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Archive: November 2012

Christmas Shopping Day

Today, since I did not have classes, I dedicated to purchasing Christmas gifts for those I have to buy gifts for! My biggest priority was buying a gift for my best pal Karleen. I know she reads my blog so I won’t reveal the contents of the gift but hopefully she likes it! There is also an RA Secret Santa giveaway and I had to buy a gift for another one of the RAs so hopefully he or she likes their gift as well! I usually go down the giftcard route for Christmas gifts but I decided to give real gifts this year instead.

After I got back to campus, I saw none other than the cutest baby in the world roaming campus, little baby Violet. Of course I had to take a picture with her! You can obviously tell by the disinterested/worried look on her face that I’m her favorite person in the world. I just have that effect on people, especially children.

Music Monday: Paradise Edition

I’m a few years late to the Coldplay bandwagon but I’ve recently gotten into their music. I’ve been listening to their Mylo Xyloto album on repeat for the past couple of days. My favorite song is “Princess of China” featuring Rihanna because I love the production on it and it’s so catchy!

The song I chose today is “Paradise.” The video features Chris Martin randomly dressed up as an elephant where he escapes from the zoo and runs from the police. I wish I was joking. It’s actually an amusing video. My favorite part is toward the end where he meets up with the rest of the band dressed up as elephants as well and they all start dancing together and end up performing the rest of the song.

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Back in Gear

I’m finally back at Butler! After an extremely short week off, I finally made it back this morning. Last night, I’m assuming because I was so anxious to come back, I could not for the life of me fall asleep! I tried all the tricks in the book: relaxing, counting sheep, hiding under the covers, crying, puking, anything! Well maybe not all of that but close. I fell asleep around 2:30 and woke up at 6:30 to drive back. And after a two hour drive, I finally made it!

Once I got to my room, I immediately grabbed a Red Bull so I wouldn’t collapse and unpacked all of my things. Then I printed out all of the papers I wrote during break before everyone else in my building returned before the printer jammed, which always seemingly happens! Afterwards I was able to go get frozen yogurt with my friends to get ready for classes tomorrow.

My exhausted face after driving for so long and not getting much sleep

Break Fun: The Library

Even though I spent a couple days relaxing and doing nothing this break, most of my time was spent doing homework, completing assignments, and working on projects. Today I decided to go to this strange place called the public library and work on my research literature review. I periodically did my homework one course a day during the break so it was a relief to finally get the ball rolling on this last assignment before going back to Butler tomorrow.

With Lana Del Rey on shuffle, I was ready to go! I got through planning my paper and finding all the sources and sites I need to get going. I got a couple pages done but I still have a lot more to go. Hopefully I can get it done by the end of the week.

Getting antsy in the library

Music Monday: Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Rihanna‘s new album came out today so I thought it’d be appropriate to dedicate today’s Music Monday to her. Her music video to her song “Diamonds” came out recently and I love it. It’s dramatic, has weird imagery, and has a catchy tune. So basically it’s the best thing I’ve seen since “We Found Love.”

First the video has flashes of lots of diamonds and has Rihanna awkwardly rolling around her bed. Then it has her dramatically running from a car and grabbing someone’s arm. My favorite part is when there are two horses and one is on the ground and is dead and it randomly miraculously comes to life and runs away with the other. I’m not quite sure what it means but I like it.

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Magnificent Parade

Yesterday I went to downtown Chicago and attended the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and I really enjoyed it! I had the secret hope of being on the news but I unfortunately didn’t make an appearance. Maybe next time! The parade/lights show marked the first time that all the Christmas lights in the city were being officially lit up.

There were seemingly millions of people in the streets and I could barely get a good view of the parade! I was tempted to get on someone’s shoulders and pretend they were my parent but decided against it. My favorite balloon was that of Rudolph because, I can’t tell if it was because of the wind or the people holding the strings, he was knocking into the crowd and it was very entertaining.

 

American Horror Story Recap

So the last episode of American Horror Story was a couple days ago and it was such a good episode! Not only was the season’s big killer revealed, more information about the woman who claimed to be Anne Frank was given.

SPOILER ALERT

The last episode was entitled “I Am Anne Frank Part 2″ and began with a man who claimed to be the woman’s husband and said their baby drove the woman crazy to being obsessed with Anne Frank and claiming to be her. Eventually she is released from the insane asylum but is brought back after her husband asks for treatment so she’ll stop being crazy. The episode ends with the woman getting a lobotomy and acts really robotic at the end of the episode.

The only other storyline that was slightly interesting was the identity of the serial killer, Bloody Face, that ravaged the whole town. It ended up being Dr. Thredson, portrayed by Zachary Quinto, which shocked me because I was not expecting him. It turns out that he kills people and takes their skin to make furniture! Kind of kooky, but admirable nonetheless.

It was an overall interesting episode but I hope there are more future revelations about Sister Jude, the nun that runs the asylum, because she is my favorite character! Here is a video explaining the characters:

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Music Monday: Yeezy Edition

Although Beyoncé is my favorite singer, Kanye West is my favorite artist overall. I just love how creative his lyrics are and I love the creativity of his music videos. He’s also dating Kim Kardashian so that’s a plus in my book as well. My favorite song by Kanye is “Paris,” but my favorite video is “Power.”

The video is only 1 minute and 43 seconds long and is very creative. It is almost like a moving painting that starts out with a close headshot of Kanye and ends with a widened panoramic video of all of the other chaos going on in the “picture.” I love trying to focus on a new part of the painting each time I watch the video to see if I missed something the first time.

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Observatory Trip

Last week I decided to buy Insomnia Cookies for my residents and take a trip to the Butler Observatory. I took my residents with another RA and her residents and we took a trip to the observatory. It was so fun and we really got to learn a lot.

First we got an overview of the solar system and then got to look at actual stars through a telescope. In the process, I realized something I hadn’t before. I loathe the planet Saturn. It is so obnoxious! Why are its rings so big, and why are there so many!? It’s obviously a show-off, which makes me hate it. Hopefully Saturn suffers the same fate as Pluto and gets removed from the list of planets.

The Observatory!

 

Election 2012

Being the Political Science major that I am, I have been keeping up with this year’s election for seemingly ages! It was especially important to me since it was the first Presidential election I could vote in. I previously voted in the 2010 election but this one meant more to me. But the election finally came to an end last night when President Barack Obama was reelected to a second term.

I was anticipating having to stay up until around 2 or 3 AM to hear the winner but all of the television networks projected an Obama win around 11:20 PM so my night ended earlier than expected. Some of my residents ordered pizza to celebrate the night so of course I joined them! I didn’t get to bed until 2 AM but it was worth it celebrating the historic night.

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