Summertime Happiness

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 I have been slacking off a lot this summer but that’s because I have been so so SO busy with life. I’ll spare you the boring details but I think it’s time we get back into this, don’t you? This summer is strictly dedicated to just enjoying life. I want to try to live stress free and enjoy my two days off a week. Follow me each week as I adventure through various parts of Massachusetts and surrounding states (most likely with my son!)  I will also be talking a lot about fitness because I have been working hard at the gym and I would love to share it with you all. The key to success is to have constant motivation, and I get that from blogging. Send ideas on what you would like me to write about at promisesofcoffee@gmail.com or follow me on instagram at promisesofcoffee or my fitness instagram at FitCLe Image Today’s trip was to Horseneck Beach in Westport, MA. The sand was warm and quite nice between the toes. The temperature today was 79 with a breeze. It was not warm enough to stay in the water long but it was a lovely day to soak up some vitamin D! If you’re really bored, you can just sit back and totally people watch. I do that 99% of the time because I get bored very easily and always looking around for entertainment. Today, there was spanish music playing and a kite flown by no one. I saw someone shove their friend and I watch people litter. Got to spend some time with my friend and relax. The picture on the bottom was taken by him and it was inspired by the lovely Lauren Conrad. #trendsetter! ImageImage

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Don’t hate on my comic book!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, “V for Vendetta” by Alan Moore has taken my graphic novel virginity! If you were to ask me a year ago if I planned on ever reading graphic novels, my first question would be “uhm…a what?” and then if you were to show me what a graphic novel actually is, “I don’t do comic books.” Not even “I won’t read comic books” but “I won’t DO comic books“. I just instantly tied comic book to geeks and I was so not about that life.  Let me go ahead and answer what you all are wondering, “No, I have never seen the movie.” The only thing I knew about that movie is that Natalie Portman got her head shaved for it. (YOU GO, GF!! I definitely can’t pull that look off. NO WAY!) For one of my classes this semester, this was on our reading list. I must admit, I was a bit surprised to see that I like it as much as I did. I liked it so much that I decided to choose the dystopian short story option to do my paper on. I pretty much wrote a fanfiction short story based off of a scene out of V for Vendetta.

I’m most certainly not the best writer out there but as I’m getting older, I find myself more interested in creative writing. I don’t know if that’s because of my admiration [obsession] for James Franco or if it’s because English is constantly challenging…who knows. I love it so much that I decided to change my major to concentrate in English. BOOM BOOM BOOM! #lifedecisions

I will attach a link to my livejournal where I will be posting my writing pieces. First post will be of my short story off of “V for Vendetta” to which I have titled, “Frank“. For a background scoop of this little piece of fanfiction, it is based off of a scene of a minor character (Frank, the Fingerman) that died due to an explosive caused by V. I wanted to give Frank a voice. Basically, I wanted people to empathize with his death a little bit. I don’t know. Check it out and let me know what you think! Or don’t. That’s okay too. I know I’ve been quiet in the blogging world but it’s that time of year where students try to get their shit together for finals. BEAR WITH ME! I admire your patience. Also, prayers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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WHAT I’M WEARING:

Sweater – Forever21
Shoes – Charlotte Russe

Link to short story:
http://christinale.livejournal.com/852.html

 

Almond Joy!

ImageI LOVE ALMONDS! A great snack that is so beneficial to our heart and body. It is a great source of protein ( especially for those who have a peanut allergy, like me). Among other health benefits are fiber, calcium, Vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, etc etc. I tend to mix almonds with fruits, salads, or I just eat them as they are. On instagram, I came across a suggestion to soak raw almonds in water for 8-12 hours then peel them and eat it as is. As tedious as it is, the taste is rewarding enough to making the 12 minutes of peeling absolutely worth it. I can’t imagine ever going back to eating roasted almonds. A friend of mine also suggested making Almond cheese? I’ll have to check that out and get back to you guys about it. Let me know if you have any suggestions on what to do with almonds. 🙂

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Yes, let’s start out the New Year by being completely unoriginal.

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You know everyone is going to be posting about something pertaining to New Years—whether it’s about resolutions or reminiscing—everyone is talking about it. Let me just join that trend/bandwagon. I remember really looking forward to 2013’ because my 2012’ was kind of a tough year. My sense of direction was awful when it came to the whole “where do I go from here”? However, 2013—it was not so bad. I slowly got comfortable in my own skin. I met some pretty cool people that I think [hope] will stay in my life for a while. [Nicolette and I have already formed a solid bond of being soul sisters.] I don’t want to highlight things in bullet form because 2013’ wasn’t bad but it wasn’t all that great [besides my 4.0 GPA—I’m still  so proud of that. Ha!]

Instead, let me just list out everything that I plan on accomplishing for 2014.

  • Maintain the 4.0 GPA: This may be over the top nerdy but I want this more than anything because this is the single thing that I have complete control over. If I get below a 4.0, I won’t kill myself but I will be particularly more disappointed if I failed this goal versus the others.
  • Travel to Yucatan Peninsula: Because it’s freaking Mexico and I want to travel out of the country.
  • Eat clean and continue staying fit: If you want your body to look a certain way then you have to dedicate yourself. Plus there is nothing like the benefits of living a healthy life and having people go “wow, I want to look like that.” [A vain statement indeed, however—I say that about people all the time.]
  • Read 100 books: it might be a lot for some, or minimal to others, but to me—as well as Nicolette—this is something important. Reading is so important for mental stimulation. I want to expand my vocabulary and I want to better my writing skill.
  • Pay off all my credit card bills: I refuse to pay for a trip to Yucatan if I can’t afford it. This is good because I won’t be eating out or going out as much because I’ll either be studying, working out, or reading. TOO BUSY!

So those are my five goals. Five resolutions. I guess we’ll see how it goes. Now, onto Wardrobe Wednesday!

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I am wearing:

Coat: Juicy Couture white peacoat

Shirt: Ralph Lauren turtle neck.

Boots: Ugg

Bag: Louis Vuitton Never Full Tote

photos by Shawn Pearce

This year it is just another day.

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I’m not celebrating Christmas this year. I mean, maybe I am…I’m exchanging gifts and saying “Merry Christmas” but I just don’t think my heart is in it this year. For no reason in particular, I simply just don’t feel like it. My closest friends and family are referring to me as the Grinch/Ebenezer Scrooge because I’m not even wrapping the gifts that I am exchanging. I simply just don’t care for it.It started with not getting the tree up on time. Last year, I put my tree up a week before Thanksgiving because I was excited for December. This year, it remains in my storage closet with all the ornaments in a box tucked neatly beside it. (We don’t believe in getting a real tree because we can’t deal with the mess and I don’t like the smell of it.) Then with preparing for finals, and working two jobs—I kind of forgot about it. Next thing you know, Christmas is literally 5 days away (oops.) At this point, even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t even bother to put up the tree just to tear it down in a few days.

I’m making it sound like the tree is the only thing that amounts up to Christmas but, to me, it is. Christmas = Christmas Tree. No Christmas Tree = No Christmas. I don’t even follow Christianity religion! We adopted the holiday as an excuse to give one another presents because almost everyone else in America is celebrating Christmas. We’re fake Christmas-ers.

On a lighter (merrier, ha) note, I received my first 4.0 grade point average in my whole college career, this semester. I know, I know—hold your applause! Thank you, thank you. No, but really. I’m pretty excited about that. I’m hoping this puts me one step closer into transferring to my dream school. I don’t want to say the name because I don’t want to jinx it. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that, one day, all of this will pay off. The best part about winter break is knowing that I will be able to go through my long reading list. In hopes that my son will never be like Kanye West, I (Mama Santa) bought him a ton of books this year.

 

Don’t pull a Kanye.

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Haruki Murakami once said, “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” Haruki Murakami (a name that I, even with the help of Google, have a tough time pronouncing) has a point but lately I seem to only want to read what others are reading. Mostly because of my curiosity of wanting to know what the hype is all about. When people were talking about Fifty Shades of Grey, I went out, bought the three books, and finished it all in a week and a half. (I’m not a fast reader at all.) I don’t think I would agree with a lot of women when they expressed such enthusiasm about it, saying things like, “It’s such a great book! OMG—BEST SHIT, EVER!” Though I don’t necessarily think it is the worst read, I certainly do not believe it is anywhere near the best. I assume these same women who made the opinion on Fifty Shades of Grey just never read an erotic novel before. There have been many books that I’ve read because someone else has suggested it but it did not necessarily mean that I thought what he or she thought. Am I making sense? So in my opinion, though I agree with that wonderful quote above, I suggest that people should ALWAYS read what others are reading—that way you can form your own opinion on it (hopefully, you’re not a bandwagoner and just say what others have said) and rate it on Goodreads for people like me to be motivated to read it and agree with you or read it to challenge your shitty ratings. I know when I see a crappy rating on a book and read the reviews, there is this voice inside my head that channels my beloved spirit animal, Neil Patrick Harris, and say, “Challenge accepted!”

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“I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books. I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life.”
Kanye is someone we should all strive to be. We should certainly raise our children to be completely arrogant through their ignorance. Forget philosophy, science and literature when you can just school them with ‘Kanyeism”.

I’m truly afraid that society is becoming:

Books < Kanyeism
#yolo, choose to live wisely.