison's 21st birthday celebrations!

And this sums up the rest of Friday night:
...not quite sure how he got like that but I am sure it was funny.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Hair DIY: Sparkly Bobby Pins

This was the easiest DIY ever! I saw these sparkly bobby pins that I loved and wanted desperately but I had just purchased a set of like 5 bobby pins from Target. Instead, I picked out the color I'd wear least (a brown that matches my hair color) and painted glitter nail polish on them! It's not perfection but it'll do and I love them!

I am worried that the nail polish will come off so if anyone out there has any ideas on how to make sure it stay, let me know. It hasn't yet, in fact it doesn't seem like it will, but I'd like to be proactive about it...otherwise, it's not like it's exactly difficult to fix!

Friday, February 8, 2013

My Dad Was Here + Happy Friday

I haven't had the heart to post anything since that long post I wrote earlier this week. I was strung out, tired, weak, strained, whatever. On Tuesday I had a full-on meltdown and my Dad, aka Superman, took off work and came to Tallahassee. And you know what? It's been better. I've finally been able to keep my meals down, I'm all around happier, and I was able to start practicing again (this past week it had hardly been bearable). Maybe all I needed to get out of this rut of being ill was some comfort from my family, who takes care of me no matter what.

My Dad dropped everything to come make sure I was okay. I could not be more grateful for him than I am today, and for my mom and sister and John for always listening to me vent. I have the best family in the world.

Happy Weekend, all. And thank you for your kind words.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Thoughts on Being Sick

This will be a blog post filled with thoughts that are probably TMI. TMI of the most rambly sort. So if you don't want to hear it, I won't be offended if you don't scroll down any farther.
I get sick a lot. Like, a lot a lot.
Predictably every other day or so, my head is in that toilet and my body is doing everything it can to turn against me. It's a funny thing to know when you're going to be sick. It's funny purely because there is nothing you can do about it. That nausea will not go away until something is done about it and by golly something WILL be done about it. And that's when my head goes in that toilet and I start working out my abs. Wish I was kidding.

It's not easy being sick all the time. It's really really hard. It keeps me from doing things that need to be done and it makes me very sad. To my friends, I'm sorry. It sounds like I'm always making excuses, but truly that is not the case. I wish it was, I really do. I cry a lot because of how much I (and in turn, John) miss out on fun things and because of how sad it makes me. I cry and John rubs my tum and tells me to stop apologizing to him but I can't help it because I feel so guilty for dragging him into this. This isn't his problem, you know. (But he's so nice, he just tells me to shut up and stop saying sorry, I mean really what a guy!) As hard as I try, I just can't help how sad it makes me. Being so sick and feeling so weak is a troublesome thing. It can, and often does, ruin the whole day. Sometimes several days in a row. Sometimes a full week, like this past week. Making the choice to just be happy and to push through it is so difficult for me because when I am sick I can't focus, I can't eat or drink, and I either want to sleep all the time or sometimes can't even fall asleep. When I do fall asleep, I am uncomfortable. I toss and turn and my body hurts from all the stress of the retching and the crying and when I wake up, I am dehydrated and sore and drowsy. On top of this, it is both annoying and embarrassing feeling sick in the middle of a school day. Usually, I can make it until I get home but sometimes, it's out of my hands. It's embarrassing mostly because most people don't understand the full extent of what I'm dealing with and I feel judged and I hate feeling judged, but then maybe that's why I'm writing this. That or I just have a lot of feelings that are itching to get out.

Nobody knows what exactly is wrong with me. I've seen 3 different gastroentrologists (I wonder if I spelled that right?) since my stomach problems got really bad my junior year of high school. I have Crohn's Disease. I do, it's a thing that I know that I have. But hello, that's under control. My medicine for Crohn's Disease is working (I'm taking Humira for anyone who might care to know) and there is no apparent reason why I should be in an almost constant state of nausea, usually followed by throwing up. It's extra frustrating when even your doctors don't know what to do.

So here I am. 20 years old with the health problems of a 50-something year old. Dealing with things that sometimes feel far beyond my years, both physically and emotionally. They don't teach you how to take care of yourself like this anywhere. It's something I'm learning as I go, with the help of my family and close friends. I know, I'm not the only one. I know many many people have it much worse than I. And I know that I am whining. I am the Queen of Whining When I Am Sick. But this is my blog and these are my feelings and I wanted to share them because maybe somebody is having some similar problems and maybe they will not feel as alone as I sometimes do. And since it's pretty much a constant thing, I'm allowed to whine a little, right? 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Slices of Life + Happy Friday!

my studly boyfriend,
good times in orchestra,
grilled pineapple almost every night,
and jazz night at Club Downunder!

The past week or so has been rough, I'm not going to sugar coat it even if I do tell everyone that I'm okay if they ask. But once again we're changing my medication and I'm seriously hoping this one will start working because I am OVER being sick. Tonight Allison and I are going to a gig that John's playing in (he's in a band!) so I'm hoping I'll feel well for the evening. This weekend shall be quite busy...anyway...

Happy February, happy Friday, & happy weekend!
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