Thankful Thursday: The Little Things

So the last couple weeks have been extremely busy and stressful for me. But instead of dwelling on the negative, I’ve decided to look for all the little things that make life better.

This first set shows the good things that came out of the fact that I was stuck in Crete for two nights, the first due to a car malfunction at 2 am, and the second due to a blizzard.

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I mean seriously, how does this even happen??

#1. I saved money on gas because…

#2. I didn’t have a commute to school.

Because of this I was able to…

#3. Sleep in (a little) and

#4. Eat breakfast

#5. By the time I was able to leave on Wednesday, I had three different offers from friends to let me crash on their couch until the roads cleared.

 

The rest of these are random things helped get me through the last week:

#6. Kitten Pictures/Gifs on the Internet (Because, adorable. )

#7. People Who Say Have a Nice Day and Mean it (Seriously, this means a lot.)

#8. Warmth and Sunshine (it finally went from -10 degrees to 50 degrees today.)

#9. Girl Scout Cookies (because, Girl Scout Cookies.)

#10. Good Books (I just finished the Divergent series.)

#11. The Sound of a Choir Singing Gospel Chords (This is just beautiful.)

#12. Hank Green Songs (Especially a Song About and Anglerfish)

#13. Pay Checks (I mean, who doesn’t like getting money?)

#14. Mountain Dew (Caffeine. ‘nuf said.)

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Thankful Thursday: MEGA EDITION!!!

Okay, so as you may or may not have noticed, in the last couple months I have not been keeping up with my weekly Thankful posts. Like, at all. To make up for it (at least a little) I’ve decided that this edition of Thankful Thursday will be MEGA SIZED!!!! In other words, I will list 10 things I’m grateful for instead of three.

#1. Christmas Break

Christmas break gave me much needed time away from class work, and I even got to go home for a week over Christmas and spend time with the family. It was really great to see everyone, and I even got to spend some quality time with my dog. 🙂

#2. Christmas at Grandma’s

My grandma hosts a Christmas every year about halfway through January. This year I was able to go up the night before and help her get ready. I found out that I am related to a bunch of famous people throughout history, most notably: Julius Caesar, the Rockefellers, and a handful of Popes. I also realized that this was the first time she and I were able to hang out one on one, ever.

#3. Interterm Class

Doane has done this weird thing where instead of jumping right into spring semester after Christmas break, we do a three-week interterm class. Class lasts about three hours long every day and is worth 3 credits. It’s usually a fairly interesting class that isn’t offered any other time of the year. This was the last year Doane’s having interterm, so I decided to go with the Psychology of Evil. It was a really interesting class. We tried to get into the minds of murderers, thieves, gang members, and all around ‘bad guys’. The focus was to try to determine if it would be possible for any ‘ordinary person’ to be put in a situation that would cause them to commit even the worst evil acts.

#4. The End of Interterm

As much as I loved my interterm class, it was time for it to end. It was at 9 am every day, and I had to have a paper written for just about every class. Today was the last day of class. It’s time for a change.

#5. Vending Machines

Since my class went from 9-12 every morning and we got a break halfway through, my breakfasts have been courtesy of the basement vending machine. Usually a Mountain Dew and a bag of Crunchy Cheetos. Breakfast of Champions, don’t ya think? I actually loved it. Kudos to whoever it is that keeps them fully stocked. You got me through my class. 🙂

#6. Warm Weather

I live in Nebraska, and for those of you who don’t know, this is a magical place where all four seasons can peacefully coexist in the span of a single week, sometimes, a day. This means that in addition to days with a -30 degree wind chill (not even exaggerating), we get the occasional 40-50 degree day. These are the days I am grateful for. They are a small reminder that spring is on its way, and eventually all will be right with the world once more.

#7. Jake’s Family

Jake and I have been spending a lot of time at his house and with his family. They are amazing. I am so grateful for them and their hospitality. We watch Netflix, do homework, or play cards with Jake’s little brothers. It is also so nice to get a home-cooked meal a couple of nights a week.

#8. Reese’s Cupcakes

I found a box mix for Reese’s cupcakes. They are delicious. That is all.

#9. Netflix

Ahh Netflix. Hours of entertainment, taker of souls, thief of free time…

#10. Jake

In the short time that we’ve known each other, Jake has easily become one of my best friends. We keep each other (relatively) sane, and he keeps me on task. He is the voice in my head (or on my phone) that tells me I need to do my homework, or work on my book, or write a blog post. Without him this blog wouldn’t exist and my grades would have been a lot worse.

A Very Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday everyone!!!! And this week I actually mean it! Today marks the end of finals week, and the end of this semester of school. Hopefully this means that I will be back to posting every day. Anyway, here are three of the things that I am thankful for.

#1. Pizza Party

For my last final of the week, my Public Speaking class, the professor decided to surprise us with Pizza Hut pizza. This was already my favorite class of the semester, and it was a perfect way to end the semester.

#2. Supernatural

I have been a Supernatural fan for many years. I have just recently got Jake hooked, and so now I have an excuse to rewatch the entire series yet again. (Not that that’s stopped me before, but still.)

#3. TFIOS

A couple weeks ago I was shopping with my grandpa at a bookstore. I was looking through the John Green books, (sometimes Nerdfighters stick awesome notes in them), when I came across a SIGNED COPY OF THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. I am not ashamed to have done a little happy dance in the store. My grandpa bought it for me as an early Christmas gift. It was just about the greatest thing anyone could have gotten me this year. The only thing that could have made it better was if it had been a Hanklerfish copy. (One in which Hank Green also drew an anglerfish next to John’s signature.)

Thankful Thursday: Undead Dead Week Edition

Hey everyone!

If you’ve noticed the lack of consistent posting this week from me, it is because it is Dead Week, the week right before finals. They call it Dead Week because usually, professors give it to you to prepare for finals. At some colleges classes are even optional this week.

Not at Doane.

Our professors can throw new information at us, add assignments, and do pretty much whatever they what right up until we walk in the door for finals.

It is a very stressful, busy, awful week.

Nevertheless, I promised to be thankful all year, and that includes weeks like this. So here it goes:

#1. The library for lending me markers to finish my project a half hour before it was due.

#2. The fact that the fourth book in the Bloodlines series is out! Hopefully I can get it soon!!

#3. Ball in the House, an awesome a Capella group who performed in the coffee shop on campus tonight and made me calm down and relax for an hour.

Good night, and to all my college student readers: Happy finals week, and may the curve be ever in your favor.

Thankful Thursday: Thanksgiving

Today is Thankful Thursday! And also Thanksgiving! So here we go, the three things I am grateful for this week:

#1. My Big Family

I’ve mentioned before that I have a huge family.  I may complain about our get-togethers, but I love that we all get together as often as we do. I am so lucky to have been able to grow up in such a loving family.

#2. Being Home

I went home for Thanksgiving and I am so glad I did. I have missed my family (and of course the home-cooked food 🙂 ).

#3. I Finished My Scarf!

I have been working on several crocheting projects, and I have finally finished one of my scarves. Now I am attempting to make a matching hat. 🙂

 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

Thankful Thursday (Sorta)

I know, I know. It’s not Thursday, but Thankful Friday just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Besides, this was supposed to be my Thursday post, but I got really busy then distracted then exhausted and next thing I know it is Friday morning and I am rushing to my practicum placement. But anyway, I promised to post three things I am thankful for each week, and here are this week’s:

#1 Kids who translate

I work at an after-school program at a local middle school. I teach a card game club and half of my kids speak little to no English. I am so thankful for one of my bilingual kids who translates everything I say for the others. It really makes my job easier.

 

#2 Doane Theatre

The Doane Theatre department is full of amazingly talented performers, scenic artists, and tech wizards. This combination results in some of the best theatre productions I’ve ever seen. Thursday night I had the privilege to see their performance of Mother Courage and Her Children, set in a futuristic post-apocalyptic war zone. It was FANTASTIC!

 

#3 I made it home safe

For the first time this year, it snowed. While we were in the nice, warm theatre, the road back to Lincoln was being coated with layers of snow and ice. I hate winter, but I am grateful I made it home.

Being Thankful: Not Just For November

November is the the month of thankfulness. Every year people post on their social media how grateful they are about everything for 30 days, and then go on with their everyday lives for the other 11 months of the year.

I think being thankful is important, and not just one month a year. Therefore, I am officially adding a requirement to my postings for the rest of my year:

At least once a week, I will post at least three new things I am grateful for.

Every week.

For a year.

This will be fun. 🙂

That being said, here are the first three things I am grateful for!

#1. My dad.

My dad and I have always been close. In fact, our family says we are practically the same person. We have very similar personalities, and identical senses of humor. In junior high and high school, my classmates were mortified at the thought of being seen with their parents in public. I was always like, “Yeah, I’m hanging out with my dad today, what of it?”

Since I started college (in a town roughly two hours away from home) I’ve only gotten to see my dad about once a month: whenever I go home, or when my family comes to see me.

Last weekend my dad was in town on business, and so we got to spend the day together for the first time in a long time. We got lunch, talked about life, and shopped for smartphone data plans.

It was so great being able to talk about everything from where I am going in my life, to what my siblings are up to, to how you would explain slang phrases, such as “Is that a thing?”

#2. Epona Horse Rescue.

I volunteer a few hours a week at a local horse rescue near Doane. I am so grateful they are here for two reasons.

The first is for the animals. Epona rescues a variety of animals: horses, donkeys, mules, ponies, goats, you name it. They nurse sick and malnourished animals back to health, train and rehabilitate ‘problem horses’ so they can be re-homed, and provide a permanent sanctuary for animals with disabilities that prevent them from being adopted.

The second reason is for me. Whenever I feel stressed, or overwhelmed with everything that is expected of a college student, I go out to Epona and spend some time with the animals. They don’t judge, and they don’t expect anything from me (apart from their food, and a pocketful of treats). Their generally calming presence helps me to forget about my worries and focus on the positives in my life.They help me just as much as I help them, if not more.

#3. My Job.

Or rather, the people I work with. I work at Fazoli’s, a semi-fast food Italian restaurant. The job itself is not always fun, but the friends I have made there make coming in to work worthwhile. It is always a fun, energetic atmosphere, and I am so glad for that. I have heard so many horror stories from people who work in fast food that hate their jobs/coworkers. We are friends and joke around while we work, and that makes all the difference.

I hope you enjoyed the first of my weekly gratitudes! As always, feel free to comment! Let me know what you are thankful for today!