Friday Five

Friday Five

[Taylor Swift notebook I just happened to come across at an unexpected stop at Walgreens] The first week back from fall break flew by! This week was full of exciting surprises (many made this week’s “Friday Five”). The weather on Thursday was absolutely beautiful. Just about everyone on campus was outside and loving the sun. I tried … Read more

[Taylor Swift notebook I just happened to come across at an unexpected stop at Walgreens]

The first week back from fall break flew by! This week was full of exciting surprises (many made this week’s “Friday Five”). The weather on Thursday was absolutely beautiful. Just about everyone on campus was outside and loving the sun. I tried to enjoy every second of it since snow flurries are on the forecast for next week. After a good work out at the MAAC on Thursday, I remembered that I had a free smoothie coupon to use at the B&B! I was sent an e-mail a while back asking me to complete a survey. After I submitted it, I received a free smoothie coupon. It seemed silly not to take advantage of the coupon with the 80-degree weather. So, attention all Mount students: TAKE THE SURVEY! When you’re sipping on your “Paradise” smoothie (strawberry, mango & peach), you will find that it was well worth the exchange of five minutes of your time.

This weekend I am throwing a little Halloween party for some friends! I am always up for any get-together that involves balloons, hot apple cider and games, so I am pretty excited. I also plan to spend a full day catching up on my “fun reading.” I absolutely love reading and it’s hard to find time to do so with all of the homework, studying and reading for class. However, this weekend I am determined to make time to relax and read the new book I just bought (seen here), which is said to be a must read if you love The Hunger Games, which I do!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy Friday!

[I was in a sugar coma for the duration of fall break, but the pumpkin iced donut was well worth it!]

[Loving denim and floral for fall]

[My new favorite bracelet; which I received in a surprise package from my sister this week]

[Paradise smoothie]

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

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It’s prime time of the Fall season. The air is brisk, leaves crunching, pumpkin patches are blossoming, football is in full action, and warm apple cider compliments your seasonal sweater and scarves. Autumn is a very popular season, and even though school can get in the way make sure you take some time to watch the trees change color. Photography has grown into a small hobby of mine, and the changing colors make for the perfect shot. Some of the trees on campus create such a contrasting color, that it makes me wonder how do these leaves create such vibrant colors to begin with? I went to my brother who works at the Urban Ecology Center for some advice, and he directed me to one of his blog posts

“Lianna Bishop from the Urban Ecology Center tells us that Fall is a season known for trees full of beautiful shades of reds, oranges and yellows. But, you may be wondering, why do leaves change color in the fall?  Do trees change to the same color every year?  Our team here at the Urban Ecology Center have been thinking a lot about fall foliage lately. One of our Environmental Educators, Matt Flower, helped fill us in!

The brilliant colors of fall happen when the production of chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants associated with photosynthesis, slows down. As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, the leaves’ true yellow, red or orange color is exposed.

Weather can also affect the way these colors look during their fall show. The best leaf colors seem to occur after warm, clear days with cool (but not freezing) nights – just like the type of weather we’ve been having lately. No wonder the trees have been so stunning!

Matt helped identify each tree and its respective color: Silver Maples are a light yellow, Green Ash a glowing purple, Shagbark Hickory a golden yellow and Sugar Maple a red-orange. Try picking out your favorite tree near your home, work, or school and watch its colors change over time.”

As the days grow shorter and cooler, I hope you’ll get outside and enjoy nature’s multicolored farewell to the season. Also, check out these creative and intense photos of leaves for some inspiration, and check out this awesomely autumnal song.

 

Spring Semester is Underrated

Spring Semester is Underrated

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Fall semester was easily the hardest semester I’ve been through. It was only my third semester of college, but it was easily the most difficult. OK. I did take a dance class, which made life easier, but all of the other classes were definitely not as easy.

This spring semester seems like a joke to me, compared to last semester at least. I shouldn’t have that mindset though. I should be going into this semester just as hard as I did in the fall so my grades will improve, but I like things to be easy so I am just going to take it lightly. Some of my classes are lower on the workload, but they still matter. After this semester, I will be half way done with college. Basically, I need to take this semester just as seriously as I did the last, or else my grades will be lower than they were last semester.

I am telling myself this so that if my grades are lower at the end of the semester, I deserve to be hit by someone who read this.

Trick-or-Treat with the Raiders

Trick-or-Treat with the Raiders

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Once you’re in college, most people would agree you are too old to trick-or-treat. I disapprove that thought, but none of my friends want to go trick-or-treating anymore so what did I do instead? I helped hand out candy to kids with the wrestling team and the rest of the athletic teams on campus in the Peterson Field House during Trick-or-Treat with the Raiders.

This was the first year this event was held and I’d say it was a success. All of the sports team were dressed in their jerseys, game wear and even singlets, and each team had their own station. The kids couldn’t simply just say trick-or-treat for candy, they had to earn it.

The children could kick a soccer ball, shoot a basketball, hit a baseball, bump a volleyball, swing at a golf ball or complete an obstacle course to get their piece of candy. Every kid there was enthusiastic and stubborn toward getting their candy, nothing was going to stop them! For wrestling, we had an obstacle course where kids had to scoot, hop, run with weights as big as them, army crawl and then hit a giant muscle beast as hard as they can. All of this effort was for a piece of candy.

For a college student, all the work doesn’t sound worth it, but for the kids it is. That was the point of this event, to make kids happy by getting candy from their athletic role models. It really did make me laugh seeing kids in their costumes struggling to hold and run with a weight and getting to hit someone with a ball. It was also interesting seeing my professors and other coaches with their kids. It was a reality check that professors aren’t just professors, they are parents that love to dress their kids in embarrassing costumes and watch them eat candy.

If this event is held again, I am definitely going to do it. I might even dress up to scare the kids just a little. If you’re an athlete and you didn’t help out this year, I recommend doing it next year. It’s nice to get away from all the studying and interact with kids once in awhile.