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here today, gone tomorrow

I’m not a huge fan of goodbyes. Unfortunately, life is just chock full of them. The next goodbye I’ll have to make is to my sister, Shannon.

As she recently accepted a fancy new job in the City, Shannon will soon be leaving her modest little Weatherford apartment to start a new-ish life. Although she’ll only be an hour or so away, I’m actually quite sad about this. And, no one quite appreciates my love of puns like her. Despite this, I am also super happy for, and proud of, her. She worked hard to get her Master’s degree and land this job.

So, in honor of Shannon’s accomplishments, and as a sort of virtual farewell card, I thought I would write a little “Shannon Appreciation” post. I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about it. Should I write the things I’ll miss most? Should I list her best qualities and quirks? Should I talk about my top favorite sisterly memories? Should I just put a bunch of quotes? Finally, I decided to wing it and do all of them. So, without further ado:

1.Things I’ll Miss Most

There are lots of things I’ll miss. I’ll also miss driving around with her while singing along to her IPod. I’ll miss dancing around the dining room while our dad stares at us like we’re lunatics. I’ll miss releasing our frustrations together by screaming like pterodactyls.

To be honest, however, I’ll most miss invading her territory in order to stay up late together and watch British television whilst eating ice cream. Out of all of my siblings, I’d have to say Shannon is the closest to myself in terms of likes and dislikes. We’re both English majors. We both love to read. We both like to write. We’re both awkward, adorably so. At least, Shannon is. She’s like a baby penguin. I’m more like…well,something much less adorable.

Sometimes you just need a fellow nerdy introvert to be weird with. Shannon is one of those fellows. I am selfishly sad that she will no longer be available to me at a moment’s notice. Plus, no one else appreciates my love of puns like her.

I’ll also miss the hugs.

2.My Favorite Shannon Qualities and Quirks

  • Her eating-something-yummy happy dance
  • Her funny stories
  • Her funnier dreams
  • Her excitement over children’s books
  • Her perfect and pale vampire-like skin
  • Her passion for cookies
  • Her creativity and wit
  • Her fondness for all things British (something we share)
  • And, in a moment of seriousness, her gentleness, innocence, compassion, and love for her family and friends.

3.Top Sisterly Memories

There are just too many things to choose from, such as the time we had each other in Secret Santa and got each other almost identical presents. So, instead, here are some pictures, including one from our days as small humans.

And now, the quotes:

“Courage, dear heart.”
-C. S. Lewis

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
-C. S. Lewis

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”
-Jane Austen

“You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.”
-Dr. Seuss

“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”
-J. R. R. Tolkien

“Take the Adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes! ‘Tis but a banging of the door behind you, a blithesome step forward, and you are out of the old life and into the new!”
-Kenneth Grahame

“We are all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?” 
Doctor Who

I shall miss you dearly, Slothfather. I wish you good luck. 😉

P.S. For those of you who are wondering about that last comment, you can find the backstory on Shannon’s blog right here.

fitness · Fitness and Extra Fries · health

weight for it…

It’s pretty safe to say that I am not the healthiest person in the world. I can’t help it. I just love food. Which may seem ironic for someone as picky as me. I am all too often picked on by my friends and family for my aversion to Chinese food, all things spicy, onions, tomatoes, peppers, and, well, pretty much every other type of vegetable out there. And, as for the whole exercise thing, the only kind I get is running away from my adult responsibilities.

However, as I walked across campus to my car, I felt as if I were trekking up Mount Doom, the weight of the One Ring weighing me down. Sadly for me, I didn’t have a Samwise Gamgee to pick me up and carry me through. It was as I sat in my car, breathless, the air conditioner blowing hurricane strength air around me, that I decided that maybe I should do something about my unhealthy habits.

I should probably go ahead and admit that this is not my first attempt to turn a new leaf in the health department. Trying to change habits that you’ve held basically your entire life is like trying to steal gold from a dragon: quite stressful and just a tad bit difficult. But, this time, I am determined. I graduate in less than 4 months, and it’s high time to step up and turn things around.

Now that I’ve gotten that somewhat embarrassing confession out of the way, it’s time to set aside the Lord of the Rings references and get started. Day One starts…well, tomorrow.

Taking into account a number of health and weight loss articles/blogs, I’ve somewhat developed a plan to get me started. Over the next few weeks, I will focus on adjusting a few of my day to day habits, without drastically changing my routine. So, without further ado, below I have listed my first steps for the long road ahead. I shall call these steps “Phase 1.” Wish me luck!

Phase 1:Weeks 1-3

-Drink at least 5 glasses of water a day-

-Take a multi-vitamin every day after dinner-

-Try to avoid junk food-

-If eating out, go for something healthier-

-Limit yourself to 2 soft drinks a week-

-Exercise once a week-