Day 30: a picture of yourself this day and 5 good things that happened since you started the challenge

Finally Day 30!

1. I’ve figured out what I want to do with my life. Or at least the next part of it at least.

2. I got a job at a research lab 😀

3. I’ve rediscovered my love for music outside of K-pop. Daphne Loves Derby ftw.

4. I love my Family Group ❤

5. I’ve had a pretty chill semester. Life is looking up in general!

(sorry for the awk picture – it was my first time using this effect on mac and didnt know how to feel about it)

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I wish they were stars…

 

Looking at the night sky I realized that I couldn’t see any stars. Living in a city like Atlanta sometimes takes away from all the natural wonder the world has to offer. I guess living in Washington all my life before coming here has made me take a real appreciation for nature, and in particular, stargazing. Here, when you look up at night, all you see are planes flying in the night. They might look like stars from afar, but the blinking lights really don’t have the same effect.

In general though, I’ve been craving something a little more than stars. I’ve kinda wanted to go back to a home. Not home like my parent’s house, but a place I could call my own. A warm, comforting bed and some home cooking. A place that I can just close the door on the world and have my own space. As of late I’ve been trying to clean around the room more and been cooking my own meals a lot more. But it’s more than just having a room to myself or having a kitchen that doesn’t take five minutes to get to. It’s just not home if the heart’s not there.

I guess like the stars, it’s something that you don’t truly miss and appreciate until it’s not really part of you life anymore.

Day 29: 3 Wishes

Day 29..we are almost done with this overly drawn out “30 day post challenge.”

Wish #1: The ability to control the flow of time. What a convenient and nifty trick. 5 minutes late to class? No problem; just wind the clock back, and make yourself 5 minutes early to class! Did you happen to make a mistake? Just go back in time and change it up. But I think the most useful thing about this ability is that I will be able to pause time and take as many naps as I want without having to waste time at all. How sweet would that be?

Wish #2: A magical debit card with a connection to Bill Gates’s bank account, Fort Knox, the Swiss Banks, etc. etc. Can’t go wrong with money right? That’s why for birthdays and Christmas we always give money to people who we don’t know how to shop for…

Wish #3: To be part of or start a legit secret organization. I want to be special too.

*Note, I’m not lame, so I didn’t wish for more wishes cause everyone knows that’s against the rules.

Day 28: Something that stresses you out

Something that stresses me out? Life.

But to be more specific, my current lifestyle.

It’s 6:53 AM right now. The reason I’m awake? Oh, it’s not because I’m a motivated individual awake in the wee hours of the morning to take on a full day of work. I’ve been tossing and turning in bed for the past 3 hours, trying to get some sleep. I don’t think I’ve ever really had a problem with insomnia. In fact, I’ve always had more of a problem falling asleep anywhere at anytime! My insomnia probably has more to do with the fact that I’m a little sick at the moment. The late bedtime has more to do with how I’ve been living these days; super late nights and afternoon awakenings have thrown my circadian rhythm off more than I ever thought possible.

I think because of my ridiculously chill schedule this semester, I’ve allowed myself to fall into a couple of bad habits in my daily schedule… I probably sleep enough hours for at least three college students. Sleep is good and all, but I think I have defined what it means to sleep way too much. Of course the irony right now is the fact that I can’t sleep at all as I’m writing this blog right now…

I have a my first big test of the year tomorrow… I really want to do well on it since it’s in my major. And I feel like I would be fine if I studied… Just my current conditions are well below optimal, and I feel like it’s gonna affect me no matter what I do now…

I guess my biggest worry is that my laziness has gotten the better of me. And now it’s pulled me into a deeper problem. Hopefully things will work out =/

Day 27: Original Photo of the City You Live In

Atlanta, Georgia

This has been my home for the past year and will continue to be for the next three years. Though technically Emory is more in the Druid Hills/Decatur area, we’re still considered “Atlanta” by the post office I suppose.

I took these photos about two years ago when I first visited Atlanta. At that time, I was a high school senior and didn’t really give Atlanta too much thought about how it could possibly be my home for the next few years of my life.

This past year in itself was full of a lot of new experiences. I wonder what else I will be able to experience during the rest of my time here?

Day 26: A recipe

So a couple years ago when I was into (and had the time for) baking, I would say my greatest creation was the Reese’s chocolate peanut butter cup cheesecake. Doesn’t that name just make your heart stop? (literally, this thing would probably clog up a couple dozen of your arteries):

I don’t know where I put the recipe, but basically it was a random chocolate peanut butter cheesecake I found online with my own added twist. So I went online to find something similar and came across this copycat recipe from 2009. I should’ve copyrighted it or something cause this person literally took what I had…and made it better! Anyways here’s the recipe from Erika of tastykitchen.com:

Ingredients

  • FOR BROWNIE CRUST
  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1-Âź cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract (I Used Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla)
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • ⅓ cups Unsweetened Cocoa
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter Chips
  • 6 whole Peanut Butter Cups – Cut Into Quarters
  • _____
  • FOR CHEESECAKE FILLING
  • 2 pounds Cream Cheese, softened
  • 5 whole Eggs, Room Temperature
  • 1-½ cup Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed
  • 1 cup Smooth Peanut Butter
  • ½ cups Whipping Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract (I Used Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla)
  • _____
  • FOR DECORATION
  • ½ cups Whipping Cream
  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter Chips
  • 6 Peanut Butter Cups, Cut In Half

And the finished product!

Day 25: Something you’ve learned

Humanity is doomed without the internet.

Last night when EmoryUnplugged’s wifi system failed (again), most of my residence hall was in panic. Except for the lucky few who escaped the massive failure, we were all subject to doing absolutely nothing. Most of us have surmised that without the internet, we can’t do our homework (not that we would’ve anyways). And of course, with the time we could’ve spent doing something productive, most of us probably wasted precious minutes typing in our login information hoping that maybe this time the wifi would connect. When all else failed, what more was there to do than just sleep? But even as I lay in bed, I had to see if my itouch had somehow found a way to connect to the internet…

We’ve become too dependent on this technology.