So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight

Hello, all! I haven't posted on Click Clack Clunk in a while; however, unlike my previous blog-hiatuses, this one was for non-academic reasons. Actually, I wouldn't call this break a hiatus at all! I've actually made a new blog-home for myself called Little Alpenglow.

For a while now I've been feeling a little bit like I've outgrown this space. I started Click Clack Clunk as a high schooler, and although it has been less than three years, a lot has changed. Primarily, my vision as a blogger has shifted from "crafty-artsy-fartys-DIY" to more of an all purpose "lifestyle" sort of thing.

Anyway, it's been a blast building up this blog. I learned a lot through Click Clack Clunk, and I definitely value the experience it's given me.

And to those of you who have read along: thanks. This experience wouldn't have been the same without you.

If you want to check out my new digs, my sweet crib, my humble abode, please join me over at Little Alpenglow!

Geeking Out About {14} // Badges and Patches

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I've been thinking lately that my Patagonia messenger bag needs a little personalization. After all, I use it everyday to haul my gear around, so why should it be boring? (To be fair, it's not boring. It's actually a nice cobalt blue.) 

Anyway, a couple weeks ago, I was browsing my Instagram feed, and Sean Tulgetske posted about a collaboration with Kimberlin Co. for "Great Northwest" themed patches (patch 3 & 6). Then, yesterday I was drooling over Lizzie Garrett Mettler's blog, Tomboy Style (if you haven't been there, you must check it out!), and found some patches made by Best Made Company (patch 4). The remaining patches are from a shop called Mokuyobi Threads on Etsy. It is an adorable shop, with lots more super nifty patches for sale. 

In a few weeks, once finals are over, I think I'll reward myself with a few patches for my bag. If I find more "wow" worthy ones, I'll be sure to share.

Faith // Three Things to Remember When We're Stressed or Anxious

I have dealt with a lot of stress and anxiety in the past two years. I can trace the beginnings of this to when I started undergrad as a pre-med (which is not for the faint of heart, let me tell you). Because finals season is around the bend, I thought I would compile a quick list of truths that have been important for me during times of stress. Obviously, these apply to non-college students as well. 

My hope is that by writing these down, I will remember them when the inevitable hits in a few weeks. Hopefully, instead of going into full on "I-am-gonna-fail-and-live-in-a-cardboardbox-forever" mode, I will be able to remember these truths and keep them closer when I need them most. 

So, here are a few (hopefully) helpful things to remember when that big exam or job interview is coming up. (Or whatever else is stress/panic/hyperventilation inducing in your life).

1. Being surrounded by community is a good thing. I know when I'm stressed my first instinct is to lock myself away in my apartment. But, if I'm by myself, I often am able to convince myself that my problems are worse than they really are. Being intentional about not going into isolation ensures that there will be people around you to speak truth in the situation. 

"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!"
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
2. Worrying won't change the past, or future–so we should just stop! I worry way more than I should, but in the end it doesn't do anything. Worrying doesn't help me to score well on an exam. Neither does it determine how the next day or week or year will go. I think I often use worry as a metric for how important something is to me, or how crucial I believe it is.

The truth here is that God tells us not to worry, and assures us that he will always provide the things we need. He knows what's important to me (or maybe better yet, He knows what's important for me). It's up to us to trust that he will provide.

"And he said to his disciples, 'Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing... Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you."
Luke 12: 22, 23, 31
3. Last, God has a plan for us, and regardless of all our planning, in the end His will is what will stand. Not ours. His. I suppose this can be both discouraging and uplifting, depending on how you interpret it. I see it as this–that if it's God's will that will pan out anyway, there are certain details of my life that are not worth stressing over.

"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand."
Proverbs 19:21

About Me and the Blog (In Case You Had Questions)

So, I just redid my "About Me" page, and I thought I would post it here too. Enjoy!

What's with the name?
Yeah, this is a totally legit question, because frankly, this blog has a weird name. So, Click Clack Clunk is supposed to be my spin on "Click, Clack, Moo... Cows That Type." I realize now that it isn't the clearest use of parallelism; but I have become attached to the name, so it's staying. 
See??? It's a real book! 

Favorites? (Books, colors, movies, etc.)
I don't know if anyone is actually interested in this stuff. But here goes...

Book: I love lots of books, so here are a few of my favorites.
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Naked by David Sedaris
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Movies: Honestly? Anything DISNEY! I'm probably too old for them, but I've decided to just let it go. After all, if love is really an open door, it shouldn't matter how old I am. (If you got those references, gold star!)

Shows: Parks and Rec, 30Rock, and Arrested Development are all favorites of mine! But, I also watch Korean dramas pretty often. My favorites for those are City Hunter, Boys Over Flowers, and 14 Days. They are all free on Hulu (be careful though... they are super addicting.)

Color: Blue or green.

Food: Gotta get me some of that Korean food! Mmmhmm. 

What do you do in your free time?
I don't have much free time, but that's just part of the premed life. When I do have a moment to spare, I spend it doodling in my Moleskine, designing blogs for wonderful people, or just hanging out with friends. 

So... what is this blog actually about?
That is a great question, and I don't really have a good answer. I generally post about what's going on in my life in the moment, stuff I am geeking out about, and also my attempts at creativity (so doodles, and photography mostly). 

This started as a craft blog endeavor, but when I started school, I realized that wouldn't be a feasible thing. The blog has changed a lot, direction-wise, in the past two years. I think in the future there will be more posts about photography, my life, faith stuff, and (of course) doodles. 

Are you always this snarky?
Yup. Although, I've kind of toned it down in a lot of my posts. I think that is something that will be changing in the future. 

One more thing. What is this "faith stuff" you speak of?
Fair enough. I am a Christian, and I take my faith very seriously. I believe that Jesus is the son of God, and that he came to Earth to heal our broken world. He did this through His death on the cross, and his resurrection. If you have questions about what this means, I encourage you to watch this video here. It's powerful stuff. 

If you have more questions, just ask me, and I'll do my best to answer them. Live long and prosper! (That's nerd speak for "peace out!")

In This Moment I Am...

>>listening to Rend Collective's new album The Art of Celebration. I am a huge fan of the sound that Rend Collective gives to their music. Generally speaking, Christian music is not my favorite, because it often is just an empty attempt at sounding mainstream. Rend Collective really just does their own thing, and their lyrics are genuinely encouraging to listen to.

>>watching 30Rock. Why had I never watched this before??? Tina Fey is so great. That is all.

>>reading The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder. I actually just finished this one. A little while ago I worked on Lisa's blog, and she was sweet enough to send me a signed copy of one of her YA novels. The entire book is written in verse, and I really enjoyed it! (I definitely recommend it.) Check out Lisa's blog here.

>>learning to trust God with my future. I have been struggling a lot with stress and anxiety in the recent weeks. It wasn't until recently that I realized the root of this is a hesitancy to trust God with my future.

>>excited for the weekend! My school is having a concert with David Guetta, Ra Ra Riot and Magic Man on Friday... and if that weren't enough, I am hoping to watch Captain America on Saturday! (Bummer it's only Monday...)

>>wishing that finals would just come and be over already! I want summer to be here.

>>giving up Facebook. It's not for lent, it's just because I was wasting a lot of time on it, and getting caught up in the minutia of other people's lives that I really had no business being interested in.

>>recommending this video here. You may have seen it already as it made its rounds on Facebook a couple weeks ago. But, it's so great, and rings so true to our social media driven society.

The Beginning of My Third Decade, and the Birth of a Sketchbook

I just had my 20th birthday, and it wasn't half bad. To be honest, I was a little scared that when the clock struck 12, all my teeth would fall out, and my hair would turn white. (Kind of kidding, kind of not).

Anyway, I'll post about my successes (and failures) in my "20 Before 20" list next time. For now, here's a sketch of birthday things, made in my new Moleskine sketchbook (a gift from one of my roommates)!

Recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Okay, so I really don't bake much because my apartment oven is weird, and frankly, baking is a just an added hassle when I have biology coursework to tend to. But, last week I ended up baking a banana bread (of my own design) for a Sherlock/Olympics viewing party. It was a hit, so I made it again this week for my roommate's birthday (happy birthday, Robin!). 

Because the lighting in dorms kind of stinks, and I'm pretty sure all the banana bread is gone anyway, I've substituted a legitimate picture for one of one of Gru's minions... with bananas. It's barely relevant. If I'm feeling particularly motivated later, I'll replace this with a real photo.

I don't really bake using strict measurements... but one of my roommates really wanted the recipe, so I felt obliged to come up with one, and I think this is pretty darn close!

1 1/2 cups of flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbs vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup of chocolate chips
3 mashed bananas
1/3 cup of oil
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/3 cup of peanut butter (approximately)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9x9 inch pan.
2. Mix wet ingredients in a large bowl. (So, bananas, oil, eggs, milk, vanilla, peanut butter, and brown sugar.)
3. Add in the flour and baking soda. Stir until thoroughly blended, then add the chocolate chips (as many as you want!). 
4.  Pour into the pan, and stick it in the oven for about 25 minutes.
5. Take it out of the oven, slice it up, and share it with your friends. :0)

P.S. I declared my major today, so I can cross another one off the "20 Before 20" list. 

Freshly Painted (A Fun Present)

Made this little painting for one of my dear friends here at school. It was a Christmas gift, but I unfortunately didn't get around to actually giving it to her until today. (Whoops...) 

I've been experimenting more with color mixing lately, and I think my efforts are beginning to pay off, which is nice. Of course, the not so nice thing is that I'm fairly certain I've been painting more to avoid the work that needs to be done. 

Anywho, I have a genetics exam tomorrow, so I better study. Just needed a quick 5 minute breather from Muller's morphs and epistasis (if you know what those are, props). 

Geeking Out About {13}: Don't Know Much About Geometry Etsy Round-Up

Left to Right: 1 by RecocoNYC // 2 by touchthedutch // 3 by violetfly 
4 by Nuann  // 5 by RecocoNYC 

Well, snowstorm Pax gave all of us in Philly a snow day. WOOT! Unfortunately, this is the week that I chose to give up TV, so I don't have much to do except for study, and fall down the rabbit hole that is the internet. After a couple hours of studying, I leapt down the rabbit hole, and found some cool-beans stuff on Etsy. Be sure to check out these sellers' shops. They have some neat-o things!

Stay warm, friends! And thanks for stopping by.

In This Moment I Am...

>>missing... home. "No place like home," becomes even truer when you're from Alaska. Skyscrapers just don't compare to mountains.

>>listening to... the Frozen soundtrack. Disney did such a good job on this one. After I watched it, it immediately went to my first rank for Disney Studios animated features. With Tangled and Frozen, I feel like a second Disney renaissance might be underway. My fingers are definitely crossed for that one! (Am I a nerd? Absolutely yes.)

>>reading... Xenocide (book 3 in the Ender's Game quartet). Yup, I've totally hopped on the sci-fi train–and I have to say, it's a lot of fun. My only regret is that I didn't read Ender's Game when I was younger. I would have loved it!

>>thinking about... meditation. Both Time and Psychology Today had a couple articles each dedicated to slowing down and meditating once a day for a few minutes. It sounds like a good idea... I'm just not sure if I'm patient enough to sit still for 10 minutes doing nothing. Therein lies the problem, I suppose.

>>snacking on... brie and tortilla crisps from Trader Joe's. Do they make anything that isn't out-of-this-world-amazeballs?

>>watching... nothing! One of my friends (who is also my discipler) and I decided to not watch TV this week, because we felt like it was sucking up too much of our time. But... before the rule was in effect, I was definitely geeking out about Veronica Mars. I haven't ever watched it before, so when Amazon Prime posted it, I got way too enthusiastic about it.

>>waiting for... my new coat from Modcloth to arrive. Yay for sales, and boo for cold winters. I'm also waiting for spring, but that's another matter entirely.

>>hoping that... school will be cancelled tomorrow. Philly has declared itself to be in a state of emergency from 8pm tonight until the following morning. Of course, given my school's hesitancy to cancel anything, I doubt it'll happen... but a girl can dream.

Colors // Cold and White as Snow

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The weather lately has been extremely... crisp. (That's the nice way of saying "freeze-your-tush-off-cold"–and that's coming from an ALASKAN). Although we did get two days off because of the snow,  cold weather is only a part of why the color for the month is white. 

Because this past month was January, it's been a somewhat cliché time of fresh beginnings and renewal. Fresh semester, a fresh outlook on academics, fresh priorities, fresh notebooks (my favorite!)–just a whole lot of freshness over the course of these 31 days. 

In this past month, there have also been definite moments of sadness. There was grief the suicide of a classmate, as well as the passing away of a loved one in my own family. But with this sadness and grief, there also came a time of healing. My campus is now coming together to address mental health, and the stressful environment fostered in our ivy covered halls. My family also had the chance to reunite and celebrate the life of my grandfather, as well as create new memories together.

I also love how we often associate the color white with cleanliness, and yet it has the uncanny ability of drawing attention to the dirt and filth around it. As this month has progressed, I've been identifying the "dirt" in my own life, and will be putting more energy towards cleaning those areas up. 

What color would you use to describe your January? 

Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool. –Isaiah 1: 18

Wouldn't It Be Nice to Live Together?

Just a quick photo post. I had been in California for the past few days for an important family matter. While there, I was able to spend some time in the sun with my family. Although it was a somber occasion that brought us together, we were still able to make some happy memories.

These photos are from Corona del Mar. We went on Monday, and it was basically deserted (which was perfect for us). Sometimes I just wish all of my extended family just lived in one place so that we could spend more time together. Wouldn't it be nice? (Cue Beach Boys music.)

Gotta go catch up on my work now, but before I go, I really want to know–what did you do this weekend?

P.S. I'm on Twitter now! Find me here.

The Circle Link Up - Virtual Coffee Date

In Its Time
In an attempt to be a better blogger, I'm participating in a link-up hosted by Kiki and Amy! I'm excited to try something new, and connect with some like-minded bloggers.  So, here we go!

>>Where are you seated? 
I'm sitting in the shelter of my 19th floor West Philadelphia apartment, watching people as they trundle through the foot of snow that fell yesterday. Coincidentally, that foot of snow is the reason I have time to write this post (snow day!!!), as well as why I'm not in an actual coffee shop right now.

If I were in a coffee shop, I'd be in this cute little bakery/cafe right by campus... probably seated in a corner, observing people as they walk in, and looking out the window at passers by.

>>What are you sipping/munching on?
Currently sipping on mint tea out of a hand-thrown mug, and munching on Nutella toast. Mmmmm... tastes like heaven

>>What do you want to get off your chest first?
I don't actually drink coffee, which kind of makes me feel like a coffee date poser. (Whoops...)
Now that that's out in the open, I can get to what's really on my mind. Recently, a lot has happened in my life that has made me ponder. I know that sounds super cheesy–just wait, it gets even better. All this pondering has really made me think about how life is short, and I need to figure out exactly what I should be doing with mine. Granted, I know what I want to do–but what does God want me to do? That's always the kicker, isn't it?

>>If you could choose anyone who would you have a coffee with?  
Definitely my cousins (affectionately called "sousins" for sister-cousins) and my sister. We always have a rockin' good time when we hang out, and it's been a long time since we were all together. Heck, I'd even drink coffee if it meant I could meet with them. That's dedication right there.

>>What is inspiring you lately?
Ink and paper. Lately, the freedom of just transforming random ideas into a drawn image has become an addictive force. Do my little doodles make any sense? Nope. Is it liberating? Absolutely, yes.

>>What are your plans after coffee?
I don't have any real plans! Isn't that just the greatest? Like I said, the university is closed today, which means I have a day full of nothing. I have just a little bit of homework to do, and a free-lance job to work on, but otherwise there is nothing fighting for my attention today–and it's beautiful!

First Post of 2014 (And Only A Month Late!)

It's a new year, and so, it's about time for a new post. Ha! Clearly college life did not leave much time for blogging in 2013, but I'm alright with that. More important things were being done. Friendships were being made, lectures were being attended, course material was being studied... all clearly things that are more fun that blogging (and by "all," I mean only the first one). 

Anyway, even though in public I scorn New Year's resolution lists, I do like the idea of striving to improve myself. So, here is a short list of things I want to work on in my life, in 2014 and beyond.

1. Do more of what I enjoy. This means draw more, cook more, read more, hang out with friends more, explore more–just do more. Even if I don't have tons of time on my hands, I can try my best to spend the small amount I do have doing meaningful things.

2. Stop spending so much time in the black hole that is the internet. This kind of piggy backs on the point above. I want to spend less time on Facebook and Pinterest, and more time unplugged. That being said, I would also like to spend a little more time blogging.

3. Get more organized and manage my time more effectively. I've already started to do this by implementing a hybrid GTD / bullet-journal Moleskine planner. I'll probably post about that later, because I kind of really got overly excited and geeky about the whole thing (but I'm prone to geek outs, so not surprising). The idea is that this will help me achieve 1 & 2. 

4. Pursue Christ daily. Even though I lead Bible study, I still find it harder than I should to spend my daily time with God. I think this is an area of my life that I really need to be more intentional about, and I hope to improve in this over time.

5. Compare less. Attending a school like Penn can really take a toll on my self-esteem. Especially when I am constantly comparing myself to my peers around me. I really need to learn not to do this to myself, even if it means going against the grain of the culture that surrounds me.

6. Be more courageous. I don't actually know what this means functionally, but I know it's something I want to do.

If you have any "resolutions" you made that you'd like to share, please do! It's fun to hear what other people are doing.