Snow Days of February!

For many of New England public school teachers and students, we’re on to day #4 of the weekend of Nemo’s storm, and sadly I didn’t even watch Finding Nemo with all my new-found free time.  However, somebody else did channel their creative energies appropriately:

Take a look at this super short YouTube gem making fun of how New Englanders react to impending snow storms from Vic Dibitetto :)

 

Senior students here at SC spent all day Sunday trying to rescue our cars from the Townhouse parking lot, passing around a mere handful of shovels.  Luckily, my guy roommates are hockey fanatics and had a good shovel they’d used when skating on the Massasoit.  After getting Kristie’s big Jeep out in a matter of minutes, one roommate dug out the snow that blocked Rhonda in, while I scooped snow on the sides that was up to the door handles down to underneath the car.  I only stalled 14 times while finally attempting to get out of the spot, and it only took a 20-point turn to back into the parking space again!  Over an hour later, it was a total success!

The “before” and “after” :)

Later that night as I walked back from work in the Writing Center (where obviously the line was out the door with students who wanted help on papers………), I was shocked to find that the Jeep parked next to me had kindly displaced the snow that blocked them in right behind Rhonda.  I grabbed the shovel, and 15 minutes later, the green beast was freed again..

There are currently huge mounds of snow all over the parking lot, and the parking lot had a lot of scenes like this yesterday:

I know that it’s bad karma to chuckle at those slip and slides, but come on!!!

Hope everybody without power gets it back soon, and that there are as few accidents as possible.  I can’t wait to get to the grocery store this afternoon; my meals of soup and crackers this weekend just aren’t cutting it!  Stay warm :)

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A message by George Carlin:

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A message by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways but narrower viewpoints. We spend more but have less; we buy more but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge but less judgment, more experts yet more problems, more medicine but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom but not our prejudice. We write more but learn less. We plan more but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you and a time when you can choose either to share this insight or to just hit delete…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart, and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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Thanks for the Long Weekend, Columbus!

Columbus landed in America (supposedly) at a great time in the semester.  Right as I was beginning to get a bit overwhelmed, the highly anticipated three-day-weekend was finally the next page in my planner.  Friday afternoon, Kristie, my housemate and best friend since freshman year, had her White Coat Ceremony for her PA (Physician’s Assistant Program).  This basically means she can start actually seeing patients in her internship rotations.  Yay!

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I also made it home for my mom’s birthday (although a bit late, oopsie!).  I’ve been posting this picture everywhere this weekend, because it’s just so freakin cute.  :)  Happy birthday Mommy!!

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On Saturday, Dad, Shan, and I also continued our tradition of a fall football game at the Yale Bowl, one of my personal favorite places.  Paint peels off the rigid wooden bleachers in navy flakes and the announcer’s voice booms out at uncomfortably high volumes.  We get to snack and play catch out in the parking lot, and walk all over the field after the game.  It was a teeny crowd and Yale got crushed, but it was a gorgeous day and lots of fun, nonetheless!
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I also got to see my sister pitch and get a couple sweet hits at her softball games Sunday morning!  A short, but happy weekend home.  After getting back to school yesterday afternoon, I locked myself up to get work done for this upcoming week, so as a reward, I took the early part of today off :)  My friends and went pumpkin picking at Pell Farm!  So much fresh air this weekend, I loved it!!!  We did the hay maze, corn maze, hay ride, saw the goats and pigs and mini horses (cue me sprinting away in terror from a 3-foot high shaggy-maned animal), and picked out baby pumpkins and a big one to carve for our house.

I love these things. Meow.

Photo credit to Kris

Happy Fall!!

BACKpack in Action

A morning breeze waltzes through the open window, rustling a pile of papers, articles, and memos strewn on the desk.  The perfectly organized day planner lies open, pages fluttering.  Neon Post-It note lists of varying length and category cling for extra surface area to write on.  Desk drawers are filled with a laptop, heaps of scrapbook paper, textbooks, fun books, folders, and binders.  The room’s white concrete walls are now decorated with shining purple Christmas lights, pictures of friends, family, and travels, along with cheap wall stickers.  What parts of the floor not being used for furniture or the fuzzy rug hold shoes, more books, and a well-worn backpack.  The inhabitant has fallen asleep, nose and cheek pressed against her current read.

It seems we’ve caught the college creature in her natural habitat.  It was a late night, and as warm sun sneaks through the blinds, it’s about to be an early morning!

Although my days have been longer and more filled and challenging than almost ever, I’m thrilled to be back and starting my senior year (*gasp, choke, faint, recover*) at Springfield College.  Here’s a preview to this semester:

In addition to taking two English courses as electives with my favorite professors, I’ll be spending 80 hours teaching in a middle school, and 80 hours in a high school.  I’m taking a Teaching Methods course with the most fantastic education professor, and a teaching seminar as well.  Also, I am getting credit for rock climbing in our Wellness Center.  I have become the Copy Editor for our college’s newspaper, the Springfield Studentand have become the Editor-in-Chief of our school’s literary magazine, the Alden Street Review.  I’m back at the Academic Success Center, tutoring mainly writing and grammar, but have resigned from the Print Shop after three years.  I’ll be working with the Career Center Student Advisory Board again, will participate in our English and Education Honor Societies, and Education Club.  If you’re like me, this all sounds like a ton of fun.  If not, I’m sure we’ll still get along =)

Also, next week I’m going to Honduras!  More on that soon!