Tuesday, April 1, 2014
So the Residential Life staff is hosting their Albertus @ nite event this Saturday: Medieval Times. There will be tons of food, games and prizes and it will definitely be an awesome time. The only thing is that I volunteered to spearhead the event. Luckily, I have the help of my amazing friend and Co-RA, Carlo, to help me run and plan this event. Without him, it would not have been as much fun. There are still so many things to get done in regards to preparations and I have no idea where to begin.
Yesterday, I had written about how my dad was helping me with computer troubles. Well, those problems were pretty serious. My computer was not cooperating. It took from 12am until 6pm yesterday to fix everything that was going on with the computer. I was ready to have a melt down. The worst part of the day was when I found out that the power went out again in three of my residents' rooms...including my own! My refrigerator is constantly being turned on and off because of power issues. It is so stressful to have to worry about the fridge developing a smell because of things like this.
I was ready to just curl into a ball on the floor and sit that way for the next week or so. On top of all this, there is school work that needs to be completed, trip fees that need to be paid and so many other things. I just have to remember that nothing is too much to handle if I just sit back and breathe for a while. I did that by going downtown for some coffee before duty tonight. It always feels so good to just leave campus, even if it is only for an hour.
Now, I will try to sleep because it just might help. Goodnight!
Monday, March 31, 2014
I was having some technical difficulties with my laptop, so I put in a call to my IT guy back in New York. I figured, what better time to write in my blog than while I am on the phone with my father. He has everything under control anyway. I do not speak computer that well. I know enough to get by.
School is crazy, but someone...please, answer me this. How is it that I just handed in my first paper last Thursday? I have been in school since January 6th and I just wrote a paper. I do not really count the two papers I wrote for my winter session War Films class because that was before the semester started. Last Thursday, I handed in a paper on the relationship between action and desire within T.S. Eliot's poem, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." I actually think I did really well on that paper because it is one of my favorite poems. It is about this middle-aged man wandering the streets as he contemplates whether or not he should make a move on the woman he is attracted to. It is a very sad, but equally beautiful piece because it speaks so well to the human mentality and our ability to make decisions for ourselves. We spend so much time questioning our actions and whether or not we should make a move or surrender to the game, but it teaches us that we should not be afraid to take risks and put ourselves out there.
As you can see, I have a lot to say on this poem. My paper had to be five pages long. It was five with a couple of lines on the sixth page and the seventh as the works cited. I am pretty proud of the work I did on it.
I am actually thinking of starting to work on all the assignments that I will have due at the end of year now so that I can just kick back, relax and read something fun while all the other students are busy playing the end of the year game.
I cannot believe that the year is just about over. My junior year of college is gone. Senior year is about to go equally as fast. It is very scary to me that next May I will be graduating from Albertus. I won't be back in the fall of 2015.
Before I get too chilly from all this deep thought, I am going to jump into bed. It's about that time. As soon as I get the okay from the IT tech on my phone, it will be lights out for me.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
My ego was bouncing off the walls of the House of Bollstadt because I was able to walk up to the dance sign in table and receive my yellow bracelet that marks my age for the bartender of the night. Since the most I have really had to drink is a glass of wine with my family, I started off easy last night: Bud Light with Lime. It was super delicious and I felt so self-important drinking it.
DJ Bry was in charge...like normal, except this time I actually enjoyed the music he chose to play. One of my friends requested the "Selfie" song and that was fun to dance to. Of course, everyone in the room took tons of selfies during it. I prefer to listen to the song with the music video because at least that way you can distract yourself by searching for your favorite celebs' #selfie. If you have never heard this song or seen this music video, now is your chance! Believe me...it is sooooooo worth the views!
Selfie by The Chainsmokers
Monday, March 10, 2014
Okay, so let me just start by saying that today was my birthday party, not my actual birthday. I am not officially 21 until 7:11pm on Tuesday March 11. I had an amazing birthday dinner. My mom did an awesome job with all the food and my cake. My cake was adorable! It was vanilla cake with chocolate mousse filling and vanilla buttercream frosting. Yum!
Dinner was like a traditional Italian dinner, as if we were eating at. King Umberto's or someplace fancy like that. Mommy prepared spaghetti, chicken parmigiana, broccoli, roasted cauliflower and salad with a homemade dressing. The only downside is that my new vegetarian diet does not allow for consumption of left over meat products. Oh well.
I got some really nice gifts tonight too. Rachel and Warren bought me this beautiful green goblet as the special birthday girl glass. I used it during dinner and it is very cool! It reminds me of a goblet you would use at Medieval Times. My cousins got me wine, chocolate and a book about wines. The book has a whole scratch and sniff part that is so cool! My aunt got me this gorgeous birthstone bracelet. It's so sparkly! My uncle bought me season 3 of The Hills. I am very excited to pop that into my DVD player. Last year, I watched that while I did homework, but Netflix removed it. Now, I own it! Lastly, my parents and grandparents bought me a Nexus 7 Tablet. Now, I don't always have to bring my laptop to class if I need to type something or send some emails. My laptop is so heavy some days. This is very convenient for me to have this and it is perfect timing too.
Overall, this was an awesome birthday! It will continue to be awesome when we get to Tuesday. For now, I must sleep because it is 4:30am and I have a 10am dentist appointment.
Happy Birthday...now, go get your mouth cleaned!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
My spring break commenced on Friday and I was not ready to go. There were so many things that needed to get done. I have just embarked on this journey of a meatless Lent and already I face controversy in the cafeteria. There were three different macaroni & cheese choices: spicy buffalo chicken, plain with sausage in it it and one other kind. Either way, all the options had meat. I could have gotten a grilled cheese or something, but where would the challenge have been in that? I went for the mac & cheese with sausage and I did not have a single bite of meat! I am going to pat myself on the back for that.
Thursday, was a different kind of lunch day. Chef was making his own smoothies! He had blueberries, bananas, strawberries, orange juice and what I believe was pineapple juice. He added a dab of honey and cream and for my first time having a smoothie, it was a delicious experience. I had a strawberry banana smoothie. I might start making those at home!
My friends kind of giggled because I told them I had never had a smoothie before. Why? Because I am afraid of lumps! I admit it. I am afraid of a lumpy smoothie. I am the same way with applesauce when my mom makes it. If the sauce has even one lump, I most likely will not come back for seconds. Maybe I will go to the library or the bookstore and get a book of smoothies I can make and start making them over the break. That would solve my no meat dilemma while I am living at home for the next week.
Carlo and I had to wait for all of our residents to take off for break before we could depart for the week. I was actually having a lot of fun closing up with him. He makes me laugh so hard that I feel like my stomach will explode and I love that feeling!
After packing and repacking several times, I was finally prepared for a long week in New York.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I have decided to give up meat and sweets from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday. This is all a part of my weight loss efforts. I am really trying to lose a lot of weight in the next year or so and I am hoping this will help me to make even the slightest dent in the project.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
For $6,000 dollars, I have the opportunity to go to South Africa in another year. I was on the phone with my mom today and she was telling me that I would need to cover at least $1,000 -$ 2,000 of the trip costs. Wow.
It seems fair to me. My parents sent my sister and I to France and Spain a few years ago and that was for the two of us. I think that if I cut myself off today from spending extra money then I can maybe go. It will be very hard for me because my friends want to do stuff. I can't just become a shut in, but at the same time...I don't make enough money to keep up with them. I have big plans for myself, but for those big plans to actually happen, I have to have money.
I want to move to California. According to my cousin, it would not cost me too much.
I have to buy a car to get to California with and use while I live there.
I want to go to South Africa. I want to buy an apartment. I want to adopt pets.
All of these things require money and until I catch my first big break and write that novel, I need to save all of my pennies. My two compromises for myself; I will not surrender Netflix and I will not give up Spotify. That is not happening. I tried that free version of Spotify for the mobile device, but it was terrible. It was probably one of the worst experiences of my life. Pardon my dramatics, but my music is important. So, you figure $18 a month for my free movie/music access and that's it. I am not renewing my Amazon Prime because it costs a lot of money. I had a one year free trial that ended January 22, 2014. Bummer. My second tattoo will have to wait a while longer. Maybe in the summer? Maybe next Fall. I don't know. We will have to see.
Who knows? Maybe the book I am working on will actually pan out. Maybe I can get something published. That's the dream. It would be nice to come into some money. I am so tired of being poor while other people just get money handed to them everyday. I either need an excellent get-rich-quick scheme or I need to marry rich. maybe a combination of both.