Sing Me To Sleep

Yesterday as three of us were hanging out in our room, somehow we got onto the subject of youtube vidoes and playing different songs for each other when I stumbled across this video: 

Immediately after we heard his voice we knew we had to go and look up some more of his songs. Y'all he is SO GOOD. You have to check him out. We may or may not have spent about an hour/an hour and a half listening to all of his different videos last night. I have to say, I think my favorite one of his was his rendition of Happy Christmas, War is Over. 

Have you ever stumbled upon anyone on youtube and obsessively watched all their videos? If so, please share. I'm always looking for a way to procrastinate. 

To Live or Not To Live (In A Sorority House, That Is)

So, I live in a sorority house on campus, and like living anywhere there are definitely some pros and cons. For example: pro - you're right on the edge of campus and you have a bus literally steps from the front door to take you to campus (or you know, you can walk). Con - you have to share almost everything with everyone, so if that's not what you're good at I'd say move along. 

In our house, we're able to fit a lot of girls here. I'm talking around 59 girls (not 100% sure just how many, I just know it's a lot). Most people live in a two person room (like me) or a three person room (not like me). And the picture about can pretty much show you how our room (at least my side of it, since I tried to keep my roommates stuff out of the pictures) looks most the time. 

Annnd that's how my closet looks, after a bad weekend of course (you can see that I obviously need to do laundry...quite badly actually. I've been better about keeping my stuff at least contained in the closet or right next to my bed, but sometimes things just get out of hand. 

Honestly, I really like living in the sorority house. It definitely took a little getting used to, but it's kind of like a home away from home now. Though the day that I have my own room and my own space will be amazing. 

You see, I signed up to live in the house again next year (SENIOR YEAR!!!) with my same roommate, except it's down a quieter hallway, so hopefully we won't hear everyone when they're coming up the stairs. 

Would you ever live in a sorority house? What about sharing a room with someone? 

Take A Chance & Choose To Dance (Or, you know go to a different college)

This summer not only does my little sister turn 18 years old (YIKES!!!) but she also graduates from high school (DOUBLE YIKES!!). Ever since she applied I secretly wanted her to follow in my footsteps and attend LSU, but she's picked to go to another school that is more suited for her program. 

The most typical picture of us...ever
You see, she wants to be a nurse. And while LSU is pretty good with some of their programs, she'd have to go to New Orleans to attend nursing school after applying in her second year of college. I talked about it a little bit for her, and honestly her best bet would to not go to LSU. 

While I'm a little sad about her not wanting to go to the same college as me (just wanted her to stay close!), I love that she's making her own decision and really has a plan for what she wants to do. I can't wait to see how well she does, and can't wait for her to become a nurse so she can take care of me all the time. I am the accident prone child you know! 

Do you have any siblings? Did y'all attend the same schools? 

Guess Who's Back? Back Again

No, it's not Shady (though I'm glad to be able to inform you of that). It's JT, aka Justin Timberlake, aka the greatest member of N'Sync. Ever since his new single has come out, my roommate's been playing both Suit & Tie and Mirrors constantly, but I'm not complaining. 

It seems as if he's just dropped what could be one of the greatest albums of the year all time. Hopefully if the past two singles are of any indication of what's to come, we're gonna be playing JT all the time. 

Secretly I'm hoping big band music will come back, with a modern twist of course. But big band music is my secret obsession. Ever since my friend Kristen had it for her wedding reception (in New Orleans, of course), I haven't stopped listening to it. 

Do you dig his new singles? Are you excited for his album?

Welcome Lent (And All The Seafood That Comes WIth It)!

I grew up in South Louisiana, and parts of this crazy state could be considered part of the bible belt, BUT REGARDLESS, I grew up practicing Roman Catholicism. Therefore, Lent was always a huge deal to my family. One of the things that we always observed about lent was the whole 'no meat on Friday's rule'.

Now, let me be honest, I don't mind lent because it gives me an excuse to find and eat seafood of all types (though you do have to start getting creative toward the end of the season because one can only eat boiled shrimp so many times).

Crawfish boils become a really important part during Lent, and usually on Good Friday my dad's side of the family will get together and we'll have a crawfish boil with everyone. Stories are swapped, beer is consumed (sometimes in mass quantities) and there's always a lot of laughter and fun (entertainment provided by my little cousins, of course!).

This year, instead of giving something up for lent, I'm going to try doing something. I'm going to spend more time at home with my family and really making time for people in my life. Sometimes I can be good at being a hermit and not really wanting to go anywhere or do anything with anyone. So, for the next 40 days I'll be making more of an effort. Starting tonight! I'll be going watch my roommates little brother run track for his college. We shall see how that goes!

Do you participate in Lent, or something like it? What's your favorite type of food to eat? 

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Mardi Gras Mambooo, Down in New Orleans

So, it's the day after Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras/whichever day you choose to call it, otherwise known as Ash Wednesday (if you're Catholic). So, while some of you may still be in snow up to your eyeballs (although, I hope for your sake, you're staying inside and warm), I'm sitting curled in my bed waiting for the only class I have today at 3 pm (all of my other classes were canceled, some even for the rest of the week!).

You see, living in Louisiana you get time off for the wonderful holiday known as Mardi Gras, and while technically Mardi Gras (mah-dee-graw) was yesterday I'm still choosing to celebrate it today. Y'all it was SO ugly outside yesterday, and today it's freezing cold.

So I'll personally stay snuggled up in my bed, sipping on some hot tea, and eating some king cake while listening to the Mardi Gras Mambo on repeat, choosing to relive all the parades I've been to this season. 

What are you doing today? Are you boycotting the real world like me? 

Happy Lundi Gras aka Shrove Monday aka The Day Before Mardi Gras

Today, while all my friends are out acting a fool in New Orleans, or vegging out on the couch I'm sitting at work attempting to get things done for school while a monsoon is taking over outside. Now, we've got off school until Wednesday at 1:30, so I'll be making it worth my while. 

Now, don't get me wrong, if I wasn't at work I wouldn't be doing much else. You see, I love Mardi Gras, it's one of my favorite times of year, but I also was born and raised in southern Louisiana, going to every parade we could get to growing up. So if I have to skip one year, no skin off my nose (plus it's GOING to rain; this whole '60%' thing is just code for please still come down and party with us). Plus, I went down there Saturday (but more on that later). 

So for now, I leave you with my favorite performance from last nights awards...well one of them, because let's be honest. How can you pick just one? 

What was your favorite performance if you watched? 

New York Fashion Week: The Live Stream

Right now, I'm halfway into my six hour shift at work, staring at a computer screen, instead of studying for the Italian quiz I've got right after I get off. 

What am I doing instead? Watching New York Fashion Week live. Yup, you read that correctly. It seems that NYFW has finally come into the 21st century and has set up live streaming of most of their events. If you want to waste some time, I'd suggest going to the website and checking it out. 

Personally, I love watching the fashion shows. While I can't (probably ever) afford any of the clothes, I love seeing the creative minds behind the lines and seeing all the hard work that it really takes to create a line.

Do you like watching the Fashion Shows? Or does it really not matter to you?
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Books on Books on Books

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This semester I knew that I would have a lot of reading to do. I mean, I singed up for 18 hours of all humanities courses. Reading was going to be in the cards. However, this semester I think I've read more in the first three weeks than I have in any other semester. Y'all, I've finished FOUR different books so far, and we're not even four weeks into school. 

With Mardi Gras break coming up next week, I'll be doing a whole lot of sitting on my couch, watching TV and catching up on school work (aka, more reading). I do want to read some non-school-related books soon. 

Do you have any suggestions on books? What have you read recently that you loved?

The Louisiana Half Marathon: A Recap

The capital before the run! 
Back in January, I ran my first half marathon. To say it was a feat would be the greatest understatement of all. Without the support and encouragement of the two girls that I ran with, I don't know if I would have been able to finish (maybe I'm being slightly over dramatic).

I woke up that morning at 5am, after a night of awful sleep. I was way too nervous to sleep and I kept thinking that I would miss my alarm clock or any call I would get from the girls I run with. Luckily for me, I didn't miss my alarm clock, and I was at the girls apartment on time.

We left super early to try and beat traffic (5:30-45ish, early), and it's a really good thing we did. After hanging out in the car for about 20 minutes we saw traffic start to get heavier and heavier as people began coming downtown.

We got out the car and decided to go walk around and try and warm ourselves up a little was FREEZING. We made our way to bag check (me of course not bringing anything...because why on earth would I need anything), which thankfully was inside. So we sat down, stretch a little bit and were able to warm up before heading back into the cold to find the bathrooms and the starting line.

Pre-running; so nervous but so excited
We each used the restroom and then got in the gates, behind someone with a pacer around 12:45. Since they didn't have corrals, and this was our first race, we decided to go a little behind them since our normal pace was about a 13:30 mile.

What really got us in the mood for the run was during the national anthem a flock of geese flew over everyone in the corral. Everyone started to laugh and as the gun went off to start the race, everyone had a smile on their face.

The first few miles were relatively easy, except for a massive hill at mile 4 (and by this I mean an interstate overpass, that in all actuality isn't too large). Around mile 4-5 we also started to run by the lakes on campus, where we've been training for the most part, so the track became really familiar.

We stopped twice during the race to use the restrooms because I've got a bladder the size of a two year old child's. But it wasn't until mile 10 that my knee began to ache a little bit. Surprisingly, it was easy enough to power through and just keep telling myself only threeish more miles.

Mile 12 came along and we all hit the, not literally. None of us had ever run that far before, in fact the furthest that one of the girls had ran was only 8 miles. So even making it to mile 12 was a feat! A little after mile marker 12, one of the girls decided she was going to jog/run the last part of the race. So she went ahead, and the other girl and I decided to take it easy and just keep power walking until we felt comfortable enough to run again.

Post-race; SO happy to be finished!
Right before we saw the 13 mile marker we decided to just go for it. To finish strong. And we did. We ran the rest of the way in and met up with the girl who finished a little before us.

Our unofficial time was 2:58, this was the time it actually took us running it. Not only did we finish (which was our goal), but we finished in under 3 hours.

Never have I been more proud of myself and the two girls that ran it with me. In twoish weeks, one of the other girls and I will be running another half marathon, this time in New Orleans  It'll be interesting to see how our time compares, and see how that race is. But honestly, we just want to finish.

What's the furthest you've ever run? 

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