Friday, December 31, 2010


Have fun and be safe tonight everyone!

Friday, December 24, 2010


i am so annoyed! for whatever reason I cannot post comments? i.e. i cannot respond to comments that are left on my page? any advice? just about as annoyed as i was in traffic earlier today!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

San Francisco

Yesterday, I went out to San Francisco with one of my best girl friends to do a little last minute Christmas shopping. We showed up super prepared for some bad weather but although it was cloudy the weather was pretty perfect! Minus the 80 degree insides of every store that we sweat our butts off in. I wasn't too successful on the gift buying front, but I did get a few cute things for myself haha. While out there I met up with one of my all time favorite friends miss stephanie! In the end it was successful trip with catching up, gossip, shopping, and delicious mexican food.



macys went a little crazy with the deco!

Saturday, December 18, 2010


This is the zombie i've been for the past 2 weeks. SO GLAD THE SEMESTER IS OVER! Now to get into the Christmas spirit and to finish my Christmas shopping. eep!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Little Things

So I've been in finals mode for the past 2 weeks, and have gotten very very little sleep. I've been leaving the house around 8 am and coming home from the library around 2,3, and even 5 am. Being gone all day long makes the cats super excited when I finally do get home, causing them to gallop back and forth across the house, wrestle, and get as close as possible to me (which usually means ON me).

All I want to do when I get home is plop straight in to bed, but unfortunately for me, the cats know when "bed time" is (if I turn off the lights in the living room and kitchen they run straight to the bedroom and hide under the bed). See usually the cats are NOT allowed to sleep with me, there have been too many nights where I was kept up because they were running around the bedroom, jumping on me, pawing at me, running into things etc. - mind you I do live in a 100 year old house on the top level, so two cats jumping off of dressers and running into things is VERY loud; for both me and my downstairs neighbor. Some nights bed time isn't a problem and I can tell that they will sleep soundly in bed with me, some nights though I can tell that they are going to be uncontrollable.

Every night this week we've had to deal with the latter situation. The past three nights I've been woken up continuously by getting pounced on in my sleep and to the sound of something falling off my night stand due to a 8 pound cat sliding across the room into it. Monday night I was determined to get them out of my room while they were hiding under bed, fully aware that it was time for mimis. The best I could manage was getting them into the bathroom (my house is weird and the bathroom is in between the kitchen and my room) whose door is "loose" so the cats can bang on it, and let me tell you they banged on it ALL night.

Well, last night I got home from the library at 5 am, with my alarm set for 9:30, and I was oh so worried that the cats were gonna let me have it again. Instead though, I slept perfectly all night and woke up to two VERY cuddly cats. This is probably what makes me happiest :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Perfect Gift

So I just stumbled across this amazing site and had to share. They make gorgeous custom silhouette charms. Considering all the mamas I know I thought this would be a great find for a lot of you! Although this will not be arriving in time for Christmas for me, I think my mom mom will love it so much that having to wait for her gift will be worth it ;)

Around the house...

a few pictures from around the house today...

i love olive's little round belly! ;)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fall Friday

I left my house for the library a bit ago and it was honestly kind of magical. There were trains of leaves following all the cars, and leaves were raining from the tops of the trees. It felt like it was snowing orange and yellow amazingness.

This is what happens when you live in California, summer lasts until October, and then in late November early December Fall creeps in. I'm going to embrace it and try not wish that I was having a white Christmas ;) So here's to fall and my days fall fashion inspiration:

and little tid bit of my own grey/yellow layering

Monday, December 6, 2010

19 Days until Christmas...

And it still feels like fall....

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tree Time!

Spent the day picking out a tree and making popcorn garland, the cats are in heaven!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Holey Moley

Today was a seriously bad day! Like whoa! Still on an emotional hangover, that traumatized feeling you get after a lot of crying? Know what I am talking about?

Well, I am sure once I get to the point of my story it will seem like a really silly reason to have literally bawled over, but I'll tell you all anyways.

It started off last night...surprise! lady time! iiiifff you know what I mean. So there was issue #1. Cramps galore aaand a glass case of emotion. Great - the night before a midterm. So I woke up, cramping of course, downed some breakfast and ibuprofen and a positive attitude (because it just so happens that my neuroscience midterm today had to do with somatosensation which entails - pain! and one thing highlighted is that pain is something the brain can actually control. you can experience pain when there are no nociceptors {signals that indicate pain} and you can have nociceptors but no pain!). Well anyways I left for school determined not to let the pain get to me because I had to seriously concentrate. Had my first class at 7:30 AM and then went straight to the library to finish studying for my neuro midterm at 3:00 PM.

I studied A LOT! Hours and hours over a few days. Pages of hand written notes, 4 heavily highlighted chapters, a completed study guide, and flash cards. I've always taken school really seriously, but this semester I have literally slaved away. I spend a good 20+ hours at the library a week (on top of class time, internship, and a job). I have NO social life. I have NO time for anything extracurricular (except mindlessly staring at the television for a bit each night to give my brain a rest). While I am around people most of the day I am never really with someone. I live alone, i commute alone, i study at the library alone etc etc oh and just in case you didn't know - my boyfriend lives 600 miles away. While I do love my area of study, and am thoroughly committed to my future career, it is so so hard on me.

BACK to the story. So I was feeling pretty good - not completely comfortable, but pretty good. I even reassured myself that feeling pretty good and not completely good was okay because I tend to over study and then sometimes over think my answers and miss things on tests. So I had one class before my test and my teacher completely confused and overwhelmed me with this project we have due next week - issue #2? I was having him explain something to me after class and suddenly started to tear up...oh no. I left quickly so I could last minute go over some of the answers I prepared for the essay questions (she gives us 10-12 essay questions that she will randomly select for the test)and compose myself. She comes in, I am still feeling pretty good, she hands out the test, i start to panic. I take a quick look at the essay questions - she chose EVERY essay question I struggled with - FUCK! I started to tear up. I decide to start with multiple choice thinking I will feel better about the essay questions...nope.

I have no clue what happened, but I pretty much did not know anything on that exam. I cried silently throughout the entire thing. Guessed on about 3/4 and only answered 1 essay question. I was devastated and didn't know what to do. All I could think to do was write a note to my teacher about what was going on and how much I'd studied (I have an A in the class so she knows I'm a good student). It was beyond embarrassing and disappointing. I went straight home to cry.

My mom says its not the end of the world and that there are worse things that could happen (I know this), but I work myself to the bone to do well in my classes and to work so hard for something and then flop like that...its seriously heart wrenching.


So, while that may have seem insignificant and the least of anyone's worries, it's a big deal to me especially as I have given everything up for school.

My mom told me to write down five things that I am grateful for to cheer myself up and to put things in perspective:

1. My family - so lucky to even have a family
2. My apartment
3. My health
4. My education - even though its the bane
of my existence at the moment
5. My boyfriend - he's a sweetheart

Well...I still feel like crap, but I'll get over it, I just have to muster up the strength to get back into the library and convince myself that I can finish out the semester strong. Fingers crossed.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

November Udate

So things in life are...swell.

Nothing REALLY to complain about. I am dating a wonderful man, am getting A's in all my classes (fairly positive), and am doing a great job handling all of my responsibilities(work, internship, school).

Something is missing though. Just not content.

This morning I listened to a really wonderful program on NPR about happiness. This man travels all over the world to figure out what components go into making people happy. It was an extremely interesting program. Unfortunately, many of the things he listed as contributing to happiness were not things that I partake in. This has prompted me to try and get into doing some of these things. I'll let you read the article/listen to the story for yourself (i recommend listening to the story as there is much more information in it than supplied in the article), but either way it is really wonderful - take a gander & enjoy!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Out of Complete Boredom

I think I'll be updating more often.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Walk In My Shoes

Outfit I am currently LOVING:
baby doll black detail blouse, moss green corduroys, Tory Burch flats.

Perfect mix of everything I like in an outfit with a casual twist :)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


RIP Ian Curtis
May 18th, 1980

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Moi Je Joue

I absolutely adore this video. Brigitte Bardot's music makes me feel like running around Paris just like this girl.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Good Weather

...makes me want to lounge around with my balcony door open reading a book...which is what I'm doing today!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Thank You!

Thank you everyone for writing a bit about yourselves in my last post! It helps to make us not all feel like complete strangers.

I am currently sitting in my school library trying to make some progress in my pile of "to do's". I currently have 2 tests to study for, 2 research papers, 1 take home midterm, and a statement of purpose to write. I guess it doesn't seem like too heavy a load but because I really dislike all my class topics this semester I'm definitely dreading this undertaking.
I took 3 days off from work last weekend to try and spend some time with the wonderful Lisa while she was in town from Salt Lake City. One of those days I unfortunately wasted by taking my sweet sweet time in getting ready/cleaning. The second day I spent with my wonderful mom who treated me to shopping, lunch, and pedi/manis. After this wonderful afternoon, I drove out to Modesto to visit Lisa. I stayed up until about 4 a.m. with everyone out there which is WAY past my bedtime, but had a great time nevertheless. The next day was spent all over the bay area from Oakland to San Francisco.
Sunday it was back to reality with a strenuous day at work which led me into a strenuous Monday (today) in which I have let my stress over school/grad school drive me to do a bit of retail therapy. If anyone here has even attempted to begin the decision/application process for graduate school then you feel my pain, it is an all consuming task. Really, it's all I think about. I really am starting to think that getting into a graduate program is going to be harder than completing a graduate program. Who knows.
Well, with an update on my life I'll leave you with some photos from this weekend.

photos are from the lovely restaurant that my mother and I ate at, and of course a photo of my wonderful mom!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hello My Name Is....

With the creation of this blog I am doing something that I honestly did not do before, follow people. I am embarrassed to admit that I a) did not realize how many people followed my old blog and b) I only followed a few blogs. I'm not quite sure if it was because I was busy, or I didn't understand how to follow people, but either way I have added ALMOST everyone that was following me before! Which means I will see all of your lovely updates, and which also puts me in a position where I feel like we are all meeting for the first time. Seeing as how I didn't really disclose much in my previous blog, I'll introduce myself

My name is Brittney and I am a student at San Jose State University, about to complete my BA in Psychology. I am quite the busy lady which you may eventually end up noticing from lack of updates. I have two wonderful children (cats) Olive & Zoe. I have a weakness for ice cream, mochi, and anything chocolate. I'm a major morning person, and usually the first to fall asleep! For the most part I'm pretty reserved, a wall flower, an observer.
So that is a nut shell! Seeing as how I am technically a new follower of most of you (I do apologize again) I'd love it if everyone could introduce themselves and tell me one thing about them! (even if I did previously follow you and we've interacted before)

Spring Cleaning....

Since spring is here I think it's best to start a new blog free of last years clutter!