It's definitely fall. I never leave the house without a jacket anymore.
My neighbors have a tree with bright red leaves. Every year, the leaves turn red and look beautiful for a few days, then they all fall off at once. The changing leaves look beautiful, but I hate it when they all drop, leaving behind bare branches. They'll be like that for a good five months, at least. I already can't wait until spring! :-/
Mid-terms are over, finally. I thought they would never leave.
Christmas is nearing, actually Thanksgiving first. (Two weeks from this Thursday, as a co-worker pointed out to me tonight.) In retail, however, we seem to bypass Thanksgiving entirely and move onto Christmas. There's already some Christmas music playing at the store. (Pah-rum-pum-pum-pum!) I adore Christmas music, so I have no problem with that. I have started my Christmas shopping. (I met a women the other day who had FINISHED her Christmas shopping. She was looking for wrapping paper. Oh my.) Mom and I bought some pretty Christmas ribbon, and I'm going to try to make some bows to decorate the house with. It should be fun, although I have a feeling I'm going to get glitter everywhere. *rubs hands together gleefully*
I watched the new Sherlock Holmes on Masterpiece mystery. I liked the first one. I enjoyed the second one. The third one completely sold me on it's pure awesomeness! :-D I can't wait for more. The other characters constantly thinking that Sherlock and John are gay grated on my nerves a bit, but overlooking that, the series was amazing! I've always liked Benedict Cumberbatch, and he and Martin Freeman really seemed to work well together. By the third mystery, their relationship was well established and Holmes and Watson bantered with each other brilliantly. I love the idea of Sherlock Holmes texting.
Lately, I've been working, sleeping, doing homework, going to school, and working some more. I have so many things I WANT to do, but half of the time, I don't have time to do the things that I need to do, let alone anything else. I bet graduating has it's advantages. I can hardly imagine a future where I've finished school.
I leave you with the amazing theme for Sherlock Holmes. I want a soundtrack!
Why do people who aren't really that old act as if they are old? I've had three different co-workers complain about being old recently, and none of them actually ARE old! Is it just that they've had so many different life experiences that they feel like that should actually be much older than they are, and this prompts them to state that they're old? Does that make sense?
The oldest of the three is 48. Sure, not young but still not old. She's actually one of those people who probably won't ever be old, even when she IS old! :-) She's really the life of the store. I can be working aisles away from her and hear her laugh, and when this happens I always feel like I'm missing out on something. She has a daughter around my age, but that still doesn't make her seem old to me. She doesn't LOOK old.
The next oldest if 40. I don't know WHO would consider 40 to be old, in this day and age. She does have a bunch of kids and has worked a zillion different jobs, but she is one of the nicest, sweetest people I have ever met in my life. And she REALLY doesn't look old. She quick and funny, WHY does she act like she's ancient?
The third co-worker is 31. YES, 31. NOT. OLD. Recently got married. One kid. Yet, she was complaining about being old the other day.
Does everyone want to be younger than they are? Is that the problem? I'm in my early twenties, and I happen to still think that I'm quite young. (Someone at church recently said something to me about my being an adult. I told her I was "adult-ish.") I feel that there is still so much out there that I don't know, so I MUST be young. Perhaps *I* need more life experiences?
I'm going to keep growing and learning, but I may just decide to be young forever. Even when I'm 48. ;-)
I've been trying to make over my journal and it's sure turning out to be much harder than I thought! I'm super picky, everything has to be JUST right. I don't remember it being this hard. :-D I have to find a layout, wallpaper, and a profile layout. I have to edit the colors. I have to find a picture to use as my header and then edit THAT the way I want it. I have to figure out what to say in my profile, and what to title things. I'm considering getting a new mood theme, so I may have to seek out one of those that I like and then figure out how to install it. I wouldn't mind having tiny icons again, but then I'd need to find some and install them too. I'm having to re-learn everything I ever knew about the basics of CSS (which was never very much anyway!). I've spent several evenings in a row on this!
Whew! Is this ever exausting! :-D
Oh, and I seem to have forgotten how to type. Or spell. Or perhaps both.
Hello, my little journal! :-) Did you think that I abandon you? I did. And I'm sorry. I've been thinking about you a lot lately. I miss the people that you allowed me to meet, the friends I made. I miss the shiny, pretty icons. I miss the unending posts with good conversations!
Why did I leave? I'm trying to remember. I guess it was a combination of life-related things. I got my first job (still have it, actually) and at the time, they were cutting people and cutting hours and I was depressed. I didn't want to get a job only to lose it. (Praise God, I didn't!) I was a full-time college student, (still am) and I had the assorted responsibilities that go along with that. (So not much has changed with me, has it. :-D)
As I was getting busier, I had less time for graphics and icon-making. I loved making icons! It was a great way for me to express myself creatively, and as I don't always think that I'm the most creative of people, it was so nice to have that, even if I was about the only one who knew about it! I think I was hoping that I would be able to return and make icons again, and that just didn't happen. (All of the assorted materials are still sitting around on the computer still, if I should ever get the urge... :-D)
I got a facebook, which I have to say is just not like you at all! I'm friends with friends, but I'm also "friends" with people I've met once in my life, or have never met at all. (Why, you may ask, are you "friends" with that woman you've never met who your parents taught in middle school? And do you really care that she just ate a bagel? My response: I have no idea!) Facebook is nice, though because it allows me to keep in touch with my cousins who are now away at college! (And don't get me started about being addicted to Yoville! Stupid, I know... :-P) However, I've got no "friends" who care in the slightest about Jane Austen! Who can I talk costume drama with? Which brings me back here...
I did join the Jane Austen Society of North America in my absence! I'm an "official" Janeite, if you will. :-D Someday, I would love to go to one of the annual general meetings. *sighs* And I have started trying to make jewelry, which is definitely fun! So I'm not a complete creative failure! :-D
So I'm going to post again. (I AM! Don't look at me like that journal! I forbid you!) Here's hope you let me re-connect with some old friends and make plenty of new ones! :-)
Have you played the online 20 Questions? I've recently re-discovered it, and it's still as amazing as ever. And now there are different categories in addition to the classic game. Very cool. Give it a try!
Also, go out and buy Hershey's Coconut Creme kisses right now!! I first bought one bag after Easter last year. I absolutely loved them, but I looked again and couldn't find them anywhere. Apparently they show up around Easter only. I've been waiting for this Easter in hopes that they would appear again, and they did! Anyway, if you like coconut at all, go buy them! (I want them to be very popular! :-D) Yum!
So. I decided I was incredibly bored of my layout, and I went searching for a new one that I liked. Being exceptionally hard to please, I have been having a lot of difficulty finding one that suits me. I found a few that I sort of liked, and I tried several of them out on a "tester" journal that I have. I decided to take a break, and I logged out. A little while later, I decided to continue my quest, and dummy me logged into my regular journal (this one). I tried on a new layout, only to realize that I put it on this journal and therefore screwed up my old layout before I was ready!!! My tiny icons! I had them all nice and it took me forever to get them that way! And every layout I try now either A) doesn't have a list of tags, B) doesn't appear to work with my Finding Nemo mood theme that I am so NOT READY TO GIVE UP!!, and/or C) looks terrible with my plus account. I toyed with the idea of going back to Basic, but then I can't make polls!
In short, I've just made a lot of trouble for myself. Grrr. Idiot. And I STILL can't find one I like.