I leave for D.C. in less than 24 hours and in regular André fashion, I haven’t started packing yet. It hasn’t hit me yet that I’ll be living there for the next few months. I guess it’ll probably seem real once I’m there. I don’t even know who I’m living with yet so that’ll be fun meeting my roommates for the first time!
I’ve already downloaded a D.C. metro app already for my trip. Everyone who has gone before claims it’s oh so easy to navigate but I’ll believe it when I see it. The app is tailored so it tells you where to go based on your location and it has gotten rave reviews so I’m sure it’ll work its way out once I’m there.
I hate to cut this blog short but I have to get started packing…. It’s hard figuring out which clothes I’m bringing with me immediately and which clothes I plan on having mailed to me in a week. It’s hard because I want to bring everything!
The totality of my packing so far….. Not very much….
I can already tell my presence on campus is being missed profusely. Since I’m going to be in D.C. this semester, all my friends stuck on campus have been trying to find a way to fill the holes in their hearts. Even my residents from when I was an RA texted me telling me how much they missed me. I definitely felt
like a celebrity the love.
On a more serious note, I have been missing everyone on campus and it has been weird seeing the semester start and me not going to class/being with everyone. I don’t think this semester will hit me until I finally move into D.C. My pals Lisa and Elissa took a photo with my RA photo that’s still hanging up in the building. Looks like my legacy is still living on!
Currently I’m a ball of nerves and excitement for my new adventure this semester. I’m hoping I don’t somehow get lost and end up in New York City. Although, now that I think about it, that would be kind of fun.
I’m still on the board!
So all on the news, there is nothing but talk about the snow and cold. I even had a hard time trying to shovel the driveway because the snow was so frozen! I basically needed a pickaxe! I’ll have to try for round two later! I shoveled enough to get out the driveway so I could go grab Starbucks. Needless to say, I got stuck trying to drive back into my driveway and had to shovel myself out. Twas embarrassing.
In honor of the never ending cold, I’ve decided to dedicate today’s Music Monday to Sevyn Streeter and her song “It Won’t Stop.” It helps that I like the song and it’s awkwardly appropriate for the weather.
So in my previous post, I talked about how I’ve been reading Pitchfork on a daily basis. Just to briefly recap, Pitchfork is this site that reviews independent music. One of the artists I discovered because of Pitchfork is a singer called King Krule.
King Krule is an artist from the UK and his stage name is inspired, ironically enough, by my favorite Elvis song “King Creole.” His music style is very indie rock with some downtempo and electronica elements as well. I first heard of him after the singer Lorde tweeted about him but I didn’t pay him much mind until I saw a good review on Pitchfork that made me decide to check him out and I found that I really like his music! Pitchfork strikes again!
So I was minding my own business, Thursday night, when I decide to get a hearty meal to celebrate my last class of the semester. That said, I decided to even go to bed early and just relax. Little did I know, Beyoncé had big plans that night. I happened to wake up at 5 AM to a couple texts, mostly along the lines of “BEYONCÉ.” I just knew something big happened.
I checked my handy dandy Internet to find out that Beyoncé released a new surprise album with no prior warning or notice entitled “BEYONCÉ” on iTunes. Not only was it an album, it also contained 17 FREE music videos! I didn’t even flinch and purchased the album on command. Then I spent the next couple of hours watching the music videos and listening to the songs all being amazed how she could keep such a big secret for so long! I guess she’s called Queen B for a reason!
All the videos are amazing, unique, and have spectacular quality. One of my favorite songs on the album is called “XO” and it’s also one of my favorite videos just because of how organic it feels. Beyoncé never disappoints and it’s why she’s my favorite artist out today. I definitely need to see her in concert!
Check it out below:
All week people have been wearing costumes and although I do like being wacky, for some reason I can just never get creative enough to dress up as anything for Halloween. Even as a kid I was a Debbie Downer and never dressed up for Halloween because I just didn’t care enough. Besides, I like investing my energy into real holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Tonight I plan on giving candy to my residents in my hallway and
probably not play Halloween music on my speakers with my door open. I can say I have gotten into the spirit by having a pumpkin in my room but I’m scared it’s going to rot so I think I might have to get rid of it soon…..
Me posing with Achilles for Halloween!
So I awkwardly go through off and on periods of really getting into Frank Ocean and now is one of those times. I first heard of him two summers ago when his album came out and everyone and their mom loved him. His first single “Thinkin Bout You” was my favorite song for a while until I decided to listen to his older stuff.
Now my favorite song by him is “Swim Good” from his older released stuff. It’s funny I like it because, fun fact, I don’t know how to swim so I listen to it in a weirdly ironic way. As with all of Frank Ocean’s songs I never know what they’re talking about because his lyrics are so abstract but I still appreciate it.
So Halloween hit Butler early this year with everyone celebrating it this weekend. I normally don’t get into the Halloween spirit and never get dressed up but after peer pressure from my pals I decided to wear my Kris Humphries shirt and go as him as a last minute choice.
I decided to go to the dance party on campus and while there I saw Bekah dancing up a storm in a onesie! Only Bekah would wear a onesie and not think it’s a big deal. I also went around my unit randomly taking candy from all my residents. Little do they know I’ve been accumulating all the candy I’ve gotten from them in my room so when Halloween comes around I don’t have to buy any. Very smart thinking on my part, I must say.
Me and my pal Elissa dressed as basketball players
My friend Elissa’s boyfriend came into town this weekend to
twerk visit her from Wisconsin and I got to meet him and he was spectacularly nice. He even is up to date on pop culture so he’s a plus in my book. He drove us and our friend Lisa to dinner to Three Wise Men in Broad Ripple and, though we had a wait a while, the food was delicious!
When I got back from dinner I had planned on watching Miley Cyrus host on SNL but I was tired so I decided to take a nap before it came on. Unfortunately I overslept and now I’m up at 3 AM writing a blog! Hopefully it’s on Hulu in the morning so I can watch it. I’ve been reading reviews saying she was great so I can’t wait to see it!
The gang at Three Wise Men!
One of the classes I’m taking this semester is called the Politics of Harry Potter and the Hunger Games. My teacher
jokingly said we could get extra credit if we bring in a cat, toad, or an owl just like in the book series so I got a toad and I’m bringing him to class! I’ve named him Mr. Kardashian. He’s a fire-bellied toad and he was really cheap from the pet store!
He has been my project all day. I have to feed him mealworms and give him adequate light and water. He keeps trying to climb out of his tank so hopefully he’s just being energetic and it’s not a sign that he hates me!
Unfortunately toads aren’t allowed in residence halls so I’m letting one of my friends who lives in an off campus house keep him for me but I’m still claiming him as my child. Can’t wait to get my extra points!
Mr. Kardashian living large.