Archive for March 2011

A poem, huh? Day 12.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 § 0

A poem to someone I love.  Goodness.  If there's one thing I suck at, it's writing poetry.  After all, I used to write poetry when I was younger and I found some the other day, and laughed for an hour straight, just reading them over and over again.  That's how bad they are!  Just to prove it, here's a line from one of them:

"I am a white horse proud and tall
Galloping in the snow, hoping not to slip and fall."

I wrote that baby in first grade.  Legendary wordsmith, yo.  

I think I'll fashion my poem today off of one of Shel Silverstein's poems.  I read his books cover to cover in one sitting when I was younger, and I love his random, crazy, imaginative stories.  Today, the spirit of Shel will guide my fingers over the computer keys and help me.  

One broken pinkie
One L-shaped pool
Two popsicles in the afternoon
Two shared schools. 
Three shirley temples (each)
Three courses in Etiquette school
Hundreds we've had and hundreds more to make
Of memories shared with you.


WOW.  Poetry is hard!  I admire poets.  A lot.  I spent 40 minutes on this and it still kind of sucks.  I guess I should stick to un-rhyming prose and not stray from that, ever.  

That was about my sister, by the way.  Yes, we were enrolled in etiquette school.  

While I'm crap at writing poetry about people I love, there's someone who isn't, and that's Edgar Allen Poe.  I love his work! Yeah, yeah, I know he's everyone's favorite, but he's my favorite too, SO THERE.  Here's his poem about someone he loves:


Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea. 


That's one of my english teacher's favorite poems, and I can't help but love it too.  It's haunting but wonderful!

Have a lovely, poetic Wednesday, 
Cooper






Cooper's bucket list- Day 11

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 § 0

I've been adding on to my bucket list for years.  There's so many things I want to see and do; I've got to jot them down in order to remember them.  Here's a few of the things that are on my list:

1. Cliff dive in the Mediterranean

Photo by Harry Thomas

2. Publish a full-length novel 

3. Live in a house on acres and acres of land
Chris Ramirez photo

 Inspiration: 

4. Take a solitary vacation
Inspiration: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

5. Visit New York during Christmastime 


6. Finish learning French- and speak it fluently

Quote from Easy A: 
Dill: After we watch "The Bucket List," remember to cross "watch 'The Bucket List'" off our bucket list. 



That's just a few things, and I know I'll think of more as time goes on.  Mainly, all I want in life is to not be in debt, to be doing something I love, and to be surrounded by people I love.  Like how I put the debt thing first? I might need to reorganize my priorities :)

Happy Tuesday, 
Cooper







Songs, songs, songs.

Monday, March 28, 2011 § 0

This is a fun one!  Songs I listen to when I am happy, sad, bored, hyped, and mad.....


Happy: 
White Sky-Vampire Weekend
I....love....this...song.  Vampire Weekend is my favorite band, and I've seen them twice in concert.  Let me tell you, though, for this band, twice is not enough.  They are so charismatic and talented and perfect and handsome.....I just want to follow them around the world.  ANYWAY, this song has that perfect summer, last-day of school, bought a new dress, got an excellent grade, went to the movies-vibe and I always listen to it when I'm on top of the world. 

Sad:
It'll All Work Out- Tom Petty
This is a classic.  His sad, slow lyrics and the wonderful melody are perfect for me when I'm feeling overwhelmed or stressed or just sad.  If Tom P. tells me it's all gonna work out, then dang it, I'll believe him!




Bored: 
I always listen to old jazz music when I'm bored, or when I'm writing.  You can't go wrong with Sinatra, but I love Nat King Cole and Etta James.  





Hyped: 
You Sleep Alone- HelloGoodbye
Fast, funny, fun to sing along to...it's a good one to listen/dance to when you need to get out of your chair.  It was either this or Friday I'm In Love, by The Cure.  I don't know.  This is a weird category.


Mad: 
Next Girl- The Black Keys
All of The Black Keys' songs have that badass vibe that's perfect for blasting when you're angry at someone, but this one fit the fury bill just right.  After all, he's singing about how his next girlfriend won't be anything like the one he just dropped, since she was a mistake...I think he's kind of mad. 

And for those of you just joining me, here's what I'm talking about:

30 Days of Blogging
day 1- recent picture of you and 15 things you love (I changed this one.  It was previously 15 things about yourself, but I feel like that would get a little braggy or just boring.)
day 2- the meaning behind your blog name
day 3- a picture of you as a child
day 4- a habit that you wish you didn’t have
day 5- a picture of somewhere you've been
day 6- favorite super hero and why
day 7- a picture of someone/something that has had the biggest impact on you
day 8- short term goals for this month and why
day 9- something you're proud of in the past few days
day 10- songs you listen to when you are happy, sad, bored, hyped, mad
day 11- write a bucket list of things you want to do before you die
day 12- write a poem to someone you love
day 13- your 5 favorite books and why
day 14- a picture of you and your family
day 15- put your ipod on shuffle: first 10 songs that play
day 16- a picture of yourself
day 17- someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
day 18- plans/dreams/goals you have
day 19- write about a sweet memory from your past
day 20- write a letter to someone
day 21-a picture of something that makes you happy
day 22- what makes you different from everyone else
day 23- something you crave a lot
day 24- post your favorite quote or verse of scripture and why
day 25- what I would find in your bag
day 26- list 10 things that you are thankful for
day 27- my day job verses my passion
day 28- cruise a thesaurus and pick out 10 words you like the sound of
day 29 - favorite tv shows and why you like them
day 30 - movies you can watch again and again.



Hope you all have a very wonderful Monday night.
Cooper

Day 9- Something I'm proud of from the past few days.

Sunday, March 27, 2011 § 1

The first thing would be the fashion show.  I'm proud of myself for sucking up my self-conciousness and feeling confident when I walked out on the runway, and for agreeing to do it.  BUT most of all, I'm just proud of Molly, since her idea was amazing and she executed it so well!  My sister's going to be famous, y'all.

From left to right: Adriana the white flower, Becky the willow tree/fern, Me, the hibiscus flower, and Rachel the palm tree.

Me in my red dress. 

That's what I'm proud of.  Good job Molly, and great job to the models, too!

Happy Sunday, 
Cooper

Day 8. It's the fashion show!

Saturday, March 26, 2011 § 0

Today, I embraced my inner Gisele and Tyra and walked the catwalk for my sister's Fashion Merchandising runway show.  I was nervous at first, but ended up having a blast.  And something I realized?  I'm just a tad fierce.

I'll post some photos of the show tomorrow, but for tonight, I'll post my Day 8 blogger challenge.

Short term goals for this month:
1. Pay for everything I need to pay for: yearbook banquet, ILPC attendance money, Colorado State deposit, etc.
2. Sign up for Freshman Orientation.  (This is sounding more like a to-do list).
3.  Find time to read what I want! I'm always too busy procrastinating or sitting in front of the TV.  Once I learn better time management, I'll have more time for leisurely reading.
4.  Have a just-for-me night.  A night spent by myself, where I'll make a nice dinner for myself and watch whatever I want...by myself.  Just one night, though, because then I'll get lonely.
5.  Finish a homework assignment earlier than 10:00 pm?  God, I'm such a teenager when it comes to homework.

And that's it for now!  It's actually good to see all my goals laid out in front of me, almost like a checklist.  It's very helpful!

Pictures to come tomorrow,
Cooper

Day 7. AND a solo road trip!

Friday, March 25, 2011 § 0

I've been telling everyone it's a road trip, but in actuality it only took me about 20 minutes to drive to my sister's apartment in Denton.  I guess it felt like a road trip since A) I had to use the GPS, B) I was flyin' solo, and C) Highway 35 has a very deserted, road-trip-y feel.  It was fun.  After all, my GPS only toppled down from the window twice (the first time I had to pull over to fix it, and the second time I had to fix it while driving my car 75 miles an hour with only my knees used to steer).   I felt like such a college kid, drivin' back to my college town.  Only when I really drive to my college town, it's going to take a lot longer than 20 minutes to get there (try 18 hours).

I meant to take a picture of me driving and post it, all road-y and fun, but I forgot.  As a substitute, I will post my road trip playlist that got me here without wanting to pull my hair out.   Here it is:



1. Cherry Bomb- The Runaways
(a little badass-ery to start my trip out right)

2. Gotta Reason- Hard-FI
(It's so upbeat and fun.  There's no way I wasn't shakin' a shoulder or bobbing my head.  This song is downright CATCHY)

3. Fans- Kings of Leon
(This is my all-time favorite KOL song.  When they played it at the concert I attended, I nearly dropped dead.  It reminds me of barbeques and summertime and sunglasses and late afternoon.  I love it.)

4. Someone Like You- Adele
(Such a sad song, about how someone she loved has a great life now and is married and all that jazz.  Don't worry, Adele, you'll find someone like him!)

5.  How- Maroon 5
(This is such a cliche love song, but I love cliched love songs so that's GREAT.  It's wonderful.)

As for the person or event that has affected me the most, I guess I'd have to say Natalie Brown.
My yearbook advisor, the only one that kept me absolutely sane this year.  When I was in her Journalism 1 class, I did not want to be a journalist or be involved or any sort of student journalism for the next four years of my high school career.  However, I was pushed into yearbook and, because of her amazing leadership, decided that journalism and becoming a writer was what I wanted to do with my life.  She's the one that got me there! 

Tomorrow I'm modeling in my sister's college's big Merchandising fashion show.  My sister's dressing her models up as plants, and I'm the hibiscus flower.  So excited!  I will post pictures of my fierce walk.  

Or my fierce topple off of the stage. 

Happy Friday, 
Cooper

Favorite Superhero. Day 6.

Thursday, March 24, 2011 § 1

I like the guys that don't need superpowers.  The guys that use modern technology and general smarts to create justice and all that jazz.


I'm not a comic book fan or anything like that (unless you count Archie Comics, tee hee) but I think these two superhero movies were the ones I enjoyed the most, because of how the hero was portrayed.  Batman is moody and conflicted about his rich-boy lifestyle and his desire to bring down evil (lovin' that) and Iron Man uses humor to deflect from his conflicts (love that even moh). 

I guess I just love movies about rich guys. 

Could I sound like more of a dork right now?
Probably not.

Happy Thursday, 
Cooper

A place I've been: Day 5.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 § 0

One of my favorite places in the world is the Cayman Islands.



We stopped there as part of a cruise to Jamaica, and went kayaking and scuba diving in the clear-blue ocean.  It was amazing.  I would love to live here someday, right along the beach, and swim in that water every day!

Day 4, and a BRAND-NEW TOP

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 § 0

Just joshin' ya.  It's not brand-new.  It's thrifted!  I got this top at Goodwill a few weeks ago:

I felt like Spencer from Pretty Little Liars when I wore this top today (geez, I'm such a teenager).  That's a good thing! After all, whoever styles her character on the show is a goddess of fashion: 
The blazers, the hats, the oxfords...I need to recreate some of these.  

In other news, it is Day 4 in the 30 days of blogging universe, and my topic isssss (drumroll, please): 
An annoying habit I wish I didn't have. 

Stuttering if I talk too fast, tripping over my words....or when I get nervous in conversations, sometimes I'll just forget the word I was planning on using and I'll stand there with an unfinished sentence hanging in the air, or I'll stutter, trying to think of it desperately.  If worse comes to worse, I'll usually replace it with a different word, one that doesn't make sense, so I end up sounding like an idiot.  

Sometimes I just need to learn when to keep my mouth shut.  And that's my annoying habit!



A picture of me as a child- day 3.

Monday, March 21, 2011 § 0

Wearing my mother's sailor hat and getting in on the ruffles trend early on- that's me at about 4 years old. My, how quickly we grow up:

I wonder what I'll look like in 10 years. 

Probably the same. 

Happy Monday, 
Cooper




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Day 2- Blog Name Meaning.

Sunday, March 20, 2011 § 0

Welcome to Day 2 of 30 Days of Blogging!  Today's topic? The meaning behind the blog name.

Technically, I have two: Cooper Calamity and the one on my domain, 'shesacalamity' (She's a calamity).
Cooper Calamity stems from last year, when my sister, Corey (last year's prom date and one of my good friends) and I were listening to The Like (below) and decided to make up a fictional 1960s pop-rock band, changing all of our names into something radical and fun.  Molly became Birdie Jones, Corey was Flash Ferdinand, and I, Cooper Calamity.  I started using it for everything- usernames, code names, and, more recently, a blog title.

She's A Calamity is simply used because my old blog, domain name coopercalamity.blogspot.com, was sadly deleted after my google account was spamming everyone in my address book.  Blogger wouldn't let me use it a second time et voila, shesacalamity.blogspot.com was born.

Terribly stimulating, I know.  But don't turn that dial- day 3 is coming in fast and strong and that's when I'll let you see a photo of me...as a child.

Happy Sunday,
Cooper

Another 30 thing??? I'm down.

Saturday, March 19, 2011 § 0

I found this guide during my 30 for 30 and fell in love with the idea of sharing these things with the blogo-sphere.  I guess I'm just into 30 day gimmicks- but seeing as how I'm already on the bandwagon, I may as well just start this and share with you guys a little bit about me.

Here's the guide I'll be following:


30 Days of Blogging
day 1- recent picture of you and 15 things you love (I changed this one.  It was previously 15 things about yourself, but I feel like that would get a little braggy or just boring.)
day 2- the meaning behind your blog name
day 3- a picture of you as a child
day 4- a habit that you wish you didn’t have
day 5- a picture of somewhere you've been
day 6- favorite super hero and why
day 7- a picture of someone/something that has had the biggest impact on you
day 8- short term goals for this month and why
day 9- something you're proud of in the past few days
day 10- songs you listen to when you are happy, sad, bored, hyped, mad
day 11- write a bucket list of things you want to do before you die
day 12- write a poem to someone you love
day 13- your 5 favorite books and why
day 14- a picture of you and your family
day 15- put your ipod on shuffle: first 10 songs that play
day 16- a picture of yourself
day 17- someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
day 18- plans/dreams/goals you have
day 19- write about a sweet memory from your past
day 20- write a letter to someone
day 21-a picture of something that makes you happy
day 22- what makes you different from everyone else
day 23- something you crave a lot
day 24- post your favorite quote or verse of scripture and why
day 25- what I would find in your bag
day 26- list 10 things that you are thankful for
day 27- my day job verses my passion
day 28- cruise a thesaurus and pick out 10 words you like the sound of
day 29 - favorite tv shows and why you like them
day 30 - movies you can watch again and again.


Reading through all of these options, I'm already getting excited! This is a fun time.  Well, I'll go ahead and start with Day One: A recent picture and 15 things I love: 

Taken with the Instamatic app on my sister's iPhone.

15 Things I love:
1. Rain
2. Chocolate Chip pancakes
3. My watch
4. Go-carts
5. Trips to the city
6.  Trips to the country!
7. The family :)
8. Movie nights
9. Blazers
10. Painting (even though I'm no good)
11. Sudden bursts of inspiration
12. Yearbook
13. Colorado State University (too soon?)
14. Celebrities on Yo Gabba Gabba
15. My beat-up Volvo

And there you have it.  15 things I love.  

Tomorrow, I'll be enlightening you all with a short description of the history of my blog name.  

Stay tuned, 
Cooper

The Farm= beautiful.

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We're back from the farm, and it's so much fun in the Spring since everything is blooming and the weather is gorgeous. I love it out there.









Photo creds: Molly Scruggs.

I love the farm!


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The final day. Yay!

Saturday, March 12, 2011 § 0

Here's my second to last one, worn whilst shopping for Farm attire....
I love this bag I'm toting, by the way. I've taken it everywhere with me- vacations, school functions, and it's even got a little paint stain from when I painted my senior parking spot. Love it.
And...drumroll please......
Ta-daaaa!  It's my final outfit.  I must remember that this hairstyle makes my face look nice...I never wear it like this.  I wore this for an outing with the fam to Chipotle, where I got stuffed to the brim. 

And it's over! Sadness, but also relief.  I can finally wear my green maxidress again, and my bright pink skirt.  And all my pairs of crappy, discolored flats.  YIPEE!

Goodbye, 30 for 30.  We will meet again!

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Finally! IT'S DONE!

Friday, March 11, 2011 § 0

The yearbook, not my 30 for 30. However, I am close to being done, with only two outfits left to go!!!
You heard me right- the yearbook is finally completely finished. The book's gone by so fast, but I'm so proud of what it's become and equally proud of my staff. Most of them.
Here's a few pictures from our celebratory last page submission party:

From left to right: Bri, student activities editor, Mickey, photo editor, Skyler, last year's editor in chief, and me, this year's editor in chief!

So glad she could come for the submission of the book.  She made it ten times more special.

My mentor, my rock, pretty much the smartest and greatest person ever...my advisor, Brownie. 

WE DID IT!

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Another crazy day.

Thursday, March 10, 2011 § 0

And with the yearbook due in one day, how could it not be? We've all been running around like chickens with our heads cut off, but chickens that know about journalism and are damn good at it, too. So, I guess chicken bodies with smarts?
It's yearbook week. I don't have to make sense.

My 30 for 30 is winding down, and I must say, I've learned a few things.
1. I love me some pants. I used to think that all I ever wanted to wear were skirts, but I love me some pantalones. It's become obvious.
2. I wear a lot of very similar colors. Black, reds, blues, neutrals. I gotta get some pink into my wardrobe.
3. I need more nude colored flats. Ones that aren't high-heeled. I'm going to college soon, for heaven's sakes.
4. And lastly, that it actually is possible for me to get creative with my outfits. I'm...*sniff*..so proud of myself.

Moment over. Back to stressing.

So long!
Cooper
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Amateur hour

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 § 0

Ah, we can't all be professional photographers. However, I think my counter and 10-second-timer option on my camera did quite well, don't you?

I had this polka-dot blouse tucked in today, but when I got home it was bothering me so much that I couldn't bring myself to tuck it back in, even for a quick picture. Today has been so crazy, what with yearbook and physics tests and math quizzes and headaches galore (and did I mention yearbook?) that I toppled onto the couch as soon as I got home. However, I gotta give a shout out to my right-hand girls, Maggie and Bri, who organized and planned and did all sorts of stuff since I wasn't able to be pulled out of class today, and got a bajillion things done without me.   Love them.

So, I finally watched Raiders of the Lost Arc, and I must say, Harrison Ford was looking pretty fine for an older man. Basically, I loved it.  I especially loved Karen Allen's character, Marion.  She's so fiesty!  Not only that, but she has a spectacular wardrobe:


Her and Indy make a lovely couple.  I mean, who could resist that face:

Happy Wednesday,
Cooper
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