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The perfectly imperfect dress

The last few weeks have been busy, fun and crazy – all at the same time. I found myself in a lovely little Italian buffet style restuarant in the Cities, in a teal peacoat on these, at times, chilly April days, and at the Viennese Ball at UWEC.


Getting fancy – VBall 2015

The VBall was beautiful as always. Such great music, treats and dancing. Craig and I agreed it went way too fast! One of my favorite things about it is the man they get to play piano and sing songs. He’s funny and a very talented player. There’s nothing better than singing “Piano Man” with a bunch of strangers all dressed up in a dimly lit room. Some students jumped up on the small stange with him and sang along with their arms around each other.

Every year we go, Craig gets me a piece of this absolutely fabulous Snickers cake. It’s so good! Very rich with chocolate frosting and pieces of the candy bar on the top. It’s usually the first thing we do when we get in. It goes great with a cup of coffee, and it’s fun to see how perfect of a lip print I can get on the white plastic cup from my plum colored lipstick.

Last year, I had some major dress mishaps that ultimately led me to get the light green one you see me wearing in the picture on the left. It’s a long story, but I originally bought this gorgeous, pink, fairytale dress. In my mind, it was the most amazing dress, and I got it for a steal of a deal. It fit perfectly when I tried it on – I’ve learned my lesson about trying on clothes, especially dresses, before buying them. When I got home, it would not zip up at all for whatever reason. My dad even grabbed one of his tools from the garage to try and force it to go up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tip #18

I now present, what not to do when you’re bored.

Don’t get on a scale.

The other day I had some extra time in the morning and I was sitting around talking to my mom. As we were talking, I stepped on a scale just because I was curious and didn’t seem to have anything better to do. A little surprised by what showed up for a number, I asked my mom if the scale was correct. She said it should be. I told her to come over and look at the scale. She said, “Oh, honey, what have you been doing?”

It gave all my friends a good laugh. And me too. Mom is always looking out for me.




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Tip #17

If one of your zippers breaks, hide all your shirts! Or at least keep them in a safe place.

Let me explain.

Earlier this week, the zipper on my purple winter jacket busted off completely. I’ve had the coat for a long time, so I thought of it as a chance to get a new one maybe when winter jackets go on sale in the spring.

The next day, I put on one of my favorite button up shirts. It’s made of a fairly thin material, and it has plastic-separating-zippersmall blue stripes on it. When I was fixing my hair, I saw in the mirror when I lifted my arms there was a huge hole in the armpit area of the shirt. Not only that, but there seemed to be a few more tiny holes starting. I couldn’t believe it! I was saddened by the sight.

The moral of the story is…be careful if you break a zipper!

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A hodgepodge and a hedgehog

Hello everyone!

I’m getting so close to graduation. I can hardly believe it! Classes just started back up at UWEC this week. I found myself in the final and top journalism class. It’s amazing and also intimidating sometimes to be in a room with so many great and talented students.

Everything feels a little different this semester. I only have 9 credits, and one of them is online since there were no sections offered in class. I guess I don’t mind. I have experience taking online classes, but just during the winter.

I’m thinking about writing on Africa and projects like Teamwork Africa in our area that raise money and do other things to help our brothers and sisters over the oceans for my first story. If any of you know biddy-hedgehog-16anything about different programs in Eau Claire or if you’re a part of them, I would love to chat with you about it.

This post feels like a hodgpodge, probably because it is. Now for the hedgehog! Read the rest of this entry »

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Tip #16

Merry Christmas to all!

I’ve been thinking about Christmas and the New Year a lot lately and was thinking about something I heard from my cousin last year. She said, why do we wait till a new year comes to try and turn our lives around? Every day is an opportunity for us to live for God and be our best. untitled

Isn’t this true? And shouldn’t we try to make time for God every day, not just on Christmas and Easter?

Tip #16 is a reminder for all of us to think about this :) Blessings to all of you!

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One leaf at a time

I officially have braces! Officially. And it hurts. I’m getting used to it. It’s a strange feeling having them there. I have to wear rubber bands at night to keep my bite in a good spot. My grandma thought they were fangs at first! haha :)

Braces for Christmas

Braces for Christmas

I went out to lunch with her and my mom today and I was trying to find something to eat that wouldn’t be too difficult. As I learned the hard way, even noodles can be hard to eat. I decided on some soup and a salad. The soup was really yummy and easy to eat. The salad took a little longer. I could only eat one leaf at a time and chew with my back teeth since the front are the most sensitive.It kind of reminded me of taking life one step at a time. And that made me smile, so I thought I would share it with all of you!

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Art, graduation…braces?

Hello friends, followers, and visitors!

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

It has been a crazy semester! The other day I was thinking to myself, I haven’t done a blog in a long time… I really miss that!

And I do. I’ve been doing some creative writing this semester and lots of art projects. I’ve become quite familiar with Adobe Illustrator especially. Most of the work I’ve had to do this semester is related to my art classes. The good thing is we get a lot of time to work on our projects most every day in class. One of my art classes is at 8 in the morning, and I’ve found myself waking up at 7:30 or close to it every morning. I haven’t been late yet! (Even though I would love to get up earlier…And should get up earlier.)

All of my requirements are crossed off to graduate in May. I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve found as I imagesCAJKZIEOnear graduation, I keep wondering whether or not I did the right thing. Did I pick the right field? Did I have the best college experience I could have? For about 2 weeks, I was determined to go back to school after graduation to become a dentist. Or go to law school. Or something. One thing I’d really like to do is finish my Spanish degree. I can see myself completeling that. I just really wanted to graduate and take some time away from school before I make any more decisions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ch-ch-ch-ch changes!

I’m into what I hope is my last year at UWEC. It has been an amazing ride! I thoroughly enjoyed walking around campus when school first started feeling as if I could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

It’s starting to fade a little now that I’m more in the swing of things. This semester has been a lot different than others I’ve had in the past. I have some art classes I really like. We get to make greeting cards using Adobe Illustrator. It’s a lot of fun! I don’t have any actual journalism writing classes right now, so that’s different too. imagesCADPCETN

The months seem to be flying by! I know that even while graduation feels far away, it’s getting close to October already… And soon it will be 2015! And that blows my mind too.

I often wonder, especially now, what I’ll be doing when I graduate. If I’ll move out of the area for a job or if I’ll still be where I am now. It’s exciting to think about, and a little scary at times too. Life is a mystery. I’m thankful I have God to help me in all situations. Letting Him take charge is the best thing I could ever do.

And on another note, I get to visit the orthodontist. I never thought I would see the day! But after a visit with my dentist, I was told I should maybe pay the orthodontist a visit. I still have some baby teeth in my mouth (crazy, I know) and they are starting to cause some crowding…

So I have all kinds of interesting sort of changes happening right now even. I’m thankful for new adventures!

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Dessert laughs

It’s true. I never thought I would say it, but I actually had some dessert misunderstandings when I was in France.

Thankfully, everything I had was beyond AMAZING.

I fell in love with these yummies.

I fell in love with these yummies.

One night when I was at my host home, we were served a delicious looking pudding sort of dessert. I opened the top of it right away and immediately shoved my spoon in it several times in an attempt to stir it. My host mom gasped a little and asked what I was doing. I told her I was stirring it, and she laughed and told me that wasn’t how it worked. Thankfully for me, my roommate was right there to explain to our host mom that a lot of people from where we live like to stir pudding like desserts before we eat it. Our host mom told us we were supposed to tip the jelly dessert upside down, and it will stay in a nice little mold. Because I wanted to do it the right way, I shook the dessert from the cup. Since I had stabbed it with my spoon several times, the contents went all over my plate in one giant mess. I took a bite of it right away and said how much I liked it. And it was good! We all had a good laugh.

One night when I was working on my interviews, I went and had a cake/pie like dessert with a kind older woman. She was talking to me in French about the dessert and also about duck liver, which my host mom said is a delicacy. Read the rest of this entry »


Blogging in France!

Behold, readers and followers, our student blog from France!

Nice, France

And my individual stories so far…moving_to_france

World War II memories

Puppies in France

I hope you enjoy these!



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