Thursday, August 14, 2014

To be given another day...


I don't talk about my dad too much on here if at all. I have a hard time even four years later thinking about it. My dad passed away from complications of a heart attack four years ago today. My dad was a huge part of my life. He was my best friend. We hardly ever fought and I remember calling him after I met Nick Jonas the first time and he understood me completely. Because my dad and I were so close our pastor asked me to write something about my dad for his sevice so I'm going to include that below because it describes me and my dad to a t. 

"Here is just a few things about my dad.

My dad wanted boys so he raised a little bit of boy in both my sister and I.

He taught Eleni and I everything he could about football and racing. Eleni and I were raised as Redskins fans but that only lasted long enough for both of us to gain our own opinions. Now he has me a Patriots fan and Eleni a Colts fan. Now to this day I love football and here in a week or two I'll still be watching knowing he's right there watching with me.

Though I am not a racing fan, I still would sit and watch the race with my dad whether he'd be watching with his eyes open or closed. Because even if his eyes were closed he knew everything that was going on. 

My dad taught both Eleni and I how to throw a punch and how to take one. That backfired on him when he wanted to play around with Eleni and I. He received many bruises from Eleni and I. It's what we did, we play fought. There were many times where Daddy would have to quit because he taught Eleni and I how to throw a punch a little too well.

My dad to everyone else was Ray the boy who grew up on the hill. But what everyone else didn't see was my Daddy. He was the one who passed out before I was even born. He was the one who while sleeping Mama and I put hairbows in his hair. He was the one who had to buy me Achy Breaky Heart on cassette because he cut it off and I threw such a tantrum it was the only way to make me stop. He was the one who taught me everything I know about sports. He made sure my grades were to par because he wanted better for me and he wanted to make sure he had something to brag about. He was the one who in the middle of the night would go to every room and check on us. He could tell you where Eleni or I slept and where each cat and the dog was. He was my Daddy and nobody will never be another him. 

I'm sorry that so many people never knew the same person I knew because you knew a great guy but I knew greater guy, Ray, the dad."

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of my dad. There will probably never be one either. So go hug your dads for me today. 


Monday, August 11, 2014

Back To School: School Supplies Haul

....sorry for the crappy photo....

Aaaah where has the summer gone??? I swear just yesterday I was counting down the days until summer began and now in just a week a couple of days I'll be back at it again. Anywho, anyone out there care about my school supplies I bought for the semester? 

1. First up are some binders. I bought 2 binders, one for my MWF classes and one for my TR classes. The thicker one is for my TR classes because I have more classes that day then MWF, so a smaller one will suffice for that. 

2. Tab Dividers, that's a given right? One tab for each class.

3. Page protectors, you can't see them too well in this picture. How I use them will be better explained in a post to come.

4. Notebooks, okay some of you use one 5 subject notebook. That method does not work for me. I write far too big and 5 subject notebooks do not have enough paper for me.

5. Pen Pouch. I love this pen pouch. I got it at Kirklands and it is beyond perfect. It's even monogrammed with my initial, J. 

6. For pens, I went with Pilot G2 gel roller pens. I love these pens because all the colors they come in and how thin the write. With how big I write the thinner the better! 

7. For pencils, I went with the Paper Mate Clear Point mechanical pencils. I like these because the comfort grip on them that most mechanical pencils do not offer. Lots of writing with uncomfortable pencils cause too much pain some days. 

8. Highlighters, when it comets to studying highlighters can be my best friend. Plus all the pretty colors! 

9. Index cards are my best friends. Each subject can be studied through flash cards at some point! 

10. My final and favorite thing is my agenda. Lillly Pullitzer makes the best agendas in my opinion. They offer lots of room to write my assignments and a monthly view for me to always see in the future. Once school gets rolling I'll show how I use mine.

Sorry that my photo sucks. I haven't felt too well so I didn't have the energy to take a picture, load it on him laptop and what not. Sorry. 


Design by | SweetElectric