The Mile High State

Hello friends, family, and followers! ❤

This week concludes the eventful two weeks, and it’s not done yet! Jeremy (my boyfriend) moves back to Carbondale for college Sunday, I just moved in to my apartment down the hall Tuesday (and have been unpacking ever since), and just last week I was in Colorado! School starts up in a week or two and boy am I NOT READY! But that’s another post for another day.

Being more than 5,000 feet higher than what I’m used to at any given moment, in a place where the topography is literally mountains and not just over exaggerated hills, tends to leave one breathless in that the view is amazing and there is very little oxygen. There were times when I was short on breath simply by getting up and walking to the lodge (50ft away) for breakfast! But let’s start at the beginning of the trip before I get too far ahead of myself.

July 28, 2017: I dyed my hair bright blue, much to the dismay of some people, and great delight to others. It took about 6 hours (the bleaching and dying process) and my hairdresser was shocked when she found out that I’d never done something like this to my hair before. She said it was a ‘big jump’ and I said ‘Oh well. Hope it looks cool’ (spoiler- it’s totally wicked).

(My sister and I- we both have blue hair, mine is just a bit more obvious…)

July 29,2017: We hit the ROAD. Actually we drove on it, because hitting it would hurt our hands and we didn’t want a repeat of last year’s arm breaking before we even left (for those of you who don’t know, Mom broke her arm on vacation last year saving puppies from a burning school bus on railroad tracks). We drove about 8 hours to reach the town of Abilene, Kansas where we spent the night. There was a family owned restaurant called Joe Snuffy’s and I totally recommend it. They serve breakfast all day sooooo 10/10. IMG_20170729_190218.jpg

July 30,2017: Abilene is the home of the Eisenhower Presidential Museum. The boyhood home section of the tour was probably my favorite part of the whole museum as it was the most interesting. It showcased a preserved home that Eisenhower lived in as a child, and the home that his parents lived and raised his brothers and sisters in. The boyhood home tour took 15 minutes and I totally recommend it to anyone in the area!

When the family and I had finished ‘oohing’ and ‘ahh-ing’ over the EPM, we moseyed on over to Colorado. Dad let me drive the last four or so hours of the trip, and it rained the last hour (which would have been fine if we weren’t in the mountains, there wasn’t construction, the road lines had been painted on, and my parents weren’t BOTH back seat driving and screaming in general, as if I didn’t know how to drive. Thanks.). We made it to the Buffalo Bicycle Lodge (somehow) and checked in JUST as it stopped raining.

We drove through Garden of the Gods before dinner @ Panda Express and then settled in for the night with hot chocolate and Disney movies.

-That’s all I’m going to post today about the trip, have no fear, I will finish the trip posts! I just want to keep having things to write about, and I don’t want to overwhelm you all at once! <3-

Raye De Sol

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Was it real life? Or was it fantasy?

LET ME TELL YALL ABOUT THE TIME THAT NAT AND I GOT TO GO SEE (the remainder of, ft. Adam Lambert) QUEEN IN CONCERT!!!!!!

I will begin by expressing how reluctant I was to hear Adam as the front man for Queen, one of my favorite bands of all time (and no, I do NOT say that about every band I go see in concert). I remember him from his early 2000s music and though I was impressed at the time, and he didn’t strike me as ‘front man for the one of the greatest rock bands of all time’. Now let me tell you how stinkin wrong I was.

Firstly, he came out STRONG and in a pink suit. ‘I’m up here in the gayest suit trying to live up to one of the greatest rockers of all time’ – a paraphrase of Adam Lambert. IT WAS BRIGHT PINK FOR GODS SAKE. He sang a few songs and gave tribute to our man Mercury and said that he wasn’t trying to fill anyone’s shoes (because no one can do that) but that he was up there trying his best. Totally won me over. He was spunky, had great presence (wasn’t trying to overpower the other members, made sure everyone was recognized throughout the course of the night), and he had an AMAZING vocal range. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Nat and I set out for the United Center around 5pm, 3 hours before the show was supposed to start. This gave us time to drive up, battle traffic and Chicago in general for parking (which we paid like $22 for…. it’s free at Tinley…. #notsalty) and made our way to the shirt booth for our pre-show ritual of buying shirts, going to the bathroom, and finding our seats. As amazing as it was, we ran into someone from high school in the bathroom! It was both shocking and awkward.

Nat and I took the elevators all the way up to the third section, aka nosebleeds as we were about 15 rows from the top of the stadium. This did not decrease anything about the performance, except maybe the quality of the photos and the amount of second hand smoke we inhaled being produced by the lower levels.

Queen was amazing. Adam Lambert was amazing. The awful puns that I was not able to get on camera were a blessing to all those that heard them, and I was in happy tears for most of the performance. Words cannot describe, so here are a bunch of photos of the concert:

 

 

To continue our concert ritual, Nat and I stopped at a Steak N Shake on the way home for post concert munchies. As we were inhaling nuggs, I was informed via text that another one of my friends had been at the concert, same level, but on the other side of the stadium with his family! So I did the only thing appropriate and tagged him in my Instagram photos as though I knew he was sitting there the whole time. It was supposed to be funny, but looking back that might be a little weird. Sorry Ben.

I hope all of you are having a great summer and aren’t still in summer school like me! ENJOY THE WEATHER! ❤

RayeDeSol

Update: Here’s a new article that says the same thing but with more info and better quality photos “http://www.mlive.com/music/index.ssf/2017/07/queen_and_adam_lambert_pay_tri.html&#8221;

Word to your Major

Antidisestablishmentarianism. Bet that caught your attention. I can say that now that I’m an English major. I have special powers and whatnots.

For those of you who don’t know, I was accepted into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to pursue my new major, English- with the intent of being a high school teacher earlier this summer. The change from Urban Planning to English Teaching is a bit of a leap, I know, but I am so excited that it’s happening. Now, as confident as I have been about this transition I can say without a doubt that I am nervous ALL THE TIME that this will not be the right decision for me, but the support that I’ve had from my friends and family has been amazing! There are so many things that I want to do in the future and so many places and areas of expertise that I want to explore that settling on one major after spending two years here at the U of I and being exposed to all that there is and can be! *breathes* is really hard.

There have been a lot of things piling up this summer, so as you can imagine, I am VERY busy. Summer school has essentially kicked my a$$, and it is so hard to focus on work and school when it’s summer! I have to constantly remind myself that this is so that I don’t have to spend the extra year in college (aka money and soul sucking institution).

As the summer progresses I find it harder and harder to get out of bed and go to work, as I feel like I should be sleeping all day or relaxing down a lazy river somewhere. However, in order to afford any of that, I have to go to work. The circle of capitol is irritating. On that note however, if anyone has suggestions for cheap, fun activities, I’d love to hear them and give them a go! I’m especially always looking for new fun things to write about on this here blog of mine. A distinct lack of topics has recently limited my posts as my funds dwindle to ‘necessities only’, so any suggestions are welcome!

Hope you’re all having a great summer and I can’t WAIT to hear all of the suggestions!

RayeDeSol

Just another Manic Monday

So it’s Monday at the office, I got rained on all the way into work, my headache was back before I even sat down, the carpet still smells (but not as bad) from when the ceiling fell through 2 Fridays ago, the computers in the office all needed to be restarted because of the power outage this last Friday, and I my most recent cartilage piercing is infected.

I didn’t think anything of my newest piercing (acquired on the 4th of July) hurting because it has been so long since I’ve gotten my ears pierced and I’ve never had a cartilage piercing before, so I assumed that it hurt more for a longer period of time, despite the care card I was given saying that it should only hurt for a day or two. Yikes. My ear is swollen and throbs constantly, and IT HURTS. After researching what to do with an infected ear piercing, I have decided that the best course of action is to go home at lunch for some Neosporin, and when I get off work, invest in some salt to make whatever salt scrub was recommended by at least 4 piercing websites. Until then I have been icing my ear (with ice, not frosting) in hopes that it stops feeling hot and that the swelling will go down. Until then, wish me luck!

 

Spring Cleaning

I have at LEAST 10 drafts in my draft box right now of unfinished and unpublished posts, so in the spirit of spring cleaning, I probably won’t do anything about it because I’m not one to spring clean. This post itself is a spring cleaning post. It has been sitting around for at least 3 weeks. Yikes.

Things that are happening in my life:

Memorial weekend had my Mom’s side of the family together for a reunion, and looking back on the photos (I have half of my hair up in a bun and the other half down to keep it out of my face) I have a mullet *cries*.

I’m taking an online summer class (PSYC 101) that is killing me. I have no idea what’s going on. I need to woman up and take this exam before it closes, but I’m too afraid that I’m going to fail it, but while I’m stressing about this exam the second module has already started which is stressing me out because I don’t want to start it until the first exam is done but the second module is due at the end of the week. It’s the circle of stress, but I’m pulling through! To anyone who is reading this and wants to send me baked cinnamon tortilla shells to snack on and regret eating later, message me for my address.

Despite all of this stress, I am thinking about a second job to better regulate my schedule. It will get me moving, bring in extra cash (and discounts at stores are always nice). I have a few places in mind, but nothing concrete until I know for sure that I can handle a second job this summer (this means that it is not top priority right now, and might not even happen).

The New York trip I had been planning and was really excited about has been put on hold until further details can be worked out. There’s an issue with the dates and stuff, so it might turn out to be a whole road trip later this summer. WHO KNOWS! But if it does turn into a road trip, I hope to see a lot of cool things along the way! 😀

  • UPDATE: New York trip has been scheduled and I fly out on June 13th!

Study abroad is back on my radar, but it’s not looking good. The programs that I am interested in would push me behind a semester in school with all of the catching up I need to do in my major change (changing of the major. major that has been changed. the change that has been made to my major. The  changed major. <- it’s a Disney reference. Comment if you know which one ;D) However! Have no fear because there is no way that I will not study abroad! It just might not be for as long as I want, or to my first pick program. BUT I AM DETERMINED TO STUDY ABROAD!!!

My latest apartment decorating fad has been sun-catchers, and not just ANY sun-catchers, but the kind that you can find at Walmart for $.53 and paint yourself. #throwback. They are however, the kind you paint, not the kind that you bake. I used to have one of those that I made with Gma Fields, but it has since been broken and thrown away. Not that I would mind making another one (HMU if you want to make a makit bakit with me). My goal is to have a Pinterest apartment, or at least all of the things needed to make a Pinterest apartment when I move into my new apartment August 6th. Most of my plant babies are doing well. Baby Dude got a haircut recently as he was growing too big for the amount of sunlight that makes it into my apartment. I’m saving up for an indoor trellis to put in my next apartment so that I can better grow my ivies.

Speaking of SAVING UP! 😀 My current phone contract has expired recently which means that I am open to getting a new one! 😀 I am holding off for a bit and waiting until the Google Pixel reduces their price. I know I will be waiting a while, but I figure around Christmas will be a good time to invest because the Pixel 2 and next Pixel XL (whatever they’re going to call it) will be released. The only problem is, is that when they release THAT phone then I will want to save up for it instead of getting the first one :’D. Such is the harsh reality of first world problems.

This has been, a Silly Song With Larry: catch you all next time when I actually finish my drafts! (They will be really overdue. One is about pledging APO, so maybe I’ll just hold off on it until the fall pledge semester) I hope to not be posting 3 a day, but it’s whenever I finish them.

Hope everyone is having an amazing summer and that they aren’t stuck inside all day like me! ❤

RayeDeSol

How to navigate a Grad Party

Aah. Graduation. Those who are graduating are holding grad parties so that their relatives can come, be proud of them, and give them money for suffering through at least four years of school, and so that their friends can come party one last time at school and get sentimental about things before going off to party all summer then face the real world (if they don’t have summer jobs that is). But the million dollar question is: how do you navigate a graduation party? This will be a quick and blunt post about how to get in and get out of house parties without looking like the most awkward person there is.

Hosting:

For those who are hosting, you are expected to have senior photos, baby photos, and the best of your poorly taken photos of fun times with your friends. You must have a cake with your face on it, a place for people to write their favorite memories of you, two different places to mingle (so that your friends and family never meet each other), a place for gifts/cards, and enough food to sustain all of the people you invited for the 3-4 hours that your open house will be running.

Invitations: If you’re going to go the nine yards and spend a bunch of money getting the nice invitations with your picture, your name, etc., send those to your relatives. If you have any left over, you can give them to your best friends or teachers- whomever is really special to you. The rest can be invited through Facebook. It’s cheaper, and you have a better clue of who is attending. No one RSVPs to paper invites anymore, but if all you have to do is click a button on the bookface that you’re either coming or not coming, you’re more likely to get an accurate guestimate of your party #. You should keep track of who you sent physical invitations to, because these are the people who are likely to give you gifts. You need to write a Thank You note to anyone who got you a gift. That’s how gifts work.

Decorations: Let’s be honest here. You’re going to be spending a lot of money on your open house whether you like it or not, and you’re going to pray that you break even with what your Grandma and favorite Uncle Fred put in your grad card- so let’s make it as cheap as possible without having it LOOK cheap. How do you do that? The Dollar Store. You can groan or laugh all you want, but I’m not kidding. If you dig deep enough and are willing to go the extra mile to spruce up some cheap stuff, your dollar store buys can turn out amazing. If you’re looking for a cheesy themed grad party, great! Buy the luau stuff! If you’re looking for a more trendy grad party, you can buy the plain banners, tablecloths, etc., and add some imagination (a sparkly center piece, accent balloons, candles, paint champagne glasses and fill them with candy, GET CREATIVE). Pictures. Pictures are a must. I have never gone to a grad party that doesn’t have pictures, and I’ve gone to a lot of grad parties. Pictures, if you want physical copies, should be bought in bulk and are cheapest online though WinkFlash or Snapfish. You could also have a slideshow on a TV or computer- just make sure that the picture shrine is in a more wide open space so that people aren’t crowding one area and causing people to form human roadblocks. Large crowds of people who are blocking people coming to and from food, or another room are annoying and can easily cause spills that suck to clean up.

  • The shrine is an important element of your party. Here is where people will put their cards they bought for you (in a box that you decorated (large cardboard ones with lids are good because they’re cute, and it keeps things clean. People are more likely to put your card in a safe space if it is clearly labeled, and less likely to hand it to you if it’s in a box with a lid)), and drop their gifts off (leave space under the shrine for this), and admire your achievements. This is where you will display any scholarships you might have won, hang any pictures (if not digitized), where your yearbooks are, and where you have yet another cute box/jar for people to write cutesy things about you.

Don’t forget to get creative with the theme, or the time of the event. One of my friends had a brunch grad party, another had a pool themed party, etc. So mess around with the time of day and the type of decorations you want to use! There are a lot of great DIY ideas on Pinterest. You also don’t want your grad party at the same time as everyone else’s, so having it at an unusual time will bring in more of your friends.

Food: You want finger food. Don’t make people come in for a 4 course meal. Have a buffet, buy in bulk, and make it yourself. Sams is the party grocery store of America. Here is where you can buy chips, candy, and other assorted party foods. For my graduation party my parents got frozen meatballs from Sams, marinated them the night before, cooked them, and served them with cute toothpicks. We bought and cut the fruit ourselves and put them in our own party bowls making it fresher, taste less like cardboard, and we had some left over because there was so much.

Crowd Control: Many people will be coming to your party, and most of these people are going to want to spend time with you. They are HERE for YOU anyways (and maybe food). Make sure to greet anyone who comes in the door, even if it’s not RIGHT as they walk in the door. Don’t spend 2 of your 3 hours glued to your SO’s side or watching your own picture slide show, it’s rude to the people who came to see and celebrate you. Also know that there will be a wide variety of people in attendance. Your great grandma who is older than dirt, your grandparents who are a little too proud of you, Aunts and Uncles from both sides who are only there because of a familial obligation that brought their kids (ages 5, 10, and 13) because they’re old enough to be left alone, but only for 20 minutes at a time, and let’s not forget your friends. Now, you don’t want any of these people in the same room together, and you especially don’t want them SPEAKING to each other, so the best thing to do is have a bunch of space and distract with food. Your family will be in front of the TV watching your baby pictures roll by, speaking amongst themselves, and trying to keep their kids in line. Your friends will want somewhere to loudly reminisce the thing that happened two weeks ago like it was 3 years ago, and your cousins are going to want to terrorize. These groups will naturally separate into their own habitats, but by keeping the shrine away from the TV and food, you keep your friends away from your family and the road blockage to a minimum. A set up that  I prefer to use is shrine visible when you walk into the house, pictures in a side room, food in a wide open space, and have a lot of room outdoors for people to disperse. (That was long winded, I know, but you had to get the point.)

Getting People to LEAVE: By the time your designated party time is over, you’re exhausted. But there’s still people around. The best way to get rid of them is to start cleaning up. Once the host is cleaning up, the message is usually clear: GET OUT. If they aren’t gone by the time you’ve finished cleaning up, and they aren’t helping either- kick them out. They’re a crap friend and you’ll probably never see them again anyway (or make up something about taking a nap, having plans- anything to say ‘I have to go, so you have to leave’ without actually saying ‘Get out of my house I hate you’).

Attending:

So you’ve been invited to a grad party. GREAT. Are you expected to bring anything? What do you wear? When is the best time to go? What are open houses like? What if I don’t even like the guy? What if my best friend invited me, but I can’t go?!

What to give: Never more than $20, and even then, they should be your BEST FRIEND EVER. Your friends don’t expect you to break the bank, and giving too extravagantly can make them uncomfortable if they cannot reciprocate. You are allowed to make a heartfelt card, or some really lame joke and throw in some coins for their future laundry endeavors. (EX: taping $1 of quarters to a card with the words ‘Don’t spend it all in one place!’ or ‘For your laundry cuz you stank’ or even ‘I’m broke, you’re broke, but now you can afford one load of laundry.’) Those are all trademarked btw. You have to pay to use those.

What to wear: Nothing that makes you standout more than the host. This is THEIR graduation party and they are the center of attention. Don’t upstage, but don’t show up in sweats. Don’t neglect, but respect. (i.e.: don’t neglect your own personal hygiene, but be respectful and don’t outshine the host in their own house).

When to leave: You don’t want to overstay your welcome at a grad party that you just attended out of politeness. If your at the party of a good friend and you want to stay a long time because you know everyone and you’re having a good time? Great! But if it’s someone you’re more acquaintances with and you’re not sure when to leave, here are a few good guidelines:

  • Meet and greet the host
    • This doesn’t have to be your MISSION. It does not have to be the FIRST thing you do. But why did you go, if you’re not even going to say hi to the person who’s graduating? Be polite, don’t butt in if they are talking to someone, and if you do end up hovering for a while and you have to leave, find a polite pause in their conversation and say something along the lines of ‘Thank you so much for inviting me _________, I’ve had such a great time and it was so good to see you! I have to leave now, but I just wanted to stop in and say ‘Hi’ and ‘Congratulations on graduating”
  • Stop by ‘The Table’
    • Most everyone that is graduating will have a table that has pictures, memories, a place for gifts, somewhere to write a nice note, and any of their awards/scholarships they got at the award ceremony that you had to sit through last week. If there’s somewhere to write a note, you should write a memory or inside joke that you might have shared with that person, even if it was from 3 years ago and they might not remember the joke. If they think you’re weird, well, you’re going away and won’t see them again, and if they don’t, then they’ll think it’s sweet that you remembered that obscure reference. If you can’t think of anything, THEN AND ONLY THEN should you write *insert generic congrats on graduating here*.
  • Eat the food
    • You went through all the trouble and awkwardness of getting through the front door and greeting people that never talked to you in school but now are greeting you like you were acquaintances all year. You deserve to treat yourself, and it will keep you from having to make awkward conversation with people.
  • Greet friends
    • Not acquaintances. That gets awkward fast. If they’re acquaintances, say hi and bye. If there’s no one there at ALL to talk to, make a new friend? Say hello to the house animals? But close friends are usually the best way to feel the least awkward.
  • Leave
    • If you have stayed at least 20 minutes, you’re good. Maybe an hour if they’re a close friend and you have more than one grad party to go to. There’s no need to stay longer. If the host is free, let them know you’re leaving, if not, just leave. Unless you waited to talk to the host until last, you’re free. Obviously no one is trying to kick you out of the house, but never stay longer than the time designated on the card, and don’t hold up the host. They should have time to talk to everyone and if you’re Chatty Cathy and talk their ear off for an hour, they will be unable to greet all of their guests. That being said, don’t feel like you’re in a rush to get out of there- just know that there usually isn’t much space because the host has invited all of their friends and family.

Hope this has been helpful!

Enjoy your graduation and Congrats to those of you who are graduating! ❤

RayeDeSol

The Purge

Hello friends, family, and others!

I have a wonderful new cousin who is super into this ‘cleansing’ thing- you know, where you eat the healthy food that comes in the mail that looks like a brick and tastes like dust? HOWEVER!! As I have never actually TRIED any of it, I can’t say that it’s horrible. The whole ‘don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it’ mentality and all. Back to my cousin (in-law? just cousin? who knows. I like her enough- but hate that she lives in Florida… she should have to suffer in Illinois with me. We’ll just call her Emily. She’s great. <ily Emily>) who lives in Florida (not jealous) who sent me some samples of the health foods and face masks. She is a sales rep for this company called Arbonne Essentials and asked me to try some of her stuff. In all honesty, I love trying new things but I’m a VERY picky eater (heads up), so you have the privilege of testing out these new samples with me! Here’s a pic of all the super cool stuff I get to try: 20170515_100654(I assure you that these looked newer BEFORE I left them in my backpack for a week, and please excuse the poor quality of my pics. I have shaky hands.)

Now, because I’m trying these at work and not at home- because I never remember to do anything when I get to my apartment at the end of the day- I won’t be trying the face mask. I might make another post for it, or I might update this one later (at the bottom or something)

The Chocolate Bar:

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Looks like chocolate, smells like chocolate, tastes like a s’mores bar, and has the consistency of a granola bar (go figure). Leaves my mouth feeling dry because of the consistency, but no fear! That’s what I have the tea and the fizzy drink thing for. Way better than what I was expecting (which was dirt… because it’s supposed to be healthy). Final thoughts: would eat again, but not in the same quantities that I down chocolate bars when I’m on my period.

The Tea:

Choosing the right mug is always the hardest part of drinking hot beverages because there are always so many good mugs to pick from.

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Now, I’m not a religious tea drinker by any means, nor do I like coffee. I stray from caffeine as much as possible, and I’m really glad that this tea is caffeine free. In fact, my preferred hot beverage of choice is hot chocolate (if anyone has hot chocolate recipes for me to try I will willingly do so) tea just… isn’t my cup  of tea? Any who, when I first tried it I did not let it steep enough so it tasted like watered down dead leaf juice with maybe some mint? But as a former Starbucks Barista *hair flipgiphy* I know that steeping it longer will bring out the flavor or something. So I am currently waiting for it to steep as I find more gifs to put into this post.

So it’s been steeping a while and it still tastes like dead leaf juice, but with a really nice smell- so for those of you who like tea that doesn’t have a strong flavor, I’d say that this is a great tea for you. It’s really light with a bit of mint flavor, and it smells nice. But for those of you who like stronger flavored tea, this makes a really good air freshener or something to play with at work to make you feel more sophisticated.

Keep in mind, however, that this is a cleansing tea so the purpose is to clean and not fit MY specific standards of good tea and that even if it’s not my favorite cup of tea ever (I’ve had worse), you might LOVE it 🙂 so don’t knock it ’till you try it!

Energy Fizz Stick:

I kid you not, that is what it says on the package. I can’t make this stuff up. Now, after further investigation (and by that, I mean I texted Emily and said ‘wtf is this?’), you’re supposed to put this in a water bottle and shake it- but I don’t have one of those, so we’re gonna put it in a glass, stir it, and hope for the best.

It turns out that I cannot open things that are perforated so I must now go get some scissors.

Right off the bat this reminds me of those orange tablets you drop into water and drink when you’re sick. I don’t know if any of you know what I’m talking about, but I know that my Grandma ALWAYS has them at her place and whenever I tell her I’m feeling a bit under the weather she makes me drink a glass of the fizzy orange juice stuff. Only this is pomegranate flavored. I’ve never tried pomegranates so this will be an interesting test run!

It smells like Capri-Sun pouches, is kinda fizzy when you drink it, and tastes like fizzy fruit punch.

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All in all I would like to thank the amazing Emily for letting me try her products. I’ve had so much fun with this and getting to try new things. I can’t wait to try the face stuff when I get home!!! But I want to let you know that I am still the blogger that you know and love, and treated myself to a bag of M&M cookies for all of my hard work.

See you all soon and I hope you’re enjoying the weather!

RayeDeSol

 

Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

WARNING: I WILL GIVE YOU WARNING IF I AM ABOUT TO GIVE A SPOILER!!!! Make sure to read the warning headers. Some might consider it a spoiler, some might not- but I’m not taking chances.

Now, I HATE people who spoil movies for me. I don’t like watching more than one trailer for a movie because I’m afraid that they will give away the whole movie in one trailer (or that all of the funny parts of the movie will all be in one trailer- it’s happened before. I was upset). But let me tell you that GotG2 was SO GOOD.

I was originally a little nervous about seeing this movie because the last movie I saw in theaters was Beauty and the Beast with Nat in Florida on our Spring Break trip and I threw up afterwards because I got motion sick from all of the spinning. And not even just the ballroom scene- the whole damned movie felt like it was filmed on a roller coaster. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the movie! it was a good movie! I just- with all the spinning- and food doesn’t taste good twice- it was a less than magical experience.

Anyways, back to the GotG2. Mom took me to see it on Saturday (and might have taken Leah to see it again on Sunday), and we both agreed that it was an amazing movie.

 

WARNING: I talk about how I feel about the character arches and misspell names

 

 

My Dad had listened to the radio earlier that day and was repeating what the talk-show hosts had said about what they had thought about Guardians of the Galaxy 2. One had said that the whole movie was about Groot, and I could not disagree more. I thought that everyone had their own thing and got pretty equal screen time.

Peter had his daddy issues, Gomorra had the feelings for Peter, Drax had the thing with Mantis lady, and Rocket had the thing about friendship and stuff (yes, I know how vague that was but I don’t really want to spoil it, and those who have seen the movie know what I’m talking about).

 

WARNING: Only kind of a spoiler and is in no way important to the plot line whatsoever.

 

 

 

THEY PUT A ZUNE IN THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!!! I don’t think any of you understand how excited I got when I was watching the movie and I saw that they mentioned the Zune and how popular it was on Earth which only made me laugh really hard because besides me, I’ve only known two other people to know what a Zune is (my cousin Jay (think he goes by James now?) and my friend Eliza- who got ecstatic when she found out I had a Zune because we were able to play games and stuff together). The Zune is an MP3 player that Microsoft made to compete with the Ipod. Obviously it didn’t do as well because not very many people know what it is, and the software for it is out of date and Zunes are no longer in production. I am aware that it was a drag on the Zune, but I laughed when I Googled ‘Zune’ later after the movie and saw how widely searched it was because of its reference in GotG2.

High School Musical 1

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Hullo frands. It is that time of the year again where I have to begin planning the next three months of my life, a.k.a, summer. As much as I would absolutely LOVE to sit around and do nothing, I am an ‘adult’ now which means I have to go to work if I want to be able to afford anything fun or necessary in my life. (I’m sorry guys, I regret putting the gif in- it’s really distracting, but it makes the post more fun? I should have put it in last or something).

Summer is a great time for college and high school kids to find a job to be able to pay for anything they might want to do during the school year, or any trips they might want to pursue during the summer or breaks- in theory. I myself am currently saving up to go to concerts (Def Leppard, Queen, Fall Out Boy- you know, the usual), however motivation is hard to come by. I’m almost done with finals, I don’t have any more homework, the days are getting longer, the weather is nicer- I WANT TO SIT ON A BEACH ALL DAY AND READ FOR PLEASURE!!! And I’m sure many of you are thinking similar thoughts.

-Reality Check- ( This is where s*** gets serious)

This is only the beginning. You have to be able to afford things, and if you are anything like me, and impulse control is an issue, then you need to sit down and buckle up because working is in your future. But you’re in luck because I’ll be right there beside you, bitching loudly the whole way.

I have come to the conclusion that should I want to go out with my friends, eat out at a restaurant every once in a while, have food in my apartment, gas in my car, travel, I need moolah. Cold hard cash. Dollares in my account, and that doesn’t come from sitting on my ass all day every day, wishing I had a summer body without working for it *sighs wistfully*.

This summer, I have decided, will be a summer of hardcore- parkour, let’s get down to business to defeat the huns kind of summer. This doesn’t mean all work no play, but it does mean buckling down and getting stuff done. I have already enrolled in two summer online classes, I have one job (my job from the school year), and I am looking to get a second that would function as more of a night job that would beef up my savings account for the upcoming year. I won’t be moving back home this summer because the lease on my apartment is a year long and I can’t afford to pay for something that I am not making use of, however this also means that I will still be buying all my own food, and not saving as much as I would be if my lease were shorter (but you can’t have your cake and eat it too. There are benefits to this though- my own Wi-Fi, most of my neighbors move out in a week to go back to their homes abroad, and I’m 4 blocks away from my current job).

I know that if I want to achieve something that I will have to work hard for it. For me that means graduating on time, gaining new and diverse experiences to be able to apply to my life (and put on my resume), as well as being financially stable when I leave college. To achieve my goal that means picking up extra classes over summers and breaks, studying abroad at least once, and working enough to not have to worry about how I am going to afford basic necessities. Something that I have challenged myself with this year was to make enough money to cover my living cost. My parents gave me enough money to cover my apartment, but I wanted to prove to myself that I could be responsible, find a good job that would pay the rent, and maybe have leftover money for food so that I would not have to dip into the money my parents gave me, and I could invest that in something. That did not happen this semester, but it is a goal I am striving to achieve in future semesters.

Now I realize that I am very fortunate in what I currently have and where I am in life, and that when I graduate I won’t immediately move into my very own 4 story house in the Bahamas, but having a plan is something that is important to me, and something I value. It makes me feel more secure in my future. Obviously, however, this is not everyone’s take on life and I know and respect this. You do you, Imma do me.

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On to lighter topics! Sorry I veered off track there for a bit- ANY HOW! My summer plans that I am trying to save for include, but are not limited to (note: the following information is subject to change):

  • Concerts
    • Queen
    • Def Leppard
    • Lalapalooza
  • Traveling
    • Summer Family vacation (I want a bunch of souvenirs)
    • Broadway show
  • Festivals and other miscellaneous adventures that pop up

I originally planned to go on a trip for the Harry Potter Day festivals on the 30th of July, but I’ll most likely be in Colorado on vacation with my family at that time (no complaints!) so I’ve rescheduled that for next years adventures. I know the list isn’t a long one, but again, I still have 2 sessions of summer school and work so I can’t take THAT much time off. Let me know if you have any suggestions of things to add to my list! I’m always looking for new experiences (even if they’re small things)!!!

Hope you all are enjoying the weather: let me know if you have any summer plans that you’re excited about! 😀

RayeDeSol

The Office: S1E1 (The Bathroom)

At work, on my floor, there is a bathroom. This bathroom is all the way at the (opposite) end of the hall, and despite having luxurious soaps, only has two stalls. Now our building tries to be energy efficient. This means that if no one is using a room the lights are off. This applies to bathrooms. This is not an embarrassing story, but it is about my greatest fear. The point of saying that there are only two stalls shows the infrequency that this lavatory is in use. Rarely is there more than one person in there, but should someone else have the urge, there is no line and no awkward waiting for that single user to finish. However, since this is not a large room and rarely are there two people letting nature take its course at the same time, it has become muscle memory that I turn the light off when leaving the throne room. Now surely you all are wondering what my greatest office fear is that so clearly involves the bathroom. Well, here it is:

What if I turn the lights off on someone (by accident) while they are still on the throne?

The John is a sacred place, and similar to fight club, no one talks about fight club. This does not discourage small children from disclosing their secrets to their parents, but your bowel movements are not generally something you post to your Facebook page or something that gets you the most retweets (no need to prove me wrong as a social experiment). But what if- WHAT IF- I walk in, and walk out while someone is using the loo and SHUT THE LIGHTS OFF?

Do I apologize, flip the switch and run away (they could track me down later using the 50 different cameras on the way back to my office in the Hall of Presidents)? Do I calmly act like the incident didn’t occur and flip it back? What if the recipient to my blunder later recognizes me by my shoes?!

WHAT DO I DO IF IT HAPPENS TO ME?!

Should I shout indignantly and hope no one stays around to find out that it was ME that was just sent to the depths of my dark tomb labeled ‘EM-BARE-ASS-MENT’? Do I sit in silence upon the throne until my work is done? Do I carry night goggles with me at all times?

Please discuss.

RayeDeSol