It’s About Time! (My Return to Posting)

Hey everyone!!

With my class and work schedules, obviously blogging every day isn’t working out very well, so let’s revamp a little. I can’t promise you a new post every day, but I will continue to post when I can. I will try to keep it varied, with Quotes of the Day, Free Write Fridays, and Thankful Thursdays, as well as some new stuff, so stay tuned!!

Like I said, my schedule is hectic this semester, but that’s all changed now that it is…

**drumroll**

… SPRING BREAK!!!!! PAAAAR-TAAAAYYY!!

Just kidding. I am on Spring Break, but no parties for me. Instead, I am taking the opportunity to pick up more shifts at work. I know, I know, I am a madwoman.

Though I’ve been busy, I still have time for some fun. Here are some things I’ve done since my last post:

  • Discovered Pokémon. I know I may be a little late to the game, but I am officially addicted.( I may or may not have watched over 40 episodes since Spring Break started on Friday…)
  • Cosmic Bowling. Lights, music, friends… What could be better? I am officially horrible, but we have fun, and that’s what counts, right? (But seriously, I’m awful.)
  • Went Hiking. There is a river near town, and Jake, Ryan, and I went exploring. It was the perfect way to end a stressful week.

And last but not least…

  • Met a Guy. I won’t go into details now, but he is great. He is also a writer. (Far better than me, if I am to be perfectly honest.) He recently started a blog. Go check him out here.

That’s all for now, but hopefully you will be hearing from me again soon!!

Top 5 Things I Learned Over Break

Hey everyone!! Hope you all had a fantastic holiday season. Let’s get started!

1. I totally suck at posting when not at school.

I have found that I am very easily distracted without classes to give structure to my day. It may also have something to do with the lack of Jake constantly reminding me to post. Now that I’m back at school hopefully I will get better about it.

2. My name is Emily, and I am a Netflix-oholic.

When I have hours of free time I tend to binge on entire seasons at a time. In the past month I have rewatched Psych, Supernatural, the Gates, Being Human (the UK version, not the US), and a couple dozen romantic comedies and holiday movies. I have a problem. (I may or may not be watching as I type.)

3. I enjoy training people.

I have been able to pick up a few more shifts at work over break, and in some of those shifts I have been tasked with training the new hires. I don’t know why, but I love teaching the new people what to do. It probably has a little to do with the fact that I get to tell them what to and not actually have to do it myself.

4. I’m not a morning person.

Unfortunately I have early classes all week spring semester and I work opening shifts on the weekends. This will be fun.

5. I am fascinated by serial killers.

My school has an interterm class each January, in each we spend two and a half weeks taking only one class every day. This year I am taking the Psychology of Evil. We discuss and study violent acts and the people who commit them. The goal is to take a closer look at why these acts happen, and what makes ordinary people do them.

My Life Monday: My Family

Hello, and welcome to My Life Monday, the day when I get to let you know more about me!!!

This week’s random fact: I come from a fairly large matriarchal family.

On my mom’s side anyway. My great grandma had seven children: six girls, one boy. They grew up, got married, had three of four kids each, and now some of their kids have kids. In most of these resulting families, the majority of the siblings were girls. In fact, only two couples have more sons than daughters. Because of this, it’s no wonder the women tend to run things in the family.

Though we are a large group and spread out across the region, we plan an event on every major holiday where we try to get together. These are planned by my Great-Aunts, and include anywhere from 20 to 60 people, usually in relatively small homes.

Growing up, I loved when my cousins would bring their boyfriends to a holiday. Understandably they were overwhelmed. They not only had to deal with the Uncles, who are experts in embarrassment and awkward conversations, but they had to get approval from my Great Grandma. If Grandma didn’t approve of your significant other, odds are the relationship wouldn’t last. It was very interesting to see people uncomfortable in a situation that felt so normal to me.

This Thursday, I will be heading up to the big family Thanksgiving. Wish me luck!

Harry Potter, Politics, and High School Speech Meets

Yay! It’s my first My Life Monday! The day where I get to tell you more about me!!

Every day I spend the lunch hour sitting in the campus coffee shop in a circle of couches, surrounded by music and theatre majors.

Theatre (and music) kids, in my opinion, are the best friends you can have. I have found that they are about the most accepting, eclectic, and crazy people (on our campus, at least). Our conversations can range from normal, to philosophical, to ranting, to humorous, to alarmingly inappropriate and back again all in a span of five minutes or less.

Most of us have competed in high school speech, and many are judges now, so today we had a 20 minute discussion on what poems, programs, and scripts work in competitive speech, and which ones should just never see the light of day again. Meanwhile, I was crocheting on one couch while someone else was knitting. Several people were on tumblr and would occasionally interrupt someone to share a particularly funny gif with everyone. People left and people joined, but the flow of conversation never ceased.

And then suddenly we were on the topic of Harry Potter.

I  love that I have the type of friends that not only know exactly which Hogwarts House they are in, but can seriously discuss the pros and cons of each, then seamlessly shift into a friendly debate over the current American political system.

I never know what I’m going to hear in conversations. We are equally likely to discuss the thematic and symbolistic meaning behind a specific character in a play or novel as we would be to have a dead baby joke competition.

I love my lunch hours with my friends, because I know whatever I say or do I will be accepted.

Day One: Here We Go…

Hey!
My name is Emily and this is my writing experiment.

My plan is to post a blog entry every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the rest of the school year (May).

I will write about my journey of creating my first novel, my life, and any thoughts I have about the world in general. My goal is to become a better writer through this project, and hopefully create an interesting and entertaining blog for readers. 🙂

For today I will share some random facts about me. If you want to know more, visit my About Me page.

  • I’ve been in six musicals, and have been cast as a homeless/poor person in four of them.
  • If you asked everyone I know to describe me, 98% would say I am that shy, quiet girl who rarely speaks. The other 2% would say I’m crazy and never shut up. Both are true. I am usually pretty quiet around strangers. In fact, there have been days when I’ve literally not spoken more than 2 words to anyone. However, when I hang out with my close friends and family, I am extremely crazy and loud.
  • I used to hate reading and writing, but now I can’t get enough of either.
  • I absolutely love all kinds of animals, but I have recently discovered that I am more nervous and panicky when holding my best friend’s four-inch pet lizard than I am when trying to out-run and catch thousand pound people-shy Arabian horses at the local horse rescue. I guess I’m weird that way.
  • I am a self-professed grammar nerd, and I love it. I laugh out loud at grammar jokes and puns, and physically cringe when I find typos in published work.

Comments and feedback are always appreciated!! If you have suggestions for what I should write about, let me know!