Before you read this…..if you haven’t seen it yet….go check out the Butler’s Favorite Spot Contest.
And yes….one of the videos is mine! So watch it!
Now for a little bit of an explanation about my Favorite Spot….
I love Butler….but sometimes I dislike it. This is usually when I get frustrated….and the source of my frustration is sometimes the result of not being able to find a parking spot. If you are smart about parking….you are usually fine. But every once in awhile, I have to park all the way down the street. Now, people from other schools would probably scoff at my parking complaints since they walk for like a half of an hour to get to their cars…but I whine about it because we are spoiled/blessed with parking lots that are close to everything that you would need to get to. (That’s just a disclaimer.) Anyway, since good parking spots are sometimes hard to come by….I have come to treasure this certain parking spot. This is all because it is all by itself, and I never have to worry about other cars when I pull in and out. And the best part is that sometimes people forget about it since it is all alone….so it can sit empty for a really long time….which gives me time to get my car and put it there. In college it is all about the little things…..like getting good parking spots. These things can seriously make your day. And something else that would make my day is if you would vote for my video!!!! So, if you feel like it….VOTE!
In about a month, we are all going to have some awesome opportunities to speak our minds and let the people who are running our nation know how we feel….through voting. Every two years we have an election, either a Presidential election or a Midterm election. Here are the differences between the two…
- Presidential – Every four years (the next one will be 2012) we have a Presidential election where we elect a President & Vice President, we elect U.S. Representatives, some Senators are up for reelection, and the same thing happens on the state level. We elect a Governor, state Representatives, some state Senators, as well as some state elected officials (secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, etc.)
- Midterm – In between Presidential elections, we have elections for U.S. and state representatives, some U.S. and state Senators, and the state elected officials who were not elected in the Presidential election year.
Now in addition to these, there are also county and city offices that are elected during both of these elections, so don’t forget about those, even though I didn’t include them. They are still important too! But since the election is rapidly approaching, I want to encourage everyone to educate themselves on the issues and on the candidates running for office. This is going to be a very important election for all of us, so it is important that the real will of the people shows through the way we vote. So, what can you do??? I will tell you.
- Register to vote if you haven’t! If you are 18….you best be votin’. Vote early and vote often!
- Educate yourself on the issues/candidates. If you don’t have a clue what is going on….google it. I found this site that gives all of the candidates in Indiana, and it isn’t too hard to find information on those candidates or candidates in other states.
- Vote on November 2….or get an absentee ballot! You can get information about this at your Secretary of State’s website…..because they are in charge of elections in each state.
So, in keeping with the theme of government, I am going to leave you with one of my favorite sights from my family’s trip to D.C….Capitol Hill at night.
Capitol Hill at night...I love it....
- So the day that I have been waiting for for at least the past 8 years is finally here! The first election day that I get to vote…..whoohoo! The polls will open in about 5 hours or so on the east coast….and hopefully in 24 hours we will know who our next president will be. For some of us, this is our first election, and some of you can’t even vote yet. Regardless of your age, please please please try to pay attention to what happens on election day and for the four years following it. Soon you will have the right to vote if you don’t already, and when you do, don’t be apathetic and think that you just don’t understand politics, so you shouldn’t even try. Educate yourself on the issues, or ask someone who you trust to explain everything to you. It does take some effort, but once you are 18, there is no reason for you to not care about the issues that are important to our country anymore. Your vote counts as much as your grandmother’s, your town mayor’s, or any random person on the street. I have been really excited this year to see how many young people are coming out to vote and who are voicing their opinions, that is exactly what we should be doing! I haven’t been hearing the regular, “Oh I’m voting for whatshisface because my parents are” line nearly as much this year, which is great because it means that we are starting to take charge of our own decisions. Don’t think that just because we are young it we don’t need to worry about it yet. Before we know it, we will be out on our own and we will be facing the same struggles as many Americans are right now. So if you’re curious, go online and find websites that talk about the issues. dividedwefail.org is a great place to learn about a few issues….and there are tons of other sites that make some of these complicated topics easy for us to understand. So I hope that you have voted or will vote if you can, and if you can’t….take this time to just sit back and watch what happens, and start learning about our country’s political process in advance!
So last week we had our first Blogger Chat….which was so much fun! We had a live video feed, and we got to answer everyone’s questions right then. I found out then that I love talking about stuff that I love…..aka Butler. So make sure you come back for the next one….we pretty much have a blast anyway.
- Now I’m going to backtrack a bit and go back to Homecoming….which was awhile ago….But I have two videos from Yell Like Hell for you to check out….one of the dance team and one of Schwitzer, Tri Delt, and TKE…..
This is part of our Batman Themed routine for Schwitzer, Tri Delt, and TKE
And here is the dance team…
- Well…..I’m off to study more so I can go to bed eventually…and then be excited for the election!!!
So here we are back at Butler after a wonderfully relaxing Fall Break. I don’t know about anyone else, but I wasn’t ready to come back after break…I needed like one more day. Then I would have been completely ready to come back. I think that’s because I was just so busy doing things the whole time that I was home, and I never totally got to relax. I was such a good student that I even wrote a paper and worked on a speech while I was at home. Yeah, I’m that dedicated. But I didn’t do homework the entire time that I was at home of course. I went to a wedding (my friend Taryn’s older brother married my friend Casey’s older sister) which was so much fun! It was kind of like a reunion of a bunch of my really good friends from high school, and we haven’t all had the chance to hang out together for a long time…like a truly long time. I love going places and seeing people who I haven’t seen for awhile, and who I really enjoy….it’s one of my favorite things I believe.
This past weekend I also did something I have been wanting to do for years…. my sister and I made homemade noodles. Now, to understand why this was such a big deal for me, you would have to understand how delicious my Aunt Cheryl’s noodles are. They are basically the highlight of every Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, and any other random family gathering during the year for me and everyone else in my family. Two Christmases ago, Aunt Cheryl hosted a “Noodle Night” where most of the women of my family all went and learned how to make the famous noodles. Natalie and I were too scared to make them for awhile, but then we decided that it was finally time to take the step and finally make them, and they weren’t too bad! They weren’t as good as Aunt Cheryl’s…..they were a little salty and a little bit too big….but hey, it was our first time, and they didn’t kill us. That’s an accomplishment! I’m ready to make them again, and then again, and again…..so I can discover all the tricks and secrets and everything that comes with making them 10 thousand times.
So as you all might know, exactly two weeks from today, we will hopefully know who our next president is. YAY! I’m so ready for election day……but I’m actually sad that I’m voting absentee so I can’t go through the line of people who give you cards or pens, and then go in and vote and get the sticker that says “I voted”. I’ve always wanted one of those on election day…and I got one during the primary election in May, but I don’t get one this time. But here is something that I enjoy as well…. when I went home, I noticed something different about our election signs in our yard. We have a rather large yard, and part of it is a hill and another part is flat, so we always put our signs on the flat part of the yard that runs alongside the highway. This year is different though. My Dad is a Republican, and my Mom is a Democrat, and they each have their own set of signs, on opposite sides of the yard. Dad’s are on the hill, and Mom’s are on the flat part. I find it rather humorous though…and random? I guess this is what happens when they have an empty nest. I just wonder what will be next….haha. Oh and the other day I got my first call for a poll…it was pretty exciting. Not really, but now I guess I’m a part of the numbers they talk about all the time….that’s pretty sweet. But yeah….make sure you get out there and vote!!! Remember, vote early and vote often!
So this week at Butler it’s homecoming!!! Whoohoo!!! But I’m kind of ready for it to be over…..there is just so much to do! I wanted a nice, peaceful week to get back into the swing of things….but no. That’s not possible. I’m really excited for Yell Like Hell on Thursday Night though…I will be dancing with the dance team and performing with Tri Delt and TKE…which will be exciting I’m sure. And we are dancing again on Saturday at the game….so come out and watch us!! And maybe I’ll post some videos from Yell Like Hell….and/or the game….so yeah, prepare yourself. Butler Homecoming is intense though. I think that’s the only way for me to describe it. I’m enjoying just taking it all in and seeing how everything goes down basically.
Well, I must go to sleep….I have yet another big day ahead of me tomorrow. Yay for college.
Tagged: cooking, democrat, election, Fall Break, Homecoming, homemade, noodles, president, republican, voting, weddings, yell like hell
So as always, it has been a very busy & exciting week in the life of Stephanie. This past weekend I got to do almost all of my favorite things….shop, watch movies,dance, drive, and visit cool people. (Thats a lot of favorite things isn’t it??) I went shopping at Castleton with my best friend from high school who is here at Butler too, Taryn…and we had a great time as always. (She understands how I shop….which is a very complex concept) Then we came back just in time to see SGA’s showing of Wanted….which is an AMAZING movie that I highly recommend. I’m not going to lie, after I watch it I want to go to a shooting range so I can try to curve a bullet like they do….they just act so cool in that movie…it makes me want to be as cool as them. Haha. Then on Saturday I got to dance at my first football game…YAY!! it was so much fun. I really hadn’t realized how much I have missed performing, but it was nice to get to be in front of a big crowd again. We will be dancing at Homecoming in a few weeks….so you should come out and watch if you can! After I was done at the game, I decided to go visit my boyfriend at his school…which was fun because as you may have read in previous blogs, I love to drive, and I guess he’s pretty cool too. I really like just singing like I’m a crazy person, and not even stopping when someone passes me…even though they probably think I’m a freak. I used to have a serious lead foot…and I still somewhat do, but since I got my first speeding ticket EVER a few weeks ago….I have been obeying traffic laws. Overall, I had a wonderful weekend filled with very festive activities…and here is a video of the dance team dancing pregame…:) You probably won’t see us…but the other freshman blogger Liz and I are both in it!
So right now in a town close to my hometown they are having the Fall Festival… Which is this huge street festival where they block of a whole bunch of downtown Evansville and every club or organization you can think of has a booth, and every one sells different kinds of food. If you even enjoy food in the slightest bit, it would be heaven for you. Last year was my maiden voyage to the Fall Festival….and my favorite thing that I bought was actually on my way out….there was a church selling Apple Kuchen (Apple Cake in German) and I thought that I would be nice and buy one for my mom and dad. But I got it….and I ended up eating like 75% of it because it was so delicious. I have been dreaming of that Apple Kuchen ever since that fateful day one year ago….and I just might get to go there this weekend.
So yesterday I had the privilege of not having any afternoon classes….so I got to go to the Obama rally at the State Fairgrounds! I had seen Obama once before during the primaries….but I just can’t get enough of political rallies…they rank up there with that Apple Kuchen. haha. Obama was great as always I thought, but what I enjoyed even more was just all of the people there. I did go with a pretty fun group of girls…:) But it was so amazing just to be in one place with so many people who believe in something just like you do. I’ve had a rough week or so dealing with my beliefs and just trying to remember that it’s ok if we don’t always agree…our differences are what make us each so unique and amazing. But like I said, being able to see thousands and thousands of people who care about a cause…or who believe in a person just like I do was the most comforting feeling I’ve had in a long time. And it was just sweet to see everyone saying to complete strangers, “Can you see him? Here, this is where you should look.” And then they would give up their spot to let that person see. It’s small actions like this that I think mean the absolute most to people. So there are now only 25 days until the election….and I am ecstatic because for the first time in my lifetime, and in even some of our parent’s lifetimes….Indiana is a swing state! Indiana hasn’t been won by a democrat since 1964….which is a really long time. Haha. But I’ve been so ready and psyched to vote for so long, that this is the perfect situation for me to be casting my first vote for president in. And I love that people can’t say, “Oh my vote doesn’t matter, I don’t need to vote”….because this year, it obviously does. Something else that I keep thinking about is how this year’s elections are making history in every way. No matter what, when we have grandkids, we are going to be able to tell them about how we voted in this election…and how intense everything was. I love that I will be able to tell them that I got to see Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Hillary Clinton all speak…which ony happened because Indiana is such a battleground this year! Yeah I know…I am a major dork. I love this stuff though!
So here is a video from the rally….hope you enjoy it!!
Tagged: Apple Kuchen, Barack Obama, Dance Team, dancing, Fall Festival, food, football game, Indianapolis, politics, State Fairgrounds, voting, Wanted