Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I watched the new movie Dear John today and I really liked it. It came out in Redbox, and I checked it out for free in the middle of the day. (I had a promo code.) I absolutely loved it. We did skip a scene in the middle of the movie, but besides that it was very clean, funny, romantic, cute, and basically an all around chick flick.
As I was watching the movie, I stated to think about all the people that I know that are serving in other lands. It made me want to be more patriotic, and to keep in touch with people through letter writing. I think that it's hard to do anything these days without it being electronic. I find writing therapeutic. I love to write poetry, songs, stories, e-mails, in my journal, notes, and even letters. I even have had the opportunity to use a type writer a few times in the last few months...of course it was an electric one, but it made me extremely happy none the less.
I think we should all write letters. It doesn't matter if it's to a far off friend, or to a next door neighbor. Who doesn't like getting a hand written note from someone that expresses thanks, or just a note to tell them that you were thinking of them?
Posted by Elysha at 9:56 PM
Monday, May 24, 2010
I've discovered something about my self today. I love the rain. Not only that, I just love the sound of running water. It doesn't matter what it is. It could be rain, a water fountain, any fountain, a river, lake, stream, a shower, whatever it is it makes me ponder and think about things better. I also love the smell of rain. It doesn't really rain a lot where I live, so I like when it's around. The only problem is that I don't really like getting wet. If I have an umbrella I'm happy. I also like listening to people play the piano, or listen to bands play classical or jazz music. My mind wanders and I can concentrate and know that my thoughts won't be interrupted. Maybe this is why I love these few things. It's a time my mind can just relax and think about things that have happened during the day. At these moments I also feel super creative, and I think of all sorts of crazy things to do. The rain does weird things to people. Today my teacher came into class wearing a Mohawk in order to teach us about stereotyping. Bring on the rain!
Posted by Elysha at 8:54 PM
Sunday, May 23, 2010
One day my roommates and I got extremely bored, so we decided to make some s'mores with mini marshmallows, Teddy Grahms, Kit-Kat bars, and heat them up with the burners on the stove. It was cheap, fun, and kept the house warm! I'd always wanted to roast marshmellows over a candle or something ever since I'd seen it done on The Wedding Planner. I am also slightly afraid of walking on man holes, getting my new shoes caught in them, having a pediactric docter named Steve save me, and later telling me that I have a big neck. Anywho, it's fun for the whole family. Caution: The burner on the stove WILL get hot, so don't touch it!
Posted by Elysha at 4:29 PM
On Thursday after my management class I went to the library to study for the test. Studying went really well, and I even surprised myself with all the information that I was able to keep locked up in my mind. As I was walking to my class the next day, I decided to climb up the hill from a different point. It was a little easier, but I was still out of breath by the time I reached the top. On my way up I saw four guys running up and down the stairs on the hill. I was proud at them, but thought they were a little stupid at the same time. I got to the top of the hill at the same time as one of the other boys, and he was doubled over trying to catch his breath. When he saw me get to the top of the hill, he stood up and smiled as if to say, "That was easy. I'm totally in shape. I'm so excited to run back down this hill." Then one of the other boys that had reached the top of the hill did what I've wanted to do since I've been here. HE ROLLED DOWN THE HILL. He's inspired me. I then went and studied for a little bit longer. I showed up for my test after studying for an extra hour, and freaking out a little about how nervous I was to take the test. When my teacher walked in he started explaining a few things to us about the test. He told us he wanted to play us a song that would be the theme for the test. He then proceeded to play Don't Worry, Be Happy full blast. He also decided to sing at the top of his lungs in a Jamaican accent, while walking around the class smiling at all of us. It did make me feel better about the test, and I ended up getting a pretty good score. Who knew that that particular song could do so much?
Posted by Elysha at 4:04 PM
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Today was okay. I went to school early and got a parking spot. The grass was wet from rain, and made the hill hard to climb. I've had this deep desire to roll down the hill. I love how green it is up here. I studied for an hour before class. Class was super long, but very interesting. After it was over I talked to the guy next to me, he was sitting next to me. We talked for a few minutes. I asked him about the quiz. I was going to leave so it didn’t get awkward, but he kept talking to me. So then he was like, “Want to walk?” as he pointed to the door, so we walked outside together. Then we talked for like ten minutes outside. Then we parted ways after exchanging phone numbers, and he asked me if I wanted to study with him for the test. He was so nervous, it was cute. He’s taller than me and has really pretty blue eyes. I obviously said yes. Then as I was walking down the hill to my car I totally slipped and fell on my hip. It hurt and I just laid there for a few moments. I eventually got up and looked around to see if anyone had seen me. As I finished going down the hill I noticed a guy looking at me with a “Are you alright” look on his face. I saw him and burst out laughing, while trying to imagine how I must have looked to anyone who was watching. Then I came home for lunch, watched an episode of bones, tried to figure out my online classes, bought some books, came home, did homework, ate dinner, more school work, and now bed.
Posted by Elysha at 8:27 PM
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I am now attending summer classes at a different University. The first day of class was really special. I slept in and so I was a little late getting to the college. That would have been fine, but there was absolutely no parking. After driving around I finally found a parking garage and found a spot in there. I practically ran to my class as I was now twenty minutes late. The school is situated on top of a hill and I'm not used to the altitude difference yet. By the time I got to the top of the hill I was breathing so hard that I thought I might pass out. When I got to my classroom I figured that I'd be able to sneak into one of the back seats.
WRONG! I go towards my classroom, and realize that the door is open and all of the kids in my large university class are staring at me. I was dressed nice because I had a job interview later that day. As I strolled through an isle to get to an open seat I felt like everyone was judging me thinking, "Oh, she must be one of "those" girls. I hope she's not in my group." I wanted to go up to the front of the room and explain how this was my first time on campus, how I didn't know where to park, and how I was a good hard working student. During a five minute break I decided to get to know the person in front of me. I tapped him on the shoulder and asked him what his name was. He hastily responded, "Kyle." I told him my name was Elysha and then promptly asked him where he was from. While we were talking he wouldn't turn around and face me while talking to me. He would just look over his right shoulder toward the wall. I couldn't figure out why he was acting this way until he said, "My wife would know. We have two kids." I felt stupid that I hadn't done a ring check in advance. I asked him about his kids and how he met his wife. After he realized that I wasn't flirting with him, and that I was interested in his family he wouldn't stop talking to me. He never did turn around and face me though. I really enjoyed the first day of class.
Later I was studying and I saw a high school friend saunter in across the room. I started texting her to try to get her attention. I texted her, "Look up." This is exactly what she did. She looked straight up at the ceiling. Then she looked around and looked up again. I was laughing pretty hard. I then texted her, "I mean look across the room." She looked across the room and she realized that I had been watching her the whole time. I couldn't contain myself anymore and burst out laughing. After I had a moment to compose myself, I walked over to her and talked to her for a few minutes. I can tell that I'm going to like this university all ready.
Posted by Elysha at 5:42 PM
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Yesterday I found out that a kid that I went to high school with passed away. Every time death stops by it makes me reevaluate my life and those close to me. I had a friend say, "Suddenly the basketball game doesn't seem so important." To me, suddenly all the little things I worry about in my life don't seem as important as helping the family in their time of sorrow. I live in a small town with exactly five stop lights. When one person is hurting we all in a way come together. I like the way Emily Dickinson makes death seem like a continuation of our life's journey in her poem Death.
Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.
We passed the school, where children strove
At recess, in the ring;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.
Or rather, he passed us;
The dews grew quivering and chill,
For only gossamer my gown,
My tippet only tulle.
We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.
Since then 'tis centuries, and yet each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses' heads
Were toward eternity.
When I was in high school there were a lot of deaths, but one accident in particular made a great change in me. Two kids in my high school were killed in a car accident. It was a long hard week, but in the end I really learned a lot. Today is Mothers Day. A day to celebrate the one who brought you into this world. Turn off the TV, computer, Ipod, cell phone, and spend some time with your family. You never know when will be the last time you'll get to see them.
Posted by Elysha at 7:49 PM
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I'm a graduate! I got my associates degree and am off to pursue my dreams and academic career else where. I haven't posted in a while, mostly because I wasn't quite sure what to write. I wasn't sure about my future, and I'm still in the process of figuring out my past. I realized that while people like to read stories about happy people and their perfect lives, that there really aren't a lot of people out there. People fail, lies are told, and some people walk out of our lives forever. My life has good and bad. I haven't always gotten the nicest things, the best grades, or everything that I wanted. I come from a divorced home, middle class, and have had to work hard for what I wanted. I realize now that this is all part of the human experience. When we fall we need to get back up, and when we're having a good day we need to smile and lift the hands that hang down. We are always continually growing and changing; sometimes we just need to look at something from a different angle.
Posted by Elysha at 8:15 PM