My Italian Adventure- Part 4

DSCN0761Wednesday, June 12, 2013: 8:46 pm

Today was so much fun! We woke up early and caught a bus to Vatican City so we could go visit the inside of St. Peters Church. We reached the wall outside of the city and saw a huge crowd. We stood in line for a few minutes until we realized that the reason why we in such a large crowd that early in the morning was because Pope Francis was giving a speech today. A morning service of sorts since today was Wednesday. We decided against staying to see the speech as it was going to be another hour and a half before we were able to see him.

In a turn of an events we took a bus to the Roman Forum. It was more expansive than I thought it would be. We took a self-guided tour around the forum and it was so cool! I saw the original columns of the entrance to the Forum. I loved the history of it all. I thought it was very interesting that the area was originally a marsh and they had the technology back in that time to drain the marsh into the Tiber River. The area was so neat to hike through! It was so strange walking on the stones that people thousands of years ago walked on. It made me feel as if I was taking place in the making of history.

Once we made our way through the Forum we came out and there was the Colosseum in all of its gorgeous beauty! The Colosseum, just like the Forum, was larger than I expected! We walked around the outside of it and debated going inside, but the lines were so outrageous and we were all tired. However, the exterior was quite stunning! It was a grey color which was not surprising, but the fact that the structure has held up for so long is very impressive! I find it to be captivating the architectural skills of that era have stood the test of time and remained intact. In addition, I of course had to get my picture taken in front of the Colosseum a half a dozen times. There is no better way to prove something. Am I right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

After the Colosseum we got on a bus to head back towards our apartment for lunch then a nap. Unfortunately, we got on the right bus going the wrong way so we went all the way to the end of the line only to have to turn back and retrace our steps towards our apartment. All in all we were on the bus for about an hour and half. None of us minded much, though, because we got to see the other part of Rome that we were not going to touch this trip. I also got a tiny bit of a nap until I realized, half awake, that I had a silly look on my face and thought that maybe waiting on my nap was a better idea.

Earlier my aunt and I went on a hunt for purses. I have been looking for a leather purse that will match the wallet I bought while in Florence. No such luck yet. Although, we did come across more street vendors with reasonably priced scarves. I really love scarves. Everyone has that one or two things they love to buy and are a sucker for. Mine are scarves and purses. I am proud to say that I bought eight scarves! Now I know you may be thinking, “Why on Earth would you buy that many?!”. My answer is simple. They were a good investment and because I can. So what? ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

Anyway! While we were out we also got gelato. I mean, of course! I got two flavors, Stracchiato (That is may not be how you spell it, but that is the closest guess I have!) It was a chocolate and vanilla mixture which within itself was delicious! The other flavor was eggnog. I so love eggnog and this was very yummy! It did taste different from American eggnog, but not in a bad way! I guess it is a good thing we walked 6 miles today! It definitely worked off that gelato for sure! I believe I have walked almost 30 miles on this trip. Every day has been 3-6 miles so on average I would say it would be about thirty. A high guess would be 45 miles.

So with that fact, It is very obvious that I am worn out, so I will write soon everybody!

arrivederci!

Beth:)

and one last one…

Yesterday was a very relaxed day. We only went to St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City. The Basilica was absolutely gorgeous! Out of all of the churches I visited on this trip, it was the most incredible. The ceiling was so spectacular and it felt like it was never-ending. They had many of the previous popes buried within the church, but unlike all of the other churches we visited there was a little door where u could go inside. The Basilica also had so many large statues that were breath-taking. It was my favorite church that we visited this trip.

Today I was able to go inside the Colosseum and wow. It was just wow. I thought it looked incredible and huge from the outside, but the inside was even more so! It was so neat seeing all of the little areas where spectators sat to watch the gladiator fights. Although with erosion it is somewhat difficult to picture the stadium and all of the seating.ย  I walked up to the middle section first and it was so steep. The stairs were at a higher incline than we are used to and the “flat” surfaces had an incline. I guess they did not use levels in early architecture! We were able to see the basements of the arena where they kept all of the gladiators who fought and the animals that fought with or against them. It was so neat to see all of the crevices of the basement. It was small compared to today’s size of an arena, but for the era, I can see how it would have been just awe-inspiring.

After the Colosseum my aunt and I went shopping for four hours or so. It was so much fun to walk in and out of the little alley ways that we would have never seen without our mini adventure. And by mini, I mean seven miles…Today’s grand total of walking was 10 miles. So, I am very tired and I can feel a heartbeat in my feet. Do not think that is natural! The adventure was a lot of fun and we poked our heads into many tiny little shops. ( I was looking for a purse.) We were on the hunt for whatever goodies we could find (and we found sooo many!)

Anyway, I hope you all have enjoyed my little travel journal for the past two weeks. It has been a very fast, exciting, and adventurous two weeks.I have loved every minute of it and I cannot thank my grandparents enough for giving me this wonderful gift and opportunity. I hope that one day I can come back and visit the parts of Italy I still have not seen, but for now, I am ready to go home. This country has been so wonderful and has taught me many lessons I would have never learned without a visit. I am so very blessed to have been given this trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

Arrivederci,

Beth:)

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My Italian Adventure- Part 3

RECAP TIMEEE

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Goodness, I have not written much lately! We visited the Uffizi, in Florence, on Friday. The Uffizi is an art museum that showcases many famous artists, one being Michelangelo.

On Saturday we headed to Venice on a two-hour train ride. Walking around Venice was so surreal. All of the canals through the city were absolutely adorable! Our hotel was within a minute of San Marcos Square and was very nice. I loved being in San Marcos Square a lot. It had a lovely ambiance that was enriched with the dueling orchestras on either side of the square. It was very nice to just sit back and listen while eating gelato. On our first day there we went inside of the Basilica. The basilica was gorgeous and the ceilings were amazing! The pictures were made out of mosaics and all gold. My favorite part of the basilica, however, was the fact that it housed the ashes of Saint Mark. You know, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? Yeah…THAT Mark. It was so awesome!

Our next day in Venice was short, but incredible! We went for a gondola ride through the small and narrow canals as opposed to the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal has way too much traffic on it to be an enjoyable ride. Oh my goodness though, the gondola ride was everything I had imagined and more! The gondolier wore the striped shirt and the uniform hat! We found out that normally it cost extra for them to sing to you and we decided against that, but during a quiet spell, the gondolier starting whistling a melody to go along with the boat ride and while not a big gesture, was still amazing! He was also very informative and showed us where Vivaldi, Mozart, Casanova, and even, Angelina Jolie lived during their times in Venice.

Later that day we got back on the train and headed for Rome. The train ride was a four-hour ride, but I thought it went quickly! Once we arrived a the Roma Termini, we caught a cab to our apartment. I thought the taxi drivers were insane in Florence…then I experienced the ones in Rome. They are nuts! We arrived at about 4 pm so we decided against going out an exploring. However, yesterday was our first day out an about and it was so much fun! We visited the Trevi fountain which is so much more grand and expansive thanย  the pictures portray. I, of course, had to throw a coin into the fountain and make a wish. supposedly throwing a coin into the fountain also means you will visit Rome again one day. I would not be opposed to that idea at all! It was quite funny. We were walking through all of these ally ways and all of sudden…POOF… we come around the corner and there it is in all of its magnificent glory!

Yesterday we also visited the Pantheon. I loved it! I had learned all about it during Western Civilization class this year and there it was! What I find interesting about it is that there is a hole at the top of it (on purpose) and it is angled in such a way that rain never or rarely gets inside! Fun fact of the day right there! I also did not know that the Pantheon is a church! Who even knew that?! Not me! Fun fact numero dos for the day! ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoyed walking all around and seeing the art inside.

Today we visited Vatican city, which means yes, I was in yet another country today and I did not even have to show my passport! Although, it was like going through airport security all over again! I loved Vatican City! We went through the museum kind of quickly because we were there for the main attraction… the Sistine Chapel. Which, oh wow…that is all I can say. It was fantastic! Michelangelo did such a spectacular job. I found out that there had been so many candles and oil lamps used in there that until the 80’s or 90’s, the ceiling had more or less been significantly darker than the original had been. Then they recovered the Chapel and the colors were so vivid that art critics did not believe that those were the original shades. The people in charge of recovering the Chapel verified that the colors were in fact, part of Michelangelo pallet. They figured this out by looking at work of Michelangelo’s students. The fact that they could verify that is incredible. While we were there we also walked on the grounds of St. Peters Church. I saw were the pope stands when he is delivering services. Tomorrow I believe we will be going back to the church to see the inside. I think that will be fun!

The people are different here than the people in Florence. For one, the people on the streets trying to sell purses (not out of a tent, as they are carrying them) are fewer than those in Florence. Still as direct, but there are less, so we encounter them less often. Personally I like that…I respect that they are out there trying to make a living, but after being asked for the hundredth time if I would like to buy a purse, I start to get slightly annoyed… bus alas, in a big city, what do you expect?! I am not complaining! I am in one of the greatest cities in the world with the best people! This city has been thriving for thousands of years and I had the absolute privilege of getting to see it and I could not evenย  be happier! ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, that is all I have for tonight.

Until tomorrow (hopefully…I need to be more regular than this)

arrivederci,

Beth ๐Ÿ™‚

Italy-The Vacation of a Lifetime: Pt. 2

It’s that time again! Recap of my trip!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013ย ย  3:30 pm

We are currently in for ‘siesta’. While not all stores close, some do. By now we have already been awake and sightseeing for seven hours. It is a nice time to rest our feet! As I am writing this, I am glancing up to see the storm clouds rolling in and other tourists parading around the Uffizi. Vespas are roaring around on the street below our apartment. This description may sound like the introduction to a classic movie of sorts. Add the Frank Sinatra I am listening to, and now we have something!

Earlier today we visited the Palazzo Pitti. The palazzo was home to the Medici Dynasty among others. It was quite the interesting living quarters/ mansion/ fortress. It showcased hundreds of paintings in the Palatine Gallery. Raphael, Botticelli, and Rubens paintings fill the enormous gallery. It is simply amazing how the structure came to be the way it is displayed today. There were many pieces depicting Christian figures (Mary, John the Baptist, and of course, Jesus). It was so lovely!

Today I also bought my first real leather piece. It is a gorgeous, magenta wallet. It had a scratch on it and I was concerned about it and asked the store clerk if he had anymore in the same color. As he did not, he told me that he had been working with leather his entire life and would be more than happy to fix it for me (this was all in broken English). He was able to fix it with no extra charge by rubbing some sort of leather protectant (I am guessing) into the wallet and it was gone! The price was 55 Euros which would be equivalent to about $70. I believe it was money well spent!

I was thinking about yesterday and I forgot to mentiom two details that I thought were very interesting. Yesterday, outside of The Duemo, I saw a monk! A real life monk! He was dressed in the traditional brown robe of sorts with a white rope keeping it all together. All the while carrying a mandolin! In addition, we were serenaded by a talented accordian player while eating gelato. It was definitely an Italian melody and made the experience a hundred times better. Here I am in Italy outside of 1,000 year old buildings, eating gelato, and listening to an accordion player! How many 18 year olds can say that?! Yet, as I stated yesterday, everyone is very direct and instead of American street performers who wait to be tipped, this performer went up to tables asking for tips. Very odd. In correlation, today we were asked by a street vendor to buy a necklace. We were sitting at an outdoor cafe and the vendor just came up to us! It must be acceptable here to do such things as they are still going on. So interesting!

Anyway, it is very apparent why Italians are so thin! The food is completely fresh and is not as processed. Chemicals do not make it into food, or rather, if it does, there is significantly less. You would think with the food they serve, Italians would be heavier. Today I had a crossant, toast (one with butter and one with jelly), and a cappuccino. I did not expect that to keep me full for the five hours that it did. Whatever is in the food, is doing its job! In addition to the food, the exercise level is higher. More people walk and use bicycles than I am used to seeing. In two days alone, I have walked about six miles!

7:52 pm
I have been finding myself speaking Italian more consistently. I am using simple words such as si, no, and gratzi. Regardless, I caught myself saying ‘si’ without even realizing it! Maybe by next week I will be using full sentences!

Tonight we went out for gelato and I got a nutella and vanilla cream mixture. OH MY GOODNESS. SO DELICIOUS! ๐Ÿ˜€

I am very tired indeed for those who may be wondering. With that statement comes my conclusion for this blog post.
Until tomorrow, arrivaderci,
Beth:)

 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

As with every day, we are back at the apartment for siesta. We visited the Basilica Di Santa Croce this morning. The Basilica is a sacred place as well as a burial center for many influential Italians. Those such as Galileo, Michelangelo, and Niccolo Machiavelli are buried and honored there. Three very prominent figures in Italian and world history.

It was a very interesting Basilica. I also thought the way they buried nearly 250 people was fascinating! The tombs are flat against the floor as the people are buried beneath the floor of the Basilica. Each tomb is marked in its entirety by marble and some have inscriptions, coat of arms, or outlines of the bodies that are buried there. The reason the tombs are like this is to symbolize the humility of man. It is supposed to show that everyone’s inevitable outcome and destiny is the same, to be walked on (according to the audio I listened to). Although, tombs of the famous were higher, off the ground, and marked by busts of the deceased and allegories.

In other news, I bought a very beautiful grey, 100% silk scarf! It has a gorgeous fringe hanging upon it and like I stated, is absolutely beautiful! I bought it at an outdoor market outside of the Basilica. Interacting with the merchant was fun. She would unfold the scarf and let it flow in the breeze so you could see the colors. There were hundreds upon hundreds of scarfs. I am a lover of scarves so it was like Heaven!

As I mention everyday, the people are very direct. We have come across a few painters who, if you are sitting, will come near you and open their portfolios. They tend to stand for a moment until you glance over and then they try and convince you why you must not leave without their magnificent painting. At least I think that is what they are saying…they are speaking thick Italian. They will say, “quanto costa?”, meaning, ‘how much does this cost’. Using my context clues I believe they are asking me, ” do you want to know how much this costs?”. Unfortunately, I do not make eye contact, nor do I speak. Which I know is rude, but I have learned that the only way they leave, is if you do that to them… However, I do admire their perseverance! They are out their trying to make a living for themselves instead of begging. I think that is wonderful of them!

Arrivaderci!

Beth ๐Ÿ™‚

#What2013TaughtMe

#What2013TaughtMe is a twitter hashtag that people use to tell what Twitter taught them

2013 taught me many things.

  1. Set goals for yourself and never stop until you have succeeded
  2. Keep your word
  3. Walk away from petty drama
  4. You may lose friends, and that is okay. You just did not have the same ideals and there’s no problem with that
  5. Welcome change
  6. Be confident
  7. Try new things
  8. Step out of your comfort zone
  9. Learn to adapt
  10. Never give up on yourself

This was a year of immense growth for me. I graduated high school and went to college. I got out of my comfort zone and joined a sorority. I set goals for myself last year and this year and didn’t stop until I achieved them. I welcomed the massive change of leaving home.

I am so thankful for all of the opportunities I received this year and everything I was able to do.

#BestYearEver

Beth:)

Things I Did Not Want to See in 2013

 

new-years-eve-fireworks-382856I am extremely disappointed with how people presented themselves this year.

My first example is my (was my) childhood idol.

Miley Cyrus

I understand your need to stand out and show the world that you are officially an adult. I get that. That is the goal for nearly everyone who exists; to show how much they have grown up. But seriously? You’re 21 years old! As a 19 year old I am so upset with how you have handled your life. I know it’s your own decision, but why mess up your life so early? You had so much going for you. You had an innumerable amount of adoring fans. One which used to be me. In fact I dressed up as Hannah Montana once for Halloween. You captured the hearts of my generation.

I remember seeing you as the opening act for The Cheetah Girls. I saw you in your Best of Both Worlds Tour. I recall thinking your outfits in that tour were very scandalous, but I get it, it was all about creating your adult image…you know when you were 15/16 years old. At 15/16ย  years old I remember thinking I couldn’t wait to go to college, have a successful life and make myself the best version of myself. Do you think you really are the best version of yourself though? If you think are, then great! Keep it going.

I really disagree with your endorsement of marijuana. The last thing younger children need is someone saying how great something that is so bad for you, is. I really miss the old Miley. honestly, I loved your songs. In fact some of your new tracks aren’t awful either, but your music videos are a different story. Wearing next to nothing? Please, do yourself a favor and have some self respect for yourself. If you are going for the shock factor, it is not working anymore. Everyone is totally over it. You are no longer shocking people, just upsetting them and setting an awful example for children. When I hear that young girls are into “twerking” it makes me dislike you even more. I know you may believe that kids may not watch your stuff (the VMA performance, your music videos, or your speeches) but that is where you are wrong, with the easily accessibleย  videos on Youtube children of all ages can see your nearly pornographic videos.

Honestly, your videos need to have age restrictions on them. I would never let anyone under 18 watch them. It is setting a terrible example for young girls. “Maybe if I smoke weed, dress provocatively, and stick my tongue out sexually, I’ll get that boy to fall in love with me. As a teenager myself, I can say that I do not want to see it and neither do any of my friends! We all grew up with you and loved you and now we cannot stand you. I am sorry that your fans are no longer loving this “new Miley”. Are you loving her? To me it seems like the change was so drastic that this can’t really be you… You have said in many interviews that you were told to act a certain way to maintain a certain image. I feel like the way you are acting now keeps getting so absolutely absurd that you, once again, are being instructed how to act in order to “relate” to older people who may become your fans. Which by the way, to older people you are just another Lindsey Lohan. Someone who was just another Disney star who had immense potential, then ruined it all trying to grow up too fast. Why did you do this? I know you are not going to read this, but if you were to, I would ask you to rethink what example you are setting for people. Oh, you don’t care? Well when you no longer think that people younger than you are self respecting, blame people such as yourself.

Sexual Music

When did every lyric that came out of a musicians mouth have to be sexual? Is it literally impossible to sing about anything else? A perfect example of this is Robin Thicke’s ever popular, Blurred Lines. Yes, the tune is catchy, I’ll give it that, but the lyrics are so horrible.

Everybody get up
Everybody get up
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey

[Verse 1: Robin Thicke]
If you can’t hear what I’m trying to say
If you can’t read from the same page
Maybe I’m going deaf,
Maybe I’m going blind
Maybe I’m out of my mind
[Pharrell:] Everybody get up

[Pre-chorus: Robin Thicke]
OK now he was close, tried to domesticate you
But you’re an animal, baby, it’s in your nature
Just let me liberate you
Hey, hey, hey
You don’t need no papers
Hey, hey, hey
That man is not your maker

[Chorus: Robin Thicke]
And that’s why I’m gon’ take a good girl
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
You’re a good girl
Can’t let it get past me
You’re far from plastic
Talk about getting blasted
I hate these blurred lines
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
But you’re a good girl
The way you grab me
Must wanna get nasty
Go ahead, get at me
[Pharrell:] Everybody get up

[Verse 2: Robin Thicke]
What do they make dreams for
When you got them jeans on
What do we need steam for
You the hottest bitch in this place
I feel so lucky
Hey, hey, hey
You wanna hug me
Hey, hey, hey
What rhymes with hug me?
Hey, hey, hey

[Pre-chorus: Robin Thicke]
OK now he was close, tried to domesticate you
But you’re an animal, baby it’s in your nature
Just let me liberate you
Hey, hey, hey
You don’t need no papers
Hey, hey, hey
That man is not your maker
Hey, hey, hey

[Chorus: Robin Thicke]
And that’s why I’m gon’ take a good girl
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
You’re a good girl
Can’t let it get past me
You’re far from plastic
Talk about getting blasted
[Pharrell:] Everybody get up
I hate these blurred lines
I know you want it
I hate them lines
I know you want it
I hate them lines
I know you want it
But you’re a good girl
The way you grab me
Must wanna get nasty
Go ahead, get at me

[Verse 3: T.I.]
One thing I ask of you
Let me be the one you back that ass to
Go, from Malibu, to Paris, boo
Yeah, I had a bitch, but she ain’t bad as you
So hit me up when you pass through
I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two
Swag on, even when you dress casual
I mean it’s almost unbearable
In a hundred years not dare, would I
Pull a Pharside let you pass me by
Nothing like your last guy, he too square for you
He don’t smack that ass and pull your hair like that
So I just watch and wait for you to salute
But you didn’t pick
Not many women can refuse this pimpin’
I’m a nice guy, but don’t get it if you get with me

[Bridge: Robin Thicke]
Shake the vibe, get down, get up
Do it like it hurt, like it hurt
What you don’t like work?

[Pre-chorus: Robin Thicke]
Baby can you breathe? I got this from Jamaica
It always works for me, Dakota to Decatur, uh huh
No more pretending
Hey, hey, hey
Cause now you winning
Hey, hey, hey
Here’s our beginning

[Chorus: Robin Thicke]
I always wanted a good girl
(Pharrell: Everybody get up)
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
You’re a good girl
Can’t let it get past me
You’re far from plastic
Talk about getting blasted
I hate these blurred lines
(Pharrell: Everybody get up)
I know you want it
I know you want it
I know you want it
But you’re a good girl
The way you grab me
Must wanna get nasty
Go ahead, get at me

[Outro: Pharrell]
Everybody get up
Everybody get up
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey

If you went through and read all the lyrics you can see how awfully offensive they were. Just a quite dissection of them and we notice how forceful, sexual, and demeaning they are. I once read an article about a womens depiction of how all these lyrics are things that have been said to women of rapes. That article completely changed my view of the song. I had never absorbed that lyrics completely, and then I read them in her article and saw for the first time, what this song really means.

“But you’re a good girl
The way you grab me
Must wanna get nasty”

No, the girl doesn’t want to “get nasty” just because she grabbed you. That is the stupidest assumption I have ever seen.

Now, let us discuss the obvious drug lyrics.

“Baby can you breathe? I got this from Jamaica
It always works for me”

Yet another example of drugs that are not necessary in lyrics.

Now here’s props to the worst song lyric writer ever:

“You wanna hug me
Hey, hey, hey
What rhymes with hug me?”

IF YOU COULD NOT FIND SOMETHING THAT RHYMED WITH HUG ME, TAKE THE DANG LYRIC OUT OF THE SONG. OH MY GOODNESS.

Next song that I’ll dissect:

By Lady Gaga

I feel good, I walk alone
But then I trip upon myself and I fall
I, I stand up, and then I’m okay
But then you print that shit
That makes me want to scream

So do what you want
What you want with my body
Do what you want
Don’t stop, let’s party
Do what you want
What you want with my body
Do what you want
What you want with my body

Write what you want
Say what you want ’bout me
If you wanna know that I’m not sorry

Do what you want
What you want with my body
What you want with my body

You can’t have my heart
And you won’t use my mind but
Do what you want (with my body)
Do what you want with my body
You can’t stop my voice cause
You don’t own my life but
Do what you want (with my body)
Do what you want (with my body)

Early morning, longer nights
Tom Ford, private flights
Crazy schedule, fast life
I wouldn’t trade it in
‘Cause it’s our life (now let’s slow it down…)

I could be the drink in your cup
I could be the green in your blunt
Your pusha man, ya I got what you want
You wanna escape all of the crazy shit
You’re the Marilyn, I’m the president
And I’d love to hear you sing, girl

Do what I want
Do what I want with your body
Do what I want
Do what I want with your body
Back of the club, taking shots, getting naughty
No invitations, it’s a private party
Do what I want
Do what I want with your body
Do what I want
Do what I want with your body
Ya we taking these haters and we rough ’em up
And we lay in the cut like we don’t give a fuck

You can’t have my heart
And you won’t use my mind but
Do what you want (with my body)
Do what you want with my body
You can’t stop my voice cause
You don’t own my life but
Do what you want (with my body)
Do what you want (with my body)

Sometimes I’m scared I suppose
If you ever let me go
I would fall apart
If you break my heart
So just take my body
And don’t stop the party

You can’t have my heart
And you won’t use my mind but
Do what you want (with my body)
Do what you want with my body
You can’t stop my voice cause
You don’t own my life but
Do what you want (with my body)
Do what you want (with my body)

Do what you want with me
What you want with my body
Do what you want with me
What you want with my body
Do what you want with me
What you want with my body
Do what you want with me
What you want with my body

Just look above at that last verse. How about you don’t “do what you want with my body”

I feel as if this song dehumanizes women. It makes me uncomfortable to listen to this song as I feel as if I am being targeted and being treated like an animal, not like a human.

This is just another sexual song that should not have been produced.

These are the main things that really disappointed me this year.

Really, because I feel like these affect me more than most the entertainment news out there.

Anyway,

There’s that,

Beth

Moving In

So my parents dropped me off at college on Saturday. What a weird experience! I thought it was going to affect me way more than it did. I guess since I am used to leaving them for weeks at a time it was not really a big deal. Maybe it will hit me later? I am not sure. All I know is that my first two days at college have been FANTASTIC!

Yesterday was the move in process. It only took two trips to get all my stuff upstairs which was so nice! My mom and I spent the next few hours putting my dorm room together. Once my parents left, I began to try and make it look pretty. I had seen an idea on Pinterest that I had wanted to try… WELLLLL that did not go over as well as I had hoped! I had this great idea to hang pictures from my wall with close pins and string and all was well until they fell on me. ๐Ÿ˜›

So far the entire experience has been fantastic! Yesterday we had a huge Freshman class party and met with our groups that we will be with the remainder of the week. The groups are designed to help us along with getting to know our campus and learning about other college things. Currently I am in a math review class that is just refreshing my brain and preparing me to be ready when classes officially begin!

College is great in the aspect that you can walk down the hall and say ‘hi’ to random people and it is not even weird because everyone is doing the same thing. I have only been here for two full days and I have made so many new friends. I can already tell that socially, I have grown. In high school it is so easy to just ignore everyone you see constantly because most are not interested in making new friends. While I have been here, I have made probably twenty or so new friends. During dinner tonight I was in my dining hall constantly talking to all my new friends. Honestly, it is such an amazing experience.

More to come!

Beth:)

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Hello my fellow readers!

That sounded really lame…sup?

That did too…I’ll just get on with it…

So It has been almost a week since I returned from my once in a lifetime vacation. This last week has been spent getting back into the swing of things per se. My sleep schedule has been off for sure. I was so used to only getting six to seven hours of sleep that while I have the opportunity to sleep in, my brain is all like, “nope, not for you!”. Every once in awhile I will wonder what people are doing in Italy. Currently it is 4 am there and that just blows my mind for some reason…

I really have nothing else to say. I am about to go to sleep.

Sleep well my lovely readers,

Beth:)

P.S. Keep up with my college adventures here:

http://collegerantsblog.wordpress.com/