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Happy Election Day!

6 Nov

I hope everyone who had the opportunity to get out and vote today took advantage! It’s such an amazing freedom and I was so excited to vote for the first time….although I had already voted four weeks ago! I had to absentee vote because I am in Louisiana and can’t possibly make it home to Massachusetts on election day. I was pretty sad that I didn’t get a sticker because of my early voting but I’m sure I’ll get one next election! As for right now, I am just watching the numbers come in on TV with friends and catching up on a bit of homework. It’s a bit crazy trying to focus on both politics and Astronomy!

As for the rest of my day, it was pretty uneventful. I am coming down with another cold so I skipped the gym and instead took a nice long walk around the lake. It was a cool day in Baton Rouge which made it an absolutely amazing walk. After I returned from my 4.2 mile walk, I did a few planks and crunches before prepping dinner. I made a romaine salad with a Boca Chik’n Patty, red bell peppers, onions and yummy Russian dressing. Yum yum!

Well I hope you all have a wonderful night and an exciting rest of the week!

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If You Don’t Like The Weather, Wait Five Minutes

31 Oct

I grew up in an area of the country that, on occasion, can have some of the most bizarre weather patterns you can think of. There’s a saying in New England that “if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.” I was reminded of this phrase a lot this week as the weather went from comfortably warm to arctic in just a few days. As I was walking to class yesterday, I felt as though I had somehow been transported back home to Massachusetts because it was FREEZING. That’s not exaggerating either. At 36 degrees, it was about as cold as I have ever seen in Baton Rouge but I realized that there are some things that I associate with cold weather that I miss dearly. Here are a few…

 

1. Drinking hot things without feeling like you are going to burst into flames. 

This is a big one for me because as a lover of all things containing caffeine.  I have a hard time trying to drink a coffee on my way to class when it is breaking into the 90s. It’s far from my ideal of sipping on a cup of steaming coffee or hot chocolate while bundled up in all sorts of winter gear.

My sixth coffee after pulling an all nighter to study

2. I actually know how to dress for this weather!

When I first got to LSU, I found that it was hotter than the surface of the sun. I had never experience this kind of heat or humidity and it was miserable. All of the clothes that I had brought from home were essentially useless and I quickly learned that the only way to survive the heat is shorts and a tank. Although I don’t necessarily get dressed up for class (I usually rock Nike shorts and a tank top), I like having the OPTION to do so. Take yesterday for example. After pulling an all nighter to study for an Organic test, I was excited to throw on my (ahem) dusty riding boots, a pair of jeans and a flannel. It was like being back home.

Nothing like getting to wear fall and winter clothes

3. It makes crawling under the covers before bed the best part of the day.

There is nothing I love more than finally getting to go to sleep on chilly days and shaking the chill. I especially love throwing my comforter or pillows in the dryer for a few minutes before bed so that they are extra extra warm. The only downside to this one is waking up in the morning and talking yourself into getting out of bed which can be pretty challenging.

Who knew it even got this cold in Louisiana?!

 

As you can see, the weather is certainly going to be a little more reasonable this week but I’m not getting too comfortable. Before I know it, I’ll be back in Massachusetts hoping that spring and summer come earlier than expected! Hope you’re all having a wonderful Halloween and a great week!

NEEDTOBREATHE

15 Oct

I’ve been gone for way too long but in my defense, last week was midterms which was chaotic and I finally had my last test today. Thank goodness that is all over until finals week starts up in a few weeks. Even through all of the tests, I still found a bit of time to fit in some fun and had a chance to go see NEEDTOBREATHE in concert at the River Center downtown. They were AH-MAZING. I figured they would be good because I have a few friends who saw them last year at a smaller venue right off campus but they sounded as good as they do on their records. It completely blew my mind. The opening bands were just as amazing. We only caught the end of the very first performers set but his vocals were crazy. The second band was called Parachute and they were so much fun to watch. They definitely pumped us up pretty quickly for the rest of the show. I would recommend looking up both bands if you haven’t heard of them before. I put a list of some of my favorite songs at the bottom to save some time. It was nice to finally have a chance to hang out with friends too who I feel like I haven’t seen all semester because of classes and our schedules. Here’s one of the videos that I took during the show…you can’t see much but the music is amazing: Washed By The Water – NEEDTOBREATHE

My freshman roommate and I at the concert

Aside from that fun last Thursday, I also spent Saturday night at Tiger Stadium hanging with 92,000 of my closest friends with a few South Carolina fans mixed in there. It was one of those games where the stadium was roaring and it was such a fun atmosphere to be a part of. There’s nothing like getting caught up in a game and cheering at the top of your lungs. After the game, a few friends and I headed to Chimes, a restaurant right off campus, to grab some appetizers before heading to bed. Definitely another amazing night.

The student section for the South Carolina Gold game

In the future, I will certainly try to not go that long without updating but I can’t make any promises when it comes to finals week! I hope you all are having an amazing Monday and have a fantastic rest of the week!!

P.S. I updated the fashion page with my outfit from the show!

Kiss Me Slowly – Parachute

She Is Love – Parachute

Something To Believe In – Parachute (my personal favorite!)

Lay ‘Em Down – NTB

Girl Named Tennessee – NTB

Something Beautiful – NTB (probably their most well known by people who don’t know their music)

Critter Wrangler

4 Sep

Good morning sunshines! I hope everyone is having a great morning and starting off their (hopefully) short week with a bang. I woke up early this morning to start getting ready for my 7:30 Organic class only to find that, to my surprise, a huge cockroach had broken into our apartment at some point and decided to take up residence in my room. I was mid-face washing when I happened to look up and see the enormous guy on the wall about our bathroom. I tried not to scream but I had honestly never seen one that big. I was planning on leaving it alone and finishing up my morning routine when it started to move towards me, at which point I tried to jump on the counter and then realized that it was coming in my direction. I grabbed everything that I needed, ran out of the bathroom and quickly grabbed a towel to put in front of the door gap in the hopes that it wouldn’t escape and break into my room while I was in class this morning (fingers crossed). I didn’t want the roommate that I share a bathroom with to be awoken with the same surprise so before I left, I wrote her a note and stuck it on the bathroom door, hoping that she would either be able to get the thing out of there or maybe find someone who could. When I returned back from my classes, I didn’t see my roommate around but when I went into the bathroom, after carefully looking around, I didn’t see the roach although the last time I saw him, he was crawling behind our mirror so maybe he is still here. Either way, I know that every time I go into our bathroom for a while I will be checked thoroughly for the little critter.

This is the note I left for my roomie hoping she would know what to do (and yes, that drawing is almost actual size)

Before I talk much more about today, let me flash back to yesterday when I was so busy that I didn’t get to put a post up. I was really antsy yesterday so I ended up going for two longer runs around University Lake which is absolutely gorgeous. The day started out early, around 6 AM when I naturally woke up and I was out the door for my first run by 7AM. One thing I can say for sure is that it was hot hot HOT. I figured being up early would help me avoid the heat but apparently that trick, which usually works back home in Massachusetts isn’t the same. It was humid and early close to 90° which may not be back for people who live in Louisiana all the time but for a New Englander who is use to that weather, it’s brutal. Hopefully I’ll get use to it soon though. I knew the minute I stepped out of my car that I wasn’t going to be up for a full run around the lakes so I opted for an interval run with 1:00 runs and 1:30 walks. I should also add that I haven’t done much distance running since I worked at the summer camp this summer. Before that, I was regularly running 3-4 miles a day but long story short, sprained my ankle before camp which knocked me off my running schedule. I had a hard time getting back into it at camp because there wasn’t a good distance run around so I am now starting again.

The early bird catches the worm!

Anyways, our lake run is absolutely gorgeous. For the first part, you are just running along this path between a canal and the lake but once you turn the next turn, you are on Sorority Row which is lines with huge and absolutely beautiful houses. After that, you run around another part of the lake that goes along Dalrymple Dr. and turns into a residential neighborhood of mansions. The final stretch is pretty lame because there are things that block your view of the lake but the rest of the run makes up for it. Even though it was so hot, it was nice if only because there weren’t many people out on the trail like there usually are as it’s one of the most popular places to run around LSU. I passed about ten people my entire hour running and it was great. I ended up finishing my first run in 44:59 and ran a total of 3.54 miles.

View from the neighborhood and my RunKeeper tracker

For my second run, which happened around 10:30, I was joined by my friend Austin who mentioned that he wanted to start running with me and seeing as how I was a ball of energy last night, I suggested that we go for another one. We started at a different point and ran an extra part for a total of 4.6 miles in 1:07:05. It was nice to run with someone else for a change and was surprisingly nice to run without music. I still brought my iPhone just in case of emergency and to track the distance but as far as sounds, it was relaxing running to the sounds of the lake, although the frogs can be a bit loud for my taste. Austin hung in there for the whole distance and we switched off running and walking whenever he needed but I think he even impressed himself with how well he did on his first distance run.

Run #2 Tracker

As for today, it’s been nothing but classes and errands although I did get a few packages in the mail which was exciting! They were actually from last year but because I left to go home a month into the semester, I only got to pick them up today which was a fun way to start my day. My dad had sent me a bunch of stuff from home that I always have a hard time finding here from Arnold Palmer products to clams to make clam dip with which was beyond exciting. I also remembered that I had ordered myself a bottle of Burberry Brit and a refurbished Blackberry when my last phone died so those were two other exciting finds.

Surprises in the mail!

Last but not least, I will leave you with this silly picture that I took yesterday when I walked over to a friends apartment in my complex. Apparently, this person thought it was more convenient to lock his bike in a tree than in one of the numerous bike racks. According to a friend of mine, he also likes to try out different trees! Let’s see where else I can find this bike over campus. I hope you all have an amazing rest of the day and SMILE! It’s already Tuesday which means it’s almost Friday again!

Extreme biking perhaps?