A Glance Back: December

Saturday, January 3, 2015

5 things that happened this month:
1. I finished my classes the second week of December, and to say that I was loosing hair like crazy because of all the stress, just doesn't adequately describe the excruciating pain and stress this first semester of grad school has caused me. I'm glad it's over. Next semester will be way busier, but I'm hoping much more pleasurable since I'm taking cool classes by excellent professors.

2. I met up with Becca for coffee before all her wisdom teeth shenanigans, and as always, it was one of the highlights of the month. I seriously like this chick! She's way cool and her love for books just makes me like her more. You seriously need to be her friend! We exchanged Christmas gifts, and she gave me Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. It will be the first book on my TBR list for the new year for sure!

3. Christmas!! As always Christmas was such a blessing. I loved being around my family, and I've found that as I've grown up, I have enjoyed giving more than receiving, so seeing the looks on my family's faces when they opened up gifts just made me extremely happy. I also get to say that I got a lot of cool stuff... a lot of kitchen stuff that I needed. Because let's be real, kitchen stuff is CRAZY expensive, and there's no way college students can afford everything.

4. I saw The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies and had a severe movie hangover afterwards. I saw it with my dad, and I just couldn't contain my emotions. No, I didn't cry when certain characters died. I knew it was coming since I read the book, but I did shed a tear or two when I realized that this was the end of an era for me. Like many people who felt like the final Harry Potter movie was the end of the era of their childhood, this was mine. I grew up with my dad read LOTR to us as kids, and to have the last of the franchise finished made me extremely sad. I've been seeing these movies in theaters since The Fellowship of the Ring came out back when I was in 6th grade.

5. I'm currently in California, and can I just say how gorgeous it is here? I was born here, but it's been about a decade since I've visited. It's just beautiful and I'm visiting my uncle's family, and we are just having a blast. I just love it here, and I wish I could stay for months!

2 Books I enjoyed this month:
Ignite by Sara B. Larson
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

New Obsessions:
1. Micron pens! I mean, Micron pens are just my most favorite thing in the world every since I started my Etsy store. I love how smooth they are, and they're really just flawless little bits of magic. I think I might be in love.

2. Mountains. I forget how much I miss seeing mountains. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Texas, but seeing these gorgeous mountains as you drive along the road... mmm. I would never be able to get used to the beauty.

3. Bollywood films. So I have two Indian roommates whom I love with all my heart! They are pure sweetness and are fantastic human beings. The last few days before we all left for our parent's houses, we decided to watch a Bollywood film (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, for any of you who know Indian films). I'm kinda in love with the culture and just everything! 

Month in a photo:

This was the month of research papers and finals and trying to understand the complexities of Feminism. This was my life for two weeks, but it feels like that was my life for months.

3 things I'm looking forward to next month:
1. Starting my awesome classes. I was serious when I said that this next semester would be busier, but I really think I'm going to enjoy it. I'm taking an Old English Literature, Milton: Poetry & Prose, and Lit for Young Adults. Yup, that's right! YA lit in grad school!!! WOOOHOO!!! There's thirteen books on the syllabus and I've actually only read two of them, so that's going to be fun. You'll get a few oldies in reviews this next semester, so hopefully that will be a bit nostalgic for you.

2. I get to celebrate at my roommate's engagement ceremony! It's going to be fun because she's Indian, and Indians know how to throw a party --for real though! It's going to be great! I'm so excited for her and her sweet fiancé. Also, I really enjoy learning about different cultures. I've learned so much from my Indian roommates about their culture and customs, and I absolutely LOVE it!

3. I'm really excited about launching a new meme on my blog to replace an empty slot on Sundays. It's going to be a bi-monthly post called Tips & Tricks. It's going to be about the Tips & Tricks of writing fiction.

Favorite Quotes of the month:
Someday we will be more than words in the dark. 
-Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

There will always be a they in your new life, Meira. They make decisions; they mold your future. The trick is to find a way to still be you through it all.
-Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch


  1. Gaaah, I want to read Snow like Ashes SO BADLY. My library apparently has it on order and you better believe I am first in line. XD At least, I hope I am. I may come whining if I'm not. <--- loool. I wish. I'm too shy to whine. XD

    Ooh, I don't even know what to comment on next. Oh yes I do. YAY FOR YA IN GRAD SCHOOL! Your school obviously has their priorities in order. ;-) I love mountains too! I used to live surrounded by mountains and I really miss that view...although I still DO technically live in mountains...they're more like hills? Eh. I don't know. It's just very different. I also love that picture and I want to read Speak and pens are awesome.

    Okay. *breaths out* I'M DONE NOW. I'LL STOP RAMBLING.

    1. I am really interested in what you think of Snow Like Ashes, so when you read it, I must know your thoughts! Okay? Okay.

  2. Oh my god, BOTFA. *sobs forever* I'm another LOTR geek, and I cried so hard when Thorin died - even though I've read the book about 23984709873 times and I KNEW it was coming. :P You're right, though - it feels so final. But as Richard said in one interview, we do still have the Extended Edition to wait for, so it's not QUITE the end of an era. Yet. ;)

    Ahhhhh I'm so jealous that your grad school has a dedicated YA course! Lots and lots of love to your professor - I bet you're going to have so. Much. Fun. :D

    1. Right?! I LOVE LOTR with all my heart, and you are so right. I haven't seen any of the extended editions. I'm waiting till they are all out on DVD and I'm going to buy the extended pack. Oh my little precious heart.

      I'm so excited for the YA class. A lot of education majors take it, sadly, which makes it more of an educational literature course, because the students talk a lot about how they can implement it into lesson plans. That kinda sucks, but I'm still really excited about it!


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