Ohmygoshi
i don't really know where to start. this summer was everything that i expected it to be. and everything i didn't. after coming off a semester from hell, i was more than ready to get away. i needed to get home and away from everything there; school, dc, him, i just needed to get as far away as possible. i don't think it was running away per se, seeing as i had to come home eventually.

the summer was all about healing, in every way. italy was, beyond amazing. it was so good for me to go. i not only made great memories, but friends too. here are some of the things that i did this summer:

I...toured italy and spain
...met dozens of new people
...had a fun summer "fling"
...realized it's ok to start to open my heart to someone again
...REALLY got into yoga
...gained a new outlook
...fell in love with my best friends all over again!
...accomplished a lot.

This summer has been so great. A recent survey i filled out asked me if this summer was better than the last. The first time i saw that question, i didn't know how to answer. Both were so different for me for so many different reasons. However, in the end, I think i can soundly say that this summer was better than last. I've learned a lot since this time last year, and i definitely feel that i've grown up a lot.

I am so excited for what this semester is going to bring! i have a good feeling and lots of energy. I've been doing a lot of researching for yoga studios and I have two finalists I'm going to check out in the next few weeks. I'm really going to try and continue this whole "bettering myself" thing.

so far, things are looking really good! but then again...the year has just begun!
Ohmygoshi
Pull back the shield between us and I'll kiss you
Drop your defenses and come into my arms
I'm all for believing (I'm all for believing)
I'm all for believing if you can reveal the true colors within

I know you blanket your mind
So much that I am blind
But I see you painted your soul into your guard
I'm all for believing (I'm all for believing)

I need to know just how you feel to comfort you
I need to find the key to let me in
Into your heart to find your soul

Pull back the shield between us and I'll kiss you
Drop your defenses and come into my arms
I'm all for believing if you can reveal the true colours within
Say you will be there for me to hold when faith grows old
And life turns cold

I'm all for believing (faith grows old)
I'm all for believing (life turns cold)
Just believeI'm all for believing (faith grows old)
I'm all for believing (life turns cold)
Just believeI'm all for believing (faith grows old)
And life turns cold
Ohmygoshi
well, it's more like the movies of the 90s....

in the past two days, i've watched:
Jumanji
The Princess Diaries (which is really from the early 2000s, but whatever)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (which is really from the late 80s, but i first saw it in the 90s)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

I remember the first time i saw jumanji. it was during one of my visits from japan. we rented it (on tape!) from blockbuster. i just remember being mesmerized by it, and then being so disappointed the the real game wasn't quite the same.

home alone 1 and 2 are always some of my favorite holiday movies. they just put me in such a happy mood. what a smart little kid that kevin was. i especially like the second one, when they wake up to all the presents in the gorgeous hotel penthouse. i was actually just thinking of this movie yesterday when i was watching the wonder years, Daniel Stern narrates the show and plays Marv the stupid robber in Home Alone. does that ever happen to you? you're thinking about something or someone and then you see it a few days later...it happens to me a lot actually. I was just listening to some christmas music too...i can't wait for christmas, it's the most wonderful time of the year after all.

and then there's honey, i shrunk the kids. a classic for any person who can remember the 90s. i always loved mgm studios because they had the gigantic set that made you feel like you were in the movie.

Andre is playing next, but i think i'll opt for So You Think You Can Dance instead...Andre always makes me cry anyways...