Saturday, March 30, 2013

SHOPPING!

This weekend has been pretty awesome so far! : )

Yesterday we didn't have school since it was Good Friday, so my mom came to visit! We decided to spend the bulk of our day shopping at the Hagerstown Prime Outlets in Maryland. We both enjoy shopping, and it was a beautiful day to go to the outlets and walk around. Sometimes when we visit we don't find anything and it's hit or miss, but yesterday we were actually pretty successful! Additionally, since I've lost some more weight, it was nice that clothes were fitting better. : )

First we stopped at New York and Company, where everything was 50% off. I found: two pairs of pants, two shirts, and two cardigans. While I was waiting for my mom I also found a nice bright pink soft v-neck sweater for $6.00! Score! (Can we pause for a second here and recap: TWO PAIRS OF PANTS. TWO. It was amazing.)

Next we stopped in Bass for my mom to look at shoes, and I found this polo for A.:


I sent him a picture. He was not impressed. LOL : ) Definitely not his style!

We also stopped in the Dress Barn outlet. I have to say I hate the name Dress Barn, but sometimes I do find really nice things in there. I was hesitant about this dress, and sent my BFF/MOH a picture of it before I went back and bought it before we left... I really do like it!


Mom pointed out that I will probably like the way it looks more when I have a tan and am not as pale as a ghost. : )

I also did some minimal damage at the Gap Outlet, and bought a bunch of bubble bath at Bath & Body Works (which I don't think was really a deal, but whatever).

This morning I had to run some errands and I stopped at Kohl's while I was waiting for other stores to open. While I was there I bought this dress:


I LOVE IT. This is definitely a honeymoon dress. It's that bouncy material that won't wrinkle in my suitcase, and I can definitely see wearing it out to one of our nice dinners at Disney World.

Anyway, other than spending all of this money... last night mom spent the night, and some of my friends came over. It was so nice to see them, because it's been a while! We had some wine and good food, vented our joys and frustrations of teaching, and watched "Pitch Perfect." Unfortunately my mom had to drive back this morning. I am going to miss spending Easter with my family, but sharing the holidays is a sacrifice that comes with being in a two-family relationship.

This morning I was surprised when one of my BFFs, B., texted me and asked if I was busy today, because she wanted to drive down to visit. We had a great day- hung out and went for a walk- and she helped me assemble half of my wedding invitations before we needed to take a break! It was so nice to see her and such a nice surprise. The beautiful weather today is also boosting my mood.

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and have a wonderful Easter tomorrow! : )
K.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Harry Potter: Characters

Oh, you guys. I was doing so well.

But in the past couple days I have developed this crazy, crazy cough.

There are all kinds of illnesses going around school right now, but I have been so good with my vitamins, my water, and eating my fruits and vegetables - not to mention my typical lunch includes a bowl of soup - but NO. Somehow some of those sneaky germs still found me. UGHHH.

I hate coughing because it takes so long to shake it, and it's so obnoxious. It's not like one of those sicknesses that makes you miserable for 48 hours and then disappears. Blah!

Anyway, it's my favorite blogging day - My Harry Potter Fix!



This week's questions have to do with characters.

1. Which character would you like to have read more about?
You know, I have to go with Hermione on this one. She's one of the main characters and I feel like there's so much we don't know about her. What was her life like before Hogwarts? How did she find out she was magical? Did she have any Muggle friends growing up or was she always isolated because she's so damn smart? Did she have any other family than her parents? (Assuming no, because she only wiped their memories and no one else's.) How did her parents explain her absence to their family and friends? (Assuming they said she was at boarding school, which is accurate and also reasonable, since everyone had to know she was so smart.) I feel like we learn so much about the Weasleys, and of course we know Harry extremely well, but we didn't get much backstory on Hermione, which seems surprising to me. 

I have to admit that I went to the Harry Potter Lexicon on this one, just to make sure there was nothing significant I had overlooked, and I found this essay by a guy who was just as curious about Hermione's backstory as me.



2. Is there a character you think was unnecessary in the series?
I know there is a purpose to everything JKR did regarding the series, and she is obviously a genius at foreshadowing and incorporating small details that turn into huge plot points later on. I was really tempted to say Percy Weasley, because he's a huge pompous jerk, but he is definitely important in the series for a few reasons, so I will leave Percy alone. Ugh.

I think I have to go with Ludo Bagman, who was in Goblet of Fire, in case you don't remember him. His character annoyed me, basically he only existed as a "red herring" kind of character. In fact, he was entirely written out of the movie, which I think underscores how unnecessary he really was.

Was I sad when Ludo didn't show up in any of these scenes? No.
Actually it took me a while to realize that he was missing.

Really, it comes down to this: No one messes with my Weasley twins. No one.



'Til next week, fellow HP fans : ) Hopefully my cough is gone by then!
-K.

Monday, March 25, 2013

A productive snow day

SNOW.

Snow day. 

ANOTHER snow day.

At this point I've got nothing to say about that. I think it's ironic that we were originally supposed to have a three day week, then lost Thursday to a snow make up day, and then had a snow day today. So it's a three day week anyway. I did, however, see this online today and I literally laughed out loud: 



Anyway.

Today I woke up at 5 with A's alarm to see if there actually was snow. Since there was I stayed up waiting for the call about school and then, SURPRISE, I couldn't fall back asleep! I laid in bed for about an hour and then got up around 6 and got my day rolling. Which actually worked out well, because I got so much done today. I feel awesome. 

Today I:
- Swiffered the kitchen and living room floors
- Cleaned and organized the guest room since my mom is staying over on Friday night
- hung things on the walls in the kitchen, office, guest room, front door, and music room... this might not seem like a big deal but it looks so much more home-y in here now!

Front door with the "Welcome Spring" sign on it... Well... wishful thinking, right?!

- Began assembling wedding invitations... instead of taking my inserts and monograms to school and using the paper-cutter, I painstakingly cut them all myself. And then started putting the monograms together. I might be nuts for doing this all myself, but I did get most of it done today!
- Called the florist
- Called the pianist for the ceremony
- E-mailed the reception venue
- E-mailed the photographer 
- (in short) crossed a bunch of stuff off of my to-do list : )

AND I still have two lessons tonight that didn't cancel... winning! I'm starting to forget what the kids in my Monday studio look like, and next week is Easter Monday so we don't have lessons scheduled for that night either. Hmm.

Tomorrow will probably not be as productive, but it's the spring concert at school, so I'm excited for that!
Peace out,
K. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Curses, foiled again!

Dear winter,

Please quit trying to be that obnoxious ex-boyfriend who just doesn't get the idea. We don't want you back. You need to move on. All you're doing right now is being annoying and we just want you out of our lives.

Sincerely,
K. (and the rest of the East Coast/Midwest)



Seriously.

Today's forecast on my iPhone is snowing upside-down again:


I just don't even know. I feel bad for the poor little flowers I have seen; they're trying to hard to bloom and winter is like NO, UH-UH. NOT THIS TIME, FLOWER.

Anyway...

Remember that post I did a few weeks ago about how I can't sleep? Well, it's an ongoing issue. I am becoming an insomniac. My brain is just too busy, and I'm also having this problem where I can't get comfortable enough to fall asleep. This has never been an issue before; we have the most amazing sheets in the world and a really cushy mattress pad and the temperature in our room is comfortable at night. I JUST DON'T KNOW. All I know is I'm sick of being tired all the time.

A.'s mom suggested that I keep a notepad and pen next to my bed and write down the things going on in my brain so that I know they're written down and I can fall asleep. Smart woman, she is. Most of what keeps me up are thoughts bouncing around relative to the wedding and the house, endless to-do lists that I'm afraid I'll forget in the morning. So a pad of Post-its and a pen now have a home on my bedstand. Hopefully I remember to use them!

One of my fellow teachers invited me to her church this morning for Palm Sunday, so I'm going. Hopefully it goes well. : ) I'm excited because this week is a four-day week (and so is next week)  because we have off for both Good Friday and Easter Monday. We were supposed to have off on Thursday too, but... again, winter reared its ugly head and we have a snow make-up day that day instead.

I hope you don't get much upside-down snow where you live!
K.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

"Things making me happy" Thursday

HEY YOU GUYS!

Today I felt very apathetic and tired most of the day, so I was sitting here thinking "What did I get accomplished?" and instead of focusing on that and stressing out, I changed my mind and thought "What made me happy?"

1) My 8th grade music students. I love all of my private studio kids, but my 8th graders lately have really been stepping up and really making an effort. Their improvement and enthusiasm has really overshadowed any frustration I have felt lately with my non-practicing students.

2) Checking things off the wedding list. A. and I finally finished our registries today! We had to totally re-do our Target registry because they have rebranded things from "My Target" to "Threshold," and suddenly all of our linens a few other random items - kitchenware and tools, namely - had disappeared from our registry. A. was a good sport about going back to the store (he hates shopping and crowds both) and now that is another thing taken care of. Also, the girls' bridesmaid gowns are in; I talked to a lady at my church about addressing our invitations for me; and A. got 95% of the addresses we still needed while he was at work today. SUCCESS!!!

3) Elementary school hugs. I have become a huge germaphobe this year- seen way too many varieties of illness and iffy personal hygiene- but I love the hugs I get from my kids. I love knowing that I am making a difference and that hopefully, someday they will remember me like I remember my teachers.

4) Letters. Speaking of elementary, this morning when I checked my mailbox first thing there was a letter in there with a note from the first grade teachers. Their class is learning about letter writing and one of them decided to write to me. It said: "Dear Miss T., Thank you for helping me with reading, but also for being my friend. Sincerely, E." LOVE.

Also, last week one of the kindergarten classes picked me to interview for their unit on interviews. They spent a day thinking of questions to ask me, and then they practiced asking the questions and proper interview etiquette, and then I came in and they interviewed me. I loved it! I was so excited about it, I can't even explain. Thankfully the teacher sent me the list of questions before the interview so I had some time to prepare, LOL:

I know I spelled "interview" wrong in the subject line... sue me, I typed it quickly at school.

People who know me well know that I am deathly afraid of birds, so question #4 cracked me up. Also- #16 may seem strange, but the kids call me Miss T., so they really didn't know my last name. : )

The class has since been working on writing stories incorporating my answers, and I get copies of them when they are done! I CAN'T WAIT!!! It is so interesting to have been helping them and see the things they decided to focus on from the interview. (And their phonetic spellings of my last name!)

5) Nostalgia. I don't know what it is, but lately I have been reflecting on all kinds of crazy things that I did in junior high and high school, and things like holidays and playdates with my cousins when I was little. I went home last weekend and found a bunch of old pictures when I was cleaning my desk out, including this super sexy band picture from junior high:


Oh, that perm. I'm so glad I got over that phase at a young age.


So in short, take some time today and instead of focusing on how productive you were, think about some of the things that made you happy, instead. : )
-K.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My HP Fix - Hogwarts Edition - CO HOST!


This week I am CO-HOSTING My Harry Potter Fix! AHH!

I love this link-up and it's one of the reasons I started blogging again, because I lurked a lot on Becky's blog and I loved these posts. I always found myself answering the questions in my head. So I am super-excited that I was asked to co-host this week! I submitted these questions a few weeks ago, so I'm also excited to share my answers with you. : )


1. Assuming you were sorted in Harry's year, which character do you think would be your best friend? Why?

After much thought, I'm going to have to go with Lavender Brown and her posse, the Patil twins.


 

Putting aside the Divination thing (we'll get to that later), I think we'd have fun together. When I was in high school I was very studious, so I'm sure I'd get along with Hermione; and I love Luna's character, but I feel like her aura is a little "out there" for me. BUT I feel like these girls are both badass and they have fun, along with being courageous and smart. Since they're kind of minor characters, they're overlooked a lot, I think. 

I also like to believe that I could have nipped that whole obnoxious "Won-Won" thing in the bud. 

2. Which season at Hogwarts would be your favorite?
Even though I just said yesterday how sick I am of winter, I think that I would LOVE December at Hogwarts. Christmas!!!!!!! So beautiful. Yule Ball would probably be my favorite thing ever.


UPDATE: Also, this:



3. What class do you think you'd excel in most?
I definitely would not even take Divination - mentioned that in HP fix a few weeks ago - because I am just way too practical, and too much of a logical and linear thinker, for that to be a subject that would interest me. I think my best subjects would be either Charms or Transfiguration - I think between the subject material and the professors in charge, those would be my picks.

4. Would you be involved in any extra-curricular activities at Hogwarts?
I think in "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" it's mentioned that there was once a drama club kind of thing at Hogwarts, which I would be all over. I also agree with Becky that if there was a choir, like the one shown in the PoA movie, I'd probably be in that too. I was involved in SO MANY extra curriculars in high school, but  nothing athletic. Maybe if there was an intramural Quidditch tournament I'd give it a shot. LOL.

Really I'd just like to be a prefect:




So there you have it!

Thank you SO MUCH for involving me as a co-host for the HP fix this week... I love this link-up! I will start thinking of more questions soon : ) 
-K. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Stupid, filthy, lying groundhog!

Oh hey there,

This morning it was CRAZY because when I left for work we had about three inches of snow. When I came home all of the snow was gone and it was pretty comfortable outside, albeit extremely windy. Basically we went from winter to spring in the span of one day. I'm briefly going to jump on the "I hate this weather" bandwagon and say SERIOUSLY?! WHERE IS SPRING?!

Anyway...

I also need to have a little piano teacher rant and say that if you, as a parent, are paying for your child's piano lessons, you should probably make them practice. This makes my mom laugh because she always had to fight with me to get me to practice, but seriously, as a teacher, it drives me crazy. It's like at school when kids don't do their homework, ever. Crazy.

On to other, happier things ---


Tonight we actually made dinner!

After doing a quick inventory of what we had to work with, I decided that tonight was a spaghetti and meatballs kind of night. Also, I had leftover spinach salad from the luncheon I was preparing for on Sunday. (Who wants to eat spinach salad when you have an entire table full of delicious desserts? Answer: Very few. Result: Lots of left over spinach.)

I couldn't find my normal meatball recipe so I Googled quickly and found this one. It was very good! I think the Worcestershire sauce (can't pronounce it, can spell it, amazingly) really added a lot to the recipe, even though it was a small amount. Although, I have to say I only got 19 meatballs out of this, and it says it should yield 20-24. Ehhhhhhh.


SO anyway, here is my spaghetti (Nature Valley whole wheat) with the meatballs and DelGrosso's spaghetti sauce (the best), and my spinach salad. And Crystal Light pink lemonade. A. tried to make garlic bread - he usually succeeds at this venture - but instead of using the glass pan he usually uses, he used a metal pan I had already set out. I guess technically it's my fault that the garlic bread burned then. Curses, foiled again! He was very kind though and cleaned everything up since I cooked. Hooray!

Okay, I think tonight calls for a bubble bath. PEACE OUT, everyone, and don't forget to check back for Harry Potter Fix tomorrow! EXCITED!
-K.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Heyyyyyyyy!

I have to (much more cautiously this time) announce that we again have internet. Hurrah!

Additionally, before I get into the meat of this post, I started - and finished - the book The Fault in Our Stars this weekend. Oh. My. Gosh. It was beautiful and smart, happy and funny, sad and tragic. I cried a lot toward the end. If you have been directly impacted by the death of someone young due to illness, however, it might not be the best choice for you. Kind of like it's not a good idea to read Marley and Me the month after you've had your 17-year-old dog put down. (I speak from experience here.)

ANYWAY. So tomorrow we have a faculty luncheon at school. We have one every month, and we all signed up at the beginning of the year for the month we were providing lunch. I picked March because I knew the other teachers there pretty well, and figured it would be easy to plan with them. Well, I wasn't thinking that March = St. Patrick's Day theme. I am not Irish at all - my heritage is principally German and Polish with a little bit of Norwegian and Slovak thrown in. Also, green food? Hmm.

So of course, I turned to Pinterest for help. (What did I do before Pinterest? I don't know. Spent a lot less time on the computer probably.)

I found this and felt like I struck gold (ha, ha):






The biggest pain in the butt about this recipe was the separation of the marshmallows from the cereal in the Lucky Charms. I just sat down in front of the TV with a TV tray and a bowl and watched mindless reality shows while I did this task. However, now everything is mixed together and it looks like this (if I do say so myself, pretty DARN close to the original):



It also tastes awesome! Winning.

Along with a standard spinach salad and toppings, I am also providing a big bowl of pasta salad. This is a recipe I picked up from my mom, and is one of few "picnic salads" I will eat. I just don't like macaroni salad, potato salad, broccoli salad, jello salad, or anything like that. But this, this I will eat.

Mom's Pasta Salad



What you need:
Rotini noodles (I used two boxes of tri-color rotini, since I'm making a big batch and wanted it to look festive)
Chopped green peppers
Chopped onions (I don't recommend doing these in advance because they stunk up our whole fridge.) 
Chopped pepperoni
Mozzerella cubes - about 1/2 inch each
Italian dressing (I usually use Kraft Zesty Italian. DO NOT use low-fat or fat-free dressing. I've tried this in an effort to slim down the recipe, and it tastes gross and gives you a really gross after-taste. Just don't.)

You can also add tomatoes, which I didn't do this time. 

Boil the rotini noodles until soft; drain and rinse. 
Add half a bottle of Italian dressing, mix well.  
Add green peppers and onions, mix well. Add pepperoni and mix again. Add more Italian dressing as needed.
Allow pasta to cool COMPLETELY before adding Mozzerella cubes and mixing together.

And you have pasta salad! Yum.


I am also providing the candy for this event, so I picked up little bags of Skittles (Taste the Rainbow!) and individually wrapped mini-Reese's cups and Rolos... you know, to make a pot of gold. : )

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and have a great week!
-K.

Friday, March 15, 2013

My HP Fix - Memorabilia Edition

Hosted by Latte and a PrayerOne Haole Girl,  It's the Journey. and Rebeckann's Random Thoughts

I'M BACK!

Well, I'm at my parents' house using their internet. Tomorrow, though, we should be getting our own. Hallelujah!

And just in time... here is this week's Harry Potter fix : ) This week is all about Harry Potter memorabilia. Here's my HP bookshelf:


One year at Christmas, my brother asked me for some gift ideas. Instead of giving him a list of things I actually needed, I decided to be indulgent and I gave him a list of nerdy, HP-related things. Namely, the Ravenclaw scarf and the Page-to-Screen book. This was before I was officially "sorted" into Ravenclaw on Pottermore - I just KNEW. I also have the "extra" HP books - the Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. (All fun to read, if you get the chance - they were a splurge on an Amazon gift card!)

One of my friends visited HP World at Universal Studios last summer and brought me a Chocolate Frog. I want to eat it, but I don't want to eat it. And also, those glasses are the 3D glasses from when I went to see HP7:2 on IMAX with one of my best friends. I figured it was the last film, and I paid for the glasses, so I was going to keep them as a souvenir. : ) I also have all of the movies, which are not pictured here.

The prize of my collection is my Page-to-Screen book:


I knew this book cost a small fortune when I asked for it, so I was absolutely thrilled when I actually received it! It is so awesome. There are so many neat pictures and little bits of trivia throughout. I definitely had not had the time to look through it all yet, but there is plenty of time for that. LOVE. IT.

A few weeks ago when we put up HP pins I posted a picture of a sweatshirt I would like, with a word representing each of the seven books. Really, I'd like to go to HP World myself and spend money on things that I don't need. : ) I would also like to tour Leavesdon, but I highly doubt that will ever happen.

Next week tune in for a special edition of HP Fix - I am SO EXCITED!!!!
Hoping to blog a lot more soon,
K.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Satellite Internet OR, why I haven't posted in a week

Hi there!

So, I have been a little absent lately.

Remember when I had my happy post about Internet? And how we finally had it at the new house after two and a half long, long weeks of fighting with the cable company and sitting in my cold, empty rental house?

Well.

I spoke too soon.

And as I predicted it would be... Trying to type this out on my phone is a huge pain in the butt!

We did have Internet, for a glorious 9 days. Because with satellite Internet, you have a data plan. And when you Facebook, Pinterest, blog, wedding plan, and work in education (me), and stream a lot of YouTube and On Demand shows (A.)... You use your entire data plan for the month in 9 days. Then, just when you are about to start watching a training video for work, the Internet will suddenly die.

I'm not going to get into the expenses and the millions of phone calls that were made, not to mention that the satellite guys had to make two trips to our house in less than two weeks to install and then uninstall the Internet.

All I'm going to say is, when you're making these kinds of decisions that affect your wallet and your lifestyle... Do more research and be less angry.

On the bright side, there is now one fewer satellite attached to my house.

ANYWAY, expect a proper blog entry this weekend when I have cable Internet again!!!

I hope.
Until then!
-K.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Money matters

Oh hey!

Guess what. It's a snow day after all.


This is what I saw when I woke up this morning. 

By lunchtime we probably had about 8 inches of snow, but then it started to rain, which got rid of some of the snow, and then everything stopped all together. I loved the way the trees looked this morning though. Since we moved, we're farther away from busy streets, and it was so quiet and beautiful. 

I wouldn't be sad, though, if this was the last snow of the season. I am so ready for summer!!!

The other night I finally buckled down and tracked our finances for the year- 2012, that is. 


I got a little bit behind because of the whole moving thing.

We're trying to get more aware of what we are spending, so for the last two years I've kept track of our expenses for utilities, groceries, and assorted receipts. This year I want to be more diligent about money we spend online and eating out. We missed tracking a lot of that last year. I did discover that I shop way too much at Target. : ) We are also hoping that we spend less on utilities since we no longer have oil heat and our new house is smaller than the rental one was - no 10 foot ceilings!

I've seen lots of pins on Pinterest about spending less on groceries - something that we definitely need to focus on. If you have any tips on saving money at the supermarket, please let me know! : )

Enjoy your snow day, if you have one!
-K.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Batten down the hatches!

Hello there : )

If you live in the midwest or, like me, on the East Coast ("Mid-Atlantic" to be technical)... you are currently living in anticipation of Winter Storm Saturn.

For the record, I think it's hilarious that we started naming winter storms, especially with names like Khan, Nemo and Saturn. 

Anyway, it's extremely difficult to believe that this is actually going to happen, because it is gorgeous outside right now - well, as gorgeous as 40* weather in March can get. When I came out of work this afternoon, my car was warm inside from the sun shining on it all day. And I'm supposed to believe that we're getting over a foot of snow tomorrow.... hmm. A.'s work has already shut down for tomorrow! So he's planning things to do on his day off.

I checked my iPhone for the weather this morning, and those of you with the iPhone will be familiar with this little weather forecast screen:


Now, I'm familiar with many of the icons for weather on the iPhone, but a few have perplexed me over the years. Let's discuss this icon that is supposed to be here for tomorrow.


WHAT?!!?!??!?!?!

It's snowing, upside down.

I don't know if this is supposed to symbolize the impending accumulation, or what. 

For the record, I found this article with many of the puzzling iPhone weather icons, in case you are curious. 

Stay warm and safe!
-K.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sleep, sweet nightengale

Goooood morning!

Lately I've been having this problem with sleep.

I've been trying to get to bed on time at night to get enough sleep. Sometimes I get a bath before bed because it helps me fall asleep. The days that we paint or I spend all day teaching lessons, I feel exhausted enough that I could collapse. We have light-cancelling insulated curtains in our bedroom. But I still feel tired and when I wake up in the morning, I don't feel like I've slept enough.

Sleepy puppy


I think a lot of it has to do with stress. Between the house and the wedding and the job-hunting, I probably have more stress right now than I've ever dealt with before. But another problem is nightmares. Since we started wedding planning, my nightmares regarding wedding-related things have increased. Other brides, past present and future, tell me this is normal. Lately, though, I've had a pretty drastic increase in nightmares that have nothing to do with the wedding.

What. The. Heck.

So I decided to investigate this morning a little, because I'm sick of feeling tired and cranky all the time.

First, I found this:




Source: wellergize.ca via Janet on Pinterest


Basically, what I learned here is that I should be paying more attention to my sleep cycles. I'm really bad at taking naps because I am not good at shutting my brain off. I always feel like I should get up and get something done.

I have seen this pin on Pinterest before and checked it out, to tell me when I should be falling asleep according to when I have to get up:


Source: sleepyti.me via Lauren on Pinterest


But since nightmares are my problem right now... I decided to read this article on what causes them:

"For some people, certain medicines, alcohol, drugs, lack of sleep, fever, or anxiety sometimes cause nightmares. Often, though, nightmares seem to be triggered by emotional issues at home or school, major life changes such as a move, traumatic experiences, and stress from the pressures of sports or academics — although what happens in the nightmares themselves may seem unrelated to your life."

Well, go figure. Life changes. Anxiety.

Basically this morning I haven't learned much new information, other than that maybe I should [try to] take a nap later.

Have any of you ever had sleep problems? How did you solve them?
-K.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Blast from the past - AIM

Well hey there!

Do you remember AIM? That is, AOL Instant Messenger?



AIM was the precursor to facebook chat, and it took me from junior high through college... from flirting with boys through ambiguous away messages to IMing my friends in the other dorm (or heck, IMing my roommate who was sitting next to me in our room) if they were ready to go to dinner.

Anyway, I was just cleaning out my desktop computer - because it was a SLOW MESS - and I found AIM in my list of programs.

Of course, instead of deleting it right away, I had to log on and check it out. To my surprise, two of my friends were "active." (I'm not sure if they realize that though.) Everyone else on there had their mobile icon on. Apparently I stopped using AIM right around the time I met A., in late 2009 or early 2010. (That may also have something to do with my ex, who was having some difficulties with letting go.) My "user info" was simple but still relevant, which shocked me.

Speaking of which, remember the original AOL profiles? The ones you could find codes to change the colors and override things and make really nifty shapes in? That was like... introduction to HTML for me. : ) LOL  - check out this article about 90s AOL, it is hysterical. And mostly accurate.

Back to the main event. Anyway, I also looked at my list of away messages. I remember having a really impressive stash of them when I was in college, saved according to my class schedule (MWF or TTH), but I must have really streamlined when I started a real job and everything. Regardless, for your viewing pleasure, here are the away messages I had saved on my AIM before I uninstalled it fifteen minutes ago:

I'm always thinking one step ahead. I'm like a carpenter. Who makes stairs.
- Andy Bernard

"I have been Michael’s number two guy for about 5 years. And we make a great team. We’re like one of those classic famous teams. He’s like Mozart and I’m like...Mozart's friend. No. I’m like Butch Cassidy and Michael is like...Mozart. You try and hurt Mozart? You’re gonna get a bullet in your head courtesy of Butch Cassidy." - Dwight Schrute

"Ah, music... a magic beyond all that we do here!" - Albus Dumbledore

Found in strings methods notes: Feb. 15, 2008:
KW: "I was reading the book last night..."
Professor: "No! NO NO NO! Don't read the book! Why do you think I have you buy it?!"

"Humor is just another defense against the universe." -Mel Brooks

Penny: "I guess you're aware that Leonard asked me out."
Sheldon: "Well, he didn't actually say anything. but when he came back to the apartment, he was doing a dance that brought to mind the happy hippos in Fantasia."

Howard: "Oh, he was just comparing Sheldon to a feminine cleansing product one might use on a summer's eve."
Penny: "...And the bag it came in."

 Enjoy! : )
K.