Thursday, December 8, 2011

Finals Frenzy

Don't worry, that's not really me, but close to it

During a week where I can't seem to vent enough, to friends, to family, to MC, and on Twitter (sorry...not sorry) I can't help but step back for a second and really be thankful for all that I have.

I have been up to my neck in studying, papers and working from home. It's hard sometimes to see the good when all you want is get out of your apartment and breathe fresh air for more than the two minutes it takes to walk to the car and drive to Starbucks. I sometimes sit and think...I could be working and not dealing with school work. And be getting paid more than below the poverty level while not racking up student debt. But alas I'm in grad school for a reason and am trying to remember exactly why.

But I am so thankful...

-Thankful to have the means and support to pursue a master's degree, and even have the opportunity of higher education
-Thankful to have a job that I enjoy that fulfills me and challenges me, with people that are a joy to be around
-Thankful for my littler sister who cooked, cleaned & did laundry for me last night when she also has a final today (her last final of her first semester, shout out on making it through!)
-Thankful to have a big comfy couch that my bottom has been glued to since Saturday afternoon
-Thankful for MC who has put up with me being a moody beast this week, and not having much time to talk

I needed to spent 5-10 minutes doing something brainless before cracking back into the work. Hopefully in 2-3 hours I will be done with this last paper and have just one semester of grad school left. And to celebrate that I created a new hashtag on Twitter yesterday #putahoodonme ...let's make it trend!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Flashback Photos

While I absolutely love my digital camera I got a little old school this semester. Mr. Charming and I went tubing down the Saluda River back in Augusta and wanting to document the day, I bought a disposable camera which I put in a sandwich baggie so that it wouldn't be destroyed. What's ironic is that I bought this so I wouldn't take a chance destroying my own camera, and then I brought my iPod along with us. Oh well!

At first it was frustrating to take a picture and not know if we even were both fully in the frame, I let it go and just snapped pictures everywhere. I didn't use the camera up that day so it tagged along for a few other adventures throughout the semester.

Though at first I didn't see much joy in using this over my digital camera that all fell away when it was time to be developed. The camera sat on my shelf until November and I had it developed a few weeks ago. I was like a kid on Christmas waiting to get the pictures back as I couldn't recall everything I had used the camera for.

Drum roll please for the gems of this disposable camera...

Floating down the Saluda with Mr. Charming, I'm really impressed by my skills to snap that first picture!

Artistic tailgate shot haha

Kentucky tailgate with one of the Spuds

After the Lady Antebellum Corn Maze in Augsta, too bad it's too dark to see the maze

At the SC State Fair

I must say there is an element of fun and surprise in using old school cameras with film vs. the digital cameras we are now so accustomed to. I can recall that excitement from middle school and high school and it was fun to relive. Digital cameras definitely took that joy away from us, though they have many other perks! I challenge you to get a disposable camera and take a few pictures of special occasions here and there for a few months. You will have so much fun digging into them once they're developed!