August 13th. I love it.

School is almost here so here are my last loves of the summer!

First up this week, sleepovers with my best friend. I love it! I had been promising Lupita all summer that we could have a sleepover before she started kindergarten (holy crap, she’s in kindergarten). I went to her house on Friday and we made pizza, watched a movie, and stayed up super late (11:15pm which is late for me nonetheless a 5 year-old). We woke up, ate food, watched more movies, and then it was time to go. Now she wants to sleep over at my house. Maybe that can be one of her birthday activities when she’s six in 3 months.

I love it.

Next up, getting organized. I love it. This week I spent a lot of time getting the gym, locker room and myself organized for school. It meant a lot of cleaning, clearing out, and revamping. I redid bulletin boards, found out who the boys in my advisory are, and hopefully set myself up for a successful year. 2 more days until the kids are back!

I love it.

Finally, Perry Mason. I love it. It only took me a total of about 5 days to watch the entire first season. My next project is going to be The Big Bang Theory but I have so many books on my reading list that I’m not sure how TV fits into my list of important things to do. Time will tell.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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Sonia wanted to be part of the party, too.
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August 14th. I love it.

Interesting week friends, but here’s what I love.

First up, the Olympics. I love it. As the rest of the world is, my TV has been tuned to nothing but the Olympics for the last week. Between gymnastics, swimming, handball,  table tennis, water polo, and cycling, I don’t think I’ve ever been so glued to the TV. It’s a great way to destress before school starts and it’s nice to know that all of my friends are watching, too.

I love it.

Next up, throwback movies. I love it. I’m in the process of reading “The Secret Garden” but I couldn’t resist watching the movie already. It was one of my favorites growing up and based on what I’ve read of the book so far, the movie is pretty accurate, which is quite refreshing. I’m reading Harry Potter, too and they always don’t have time to put all of the things I think are important in there.

I love it.

Finally, Yogi! I love him. Today is his “Gotcha Day!” A year ago today, I went to the vet’s office on the way home (without telling Bud) and decided to bring the curious little fur ball that I met there home with me. It was an interesting first night, but now  I couldn’t imagine life without him. And let’s just say I’m so glad Bud ended up liking him, too.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

Day 19: A Difficult Time in My Life

Overall, I’ve had a pretty awesome life. I’ve traveled a lot, met some amazing people, lived the dream, and found somebody I love.

But it wasn’t always awesome.

When I first moved away from home in 2011, I had a really hard time. I was 3000 miles away from my family, really stressed out, a nervous nelly, and afraid of what was coming.

A little background – I’ve been obsessive compulsive basically my whole life. Since 1st grade, I’ve been an absolute neat freak and worry wart. I always had to have everything clean and organized, vacuuming my room more often than I should have. I would also stay up late at night crying to my stuffed animals about how I thought the house was going to burn down. Obviously, that wasn’t going to happen and it was just me overthinking everything. This kind of thing has always been a struggle for me.

Fast forward to age 21 and living alone in a strange city for the first time and it’s like my OCD went into hyperdrive. I started worrying constantly about nothing and thanks to the old man that lived next door to me and accidentally tried to key into my apartment (an honest mistake, I know) my compulsive locking got out of control. I would barricade my door at night with my dining room chair, lock the door almost 200 times before I was satisfied, and would often leave for work but then have to drive right back home to make sure I locked the door behind me.

Of course, after my time in Arizona, I was led to New Orleans. My issues didn’t subside at all, and probably got worse. I would stay up almost all night worrying about the future and coloring (it helped me calm down). At that point, I decided it was time for me to come home and work things out.

I drove back home and spent 4 months going to therapy, hanging out with my parents, and working on myself. It was a really hard decision because I didn’t want to be a useless lump, but I really needed a break. By this time, my anxiety was out of control, my sleeping pattern was seriously messed up, and I was having at least 2 panic attacks a day.

My parents were especially helpful during this hard time. They understood what was going on, did their best to help me out, and supported me. I know it was hard for them too, seeing me so unsteady. I found out later that my mom was also going to see a therapist in an attempt to help me even more. I don’t think she realized how much I appreciated all of her assistance; she would distract me when I was anxious, come lay in bed with me when she would come home from work if I were hiding, and bringing me Spidey when I needed it. My dad did a lot too, making sure that I wasn’t sitting in the house all the time and getting me out in the world so I would stop being afraid of everything.

After those 4 months at home, although I may not have been totally ready yet, I felt comfortable enough to move back to New Orleans after I took a job at Tulane. While I still struggle with anxiety and OCD, I have improved a lot (much thanks to my boyfriend, Bud).

I think I had to go through that difficult time to realize that I am stronger than I thought.

June 19th. I love it.

First up this week, my new laptop. I love it. I bit the bullet and bought myself a new Macbook Pro yesterday. The one I currently have belongs to Tulane and the thought of going back to PCs in two weeks was giving me nightmares. I just love how easy Macs are to use and maintain. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to anything else.

I love it.

Next up, going to the movies. I love it. This week we saw “Now You See Me 2” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.” NYSM2 is definitely up there as one of my favorite movies of the summer, but let’s be honest; there’s not much to pick from. TMNT isn’t bad either, despite what Rotten Tomatoes says.

I love it.

Finally, lazy Sundays. I love it. Bud and I decided early yesterday that we would repeat what we did last weekend. We spent all morning in our jimmies, made pancakes, eggs, and bacon for breakfast, and didn’t get motivated until we left for the movies. We even got sno-balls and Chinese food. Perfect day in my book.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

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Day 4: My favorite songs

I love music and I used to pride myself on the music collection that I had acquired. Lately, I’ve been more into audio books, but here are my top 5 favorite songs ever.

  1. Bigger Than My Body by John Mayer – if my life had a theme song, it would be this.
  2. Ready or Not by Bridgit Mendler – there’s always one line that hooks me and for this song it’s “I like your face, do you like my song?” I say it to Bud all the time and he knows how to respond.
  3. Rivers and Roads by The Head and the Heart – lovely song that reminds me of being home (and also of the last episode of “Chuck” which is my favorite show of all time).
  4. Down by Jay Sean – this one is weird because I think I only enjoy it because I had a dream once where I was doing a jump rope routine to it.
  5. Wild Hearts by R5 – there’s just something about this song that makes me want to be the rebel I am not.

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