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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: January 2013

Walking & Fanny Pack Friends

Happy Wednesday to all! The weather has been really strange lately and I don’t like it one bit. Thankfully, it was kind of pleasant yesterday because I had to walk downtown for my Urban Ecology class. The class was split into groups of four or five and we had to walk six miles to get downtown and observe the road we were walking on. Once my group got downtown, we hit up Au Bon Pain and the Chocolate Café, making the long walk worth it. I got some ice cream from the Chocolate Café and it sufficiently replenished me after our two-hour walk.

I mentioned in my video from Friday that I am in the process of collecting notes I find on the ground for an art project. I picked up a couple interesting things on our walk. I found a “poetry book” made by two little kids and it is adorable. I got ice cream and found neat stuff on the ground, so yesterday was a good day.

Today I decided to wear one of my fanny packs (even though it’s not Fanny Pack Friday, but that’s what #BoldMoveJanuary is all about, right?). While in Atherton, I saw some kid who was also wearing a fanny pack!

The fanny.

We bonded over our fannies and I told him about Fanny Pack Friday, so I am hoping he will be sporting his again at the end of the week.

In other news, a tour group of visiting students was walking through Atherton and I called out to them, “Let me love you!” and one of the prospective student’s father’s heard me and chuckled. Hopefully that sealed the deal and convinced him that Butler was the place for his child. Have a wonderful rest of the week and thanks for reading :)

Music Monday: Ed Sheeran in Concert

Happy Music Monday, friends! As I mentioned in my video from Friday, I saw Ed Sheeran this weekend. I have mentioned Ed Sheeran many a times before in my blog, so obviously I am a big fan. The concert was stupendous and I already want to see him again.

Ed Sheeran, being spectacular.

He had two openers: Foy Vance and the Rizzle Kicks. Foy Vance was from Ireland, and he reminded me a bit of James Morrison. He had a very soulful voice and I really enjoyed his music. Rizzle Kicks, a hip hop duo from Brighton, England, came on next. I don’t usually like rap music too much, but I loved these guys. They were super fun, and their song “Mama Do the Hump” was incredibly catchy.

Ed Sheeran came on shortly after and he was fanfrickintastic! He has an incredibly flawless voice and sings like an angel, but he can also rock out a bit. When he was singing “You Need Me Man I Don’t Need You,” it turned into a ten minute song in which he broke out into “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore. I freaked the heck out when he started singing “Thrift Shop” because I am borderline obsessed with that song, making that my favorite moment of the concert. My other favorite moment was when he sang “Wake Me Up.” This is my favorite song by him, and he told the audience he wrote and recorded it when he was drunk, which kind of makes me like it more. Here’s a video I took of the beginning of “Wake Me Up,” and here is a link to a recording of when he sings Thrift Shop (it comes at the two minute mark!). The sound on my recording of that song was quite jank, so I thought a different video would do it justice.

If you ever get the chance to see Ed Sheeran live, for the love of God please do it!!! Have a fabulous week and thanks for reading :)

“Wake Me Up”

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Vlog: Life Update

I did another vlog in which I share some interesting and funny happenings in my life. Please check it out!

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Thanks for reading and watching, and have a great weekend :)

#BoldMoveJanuary

Happy Wednesday to all! The first month of 2013 is almost over, and that means that most people’s New Year’s resolutions are being forgotten. As I mentioned in my video about New Year’s resolutions, my resolution is to be more impulsive. Part of being impulsive goes along with me doing things that are bold and out of my comfort zone. From this resolution, my friend Hannah and I decided to embark on the journey that is Bold Move January (hashtag that if you’d like.)

#BoldMoveJanuary is a constant reminder to myself that I need to be more bold and act on impulses that I have. I am a fairly introverted person, so I am often uncomfortable casually talking to someone I don’t know. I prefer to sit back and observe everything rather than put myself out there and talk to someone new, but I wish I wasn’t like that all the time. Let me tell ya, #BoldMoveJanuary is changing me! My first bold move was to go through formal recruitment. Joining a sorority (I’m a Kappa Alpha Theta. Yippity yip yip!) was something I never thought I would do, and talking to new people all day, every day for a whole week during recruitment was way out of my comfort zone. After being forced to hold conversations with complete strangers in a casual way, I am much more willing to act on any impulse I have to make a new friend.

YEAH!

I have been complimenting strangers left and right, and there’s no stopping me now! As of today, I am going to start telling strangers jokes. My prime stranger target is people standing in line at Starbucks or Atherton, although if I am feeling extra bold, I might crack a few jokes on my way to class. I will keep you updated on how that goes. The potential to make people feel uncomfortable is vast.

So far my resolution has been a success and has brought me great joy. I have come to realize now that #BoldMoveJanuary is no longer just a month-long challenge, it is a way of life. Have a great rest of the week, and thanks for reading :)

Music Monday: Imagine Dragons

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their day off. This Music Monday is devoted to Imagine Dragons.

Imagine Dragons is an American alternative rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Fun fact: the group’s name is an anagram, but no one other than the members of the band know what it means. They have three extended plays and one album titled Night Visions. The band’s most popular song, “It’s Time,” holds the record for the longest run on the 2012 Alternative Top 10 charts, so that’s pretty neat. When I first heard this song, I liked it, but I didn’t love it, ya feel me? I was curious though, so I looked up more songs by the group. The more I listened to the band, the more I liked them.

My favorite song by Imagine Dragons is “Radioactive.” I absolutely love the music video for this song because it is really strange. The video entails strange stuffed animal things fighting each other in a wrestling match. I’m not entirely sure what it has to do with the song, but it makes me like it so much more. Here are a few songs for you to check out. Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

*Another fun fact: Imagine Dragons is playing at the Egyptian Room downtown on February 28th. Check out ticket info here!

“It’s Time”

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“Radioactive”

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“On Top of the World”

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Classes

Happy Friday all! Today marks the end of the first week of classes in the new semester. HUZZAH! My first week back at school was a little stressful, but once I get back into school mode, I will be good to go. I am excited about most of my classes this semester, which is promising.

I am taking the second half of my FYS, or First Year Seminar. All freshmen have to take this class as a sort of transition into being able to read and write at a collegiate level. My class is called Rock & Roll High School and I absolutely love it! I had this class last semester, so I already knew the professor and kids in my class, which is nice. The class is about youth culture and the influences it has in literature and music, so it is a blast!

I’m taking a class called Revolution, which is kind of an art history course, but we also have projects mixed in. I am really excited for it because I honestly don’t know that much about art history, and I would love to learn more.

Another art class I’m taking is called Process. All art majors and minors have to take it, and you essentially make one project throughout the whole semester. We are encouraged to use unconventional materials, or explore with a medium we haven’t used before. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet, but I have been collecting old lists, clothing tags, and random stuff I find on the ground, so hopefully I can incorporate that somehow.

I just declared a journalism minor, so I am taking my first journalism class about news writing in print. I love reading and writing, so I am anxious to see if I enjoy journalism as much as I think I will. I’m excited to see how this class turns out because I have never done anything like this before.

Unfortunately I must take a science class as well. At Butler we have the Core Curriculum, which is a set of classes that everyone must take in order to graduate. There is a natural world (science) credit that has to be fulfilled, so I am taking Urban Ecology to do that.

Ew, science.

The class doesn’t seem too sciency, but I loathe any type of science, so I am not particularly pumped for it.

Those are all the classes I am taking this semester, so hopefully I will learn a lot and enjoy all of my classes. Have a fabulous three day weekend, and thanks for reading :)

INFLUENZA!

Happy Thursday everyone! Since we are all back at school, and we all know that large groups of germy teens and twenty-somethings being in closed quarters leads to illness, the flu has broken out across campus. #FREAKOUT. An email was sent out to students the other day about ways to avoid the flu/how to treat it once you are infected. The email had the classic symptoms listed of course: headache, fever, sore throat, cough, fatigue, etc, and advised ways to stay healthy. Here are some of my tips and tricks to treat each of these symptoms for a happier and healthier you.

1. Headache- The best way to treat your headache is to play music really loudly. The pounding bass in the music will likely synchronize with the pounding in your head, creating a unifying, calming effect. For best results, use ear bud headphones so the noise goes straight to your brain.

2. Fever- If you are feeling a bit hot and clammy due to your illness, stop wearing clothing. You should be in your free and natural state (nude) at all times, allowing for your skin to properly breathe. If a fever is your only symptom, go ahead and just go to class, but make sure you are in your birthday suit. Helpful hint: eat nothing but ice cubes for several days straight to maximize the cooling process.

3. Sore Throat- If your throat is experiencing any discomfort, combat this pain by eating a lot of really spicy foods. I suggest eating Hot Cheetos continuously throughout the state of your illness. Make sure you eat Jalapenos at every meal as well.

These will soothe your throat in no time.

4. Cough- If one of your symptoms is a cough, the best way to rid yourself of it is to exercise the cough away. Usually when people have a bad cough, exercise such as running or biking might irritate it. Although that might happen at first, the key is to ignore your body’s pleading for you to stop and to just power through. I suggest maybe getting lost on a run and running a minimum of ten miles. Your cough will thank you.

5. Fatigue- Because your body is working so hard to defend itself from germs, and because you most likely exercised your cough away, you are probably feeling a little tired at this point. Your natural inclination may be to nap, however, you should ignore that impulse. The best way to combat fatigue associated with the flu is to stay up for days at a time. Stay up the whole time you are sick, and you will be feeling better in no time!

If none of my healthful tips work and you still have the flu, follow the email’s instructions and just wear a mask: “Anyone who is symptomatic for the flu should wear a mask.” (I am completely serious, I did not make that part up.)

Text from the email.

Have a great end to the week, and thanks for reading :)

*Please do not follow any of my advice. I made all of these “cures” up because I think I am funny. If you feel sick, go see a doctor!

Music Monday: AlexisCarboMusic

Happy Monday everyone! Hopefully everyone is having a wonderful first day of classes. Before I recommend some music, how ’bout some quick music news! Have you heard that Destiny’s Child is getting back together? Heard of Justin Timberlake releasing new music? Both of these artists are back on the music scene after being quiet for several years. Hopefully their reappearances will not disappoint!

I am particularly excited about this Music Monday post because I am sharing with you the musical stylings of Alexis Carballido. Alexis is one of my dear friends, and she just happens to be an incredibly clever musician.

Alexis writes her own songs and makes mash-ups of other artists’s songs and posts them to her YouTube channel. All of the songs are kind of quirky and very clever and unique. She also plays guitar or ukelele in all of them, so yeah, she’s kind of a big deal. My absolute favorite of her songs is “The Awkward Song” because as I have mentioned before, I am a tad awkward. Here are a few of my faves, but be sure to check out the rest of her videos! Have a great week and thanks for reading :)

“The Awkward Song”

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“Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Mashup”

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“A Beyonce Love Song”

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Hot Cheetos & Takis

Happy Saturday everyone! It is nearing the end of recruitment week, and stress levels are high and emotions are raging! To help relieve some of this stress, I have a gem of a music video to share with you.

My friends Sam and Katie introduced this video to me a few nights ago, and since then we have watched it multiple times every day. This song is called “Hot Cheetos & Takis”. This musical masterpiece is sung by Y.N. Rich Kids. I have no idea where these children came from or why they have several music videos. All I know is that I am incredibly disappointed that “Kids” is not spelled like “Kidz”. I feel that would have made this video even more funky fresh.

As you are reading this, you may be asking yourself, “What is a taki?” Takis are chili pepper and lime-flavored snacks made in Mexico. They must be pretty darn good to have a whole song devoted to them! The highlight of the whole video comes around the 2:45 mark when Ben 10 croons (or yells) about needing a snack. It is musical gold. If you fall in love with this tune as I am sure you will, the lyrics, as well as the name of each child signing, is posted in the description of the video. Have a great weekend and thanks for reading :)

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Rush Week

Happy Wednesday everyone!! As of last night, I am back at Butler for formal recruitment. At the beginning of the year, I thought there was no way in heck I would ever want to join a sorority, but after meeting so many girls who were in a house who I would never expect to be, I decided I would give it a try. Last night when I was thinking about the week ahead, I thought I would most likely not join a house. After today though, I am feeling a little better about possibly joining one. I will just have to see how the rest of the week goes!

Today all four hundred-something girls who are rushing went to all seven sorority houses. We are all broken up into different groups of about 20 girls, who then joined up with several other groups to go from house to house. The activity inside the house is seamlessly choreographed so that every second of your time is planned out to be used efficiently. The various coat pass-offs were a general crowd pleaser. At each house, we basically paired off with a girl in the house and chatted for a little while. The day was not nearly as intense as I originally assumed it would be, and I actually really enjoyed it. Although I absolutely loathe small talk, incessantly talking all day long wasn’t as horrible as I anticipated. All of the girls made everyone feel incredibly welcome and comfortable, and there was honestly no house that I did not like. Although that is a good thing, it will make narrowing down my choices much more difficult!

Although I am surprisingly enjoying recruitment so far, being surrounded by so many females at once is a little overwhelming. That’s a lot of estrogen! Also, I noticed that sock buns are totes in right now. I tweeted that I wish I had a dollar for every sock bun I saw today because I would have made bank! Speaking of females, I will leave you with a funny video with all of the ridiculous things girls say. Have a wonderful week, good luck to everyone else who is rushing, and thanks for reading :)

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P.S. Another blogger, Katie, blogged about recruitment today as well. Check it out!!