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My name is Bekah and I am a sophomore here at Butler. I am an Art + Design major and love sewing and being creative. I also love dancing (I'm on dance team!), eating cereal, and shopping at Target.

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Archive: October 2012

Halloween and Vlogging

Happy Halloween!! I keep forgetting that is it Halloween because everyone celebrated it this past weekend. My friends and I went to SNU’s VooDoo Halloween party on Saturday night and it was so fun! I absolutely LOVE to dance (and dress up in crazy costumes), and there was plenty of both! My friend Sam and I were thugs, my friend Kelly was Rosie the Riveter, and my friend Katie was Facebook. What cute and creative friends I have!

Me, Kelly, Katie, and Sam.

Onto the next topic of business, I am going to start vlogging in the next couple of weeks. As I have mentioned before, I am borderline addicted to watching vloggers on YouTube, so I am really excited to start some vlogs of my own! I am a tad bit nervous though because how can you not feel awkward talking to yourself? I am anxious to get started though! To get you a little more comfortable with seeing me on camera, here is a video my friend Ally and I filmed over the summer. We went shopping in Chicago one day and decided to film ourselves dancing in every store. #LiveToDance. Have a great rest of the week and thanks for reading :)

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Music Monday: Out of the Dawg House

Happy Monday! Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love to sing. I sing quite often, however, my voice is absolutely vile. Because of my lack of musical ability, I go crazy when I witness other people’s musical talents.

A few weeks ago, Out of the Dawg House came and performed in the Schwitzer lobby. Out of the Dawg House is the male a Capella group at Butler, and they are beyond impressive. I was totally jazzed about watching them perform, and they did an amazing job!! Now whenever I see one of them around campus, I feel like I am seeing a celebrity because I know who they are and get really excited, but they have no idea who I am. I honestly feel like it is a matter of time before I ask one of them for an autograph.

My friend Allie is in the female a Capella group, Freshly Brewed and I cannot wait until November for their first performance! I put a few videos of Out of the Dawg House’s performance down below. Sorry for the awkward camera angle, the pillar was in the center of the room and I could not get around it. Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

I Would Walk 500 Miles- The Proclaimers

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Not Over You- Gavin DeGraw

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Crazy Love- Van Morrison

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Early Trick-Or-Treating

Happy weekend to all! Yesterday Schwitzer Hall had a trick or treat event for some kids to come through the building in their costumes and do some early trick-or-treating. Each of the units decorated the halls in an attempt to win the award for best decorated unit. My unit decorated our hallway in accordance with the Pixar movie Up. We put balloons everywhere and my roommate and I made the house from the movie out of paper and stuck it on the wall. Some of the other units were decorated like Harry Potter or Monsters Inc. We still don’t know who won, but we will find out very soon.

Yesterday evening the children came through. Three of my friends and I dressed up as Goldie-locks and the three bears (I was Papa Bear) and handed out candy to some adorable children! Not as many kids came by as we had anticipated, so I was forced to eat the extra candy. I wasn’t happy about it, but somebody had to do it! As I have said before, Halloween is probably my least favorite holiday because I eat ridiculous amounts of candy on a regular basis, and if I want to dress up like a crazy person I can do that any day of the week, but it was fun seeing all of the cute little kids come by.

Goldie-Locks and the Three Bears

Since I forgot a joke in last Friday’s post, here’s two for this week:

Who did the ghost take to the dance? His ghoul friend!

Why didn’t the skeleton go to the party? He had no body to dance with!

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading :)

My Observations

Happy Wednesday! One of my favorite past times is people watching. I like to think I am a fairly observant person, and I absolutely love observing people. Through my intense obervations I have concluded a few things.

1. Technology is taking over: Think about it- when you walk out of a class, take a minute to look and see how many people whip out their phones right away. It really would not be that difficult to take the five minute walk back to the dorms (or wherever you reside) without your nose buried in your phone, yet people take out their phones the second they can. Now that iPhones make the Internet accessible wherever you are, people can hardly have conversations without getting consumed by this technology. Sooner or later human beings won’t be able to think for themselves and we will just be programmed to have phones built into our hands or something ridiculous like that.

2. Girls love wearing rain boots: It rained a little bit yesterday, and when I left for my morning classes there were no puddles on the ground, yet almost all girls on campus felt the need to wear rain boots. Wearing rain boots is like the next generation of Ugg Boots. At least these ones can be a bit more fashionable than the lumpy, discolored mess that is an Ugg foot accessory.

3. Leggings are okay to wear as pants: Apparently pants are a thing of the past and leggings are now acceptable to wear out in public. I will admit that I have done this before, but I have never worn them as part of a legitimate outfit, I only wear them with a sweatshirt or under my Forever Lazy when I am lounging around. The apparent classic outfit to wear with leggings, one that I have seen over and over again, consists of a chambray shirt with a scarf, black leggings, and brown high boots. I am not making this stuff up, take a minute and look around. It’s everywhere!

4. If you do something incredibly strange, no one will question you: The other day my roommate Ashni and I wore our Forever Lazies in public for the first time. We went to C Club, looking a tad foolish, but no one questioned us. Another strange thing I did recently (to be honest, the list goes on for days) was wear 3-D glasses with the lenses punched out to class. These glasses are part of my Halloween costume so I was trying them on to see how they looked. I decided to wear them to dinner and then I just kept them on and wore them to class later that night. If you act very strangely, everyone will be too weirded out to question you, so you can get away with quite a lot.

Publicly wearing Forever Lazies

Those are just a few of my most recent observations. I am sure I will have many more to share with you in the future. Thanks for reading and have a great rest of the week :)

Music Monday: Adele and T-Swift

Happy Monday to all! For this Music Monday, instead of talking about a specific artist, I am going to discuss some news in music! First off, Adele had her baby yesterday. She and her boyfriend Simon Konecki gave birth to a healthy baby boy, welcoming their first child into the world. Hoorah! Prior to giving birth, Adele had been working on her next album, which is reportedly lighter than her previous albums 19 and 21. I am certain her next album will be as delightful as her previous two.

Taylor Swift’s newest album, Red was released today. The album features her hit single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. I am not a huge Taylor Swift fan because I feel like a lot of her songs sound incredibly similar, but by the looks of her single, this album might be a bit different. I have left some Adele and Taylor Swift songs below so I hope you enjoy! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week :)

“Daydreamer” from 19

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“I’ll be Waiting” from 21.

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We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” from Red

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Forever Lazy

Happy Friday to all! It has been a little chilly lately, and with this changing weather, all you might want to do is curl up in a nice warm blanket. A slight frustration that I am sure most people struggle with is wanting to keep your arms and legs warm while freely moving about. Unfortunately, a blanket only keeps your extremities warm if you are lying down. The Snuggie burst onto the scene several years ago in attempt to solve that problem, but even the Snuggie keeps your backside and feet exposed. Thankfully, my lovely roommate Ashni introduced me to the Forever Lazy.

Ashni and I in our Forever Lazies (Front and Back view)

The Forever Lazy is basically a giant onesie (similar to footie pajamas, but without the feet) with a hood and pockets. By far the best feature of the Forever Lazy is the drop seat in the back that allows you to visit the restroom without disrobing. A few weeks ago, Ashni and I decided to order ourselves some Forever Lazies, and let me tell you, it was the best decision I have ever made. Not only are our Lazies incredibly stylish and figure flattering, but they were also buy one get one free, and came with two free pairs of Forever Lazy fuzzy socks, complete with grippers on the bottom. What more could you want?!

Ashni and I love our Forever Lazies and wear them all the time. We were so excited the weekend we got them that we ran around Schwitzer in them because that is what normal people do. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for reading :)

Forever Lazy Infomercial

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True Life: I am Obsessed with British YouTubers

As you may have guessed from my previous post about DailyGrace, I love YouTube. I consistently watch several vloggers, and recently I have become obsessed with British YouTubers.

About a month ago, Tyler Oakley (one of the vloggers I watch), tweeted about doing a collaboration video with a channel called JacksGap. I love Tyler’s videos so I decided to check out this channel he was recommending. JacksGap is a YouTube channel run by Jack Harries, a 19-year-old British boy who started making videos in his gap year before college. As if that wasn’t enough to get me hooked, after watching a few of Jack’s videos, I quickly discovered he has a twin named Finn. Needless to say, I fell in love.

Jack’s videos are silly and fun and he is just so gosh darn charming! He often has his brother Finn (he is even more adorable than Jack, if that was even possible) in his videos, as well as some of his other friends or relatives who make YouTube videos. If you want some fun, goofy videos to watch, or if you just want to see attractive British boys talking to a camera, I would definitely recommend Jack’s videos! Through watching Jack’s videos I have discovered loads of other British YouTubers who I am obsessed with, but they will probably get a post to themselves another time. Here are a few of Jack’s videos! I hope you enjoy. Have a wonderful rest of the week and thanks for reading :)

Reverse

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Inappropriate Unicycling

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Twin Mail

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Music Monday: Mika

Happy Monday and welcome back to school everybody! I hope everyone had a lovely fall break! For this music Monday I will be suggesting to you the musical styling’s of Mika. Mika (his real name is Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr) is a British singer-songwriter whose songs I can only describe as quirky pop.

Mika has released several extended plays and three albums: Life in Cartoon Motion (2007), The Boy Who Knew Too Much (2009), and The Origin of Love (2012). I was unaware of his new CD until researching him for this post, so I am quite jazzed to check it out! Anyway, Mika is super fun and energetic and quirky in the most wonderful way. His song Love Today was featured on MTV upon its release in 2007, so I would not be surprised if you have heard it! Grace Kelly is also a fairly popular one. Here are a few of my favorite songs by him, plus his single Celebrate from his new album,  so be sure to check them out. Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

Love Today

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Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)

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We Are Golden

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Celebrate

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Fall Break

“Well, you’re not fat.” Those were the kind, first words my grandmother greeted me with upon seeing me home from college (she is quite the character and says similarly lovely things to me on a regular basis, so she will probably get her own post sometime). Sadly, fall break is drawing to a close. I had not been home since the start of school, so it has been absolutely lovely seeing my family and friends from back home, not to mention sleeping in my own bed.

My family (minus my older brother) when they came and visited a few weeks ago!

Since being home I realized how many little things from back home I took for granted. As I just mentioned, sleeping in my own bed. I’m not saying my bed at Butler prevents me from a fitful sleep (I love sleeping so much, I could honestly sleep anywhere), but nothing compares to your own bed. Another thing that has been really nice is not having to wear shoes into the bathroom or shower. The first shower I took upon arriving home, without shower shoes I might add, was glorious! The water made my skin feel soft, it didn’t have a funny smell to it, and I didn’t have to wear shoes. I had never felt so alive! Another spectacular thing about being home is the food. My mother is an excellent cook and she bakes a lot so it was nice to walk in the door, greeted by brownies, cookies, and candy (This is not a rare occurrence, sweets account for most of the food in my house). Having home cooked meals has been splendid as well.

Although I have loved being home, I do already miss my friends from school, as strange as that sounds since we have only been apart for a few days. Being home is the bee’s knees, but I am anxious to get back to Butler and keep trekking on until coming home for Thanksgiving where there will be even more reunions, and more importantly, even more food!! Enjoy the rest of break, have safe trips back to school, and thanks for reading :)

P.S. I have an older brother. He isn’t not in the picture because we don’t love him, he is off at school at the University of Illinois so he wasn’t there when it was taken!

My First Friday Experience

As I mentioned in my post from last Friday, I went and visited three art galleries last weekend: The Harrison Center for the Arts, Gallery 924, and the Murphy Art Center. I had an absolutely fabulous time at all three galleries and would one hundred percent recommend a First Friday trip to anyone even slightly interested in art.

The Harrison Center was our first stop! What was cool about the Harrison Center was that

Painting hanging outside Amy Reel's studio at Harrison Center

we were able to not only see amazing artwork, but also take a peek into some of the artists’ studios, which was awesome! The space featured artwork from a bunch of different artists.

Next we went to Gallery 924, which was my favorite stop of the evening. This gallery featured artwork by Pete Brown. This exhibit was so cool because the concept was seeing art without your eyes, or from the perspective of a blind person. The

Fellow art students touching artwork by Pete Brown

special thing about this exhibit was that you were encouraged to touch the artwork, something that is usually frowned upon at galleries. All of the pieces had 3d aspects and many textures.

The final place we went was the Murphy Art Center. This was an insanely cool venue. The building was like a maze full of creativity and hipsters. There was art on the walls in hallways and in gallery rooms, and there were several bands and people selling clothing sprinkled throughout. Another cool aspect of this stop was that in the main entrance, there was an exhibit set up where you could paint on the walls.

Drawing on the walls at the Murphy Building

This First Friday was a complete success and I am definitely going to continue going. I would definitely encourage anyone to come! Have a wonderful fall break and thanks for reading :)