I literally just told you guys about housing and events. Guess what, I’m about to tell you about another one.
Yes, this past weekend we went to Boomers, in Modesto. I have to say we had some pretty good luck in that it wasn’t pouring rain, because if you remember, the days previous it was raining, and raining, and didn’t look like the sun was going to come out anytime soon. Saturday was a good day, it was a little gloomy, but the sun was shining the clouds were just kind hiding it some of the time.
The flyers for boomers made it look fun. There was mini golf, go karts, laser tag, and so much more. Doesn’t that sound fun to you? It did to me, and with the knowledge that my friends were coming along with me made it 10 times more fun. So Saturday afternoon we headed off to Boomers!
I’ll admit, it was windy, but it wasn’t to cold that we weren’t going to have a good time. Our first stop when we arrived was the Go Karts. Actually I think a decent amount of people headed to go Karts first, it seemed to be the popular thing to do. Actually, laser tag was amazingly fun so maybe not. Let’s go with the line for Go Karts was the longest, and probably had the longest wait, so it was smarter to get that over with first then go else where. We waited twice before it was our turn, and then it was our turn! The Go Karts were decently fun, and hey you don’t even need a driver’s license to drive one, you just need to know how to press the gas and break pedals and well, not bump into people. I mean, its Go Kart racing, not bumper cars, so bumping wasn’t allowed, but going as fast as you possibly can was. Its funny when I think about it now, I would consider myself a decently safe driver, but when I was in the Go Kart it was all in the air and anything could happen.
My friends and I went to play laser tag afterwards, and after watching How I Met Your Mother for years now I was interested in how it worked, and to see how good I was. Let’s just say it was amazingly fun, my friends and I were laughing and enjoying ourselves a lot.
I’d say after the long week I had, this was the best time I could have asked for. Lots of laughs, and a lot of fun, I’m so glad I signed up for it! Boomers, if you’ve never been maybe you should because it was extremely fun. Rock climbing, batting cages, bumper boats, mini golf lots of fun, good job housing, it was an awesome good time!
Some times I enjoy going home. Sometimes I don’t.
When I think of going home, I want to relax some, sleep in my bed, relax enjoy myself, and pretend like I’m on a little mini vacation. That’s usually my hopes and my dreams. Most of the time, it’s not usually what happens.
The first week I came back home after returning to school my mom had all sorts of things planned for me. My parents had torn apart our storage room cleaning things out and looking for I don’t even remember what. That meant when I came home I was going through old things, tossing out old books, tossing out old stuffed animals.
I came back home on a Friday, and wanted to lie in my bed and just relax. No such luck! There was laundry, a couple boxes, and a couple pictures, I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound comfortable to lie on. What did I do? Moved them off my bed and ignored them, sort of. I think it was Saturday afternoon after I was done with work, that my mom came in and started asking me questions on the books that were in our dining room (because while my bed had stuff on it, our dining room was worse). There were stacks of books, boxes of stuff, bags of old toys and maybe a sewing kit or two.
Yes, my parents cleaned out the storage room, and wanted to get rid of the books my sisters and I read in high school (and were most likely never going to read again), they wanted to get rid of the multiple toys, the stuffed animals we didn’t care about. Yes, we tend to keep things that are sentimental to us, but we had Polly pockets for days, a billion different candle holders, and stuffed animals that we probably don’t remember where came from or bought on a whim.
We actually were able to get some money on some old books, we donated some stuffed animals and books to some foster parents we know, and gave away all those candle holders and toys we don’t play with any more. Lets go with, it wasn’t what I had planned to do during my weekend home, but maybe I’m glad I got to do it now then lets say over spring break or something. That would be worse.
What was bright side to all of this? Looking at these toys I haven’t seen in forever; real Polly Pockets, Littlest Pet shop (late 1980′s or 1990′s), my childhood memories just rushing all back to me! Its just amazing!
I’m not really big on hockey, it’s not my favorite sport so I don’t really have a favorite player, but when the opportunity came to go see a Stockton Thunder game, I took it.
If I haven’t mentioned this before, there are benefits to living on campus, such as free activities, food and games, and events to go to. Most of the events and activities for February were valentine related, or at least those for the first half of the month, card making and gift making, but after Valentines Day it was all up in the air.
Actually, last Saturday’s event was going to the Stockton Thunder game. Again, I’m not real big on hockey, but it was something to do on a Saturday night, it looked like fun, and it was Star Wars night! Now Star Wars, that’s something I’m into.
They had a costume contest after the first period for everyone who dressed up. It was awesome, everyone came out onto the ice and they had a cheering contest. I’m pretty sure it was a little stormtrooper who won the contest; I mean little kids are the cutest, why wouldn’t they win. The costumes were all sorts of amazing and creative, some store bought, some were home made.
During the game there were clips from Star Wars, bloopers and such during the breaks. There was also a room to the side (I’m sure there is a fancy name for it, I just can’t remember) where you could actually take pictures with characters from Star Wars, stormtroopers, Princess Leia, Darth Vader even walked in for a couple pictures, but I was a little to slow and he slipped out before I got a chance.
Hey, I’m happy with the outcome, and enjoyed myself, and I’m sure Stockton Thunder was happy to since they won the game that night 1-0. I still have no idea what I’m talking about when it comes to hockey, but I did realize I didn’t hate it.
Recently one of my favorite TV shows, Veronica Mars, was turned into a movie. Veronica Mars only lasted 3 seasons and ended May of 2007, it was a sad day for all of its fans including me. Then comes along a kickstarter project, that launched about a year ago, where fans helped fund the movie. Their goal within a month was to get 2 million dollars to fund the movie. They offered different prizes as incentives, signed movie posters, T-shirts, a part of the script, the physical movie once it comes out on DVD, and within that month they got 91,585 backers and got over 5 million dollars for the movie. As during the time of this kickstarter I was flat broke, and wished that I could have given even one dollar I could not, so all those cool prizes I just told you about I am sadly without any.
My excitement comes in the fact that as of yesterday, I have tickets to go and see this movie, the day it comes out! Pre orders started yesterday, and they are only showing these movies in AMC theatres. After a little research, I found that the closest AMC to Turlock is in Manteca, which is a short 30-45 minute drive (says the girl that drives 2 hours home, every so often), but hey if I’m going to take the time to drive there I might as well explore the town some, browse the shops, and try some delicious food. A new adventure awaits me!
The Veronica Mars movie comes out in 27 days, and I can’t wait to see it!
I think in general, college students don’t have a lot of money, or a lot of free spending money. I know I don’t, which is why I work over the breaks so that when friends want to go out I can’t say, “sorry I don’t have any money.” Being poor or broke is never fun; trust me I know.
I thought that I could give you a few tips on how to save a little money, or how couponing isn’t as bad as it sounds. Its okay if when you think of couponing, you think of old ladies trying to save every cent they have, it usually comes to my mind to, but there are some decent things that come out of couponing, like saving money.
Coupons can take hours or minutes. Depending on how much you are interested in investing in saving money.
- There are online coupons, that you can print out and bring to the store
- There are places like Safeway or Target where there is an app to add coupons to your personal shopping list
- Then there are the coupons you get in the mail, that are in the pile most people would consider junk of ads.
- I might consider bundling 1 & 3 together just because they are both physical coupons, they take time to go through and figure out what you want, and print/cut everything out and remember to have it scanned at the store.* But if you go through it sometimes you can find a coupon for something that was already on sale, I mean what could be better!
- The Safeway app or online store, tracks your shopping habits. I know some people might consider that a little invasive but, if it helps you save a little money isn’t it worth it. If it knows your shopping habits, the app is more likely to tell you when something you buy a lot is on sale, or will give you a discount especially for you. This could mean that you could have an item on sale, but the person sitting next to you might not.
One of my friends from high school just recently started cutting coupons and saving money, and she is having a blast doing it! I mean you go into the store, have a cart full of food and other such necessities and then go get it ringed all up, when you have coupons that $120 cart full of stuff suddenly turns into $80 worth of stuff! Hello, that’s 40 dollars you could potentially save by cutting coupons and paying more attention to the ads and what is going on. It all has to do with knowing your spending limits, and watching for things to go on sale.
Yes, this all takes time and patience, but in the end if you have the money for food, and save a couple bucks then maybe next week you will have enough money to go to the movies or go bowling with friends. Hey, it’s worth a shot!
*Did I mention the only way you really save money is to remember to use the coupons!
So I’ve now completed a weeks worth of classes, and so I thought I could talk about some of my classes this semester. It’s always nice to start fresh, new classes, new people and all sorts of fun stuff.
Methods of CJ Inquiry:: First off, this is my first criminal justice class at Stanislaus State. It is basically a research class. We will be reading literature and writing a non-biased paper about what we’ve read. In this class we are going to be learning about how information is analyzed and collected. Besides the whole writing a literature review, I hope this class is going to be good.
Organic Chemistry (lecture):: Basically this is going to be my life. It is the study of carbon, but it is also the study of living things, so basically not rocks. Organic chemistry is a tough class, and if you miss a day, you miss a lot. Getting behind in this class is not an option. This class is all about carbon and its properties as well as applications of organic chemistry.
Calculus II :: Right off the bat I’m going to admit, math is my favorite subject, so yes obviously I’m going to be excited about taking this class. Yay, math! Second off, my professor is just awesome, I’ve heard it from multiple people, and now get to experience it myself. Mr. Bice, if you ever end up having to take a math class try and take him, he is just amazing. Okay, lets get down to business; this is going to be about…. First day of class and I was smiling, laughing and enjoying myself. Math, math, math!
Organic Chemistry (Lab):: This is the one hard thing, you can’t actually know what is going on the first week for a lab. You know you are going to perform experiments, you know they are going to be time consuming. It is going to be like a lab, except a little more work, different compounds, and a little more caution because of what you are using in the lab.
Instead of talking about classes today or some other jumbo blah, I figured I would talk about my crafting skills.
It is one of my goals for the year to craft more, craft often and improve my skills (if that is possible).
I got my skills from my grandparents, and most of the supplies I’ve gotten from them or purchased based off of what I enjoy using and am comfortable using. There are still a few things I own, that I’m not quite sure what to do with, but I’m sure with time, and if I stare at it enough I’ll figure it out eventually. I’m sure if you ask my family I’ve got plenty of supplies; a couple of drawers full of papers, stickers, pins and buttons, as well as a couple bins under my bed with a paper cutter, ribbons, pens, glue sticks, and more paper.
My skill, and why I have so much stuff, is because I’m an avid scrap booker. My grandmother had started a scrapbook for each of my sisters and myself when we were younger, and she gave the books to us to continue as we go through life, such as starting college, graduating, and getting a real job. That’s to say, marking and remembering memorable events in our lives.
One of my sisters recently got married, and as part of her wedding gift I made scrapbook pages of the events leading up to the wedding, including the shower, the bachelorette party, finding the dress, and hair and make-up. I’m still in the midst of making pages for her, but the ones I’ve made so far have come out fairly well. My new problem is I don’t want all of them to look the same, I’ve been trying new layouts and new designs, but it is always easier to go back to what I know, what I’m used to doing.
I brought a lot of my crafting supplies with me to campus, to hopefully get my creative juices flowing. I mean, have you looked at our campus? It’s gorgeous! I’m hoping that by the end of the semester I’ll be done with my sisters wedding pages, and be on to working on some pages of my own.
Yes, last week there was 14 days as I was counting down, now it seems just like hours until the semester begins, but not really.
There is a week left, and I’m more excited and anxious then ever. After working like a crazy woman during this past month, I’ve finally got some time off to relax, enjoy myself and start some of those goals I had set for myself.
Today was a decently productive day. My mom and I went and got our nails done and went to see “Saving Mr. Banks”, which was an amazing movie by the way. When we got home I went digging for my calculus book, see its been since last Spring that I took calculus 1, and I knew I had to take calculus 2 eventually so, selling the book back to the bookstore seemed a little ridiculous, but it did mean that my book was buried somewhere and covered in dust.
Today also meant the start of packing, I’m only going to spend about four or five more days at my house, which means I can pack up the majority of my clothing, and wait for laundry to pack the rest. My drawers once again look empty because I can fit the next weeks worth of clothes in one drawer. Oh my gosh, it’s happening!!
This break has been busy, fun, and interesting, but I need to get back into the swing of things and remember how to wake up early for classes. I just hope that when I leave on Friday I don’t forget something important like my hair brush or the keys to the dorms (that would be bad).
What am I counting down to? The spring semester, its so close I can almost taste it (if that makes any sense).
- 14 days until the semester begins
- 13 days of relaxing
- 12 friends I’m missing
- 11 units I will be taking
- 10 gallons of gas
- 9 o’clock classes
- 8 individual shoes to pack
- 7 loads of laundry that need to be done (counting todays)
- 6 days off!
- 5 days left of working
- 4 bags to pack up
- 3 roommates I’ll get to see again
- 2 hours of driving to get back to school
- 1 car to pack up
Strangely enough I’m excited for the semester to begin. New classes, new people and a new start! January 27th probably won’t get here fast enough!
Are you excited for the new semester? Have anything you hope will happen? Something you are looking forward to during the spring?
Happy New Year everyone!
As part of the new year I wanted to set myself some goals. I remember there was a motivational speaker who had come to campus a few days before school started and talked to some of us housing students. He said something along the lines of; if you don’t have goals then what are you working for. It probably sounded a little better then that, but I’m sure you know what I mean.
I’ve decided to share some goals I’ve set for myself this year.
1. Explore Turlock. I keep saying that I’m going to do this and now that I’m telling you it is going to happen. I know there are plenty of parks around, and other sights to see around town, so its time to explore a little more, especially since I’ll be here for at least another year.
2. Get Back into crafting. I started working on crafts in maybe the middle of October, but didn’t quite get everything done I wanted to do. I think the plan might be every Friday night, or every Sunday afternoon if I’m not otherwise occupied I’ll be doing some sort of crafts for myself or for someone else.
3. Get a 3.5 GPA. I’ll admit, my grades for this semester weren’t the best ones in the world, but with difficult classes comes more effort and work. If anything the grades have motivated me to work even harder and try and boost my GPA up a little bit, study hard, work hard, and ask questions. I like having high grades, high marks in class, and I’m pretty sure they will be better for me in life if I do the best that I can in my classes.
4. Read the 5 books listed. I tend to collect books sometimes. One of the books listed I got for my birthday in October, another I just got for Christmas, and others I’ve had at my house for a while. I enjoy reading; I just don’t always have time for it. The plan over last summer was to read four books, about mid book three is when school started and I had good intentions in finishing it, but it just never happened. This time I will read them all!
5. Be more experimental with baking. I tend to take the easy way when it comes to baking, using the same recipe over and over again. My favorite stress reliever is baking banana bread, it’s my go to, because it’s that simple, but I want to expand my horizons and learn new recipes, bread wise and sweets wise. Hey, when you get to try new recipes, you also get to taste new things, and that’s always fun.
6. Go to the gym 3x a week. This one may or may not be happening seeing how I already seem to have a lot on my plate, but if my roommates and I continue going to zumba at least once a week, it would knock one day off the list and just give me two more. I know it’s a healthier lifestyle if I do, and it’s better to gain some muscle.
I think this year my goals are more towards myself, and for me. In the past I’ve done things to make other people happy, but in the last few weeks I’ve learned that it is more important to put my priorities first, and then others. Here goes nothing 2014!