So here’s how my summer is going so far! :)

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I finally got a picture with KH^2 🙂 We’ve been meaning to get a sandwich picture for awhile. I still have yet to celebrate their high school graduations, but we’ll get to that later. We just all met up at Lollicup and had a good time.

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This was when VSA went hiking. I know… not very many people showed up, but it was fun regardless 🙂

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Then right after hiking, we went to the circus! I got to ride an elephant that day and it was super fun ❤ I also got to hang out with Nathaniel and Pablo. Awh, I really miss them again.

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This is Cudjoe and I volunteering at the Tennis Tournament. I was actually a part of the Tennis Hope committee this year, which was a bit strange since I’ve been a volunteer for such a long time. Also, Cudjoe and I were partners for the mixed doubles beginner. We were knocked out first round though. 😥 LOL it’s ok though it was super fun.

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This night was in celebration of moving into our new home 🙂 Anthony and Charlie came over to celebrate with us on Wine Wednesday and it was the first time I tried wine and I feel like I’m going to be a wine-a-holic because I really liked it and I crave it a lot. 😦

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This was when the Miss AACO crew volunteered for Habitat Humanity! ❤ I love this program so much and I’m so glad the candidates this year are having a blast and doing so much more! Involvement in the community is super important! I can’t wait for the finale this year, these girls have really worked hard all year and it’s time for them to shine. And I really cannot wait to see my little, Agnes on stage! She’s so cute ❤

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These two pictures were taken from the Miss AACO 2014 picnic. ❤

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It’s always a good day with this goof. Couldn’t have asked to get stuck with anyone else. ❤

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My handsome 2014 high school graduates. It was so weird going to graduation without being in a gown. I’m so proud of my boys… well they’re now men, but they will always be babies to me ❤ So proud to see how grown up they are now and I can’t wait to see the great things they will do in college!

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And I’m still doing crazy shoots with Dao. ❤ She’s so talented… lol and I just derp.

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This is another photo with my Miss AACO crew ❤ This is Hosnah and Natasha and they’re both really cute! ❤ We were building fences in the mountains for Wildlands Restoration! 🙂

We also met a really cute park ranger named Lonnie!

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Being Thrown into the “Adult World”

Greetings.

I’ve been thinking about it a lot for the past few weeks and I didn’t really know how to describe how I’ve been feeling in words. I’ve been nervous, excited, and anxious.

Let me explain my current situation. I am 19 years old. Not completely fresh out of high school, but it’s still only my first year of college so I feel like there is still so much more for me to learn about the world and well myself. I was hit with reality of this “adult world” when I got a job. I’m finally working towards my career. Sure, I’m pretty much just the *beep* of the office, but I’m now surrounded with opportunities and people who do actual research in the (semi) medical field. It’s exciting but scary… which I still don’t know how to explain, but yeah. Also, with two jobs now, I’m so busy and I can barely go home or hang out with friends that often. On top of that, my cousin and close friend John and Kevin are going to be roommates next year and we have been apartment searching for the past week and it’s so crazy. I’m 19 and I’m going to REALLY be living on my own now. Without anyone to really be there to tell me what to do.

Maybe all of this just seems crazy to me because in less than one year, I went from living with my parents everyday to barely ever seeing them and having to live by myself and REALLY take care of myself. I mean I have done it before, but it was less extreme so now it just feels so sudden.

So yeah, that’s how I’ve been feeling lately… as though I’m being thrown into this adult world AKA reality. But I think that it’s good for me because I’m learning so much about myself through these experiences and that’s what’s important in the end. Learning from my experiences.

Spring Semester Kicking Off

New beginnings, new attitude.

Hello~

It’s the new semester and I’m actually excited for what’s to come this year. I have classes I’m excited for and I just have a lot going on this semester besides school.

Let’s start off with classes. I have five courses this semester *cries* but I do enjoy three of them. I am taking: introduction to statistics, US race and ethnic relations, general biology 2 w/ lab, writing and rhetoric, and geography.

I am really looking forward to the US race and ethnic relations class because we will be discussing race issues in the US of yesterday and today. I can’t wait to debate, because this is something I feel very strongly about, especially since being here. I’m also looking forward to statistics and biology because I just simply love math and science.

It’s been a good transition into school even with my state of health right now. I’ve cut out all sodas in my diet and I’m trying to make smarter choices about what I eat. I also started working out with my roommate which I’m excited about. I won’t be able to go to the gym though since I might be VERY busy with a job soon.

I had a job interview today for a student assistant job and I have another one tomorrow for the circulation desk at the library. I really hope that I can get both jobs because I need all of the money I can get!

So yeah that was my spring semester kick off post, nothing too exciting quite yet. 

My health

Hi all, today I am going to be speaking about something that is a bit “tmi,” but it is something I need to address for myself. I need to allow myself to digest what is actually happening with my body right now and allowing myself to just think.

So for the past week, I haven’t been able to really post much because I was busy being in horrific, tear-worthy pain. It all started on Satruday, January 1st. I felt a bruising of some sort near where my butt “crest” meets my tailbone. I assumed it was just a bruise, but the next day I was in a lot of pain. I noticed a small bump near my tailbone and I thought, “uh oh.” I continued to go about my business though. Finally, by Monday this small bump was now quite big and it was causing me SO much pain. I was crying and I couldn’t walk, sit or move at all. All I could do was lay down on my side for the whole day. It got to the point where I knew I had to call the doctor. 

Before I called the doctor, I looked up my symptoms and I found that I might have had pilonidal disease / cyst / abscess / dimple. I got a bit scared and of course after the doctor poked around, I was diagnosed with a pilonidal abscess. This meant that under my skin there was a shit ton of pus and body fluids that caused a lot of pressure on the surrounding tissue causing me a shit load of pain. I was put on antibiotics to hopefully treat it. As a curious person, I asked my doctor why I got what I got. He told me that when people are born, some are born with little tiny dimples (not really dimples, just little holes in your skin, bigger than a pore) on their tailbone area. Over time, dirt and sweat and what not gets in there and you don’t know this because you don’t know it even exists! So he believes that it got infected and that’s how this abscess was created. A cyst is when it pops. (I’ll get to that.) So here I am with a giant pain thingee on my ass.

If you want more info about this stuff I’m sure you can look it up online. A lot of the stuff though is sometimes false such as the stigma that only hairy men get this. No, I am not hairy, nor am I a man.

It has been a week and it was such a bad week that consisted of a lot of crying and sleeping and barely any eating. But I feel a lot better now (thank goodness!) I mainly got better because it popped meaning it became a cyst. It was oozing out soooooooo much pus. I don’t know how to explain it to you. From a bump that was penny sized, there was so much pus because it was under my skin around the bump too which caused me pain. But my mom drained it out of me and now I can finally walk. Sometimes it gets sore, but I can walk now.

How do I treat this? Well my meds have been working and it’s treating it, but it may not cure it. Pilodinal cysts can reoccur over and over again and last for a lifetime, and it may not. Most likely it seems from my research on the internet that it will reoccur. A way that I can “cure” this is to get surgery. This terrifies me because if you look at photos you will know why. I hate the thought of surgery and how it could go wrong. I am such a baby when it comes to pain and I’m just so scared. Also, I’m scared because a lot of people also said that sometimes the surgery doesn’t work. So I’m scared to spend all this money, time and pain on something for it to not even work you know? So dilemmas. But I guess we’ll see by the time I finish all my meds.

So yeah, that’s my update on my health so far.

I worked out today with my roommate and her friend. It was soooo fun, but I’m exhausted. I’m going to try to make smarter health choices because this really scared me. I need to strengthen my immune system and just make sure to not put my health in anymore danger.

Maybe I’ll update you on my health more often and what steps I am taking to prevent sickness and what not.

 

In Current Events

January 8th, 2013

Hellooo~

So lately, my tailbone area has been very swollen. I’m not sure why because I didn’t fall when I went ice skating… but that’s besides the point! It hurts sooo much! Every move I make I want to cry a bit. 😦 It totally blows! I guess every cloud has a silver lining (is that the saying..?) because Austin offered to come over and bring me some pain killers. I already had pain killers, but it’s the thought that counts. He still came over and we hung out for a bit! It’s nice to catch him around sometimes, because even though he likes to pretend he’s an asshole to me, he lowkey loves me. We just caught up on life stories over cookies and milk. Nomnomnomz.

After that, I just watched a lot of youtube videos from Jenn Im and Bethany Mota. Two of my favorite youtube channels. I just love their videos even though I’m not the dressy type of girl. I have a lot of down time to just chill out by myself. Then, my friends came over and we ate mexican food and just did a whole bunch of typical BAB things. ❤ It was simple, but I love the days where I just get to see them, yenno? I’m going to miss them when I have to go back to school. 😦

Anyway, here are a few photos of things in my week.

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Alex came and visited me last night. ❤

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I made two cute piggy banks out of Mason Jars I got from the dollar store. One is for my adventures with my friends and the other is for my travels this year! Yayyyy~