Monday, August 24, 2015

August


August has been a lazy month, and I couldn't have asked for anything more comfortable. By nature I'm an incredibly lazy person, and the seemingly endless days of sleeping in, reading and snuggling with momma and/or the dog were almost too good to be true. It almost felt like I was in high school again, effortlessly gliding through everything as if I were born to do it. But, it all has to come to an end

The highlights from my civil rights/ good bbq centered road trip through the deeeep south with my mom the first week of August included: driving through 3 new states (looking at you, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi!), meeting up with my cousin in Nashville, stumbling upon the GREATEST, most decadent brunch buffet you've ever seen (seriously, think Marie Antoinette at the French court) and the wonderfully kind people we met in Memphis, Montgomery and Selma who showed us some of the sites of the Civil Rights movement. I can't say enough about the national civil rights museum at the Lorraine Motel, Dexter Ave. Baptist Church (we got a personal tour of MLK's private church office and pulpit!!) and standing on the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, where the voting rights march began in 1965. Truly a life changing experience! As for the BBQ, the best we had was in Memphis, hands down. The best ribs I've ever had in my entire life.

I spent some time with Alex as well this month, and it was all I wanted it to be. I'm sure if someone observed our relationship, we would seem like the most boring young twenties couple ever, but I kinda like it that way. We're perfectly content spending the night in, watching Lost and making ourselves some drinks (Alex makes superb whiskey drinks and I am forever thankful for that). We also love to cook, and not only is this great for my Paleo adventure, but it is fun! I highly recommend it to couples looking for a cheap date night in. Not only is the cooking fun, but making all the stops to get what you need can also be a time to explore the city you're in (we frequent the asian market and mexican food stores, looking to try a farmer's market soon!). On nights we go out, it'll be something like a baseball game, an afternoon of browsing at vintage stock, or barhopping, of which OKC has a pretty decent bar scene.

School is starting and I'm actually looking forward to this semester, feeling incredibly motivated in the wake of making an A in my summer class :))))))). I love the process of getting organized, putting all of the due dates in my planner, seeing my grad school buddies again, but in the past i've not felt excited about the course material of my classes. This semester is going to be different, though, because FINALLY I'm classed that fit what I wanna do with my life. It is overwhelming to think about internships and thesis proposals and moving away for a job, but I'm going to not think about that now. Well, not completely, but not actively. Internship search has most definitely begun, but asking for letters of rec is actually the worst and it stressed me out immensely. So, it'll be a process, but it will get done.


Currently wathching: Sense8 (I'm not super into it yet but we'll see) & Lost (season 6!!!!)

Currently listening to:
A lot of Elvis & Dolly, CHVRCHES, 8tracks (http://8tracks.com/home/listened)

Currently reading: Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
August Books -
Labor Day
Not That Kind of Girl
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

23 Before 23



I've always wanted to do one of these, and I'm finally getting around to it (3 months before my birthday??) My inner list lovin' self is SO looking forward to it!


23 Before 23:

-- TRAIN FOR/RUN A 5 K 

-- VOLUNTEER AT CLEVELAND COUNTY DEMOCRATIC OFFICE

-- JOIN LEADERSHIP OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION

-- COMPLETE 1 MONTH OF PALEO

-- READ ALL OF THE BOOKS I OWN

-- MAKE AN A IN BOTH CLASSES

-- COMPILE INTERNSHIP INFO

-- START HAND LETTERING

-- WRITE H & S REGULARLY

-- TAKE MYSELF ON DATES

-- 1 NEW MOVIE A WEEK

-- WORKOUT 5-6 DAYS A WEEK

-- COOK MORE THAN GO OUT

-- MAKE ALEX'S BIRTHDAY AWESOME

-- LEARN TO CURL/ WAVE MY HAIR

-- WRITE BLOG UPDATES REGULARLY

-- SAVE $$$ FROM EACH PAYCHECK 

-- MAKE ALEX & MIKAY'S ADVENTURE LIST

-- GO TO THE FARMER'S MARKET AT LEAST 3 TIMES

-- GO ON A TRIP

-- HIKE WICHITA MOUNTAINS

-- GO TO CHURCH REGULARLY

-- FIND A SECOND JOB

1.27.2015

I never published this, but it's gonna get the ball rolling! -----



I can't really say why I am all the sudden wanting to start blogging again, but I think it's going to be real good. I love to write and make lists and PLAN so bear with me while I muse about my life, relationships and thoughts about what the life of a graduate student, girlfriend, friend, roommate, daughter and sister.

2015 is going to be great. I know that's sooooooo cliche to say in January, but I guess I don't really care. That's one thing i've really noticed about myself lately, actually. As I get older (I say as a 22 year old. Ha!), I truly care less about what other people think, and let me tell you, what a freeing feeling that is. Being accepted into graduate school really solidified my being an adult, and I think being in the position where I'm truly responsible for figuring out my life and having every decision (or lack thereof) affect my future has made me cut the bullshit out of my life and focus on making myself happy. So, I've come up with how I'm going to make myself happy and successful in 2015.

2015 GOALS:

- Read 25 books. Starting with all the unread books currently on my bookshelf (lookin at you, Game of Thrones books 4 and 5) and then HOPEFULLY finishing my 2015 reading challenge! (-- Update: As of August, i've read 17 books, working on 18 and 19 at this moment!) (Final Update: Finished as of October 11!! Still have unread books though but there's still time)


- Maintain a healthy lifestyle. I've finally been working out consistently and trying to eat a mostly clean diet (except on the weekends, which are all about brunch and drinks and knocking places off my to eat list) and I can already see results! I'm trying not to make this about losing weight, but just tryna be better. I'm doing cleanse where I monthly give up something bad (January is no sweets month!), but I may try going on a Whole 30 Diet in the coming months. Stay tuned.
(-- Update: As of August 6, I'm on Paleo for a month!)
(--- Update: Fitting into some of my jeans again is a blessing from God. Still working at getting to my goal!) 

- Get alllllll A's (-- Okay so two Bs and an A is more than okay, still waiting to see what happens this semester)

- Have a kickass internship this summer (-- Sometimes you drop the ball big time due to a combination of anxiety, stress and laziness. This is one of those times)

- Find a roommate and a place to live in the fall

- Take a trip somewhere new (-- 4 new states this summer!! Colorado, Tennessee, Alabama & Mississippi!)

- Grow in my relationship with God (-- Again, dropped the ball. This is my new number one priority)

- Be a good person

- Watch alllll the classic movies

- Cook (delicious, fresh, cool girl recipies) (Some of the highlights have been Greek Meatballs, Colombian Pork Steaks with Avocado Cream Sauce and Blueberry Orange Oatmeal Muffins)