Sleeves Make Her Look Better

Well, this is frustrating;

Apparently the school officials at a Utah high school feel that it’s totally okay to photoshop these photos on the idea that they want the students to dress professionally? What the hell were they thinking? They weren’t.

1. The article discusses that the girls in those photoshopped photos will struggle with body image issues because they had sleeves put on or their neckline risen. Eh, I think regardless females will struggle with body image, but this certainly does not help them to get over it. I mean adding sleeves is not as bad as adding fat. They still have a point.

2. What the fuck. Why the hell does it matter if the girls are wearing tank tops or not? I get it if someone were naked, but hopefully that would be stopped before the photo was even taken. I honestly want to know what these people were thinking? If you want them to learn how to dress professionally, photoshopping pictures will not teach them. If you expect them to dress properly, enforce a dress code every day, not just picture day. Do NOT expect them to dress like they normally do, and it’s okay by everyone, then change their photos. This is just messed up. 

3. If it’s such a big deal, make everyone dress the same way for picture day ya dummy. Like helllooooooo!

4. I’d like to see what the Editor thought of this. Did the Editor choose to do it alongside the Officials, or did they oppose to it? There has to be some type of say; they oversee the entire damn book. When I was running the show, I did what I wanted. This power could have easily, most definitely easily abused, but it never was. I always asked permission of students or whatever, because if we ever EVER did shit like this the book would get pulled. But then again, it was never my choice to photoshop anything; all of our photos were clean. The portraits could have been by the company they came from, then again that was the school’s doing. Everyone runs their book a different way. Some people have the portraits flown in and the Editor can’t change it with all the permissions they have. Others have to put the photos in one by one and hope to goodness they didn’t get the names wrong. I’ve had to do both, and neither are pleasant. So you can’t blame the Editor for it because they may not have even known. If I were in there shoes, I’d feel bad a crap though.

5. Leave the girl’s tattoo alone. She chose to have it there. What if it meant something so near and dear to her heart and then someone decided it was ugly and erased it. What the heck?! it’s not your body. I have three tattoos. All three mean something near and dear to my heart, and I chose to have them where I do because it made the most sense. You can’t just decide how you want someone to look because you don’t like it. Screw off.

6. It is more bothersome that they may have pick and chose these photos to edit. If you were going to edit some, why not edit all the damn photos? It’s just worse to pick and choose. It’s like they targeted these girls from the start of ‘oh I don’t like that shirt on them, let me fix it up a little bit’. Just stop. Let the girls be themselves. It’s not like they were dressed in neon with giraffe hair; I mean that would be okay too, but it seems the school would just accidentally forget to add her photo in. 

7. People need to stop picking on other people. We are all great the way we are! Embrace it!

xo, LZE

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I can’t make you unpack your suitcase.

hannah brencher.


When I unzipped the belly of the little red suitcase the book was sitting there.

It was sitting right on top. It was waiting for me. Two years ago, I used to think that if ever I sat down and finally read that book, it would probably be my favorite book. Maybe one day. Instead, I grabbed a sweater and I closed the suitcase shut. I checked the bag. I would see it in New Orleans. There’s never enough room for your second carry-on bag when they lump you into Zone 3.

Half of my life plays out in airports. The people who spend too much time in airports know I’m not saying that to sound romantic. It can be a tad whimsical. On quiet mornings. And when you aren’t getting a connecting flight in Atlanta. And when you get to fly into cute, little airports with baggage claim…

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Strongest Memory of Heart-Pounding Belly-Twisting Nervousness

Write about your strongest memory of heart-pounding belly-twisting nervousness: what caused the adrenaline? Was it justified? How did you respond?


My strongest memory of heart-pounding belly-twisting nervousness….I get nervous a lot. Well my most recent heart-pounding belly-twisting nervousness moment was when I was running for a national position in my Fraternity. I was so nervous I pretty much made myself sick. Why was I nervous? Well, I was about to speak in front of my entire Fraternity – where not many know me; I tend to hide in the shadows – but speaking was and was not the problem. I do get nervous with public speaking, but I’ve literally been doing it my entire life so the act of talking in front of people doesn’t scare me, it’s doing a good job. I constantly looking for approval from people on doing a job done to their satisfaction; I like to please people. Anyway, I was speaking to people whom I don’t necessarily know but I do know them because they are my Brothers. I also had to convince them that I was good enough for this position. The position I ran for (and obtained) is not the highest national officer position – I would say it’s probably the lowest on the NO Totem Pole, but it is still important – I create and distribute our Fraternity publication. I’ve done this job before in high school as the Editor in Chief of the Yearbook (for 4 years). So, I wasn’t worried about if I could do a good job once I won the election; it was a matter of convincing the Brotherhood to let me show them I could do a good job.

I got so nervous before my Q&A that I had to step away and put on my song. “Titanium (cover)” – The Piano Guys. This song calms me down, allows me to focus, and gives me the strength to follow through. I listen to it if I’m unable to go for a run, and I need a quick “reality check”.

Walking up to the podium, my mouth was dry and my nerves reached to my hands and started wiggling all over the place. In my head, I felt like this

but in reality it was just some minor hand shaking. I stabled myself by focusing on one particular Brother who I knew for a fact had faith in me. I answered all the questions fired; some of which I never even thought about before. Adrenaline was pumping and then all of a sudden, it was over. I remember being escorted out of the room so they could deliberate.

Of course after that I crashed and began to worry again. It’s what I do. I like to worry; it keeps me occupied. I knew I nailed my Q&A, but I just hoped I was the person they were looking for – I mean they did nominate me after all..

I was escorted back in, and congratulated on winning the election. I was, and still am extremely happy to have won this position. For some reason doing this kind of thing, editing and putting together publications, makes me really happy. Frustrating because I’m such a perfectionist, but happy because I know others enjoy it too.

Anyway, that was the most recent gut-wrenching nervousness experience I have had that I remember and want to talk about.

xo, LZE


Food For Thought

Read this: Lemon Germs

While this article is dated January 27, 2014, I think it still deems worthy of discussion. It talks about the lemons you put in your water at restaurants. Now, people put lemons in their water for many reasons. The most common I hear are: “Freshens water”, “Sterilizes water”, “Gives taste to water”. Okay so you can put “Freshens water” and “Gives taste” pretty much in the same category. This is what people say when they refuse to accept the fact that water is supposed to be bland, and that the water they just received was tap water. While a lemon has the ability to “sterilize” your water, it will not do so as you think unless the lemon was literally cut right as they served you your drink, and you dunked the lemon in the water. Even then, I’m not so sure it would work. I haven’t run experiments on it, but thinking about the acidity of lemons, I can see it potentially happening. But regardless, we know that’s not how it works.

If you read the article through, or at least just the last paragraph, it also says that the same germs found on the lemons, are also found on salt shakers, ketchup bottles and things of that nature. Gross, right? Well, sadly, it’s true. I mean it’s the same germs you would find on a bathroom handle, door, chair, anything really that you touch and other people touch as well. OH, YOUR CELL PHONE. How many germs do you think are on your cell phone? ugh, you’d never pick that thing up again if you really knew.

It’s the facts of life. I mean unless you live in a bubble, you can’t really avoid these germs. My only advice is to watch what you do. I mean it’s the same thing with what you eat by reading the ingredients. Long story short: Pay attention. Pay attention to what you touch, what you eat, what you do. As long as you pay attention, you’ll be fine.

How are we supposed to live if we keep being held back by worrying about germs? Okay, so that’s a little too simplified, but it’s kind of true. I mean, you’re supposed to eat dirt so you won’t eat it again. Germs, on a very basic level, help keep our immune systems up. It’s the natural way as opposed to all those vitamins and pills people take because they don’t account for them in their diets.

LONG LIVE THE GERMS. I don’t know why I wrote that, but I feel that germs always get the raw end of the deal. I mean, they are kind of mean and nasty and gross, but they are living organisms too!


xo, LZE

Online Quizzes

I may be intelligent, but I honestly didn’t know John Jay existed.


Did you also know that according to Buzzfeed’s What Kind of Pasta Are You? I am


It seems to be the hobby of the last few months to take all of these online quizzes. Some of them are useful. Like maybe you are actually contemplating your current college major, and if that’s the choice for you. Or maybe you actually want to see What Kind of Alien Are You? ( [In case you were wondering I got Wookiee: You’re cool and unpretentious, and extremely loyal to your friends and family. You have a lot of talents, and you’re generally a helpful person to have around.] I suppose that’s true. But some of these quizzes are completely pointless: How Big Is Your Butt?, How Good At Farting Are You? How Sweaty Are You? While this is funny and just exist out of pure bordem, shouldn’t you already know how big your butt is, or how sweaty you are and if you are the king/queen of farting? Who cares? I know I don’t. These quizzes have hyped up so much that they are like that song that everyone loved from weeks ago, but the radio DJ still plays it every six songs because he thinks that is what everyone still wants to listen to. While I don’t necessarily care if people want to take these quizzes or not, it seems as though it’s now become a competition and has taken the fun out of it. Way to go guys!

Initially, Buzzfeed had the pull in these online quizzes but now you have,, and a million others! Stop! This is worse than trying to pick what sanitary pad you want to use; GUESS WHAT? THEY ALL DO THE SAME THING. While these quizzes still exist and will continue to exist as long as people keep making them, the one major downfall of these quizzes is the “check all that apply” quizzes. Seriously? We have hit rock bottom. Nothing makes me more bored than a bad online quiz; and this is what Buzzfeed as sunk to. When I click on a quiz – and yes, I may be ratting on them here, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t take them. I’m about to find out my theme song – and I see that it is a “check all” I immediately start cursing at it because those are stupid {insert jokingly sacastic tone here}. hahahaha half the time they aren’t even relevant to me – if you can say any of these quizzes are relevant.

My theme song is Titanium. I already knew this, but for some reason I just needed confirmation. (


What do you think of these quizzes?
Actually, that’s extremely accurate…

xo, LZE




Life After College

Well if you ask me: do you feel like a college graduate?

I’ll tell you



It feels like any other summer after a grueling academic year. My job doesn’t require me to be there until August; perks of the education field. While people think that’s great, I think it’s boring. When something new enters my life, I want to explore it – take advantage of everything it has to offer. There’s nothing new here; I’ve already explored everything it has to offer. It’s the same old town with the same – if not higher – gas prices and the same people. While I love being at home with the family, animals, and friends, it gets boring after a while (and really annoying, but we won’t go there). Everyone talks about the same crap and does what they have always done. Well, no wonder why they complain about adult life being so boring…

I’m ready to move on.

In the process of moving on, I’m moving seven states away from where I currently am (one state from before). It’s exciting and wallet-burning all at the same time. While I am incredulously bored at home, I’m extremely grateful I don’t have to pay stuff right now, and then all the moving costs. But you can argue that those costs would be lower if I lived closer, but then I’d have to buy a lot of new stuff and it just gets complicated after that.

One of the things I have come to miss already in my twenty-five days post graduation are those student discounts. While these savings never really amounted to much, they still helped some how. 10% here, 5% there. IT ADDS UP LIKE PENNIES YOU PICK UP OFF THE STREET. Okay, so maybe not exactly, but it’s still satisfying.

What are you looking forward to most in the coming months? Furnishing my apartment in such a way that doesn’t scare off the boyfriend. I really want to paint my dresser in a girly manner – I mean it is my dresser – and have a lot of cute Pintrest-y things! But I also have a large tye-dye peace tapestry that has all my race bibs attached to it that I absolutely LOVE and well, it’s not being placed in the living room. I’m also looking forward to it just being me, the boyfriend and the cat. It’ll be so nice not to compromise with roommates that are just as fussy as you.

I am also extremely excited to start my teaching career. I’m terrified because I hold teachers to a high standard, and now I’m putting myself in that spot. Do I fit? We’ll see. I’m nervous because this is entirely new to me; I never studied education in school, only went through it for the last seventeen years of my life. I’ll make mistakes, but I also know how to learn from them. I also have a FANTASTIC support system that I know I can lean on if I need to. I’m just nervous because I want to do well, and give the kids what they want from a physics teacher – and no, not having class isn’t going to fly. I promise it will be fun. Do you really think that I would be that boring, old, grey, monotoned physics teacher? hell no. Physics is ten times better than falling asleep in class.

What are you looking forward to the least? Money spent. hahaha that’s pretty much it. Student loans kick in soon after I start getting paid. But it’s nothing budgeting can’t fix! I’m used to not making a lot of money any way. Hellooo, just graduated college. Broke College Student is nothing to mess around with when people pay their own way through college.


Those are the top three questions these days.

xo, LZE