Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, my dear friends! I hope everyone has a great day. As a treat (instead of a trick), here's one of the best things about Halloween.

Night of the Day of the Dead on Disney Video

Oh yeah, guys, it's the Halloween Lizzie McGuire episode. I lived for this episode on Halloween...even though it kinda scared me. (Lots of things freaked me out as a child, no shame.)

Enjoy today, I have recipes to share soon! By the way, tomorrow is Monogram Meredith's 1 year anniversary...


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Awesome Inc. is pretty awesome

I love awesome things. All I write about are things I love and things that are pretty stinkin' cool, so when I got set up with Awesome Inc. for my mentoring project, I couldn't have been any happier. 

Our senior mentoring projects are individual, 200-hour capstone projects, with each of my Academy classmates doing a research project or some other huge thing throughout the year. I lucked out and already had a huge thing infiltrating my life, so it wasn't too difficult in deciding what to do. But when I started working with Team Alpha at Awesome Inc., I knew that I had really lucked out. All of my friends have really cool mentors and projects, but they don't get to say that they have to wear wristbands to meetings and strut out of them.

That's why I'm sharing something that I really love about them!

Awesome Inc. is all about doing cool things, helping people learn how to do cool things, and promoting an entrepreneurial spirit. They've already helped me so much with my business and I'm anxious to see how the rest of the year will go!

All that being said, Awesome Inc. is also really dedicated to learning about coding and computer programming. "Why is all that stuff important?", you ask, "I'm not getting into all that computer stuff!" But au contraire mon frere, coding is really important (want 5 reasons why?), no matter what you do. I had never realized how relevant it is until recently, so I'm pretty pumped to be taking the Basic Web Development Crash Course soon! "What do you mean? There are classes?! I'm not smart enough for that!"

Look, I don't know much at all, either. Heck, I'm just barely trying to get by with this blog and ask interrogate my tech-savvy friends all of my questions. But, here's Awesome Inc, just being awesome. They offer basic crash courses on web and app development on the weekends. It's amazing. So, to all of my readers in my area, check out the courses they offer and their website!

Don't live in Lexington? (I wish you did!) Follow along on social media! Facebook | Twitter

Android app development 1-Day Crash Course (limit: 30 students)
Saturday, November 16th, 12pm - 6pm
This one day course will teach you the basics of native Android development. By the end of the day, you will have created your own Android application.
The cost is $75 (early bird - ends Nov 1st), $100 (standard), $50 (for students).
Register Now 

Basic Web Development 1-Day Crash Course (limit: 30 students)
Saturday, December 7th, 12pm - 6pm
This one day course will teach you the basics of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It will also cover several popular ways to get a website online including Wordpress, Tumblr, and self-hosting.
The cost is $75 (early bird - ends Nov 16th), $100 (standard), $50 (for students).
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iPhone App Development 1-Day Crash Course (limit: 30 students)
Sunday, January 19th, 12pm - 6pm
This one day course will teach you the basics of native iOS development using Apple's Xcode development environment. By the end of the day, you will have created your own iPhone application.
The cost is $75 (early bird - ends Dec 20th), $100 (standard), $50 (for students).
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PHP Web Development 1-Day Crash Course (limit: 30 students)
Sunday, January 26th, 12pm - 6pm
This course will be taught by future PHP Developer for Facebook, Tommy Crush.  The course will teach you the basics of building dynamic websites with PHP and MySQL.
The cost is $75 (early bird - ends Jan 3rd), $100 (standard), $50 (for students).
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I hope you guys check it's pretty cool.


Monday, October 28, 2013

fall days

This weekend was such a fun time, despite taking the ACT on Saturday. But it's ooooooover and I've never been so relieved to never have to think about it again! After that, it was a busy day, starting with the last day of the Keeneland fall meet!

This was the most last-minute outfit. It being the last day of the fall season, I knew it was going to be freezing, so I finally pulled out the tights and was so grateful for them. There were seriously so many girls there that looked like their legs were so cold. Then with a sweater, scarf, and boots, I wasn't cold at all (trying to get ready for the even worse winter).

And you have to get a pic with everyone, right?!

After Keeneland, we all went to my church, where we were going for a hayride and bonfire at Donamire farms. They go to our church and their farm is just so stinkin' pretty. 

(photo by Sara Khandani)

(photo from Kirby Fitzpatrick)

I felt like we should be in a Kiel James Patrick or Sarah Vickers Instagram many Bean Boots.

And then a few other photos from my lovely, artsy friends from whom I solicited help.

(photos by Angela Maske)

The Thriller parade was happening in downtown Lexington after that, so we went there and had more fun watching people than anything else. People dressed up as zombies infiltrate the streets, and then there are several Michael Jascksons that have a whole 'cast' of zombies that do the Thriller dance with them.

(photo from Hallie Walther)

Same Hallie from Jelly Beans!

It was sad thinking that this is the last year I'll be able to watch the Thriller parade in Lexington. I had this fleeting thought of 'Oh, I'll be in it next year!' followed by a sad sense of disappointment. 

Saturday was a day crammed of fun things and great friends and lots of appreciation of the life I live.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

test taking

Today, I'm taking the ACT for the fifth and final time. I'm nervous, but excited because I know that I'll be finished for good. What it is is what it is!

I have taken the ACT and so many standardized tests so often throughout high school. Last year, by the time my last AP test came, I was worn out. I know the exact bubbles of my name and the directions and on and on. But today is my last ACT date and I'm relieved.

I used to be very superstitious about what I wore to standardized tests (long time I did well on a test in a particular sweatshirt, so I wore that sweatshirt every time), but now I'm just going for comfort. Those days, I honestly couldn't care less of what people thought of my fashion statements. But here's my typical wear during a good ol' standardized test.

Test Taking

Test Taking by meredithscroggin featuring Hard Tail

Always going for a plain t-shirt, a pair of yoga pants, and tennis shoes. I have this theory that in a pair of comfy tennis shoes, you can rule the world or something like that. Same goes with comfy ballet flats. Still working on the actual theory, but know that it'll be poppin' up in academic journals somewhere soon. I'm all about throwing my hair up (I tend to get distracted and pick and split ends) and wearing my favorite digital Timex watch. Also, if you know me, you know that I always have my Lilly mug and Luna bar. I think my first-hour class gets a little frustrated with me still finishing my breakfast consisting of those two things in the morning...but oh well. I live with these staples in my diet and in my test-taking abilities.

What are your favorite test-taking must-haves? 
Are you superstitious about anything?


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bean Boots & Love

A couple days ago, one of my favorite bloggers, College Prepster, posted about her first big purchase. I loved the post because I was raised with the complete mindset that if you want something, you work hard for it. I will never be able to express my gratitude for my parents making me pay for almost everything that I didn't 'need'. So many people my age grew up with a sense of entitlement, but my parents always wanted to make sure that I worked for my money and the fun things that I got. Even silly little toys from the Dollar Tree were exciting to buy because I had earned chore money to get them.

But now that I'm at the point of not begging for things I 'need', I can pay for things myself and feel rewarded in that way. So, I have been lusting over a pair of Bean Boots for about two years. Before everyone I knew had a pair, I had been pinning them like crazy, maybe in the hope that they'd just 'magically' appear, but mostly hoping that someday, I could own a pair myself. If you go through my shoes or fashion board on Pinterest, half of the photos are of Bean Boots (note: the other half are of Jack Rogers, which coincidentally was my previous 'big purchase').

Saving photos to my phone and drooling over the LL Bean website, they've been on my radar for a while. But I couldn't bring my high-schooler-budget to pay for the pricey shoes. After hours of babysitting and a few monogrammed shirts, I finally bought them. 

I tracked them for days and watched them go through Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Ohio, and finally, Kentucky. They arrived at my doorstep on a not-so-great day and I rejoiced.

So, yes, I've been very excited to wear them because I've wanted them for so long, but also because whenever they're on my feet, I'm happy to know that hard work paid off in a more tangent manner. 

It was a cold, rainy day, full of warm sweaters, jeans tucked into Bean Boots, and a monogrammed rain jacket.

sweater: Forever 21 | jeans: Else | jacket: Charles River | boots: LL Bean | 
monogrammed necklace: gift

I know that people make purchases everyday and that it's a normal thing. But to me, this was pretty exciting!

What's something you worked hard for and it paid off?

What are your favorite things to wear with Bean Boots?


PS: Why/how does my computer makes GIFs like this with random photos?!

Oh well....

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Before Sunrise

I have a really good friend who's always recommending movies for me to watch. In fact, I have a long list that I'm slowly working through. I'm so looking forward to being able to watch them more consistently. I watched one on The List that I had only a little bit of an expectation for, but I fell in love with. 

Before Sunrise (1995)-- Yes, I understand it's from 1995 and it feels like it's one of those movies that everyone loves and adores and it also happens to be from the 80s or 90s, which makes it that much more endearing, but I had never heard of it. Then again, maybe it is wildly popular and I've just been living under a cultural rock. 

This was the sweetest movie I've ever seen. I love rom-coms (can't help it, I'm one of those girls), but this wasn't a typical romantic comedy that follows the typical pathway that one in its genre does. It's about an American man and a French woman that meet on a train and have very limited time together. Easy setup, yes, but absolutely heartwarming and perfect and uplifting. It even got a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes! (So yeah, maybe I do live under a rock.)

And let me reiterate: IT'S NOT CHEESY. I think this is why I like it so much.

Before Sunrise is my new favorite movie. I don't add movies to my 'favorites' list frequently, but this one is on it. So stick with me while I share some things.

Please, just go watch this movie. It's at the public library or just check it out however you watch it. 

(Also, upon reading about it, I found out that there are sequels. This is beyond exciting.)


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Jelly Beans

Before I say anything else, watch this.

A great friend of mine, Hallie, tweeted this the other day, and usually I don't watch videos that people tweet. But Hallie is sweet and inspirational and kind-hearted (and sometimes I wish my life were like hers) and I figured that if she tweeted it, it had to be good. And my goodness, it was GOOD.

But another confession: I hate things that tell people to live without worrying about the next day, that we only live once, to live with the mistakes we make, etc. Maybe I'm just extremely boring, but I find great comfort in knowing that I can plan for the later parts of my life today. We may only live once, but that's why I choose to make decisions that don't jeopardize the fixed amount of time in that life. 

Watching this, though, I was a little changed. I realized the other day that I have spent the first two months of senior year worrying and wishing away the remainder of the year. I've spent it worrying about college things, test things, business things, school things, and other things that I can't control. Obviously, I understand worry is a good thing and pushes for production, but at what point do you stop wishing away your days just to get to another chapter in your life? 

I think about the part in the video where they take away the beans once you reach adulthood at 18 years. Gasping, I realized that this was me. I am not going to be a child in less than a month. How did I get to be so old? How am I past the point of being halfway to 30? And then, they take away the rest of the jelly beans, in masses so large and alarming, I wished I could eat, sleep, shower, and work all at once, because I love jelly beans and don't want them wasted on sitting around in my car or standing in line.

I thought about my jelly beans from the past two months. Senior year is supposed to be the best year of high school and is supposed to not be as worrisome as it is. Now, I'm not saying that I'm going to give up all responsibilities in order to maximize my jelly bean potential (I enjoy my work jelly beans), but I have to come to the fact that I am wasting some 'extra' beans on worrying. I should not be worrying about how many jelly beans I have to get through before I get to college, or the number remaining until I'm married or have a certain income level.

What I should be doing is thinking about how I'm going to spend the remainder of my jelly beans, as if I'm eating my very last one. I'm not saying that I'm going to go out and live it up on that last day, but rather savor every day as if it's the last bite by doing something meaningful, even if it's small, that changes my life or the life of others.

I'm not giving up on the things that I work really hard towards, I promise. I don't want all of this to come across as a "Well, have to change my whole life and work ethic based around a bunch of candies." I believe in hard work and goals and will strive towards those goals everyday, but I never realized how few of those extra jelly beans I had in my life.

And heck, if I do have to be a little worried at times, I'd hope that I'm always in the front row, making the most out of it.

I hope that neither this post nor this video were depressing, but rather, enlightening. You don't necessarily have to go out and change your jelly bean pathway, but I hope that you do think about each sweet day as a sweet jelly bean, to be treated with savor and longing for each bean to be better. 

Enjoy your jelly beans.


Monday, October 21, 2013

stuck in colder weather

Ahh, the weather's finally gotten cooler, which means wearing boots and vests every single day and turning the heat all the way up in my car is now in full-swing. This week and weekend was crazy and full and fun!

I finally wore my vest. Take my word, almost every picture will have me wearing a vest, specifically my black puffer one. Remember my post in August about them?  

Seriously, throw it over a button down and you're good to go.

And then, of course, I wore it Saturday night.

This shirt is one of my favorites- eyelet from H&M! Why can't we have an H&M in Lexington...

Saturday night was full of vests and fun with great friends.

top: H&M | leggings | boots: DSW | vest: Old Navy | necklace: H&M 

New seasons are all about new outfits to put together, right?!

What are you wearing this fall?


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Big Blue Madness

Friday night, I got to go to Big Blue Madness, the first UK basketball practice of the season. I'd never been before, but goodness gracious was it incredible. Again, it was one of those things where I appreciate living in Lexington. Who has this big of a production ($400,00 worth) just for the first practice of the year? Everyone was there donning their UK blue and just loving the Cats. It was also tons of fun because there's no way anyone can lose...everyone's there for the same team, and the energy was great.

Sometimes I forget just how BIG Rupp Arena is; we were so incredibly high up.

It was a sold-out event, and I'd say that every single person that bought a ticket was there, squished in.

They used this app called Wham City Lights, where everyone had downloaded it and when they said to turn it on, everyone did and the app 'listened' to the stage, producing a buzzing light, which was pretty cool.

Coach Cal is the greatest. He could quit coaching and just be a motivational speaker if he wanted...but we love him a little too much for that. 

Still can't get over how many lights and lasers there were.

I was so excited that my dad had gotten four tickets so that the four of kids could go-- it was a blast and I couldn't be more excited for this basketball season!

"We don't play college basketball, we ARE college basketball." -Coach Cal

go cats,