I feel like my emotions are a roller coaster. I think overall I had a bad day.
This morning wasn't good. I found out that it is impossible for me to Double Major in Anthropology and Art History. The weather was disgusting today, and thus I felt disgusting. I didn't feel like going to class at all. I've been exhausted all day from my 6 AM wake up My Apartment is a mess. My hair is a mess, I need a hair cut really badly. I'm studying for my French test and I'm worried I won't do well.
If I get stuck in another cold shower I don't know what I'm going to do.
I'm feeling really good about where I am right now: 1. I'm saving money, and I've got some goals for my saving in mind, which is exciting 2. I'm going out more and meeting new people, which is awesome 3. I'm going to yoga every week, and it's really awesome. I didn't think I would like it, but I can seriously see myself making this a real commitment, and I never thought that would happen with exercise. 4. My classes are really interesting, and I feel like even in such a short amount of time I've learned a lot. Especially in my french class; I'm already retaining information, and I'm so happy with the work that my teacher has given. It's really helping me out, and it's exciting to see myself improving. 5. I'm setting some goals for myself which I think can definitely be achieved. My plans get into action tomorrow!
I can't wait for summer. It's driving me insane. I NEED to stay in Richmond this summer.
I've got a new plan of action and I'm excited about it. Mom came to Richmond today to spend the day with me. It was nice going to Short Pump and walking around. We did a lot of catching up, and it seems like the past few days have been entirely too busy for the both of us. I think I'll need some time to reflect on things.
Speaking of Shortpump I bought some nail polish (big spender over here), and I'm digging them a lot. I'm wearing a dark blue right now (inspired by Chanel's winter line), and I also bought a gold-ish color for spring. I'm thinking of combining the two. I'll have to save that for another day, perhaps.
It feels like everyone is going to Tech next weekend! I hope everyone has fun, I don't think I'll be visiting any time soon. Although a trip to UVA may be in the works.
My Archaeology Professor told me about a dig opportunity in Henrico county with the Archaeological Society of Virginia, which I'm seriously considering. It's over Spring Break and can count towards my School of World Studies Passport. The site is a "contact site"; a place when Europeans and Native Americans encountered eachother, it sounds so cool. Also, Chief Powhatan might have frequently stayed at the site as well.
Alright, I'm tired from walking around all day. 8 AM yoga tomorrow!
Waking up for 7 AM yoga was not as hard as I thought it would be. However, waking up to 16 degree weather was a little bit harder. But I made it to the gym, walked by myself, and avoided getting mugged. I'm joking, but really, I need to be careful. I think at 6:45 even the muggers of Richmond are asleep. Good thing for me.
Yoga was really awesome. I got there and there were only two other people there when I arrived and the instructor was really chill. Some of the positions were hard, but with such a small class, Melissa (the instructor) critiqued our form individually, which was really nice. It was quiet, it wasn't crowded, and the best part was that during the class you could see the sun rising through the windows, and there was an orange glow spreading through the room. The music she played was awesome, and I'll definitely be going back. Misha, I would definitely recommend it! So I'll be going back every Monday and Wednesday!
After that I went to breakfast and then went back to my apartment to lay around until my class. I had so much time! Had eating breakfast not been so unusual I would have roamed around outside for a bit longer. I need to head over to the bookstore to inquire about my pay check and get a card, and also pick up a book I ordered. That will all happen tonight, I guess.
At the moment, I'm feeling good. I don't want to focus on any of the negative things that happened this weekend. Well... one thing that a friend of my mine said. She said something that really hurt my feelings, but she was so oblivious, and I was so shocked, that I was speechless at the time. I feel like too much time has passed for me to say anything. All I can do is wait until she fumbles again, and then I'll be verbally bitch slapping her.
I have Religion, Black Magic, and Witchcraft later. I keep forgetting the actual name of that class and I just end up saying "Witchcraft", and then people give me weird looks. I mean, I WISH I could say that I was learning Witchcraft, but I don't exactly want my life turning into The Craft.
Though I would dig some Thigh high socks and some sick chains around my neck....
I don't really care who the hell you are, President Obama's Inaugural Speech was pretty awesome. I have an assignment to pull out the religious/ethical themes covered. Nice.
I saw a 1 bedroom apartment today on W. Grace that was pretty darn awesome. I'm not sure I would want to live on the 1100 block, but the apartment was lovely. It was big, spacious, and floors had been redone. I'm almost sad I'm not moving out. Almost.
I did all of my homework for french and got all of it right! It makes me feel really good to spend a lot of time on work, and then get it all right. I feel very accomplished.
Lady Gaga is coming to Toad's Place, and I'm thinking about going. I'm wondering if there will be dancing....I'll have to think about it.
I'm getting a pay check soon! What should I spend it on? Something frivolous? Any ideas?
ALSO: I got a gift card for iTunes for my birthday. Any recommended tune-skis?
My apartment is really cold. I've been under blankets all weekend.
My friend Dombroski and his friend Michael were held up at gun point the other night! In a place where I usually walk! They're okay, but this really freaks me out! It's so close to my place, and I've been walking alone lately. Ugh.
But, FANTASTIC NEWS! My landlord called and said that since some other tenants were now having second thoughts, he's scratching the renovation until summer! YES YES YES YES YES YESSSSSS!!!!!
I have an apartment to see today, and I'll still go because I think the landlord there is traveling a ways to come show it to me. But I'm so exstatic!!!
I'm starting to get annoyed with my long hair. Long hair=shedding. If you will allow me to be disgusting for a minute, my hair is everywhere. I pick it off my shirt in class, it's on the floor, it's in all of my blankets, it's on my carpet, I can't escape from it. I swiffer all the time!
I've been doing French all night. I had to write a minmum of 60 words about what I think French people are like. It was hard, but I feel accomplished having written around 200 words.
I also did a lot of reading for Religious studies. Phew, that was tough. I kept falling asleep and getting mad when I woke up. I think that's a funny image of myself... now that I think about it.
I still have to shower, I might get up early and do that tomorrow morning.... it's so late....
I got into Religion, Black Magic, and Witchcraft! SICK! Now I can drop Sociology because, to be honest, that class BLOWS. So excited!
It seems as thought I might be saying goodbye to my lovely little studio. I'm quite upset about it. My landlord wants to renovate my building, and everyone in the building has already agreed. If he can offer me a better apartment than the one he showed me, than it looks like I'll probably be moving.
I'm scared! I've grown to really love this apartment, and to move out would be really sad. I love my near Silver Sage colored walls, the way the sunlight pours in through the windows early in the morning, my large bathroom, my fireplace, and the overall Victorian comfort.
However, I can understand why this place needs fixing up. The windows aren't energy efficient, everything is run on circuits per apartment, the floors are in bad shape, and the hardware has recently been having problems.
However, I think that my little studio might be turned into a 2 bedroom apartment! This is terrible news because I will never be able to afford it unless I can find a roommate for the summer and into next year. I'm just so distraught, I love this place. Why can't he just fix it up and keep it as a studio?
turns out I have Anthro reading to do. I'd better get to it!
This post is coming entirely too late. it's 4:30 AM. How ridiculous am I.
However, I'm in a writing mood, and when I'm like that I just can't sleep. I realized that I'm not scheduled to work tomorrow! YES. This means that I can go to the bookstore and get my books. I was worried I wouldn't have time to because I'm working 23 hours this upcoming week. Actually.... I worked 23 hours this week. $280 ain't bad for a total. Tomorrow I can (obviously) sleep in because I'll need to, get my books, stroll through campus, and hang out with people in town.
BTW, Misha, I'ma text you girl!
Okay, enough personal dialoging. I had a good night tonight. I ended up not going to a concert Michele invited me to because I was dealing with problems with my bank card. How embarrassing, my card was rejected at Qdoba when I went to get dinner. The Reason? I had gone to the ATM just before, and wasn't able to access my account because I forgot my new pin #. Ugh. it was embarrassing, so I'll have to head over there tomorrow to pay for the food I got. The Qdoba guy was so nice, he let me take my food and didn't even take my information to hunt me down if I ran out on the bill. But, I'm going in and I'm going to pay my $6 and thank them profusely.
Work was super slow today... ugh... but hey, it's money, it's easy, and it's convenient.
I think that over-sized t-shirts are just the best!
Work was challenging today. All of the registers were down, and so we had to do all of the transactions on paper! Time consuming and ridiculous, but I got out of there 30 minutes early!
last night I went out with Sarah and Josh to his friend Drew's house. It was a lot of fun, and I actually got to play the drums! I haven't played in so long, but it was a lot of fun. I really miss my set now...
I need to figure out what to do about dinner. Shafer is closed, and I don't feel like cooking pizza. I mean, I guess I could... but I dunno...
Also, Guild is tonight, but I have no way of getting there, and Michele is trying to get me to ride a bike. I know going out more was part of my resolution, but to be completely and embarrassingly honest, I can barely ride a bike! I can't imagine my fear doing it late at night on the streets of Richmond. Goddammit.
maybe I'll just stay in? I don't want to... but I want a dependable way to get around that doesn't involve me crashing a bike, looking retarded, and making a mockery of myself.
I'm watching an onstage performance of Cyrano De Bergerac with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Gardener. I love Kline, I think he is a wonderful actor, and this play is great. I might just pick up the book. PBS, thanks for the awesome programing. Oh wait, thanks to me... viewer like me.
I worked today, and it was nice to just stand at the cash wrap and do nothing else. I learned a lot, and I was productive. Tomorrow I work 4-9, and then on Saturday 12-6.
As for today's weather, it was/still is hideous. I however, may be going out with Sarah Waks again. My New Year's Resolutionis to go out more, so I can't really hold myself back anymore.
I think Gardner over acts a bit in this role.... but Kline is so delightful that I'm hardly noticing. Great set too. I kind of miss my technical theatre days. I miss designing.... I guess I could do it in my spare time... I don't know why I don't.
I brought my drum sticks and practice pad/books to school! I only just remembered! I'm off to play!
Ever have that urge to write down what you're feeling, but as soon as you're ready to do so, everything slips from your brain? It's as if suddenly you don't know how you feel at all, how to express it, and then you feel as though you've really gone insane.
I feel like every time I try to think about things that are important, it's fruitless. All my thoughts slip away and, like water in cupped hands, it disappears eventually, no matter how hard I try to hold onto it. I feel very discombobulated (I can't believe that this is a real word). I don't know what I feel. I know I'm on the right track. It's just the part of what I should be doing with myself that I don't know about.
I need a new Journal. I think I'll buy a Moleskine from the bookstore when I go in tomorrow. The Journal I have brings back memories.
I get upset over small things. My computer has 14 minutes left of battery life. My neck hurts from sitting the way I am. My muscles in my legs hurt. I was excited to work, and now I'm dreading it. My voice is shot.
Maybe this is a night time mood thing. I don't feel like this during the day, but at night something switches on, and I can't help myself but to feel.....despondent.
I had to sign a blogging agreement with Barnes and Nobel saying that I would put a notice on this blog to say that all of my ideas are my own and not the ideas of my employer. Harrumpf.
Work was good. I'm not scheduled today, ugh, but other than that it's okay. Apparently it's going to be insane next week and I'm going to be answer a lot of questions I don't know.
Thankfully Sarah and Michele were in town last night, so we went to Three Monkeys with some of Michele's friends and it was fun. Then we went to hang out with Michele's boyfriend, Andrew, to play Catch Phrase with his friends. Overall a good night.
Today I might be seeing an apartment. I hope it's nice...
Starting out my day with absolutely no voice has not been well received. I don't know what you were thinking, first getting a "tickle" and then turning into a soar throat, and then having my voice disappear. And now, you've decided that instead of being unable to talk, all I can make are gutteral sounds that I really want to sound like words. You know I have my first day of work today, what's your deal? What am I supposed to do? Scream some weird gargle as customers/coworkers/managers?
I'm back in Richmond and it's a little odd how this place is completely deserted when break is going on. No one seems to be around save for a few people. A bit eerie. I've never really been on my own before. I mean, I live alone, but really I'm not alone. I'm usually surrounded by friends, I'm meeting up with people daily, I go to class. But now there's no one here to see every day, and no one really checking up on my to see if, per se, I should die trying to bake cookies.
I'm watching this world Dancing show on NBC, and the Argentinian judge is a total bitch. Granted, she's right about most of the contestants, Russia's solo performance completely blew, but she's been a bitch all night, and I just didn't expect that from an Argentinian judge. Also, the Bollywood performance was just as bad! I don't get that! Bollywood is awesome. This solo Bollywood had better be good. I love Bollywood dancing. It looks so colorful and cheerful. I feel like maybe I'll visit India one day. Is it weird that I really want to wear a Sari? They're just so gorgeous.
I'm seriously considering Spring Break plans. I need/want to go to Mexico. Time to start planning!
I'm packing and I hate it. I'm leaving around 1 today, so that's somewhat exciting. Last night Abby and I went to Georgetown which was fun. We physically abused the Urban Outfitters sale rack, and she got offered a job. That girl is ridic (Totes Adorbs Abbrevs). But I am leaving for Richmond and that's that. I'm actually kind of nervous about my job, but I think I can handle it after working at Resto. I'm excited for making money, everyone getting back into town, and getting a kick-start on my New Year's Resolutions.
Also, I'm having Lox and Bagels this morning. You know you're jealous.
So much for posting every day! Consider this a post for January 2nd, I'm a little late on the uptake.
Have you ever had your Social Security Card stolen? It incredibly irritating. You're probably thinking, "Lisa, only BIG IDIOTS carry around their SS cards! What the hell were you thinking?" And you know what? You're right. I'm a big idiot. However, at least I took the initiative to get it replaced. Turns out the Social Security Administration doesn't really give a shit if your card is stolen, all they care about is that you do something about it, and you don't act like a dope and carry it around (Seriously, they put it in bold and red print on the form you have to fill out to get another card).
So I went down to my local Social Security Office to get a replacement. I thought to myself, "This will be quick and easy, and I'll be outta there in no time!"
Apparently I'm an even bigger idiot than mentioned before.
The place was PACKED. Families, elderly people, young people, people speaking languages I had ever hear before, people looking angry, people looking tired: They were all there sitting/standing/waiting in line. I was number 124, and they were on number 160 (They restart at 100 when they get to 199).
I thought, "How long should I wait?" I told myself I would only allow an hour of sitting around, and then I would leave. It was crowded, noisy, and annoying. There was one police officer to yell at everyone to avoid standing in front of doors and a window which displayed the back of the office. There were only three open windows where you could be helped.
It was pretty boring/annoying/ and uncomfortable.
However, I waited longer than an hour, my number was called, and I was out within five minutes of having them type in my name. While the wait sucked, they were incredibly fast in dealing with my replacement problem. They didn't even need to see my birth certificate.
Waiting in line at the Social Security Office: +10 Experience Points
Note to self: Make plans for New Years Eve ahead of time. Next year I don't think will have a problem with that, since I'll be turning 21, but at any rate, plans are a good way to not end up with Dick Clark and non-existant champagne (which I'm kind of bitter about).
I could have had plans... but one option included seeing some people from high school I haven't seen in a while (for a reason), and the other included complications that I had to let go. They both were promising, but for various reasons it didn't work out.
I guess it would be appropriate to reflect back on the year: The Positive! - I earned great grades at VCU - Made new friends - Moved into a new apartment/started my life in Richmond - Got a job (a bit down to the wire, but it still counts as 2008) - Learned how to live on my own - Payed off a debt to my Father. - started fleshing out my personal style. - blogged more (however, that wasn't very hard) - Ended up not investing in the stock market right before everything went to hell!
The Negative: - Car accident - Grandpa Dan's passing - Family life in general - My love life.
While the positives were certainly....well... positive, the negative were entirely too terrible. Each one of them were really bad in their own respect.
However... this is a new year, and I am determined to get this all turned around.
Moving from the suburb of the Nation's Capital, to the former Confederate Capital of Richmond, VA, I am a student at Virginia Commonwealth University writing about the trials and tribulations of college life, and trying to get a grasp of "The Good Life".