Monday, September 9, 2013


All right. I've got my shoes off, my blog up, and an hour before I have to think about my next class. I believe I owe you a review of my weekend.

Here is the evidence from Friday night we have to go on: "Women's rights, sickness, Australians dress poorly."

Helpful, past Heather. Real helpful.

So on Friday night I had some fun with friends and wound up falling asleep while watching Hell's Kitchen with Ryan. It was just a great, endlessly fun night. The next day I had brunch with Sierra, Megan, and Ethan and then we all went to a women's rights rally and let me tell you....

That was one of the greatest afternoons I've spent. I had been to a march for Trayvon Martin last spring but this was my first rally with speakers and singing and signs. I had so much fun. We listened to people from both on and off campus talk about health care and the glass ceiling in academia and rape culture in the military and it was all so moving and inspiring. There was even a weird old dude off to the side with a sign about how abortion is murder and weirdly that made me even happier with this rally. If people are mad at you, you must be doing something!

After that we all grabbed signs, mine said "When women's rights are under attack STAND UP FIGHT BACK," and marched down main street to the market and back again. It was hot and my voice was soar and I hadn't used my diaphragm muscle that much in ages but it felt great to shout and wave my fist and brandish my sign and grin at people as they gave us signs of agreement. I even got to help lead some of the chants! It was kind of funny because I was marching towards the front with a young woman who was supposed to be in charge of coordinating the chants she had written on a piece of loose-leaf. But there was this man with a GIGANTIC voice who would sometimes just start them on his own or tweak the words a bit and since he was the loudest people would follow. Whenever this happened the woman and I would look at each other and shrug. I feel like this is probably a metaphor.

The rest of Saturday I spent napping and studying. I was kind of dehydrated because I had left my water bottle in the Suite the night before. It was pretty low key. Then Becky, Sierra, Megan, Jesse, Steve, and I went to a party and that was pretty dull. Becky and I kind of just stood there in the massive crowd of people. At one point a culinary student just started making hot dogs. When the heat started to get to Megan we jumped at the opportunity to walk her home and go back to our dorm. Parties like that are not our thing.

Sunday was mostly spent in study. I finished "Ragged Dick" for my Gilded Age class and wound up reading ahead in biology. Then I got dinner and played board games with Ryan and Josh while everyone else in the Suite watched football. I won my first game of Monopoly ever and didn't even steal from the bank once.

Now I just got back from a lunch with friends after a wonderful Gilded Age class. I feel like I'm cheating on my history classes back in high school by having such a great time in this one. But I really, really like it so far. Even if the professor did assign an 80+ page paper that he wrote himself to be read by Thursday.

So as you can see I've been busy. It's hard blogging everyday when you have school and rallies and your friends live within walking distance. But I'm trying. And I will succeed.

Until tomorrow, friends.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

You know what?

Okay you know what you know what you know what? This is late. Again. And it will not be long. But I just got back from an unexpected night at the Suite playing board games during a football game. What we are going to do is st aside a nice chunk of time tomorrow to do a good and proper BLEDS. We'll bleed everywhere. Deal?


Saturday, September 7, 2013


Late. Just got home. So sorry. I'll discuss things after sleep. But to give you a preview: Women's rights, sickness, Australians dress poorly. To be continued.

Friday, September 6, 2013


Okay so last night wound up being a bit less boring. At dinner I got a Philly cheese steak but it was giant and I didn't finish it. As I was walking back to the dorm arm-in-arm with Megan I got a little hungry again so I bent down and took a bite of it. With Megan's face right next to mine.

Later that night I found a surgical bonnet and mask in my suitcase. So I put them on and Becky and I went across the hall to knock on Megan and Sierra's room. When Megan opened the door. I jumped out at her brandishing a pair of scissors and she fell over backwards and just lay on the floor crying. It turned out that Sierra had been threatening to cut off the strings on her shirt with a pair of scissors all day.

Also there was a hummingbird in the food place. It flew into a wall.

Today I slept through my macroeconomics class. Including the quiz that I was studying for the night before. Oh well. After French I went for a hike and skipped so many stones that my elbow hurts. That is seriously a lot of stones. At one point I found myself standing in the middle of a river listening to One Direction. Then a golden retriever burst out from the trees and jumped in the water. This is my life now. Sleeping through class and watching dogs.

I'm not sure what I'm doing tonight. I may just wander around. I may climb a tree. I may eat pizza. Who knows? I hope everyone's had a good day and I'll talk to you tomorrow.

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Bloggity blog blog blog. Right now I'm sitting in Sierra and Megans room while they look at study abroad stuff and I go through my tumblr likes looking for weird inspirational quotes. We're also shouting things at the girls down the hall because we can hear their conversation.

Today I slept through my first class of the semester. Biology, I missed you. I slept and I am sorry. But I was really tired for some reason. Who knows why. I had a great time in my History of the Gilded Age class, though. And band. Yup.

God, when did I become such a boring person? I really have nothing to bleed out today. I'm sorry.

Anyway, I should be studying for a macroeconomics quiz I have tomorrow. Have an exciting life.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

This Night, This Year

Okay hello! This will be late again I'm sorry but I started writing this before midnight I swear. Again, I just got back from the Suite. That's what we'll call it from now. The Suite is a suite where many of my friends live. Or they live in suites near it. The Suite is sort of like Monica's apartment in Friends. It's like that minus the millionaire. We do not have a millionaire.

Anyway that's where I was tonight we were watching Always Sunny and the League and eating a super late dinner. Then Megan decided to clean Jesse's ear with hydrogen peroxide and Sierra left to do homework. The boys began to squabble so Megan and I followed shortly after. Ugh. Boys.

That is also where I was last night that I had such a good time. I went to a food place near the dining hall that is not the dining hall because as a second-year student I now have the option to only be made sad by it five times a week. Megan and Sierra met me a little while later and I decided I wanted some yogurt. There Ryan came up and tapped us on the shoulder. He was there with Will and Craig and Jesse appeared shortly afterward. We got our food and went up to the Suite to watch tv. It was so much fun just sitting around. There are barely any classes on Wednesday so Tuesday is a party night at my school. But not last night. The most exciting part of my night was when Megan, Sierra, Craig, Ryan, and I went to get ice cream. That sounds pathetic but it was really fun.

But the night wasn't even the best part of Tuesday. That was when I went to the forest. The only time I'd been on the trail by myself since I got back to school I just stopped at the waterfall and red for macroeconomics. But this time I went farther and discovered a new place by climbing these rocks and visited the geocache Ryan, Craig, and I found the other day and scared the hell out of a dining services guy when I emerged from the thick growth on the steep bank at the head of the trail. But what made it truly, truly unforgettable was the soundtrack my iPod blessed me with when I put it on shuffle. Here it is.

No More- Alex Day
At Least I'm Not (As Sad As I Used  To Be)- fun.
Just Love (War is Over)- The Remus Lupins
Since March, Since September, and Still- The Mudbloods
Major Minus- Coldplay
All the Pretty Girls- fun.
Mylo Xyloto- Coldplay
Bottom of the River- Delta Rae
Green Eyes- Coldplay (So perfect.)
Mom, Your Boyfriend is a Douche- Matt Maggiacomo
Up in Flames- Coldplay
The Gambler- fun.
Forever Yous- Alex Day
Melancholy Astronautic Man- Allie Moss
S.T.D. Puppet Show- Matt Maggiacomo (Weird but it somehow worked)
Politik- Coldplay
Trouble- Coldplay
Bonus Track: Reflections on a Pensieve (A Tribute to the Mudbloods)- The Sweetwater All Stars
Treacherous- Taylor Swift (Not even fair. This started playing as I passed the bank where I fell in last spring. "This slope is treacherous...")
The Lucky One- Taylor Swift
Wish I Lived in Lorelei- Harvey Dowd

And right as I was leaving the trail and was about to take my headphones out what should start playing? Why one of my favorite songs in the world by my favorite band. "This Year" by The Mountain Goats. Any other song and I would have just put my iPod away as planned. But not this. And you know what makes it even more perfect, if that's possible? Today is Rosh Hashana. The Jewish New Year. And I am gonna make it through this year if it kills me. Especially if it kills me. L'shanah Tova, everyone.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Short and late and not sorry

Shh! Hello. It's late. I'm sorry.

It's just past 1 am. I got back from a lovely ending to a lovely day only a few minutes ago. I'm already for bed. Becky is watching some late night show. I don't know which. I won't say much now. I'll write another post when I wake up. I should feel guilty and apologetic that it's only my third day on this project and already I'm late with a blog but I don't because I was having too much fun with my friends. It was low-key and right.

Anyway, if you're looking for something a little more intense for me to bleed out, I threw on a grey-ish flannel shirt when I was heading out the door tonight over my Potter Pensieve Podcast shirt. (Advertising myself amongst my peers. Woohoo!) It was the first flannel of the season and it caused much excitement.

That's all for now. Demi Lovato just came on the program Becky's watching. Good night.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Tater tots and rowdy boys

Well hey guys! Welcome to another edition of BLEDS. Here is my word blood! (That sounds a bit weird. I may have to change that.)

Today started out weird in the fact that Megan and Sierra actually woke up before. Or at least didn't stay in bed watching tv like I did. (Still on a Scrubs re-watch.) So we went to the dining hall as usual and get this, there were tater tots. Finally! I had this strange idea in my head that as soon as the dining hall served tater tots, then things would be okay. And you know what's even stranger? I think that this may have been right.

Yes things sure seem a lot sunnier than they did yesterday, despite the massive thunderstorm that made Becky and I jump and swear. Speaking of Becky, she joined Sierra and Megan and I for dinner tonight. I was so not feeling the dining hall and ate only half a bow of Cheerios and raisins. We had this huge table for just the four of us because it was the only one free when we got there and I joked that we would have to grab people to join us.

Well. We kind of did.

Sierra started waving at some friends a few tables over, but this group of rowdy freshman who were between us started waving back. We were all laughing and waving at each other when one of them asked "Do you mind if we sit with you?" To which I responded in all seriousness "Yeah of course."

So three of them joined us while the others ran off God knows where. As it happened we had met one of them, Terrence, the night before when we were with Tara. He even remembered all of our names. He, Sam, and Mike gave us one of the absolute strangest dinners I have ever had at the dining hall. And that is saying something.

They taught us slang like "turning up" and "Hollywood" and joked about one of the cooks whom they had nick-named Chef Ramsay. Then a table nearby burst into a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for a girl who lives next door to us. the boys got so into it. One of them started banging the table over and over and over again until my friends and I were forced to grab the dishes from falling over. And they just kept going. I was a little sad to leave them at the end of the meal. Hopefully we'll see them again.

When we got back to our hall I just made some coffee for Megan, Sierra, and I (Becky mostly just drinks water) and watched tv/decorated/did some reading. My mom called. Now I'm writing this. That's about this.

Now for the super vague explanation you've all been waiting for. There's this thing with a friend and I was freaking out because I thought I messed things up and so I sent him a message apologizing but he never responded and last night I stopped by his suite briefly and he didn't say anything but that wasn't very unusual but I was still freaking out a bit and then I talked about it with Megan, Sierra, and Tara while watching Food Network and then I slept and then I woke up and realized there were tater tots and that everything was gonna be okay.

So that's what's been going on. I think everything's cool now. I hope. But I'm still going to be doing BLEDS because I can't donate blood for a while and this is FUN, right?

Until tomorrow.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

BLEDS: BLog EveryDay in September

So here's the deal, kids. For the past few days I've been feeling like my life is spiraling out of control. Not too bad. You guys have seen bad. But enough. And what do we do when our lives spiral out of control? We blog! (Or at least I do.)

This is what I'm thinking. BLog EveryDay in September. BLEDS. Remember when I used to blog all the time? Regular, proper blogs? Well when I wrote those I felt like all the bad parts of my life were bleeding out of my body. Every night I bled out for people to see. And I'm doing it again.

It is the first day of the rest of my month.

It's kind of late and I'm watching Scrubs and I'm not sure how to talk about my weekend. But I've been back at school for a week and until last night/this morning everything was great. Today I slept, watched tv, studied French, went grocery shopping with Sierra and Becky (my new roommate), and fell asleep watching cooking shows with Sierra, Megan, and Tara. That's about it.

Wow. I guess I don't really remember how to blog. Hopefully it'll come back to me as the month goes on. Talk to you tomorrow.