If you are not aware of the weather that is happening in the Midwest, you are either literally living in a cave, which I am grateful that you come out of the cave to read my blog, or you live in a different country. However for the rest of us we are aware of the snow apocalypse. In the Midwest we have been hammered with snow and now we are experiencing extreme temperatures. Today we were colder than the south pole… how does that even happen?
The parking lot at the Indianapolis airport today.
Within all this madness many people lost power. Fortunately the house I am staying at was not one of those, but we lost one major thing. Wifi. Yes, we lost the internet. I understand this is a huge first world problem, but when this storm hit I planned out days of Netflix. Not to mention a lot of my work for my job is dealt with online. Our wifi disappeared on Sunday night. This meant that my friends and I had to figure out new ways to entertain ourselves. I realize how pathetic this sounds, but in all honesty we had no idea what to do. We watched lots of TV and played way too much Mario Kart and Mario Party.
Today Kristina and I decided to finally venture out into the world. While the roads are not great they are at least somewhat drivable now. When we got back from our mini adventure Kristina saw that finally the wifi had returned! Finally I can finish some things I needed to work on, blog to you about the crazy snow, and go back to my life of being anti social except on social media. Just kidding
Anyway recruitment training officially starts tomorrow, so no more snow days for me! I never thought I would say this, but I can not just sit around and do nothing every day. I was starting to lose my mind. I hope everyone continues to stay safe and warm!
I am not in denial. I realize that Brad left in the middle of summer and went to the Celtics. However there is one piece of Brad that was still left behind in my possession. That one piece of Brad would be a giant size cardboard version of his head.
If you watched Butler on College Gameday when we had the amazing game versus Gonzaga then you probably saw the giant size cut outs of people like Brad Stevens, Gordon Hayward, Matt Howard, Blue 2, and so on. I was lucky to get a cut out of Brad Stevens. However, it is ridiculously large so finding a place to keep it has been difficult. This is why many times I end up putting Brad in a window. Some people love looking up and seeing Brad staring down at them. While others are freaked out by it. Either way I’ve enjoyed the time with my Brad Stevens cut out.
part of the Brad Stevens cutout and I on ESPN.
This past semester I lived in apartment village, which are apartments on Butler’s campus. In our window that looked out over the Butler bowl I decided to place my Brad Stevens cut out just to freak some people out, and also so Brad could continue to look over Hinkle.
A couple weeks ago we got a lot of snow! After a couple days of snow people started to throw snowballs at Brad, so my roommates and I thought why not put a sign in our window with “Can You Hit Brad?” While we thought this was an amazing idea it scared us most of the time because we never knew when someone would start throwing snowballs at our window. Nonetheless it provided my roommates and I with some entertainment as well as Butler students, visitors for basketball games, and whoever else decided to join our fun.
It was good while it lasted, and unfortunately I can’t take Brad to Australia. So goodbye Brad, who knows when he’ll pop up next!
So fortunate to see Brad coaching the Celtics while playing against the Pacers!
This is me everyday on campus…
This is not a joke. Midway through conversations I will yell SQUIRREL. I don’t really have a obsession with squirrels, just Butler squirrels. Butler squirrels are not your average squirrel. Just like the students here, Butler squirrels are extremely happy. They will get extremely close to you, and you almost start to debate whether you should pet them or not. I would suggest you do not pet them.
This is a picture my friend Billy took of a Butler squirrel. They pose for us!
In all seriousness, I feel like the squirrels are so happy on our campus for the same reasons the students are. Our campus is so pretty whether it’s snowing or raining or sunny!
These are pictures a Butler student took yesterday after the snow we got, which is now gone.
The squirrels are always out and about. Sometimes they are playing, which is funny to watch. The other day when I was walking back from class there were two squirrels playing and one tried to jump on top of the other one and instead fell off the tree. I was laughing so hard.
Well now that I just compared Butler students to squirrels you probably all I think I am officially crazy. Just wait until you come to Butler for your first semester. You’ll probably write a blog about squirrels too.
Over this break all I have been doing is working. Work has not been too bad because the days go by really fast with so many people shopping. Plus all the college kids are back at work, so it’s just like how it used to be when I worked there. There are a couple things that bother me about working at the mall though.
1. Crazy Shoppers/Drivers/Moms
I understand you are trying to get exactly what your daughter wants, but if your daughter gave you a list from online we most likely don’t have that item in the store. If we did have the item in the store unfortunately I probably would not be able to best assist you because I have only been back at work for a week, and if you didn’t realize we have thousands of pieces of clothing in the store. Also drivers please don’t take up an entire lane just because you are waiting for a spot. You make it difficult for me to get around you and when I have only 10 minutes to find a spot and get to work you are making my life insane. I’m sorry I am ranting but if anyone would like to work a day at the mall you would experience these same things.
2. Crazy Work Hours
Because it is Christmas time the mall decides to open earlier and close later. Unfortunately for us this means that we have to come in earlier and stay later also… a lot later. The mall has been opening at 8 am and closing at 11 pm, which maybe helping but a lot of people don’t even know we are open and closing that early or late. Tonight will be the first night that I have to close with these hours so it should be interesting, and tomorrow I have to go to work at 6 am so I will see how miserable this will be!
3. Things that I can’t change
I’m sorry I can’t change the prices of clothing. I can’t change the fact that we charge for our Christmas boxes. And also I can’t change our exchange policy. I think people think that because I work at Forever 21 I have some magical power to change things. There’s literally nothing I can do. Please do not get mad at workers. It’s not like we look forward to dampening your spirits while you shop. If anything we just want to go home!
I did not mean to rant, but for all of you who do these things I don’t hate you I just wish you would reconsider the situation. While you may not be too thrilled to shop at the mall during this time, many of us are not too thrilled to be working 40+ hours these next few weeks. Anyway for all of you that want a white Christmas I wish you the best of luck, but Indiana isn’t going to cooperate! So here’s a little something to keep you hopeful.