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Sun Shower

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100 Word Story


 

I sighed as we drove, all I could do was stare out the window. I was trying to soak it all in. The last views of the town I’d always known.

This was it.

It was actually happening – I was moving for college. I was moving farther away than I knew what to do with. States and States, miles and miles went under our tires. And I guess the universe knew what I needed.

A sun shower is what poured down when we grew near to my new home. A sun shower was how I felt.

Excited yet Sad.


Thanks for Reading!

~Amber

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Essentials Every College Student Needs!

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Going to college is a lot different than high school. High school you have six folders, four binders, and a two textbooks that you have to carry with you everyday. But in college you may need one textbook for one class, but just a spiral for another. And you don’t have class everyday, which is amazing.

Everybody does college differently. Some prefer it all electronic, keeping all of their notes and dates in their phone/laptop/tablet. But I’d prefer to just write everything down the good old fashion way! No matter how you do it, there are a few essential things that you’ll always want to carry with you. – On top of your ever faithful backpack!

 

Planner/Bullet Journal/Organizer

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I just started using one of these this past school year, and it has been the most helpful thing. You can keep track of quizzes, homework, tests – everything to keep your schedule straight. Making sure you’re tagging those deadlines will save your butt. You’re going to want to make sure you write it down in class, as the teacher says it. This way, you don’t second guess yourself later. Also, you can show classmates if they didn’t note it!

If you keep track of things in your phone, or other electronic device, you can disregard this!

Plenty of Pens

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Pens, pens, pens – you never know when you’re going to need one. Maybe you write down all your notes in pencil. But I guarantee that, at least, one person will forget something to write with. Help save their day!

 

Highlighters

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Highlighters are good for noting important things on handouts. Have something the professor wants emphasis on? Highlight it. Is that due date hiding? Highlight it. Get bored? Highlight the whole freaking paper (I don’t encourage this, lol).

 

Folder

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A good old fashion folder is good to have. Every class usually gives you, at least, one paper. Not everyday, but some teachers will give you things. Have a folder around in case they do. That way you don’t lose it, or have to shove it in a book, or fold it to put it in your pocket!

 

Sticky Notes

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Sticky notes are good for English classes, mostly. This allows you to follow along and jot down notes to stick in the book. But they’re good for other things too! Like writing a note to your professor. Or a reminder to stick in front of your folder or textbook!

 

College can be difficult, but there are ways to make it easier. And I’ve found these things to be very useful through my three years! Hopefully thy will be to you as well!

What are essentials in your bag?

 

Thanks for Reading!

~Amber

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College Essentials!

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Going to college is a lot different than high school. High school you have six folders, four binders, and a two textbooks that you have to carry with you everyday. But in college you may need one textbook for one class, but just a spiral for another. And you don’t have class everyday, which is amazing.

Everybody does college differently. Some prefer it all electronic, keeping all of their notes and dates in their phone/laptop/tablet. But I’d prefer to just write everything down the good old fashion way! No matter how you do it, there are a few essential things that you’ll always want to carry with you. – On top of your ever faithful backpack!

 

Planner/Bullet Journal/Organizer

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I just started using one of these this past school year, and it has been the most helpful thing. You can keep track of quizzes, homework, tests – everything to keep your schedule straight. Making sure you’re tagging those deadlines will save your butt. You’re going to want to make sure you write it down in class, as the teacher says it. This way, you don’t second guess yourself later. Also, you can show classmates if they didn’t note it!

If you keep track of things in your phone, or other electronic device, you can disregard this!

Plenty of Pens

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Pens, pens, pens – you never know when you’re going to need one. Maybe you write down all your notes in pencil. But I guarantee that, at least, one person will forget something to write with. Help save their day!

 

Highlighters

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Highlighters are good for noting important things on handouts. Have something the professor wants emphasis on? Highlight it. Is that due date hiding? Highlight it. Get bored? Highlight the whole freaking paper (I don’t encourage this, lol).

 

Folder

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A good old fashion folder is good to have. Every class usually gives you, at least, one paper. Not everyday, but some teachers will give you things. Have a folder around in case they do. That way you don’t lose it, or have to shove it in a book, or fold it to put it in your pocket!

 

Sticky Notes

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Sticky notes are good for English classes, mostly. This allows you to follow along and jot down notes to stick in the book. But they’re good for other things too! Like writing a note to your professor. Or a reminder to stick in front of your folder or textbook!

 

College can be difficult, but there are ways to make it easier. And I’ve found these things to be very useful through my three years! Hopefully thy will be to you as well!

What are essentials in your bag?

 

Thanks for Reading!

~Amber

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After School Date Ideas!

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I’m so sorry! I’m so late with this. I worked yesterday, and forgot to write ahead!


Dating and going to school is hard. It gets harder when you’re in college and working, not seeing each other everyday in the hall. Maybe you don’t ride the bus together anymore. But you figure it out, find a rhythm.

It’s just what you do.

I’ve been with my boyfriend for a year. This past school year was his first in college, my third. The first semester was hard. We didn’t have any classes together. It felt difficult to find time between classes, homework, and lab work. We figured it out, though. The second semester I forced him to sign up for psychology with me. – We make a pretty good team.

When you’re in school, high school or college, it isn’t all about the work. Yes, it is important. But you do deserve a breather. A brain break – I mentioned that in my How to Survive College article. But it’s even more important to keep your relationship kindled.

Sure, it’s important not to slack off in school. At least there you do have another chance. But you may not with the person you’re with. I don’t care how important you think school is – I think your feelings are much more important. Anyone who tells you to break up with someone because they interfere with school is asking you to throw away your feelings. And is also kind of selfish, I think. It’s hard to focus with a broken heart.

So, to help you and your sweetheart keep going, here are some After School Date Ideas!!

 

Go for a Walk

This is probably the simplest one. But walks are nice – if it’s not blazing hot or bitter cold. They give you time to yourselves, where you can just talk.  Maybe one of you lives in that neighbourhood, or has been there before, and can tell stories about it. You may not realize it, but going for walks is a nice simple way to go on a date.

 

Study Date

Maybe studying is the late thing you want to do on a date. But it helps to keep studying fun. Especially if you have the same class; you can quiz each other, make fun of the professor, or what have you. Just make sure you get in as much couple time as study time.

 

Dinner and a Movie

This one is a classic that comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Whether you go all out and head to a nice restaurant before going to see that new movie. Or maybe there’s a drive-in in your town (which sounds pretty freaking awesome). Or whether you make some dinner, even if it’s nothing fancy, and curl up together with an old DVD or  Netflix movie. And hey! – Even ordering pizza or raiding the cabinets counts as dinner!

 

Grab Breakfast

Okay, I know this is called “After School Date Ideas.” But there are some dates that can be done before school – like having a little breakfast. You can go to a restaurant, or grab some McD’s and eat in the parking lot, or maybe someone cooks! Either way, having breakfast together is a good way to squeeze a date in your day. – Not all dates have to happen at night!

 

Take Your Dog to the Park

If one – or both – of you have dogs, take them out somewhere! If you have a dog park, take them there, let them run. Or take them to the park, let them sniff around. Nothing bonds you like keeping a pup out of trouble! – And don’t forget your poop bags!

 

A Day In

You may not consider these “dates”, but they’re a great way to get in couple time. On a day when – sure, you could be doing homework, but not necessarily – just have a day in. Binge watch TV, play board games, do some crafts, bake, play video games – just take a day to yourselves and chill.

 

I, myself, have never been in a long distance relationship. But I do have few ideas for have school long distance dates too. You can tell me if they’re good or bad.

 

Go to the Same Food Place

If you can’t have a meal with them in person. Try bringing something to video chat on, and go to the same place to eat. I know it won’t be the same, but it’s as good of date as any.

 

Watch a Movie

You can bring your sweetheart up on a chat, and start your movie at the same time. It doesn’t matter what movie, old or new, at least you’ll be watching it together.

 

Play Games

Playing co-op games and talking over headset is a fun to have a long distance ‘day in.” Who needs to shower? Who needs to go out? Not you.

 

There’s a lot of different ways to spend time together. Working around school isn’t always easy, but it’s important. I hope this has given you a little insight into some fun things to squeeze in dates here and there!

How do you date during school? What do you advise for long distance relationships?

 

Thanks for Reading!

~ Amber

 

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School Morning Playlist!

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School mornings are some of the slowest. Sometimes you just don’t want to go. Sometimes, you don’t have your homework done. Some days it’s just miserable outside and you don’t want to drive. But you know you have to anyway. I have a lot of those mornings. On those days, nothing gets me motivated like music.

Music makes my morning drives go so much faster. Music is my get up and go when the coffee isn’t working. There’s nothing like some tunes on the ride to school. A little singing, a little dancing, a little drumming along while sitting in traffic.

For me, though, I have to have really upbeat songs. Having slowly or soft ones just makes me want to sleep. That’s not good when you’re driving, and don’t want to be out anyway.

This is my School Morning Playlist!

  1. Drugs & Candy – All Time Low

  2. Here’s to Never Growing Up – Avril Lavigne

  3. Jet Black Heart – 5 Seconds of Summer

  4. Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles

  5. Rhinestone Eyes – Gorillaz

  6. Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran

  7. Victorious – Panic! At The Disco

  8. Plastic Promises – Set It Off

  9. Closer  – The Chainsmokers, Halsey

  10. Kill Your Heroes – AWOLNATION

 

Nothing gets my blood pumping more than music. Although my taste is all over the place, these are songs that I think are fun to rock to. Song that get me up and going on slow school mornings. Hell, these songs get and up to go on non-school mornings. Sometimes, you just need music to help give your a little nudge.

But not everyone has the same taste in music. What’s your favourite get up and go songs? Who is your go-to artist?

Other Playlists:

Rainy Day Tunes

Summer 2017 Beach Playlist

 

Thanks for Reading!

~ Amber

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Playlist to Amp Up Your School Morning!

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School mornings are some of the slowest. Sometimes you just don’t want to go. Sometimes, you don’t have your homework done. Some days it’s just miserable outside and you don’t want to drive. But you know you have to anyway. I have a lot of those mornings. On those days, nothing gets me motivated like music.

Music makes my morning drives go so much faster. Music is my get up and go when the coffee isn’t working. There’s nothing like some tunes on the ride to school. A little singing, a little dancing, a little drumming along while sitting in traffic.

For me, though, I have to have really upbeat songs. Having slowly or soft ones just makes me want to sleep. That’s not good when you’re driving, and don’t want to be out anyway.

This is my School Morning Playlist!

  1. Drugs & Candy – All Time Low

  2. Here’s to Never Growing Up – Avril Lavigne

  3. Jet Black Heart – 5 Seconds of Summer

  4. Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles

  5. Rhinestone Eyes – Gorillaz

  6. Galway Girl – Ed Sheeran

  7. Victorious – Panic! At The Disco

  8. Plastic Promises – Set It Off

  9. Closer  – The Chainsmokers, Halsey

  10. Kill Your Heroes – AWOLNATION

 

Nothing gets my blood pumping more than music. Although my taste is all over the place, these are songs that I think are fun to rock to. Song that get me up and going on slow school mornings. Hell, these songs get and up to go on non-school mornings. Sometimes, you just need music to help give your a little nudge.

But not everyone has the same taste in music. What’s your favourite get up and go songs? Who is your go-to artist?

Other Playlists:

Rainy Day Tunes

Summer 2017 Beach Playlist

 

Thanks for Reading!

~ Amber

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We’re Live!

I was going to try and save this, but I just couldn’t! I’m so excited and wanted to share it with you all right away! Over on Facebook and Twitter, I gave out a link to my new website. So maybe you’ve seen today’s progress.

If you haven’t – it’s done! – ish.

Okay, so it’s not totally done. But it’s in working order, I’m still trying to make it pretty. Also, kind of trying to figure out how some things work. The features are a little weird, but I’ve spent  hours staring at my dashboard. Still trying to work out some kinks in the shop…

So we’re officially moved! Yaayyy!!

Everyone has been transferred over to that blog. So you won’t miss any updates! I’m really excited to have gotten this far. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you guys. You give so much love and support, and I truly cannot thank you enough for that!

So, without further ado, here is the new and improved Pastel Bottle Rocket!!

I hope that you guys love it!

I’ll see you tomorrow!

Which plugins would be best to use? What was your experience in self-hosting your blog?

Thanks for Reading!

~ Amber

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#DontStayInSchool

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For those of you who just see the title, and think I’m advocating for kids not to go to school. – That is very far from what I’m here for. With this being school month here on the blog, I thought I’d share a video I found a while ago. I think this is a very important video.

 

You can watch it HERE

 

School is full of subjects that kids really don’t need. Or subjects that they don’t need more than the basics of. Why do I need to go all the way to Trig, when basic math is literally all I need? Why do I need to dissect a fish or a baby pig? I know how my cells work, how reproduction is done, what causes cancer and, why the seasons change. Why do I need to learn more?

What is the point of learning these, if they’re not at all applicable to the child’s everyday life?

School doesn’t prepare kids for the real world on any level. People say that parents are supposed to do that. But what if they don’t know how, or what if they’re not around? What about all those people who are orphans, or that their parents are dead and they’re living with another relative?

Home Ec used to be taught as a mandatory class in high school and middle school. My parents say it was one of the most important classes they took. They learned to sew and some of how to cook. I think it’s a tragedy that this was taken out of the curriculum. Kids really need a class like that.

People are going to college unable to clean or cook or budget. Like the video says, we’re not taught how to get jobs or any amount of practical things in school. Kids spend more time there than at home, and at home they’re doing homework. Their parents are just getting home, they don’t want to have to teach their kid to cook after a long day.

We’re taught a bunch of pointless things. But nothing of what we need. I know we need to know history to stop it from repeating (although, by the political climate and current goings on, we’re very much about to). It’s important to learn to read, write, and do math – but is it really necessary to learn more than basics? If you want to go into a field that needs it, sure, knock yourself out. I, though, had no want or need for any extra.

Even in college you have to take “college level” math and such. I get why English is important (although not why all the essays are), so they can make sure that you can read and write on an ‘adult’ level. But more math and science? Why did I have to take Psychology or Biology? I wanted nothing to do with either of those. But I was required to do them anyway.

 

The video better expresses these feelings than I can. It’s definitely worth giving a watch and thinking some about.

 

What do you think of the video?

 

Thanks for Reading!

~ Amber

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Top 5 Books from High School!

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High school English is a drag – just like college English. They make you read books that you’ll never read again. They have you read plays that you’ll forget as soon as the words are read. Maybe some books you’ll actually enjoy, but you can’t read them at the pace that they want you to. This was often my case – I’m sorry, but I can’t read 110 pages of Emma in two days.

However, I found not all those books to be entirely terrible though. Some of those books I found were even worth buying, and giving another read. A read without all of the analytics and essays. You shouldn’t hate a book just because of the way it was presented to you. You should like it for the story and the characters. Not all teachers have a terrible taste in books. Just a terrible way of teaching them.

Books are windows into other worlds. And, sometimes, we don’t get to experience those worlds because they ‘aren’t our style.” Or ‘they don’t look/sound good.” But I guess the good thing about school forcing you to read them – is that you get to jump into places you’d never find on your own.

These are the worlds from school I found were worth giving another look.

 

Pride and Prejudice

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I read Pride and Prejudice my sophomore year of high school. I wasn’t into Jane Austen then. I’d heard of the book, but historical novels weren’t my bag. I was far more into fantastical things. So I dreaded when Ms Spence said that that was what we were going to be reading. However, at the time, I had no idea what it was about. Although I didn’t for most of it, actually, because the language confused me and Ms Spence didn’t elaborate.

But I did come to know the story, and grasp a little better onto what was going on. Once everything clicked, I fell in love with Pride and Prejudice. It turned out it wasn’t as dry as I thought. The story wasn’t as boring as I was expecting. Instead, it was full of wonder of it’s own. Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters. The charm of Mr Bingley against the coldness of Mr Darcy. And the spark between all of the lovers in the book. (I also talked about it here!)

Along with all of the expected things that came along – but you’ll have to read to find those out!

 

Fahrenheit 451

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This was one of the first books I’d read in high school. It was freshman year, and I didn’t even know we had summer reading! But I was immediately interested when it was explained that it was a dystopian novel. – They’re my favourite. I just didn’t know to expect from it, though. I’d heard Ray Bradbury was a good author, and my teacher raved about him. I, however, had never read any of his books.

Fahrenheit 451 was definitely not, at all, what I was expecting. It had an interesting take on our future, though. And – as with all dystopian novels – a terrifying take. I won’t spoil it for you, because it’s definitely worth the read. But I was taken aback by a lot of things in the book.

Anybody who loves dystopia and rebellion – this is your book!

 

The Great Gatsby

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I cannot express my love for this book. This is a story I read my junior year of high school. I’m already a big fan of things set in the 1920s, you it tickled my fancy as soon as that was mentioned. However, like all school books, it was a mixed bag of whether I liked it or not. At first, I wasn’t really a big fan. It took a few chapters to get going. But once it got going –

It went.

The Great Gatsby is so beautiful and heartbreaking. Requited love that was never meant to be. I still haven’t seen the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby McGuire yet. I have it, but haven’t – in the years I’ve had it – watched it. I should do that. And you should go give this wonderful work by F. Scott Fitzgerald a read!

 

1984

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This is the most interesting book I read in high school. I’d almost say it was my favourite! It was assigned summer reading for – I think – sophomore year. Of the two books I had to read, I actually finished this one! 1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell. I read it a week. I actually went out and bought the book soon after, because I loved it so much.

I hadn’t ever heard of the book, but I originally dreaded it since it was by Orwell. I had to read Animal Farm in 7th grade, and I loathed it so much. It didn’t help we also watched the creepy film with the puppets afterwards. I was much delighted, however, when I discovered that this was nothing like that. This is another great read for any dystopian lover. It’s full of so many unexpected turns and twisted and concepts. Definitely worth the read!

 

The Poisonwood Bible

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This book is so far from my usual reads, I never ever would have thought to pick it up. Thank you, Ms Grant, for forcing me to read it senior year! This is a novel by Barbara Kingsolver about a missionary in Africa. But it’s not the usual read you might find in a religious book.

The book alternates perspective in ways beneficial to the story. It’s full of adventure and culture and struggle. The reason behind the name is entirely humourous. Even if it doesn’t seem your thing, this book – set in the late 20th century – is worth the read!

 

Bonus: The Giver

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Okay, I really wanted to throw this in here at the end. Because I love The Giver and I read it in school. It definitely made 7th grade English bearable, and got a good story out of it from a classmate! I think this is the most unique take on a dystopian world I’ve read. And, since, I’ve bought the huge anthology with all four books!

The Giver is worth a read, no matter what kind of book you’re into. This book, to me, is on a whole other level!

 

As for the story from my classmate – She – let’s call her Suzy – was really ornery, and this other girl – let’s call her Racheal – asked how the book ended for an essay (she didn’t finish reading). So Suzy told her that Jonas, the main character, gets shot and the baby dies at the end (neither of which is true). And Racheal totally believed her! So our teacher called Racheal up to ask about her absurd ending. When she told her it was Suzy, our teacher told her she was never allowed to ‘help’ again!

Not all school books are interesting. But these are the ones I found definitely keeping note of. I’m no good at summaries or descriptions, so go check them out yourself!

What books did you read in school? What ones have stuck with you?

 

Thanks for Reading!

~ Amber

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[New Video] Top 5 Things About College!

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College life is full of ups and downs. Good times, bad times, weird times. But there are somethings that I really love about college! Check them out! Don’t forget to check out Monday’s post too – How to Survive College!

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