Willyard, Samantha D: January 2009 Archives
So the first week of classes is over! It was a pretty easy week, for the most part. The first two days were just syllabus collecting, textbook buying and getting into a routine (involving alarm clocks, snooze buttons and a VERY QUICK breakfast on the go).
A word about textbook buying... OUCH. No really, that's the only word I have to say. And it was passed on from my wallet. Do yourself a favor and factor in the price of books when you're working over winter break and spending money excessively on things like fleece slippers you'll never wear or sweatshirts for your (ungrateful) little brother.
Then as a late Christmas Gift, mother nature granted us with a midweek SNOW DAY! Nothing like a refresher day in the middle of the week. Unlike a lot of people I know, I used the time to get ahead on my reading. This semester is going to involve little homework and a LOT of textbook reading. I don't consider that too bad except for my Life Science textbook... I'm not really crazy about cells. Once we get to humans and their digestive systems and muscles and bones etc.. I might be more interested. (Keyword: might)
Then WEDNESDAY night, around 11pm, the power on ALL of east campus went out. Well let me tell you, there was about a 3 second gap between the time the lights went out until everyone was in the hallway. It was a fun bonding experience to say the least. We all talked and it was like social hour. Once people realized that it may not be on anytime soon, everyone started to filter off to bed. (On a side note, at about 3AM the power went back on, and all was well again.)
Then the rest of the week flew by because it was only two days of light class work. Nothing too crazy. I certainly can NOT complain.
As always, Thanks for reading!
- Sam :)
So at about 11:59am today, my friend Nichole and I watched the clock and counted down until noon, when the residents could move back in. Sure as I'm typing this, at noon, it was like noise erupted. Furniture began moving, music was playing, there was yelling and squealing... just like clockwork.
Everyone is back tonight and it's great to see all of the faces I've missed all month. It's great to hear all of the different vacation stories and the trips that people took. I got to tell everyone about my Florida trip that ended in bronchitis, but was well worth it.
It's so funny after spending a week pretty much alone in a building to then all of a sudden having 300+ people walking around and laughing and talking (and yelling). It makes it feel much more like home. :)
Tomorrow classes start... and I'm pretty excited. There is nothing like new notebooks and pens and highlighters to start your week off right. I'm starting later this semester than I ever have. My days start at 11:30 and 12. It is my present to myself for doing so well last semester and stressing myself out. I ALSO can't wait to see the syllabus for each class and plan out my semester. I can't wait to get into routine and knowing what to do everyday.
I'm also really excited to work on my Action Plan. Action Plans are ResLife's way of making sure residents needs are being met. On Friday we got to "pimp our Action Plans" and decorate them. I pretty much planned out my entire semester and I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
Well, I hope everyone has a FANTASTIC semester and I wish you all the best of luck settling back into routine.
As always, Thanks for reading!
- Sam :)
One of the best things about college is the one month long winter break. You get a chance to relax... no papers, no exams, no projects, no textbooks... it's luxurious! You get a chance to go on (long) vacations and sleep in and completely alter your sleep cycle. It's great.
BUT... It's *back to reality.* Classes are going start right back up, the workload starts back up, tuition and textbook bills are rolling in, and real life is back. It's bittersweet though. Now you get to hang out with your friends again, you and your roommate are going to have a ton of things to catch up on and college life picks right back up.
If it's your first year at college though, I do advise you, it is a little tough getting back into the swing of things. If you're the kind of person that gets homesick, PREPARE before break ends. It is really hard to have an easy month at home with the family and just relaxing, but school starts back up abruptly.
A few things you can do before moving back into school are:
- take pictures of friends and family doing every day things.
- take pictures of pets
- write three things you CAN'T WAIT to do back at school.
- start to get back to a normal sleep cycle (sleep earlier and wake up earlier)
- get your class stuff (notebooks, textbooks, pens, highlighters) ready to go.
I've found (yes, yours truly gets TERRIBLY homesick the first few days) that being more prepared keeps me less stressed and I'm less inclined to think of how much easier things are at home and more inclined to think about watching my show at a friends or heading out to half priced appetizers at Applebee's.
So yeah, I move back in tomorrow morning for two orientation sessions, two days of ResLife training and then everyone moves back in!
Time to start packing (oops!)
Thanks for reading everyone,
So I've finally got the energy to finish my vacation entry... I hope you have the energy to read it!
So after Sea World was the weekend. We wanted to avoid parks on the weekends because we knew they'd be more crowded. The first day we went to the water park, River Island, in my timeshare. There are two water slides and a lazy river that takes an hour and a half to get around. I also got my whole head braided there. I can't find any pictures of me with my hair braided on my camera, but once I get the pictures from the Disney Photo Pass, I will put them in the entry.
On Sunday we went a different pool and I swam the whole day. I also read a whole book. I did that a lot. I read six books on vacation. I read Multiple Blessings: Surviving and Thriving with Twins & Sextuplets by Kate & Jon Gosselin and Beth Carson, Paper Towns by John Green, Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan and The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. I love reading and it was great to just read poolside and soak up the heat and sun. I highly suggest all of the books I read, but I DEFINITELY suggest Paper Towns (or anything really) by John Green. I'm sure my friend Lindsey will back me up on this one.
Sunday Night we went to Arabian Nights. It is a dinner show with horses and it is really very pretty. This horse was my favorite.
Then on Monday the 5th, we went to Disney's Hollywood Studios. I went on the Tower of Terror, Rockin Rollercoaster and Toy Story Mania. They were soooo fun. The lines weren't even too bad. I also saw the Indiana Jones show which I haven't seen since I was 5! I loved it just as much as I did back then. We also stuck around for Fantasmic, a light and water show. I've never seen that, and I loved it. It seems that I don't have any pictures from Hollywood Studios, sorry guys!
The 6th, we went to Magic Kingdom! My grandmother had never been to Disney so it was really funny to see how excited she was. There were like no lines there all day. I went on rides twice and we even rode around on the train a few times. Here are two videos I took of the fireworks that night.
Then the 7th, we went to DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park in Downtown Disney. It is basically this HUGE, FIVE-FLOOR arcade full of virtual reality games and old-school arcade games (like Donkey Kong). My mom and I fell in love with this ride/game, Buzz Lightyears Astroblasters. You basically drive around in a car and launch these balls at other cars, if you hit a pink star on their cart, they spin for 10-15 seconds. It's pretty fun and my mom and I got pretty good. Then my mom went on the virtual reality ride/game called Ride the Comix. I got her on video doing it.
On the 8th, we vegged poolside and played poolside BINGO. I also got a little sunburnt that day. It was cool. Then we played a little in our timeshare's arcade and headed to Old Town. It is this amusement park with all these old shops. I bought a gorgeous dream catcher at one of them. Lindsey and I also had an interesting conversation with these two haunted house workers (these gentlemen were COVERED in fake blood). The first time we walked past them, they tried to get us to go into the house. I said "No we're good." and he goes "I'm sure you are." Uhhh... Creepy? Then we realized that there was a sign above the haunted house that rated them number one attraction in Kissimmee. Well that peaked our interest. So we gathered up some bravery (more me than her... I really don't like haunted houses) and asked them WHO rated them #1? and proceeded to tease them for a little bit. Then we left.
The 9th, was a sad day, we returned home. No exciting layovers or anything. Only COLDDDD weather and snow on the ground. Boo.
PHEWWW... that was a LOT.
Thanks for reading,
Phew ! I am wayyyy behind on entries. There was no internet at my timeshare in Florida. They sent us a letter saying we were supposed to have wireless on the first, but it never happened. When I tell you I had the busiest 11-day vacation, EVER, I did! We did something everyday. I know I promised pictures, but they aren't on my computer yet so I will post them later. I'm also only going to cover about the first half of my vacation here because that will keep you amused for hours.
Well we left on the 30th, at 6:30AM, which means we had to be at the airport for 4:30AM, which meant I had to be up at 3:30AM. As most of you know, when vacation starts, you get on this trend where you stay up until 3 or 4 and do nothing... It is inevitable. So of course I couldn't sleep, so I stayed awake until 2:30 then went on a surprise Dunkin run for everyone in my house.
Then we had our first flight which was only about an hour and some change, which was cool. The NOT-COOL part was our 30 minute layover in Newark. We had to get ACROSS the airport in 30 PLANNED minutes. Funny how planes get delayed and taxi FOREVER when you're on a tight deadline. So as the pilot pulls into our little tunnel, the flight attendant says "Passengers, we have 6 people that have 20 minutes to catch their flight to Orlando, so if you could remain seated and let them off the plane it would be greatly appreciated. If you are on a tight time limit, then feel free to leave." Well, the six people were us, and yeah, we now had 20 (!) minutes to get from one FARRR end of the airport to the other FARRR end. WELL EVERYONE ON THE FLIGHT STOOD UP AND STARTED TO GET OFF THE PLANE! Not to mention we were in rows like, 28 and 29 on this flight. So it took us 15 minutes to get off the plane pretty much. I really lost respect for people there. Like, 2 people, on the whole flight were sitting by the time we got off the plane. So THEN, my mother, brother and I started to run to the other end of the airport. My grandmother, dad and friend walked VERY fast behind us. Well about 3/4 of the way, I started to feel winded, and I couldn't get to my inhaler. Finally, I see the last gate (which happened to be ours) and my brother was yelling "THEY WON'T WAIT FOR EVERYONE!" Well, that didn't go over to well, I started to talk to the women who was telling us SHE WOULD NOT HOLD THE PLANE! that we had my GRANDMOTHER with us and then, a little golf cart pulled up with everyone and the woman miraculously let us on the plane. PHEW!
Once we started walking down our little tunnel thing, I realized I couldn't breathe. I was hyperventilating and my inhaler was in my backpack. Needless to say, I scared a few people. But I used my inhaler and we were smooth sailing (or flying... but you get the point).
Then I slept on that plane. Fast forward three hours.
We got our car, drove to the timeshare, checked in, and ARRIVED at our gorgeous 2 bedroom villa.
Well, on that 78 degree day, I did the most reasonable thing, and NAPPED! When I awoke, there was a plentiful amount of food (Ma & Pa did some INSANE grocery shopping) so I whipped up some dinner.
The next day involved a lot of sun & pool & NEW YEARS! My timeshare had a huge-family friendly pool party with a DJ and crazy lights and noise makers so we partied like it was 2009 and rang in the new year.
The next day involved some pool & sun.
Then the 2nd we went to my FAVORITEST place ever, SEAWORLD! I saw lots and lots of animals and shows. I had a blast, but I DID discover that seaworld needs a better layout landwise. In order to get anywhere to anywhere, you had to do a lot of walking and people (and double/triple-wide stroller) passing. It took far too long. But yeah, I feel like the one thing that you blog-readers should know is, I touched a dead fish. Two actually. I decided that I wanted to feed seals and sealions. Funny, because that involves dead, slimy, smelly fish. I have pictures and videos, that I PROMISE I will post soon.
On that note, I will leave you in suspense what I did for the other 7 days in Florida.
Thanks for reading,