Friday, May 30, 2014

Happy Friday

My Dad and I spent the day at Busch Gardens as a kind of "part II" of my beeday.

Look at these cheetah!!! Did you know that "cheetah" and "cheetahs" are both the correct plural form of the singular "cheetah"? How obnoxious.
I love that they have animals at Busch Gardens, even though the habitats are entirely too small. We got there relatively early in the day and a lot of the animals were active, which is uncommon because it's so damn hot in the summer that they usually just tend to lay around.
They repainted a lot of the park since I was last there (sometime in high school), and it's sooo colorful now! I love it!

Something else I discovered, about myself: I can't handle roller coasters like I used to. They're still really fun, but afterwards my body is all like, "whhaa?"
Just waiting for the photo op, this one.
Thank you for such a fun day, Dad! And happy weekend, all.
xx

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Taking Stock On My 22nd Birthday

Some snaps from today!
Perhaps it's fitting that I turn such a useless age right in the middle of a year of such change for me. Maybe, in a way, it makes me appreciate it more? Or something? Sure, let's go with that.

When I wrote about the break-up, I made a conscious choice to touch on the fact that I know who I am and, maybe more importantly, I like who I am. This is mostly true, as a whole, but I'm not perfect and I have qualms with myself as most females of my age do.

So, today I begin my 23rd year. And here is where I am:

Sometimes, I randomly start crying hysterically. It's so annoying but I'm still just sad, so I get it out of my system for the time being and hope for the best.

I'm not sleeping well. I usually attribute it to bad dreams, but that's not always the case so I have resigned myself to assuming it's just circumstantial. And this is how it's going to be until I get out of this funk. I know it's "normal", and I'm okay with it. However, I am exhausted.

Sometimes I wake up genuinely happy. Sometimes I wake up really not happy.

Sometimes, I look at myself in the mirror and decide that I like what I see and that I am totally lovable, right? Sometimes...I don't. My skin is in really bad shape right now, like, really bad. It's terribly disheartening. I'm trying a lot of different things, but it's probably stress/anxiety and that's not necessarily gonna go away any time soon.

Iced coffee is my jam these days. There is literally nothing better than getting ready for the day with iced coffee. Even if the plans for the day only include sitting on the couch and marathon-ing "House" *guilty as charged and not even mad about it*

I'm slowly dipping my toes into practicing again. I'm the laziest in the summer.

I'm beginning to realize...around every corner is a new opportunity. When you least expect it, usually. Cheesy, but whatever. It's also weirdly true.

I lost a lot of weight after the break up. Lack of appetite/Passover/getting sick/stress/bullshit. So now, naturally, my eating habits are horrible. Being at home with my Mom's baking doesn't help (even though I LOVE IT), but I really need to start taking better care of my body.

(I say that all the time, but I'm hoping that when I'm living on my own next year I will genuinely crack down and start eating better. Or it could backfire and I could start eating worse! I guess only time will tell.)

I have some amazing people in my life. Even when I am at my saddest, I promise that I know how lucky I am. Also, my Roxycat is the sweetest creature and always knows when I need a snuggle.

I am terrified of all of the change coming my way. I'm terrified of having to do it alone, and I'm terrified that I'm going to fail. But I'm going to do it as well as I can and hopefully that will yield some positive results.

Thank you all for the birthday wishes! They truly brightened my day. Cheers to turning 22, I guess ;)
xx

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Celebrating Rachel + Jordan's Graduations

On Sunday afternoon, we went over to Rachel's (one of my best friends and former roommates, and we've known each other for allllmost 20yrs now so yeah) for a joint graduation party; she graduated from FSU and her brother Jordan graduated from high school.
They had Chipotle cater, which was awesome. And I was the "unofficial" photographer, so although I didn't include all of the family photos here...trust me, I took a lot.
AND friends came in from out of town and it was really, really fun.
Anyone want to hire Justin as a poolside model?
I let Dr. Dennis borrow my camera for two minutes...
I can't say anything without getting all sappy so I'll just say that I'm proud to be friends with these people and they are the best. Even Sarah, who I just met at this party ;) I'm glad I got to see them before I move away.

Good people. Good party. Good day.
xx

Monday, May 26, 2014

Over the Weekend • SUNFLOWERS

On Saturday Dad, Bec, and I took a short ride up to Sweetfields Farm in Masaryktown, FL for their sunflower maze. The sunflowers were SO tall and so beautiful. It was the first day that it's really felt like summer: hot and HUMID. So humid, ohmygosh. The sun was going in and out so some of my photos are a little funky, but man it was a fun day.
 ^ Baby chicken ^
 ^ Baby turkeys!!! Who knew such an ugly bird started out so cute? ^
 ^ Extreme treehouse ^
 ^ Not sorry, Bec ^
 ^ Rosie the cow, smiling just for me! ^
^ My dad thought these guys sitting with the Story Teller were so hilarious ^
Also my dad is adorable.
...from us, to you.
xx

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