I Can Be a nerd But That's fine by me

I Can Be a nerd But That's fine by me

Why the summers can be hard for people like me, and how I combat with a routine-less schedule.

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Ever since I was really young, I have always loved school. The bell schedules, new-book smell that comes from each textbook at the beginning of the year, and the sometimes-mindless tasks that come along with it. I am a lover of routine, and I always have been. It is for this reason, that summers can be so hard for me. Most people would think I'm crazy: who DOESN'T love being free, having no responsibilities for a few months?

Trust me, I love a few days of kick-back-relaxing just as much as the next person, but months on end of waking up and not having a plan can really take a toll.

For people like me, even the transition from high school to college was enormous. You go from waking up at the same time every day, going to classes separated by a bell which signals you have five minutes to make it to your next destination, eating the same packed lunch each day, and heading to practice after school. But, the routine didn't end here. It was followed by a shower, dinner, a couple hours of homework, and a pre-bedtime Netflix show. College is a little bit different, when you realize you have loads of free time on your hands.

But what I really miss in the summertime, is my mind being kept busy 24/7. Though it can be tiresome, meticulous, and boring, homework and papers keep my mind in tiptop shape. Knowing that I have things to read, papers (and articles!) to write, places to be, gives me less time to ponder the… less important things (What color should my nails be? Maybe I could use another swimsuit? I wonder what I'll watch next on Netflix?).

One thing that has helped me to combat my lazy brain this summer is reading. All the time. So far, I have finished 12 books, and I don't plan on slowing down. I bring my book with me everywhere I go: babysitting, appointments, lakehouse, car rides, etc. Whenever I find myself with a free moment, I open my book and attempt to make some progress. Some days I sit down and finish an entire book, and others I make it through just a few pages. Either way, I like to know that I've made some sort of dent in my book.

Along with this, I have found that starting a good book and becoming engrossed in the story, I watch fewer episodes of TV shows/movies. Once I become invested in a book, it starts to feel like a little movie in my head. I create images for the characters, the way their voices sound, what their homes look like, etc. It makes my brain feel a little more occupied during the long summer months away from papers, quizzes, and homework.

While I am not trying to shoo summer away, I definitely am ready to be back on a schedule again... even if it means staying up till 1 a.m. making flashcards. But for all you self-proclaimed nerds, here is a list of books I highly recommend to combat your summer lazy-brain!

"Little French Bistro" by Nina George

"The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain

"After You" by Jojo Moyes

"The One That Got Away" by Bethany Chase

"Ice Cream Queen" of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman

"The Shoemakers Wife" by Adriana Trigiani

"The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah (shoutout to my lovely boyfriend for finding this one for me!)

"The Last Letter" from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

"Jack and Jill" by James Patterson

"Still Me" by Jojo Moyes

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

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If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

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Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

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I have never enjoyed Valentine's Day.

Even if when I was in a relationship it was just an awkward day of "hey I love you, give me gifts and lets make out." But this year, I am just not feeling this thing at all. Since the relationship ended last June I have just been dreading the time when February came, because you know that on the 14th you are going to see all these love post and all us singles are like "welp this is just not my day.", and honestly you feel defeated. I personally asked other singles friends (like the three I have) if they wanted to come and watch Netflix with me and dread the day, but sadly they either had school or work. So here is my plan of getting though this day of love:

NETFLIX

Yes Netflix how else am I supposed to get through this day? Usually I have Greys Anatomy playing all the time but that has love in it, and I am not in the mood for that. My plan is to watch all the crime shows I can because watching TV crime series or documentary about serial killers just seems perfect for the 14th.

SLEEP

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Yes sleeping. I don't have anywhere I need to be why not catch up on some zzz's

CHOCOLATE

Yes I am going to eat my feelings with chocolate because why not? if I could I would get a giant slice of cake and live off that on the 14th but sadly I am stuck with the normal Heresy's chocolate and Reeses which will do their job.

CATS

me :)

This is my wonderful cat Kimber and she will be my partner in crime on the 14th. She will sleep, snuggle, cuddle, all day with me because I need that moral support of my fluffy cat.

BOOKS

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If I am able to fit reading a book into my schedule of everything listed above then reading will go into that open spot. I always loved reading but with school it is hard to find the time to read for enjoyment. so this day will be the perfect day.


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