Archive | December, 2008

Bit of an Update

31 Dec

The past few days have been very eventful. Here’s a rundown of my life since Sunday:

Slept in late and skipped church because I had an awful time trying to go to sleep on Saturday night. There were people yelling at the apartment complex behind our neighborhood, enough that I seriously considered calling the cops because I didn’t want anyone to get hurt. The big fight lasted a good 5 or 10 minutes, and then it took me forever to get back to sleep.

On Sunday, my mom and I watched about three discs of Friends and put together an entire 1000 piece puzzle. It took about 6 hours, but we didn’t even really notice how much time had gone by. We were quite proud of ourselves.

On Monday, we got up and went to the urgent care doctor to have my new-found mole looked at. We waited there for a good 2 hours, only to be seen for about 10 minutes and then referred to a dermatologist. We ran some errands that afternoon, then I came home and took a nap. Later that night Mom and I went to see Marley and Me. I laughed and cried a lot. I mean, a whole lot. It was really good; I’ve never read the book, but the movie was so funny and heartbreakingly sad at the same time. It reminded me of my dog, Feathers (who was much, much less destructive but still just as loved).

On Tuesday, my mom and I got up and went to the Grove Park Inn in Asheville to see the gingerbread houses. They were so beautiful! We went several years ago, so we though we’d go again. Here are a few of my favorites:

After Grove Park, we had lunch at Mellow Mushroom. We both had some yummy pizza. If you’ve never been to M.M. in Asheville, I highly recommend it. The atmosphere will not disappoint. We then went to Tops for Shoes, where, alas, I found nothing. Then a trip to Fresh Market and we were done.

Today, my mom and James and I went to the outlets in Pigeon Forge to finish shopping for stuff my parents couldn’t find up here for James’ Christmas (read: they didn’t want to be responsible for picking out his Polo shirts). I got a couple of pretty cute things. There were some major sales, so tons of people were out!

But before that trip, I got some good news at the dermatologist. I officially don’t have skin cancer! Apparently, you keep developing moles and birthmarks until you are about 40. The one on my head had been there maybe 5 years already, they said. And I will keep getting more every year, getting darker with time. So, I’m happy to say that now I have a cool new birthmark to show people, and I don’t have a major medical concern!

In a few minutes I’m going to celebrate the new year at Amanda’s house. I haven’t seen her new condo since they moved, so I’m excited to check out a new place! Hope everyone is having a great night, and being safe. Happy 2009!

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Ten Things Tuesday – December 30

30 Dec

Since it’s almost time to ring in 2009, I thought I would do something special. Today, I’m offering two lists for Ten Things Tuesday. The first is nostalgic. The second is ambitious. Looking back, I’ve accomplished so much this year, and for that I am thankful. Looking forward to the new year, things can only get better from here. I have no idea how much of this will be accomplished, but here’s to hoping I will make a true effort.

Ten things I’m proud to have done in 2008:

1. Written my research paper for art therapy. Using art therapy interventions in the treatment of involuntarily displaced children in impoverished and developing countries suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. I would love to keep researching this topic. It’s become sort of a new passion, you could say.

2. Starting my internship at SADAC. Working with a women’s outpatient group in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. It’s been challenging but so rewarding. I’ve learned a lot about a life that I knew nothing about.

3. Gone to the AATA National Conference. Something I hope to keep doing, because it was a life-changing experience and just reaffirmed my belief that art therapy is the right field for me.

4. Gone to Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris. By far my favorite trip ever. I fell in love with Barcelona, even though I didn’t know anything about Spain. I still hold a special place in my heart for all things French, but Barcelona is my favorite place ever.

5. Discovering Sagrada Familia. In Barcelona. I’m going back in 25 years when they finally finish it. Cathedrals truly fascinate me, and this one is such a marvelous combination of traditional cathedral structure and modern art.

6. Served as the Student Orientation Coordinator. One of the most stressful things ever, being semi- in charge of welcoming the class of 2012 to Converse. But I got a taste of office life and learned a lot.

7. Lived in my first apartment. I didn’t think I woud live on my own for a whole summer this early in my life. It was a great (but expensive!) experience.

8. Finding Project Have Hope. Something that I hope to get more involved with in the future. I really like their mission and the creative ways they help women and children establish a new life.

9. Reading all seven Harry Potter books in a row. Only took me a few weeks. Lots of tears and laughter. And millions of joys forever and ever.

10. Discovering The Office. Probably the most hilarious thing ever. How I went the first three seasons without watching it, I’ll never know. My sense of humor will never be the same. Always a pleasure (That’s what she said!).

Ten things I hope to do in 2009:

1. Get accepted to GWU for graduate school. So far I haven’t had much time to put a lot of work into this, but I’ve decided it’s where I want to go.

2. Work as a camp counselor. I rediscovered my love for the outdoors this summer, including my longtime desire to work at  a camp. I would love to go somewhere different, like out west or in the northeast somewhere.

3. Spend quality time with my family. Something I’m not always dying to do. But I’ve missed them, and I’ve spent less time with them this year than ever before, so I think I need to reconnect.

4. Writing my art history paper (Paul Klee and the psychoanalysis of art). Hopefully I won’t put this off as much as I did the last one. Come May, I’m going to be such a paper writing expert it will be silly.

5. Finishing my Bonner hours. Starting to sweat that I won’t finish all 750! I’m trying to get in just as many as I possibly can.

6. Keep in touch with my college friends after graduation. I’ve been really bad about keeping in touch with old friends the last few years, but I don’t want that to happen with the girls I’ve met in college.

7. Finding something to do until I start grad school. I’m surprisingly not that worried about what I’m going to do for a year. Everyone I know has many suggestions. None sound appealing. We’ll see what happens.

8. Get in shape. Everyone’s perpetual New Year’s wish.

9. Eat healthier. This will hopefully be easier, since I won’t have to rely on dining hall food anymore after May.

10. Travel. A necessity for satisfying my curiosity and keeping me sane. Too bad I’m broke.

 

Happy New Year to all! Hope everyone is ringing in 2009 with great celebration. Here’s to old memories and new beginnings!

Finally Facing My Waterloo

29 Dec

Ok, it’s done. I’ve decided that I’m going to make a serious, conscious effort to be a good person. I’m not going to be irritable, impatient, judgmental, or petty. I just want to be happy, and I’ve spent the overwhelming majority of 2008 in some sort of funk.

No more.

I’m defeated, and I’m not going to accept this behavior from myself anymore. I need to be a better person, and it’s going to happen if it kills me. I know it will be difficult, but I’m sick of myself and I want to change very badly. I think most people make some sort of decision or resolution to make changes in the new year, but I’m dead serious. If I don’t do something about it, I think I’m headed for some serious trouble.

I’m throwing in the towel and rescuing myself.

Holy Mole-y

28 Dec

So, my mom noticed something weird about me yesterday. I was riding with her in the car running errands, and she saw something on my head that is kind of worrying. On the left side of my head, above my ear, there is a mole. Or what looks like a mole. It is a large brown spot that I’ve never noticed before. And I’m a girl, so I’ve looked at my hair a lot in mirrors. You would think I would notice this big spot  near the front of my head.

I don’t know if I should be worried about it or not. That’s kind of a weird place to get skin cancer, right? IN your hair? I’m nothing close to a doctor, but it just seems a little off that I can just randomly sprout moles anywhere. Or is this maybe more common than I thought?

We haven’t decided if we need to get it checked out. I would kind of like to, just to give me the peace of mind that it’s nothing serious. But at the same time I’m also worried that it is something bad, which is news I definitely don’t want to hear. I just hope I’m worried over nothing, that it really is a new random birthmark or something. I mean, aren’t there sometimes little bodily quirks that pop up now and then, and everything is fine?

Tattoos

27 Dec

I think my parents would absolutely murder me if I ever got a tattoo. If I ever do get one, it will have to be after I’m no longer financially dependent on them. And maybe when they’re dead. But, one day, it might happen. And if it does, I’m prepared. Here’s a list of what I would get:

Deathly Hallows symbol, on my wrist
Turtle, undecided location
Tree of life, maybe somewhere on my foot
Namaste, on my other wrist
Mandala of some sort (probably my own design), undecided location

Feminism

26 Dec

As we have established in the past, my grandmother is stuck in the 1950s. She’s pretty much been the “model” housewife her entire life, so she has very old-fashioned views on everything. This goes against a lot of the post-feminist teachings I have learned in the modern education system. I’ve grown up in a world that has always told me I could be president if I wanted to. She did not. We are very different.

The other day, she said something that kind of irritated me a little bit when it really shouldn’t have. I had gone to have dinner with my friend Alli, whose wedding I was in this past summer. My mom and grandmother were asking me about her and what her holiday plans were. My grandmother was all, Oh how exciting! Their first holidays together as man and wife.

Man and wife. Not husband and wife. As though being a wife doesn’t make you a woman anymore. And like being married truly makes you a Man. This really shouldn’t have bothered me, but it did. A lot. I don’t think it’s fair to say “man and wife,” even though it’s technically correct. I think it’s sexist, to point out the “inferior” position of the wife next to her man. I would much rather be referred to as “husband and wife,” as equal partners in a relationship. I think the days are  gone when women are supposed to be submissive to men; I’m sure as hell not going to do that when I get married. And I’m pretty sure I’ll be infuriated if anyone tries to refer to us as “man and wife.”

I cringe just thinking about it.

New Toys

25 Dec

So, my parents have a new toy.

It’s a webcam.

They (and my grandmother) have already sent me a singing video, tell me that “I better watch out, I better not cry” because now I’m going to see them every day.

Well, I’m thrilled. Can’t wait to see what lovely surprises they have in store for me each morning when I open my email.

I’m sure I’ll have lots of interesting things to blog about.

We’ll see.