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Ode to Corduroys

Imagine my incredible joy at happening upon a pair of corduroys that were delightfully colored and my size. Now imagine that ecstatic joy when compounded by the fact that the corduroys were on the clearance rack at a whopping 90% off!

My second pair is this, but a forest green.

Naturally I got two pairs. Understand that I wasn’t at a Goodwill or Salvation Army. I was shopping at Kohls. That’s right. This is like a whole step up. Now granted, I’m not an American Eagle or Express, but I don’t think that I’d want to be at those places in any case.

Let’s also keep in mind that I had a 20% off coupon, meaning that the jeans that were reduced from $44.00 to $4.40 were suddenly about $3.52. And you all know how much I love deals. And although I’m happy with my red and green pairs, I’m still a little disappointed in myself for not purchasing the blue variety.

Moments of Kindness

While sitting around the table with my family and our close friends, my mom popped a question to the whole table: “What is an act of kindness you have seen recently?” It’s her typical move, asking the family to reflect on their experiences. My sisters then made their typical eye rolls and sighs, while I teased them, as I typically do. For this post, I thought I would share some of the examples of kindness, and hope that you reflect on the kindnesses around you.

  • My dad remembered a moment when he was looking for a cab, and was waiting with another person. The cab arrived, and they entered first. But, after asking where my Dad was going, said that they could ride together.
  • While shoveling the driveway and sidewalks, a neighbor shoveled a good portion of my friend’s sidewalks, a gift they also offer to their other elderly neighbors.
  • My sister has a friend who is very caring for a mutual friend with a difficult home life. She offers advice and worries about her frequently, getting advice from others to help the beleaguered person.

Hopefully these have brightened your day! And take a moment to notice the kindness around you. If it’s hard to spot, make some of your own.

Possibly the most cheerful of candies. Give one to a friend!

Happy Easter!

One this Easter Day, Pope Francis called for world peace, focusing his attention on the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East. Today I had more than my share of peace, spending the day with family, hunting for plastic eggs (more for my parents’ sake, since all the kids have outgrown this tradition), and eating delicious food.

Searching for those darn eggs

After scarfing down some delicious breakfast and then some candy, we went to our friends’ house for lunch. There we scarfed down a bit more food and before we knew it we could barely walk. So, we decided to go on a walk! The weather was fantastic, good for some disc throwing (always looking for ways to make room for some more food).

All in all it was a fantastically relaxing day. I even got some work done! But I must share with you a new secret. Taking what is called the “Miracle Berry Pill” from our friends, we were instructed to take a big bit out of a piece of lemon and grapefruit. What we tasted was wonderful! The lemon tasted sweet, and the grapefruit had lost all of its sourness. This pill contains a molecule that blocks all of the bitter taste receptors on your tongue. If you’re looking for a fun party activity, this is one to try!

 

Balmy Weekend Weather

What a wonderful weekend it has been! Midway through Saturday that I was forced to ask myself: Why am I wearing pants? Now, before you instantly judge me for such a question, you need to understand how warm it was. After a few weeks of sub-40s weather, the sudden wave of 60’s was glorious, and jeans were just too much to handle.

While I did remain fully clothed throughout the weekend, I did opt for shorts and a short sleeve shirt on numerous occasions. A number of people were caught in the heat with sweaters, jackets, and pants, unable to fathom such an irregularly warm November.

While the rest of this week doesn’t bode well, at least there’s still today to appreciate it. EXCEPT THAT I HAVE SO MUCH WORK TO DO!!! Ahem, sorry about that. Suffice it to say that a 70 degree day isn’t quite as nice when separated from it by a window and air conditioning, in November of all months.

My Weekend

My weekend consisted of a number of events that, on their own didn’t seem that impressive, but upon remembering and recording them for the purposes of my blog, appears far busier than I remembered. I certainly recall sleeping in a lot. . .

We’ll start with the musical side of my weekend. I had the pleasure of seeing Smash Mouth in concert! This was followed by Chiddy Bang, a rapper/remix specialist who has reworked songs by MGMT and Ellie Goulding. If it doesn’t yet sound like I’m speaking another language, then you’ll understand how awesome all of this is.YouTube Preview Image

Planned to be outside in front of Atherton Union, the concert unfortunately had to be changed due to heavy storming. Instead it was inside of Clowes Hall where we could all enjoy the music nice and dry. Smash Mouth performed some of their classic hits which left me awash in 90’s nostalgia. They also promoted their new album entitled Magic. But let’s be honest, we were all there for the classics.

Warm Weather, Where Art Thou?

If you don’t believe what weather.com will tell you, just step outside your door for two seconds, and you’ll experience the fantastically beautiful weather that is very un-October (which is fine by me, since I still want summer). If you’re on Butler’s campus, there are many options for people looking to relish these final days of warmth.

Benches: where work comes to be distracted.

  • Go on a run! (You’re great HRC, but sometimes outside is just nicer)
  • Throw a disc
  • Do homework outside on a bench
  • Lay outside, work optional
  • Visit Holcomb Gardens (The painful reminders that it’s autumn are there, but that doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful)
  • Keep your window open
  • Wear shorts
  • Wear t-shirts (Both advisable anyways)
  • Sit in class hoping against hope that your teacher will take you outside (which sometimes WILL happen. Thanks Dr. Spyra!)

 

Sailing the Seven Seas…Or Just the One

It’s not every day that you get to take a simple, classic board game like Battleship and blow it up to life-size proportions. For those land-lubbers who doubt that this can be done, please review the short video below to banish the questions and instill an understanding that this is real life.

Standing on the edge of the pool, watching the crowds of excited students cheering on their friends as they attempted to sink each others canoes thrilled me. The energy was so positive, the game was so ridiculous, and the chance to jump in myself was taken swiftly.

This is what the university does every weekend. Events are put on for students who either lack the creativity to think of something to do on a Saturday night (which is ridiculous, since there’s so much to do around Butler) or for those who think floundering in a canoe in need of bailing out is a fun way to spend a weekend.