In honor of social media’s dubbed, Throwback Thursday, let’s take a trip down memory lane… What was your first computer?
I got my first computer, a Toshiba laptop, as a Christmas present in middle school. My dad found them really cheap during Black Friday, and bought both my mom and I one. Since then, I’ve gone through 4 laptops..I think? Usually a laptop will only last me about two years (a.k.a. I drop everything and never buy protective cases). But, why this sudden splurge into my past? Because I finally got a new laptop!
If you follow me on instagram (@the_leighpster), you would see that about 6 weeks back, my laptop was holding on to one hinge. I honestly don’t know how it has survived this long (it still works!!), but the wires are coming out from behind and you can’t close it correctly. Suffice to say, I needed a new laptop like Britney Spears needed a new hairstylist in 2007.
Now, I have to transfer all of my files from my old laptop to my new one. I’m not so certain how I feel about all this “Cloud Storage”, but I think I have to give it a chance… I had zero space left on my old laptop. And then I read this article by the Daily Beast, and it showed me the light…I AM a digital hoarder.
I love collecting information. I love organizing files in color coded and cleverly named folders. But this problem has really gotten out of hand as of late. I want to save every article I read (which is really hard to do online..), so normally I keep articles in my browser for days at times, never closing them (or shutting down my computer…).
It’s really funny to think about how quickly information passes in and out of our lives now, due to the internet. In an instant, I can read an article that was published in France. I can communicate with someone in China. Someone in India can read this blog post. Even though there’s so much information and communication happening between the people of the world digitally, we shouldn’t forget to put the laptop down and interact with an actual human. Or read an actual book.
I believe that there is so much power in knowledge gained outside of the computer. As much as I love those free, online college classes you can partake in (what up Coursera.org), it’s no substitute from learning by experience.
I know that I’m a digital hoarder and I love every part of it. But, sometimes it’s worth it to put away the computer. That article will be there tomorrow. The experience that I’m missing out while being glued to my computer screen, will not.
Now stop reading this and go talk to a real living being!
One of my “not resolutions” New Year’s resolutions is to really get to know my friends. Since entering college, I’ve made so many more friends than I ever thought possible. It really is hard to keep track of them all, and at times I feel guilty for leaving people out simply because I don’t have enough time in the day to think about them. So, for 2015, I am pruning my friends, separating the acquaintances from the best friends, letting friendships go for people I’ve grown apart from, and strengthening relationships with people who I yearn to know more about. (Sidenote: If you are my friend and are reading this, please don’t think I’m “dropping” you as a friend. It is 99.99999% likely that I am not and that we will continue to be better friends by each passing day. Never fear, friend Leigh is here.)
I can know the “facts” of their life, their lists of favorites, what they want to do when they grow up, even horrible stories from their youth. But do I know the inner workings of their hearts? What makes them tick? Their deepest fears? If you’re hoping to strengthen relationships in 2015, here are a few uncomfortable questions you should ask your friends to get to know them better.
P.S. Don’t forget to share your answers too, so that they can do the same.
- What is one thing you’re insecure about?
- Who inspires you the most?
- What is your deepest wish in the world?
- Why are we friends?***** This one questions an entire friendship and causes you both to seriously think about whether a friendship is destructive or boosting to both individuals.
- Are you happy with your life?
- Do you have any regrets?
- Where do you see yourself (honestly) in 10 years?
- What are you most afraid of?
- What is a character trait you wish you had?
- What characteristic are you most proud of?
- What is your deepest guilty pleasure?
- What is one thing that no one knows about you?
- What is one thing that’s hard to admit to yourself?
- What brings you the most joy?
- What’s your favorite part of the day?
I love asking questions and being asked questions alike, so use these to guide your next conversation with a friend, whether it’s a friend you wish to be better friends with or if it’s a friend you feel you have drifted apart from. Take the initiative and strengthen that friendship to make 2015 the year of the friends.
Do you ever have one of those days when the clock is ticking faster than normal?
That’s how it’s going to be for me until I leave for college (T minus 5 days!!!). I have been putting off packing for the longest time…and now I’m way behind on it.
My week last week felt crazy busy. I’ve definitely had weeks where I’ve been busier than I was last week, but it just felt like I was doing something all the time. There was always one more thing to do. An impromptu trip to Charlotte definitely alleviated some of the stress for the moment, but I’m now realizing that I have a TON of things to do this week before I leave.
Sometimes it feels easier to just take a nap instead of think about everything that has to get done. (Counter productive, I know…)
Most of my friends are already leaving for college. I’ve had to say goodbye after goodbye, which makes me think about the imminent goodbye in my future. (Not that it’s really goodbye, my college is only an hour away, so…it’s not that far.)
But, to all you college freshmen out there:
If you thought that packing for college was hard this year, it gets even harder next year.
College packing becomes more difficult for two reasons:
- You’ve done it once. You know you can pack everything in little time, therefore procrasti-packing occurs.
- You know that all of the stuff you crammed in your tiny dorm last year is unnecessary this year. So you have to weed out all of the things you didn’t use, contrary to your own belief that yes, I will indeed use that. Who cares if I didn’t iron a single article of clothing last year, I’ll be better about it this year. (You most likely won’t, so don’t even bother.)
I need to take my own advice…….but against my better judgment I’m still bringing my iron and ironing board.
- It will always feel like you’re missing something. And that feeling won’t go away until you’re all moved in to your new living space for the year. So it’s best just to ignore that feeling (as much as possible).
The bottom line: Packing is and will always be stressful. Moving is stressful. And to constantly re-move into college each year seems like a hassle (in my mind at least). But when I get super stressed about packing, I like to remember that at some point, I will be in my own house, settled, for an indefinite period of time and not have to think about moving for several long years in a row.
Happy packing, and good luck to all of those beginning their first year of college this week!
Well, no. I wouldn’t. But I would drive 500 miles, which is how many I seem to drive each week. Eep. Anyone else feel the pressure on my wallet?
But, due to all of this driving, I have accrued some good skills for my long car rides.
Eating in the car. A lot of my meals I do eat in my car, rather unfortunately. I haven’t managed how to eat with a fork or spoon yet, as I’m always scared the food will go EVERYWHERE if I do that, but leave me all the sandwiches, muffins, bananas, protein bars, Cheerios, etc, and I am a pro.
Singing full Broadway musicals. I love musicals. I’m not good at singing, but I love imagining I can. And in my car, with no one else around, I can definitely do that. So to whichever car that passes me (or is stuck beside me in DC traffic), my concert is for you. My favorites include Hairspray, Rent, Wicked, and Mamma Mia. Now it’s your turn to sing every part of a full length musical and tell me how it feels. It’s glorious.
Listening to only one song the entire trip. Seriously, I don’t know how I do it. That means I listen to a song an average of 35 times during my long two hour trips. But whether it’s Rhapsody in Blue or Who Loves You by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, I’m terribly content to listen to it on repeat forever.
Rapping Fancy by Iggy Azalea. I can hit every word. Every pause. I have it on lock. And it’s all thanks to long drives. Really, they should just give me a blonde wig because I am Iggy Azalea.
Choreographing dances or skating programs in my head. This one relates to the “listening to only one song the entire trip.” I just pray I can remember them when I actually need them.
Cars are great for thinking and figuring out life goals. I would include that in my list, but these are more of the things that entertain me when I don’t die from boredom in bumper to bumper traffic. Have you learned any skills for long car rides to keep you entertained and not dead in the side of a ditch?
Ahhhh, summer. Long live those blissful, sunshine filled days spent solely outside in the warm rays… You don’t know what that is either? Good, I’m not alone.
I know a lot of girls who complain about the summer because of the humidity’s distressing effects on their hair. Because I live in Virginia, well, it’s humid for a good portion of the year. Humidity can ruin a good hair day…especially if you want your hair to do something other than its natural style.
For me, I’m returning to the skating rink for the summer, where there’s a different kind of humidity brought on by hot temperatures outdoors and cold temperatures indoors. Instead of praising the days spent outside in the sun, I’m now claiming “Long live the endless hours spent inside the skating rink.” On these long, sweat inducing days, my hair routine is as follows: Shower, brush hair, put hair in bun. Sometimes the hair gets dried. Other times if I choose to sleep for 20 more minutes instead…it doesn’t. But my hair stays in a bun ALL DAY. It’s just easier to not have to redo hair 5 different times. But when I finally get home and take my hair out of the bun and brush it…it’s a mess. If I want to go somewhere after skating, such as to the movies with my friends, there’s nothing else I can do other than putting it back up into some sort of ponytail nonsense. I’d really rather not look like a troll doll when going out in public (what happens when my hair is down).
So my healthy hair tips for the summer? Nonexistent.
If someone can teach me how to have healthy, manageable hair after a hard day of skating and exercising, please, let me know so I can share with the world.
If not, please wallow with me in hair induced pities.