Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wishlist // Stephen King

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I've periodically posted themed wishlists in the year or so I've had this blog, and honestly, those are some of my favorite posts to put together. I love scouring the web for products inspired by how I'm feeling, what I'm doing or films and other things I happen to enjoy. I'm an obsessive organizer and there's just something I love about making lists where all of the items fit together under a central theme or idea. As you may have noticed, I haven't really been doing Friday Favorites posts lately, and that's because I'm bored senseless with them. I love looking at other peoples', but my own? Not so much. So starting today, I'd like to make themed wishlists a more regular feature on the blog, with today's roundup inspired by my all time favorite author, Stephen King. 

Who doesn't love Mr. King? If you raise your hand, we can't be friends. Sorry. Go away. I picked up a copy of Mr. Mercedes to read while I'm house sitting this week, and while it's certainly no Pet Sematary or IT, it's still a great read and showcases all of the reasons why I love Stephen King so much. His character development is phenomenal, he's descriptive without going overboard into Anne Rice territory, and his stories are terrifically terrifying. He preys upon the basic fears many of us have harbored since childhood and reminds us that you're never too old to look out for things that go bump in the night.

The sources for all of the products in this post are listed above. I've already told Zack we're decking our house out in the geometric Overlook carpet pattern when we move, and naturally, he's okay with that. My heart is legitimately broken over the fact that the limited edition Creepshow vinyl by Waxworks Records is already sold out forever. *le sigh* I'll eventually cough up $50 to buy a used copy on eBay, I suppose. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Mermaids, Skulls and Anchors

Dress: Hot Topic // Cardigan: Thrifted // Shoes: Converse // Glasses: Thrifted
Ahoy! Yesterday I attended orientation for school, and I wore this super rad dress I picked up when I was in Georgia. Hot Topic isn't normally my cup of tea, but they were having a sweet Buy One, Get One sale when Courtney and I stopped by the mall and I couldn't resist. The print is absolutely fantastic and I'm pretty much in love with the neckline. Unfortunately, it was super windy yesterday afternoon so I couldn't get any pictures of it sans cardigan. Boo.

During orientation, I got to tour the campus where I'll be spending two nights a week and learn about all of the different services they offer students. I also got to meet with an adviser to figure out which classes I should register for this fall. My school requires you to complete all of your general studies courses before applying separately for the mortuary program, so it was just a matter of deciding which sequence would be best for me as a student working full-time. I decided to get math out of the way and take that this semester, and the adviser pointed out tons of resources the school has to help make sure I pass despite my long history of being really, really terrible at math. I'll be taking that on campus and working with a tutor all semester. I'll also be taking my English Composition and Legal Environment of Business prerequisites this fall, but I'm doing those two online so I can make my studies happen around my work schedule. I wish I could take everything on campus, but it really just isn't feasible right now with my school being nearly an hour from where I live and night classes being my only option.

It's kind of funny how fast everything is coming together now after years of waiting. All I have left to do is pick up my student ID and order my books before August. From school to moving, there are so many transitions and exciting things for me to look forward to in the next few months, and it's a bit crazy to think that my life at the end of this year is going to look almost nothing like my life right now. It's crazy. It's scary. It's exciting. And I'm ready.

For real though, isn't this print the best?

Monday, June 2, 2014

Things to Come

Earlier this year, I made a goal list of 24 things I hoped to accomplish before my next birthday, and today I'm excited to share I'm finally on my way toward making the most important of those a reality. This past weekend, I sucked it up and forced myself to take the entrance exams I've been procrastinating for two years. On Saturday, I'll be attending new student orientation and registering for classes. And on August 18th, I'll officially be able to say I'm in the process of earning my degree in Mortuary Science, which you know, is like my biggest dream in life and all.

A huge obstacle that's kept me from going back to school until now has been finances. I spent two years in art school and managed to take on nearly $50,000 in student loans in the process. Sallie Mae has been horrendous in helping me lower my monthly payments to an amount that isn't nearly a fourth of my monthly income after taxes, and the idea of borrowing another $10 grand to finance my mortuary degree wasn't very appealing. Fortunately, I was able to file independently this year because of my age, and was able to obtain a Pell Grant  and real financial aid for the first time ever. Between that and my state's higher education stipend, I'm looking at having to pay very little out of pocket for school, which is literally what's making this entire thing possible.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't super nervous about going back to school after four years, but I know plenty of people take far longer breaks than I have and do just fine. If my entrance exams proved anything, it's that I'm still a boss when it comes to the English language and still a complete idiot when it comes to math, but that was to be expected. I haven't decided if I'll be going full- or part-time since I still plan to work 40+ hours a week while I'm in school, but I do know I'll be doing a hybrid program for my general studies classes with some courses on campus and some online. Since I have about 10 general classes to get out of the way before I can enroll in my mortuary-specific stuff, it's going to be awhile before I can share crazy stories with you and teach you all about the wonders of decomposition and restorative art. But with that said, I'm a hell of a lot closer to being able to do that than I was a week ago, so fuck it, that's something :)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Car Graveyard // Temple, Georgia

One of my absolute favorite places in Georgia is this spooky spot in the woods behind my dad's house that's filled with rusted out and gutted cars. I'm fairly certain it was once some kind of scrapyard, but my brother says no one else really ever goes there anymore and pretty much all of the cars are so trashed I can't imagine anything being salvageable from them. Since my dad is relocating to Seattle this summer, I knew this trip would be the last time I'd ever get to go climb around on old semi trucks and snap photos of falling apart sedans. Unfortunately, I forgot to pack my camera for the trip, so I only had my iPhone on hand for snapping pictures.

There are literally hundreds of old cars, RVs and even school buses and single-wide trailer homes scattered around the woods, but unfortunately most of them were basically inaccessible during this trip thanks to poison ivy and water moccasins. I have tons of pictures from past trips on my old computer, so maybe one of these day's I'll post photos from those so you can see just how sweet this spot is. Jake and I were able to get into an old garage where we found an old Polaroid photo and a melted photo album, as well as some rusty tools and wasp nests (eek!). And just outside of the garage I found a truck that looks almost exactly like the one from Jeepers Creepers. Needless to say, that one was definitely my favorite.
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