1- the last week of school. Oh thank goodness it’s done! I love selling back my books and finishing classes for the semester, it’s so nice to know I have a break ahead of me, even when I have a campus as beautiful as UWGB.
2- letters. I love letters. Writing them and receiving them. By mail, because mail is so much better than email. So much more exciting – and so much more anticipation.
3- volleyball. Now, I’m bad at volleyball. Well. Not horrible. I’ll put it this way. I’m good at family reunion volleyball, bad at competitive volleyball. But I love to hit the ball around with my friends and family.
4- walks. I love taking walks, preferably on beaches, but since those are hard to come by in Wisconsin I’ll settle for walking up and down my dead end road with my parents or taking a walk around campus with my friends. I just love feeling stretched out and relaxed.
5- coconut lime verbena lotion. From Bath and Body Works. This stuff smells like vacation. I prefer the body cream because it’s thicker without being too dense that it’s hard to rub in, but in any form, the scent is wonderful!
The thought occurred to me the other day because I knew I'd posted before school was out last year. And now here I am, a whole year later, with 315 posts of funny little things about things I love and my life. Crazy.
I like that I have this documentation -- it's obviously nothing too super personal, but it reminds me what I was thinking about and what was making me happy at the time. And most of the time those things make me happy again reading about them now.
Like this, for example. I'm happy and excited to go play volleyball with my mom and then go for a walk on this nice sunshiney day. I bet that'll make me happy a year from now too!
We did it as a group project, with each person acting as a different department in a advertising agency. I worked on the creative part – my “job” was to come up with a television advertisement for our product, Banana Walnut Special K cereal.
Our group had determined that the target market for such a product would be females ages 18 and up. Women with busy lives who needed a quick and healthy breakfast, and also women concerned with weight loss. Based on that information I decided to gear the commercial specifically to women with children, using younger children in my commercial but wording it in a way that could impact moms with children of any age.
So when creating the advertisement, I thought about how children of any age where they’re living at home can tend to make a mom’s life a little chaotic, and those moms spend a lot of their time sacrificing their needs for their children’s. Ask any mom and she’ll say she’s happy to do that for her kids because she loves them – but ask her if she enjoys a few minutes a day to herself and I bet she’ll agree.
This is where Randy Pausch and the book I read came into play. He talked about airplanes. You know how when you get on an airplane and they play that video telling you what to do in an emergency? And they tell you that if that cabin were to lose pressure and the oxygen masks would drop down, you’re supposed to put on your own mask before assisting those around you. You need to take care of yourself to be able to take care of others.
I felt like that’s a generally simple concept that people understand and have heard before – but that they don’t always remember and put into play. So in the commercial, I told moms to take a moment to take care of themselves – so they can take care of the kids they love. It appeals to the woman’s desire to be a great mom – and confirms that they can do that while taking time to themselves. The imagery in the commercial connects those things to Special K, showing moms how our product can help them do that.
The commercial starts out with two kids sitting at a dinner table eating breakfast, and you can see their mom in the background looking at them, with soft, normal breakfast noises like spoons hitting bowls and the kid's movement.
Looking at this now I would've shot it differently, but I didn't have the whole commercial figured out the way it turned out to be when I was shooting. I'd rather have a side shot that shows the side of her face as she takes a bite of cereal and then looks up at the kids, but this shows the idea.
"...so you can take care of them."
As that's being said, the view switches from the side shot of the mom to the kids, because that's again what she loves.
Oh my goodness, the food. Spicy stuff with jerk sauce on it. Fresh cut fruit, I love fruit! This yummy cheese that you eat with crackers that taste like communion crackers, which I love and always want more of at church. Which is possibly slightly sacrilegious to be thinking about the taste of the communion cracker when you’re supposed to be thinking about the symbolism that it’s Jesus’ body. Anyway, the food. Tomato Lentil Cappuccino soup, so good, really tomato-y with a coffee kick. The best scallops of my life. Desserts with decorative bits of white and milk chocolate sticking out of them, which I’m now so going to add to my cupcakes sometimes. Mini cheesecakes, incredible banana bread, snapper and fried dumplings. I even ate mussels. And discovered that I'm not really a fan. But the rest -- so, so good!
It wasn't touristy, it was built into the cliffs on the side of the ocean and we were really in the naturalness of Jamaica. It was cool. They had spa rooms on top of the cliffs next to the ocean. NEXT TO THE OCEAN. There were also an incredible amount of stairs, which made me feel better about all the food.
- He prefers to sit in air conditioning for meals. I like being out on the deck where I can see the ocean, because being warm doesn't bother me, he doesn’t like hot.
- Remembering room numbers, or how to get back to the room, is not his strong suit.
- He got called my husband. A lot. Which was bound to happen at a couples resort. The first time an employee asked me where my husband was I made such a disgusted face the guy was like, ‘oh, I’m sorry. Your boyfriend.’. Then I just laughed. No thank you!
- I can spend four days with him and not want to kill him at all.
Sunbathing. And reading books. Oh how I LOVE to read books. Snorkeling. Seeing crazy cool fish and getting super close to them. Not packing a sports bra, and going on the elliptical anyway. Getting off after twenty minutes to swim, a lower-impact workout. Walking around the resort taking oodles of pictures, and discovering all sorts of knooks and crannies for people to relax in.
Our ride from the airport was long and took us through a lot of Jamaica. Immediately out of the airport we saw slums, half built buildings, buildings that were worn down, all with extra pieces of wood or paneling to make people homes. Shacks, but homes. When I saw them I felt conflicted, because they were beautiful, such visually compelling spaces that my mind immediately started creating images including them. But a half beat later my heart fell -- hurting for the people who live there. And I felt that, but…those people are still blessed. They're full of joy, their value system is entirely different than ours, and it's a completely different life than what we live, but it's not a life full of sadness and despair. It's a harder life physically, but the things that we get caught up in and that distract us from the things that matter in life aren't things they deal with. I looked at their situation and felt incredibly blessed for the things that I have, but also thankful for how joy can be found everywhere.
Bride = pretty, happy woman.
Groom = quiet, but once he got over it, hilarious man.
Super crazy about each other.
The guests = bride’s mom, groom’s mom, and bride’s brother. That’s it. Super intimate wedding, lots and lots of time for pictures -- different, but beautiful. Not what I'd want, because I’d want my family there – but it was neat to be a part of.
Basically, I have the best job ever!
I sleep with the cord for my phone. Probably not good, I know. But my phone is my alarm clock, and I have to charge it basically every other night, so the cord gets plugged in on the other side of the bed and then my phone rests on top of the mound of pillows I have on my bed. That way I can grab it and stop the beeping quickly in the morning.
2- New apartments. Ours won’t be quite as awesome as that, but we signed the lease for our new apartment this week! It’s so exciting to have a whole new space to decorate and to go shopping for simple things like new storage options. Amanda and I are super excited!
3- Course evaluations. When teachers start handing those out it’s a sign that school is almost over. Plus, I like evaluating my classes – sometimes I use them to say nice things because I enjoyed the class, and other times I use them to anonymously and politely say what I didn’t like. 4- Katie and Kelsey. My little sisters had prom this weekend and I got to help them both get ready and took some pictures of them. I love being able to spend time with them.
5- My Momma. It’s Mother’s Day, how could I not mention her? My mom’s so great – I call her like four times a day when I’m walking to class to talk about whatever’s happened to me in the last few hours.