Sunday’s Taste of Euphoria #11

This is my (mostly) weekly post looking back on the past week and the things I enjoyed. I think it is so important to take a moment and realize that no matter how stressful and crazy your week was, at least one thing had to make you happy. So that is where “Sunday’s Taste of Euphoria” came from. I thought I would share my happy things and maybe other people would start to reflect on their happy things as well.

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Handsome Jay

ONE// Wednesday I rode with my coach for the first time all summer. I rode her new thoroughbred Jay and he was such a sweetheart! It is always so nice and relaxing to ride at home.

TWO// Thursday I drove up to Massachusetts to spend a few nights at my bestfriend’s house. Yeeee! We went shopping for our new apartment which was very exciting. You know, dishes and curtains, all that fun stuff.

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THREE// Friday I adopted my new fur baby from a ferret rescue. I have wanted a ferret for a few years now. Most people don’t particularly like ferrets because they are weasels, but I think they are one of the cutest animals ever. Meet Zazu! I’m sure I will be posting about him.

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Successful Surprise for My Bestfriend

FOUR// I surprised my other bestfriend at his graduation party. I might have fibbed and told him I couldn’t make it, but it was totally worth it. First there was the party for all of the family, then came the after party. Let’s just say a keg and lot of shots later, we had a pretty interesting yet amazing night!

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My First Keg Stand Ever

What The Person You Deserve Is Like

This was a great read. I love it.

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You deserve love and security, a combination that warms the core of your heart. You deserve knowledge that the person you are with wants to be there and, more importantly, won’t run away when times get tough. This is someone that will stay by your side, fight your fights right there with you because they know you would do the same for them.

You deserve someone who laughs at your jokes and smiles at the mere sight of you smiling. This smile will be genuine, not fake, and you will feel butterflies when you see it and your smile will grow until your cheeks can no longer take it.

You deserve someone who brings you coffee in the morning because they know the addiction is real. You deserve breakfast in bed, flowers “just because,” and hugs that feel like you are at home.

You deserve hands…

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Sunday’s Taste of Euphoria: Father’s Day Edition

Every week (mostly) I blog about the things that made me happy throughout the past week. This started as a weekly self-reflection post. Being a busy college student, I try to always remember all of the things make me happy in the midst of the craziness. Also, I hoped that it might inspire others to do the same. In light of today’s national holiday, Father’s Day, I thought I would talk about a man who has made me happy for as long as I can remember. Yes, my dad.

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In a lot of ways, I had a difficult childhood. In a lot of ways, I had a wonderful childhood. I guess it depends what side of the picture you want to look at. No matter what side, my father will be there. He made the good times great, and the horrific times bearable. He laid out all of the pieces for success, and put together all of the broken ones. He was there for every sport event, supporting me no matter what. I want to snowboard? He helped me get season passes to the local mountain, drove me to and from and sometimes joined, and took the family on numerous trips to Vermont to ski and snowboard. I want to ride horses? He supported me through it all, mentally and financially (we all know this is quite an expensive sport). Even after multiple ER trips, surgeries, orthopedic doctor appointments, etc. He was there for the heartbreaks and the triumphs. He was there for the bad grades and the good grades. He was there to move me into college and move me out (I guess he wanted me to come home for the summer?!). He was there for the everything.

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High School Homecoming

Through the years I continuously see more and more similarities between myself and my dad. I will admit that I have his temper, but there are so many good things I got from him. He looks and acts so tough, but he has a giant heart. He is strong willed and determined and when he has his mind set on something, don’t try to stand in his way. He constantly tries to learn new things, recently having to do with guns or green living. He is so unbelievable generous and loves helping people. Most importantly, he might not always say a lot, sometimes because he might not know exactly what to say, but you know he cares with everything he has.

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High School Graduation

My dad is famous for his unique sayings and there are a lot of them. Friends and family have caught on and use them constantly. Wash is actually pronounced “warsh”. He tries to be optimistic by saying “even a blind squirrel gets a nut sometimes”. If he thinks something was a waste of his time he will say it was “for not”. To try to remember things he always has them “wrote down”. Last but not least, one of the all time favorites, when it gets chilly outside he might say “frost on the punkin, time for dicky dunkin”. Yes that is pronounced “puNkin” not puMkin, for future reference. If anyone chuckles or makes fun of how he talks or any of his sayings, he will proudly say, “it’s okay, I have big shoulders” and “I’m glad I bring so much humor to your life”.

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Saying Goodbye Freshman Year of College

If I had to describe my dad simply, I would say he is one of a kind and nothing short of amazing.

I am so lucky to have him in my life. I love you dad! Happy Father’s Day!

Strong Woman

Every summer I work with my family fixing up our rental properties. We rent to college students off campus at one of the universities in my town. When the students move out, we work basically everyday until the work is done so the new students can move in. My main job is painting. I paint all 22 houses. I also do little jobs when needed, i.e. fixing things, repairing walls, hauling stuff out, etc. I never think twice about helping the guys out with all of these tasks. Today my uncle told me that I am a strong woman which is intimidating to men. I laughed and nodded. He explained: “You don’t need to rely on anyone. If you don’t know how to do it, you figure it out. Although you do know how to do a lot of things that many people don’t know how to do…” Such a high compliment honestly. I strive to be independent and far from limited because I am a woman.

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This is part of the reason why I love working with my family. I have learned so many things over the years. I always joke with my friends, “Don’t worry guys, my dad builds houses. I can fix this!”. It is true though. I can do a lot of little things. Not everything, I will admit, but little things. As long as a learn a few little things everyday, I am satisfied.

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These lessons have also jumpstarted my DIY obsession. I have always loved refurbished furniture and other things, as well as crafts and such. I am currently redoing furniture for my college apartment which I will write about once it is completed.

The Fault in Our Stars Review

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It is always believed that movies based on books ruin the book itself. At the end of this past semester, I sat in my bed crying as I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I wanted to read the book before the movie came out, just to be clear which was better. To say the least, it was written so perfectly. I read it with ease and fell in love with all of the characters and their stories. I loved all of the witty quotes, metaphors, foreshadowing, and various other literary techniques used. More importantly, I loved the love story and I loved that it didn’t mask the rest of the story.

The movie had me in tears as well.Unfortunately there were a few younger girls being quite obnoxious behind me. Yes they kiss, let’s move forward now. Anyways. I think everything was portrayed so perfectly. Even many of the important lines from the book were said, which I thought made everything come together. The cast was amazing. Of course, the book was better than the movie. That is how the cookie crumbles, but I will not say that it ruined the book because it did not whatsoever.

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I don’t want to talk about the book or the story in detail for a few reasons:

  1. I will so easily give away everything. The book is simple yet so complex. The characters tell everything they need to without it being written exactly.
  2. I feel as though I will ruin the romance of the story. It is so beautiful that it becomes heart aching.
  3. I want to tell you there is a happy ending, because there is. Although many people won’t see it that way. In my opinion, you have to look deeper to understand the lessons that were learned. To understand how much the characters helped one another to grow. To understand what love is. To understand what loss is. To understand that life doesn’t always goes on, but it does.

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If you want to see something beautiful, go watch the movie. If you want to feel something beautiful, read the book. Either way, your heart will ache for these characters, and you will appreciate life in different ways than you have before.

Update on The List

A few months ago, I posted an “Official Bucket List” here. I love lists and this is not the first bucket list I’ve written. This one is pretty relevant to where I stand in my life right now. I want to travel, see new things, and do more things. I want to have experiences that you read about in books. I know that sounds cliché, trust me, but that is how I feel. Here is my first update on the things I have crossed off of this list so far.

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1. I found an internship that I will be starting next month. I will be working at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, caring for the animals and releasing them back into the wild once they are healthy enough. I am so beyond excited for this experience.

19. My bestfriend and I signed a lease on May 1st. We are living in an apartment down the street from our college. It is going to be an amazing year.

22. A month before the end of the spring semester I officially declared my minor in equine studies. I wanted to do this my sophomore year, but it was more complicated than I had assumed. In the end, it all worked out and I am excited that I will be taking mostly equine classes for my senior year.

I will continue to update on my progress with this list, but it might take awhile to complete!

My Current Netflix Binges (#2)

A few months ago, in the midst of all of my crazy college stuff, I wrote about my Netflix obsessions, which you can read here. As many of you know, you can’t watch any series on Netflix at a “normal” or slow pace. I finished all of the series I talked about in my last post including Glee, Hart of Dixie, Orange is the New Black and Heartland. Until the next season comes out for those shows at least. Now that it is summer and I am trying to relax, I have picked up a new obsession. Yes only one, because the second season of Orange is the New Black is coming out at the end of this week and next week the summer season of Pretty Little Liars (my ultimate obsession) and a new show Chasing Life are coming out. I am assuming that these shows will take up some time! So  here is my second edition of My Current Netflix Binges.

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I have been wanting to watch Revenge for a long time and just never started it. The storyline is complicated, which I love. Amanda Clarke’s father was framed for a crime he did not commit. After finding out her father passed away in prison, Amanda began plotting her revenge on the individuals involved in the scheme. With the help of a box of information left to her from her father, and a great deal of money, Amanda stops at nothing to take each person down for what they did.

 

To say the least, I love this show. I love the characters, the scenes, the storyline, and just about everything else. Although I am only half way through the first season, I would recommend it to anyone.