Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Be Back Later

I feel as though in some ways I spend more time doing things when I should be doing other things.  I love to blog and I love to share my life with my family and friends.  At the end of the year I love to make blog books so I can have a personalized journal of my year.

However, March is going to be a busy month and this is my commitment to myself.  That I will not blog unless I have gotten other work done.  I am stressed to the max with school work and I cannot focus time making blog posts instead of working on school work.

Pray for me that I can get everything done, because at this point I don't know if I will have everything done by March 26th.  It is so soon....

See you soon

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Probably the only time I looked decent during 'reading week'

dinner and movie date with my best friend Caseyface 

'reading week' is pretty much what it is called for me this year.  While most people relaxed or even went away, I have been working away on school work.  Luckily I got a lot done but as mentioned before I feel like I don't have much to show for it.  Regardless, I think I am done from here on out and I am going to take the rest of the weekend off and get right back to the books Monday morning to finish off my second semester of second year at UPEI!

On Tuesday, I did get a nice treat of a night.  My best friend Casey has a boyfriend now after being single for countless Valentines Day.  So this year she spent it with her boyfriend but still had a date night with me a couple days later.  She's the best.  So we went out for dinner which we have not done in awhile.  We went to a favorite place, Hunters.  They have a fantastic menu, but we were looking for two things: Pulled Pork Poutine and Deep Fried Dill Pickles.  We decided to share them both so we added in some mozza sticks too.  It was a delicious meal.  From Hunters, we made our way to the packed theater for the newest Nicolas Sparks book made movie, Safe Haven.  Hello Josh Duhamel, Hello.  I will admit it is not my favorite romantic movie but it was nice to have a bit of a different setting to a movie, and by this I mean the added suspense and thriller feeling that came with it.

After the movie, we talked lots about it while driving to Jumbo Video.  We rented The Vow and The Lucky One.  Talk about chick flick night right?  We stopped at the Esso and got some Ben and Jerry's Half Baked Ice Cream.  Yum Yum.  I went home and got changed and met her back at our friend Emily's house.  Emily is at school in New Brunswick and her mom and brothers are down south because of reading week.  Casey is house sitting and cat sitting their two awesome cats Dexter and Deb (they just love the show Dexter a little bit).  We watched movies until late into the night and then we slept in Emily's awesome bed.  It is seriously the comfiest bed ever.  AND she doesn't even get to sleep in it during the school year.. sadness.

When we got up in the morning it was weird to see on twitter and Facebook that school was closed but we were so comfy in bed that we did not want to get up to see what it looked like outside.  We chatted for awhile and played with the cats until we finally got up and then went our separate ways back home.

It was a lovely way to spend some time with my bestie Casey on our reading week!
XO, Lyssa

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Evidence

Up close and personal
taken with my sister's canon rebel t3

This photo is evidence of how I have been feeling this week.  And now the tears that are filling my eyes.  I must admit, I am just very stressed about life right now in general.  Mostly school.  I feel like I get work done, but then I also feel like there is nothing to show for it.  I am worried and concerned that I won't be able to get everything done, and do a good job of everything I do. I just want this semester to be over.  So much for spring break right?  I have been doing school work all week and I am at the point where I don't want to do any anymore but I am not making much progress doing that now am I?  It is a hard debate, but I should really consider all the work I have done and take some time to relax so I can get the rest done when I go back to school next week.

Yeah, see all those red dots?  They are probably each representing something that needs to be done... and believe me, there are quite a few of them.


Maybe a bubble bath is in order.
XO, Lyssa

Sunday, February 17, 2013

So this happened...

I could have shaved yesterday morning.  I could have shaved last night... but no.  I was lazy and decided that I would shave on Sunday before church.  First mistake right there.  I was in a little bit of a rush because I try to give myself a lot of time to tame my mess of a mane for church.  Second big mistake was using a three blade razor.  We are no longer friends and I will never be using one again.  Breaking up with the three blade razors.  Right here, Right now.  So I start doing my little shaving routine.  Left leg first and that went okay.  Then came the right leg.  About half way through I felt the skin peel off while doing my ankle.  I knew it was not much skin, but it bled like crazy.  I quickly finished up while my ankle bled and then applied some pressure and band aids so I could shower.  Third mistake.  Should have taken care of it right away.  When I got out of the shower, I put my pajamas back on and headed out to my Momma to take care of it.  SHOUT OUT, I Have an amazing Momma for taking care of me.  Don't know what I would have done without her.

And it was pretty much downhill from this point.  Honestly I think it was a mixture of being very tired, seeing a bit of blood and mom applying some peroxide to the cut.  (last summer I got warts removed and the sensation kind of reminded me of it).  So mom started to clean it up and I was doing okay.  Then she applied the peroxide and that bugged me.  I sat on the floor in her bathroom while she cleaned it up a bit more and that is when my head started to go crazy.  I can get light headed very easily.  Like last summer when I got warts removed, I managed to get back to my car, pass out in the front seat, opened my door and threw up.  I do believe I passed out with my head leaning on a laundry basket.  When I came back, woke up I guess you could say... I started to get a little sick although there was really nothing to throw up.  Not a good feeling, it made me sick just to think about being sick.  I sat for a bit and mom brought me some water and gum (chewing gum helps take my mind off feeling sick, try it I think it works!).  So back to bed I went and from there I had some sharp stomach pains and passed out into a sleep for about two hours.

It sucked to miss church because it was cancelled last week due to weather, so now I have not seen some awesome people in over two weeks.  Hopefully I can see some people during the week that I have really missed.  But as for what happened this morning, I am still in a little shock that it did.  It was defiantly not fun but now that I look back on it, it is a little funny.  Urgh, and I am still a little dizzy and light headed.  Another nap might be in order this afternoon.


How was your Sunday?

XO, Lyssa

Februaryness


Jocelyn and I @ Business Society Pubcrawl 'Tap that A#$' and a little snow day DIY of an anchor on a tee. The easiest DIY ever.  All you need is freeze paper, a t-shirt, pain and a brush.  Oh and an Iron... but still really easy!  Maybe a tutorial will be in the works one of these days.



What my situation looked like at 3:18am on February 9th 2013, getting home after the Pub Crawl.  I was so tired and my throat was really sore from singing all night.  Some herbal tea was required before heading to bed.  On another snow day, I made a pillow case set, because Prince Edward Island and Minnesota are best of friends.



Some days, I just chill at school by myself and feel like a complete loner, but its all good.  All I need is my music and some cheese and crackers!  2012 blog book made its way to me.  I am still in shock of how well they turn out.  These images were bound to be good since they were taken by my amazing photographer friend Sydney! She's great.



A new dress I got on sale for under $15.  Who does not love a good sale?  I sure do.  I am excited to start working this new piece into my wardrobe.  


When I was little, I was never a big fan of cinnamon hearts because they were too hot.  This year I could not get enough of them.  I may get up right now to get a hand full of them....


Sometimes Sister Face and I take a Selfie, just because.

So February is the shortest month of the year, but this year it has gone by super fast!  There is only like 10 days left in the month.  The phrase so much to do, so little time comes to mind.  There is lots of school work to be done before April, and I am longing for this semester to be over already.  Winter Break started on Friday and I have been working and doing school work ever since.  It should be an okay week though.  I am looking forward to getting some school work done without the need of going to classes along with it.  I am also looking forward to the fact that next week is March.  Gotta love it.

XO, Lyssa

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I had decided today was going to Suck.

was I ever wrong about that!

I have not been 'single' on Valentines Day for over 3 years.  This year, I am not even single, but I was not expecting anything from my best friend and missionary because that is not what he is suppose to be doing right about now.  So about a week ago I posted a status on Facebook saying that I would be buying myself flowers for Valentines Day.  It was pretty much a joke, but some how it got like 25 likes on it.  I was like really?  Thanks guys for thinking my situation is funny.  So then just a couple days ago, I openly asked on Facebook for people to give me things.  I have no shame at all about it.  As much of a cliche that Vday is sometimes, this year I was just really craving the gifts that boyfriends get for their girlfriends.  Flowers, Chocolates, Jewelry... ect.  Again, still not expecting much from anyone, today turned out to be a really good day and I got spoiled!

I drove my sister to school this morning after getting up and showering.  As soon as I got home, I got back into bed and re-read some letters from my best friend in Minnesota.  There were some water works, but reading them left me happy and ready to start my day.  From there I started to do my hair and put on some makeup.  While doing this, I threw in the movie Valentine's Day.  It only seemed fitting.  Before I left the house for a lunch date, my best friend Casey was the first person to stop by with some love. Some home made heart shaped cookies.  Seriously?  She is just the best a girl could ask for.  Next up, was some loving from the mail box.  I think I have a sixth sense.  I Know when I have mail, and today was the day.  I even made a little video out of it because I was that certain I would find some love in the mailbox today from my Elder.  I have yet to open my letter, but it is sure to be good.



I made my way over to UPEI where I was meeting my friend Ellen for lunch.  From there, we made our way downtown in her car and we went to a little cafe called Beanz.  We ate chicken sandwiches and I sipped on an amazing cup of hot apple cider.  It was a perfect little lunch date.  Ellen also spoiled me with some candy, a sweater and earrings!  She is such an amazing friend.  Nearing the end of lunch, I expressed wanting to buy a new bead for my persona charm bracelet and Ellen convinced me that I should, so before we went back to  school, we took a little trip to the mall where I bought a pink bead;;;

I love it.  The price tag was a little out of my current budget, but Hey, I think I deserve it ;)

I came home in the afternoon with a lovely surprise on my doorstep.  I know who it is from, but she tried to be sneaky about it, so I won't tell who it is on here.  But she is so great too, I am happy to have her in my life.  I watched the rest of Valentines Day that I had not finished in the morning and did some video editing for a little surprise for my Elder.  Mom and Kayla brought flowers when they came home and one of Kayla's friends at school gave me a sweet scarf.  Thanks Kailey!  You're adorable, and Haig and I love you :)  Kayla also got some mail today.  We ordered pajamas from Old Navy the other day because there was a pair she really wanted (they have lobsters on them because she has an unhealthy obsession with the television show friends, Ross is Rachel's Lobster).  I got a pair that have bikes all over them, because Elder Pinsent bikes the streets of Minnesota, and he is awesome.

So there it all is.  I was so blessed this year and I am sending all that love right back to them.  You girls are amazing.  xoxo


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Some Oldies

When my class tonight got cancelled around 4:30pm, I did not think that I would be spending a portion of my night looking through old photos.  It started because I wanted to see if a photo box would fit on my bookshelf.  It did but then I opened it, and it was all down hill from there.  But not really because we found some really good photos and it reminded me that once I have some free time off of school I really need to go through the photos and scan more of them unto the computer so my kids can see them someday.


I guess I always kind of had a thing for Toronto :) (Haig is originally from Burlington, Ontario)


My sister is the coolest kid I know


I love you forever baby sister


Brother, Nala and Kayla photo bombing like it was no big deal

Bay of Fundy New Brunswick Family Vacation. 
Nala is by far the happiest dog on the planet.  Love her.

My life is so beautiful.
XO, Lyssa

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Snow day #3

Three snow days in about one week?  This is just craziness.  I do not like it too much.  All of this white stuff... Unless I could actually take a week off from life and get out and take snowboarding lessons, then I would be happy.  But I can't.  So I am not too impressed with any of it.  So the past two days have been pretty unproductive for me.  Mostly lounging around the house.  I did some DIY's.  I found out Pinterest is actually really great if you actually do the things that you pin.  I also found out that I am a little obsessed with modpodge. Try it out sometime, it is like the coolest to craft with.  Sometimes Pinterest is not so good though.  I tried out this tutorial that helps your 'dry winter hair'.  Maybe my hair was not so dry after all... I tried this tutorial and did everything that it said.  I started to blow dry my hair and it was the most disgusting texture ever.  I was not impressed.  So I got my mom to wash my hair again in the sink and she used some grease fighting dish soap.  This surprisingly worked very well and was still able to leave the amount of the coconut oil that I actually wanted in my hair and after a good blow drying and running the straightener through it, it feels fabulous!  So if you wanna try it, wash your hair with some dish soap after, give it a goooood scrub!

Also, I noticed that after a short venture outside today my hair was not as static-y as it usually is when I straighten it in the winter.  Maybe dish soap does some wonders else where too?




Everyday I'm shoveling' do do do do do do.

Shoveling' Shoveling'


"Would you guys go back to school and work already and leave me here alone to sleep?"

XO, Lyssa

Saturday, February 9, 2013

This is my life

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1.  Every week when I go to work, I get to wear yoga pants, really comfy sneakers, my choice of a Rrebok playdry top and hoodie or cardigan.  As awesome as it sounds, the girls at work and I have to create our own outfits in one way or another so a lot of us have started to accessorize like crazy.  Us Reebok Girls love the bling bling. 

2.  I found this book at Indigo and I flipped through it.  It was really cute, I might have to go back and get it for Elder Pinsent's birthday.

"Me without you---Harry Potter without You-Know-Who"

3.  Pretty obligatory picture when you visit the Charlottetown airport.  Went there on Monday to pick up Dad and I had not been there in awhile so it just had to happen.

4.  On Wednesday, I have class at 5:30pm.  This past week Dad went to pick up Kayla from school and mom and Bryan from work.  I started to get pretty hungry so I began to eat dinner by myself because I knew they would not be home in time for me to eat and get ready for school.  So I turned on some music and had a really good meal of pulled pork sandwiches, chips and broccoli salad.  I also made some 'sexy' strawberry water and had a cupcake for dessert! 

5.  We found a surprise the other day in the wood pile.  Dad brought it in with the other wood but we were so surprised that we still had a piece of mine and Kayla's old bunk bed.  My dad made the bunk bed for us and I got to pick the paint color.  I remember when he was building them in our garage and how excited I was for them.  It was a great bunk bed.

6 & 7.  I got a letter from the Philippines!  I surely can't say that that happens everyday.  My friend Jon Cosman is serving a mission there.  Jon is a really good guy and I am really happy with how close he has grown to the gospel.  He loves the people of the Philippines and he is doing really good.  He will have one year left in April!

8.  This has been in my car awhile.  A little gross, but I have not been able to throw it out (but I don't use it either, yuk).  But this belonged to Haig.  I kind of remember him losing it in the car because we had to go get a new one.  Finding it a couple months after he left was a little bittersweet.  So I sent him a new one for Valentines Day.  He has gotta keep those lips of his moisturized down there in cold Minnesota!

9.  LAST NIGHT---was a really good night.  I spent it with some good friends, had some good times and there was a lot of laughing.  I got into bed at 3:30am and woke up today at 11:00am and it was well worth it.    So after we were out at some places, Casey and Cody and I stopped by a friend's house and this is one of his cats!  I am usually not a fan of cats, but this cat was AWESOME.

And those are some things in my life.  It's fun :)
XO, Lyssa

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sister Hodder

Hey; this is my super duper awesome friend Clara Hodder.  I have known Clara for a long time.  Since we were little kids and her family moved over her for her dad to come to school.  We are crazy together and she  has such a wonderful lovely life.  Clara is about exactly 2 years younger than me.  Her birthday is May 23rd, mine is the 22nd.  I think we should try and celebrate them together this year because at the end of June she will be off to the Missionary Training Center.
                        

My dearest friend Clara has just received her mission call.  She will be serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Lyon FRANCE Mission.  I could not be more excited and proud for her.  As one of my first close girlfriends to go on a mission (since the age for girls has been lowered), this is a really exciting thing for me to see.

Clara---Sister Hodder :)--- you will do great things.  I love you to the moon and back.
XO, Lyssa

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Somewhat Frustrating

After reading someone's blog the other day, I became somewhat frustrated and jealous with some areas of their life.

We are all different.  We all go through different trials and struggles to get where we are, but to me it just seemed like this person had no cares in the world.  Their world just goes round each day with no road bumps on the way... and to me, this did not seem fair.

Most days I face the issues of stress and loneliness.  It is hard to be able to find time to get things done in a day and sometimes even the weeks.  Just thinking about everything I have to do before April 10th is making me sick to my stomach.  I do have faith though.  I have always gotten things done on time and I go by the mantra that if I passed Global Issues (a heavy written intensive course in 1st year) and Accounting last semester (I HATE math), I am pretty much ready for anything else University throws my way.  I'll grab it, do it, do the best I can and I just hope for the best.  Then there is the loneliness.  Most days that I don't have school I stay home.  I don't see a point in taking all my work and books to school only to sit in a quiet library where sure I will focus a lot better, but when I can work in the comfort of my own home, even with some distractions to do some chores or watch a movie, I would pick the latter.

So, this unfairness that I talked about before.  This person's life is what it is.  And so is mine.  They have made their decisions and they have worked to get there.  I have made mine and I have to live with them.  Regardless of the stress and loneliness that comes my way.  I gave a talk a couple months ago and the words are coming back to bite me in the butt.  I told the congregation that when you think life is unfair, just remember that a Lady had a Baby in a tree !

I think that is enough with my little rant today.  Just having a realization that my life is not all that bad.  Sometimes it is hard to see someone else with the things that you want, but you have what you have so just be happy with that and work towards the things you want and eventually, you will get there.

I'm not there yet, but I am trying.
XO, Lyssa

one of my favorite self-shot, taken May 2009


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

5

5 months and (one day) I said goodbye to this handsome fella;;;

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It has been a rough five months and it is so weird to think that I have gone that long without him around.  He is having lots of fun in Minnesota which makes me very happy.  He meets lots of new people and he is learning lots of new things and drawing closer to the gospel.  

When he entered the Missionary Training Center on September 5th, 2012, and I started my second year at University, I knew it would be a struggle.  Looking at my life right now, I have so  much going on with school and work and life that I am grateful in a way that he is off doing this because I don't even know how much time I would have for him if he was still here.  

We had 5 months to spend together from the time he got his call to the time he left and we surely did make the most of them.  Not a day goes by that I don't think about those summer memories we made.  Become closer and spending time with out family and friends.  It surely helped a lot to have him for the summer and it also helped a lot to go back to school once he was gone, it was like "I know I have to do this".  And I did, and I still am, and I will continue to.

19 more months.  In the teen numbers.  Let's do this shall we'

XO, Lyssa

Monday, February 4, 2013

It is a Snow Day!

It is hard to believe that just a couple of days ago, there was hardly any snow on the ground and now just a couple days later, we are having the usual PEI winter weather.  The only sad part about today is that my Dad is on his way home from Saskatchewan and it will be very unlikely that he will be making it home tonight.  His flights are already delayed, I hope he gets home because I really miss him.  It was also really dumb today that UPEI did not close until 8:30am.  I did not have class until 11:30, and when they had already announced  a lot of schools and businesses closing my plan was to stay home for the day anyways with my Momma and sister.  However, I do feel bad for all of the students, especially those from out of town who came in for their first class of the day at 8:30.  I am disappointing with how the University handled the decision to close.  It should have been done sooner.  So the day has been spent relaxing in the dining room by a nice fire and having some lunch with my sister.  I also called Laura for a bit.  She will be heading home to the east coast tonight and although I won't be over to see her we talked about the visit she will be making home in May and I am going to play with her and her husband Jeremy then.  I am looking forward to it.  I have lots to do between now and May and I do not wish it would come sooner, but I will be happy when it is finally here.
Because it was a snow day, I decided to take my monthly photo countdown today because Kayla was home to take it (personal photographer).  I even stayed decked out in my pj's to add to the Snow Day Touch.
Also had to add in my new snowboarding goggles that I probably will not get the chance to wear this year.  Hey Haig Pinsent, take my snow boarding on February 4th/5th 2015!  We'll have a blast :)


no that's not just a 1... my 9 fell down a little.


it was kind of bright outside, hens the squinty eyes 

Now the question is "Will I be doing any school work today?".  I have not really been able to decide yet.  I am feeling pretty good about everything especially after I did some school work during the day yesterday and did not really plan to.  I might pull out a bit later but for now excuse me while I watch some tv by the fire with some hot chocolate and a chocolaty donut. 
XO, Lyssa

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Nostalgia

Because this,


July 8th 2010
was one of the best days of my life.
We know why.

I miss you best friend. 
XO, XXO

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Shout-Out

This one is going out to my good friend Dana.

I have known Dana since Grade One.  My first memory of us is when he stole one of my Popsicle sticks because I spoke English in our French Immersion class.  We became friends throughout the years of elementary school because we were the kids in French Immersion.  We became even closer in junior high when we became the only two Clarinet players in our French Immersion band class.  We had to always switch parts so we could get both melodies of the song.  We did a couple of duets for provincial music fairs. We hung out with some of the same people and went to some of the same parties and gatherings.  We continued to stay friends in High School through French and Band.  We got to go to New York together in Grade 12 with the rest of our senior High Band.  And then we graduated and went to prom and all that jazz. Dana was fortunate enough to go on a rotary exchange to the Canary Islands.  We kept in touch through Facebook and our blogs.  When he came home, we both started our first year at UPEI and we even ended up in the same French classes all year.  Dana has always been very involved, has always had a lot of friends and has been the nicest guy to be around.  He is such an amazing person and I am so glad to have him in my life.

This post does come out of consequence of someone doing something very hateful to Dana recently.  Dana is one of a kind, and that is just how I like him and I grateful to know him and have had him in my life for so long.  He will defiantly be in it for a long time!

I love yah Dk, stay strong.  You are an amazing person, don't ever forget it.


June 2010---


December 2012---
XO, Lyssa

Friday, February 1, 2013

Modesty & PROM 2013

Growing up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Young Women and Young Men are counseled to dress modestly.


Modesty is an attitude of propriety and decency in dress, grooming, language, and behavior. If we are modest, we do not draw undue attention to ourselves. Instead, we seek to “glorify God in [our] body, and in [our] spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:20;  via LDS.org

Our clothing expresses who we are. It sends messages about us, and it influences the way we and others act. When we are well groomed and modestly dressed, we can invite the companionship of the Spirit and exercise a good influence on those around us.


Sometimes, modesty is not always easy.  My sister and I learned that today.  Three years ago when I was given a dress to wear to prom by a family friend, there was still no question that I would add something to it to make it modest.  I ended up just wearing a black shrug under my dress and although people did really notice, I felt comfortable and I felt especially comfortable with Haig as my date.  My dress was also quite dark so it kind of just color blocked it.  I don't regret my decision of what some people called "wearing a t-shirt under my dress".  It was a good night and I did really feel beautiful.


As for now, my baby sister is going to Prom this year!  So today we drove up to a bridal and prom boutique near Summerside.  Kayla has already had a prom dress picked out online for awhile now, but we figured we had better go up and see if she could try on a similar style and maybe even order the dress from this store because they carry the brand Night Moves.  We got there and found a pink sparkly one with the same kind of bottom.  So she gave that one a try on just to see about the size.  We had some more fun looking around at some of the other dresses and then we got some help from one of the ladies who worked there.  We showed her a picture of the modest dress Kayla wanted and at her first look I knew she was thinking "We have not had a girl who has wanted a dress like this in Gosh knows how long".  We started to work at getting everything worked out from how long it would take the dress to get there, how much it would cost, the alterations and sizing Kayla.  They decided she should go one size up just to make sure it fits her broad shoulders, and they can alter the rest of it to hug her body.  

Anyways, I am saying all this because she did order the dress.  It is gorgeous and I cannot wait for her to have it and look gorgeous in it.  I am so proud of her for deciding to dress modestly and stand out from the crowd.  She is one special lady and I hope her choice to wear a modest prom dress will be a reflection of who she really is and that she is not afraid to be different and stand up for what she believes in.
Kayla, I love you and I am so proud of you and so excited for June 18th!


also, thanks to Night Moves for carrying a line of Modest Dresses!
XO, Lyssa