These Days.

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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.

Truly,
Callie Leigh

These Days.

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Hello, World.

So, in the spirit of finals… I am taking a moment to procrastinate (kind of), and post a quick ‘these days.’ A lot of things have been going on in my life lately, so I thought I would post a little catch up post.

Drinking:  A peppermint latte, trying to stay warm in the insanely cold weather that has consumed my town lately. I love a good holiday drink, and I’m kind of a holiday-flavor junky. It makes me really sad when come January it seems odd to order pumpkin or peppermint or gingerbread.

Weather: It’s currently 48 degrees in town, and I’m freezing. Also, it snowed in Chico last night and I am quite devastated that I missed it. Seriously, I waited for four years of high school for it to snow at least once, and it never did, and then the one time I’m away at school it snows. Weather is a fickle little thing.

Reading: Bible homework. My Biblical Literature final is on Monday, and the study guide is five-pages single-spaced. Can you imagine what I am doing?

Thinking About: All the things I have to do between now and Thursday. Talk about stressful. Also, life happened this week, and so I didn’t get as much done as I originally hoped, but something that is nice is that I finally have some closure in my personal life, which is always a good thing. So, now for all nighters….

Excited About: Going to Livermore today, to my best friends house to help her family decorate their Christmas tree, get cheap Chinese food, watch Christmas movies and study. I love her family, they are so welcoming and hilarious, and its nice to know that I have a family close to school when my family is still three hours away.

Missing: My mama, my dad, my sister, sleep, and the ability to just be. Stress has gotten the best of me this semester, but today is a new day, and despite that its now finals, I know that things are looking up, and that in just a few short days, I will be able to cuddle up next to the fire with my dog, a book, some tea, and my family.

Addicted to: I thought about not including this section for this ‘these days’ because I’m really not addicted to anything at the moment, but then I realized I am kind of addicted to happiness. I feel like happiness is always the goal, and I’m addicted to finding it. So, maybe I’m addicted to adventures, or doing things the hard way because I want to figure out what will make me happy, but in the end, I just want to be happy, and I just want the people I care about to be happy. And I hope everyone knows that even when you’re surrounded by confusion, as long as you have faith, happiness will find you.

Truly,

 Callie Leigh 

These Days.

Hello, World.

What have I been doing lately? Here’s an idea:

Drinking: Black peppermint tea, and enjoying some chocolate. Something about tea and chocolate really gets me in the writing mood. Kind of odd, yes, but productive nonetheless. Besides, I hardly eat sugar anymore so the few pieces of chocolate are rather delicious.

Weather: warm, sunny, with a hint of mountain breeze. I’m at my family’s cabin this weekend, and it smells like pine trees, summer, and lake water. I’m feeling rather serene, and although I usually prefer wintertime to summertime, the warmth is welcomed.

Writing: a new novel idea in my notebook, creating characters I wouldn’t mind learning more about. I’ve been considering a few ideas for a few months now, and I think I’ve figured out just the story I would like to tell. A lot of people think writers choose what to write about, but I disagree. I think that you can attempt to choose, but usually the story chooses you, and demands that you tell it to others.

Thinking About: all the things I have yet to complete this summer that I want to. This includes my scrapbook, a novel (although I’m making progress), twelve novels, and hiking. Summer is so hard because it seems endless, but then there are days where I can feel time passing around me, things slowly changing, and days going by with each feeling the same. But, summer isn’t endless, and I have to remind myself that if I want to complete all these things, I need to take control of time, and use it productively.

Excited About: a few things. First, I’m excited about my story idea. Second, I’m excited to hangout with my best friend, Lindy, who just got back into town from UC Santa Cruz!

Missing: School. All the people who are associated with school. Trips to Peets to do homework, procrastinate, and talk with my friends about life, academics, and the most random things.

Addicted to: instagram. Seriously, I love instagram. It’s so fun to see little snapshots of people’s lives, especially the people I don’t see very often anymore. Also, I’ve become a little more ridiculous about it since I decided to advertise my blog on instagram. But hey, I have to get readers somehow. I also have a slight (read: large) chai latte addiction whether they are hot, iced, blended, whatever. I have to have one a day, which is more latte than I’ve ever drank. College does things to people when it comes to caffeinated beverages!

Truly,

Callie Leigh