21.

This coming Friday I get to celebrate my 21st birthday! This is usually a really big deal to most college students because obviously nobody ever drinks under the age of 21 (total sarcasm).

However, I am not excited due to the fact that I can now legally drink….okay maybe a little. I am excited because since I am the last of my friends to turn 21, that means everyone will get to celebrate with me. I am also excited because two of my friends from back home (CT) will be driving up to spend the weekend with me. The fact that I have friends driving up is awesome. Of the last three years here at Plymouth I have ever only had 1 friend come up to visit me, and that was an ex-boyfriend my freshman year. People always make say they will make plans to come up and visit but it never happens, and now that I have a couple friends coming up this weekend and I am so excited.

So, how will I spend my birthday weekend?

Thursday:

8am: class.

Try and get homework finished.

6:30pm: go to Men’s Hockey game.

Hang with friends & wait for midnight to come around.

Friday:

12:00am: go to bar, have first legal drink.

Sleep.

Get my birthday sandwich from Biederman’s.

The rest of the night is TBD.

I haven’t gone out and acted like a typical college kid much this semester, so it will be nice to let loose, relax, and have a good time with friends. I’m ready to see what all the hype is about turning 21. 

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Be Thankful.

This past week was Thanksgiving, aside from eating way too much I got to spend some nice quality time with my family.

Getting to spend time with family is always nice. Thanksgivings with my family always used to be huge.

Thanksgiving Family List:

  • Mom & Dad
  • Brother
  • Meme & Papa (mom’s side)
  • Mom-mom & Pop-pop (dad’s side)
  • Uncle & Cousin

Unfortunately this list has shrunk over time..

My Meme & Papa moved to Wisconsin at least 5 years ago, and my Pop-pop passed away 2 years ago. It is still awesome to see the family, but things just aren’t the same without everyone.

As I get older I realize how crucial spending time with your family is. Things can happen in an instant and you never know when the last time you see someone will be the last time. I cherish the moments I get with my family, especially since I spend most of my time away at school. I love my family with all my heart, and I try to tell them any chance I get.

In two days it will be 1 year since Mason Cliche passed away..he was a friend of mine as he was to many others, a brother to many, and a son to his wonderful family. His passing makes me cherish the moments I get with my family and friends because I’ve seen what can happen, I’ve seen the hurt that people can feel…The scary thing is, you never know when or what can happen at any given moment.

So be smart, be kind, and tell everyone you love that you love them. If and when you get to spend time with your family and loved ones, be thankful. 

Let go.

In an attempt to get away from post election day drama, life, and responsibilities for a little while- I went for a hike.

My friend and I decided to hike Rattlesnake yesterday; this was a first for both of us. Seeing as I’m a senior at Plymouth, I feel as though it was about time to cross, “hiking Rattlesnake”, off my PSU bucket list. Better late than never, right?

I love being outdoors and enjoying nature. However, I’m not an avid hiker, so Rattlesnake was the perfect hike for me. The climb was pretty easy, and the view at the top was absolutely  beautiful. I could have stayed there all day to just take everything in.

With all the post election day drama on social media and everything else going on in life, this was the perfect way to just relax and enjoy being in the moment. We came across other hikers and everyone was so friendly. It gave me hope that soon everyone can accept their differences and get along again. These people didn’t know us and we didn’t know them, yet every encounter was friendly and pleasant, some even stopped to engage in small conversations. It was a great feeling.

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When I was at the top of that mountain, everything that might have been bothering me prior to the climb had somehow disappeared. It was as though nothing mattered but being there in that moment and experiencing the beauty of the world. It was as though I was being overcome with complete serenity, it was amazing. Being up at the top of the mountain made it so easy to just let go. 

Election Day…

Tomorrow is November 8th… Election Day, here are my thoughts on how this election has impacted society.

This Presidential Election has been everything but pretty. Both nominees managed to make not only each other, but themselves look bad on numerous accounts. This election has also managed to split the country in two: red vs. blue.

I’ve noticed that people who once were friends are now considered enemies, and that is just silly. We don’t always agree with what our friends do, why does who they want for President change anything? Isn’t the point of being friends with someone, is to accept them for who they are? It’s as if having differing opinions is suddenly a bad thing. Who knew we are all expected to think and feel the same way about everything!? Not. Things would get boring and nothing would get accomplished if everyone thought the same way.

This election has managed to bring out the ugly in people. People feel the need to classify and group all followers of a candidate together in a negative and derogatory way. Just because someone chooses to back one candidate over the other, it doesn’t give others the right to compare them to everyone else who follows that candidate. And this goes for both sides.

Nobody seems to be focusing on the good that their candidate can do, instead everyone is worried about why the country would be screwed if either of them became President. It would be nice to have a discussion on the positives of both candidates, rather than ripping into someone because they “want the wrong one”. What happened to respecting others and their opinions?

Yes, I have my thoughts. And yes, I agree with a lot of the stuff that people say. But I choose not to voice my opinion a majority of the time. I don’t want people to look at me differently based off who I am going to vote for. I want people to look at me, for me. Just as I don’t look at people differently for who they are going to vote for. I will however, change my opinion of them based on how they treat others who have different opinions. So, it really comes down to the saying, ” treat others the way you want to be treated”. If you show respect, I will respect you. Don’t belittle me or anyone who’s opinion is different than yours.

What really bothers me is how much the media impacts people’s thoughts. It is as if they don’t want us thinking for ourselves. They feed us what they want and we’re supposed to believe it. The media is why so many people fight over this election. Instead of knowing facts, everyone thinks that talking about a news story tells them everything they need to know. Well, they’re wrong. If you get your information from the media, you should really consider doing some actual research. I attended two rallies for my candidate, and then I read articles and saw news reports about both rallies. What I saw in person, and what the media portrayed were two completely different stories. Don’t let the media influence your thoughts. Think for yourself, that’s what they are afraid of.

Remember, it is important to vote, it is our right. If you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain about who becomes President. And no matter who you vote for, vote with pride and respect others. How you treat others says more about you, than it does about them. Before you go and tear into someone for thinking differently than you, ask yourself if that is how you want yourself to be seen. If not, find a more productive way about dealing with your differences.

The little things Pt. 2

Last week I talked about how I was going home during Halloween Weekend, to surprise my little brother for his 10th birthday.

The weekend was a blast!

Summary of Events:

Thursday:

  • Drive from NH to CT
  • Surprise brother

Friday:

  • Do homework
  • Go gift shopping
  • Mom made favorite dinner: Homemade Chili & pumpkin pie
  • Played ” Pie Face” with brother

Saturday:

  • Surprise brother with Haunted Graveyard
  • Get turned into a zombie by Tyler Green
  • Go on rides

Sunday:

  • Brother opens gifts
  • Go to watch brother’s, friend’s, football game
  • Sit in the trunk of Mom’s car
  • Dress up like a unicorn with Maggie
  • Eat cake

Monday:

  • Drive from CT to NH

Explanations:

My mom learned my Meme’s chili recipe and makes it for me whenever I’m home. Which is a treat because Meme only made it once a year! She also made me a pumpkin pie because, well, its my favorite!

My brother bought the game Pie Face … whatever number your spinner lands on, is the amount of times you turn the dial, you then get to wait anxiously to see if you get whip cream smashed in your face or not. It was a fun, messy, and delicious game!

If you’ve ever watched FaceOff on FX, you probably know who Tyler Green is. I didn’t know him until this weekend. At the Haunted Graveyard I entered a raffle and was 1 of 3 people chosen to get a “Zombie Makeover” by Tyler Green. It was interesting to say the least. The Haunted Graveyard itself was made up of 14 different “houses”…scary!

My brother wanted to go to his friend’s playoff football game so that’s what we did on his birthday. On the way home we had to bring his friend’s family since they needed a ride…I was sooo nice and volunteered to sit in the trunk of my mom’s jeep. I was squished to say the least.

My friend and I had agreed upon buying unicorn onesies and dressing up as them on Halloween. Since I was not going to be home for Halloween, we dressed up the night before. Why? Well, why not?! We also got to enjoy my brother’s ice cream cake…it was shaped like a football and had those chocolate cookie crumbles on the top!

So, it is safe to say that my weekend was a success. Remember, it’s the little things