A Glance Back: August

Saturday, August 30, 2014

5 things that happened this month:
1.  I moved to a different state and began my pursuit for my Master's degree in Creative Writing. It's a lot of change to happen in the matter of a month not to mention a week, so that has been a very interesting transition. I'm eager to get back in the swing of things as far as school goes, especially considering it has been about a year and a half since I've been in undergrad. (Amanda)

2. My family helped me move into my new apartment, and I helped them discover the fun things that around Oklahoma like Pops. (Amanda)

3. This month has been a total blur. I started grad school again, and it feels good. I am loving my poetry class. In my undergrad I was horrible at poetry, but now I find myself really enjoying it. (Addison)

4. I have new roommates that I lovvvvee. We all mesh together so well. We have very different personalities, but they work. I like the dynamic because they accept my introvert nature yet still welcome me any time I'm feeling social. (Addison)

2 Books Amanda enjoyed this month:

1. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
2. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

2 Books that Addison enjoyed this month:

1. Love and Misadventure by Lang Leav
2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Amanda's new obsessions:
1. Skagen watches. I've had a Skagen watch for years. My dad gave it to me because it was too small for him, and I have fallen in love over the years. I had lost it though for about 5 months, and I had no idea where it went, so I looked at new ones, and they are beautiful. Wishlist anyone?

2. OneNote. While in class, I take notes on my computer since I type faster than I write, and let me tell you, this is an organized student's dream! Granted this application runs much better on a computer that runs Windows, but the Mac version is decent too just as long as you don't mind that the drawing and audio recording facet has been cut for the Mac version.

Addison's new obsessions:
1. Fruit Salad! Okay this isn't a new obsession, but it's all I've been eating lately. Since eating healthier, I've had the worst sweet cravings. Eating naturally sweet foods have helped tremendously.

2. Taylor Swift's new song Shake It Off. Love her or hate her you have to admit that she is a mover and shaker. I love the positive vibes this song brings to the table. It is definitely a good pick me up on a gloomy day.

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3 things Amanda is looking forward to this next month:
1. I'm looking at getting used school and remember how studying and reading for classes can be so time consuming. I'm actually looking forward to it.
2. I've known for a long time that I've needed to cook more, so that is one of my new goals for this next stage of my life. I'm 24 years old, I should stay away from cereal and Ramen as much as possible.
3. New friends. I'm looking forward to meeting new people and actually making new friends in this strange place they call Oklahoma.

3 things that Addison is looking forward to this next month:

1. My birthday! I am turning 26 on September 9th. I generally am not excited about birthdays, because let's face it, they kind of get boring after you turn 21. I feel like I didn't really achieve anything exciting in my 25th year, so I want to embrace 26 wholeheartedly.

2. Phantom of the Opera and The Music Man. Both are traveling broadway shows that are coming to OKC. I am buying Phantom tickets as a present to myself for my birthday. My father's favorite movie is The Music Man, so my mother and I are buying tickets as a surprise for him. It will be fantastic.

3. New beginnings. I feel like fall brings a feeling of rebirth in my life. I am excited to see what this season brings.

August in a photo:

Coffee and studying (Amanda)

Roommate Lovin' (Addison)

Amanda's favorite quote:
The study of literature functions to erode our faith in institutions and the authorities that run our lives. Which means the people who study literature or the humanities become subversive in and of themselves.
-Dr. John Springer, Literary Criticism, University of Central Oklahoma
Granted this wasn't from any book I read, but I was really struck by what my professor said during my Lit Theory class.

Addison's favorite quote:

In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don't believe that. The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.
-Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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