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VEDA and the Month That Was

August 31, 2012


Today is the last day of VEDA and I’m having a hard time processing it. Has it really been an entire month? Are you sure? More importantly, did I really make 31 videos? As much as I count and as much as I look over them I still feel like I missed a few days. But I didn’t and I’m pretty proud of myself. :)

I know I haven’t been posting very much this month and can you blame me? So much has been happening that I’m surprised I have the energy to be typing this post right now. Colin moved out of his parent’s house, I had to get new glasses, we’ve been taking care of a new dog and my nail polish obsession pretty much took the wheel, but more on that later. You’ll be happy to know that I’ll definitely get back into a regular posting schedule over the next month once I adjust to not having to bust out my camera every single day!

I have a lot of things planned for the upcoming month(s) including a blog redesign which I’m super excited for. As for what I’m going to be doing over the next few days? Mostly relaxation and all that, but I’m also going to try to figure out in which direction I want to take this blog. As for what you can do? You can definitely watch all of my VEDA videos. Here’s a playlist I made just for you. :)



4 Year Anniversary

August 19, 2012

Today is Colin and I’s four year anniversary! Wait! What?

I know, I’m not really sure how we got here, but it’s been an amazing ride.

To an amazing four years. :3

The Dark Knight Rises

August 9, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let me start this by saying that this movie (the Batman trilogy, really) means way more to me than it really should. The Dark Knight is one of my favorite movies ever. It came out July 18, 2008. Three whole days before Colin and I met. We went to go see it on our first date on September 1st and before that I saw it way more times than I feel comfortable admitting. TDK captivated me, it hypnotized me, it showed me that action movies have the capability of being more than just a buff guy throwing one-liners at the screen while walking away from an explosion. That action in a movie could be used to drive the story and actually develop characters instead of dooming them to two-dimensional personalities. And when I heard that they were making The Dark Knight Rises I was ecstatic and I’ve been happily anticipating it since then. Even more perfect the release date: One day after Colin and mine’s 47 month anniversary (yes, we are that sappy) and one day before his birthday. It was a no-brainer that we were going to see this the second it came out and we did and it was worth the four years and every penny.

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Currently: Watching People Live Their Dream

August 5, 2012

Can I tell you something? This is the first time I’ve ever paid actual attention to the Olympics. I never saw Michael Phelps win all those medals or Usain Bolt run insanely fast in Beijing. I don’t even know where the 2004 Olympics even were*.

Why is that, you ask? To tell you the truth it was part laziness, part I never actually knew when they were on (not sure how I managed that), but mostly it was just that I didn’t really care. I’m not really a big sports person so the thought of sitting around and watching two weeks+ (not that I knew how long the Olympics even were) worth of sports seemed like more of a chore than something to look forward to. Plus, part of me felt a little cool for not caring. It was like I was part of a secret club of people who knew the truth: the Olympics just aren’t a big deal.

I wasn’t even planning on watching these Olympic games, then something happened. I’m not really sure how, but things just sort of clicked into place. I was being lazy on the couch, I actually knew when they were going to be on and after watching a few of the qualifying rounds for gymnastics I actually started to care just a smidge. I saw these incredibly young girls doing these amazing things and I think it was then that it hit me: this is the most important moment in their entire lives. All of these girls have been working their butts off since they were teeny little babies to make it to where they are and now they are living their moment. Not just these girls, EVERYONE who is participating in the Olympics is getting to live their big moment. That’s what makes these games amazing and that’s why in four years (and every four years after that) I’ll be tuning in to watch more dreams come true.

This video by Alex Day pretty much sums up my point.

*I just googled it. It was Athens.

VEDA and the Upcoming Month

August 1, 2012
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Today is the first day of VEDA and I’m excited, terrified and to be honest a tad sleepy. VEDA for all of you new readers stands for Vlog Every Day in August (or April) and that means that I’m going to be making a video EVERY SINGLE DAY this month. Wow.

Vlog Every Day in August

So, why am I doing this?

I completed VEDA this April and while it did almost drive me to madness, it was also really fun and I made some awesome friends! Why wouldn’t I do it again?

I’ll try to post here at least once a week, but I’m not promising anything. If you miss me you can just go over to my youtube channel. ;)

Updates: An Injured Finger and Meeting a Popstar?

July 30, 2012


Hey guys! I haven’t posted in a week and VEDA (Vlog Everyday in August) starts on Wednesday so I just wanted to get in a quick update post before being gone for a complete month. Did I mention VEDA? VEDA, VEDA, VEDA! Honestly, I’m going a little crazy, but more on that later.

  • Colin’s birthday was last Saturday (the 21st)! Yay Colin! We made a cake, watched the finale of Avatar (the Last Airbender) and ate deep-dish pizza! It was awesome. I have a few pictures I want to share, but I’m not really sure when I’ll get around to writing up a post.
  • Colin and I went to go see The Dark Knight Rises the night it premiered. It was awesome and I’ve been trying to either write up a review or make a video, but that plan keeps backfiring on me. I really want to write a review before it’s been too long, but I’m not sure if I’ll have time because of VEDA.
  • I sliced my finger with a mandoline, you know, the thing that slices vegetables, not that little guitar-thingy, and probably not where you think… maybe. It bled a lot and it hurt a lot and I just recently got to a place where I can type comfortably, hence no posts last week. I’m still trying to cope with the fact that I’ll probably never be a hand model, but I’m pretty excited at the possibility that I’ll have a cool scar.
  • Olympics. I’ve been watching them… kind of. I missed most of the opening ceremony, but I did see the most important parts: them raising the rings into the air and the Queen jumping out of a helicopter with James Bond. My mom and I have been catching events randomly every now and then. It’s kind of hard to be super enthusiastic when all the results are on twitter. Why must London be 8 hours (I think, I’m bad at counting) in the future? PS: How do people swim so fast?
  • Katie won tickets(?) to go meet and have lunch with Cher Lloyd. Don’t worry, I didn’t really know who she was either, but it means a lot to Katie so I’m going along too. I’m not really sure if I want to make a video about it or if I should just take pictures. I’ll see where my heart takes me.

Cher Lloyd – I Want You Back


Surviving Summer When You Live on the Surface of the Sun

July 19, 2012

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I learned something new about myself this year. I HATE summer.


Now don’t get me wrong, summer fashion is still my favorite thing in the world. Crazy colors and prints and incredibly short shorts over bathing suits are basically my core principles. Also summer movies and barbeques, they can stay too, but the weather? The weather has to go!

You see, when you’re in school you welcome summer because even if it’s hot that doesn’t matter. You still get to wake up late and go to bed late and nobody expects you to remember anything for a test or write a paper about how the pilgrims affect your life today. You’re free and it’s awesome! It doesn’t matter if you stay inside all day, you probably had a lot of internet to catch up on anyway!

But this year, my year off from school I had nothing to look forward to really, nothing to catch up on. I could already sleep in late and go to bed whenever I wanted and the internet was basically my job. That’s why summer didn’t come with a bang this year (unless you count the fact that I mentally punched the television every time they mentioned the weather). Instead summer came with moans and groans and mental television destruction.

Getting dressed seems counter-intuitive. You have to choose between eating or turning your house into a literal hell on Earth every time you turn on the stove. Not to mention EVERYTHING I want to do like going to the zoo or hiking, you know the stuff you’re supposed to do during the summer, I CAN’T do unless I want to risk heat-stroke. So what’s a girl to do to enjoy her summer when she lives of the surface of the sun? Well, thankfully for you, I’ve already figured it out. ;) Read more…

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