Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A simple update...

I apologize for lack of interesting posts on this blog. I've been absolutely swamped with homework and other activities lately. I still haven't really found many people to hang out with yet, but after being a hermit for so long I know it's going to take time to break out of that shell.

I made an appointment with my advisor. Rather, I sent her an email requesting an appointment. We'll see if I hear back or not. If she doesn't respond, I'll just stop in at her office sometime and make one then.

I located the on-campus convenience store. It's in Atwood and they take Munch Money, so I bought a small pint of milk for the mini fridge and some BBQ Eel sushi they had. Yum! It was actually more edible than I expected it to be!


Concerning homework, I have SO MANY papers to write. But I guess that's to be expected. It's getting close to midterms already (my how the time has flown). I had an exam on Monday that I aced. I have another one tomorrow I should review for tonight and then one on Friday too. The next one I know for sure that's coming up is my second Math exam. I didn't do so hot on the last one so I really need to step up my game.

I suppose that would include actually doing my homework. Hehe~

Other than papers and exams, I'm being assigned a few group projects. Which, honestly, I don't really like doing. But I realize it's a necessary part of college life and I could use the improvement in my socializing  and interpersonal skills.

That's really about it, guys. I hope everyone else is enjoying their week!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

New and Improved Dorm Room

I've slowly but surely been making my room here just a bit homier and more comfortable. It's by no means finished and I really wish I could do away with the ugly blue walls, but c'est la vie.




Friday, September 23, 2011

Ups and Downs and Packages

Thursday night was a bust. Truly and completely. I attended that Blizzard Shack Block Party thing going on over at Atwood. They had a carnival quality ferris wheel set up out there, along with mini golf and a blow up slide thingy. There were "mocktails" and free popcorn and cotton candy.

As it turns out, campus events are not fun to attend by yourself. So I was pretty miserable, just sitting there watching people have fun. I mean, at least the popcorn was good and the cotton candy was delightful. One of the guys from my dorm hall told me to go mingle with people, since I shouldn't be sitting alone all night. I did "mingle" a little bit - I ran into a girl from my math class whom I chat with now and then. I also freaked the hell out of another classmate of mine. I told him I'd been trying to add him on Facebook and he didn't even know who I was. As usual, I am a creep! ^_^

Then I scampered off to a club meeting over in the library. Not a very good turnout but I had a considerably more enjoyable time this round. I got to listen to some crazy conversations, that's for sure. I STILL don't think I quite belong with these people but if I can learn from them then why not?

Friday is looking quite bright though! The phone in my dorm is finally working (yes!) so I chatted with Mom before my last class of the day. On the way back, I stopped in Atwood to find out where the Chinese kiosk was located. I found it so perhaps I can enjoy some delectable Chinese food with Chris later tonight. And for kicks, I checked my mailbox. I had a package from Teavana! Yay!

I honestly wasn't sure if it would arrive before I left for Buffalo tonight, but I'm glad I checked.







So happy! 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Oh Good Gods....

So I just received word from the school email that all the academic advisors have been assigned. Naturally, I sauntered over to the Advising Center website and looked up who my advisor is. Dr. Tommie Lee Jackson. Yeah, once you giggle about the name we'll move on.


Show Ratings for Dr. Jackson


At first I thought this was a gentleman. A bit of Googling and www.ratemyprofessors.com revealed that in fact this professor is a female, with a penchant for Black History. She's from the South, so yeah. No clue if she's black herself or not, I can't find a photo anywhere. 


Anyways...she like...two good ratings over the past ten years. That's. Just. Sad. Everyone seems to think she's really boring, talks too softly, is very opinionated and will grade harshly if your opinions contradict hers. She's old-fashioned and outdated and apparently rambles off on nonsensical tangents often.


This isn't sounding good for me. I'll meet with her, sure, and see what she has to say, but if I don't like her I'm definitely getting a different advisor from the English Department. Could be interesting....>_>

Happy "Just Fuck Off" Day


What, don't believe me? This shit is legit - it's an event on Facebook, lol.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Scholarly Update

I realize I haven't been talking much about my actual school life in this blog, mostly because it's actually pretty boring and partly because I don't know how much information to share and with whom. Ah fuck it, anyone who observes me for longer than five minutes could probably pick this stuff up.


It's Tuesday. Tuesday's are my worst days out of the week, without fail. This Tuesday is honestly the first time I haven't had a little mental breakdown. Usually, sometime in the afternoon when I'm all alone, I sit in the room and cry. I cry about how lonely I am. I cry about how frustrated I am at all the things not going right. I cry because I miss my family and my boyfriend. I cry because I think I'm too weird to make friends and yet I don't want to give up who I am. I'm not a sellout. So I sit in the crossroads and cry. 


I've been staying on top of my schoolwork pretty well and I'm actually surprised that I don't have more homework than I do. I guess I expected the workload to be a lot heavier. In some ways, I wish it was because then I'd be a lot busier and have less time to reflect on how things might not be going so well socially for me. 


But....and I stress this...I'm slowly coming out of my shell. There are a few people I talk to here and there, some from my classes, others I know from high school (although they're seniors already =/ ), and a few that I added before school started. I don't hang out much with people though - differing schedules and all that. And then there's the fact that no one wants to hang out with someone who doesn't have a cellphone...I'm so out of the loop. If I could afford one though...I might get something just emergencies. And texting.


Seeing as my dorm room phone isn't working....>:(


There are SO many positives to being on my own like this though. I've always been a bit independent, but that's really being pushed to the limits. I've almost completely overcome my agoraphobia. I still feel hesitant to step outside my dorm room sometimes, but I can usually push through it easily, especially if I have a class to get to. 


Going down to Garvey alone for food still poses the occasional problem though.


I go home every weekend so I get a small dose of normal family life as well. That's always awesome. 


And things might be getting better for me in the Pagan Alliance. I'm actually looking forward to the next meeting, although I'm a bit bummed I likely won't be able to partake in too many off-campus activities or Atwood After Dark. Oh well. 


Overall, things are going...okay. Could be better. Could be worse. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A blustery autumn night...

You know, I was really tempted to skip tonight's Pagan Alliance club meeting. Not for the reasons stated in my previous entry concerning such things but because it was SO. DARN. COLD. OUTSIDE. I kid you not, I had two sweaters on and that still wasn't enough to keep the chill out. Unfortunately I don't have a proper coat up here with me (a detail that will be attended to on my next trip home) and I had to walk all the way over to the Miller Learning....fuck it, the library. Granted it's not that far from my dorm but it was still a creepy cold night.



But in a way, I'm glad I attended. Kitty had gotten us a study room on the second floor of the library and even at 9 am the place was still packed with students. Very interesting....anyways tonight's meeting was supposed to be a study session/book sharing thing. Well I only had one book of interest to bring and I wasn't about to share. Some people brought some rather interesting books though.

Still, the night was mostly spent chit-chatting about random shit, watching clips from old cartoons like the Animaniacs (good stuff, really) and talking about weed. Overall, it was highly entertaining, but I still feel rather detached from the group. I tried to join in and be an active participant but I think that only served to alienate myself more. I'm not....like the rest of them. And I don't mean to sound pretentious or conceited when I say that - it's a simple fact. I'm just cut from a different cloth.

Still...I will remain with the group and get to know them. I'll participate in club functions if and when I can but I believe all Atwood After Dark events will be out. Thursday nights, I'm totally down though. It's kind of nice to get out and socialize a bit. ^_^

And I'm gonna have to check out the library methinks...good book options. Now if only I can find the website for looking at their selection....*scampers off*

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sequel to Beetlejuice? Hellz Yeah!

According to Filmology, a Beetlejuice sequel may be in the works. 





David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith's production company KatzSmith has just signed a first-look deal with Warner Brothers, and the first thing on slate for them is the long-awaited sequel toBeetlejuice, the 1988 Tim Burton-directed hit starring Michael Keaton as the title character, with Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin and a young Winona Ryder. They want to make it clear it's not gonna be a remake, but a reboot, with "an advancement of the storyline," whatever that means.


So it's not gonna be a remake, which is good news. If it's further in the timeline, plot-wise, that could be interesting. But it's only going to be good if Michael Keaton plays Beetlejuice again and Winona Ryder reprises her role as Lydia Deetz. 


I don't know...I'm a little torn on this. It could be awesome or it could be a bust. What do you think?

Halloween Giveaway!

Raven Fae is having a lovely little giveaway over on her blog. She's giving away some of her handmade Etsy creations, all Halloween themed. They're absolutely adorable. I suggest you enter too! Maybe you'll win something!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Halloween Goodies

First things first: 

Hi! I decided to take just a quick snapshot today since I was photographing my pretty new ooky-spooky things!

Moving on:





All of these were picked up at Target, with the exception of the long sleeved top, I actually found that one at Walmart. 


I'm so in love with my spider necklace. It's huge, it's chunky, and it's a little heavy too. I definitely won't forget it's hanging around my neck. If I remember correctly, it only cost about $15.00. The second photo is a fantastic bracelet - keys, crosses, and stakes, the perfect handheld tool for slaying miniature vampires. Also at Target for just under $10.00. The first top there has such a lovely printed image, plus glitter! I was a little bit leery at first, since glitter tends to flake off everywhere. But I ran my fingers over that shirt a million times before concluding it was safe to buy. The last photo contains a very cute t-shirt from Target ($8.00) - I love pairing that up with jeans with a pair of denim shorts and lacy tights. It's casual but still has that spooky and cute Halloween vibe.


Now that the local department stores are really revving up with engines with all this autumn holiday stuff, I'm gonna take another trip over to Target sooner or later and take some photos of the awesome stuff they've got for sale. 


The mall here has a Halloween Superstore up too and though I only took a peripheral glance through it, I was a little disappointed. Mostly just cheap, slutty costumes, and bad makeup. Hallmark, on the other hand, has some really adorable Halloween stuff currently, so I may check them out too. 


Expect a lot more autumn themed posts now, since the weather is getting closer and the best holiday of the year draws nigh. I need to run out and buy myself a cheap calculator for the Math Exam tomorrow. @.@ See ya! 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ooky-Spooky in a different way...

So I went to my Pagan Alliance club meeting last night. First meeting for me, even though they met once last week. I was promptly invited to sit in their little circle by probably the most loudmouthed person in the whole group. I can't remember her name off the top of my head, so I'll just call her Chatty. I got a good look around the room and tried to see if I could flesh out what kind of people I was dealing with here. Quite a variety it seems. A few Norse pagans, Hellenic (Greek), a couple of eclectics and then a newb like myself interested in Wicca. Lovely.....

When the meeting began, the president, Michael - whom everyone calls Kitty, so I shall too - talked briefly about what kind of meetings would be held, what kind of stuff we could do for sabbats and Atwood After Dark events. I guess he wants the club to be pretty visible. He wanted to know how many people were interested in doing divination for the public at those campus events...

Well I'm not sure how my faeries are gonna feel about that, but I might have offered myself up for it. Things seemed to be going very well in the beginning. Once the meeting dwindled down to mere chatter and socializing, things took a turn for the weird.

And hey, I'm cool with weird! I'm not a walk in the normal park myself, but these guys seem to be the stereotypical pagans people will warn you about. You know, the ones who are sexual deviants, like orgies, think they know more historical pagan fact than you, are somehow more divine and spiritual, all that nonsense.

This is just a base judgment though. A first impression if you will. I was so tempted, after leaving that night, to simply say fuck it and not go back. But at the same time I wanted to give it a chance and maybe dust off my own socializing skills. I was rather undecided, so I consulted my Faery Oracle cards. I drew the Moon's Daughter, who basically told me to give it another shot and step into the unknown, being wary of my steps in the dark.

So I'll go to the next meeting, which I think is being held in the library. Cool. I like libraries - they're quiet and have endless study rooms and books to peruse. And who knows, maybe once these pagans get down to business, they'll be pretty chill people after all..

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Green Fades....

...and the leaves are starting to evolve into rich hues of yellow, red, and orange. Well, maybe I'm getting ahead of myself but it IS September now and the weather for this month has been remarkably cool and well, autumn-ish. Needless to say, I am delighted.

This puts me in the mood for fall decorations, cozy scarves and sweaters, lace skirts and stockings, my biker boots!, and of course pumpkin pie.

Since I can't exactly whip up a gorgeous pie in my dorm hall, I decided to share these with you:




Aren't those fantastic and just the perfect thing to usher in Autumn?

Moving on, with the onset of Fall we also creep closer and closer to the best holiday (in my humble opinion) ever, Halloween.

So here are a few items from Etsy to get you into an ooky-spooky Halloween mood:





And if you're like me, these are perfect for scaring your college roommate. ^_^ Halloween Spiders