The musings of a girl who's a bit too eager to talk about anything and everything.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Go The Distance

9:27 AM Posted by Allie Wood , No comments
Well. It's here.
This is going to be my last blog post for roughly eight to nine weeks.
So, here we go.
This is going to be a short one, since I'm not totally sure that I won't be able to make it through this without crying just a bit.

I seriously can't believe it's time. It's insane. I can't figure out how I'm feeling right now. I mean, I'm excited, nervous, sad, and basically every emotion in between.

With that in mind, what better thing to do than sing Go The Distance in your head, on repeat, right? I watched Hercules yesterday, so I'm 100% positive that that is the reason this particular song is my choice right now.

My favorite part is:

I'll be there someday, I can go the distance.
I will find my way if I can be strong.
I know every mile, will be worth my while.
When I go the distance, I'll be right where I belong.

Down an unknown road, to embrace my fate.
Though that road may wander, it will lead me to you.
And a thousand years, would be worth the wait.
It might take a lifetime, but somehow I'll see it through.

It's really uplifting at this exact moment. I have some semblance of a clue of how the next two months will be, but I know it will be much more difficult than that, but I just have to see it through so I can reach my end goal. This is what I've wanted to do for years, and the time is now upon me.

Here's a huge thank you to everyone who's been supporting me in my decision to join the Navy and has been there for me through thick and thin. I love all of you with every last bit of my heart, mind, and soul. You are all amazing and I couldn't be any amount more grateful than I am right now.

I have a bit of a rough time ahead of me, but I'm sure I can make it through and get myself to where I want to be. So, let's start my journey into the great blue yonder.

Let's see here.
I think my attitude for the next few months needs to include Hercules dedication to finding where he belongs and doing what he needs to do to get there, Spock's logic, Gracie Hart's all-around personality, Steve Rogers' loyalty to causes and his friends, and Indiana Jones' spunkiness towards an adventure.
I should be totally set with that, right?



The quote I will leave you with is a quote by one of my role models.

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Amelia Earhart

I'll see you guys soon.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Nostalgia

9:37 AM Posted by Allie Wood , , 1 comment
Nostalgia sounds like it could be a name for a horror movie if no one knew the meaning of the word.
Think about it.
Nostalgia.

Anyway.
It's my last Thursday at home, so I've decided  I'm going to do a really long Throwback Thursday for just a little bit.
It's a weird feeling because, normally, I'd be starting school again right about this time, but I'm not this year.
I mean, hey, no more high school. That's a plus.
Let's recap on some finer points of senior year, then, shall we?

  • I met my best friend.
    • Well, technically, I didn't meet her this year, but we got extremely close and I could not be more grateful than I already am for the girl known as Abby Shields. (Thank goodness for our U.S. Government class for bringing us together and a big shout out to Mr. Adamson for letting us sit next to each other all semester and wreak our sassy havoc.) She's been there for me through everything and I can always count on her for a late night conversation that will make no sense in the morning, but totally makes sense when we're discussing things of the world, such as how cool Nic Cage is, at around 1:00 in the AM hours. I mean, who else is going to watch The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty with me whenever I want?  I'm actually trying to figure out how I can steal her and bring her to Florida with me after boot camp, because I'm not going to know what to do with myself with her not being a two minute drive from my house. I can hide her under my bed, right?

She's the Riley Poole to my Nic Cage.

  • I went on my first flight.
    • No, not my first time on a plane. My first time actually flying a plane. It was a glorious experience. Every plane I've seen since then prompts the thought of "Why can't I be the one flying that?" Let me tell you, once you actually get to fly a plane, that's all you really ever want to do.

Simple "plane" selfies are the best.
And so are plays on words.
Side note, I really miss my long hair.

  • I actually graduated.
    • That was definitely a close one. If you're still in high school and you're reading this, please, don't slack off like I did and have to do pretty much a whole two years of high school in the last semester of your senior year. It's not fun. So, DO NOT DO IT.


But, hey, look, I made it and there I am standing on the base of a statue I probably wasn't supposed to climb on and touch. Oops.


  • PHILOSOPHY CLASS
    • Okay, this one is SO important. That was the most fantastic class I have ever taken in my life. It really opened my mind to a lot of new perspectives and ideas. The term "question everything," has become extremely relevant in my life due to this class, and it's actually extremely useful. Never be afraid to have a different opinion than others, but do not limit yourself to just your own opinion.
    • And how can I not include our wonderful video that we made for the class? The link is right below this so that all you have to do is click and witness the glory. Yes, I'm the one in the beginning on the swing, swinging a sledgehammer at a door, and randomly in for like 0.2 seconds throughout the rest.
    • Bohemian Rhapsody - Philosophy

  • My best comment of the school year.
    • I say a lot of funny stuff at school. I really do. Granted, most of it is in my head because I'd get in trouble if I said it out loud. But, I made everyone laugh with this one in my Interior Design class.
    • Mrs. T: "This symbol here stands for a single sink. Class, what is a single sink?" Me: "A sink that watches chick flicks and eats Ben & Jerry's." 

  • Snowball fights at Hill Aerospace Museum.
    • That kind of just speaks for itself, honestly. I mean, have you ever had a snowball fight around and underneath planes like the B-29 Superfortress, a Boeing B-52G Stratofortress, or a C-119G Flying Boxcar? Nope. Didn't think so.

Here's the view from my hiding spot of choice. It was truly a glorious day.
It was also the best field trip I have EVER been on.

  • OU beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
    • That actually has nothing to do with my senior year, but it happened, and I'm still extremely proud of it. Plus, I have an awesome OU hoodie dedicated to that win that says "Pour some sugar on me" which is the most clever piece of clothing I own.

  • I joined the Navy.
    • I made the decision that will dictate my life for at least the next eight years, and that was the decision to join the United States Navy as an aviation technician. I joined on December 17, 2013, and here I am ready to leave for boot camp on Tuesday. Crazy how time flies, right?

  • Breakups.
    • Okay, I mean, I wouldn't personally call breakups "finer points" of anything, but, y'know, they taught me a lot and I'm actually quite appreciative for them. It helped me learn what type of guys NOT to date as well as qualities I need in a guy, such as a great sense of humor and his support for my life goals. So, all in all, at least I got a bunch of free dinners and movies out of all that dating stuff, right? (That was totally not meant to sound snobbish or bitter towards any of the guys I've dated, so, if I dated you within the last year or so, and you're reading this, you're still rad, just not my type of rad anymore, which is probably the best for the both of us.)

  • I wrote some kick-butt college papers and made some kick-butt presentations.
    • I mean, I still go back and read all my essays and look at all my presentations because, dang, they were good. Such as my WWII conspiracy theory presentation that I managed to make look absolutely awesome. Look at the wide view of this glorious piece of work.


  • Great memories.
    • Just overall, I made some phenomenal memories that I'm not ever going to forget. (Y'know, until I have an accident in a science lab and accidentally turn myself into an evil villain and forget my previous life.) So, this is a thank you to everyone who was in my life for the past year. I'm grateful for all of you. If you're on my good side, I'm grateful for your friendship and love. It got me through a lot, even if you don't think we were that close, or whatever. You helped me, trust me. If you're one of the people on my bad side, I'm grateful for you, too, because you were in my life and helped teach me some great lessons, and I really do wish you guys all the best.


Honestly, I'm scared to leave, but I'm excited to start the next chapter in my life.
I feel like a fresh start will do me some good.
Starting over in a new place will most likely be a very fantastic moment somewhere in the months to come.

In the words on Rhett Butler, "With enough courage, you can do without a reputation."


Friday, August 8, 2014

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.

10:20 AM Posted by Allie Wood , 1 comment
First of all, that's a title to an episode of Gilligan's Island, so yay for re-purposing.
And, no, I did not turn bald like the Skipper or Gilligan.
But, my hair is a fairly substantial amount shorter than it was a mere day ago.
(By fairly, I mean over half my hair is gone.)

Here, let me enlighten you and tell you why getting your hair cut short is more stressful than you'd think it is.


  • What if it doesn't look good?!
    • Well, if it doesn't, you're smack out of luck until it starts growing out again. If you want to know if it looks good or not, ask an eight-year-old because they'll more than likely be brutally honest. That's just a plain fact.
  • What if it doesn't complement my facial structure?!
    • See, that's a major issue. Some hairstyles just don't look good with certain facial shape. I can't explain it, but it's true.
  • How on this green earth am I going to style this now?!
    • Granted, if you're anything like me, you have two, maybe three, go-to hairstyles because you're not that talented at doing anything with your hair. As in, it's either down straight, down curly, up in a horrible-looking bun or in a ponytail. Maybe throw in a side braid to keep things interesting. So, you have to say goodbye to everything you've been doing to your hair for the past couple of years and start anew. Plus, you can't really do anything with short hair, so yay, maybe?
  • How's it going to affect how rad my beanie looks?
    • Okay, that one's probably strictly one of my personal worries, because, if you know me, I'm almost always wearing a beanie, even if it's like 98 degrees outside. (I like them, okay? They're comfy.)


So, after five hours at the salon, (yes, five, because I had to get the relaxer treatment because my natural hair is its own monstrous entity.) of course it only makes sense to have an impromptu photo shoot showcasing before and afters. Yes, beanie shots included, because I'm sure you guys are on the edges of your seats wondering if my hair is still okay with a beanie. Don't lie. I know it's true. (Let me just say I'm lucky cameras have self-timers because I'm pretty sure teaching Bucky to take pictures wouldn't have gone over well at all.) So, get ready to get bombarded with a bunch of pictures of me. Here we go.



So, here's some super cheesy BEFORE pictures.

I'm all about the beanie lyfe, yo.

Look how long it was. Ughhhh.

Straight up thuggin'.

Yay for selfies.

I don't know why I have this one. You can't even see my hair. But I think it's a pretty cute picture.
And here's AFTER.

More selfies.

Somebody please teach me how to not look awkward.

This one's pretty cute.

Go-to pose. Still all about that beanie lyfe, yo.

Back view.


All of my cliche photos aside, it's getting super real that I'm leaving in 11 short (too short, like my hair) days. Mostly because I'm over here like, "Hey, if you weren't going to boot camp, your hair would still be long and would continue to overheat you while sitting perfectly still in an air conditioned home." I mean, I'm really not sure how I happen to be liking the short hair yet, because I have not had my hair this short since sixth grade. But, c'est la vie. I'll survive.

Also, can we talk about how weird hair actually is? They are seriously lines coming out of your scalp and sometimes the lines look good and sometimes the lines look atrocious. I don't understand it.

Take care, and comb your hair.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Secret Life Of Allie Wood

12:18 AM Posted by Allie Wood , No comments
So, I mean, it's 12:18 in the AM hours.


I'm not asleep. (Duh, Allie. Of course you're not asleep. You're typing this.) I mean, that's not surprising.
I haven't slept well at all lately. I'm pretty sure it's because I'm stressed out of my mind about leaving. Let's not get me started on that subject, because I'm not quite sure if I'm ready to talk about that. I'm basically in denial. I have myself convinced that I didn't actually graduate from high school and I have to go back on August 26th or whenever it is that school starts back up again. Hmm, maybe I'll take more art classes this time around. (See my denial? It's grand. I'm imagining going back to a place I hated. Yaaaay me.)

So, what do I decide to do when I can't sleep? I get on my handy dandy movie laptop app thing, (no, not Netflix. Now THAT'S surprising.) and watch The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. Honestly, I watch that movie about every other day, but it does seem to take on new meaning when it's a little past the time where my brain figuratively recedes into itself and starts contemplating EVERYTHING.

I'm SO  in love with this movie, if you can't tell by the way I bolded, italicized, underlined, AND capitalized the word "so." Honestly, I say this a lot towards many different things, but if you haven't seen it, you really need to. It will make your soul so happy. Ben Stiller is great and his clothing style in this movie is how I think I want my future husband to dress. It's that good. The cinematography is phenomenal. The soundtrack is super perfect. The whole thing is flawless. I'm not using the term 'flawless' lightly here. This is one of my all-time favorite movies.

But, tonight, it really got me thinking. Yeah, I know, I'm always thinking. Actually, I'm usually the one who thinks way too hard about everything. Tonight, I was just speculating. (There we go! There's the word I was looking for.) I related a lot more to Walter this time around than I have before. Let's talk about this. There's only three comparisons at this moment. There's probably more, but I can't find it in me to think of anymore right now.

  • We both have creative minds.
    • I mean, he uses his to come up with amazing daydreams. Mine mostly stems out in the form of things like painting or poetry, but same thing, right?

  • There are great journeys ahead.
    • He leaves to go on this insane adventure to places he's never even dreamed of going to track down something for his job, but has an amazing time along the way, including witnessing things like an erupting volcano. Me? I'm moving out on my own, doing things I've never done, for my job. I don't think an erupting volcano is going to be in my journey here anytime soon, but it's still going to be an insane adventure all the same.

  • Ghost cats. (This is Wil Wheaton popping his head into this post and screaming, "DON'T READ THIS BULLET POINT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE, FOR THE LOVE OF HUMANITY."
    • My favorite part of the movie is when Sean O'Connell is talking to Walter Mitty about the snow leopard, the ghost cat. He talks about how beautiful things don't ask for attention. I love how that line resonated with me the first time I watched this glorious cinematic masterpiece. Walter Mitty ends up being a metaphorical ghost cat himself. I'd like the think that I will fit into that description at some point in my life. It's an amazing concept, and I want to be part of that.

I feel as if I need to channel Walter Mitty and Sean O'Connell going into my journey ahead. I'll be Major Tom with a side of teaching myself to appreciate moments while they're here instead of bulldozing into the next one.

Side note: I need to get myself a cool travel journal and maybe go somewhere where I can get one of those "mountain blessings" Walter got.
Again I say:
GO WATCH THIS MOVIE.
RIGHT. NOW.
STOP READING THIS.
GOOOOO.

Also, they were completely correct in the movie when they said that Rizzo from Grease was both tough and tender.
And it gave me a brand new appreciation for the song Major Tom.


Let's go find our quintessence of life, yeah?