January 27, 2016

Snowed In with #BlizzardJonas

Last week, the major topic of conversation was the impending snowstorm. Like any great procrastinator, I waited until Thursday to buy a shovel-only after my mom called and insisted I go when we get off the phone. I originally planned to wait until I got off from work Friday to stop by Lowe's and pick up a shovel, and pick up some groceries just in case we actually got slammed with snow and I couldn't leave. I looked outside after mom texted me to see where I was on Friday and it was barely flurrying. Within an hour, I looked out again and there was already a thin covering.
 I woke up on Saturday morning, looked outside and realized how heavily the snow came down overnight. Then I had the brilliant realization that I left the shovel I bought on Thursday in the car. I know, it did me a whole lot of good being out there.
I planned to make a snapstory narrating my weekend snowed in.. but then it slipped my mind. Instead, I documented my journey to get the shovel for my mom, sister, and Kyle.
"All bundled up to get the shovel from my car!"
 "This isn't so bad."
 "Nevermind. It's up to my knees, but I got the shovel!"
Sunday morning, I woke up and knew I was going to have to clear off my car in case I had school the next day. I got up, put on as many layers as I could, then I stepped out the front door. At this point, I realized I was going to have to clear a path from my front door eventually, so I put in my headphone and got to work. Once I made a decent path, I went out to see what I was going to have to clear to get my car out.
 There was a lot more snow behind my car than I anticipated. I snapped a picture and immediately got to shoveling. About 20 minutes into shoveling, I took a break and tried to make a snapstory of my shoveling experience. Then my phone shut off at 33% and acted like it was dead. I continued shoveling another hour before I took a break to grab my portable charger and a bottle of water. 
I spent roughly three hours clearing my car and the snow around it. I selfishly went inside and prayed for at least a two hour delay because my back and shoulders were already screaming at me. Shortly after, I got a call from the school saying the district would be closed Monday. The next day, I got another call from the school saying the district would be closed Tuesday. 
I did not document how I spent my Monday or Tuesday. Truthfully, it wasn't pretty. Since I came in and got cleaned up after shoveling on Sunday, I camped out on the couch and binged on Dexter and chocolate.
As much as I enjoyed the extra time to relax and clean my apartment, I'm thankful to be back at school today (especially after a two hour delay).

Thanks for stopping by! xo

January 22, 2016

Life Lately

Life has been pretty busy lately; getting a brand new group of students, working hard to finish decorating my apartment, and trying to stick with my new year's goals. I've been working on trying to take more photos during the week but it still slips my mind from time to time. I started carrying a disposable camera in my purse as a fun way of capturing moments that I won't be able to see until I finish the film, so it acts kind of like an incentive to capture more of life's moments. For now, here are a few pictures taken from my iPhone. 
 One of my favorite places for brunch is Rock Bass along the Susquehanna River. Stuffed french toast with a view for the win.  
 For a final project for photo one, students were hand-coloring their black and white prints with photo oils just like they were decades ago. I hand-colored this print of my sister as an example.
Sticking with one of my goals for 2016, I attempted to make some sweet and spicy chicken for dinner. Despite the fact that I didn't have any panko and tried to make breading with flour, an egg and bread crumbs, it wasn't half bad. I mixed up some sauce with things I already had in my cabinet; vegetable oil, soy sauce, hot sauce, and honey.

Thanks for stopping by! xo

January 18, 2016

2016 Goals

I'm not sure how, but I missed Charpology's second anniversary earlier this month. I started this blog as a means of finding my voice. As one of forty Art Education majors accepted at Kutztown a semester, I found it hard to compete with my classmates and even harder to befriend them. It took me a couple of semesters before I realized we weren't all going after exactly the same job. Sure, education is a competitive field. Art education is even more competitive with districts cutting their arts programs, but I met some incredible people through the art department in Kutztown. My professors and classmates encouraged (and, obviously, discouraged) me as I worked to find my voice and got a bit personal on the internet.
I've followed bloggers since I was a senior in high school. I've been inspired by them and they truly helped me to develop my personal style. I know how powerful words and pictures can be and how important it is to be careful how I construct my posts. I became a bit anxious as I found out some of my students found my blog. Then I remembered the conversation I had with one of my favorite college professors (later my early field/ student teaching practicum advisor) about my blog before it was even created. We discussed how I would feel about my employer finding my blog and whether or not it would upset me if it prevented me from attaining employment. My response then and now is that my blog is an extension of me. I feel it is an added piece to my resumé and if it helps make a decision about whether or not I'm a fit for a position, I'm still proud of it. I'm happy to have found an outlet that teaches me to be cautious but also allows me to express (and laugh at) myself. 
Is it too late in the month to talk about the new year?  I've never really been one for New Year's Resolution's, because I know the likelihood of keeping them is slim. I'm more into the idea of making goals because I can set "checkpoints" and make them feel more attainable. This year I've set several goals I plan to work towards in 2016:
Take better care of myself: I'll be 23 in just over a month and I feel like it's about time for me to act a bit more like an adult. Develop a strong skincare routine, cut back on the bacon (booo) and junk food, and work on creating and maintaining a budget. 
Learn to cook: This is a big one that goes hand in hand with taking better care of myself. My current cooking skills are slim to none; simple breakfast foods, grilled cheese, mac and cheese, rice, buffalo chicken dip. Nothing very substantial, nothing very healthy. So, I'll have to pick up a cookbook or two, turn to Pinterest, make lists, really plan before I go to the grocery store, and learn from trial and error. I couldn't be any more excited.
Read more often: As I mentioned a few months ago, I miss unplugging from the world of technology and picking up a good book. I have yet to finish my summer reading list... oops... but I plan to pick up where I left off and cut back on my incessant Netflix binge (once I finish Dexter).
Be more decisive: I have the most difficult time making decisions. Decision making becomes even more difficult for me when there are other people involved. I think I partially worry about the other person/people not agreeing with the decision but also, I will be content no matter what the other person/people chooses. That being said, it wouldn't hurt for me to work on my decision making skills so it doesn't take Kyle and I an extra 45 minutes to eat on Friday night.
Explore new places: I've lived on my own in a "new" place for about five months now and I haven't really ventured out of my apartment to check out the area-besides hitting up my favorites; Target, TJMaxx, and Marshalls.
What about you? Did you make any resolutions or set goals? 
Thanks for Stopping by! xo

January 11, 2016

Monday Perk

Mondays can be so drab, spice them up with these coffee related favorites that make brewing/drinking coffee you brought to work/class that much more fun. 

*Click on photo to shop*
Disclaimer: I have the Williams-Sonoma milk frother but I couldn't find it online but my mom has the pictured Nespresso frothed-they're both great.

What are your home-brewing necessities?

January 5, 2016

Novelty Shoes

 Bailey and I went out on the first cold day this winter where it was drizzling on and off and in typical fashion, I wasn't dressed nearly warm enough. So a nice, hot Chestnut Praline Latte from Starbucks and Kate Spade beanie with the largest pom (similar here) were a must for the shoot.
I can't even begin to tell you how much I love novelty shoes and accessories. I just bought this purse because it was too darn cute. One of my students showed me a picture of these shoes and said she could see me wearing them and as luck would have it, I stumbled upon them on super sale at Macy's last week.

Wearing: Faux Leather Jacket // Shirt (Similar) // Boyfriend Jeans // Shoes

Shop other novelty shoes I'm crushing on: 

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