Monthly Archives: November, 2013

RANDOM THURSDAY UPDATE

RANDOM THURSDAY UPDATE

Well, I feel weird because I haven’t updated in a week (besides my new series that so far I’m keeping up with), so here’s a picture of some tea. I may or may not be on a tea kick right now (this is my 3rd mug in as many hours). It’s the decaf Wild Berry Zinger which is absolutely delicious!

That is all. Have a good Friday! Drink some tea!

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A Few of My Favorite Things Pt. 3: Books!

Happy Monday! Well, it’s still Monday here (it’s 11:50 at night!)…

I like to read.  Like, a lot.  So….

Favorite Series: Definitely Harry Potter.  I read the first one back in 2003 (Wow, is that really 10 years ago? That’s insane), and I have read everyone at least once.  Deathly Hallows was started and finished in less than 48 hours (I am proud of that), and I have read it too many times to count.  They have given me something to bond with people over (like my college roommates, since we all enjoy the series).  Also, if you haven’t seen them already, Team StarKid does an AMAZING parody musical (A Very Potter Musical!)

Favorite Non-Fiction Book: This also qualifies as “The Freakiest Book I Have Ever Read in the History of Ever,” but I do love Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs.  The things he describes in this book are beyond messed up, but you can’t stop reading.  I read this in one sitting over the summer, and I want to read it again (my copy is sitting at home on my dresser right now).  Burroughs also has other books out (a few of which I have read and enjoyed, despite the freakiness).

What I’m Reading Right Now: Currently, I have challenged myself to read all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories before the end of the school year.  I love them, but I haven’t had as much time to sit down and read them as I would like.  But, with Thanksgiving break almost upon us, Hopefully I’ll be able to meet this goal!

What I Want To Read Next: Well, to quote Maud Casey, “I was born with a reading list I will never finish.”  There are so many books that I want to read but don’t have the time to.  Some of them include Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth (the sequels to Divergentwhich I highly recommend), Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, and the Lord of the Rings series (which I have started so many times, and just got bored with part of the way into the first book).

Well. That’s all I have for today!  Feel free to post your favorite books down there! I love hearing what everyone enjoys 🙂

Things This Awesome Never Happen to People Like Me

Yes it’s only Thursday. Yes I’m probably jinxing it all by posting this. But, hey. I don’t really care! I’m having one of the greatest weeks ever!

But let’s go over what has happened so far:

Monday

  • Got my mid-term back in self defense (Yes, we had a written midterm.  It was on the science behind it, which is my jam): 90%!
  • Found out that we’re starting a unit on mental disorders in General Psychology on Wednesday (one of my favorite topics)

Tuesday

  • Registered for classes.  Got almost everything I wanted, and the class I couldn’t get actually allowed me to take a class that sounds much more interesting.
  • Got a quiz back in Latin that I thought I didn’t do well on but actually did super-well on 🙂
  • Was able to get approval to take concert band for credit next semester (I haven’t been in an ensemble since high school and I miss it so much)
  • Got a call from my dad that I won a $3500 scholarship for second semester.  That will cover anything I had to pay out of pocket with (I think) some left over!

Wednesday

  • Started talking about mental disorders in Psych.  So much fun (for me. Not for those diagnosed).
  • Had an interview for a volunteer program I want to do next semester.  I think I did well, but I’ll know next week!
  • Got a couple questions right in quiz team 🙂

Thursday (So Far):

  • My afternoon class is canceled.
  • I start concert band tonight 😀

Here’s hoping that my luck continues until tomorrow, when I find out whether or not I get a different volunteer position for this upcoming summer!

 

 

 

A Few Of My Favorite Things pt. 2: Films

Look, Ma! I’m actually attempting to keep up with a series I’m starting!

Today I figured I’d do a nice transition from music into movies. Shall we begin?

Last movie I watched: Technically, it was The Rocky Horror Picture Show since one of our campus theater groups did a version where they acted it out while the actual movie was projected behind them (it was a phenomenal performance).  But the last movie I actually sat down and watched was part of Inglorious Basterds.  We didn’t finish it (it’s on my to-do list), but what we saw was very good.

What I desperately want to watch: This list is embarrassingly long. But my top two three four right now are Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Fifth Estate, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World.  I am a huge sci-fi geek (hence STID), and I just thought TFE looked really good.  As for IM3 and Thor, I absolutely LOVE comic book movies, and these are the first Marvel movies that I haven’t seen in theaters.

What I can’t wait to see once it comes out: Sticking with my love of comic books, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is near the top of the list.  As is the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctorwhich I am deeming as a movie just because it’s over an hour and will be shown in theaters.

All-Time Favorite Movie. Ever. Ever. EVER.: Without a doubt, my favorite movie that I bought specifically to bring with me to college, is Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  Why? BECAUSE IT’S MONTY PYTHON! Who doesn’t love British humor? Plus, you can quote it in so many situations!  Person ticks you off? “Your mother was a hamster and your father smells like elderberries!”  Disgusting bug in the bathroom? “Fetch the holy hand grenade!!” You get hurt doing something? “It’s only a flesh wound!”  AND PEOPLE WILL UNDERSTAND THE REFERENCES!

So, does anyone out there in internet-land have any other movie suggestions?

What Ever Happened to Saturday Night? (or “how to have fun in college without alcohol”)

I don’t drink.  The only alcohol I’ve ever had was communion wine, which doesn’t count because ours was diluted with water and we dipped the wafer in, which gave me less than an ounce of liquid.  I have no intention to drink until I am 21.  For me, if I get caught, all dreams of medical school basically go out the window, and I would have spent almost 14 years working towards something I could not ever have.  Plus, since I have no clue how I react with alcohol, I have this feeling that I might drink too much and make some really regrettable decisions that I would rather not have to deal with.

So, you may ask, what can I do if I don’t want to go to a party and get drunker than drunk? Answer: A lot of things! Here are a couple of my personal favorites:

1. Catch a movie/concert/theater performance

Yes, this seems like something you would do in high school.  But it’s still a lot of fun, and can be cheap (which is nice if you’re on a budget like I am).  Lots of schools occasionally offer free movie screenings (we showed Anchorman a couple of weeks ago and Hocus Pocus on Halloween), and local theaters may offer student discounts or student rush tickets for live shows.  School-affiliated performing arts groups also offer reasonably-priced or free tickets (i.e. $5 for a midnight showing of our one theater group’s performance of Rocky Horror Picture Show, complete with audience participation), and it gives you an opportunity to see the talent of your fellow classmates.  Also be on the lookout for special programs within venues that offer free tickets in exchange for volunteer work.  For example, I get free tickets to our one auditorium, and all I have to do is live tweet the event!

2. Hallway Jam Session

At least in my corner of the dorm building, we have a lot of guitar players.  Occasionally, one of them will break out their guitar, and we all will begin to sing along with whatever song is playing.  This is how I got to know a couple of my really good friends, and I love listening to them play while my door is propped open and I’m working on homework.

3. Pay Attention to On-Campus Activities

Yeah yeah yeah… I know.  I sound like someone who works with freshmen at the school.  But really, do pay attention to what’s going on.  We get an email every week about campus activities, and a lot of them are a lot of fun.  A group of us went to a Great Gatsby-themed party earlier tonight and had a blast! Everyone was dressed up (I was in my favorite heels), and everyone had a wonderful time.  The best part was that it was completely free and I didn’t have to go trek throughout the city in order to find the location (since it was right on campus)! Activities can range from dances to spelling bees to volunteer opportunities, and they’re great chances to get to know new people.

4. Call it a night in!

Really, who doesn’t enjoy an evening with your roommate(s) where you wear sweats, order food to be delivered, and just chill in the room?! You can watch a movie, make paper snowflakes (if it’s close to Christmas), and just have fun! Plus, you don’t have to dress up and act like you have to impress anyone!

Until next time 🙂

Blog Buddies: L…

Blog Buddies: Like Bubble Buddies, but better!

So my best friend (who also has a blog) and I were talking, and I said we were blog buddies.  This was her response. 

So, people of the interwebs, introduce yourselves to me! What do you like? What do you hate? What do you want me to post about? What do you think I should do more of on here? What do you think the meaning of life is? 

Let’s all be blog buddies! (Ok. That sounded a lot better in my head)

I Have Guy Issues. But That’s Not New.

So this is another one of my “I’m going to rant about my insecurities and lack of guts” posts. So feel free to keep scrolling past. I won’t be offended.

This Saturday, we’re having a Gatsby-themed dance on campus. Guess who has two thumbs and doesn’t have a date? THIS GIRL! *points at self* That puts the total at 5 dances that I haven’t had a date to, plus countless other events I haven’t gone with a guy to.

It’s not like I don’t TRY to get to know the guys I find myself falling for. Like the song says, “Breaking my back just to know your name.” I attempt to start conversations with them, whether it be in person (when I actually see them) or on Facebook (when you can’t talk to them in person, like what happened with me this summer. I’ll vent about this story then). But, just my luck, I never see the guy(s) I like (so I can’t talk face to face) and, if I try to talk to them over the internet, they rarely respond! It’s aggravating!

Want proof of my luck? Take the guy I fell for at orientation: I met him at the first event. He was literally the first guy I met (I had already met a couple of girls). We were in the same small group, and, just because I knew nobody, I sat down next to him. We chatted about the stereotypical small-talk topics, and, when the actual thing started, they had us stand up. First words out of my mouth: “HOLY CRAP YOU’RE TALL!” He was over 6′ tall, and I was just there, me and all of my 5′ 5″ shortness. So, we got to know each other over the next 3 days, and I found out that we liked a lot of the same things (he was into musicals and a lot of the same bands as me, even some of the ones nobody at home had ever heard of). When we left for the summer, we friended each other on Facebook and I started talking to him the one night online (since we weren’t going to be seeing each other again until move-in at the end of August). We had a really good conversation, and I thought “Hey, I might be able to keep chatting and hang out with him once we’re both in school.” Well, that idea kinda died after that conversation. I messaged him a couple days later when it appeared he was on, and no response. Tried again a couple weeks later: nothing. Tried once again closer to move-in: A response filled with a whole lot of NOTHING. Then, we moved in, and I figured “Hey. We’re in the same dorm building, I’ll be bound to see him and chat with him!”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA no. Between the end of August and about mid-October, I could have probably counted the days I had seen him on one hand. And it gets better! One time, I was getting over a stomach bug, so I looked like death walking. A couple of the times, I just looked unattractive from coming straight home from my self-defense class. I just have not been able to talk to him in a normal context since orientation.

This is how I feel like it’s been for EVERY guy I have ever liked. Meet them. Fall for them. Get to know them. Try to talk to them. Never hear from them. Feel alone.

Sigh. Sorry for unloading this all on y’all. I just don’t know what to do anymore. I feel like I keep going through the same hoops, and I never get anywhere. I’m also starting to kinda fall for another guy, and I really don’t want to keep this trend up. If anyone out there has any advice, I would love to hear it!

Thanks, everyone.

A Few of My Favorite Things Pt. 1: Jams

Well.  It’s November, which means that stores officially have crossed over to Christmas territory.  So, in order to celebrate the occasion, I figured I’d start a series where maybe once a week I’ll share some of my favorite things.

Today’s topic: Music.  I have a very, um, interesting array of musical tastes, so let’s go!

What I’m listening to now:  Adagio for Tron by Daft Punk (because I have a weakness for movie scores)

Most Played Song on my iTunes: Love Interruption by James Wolpert (yes, this was originally recorded by Jack White, but I love this version so much more.  Plus, James is from the area I grew up in, and I actually saw him in a community theater show when he was in high school)

Favorite Album: This is tough, but I love American Idiot by Green Day (because, well, it’s Green Day! They were supposed to have been my first big rock concert, but Billie Joe went to rehab and my show got canceled)

Favorite Playlist:  The 2013 Doctor Who Prom as performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (again, going back to my love of film and tv scores.  Fun Fact: I listened to this live on the radio while mowing the lawn because I thought they were announcing the new doctor that night.  They didn’t, but now I have a dream to go see one of the Proms live (either DW or Sherlock, if they ever decide that it’s prom-worthy)

Favorite Song To Belt At Random Times Just Because I Can: This changes all the time.  I have been known to attempt to sing instrumental music (it’s not pretty).  But my all-time belting song would probably have to be this.  Admit it.  You know you have to sing ALL  of the parts to this. I don’t think it’s healthy to not feel that need.

So, what about y’all? Comment down there with your favorite songs!