My Placement Test

Hello friends!

I am here today with great relief, a weight off my shoulders, and floating on Cloud 9, because I took my placement test this week!  It’s over.  *throws confetti*

In my “What’s Up Wednesday” post, I mentioned the test was the biggest thing I’ve been dreading.  It’s been about a solid three weeks of studying, nerves, doubt, panic, and more.  I hate feeling so nervous about something that I’m unable to enjoy anything else until that event is over.  Other than the past three weeks, it’s also been a solid six months of underlying apprehension since I decided to go to college, knowing I would have to take this test.

For those of you who don’t know, I graduated from high school about 4 1/2 years ago.  If I had gone to college full-time right after high school, I’d already have my bachelor’s, lol.  Better late than never, right?

When I quit my job back in June, job hunting showed me just how much employers don’t want to hire anyone without a college degree.  There are numerous reasons why I’ve decided to go to college now, but the lack of inclusion in the job force was certainly a motivation.  I also absolutely love learning, and I don’t just want to stop at my high school diploma!  I still have to work full-time, but I’m starting with taking one class at a time.  Even if it’s slow progress, it’s still progress.

So, back to the placement testing.  I took the ACCUPLACER at the college for the math and English sections.  Again, math and I get along just as swimmingly as oil and water, so I expected to not do well.  That’s okay, because the whole point of the test was to place me where I should start.  I didn’t exactly want to do well if it meant being placed in a class beyond my skill.  I definitely don’t want to drop a class, or try to push through and fail.

English is my best friend, so I wasn’t very concerned about it, other than the essay portion.  I don’t mind writing essays at all; the part that made me nervous was anticipating the unknown prompt.  I was scared the prompt would regard something I didn’t know much about, which would have made it infinitely harder to come up with sources, proof, or logic for my argument.  The day before the test, I reviewed my essay writing technique and practiced with the outline and everything, which helped build my confidence.  You guys, I totally lucked out with the prompt.  It basically wanted me to write on whether or not I believed fiction books can teach values and helpful life lessons.  I nearly giggled when I saw the prompt because it literally couldn’t have been more perfect for me, a bibliophile.

The best part (other than it being over, lol) is that my scores are so much better than I could have hoped for!  If you don’t know, the essays are graded on a score of one-eight, with eight being perfect.  I got a seven!!  I was shocked!  I love writing, but I was still intimidated before the test because I had reviewed their standards of grading each essay score, and they seemed harsh.  I was hoping for at least a three, so I am ecstatic.  My reading comprehension score was also two points from perfect, which made my day.  I’m definitely not trying to sound braggadocios or anything…I’m just ridiculously excited since I haven’t been in school for 4 1/2 years.

As for math, I placed way higher than I expected.  There were two sections: Elementary Algebra and College Math.  There were plenty of problems I didn’t know in Elementary Algebra, so I was stunned when I finished it and they moved me onto College Math.  Students have to earn a high enough score on Elementary Algebra to move forward.  I practically didn’t recognize anything in the college math section.  Like, they had entire words over numbers as fractions in the algebraic equations.  I was lost, haha, but that was okay because it just means I need to learn it.  That’s the whole point of college anyway. 😉

Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure I placed higher than I should have.  On the test,  they don’t have an “I don’t know” option, so when I had no idea, I just chose the first answer.  (And secretly hoped it was wrong, so I didn’t place higher than I should.)  I have a feeling I accidentally got more correct than I should have, and therefore placed higher.  It makes me laugh, because that’s what any student wants on a test, but not a placement test!

According to my math results, I placed high enough to only take one math class for my degree!  That’s amazing to me.  With my dislike of math, I almost feel like getting a tutor and struggling through.  As long as I pass, I don’t really care.  Getting math out of the way sounds fantastic!  But then again, I don’t want to start something I’m going to fail, and I’m certain I didn’t know enough math to place that high.  I should probably start about two classes lower to work my way up.  I suppose, though, deciding all of this is why my next step is meeting with an advisor!

My husband was so proud of my test scores that he took me out for lunch afterwards!  It was such a nice surprise.  He let me choose anywhere I wanted, so I picked Pato Thai–a delicious thai restaurant downtown.  I love their sushi, so we got their crunchy roll, which had crab, cucumber, shrimp tempura, and other ingredients I can’t remember.  😉  We also ordered Pad Thai with shrimp.  I got a Dr. Pepper and hubby tried their Mango iced tea, which was amazing.

All in all, I’m just so happy it’s done and now I have a plan for where to start!  All I have left is meeting with the advisor, registering for class, and getting my student ID.  🙂

Until next time,

-Tialla ❤

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My 22nd Birthday!

My 22nd birthday was just a couple of weeks ago on September 13th.  September is always such an exciting month to me because it starts with the county fair, continues with my birthday, and ends with the first day of autumn and fall weather creeping in.  This year, the fall chill has come on pretty suddenly, so it’s been a bit of a shock because it went from being too hot for pants three weeks ago to suddenly too cold for shorts and there’s a definite need to keep a hoodie on hand at all times.  I happen to be that strange, quite solitary blogger who loves cold weather, so I’m loving every moment of this!

On a random note, I find it funny to people watch at this time of year because there are consistently three categories of people once autumn weather hits:

  • Those who have fully accepted autumn and are decked out in cardigans, jeans, boots, and even the occasion scarf
  • Those who are still in summer mode with t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, and sandals
  • Those who fall somewhere in the middle with jeans and sandals or shoes (but not boots), and perhaps a t-shirt but with some kind of jacket or sweater.

I definitely fall in that middle group right now, but I can’t wait for full-on fall outfits of leggings, boots, scarves, and oversized shirts and sweaters!

Anyway.  I turned 22, so how about a little celebratory Taylor Swift? Yes, I’m fully aware this is about as basic as I can get, and yes, I’m shameless.  How often is it that a popular song is about your particular age? 😉

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My birthday fell on a Wednesday, but it felt like it started on Tuesday.  Right after a night class my husband and I are taking together on Tuesday nights, Joshua started excitedly counting down the hours to midnight.  He reminded me of the time every half hour or so as my birthday neared, which I thought was adorable and hilarious because he definitely seemed more excited for my birthday than I was.  He had taken my birthday off work, so we stayed up late and he insisted we do whatever I wanted.  I chose s’mores and reading (#lifeoftheparty) since I’m a huge bookworm.  It was honestly an amazing end to 21/beginning to 22.  When midnight hit, Joshua immediately wished me happy birthday, we pondered what life would be like in another year, and made some goals for what we want to accomplish before my next birthday.  And of course listened to Taylor Swift’s “22.” 😉

Around 2AM, we fell asleep, but as I was still excited for my birthday, I woke at 9:45AM and told my husband I couldn’t sleep any longer.  He wasn’t quite ready to wake up yet, so I forced myself to wait about another hour (this was still early for us…we aren’t morning people at all, so when we sleep in, we sleep for hours).

We began the day with checking all my notifications of lovely birthday wishes, and then showered and we were off to my requested breakfast: a local diner here in Flagstaff called Galaxy Diner.  It’s decorated to resemble the 50s, with all-day breakfast and amazing prices.  We both got a hot chocolate, Joshua ordered a steak omelette, and I ordered pancakes with eggs and hash browns.

After breakfast, Joshua was ecstatic to take me to a surprise he had planned.  This was something he planned weeks before and usually I’m great at guessing surprises, but I didn’t guess this one!  He was so intent on me not discovering the surprise on the way, he wanted to blindfold me in the car.  (I convinced him that instead I could just keep my eyes closed because I spent a lot of time on my makeup that day, lol.)  However, he insisted I keep my eyes closed even when we got out of the car and walked down a sidewalk for a bit.  I definitely wasn’t too keen on that part, haha!

Finally, he told me I could open my eyes, and I realized we were at my favorite bookshop!  It’s called “Bright Side Bookshop” and it’s in the heart of downtown Flagstaff.  It is the cutest little shop that has super great titles for typical chain bookstore prices.  It is extremely well organized with labels for literally every shelf and islands with cutesy things like totes designed like library cards, bookish knee-high socks, and collectors’ items.  When we walked in, Joshua told me I could pick out whatever books I wanted. #husbandgoals

I browsed through all the bookshelves, but most seriously looked at the Young Adult section–my favorite genre.  Make it a fantasy Young Adult and I’m sold.  I also spent a bit of time in the younger readers’ section and found the most beautiful copy of “Alice in Wonderland.”  Longtime blog readers may recall that I have a deep love for Alice. 😉 This particular copy caught my eye because there’s just something about a leather-bound book that makes my heart flutter with joy and simply feels magical.

I ended up going with two books.  One is a YA dystopian hardcover titled, “All Rights Reserved” by Gregory Scott Katsoulis and the second book is a YA fantasy paperback titled, “Ink and Bone” by Rachel Caine.

After the bookstore, we ran by the library to pick up a movie I had on hold, then stopped by Starbucks to get my free birthday drink.  If you aren’t part of their rewards program, you totally should be because you not only earn free rewards, but you get a free drink of your choice (and any size) on your birthday!  I ordered the Salted Caramel Frappuccino since I look forward to that every September and it just came out!

We headed to the mall with our drinks because I wanted another ear piercing and I’ve gotten all my piercings thus far from Claire’s. 😉  I already had two piercings in each earlobe and one in my left cartilage, but I chose to get a third in each earlobe.  I love them!  They didn’t hurt at all and recovery has been great, thankfully!  I had trouble with my second earlobe piercings randomly bleeding and getting infected despite my constant care, and my cartilage took over a year to fully heal, so I’m grateful these have been easier so far.

After the piercings, my husband took me to an entertainment exchange store/bookstore here in Flagstaff called Bookmans, where I used store credit to purchase the Grease soundtrack (any other Grease lovers reading my blog?), and a Michael Jackson album I didn’t yet have.  I already have multiple copies of the album’s songs, but I’m a collector of every MJ album I can find, so I scooped it up.  #HappyBirthdayToMe #TooManyHashtagsInOnePost?

After that, mister and I headed home to take some birthday pictures at sunset on a bridge in our apartment complex.

We then headed to our dinner reservation at Olive Garden, where we took advantage of the BOGO to have a meal for the next night!  I ordered their ravioli to eat in the restaurant with a Dr. Pepper and their spaghetti for the to-go meal.  Joshua ordered their baked ziti for in the restaurant and ravioli for the to-go meal.  We loved all of it, and on top of the delicious meal, our waiter was the best either of us had ever had in terms of customer service and friendliness, so that made the experience even better!

After Olive Garden, we drove over to Joshua’s parents’ house for presents (one of which is the hoodie I’ve been keeping with me now that it’s chilly, lol), ice cream cake, wine, and sparklers.  When I met Joshua, I was introduced to having ice cream cake for every birthday and I love it.  Ice cream cake has always been my favorite, but I guess growing up, I just forgot it was an option.  It’s a tradition for everyone in the family and it’s the best!  Spending time with my in-laws was such a fun way to wrap up my birthday outings.

Back home, I opened hubby’s presents to me.  He gave me “Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story” (which happens to be my favorite in the Anne of Green Gables trilogy and the one I was missing!), the new-ish Pentatonix album, and a mug for bookworms that’s totally my favorite of all our mugs now.

We ended the night with staying up until midnight playing MarioKart, which we haven’t done for a long time, so it was a blast!  I have always loved playing MarioKart, so it was just the best to finish out my birthday with it.

I can honestly say that it was one of the best birthdays I have ever had, and it’s all thanks to my sweet husband!  I feel so blessed to spend my birthdays with the one my soul loves. ❤  As part of my birthday month, we also took advantage of $5 movies here at our movie theater earlier during Labor Day weekend, and next week we will be heading up on the Snowbowl Sky Ride to see the changing colors of all the beautiful trees on the mountain.

And that was my birthday!  How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

-Tialla ❤

Our Fourth of July!

I hope you all had a fabulous Fourth of July weekend!  Joshua and I certainly did.  We try to soak up every moment we have together outside of work and that especially holds true for long weekends!  Unfortunately I still had to work on Sunday, but it was only for four hours, so not too bad. 😉

On Saturday, Joshua and I decided to check on the fluids in our car because we had taken a nine hour trip for his new job training.  As fate would have it, we needed to fill the washer fluid, so we got the bottle out and washer fluid was all over the outside of the bottle.  It got on our hands from that and when I poured it in the car, it splashed on my hands again.  We made a mental note to wash our hands, finished up with the fluids, and decided to check the mail while we were out.  (This story does have a point, I promise.)

After getting the mail, we took it back to our apartment and since it was so hot, I suggested we walk down to Dairy Queen to get ice cream cones.  It was a quick jaunt and soon we had chocolate-dipped ice cream cones in our hands.  It did not take us more than half a second to realize that hardened, chocolate-dipped ice cream cones were a bad idea as it did not hold the ice cream in, it just pushed down on it so it started dripping EVERYWHERE.  As we were walking back home, they started dripping so much that we decided to stop and sit on a wall to finish them.  It was also windy, so imagine hair in my face, trying to walk and hold together this quickly falling apart and melting cone, chocolate getting everywhere, my hands covered in ice cream….

I decided to lick the ice cream off my hand.

You may notice that I never said we washed our hands for which we made that mental note, and oh my goodness, that was the most vile taste I’ve ever had in my mouth.  It immediately made me nauseated and I gagged.  I made sure at that point to just hold the cone at where the paper covered it, hoping that would make a difference.  Before long, hubby had the same reaction when he bit into a piece of cone that he had touched with his hand.  Unfortunately, the paper was not enough on my cone because it was still vile when I got to it.

Such a disappointing experience, lol.

Anyway, that was our funny story for Saturday.

Come Monday, hubby and I decided to kick off the Independence Day celebrations with making double chocolate cookies!  You can find the recipe here if you want!  I loved how easy it was to put together and the cookies truly taste wonderful!  I thought it was interesting how different the recipe was from others I’ve used, and the dough was so soft it couldn’t even be rolled into balls–just blobs, haha!  I have a tendency to over bake cookies because I’m so paranoid about them being undercooked (even though they totally taste better), so ours turned out crunchier than they should have been.

Also, making cookies with my husband as a team was one of the most fun things we’ve done!  I don’t like to cook or bake very much, so it was much more enjoyable doing it together for fun.  I can also tell how over this year of marriage (almost one year–July 10th!), we’ve gotten so much better about working together.  When we first got married, I know I wouldn’t have let him make these with me because he didn’t know much about cooking/baking, and I wasn’t patient enough to deal with it.  Being in the kitchen together was frustrating for both of us.  I was amazed at how well we worked together to make these cookies and truly had a blast–which was one of the first times we’d collaborated in the kitchen for a long while.  Now he’s learned a little bit more and I’m more laid back.  We’ve both learned in different ways.  If we could grow with each other this much in one year, I can’t wait to see what more years bring us. ❤

While the cookies were baking, hubby tackled the dishes and I made us some chicken salad sandwiches for dinner.  As soon as the cookies were out and cooling, we sat down to watch Independence Day, which is now our July 3rd tradition.  It started last year when Joshua’s best man, Donald, was in town for our wedding.  He wanted to take us to Resurgence on July 4th, but we had to go in the morning since we had a BBQ to get to, so we naturally watched the first one the night before.  It was the most fantastic experience watching the first one on July 3rd and the new one on July 4th, that we decided it needed to be repeated.  Have you guys watched Resurgence?  We love it!  Then again, we love both of the movies and we are sci-fi geeks.

(I did take a Snapchat video of us watching it, but apparently we can’t upload those?  So here’s the trailer, lol.)

Our Fourth of July started off with sleeping in and homemade crepes!  I wanted to make us a nice breakfast but we’d had a lot of scrambled or fried eggs lately, so I wanted something different.  We’d also recently had pancakes and oatmeal, and I didn’t want to make something with bread because we don’t have much for a grocery budget right now and we were running low.  So I did a Pinterest search and I was reminded of how great crepes are!  They turned out super delicious and were probably the easiest crepes I’ve ever made.

We filled some with apple butter and others with Nutella.  I topped the Nutella ones with whipped cream and I had this idea that chocolate syrup would also be good.  I don’t know why I thought that, because it definitely was not.  The Nutella was great, though!  I can’t wait to make crepes again and try them with more savory than sweet toppings, like ricotta and spinach.

During breakfast, we watched Resurgence, which was just as fantastic as before.  I’m definitely looking forward to repeating this tradition each year–it’s such a fun way to spend Independence Day!

We were initially planning on going on a picnic at Lake Mary with sandwiches and Hot Cheetos (our fave, my goodness, we are so addicted), but we cancelled on that since we wanted hot dogs instead, and we realized that it would probably be super crowded at Lake Mary.  Being the introverts that we are, we try to avoid crowds, especially rowdy intoxicated ones, so….  We stayed home, watched Silicon Valley, and enjoyed hot dogs and Hot Cheetos with each other.

We slightly hurried through eating because it was getting late by then and we wanted to get a good spot by the fireworks.  Despite the fact that Arizona has a huge fire ban right now with several raging wildfires currently, the reservation still put on a fireworks show.  I guess it’s pretty risky and kind of dumb since it could have turned into another fire with how dry it is, but I’m personally glad they did!  I pretty much grew up not having fireworks in Arizona on Independence Day due to the dryness, so it’s always disappointing to miss it–and conversely, always exciting to see them!

We got out there at about 8:15 PM, which was perfect timing because we got an awesome spot to watch from the car and about five minutes later, cars were crowded around us.  Perfect timing, I say!

For those of you who don’t know, my husband and I own one car, and it has eight seats.  This means that when we put the seats down, we have ample room in the back to lay down and stretch out.  We put down the seats when we parked, pulled out a blanket, and cuddled up to watch the fireworks.  We actually still had about thirty minutes before the show, which was fine by us because at least we got there early enough!

Love him so much. ❤

The fireworks show was the longest I’ve ever seen here in Arizona, and it’s honestly pretty amazing when it’s a long show, considering all the fireworks they have to purchase to keep a thirty minute show going.  There were times I thought it was starting to finish up with the Grand Finale, but it still went on for fifteen-twenty minutes more.   Turned out, they just liked to be fancy and we loved it!

(Again, I took a Snapchat video.  Now I know that doesn’t work for the blog!)

We finished the night with more Silicon Valley because we’re definitely addicted to that show!  What can I say…it’s hilarious!

Going back to work schedule on Wednesday was hard, but hey, we made it and it’s Friday night!  Joshua and I are super excited for this weekend because it’s our anniversary weekend!  We will be spending our anniversary at an Airbnb in Sedona, which is super fun for us because the first few days of our honeymoon were spent in Sedona.  We saved up a lot for this to make sure we could have a great time, so we rented an ATV to go four-wheeling, we plan on a hiking trip, fancy dinners, ice cream, the movie theater, Starbucks, and Harry Potter movies.  I also wanted a couple’s massage but my mister wasn’t too keen on that so maybe next year, haha.  And of course, reminiscing on this year of marriage, eating our wedding cake, and toasting to the future.

Happy weekend!

-Tialla ❤

First Wedded Valentine’s Day

This year was our first Valentine’s Day as husband and wife!  It wasn’t our first Valentine’s together, but it definitely felt different this year celebrating as a married couple.  (And honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way!  Marriage is the BEST!)

This year was also different because we are more strapped for money than we were last year, so it took a quite a bit of creativity to have any extra funds for drinks or dinner.  In the end, though, we decided it’s one day, it’s a holiday, and we wanted to splurge a little because we are just going to drive ourselves crazy if we say “no” to every special treat.

The day started off with $3 chocolate hearts we found for each other at Walmart!  We were amazed at the great deal, and the chocolate tastes delicious!

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Unfortunately, both Joshua and I had to work all day, but thanks to the flexibility of our jobs, I was able to spend all day with him at his work (while I worked on my laptop), so we were together as much as possible!

Later that afternoon, we took a ten-minute break to run down the street for a special Valentine’s Starbucks!  They had the Molten Chocolate Trio (a latte, frappe, or hot chocolate) specialty going on for Valentine’s Day that we wanted to take advantage of.  Thankfully, no one seemed to be at Starbucks around 3:30 in the afternoon, so there was no wait for us!

Of course kisses for Valentine's Day <3

Of course kisses for Valentine’s Day ❤

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When we were off work, we ordered take-out sushi for a special dinner!  (Because actually eating in the restaurant on Valentine’s Day is just far too crowded and chaotic for us introverts. 😉 )  Funny story: Before I met my husband, I had never tried good sushi (aka, I’d only had disgusting, fishy, cheap grocery store California rolls).  He introduced me to a local sushi place here in town and needless to say, I’m now OBSESSED and I wish we could get it far more often than our typical every three-four months.  I guess it keeps it special, though. 😉  Oh my yum, so amazingly delicious.

This was actually an awesome deal: three rolls for $30. (And this is more than enough to STUFF the two of us!)

This was actually an awesome deal: three rolls for $30. (And this is more than enough to STUFF the two of us!)

Once we were home, we had a few minutes before sitting down to eat, so I took the time to sneak around the house and hide Harry Potter Valentine cards for my husband to treasure-hunt.  I printed them up weeks ago and I’m pretty sure it was the highlight of my excitement for the day, other than the sushi.  The sushi pretty much tops all. 😉

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img_2234Before long, I told him he had eight treasures to find and he began his search.  He found the first six super easily but the last two proved slightly more difficult. 😉

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After he found them all (which he LOVED by the way!  A good way for him to remember his nerdy wife, haha), we sat down to eat our sushi and watch a movie.  We originally wanted “Grease” as our Valentine’s Day tradition, but then we thought we should try a new movie in the ‘Romantic Favorites’ category on Netflix.  We went with “The Switch” which was definitely a mistake for a romantic evening (to be clear, it did have a romantic element, but that wasn’t the point of the movie, which was what we wanted for Valentine’s Day).  Next year will be “Grease” for sure!

We ended the night with some light drinks that we splurged on for the very purpose of Valentine’s Day.  I’d never had vodka before, and so we decided to give it a shot.  The consensus: I like it!

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Overall, it was such a blessing to be married this Valentine’s Day!  I hope you and yours had a beautiful day as well! ❤

-Tialla

A Second Job

I feel like it’s been quite a while since my last post, though in reality it hasn’t been overly long.  I suppose it just feels like a long time because every moment of every day for me has been SO dang busy.

Nearly every day of January, other than working, was spent looking for a second job.  Just after New Year’s, Joshua and I decided that it would be a helpful idea for me to find a second job, if possible.  I won’t go into details, but we have about six big expenses coming up this year, two of them medical, and we realized with our current income, it would be quite difficult to find the necessary funds.  Thus, the job search.

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Lord willing, after submitting six applications and multiple inquiries, I heard back from a company and within two weeks (filled with studying, passing a qualification assessment, and all the legal stuff), I started work!  Technically, my first day was February 1st.  As of now, I’ve completed four full work days and I’m enjoying the job!  I’m just grateful for the extra income and something else to put on my resume. 🙂

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Same. 😉

For those of you wondering, my second job involves me being a Social Media Evaluator for Appen.  I’m extremely grateful for another work-from-home job, which enables me to still take care of dinner and some quick things around the house on breaks.  Combining this job with my original job, I honestly can’t express how grateful I am for the opportunity to work an eight-hour day completely from the flexibility of my computer!  It is such an incredible blessing. ❤  I know it won’t last forever, so I am certainly wanting to enjoy it and be grateful for it while this is my situation. ❤

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Anyway, that’s been my life lately!  I also barely started editing my NaNoWriMo novel, but that was the day before I started work for Appen, so since then I haven’t had a chance to get back to it.  I’ll have to figure out a time to do so!

Until next time,

-Tialla ❤

Glasses!

I bought new glasses!

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For those of you who don’t know, in order to see clearly, I need glasses.  I started wearing my first pair of glasses at age twelve.  However, when I was sixteen, I was tired of dealing with my glasses (there are numerous cons to wearing glasses for those of you who don’t know), and I figured, my vision wasn’t that bad, so I stopped wearing them.  I didn’t get contacts (I’m still freaked out by all the risks involved with contacts), I just quit wearing glasses.  I also did some research about whether or not this would damage my eyes in the long-run, but the resounding answer was no.  Satisfied, I placed my glasses in my dresser.  That is, other than when I drove. 😉

Five years passed.  Skip forward to a few months ago.

My husband knows that I need glasses to see properly, and he’s always encouraged me to wear them, but I’ve still chosen not to.  However, recently, I started to notice some actual problems with not wearing my glasses.  For example, say my husband would be pointing to something he noticed in the distance, and when I looked to see it, I literally wouldn’t even know something existed there.  It wasn’t just that the shape was blurry, it was that it completely blended in with everything else because of the blurriness.  More and more I noticed not being able to read menus at fast food places, or not knowing if someone across the room was talking to me or my husband if they didn’t ask a direct question and I couldn’t tell who they were looking at.

So yes, problems.

I’m not sure how I went this long without it becoming an issue because my eye doctor didn’t see a change in my eyes this year.  Perhaps it’s because I now have someone actually pointing things out to me, and previously I just assumed nothing was there since I couldn’t see it.

Because, you know, my sight wasn’t that bad.

Well, that phase of reluctance and denial has ended.  My hubby began to encourage me more and more to wear my glasses, but I just didn’t like my current pair.  They worked for driving, but they were frameless, so they had a lot of glare, as well as they slid down all the time.  Thus, I decided that in order to start wearing my glasses again daily, I would need the necessary motivation of a new pair of glasses.

Thankfully, I heard of Zenni Optical, which pretty much revolutionized the whole getting glasses ordeal.  Their glasses are inexpensive, high quality, and custom made.  You can upload a photo of yourself to “try them on” and browse hundreds of frames.  I ended up spending $30 for a pair of glasses, and that included shipping!  They did not sponsor me at all for this, by the way, I just happen to love them!

My glasses came in the mail yesterday, marking the beginning to my journey in adjusting to daily life with glasses again.  Can I just say, though, that I LOVE my glasses?  The size, the shape….  Also, the lenses look like they are almost nonexistent.  I can’t get over it–my glasses look like they are just frames unless a glare is on my lenses.  I’m sure that this will probably go away as the lenses get exposed to different elements, but I still think it’s just so neat.

Another great thing is that these glasses hardly ever slide down.  I’m so happy with them, and they definitely help me feel more comfortable with wearing glasses again!

I thought it would be fun to post photos of my glasses through the years, from starting at twelve-sixteen and then today.

My first pair of glasses at age 12!

My first pair of glasses at age 12!

Second pair at age 14

Third pair at 16! (These are the frameless ones I mentioned.)

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And then today’s at age 21. 😉

 

Anyway, I just thought it would be fun to write an update about my new glasses and the start to this more “clear” phase of my life. 😉

Until next time,

-Tialla

Our Six-Month Anniversary

(Heads up that this will indeed be a mushy post. 😉 )

On Tuesday, January 10th, Joshua and I celebrated our six-month wedding anniversary.  It’s absolutely amazing to me that it has already been half a year since we said, “I do.”  These past six months have simply flown by.  With each month that passes, I’m reminded of the reality of the saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun.”  I know without doubt that I’m going to blink and we’ll both be decades down the line, amazed at the time that has sped by.

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I think back on what has happened these past months since our wedding ceremony, and it just blows my mind.  Various aspects of work (both Joshua’s and mine), family, friends, aspirations, hopes, plans, goals, projects, and routines…so much has happened, and so much has changed from the day before our wedding.  What an adventure we’ve had so far, both good and bad, and I wouldn’t want to spend this life with anyone else.

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This was the caption I posted on my social media for our anniversary post:

“How has it possibly already been half a year since we said our vows? These past six months have simply flown by. To think, when we had been dating for six months, you proposed, and now we have been married for six months! As I tell anyone who asks, marriage is the best thing ever. Always having my soulmate, best friend, and lover by my side each and every day, through thick and thin. Knowing that no matter what, he is there for me. Many things may happen during the day, but at the end of the day, we have each other. Since July, our lives have seen many changes. Ebb and flow with both the good and the bad, the exciting and the mundane, but the constant is the fact that we still have each other. I’m so grateful to share this life with you, Joshua, to always have you here to support and encourage me, and to give me the blessing of always being there for you, supporting, and encouraging you. And most importantly, I’m so grateful to the Lord for bringing us together, as well as for giving us the humbling opportunity to mirror Christ and the Church with our marriage. It’s such a blessing to settle in married life with you, Mister, to figure out how to be married together, to be your helper, and to go on this journey together, hand in hand. I’m so excited to see where God takes us. Happy six months! I love you to the moon and back! <3″

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We celebrated our anniversary starting with a meal of homemade biscuits and gravy.  This was my first time making both homemade biscuits and gravy and I have to say, I LOVED how they turned out!  Definitely will be repeating.

If this doesn't look appetizing, I apologize, but it really was DELICIOUS! :)

If this doesn’t look appetizing, I apologize, but it really was DELICIOUS! 🙂

After dinner, we headed to the movies to see Rogue One (thanks to my in-laws for a movie theater Christmas gift card!).  It was a wonderful time out together, especially since we can rarely afford to go to the theater these days.

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Happy halfway anniversary, my love!  I can’t wait to see what these next six months (and beyond) hold for us.

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-Tialla ❤