Category Archives: Things I Learned This Week

Sunday Reading: Links I love

Happy Sunday, y’all! I hope you are reading this just as I am writing this: laying in bed, drinking coffee and letting the cool early fall morning air waft into your room. It doesn’t get much better than that, let me tell you.

I wanted to share a few of my favorite links from around the interwebs this week for Sunday reading (after you read the newspaper, of course!):

1. Stylecaster did a roundup of 101 Fashion Tips and Tricks Every Girl Should Know. A few tips I found interesting:

  • Use hairspray to remove a lipstick stain
  • If blush or bronzer breaks in your handbag, pre-moistened makeup removing wipes will clean up the loose powder flawlessly.
  • Going to a winter wedding or formal event? Try wearing a sleeveless fur vest as a top, cinching it with a skinny belt or piece of ribbon and pairing it with a floor-length skirt.

Check the quality of your cashmere by stretching out whatever piece you have. If it snaps back, you have a good quality.

2. This Buzzfeed article: The 24 Greatest Things That Could Ever Happen to You:

Losing your ball in the woods and having deer return it to you like this. I actually LOL’d over this one.

3. Mental Floss did a roundup of the strange origins of 5 iconic fashions. Did you know that high heels on boots were first worn by men so that their shoes stayed in the stirrups while riding horses into battle? Or that women in Italy started wearing huge platform shoes to raise them above the garbage and feces in the streets? Crazy interesting. Definitely check out that article.

4. I’m a big fan of bows, so I was thrilled to see The Beauty Department show how to wear bows in your hair without looking like a child.

5. For all your history buffs, or people who just like to learn new things, I encourage you to check out the Stuff You Missed in History Class and Stuff You Should Know Podcasts. Check out the website affiliated with the Podcasts, Stuff You Should Know, for an even more in-depth look at the topics they discuss in their weekly talks.

Happy Sunday and happy reading! Hope you all have a relaxing day:)

Make the world dance…

The last few weeks have been insanely stressful for me. It’s officially 2013, which means in just a few short months, I will be finishing grad school and will officially be thrown head first into the “real world”. So, I’ve started applying for jobs and trying to decide where I’m going to end up (Pittsburgh, DC and Charleston are my top choices).

Everyone has been posting this video on their pages lately, and it really hit home for me:

“This is life people! You got air coming through your nose! You got a heart beating! That means it’s time to do somethin!”

“Keep going, keep going, keep going. What if Michael Jordan had quit? Well, he did quit, well, retired. But BEFORE that, in high school, what if he had quit when he didn’t make the team? He would have never made Space Jam! And I love Space Jam. What will you create thaat will make the world awesome?”

“We can cry about it, or we can dance about it. We were made to be awesome. It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance. So get to it. Create something that will make the world awesome.”

I’m inspired.

We made a deal ages ago, we’re soulmates.

Tuesday, I was fortunate that my amazing friends Mallory and Katie came to town for ‘Sushi Tuesday’ (a tradition for us when we were all in school at OU) and a few drinks. This wasn’t just any visit, though, because Mallory and Katie have both moved on from OU and started their new lives one in Columbus and one is stationed in Germany in the US Army.

I’ve posted before about how my core group of friends from college has scattered across the country – California, Oklahoma, Illinois and various places in Ohio. When my final year at OU started in August, it really hit home that I would be having to spend the year that’s supposed to be the best without some of my very best friends. It was a tough idea to swallow.

Drinking our signature drink in one of our favorite places.

As I caught up with two of my best friends, I couldn’t help but smile because it was like no time had even passed since we’d been sitting in our favorite bar, drinking our favorite drinks talking and laughing and being ridiculous. When I had to say goodbye, I kind of lost it. Mallory is flying across the world to where she’s stationed in Germany, and won’t be back anytime soon. Yes, we talk, but it’s just not the same sometimes.

After all this I couldn’t help but think of the Sex and the City episode, when Charlotte suggests that the girls are each others soul mates, and men are just these great, nice guys to have fun with.

Doesn’t it make life just a little bit easier knowing that your friends, no matter how far around the world or across the country they are, are your soulmates? That no matter what you do or what happens, you’ll always be friends? It certainly makes my days a little better.

So here’s to you, my amazing friends, no matter where you are. You’re my soulmates, and you always will be.

Things I Learned This Week

Last week, I had a crappy week. It just seemed like one thing after another was going wrong and I couldn’t catch a break. And it was my own fault.

After expressing  my sorrows in a dramatic woe-is-me Tweet (yeah, I know, who am I?) my mother Tweeted me back (yep, that’s as weird as it sounds. Sorry mom, it is!) “Sometimes you’re the bug and sometimes you’re the windshield.”

Amen to that.

Then, the other morning as I was browsing Pinterest and trying to wake up, I came across this quote:

It really hit home for me. My dad always says, “Just remember in a year, you’ll be laughing about this stuff.” Exactly. My crappy week will be a faint memory a year from now. We have to choose to sing as we climb, because regardless of your state of mind, you still have to climb.

One of my favorite quotes by Winston Churchill:

…Because we still have to climb.

Still having a crappy day? Check out Buzzfeed’s 23 Ways to Have A Better Day.



Staying Organized in the Summer – Not Just a Pipe Dream

If you’re like me, when the weather gets warm, it can seem like all forms of organization go out the window. As someone who is extremely organized during the rest of the year, I have to find ways to keep myself organized (and therefore, anxiety free) during the summer months, especially because work hasn’t stopped for me in the summertime in several years.

1. Buy a new planner. As much as I love having all Google calendars synched to my phone, the act of  writing events or to-dos down in a planner helps me remember. Plus, the act of crossing items off your list feels amazing (or maybe that’s just me because I’m a nerd).

2. Make lists. Now that you have your planner, be sure to make to-do lists. I am a huge fan of these, I have even made lists about making lists. It helps you put your day or week in perspective.

3. Always carry a pen and notepad. I keep a mini-legal pad and lots of writing utensils in my purse at all times. You never know when you’re going to need to write something important down.

4. Clean out your closet. Seems random, yes, but the act of purging your closet of  things you no longer need or wear is a great feeling.

5. Clean up & back up your computer. I recently was faced with the issue of having a full hard drive, so I has to not only delete unwanted files, but back-up all my files onto an external hard drive as well.


My Weekend in Pictures: Weekend of May 12

This weekend was a very relaxing weekend full of homework and Mad Men, and lots of sleeping. After my four-night excursion last ‘weekend’ (which, if you know me, is unlike me) I decided to take it easy this weekend and only go out one night and use the rest of the weekend to get homework done.

Saturday morning, I lounged in bed with my coffee reading my new book, The American Heiress, until 11 or so.

If you’re a fan of Dowton Abbey, I suggest you pick this book up to satisfy your cravings while the show is on hiatus.

I re-purposed mason jars that held salsa to be frosted mugs.

The toughest part of this project was getting all the label gunk off the outside of the jar (and getting the spice smell out of the jar – lots of soaking). Goo-Gone was a miracle worker on this one.

Megan and I went to our friends house at Mill Fest, and witnessed what looks like the 75th annual Kentucky Derby (haha).

Mill Fest ended up being very tame from what I understand. There weren’t a lot of people where I was which was nice.

Megan and I ate dessert from Fluff on the courthouse steps on Court Street.

This is a tradition in Athens, so I’m glad I was able to check this one off my bucket list.

I played Fooseball for the first time Saturday at Cats Eye.

This is my hilarious partner, Dave.

This morning I made egg muffins for brunch.

They turned out delicious. All you have to do is mix omelet ingredients together in a mixing bowl, pour into a greased cupcake pan and bake at 375 for 20 minutes. I used egg, cheese, turkey bacon, green pepper and onion and they turned out delicious! (I used four eggs which filled a 6-cupcake pan.)

Tonight was the OUSST ‘potluck’ dinner.

I use the term loosely, as you can see our dinner was very… eclectic? It consisted of crock pot mac n cheese, a ton of chips, pizza rolls, birthday cake Oreos and red velvet cake. (Shh, I obviously took a healthy-eating break tonight.)

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Things I Learned This Week

Despite the fact that the week isn’t quite over yet, I feel like it’s a good time to reflect on what I’ve learned thus far:

  1. Egg white omelets are delicious. I decided to try egg whites instead of my usual scrambled eggs for breakfast this morning and it was absolutely amazing. If there is interest, I’ll post the recipe (it’s super easy!)
  2. That being said, I love to cook. After pinning countless recipes on Pinterest, I decided to start making some of them and they have been so good! (BBQ Chicken Quesadillas, Egg White Omelet). I really enjoy making tasty, healthy foods.
  3. The Cold War is fascinating. Our public policy class has been centered around the repurposing of the plant, which the Voinovich School has been contracted to assist with. Out class has been tasked with coming up with policy background information (my group is working on the economic development portion). At the plant we toured the facility and learned the history of the plant. As a history lover, I really enjoyed learning more about the Cold War-era happenings and how the plant adjusted once it was over. It really gave me a different perspective on the project, as well as a new energy for learning more about it.
  4. Senator Voinovich is one of my favorite politicians. Yesterday, Senator Voinovich himself visited my organization theory class to talk with us about public-private partnerships. During his time as mayor of Cleveland, he utilized public-private partnerships to makeover the city’s infrastructure. It was great to hear how it worked from the person who engineered it. I definitely suggest you check out the George Voinovich Archives oh the OU Library website.

To learn more about my experiences this week, check out my blog post for the Voinovich School Blog here.

Have a great weekend!

Things I Learned This Week: Week of April 27

So I know this post is a little late, but I went home this weekend and didn’t take my computer. So here are the things I learned last week:

1. I am checked out this quarter. I’m trying really hard to focus, but for whatever reason, I just can’t. Maybe it’s spring fever, maybe it’s because so many of my friends will be leaving soon, maybe it’s stress from other things or maybe it’s because I only have two classes this quarter. I’m guessing it’s all these things combined, but I just cannot focus. Holy week six is coming up….

2. Jason Mraz’s new album is wonderful. Seriously. Go buy it. It’s titled Love Is a Four Letter Word, and it’s really pretty and insightful.

3. I just want to play outside. Even though the weather is predicted to be better this coming week than last, I found myself gazing out the window wanting to go swing on a swing set multiple times last week.

4. Friend time is the best time. Last night my roommate and a couple of our other friends went to China Panda for dinner and then to see The Five Year Engagement (which is hilarious, by the way, go see it!). It was so nice to be able to hang out with my wonderful girlfriends, who despite the fact that I live with one of them, I feel like I don’t get to spend enough time with.

Things I Learned This Week: April 20

I realized tonight that I’ve been seriously slacking on my ‘Things I Learned This Week’ posts, while simultaneously realizing that I learned a lot this week, so here  we go:

1. Timing is everything. Timing matters is everything you do in life whether it be relationships, searching for jobs, whatever. If the timing isn’t right, it won’t happen for you. Don’t let this be discouraging.

2. Disorganization kills me. Both of the classes I’m taking this quarter are disorganized in their own way. I’m a huge fan of having a schedule for the quarter and following it. This way I always know what readings to do for the week and when assignments are due. I don’t do well when I don’t have this.

3. I need eight hours of sleep or I can’t function. The last few weeks I’ve been staying up three or four hours later than usual (OK, let’s be real  I usually go to bed around 10:30-11, hence my grandma nickname from my friends). Anyway, functioning everyday has been quite a challenge. Time to go back to the days of going to bed early.

4. I either give everything or nothing. I don’t do things halfheartedly. If I’m interested in something I go all in or it’s obvious that I’m not interested, there’s really no in between with me. This can be a good thing sometimes, but can also be detrimental because when it comes to being like this in relationships, it’s very easy to get hurt.

5. The Hunger Games + Friday Night Lights = addicting. I discovered both in the last few weeks. I finished all three Hunger Games books in a week and  am already into season two of FNL. Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose.

6. Less class = more time to read. Oh, how I’ve missed having time to read books I want to read, just because I can. I have to say, that’s one of the best things about having only two classes this quarter.

As you can see, it’s been an interesting week for me. What did you learn this week??