IT IS FINISHED

The semester is FINISHED and now it is time for blogging and reading and writing and coding-for-fun and Netflix and video games and sunshine and swimming and taking dogs to the park and grilling and no mayo please and tanning and burning and peeling and flaking and FUN.

I wanted to take a moment to give a shoutout to some of the reasons I got through those last 3 weeks of this semester:

1. A big thank you to CURE-EGG. You make waking up in the mornings possible.

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2. I’d like to thank this fellow here for keeping me on track as my wallpaper when the lure of “fun internet” became so strong.

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3. To all the “OH-GOD-PLEASE-HELP-ME-CRAM-FOR-THIS-FINAL-EXAM-I-SWEAR-I’LL-NEVER-SIN-AGAIN-IN-MY-LIFE-IF-YOU-HELP-ME-PASS-AMEN” playlist curators at 8tracks.com, thank you so much!

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4. I wanted to thank my dog, Raven, for putting up with hours of her owner sitting on the floor, nose touching the computer screen, fingers hammering out code. You are a good dog, we’ll go to the park all summer and I’ll let you roll in the mud.

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5. And finally, I’d like to thank all my friends and family for still liking me, even after not seeing me for 2 months because I’ve been cooped up in my lair working on projects and tests.  You guys are the best.

LET THE SUMMER BEGIN. 

Why America is not the greatest country in the world:

I’m not saying we ever were “the greatest”, but this is the most honest thing I’ve heard on television in a very long time.

TL;DR: WORTH THE WATCH

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SarahBeth and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

[This is a rant/stream of consciousness post. Please skip this, especially if you’re in a good mood.]

I think I should finally admit something. Aloud.

Okay, maybe not aloud. In print. (Because you can’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true, right?)

The thing is: I’m a freak. I got my driver’s license when I was 21. I’m buying my first car at the ripe old age of 22.

But you know what they don’t teach you in high school or undergrad?

HOW THE HELL YOU GO ABOUT BUYING A CAR.

No one teaches these things, you’re supposed to just figure it out.

YES, I realize people write articles about these things.

YES, I realize that usually your parents buy your first car for you (or at least, they teach you how and go with you.)

But sometimes people forget that sometimes there are 22-year-old young women who sometimes don’t get their licenses until they are 21 and sometimes they have no idea how to purchase a car even though sometimes they get a tax return back that might sometimes be enough to finally afford a vehicle. But not often. Sometimes.

Today was car #2 that was a no-go. I spent $100 to have a mechanic tell me to keep looking. Then again, $100 is cheap for peace of mind, so that was a positive.

Now I’ve got cars #3-5 lined up, but I’m not letting myself fall in love with anything. “I’ve just been hurt too many times!” as they say on reality TV.

But really, our education system here in America is lacking. Significantly. <—- I realize that people say this all the time, for a myriad of reasons and/or complaints, but here’s mine:

Why don’t we have courses in high school that teach you how to function in America as an adult? With the number of kids without parents, with useless parents (for whatever reason), with drug-addicted parents, or the like…it’s a shame we don’t provide more opportunities for them to learn things like budgeting, filing taxes, buying a car, dealing with insurance, etc.

I’m lucky–I have a squad of people trying to help me navigate the used car world.

I’ve got my Matt, his fantastic parents, and my ever-wonderful Grandma. They’re all scoping out the used car lots; taking me to see loan officers, insurance handlers, and mechanics; and giving me plenty of advice and feedback. Because I have questions. Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of questions.

More to come.

Discussion #2: The $10 million game.

So I usually ignore most of what happens in my Facebook news feed, but I actually spent 10 minutes on this picture:

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What would you do?

SarahMakesYouSmarter: Groundhog Day

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IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR MY SECOND-FAVORITE FEBRUARY HOLIDAY!!!!!

(My favorite being, of course, the day Girl Scout cookies are delivered. If you thought I was going to say “Valentine’s Day” then you are adorable in your navïete so I love you anyway, but I hate Valentine’s Day. More on that later, though.)

GROUNDHOG DAY!

GROUNDHOG DAY!!!

GROUNDHOG DAY!!!!!!

TODAY’S LESSON: C.G.P. GREY EXPLAINS WHY GROUNDHOG DAY IS SO DAMN FANTASTIC.

I really hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

Things I did today instead of doing the things I needed to do today.

So I mainly go to school online (where else do you learn web design?) I work Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. I do my schoolwork on Monday & Wednesday.

Except when I don’t do my schoolwork on Monday & Wednesday.

In what I’m sure will be a FASCINATING chronological display, HERE ARE THE THINGS I DID TODAY INSTEAD OF THE THINGS I NEEDED TO DO TODAY.

1. Got up at 7 a.m., started my coffee, checked email.

2. Email from Pottermore? I wonder what’s going on….

3. Go to Pottermore

4. HOLY BAJESUS, THE HOUSE CUP IS GOING TO BE AWARDED IN A FEW DAYS???

5. DUEL ALL THE SLYTHERINS!

6. MAKE ALL THE POTIONS!

7. COLLECT ALL THE CHOCOLATE FROG CARDS!

8. Look at clock. Freak out. It’s 10:30 a.m.

9. Put on clothes to get day started.

10. Grab coffee, admire new mug

11. Spill coffee into lap.

12. Change back into sleep clothes.

13. Have a very nice conversation with sweet old maintenance man who came over to fix living room wall…..while in sleep clothes…with Zitopolis on face…new colonies every day…

14. Clean entire house

15. Make a chocolate chip cookie cake in a pie pan with leftover Halloween candy smushed into the top

16. Decide house smells like Christmas.

17. Decide to make house look like Christmas.

18. Tear apart an old Christmas basket full of fake poinsettias.

19. Fashion fake flowers into new Christmas decorations for stairs.

20. Pretend to be Frank Sinatra. Curse Pandora commercials about engagement rings.

21. Take a shower.

22. SKIP CLASS (Psychology I…at Community College…I have no regrets.)

23. Internet from 4 p.m. to about 8 p.m.

24. Try make up tutorial from YouTube

25. Accidentally Prostitute Face (okay you can’t tell from the picture, but I caked the makeup on- JUST LIKE THE TUTORIAL GIRL DID!)

26. Spent 15 minutes washing face off. (Put honey and bandaids on Zitopolis to discourage expansion of the colonies.)

27. Read ONE page of homework.

28. OH MY GOD, I FORGOT WORDPRESS EXISTS!

29. Make this post instead of doing productive things.

30. Finish this post