Number 15–Express Yourself

This weeks photo challenge challenged me to explain how I express myself. Express yourself. We’re told to do this almost every day. I would like to think that I express myself in a semi-unique way. I try to be the sun during your gloomy day. It’s hard to explain how I express myself because honestly I’m pretty basic. I wear leggings 4 or 5 days a week, I carry a coffee cup when I go places, I wear boots, I put my hair in messy buns when I’m lazy, I watch Netflix, I love cuddling. I’m not extremely unique. But the one thing I try to do is be there for people every single day. I try to provide a good laugh to at least one person. I express myself through this blog. Obviously, since I haven’t posted much this week, I haven’t really been expressing myself very much. I post what’s on my mind on here because I don’t want to start something on Facebook and I don’t want to be an extremely outspoken person. I like me the way I am right now and I’m happy to stay that way. I’ll be expressing a lot of my feminist views coming up here because I’m taking a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality class and we talk about things that really provoke my brain to get the wheels turning. I’m excited to start expressing myself more. So here’s to being bright and sunshiney.

Have a great day everyone! I’m sure you’ll be hearing from me later today 🙂

Xoxo,

Emily

Number 14–Boys Will Be Boys

Boys will be boys is honestly one of the most offensive phrases I think I’ve ever heard. It not only gives boys and men excuses to act like pigs, but it almost promotes them. I was reading this and it really hit me. This woman talks about her 3 year old son telling her “I’m a robot, I’m going to eat your brain and your skin.” Umm what? This boy is in preschool reading books that are not educational and when confronted, the teacher says “Oh boys will be boys.” No one should be saying those things, especially at 3 years old. Does a boy that young even know what that means? This phrase gives leeway to any boy who is aggressive and maybe even violent. It can definitely oversimplify a problem and I just think it’s wrong in so many ways. When do girls get to say “girls will be girls?” Do we get an excuse to act crazy and get away with it? “Oh I’m sorry that my daughter is feeling a little bit aggressive today. Girls will be girls!” Or when will I get the excuse to be emotional in public and not get the tag of “oh man she’s a crier.” That will never, ever be an excuse for women and I don’t want it to be. I hate that something like this exists because honestly there’s never a good enough excuse for being violent towards anyone or calling people names. 

Saying this phrase at such a young age could also teach boys that it’s okay to be a little extra aggressive, and it could teach girls that it’s okay to get tossed around a little bit. Reading this article also proves the ignorance of some people and this phrase. Just because boys are boys does not give them the right to bully people. I’m so sick of people bullying each other. No one person is better than me just because another person doesn’t like the way I dress or act. 

Boys do not have to “be boys.” Boys can be whoever they want to be without having an excuse to fall back on. It’s time for this phrase to disappear.

#Feminism It’s time for everyone to be equal.

Xoxo,

Emily

Number 13–Significant Other Appreciation

Before you read this, you need to read this: http://thoughtcatalog.com/kyle-freelander/2014/05/what-the-person-you-deserve-is-like/.

All of this is so true. And as I was reading it it seemed as though someone was stalking my relationship. I’m so lucky because I have such a good guy that would do anything for me. He laughs at all of my horrible jokes and he makes me smile just to see me smile. He gets up early and makes me breakfast in bed. He’d travel the world just to see me. I’m home when I’m with him. I’m safe when I’m with him. When I’m in pain, he’s in pain. When I cry he soothes me and cuddles me until I stop. He gives me nightly foot rubs. (That’s commitment.)  Like how lucky can I get? He sends me flowers for our anniversary and for just because occasions. He gives me the shirt off his back so I can put it on my body pillow and cuddle it. He wants to go to the same school as me so we can dominate together and be successful together and so our kids can wear cute little Winona pajamas and our car can have the Proud WSU Alumni sticker on it. He makes me donuts because I miss donut day during jazz band. He gets his siblings to buy us wine because I love to drink it. He lets me sleep on his side of the bed and use his good pillow. He’ll carry me when I’m “too tired” to walk. He’s my “Dr. Tom” and he always worries about me even when I just have a slight cold. He’ll listen to Taylor Swift for 3.5 hours while driving. He bought us tickets to go see her live because she’s my favorite. He’s the most amazing man I know and I really don’t know how it could ever get better than this. He’s honestly my hero and I don’t know what I’d do without him.

You deserve this too. It doesn’t matter who you are. You deserve a love like this. A love that you’re consumed by. A love that makes you forget about everything bad because what could be so bad when there’s something that’s a million times better waiting for you when you get home? You deserve a knight in shining armor that will have a nightly phone call with you. You deserve someone that you don’t want to live without. You deserve a silly love and you deserve a serious love. But most of all, you deserve an endless love.

Xoxo,

Emily

Number 12–Stuff like Feminism

Stuff. Everybody’s got stuff. I don’t know if you’re really wondering why I didn’t write for the past few days, but lets just say stuff. Basically I haven’t really had anything good to say and that’s pretty much the point of this blog. To stay positive and write good things about my day and what not. Tuesday and Wednesday were fine days but Thursday everything hit the fan and I was sad and yeah. Whatever. So, my apologies for not being here to entertain you all with my stories that probably aren’t that great to begin with. It really is a sad life if you depend on me for entertainment. You should probably check out Netflix or something to find something better. I recommend Chuck, which is my current addiction, Orange is the New Black, Once Upon A Time, and Gossip Girl. Oh man do I love Gossip Girl. I really wish that show was a forever show like Spongebob or something. I went into a Netflix depression for weeks after I finished that show. Anyways, back to my life.

Tuesday was my second first day of classes and I loved it. I’m so pleased that I LOVE all of my classes this semester. It’s kind of a lot of work with all of the readings I have to do, but I really think I’m going to love all of them. With my Theatre Appreciation class, the professor is so, so cool and fun to listen to. He’s had so much theatre experience and he’s lived in New York and it’s just amazing all of the things he has to say. It’s wonderful.

And then my Intro to Womens, Gender, and Sexuality Studies class is pretty cool too. I really enjoy learning about all of that. Right now we’re talking about feminism. If you don’t consider yourself a feminist honestly…like…what are you doing with your life? The definition of feminism is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. If you don’t believe that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities then you need to go back to the 50s and feel free to stay there. For more on the definition of feminism feel free to follow this link: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminism .

This subject actually gets me pretty fired up. Like, it’s totally fine if you don’t want to be a feminist that stands up and protests and tries to rule the world. That’s not what it’s about. Feminists are not trying to rule the world, they are trying to get equality. Feminism isn’t limited to women either. MEN CAN BE FEMINISTS. THAT IS A THING. If men do not think they are equal to women then they need to stand up and do what they need to do to become equal, but if you’re claiming that you’re not a feminist because you’re a man or because everything is equal or whatever your reason is you seriously need to reevaluate yourself. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Woah okay I’m done talking about that for now. So we’re not gonna talk about Thursday and go right to Friday which was pretty fun! I didn’t have class which was baller AND I went ice skating with my best friends!

This is the gang! Notice how absolutely stunning the bluffs are.

This is the gang! Notice how absolutely stunning the bluffs are.

I love Minnesota because it’s always so beautiful. All of the seasons are just awesome. Plus this winter honestly hasn’t been too horrible yet *knock on wood* so that’s always a plus.

Alright bloggers, I’ll talk to you guys later. Right now I have Chinese and Les Mis waiting for me.

Until next time,

Emily

Number 11–First Day

Hello Readers! So let me just say thank you to everyone who avidly reads my blog! I know my life is not super exciting but I’m glad that you guys think it’s at least amusing. As soon as I posted my blog last night, WordPress notified me that I had made 10 posts. I laughed a little because I number my posts so I obviously know what number I’m on. That probably wasn’t super funny. I’m sorry. ANYWAYS

Today was my first day of second semester! It was very exciting! It started off with a lovely phone call at 7:08 am from boyfriend and I was basically asleep but it made me laugh. I don’t remember why but I remember that I was very happy. So that was wonderful. And then I went back to sleep and woke up around 9:45. I didn’t have to be up until 10:45ish so I tried to go back to sleep but it just didn’t work. So I got up when the roomie, Lindsey, got back from her first class and we chatted for a while. Then I got on with my morning routine, had a cup of coffee, and went to class. I’m very fortunate this semester because Mondays and Wednesdays my first class is at 12:30 and it’s in the building I live in so I get to have a very relaxed morning. So at 12:30 I have speech and it was actually a lot of fun. The professor I have is awesome and I’m super pumped for the semester! The speeches we have to do don’t seem like they’re going to be too hard so that’s always good. After speech I went back to my room for a few minutes and then I had to leave a little early for my next class, Accounting, because I had to pick up a book for it. Oh my gosh I got to the bookstore and the line was literally wrapped around the whole entire store. I got to the bookstore probably at 3 and my class didn’t start until 3:30 so I thought I had plenty of time. Apparently I didn’t because I was 10 minutes late to accounting. What a way to make a good first impression. -_- It ended up okay because I get to sit in the front and that keeps me from texting during class and stuff. I’m one of those people who enjoy sitting in the front because I know I’ll get distracted during class so it keeps me from doing things I shouldn’t be doing. My accounting prof didn’t seem to mind too much that I was a little late so that’s good. The only thing I didn’t really like about that class was that for the whole hour and 20 minutes, the prof went over the syllabus. He likes to ramble on and on but hopefully that’ll end up in my favor later in the semester. He seems like a really good professor so that’s good. After accounting it was already 4:50 so I had to quick get back to my dorm, eat dinner, and get to work! I’m actually currently at work….I had 4 people come in today which is crazy. That’s the most amount of people I’ve had in a shift here in a realllllly long time. But that makes it really easy to study and stuff while working so it’s really, really nice. All in all my first day of my second semester was a major success. 🙂

Xoxo,

Emily

Number 10–Anything Goes when you’re back in Winona

Yesterday I went to go see Anything Goes with my mom in Milwaukee and let me tell you that it was amazing. First of all I love that show to begin with. It was the first ever show I did with the high school and it has been my favorite ever since. It was just so much fun and it’s the perfect balance of songs and dialogue. This traveling Broadway cast and crew did so well. Ugh I can’t even. It was perfect. And after the show we went to the Cheesecake Factory. THAT’S BASICALLY HEAVEN. I’M IN HEAVEN. Anytime, anywhere I’ll have Cheesecake Factory. It’s my FAVORITE restaurant. Ugh. So much wonderful all in one day. After the family got back from the Cheesecake Factory we watched Pitch Perfect. It was really a great way to end this little break I had. UGH.

I love being home with my parents, but it is SO good to be back in Winona. I love it here so, so much. Leaving was kind of hard though. I was saying good bye and my mom started crying. 😦 I was like “MOM DON’T CRY! I’ll be home in a month!” And she said “Yeah but not in this house.” And then the tears started flowing. But I made it here safe and sound and now the house is just a memory. You know…I still don’t know the address of the apartment…..welp. Haha. Back to Winona.

I got here and I was smiling from ear to ear. It feels so good to be back with all of my friends and the beautiful scenery and I don’t even mind that classes start tomorrow because I’m just so happy that I’m back. I picked up my books when I got here and even that had me smiling. I just constantly look around because there’s always something new to notice. I love that. There’s so much to discover here. People who don’t like it here don’t open their eyes to the things that make this town special.

Well that’s all I have for you today! We’ll talk later 🙂

Xoxo,

Emily

Number 9–High School

First of all, I’m sorry that I didn’t post yesterday! It was a long day and by the time I got home I was really not in a good mood to write. Today I am freshly energized and ready for the day! Let’s do this.

Well yesterday I woke up super early. 7:00 am. Not early to some; very, very early to me. I then had to get to the DMV to renew my license which didn’t start my day with good vibes. I got to the DMV and I went inside to the service desk because that’s what you’re supposed to do right away. Now remember that it’s winter in Wisconsin and I was wrapped up in my jacket, a huge scarf, a hat, and mittens. So I went up to the desk and I said “I’m here to renew my license.” The first thing this lady says to me is “Well you’re going to have to take a picture so all of that stuff is going to have to come off.” NO SHIT IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO COME OFF. Like seriously? Did you really have to be sassy with me? I literally said one sentence to her and she’s got her sass turned up to level 20. Let’s tone it down to a level 5, alright miss? So I get my picture taken and then I had to go to a desk to get my eyes checked. My eyes really aren’t the greatest eyes so when I took the test the first time the guy just kind of looked at me and said “…let’s try that again but slower. Really think about the letters before you say them.” …oh. But I passed and I still have a license so that’s cool.

After the DMV I went home to my mom and she actually was going to get her eyeliner tattooed on! That was actually really exciting and it turned out really good. After that we went out to eat, went shopping for a little bit, and then met my dad at our future apartment. The apartment is nice and is in a really nice location. What’s going to be so nice is that we’re going to be right by the freeway that I get off of for school so it’s going to cut 30 minutes off of the trip. I’m definitely excited about that. Once we were done at the apartment my dad and I went to get my car, and then we were finally home. But the day was far from over!

Last night my high school band was having pep band. I can’t just not go to that. So I got all ready and I went and I had SO much fun. I forgot how much fun it is and how nice it is to come back to a great big family. The band is and always will be my family. The freshmen did think I was weird. Really weird. I like to dance around at pep band games because it’s so fun! Why wouldn’t you? So me and all my saxophones from previous years were dancing which in turn made the freshmen dance and everything was as it’s supposed to be. It was so wonderful. It was like they were my section again! 🙂 It was an amazing night. Sure it had a few downs to it that did make me pretty upset, but sometimes you just gotta forget about all of that and focus on being happy. Especially when I’ve had such a good night all in all.

You’ll be hearing from me later, everyone.

Much love,

Emily

Number 8–Goodbye Childhood

I’ve lived in the same house for basically my whole life. We moved here when I was 2 so I really don’t know any other life any where else. My parents decided that it’s time to move on so they sold the house and are going to build a new one. We’re going to live in an apartment for a few months which is the period of time in which I will lose my mind. Since they’re moving out while I’m going to be at school I started cleaning out my room today which was….kind of sad. I found a bunch of my music stuff from throughout my life, I found the old scrapbook that my grandma and me started together. Obviously I got distracted looking at all that stuff and it was just so fun and it made me sad. I’ve made SO many memories here. I had parties here, I broke my toe here, we got our first dog here and she peed and pooped EVERYWHERE. It’s just going to be so different. And that’s how I really know that my childhood is gone. My parents aren’t tied here anymore because I don’t have to go to school in this town anymore. I don’t have a ton of friends I’m leaving behind, and the ones I am can all drive. It’s easy to meet up. I won’t be living at the house that my parents are building for very long. 3 or 4, maybe 5 years and then I’m hopefully out. I’ll be living on my own with my own job. That’s crazy to think about, you know? Where did life go? Soon enough I’ll have my own family and I’ll be building my own home. Sure that’s 5 or 10 years down the road, but 5 or 10 years is basically nothing. 10 years ago it was 2005. That doesn’t seem long ago at all. Time is such an interesting concept. It drives me nuts thinking about it. Where did yesterday go? What is tomorrow going to look like? Why did today seem so much faster than yesterday did? Time is something that will always stump me.

On a way less serious note, when I found my scrapbooks today that made me realize that I want to start scrapbooking again. I think it’s so much fun and it’s something that not a lot of people do anymore. I think we, as a society, are just relying on social media to replace scrapbooks. If you put it online, it’ll always be there. But where’s the fun in that? I don’t want to be showing my children my Facebook page when I’m older. I want to pull out an adorable book and show them the wonderful moments of my life. The special ones that deserve pages in a book. Not an online album.

Saying goodbye to growing up is hard. I feel like I’m still 12. That my family should not be moving. That I do not go to college. But sometimes you just need a reality check that you’re going to do great things and you gotta remember that saying goodbye is just apart of the process.

Until later,

Emily

Number 7–Sweaters

Today I got the cutest sweater I’ve basically ever bought. I’m so proud of my purchase. I went to the mall with my BEST friend, Riley, because I had to exchange something my mom had gotten me that was too small. I wear a size large at American Eagle in most of their tops and my mom got me a medium. So I was looking through all of the sweaters and all of them were mediums or smaller. I was so angry. I wanted a red sweater but they didn’t have it so I went for blue, then I went for grey, and finally after just looking at the tags for sizes instead of the actual sweater, I found a large. I was getting so mad. Seriously just put out some more larges, American Eagle. But it was basically fate. I mean seriously this sweater is super duper cute. I’m proud. Riley also got a great sweater. You know it’s a great day when both BFFs get cute sweaters. We then went to go see Mockingjay. I LOVE that movie. It’s so well done! That was the second time I went to see it. I think I like it so much because I hated the book and the movie explains things so much better than the book did.

–pause– My mother is crazy and decided it would be a great idea to put a chocolate espresso bean in my dads mouth while he was sleeping. –play–

It’s just such a good movie. After the movie we came home and I’ve just been relaxing and watching Chuck all night.

–pause– He woke up and didn’t choke or die. He also didn’t think it was very funny. Oh well. –play–

My dad is getting my car fixed! Yay! The exhaust needs fixing and that makes the car SUPER loud so I’m really happy it’s getting fixed. That’ll make it a lot easier for me to drive back to Winona on Sunday.

–side track– You know, one of the many things that I love about Riley is that we share a great love for Taylor Swift and especially the music. We freak out about the littlest things and it’s seriously the best. She gets to my house today and says “Can we listen to Taylor in the car?” DUHHHHHHHH. –end side track–

Today I picked up the pictures Tom and I took at Target! They turned out so cute and I can’t wait to share some of them with you guys! I’m hopefully going to scan them on to my computer by the time I leave. 🙂 Something else VERY exciting that happened to me today was that I got an email saying I am now apart of the interview process for an RA position at school! I could not be more excited because this is something I want SO much. I will for sure keep you all updated on the progression of the process!

Well that’s all I got for y’all today! Thanks for reading 🙂

Until next time,

Emily

Number 6–Coffee Shop

Today was a very ordinary day compared to yesterday, but it was so much fun. Today I had to wake up early, well early for me. At 7:30 I was up and at ’em because I had a dentist appointment at 9 and I’m a diva so it takes me 45 min-1 hour to get ready. I got myself all ready and left the house for my appointment. I had to get a filling today which wasn’t very fun. I honestly really don’t mind the dentist. I actually prefer it over going to the doctor. The thing that probably bothers me the most about the dentist and fillings is the numbing. The pinching with the needle and stuff is just horrible. I’m such a baby when it comes to pain like that. And what also sucks about the numbing is that your face is numb for like the whole day. I can’t stand that. It’s awkward because I smile a lot and then I look weird and it just doesn’t work. So yeah. I did that today. Then I met one of my friends, Chad, for coffee at a cute little place in the next town over. It’s always nice catching up with friends, especially when coffee is involved. Chad did get accepted to WSU and was planning on attending…but then he decided to go to a different school. Sad. After we caught up I went home and watched some Netflix. Right now I’m addicted to the show Chuck. If you’re looking for a hilarious action/comedy show, watch it. I’m absolutely obsessed with it right now. After Netflix I picked up one of my very best friends, MaiLei, and we went to another coffee shop! We celebrated Christmas today because we really didn’t have any time to closer to the actual day. She got me the most adorable picture of us which is going right on my desk when I get back to school. I love her so much. She’s one of my best friends ever and she’s perfect.

Today was all about the coffee shops and it was so much fun and I can only hope that the rest of my days are like this.

Until later,

Emily