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A few complaints and an ode to free Mexican food

12 Feb

This is the fourth week of the semester.

The fifth week of the semester is when, to use a colloquial phrase, shit gets real.

Next week, I have four major assignments due, a paper, and test. The paper and test are both for Tuesday, for the same class. That’s not awesome.

Also, I need to figure out how I am supposed to complete 30 hours of service to the Hispanic community this semester when a) no one I contact ever gets back to me and b) I’m not convinced that Springfield even has a Hispanic community??

And, I basically got officially told that I can’t live in this apartment again next year. That blows. If 50% of the residents want to keep the same one, they can. I wanted to keep it but so do four other girls (two of my current roommates and the two girls Hanna and I replaced who are studying abroad now). The good news is that I can live with Caitlin again but we really want to live in this building and at this point we’ll have to sign up and just hope there will be enough spots. And find two more people.

Last night I ran into Carson and I talked to him for like 20 minutes right outside his apartment door. Not sure why we didn’t go inside because it was effing cold but we decided that this weekend we’re gonna go to Trops since his birthday is on Friday (SO EXCITED). I can’t wait to start making money again so I can start to justify some of my expenses. Haha.

And tonight I’m going to dinner with the Spanish club at a Mexican restaurant and it looks like, depending on the number of people who go, our food will be either substantially discounted or free because the club got money from the student government. Free Mexican food, seriously what could be better?

Oh yeah! If any of you want to check out my London website that I’m making for my Web Comm class, here’s the link! http://www.madaboutlondonguide.com It’s under construction so it’s not that cute yet but check for updates during the semester! My professor even said I should use a couple of guest bloggers, so I’m gonna ask Hanna to but if any of you guys have a topic you would want to make a short post about, let me know!

Miss you! Hope to see you in a few weeks #legalfun

Cathy

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Two months of No Privacy Ever

2 Nov

It’s been a rough few days getting back into the swing of school after a dream come true fall break vacation experience. Shameless plug for my blog again.

I’ve been having some issues with one of my roommates, Megan. She doesn’t know we’re having issues because they’re always when she’s drunk so she never remembers them later. You might recall how she and Hanna almost got in a physical fight a few weeks ago when Megan was being a mean drunk.

The other night was Halloween which of course was a big thing here for all us Americans. I came up with my costume while at the store at 7pm. I got a black and white striped shirt for £3 and a mask for £2.50. I borrowed a hat from Hanna and ta-da, I was a robber, or “The Hamburgaler” as I decided to call myself to differentiate myself from the most annoying person here named Brian who was also a robber but basically only meant he was wearing a mask. Hanna was a cat and Megan was “risky business.” She asked me if she could borrow my tennis shoes and I said yes because I borrowed her black flats a few times this semester. We had some alcohol and took lots of pictures with the rest of our friends for a while.

Our friends left for O’Neill’s at about 10:30, but we couldn’t leave because Hanna had a friend from our school who is studying abroad in Greece coming to visit and for some reason his flight wasn’t getting in until 10pm, so he got here at midnight. He is staying in our room this weekend. Hanna, Madi, and I waited for him (his name is Tristan) and then we left around 12:15. By the time we got to O’Neill’s at 1, everyone else was ready to leave. Hanna immediately started dancing with a random guy from our school (as per usual) and ignoring us. Then I had to babysit Tristan because he was in a huge hot club where he didn’t know anyone except for vaguely knowing me from one class we had together freshman year. “Well this is awkward, because I came to hang out with Hanna…” he said after she disappeared after about 10 minutes.

Long story short, Hanna disappeared with all our stuff like normal, Megan was a huge drunk bitch to me, we went home at 3am, Megan and her “boyfriend” Austin had sex in our room for like an hour, Tristan and I came back to the room at 4:30 to go to bed and Austin stayed the night. Hanna came back inside at 8am and she and Megan were soooo loud. They don’t even pretend to be quiet in the morning. They went to breakfast and then I was alone in the room with Tristan for like an hour and a half, again. So we talked a lot and he’s nice but it was awkward.

I was a little upset with Hanna about the night before and did not want to be around Megan so I went to breakfast at 10 with Carson and then we went straight to the library… I was there for 7 hours. Doing a paper. Sorry I didn’t blog yesterday, it’s because I was doing that. I did not want to see Hanna or Megan and I just needed a break from them. I was able to stay out of the room all the way until like midnight, and I mostly finished my paper. I was kind of grumpy though because I had been writing the paper ALL DAY and I wasn’t sure yet if I was ready to see people again.

I went into the room and Megan and Austin were there. Megan was drunk. I saw she had returned my shoes and they were covered in black stuff. “What happened?” I asked, holding one up. “They were like that when you gave them to me.” I told Megan they were not. “What are you talking about, Cathy? I wasn’t that drunk last night.” I said nothing and dropped the shoe to the floor. Pissed. I texted Hanna and asked where she was.

Megan decided she was going out and “Austin’s just going to stay here in our room because he’s sick and he can’t sleep with people in his room.”

Hanna told me to come downstairs because everyone was leaving. I was on my way when she told me Megan came back so I took a detour to the bathroom and contemplated my next move.

I decided the best choice was to just go in a stall and sit on the toilet lid and just be alone. So I did.

About 10 minutes later I heard Hanna and Tristan come in. “Is Cathy in here?” she asked. Yeah, I’m in here, I said and opened the stall door. She started laughing and hugged me and gave me a candy bar from the vending machine.

We went to talk on the floor in the hallway because Megan came back up and decided she wasn’t going out. I told Hanna why I had been upset the night before and it was fine.

Five people slept in our tiny room last night. Megan and Austin in Megan’s bed, Hanna and I in our beds, and Tristan on a mattress on the floor. I considered sleeping in Carson and Robbie’s room instead but didn’t want to drag my mattress down 4 floors.

It’s just been a little overwhelming. Sometimes you just need your own space even when you aren’t mad at people, and especially when you are. I still don’t want to be around Megan so I have been out of my room since 12:30 today and now it’s 5.

The only privacy I’ve had for the past 2 months is in the toilet and the shower. I think that would get to anyone after a while.

Cathy

Me and Harry Potter Are Starting Classes on the Same Day

31 Aug

Hello everyone, Cathy here reporting from London freaking England. My day for blogging this semester is theoretically Friday because Tristan took my normal day of Wednesday but he has yet to blog so I might reclaim it. Actually it’s already Sunday here but whatever, this is like the first time I’ve had any time to myself so I’m just gonna blog late this time.

Earlier I wrote a ton of stuff for my travel blog, and I decided I’m probably always gonna just go ahead and post a link to it if I think it’s interesting. That way I don’t have to say everything twice but also I can make that one more thorough, and if you’re really interested you can read it as a supplement to this one. Also I decided I’m going to say some things on this one that I might not necessarily want to share with the whole social media world since I’m posting that one to Facebook and Twitter. Here is a safe place to talk, even though half of our moms read this (lol).

Well, London is off to a great start. Everyone is really nice and it seems easy to make friends. I’ve been hanging out a lot with my roommates, Hanna and Megan, who are also from Drury, and getting to know them. I love living with them so far and we laugh sooooo much. Our beds are in a little row and it kind of feels like one giant slumber party. Every morning we wake up at the same time and immediately just start talking. Also, we all wear the same shirt and shoe size so we have been sharing a lot of things. It would appear that one of them has no qualms about being completely naked in front of us. Our RA told our floor that we should write our name on the outside of our door so people know where we live, and we had the idea to take a funny Awkward Family Photo or something and put it out there, so I hope we eventually do that. I think I’m going to have a really fun semester with them and I think we will be really good friends for a long time.

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Megan, me, and Hanna tonight at a pub called The Volunteer

We’ve gone out the past three nights with a lot of other students from Regent’s. We also hang out with the only boy from Drury and about 7 or 8 other people we met. Two nights ago, we were at a huge bar over near Piccadilly Circus (which is kind of like TImes Square) that had like four floors. One guy in our group met some English guy in the bathroom and introduced him to all of us. He and one of the girls started talking a lot and ended up talking for the most of the night. They kissed when we were about to leave, and they talked a little more, and guess what? She found out he was 30 years old. So she has an interesting story to tell about her second night in London.

One of the funniest things about being here are the super basic phones that we bought so that we can keep in touch with each other or use in an emergency. Everyone has iPhones which work great as long as you have Wifi, which a lot of places do, but you still can’t call. I bought this phone for 25 pounds – the phone cost 5 and I got 20 pounds of calling credit. Me and Hanna kind of love these phones. We get so excited when we get a message and we only have like 4 contacts each. It has this really basic Bejeweled game on it and we laughed really hard this morning when Hanna said, “I’m going to play Bejeweled for a while and then I’m going to take a shower.”

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Other than a lot of orientation activities, I’ve really had a chance to use the Tube (Underground/subway) a lot and learn how to use it effectively. It’s pretty fun and not that difficult to figure out. I also finally got to see a lot of the good sights and do a little shopping for necessities like towels and alcohol (just kidding on that.) I’m trying soooo hard to save my money but in this first week it goes so fast because there are so many things you have to pay for, like a prepaid card for the Tube, a boat party/booze cruise, and toothpaste. The food at the cafeteria is okay. I feel like I do a lot more walking than eating substantial food so I will probably be pissed if I don’t lose any weight this semester.

I start classes on Monday, September 2nd, which I don’t know what supplies I need or even where the classes are at so hopefully I find that out sometime. I realized that Harry Potter and I are starting classes on the same day. In the book he always went back Hogwarts on September 1st and then school started the next day. We’re such twins because I’m in England too and King’s Cross Station is right here in London. I kind of feel like my school is a little bit Hogwarts. I need to go to Platform 9 3/4 soon. And do laundry, but not at Platform 9 3/4.

I’m gonna leave it at that for now, check out my other blog at http://cathyinlondon2013.wordpress.com if you want to read in detail about my Germany-Italy trip and more about London!

Cathy

P.S. I just keep getting so excited when I think about you guys coming to visit and us riding the Tube together and going to all my favorite places that I haven’t discovered yet.

El fin! Hasta enero, Springfield. Hasta pronto, amigos :-)

15 May

I am free! 🙂

This is a little bittersweet though. It’s been the best semester of college by far, potentially the best of my life ever. It was much needed after the worst semester of college and my life ever last semester. But this one has been awesome. I am a little sad it’s over and that I won’t see a lot of my friends and professors or be on Drury’s campus until January. But then I remember I’m going to LONDON in 3 months so I stop being sad pretty quick.

I actually haven’t been that stressed out this week. I’ve been stressed all semester, in a good way though. It kept me busy and kept me going all the time, but I just feel so satisfied when I check things off my list of things to do, so I’ve been managing my time really well. Considering how much I’ve been working, I’ve had to. So I never got panicked-stressed out.

Friday night we had our final Summit project presentations. Here’s me and my roommates outside our house wearing our Volunteer shirts we got from the shelter.

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Today I had my final presentation of my research project. I still can’t believe that dang project that wouldn’t go away is… gone. If anyone’s interested in learning about Media Framing of the Sandy Hook Shooting and wants to read a 17-page paper about it, hit me up. My mom told me she thought it would be really boring but it kept her attention. So there’s a testimonial, if you’re skeptical.

I got my final grades for my two Spanish classes where I have an awesome teacher. 97.75% in Spanish 302 and 97.6% in Senior Seminar! I got a 98% on both of my final papers. The other day I was talking to my professor and she said I’ve really improved a lot and I am probably one of the ones who have improved the most.

Here’s a picture of me and my class at her house after the Iniciación ceremony for the Sigma Delta Pi honor society! Those little kids are another professor’s kids.

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I’m really going to miss my Spanish class!

I don’t know what to do with myself now. Probably eat a lot of food, right? I’ve been having a lot of Chipotle and pizza lately.

Or maybe I should work on cleaning this:

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… Nah. I’m going to enjoy my freedom for now.

Here’s a list of some of the best things about this semester (no particular order):

  • Going to Atlanta to watch the basketball team win the national championship
  • Getting the outstanding sophomore in the communication department award
  • Eating dinner at my Spanish professor’s house with my class
  • Winning extra credit for our research poster
  • A cat named Georgie at the animal shelter
  • IPHONE
  • Getting prepared to go to London
  • Making new friends with people in my classes
  • Being addicted to the Jodi Arias trial (Guilty- first degree premeditated murder)
  • Going to St. Louis for a weekend with Caitlin
  • Not having any classes I hate
  • Not having calculus which is the ultimate class I hate

I’ll be home on Friday night, see you guys for Dirty Dancing on Saturday night! I’ll make some snakes. Oops I meant to say snacks, but it’s funny that I said snakes instead so I decided not to change it.

And t-minus six days until the Of Monsters and Men concert! That kind of snuck up on us, didn’t it? Hooray!

Cathy

P.S. Let’s come watch Andy Roddick play on the Springfield Lasers tennis team sometime this summer! I don’t really know anything about him but I know you guys do.

P.P.S. I’m still in shock it’s summer now. IT’S SUMMER RIGHT NOW. It feels like it was just last summer, right? I’m so excited for pie-worthy stories and sitting on the big rock at Bass Pro and being scared of creepy people and raccoons. Can we go camping on your property again, Kendyl? I wonder if Nick will be allowed this year.

P.P.P.S. How is it that we graduated from Chrisman 2 years ago? How is it that we just finished our SOPHOMORE YEAR OF COLLEGE?

#RoommateProbz

5 Dec

Although it’s clearly the very best month of the year, things have been a little on the hellish side so far.

Here’s a word of advice: never work with an architecture student on a big project, because they will be too busy spending 12 hours or more in the architecture (architorture?) studio every day and not giving a damn about whatever project they’re supposed to be working on with you. Which is understandable, you know, it’s just annoying when I have to research Springfield’s “Natural Disaster Preparedness Action Plan” and write a proposal on how to improve it complete with a financial analysis in the form of a 6+ page paper that my teacher is actually going to submit to the city of Springfield.

We’ve also had our first “roommate conflict” in the house. The other night I heard Kayla complaining to Deidre about me and Caitlin. I don’t think she knew I was home, but I was actually standing in my room with my ear pressed up against the door. Then she proceeded to write a very rude and passive aggressive note on our whiteboard, rather than talk to us about the problem. That went over very well. The next day we had a “house meeting” which consisted of Kayla yelling at me and Caitlin. Also Deidre didn’t say a word even when we asked her to. So then I had to go to work, and I left in very dramatic fashion with Kayla maybe realizing that she was wrong as I walked out the door because she said “Cathy,” and put her hand on my shoulder but I said “I don’t want to talk right now.” But when I got to my car I realized that I had left my purse in my room, but I didn’t want to ruin my soap-opera exit by going back in to get it. So I just drove to work without my license, #YOLO.

In other very important news, I bought some nail polish on eBay last week. It’s called Maybelline Color Show Sequins, and it was limited edition for the month of November but it was the sparkliest nail polish I ever saw in my life so I just knew I needed to have it. The bad part was that I couldn’t find it ANYWHERE so I had to go with good old eBay. I’m practically a pro at that by now. Hopefully it will arrive before I get home next week, but here’s what it’s going to look like.

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I still have class for the rest of the week but these classes consist of fiestas and watching videos, I just have a lot of shit to turn in beforehand.

Cathy

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