For most people, this would mean hopping in a plane, train, bus, or car, and leaving campus of some sort of exciting week long marathon adventure. I wish this were the case. For me, it means staying in my apartment, working, going to my field site, and writing two papers. Doesn’t that sound like fun!?! But we’ll come back to my future plans in a moment.
Pretty much the only thing I’ve done in the last couple weeks is homework. I know that isn’t very exciting for you to read about, but let’s be serious, it wasn’t that much fun for me to do either :P This past week was midterm week, so there was an ever larger amount of work to do than normal. Fantastic. But now that’s done, and at least I can sleep in a little over the next week.
The best part of my week was buying tickets to go see Broadway’s West Side Story after Easter. 6 of my friends and I are going to go be classy for a night and get dinner and a show. It should be lots of fun- look for details about how it went in April.
Although I’ve got a lot of things I need to do next week, that isn’t to say we won’t have any fun. Tomorrow is Selection Sunday, and then March Madness starts (aka, there’s lots of basketball to watch). A friend of mine who believes he is a cultured individual (cough*Michal*cough) had never seen Fiddle on the Roof, so I’m hosting a musical night in the apartment, and everyone else who is stuck on campus over break- mostly engineers who are working who don’t get a break- is going to come over and have dinner and a movie. Its also St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, so there will be another party involving as many green and/or Irish things we can come up with.
And that’s all I’ve got. With my little bit of extra time, hopefully I’ll be back soon with all of the fun and not so fun things coming up with week. Get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather!!
I have returned!! Be honest, how many of you thought I wouldn’t post again until summer?
So we had our girls night on Friday, and it was wonderful. 9 of us went out to La Perla for Mexican food and margaritas, and it was great. We got rainbow margaritas, so they were pink, yellow, blue, and white. Afterwards we invited some more friends over and broke in Jess’ new mini chocolate fondu fountain. It was delicious, although a pain in the butt to clean afterward.
Then, on Saturday I did a solid 5 hours of homework locked in upstairs in my bedroom. But, it had to be done. Because on Sunday, there were COMMERCIALS to watch!!! The m&m one was my favorite, I think. But I am disappointed in the overall quality of this year’s selection. But I did think Madonna did a decent job, better than the group last year.Oh, and on Saturday Jess, Mary Kate and I went to see Breaking Dawn Part 1. I know, I know. Grab your pitchforks. But I only had to pay 2 dollars for it, and as stupid as the plot line is, at least the movie making aspect was pretty good- the best so far.
Monday was the best day of the weekend though. (I know, its not technically part of the weekend). A friend of mine, David, had 8 free tickets to the basketball game in Chicago. So Dave, Will, Jess, and myself drove down with another car, met up with Mike, and went out to dinner before going to the game. Well, turns out the place we decided to have dinner at was hosting a MU alumni party. So we crashed an alumni party, and that was pretty awesome, not going to lie. Then, we got shuttled over to the game (because we treat our alums in style), and got to sit by these 2 MU alums who were pretty wasted. They were a riot. I’m pretty sure that there were more MU fans than DePaul fans in attendance, so it didn’t really have the feel of an away game, but it was lot of fun nonetheless.
Now I’m trying to fight off a cold and tackle a mountain of homework at the same time, and I’m not really succeeding at either. So I leave you here, and I’ll be back in a week or two to tell you about my latest escapades. Mike is up visiting this weekend, so there should be an exciting story to tell!
Well, first of all, I need to apologize to Michelle, mom, and Nicole, all of whom were promised that this would get updated as early as “right after finals”.
So to catch you guys up on last semester- it was awesome. I did my field experience in a second grade classroom at Elm Creative Art, and I had a blast teaching reading in science. I mostly enjoyed my classes- except for 1- and am happy that I switched my second major to English. I also started working at phonathon. I call alumni and parents and random rich people and try to convince them to donate money to school. Some days are more successful than others. As far as extracurricular activities go, I didn’t have too much time for that. Our women’s volleyball team made it to the NCAA tournament this year, so a couple of my friends and I drove to Southern Illinois to watch the team play. They ended up loosing to the team that went all the way, but it was an amazing day. Other than that, my social life pretty much revolves around going to basketball games and watching movies.
The reason I never got a post up after finals is because my entire break was pretty busy. I was in the Oshkosh/Neenah/Green Bay/Red Granite area for about 10 days, and didn’t stay in the same house more than two nights in a row. So there was lots of visiting and lots of driving places. A couple friends took me out at midnight on my birthday, and I had a blue drink and a gold drink (I have no idea what they were. One tasted like orange juice and the other was just blue), and then I went to bed. I went back to Milwaukee the morning of my birthday, and a bunch of friends and I went to the basketball game. (We lost, and it was super sad). But then we came back to my apartment and made margaritas (I had a pineapple one and a blueberry one, again, blue and gold) and they were both delicious. Unfortunately, then the blender shattered so no more margaritas. On New Years there was another basketball game (it went a lot better this time around), and then Jessica had to fly back to Georgia to see her familia. So Laura and I had the run of the apartment for the next two weeks. I worked at bookmarq and she worked at the public museum during the day, and then at night we would deep clean the apartment or watch movies or have people over or something. Laura and I also took a day trip to Chicago. We went to the Museum of natural history and learned about German U-boats, saw the baby chickens, and toured the coal mine. There was a Dr. Seuss exhibit but we ran out of time and didn’t get to see it. Then for dinner we went to Giordanos and had awesome pizza. Overall it was very fun and I would have been ok with not having to go back to school for a while.
Then school started and holy cow am I busy. This is our third week of school, and I’m already getting burned out. I’m taking 4 English courses and an Education course, so the majority of my time is spent reading and reading and reading. Then every now and then I write a paper, an then I read some more. Its all fun and I enjoy it, it just takes a lot of time and requires more time management than I knew I had. On a happy note, however, MU basketball is on the rise. We’ve won the last 7 games, we’re currently ranked 15th in the country and second in the Big East, and are projected to earn a #4 seed for March Madness. Look at how knowledgeable I am about this- be amazed! So I took some time off homework last night to go to the game against Seton Hall, and that was fun. It was also practically summer, so the walk there and back was really nice.
So that is pretty much my life. I go to school. I do homework. I go to basketball games. I sleep. Repeat as necessary.
A preview for my next post- so that I have to come back and tell you guys more. On Friday we’re having a girls night out at La Perla, a Mexican restaurant fairly close to campus. Afterwards we’re coming back to the apartment and trying out Jessica’s new chocolate fondue fountain that she bought herself for Christmas, and that should be delicious.
until next time, Happy 2012!!
I know I haven’t written in a while, and that this is pretty much cheating because I’m not writing to any of you personally. However, I did write the article that the link will take you to, and it will have to suffice for another week or so. Midterms are over the next couple days, and then I’ll get a couple days off for fall break and I will have time to catch all of you wonderful people up on my life. Until then, enjoy the link!!
For those of you who are like me and are wondering where the link is, click the title of the post and be amazed!
I meant to write this a week ago, but real life swept me away.
A week ago I stood in the choir loft of Gesu rehearsing for Mass of the Holy Spirit. For the first time in 16 weeks the choir gathered together to play and pray together, and I loved it. Liturgical choir is my niche on campus. Its my avenue for student involvement and helps me not only stay involved in Liturgical Ministries but also makes Marquette a much more personal experience for me.
SO back to the choir loft. We’re chilling, learning some new music, and even though I didn’t really leave campus this summer, I felt like I was coming home again (thus the title, see?). People that I love dearly were back, we were doin’ our thing, the freshmen had moved in, and I was (and am) incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to be back at school. Honestly, it may end up being one of the most memorable nights of the year, it made such a profound impression.
Walking home, there were already sirens blaring, drunk people yelling, and motorists attempting to run me over. Campus had just seemed empty without all of them, and while I find them obnoxious, they were missed and my MU experience wouldn’t be the same without all the insanity :)
Then Sunday came, and Mass of the Holy Spirit rolled around. I cannot tell you how much I LOVE Mass of the Holy Spirit. It has an energy and vitality to it that eery other Mass that I have been to lacks, and for me it marks the beginning of another year. Particularly this year, as my first year in the choir loft, hearing our congregation was phenomenal. When we started the Holy Holy, the piano, trumpet, flute, violin, organ, timpani, choir, and congregation filled the church and for a moment, I understood how the angels feel.
Now I’ve made it through the first week of school, and I am still elated to be “back on campus” with everyone again. So, MU people, welcome home (even though I know most you guys never really left either), and everyone else, COME VISIT!!
Two years ago today I successfully completed my first day as a college freshman. (freshwoman?) Today, a new year of freshmen are invading campus, and trying their hands (and feet) at square dancing. As I walked home to my apartment tonight, the streets were full and the sirens were blazing. The campus is coming to life again!!! I am more than pleased, and life is good :)
So its been weeks since I’ve posted something, because life has been CRAZY BUSY!
Summer school is finished, I started working at Bookmarq (the school bookstore) so that I have money to buy schoolbooks this semester, drove Jess to the airport so she could go home for two weeks, helped Denise move out and down the hall, helped Rosalia and Maggie move in, rearranged a couple rooms in the apartment so that its ready to go for the school year, and a million other things.
Then, last night, I got to take a break and go out to eat with Dad, Nicole, and her parents. We went to this super yummy pizza place that had Sprecher root beer. Triple win.
They also brought down a box of my books, and a new pillow. That pillow is wonderful, let me tell you. Its the perfect fluffy-firmness and was absolutely amazing.I haven’t been feeling well the last couple of days, so sleeping with a super comfy pillow made me really happy.
This week has also been lots of fun because Monday night, Denise, Michal, Stephanie and I watched the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera. We had a blast dramatically reading the text provided, and making up our own when there wasn’t any. Then, because Michal had never seen any of the versions of Phantom before, last night we watched the 2004 musical Phantom. Which was also tons of fun.
Stay tuned for more fun and exciting updates as summer winds down, people move back to campus, and school starts up again!
We have two more weeks of Summer school, and then there is a week off until the freshmen move in, and then the fall semester starts on the 29th. In the next 4 weeks, one of my room mates goes to Georgia, another moves down the hall, two more move in, our apartment will be rearranged, Laura moves to Milwaukee, and thousands of Marquette students flock back to campus form around the globe. There is so much left to do, and so little time to do it in.
Wish me luck!!
I love my apartment. That is just an undeniable fact. I also (for the most part) don’t like cleaning. I have to be in exactly the right mood to enjoy cleaning. That is also an undeniable fact. Unfortunately, having an apartment means you need to clean it. Shoot. Somehow I think I missed that point when getting all excited about living on my own.
But, Denise and I have successfully cleaned our kitchen, and now I’ve done most of the bathrooms. Time to call it quits and spend a lovely day with Rosalia and her family!!
Denise and I made a foray into homemade pizza. Delicious, but VERY time consuming.