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.
Tagged: butler university, chicago, christmas, fall, holidays, indianapolis, magnificent mile lights festival, parade, rudolph, santa, winter
Christmas has passed and it was a fun day! I started it by going to church with my family. Then we came home and ate ourselves silly! I could NOT get enough of the apple pie my grandma made and I also probably ate my weight in mashed potatoes too! I’ll be sure to workout twice as hard the rest of this week!!
My favorite part, of course, were the presents! I got everything I wanted and I cannot wait to go shopping this week with all the gift cards I got! I would have gone today but I’m 100% sure traffic was CRAZY! Instead, I spent my day watching episodes of The Office on DVD. My favorite episode is, coincidentally, the Christmas Party episode.
Angela is my favorite character and she has a big part in the episode which is probably why I like it so much! The only part I don’t like about her is her weird obsession with cats. Although kittens can be cute, I will forever be a dog person! They are much friendlier and you can train them to do tricks! Cats just lay around……. #dogsrule
Here’s a video of Angela displaying her awkward cat obsession
I am FINALLY done shopping after a hectic day at the mall! Advice: NEVER go to the mall two days before Christmas if you plan on having a quick run and calmly browsing for gifts. Traffic was a little busier than expected but once I got to the mall, the lines were HUGE! I like being in crowds so it wasn’t too bad but I could barely even walk without bumping into people. It was like Black Friday part two!
I went to Yankee Candle to get some last minute gifts for my family. They had a buy one get one half off sale so that was an unexpected surprise! They had so many good smells that it was hard to choose which to get! Then I stopped by Carsons to get myself some new pajamas. Hopefully I don’t get any as a gift for Christmas! One of the good things about being at the mall on such a busy day is that I ran into so many people from high school that I knew! It was fun quickly catching up and promising to make plans during break!
As I left the mall traffic was getting heavier so I decided to get some Chipotle in hopes that there would be less people once I was done eating. Surprisingly, there was hardy anyone at Chipotle (I guess they were all shopping) and I had a nice relaxing dinner.
It was a fun day overall and I’m glad to finally be done with my last minute Christmas shopping! I caught a lot of good sales so I guess that’s a plus for putting it off for so long!
I promise here’s the last Christmas video I’ll share! It’s just so cheesy I couldn’t resist!
I’ll admit it, I have a shopping problem! I’ve recently explored the world of online shopping and now I cannot stop! It is so convenient to just buy everything you need with the click of a mouse! I’ve been hitting up Kohls lately and I cannot wait for all the new clothes I bought to come in! I’m mostly excited for the new Moccasins to come.
My friend Jill also informed me that there is an outlet mall near me and I’ve been addicted to shopping there too! Evidently it has been there for years but of course I was out of the loop and just heard of it! My favorite place to shop there is Calvin Klein. It was so great to buy everything I wanted for half price! I’m even going there today to get new pajamas!
While out shopping I’ve also been getting Christmas presents for my family! I STILL haven’t finished buying them yet so hopefully I’ll find something today before it’s too late!
To get you in the holiday mood, here’s the super creepy Justin Bieber/Mariah Carey music video for “All I Want For Christmas Is You”!
Break has been wonderful so far! I can literally say I have done nothing but eat, sleep, and watch television every day so far which is exactly how I like it! I’ve also been able to catch up on all the episodes of Fear Factor I’ve missed this season! I’ve also developed a new strange love for UFC. I’ve been watching it nonstop and I even bought the 100 Best UFC fights of all time on DVD as an early Christmas present to myself!
I also found out that I’m going to be assistant sports editor for the Collegian next semester, which probably explains my new UFC obsession! I’m really excited since sports is a new world to me so it’ll be interesting to see how I do at my new position. I’ve been watching ESPN daily to try to catch myself up on the latest sports news!
The best thing about break has been the fact that it hasn’t snowed and has been raining instead! I have mixed emotions toward snow. I only enjoy it when it has the potential to cancel classes and school but other than that, I’d prefer not to be bothered! I hate slipping on ice and having to clean off my car! Maybe I’ll get lucky and not have a terrible winter like last year!
^This is the only thing that would make me slightly enjoy the snow and cold weather!
This weekend I decided to have my own little winter break before finals week starts so I went home to visit for a few days. It was fun just to relax and get a couple last minute assignments done. This morning I woke up early and drove back to Butler. Needless to say it was a fun ride considering there were no cars on the highway and I was singing songs on my iPod at the top of my lungs!
This week I only have two finals so I am looking forward to finally being done with the semester. I just have one more assignment to do today and then I’ll be able to relax! I am more excited for next semester and all the new classes I’ll be taking! The class that sounds the most interesting and different is my web design class. I’m really looking forward to it and hoping I can learn a lot of new things about web journalism!
I can also say I am officially done with my Converged Journalism Project! It took a whole semester to complete and I am really proud of it! I had so much fun filming interviews and shots, writing stories, and editing my video to put the whole thing together. My topic was education reform and Indianapolis Public Schools. Trust me, it’s more interesting than it initially sounds! It’s full of action and conflict!
Here’s the final video I made for the project
On Friday my unit went to go see the Nutcracker at Clowes and I really enjoyed it! I didn’t get the chance to see the Nutcracker last year so I was happy I got the chance to do so this year. It it put on by the Butler ballet every year and I hear they do a good job with it each time!
When it ended I was very disappointed because I wanted it go on on longer! I really enjoyed the dancing and seeing people I recognize, like fellow blogger Olivia. It was also fun to see people performing that I had no idea were dance majors, such as the girl who played Clara who also is really nice and makes my drinks in Starbucks.
Since they put it on each year, I cannot wait to see next year’s performance!
Here is a video with Butler ballet students participating in a flash mob for a promo for the show Glee in downtown Indy!
Yesterday, as I was enjoying my vacation, I decided to watch some Sunday football. Though I’m an avid New York Jets fan, after watching the Bears game yesterday, I became a fan of them as well! I really like the way the Bears play and I think all of the Chicago fans are getting to me!
I also witnessed Bears quarterback Jay Cutler break his thumb which may end his season. Hopefully he can recover quickly enough to make sure the Bears don’t face the same fate as the Colts this season. This season is becoming more and more exciting as the weeks go on and I have no idea who will be in the Super Bowl in Indy this year! I really hope I can go because I hear that one of my favorite singers, Nicki Minaj, is supposed to be performing with Madonna at halftime! I can’t wait!
I’ve been seeing this Target commercial a lot lately and I’m not quite sure what it’s saying…. BUT! I still find it awkwardly hilarious each time I see it! Hopefully I don’t encounter anyone like her when I go Black Friday shopping this this week!
Tagged: bears, bulldogs, butler, christmas, commercial, football, jets, music, nfl, shopping, thanksgiving
My family likes to do things backwards and start spring cleaning in the WINTER! I didn’t have much to clean in my room since I always try to keep it neat and tidy so it wasn’t too bad!
Tomorrow is Christmas and I’m pretty excited! I think I have an idea of what I’m getting but I can’t be too sure! I also did some last minute Christmas shopping for my family and I beat the crowds so it went well.
Today I am going to purchase my textbooks for next semester. It’s so weird to think that I already finished one semester of college.
That’s all for today! Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.
Random Song of the Day: “Tonight” by Enrique Iglesias
Random Photo of the Day:
This is from the State Fair at the beginning of the semester! We're all holding a fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich! It was delicious!