I suppose this kind of thing is typically reserved for New Year’s, but, as I’m writing about in my undergraduate thesis, time is a concept.
There is just been so much happening that I can barely keep up myself. First, I got incredibly sick, so much so that I was nearly hospitalized. It turned out I had a few stomach ulcers at once and all of the sudden had terrible acid reflux that appeared seemingly out of nowhere. I was thrown on a bunch of different medications and I hated it.
I was a vegetarian for almost eight years before I got extremely sick and doctors realized I had celiac disease. After that, and because I was malnourished, the doctor I saw to help me get my health back together talked me into eating meat again. I thought that maybe that had something to do with it, even if I rarely ate meat, I was still eating it. So, what’s a girl to do when she’s in her own personalized medical hell? I did a bunch of research, contacted my family members who have similar health problems, and I made a choice.
I decided to go vegan.
This decision is a fairly recent one. I’ve been waiting to make sure this wasn’t going to sent me back into a tailspin, especially since I’m in college and I can’t afford to miss classes now that I’m a junior. It’s been about a week or two now, and I’m already feeling different in a really good sort of way.
I’m hoping to document my journey on my blog, and just generally start blogging again. There are a lot of other things my research into veganism has made me want to try and made me conscious of. I have a feeling this is gonna lead me into some serious adventures. Either way, I’m very excited and I hope you guys enjoy following along with me on this new life change. Of course I’ll be doing my normal concert posts, I’m actually going to two next week, but now I’ll be trying out a lot of new things and hopefully it will treat me well.
If you have any resources or advice, let me know! I’m open to anything and I’m excited to start this adventure! Wish me luck.
After a lot of carefully planning to avoid failing like our original plan had, my roommate Sam and I went on a road trip to Charlotte, NC to go see Hayley Kiyoko in concert! We drove about 5 hours there, and 5 hours back with a stop in Asheville to check out a bunch of bookstores.
The trip there was dreadfully boring, as I-85 often is. We were so excited and just wanted to get to our hotel so we could get ready for the concert and make sure we got there early enough to get a good spot at doors. As it would turn out, our hotel let us check in early because they weren’t busy and instead of getting to doors 3 hours early, like we were hoping, we got there 5 hours early because we misread the time. Either way, it worked out great and we got an awesome spot in the venue.
The show was absolutely amazing, and I’m so glad I got some great footage of it! The crowd was phenomenal to the point where we almost made Hayley cry. The vibes were fantastic and it was overall probably the best concert I’ve ever been to. Afterwards we, and a small group of other people, managed to sneak around to the back of building and hung out for about an hour and caught Hayley as she was leaving. She was beyond nice and we all took a group picture.
We immediately went back to the hotel and crashed pretty much instantly, woke up the next morning, and then started toward Asheville. We were complete zombies by this point, hence why I didn’t think to film anything for the vlog, but it a really nice drive through the mountains. We had a list of bookstores we wanted to hit up and it was the chill sort of thing we needed before heading back to Atlanta, especially since we hit it during the tail end of rush hour.
By the time we got back to my apartment, we were already half asleep as we ate our Taco Bell, and I unfortunately at to be at work the next day. It was an awesome little road trip, and Sam and I are already trying to plan another trip the second we can secure the funds. I’ll definitely be keeping this journey in the fondest part of my memory.
My roommate, Sam, and I have been planning to go to this concert since the day that it was announced. We found the band Nothing But Thieves together and therefore have an unspoken bond over them. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we were about getting a chance to support a smaller band we absolutely love. It was a rather small show, which is easily my favorite kind of show. We got to chill, buy some merch, and still end up at the barricade.
We hadn’t heard of the opening act, but we managed to find their EP and I can honestly say that their EP doesn’t do The Wrecks justice. They were absolutely amazing and had the best vibes ever. Normally I find opening acts forgettable, but they got the crowd super hyped and were insanely rad. We even got to meet them after the show (all of those photos turned out terribly, but it was still a awesome!) and they are seriously the sweetest guys. If I don’t heard more from them and about them in the future it’ll be a tragedy. I mean, they dressed up for Halloween, that’s dedication, my friends.
Then we got to see Nothing But Thieves, who are easily some of the most talented people I’ve heard music from in a long time. Their lead singer has a vocal range people would kill for, and the entire band way too talented to be so unknown. When their lead singer heard us singing along with the lyrics, I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone smile so big. It was an amazing experience and I wish I could go back and do it all again.
After the show Sam and I got a chance to hang out with the tour photographer and have a great conversation. It was definitely a much needed night of fun and excitement and I hope we get the chance to go to more shows like this in the future. It’s the best night I’ve had in a long time.
If you want to check out Nothing But Thieves or The Wrecks, which I would highly recommend doing, their stuff can be found on Spotify and they both have awesome websites with links to everything you could want to know:
Do yourself a favor and go listen to them. It’s worth it.
This semester I had a couple days off for a fall break, and after not seeing my nephew or family at all since June, I decided to spent it with them and some friends I haven’t seen in even longer! During this same time my family was planning on visiting the Indian Mounds near our little town and they were nice enough to invite me along. It’s not very often, if ever, that we get a chance to do things as a family, so I was pretty excited.
I thought I would do a throwback to the video blog type things I’ve had so much fun making in the past for this trip. It mostly features my nephew, but I love him, so it’s totally okay.
September has been by far the busiest month I’ve had this year. Between all my classes, midterms, and so much more with work and life, I have been constantly on the go. I’m hoping that October will bring some relaxation my way, but if things go as planned, then I’m in for some not so relaxing adventures.
Right now, I have some stuff planned for October, and some posts already in the works (that is if things pan out, which they always seem up in the air until the last second when it comes to my life). I’m working on getting another job so I can possibly get a place of my own next year, I’m changing up my major just a little bit, and I’ve been working on my post-college plan with the help of some amazing people.
I’m excited (and a little nervous) for what’s in store for October and, really, just the rest of this year in general. In the meantime, I’m gonna listen to Bon Iver’s new album and continue my routine of work, school, gym, and sleep. You should be hearing from me soon! Between then and now, however, please enjoy this cat video (the best part is about 50 seconds in, trust me).
After saying Goodbye to Gunn, I got to say hello to my new room on campus. I’ve lived here for about a month now, and this place is finally starting to feel like home. It took a while to get settled in between work and classes, but at last, I have everything together.
Now, I didn’t clean up or make my bed because I wanted to take pictures of what my dorm actually looks like in its natural state (dirty coffee mug and all).
If anything, my plants are very much enjoying their new view! I didn’t manage to get any usable pictures of my closet because it’s so dark, but I promise it’s nothing special and looks extremely average. If you wanna see everything together, I tried my best to do a panorama picture, but it’s not my strong suite.
And before you ask, yes, I don’t have a closet door. Apparently, whoever lived here before me broke the door, so now I have a blackout curtain, hence why my closet is way too dark for photos.
Overall, my dorm is very average and I love it. It’s definitely home (at least until Spring 2017), even though I’m rarely here because of how busy the week gets.
I work, go to the gym, go to class, and do homework. That’s it. That’s my whole life right now. With the new school year started, I’ve been more busy than ever. I’m also working on getting my life together as best as I possibly can lately. Life after orientation has been one hell of a ride being that now half the campus knows who I am. Thankfully, I have a million and one distractions to keep me going.
Most of the week I’m in class, because my schedule this semester is insane. Then, most morning I’m working for our IT department in computer labs. Thankfully, my job is actually pretty chill which leaves me with a lot time to get things done. Work is mostly homework time and troubleshooting these days. You’d be surprised how much you can get done when you’re out of your element in a place where productivity is something your getting paid for. I’ve also made a habit of actually getting out of bed and going to the gym because going to the gym ended up being the only time I see some of my friends, which is an amazing motivator. And going three days a week isn’t as overwhelming as I thought it would be. Weirdly enough, it’s kind of fun.
I’m having a surprisingly easy time keeping up with my classes with my new found time management skills and keeping my entire together. Now I have to just keep it together for the rest of the semester and hopefully into next year, as my plans for next year are looking to be a big step for me. I’m trying to work out details for that on top of everything else and I’m super excited.
In the meantime, I’m off to the gym and then get back, clean, and do homework.