To Learn is to Love

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Busy, Lovely Week


So I have been so ridiculously crazy lately: having something almost everyday before and after school as well as a ton of homework because we are getting ready for Spring Break. That's really the only thing that is keeping me going... spring break. I'm actually going to Puerto Rico for a mission trip, so I have also been planning and getting ready for that. 
So let me just start from a little bit of last week...
Last week, both my Ipsy Bag and Birchbox came in, and they were pretty good. Also on Friday I went to a library book sale... I am OBSESSED with books, especially the older ones. As you can see from the first picture I got about six Southern Living Christmas books. Five out of the six are from the 1980s, which kinda makes me really happy. The book at the bottom is an American Theater Review, copyright 1967. I bought two books from the 1950s and another little novel that I think I've heard of before. In the words of the elderly woman who I paid for the books, "You are getting about a thousand dollars worth of books for under $10." Which I enjoy saving money and deals, so my heart fluttered when she said that....
The other big thing that happened this weekend is that I voluntarily participated in a fundraising fashion show. Of my two outfits shown above, the white dress was more comfortable and easier to wear, but the blue dress is more like what I would usually wear. I didn't really like the way the lady did my hair, but it all turned out alright in the end. 
Following my crazy busy weekend, today I helped host an Easter Egg Hunt at my school for the staff and alumni's children - it was so much fun and the children were so cute! 

Also, given the horrors that happened this morning in Brussels, I would just like to say that my prayers are with them...
With Love,
         Jacquelyn

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Long White Dresses


For the past few months I've been spending my time looking for a floor-length white gown, shoes to match, and trying to figure out how my hair was to be done for the occasion: Sweet XVI. The mothers at my school put this on every year for the girls in 10th grade to celebrate their sixteenth birthdays. While it was fun, aside from the main presentation, it was like almost any other school dance with less people. A special occasion, but nothing to special. 

Our afterparty, if you could even call it that was small and nice. While my friend was supposed to come along with her date, she wasn't feeling to well and went home. With that being said, I must say that our dates and I had fun. Or at least I had fun. We ordered pizza and watch The Notebook. The boys actually got really into it... But regardless it was relaxed and nice, especially after being with a big group. I have to say as someone who likes getting dressed up, I loved the attire. Everyone looked so formal and everything was so nice. It was like a predecessor to my wedding ;)

With it being such a nice weekend, it felt like hell to go back to school with due dates, deadlines, and drama. So much drama. But I cannot get into to that without going insane so on another topic, I have come across some really great music. I was recently going through my saved songs on Spotify and, not going to lie, stalking people's playlists. This lead to the creation of two playlists, "je ne sais pas" and "childlike comfort," and the discovery of:
"Lost Boy" - Ruth B
"Big Jet Plane" - Angus & Julia Stone
"Georgia" - Vance Joy
"She Burns" - Foy Vance
"Time" - Mikky Ekko
"Stealing Cars" - James Bay
"Suitcase" - Emeli Sandé

Of these songs, six of the seven are in "childlike comfort" because upon hearing them, I get the same feeling. I am overcome with an almost identical emotion. This is actually how I make my playlists: based on feelings. 

"je ne sais pas" is a special playlist as it is one that has such a wide variety of songs it is truly terrifying. When going through all my songs on Spotify I realized there were so many that I had never really heard or had no idea what they were. In that moment I decided to create a playlist full of songs that I was unable to sing any of it. While that may not have been the best wording, let me try again. Any song that I could not pick out a tune or sing a single word of, went into the playlist. It has been really nice learning and exposing myself to new music...

Sorry if this post is a little random, but I would love to hear any of you music suggestions!

With Love,
                    Jacquelyn