As previously mentioned, I have a lot of friends transitioning from high to school to college living. I’ve compiled a list of beauty products I found I needed and used frequently while I was living in a dorm my freshman year (And I just think everyone needs most of these).

Let’s continue.

Some of my essentials. I apologize for a lack of a shower caddy, though.

Some of my essentials. I apologize for a lack of a shower caddy, though.

  1. Dry Shampoo/Baby Powder: While I have had more luck with baby powder, dry shampoo is really good for college students. I found I didn’t have nearly enough time to wash my hair every day (how do girls do it?), so I would just sprinkle some baby powder in my hair to absorb the oil, style, and go on with my day. I would sometimes touch it up throughout the day if it was hot.
  2. Makeup Removing Wipes/Baby Wipes: Again, while I opted for baby wipes, makeup removing wipes were a huge realization for me. In college, I really got into the habit of always washing my makeup off in the evenings. Makeup wipes allowed me to do that even if I was tired, rushed for time, or stumbling in late (it happens, I know). It’s not a permanent alternative to washing your face, but it suffices on occasion.
  3. Face Masks: Face masks are probably my favourite part of my skincare routine; I probably use them 2-4 times a week. Any kind of mask you like will suffice; I feel they are relaxing, and during college, you may want a little relaxation time. Some of my favorites right now are my Elizabeth Arden Deep Cleansing Mask (discontinued [sorry]; but it’s a clay based mask and similar can be found elsewhere) and a homemade mask in which I mix: honey, extra-virgin olive oil, and cinnamon. The honey works against acne; the EVOO is softening; and the cinnamon works as an exfoliate.
  4. Hand Sanitizer: I prefer the sanitizers from Bath & Body Works, because they are small and come in nice scents. I found in college, with all of the public transportation, door knobs, desks, computers, everything, I used hand sanitizer more often than usual. I’m not a germ freak, but it makes me feel better.
  5. Loofa: This may seem like a silly item to add, but it made me feel more at home in my communal shower on my dorm floor.
  6. What good is a loofa if you don’t have a yummy shower gel? I always felt there was no need to skimp and get a cheap shower gel just because I was in college. Boreman North (my dorm hall) was my home away from home for 10 months! I wanted to feel at home. Now, you don’t have to purchase expensive shower products. I just mean buy one you really like–it’s nourishing and smells delicious. It’ll make you feel better; at least, it made me feel better.
  7. Speaking of dorm showers, purchase some cheap flip flops. I went through about four pairs of these whilst residing in Boreman. We had community  bathrooms, meaning community showers. It wasn’t as bad as it seems, trust me. But you do want to wear flip flops to prevent any fungus (gross, but real) and bacteria.
  8. Concealer: I found myself pulling a few all nighters due to studying and some late nights in college; therefore, I also found myself trying out some different concealers. Right now, I’m loving my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, MAKE UP FOR EVER concealer palette, and Covergirl Fresh Complexion concealer. A good concealer can cover redness, spots, or under eye circles. Find one that works for you, and no one will ever know you didn’t sleep last night.
  9. Stand-Out Lip Color: I know not everyone is as into bright lips as I am, but hear me out. Remember those sleepless nights I was talking about? If you find you are rushing in the morning to get ready, some mascara and a bright lip can make you look like you tried when, in reality, it took you two minutes to put your makeup on. Find a lip color that works for you: If you like lip gloss, find a pretty, pink shade. If you like lipstick, a coral would look nice. If you like lip balm, find a tinted lip balm. It’ll come in handy.
  10. Finally, find a shower caddy to tote all of this around in. You can find these anywhere, and it makes life so much simpler when you have to walk down the hall to wash your face.

What are some beauty items you think are essential for incoming college students? Leave a comment letting me know!

Until next time,


This month, I’ve had quite a few beauty favorites. I mostly pay special attention to the products in my collection containing SPF during the summer months. So, let’s continue.

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Lorac protecTINT Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30: In the summers, I tend to opt for tinted moisturizers over foundations. I like this one mainly because it’s light enough for my fair complexion. I have a hard time finding something that isn’t too yellow. The SPF is an added bonus; 2-for-1 deals are my favorite. It’s one less product to put on my face.
Rimmel Stay Matte powder in #012, Buff Beige: While I don’t like to have perfectly matte skin during the summer, my face still will get very oily throughout the day, so I dust my face with this powder in the morning to control some of the shine as the day progresses.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in (COLOR): Due to a lack of sleep and fair skin, I usually have some noticeable dark circles. I’ve been loving this concealer; it really brightens up the under eye area.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment with SPF 15: I didn’t like this product when I first got it, but for some reason I started using it again in June/July. It’s moisturizing enough and smells nice. But what I really like about it is the SPF. I’ve had my lips irritated from sun before, and I won’t make that mistake again. Your lips need some sun protection, too!
Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in “Berry Rose:” I’ve been in the market for a nice berry lipstick recently; I needed a break from red. I love red, but I needed a small break. And this lipstick definitely did the trick. It is very moisturizing, and the color is beautiful. The color doesn’t last as long as some of my other lipsticks, but that’s okay. It still lasts a good while.
Essie’s “E-nuf is e-nuf:”
 I am partial to darker nail colors, all year. But this one is really pretty and bright. In the summers, I usually have a red on my nails. This is red while still having a more coral look, which I like. And it stays on the nails for a good amount of time.

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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen: I chose the broad spectrum can with SPF 70. It’s easy for me to apply to myself without missing spots. I’m kind of picky about sunscreen sometimes, because I burn incredibly easy, but this worked for me. And the smell isn’t overbearing, which is one downside to a lot of sunscreens–unless you enjoy the sunscreen smell.
St. Ives Skin Renewing Body Lotion with collagen elastin: I have a tough time finding lotions I really like; I have psoriasis on my arm, so anything too scented is usually a no-go. But this smells lovely and doesn’t irritate my skin, which is good. It’s moisturizing and makes my skin feel soft. It’s supposed to make your skin appear younger, but I’m 20 and haven’t seen tremendous results in that respect.
PINK Sun Kissed Body Mist: Technically this isn’t mine; it’s my sister’s, but I’ve been using it for a few weeks now (Shhh, don’t tell her).  I usually can’t be around coconut fragrance as I am allergic, but this coconut water & vanilla scented spray doesn’t irritate my skin or anything. Maybe it’s because it’s coconut water and not fragrance? I’m not sure. But I like this. The only downside, and I find this with many body mists, it doesn’t stay on your skin very long.
Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque: I’m a little late for this conditioner train, but I finally purchased this to try, and I LOVE it. The smell, first of all, is amazing. I wouldn’t use this more than once or twice a week; it’s really nourishing. I only wash my hair once a week, so I do use this almost every time I wash my hair. I’ve never really seen a huge difference in my hair with various conditioners, but I am definitely like the results from this one.


TV: Teen Wolf, Under the Dome, Mistresses
Google Drive: My computer recently crashed and I lost a lot of files. Luckily, I back my computer up every week and have been for months. Unfortunately, when I plugged my external hard drive into my fixed computer, there was not a single file on it. ❤ Life. So I’ve been putting some ongoing projects and things on Google Drive so I can access them anywhere and they won’t get lost if my computer were to get broken again.

Until next time,

So, I had planned on posting something every week, and I didn’t give up on those plans. But inconveniently at my declaration of this goal, my computer decided to crash, summer classes started, I started working more, and I was generally just really stressed out. Blogging wasn’t exactly the first thing on my mind. But now that I’m back in the swing of things, posting will begin! 

In honour of National Lipstick Day, I’ve decided to compile some of my favorite lipsticks at the moment and share them with you.

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ImageFrom left to right (I accidentally swatched in a slightly different order than I pictured the bullets, my apologies): 

1. Rimmel Moisture Renew in “Berry Rose”–berry with a bit of shimmer
2. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in “Berry Haute”–purple, a bit of a dark violet
3. Maybelline Super Stay 14-Hour Lipstick in “Continuous Cranberry”–blue based red, more of a satin finish
4. Mac Retro Matte in “Riri Woo”–matte, cool red
5. NARS lipstick in “Niagra”–pinkish coral, satin finish


And to keep my pout prepped for lipstick, I’ve been using my Lush Sweet Lips lip scrub morning and night, followed by my Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream (pm) or my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (am).




Until next time,


Hello Strangers.

NOTE: Soon, we will no longer be strangers, because I will regularly be posting to the blog! I’m to the point where I want to post at least once a week—probably on Sundays with the exception of today. So that’s something fun and new.

Today, though, I am going to suggest five summer reads for the current summer season (or any time, really). I’m going to give you five suggestions that aren’t by Nicholas Sparks, don’t take place on a beach, and aren’t Fifty Shades of Grey. I’m also going to suggest you stop rereading the Harry Potter series, because nothing is going to change. You’re still going to cry in the same exact places. And I think it’s just time to stop being so sad.

  1. “The Catcher in the Rye” Your age-old American story about an angsty seventeen year old boy that gets kicked out of his school and generally is being a little shit. And I mean Independence Day is in the summer, and the main character kind of does whatever he wants, so, it’s kind of relevant? ‘MERICA. But it’s so good. And it’s a classic. And if you read classics, you can sound smarter to academic superiors, and you can woo them by not talking about how Fifty Shades of Grey is your favorite book. Because Fifty Shades of Grey is a horrible book. It’s not good. Read something else.
  2. “Lolita” For those of you who want a love story and have already read all of Nicholas Sparks’ novels twice, try “Lolita.” It’s a little more twisted, but a beautiful love story. Just try to ignore the child molestation. I said it was a bit twisted. Keep an open mind. 
  3. Anything by John Green. But if you haven’t read anything, I suggest “Looking for Alaska.” A lot of people have read it. It’s a fairly easy read while still being able to hold your attention and not boring you. I read it in a day…much like I do with all other John Green novels. I read John Green novels like I fall asleep, slowly and then all at once. PUN. Read John Green novels, and you’ll know what I’m talking about. (: 
  4. “Divergent” For Sci-Fi fans, like me. Divergent was a nice and fairly easy read. It’s dystopian, and I mean what better way to spend your summer than reading about the corruption in government? Also, it’s becoming a movie sometime soon. So if you’re one of those people who like to read the books before you see the movie OR if you’re one of those people who like to be an asshole to the people who watch the movie and haven’t read the book so you need to read the book, get on it. 
  5. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” I really like reading children’s lit sometimes, because it’s refreshing not having a heavy plot with major villains and heroes. People like scandalous and raunchy novels during the summer, and while this isn’t at all erotic, it talks about the loss of innocence? Kind of scandalous? People lose their innocence in the summer? Just in a different way? Read it.



By now, the majority of high schools and colleges have had their commencement ceremonies. I have some very close friends who have graduated from college this year and I am excited to hear about their future endeavors and successes. I look up to them, and instead of preparing me for college like they did, they can now tell me about adventures in the “real world.” Just the same, I have very close friends who have just graduated from high school. I’m so proud of the people they are becoming and also can’t wait to see them progress. Though they are younger, I admire them and look up to each of them, but now I’m the one giving advice and helping them to succeed. It’s my turn. So here are some things that my first two years of university have taught me:

  • Money Management: While I came from money troubles prior to college, I have learned a lot more about managing funds and budgeting. My parents rarely gave me any financial help, and I didn’t have a job. Luckily, I receive refund checks from the university in the form of financial aid. Typically, I only bought the things necessary to living—groceries and toiletries, school supplies and requirements, rent and bills. However, there were days I wanted to eat at a restaurant, splurge on a makeup palette, beer that wasn’t Natural Light or a nicer bottle of wine, or something else unnecessary, of course. I learned quickly that making unnecessary purchases meant I had to compromise something that was necessary. So if I wanted to make a silly purchase, maybe I won’t eat as well for a week. You have to learn to compromise between needs and wants with the money situations in college. Even if you’re parents do help you, college is a great time to learn this skill.
  • Work hard, work hard to remember to play: I have always been the kind of person to put work before play, and I probably will always be that way. However, I’ve learned that in college, you can’t stress yourself out too much; you’ll go crazy, and you’ll cry yourself to sleep a lot. I’m not saying to blow off work and party all of the time, but if the homework can be done tomorrow and you haven’t left your apartment in three days, go out. Learn what works for you—how long you can actually procrastinate and get a good grade, your learning styles, how long it takes you to a write a paper, etc.—learn your parameters, and work around them. But please get your work done and well.
  • They lied in high school, college professors do care about you and your successes: I’m sure everyone had teachers in every major grade give the, “Your teachers in [insert grade here] won’t accept late work. They won’t care if you get good grades.” And that has always held wrong. College is the same way. However, most teachers don’t accept late work; they are stricter in that respect. But the majority of your college professors are there if you need them. You have to make the effort to ask question, utilize office hours, and contact them with problems. If you take the initiative to get help, they won’t deny you that help. And, even in the largest of schools (I go to a state university, so it’s pretty large), if you get to know your professors, they will learn to know you as well. Utilize your professors, because they are there for you to learn. They are there to teach you. And they really do want you to do well.
  • Get involved: It took me a year at university to learn just how important getting involved around campus is. Joining things you’re interested in brings enjoyment, leisure, and fun and new experiences. You meet people you may have not met otherwise. You gain connections—if you join a club relevant to…say…what you want to do as a career, I guarantee someone will know someone who will know someone. I will say this, though: don’t get too involved. Don’t overdo yourself. But definitely find a club or two to get involved in. You won’t regret it.
  • Friends aren’t always friends but plenty are to be made: When you move away to school, you will find that someone of your “friends” aren’t the greatest. Losing touch with them will make you feel lousy, but I promise you will meet new people. But don’t be discouraged if you and your friends part ways and go to different schools; if they are true friends, it won’t matter where you are. You’ll call each other and talk like you’ve spent no time apart.
  • The importance [and luxury] of “Me Time:” Being thrown into tiny dorm room or apartment doesn’t warrant a lot of solitude. Add course work, classes, clubs, and other activities into the mix, you’re going to be busy in college. Find time for yourself. Find time to take a minute to yourself, because you won’t get a plethora of chances to so. Find a spot where you like to read in peace. Take a day on the weekend to lounge around and watch movies or go shopping. If your roommate goes home for the weekend, embrace it. Everyone needs some time to themselves, and the first years of college makes that difficult. I learned to really appreciate my walks to class. No one really bothered me; just pop in some earphones and be on your way.
  • People are actually really rude. Stay calm: Don’t expect everyone to hold doors open. Don’t expect people to hold the elevator for you. Don’t expect, “Good morning,” “thank you,” or “please.” Don’t expect people not to talk loudly on the phone on the public transportation. Not everyone is terrible, obviously. And these gestures aren’t always absent. But when they are, and they will be frequently, bite your tongue.

And finally, the most important things I’ve learned at university thus far:

  • Putting yourself first sometimes is okay: I’ve always been one to take on tasks in attempts to help someone out. I have a really hard time telling people no. But as I said previously, you’re going to be busy in college. If you have work to do of your own, you may have to say no to some people. If you are super stressed and would rather be on Tumblr all day than help a friend with a project, it is okay to say you can’t. I had to go to the lengths of seeing a therapist. Don’t let your health or your grades dwindle because you think you have to do other things. If you’re sick, miss class once. You have to remember to take care of yourself. Really.


Future college freshman, have fun and good luck. 



When I was nine, all I wanted to do with my life was be a princess, wear elaborate dresses, meet Prince Charming, play all of the time, and be generally as happy as the people I saw in the Disney Masterpiece Collection classics I watched until the VHS tape got ruined.

I’m twenty now.

Being a princess would be too much work. I’m American, and while I would love to fall for England’s royal family’s youngest, I couldn’t do the princess thing. I like to do things myself, and I don’t want a cathedral train on my wedding dress.

Real life forces you to keep a cleanly household (I guess it doesn’t require it, but I’m not the kind to willingly live in filth, so I would be required). You can’t clean the house in a hoop skirt and corset. And if you can, I’m bowing down to you.

You can’t play all of the time, though some people at my university would beg to differ. You have to work hard to earn money; you need money to live adequately. And once you start living real life, playing starts to mean taking a bath without someone bothering you.

Prince Charming can be perfect, I suppose, though I can’t contest at this time. Or, Prince Charming can turn out to be a crook or a cheat or a liar or mistake. Prince Charming can make you laugh, but there’s always going to be another wannabe princess—one with blonde hair and bigger boobs, a higher IQ and a cleaner, more politically correct sense of humor. Real life teaches a girl she can’t sit and wait for Prince Charming to find her shoe while rushing away from a party; he’s probably the reason you’re leaving the establishment in such a hurry. You can’t sit and wait for Prince Charming to hear you singing in the woods with the birds and the deer, decide he is madly in love with you, and live happily ever after. If that were the case, we wouldn’t have Eharmony.

Happiness isn’t as simple as Disney made it appear to be. It can be. Finding happiness can be one of the easiest tasks in the world, and for me, it generally is. I can find happy things to do. But actual and genuine happiness isn’t always so simple. I’m jealous of the happy people, who can be happy without trying. Some people’s happiness comes from family, a lover, lunch with girlfriends, working. Or happiness can require taking a Prozac every morning. Childhood happiness is perfect; adult happiness isn’t always.

And VCRs are painstaking to find now, so all of those Disney Masterpiece Collection classics on VHS are pointless unless you repurchase them all on DVD/Blue Ray.

Adult life doesn’t have quite as much magical bliss as childhood does.

I wish I was nine again.

Peter Pan had it right; growing up is lame.


Hello Strangers.

It’s been a while. I’ve been very stressed and very distracted. Please excuse the rambling nature of this as well; it’s late, and I’m flustered. But it mostly is because I haven’t had a thing to write about…until today.
I was watching Sex and the City when a quote really stuck out to me: “Can you get to a future if your past is present?”

Now, I have related myself to Carrie Bradshaw since I first watched this show during year nine. But I don’t think I’ve really ever related more to her than in the moment I realized how relevant that quote is to me today (literally, today, as in 20 May). 

The ice queen (me) has recently fallen for a boy. Kind of. I’ve fallen for the idea. The first time I’ve fallen for an idea in three years. There is a kicker though. He is friends, best friends, with my ex boyfriend. Apparently a fictitious “man code” makes hooking up acceptable but being more than friends not acceptable. Heartbreak. But the reason this couldn’t progress, I was told, is because Guy doesn’t want to “risk losing a friend.” 

The relationship with my ex wasn’t a pretty one. And it ended years ago. He now has a new girlfriend; and they seem happy. I pity her a little, but good for them. I even brought myself to forgive him for all of the shitty things he did to me in the past, in case things with Guy did progress and I’d have to see him in social situations. All for nothing. (Well, I wouldn’t say nothing. The brooding probably needed to stop anyway.)

So, “Can you get to a future if your past is present?” In this situation, no, you can’t. I can’t. My ex ruined high school for me, and now he is ignorantly ruining a situation he doesn’t even know about. 


I apologize for a lack of a point, a lesson, a catchy line.

But until next time,

I’ve been getting a little discouraged from a lack of interesting topics to post about here, but remembering the three resolutions I made for myself (in the previous post), I decided to not let myself fret too much. So sitting at home last night, drinking some tea, I decided to compile a list of facts about me–which very well may be the most cliche blog post of all time, but it calmed my worry. 

  1. I thoroughly enjoy children’s literature. There’s something so calming about reading a book without complex themes. Sometimes good prevailing over evil is a very enlightening story to read. Not to mention, the illustrations, clever names, and opportunity to share insights with my beautiful 7 and 4 year old cousins are an added bonus. Adult novels are great, and I obviously read them frequently. But I do love to sit down and be able to read new children literature as well as my classic favorites such as “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” “The Secret Garden,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and “Harry Potter.”
  2. I am an obsessive note-taker. I will take notes while watching TV or reading casually. I can’t explain why. But I feel like it’d be considered a positive trait over a negative trait, even if it’s a little weird.
  3. I honestly enjoy going to class, researching, and talking for the purpose of learning. There’s so much out there to know. I want to find out as much as possible. There are so many fascinating things to be learned.  Learning is fun!
  4. Cleaning and baking calm me, so I do them both frequently.
  5. I can’t leave the house without putting lipstick on. Red is my go-to.
  6. George Clooney is my ultimate guy crush.
  7. There is nothing like escaping in a good book when you’re feeling stressed. And I must read before bed, only if I’m in my own bed.
  8. I’m a candle lover. The Yankee store is like Heaven.
  9. I highly enjoy crossing tasks off of my to do list. I get a kind of thrill from it.
  10. I am guilty of frequently giving myself pep talks in the bathroom mirror if I’m in need. There’s nothing like talking yourself through a problem to make yourself feel better. Sometimes simply talking it out can uplift me.
  11. I don’t like dancing. I get no enjoyment from it, and I don’t find it fun.
  12. I’m a fashion merchandising student at West Virginia University. My dream is to work for Pantone doing color forecasting.
  13. I am obsessed with weddings. I love weddings and how happy people are at their weddings. It’s a special of happy. My Tumblr is full of photos of wedding inspiration. However, I have never been so single in my life.
  14. If I’m outside, I’m in sunglasses, usually oversized.
  15. I am waiting impatiently for the day when I can purchase my first pair of Louboutins. (Shoes, for those of you who are unaware of the glory)
  16. I oftentimes say I was born in the wrong century, in the wrong country. I find myself to behave very European for an American. I also find myself to be the only person who wouldn’t mind bringing bustles and corsets back for a while. It just seems so elegant.
  17. My regular morning routine consists of drinking at least four cups of black coffee, making my daily to do list, and checking my e-mail and various social media feeds.
  18. Speaking of lists, I make them like a mad person. I have lists for everything. Sometimes, I even find myself making lists of my lists. The other day, I added “Make grocery list” to my to do list!
  19. I write lyrics. Now, where I’m from, no one thinks you’re talented unless you play sports, sing, or can play an instrument. I fall into the “None of the above” category. But I write. And I enjoy writing. And I’m fairly good. But no one takes notice. But that doesn’t stop me. So, if you are a good soul who’s interested: is where you can find what are mostly teenage love songs.
  20. I consider myself to be a very reverent agnostic in terms of religion. I’ve gone through phases with Christianity, and by no means, do I discredit any religion. I enjoy reading and learning about all forms of spirituality but don’t identify myself with a specific form. I appreciate different aspects of various religions and have meshed them all into a way of thinking.
  21. Makeup is one of my few passionate interests. I love watching makeup tutorials on YouTube: icallitambrosia, NikkiTutorials, Pixwoo, Pixi2woo, and Abb3rz07 are a few of my favorites. I also enjoy playing around with makeup and trying new products. Being in college, girls constantly are asking me to do their makeup for weekends out or other events around campus. I never turn them down.
  22. Orchids are my favorite flower.
  23. I have a very hard time being productive in rooms I don’t find aesthetically pleasing. And I’m a firm believer in color psychology.
  24. I’m still trying to figure out who “Jacqie” is.
  25. I’m okay. But I’m not happy. I’m trying to be happy.  


I figured this would be a good place and a good post. And I figured this would give you all a chance to get to know a little about me. 


Until next time,


Don’t be fooled, now. This isn’t the beginning of an epic memoir about finding myself. 

To put it simply, I have been down in the dumps, in a slump. I think it’s what they call “the winter blues.” I just haven’t felt myself, happy, or right. Honestly, I don’t feel like my life is going in any direction I imagined going. This irks me. So in attempts to fix (or begin to fix) the situation, I’ve decided to start this blog. 

Last semester (I am a sophomore in college currently), I got the notion to start a blog in which I post a daily realization for a year in attempt to be a little happier. It lasted for about 70 days, and I became frustrated when nothing interesting was happening for me to post about. I wasn’t having quotable realizations. I was realizing I am broke, boring, and tired. So this time, I’ve made this my primary goal: post. Not once a day, not once a week, or not once a month…just post

My second goal this time around is to not expect a masterpiece every time I do post. I need to post what I feel like I need to post. It can be rambling; it can be complaining; it can be insightful. It just has to be something I cared enough about to post about. I’m not forcing myself to look for something to write about every single day; if it’s notable, I’ll know. 

And my third goal for this new project is to be Jacqie. While I’m not entirely sure what that is at this very moment, I know what it’s not. I’m not going to cloak myself as some Socrates level philosopher in my posts. That’s not me. Sometimes I do have words of wisdom, but they usually are in modern language, not perfectly sculpted sentences worthy of books and awards. So I’m just going to be Jacqie: sarcastic, witty, 19, ignorant, wise, passionate, and imperfect.