These Days.


Hello, World.

What have I been up to? A whole lot of nothing, which is ideal for the first few days following finals. Finals were not my favorite this semester, and I am so thankful they are over. I think I did well, but I am definitely glad the semester from Hell is finally over.

Drinking: Coffee. I used to hate coffee, and would only drink it if I REALLY needed a caffeine boost, and tea wasn’t cutting it, but lately, I drink coffee daily. Maybe it’s the constant state of exhaustion that’s consumed me for the past few months, or maybe it’s that I’ve actually acquired a taste for it (Peets or Dunkin’ Donuts preferably), but I actually enjoy cuddling up with a cup of coffee. I still love tea though, and despite my current love affair with coffee, tea will always hold my heart.

Weather: Baby, it’s cold outside. It’s not quite as cold as last week, but it’s still pretty cold, and I love it. I love any excuse to put together a cute outfit, and layering is my favorite, so the chilly season is my favorite to dress for by far.

Reading: I’m currently reading for pleasure for the first time in roughly three months, and it feels amazing. Being a bibliophile during school is quite difficult because with all my required reading, it’s nearly impossible to find time to read “for fun” (one of the many problems that comes with being an English major). So, what book is first on my Christmas list? Just One Year. A companion to Just One Day, it chronicles the male lead’s point of view of the year following a whirlwind romance. Cheesy stuff, huh? Maybe, but I’m all for cheesy romance at the moment. I need some carefree reading material (especially after reading the Bible nonstop for 3 months), and I need a little romance, a little cheesy romance in my life.

Thinking: I would say nothing because the whole “doing nothing” is my mantra at the moment, part of my post-finals middle finger to the world thing, but I would be lying if I said I was thinking nothing. I’m currently thinking about what Damon said in one of the early seasons of Vampire Diaries. He told Elena, in their first meeting, “You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger…” Since I’m catching up on all my shows lately, I keep thinking about this quote. I feel like this is what everyone wants, not only this quote, but all the over-the-top romances that are portrayed on TV. We all want to be woo-ed, and we all want to find that person, and we all want to have a little danger (why do girls tend to go for the bad boys? Stereotypes happen for a reason). I don’t want to get all preachy, but I just think it’s funny how people say they’re independent, and how they love being single, and how it’s all better if you can just have fun, but we cling to these TV romances, and think in the back of our minds how it’s so fake it’s real, but secretly hope we’ll get it someday. Besides, who wouldn’t want their very own Damon? I know I sure would (wink wink).

Excited About: I’m SO relieved that the semester is over. I know you’re going to hate hearing this over and over again on here, but I really cannot reiterate enough how much I despised the past semester. While I loved each of my professors, and learned a ton from each of them, this semester was a ton of work, and with so much going on in my personal life, it was really hard to find the motivation and concentration to put my all into my school work like I normally do. I’m also excited to have a few weeks at home to really figure things out for me, and think about what my new years resolutions are going to be for 2014. I have a feeling many of them will involve improving myself, and figuring out who I am, where I’m going, and who is important to me. And now that I’ve spent a majority of this section venting about how relieved I am about school being over for a bit, I must say I’m excited for JanTerm because it means seeing my friends, and having my absolute favorite professor!

Missing: It’s funny how people affect our lives in such a short amount of time. I’ve only known my friends at college for a year and a half, and I feel like I’ve known them forever. As soon as I get home, I’m so thankful to have time with my family, but after a day or two I miss my friends from school desperately. Luckily, when I go back to school it’ll be JanTerm, and that means only one class, and a month-long stress free time with my friends. JanTerm last year was phenomenal. I had so much fun, and there was so much time for activities, which is always nice. I know it’ll be different this year, but I know it’ll be the best.

Addicted to: My stress level decreased immensely in the last few weeks, and I couldn’t be more thankful. I’m cherishing the ability to just be for now, and to just enjoy life. This may not be an addiction, but they say addiction is unhealthy, so maybe it’s good that I’m addicted to not being addicted.

Callie Leigh

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