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Rest In Pieces to My Summer

7 Aug

Well, the end of my summer is nigh. I’m down to 5 days until I leave for my semester in London now.

Last Sunday (July 28) was my last day at IHOP. Since then, I’ve been all about trying to have as much fun as I can with the people here that are important to me.

My family and I went camping in our backyard on Saturday night. We played 20 questions in the tent and Harry Potter Uno, just like always. On Sunday morning, we went to IHOP (not the one I worked at) for breakfast to celebrate my parents’ anniversary. It’s actually on August 19 (but we won’t all be around on the 19th this year) and we started the tradition of going on their anniversary 13 years ago in San Antonio, Texas, when we were on vacation there. That was back when you could be on vacation on August 19 because school didn’t start until September. Those were the days. Anyway I was definitely an expert on the menu when we went the other day. I didn’t even need to open mine to know what I wanted and I was able to counsel my family members on their breakfast choices by providing guidance and ingredient information.

Here are the things that Derek, Kendyl, Megan, and I did last week: went to Derek’s house, had breakfast at Burger King, almost went to a Silversun Pickups concert, changed our mind and went to a movie downtown, had homemade chow mein at Megan’s, went to World Market (world market, we’re talkin’ bout world market), had pie from Burger King, and made sushi just to name a few activities.

Yesterday was also a very fun friend-filled day. We (along with Gentry) went to the Kansas City Zoo and we rode the Skyfari. It was pretty fun, unfortunately it started getting pretty hot and then we really needed to get out of there. Then we took a trip to Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue for lunch and all had the Z-Man sandwich except for Gentry. Lolz.

Later I invited them over to my house for dinner because we’ve eaten dinner a lot at Megan’s house this summer but not at mine. My mom made us stuffed shells and I made cupcakes. It was really nice sitting around the table and talking for hours. Also I learned how to do the cup song from Pitch Perfect.

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I decorated these cupcakes with the UK flag 😉

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These three will be visiting me in November! Love them ❤ #london2013

Well, there’s definitely more fun to come at the end of the week. Friday is Megan’s birthday and we’re going to have dinner and swim at Kendyl’s house, then go camping 😉 And Saturday night I’ll go to the Sporting KC soccer game with my dad, just the two of us.  We went to a game last fall and it was awesome so I’m pretty excited for that too! 🙂

Don’t know if I’ll blog again before I leave for Europe, I doubt it 😉

Rest In Pieces to my summer (and to gray squirrel).

-Cathy

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Spring Breaking

28 Mar

This break started out pretty good. Once I came back, Emily and I went out to get Les Mis on DVD. It was a monumental moment (as I am sure you guys have gathered). I’d been saving gift cards so I could splurge on the most expensive version with all the bonus items… I got the edition with the collectible cards. You guys really shouldn’t be surprised. LOL. I’m not going to lie, I’ve probably watched that movie at least 15 times already.

Saturday I woke up with a sore throat. Not bueno. So I’ve been sick all week. My immune system has not been on its game this year. Anyway I ended up having a low grade fever for a couple days that was off and on. But I slept a lot. So that part was nice. I’m glad I didn’t have class this week because that would have sucked to have to worry about missing class and being sick.

Other things I did on Saturday:
-ate Dim Sum with my family
-went to the Asian market
-ate at Golden Corral for their all you can eat Prime Rib with my family
-watched it snowwwww! (ps. I’m getting tired of the snow now)
-had a Birthday Cake shake from HiBoy
-Hung out with you lovelies (except for that kid we never hear from anymore) and played spoons. LOL. Good times guys.

This is probably a bad thing, but I haven’t done anything academic until today. Meh. Oh well. I’ll get it done eventually.

Tomorrow Kendyl and I are road-tripping to St. Louis to visit an old WJC friend for the day. I’m actually really excited about it since we haven’t seen her in a while. Plus I haven’t visited St. Louis in a while either since I was like 10 (unless you count those few hours we waited in the Amtrak station going to and from Chicago).

After tomorrow, break will pretty much be over. That’s depressing. But then only 2 months until summer! Yay!

I think that’s it for this week.
Peace Out!
-Megan

Looking back, looking ahead

12 Dec

So today was the last day of the first semester of my second year of college. That’s a lot of ordinal adjectives. Also, I’m now in my final two days as a teenager, before I enter the abyss otherwise known as “the 20’s”. So I thought I’d just take some time to look back a little at both of these things.

This semester has been a really hard one for me – and I don’t mean that my classes have been hard. I didn’t necessarily like many of them considering that they were all basically Gen Eds, but if that was the extent of my problems this semester, then that probably would have been okay. As you guys know, on the first day of the semester I got some terrible news and things got off to a bad start for me, and it never really could come back up after that. Also, I guess I’ve begun to view the world in a different way than I ever have before, and while that itself isn’t bad, it can be unsettling and uncomfortable at times. But I also realize that this is a part of life that is important, because of course nobody sees everything the same way for their whole life.

Even though there were some bad days, there were also a lot of good things that happened too. I finally was able to find a job, and it’s one that I really enjoy and is easy to balance along with school. I volunteered at the animal shelter and the puppies, kittens, and three other volunteers named Lori, Chase, and Jason never failed to make me smile. I made some new friends and hung out with “old” ones more. I called my mom a lot when I had bad days, and that always helped. I feel like we got even closer this semester. I spent time with my family when I went home, and I went to a Sporting KC game with my dad. I feel like I’ve learned to appreciate people more and the time I have to spend with them.

As far as turning 20 is concerned, I have kind of mixed feelings about it! On one hand, I’m excited to leave behind the negative connotations that come with the title of “teenager”, because personally at age 19 and maybe 18 I never really identified with being a “teenager” anymore. I’m excited to start something new. On the other hand, I’m sad to leave behind the negative connotations that come with the title of “teenager”, because it represents new freedom, immaturity, teen pregnancy (jk), irresponsibility, being carefree, and it gives you an excuse for when you mess up. I’ve had a lot of really great experiences as a teenager, like my first trip to Europe, and some really bad experiences as a teenager. It’s weird to think that soon I will be moving into the next decade of my life (the one that precedes “the 30’s” – yikes) and that this age group is usually highlighted by real jobs, bills, marriage, and sometimes children. That is seriously disconcerting and also really freaky.

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Overall, I’m excited to be moving forward. I’m glad that The Semester From Hell is over, and I’m pretty indifferent about leaving my teenage years, but I like to see these endings as opportunities for fresh starts. I am determined to make the best of them and enjoy every moment. I hope you guys enjoyed my first philosophical post. I recommend that you go listen to some Of Monsters and Men because they are the soundtrack of my life right now, and I’m going to spend some time with my family before I leave for Germany in 9 days!

Cathy

P.S. I just convinced my mom to let me have a birthday party next week, you’re all invited (except I already know that Kendyl and Derek can’t come). But the rest of you have no excuse.

P.P.S. Sorry for ruining the title pattern of the weekdays, but I feel like it didn’t really fit with mine 😉

Things To Be Thankful For

22 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I hope you all are with your loved ones eating/about to eat/already ate a lot of turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and whatever else you love to eat during this holiday.

In honor of today, here are 15 things I’m thankful for (in no particular order).

  1. My 3 parents who have worked their asses off to give me a life they never had. I can only hope to be half as good as they are one day. They’ve done a damn good job.
  2. The rest of my family. They’re all so loving and supportive. I love them.
  3. Being able to graduate high school and continue on to college. WCHS wasn’t the ideal high school but it still is an accomplishment that I got out of there.
  4. Mentors/teachers who have always pulled the best out of me. You all saw what I could be and challenged me to reach farther.
  5. The Guy above for everything I have and am living in today.
  6. Being able to live comfortably. I have a roof over my head, hot water to shower in, food to eat, and a bed to sleep in. That’s more than some others can say.
  7. My Asian-ness and its awesome food. Let’s be honest, it’s some awesome goodness. And Chinese New Year is always a plus.
  8. People that I can call my good friends. Especially you all here at C2C. Seriously guys, I’m so glad we’ve been able to keep in touch so long after high school. Love you guys.
  9. Being healthful and youthful and alive. I’m still a-going. Hopefully it’ll stay this way for some time.
  10. Living somewhere where I can see all the seasons. I’ll admit, I hate the heat when it is summer, and I hate the cold in winter but I love being able to see the seasons change.
  11. My life in general. It has had some turbulence, but it’s been a pretty good journey so far.
  12. Classical music. As “stuck-up” or “preppy” as this genre may seem, there is always a piece that fits every mood. I love it. And without this basic foundation to begin with, we wouldn’t have any music at all.
  13. A sane mind. That’s always a good thing, right?
  14. A cavity-less mouth!! Went to the dentist yesterday. I feel like all the college kids went to the dentist yesterday too… haha.
  15. Turkey. Mashed potatoes. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin flavored everything. I’m thankful for this holiday and its awesome food. Heck yes.

What are you thankful for?

 

Gas Problems

25 Jan

Hello world! (That’s a computer science joke, Google it if you’re confused.) Hard to believe it’s Wednesday already because I’ve been a day off this whole week so by now I think it should be Thursday.

The end of the last school week wasn’t too eventful; Friday after my 11:00 class ended, I headed home, though I would have liked to have left at 12, I decided to be responsible and wash my dishes and fold my clothes. These were tasks that I had been avoiding for at least 2 days though so I guess it wasn’t so much me taking initiative as it was me doing what was absolutely necessary at the time. So after all was said and done, I ended up leaving around 1.

Why was I going home you ask? I shall answer. BECAUSE OF THE JACK’S MANNEQUIN CONCERT!!!! I got two tickets for my birthday from my parents. I drove home, and passed my 2nd Amish person that I have seen on my journeys home and back to school. You would think that I would see more. There are a ton of “Share the Road” signs, and I’ve gone home like 6 or 7 times total so the chances are pretty high. I was listening to my Jack’s Mannequin CD that I burned myself, but it doesn’t have a case so it got pretty scratched and soon I had to put in the real life CD of theirs that just came out in October. I got home around 4, got ready, and left around 5:15 to go to Kelsey’s. We went to Fazoli’s and then to Kansas City for the concert.

It was at the Beaumont Club in Westport. We brought in our coats but it was hot in the place, and pretty small. We got big red X’s on our hands and paid a $2 fee for being minors. I still have the X’s on my hands. I didn’t want to hold my coat so I found a railing against a wall with a sign over and and wrapped my coat around the railing and covered it with the sign again. Good decision all around. The concert was supposed to start at 7:30 but of course there were opening acts. The first one was some hipster named Allen Stone who bears a striking resemblance to Rees Purdom and also seemed to share the same affinity for unique outfits. He was on for like 30 minutes and by this point I was booing him. Then another band called Jukebox the Ghost (which Kelsey kept calling Jukebox the Swamp) came on and they were all right but I was like come on I just want to see Jack’s Mannequin.

Around 9:30, they finally came on. Andrew McMahon. ❤ They opened up with my favorite song, The Mixed Tape. Here’s a video that was uploaded by someone incompetent who only managed to get it starting halfway through. Not much to choose from on YouTube when it’s only been 5 days since the concert.

At one point someone threw their beer up in the air and we all got wet and I thought it was a special effect. Nope. Anyway, that was my first concert and it was super fun. I love how you can hear the crowd singing in that video. Usually it’s just me singing alone in the car on 3 hour commutes. I have to go see them again. One of my top 10 favorite things that I’ve ever done.

The only other noteworthy occurrence of the past week was when I was filling up my car before heading back to school on Sunday. I had pushed down the little handle on the gas pump so I wouldn’t have to hold it, and a while later gas is coming out of the gas tank and I took out the handle and that thing was still shooting gas out all over the place like a hose. So we probably lost like a gallon of gas and it went to the pavement. Some homie at the car in front of me started talking to me and said I should go tell the people inside. Well duh. So I went in and it was Jake Douthat working, which was awkward because remember the time when we went on a date and he threw up? Well I went back to my car and the homie said “nice to meet you” as if we had a real conversation and I called my dad to make sure my car wasn’t going to blow up. He said no.

And on the way back to school I saw my THIRD Amish person.

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