Back To Your Regularly Scheduled Programming: Life Update

So, just a month after starting this blog, I kind of abandoned it for a few weeks. Oops! I hope you guys are still reading, and I’ll be back with some outfit posts soon!

I am finally back at school, about to start a crazy spring semester. I’ve been travelling around for the last few weeks: first visiting a friend in Canada, then a short stopover in Iceland, then visiting friends in Cambridge & Chatham in the UK, and now I’m back to the daily grind.

A friend’s housemate in one of my visits commented that he was jealous of me because I get to travel. I’ll admit, I’m lucky, but it’s also not all it’s cracked up to be sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I love the new experiences and the travel, but when that’s just a part of your lifestyle, as it is mine right now as I pursue an education half a world away from the place I grew up, it’s sad sometimes, because you’re always leaving behind places and people you love dearly. I’m always saying goodbye, always missing someone. It’s not all an adventure.

Anyway, I didn’t take any outfit photos while travelling (and didn’t really wear too many spectacular outfits, either; living out of a suitcase does not particularly suit me), but to make this post more interesting, I’ll share a few photos from Reykjavik. Enjoy!

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See you soon with some outfit photos!

 

 

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Polka Dot Pants

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I feel like I probably should have gotten these pants a size smaller, but oh well, they’re still polka dot pants which is awesome! I’m about to leave home for a few weeks of traveling & then back for my spring semester at school, and I wish I didn’t have to leave! Still, I’m looking forward to some of the things to come.

Outfit details:

Mustard yellow cowl neck top: New Directions via Belk
Brown braided belt: Deb
Navy & white polka dot skinny pants: a.n.a via JCPenney
Taupe high heeled oxfords: attention via Kmart

Peplum & Pussybow

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This outfit combines two of my favorite trends in two of my favorite colors. Not much more to say after yesterday’s text-heavy post, but I hope you like the outfit!

Outfit details:

Sheer teal pussybow blouse: ASOS Curve via Fatshionxchange
Navy camisole (underneath): Old Navy
Mint green peplum skirt: ASOS Curve
Black leggings: Lane Bryant
Chocolate brown boots: Lane Bryant

Happy 2013!

2013 is here at last! January means I can start re-reading the Animorphs series again (childhood favorites never get old!), but on a bigger scale, the new year means a lot of things….two of the big ones, of course, are reflections and resolutions. I’m not going to do anything quite so structured, but I would like to post a few thoughts on what I did in 2012 and what I hope to accomplish in 2013.

This is going to be text-heavy and not illustrated, so if you’re just here for the pretty pictures, come back in a day or two!

School:

This year, I made the huge change of going back to school. I’m glad I did it, but even more, I can’t wait to finally be done with it! I’m hoping to be able to graduate in December 2013. It’s definitely going to be a challenge to get all that done with, but I think it’s possible! Wish me luck, I’ll need it.

Reading:

In 2012, I wanted to read at least 50 non-fiction books. The final total was more like 14, but I did do a lot of non-fiction reading related to my classes; just not whole books straight through that I can add to that list. I ended up reading a total of 189 books, including lots of young adult fiction even though I’m kind of aging out if it, dystopian books (lots of those are YA, too), and re-reading a lot of old favorites, too. My favorite new to me books of 2012 were “Mexican Enough” by Stephanie Elizondo Griest, “The Geography Of Bliss” by Eric Weiner, “Shut Up, I’m Talking (And Other Diplomacy Lessons Learned In The Israeli Government)” by Gregory Levey, and “Every Day” by David Levithan. Which really means I should read more non-fiction, I guess, because 3 of my 4 favorites are non-fiction! But they’re kind of slow going, and I really enjoy the experience of reading the easy, fun books that pass the time quickly; it’s just that, a year later, most of those don’t really stand out much. In 2013, I will keep track of the books I read again (I’m at 1 already!), but I won’t really make any specific goals. If you care what I’m reading, I keep a list here.

Travel:

For the first half of 2012, I worked at the same job I did for the second half of 2010 and all of 2011. That means I traveled through a lot of US states for work. Then, I went back to school in Germany, where I did a little bit of exploring around the region (Hamburg, Norddeich, and the Harz mountains geology excursion were the highlights). Additionally, I took 3 major trips this year: A weeklong Caribbean cruise with my family in June, a cross-country train trip with a friend in July, and a weeklong trip to visit friends in England during my reading days in October. I spent time in 7 different countries/territories (USA, Germany, Bahamas, St Thomas, St Martin, St Maarten, England), and countless US states (20 or so, I think). In 2013, I already have some travelling planned. Before I go back to Germany at the end of the month, I’ll pass through Canada, Iceland, and England (and I’ll probably go to England at least once more during the year). There’s a potential trip to Belgium in February, though I’m not sure it’ll happen. I plan to apply for a summer job that would let me explore some different parts of Germany. I’m also going to spend a few days in Barcelona in the fall with my grandparents, as they are going to Barcelona to leave on a long cruise, all the way across the ocean to Rio de Janeiro, and it’s a lot easier for me to visit them there than come all the way back home! I also hope to take advantage of my location in Germany a lot more, particularly as it warms up this spring, with some day trips to nearby cities as well as just getting to know Bremen a bit better.

Blogging:

I started a new blog less than a month ago, so there’s not much to reflect on for 2012, but I definitely hope to continue with it in 2013! I also hope to have time to write more about the political side of things, instead of only posting outfits. And maybe make some new blogging friends, too 🙂

Personal goals:

For things that don’t really fit into any category, I want to try to get back into photography a little, to figure out at least the general direction I want my life to go in when I finish school, to make new friends & strengthen the friendships I’ve already made at school, and to keep in touch with the people that are important to me even though they are scattered around the world.

Happy New Year, everyone!