31.8.12

TIGF: Things I'm Grateful For


 Sometimes we forget it’s the little things that matter in life and forget how easy it can be to be happy. So we’re making an effort to ensure that doesn’t happen by listing the things we’re grateful for/appreciate from the previous week every Friday. And we’d love for you to join us!


note: we're taking a few weeks off from the weekly link-up because Ashley and Nathan are about to open up a brand new store, The Gnarly Whale, and I'm settling in to college life. 

 ♥ last day in Flo Mo  ♥ moving day  ♥ seeing a bare room transformed into a bedroom  ♥ my roommate  ♥ new friends and wonderful people in Huntsville  ♥ decorating  ♥ surviving my first two days of college classes  ♥ submitting my change of major request form  ♥ getting my first care package  ♥ lots of hills so my legs'll look great by May  ♥ rain storms  ♥ meeting my friend's cat, Bear  Castle  

30.8.12

oh hi.

Well, it's been a bit quite around here these past few days. Actually, it has been quite, and I promise it won't always be like this.

Yesterday was my first day of college. I had intro to philosophy, intro to collegiate studies (that's a class only offered at my campus), weather & climate, and then developmental math.

Intro to philosophy, the teacher was really quite and it was 8am so I was not awake. This is probably going to be my hardest class this semester.

Intro to Collegiate studies: A class offered at SHSU, it's like a class to learn how to succeed here at Sam. I'm really excited. It's a freshman only class.

Weather & Climate: I may hate science, but seriously, this is the class I'm most excited for. I love taking pictures of clouds and I want to go storm chasing at some point in my life. This class is going to be amazing.

Developmental math: Because the State of Texas is one big mess of messed up, I have to take a remideal math course before I can take the class that counts for anything. It's like high school algebra, which I guess is okay since it's been two years since I was in algebra (thank you block scheduling).

Tuesday was pretty crazy too. I met up with my friend, Andrew, from back home who I haven't seen in a few months (he moved early). So yesterday afternoon, my roommate Brooke, my friend Marci, Andrew and I all walked to his off campus house (it was probably two miles away from our dorm) to meet his little cat, Bear! (Our mascot is the Bearkat and our colors are orange and blue, so Andrew got an orange cat and named it Bear...get it?)


Bear is a couple months old and he's such a little nosy guy, but he was adorable. It's been a crazy couple of days.

And I've still got another class today....



29.8.12

I start....

college today. 8 am class! Yesterday was so exhausting.

I promise, real post tomorrow!

27.8.12

currently

my new bedroom is a work in progress

my thighs hate me because my campus is super hilly

I start classes in two days

all I have to eat is oreos and popcorn.

I'm sore beyond belief

I sweat the moment I walk outside of my dorm (the hallways are open to the outside)

I'm loving my new closet, not as big as the one at home, but it's super nice

Mom and Amy's chocolate chip cookies are my favorite food

my text books are.... somewhere

oh yeah, guess what, I finally moved. :)

24.8.12

TIGF: Things I'm Grateful For



 Sometimes we forget it’s the little things that matter in life and forget how easy it can be to be happy. So we’re making an effort to ensure that doesn’t happen by listing the things we’re grateful for/appreciate from the previous week every Friday. And we’d love for you to join us!
♥ packing some more ♥ going to the zoo ♥ last weekend at work ♥ a very cuddly kitty ♥ having a really good cry while seeing The Odd Life of Timothy Green ♥ more packing ♥ getting my camera fixed ♥ last week in Flo Mo ♥ pizza ♥ seeing my extended family before I leave ♥ conversations on the phone with both sets of grandparents 

What're you thankful for?

23.8.12

a post with lots of cat pictures

I've been baby-sitting the past few weeks and this kid has three cats. Yesterday, one of his cats, Bubba, decided that I was his new cuddle buddy. I have no idea what to do with cats, so I just took some pictures. 



22.8.12

ta-dur!

Because I'm just too cool for ta-da

So obviously, if you actually read the blog.... You might have noticed something different. All of you RSS peoples, get over here and look!

My little sister is probably going to see this and ask why pink?

And Amy, BECAUSE IT MATCHES MY DORM ROOM!

Which there will be pictures of..... after I move in.

Apparently I'm the only one left in Flo Mo, which totally sucks. I made amends with an old friend from high school this week, and she was all "You haven't started classes?!"

Honey, I haven't even moved!

Forever stuck in Flo Mo.

Yay....

So, in attempt to move on, I made a blog design that looks like my dorm stuff.

That isn't even all packed.

Less than three days to go and I'm nowhere close to being packed!

What are y'all doing this weekend?

21.8.12

Me, Myself & I

1. What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

I'd probably take a year off to finish editing my book and to get it published. That's basically my biggest dream in life. Kind of funny considering ten years ago, I wanted to be a rock star....

And I don't even listen to rock. 


2. If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?


Fill it with people I love, traveling the world, writing and taking pictures. I love taking pictures of famous landmarks.



3. If a front page news article was written on you, what would the headline be?

"Local teen tops New York Times bestsellers list."

4. What is your biggest pet peeve?

SILVERWARE. For the love of everything holy, anything to do with silverware. I hate when people scratch their teeth on it when they eat, I hate the sound it makes hitting the table or when someone drops it on the floor.

5. What is your favorite chick flick movie?

How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are so funny in this movie. I love it! 

This post is a part of the "Me, Myself & I" link-up series. 

20.8.12

zoo day

Friday we spent the day at the zoo. Here are some fun photos from our day!













Obviously I love myself some elephants.

17.8.12

TIGF: Things I'm Grateful For


 Sometimes we forget it’s the little things that matter in life and forget how easy it can be to be happy. So we’re making an effort to ensure that doesn’t happen by listing the things we’re grateful for/appreciate from the previous week every Friday. And we’d love for you to join us!


♥ rain storms multiple times this week ♥ getting serious about packing ♥ making a tiny dent in my editing ♥ promising myself a prize when I get to chapter ten in editing  ♥ swimming in the afternoons ♥ movies ♥ pizza ♥ babysitting ♥ winning at bowling ♥ frosty ♥ video chat with EJ and Jeyn ♥ finishing dorm shopping ♥ playing Wii tennis ♥ 


15.8.12

before & after: the jersey flower



visit her new blog design here

14.8.12

angry little birds?


Hola peeps! My name is Courtney and I blog over at Thoughts From the Birdhouse


(Laura's comment. I love this facial expression. And I'm not even sure why.)
Let me just say, I cannot even tell you how many questions I get about my blog title.. I'm pretty sure it surpasses the number of followers I have. 

Go figure. 

I went into detail about that name in my first post, but honestly, no one ever reads those. So, I thought I'd take this little sharing time to clarify what the Birdhouse is really all about. 

Thoughts From the Birdhouse was born based off of my nickname, Angry Bird. Don’t even ask why, my parents think it’s funny. So does my swim club. And my leaders at church. And my teachers at school. And basically everyone I associate with. I guess word got around that I’ve got one of those pesky Irish tempers and the sarcasm to go right along with it.

In case you were wondering, which you probably weren’t but I’m going to tell you anyway, I own all 5 Angry Birds plush toys, an Angry Birds blanket, an Angry Birds lanyard, Angry Birds PJs and an Angry Birds water bottle. Thanks, Dad. It was a great Christmas. Have I ever played Angry Birds? Nope, not even once. Oh, the irony.
(Laura's comment. DUDE, WHY NOT?! Most addicting game ever.) 

Anywho, I've decided to have a little giveaway on the lovely Laura's blog, and one lucky female (or, male, I guess, if there's any dudes out there) will win this fantastic photography book! I have a copy of my own, so of course I can attest to how helpful it was. I love, love, love it!


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13.8.12

T Minus Two Weeks

So, this past Saturday marked two weeks until move in day. And I finally got serious about packing.

I'll be honest, half of the reason I'm ready to move is so I have a floor in my room again. Last week, my mom said my room was booby-trapped. That's how bad it's gotten.

In fact, here's some shots from the corner of my room where I've shoved all my dorm stuff into.


See? It's gotten out of control. So, I finally decided I needed to start packing. As I write this post, I've got two bags done, and I don't even want to know how many more I'll have.



I've got clothes from my shopping day with Allie, t-shirts, pajamas, and that purple thing? A tennis skirt.

Oh, and of course there's shoes.

These are some of the shoes I'm taking with me. I'm sure my sister will ask why on earth I need the silver ones I wore to prom, and my answer is, you never know when you need heels. :)

Saturday, I went shoe shopping with my siblings and my mom and I walked away the grand prize winner with two pairs of shoes.



 I'm so stoked to go to college, but I'm more excited to have space in my room again! Packing is well underway!


10.8.12

TIGF: Things I'm Grateful For

 Sometimes we forget it’s the little things that matter in life and forget how easy it can be to be happy. So we’re making an effort to ensure that doesn’t happen by listing the things we’re grateful for/appreciate from the previous week every Friday. And we’d love for you to join us!

 ♥ Sugarland music  ♥ making up with a best friend  ♥ camp  ♥ editing  ♥ new hair cut  ♥ another new college t-shirt  ♥ babysitting  ♥ sleeping in my own bed  ♥ cell phone service  ♥ a night at home by myself  ♥ sleep  ♥ rain storms  ♥ dr pepper  ♥ seeing my new home 's construction done and finished  ♥ mud tug o' war  ♥ learning how to two step  ♥ 

9.8.12

campin' days

So, if you thought my twitter feed or my facebook page were kind of quiet this past week, there's a reason why.

I was at camp.

A camp where I was lucky to get service.

You see, I went off to bearkat camp this week! It's basically spirit camp for college. It was a blast, but I'm happy to be home. Here's some photos from my week.






My roommates for the week, not sure what's up with Kayla's face.... :P

7.8.12

singing

One of my biggest passions that I don't talk about is singing. I sang in the choir at church for four years. Saturday night was my last night singing as a cantor.

Cantoring is a fancy word for leading everyone at church in song. I've been a cantor as long as I've been in the choir. Before I was in the choir, I did the children's choir as long as I could remember. And I did the middle school choir.

As long as I can remember, I've been singing. I love driving by myself because I can turn the stereo up and just jam out to my Miranda Lambert.

Singing is just something that makes me happy. I love it. Music is one of those things I can't imagine my life without. Singing on stage, or at church or even just in the car, I get totally lost in the music.

Songs free me but capture me in the moment when I'm emotional. I love how songs can just pin exactly the way I feel.

Music is one of my biggest loves and it always be.

6.8.12

getting old

My deadline is to finish editing The Assassin by move-in day, or at least before I start classes four days later.

I'm on chapter five out of forty. I don't even want to do the math for how many chapters I need to do a day to finish.

But, I've noticed Cassie's voice lately as I edit.... once a week it seems like.


Between the draft that was read by Harper Collins and the draft after that, Cassie grew up a couple years. Originally, she was fourteen, but now she's sixteen, only two months shy of her seventeenth birthday.

Even though I was reculant to bump her age up for the longest time, I kind of like older Cassie. She's a little more experienced in what she does, and she's a bit of a smart ass. There's been several times while reading through this current draft where I burst out laughing at some of her inner thoughts.

Cassie is like one of my kids. Anyone who's written a book knows what I'm talking about. Cassie, while she may not be a real human being, she's completely real in my mind and in my heart.

Seeing her grow up, even if she's growing up slower than I am, is kind of exciting. She's shy around boys when she doesn't know what to do about them, but she's pretty fierce when it comes to people threatening her.

It's crazy to watch her get older, sassier, but seeing her grow up and watching people she cares about get hurt, that's the best part, seeing her grow as a person, despite what she does.

Cassie's just such an old soul because she has to be.

But I like her as an old soul.

3.8.12

TIGF: Things I'm Grateful For


Sometimes we forget it’s the little things that matter in life and forget how easy it can be to be happy. So we’re making an effort to ensure that doesn’t happen by listing the things we’re grateful for/appreciate from the previous week every Friday. And we’d love for you to join us!



♥ working three days this week   dinner with my grandpa  finally packing clothes for college   shopping day with my best friend in the whole world   Castle season two  last week of water aerobics   first tan line ever   voting in the run-off election  dorm room shopping   getting new bedding for my bed at college   the wonderful comments from my "walking away" blog post   friends I can talk to at 1am in the morning  putting the past behind me   packing for camp   accepting a nanny job for the rest of the summer   

2.8.12

one last shendig

Yesterday, I spent one last day with my best friend before we both go off to college. I'm gonna miss her so much, she's been there for me when others haven't. But, of course, I've got pictures to share! 
Found a $25 giftcard to Nordstrom. 

Ended up ditching the jeans for cut-off jeans. It was 109 outside yesterday. 

Blurry picture, but I got the skirt and cardigan in case I have a nice fancy interview at college.



Blurry again, but with my giftcard, this cutie was only $8.
Barnes and Noble giftcard = one happy Castle fan



Some awkward, but obligatory pictures of teenage girls in the car. That's Allie, my best friend. Isn't she just so pretty?

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