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    I'm Amanda, a 21 year old Florida girl. I'm a student at the University of North Florida, where I'm majoring in Journalism. I love music, the beach and driving. My friends are my family, and I love hanging out at the movies, the hookah bar or a rock show. I want to pick up as many useless talents as possible and to travel the world taking pictures and having good times with my best friends. For more information about me, view my About page.
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Playlist: Guys

For as much importance as I place on music in my life, you’d never know it from this blog. The fact is, I am constantly listening to music. My iPod, Carna (name THAT book!), is a constant companion, even part of my out-the-door-pat-down when I’m making sure I have all the necessities (phone, keys, wallet, iPod, sunglasses).

Because I use my iPod in the car, I spend a lot of time making playlists to get me from point A to point B with minimal fussing at Carna. They’re never really finished, but this particular playlist is pretty complete. It’s at a point where I just add songs as I encounter them; I’ve already included anything from my current iTunes library. It doesn’t really have a name… There’s a smaller version I call “Love Songs for the Hopeless Romantic,” but that really didn’t apply to the full one. I just refer to it as “Guys” because it’s composed entirely of songs by male vocalists.

It’s a very mellow playlist. I wish I had another word for it, but my vocabulary fails me. It’s calming, and it’s thoughtful, and it’s lovely. If you want a copy of any of these to try, let me know, and I’ll see what I can do.


Highlights of this playlist include: “Ride” by Cary Brothers, “Love Will Come Through” by Travis, “Home Life” by John Mayer, “Put Me In the Car” by Ryan Gosling, “After Tonight” by Justin Nozuka and “Tears and Laughter” by Jonathan Czerwik.

Cary Brothers – “Ride” is beautiful. I love to drive to this one. Brothers is known better for “Blue Eyes,” featured on the Garden State soundtrack, but Lord have mercy, this song is so quietly… uplifting? It’s one of those songs that just makes me feel better.

Travis – “Love Will Come Through” has pretty guitar. It’s a bit more energetic than some of the other songs in the list, and it’s one of Travis’s prettier tracks.

John Mayer – “Home Life” features one of my favorite lyrics ever. “I can tell you this much: I will marry just once, and if it doesn’t work out, give her half of my stuff. It’s fine with me; we said eternity.”

Ryan Gosling – “Put Me in the Car” …yes, that Ryan Gosling. I love him. A lot. A lot? A lot. I loved him, and then I learned that he sang, too, and my soul melted a little. Or a lot. Yeah. This song is beautiful. It’s so heartfelt and almost broken. There’s so much soul in it.

Justin Nozuka – “After Tonight” is just romantic. It’s so softly protective.

Jonathan Czerwick – “Tears and Laughter” was at the end of an episode of Bones. When I heard it, I felt my a sad little tug at my heartstrings. It’s a bit sad but, again, wonderfully pretty.

That does it for this playlist; send me a message by comment, e-mail or even instant message, and I’ll help you find any of these if you don’t have them or can’t find them.


Done and I’m onto the next one.

Well, I knocked something off my list. I got a tattoo last night. The Boychik went with me, and thank God for that. I honestly thought I was going to be sick to my stomach, I was so scared on the way there. I wanted to do it, though, and I did, and the Boychik will tease me for years about how I turned all sorts of colors while I was on that table. Still, I’m really, really glad he was there, and I’m glad I did it. I’m definitely pleased with how it turned out. One of these days I might post a picture, but I want it to heal up first. It’s definitely not that pretty right this second. (Okay, it is, because it looks awesome, but it’s a bit red, and there’s no reason to go posting that image.)

I’ve come close to completing other things, too, except I’ve missed specifics. Last month I treated Mom to dinner one evening, but I chose the place: Longhorn. We hadn’t had steak in forever, so we went out. It was my first time ordering an alcohol drink, too. (Not on the list, just a happy little event.) Lo and behold, their watermelon margaritas are amazing. Huge. And amazing. Amen.

Also got to the Fondue Haus once or twice since the list started, but we haven’t done entrees, just appetizer and dessert (which is really all you need there, because it’s so filling), so I’m not sure I should count it.

The whole family’s planning to go visit Aunt Mary for a week over Thanksgiving. It’s not quite what I had in mind when I wrote the list, but I didn’t specify, so I’m not going to sweat it. The important thing is that I get to go back up there and visit my family. I love those people. My little cousins are amazing.

And in terms of cleaning out my closet and redoing my filing system… We’re slowly planning/beginning to work on my room. Aunt Kathy, who’s got a lot of experience with interior decorating and the like, came and took a look at things, did some measurements… She’s in the process of drawing up floor plans and such. We’ve got ideas; we’re just figuring out how to implement them before we get started.

I guess that’s the State of the List address for now; I really need to get a move on here. There are so many things I want to get done; I’ve just got to focus and get to work.  Which reminds me. 19 days til classes start. Ugh.

This is the world we live in (whoa-oa-oa)…

So summer came, and the moment it got here I started sucking at blogging. I must remedy this.

The summer’s been busy. I wish I’d blogged it; I’m really sorry I didn’t, because I’ve had a lot going on, and that’s usually the best time to blog. Didn’t you miss my run-on sentences?

Classes start in three weeks. I am not excited.

Actually, I’ve finally openly admitted, once and for all, no ifs-ands-buts-or-maybes, that I regret choosing UNF over Agnes Scott. I’ve said time and time again that the only reason I’m glad I went to UNF was because at least I found the Boychik there; I never realized how much I meant it. I hate that school. I feel trapped there, and I want out.

In other news… My Sister’s been quite sick all summer. She developed shingles early during the summer, and although it cleared up for a bit, we suspect that the sores in her mouth are the shingles making their return. My aunt had to put her (my) bloodhound down a few weeks ago. I’m not sure I can ever visit there again. I did get to chaperone the youth trip to Christmount last month, and it was so much fun to reconnect with at least one friend I’d sorely missed. I still miss the boys; I really didn’t get to hang out with them as much this year, which was sad. They’ll all be at the college retreat, I hope.

It feels like there’s a lot going on right now, but I can’t tell whether there’s more activity going on around me or inside me. I’m just hoping my health holds up. Things don’t quite feel right, and that scares me. I can’t afford another flare-up, and I’m praying desperately to avoid it, God willing.

I’ve got to go get some work done… I’ll try to throw some posts up on a closer-to-daily basis. I really should be, and I know it. I’ve just got to sort through things so that I can.

Putting my nose back to the grindstone…

Well, I am back. I spent last week in beautiful Crescent Beach, just south of St. Augustine.

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Leaving on a jet plane.

I’m terrible. I know. I’m really, really sorry.

Summer has started, kind of. I’ve been cleaning, working a lot, house-sitting, watching lots of movies… And Monday I’m going to the beach, finally. I’m planning to take my camera with me, so in theory there’ll be a photo blog post when I return.

I am really, really, really (I can not stress this enough), really looking forward to a vacation. My family and I are going to my favorite place ever for a whole week, and I so need it. More on that either during the vacation or when I get back.

In other news, I passed last semester. Let’s leave it at that, please and thank you.

This is your brain on exams week.

Finals almost over. Turned in an 8-page essay this morning, can not imagine writing anything else for a few days. Two more exams, both Tuesday, and I’m free for the summer.

Why do weekends have to end?

Final exams just can’t get here soon enough. I can not wait until May. The last of my exams are May 1, so close and yet so far away. The following week, I’ll be starting a guitar class at the community college here for a few weeks, and the week after that I’ll be going to the beach with my family. I am so looking forward to a vacation.

I need to get back on track with my blogging, too; I like blogging daily, but making time to do it or finding something to write about has been a challenge lately.

The weekend was pretty good, despite an awesome sunburn Saturday. Friday night I took some money I’d saved up, and my mom and I went shopping so I could get some summery clothes. For reference, it is AMAZING what a well-fitted bra can do. I was trying on this top, and one of the clerks in the store went out on a limb to ask when the last time I’d been fitted was… needless to say it had been a WHILE. I know I SHOULD get it done about once a year, but… it had been about seven or eight years. Eheh. Oops?

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