November 2011

The End is Nigh

 

Wheee here’s a video.
It will take 10 minutes of your life. Unless you skip parts. Then less minutes.

Wheeee watch it?

and if you didn’t see this over Thanksgiving, here ya go~

I don’t understand how it received so many dislikes….

 

29 November 2011 one comment so far »

Slowing Down and Speeding Up

Okay, I’m back in Portland.

I honestly did not expect to be so happy about being back, but it is so nice to be in my bed, with my mug, and my tea, and my radio.

It was great being home, but I am still (and will forever be) treated like a child when I’m there. And that’s fine, it makes sense. And it’s pretty nice to be cooked for, I must admit. But it’s also nice to be in charge of your own life. It’s nice to decide when to wake up, when to go to the library, when to eat. I suppose I didn’t realize how much freedom I have here at Lewis & Clark.

This week is already going by at turbo speed, and I assume that the rest of the semester will be the same. Finals continue to loom, and papers continue to be written. I was in the library for three hours last night, and I’ll have to do the same tonight, and probably Wednesday night, and Thursday night, and so on and so on. I just keep telling myself to power through it, that it’ll be worth it when it is December 15th and I am on a plane home.

I have three exams, starting on the 10th and ending on the 13th, and three papers, due starting on the 9th and ending on the 12th. All of these things are doable, it’s just the fact that they’re all due so close to one another that kind of freaks me out. However, I’ll carry on with countless ounces of coffee and hundreds of hours in the library. Hopefully the next time I write I’ll have a couple of papers down!

 

Until next time,

Abby

29 November 2011 Comments Off on Slowing Down and Speeding Up

3,000 Miles Away

Note: I had limited internet access over break, sorry this is so late, but there is indeed a reason!

 

I am on the other side of the country!

It’s weird, being off campus, away from my friends, my room, the Bon. Last night, I flew from Portland to Los Angeles, and from L.A. to Washington, DC. I left L&C at three in the afternoon, and landed at home at four in the morning, Pacific Standard Time. Thirteen hours of traveling! But that wasn’t the end of traveling, though. Then I drove for five hours, to New York.

And then I was able to relax!

Being with my family was definitely not as weird as I expected it to be. I had heard many people say that once you went to college, you could never feel truly at home with your family. For me, I found, that is completely wrong. It was great seeing everyone—although it was shocking to see that my fourteen-year-old brother is now significantly taller than me.

Answering all of the questions about college was surprisingly not too annoying. I really liked bragging about how much I love it here!

Unfortunately, the break cannot be all about rest and relaxation, because I have SO MUCH WORK. Finals are coming up, and, along with them, term papers are due. So I have three papers to do this week, in addition to studying for the exams. Not too fun. On the bright side, though, when I’m done with them I have a month filled with nothing to do except sleep and read (but for fun!).

I wish I could write more, but I have to run to grandmother’s house! I’ll write again soon!

 

Abby

29 November 2011 Comments Off on 3,000 Miles Away

I See the Finish Line

WAASSSUUUPPP?   That is slang for, how is it going my loyal reader? I had the best weekend ever. Now, many will tell you about their flights back home and how seeing their families has given them strength to finish the semester strong. My story is fairly dissimilar. After Wednesday’s practice my girlfriend picked me up and we went over to her apartment. And the quiet weekend began. Our plan for this year’s Thanksgiving was for the two of us to join her family in the feast, but this did not work out exactly. The two of us decided that paying for flights back home for a 4 day visit was a tad silly, so we improvised, we adapted, and we overcame (100 pts to the first person to tell me what movie I am paraphrasing. Please know that I use the same points that Drew Carey gives to his fellow Whose Liner’s.) The two of us decided that I would come over to her apartment and spend the holiday together.

Wednesday was very calm. Set up the blow out mattress (which leaked are so I would wake up and my body would be laying on the hard floor and I was squished by mattress) and got some solid shut-eye. Thursday morning we did the unspeakable. Whoever says making a turkey is easy ought to be Gibb’s slapped (105pts to the first person who comments where this is from.) This is a VERY difficult task, but we managed. After this, she went off to work and left me to watch football all day long, ugh (SARCASM.) This was fantastic. MY best friend from back home and I placed our usual wager of a Mountain Dew on the Lions/Packers game and the San Francisco/Baltimore game. He won both.First Annual Turkey Bowl

Dinner went awesome. When I get the pictures from her I will be sure to update this post. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and some rolls. Mm-mm-mm-mm-mm Tasty (another 100pts.)  And then there was the pie incident. The next morning as we were eating our post-Thanksgiving pie breakfast we discovered some worm-shaped objects in the pie. We threw it away obviously. Then, she went to work, and I watched more football. That was the jist of my break. Other than spending some well needed time with Nataleigh, it was very dull, but that’s exactly what I needed.

Yesterday I had my last test until finals week, so that was pretty nice to get done with. We have a week and a half until reading days (if you have a question about these please ask me in a comment and I would be more than happy to answer.) I finally got my plane flights booked for Christmas Break. Whew. Well, that is all for now gang. Signing out,

Christmas Wishes

Matt the RA

29 November 2011 Comments Off on I See the Finish Line

Thanksgiving Break

I have had a wonderful thanksgiving break! It has been filled with lot of friends and good times.

On Wednesday a few friends and I went to Dragonfly cafe near NW 23rd and did a little homework. After a few hours of reading we took a trip to a near-by Trader Joe’s to stock up on goodies for the feast we were going to prepare the next day. After the studying and the shopping we stopped by one of my favorite goodwill stores to get some holiday outfits. We found some gems. Wonderful Christmas sweaters and very full metallic skirts.

We had the great idea earlier in the day to try and make butterbeer (a Harry Potter favorite). We were pretty successful, it wasn’t my favorite however, much to sweet.

Enjoying our concoction in our new Christmas apparel!

I helped cook with my good friends on Thanksgiving day then headed over to my boyfriend’s sister’s house for dinner. It was really nice and I really enjoyed meeting and hanging out with his family.

Friday was a really beautiful day in Portland, so much sun! We went to some Rhododendron gardens in SE then went to the bins (Goodwill Outlet) to do some black Friday shopping, though at the bins it is always black Friday. I got some really good things. Three running tops, one sweater, two cute t-shirts, a pair of Birkenstock sandals, a belt and a pair of rainbow toe socks all for $7.66 It was awesome.

Crystal Springs Rhododendrom garden, so wonderful!

Now its time to do some homework and get ready for the end of the semester. How did this fall go by so quickly!? Thinking about finals is bumming me out, I like my classes and my schedule this semester a lot. I am excited to go home, though, I miss my cat.

 

27 November 2011 2 comments »

I feel it in my fingers… I feel it in my toes…

Alright, so while you all might not be bemoaning my absence and complaining about my laziness, I feel a strange sense of guilt for not posting sooner. I think it’s because I kept telling myself I’d post as soon as my horrible school week was over, but once it was over my brain was pretty much drained. Now that I’ve recuperated some and am preparing myself for another week, though, I thought I’d fill you in on what has been going on.

To start, the three days before vacation were brutal (as I mentioned some in my previous post). I had a massive paper due on Monday, another on Tuesday, and quizzes/assignments scattered throughout. After 3 nights with less than 3 hours of sleep each, I was more than ready for Thanksgiving break.

I’ve been spending break in NE Portland with my brother and his wife. I spent Thanksgiving with them two years ago and loved it, so I was glad to be able to do so again. We all went over to their friends’ house and met with a big group of their friends. I’ve gotten to know most of them through other visits and holidays, so I had a nice time seeing them. Everybody brought some food, and the spread was really impressive. Turkey, stuffing, mac & cheese, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, salad, rolls, pies, and more! All of it was so delicious and by the end I was absolutely stuffed. It was a very fun night, and I was glad to be able to spend time with family and friends. Though I love my friends at school, interacting with people who know me and members of my family can be a really nice relief.

Speaking of family, Padgett, Eleanor, and I headed down to Eugene on Friday to visit my cousin Dena. She had a baby over the summer, and we decided it would be nice to pay a visit. It was so exciting to meet my cousin-once-removed (as I have found out is the appropriate term). I haven’t spent much time around babies, and have in fact never held one, but I can definitely tell that Julian is a great kid. He smiled throughout the day and didn’t cry once over the several hours we visited. I was very impressed.

So, I’m big on holiday traditions, and Thanksgiving is no exception. My dad and I have a deal every year tied to the Macy’s parade, so I always watch. Once Santa has appeared at the end of the parade, we have the go-ahead to play Christmas music and watch Christmas movies. It was a limitation we had to set up, because if we hadn’t, we’d binge on holiday stuff throughout the year. Limiting it to just from November 20-something to New Years or so is both a blessing and a curse. It means we don’t drive everyone nuts with our Christmas cheer, but it also means that those limited days are crucial for as much festivity as possible. I want to go caroling, and tour light displays, watch movies, and listen to Christmas music! I try to sneak it into my day-to-day life, like listening to a Christmas station on Pandora as I study. I also aim to watch 25 Christmas movies/TV shows by December 25th. I came close last year, but wasn’t quite able to make it. I’m hoping this year I can pull it off. Here’s a sampling of the list I’ve put together so far:

  • Olive the Other Reindeer
  • Elf
  • Love Actually
  • The Grinch
  • White Christmas
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • The Santa Clause
  • Pee-Wee Herman’s Christmas Special

It’s an ambitious project, but I think I can do it. I’m already daydreaming ahead to Winter Break, and I just can’t wait. My dog Rogue is having puppies, so a lot of my time over break is going towards spending time with the little balls of fluff. (Photos to come, don’t you worry)

Alright, you all, the holidays are a time of giving, so how about you give me some comments? I know I have readers out there (students, prospectives, etc.) whom I haven’t heard from, so how about you let me know you’re out there? I’ll even help you out with some prompts!

-What are you doing for vacation and/or the holidays? Any plans you’re especially excited for?

-What are your holiday traditions? Any special food, movies, places to go?

Finally, for those of you who cried out in joy when you saw Love Actually on my list of movies, I have a little bit of cultural education for you. Now, I (and many of my friends) had not realized until a little while ago that a song featured in the movie was a cover. For those of you in the same boat, allow me to enlighten you.

‘Til next time,

Grayson

26 November 2011 Comments Off on I feel it in my fingers… I feel it in my toes…