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Women and Weddings

Jennifer A

December 30, 2011 - 12:00 PM

What is it about women that make us love weddings? Is it because we imagine ourselves as the bride, the center of attention? Partially, yes. But what I think it really is a real-life fairytale we can actually obtain.


Growing up us girls dream of being a princess. Whether we played with dolls or mud pies, we all wanted our prince charming to take us away to live happily ever after. As we grow older the dream of perfection fades gradually but the one thing we hold onto is the wedding. It is a day that we plan for months or years down to the last detail. We try our hardest to make everything perfect down to the smallest features in the centerpieces. Many women spare no expense for their ‘special day' because for most of us, our wedding is the closest thing to a fairytale we will ever have.


Take Cinderella, the story that relates most to a wedding. She works hard all day long, underappreciated just wanting to go to the ball. Her Fairy Godmother appears and transforms her rags into the gown of her dreams. She walks into the dance and all eyes are on her. She bewitches the prince to fall in love with her and until the clock strikes midnight, her evening is perfect. Deep down, that is what all girls attempt, Cinderella's enchanting evening.


Life is not fair or perfect. Happily ever after may not be achievable for all. However, every woman deserves to feel like a beautiful princess on her wedding day. Even if that means becoming neurotic with the flower placements or spending too much on a dress, we all deserve a fairytale at least once in our life.


Really Good Book

Jennifer A

December 18, 2011 - 12:00 PM

Have you ever read a book that made you stay up late at night? A book that won't let you push it away or do anything until it is finished? The worst ones are when the book is part of a series. Then, your life is given up to the series for at least a week, usually two. Your life becomes intertwined with the character's plight. Why is this? I have a theory ...


We become addicted to these stories because they connect with us on some level, which is obvious. But it is how/when they connect with us. Take the Twilight series; the author, Stephanie Meyer, wrote the main character, Bella, as a plain girl so any tween can place themselves in her shoes and become apart of the story. The authors have control of this aspect, but what they don't have is control of our situations when we read it.


For instance, I am enamored in the series of The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins at the moment. (I highly recommend reading this series.) Without giving too much away, the series is about a young strong girl who fights her emotions about love, family, and most of all survival. Although I am not fighting for my life this story resonates with my current situation. Authors could not plan for someone to be in a perfect situation as I am to be charmed by a story. When a character in a story is easy to relate to and the reader's situation all align together, it creates the perfect storm for readership.


The New Addiction: Pinterest

Jennifer A

December 18, 2011 - 12:00 PM

The New Addiction: Pinterest

If you have not heard of Pinterest, you don't know what you are missing. Or it may be you haven't been able to use it because you have not received the illusive invite. It is a fairly new website that catalogs things that you like on the Internet into ‘boards.' You can organize them under any category you like; home décor, food recipes, style, vacation spots, humor, gifts and so much more.


To say that Pinterest becomes an addiction to many might be an understatement. An obsession is probably more of an appropriate word. I have become interested in hobbies I would have never thought of before. I am not a chef, but I have recently started cooking. My mother and I have tried three new recipes that I found on Pinterest. The best part, they were healthy!


Pinterest has been very helpful this holiday season. There is a tab in the top menu on the site that says Gifts. If you click on there they have gifts under an assortment of different price ranges. It has helped me become more creative with what I buy instead of the go-to tie, cologne or lotion. All in all, Pinterest has taken up a lot of my holiday time. I just hope I can steer away from it when I get back to school!

Relaxing Over Winter Break

Jennifer A

December 17, 2011 - 12:00 PM

I have had a full week of my winter break now. I have sold back my books, dealt with my apartment arrangements, received my grades and drove the two hours home. There is nothing attaching me back to U of O until January. My routine has been simple.


I wake up everyday around 9:30. I then eat breakfast, drink my coffee and head off to work out. I exercise at 11:00 because back-to-back episodes of ‘Say Yes to the Dress' come on. After that, I eat lunch, walk my dog and generally do nothing the rest of the day. To say my battery is being re-charged is an understatement. As I was relaxing one afternoon I started thinking "Do adults have anything like this?"


This is my last winter break before I head out into the working world. School is stressful, yes, but not as stressful as the ‘real' world is (so I am told). Don't adults need this month-long break more than I do? With my future job I have 10 vacation days a year. Only 10! That is nowhere near my four weeks of leisure I have now. I guess the only thing to do is enjoy my break thoroughly as I can now since I won't in the future!

I Got a Job!

Jennifer A

December 11, 2011 - 12:00 PM

Well, I have done it. I have received a job for after I graduate college! It wasn't easy, but it was all worth it. I am a future Training Coordinator for Fast Enterprises. All because of the University of Oregon's job website.


Through my daily search on UO Job Link, I found a job description that I seemed to fit in. I sent in my resume and references, and was called for an on-campus interview about a week later. The interview went well and the next day I was invited to Denver, Colorado for an interview. To say that I was excited was an understatement.


The entire trip was paid for. My flight to Denver, my cab ride to the hotel and from, and the celebratory lunch all compensated by the company. Through all this I could see how well this company treats their employees, which is important to me. They offered me a competitive salary, full benefits and a place to feel respected. Although it sounds perfect there is one small issue, the location.


My start day is June 25. Until 30 days before then, I do not know where I will be located. There are some really great places I could be sent like Denver or Arlington, Virginia. And there are some really not-so-great places like Jackson, Mississippi or Bismarck, North Dakota. Even though I may not like where I end up, I will be so lucky to have a job. Until I found out I will just sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of my time at the U of O.

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