quotes Elisquared likes

"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green


It is the end of another semester here. I've had a lot of craziness with college this semester. I am getting the senior itch, when I still have a year to go. I really need to buckle down. But I feel I'll come back recharged after winter break.

I had a little bit of a panic attack right at the end. I thought I was going to fail one of my major credits. Within education there are critical assignments you must finish to graduate. The class in question has such an assignment. I, unfortunaely, didn't finish the assignment. I just didn't have time, and it was a choice between stressing out over that and having all my classes suffer or simply not finishing the project. I picked the latter. I was all geared up for my F, but lo and behold, when I checked my grades this morning I received a C+ in the class. HURRAH! I still have to complete the assignment for my portfolio but I'm done with the class!
In other news, my sister and I are hosting Christmas Eve dinner at our apartment this year.


I'm excited but super nervous about scrwing it up. My whole family will be there, so I want everything to be perfect. We have the menu all planned out and my mom is in charge of dessert. I'll probably do a post with the results.

More later, must go back to cleaning.



I've been crazy busy, but I promise I will be back as soon as possible,



Reading this article just further reinforces my disdain for Wal-Mart and people in general.

Employees at the Niles, MI Wal-Mart store accused Paolucci of shoplifting some Bic lighters. Although he produced the receipt, they refused to back down, insisting that the two men go to a “detention room”. The employees, using vulgarities and hostility, frightened their special needs kids.

This is blatant homophobic discrimination and harassment. It just makes me sick, and pushes my ultimate decision to move out of the country that much closer to the present.

Considering there's already a proposal being made to change the constitution to explicitly state that marriage is between a man and woman, I don't know how much longer I can deal with a good deal of the population, including my sister, being treated as second-class citizens. If H.J. Res 56 gets passed I'm saying adios to America and hola to England.



It's that time again for the masses to sit down, plug-in and get typing!!!

This will be my 2nd attempt at NaNoWriMo. I don't expect to finish 50,000 words. The reason I do this is to kick start myself into the writing process again. The story I wrote last year was actually turned into my final short story for my Fiction class. Yes I did say short story; sometimes amputation saves the whole body.

This year I hope to have the same luck. I don't have a clear view on the plot just yet, but it is YA, and revolves around high school-college age kids.

If you want to follow my progress here's my site -> EliSquared


White Collar

I love this show. No pilot has hit me as hard as this one since Supernatural. It's very smart, and all the characters are likable and well-rounded. Suspense, hot guys, criminals all things I love in a show.

We Heart It! This is a really great website to get inspired. I love going through Flickr, but sometimes it's hard to find really great images. But with We Heart It! I can see all the images people have "heart-ed" right on the front page and its always changing. Most of the photos and art work are really great.

Improv Everywhere
is amazing!! If you haven't heard of it or seen any of the missions on Youtube, get out of the hole you live in!!! "Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 85 missions involving thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York City." Every time I see one of the missions I smile.


Guilty Pleasure

Being a full-sized woman I enjoy my accessories. Necklaces, earrings, bags, shoes, scarves, headbands, etc. I especially love the accessories from Anthropologie because they're always beautiful and eclectic which is my style. The necklaces above are some of my favorite and are on my wishlist for Christmas.

What's your favorite thing to shop for and where do you like to shop?



But only for the next two days...



I am really loving Levi's Go Forth campaign. I know it's this whole big contest/scavenger hunt deal, but the ads are gorgeous and have a good meaning. I just feel like I'm thrown into another world watching them.

(My favorite because of WALT WHITMAN!)

(Imagery is great! And more Whitman!)

(The explanation video. Also very good)

I just can really get behind the message of discovery and change within these ads. In this time, it is my generation's job to step up and go forth to find new places for our society to grow. So even though these are by a jean company I think everyone should get behind the message.


Book Trailers: Get the students hooked!

As a pre-service teacher I'm always learning new things to engage my students. I love collecting activites and ideas from veteran teachers that I can work to incorporate into my classroom. In my Adolescent Lit. class we've been doing book-talks. Pretty much it is suppose to be a way to hook the students into the book. We had to make our own and also highlight a technique we found elsewhere.

For mine I made an artifact bag, showing important parts from Frank Beddor's The Looking Glass Wars.

The example I showed was a book trailer for Scott Westerfield's Leviathan. This book is going to be awesome, and I feel like the trailer really would capture students attention.

Here's some other trailers for books which look really good:

A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin

Behind Every Illusion by Christina Harner

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Candor by Pam Bachorz

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey


Oh that would be so polite

When one is sick with strep throat (as I am) and is curled up with her two comforters, three pillows, laptop, and iTunes (as again I am) and the urge for some tacos comes up, she does not want to get fucking dressed to go get them.

It would be polite of Taco Bell to deliver, don't you think? It would be polite for any place besides Broadway (pizza shop) to deliver to my house. Chinese, Tai, Subs, German, etc anywhere besides a goddamn PIZZA PLACE!!!


I guess I'm going to don my incognito, I'm sick and look like shit outfit. Thank God for drive-thrus.


I haven't done one of these in a while. It's kinda hard to do something every week BUT I do have some Things I'm Lovin' this Thursday (Well now its Friday....)

I saw this last week on Saturday with one of my best friends. This movie made me want to go dig out my old skates and pummel a chick. Alas, my town isn't a big "derby" town so that puts a nix on my dream. It is just as good to imagine myself up on the big screen. Being a part of the Hurl Scouts would be cool. I'd want my name to be Edgar Allan Hoe! Go see this movie with a group of girlfriends or your closet buddy; it is worth it!

This is one of the best shows on television that no one knows about. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are amazing actors. You feel with them, celebrate with them, bleed with them. This show is one of the highlights of my Thursday night. I just really want more people in the industry to recognize the brilliance Eric Kripke has created.

BUST magazine has been one of my very favorite periodicals for over the last two years or so since discovering it. Celebrating courageous, feisty, smart, crafty women who have "somethin' to say". With incredible fashion issues each year, book reviews with a sassy twist and tons of great DIY projects, ideas and companies, BUST is one of the very best alternative periodicals out there. The latest issue has two fabulous women, Ellen Page and Alia Shawkat, gracing the cover; the two same women who star in my first TiLt pick Whip It. What a coincidence.

There is a German restaurant by my apartment, Mr. Dunderbaks: Biergarten & Marketplace, which imports candy and beer from all over Europe. My favorite is the Haribo gummi bears. The legit German brand, not the American version (I can tell the difference). The restaurant itself is AMAZING, and if any of you are in the Temple Terrace area come visit!

My tattoo. I have been debating and re-working the design for a couple months. Still not entirely happy, but as close as I'm going to get to the final thing without an actual tattoo artist. Just have to run it by my Dad for his blessing. I know it might seem very chauvinistic that he wants to "approve" my tattoo, but he'll make me think about if this is something I can always live with. I might end up just adding an ink well without the text. Hmmm dunno, but I'm excited!

Photos by Marvin Scott Jarrett

This man could not be more gorgeous. He is gracing the November cover of NYLON Guys. I think he is such a talented actor. I fell hard for him in Hairspray and he was awesome in 17 Again. I'm really looking forward to seeing Me and Orson Wells. Anyway, my point is that no one should write Zac off as a Disney actor because he really is talented.

Here's a little taste from the interview:
Zac Efron goes man-to-man with NYLON Guys.

Is Zac Efron the next king of the silver screen? It may be too soon to tell, but the actor—who turns 22 next Sunday—is certainly making good start. This month sees the release of the Richard Linklater-directed Me and Orson Welles, in which Efron plays an aspiring thespian who by a series of fortunate events is thrown into the iconic director’s infamous production of Julius Caesar, which was the first Shakespeare play ever staged on Broadway. NYLON Guys went sailing with Efron in Vancouver to talk about his transition from Disney pin-up to serious actor.

On Me and Orson Welles. “It’s the first time I’ve ever watched a movie [that I’m in] and in the end I’m like, ‘OK! I didn’t check my watch once!’”

On growing up musically inclined. “I was constantly singing. I would hear things on the radio and just be able to spit them out instantly, with perfect memorization and tone. It wasn’t like I took pride in it; there was no effort. My parents were like ‘Shut up. Please stop singing. It’s annoying.’”

On whether celebrity albums are necessary. “If anyone asked themselves that, then we wouldn’t have the crap we are listening to today. If your heart’s not in it, don’t do it. And don’t do it for money. That’s my philosophy.”

On Disney fame. “I try not to look at all of it. You can’t enjoy or celebrate it; it’s not a real thing. The face on the lunchbox and shit—you can’t share that with your friends.”


Breath in, breath out.

Ah the glimmer of new tv!


What can I say to express the awesome that is Glee? My favorite new show. It combines all my favorites: muscials, teen rom-com, quirky outsiders, and spot on humor. If you're not watching it, START! [If I miss it, I cry!]


My second new favorite show. I'm really enjoying it. I love a good sci-fi mystery. Theories and clues are so fun to find. Each episode you learn more and more about everyone's flashforward. So far many of the ones which were revealed have animal connections, more specifically pigeons. The kid Charlie also holds some clues, I think. But definitely check it out if you haven't seen it yet. JOHN CHO is a main character! Come on, you all know you love him! [If I miss it, I cry!]


Joel freakin Mchale people! Comedy is spot on in this show. It's so funny and they aren't trying to pretend to be an accurate depiction of a community college, so I don't have that problem at all. I can laugh at the ridiculousness of all the situations. Worth a look; just takes an episode to hook you. Always catching it!


I was really tentative about how good this show was going to be. But after watching the first two episodes, I definitely feel that the show is worth my time. Its a cute supernatural mystery with women empowerment thrown in. It differs from the movie The Witches of Eastwick, but there are still many similarities. The women have curves and are all gorgeous. Just a nice show to get lost in, much like a good romance novel. [Always catching it!]

Couger Town:

Hilarious!! Courtney Cox is amazing, and this is a really smart take on a "taboo" topic. I love every character in the show. None feel unneeded or too over the top. It just keeps coming with the humor and I just adore it. Great show to watch with your girlfriends! [Always catching it!]

The Vampire Diaries:

I love L.J. Smith's books which this show is based on. So I was very excited to watch it. I have to say I'm not overwhelmed. I think the biggest reason is the cliche that this show is falling into, which seems to be rampant with shows from the CW. These books are full of powerful women and love which traverses centuries. I'm not convinced yet. I will say that Ian Somerhalder's portrayal of Damon is spot on. I'm going to give it until next week to really capture my interest, but if it hasn't picked up I'm dropping it. [Catch it when I can.]

Modern Family:

This show is not as funny as the previews are making it out to be. The relationships between the families are a little over the top. Also why does every teenage girl have to be some whiny prissy, "omg my parents are so embarrassing and noone understands me" emo brat? My friends and I had our days but it was never a constant thing. I seriously want to slap this character's face. Also, it irks me even more because the actor who is in the role played Maddie Healy on Lipstick Jungle, another annoying brat of a girl. Sorry Sarah Hyland, but your acting is crap and too over the top for me to enjoy it. [Dropped from my line-up.]

The Forgotten:

While the premise sounds awesome, the execution needs work. I could just as well see this on Law and Order, Bones, NCIS; you name the cop show I'll give you an example of a Jane/John Doe they've identified. [Dropped from the line-up.]

NCIS: Los Angeles:
Didn't need to happen period. [Not even watched.]

There's some shows I'm waiting to start, like V. And of course I'm watching my old favorites: Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural, Bones, NCIS (the ORIGINAL) Law and Order: SVU, Private Practice, Fringe, The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock and every single Bravo show (Flipping Out, The Rachel Zoe Project, The Real Housewives, Top Chef, etc). Television is one of my few indulgences and I do enjoy it so much.

So what are your favorites and not-so-favorites this season? Let me know!


Fight the Stay Puff Temptation!

Ever felt the need to have something? So bad you just are itching and antsy and can't freakin' wait? That's what these kids go through.

It's hilarious and distressing to see these little children so desperate for a little marshmellow. The New Yorker wrote a great article about the study using this to study will power.

The Secret of Self-Control

Could you do it? Leave your thoughts!



I am totally in LOVE with Drew Barrymore and Ellen Page's new movie Whip It! coming out October 2! That is just a WEEK from Friday!!!!!

Anyway so they showed at the Toronto Film Festival last weekend, and both Drew and Ellen looked amazing!

Drew's dress is reDONKulous! I thought the sleeves were freaking tattoos for a hot second. Must admit, not a huge fan of the dual hair, but she rocks it. And Ellen looking classy as always; she has such an old Hollywood glamour about her.

Clips have been released from the movie, and I've watched them all at least twice already. My favorite so far has to be this one:

"Ready, Set, Go"

(Courtesy of TrailerAddict.com)

So if none of you have heard of this movie, read up on it ASAP! THEN go see it October 2! You won't regret it! And frankly if you do, you have no taste.


I can't go!!!!!!!

The fact that I cannot attend this event is full of major suckage.



Happy September

I can't believe it's already September. Life seems to go through these phases of super slow then super fast. May, June and July went by at a snail's pace, while August was on the back of a cheetah. With August comes classes, and with classes comes head aches.

Gorgeous right? My eyebrows need waxing, my hair is a mess, and I have huge circles under my eyes. This is what classes do to me. I turn into a zombie who's master is higher education. (And yes those are penguins behind me. PENGUINS!!)

I'm nervous about this semester. So so so nervous. Which is very strange because I really don't have many classes: only 4. That's only 12 credit hours. That is the least I've done in a normal school semester. I'm usually taking 15-18 credits. But these classes require a lot of outside work. So I'm very glad I'm only taking 4.


That's enough about my stressing out. On to better stuff. I received my eDeposit from the university. That is esstentially my left over loan money. This means I am no longer broke.


I've paid off part of my credit card. Paid my rent until December. And bought some awesome stuff. Which is what I'm going to share with you.

  1. Supernatural Season 4
  2. Generation Kill
  3. Let it Snow
  4. Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
  5. Melting Stone
  6. A Certain Slant of Light
I'm really excited! I love YA lit. My three favorite authors are John Green, Rachel Cohn, and Tamora Pierce. I literally read anything they've written. I'm such a book freak too. I keep saying all of it is for my future students, but when it comes time will I really want to let them borrow these books? I guess I'll know when I get there. But right now I can't wait until tomorrow!! Free two day shipping is AWESOME! Go Amazon!

That's pretty much it for now. I'm going to DragonCon this weekend, so expect a write up on that.

Peace, love & books,


Photo credit: Bicycles-for-Two

I really can't resist a good meme. Mostly because I feel it is an easier way of introducing myself by answering prefabricated questions, than trying to come up with the questions.

What is your current obsession? TV would be at the top of that list. As I'm typing this I'm waiting for the new True Blood episode to be put online (I am a poor college student with no HBO. Don't get me going on the shows I'm waiting to come one, that's for another post.) I also have been consumed by music lately. I can't get 3OH!3's song "Don't Trust Me" out of my head and off my playlist.

What is your horoscope and do you relate? I am on the cusp of Capricorn and Aquarius. Both of these signs are different, and I feel neither one matches me very well. I don't take much stock in predictions like this.

What are you wearing today? Today was the first day back to classes for me. I wore a blue/green/yellow/white striped skirt, a white blouse, and blue boat shoes. I had on my favorite headband (royal blue) and wore my hair in curls. I try to dress up every day the first week, mostly so when I come in looking like shit people remember that I can look nice.

What is the last thing you bought? I bought Chick-Fil-A for lunch. Limited budget until Friday. But the last non-food item I bought was some school supplies.

What do you think about the person who tagged you? I didn't have anyone "tag" me but I did read the meme and steal it from Sparkle and Glitter, which is a fabulous blog; everyone should check it out.

What’s for dinner? Dinner was sesame noddles and chicken stir-fry.

What’s your favorite decade, fashion wise? I really love 1950s old-school glamor. I also gravitate towards the bright, funky colors of the 80s. Mixing vintage with current styles is also a must.

What are your must haves for summer? Sunscreen is #1! Living in FL is hell on the skin. Skirts and airy dresses are also my go to items. I love jersey dresses because you can play them up or down depending on where you're going. Also no wrinkles is great for those long summer tours. Last but not least is a reusable water bottle. I have a 48oz one which I am constantly filling up. Again FL is hell and your body must be protected.

What would you love to be able to afford? A real vacation to a spa/hotel (fully catered), preferably in any of the following cities to maximize tourist time: Boston, NYC, LA, Seattle, London, Sydney, or Tokyo. I just want to get out of Tampa for a little bit without having to be on a volunteering project.

What is your favorite piece of clothing from your wardrobe? I have this blue shirt that I love. It is a deep royal blue and 100% cotton knit. It breathes amazingly well in the FL heat. I'm actually wearing it tomorrow.

What is your dream job? Writer. Straight forward and simple. Until then I'm sticking to my runner-up career of English teacher. I figure I can work on the book thing over the summer.

What is your favorite magazine? I have two favorite magazines. The first is Bust. This is an amazing feminist magazine. Very empowering to women especially young single women. The second is Relevant. This is a progressive Christian magazine, which discusses culture and how a young person may fit God into that culture. Not preachy at all and very uplifting for someone who's lost track of religion in their lives.

Describe your personal style? As a larger woman, I really pay attention to how clothes form to my body. I do not wear things that don't fit because that is just bad taste. I feel my style is over the place in terms of "genre". I can do the preppy thing one day and 360° to punk the next. But I am girly at heart, so I always have earrings, headbands, and make-up on no matter what.

Which Beatle is your favorite? Paul McCartney. I love his singing and I love the conspiracy theory surrounding him.

What are you proud of? Many things, some of which are small and some of which are big. But I think I'm the most proud of my relationship to my family. These days you hear about more and more broken homes. I am lucky to not have to deal with that in my life.


Saturday Links

  • One of my favorite poems: Instructions by Neil Gaiman. He is one of the reasons I write.
  • I am in love with this blog: Color Me Katie. Every time I have a new entry pop up on my netvibes I feel I'm transported to Neverland. Here's some examples:

photos by Katie Sokoler
  • I get an endless amount of amusement from here: texts from last night. I swear every time I read one it has to be from a friend of mine.
  • I want to make every cupcake on the "Periodic Table of Cupcakes". My favorite so far is the Brownie.
  • Some really good ideas and explanations for keeping an art journal
  • The Speech Accent Archive is pretty cool. I love all the accents from Ireland. It's definitely interesting to hear the different inflections from around the world.
  • Heroes is one of my favorite shows. Watchmen was not one of my favorite movies, but put the two together and you get this seriously awesome video:

That's all for now. I'll probably do this every other week to save up links. Comment with some links you think are informative, inspiring, or just plain awesome!


Today on TiLt

I know this is a day late, but better late than never.

  • Getting my iPhone a new case is always exciting. At the same time do not buy an iFrogz because my whole family bought those at $30 a pop, and they have all cracked. Mine broke in two. Now I have a simple rubber case.

  • Getting this card from a certain someone. This put a big smile on my face because I've been feeling kinda depressed and unsure of myself. He is an amazing man.

  • Email from best friend with this e-card is totally accurate.

  • Karl Urban is one fiiiiiine man. Watching him in Doom and in Pathfinder was pretty sweet.

  • I went to the Jonas Brothers concert Tuesday. Yes I know I am 21. Yes I know most of their fans are 5-14 years old. Do I care? NO! I like their music, tv show and two are my age. So you're argument is a mute point.

  • Seeing this angel. Spending time with R is always entertaining and frustrating but always worth it.

  • Hanging out with friends and witnessing drunken escapades. We went from Sam's in Hudson, to Applebee's in New Port Richey, to Molly's in Trinity. Not one drop of liquor for me, I'm the DD.
  • Honorable mention: Jordan Sparks at the JB concert, "I Gotta Feeling" - Black-Eyed Peas, Writing again, Making my Dragon*Con costume, Steampunks, Strawberry preserves and Graham crackers, Free popcorn, Eric crying over Godric, New season of Project Runway, Rick Bayless winning Top Chef Masters, Buying school supplies, Finally buying all the books I have stashed in the back at work, Being a cashier for rush.


It's a new semester!

I've been away recently, sorry about that. This is because I once again must get ready for a new semester of college. My classes start again on August 25 and suffice to say I was not prepared for the impending doom!

I had textbooks to buy, financial aid to sort out, professors to check on, classes to CLEP out of, and supplies to buy. (My room also needed cleaning, but who has time for that I ask you?) I've pretty much been running around all crazy-like, annoying the staff of my college, and being a general pain in the ass. BUT I now have everything sorted, so I am not apologetic in the least!

This semester is pretty important to me actually. Besides the fact that it's one step closer to being finished with college, I'm finally getting back to my education classes. Due to the infinite wisdom of the Florida Board of Governors, I was held back a whole semester because I had yet to complete the math section of the CLAST test. Mind, I have a 3.7, and an A in all of my major classes. But this of course wouldn't make a fucking bit of difference. I have basically been sitting on my ass for the last semester, taking bullshit 2000 level classes when I should have been in 4000.

Thankfully, I was able to obtain a waiver for the test and now may move on. But to just add salt to the wound, this past month that same sucktastic organization has gotten rid of the test completely. When I heard that, I literally saw red. ARGH!!!! Politics are so annoying.

However, I am excited for my classes. I'm taking Human Development/Learning, The Image of Women in Literature, Language Principles and Acquisition, and Community Leadership Practicum. Only 4 classes, but it adds to full-time 12 credits. I wanted to take it easy, since I haven't been in anything hard for a while. I hope I do well. My Lit class is taught by Moss, who is a terror. I'm not that worried though; I survived her once before, I'll do it again.

Thinking positively will go a long way this year, so my life is really focused on that.


My first TiLt!!

TiLt stands for Things I Love Thursday. Many awesome bloggers already do this, so I figured it couldn't hurt. I actually had some awesome stuff to talk about so without further ado:

  • Songs which make me happy. I put on this playlist and dance around my house, singing horribly and loudly.
  • Watching Doom twice in one day. Karl Urban is always welcomed on my screen.
  • Movie watching with JZ. Funny People was even funnier with her there.
  • Awesome lunch of Qdoba and D'Lites.
  • Having my bank account squared away.

Books I've already read

On Monday I posted about wanting to complete a book list. I thought I should keep a running tab on the books I am reading/have read, so I don't get confused.

American Lit:

Bradbury, Ray-Fahrenheit 451
Fitzgerald, F. Scott-The Great Gatsby
Hurston, Zora Neale-Their Eyes Were Watching God
Melville, Herman-Moby-Dick
Plath, Sylvia-The Bell Jar
Salinger, J.D.-The Catcher in the Rye
Sinclair, Upton-The Jungle
Twain, Mark-The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Vonnegut, Kurt-Slaughterhouse-Five

World Lit:
Austen, Jane-Pride and Prejudice
Bronte, Charlotte-Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily-Wuthering Heights
Carroll, Lewis-Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Dickens, Charles-Great Expectations
Dostoevski, Feodor-Crime and Punishment
Hardy, Thomas-Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Huxley, Aldous-Brave New World
Joyce, James-A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Mann, Thomas-Death in Venice
Orwell, George-Animal Farm

Frank, Anne-The Diary of a Young Girl
Thoreau, Henry David-Walden

Science: NONE

Social Science: NONE

Ibsen, Henrik-A Doll's House
Miller, Arthur-Death of a Salesman
Shakespeare, William-Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night
Sophocles-Oedipus Rex
Wilde, Oscar-The Importance of Being Earnest

Cummings, E.E.-Complete Poems, 1904-1962
Dickinson, Emily-The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Eliot, T.S.-The Waste Land
Frost, Robert-The Poetry of Robert Frost
Ginsberg, Allen-Howl and Other Poems
Hughes, Langston-Selected Poems
Wordsworth, William-Poems

Guess I better get crackin' on that list.

Is everyone giving out shoes?

Shoe charities are everywhere now. And as a connoisseur of shoes, these charities get my stamp of approval! Shoes are a basic need in the clothing department. The people who go shoeless are the ones who need them the most.

Now for those of you who think this is a waste of money and time just STOP and think about it. How many pairs of shoes do you personally own? I myself own over 80 pairs. Yes over 80 and I am not ashamed. But while I own a lot of shoes I also have donated to both of the big shoe charities: TOMS Shoes and Soles4Souls. So while you're out buying shoes the next time stop and think about this:

Why shoes?

Most children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or just getting around, these children are at risk.

Walking is often the primary mode of transportation in developing countries. Children can walk for miles to get food, water, shelter and medical help. Wearing shoes literally enables them to walk distances that aren't possible barefoot.

Wearing shoes prevents feet from getting cuts and sores on unsafe roads and from contaminated soil. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected. The leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted parasites which penetrate the skin through open sores. Wearing shoes can prevent this and the risk of amputation.

Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential.

There is one simple solution...SHOES.

Of the planet's six billion people, four billion live in conditions inconceivable to many. Lets take a step towards a better tomorrow.

That is taken from TOMS "Our Movement" page. THIS is the biggest reason people need to wake up and realize the importance of donating. On top of the children in these countries are their parents and family as well. These developing countries need to benefit from the wealth that we in America take for granted. This is a way to do it.

TOMS shoes are some of the most comfortable shows I own. Some people might not think they look the nicest, but why would you want to spend all day in something that's uncomfortable but pretty? (That's the main reason I refuse to wear heals) All of my older shoes get donated to Soles4Shoes and I also make cash donations when I can. Recycling my wardrobe and helping people in need all at the same time.

I'm urging everyone I know and all of you in the interwebs to find a charity or a cause that really moves something within you. Once you found it, do something about it! Donate your time, resources, money, anything to help the organization. The cause can be in your own backyard. My biggest point is don't be selfish with what you have while others are suffering.


I am CollegeBound!

I've always wanted to complete on of those "Classic Books Everyone Should Read" lists, I just haven't gotten around to finding one. But I was on Yes and Yes (which is a FANTASTIC blog by the way, and everyone (the invisible people who read this) should check it out), and I came across a list in one of her older blog posts.

is a list of books split into several categories: American Lit., World Lit., Biography/History, Science, Social Science, Drama, and Poetry. And I realize it says "CollegeBound" and I'm already in college, but it's never too late.

I like that it is divided up into categories with descriptions and authors alphabetically. I have a love of alphabetizing stuff so that is always a plus. Another plus is that I've read many of the books on the list already (thank you Literature classes!) so hacking through the list by December 31st should be easy-pisey.

This is the first thing on my "Bucket List" which is going to be called "Eli's List of Shit to do Before She Dies" or "Eli's List" which is arguably shorter.

While this may sound like a morbid question, but what is on your (the invisible people who read this) "Bucket List"?

Maybe I should actually go watch that movie now...


Movies I'm very excited about!

I feel that many times the film industry goes through a slump. All the movies they make are ridiculous or not at all appealing. However, that fortunately is very rare. There are several movies that have come out and are coming out that I for one cannot wait to see!

500 Days of Summer:

Julie and Julia:

New York, I Love You:


The Lovely Bones:

District Nine:

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus:

Where the Wild Things Are:

The Boys are Back:

The Fantastic Mr. Fox:

Alice in Wonderland:

Post Grad:

Bright Star:

Taking Woodstock:

The Princess and the Frog:

All of these movies touch something within me, as cheesy as that sounds. Love, Childhood, Imagination, Terror, Music, Laughter, Connection, Discovery, Purpose, Frustration: the important things which a movie should bring out in you. A movie should, I feel, should make a statement on human life, whether on a grand scale or a minute one.

Of course this can be argued. "Movies are just suppose to put us into a another life, take us out and entertain us." And I definitely agree with that sentiment, what's wrong with learning something as well, or gaining an insight into the world and human behaviour as a whole. I think more and more movies are being made, that while they entertain, also expound on that.

At least I feel the movies above do. Of course I can always be wrong, but I'll wait until the credits roll to make my ultimate judgments.


Sometimes it's hard to imagine my life without my family in it. Other times it's hard to imagine my life with my family in it. Which option is the best for me? Sometimes I don't know.


Is there any truth to this?

Wednesday's Child Is Full Of Woe by Anji Johnston

Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go.
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child born on the Sabbath Day,
Is fair and wise and good in every way.

January 20, 1988 was a Wednesday. That makes me "full of woe". Now is this something I should believe? Most people would probably say no, that it is ridiculous to think that the day one is born on has anything to do with your disposition. Well for someone who believes that nature effects everyone, I'd say I'm giving it a little credit. I am highly sensitive, and quite frequently fall into a depression.

But I don't really have any comparisons for it besides my siblings. My older sister was born on a Friday, which makes her "loving and giving". This describes her to the letter. She acts much like a surrogate mother to me and my younger brother. He, on the other hand, is also "full of woe". Again this is an apt description. He is prone to bouts of low self-confidence and depression. However many times his is expressed in anger.

I guess this is all still subjective. One can look at a description and fight themselves into the category provided regardless of the truth of the statement. Nonetheless, it is interesting food for thought.

Something so simple, expresses so much

I see cardboard on the ground every day. I never even think to pick it up and use it. Now that I've seen Cardboard Love I won't hesitate to make something beautiful out of it.
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