Monthly Archives: July 2012

Yoga and Crafting with Rachel part 4

For the past three or four weeks, I have been going to yoga class and I love it. I have been going about twice a week. My mom was thinking about doing yoga, went, and signed up to try a class and end up not liking it. The yoga studio that I have been doing yoga at has a family pack which has 20 classes. I think I have around 10 classes left on it. I usually take a class on wednesday and it’s called Hatha Star. We work on different poses and on learning how to correctly do the pose and what parts of the body it works. It is more of an intro. class but it’s helping a lot with flexibility. We spent the last class working on pidgin pose which stretches your hip flexors and worked on different modifications of the pose. On fridays or saturdays, I have my gentle yoga class which is a breathing class and it is more of a meditation type class. We do basic twist and some warrior poses. There is a lot of older people in that class. That helps a lot with stretching out my knee muscles.

I did this craft a while ago but inspiration came from this picture from pinterest:

This had two of my favorite things Mumford and Sons and one of my favorite lyrics.  I decided to do two, one with Coldplay lyrics and one with Mumford lyrics.

Make a grid on the canvas was a mistake/ I can’t draw well

“Lights will guide you home and ingrate your bones”- Coldplay
Words to live by

This one really did not turn out. I think that I am just going to keep that one in ATX. You have permission to judge the “h” in home.

“Lead me to the Truth and I will Follow You with my Whole Heart”- Mumford and Sons, more words to live by.

Overall, I would recommend not using stickers. They work well when they are taken off but are hard to paint over and use darker paint. I would recommend up and down strokes when painting and opposite any stickers that try to peel off.


Posted by on July 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


A Day in Austin

Enjoying the cone

Candy Store along South Congress

Favorite Candy Bar (in case some one wants to get me one some time)

Inside the candy store

Grape Snowcone at the Candy store

Vintage dress Shopping

Driving to The Drag (Can you spot the capital)

My first trip to Tyler’s

True Fact!

Hillside Theatre for the Sound Of Music

Whole foods dinner

Overall, I had a super fun time doing tourist things in my town. I went with my sister and some of her friends from camp. Overall, it was super fun. We did a lot of shopping and I discover urban outfitters has a lot of cute clothes except for the fact that it is super expensive. Only one person bought something there. We ended the day with seeing the Sound of Music put on by: Zach Scott Theatre. It was really good and I highly recommend it if anyone is in Austin. It was really crowded but we got there really early, so we had really good seats.

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Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Popular Fiction and Film Reviews


It has long been debated whether a film adaptation of a really popular novel can ever truly live up to the reader’s expectations and equal its paperback’s sucess. I started thinking about this whilst in Waterstones purchasing the Help when the store assistant enthusiastically announced that the film version was almost as good as the book, as though this was some sort of revelation. What really struck me was her emphasis on ‘almost’, as though it was never a point in question that the film could rival the book, but it was to be applauded that it had even come close.

As a self-confessed book-worm I’m concerned I might be approaching this debate with a slightly biased opinion (as you can probably tell from the title of the post) as, for me, there’s nothing better than those rare moments when you find yourself in possession of a book you just…

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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in Uncategorized


Goals for this next school year

List of Goals for this coming year of college.

1. Get over this shy business 

I really need to get over being shy. I keep telling myself to get over it. I have always had my sisters around, so I never really had trouble in social situations because I always had somebody to talk to. Coming to college, freshmen year, I was really excited because I figured there would be lots people like me. Who didn’t go out and party all the time on the weekends or sat around and talked, went to movies, etc. I found that but I want to branch out more. In a way, this prevented me from rushing Camber and joining clubs. I just felt I didn’t fit in or people knew each other in clubs I wanted to join, which made it unconvertible.

2. Put your self out there and join a club

I had a very strong close group of friends freshmen year. I had other friends that I was not as close to but I felt like because I had this really close group of friends that I didn’t need to really get to know anyone else. I did meet people but I just never felt like I should form a friendship or hang out with them.  I don’t have to be best friends with everyone. Maybe a goal should introduce myself to someone new on the first day. I was involved with stuff but I felt like it was mostly academic stuff. There are days when I need to study, like test days or days when I just feel like writing papers. Working on balancing school and club/ hanging out with people, etc. I am hoping since I have mostly morning classes. I can do a lot more studying in the afternoon then in the evening thus I don’t feel bad if I go to something and nothing got done. Also, I am hoping because I am living in an apartment. I can separate school from home. I feel like I ate a lot of meals in my room, even though I ate with friends a lot. Separating everything will be good such as having a place to have meals and a completely separate space where I study and sleep.

3. Finding a Church

In a perfect world, I would have already found a Lutheran church within walking distance to campus or a ride. I won’t be getting a car this year. I love the Lutheran church because that is what I have grown up in and it feels right. The Lutheran churches in Collegetown did not feel right. I felt like I did not have much of a choice, there were only three. I went to all three. It didn’t feel right. I went to other churches and they felt ok except that I was not really open about finding different church of a different domination. Lately, I become more interested in maybe finding a church outside of the Lutheran church. Mostly because my home church is having some problems. I have a options that are close to campus that I think I am going to try out and see if I like one. I think a friend is still looking a church, we could go  together or do our own thing.

4. Apartment time

I am super over-prepared for life. I have a million different ideas for my room,  I am so excited. I did a new crafting project yesterday. Pictures and directions are coming soon. I talked to two of the three roommates that I am going to be living with and I am really excited to meet them. I feel like we have a lot of different interest and involved with different things. I honestly don’t except to see them around much. I plan on making a list on what everyone is bringing. I feel like in somebody brings the same thing or multiple of the same item. It’s not that big of deal. I am just super excited.

5. Academics/ Job

Finding a balance between school, work, and fun time is something I need to work on. Being organized is the way to do that. Sure, Pinterest and Facebook are fun but school is a little bit more important. Considering those grades need to go up. Exciting news, I have a job interview on the first day of school, after all my classes are done. I have been practicing with my dad on interviewing. He used to help with hiring in the company that he worked for. That has been really helpful. I am also planning to have some more people look at my resume. I feel like it’s not very good. I have a few people in mind might be able to help or the career center.

6.  Major/ Minor stuff

It’s official, my parents are ok with everything now about my major. I think I am going to try and meet with an advisor maybe the 2nd or 3rd week of school. I think I am going to major in Anthropology with a minor in Middle-East Studies. Still debating if I want to minor in English.

7. Research update

I am combining another book with Never Let Me G0. Taking a break from Why we tell stories? research.

8. Other fun things that have happened this summer

I went out to breakfast the other day with my sister and a really good high school friend. Hung out with people the other day, went out to coffee. A lot of people are coming back from camp jobs that they had and summer classes are finishing up. It’s awesome.

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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Uncategorized


Telling Stories with Stephen King (Why We Crave Horror Movies)

I think that we’re all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better – and maybe not all that much better, after all. We’ve all known people who talk to themselves, people who sometimes squinch their faces into horrible grimaces when they believe no one is watching, people who have some hysterical fear – of snakes, the dark, the tight place, the long drop . . . and, of course, those final worms and grubs that are waiting so patiently underground.

If we are all insane, then sanity becomes a matter of degree. If your insanity leads you to carve up women like Jack the Ripper or the Cleveland Torso Murderer, we clap you away in the funny farm (but neither of those two amateur-night surgeons was ever caught, heh-heh-heh); if, on the other hand, your insanity leads you only to talk to yourself when you’re under stress or to pick your nose on your morning bus, then you are left alone to go about your business . . . though it is doubtful that you will ever be invited to the best parties.

If we share a brotherhood of man, then we also share an insanity of man. None of which is intended as a defense of either the sick joke or insanity but merely as an explanation of why the best horror films, like the best fairy tales, manage to be reactionary, anarchistic, and revolutionary all at the same time.

Why bother? Because it keeps them from getting out, man. It keeps them down there and me up here. It was Lennon and McCartney who said that all you need is love, and I would agree with that. As long as you keep the gators fed.

Why do we go to horror movies? As Stephen King puts it we are all a little insane/mentally ill. If your like me, you dread them but I still go ever once and a while. Do we enjoy the suspense or the actually what the heck is going on? Do we watch other people, made up characters, experiencing something out of the ordinary for our own entrainment? Is there something about watching something that we know is not real but to us as we leave the theatre, we know deep in our soul that what we saw could really happen.

(author’s note: Should I continue with this series? I feel like a lot of it is me taking quotes and trying to make them make sense. I just feel like I have done a lot of these lately. I don’t really know how much research I need to come up with an answer to my question, on why we tell stories? I don’t put a lot of thought into these post anymore. Any thoughts?)

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Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Telling Stories with


Telling Stories with John Green/ VlogBrothers (Part 2)

When do you feel most alive?

I feel most alive when I have finished a good book or long periods away from my computer like when I go for a run or to yoga class. Other times it is when I am drinking tea or coffee and having great conversations with friends and family.

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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Telling Stories with


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Crafting with Rachel Part 3

Last night, I had some much inspiration for my apartment next year. Basically, my room is going to have a ton of pictures. I figured out what bedspread I am getting from target, along with the matching pillow, picture frame, and maybe the matching lamp. I like it when things match, it makes sense and it makes the room look nice. Here is the pattern.

Future Bedding

I am not sure what sheets to put with it. It comes with white sheets but I cannot do white sheets.

My sister, on the other hand, was getting rid of some cool looking picture frames that you can hang on the wall. I had left over pictures that I was going to hang from cloths pins above my bed but decided to use some of these frames  instead, to display my pictures.

The first six that I did

Cutting the pictures to make them the right size

Photo scraps


Final product


I plan to bring the cross that I have hanging in my room. It brings much needed comfort and it has also hung in my room. It’s a little slice of home.



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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Uncategorized