Every year since I came to Butler, each winter has been rather similar. We might get a little bit of snow before Christmas (usually the week before finals, or during finals), but the most snow and winter-y weather always comes after we return from Winter Break. Each year it snows during Recruitment…so much that I am usually glad that I don’t have to go anywhere for the entire week, because then I don’t need to dig out my car. Then after Recruitment we get at least one more big snow, whether it is a Snowpocalypse level snowstorm or a snowstorm that gives us about a foot of snow – that keeps me from carrying on my life like normal for a day or two. And of course…in between the bigger amounts of snow we always have light dustings, or mini-snowstorms.
This year, however, has been completely different…and I don’t like it. We haven’t had any large amounts of snow, I’ve only had to use my ice scraper twice, and I’ve never pulled out my de-icer. I am extremely disappointed in this winter…and because of that, I am declaring that the winter isn’t officially over yet. So, Mother Nature…this is your time to step it up and give Indiana what we love – crazy weather patterns. I would prefer for us not to have a snow storm before/during Spring Break…because I couldn’t live with myself if I missed it. I looked at my schedule, and decided that I could fit a snowstorm in on March 20, beginning at 8 p.m. I also might be able to squeeze it in on March 6, at the same time. I love the element of surprise though, so be sure, Mother Nature, to not listen too well. Just try to keep these dates and my schedule in the back of your mind – because I would really appreciate it. Thanks, Mother Nature!
- Campus – after a light dusting of snow earlier this semester
A few weeks ago, all of the sororities at Butler got an email about a opportunity to get free front row tickets to a bunch of concerts during the week of the Super Bowl. It sounded too good to be true, but we figured that it would at least be worth a shot…so we sent in our names anyway. After waiting a week or two and actually thinking that we didn’t get tickets…we found out that everyone was going to get to go. We weren’t even sure who we were going to see, all that we knew was that it was a CMT Crossroads show…so we figured it would be some awesome country artist. Then, we found out that it would be Sugar Ray, Steven Tyler, and Carrie Underwood….and we pretty much died. Here is how the evening went….
- 5:00 p.m. – We went to the State Fairgrounds to get in line…
- 6:00 p.m. – We went into the Pepsi Coliseum and got in our spots….in the FRONT ROW.
- 7:00 p.m. – We waited…
- 8:00 p.m – A local band played…then Sugar Ray came on….and I felt like I was in the 5th grade again. It was great.
- 9:40 p.m. – Finally, Carrie and Steven came on…and they were absolutely amazing. We basically all became best friends…it’s fine.
Killing some time by taking photos as usual....
Carrie and Steven. Epic.
Going to this concert was by far my favorite thing that I did during the week of the Super Bowl. We didn’t have to deal with downtown and tons of people….and we had the best time. Even though we stood around for about 6 hours by the time it was all over, it was so worth it….and I wouldn’t have wanted to stand around with anyone other than my Alpha Phi sisters. They’re pretty awesome too.
Also – if you are watching this show when it comes on CMT – look for me! The cameraman was right in front of me for awhile…so you can see me every once in awhile!
Last Saturday was the big day that I have been waiting for for so long… my sister’s wedding! It made for a rather busy and tiring weekend, but all in all, it was completely worth it, since they are obviously in love and they legit got hitched. I drove home from Fort Wayne on Thursday night, and from the moment I walked in the door until I left on Sunday, we were busy with wedding-ness. First, we had to finish crafting some of the decorations (let’s be serious….I was in heaven) and get everything packed up, because the wedding was in Evansville, aka – not my hometown.
One of our last minute crafts...
The day before the wedding we drove to the Ville, dropped off all of the flowers (try keeping fresh flowers alive in 100 degree heat….its a serious job!) and decorations at the hotel, and showed the coordinator how we wanted the things to be set up. Then, my Mom, Natalie, and I all set off for our last afternoon as the 3 Flint women. We had a fabulous lunch, and then took my Mom for her first pedicure… and she was in heaven. (Tip for the future: pampering people gets them in a good mood… and makes them more cooperative in stressful situations. That isn’t directed towards my Mom or Natalie….it actually was true for all 3 of us.)
- The flowers….orchids, orchids, and more orchids
Later that night, we got together for the dress rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner, and had a great time. To me, it all felt completely unreal that my sister would be getting married the next day. I felt like we were just getting together with family friends like usual. Maybe I was just trying to deny what was actually happening, maybe I just didn’t realize how soon she would be walking down the aisle, maybe the time change threw me off… no one will ever know.
- Natalie’s bouquet…all ready to go…and sitting in the hotel room’s ice bucket.
The time has finally come (even though I hoped it never would) … this week my sister is getting married. Now don’t think that I don’t want her to get married … because I do. I totally approve of her fiance, he is rather great, and I believe that he will make an excellent addition to our family (especially since he proofreads my internship and finance papers). What I am not looking forward to is what will come after the wedding, or the day after to be exact. The newly (and happily) married couple will be moving … to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Now I’m used to not living super close to my sister, because ever since she graduated from high school, we have always lived at least an hour apart. Here is the breakdown of where we have lived … and when:
- 2004 – She went to school at Indiana Wesleyan, while I started high school. We lived about 3.5-4 hours apart.
- 2005-2008 – She went to school at the University of Evansville (where she met John, her fiance) while I went to high school, making us about an hour apart.
- 2008-2010 – She went to Grad School at St. Louis University, while I started at Butler. We were about 4 hours apart.
- 2010-Present – She lived in Bloomington, IL, while I went to Butler, so we were about 3.5 hours apart.
So, as you can see, we have been slowly but surely moving farther away from each other over the last 7 years or so … but now she is making the big move to New Mexico … a daunting 20 hour drive from Indiana. Even though we don’t always get along, and we don’t see eye to eye on quite a few things, I’m going to miss her. I’m going to miss her so much that every time I think about her leaving, I get outrageously sad, and I may or may not tear up…..or sob. So, my goal for this week is to somehow become calloused enough that I won’t be a disgusting uncontrollable mess at the wedding and on Sunday before she leaves. I’m thinking of just watching gory action movies all week long … in the hopes that I’ll somehow start to think and act like every super tough character that never cries. Maybe??
- My sister, Natalie, and I at her bachelorette party …
Once I finished my finals, I spent most of my time doing outreaches in the Indy area and in my hometown for the 500 Festival. This is what the Princess Program is all about, being active in the community, and being an ambassador for the 500 Festival, the Indianapolis 500, and my hometown. So in two weeks I did about 7 outreaches that ranged from going to a school fundraiser, to giving presentations at schools, to attending a schools “Kindy 500”. They each were unique and special in their own way…so here is a bit about each.
Brownsburg Pup Putt
This event was a school fundraiser, and for me it was a great break from studying for finals (I went the night before my last two finals). We got to mingle with kids, parents, and staff members while we participated in putt putt golf and other games they had. But, the highlight of the night was when we got to meet an ice road trucker…in the flesh. It was pretty great, and my sister is jealous. So the event was a success.
- The princesses who attended the event, and the ice road trucker…
This was quite possibly the coolest/cutest thing I have ever seen. Each kindergartener at the school made cars out of boxes or some other material with their parents, and then they had a parade and races for the kids where all the students at the school came as well. One of the drivers, Alex Tagliani, was even there, so we were able to meet him as well. At the time, he was the first driver that I had met, and its really cool now that he is sitting on the pole for this Sunday’s race! He was very nice, and I hope he wins, since I do have so many photos with him now…
- The princesses at the event with Alex Tagliani…
- A few of us and some of the kids….cool cars and all.
To see a little bit more of the Kindy 500, check out this video. It isn’t from this school, but it looks like a pretty similar event!
6 months…19 applications…11 interviews…and 4 offers later….I have an internship for the summer….and I am so excited! I looked at non-profits, agencies, corporations, and small companies….and in the end….I decided to accept an offer to intern in Human Resources with Vera Bradley in Fort Wayne for the summer. Basically….I’m ecstatic. I first began to love Vera a few years ago when I started to buy their bags….and even then I started out small with only a clutch and an ID case. Now, I love Vera Bradley for so many more reasons, in addition to the actual products themselves of course. They have an amazing and unique company culture, one that I am so excited to be able to experience and get my first real working experience in.
The only downside to working in Fort Wayne this summer is that I am from southwestern Indiana….and I will be spending the summer in northeastern Indiana. So basically, I will be as far away from home as I can be, while still being in the state of Indiana. So that will make trips home more time consuming…and since my sister is getting married this summer….I might have to make the trip every once in awhile to help plan things out. And in addition to that, I’m not sure where I will be living just yet….but there is still almost a month…which is plenty of time…right?
Fort Wayne...relative to the location of my hometown...
Luckily, I am so excited for this amazing opportunity that it makes all of the difficulties and uncertainties completely fade away into the back of my mind. So….be sure to check out my blog this summer to see how I handle the transition to being away from home and Butler at the same time….and you can also check out the blog that I will be writing with Vera Bradley for the inside scoop of an intern’s experience at this amazing company!
If you have been paying attention to the news lately, I am sure you have heard a lot about the intense political situations in both Wisconsin and Indiana. It all started on February 17, when 14 Wisconsin senators left Wisconsin to block a vote on a bill. A lot of people who I have talked to are confused by this move, and don’t exactly understand why it matters that they left or how the whole process works….so I will try to walk you through it.
- Most importantly, it matters that they left because without those 14 senators, the Wisconsin State Senate does not have quorum. Quorum is the minimum number of people that is necessary to conduct business, or in this case, vote on a bill. So until they come back to the Senate, nothing can happen, whether it is voting yes or no on a bill.
- By leaving, the senators’ goal was to buy time for the general public to become aware of the situation, and to buy time for a possible compromise between the opposing sides. If they would have stayed, the bill would have been voted on quickly, before many people in the state knew what was happening.
- The reason why they left the state was because if they stayed in Wisconsin, they could be forced to return to the state house to vote. By leaving the state, they were ensuring that they would be able to control quorum for as long as necessary.
So, why I am writing about this is because the same thing is happening in Indiana right now, except members of the House of Representatives are the ones who have left. The bills being contested in Indiana all have to do with rights of union workers and education, so every day for the past few weeks, there have been supporters of unions protesting in the state house, and there have been several large rallies in the past few weeks as well. My mom is a teacher, so last weekend when she came up to visit, we made our way downtown to the state house to attend the rally specifically for teachers and educators (since they have to teach, not many teachers have the opportunity to go to the state house each day). It was a cold and rainy day, but it was still amazing to see how many people feel passionately about this subject, and who would stand out in the nasty cold to support the cause. I took some pictures of the rally, so check them out!
Listening to the speakers...
The line of people marching around the state house after the rally...