Humans Vs. Zombies

Housing just finished their 3rd annual Humans vs. Zombies month long event.  This was the first year I was interested and was able to participate.  After listening to all of the rules and such my roommate and I decided it would be fun.  Everyone starts out as a humans and there is one original zombie.

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Everyone participating in the game is marked with a band, orange for human and green for zombie, except the original zombie who is not supposed to be known and wears an orange band and has a special ID card.  Each zombie must “eat”/tag one human a day and report it, otherwise they are out.  Each zombie and human had to check into the housing office once a day or they are out of the game.  The goal of the game was to be the last human standing, or kill off all of the humans.  There were safe zones, like no one was allowed to be tagged while in class or in a building on campus, being under a balcony/overhang in the dorms was also a safe zone marked by yellow tape.  Humans were allowed to use clean socks to stun zombies for 15 minutes, enough to get away (and recollect your socks).

The night before the game started I decided to do a little math in my head, see how many zombies there could be within the week, that is if a zombie only ate one human a day, and all of them survived, by the 7th day there would be 64 zombies running around, this gave me some frights.  Maybe that wasn’t the smartest thing to do before going to sleep, but wait were there even 64 participants or would the game be over by that time.

The first day was probably the most horrifying because you didn’t know who the original zombie was.  For all I knew it could have been my roommate and she was just acting scared.  You think you would feel safe, but I felt the most paranoid, anyone could tag me, I had to be cautious around every turn.  I was strategic in how I played, how I moved, tried to avoid open spaces, tried to walk when it wasn’t crowded meaning waiting in a building until classes started.  By the end of day 1 there were at least 3 people who had turned into zombies.  Lucky for me I wasn’t one of them.

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Day two and three may or may not have been worse.  Day two was worse.  I was stressing out, I was on my way to my second class and saw a zombie, he almost got me, my heart was pounding.  I was sitting in class and almost wanted to tare off my band and give up, after two days I was paranoid and all I wanted to do was stay inside and avoid people but with classes and such it wasn’t possible.  My roommate had been turned on day two, and said that she wouldn’t tag me if we were together.  I was even more cautious by day 3, it was the end of the week, I only had one class but there was more zombies out there to get me.  But I made it, and I was happy.

They had mentioned doing antivirus drops and such during the course of the month.  The first one came the first Friday of the month, 3 sets of vaccinations were dropped in 3 different locations around housing, and the vaccinations were only allowed to be used that day.  The next day they gave out 5 free days of life.  As in the first five people to go into housing and ask were either allowed a day of not having to sign in (humans) or a day where they didn’t have to feed (zombies).

After a week of play housing was feeling what I might consider generous.  They allowed new people to come and join in the game (I think because so many people died out the first week), they also allowed 5 zombies to come and turn back into humans.  They wanted to keep the zombie outbreak under control, its a good thing or the humans wouldn’t have survived another couple days.  I mean the best strategy for zombies I think would be to stalk out the housing office waiting for an unsuspecting human to come and get them.

The game was hard to say the least.  I know plenty of people were paranoid and afraid.  I know a few zombies dropped out after they got turned, they just couldn’t get themselves to change another person, and I don’t blame them.  I’m not sure I would have been able to do it, I would have felt guilty.

I lasted 3 days as a human, and lasted 0 days as a zombie.  I ended up having to drop out of the game because I decided to go home for the weekend to celebrate my birthday with my family, and while I could make that drive to go check in and come back, it wasn’t worth it to me.  They said next year they might make a birthday clause for that case, but I wouldn’t hold it to them.  It was fun while it lasted, and I would definitely do it again next year just hope I survive a little longer.

The game ended on October 22 with one human standing.  Congratulations to the one human!

Monday Pick Me Up’s

Does the beginning of the week always tend to drag for you? Hate waking up after a long weekend knowing you’ve got a full week of classes ahead? Are Mondays just a day you hate?  Well, then maybe I can help…

Every Monday the University Student Union has some sort of Monday pick-me-up, to help make your Monday just a little better.

The time frame usually ranges from 12-2 (although I’ve learned from experience if you get there at 1:50 they might be out of some things).  To give you an idea here are some of the things they’ve given out.

This past Monday they gave out a free stylus pen, and the week before they gave out free USB wristbands!  Free USB for college students, sounds good to me!

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USB Wristbands

 

About a month ago they were giving away free donuts and hot chocolate.  This was the day I was running late, so they were out of donuts, and even though it was a hot day, I wasn’t passing up free hot chocolate.  I’m somewhat glad I didn’t either, because later I noticed a little note written on the cup, cheering me on.

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Back in September, about a week before the color run they were giving out cookies that they made to support and promote the run a little more.  They even designed the cookies to look like a running man. So cute!

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You should definitely check out the USU Hallways on Mondays, the people working there are always friendly, and you never know what you’re going to get.

All pictures from the Warrior Activities Center Facebook page. 

What I’ve learned…

This may not be a list of a million things, but instead one big thing, that I think everyone should know.

Being in a new town I would think most people would want to try something different, go to a place you’ve never been that you can’t find in the town you are originally from.  Did that make sense at all?  Let me clear that up.  I’m a person who if I have the chance would rather try something new then go to a big chain restaurant that you could find almost anywhere in the world, or at least in the United States.

Turlock is no exception, yes there is In and Out, Chipotle, and even an Olive garden, but these are all places I could go to anytime and I’m also the kind of person who would rather help out the little companies or small businesses then those big corporations.  I try and use yelp for convenient suggestions of places to try and go.

A few weeks ago I was looking for some new food to try and a different place to go with my boyfriend.  I was looking for either a good Mexican restaurant or a Chinese place, because I realized we tend to eat a lot of burgers or pizza, yes time for a little change.  The one slight problem was that we were meeting up around 9 o’clock, and most places closed at 9pm.

You now see my dilemma.  The only choice for Chinese food was Panda Express, no thank you.  There were a couple more choices for Mexican food, Hallelujah! We went and tried out Memo’s Cocina on W. Main Street, which only opened a few months ago.  It was pretty quiet, and I’m pretty sure we were the last customers to come it, but it was worth it to try something new.

Now comes this past week where we were going out to celebrate my birthday.  I’m going to blame my Tuesday night class for this one,  even though I got out relatively early, but usually it runs until 8:40pm.  This time I wasn’t so picky about where we ate because I knew that many places were going to be closed by the time we got there.  We had been to 10 East and Dustbowl before and both of their yelp pages said they were open till 10 so we believed we had some luck.  Of course we weren’t as lucky as we believed, they were both on the same street, so we stopped by one checked in, and their kitchen closed at nine and we had the same problem at the second one, their kitchen also closed at 9 (sorry to those of you who are under 21…get there early).  I mean it was nice these places were open so that you could watch the Giants game (they won by the way!) but since I hadn’t eaten since around 1pm, I was a little hungry.  Even Memo’s was closed! Ugh

Based on minimal knowledge and the time frame, we were very limited on what we could do and where we could go for food.  At the time the only places I knew of were Olive Garden and Red Robin that were at least sit down places to eat.  Obviously not my first choices (or second or third) but at least we were able to sit down, enjoy a nice dinner, and watch the Giants celebrate their victory.

Moral of my little story, check online or make sure if you want to eat somewhere after 9pm in Turlock that they are open.  You really don’t want to be standing outside somewhere looking for a place to eat on a week night.

Pottery Magic

How about we talk about some fun?  At least I thought it was fun.  Housing hosted an event a couple weeks ago where Pottery Magic of Modesto came and let us paint mugs or plates.  I had never heard of them before, and the flyer that was sent out was a little vague, so we weren’t sure if we were painting, decorating or creating these objects.  My roommate thought it might have been something like color me mine, but that was something I had never done, so all of this was a mystery to me.  

We showed up Friday afternoon waiting to see what we were going to be doing.  A representative from Pottery Magic and one of our community leads in housing drove up with all sorts of boxes that were filled with paint and painting accessories as well as plates and cups.

This kind of painting was a little more difficult then something you could do on your own because after the painting they go and glaze and fire the piece after we finish.  With that being said, you couldn’t just do one layer of paint, or it would probably come out pretty faint or not at all, it had to be three layers at least.  Three layers, as in you have to wait for the first layer to dry before you started the second layer, or it wouldn’t count, this is what made this so time consuming.

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It didn’t mean it wasn’t fun though.  Although I think the hardest part for me was deciding how I wanted to paint it.  What kind of decoration.  Google happened to be my best friend for this reason.  Yes creativity is inside me, but sometimes I need just a little bit of help.

About half way through it ended up getting pretty dark, and trying to paint and not make any mistakes was just about impossible.  Most people ended up using their phones for some extra light, or move under the few lights that surrounded the area, but there weren’t tables there.

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My roommate said I look so focused

Please tell me someone gets this?

Please tell me you get this?

Everyone seemed to be so creative, and have different ideas.  Some people had quotes, others painted different things, the last second I saw someone paint a penguin on a plate.  Oh my god, it was amazing, and yes I was jealous!! Its been almost two weeks and I can’t wait to see what the final product looks like.

Roasted Strawberry Banana Bread

One of my goals for the year was to try out some new recipes, and experiment a little more with baking. I have been reading skimming recipes from skinnytaste.com for over a year now, and bookmarking the ones that I thought looked good or were something I was willing to try.  About a month ago I finally went back and printed about 7-8 recipes ranging from smoothies, bread/muffins, and frittatas.  My first try at a new recipe was the roasted strawberry banana bread, since I had made banana bread so many times before I thought it was nice to be able to make something I hadn’t made a million times before.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cups strawberries, diced
  • 3 ripe medium bananas, mashed
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (not packed)
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • baking spray

 

Sorry I just wanted to show off my resourcefulness of using these extra jars we had for baking stuff at school
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350, lightly spray a loaf pan with baking spray.  Place strawberries on a baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes, roast and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt with a whisk.  Set aside.
In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer.  Add egg whites, bananas, apple sauce and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick .
Add flour mixture and blend at low speed until combined, do not over mix.  Fold in strawberries and pour batter into the prepared loaf pan.  Bake in the center rack for about 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Skinny taste had some slight changes based on ingredients such as only using the egg whites, less butter/margarine, brown sugar instead of white, and whole wheat flour instead of regular flour, although it is called skinny taste so I would think it isn’t as much caloric intake and is a little healthier then other recipes you might find.
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*First recipe: mainly a success.  It did sink a little and looked a little deflated after sitting out of the oven for a while, but then again the banana bread I make usually does too.  Definite strong taste of the strawberries.  My only change might be the roast process, the recipe says to dice the strawberries (which I think of small pieces) maybe just slicing them would do the trick.  The dicing made the strawberries stick to the pan some, other wise I might suggest rotating the strawberries after 10 minutes or so.
Recipe from:  Skinny Taste