I hope it’s obvious by the lack of blogging that has been happening around here, that methods (aka research methods for psychology) has completely taken over my life. This class is killing me…slowly and painfully. If ever I am not working on something for one of my other three classes then I can be found working on methods, and if that’s not the case then I am probably sitting in a corner somewhere taking deep breaths and attempting (but probably failing) to think happy thoughts, or maybe (just maybe) I am sleeping for a few minutes. But with spring break being just around the corner (as in tomorrow), and my week of hellish doom finally over, I have found ten minutes that I can spare to post on this blog! Yay!
So I think that first paragraph pretty much summed up my semester thus far. But I don’t want to make it sound like my semester is really THAT miserable. I do (somehow) find time to enjoy myself and do cool things. Yesterday at Wonderful Wednesday I got a free vitamin water, sunglasses, and a cookie! Last weekend I celebrated my friend Kristen’s birthday on Friday, and on Sunday I went to Highland Bakery for brunch (peanut butter french toast…enough said.) See? I have a life (kinda)!
Tomorrow I am leaving for Spring Break! I am going home for the weekend, then driving to Charleston, SC for a few days of relaxing, shopping, and eating, and then back to Augusta before coming back to Atlanta. And my roomie is coming with me! So it should be a pretty fun break. And when I get back I am going to The Hunger Games midnight premier on Thursday, and the next week is Dooley’s Week! So lots of fun stuff in the near future!
Now off to enjoy my first night of freedom in way, way too long!
After changing my schedule approximately 3 times (with 3 days of add/drop/swap to spare…a great improvement over last semester), I think I am finally settled into the routine of a new semester. My schedule actually worked out really nicely this semester. I never have class before 10am, I have a solid lunch break every day, and on Friday I am done for the day at 11:30! Of course, I do have to suffer through the dreaded research methods class that is required for the psych major. I have only had to go once so far so I am still not sure what exactly its going to entail, but I have heard plenty of horror stories to keep me shaking in my boots just a little. Since this week was a three day week, and most classes have barely moved passed discussing the syllabus it’s been pretty relaxing first weekend here on campus (although I won’t fool myself into thinking that will last too long). Right now my only serious concerns are finishing my study abroad application (I am going to Italy next fall for the entire semester…more on that to come!) and my summer plans (those are seriously up in the air). But pretty soon the workload will increase and my activities will resume, and I truly will be back to the daily grind. Hopefully I will have something legit exciting to report soon!
December is here and that means two things in my life…my birthday (hooray!) and finals (yuck!). My 20th birthday is on Monday, December 5, and finals start Thursday, December 8 which means that this weekend will have to consist of little bit of both. The beginning of this week was pretty crazy…6 page Econ paper plus two Econ homework assignments due Tuesday, 20 page Stats lab report due Wednesday, and a full semester’s worth of Italian papers/assignments/readings/pictures complied into a decorative scrapbook due today (Thursday). I was supposed to finish all of those things over Thanksgiving break, but did that happen, of course not?! Meaning that the first few nights of this week were very long ones, but I finally have an evening to relax! That’s right…nothing due tomorrow! Then tomorrow night I am going out for a joint birthday dinner celebration with Ashley (her b-day was Tuesday) and our peeps! Saturday I am forced to work on my final Italian project (but at least the project is replacing our final) before going to Alpha Phi Omega initiation (yay for pledges becoming new brothers!) and then hopefully ice skating in Centennial Olympic Park. Sunday, of course, will be a day of studying. At least until 9 pm, when I will be going to watch my favorite group of striped tie-wearing boys sing their pretty little hearts out! (Am I referring to a No Strings Attached FREE concert? I think YES!!!) Finally Monday is the big day. No major plans as of yet. Most of my crew will be studying (including me), but hopefully I can convince them to take a short break to eat with me in the village or something. My birthday always falls conveniently during finals week…c’est la vie! Regardless, I cannot believe I am actually going to be two decades old! I better embrace my last 3.5 days of teenagedom while I still can!
Well after a busy few weeks I finally made it home for Thanksgiving Break! The weekend before last I performed in a dance show with my tap dance group. It was really fun, and a lot of people told me that our piece was their favorite! Then this past weekend I went to the Alpha Phi Omega semi-formal, the Emory Dance Company show, and the last APO pledge meeting of the semester. I also tried really hard to finish my statistics lab report that is due after the break so I didn’t have to worry about it at home. I didn’t quite succeed, but I got really close. And because its not technically due until Wednesday, I am waiting until I get back to campus to finish it. But of course, because I was so diligent about working ahead in that class, I got another last minute assignment in another class and I am still going to have to do homework during the break. Regardless, I am making a point of not during any work tomorrow (Thanksgiving Day)! I am waking up at 7:45 to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (my favorite part!). I have watched the parade from start to finish every year I can remember except for one during which I was traveling to my Grandma’s house. Being somewhat of a small-town girl (I lived in a very small town in south Georgia for 8 years) watching the parade was basically the only chance I had to see the Rockettes perform. The Macy’s Day Parade is pretty much the reason I know and love the Rockettes! I really love seeing the new Broadway shows perform as well. After the parade I am baking not one but two chocolate chip pies and then hanging with my fam until its time to eat! Then at midnight I am going to join the crazed masses at my favorite store at which you can buy just about anything (Target!). When I am done shopping there I will probably go to sleep for a few hours before hitting the mall at 6am!!! It’s going to be fantastic! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Today was Emory Cares Day! And now I am sure you are wondering what Emory Cares Day is exactly. Basically, it’s a day in which a lot of Emory students and alumni do some type of service project to give back to the community. The really cool thing about it is that while we a have a lot of different projects to choose from in Atlanta, there are also projects in 30 different cities around the world for the alumni who now live in those cities. Everyone who is currently an Emory student or participating in a project in Atlanta meets on campus before the projects start and we get free pizza and free Emory Cares Day t-shirts (yes, I said free t-shirts!!!). President James Wagner (jwag) gave a short speech, and then we were on our way to our different projects (everything ranging from animals, to gardening, to playing with kids, to medical stuff, to recycling). My project was gardening at Sugar Creek Community Garden. It was made up entirely of people in Alpha Phi Omega (the service fraternity that I a member of), which was really fun because I already knew everyone on the trip. Originally they told us we would be inoculating logs with shitake mushrooms, but then they only needed a few people to help with that, and I didn’t get chosen. Initially I was kinda disappointed when I got assigned to turning compost (sounds gross, right?). But it was actually really fun. We basically layered compost, sand, leaves, and alfalfa pellets like a giant plant food parfait. We even got to chop up some decaying pumpkins with our shovels and add them to the mix which was the highlight of the trip (I must seriously have some pent up aggression or something because I loved attacking those pumpkins)! Eventually I did get to try my hand at inoculating the logs with mushrooms. Essentially, we drilled holes in logs and then injected mushroom spores into the holes and sealed the holes with bee’s wax. At some point mushrooms will pop out of the logs and can be sold to restaurants and at farmer’s markets. That was pretty cool too. All in all it was hard work, but it was a fun day. I love Emory Cares Day because so many people participate, and its great to see how much spirit and passion Emory students have when it comes to giving back to the community! (While that might sound cheesy, I actually mean it.)
One more thing that makes me sad…
Tumblr refusing to accept the layout of my post! I really wanted the “things that make me sad” and “things that make me happy” to have a space in between them, but did tumblr like that idea…? NO! It did not. I don’t know why, but every time I spaced my post the way I wanted it and then pressed save, tumblr would just take out all the spaces and publish the post however it felt like publishing it. Makes me kinda mad…but I’m still happy over all.
Things that make me sad:
1. Almost falling asleep in my favorite class for no apparent reason
2. Registering for classes (oh the stress!)
3. Writing a lab report on Halloween
Things that make me happy:
1. Red hair (which I kind of have now because I dyed mine last night!)
2. Finishing homework that was due at 3pm during my lunch break with time to spare
3. 80’s Day in jazz class (been looking forward to it all semester!)
4. Having professors give me more candy than I really should eat all day long
5. No Italian homework (for the first time ever!)
6. Getting the classes I need for next semester and then watching them fill up
7. New Glee episode tomorrow starring Damian McGinty!!!
I guess when you weight the pros and cons I am a pretty happy girl today!
Hope everyone had a great Halloween!
I have a minor chocolate addiction. Nothing major, just as long as I eat some form of chocolate everyday I am good to go. But the awesome thing about Halloween week is that it gives me an excuse to keep all kinds of delicious chocolate in my room without being judged. So in addition to the bag of mini reese cups and milk chocolate dove squares that I bought myself, my mom sent my a package of reese pumpkins! Holiday themed reeses are the best…and by this I mean that they literally taste better than other reeses. I believe this is because they don’t have the hard chocolate ridge around the outside and because they have more peanut butter. So things like reese trees and reese hearts, they are my absolute favorite! But I didn’t even know they made pumpkins until I got some in the mail! Also at Wonderful Wednesday this week some club was giving away free spoonfuls of raw cookie dough! Whoever came up with that idea is my favorite person on the planet! Pure genius. So by the time Halloween is over I will probably have gained 5 pounds, but at least I will have enjoyed every bite of it!
It got chilly this week! Everyone was traipsing around campus this week with their skull caps, fuzzy scarves, and pea coats. It’s not THAT cold, but here in Atlanta, we take what we can get.
I left my coats in Memphis on accident, so I’ll be layering up the hoodies ‘til after Christmas break. BRRRRRRRR
I’m getting excited for Halloween. As an avid candy-eater, it’s undoubtedly one of the best—albeit commercialized—holidays.
Till next time,
I thought I knew the definition of the word busy. I was wrong. Apparently, the true definition of busy is having so many new events constantly popping up in your schedule you don’t even have time to write them all down. Seriously, I can’t keep my calendar up to date with my current schedule of events (which is a huge problem because if I don’t write down what I am supposed to be doing and when, I will forget).
I do like to be busy. And of course, some weeks are busier than other. I just never imagined ever having a schedule that is this crazy! A lot of it though is stuff I choose to do, stuff I actually want to do. Like tomorrow my tap group is performing at the Best of Emory! I am really excited because this will be the first time I am performing at Emory! And I have had a lot of fun at the extra tap rehearsals we have this week to prepare for the show. And of course, I do make time for some good ole’ rest and relaxation (it is necessary after all). I managed to catch up a last night’s Big Bang Theory episode earlier today, and tomorrow morning I am going to enjoy the sweet bliss of breakfast at Rise-N-Dine (a breakfast restaurant in the village) for the first time this year!
So yes, I may be busy, but good busy without a doubt!