Some Brief Dressing Advice

I am by no means a fashionista, a station which would be denied me on my almost-excessive modesty as much as on my lack of fashion sense. However, in the six weeks I have spent at college, I have learned a few ways to avoid looking entirely like a ‘homeschooler’. I don’t want to imply that all homeschoolers dress this way, as they certainly do not, but I know that some do and that during my last year of high school I frequently dressed as if I was not going to leave the house–because I usually wasn’t. Now I see people daily, some of whom I wish to impress because I like them and others because I don’t. So here we go. (I’m not mentioning modesty, because you probably already know how important that is, and if you don’t, a stranger with less than no authority blogging about it isn’t going to change your mind.)

1. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER wear socks with skirts. This is a very important rule. DO NOT DISOBEY IT. Please, just don’t. In particular, do not wear those socks frequently worn by little girls with the lacy, turn-down cuffs. There are at least three homeschooled girls I’ve seen here, all of them very intelligent girls, but for some reason they do this. Just don’t. The sole exception is that it may occasionally be permissible to wear knee-high socks with a knee-length skirt. You may want to double-check this, however.

2. Don’t wear a ponytail every day. In fact, eschew the low ponytail unless you have particularly beautiful hair. Wear it in a side pony, or a high pony if you like that look, or do something creative. Make sure that this creative thing is clearly visible from the front, however. Don’t just wind a braid around your pony. And don’t wear the same hairstyle every day. Wear it down on occasion, wear it in a braid, wear it up, and so on. Curl it, straighten it, etc. I confess to be guilty of wearing it down every day, so I’m not exactly practicing what I preach.

3. Don’t wear skirts every day. I know they’re prettier, and more comfortable, and make you feel feminine and all that jazz, but wear jeans or something sometimes. Try to wear pants to class once or twice a week.

4. Wear makeup. Not necessarily every day, and don’t cake it on, but wear it sometimes, at least on weekends or when you’re having one of those days when you feel dull. It really makes me feel put-together and elegant.

5. Wear heels once a week. 


Seven Quick Takes


1. I am writing this from my dorm room, on a new laptop, on a different operating system, and in a different city than my last post.

2. I’m really tired. I think it might be more of an emotional tiredness than a physical one, though. Over the past few years I’ve become more and more introverted (both by choice and by circumstance–nothing weird, I just didn’t have a lot of opportunities to do stuff) and then I was thrown suddenly into a situation where I am forced to talk to a lot of new people frequently. It’s fun, sure, but it’s also mentally exhausting, especially with new academics, being away from home, and a new schedule of living.

3. Daily Mass helps. 

4. Drinking coffee, dressing nicely, putting on makeup, and working on homework the day it is assigned also helps. 

5. In short, my first week at college has gone about as well as could be reasonably expected. I can’t say it’s been ‘wonderful’, but I doubt that it’s even possible that the very first week of college could be anything but hard for an introvert who prefers working on a weekly as opposed to daily schedule and is overly attached to routine and the familiar. It’s probably just as hard for extroverts, now that I think of it–they may find it easier and more pleasant to interact socially so frequently, but perhaps it’s more of a wrench to be separated from old friends for them.

6. The food, showers, and Internet connections are all surprisingly decent, as is the air conditioning. I can’t really say much about my classes as of yet, since they started two days ago, but my Latin professor, who apparently has near-mythical status among professors here, is extremely opinionated and quite interesting. 

7. Don’t forget to pray and fast for Syria tomorrow as Pope Francis asked. For those in the central time zone, the time to watch for is 12 PM-5 PM.

That’s all for today.


Seven Quick Takes



1. I thought of some things which I will not say if I ever meet one of the famous people whom I admire. For example: “Will you autograph my heart?” “May I lick your hand?” “I brought you this delicious bass.”

2. I’ve been drinking chamomile tea most nights for the last week or so and I think it has actually really helped my sleep pattern. It may just be a placebo effect, but I’ve noticed myself getting up earlier and possibly sleeping sounder, too. Just a thought.

3. I HAVE A SPINNING WHEEL. I am not yet sure what I will name it, hence this poll:

So far I have spun quite a lot more on it than I could have ever done with a spindle.  (By the way, I know my wheel needs a boy’s name because I tried to list that I was dating it on Facebook. It didn’t work. I am one strange little spinster.)

4. I also have a job, which is okay, but not fun. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be fun, it just has to be a method of earning a little money for college during the summer, of which there is only six! weeks! LEFT! UNTIL I GO TO COLLEGE!

5. It is so weird to think that I have had this blog (counting its Blogspot edition) since… 2010? Ah, at that time I would not have thought that in three years I would be ecstatically awaiting the beginning of orientation at UD.

6. The Tour de Fleece will end this Sunday, and I will have spun well over a pound of fiber. Thank you, beloved spinning wheel. I couldn’t have done it without you.

7. Am I the only person listening obsessively to this song? I think I’ve listened to it every day for, like, a week. I don’t know if any of the band’s other songs are any good, and I know that at least one is inappropriate, but I really love this one.

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Seven Quick Takes


1. Am I the only person who, when they read sentimental Pinterest lists of what girls want their marriage proposal to be like and the list includes some variation of “he’ll ask my father’s permission”, has an immediate urge to sneak out and elope? In all honesty, what’s with this thing? The Catechism says that although (adult, obviously) children should ask for and respect their parent’s advice on the choice of a spouse, the parents do not have authority to interfere. Besides, I’m not property; I don’t need my future husband to ask my dad to make sure he’s willing to hand me over. I’m thinking this idea is some ill-considered method of showing that you’re a traditionally feminine girl who still thinks obedience is important. I consider myself traditional, but as far as I’m concerned, this custom is at least somewhat opposed to the way the Church treats marriage. The only person whose consent is relevant is mine and his. In fact, the Church discourages the custom of giving away the bride at a wedding. So when/if I marry, my parents’ blessing? Yes. Permission? No.

2. I’ve been preparing for the Tour de fleece by spinning up some unfinished projects and miscellaneous bits of fiber. I’ve done about all I’m going to get done until it starts, I think, so for the next week I’m going to work on knitting projects. I think I can finish the second sock of a pair and a small scarf pre-Tour. Indeed, I just finished a pair of Moody Stockings this morning. It took me just nine days to knit them. That might sound like a long time, but at a fine gauge and interspersed with quite a bit of spinning, it’s very good time for me.

3. One of our toilets overflowed again. This is the second time in two years. So right now there is a very large yellow truck in front of our house. Alas.

4. I’m going to start watching Babylon 5 soon. I got Season One from my best buddy, the public library. I don’t know whether I’m going to like it or not, but I believe Jimmy Akin of apologetics fame watched it, since he has a few posts about it at his blog (do a search), and it’s rated PG so I’m thinking it shouldn’t be too inappropriate. I haven’t watched it yet, though, so don’t take my word for it.

5. We got some really delicious almond butter from Trader Joe’s the other day. I had a tablespoon in my oatmeal with a teeny bit of nutmeg in place of the cinnamon since we were out, a couple drops of vanilla, and some brown sugar as well as the obligatory milk. Yummy! (Note that nutmeg is actually a dangerous hallucinogen in high doses, as in 1-6 whole “nuts”. But then, no one is exactly in danger of consuming that much in a sitting by accident, unless you’re the type to make a batch of luscious nutmeg muffins and then eat them all.

6. I got an Amazon gift card for my birthday recently and I used most of it to buy Super Mario Galaxy. (Don’t tell me I’m stupid, I already know that.) To my dismay, it requires the use of the nunchuk extension, which I loathe. So I guess I’ll have to get better at it before I can really play it…

7. I originally said I had nothing here, but I see Bloglovin’ wants me to put a link up again if I want to claim this new address. So there, Bloglovin’. Take that. (Actually, I really like Bloglovin’, except once in a while it takes weirdly long to update, as in I’ll visit the blog and see they have new posts up several hours before Bloglovin’ puts them up. That doesn’t happen very much, though.)

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Verdict on HP 7 and 8

An addendum to my earlier post.

Deathly Hallows Part I was fairly good, but not that much better than the other movies. Part II, on the other hand, was excellent. I really enjoyed it. Alan Rickman… *weeps*

This is a short post, because I am very tired from an exciting and delightful day with friends (which involved watching both movies). Any doubt that I am an introvert is now removed. I love spending time with these people, but even when it is great fun I have to recharge afterwards.


The Harry Potter Movies

Usually, when I see a movie/movies based on a book, I think the movie is worse. This is almost always the case. The Harry Potter movies are no exception. (I have so far watched the first six movies.) 

However, I noticed something unusual about these adaptions. Although the movies were certainly not bad, and I did enjoy watching them, watching them felt considerably longer than reading them. They just dragged on… and on… and on… until I wondered how much longer they could possibly go. Now, the books took me more than two hours each to read, and the movies are about two, two and a half hours long each, and therefore had to pack more action into less time. Why were they so much more boring? 

I think that it may be because of all the small subplots which Rowling put in the books, possibly to keep the interest revved up while the main plot was brewing: for example, the slight Harry felt when Hermione and Ron were made prefects in Book 5. However, most adaptions of books leave out minor strands of their literary originals without becoming hideously dull in comparison. (I note here the Lord of the Rings movies, which, though hardly perfect, remained good adaptions and excellent entertainment even without Tom Bombadil, Ghan-buri-Ghan, the Scouring of the Shire, and so on.)

I do wish to make one exception to this rule in the movies I have so far seen: Prisoner of Azkaban was excellent. Why this is, I cannot say, other than that whatever the differences were that made it more entertaining, they probably stemmed from the director, who for some reason directed only that one. (Why? Why? And for that matter, why did Peter Jackson take over the Hobbit movie movies from Guillermo del Toro? WHY?! I ask fate!)


five faves

Linking up with Moxie Wife this week!

1. Robot Unicorn Attack… embarrassingly addictive. I use the Robot Unicorn Attack: Evolution app on facebook, but I set it up so only I can see anything it does to my profile, because I would be rather humiliated if anyone outside my family knew I played it, which brings up the question of why I’m posting about it? Anyway, the Evolution version is way cool, because when you smash 4 stars in a row you evolve into a UNICORN PANDA, and then into a wolf, and so on until you become a dragon.

2. New haircut circa a couple weeks ago! Bangs! Shorter!


I look a bit manic here, don’t I?

3. HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE ME!!!!! Done done done with high school… forever. 

4. I’m doing the Tour de fleece on Ravelry.com this year, where you spin yarn every day that the Tour de france rides their bicycles. I’m competing on Team TARDIS. I really like the avatar I made for it:



5. Tomorrow I turn eighteen. In our family, on birthdays we get doughnuts. I love doughnuts. Yummy.