Bandwagon

I finally got on board with technology when I got my new iPhone.  My old phone had a shattered screen that I’d covered in tape–yes, scotch tape–for a couple of months and finally I couldn’t take it anymore.

I immediately downloaded WordPress and Pinterest, and Twitter was soon to follow, as was Instagram.  Now I feel like I have everything! I will try to keep everything updated and connected, which will hopefully be lots of fun :)

Twitter: lexbarnhart

Pinterest: lexrunway

Let me know if any of you have twitter or pinterest so I can follow you as well!  Happy Friday <3

Twenty Twelve

Aromatherapy candles at Target with simple, lovely names.

First and foremost, happy New Year!  Hopefully 2011 was good to you, and though a “perfect year” is impossible, I hope 2012 is everything you hope for.  I hope your resolutions are resolved, your dreams realized, and your attempts successful.  A new year is always exciting and scary for me–I do not like change, and in fact it makes me nervous.  I always want to be a better person, friend, daughter, girlfriend, student, but it’s so easy to remain the same and do things the way you are used to that often these “betterments” don’t happen.  I suppose that’s why people make resolutions.  I already have a “bucket list” of sorts, albeit unfinished, which you can check out here, but I am going to do a list of resolutions as well.  Some will be frivolous and some serious, but here they are, in no particular order:

–  Be myself.  As I get older I find that I care less what people think about me.  I have adopted a “take it or leave it” mentality; if you don’t like me, fine!  There are plenty of people that do.

–  Do what’s best for me.  I tend to be a doormat sometimes and while thinking of others is a good quality, I need to focus on myself and my dreams.

–  Speaking of dreams, I need to work on my bucket list and accomplish at least ten goals this year.

–  Be healthy.  I know this is cliche, but eating healthy and exercising are so important, especially now that my metabolism has slowed down and I don’t run five miles a day anymore.  I don’t mean diet and I certainly am not going to even mention weight loss, but I want to eat healthy and exercise at least three times a week.

–  Read and write more, strictly for pleasure.

–  Smile more!

–  Take more photos.  Expand my photography skills and knowledge.

–  Be nicer to others.  Compliment others and be more friendly.

–  Continue growing my hair out!  Hopefully by this time next year it will be almost as long as I want it to be.

–  Complain less.

–  And finally–this one is always a contender and always ends up ignored–at least attempt to stop procrastinating.  This has been a resolution since the beginning of high school (but this has been an issue since I was, like, six and first had things to procrastinate on) and hopefully this will be the year that I actually get my work done before the night it’s due!

And that’s pretty much it.  It’s a lot, but hopefully I can be successful.

Finally, I just want to thank everyone who reads my blog.  I truly appreciate each one of you and it’s because of you that I keep up with this.  If you need anything or want to contact me for any reason at all, feel free.  I love hearing from you!  Thanks again, and happy New Year!!

Christmas Past

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas, and if you celebrate another holiday, I hope your last few days have been sublime.  I had a fantastic Christmas and Christmas Eve.  It did not feel like Christmas until Christmas morning itself, and even though I am 19 years old, I could not sleep the night before and woke up at 5:10 AM on Christmas morning.  Of course, I fell back asleep, but the child in me forces me to stay up late on Christmas Eve and wake up early to celebrate Christmas morning.

Here are a few things about Christmas that I love :

Our 14-foot tree, bright and beautiful on Christmas Eve.  A few presents are already snuggled up underneath the branches.

Homemade sushi on Christmas Eve.

A few of my favorite Christmas baubles and decorations adorning our mantle.

Our tree on Christmas morning.  Every year we get a real tree, and it is always super tall and quite skinny.  This year my mom and I decorated it by ourselves, which involved lots of time balancing on the ladder.  We just bought a fake Christmas tree for my apartment next year–my first fake tree ever.  As excited as I am for my own place, and as easy as it will be to put up and maintain a fake tree, it’s wonderful to have a place to come back to that will smell like pine needles during the holidays.

This last “Christmas favorite” is a bit silly and a bit bittersweet.  I am Greek Orthodox–which is very similar to Catholicism pre-Vatican II except we have an Archbishop instead of a Pope and the service is in ancient Greek rather than Latin–and we fast before major holidays such as Easter and Christmas.  This means that by Christmas Eve, we are completely vegan and some people like my grandparents go so far as to not eating anything cooked with or containing oil.  These fasts can be tiresome, especially for children, so after the Christmas service the priest at our church hands out chocolate Santas to the kids.  This Christmas was the first time I did not get a Santa.  I am 19 years old and I suppose I look like an adult, but it was jarring to not get this silly Santa that doesn’t even taste that good.  I guess I viewed it as another transition from childhood into adulthood.  My dad saw how upset I was and asked for a Santa for me, and I still haven’t eaten it.  I guess I must finally grow up!

Speaking of growing up, I feel as though this year I did not really want anything.  I loved everything I received, but I have everything that I want or need.  Does anyone else feel this way?  Not to be corny, but I think now I can focus more on the true meaning of Christmas rather than the excitement of getting gifts–although I will always savor those few moments of shredding the wrapping paper!

Once again, Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope you are enjoying time with those who mean the most to you.

Bruschetta

It’s the weekend before finals, so I’ve been running around in yoga pants and sweatshirts all week and will be next week, too.  In addition, we just signed a lease for an apartment next year!!  The whole process was so hectic, but we got a beautiful place.  Even though we don’t move in til next August, I’m already super excited to decorate…

And cook!  Tonight my roommate I went to a friend’s apartment to cook and eat a real dinner.  She made chicken, and I made Greek salad, and then we heated up some bruschetta to put on top.  With ciabatta bread on the side, it was deeelicious!

I’ll keep you all updated as much as possible, but right now studying is consuming all of my time.  Happy first week of December, Harry Potter weekend, and whatever else it happens to be, and good luck studying for finals if you have some coming up!

Ring Around the Rosie

Happy Friday lovelies!!  I’ve been trying hard to stifle my excitement for Halloween weekend–because the more you look forward to something the more it will inevitably suck–but since it’s Friday I’ve let the excitement take over!!  I can’t wait to dress up, do crazy makeup, and wear stripper heels.  After all, Halloween is a time to dress up and be crazy… so go big or go home!!

I’ll have plenty of pictures of my costume later this weekend, but for now, I wanted to share my favorite pieces of jewelry–rings.  Ever since I got my class ring my junior year of high school, I’ve been enamored with rings.  I wear them often, almost every day, and without them I feel naked.  I’ve rotated between a few, but here are my current favorites:

The top heart-shaped ring was a souvenir I brought home from Greece; my “love” ring is vintage and was a gift from my mom on my 19th birthday.  So many girls have heart rings or something similar, but mine have special meaning behind them and are unique.

What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?  I’d love to know!!

Happy Halloween weekend everybody!!! Have a spooky, scary, fun, and overall fantastic time (be safe!)!  :*