Quick Life Updates

Livin' in a castle

I've been back on campus for just about a month now and it's been great to be back. It is different though; I'm not in LaFollette anymore--THANK GOD. I'm in Kinghorn with my new roommate, Danielle, who lived down the hall from me in B/C last year. Basically, Danielle's awesome and our room is awesome and Kinghorn is just AWESOME. There's air conditioning, for one, and it's really good air conditioning--the kind where we can have our room air off and keep our door open and I can wear a sweatshirt and be comfortable cool and warm with it still being 90 degrees outside. Also, I can get all my laundry done in an hour and a half instead of it taking three hours to do in LaFollette and that just makes me happy. The bathrooms are awesome. They're semi-private, so I only have to share with seven other girls rather than 30 like in B/C last year. There are also pieces of fine art around the building. Classy, right? I feel real artsy and knowledgeable whenever I pass them and stare at them for long periods of time, like a curator (I think that's the right word) in a museum looking at crazy old mummies or something. Totally cool. My bed's lofted, which was real scary at first, because I move so much when I sleep, but I think there's like this subconscious thought that I know I move a lot, so I don't move anymore so I don't plunge five feet to the floor and break my neck. Now I just snuggle up with all my pillows and my Mr. Lion stuffed animal from Girl Scouts and Kevin the dolphin pillow pet and I sleep soundly until my alarm wakes me up at ungodly hours of the morning.

I have poor alarm setting skills

So in case you couldn't tell from my story about cooking hamburgers with tin foil, I can be kind of a ditz sometimes. Well, this one is just another testament to how I can be really stupid. Since I've been back I've been working a residence hall desk job in addition to classes and being involved with student media. During the first three weeks of school, the other desk staff workers and I worked everyday because our hall (and every other residence hall on campus) had to go through and hire more desk staff workers because RAs are not allowed to work desk anymore. Anywho, Monday morning last week, I had a 9 AM class. I don't know what provoked me to set my alarm for 6:50 in the morning but I did nonetheless. So come Monday morning, I totally woke up before seven, showered, and started walking to class, completely unaware of the fact that it was not even eight o'clock yet and my class didn't start for another hour. Here I am hoppin' and bobbin' through campus, all happy because the clothes I was wearing cost a whopping $15 from the Target clearance rack and I had on some good tunes and then I got to about Noyer--which is about the halfway point between my dorm and my 9 AM class--and I looked at my phone for the time and literally just got on Twitter and tweeted, first in self pity, then in all caps:

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See here's the thing about me and sleep: I kinda like it a lot. Like, I really, REALLY like sleep. I like it almost as much as I like watching movies and television, reading, designing and Harry Potter. So I was really disappointed in my ditzy self that I set my alarm too early. Instead of walking back to my dorm to sleep some more, I just was just too lazy so I was a good kid and got some breakfast and read a book. So what did I learn from this? Well, I learned a few things: 1) Not to set my alarm when I'm only half-awake at 12:30 AM; 2) Woodworth breakfast has hard boiled eggs in the morning; and 3) the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth just keeps getting better and better. I also got some pretty hilarious texts in the aftermath of my idiocy.



I've gone back to reading

When I was in grade school and high school, I was an avid reader. Granted, I still am, but reading has been put on the back burner for the most part when I'm at school because let's face it, I've got lots of stuff to do cause I'm a big bad college gal now. There's homework and work and more homework and more work. Sounds pretty boring, right? Well not really since I've got an awesome major, so I can basically have fun all the time when I do my homework. My job is pretty awesome too, and so are my co-workers and my boss. Anyways, I'm getting a tad ahead of myself. During the first week of work, I didn't have any homework to do during my shift after my jobs because classes hadn't started yet. So I went back to my long lost love of reading (Okay, it's not really THAT long lost 'cause I did read a couple books over the summer, but going from reading a new book every two weeks during the summer, getting grounded for reading too much during the school year and obsessing over stupid vampire chick flick books like it's nobody's business to reading only a couple books a summer or every few months is a HUGE change). One of my mom's friends on Facebook posted a link to a BuzzFeed article about books everyone needs to read before they hit the big screen. My mom picked up a few books from Amazon, and I got some samples on my Kindle (I ended up just buying some hard copies of a couple of them when I went to Books-A-Million in the mall at home for the pure nostalgia of reading an actual book) and so far the books I've read have been pretty good. Before I got back to school I read The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp. The film got rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival and it stars Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. It was said to be as good as the classic John Huges 80s teen flicks. The book was pretty good too (I still haven't seen the movie yet). Not my favorite read of the summer, but a good one nonetheless.

The book I really, really loved that I read off this BuzzFeed list is definitely Veronica Roth's Divergent. This was my guilty pleasure read during those boring opening week shifts at work, and let me tell you, this book is SO worth picking up and reading. I haven't felt this good about a book since Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games in 2008. Seriously. Divergent is very Hunger Game-sy, but it is also very different, maybe even better. It's set in a futuristic Chicago, and society is divided into factions (as opposed to districts like the Hunger Games). Instead of each faction being good at something, each faction strives towards something, whether it be selflessness, knowledge or bravery. When faction children become of age at sixteen, they choose if they want to stay in the faction they were raised in or if they want to transfer to a different faction. The main character and narrator, Tris, is Divergent, meaning she chose more than one faction and now the whole story starts and I'm not going to talk about it anymore because if I do it will contain spoilers and I don't want to ruin this awesome book for you.

Anyways, I was reading this during my opening week shifts and my boss comes up to me and goes, "Hey what are you reading?" I showed her that I was reading Divergent and she immediately started fan girling and we just had a nerd moment and it was awesome. At this point, I was only about ten or so chapters in (there's like, forty or fifty chapters) so I was still at the what's-this-whole-thing-about point in the story. Later that day I was almost a quarter of the way through and the next time my boss came by I was at the I CAN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN stage in the reading process and she just smiled at me, wide-eyed, going, "RIGHT, RIGHT?!?!?!?!?!?!" Within that week, I had finished Divergent and already got halfway through Insurgent, book two in Roth's trilogy. One morning, I thought I had at least another fifty pages left in Divergent, but it turns out it was only, like twenty (the rest was just extra fluff stuff like reading guides and interviews with the author), so I raced back to my dorm on my busy day during my half hour break to get my Kindle and by the time I got to my second shift at work my boss was all, "I TOLD YOU IT WAS GOOD!" I finished book two two days later.

Needless to say, I've already pre-ordered Allegiant, the third and final book in Roth's trilogy and it's getting sent to my Kindle when it comes out on October 22. The movie also stars Shailene Woodley (seriously, what isn't she going to be in?), and alongside her are Theo James and Kate Winslet (yes! I love me some Kate Winslet!). Unfortunately, I've got to wait until March to see the movie, which kind of stinks, but I'm still really excited for it.  (SIDE NOTE: When Justin and Colin came up to Chicago for a spontaneous day trip (they're from Daneville and Avon, respectively) we got to see them filming Divergent on the Mag Mile and it was SO COOL. Granted, I didn't realize what movie it was because the people told us it was called "Crazy Cat Movie" or something like that and when we Googled it, it legitly came up "Crazy Cat Movie" (or something like that).)

I'm old

I turned 20 in the middle of August. How is that even possible? Like how did I get to a point in my life where I'm not a teenager anymore? It's so weird. I get to say cool stuff like, "Oh you silly teenagers" or "And that goes for your dumb dog too!" but I can't say cool stuff like, "I'm 19, but I'm old for my age, I was just born to be bad!" (Rent? Anyone? No? Okay cool.) anymore. Most of all I just find it weird that I am now 20 years old. My life is really starting. In a few years I will have graduated college and gone off to Lord knows where to work. I could be getting married (but let's be real here guys...that requires me to have a boyfriend, and let's face it, as my dad would say, my love life is extremely sad and incredibly depressing. But that's totally okay. I may be single and failing to mingle, but I've got awesome friends here at school and from home and an awesome family and I need to concentrate on school anyways). So yea. I'm not a teenager anymore. Big whoop. twenty years down. Assuming I'll live to eighty, my life is officially one-fourth over. AWESOME.

*NSync reunited and I was a giddy 8 year old again

You seriously have no idea how excited I was when the rumors started circling about an *Nsync reunion at the VMAs. So when it actually happened, short as it may have been, I was taken back twelve years to my young 8-year-old giddy, boy band loving self and it was AWESOME. Even though they were only on for about two minutes, it was the most beautiful two minutes EVER. Not to mention JT's beautiful and amazing 20-minute performance. Like, how can a human being be that beautiful?


Also, this summer I went to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Times Square when we were in New York and I met the NSync wax figures and it was awesome.


My mom and I had a conversation about twerking

In case you didn't hear, the word 'twerk' has been added to the dictionary. After my mom heard this news, she asked me what it meant. Since she had watched the VMAs (she wanted to see NSync almost as much as I did) this was all the conversation consisted of: