cat drinking coffee

neil’s bday hc

  • nicky gets him clothes because even after years neil still needs help in the wardrobe department. neil doesn’t mind too much, especially not when he gets those lingering looks from andrew
  • matt is that one friend who makes sure he’s the first person to wish neil a happy bday at midnight (you’re not gonna beat matt boyd on this one so dont even try)
  • he and dan sing him happy birthday. sometimes they visit neil on his bday and take him out to dinner
  • always gets some sort of fox paraphernalia from dan
  • a call from kevin and the call just slowly spirals into exy talk
  • birthday card with a small trinket of sorts (his favorite has been a small fox key chain that he puts on his key ring)  from renee
  • aaron sends him a text…sometimes. this one time he sent him running shoes (he’s sure katelyn had something to do with it)
  • allison is so extra. she always sends some sort of lavish gift just because she can. whether it be some sort of fancy fruit basket, some gourmet cakes(which andrew ends up eating), edible arrangements, etc.
  • andrew, well, andrew still doesn’t think birthdays are a big deal. just another day. but on the occasion, he makes him breakfast. and it’s more often than not a lazy day. naps with of them both curled up in bed with the cats. drinking coffee. smoking cigs. yeah, it’s a good day to be alive and be neil josten
What’s in my School Bag?

Excuse the quality of the picture! I wanted to get this posted before my first day of school tomorrow and before my school bag would be a breeding ground for wrappers and old receipts from Tim Horton’s. 

I use a Herschel Supply black backpack (it will be my 4th  year using it). Here are the things I’ll be starting my semester with:

1. My laptop: Before university, I never brought my laptop (a PC) to school because it was so heavy and held a charge for an hour at most. Since switching to a Macbook Pro, I have never looked back (and that says a lot coming from someone who really never saw the point in paying an excessive amount of money for a laptop). It’s so light, has a great battery life, and is super useful for taking notes in class. Any powerful laptop will do, of course, and it definitely doesn’t need to be a Macbook. If you’re not into typing notes, do you and use notebooks to write out your notes.

2. Headphones: Beats headphones are amazing at blocking out any noise. I’m someone who is easily distracted by certain noises, so I like to wear these while I study, even if I’m not listening to anything. Usually, if I’m listening to anything, I’m listening to lectures and these are great for hearing everything clearly. It’s like you’re back in class again.

3. Notebooks: I wrote notes for 2/5 classes last semester, so notebooks and writing by hand are ideal depending on the class and what you prefer. I don’t use fancy Five-star notebooks because I personally can’t justify spending $7 per notebook when I can buy the Hilroy 80 page notebooks for just 5 CENTS each. I will also be using my “I can & I will” notebook for daily tasks, tracking water intake, daily expenses, etc - anything I feel like jotting down in a day. I want to use it like a bullet journal, but I can’t commit to a real bullet journal just yet. It doesn’t hurt to have a little motivation every time I reach for a notebook either.

4. My Agenda: This definitely doesn’t need much explaining. Agendas are lifesavers for tracking dates and planning your study schedules! 

5. Pencil case: This pencil case is from American Apparel, but I will be buying another one soon. I can do a separate post for what’s in my pencil case! Also, I have two cute buttons from my school bookstore, one with a cat drinking coffee and the other says Don’t Freak Out! 

6. Post-Its: I love using post-its for summarizing on typed notes. I’ve only shown one pack here, but towards midterms and finals, I usually have a variety of post-its for all my studying needs.

7. My Wallet: Again, not much explaining to do here. Money, gift cards to food places (important!), my school ID, etc. - all stored here.

8. Little necessities: I’m just going to put the rest here in a single category - sunglasses, reading glasses, my phone charger, tissues, hand sanitizer, and a miniature body lotion. Some of this might seem a little unnecessary to you, but there are things I found myself needing throughout the semester, like lotion for dry hands because of winter and not smelling bad once you’ve walked up a hill to class.

What I didn’t show was a water bottle because I was using it. You should always make sure you have water with you! Stay hydrated, folks.

FYI…and that’s why reading my hashtags explain why I say the things I say when I am awake, which is all the time. Therefore I am an elf. :)