My Italian Adventure- Part 3

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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 than  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! 🙂 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 even  be happier! 🙂

Well, that is all I have for tonight.

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

arrivederci,

Beth 🙂

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Show Me the Positivity

How often do you see a positive news story? Once, maybe twice a week? A glance at the latest news on the internet and television could make anyone cringe with the negativity that oozes out of it. Let’s not even begin with the tabloids! The magazines that line walls in grocery stores are the ultimate source of hostility. optimism-quotes-stay-positive-quotes-Optimism-is-a-happiness-magnet.-If-you-stay-positive-good-things-and-good-people-will-be-drawn-to-you..

I decided that I am through focusing on the negative that is forced upon me daily. Instead, I wanted to focus the attention on the positive news that is happening in our world. There are so many stories that have not and will never make the news because they are so positive and will not generate buzz and revenue. It is quite unfortunate that this is the current case and state of our world. Scare tactics will always generate more commotion than a kind story. It is no wonder so many people hate the world we live in! All that is focused on is the multiple conflicts going on in the world. Why is it so difficult to focus on the positive news going on? Oh, that’s right, it does not make money. Can the media, for just a few stories, focus on something that makes people proud to be living in this era? Can the media focus on something that helps us grow for the better?

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Knowing that this is something inconceivable for media outlets, I concluded that I should help people see that there is kindness still left in humanity. I want people to get a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that good things STILL HAPPEN! I want others “Faith in Humanity Restored”. I know that we as the human race work better together when positivity surrounds us. This drove me to an idea I am in love with.

I am determined to showcase different positive news on my blog every week or so. I want people to start noticing that there is more to the world than unhappiness. That we can persevere and do anything we set our minds to. What we all need is to be a little more inspired in our lives. With all the pessimism encompassing us, we end up being less enthused about our lives and end up falling into a rut of misery. This is not the way we should be living our one and only chance at life.

Here are my favorite, recent news stories that display many positive aspects lacking in current media:

(I am quoting the actual titles of the headlines)

Teacher Donating a Kidney to Her Sick Student

Boy Mows Lawns, Raises $16K for Tornado Victims

Very Concerned, Very Honest Preschooler Returns Lost Nickel To Plymouth District Library

How Crime Rates Have Fallen by Up to 70% in Parts of the Western World

Breast cancer treatment breakthroughs herald hope for patients and those at risk

Dairy Queen employee goes above and beyond for blind customer

Man Gives Away Belongings to Counteract Black Friday ‘Craziness’

NASA Space Telescope Spots the ‘Hand Of God’ After Incredible Star Explosion

Tim’s Place: The Restaurant that Serves Breakfast with a Side of Hugs

7-Year-Old Sophie Lester Asks Australian Science Agency For Pet Dragon.. And They Deliver!

Kentucky Facebook Users Rally to Help Homeless Woman Find Shelter in Cold

Stay tuned for more positivity. I believe all humans need to stay positive to function well.

May all your days be optimistic and exciting!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend,

Beth:)

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What It Means to be in a Sorority

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For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be in a sorority. It was never a question. When the Rho Chi’s came around at my school asking if I was interested, I immediately said I was. While they tried to convince other girls who had never even pondered the idea of joining a sorority, I was already hooked. Me being me, I had already researched the heck out of the chapters at my school before I got there. I was set and ready to join years before I even left for college.

 

So Why Did I Join?

I joined for the friendships I knew I would make.

I joined for the instant support system I would have 24/7. I knew that the girl’s I would one day call my sisters would have my back on everything I did. While they may not have agreed with whatever I had done, I knew that they would be there for me.

I joined for all the volunteering I would do. Volunteering has always been a big part of my life and I wanted to continue it well into my college years.

I joined for the memories.

I joined because I have always loved helping people. I want to help my sisters become better versions of themselves while in turn, helping me.

I joined for the generous alumnae chapters that would welcome me home in a new city.

I joined because I am an only child and one day I know I will need my sisters more than ever.

I joined because I wanted to increase my leadership skills. By joining a sorority, I knew I could gain these experiences.

I joined to have a special group of girls that I could bond with more than anyone else.

I joined to make a difference in our world.

I joined to improve my studies.

I joined for networking.

I joined to leave a legacy.

Stereotypes

Sororities tend to have an awful, negative connotation to them. People see all sorority girls as ditsy; girls who like to party, drink, and do other things that would make their founders cringe. However, this is not the case. According to the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), in the 2011-2012 year 639,021 hours of community service was done by sorority women and $2,855,095 was raised for their selected philanthropies. Does this seem like the hard work and dedication of girls who only joined a sorority to be known as a girl who likes to party?  No. Rather, it seems like a group of women who have decided to strive to be better in their lives. While there are sororities that have reputations, that does not and should not define them. There is more to everyone and EVERYTHING than a reputation.

Concurrently, sorority women typically have a higher GPA than non-sorority women do. Why? We have a support system. We have mandatory study hours every week. Sororities help women to make themselves better. Why does this topic never come up when people talk about sororities? Isn’t the entire point of college to study, graduate, and find a great job that is fulfilling?

Facts like average the GPA, money raised for philanthropies, and community service hours should be discussed more than the negative sides of sororities. We should talk about the great women of history who were in sororities and overcame reputations and stereotypes and showed that sisterhood is such an amazing thing to be involved in.

Famous Sorority women who have gone very far in their careers to extinguish the stereotypes:

Condoleezza Rice

Nancy Grace

Kimberly Williams

Lucy Liu

Coretta Scott King

Joan Lunden

Bette Midler

Leigh Anne Tuohy

Elizabeth Dole

Kristin Chenoweth

Laura Bush

Georgia O’Keefe

Erin Andrews

Jennifer Garner

All of these prominent women have brought something amazing to the world in one way or another. They have set great examples in their chapters and did/ are continually doing so in their lives.

Why I Joined

Last year, I was told that joining a sorority was stupid. I was just paying for friends. Those girls are the stupid girls. I would like to repudiate that false and judgmental typecast. Thankfully, I did not let that negativity change my decision. I knew what I wanted to do and my family supported me and agreed with my decision. I knew there was more to sororities than any of those judgments.

To me, rushing was something I was going to do. I never had second thoughts about it. I wanted to be a part of something legendary and leave my legacy.

Joining my sorority was the best decision I have ever made, as I stated above. Even in the short time that I have been involved I have met incredible women who inspire me every day to grow. I have had an amazing time bonding with them in ways I have not been able to with other people. My sisters are people that I could go to for anything and they know they could always come to me.

By joining a sorority you find your sisters. The sisters who will always be there for you. There for you, when you need your mom or dad at school, when you are missing your boyfriend, and when you need a hug. Sorority sisters are not just lifelong friends, they are family as well.

My lasting thought is to break the stereotypes. Not just the ones about sororities, but the ones in your life. Show people that there is more to you and whatever you love. They may just find out they want to try something new.

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 15/16  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 accessible  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

My Italian Adventure: Days 6-10

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 than  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! 🙂 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 even  be happier! 🙂

Well, that is all I have for tonight.

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

arrivederci,

Beth 🙂

Another Week Finished!

^My favorite song. The music video is so funny too! I want to know what is with her band members dressed like animals though…

^Second favorite… The two above videos seem to contradict each other

^ Third Favorite. The ending makes me laugh every time!

I like to play these three very loud. Ha! I always have new favorite songs!

^By far the best movie and song of all time. When this movie came out eons ago, I was Lizzie and my friend was Isabella and played along and sang like we were really them. So funny!

I will say, If I could do that in real life, I totally would!

 

I found out how to use color on word press:))))))

I am taking a break from writing a paper/essay/short answer response for AP English.

So hmm… nothing much happened this week. I do not have any crazy pictures to add… 😦 My tennis partner and I won all of our matches this week though! 8-6,8-1,8-4,8-4. It was wonderful!

Okay, I am finished…. I will proceed with black font:)

In regards to my classes,

Business Web Design: Fun, yet repetitive. HTML. HTML. HTML. Just for this quarter though, so yay! On the plus side, we learn new things to add to our web pages… like color text, bold, italics, etc. We are learning how to create lists now and next week I think we begin pictures! I cannot wait for that, it will be a lot better!

Western Civilization: Just got to the Egyptians from about 3000 B.C. Interesting group of people. The Old Kingdom believed their Pharaoh was a “God on Earth”. I find that kind of interesting. That and the fact that Egypt was essentially blocked from intrusion for thousands of years because of the geography. The desert towards the East and West, cataracts in the south and the Mediterranean Sea at the northern part. Without the invention of ships to cross a sea so great and having the heat of the desert discourage invaders, it is no wonder the Egyptians lived without wars for years. (This is all we have learned so far…Maybe they did have wars… maybe that lesson comes Tuesday… 😉 )

Physics: Had our first test today and I think I may have done well! We have just been graphing for the past two and half weeks since school began. I hope we start some fun labs and such soon.

Accounting: So easy. Pshhh.

AP English: Best. Class. EVER! We are learning about ethos/ pathos/ and logos. Basically the ways to manipulate people into taking your side. Essentially what speeches are made to do. For those who do not know, ethos is a persuasive strategy to get the reader/listener to believe what you have to say, by showing them you are sincere, reliable and fair-minded.  logos is the use of logic and ability to appeal to the intellect. you use factual data and statistics to prove you know what you are talking about. Lastly, we have pathos which is the use of emotion.  You use vivid language to produce feelings. It is so interesting to see these in the everyday world as well! In class we watched QVC to see how the sellers convince people they need that specific item. “QVC exclusive” “We’re down to 100 of these. You must get it now, they will be gone before you know it”. I started analyzing everything I watched after that. Speeches by  political figures especially. I was convinced that they were the best option. Logos, ethos, and pathos are everywhere if you know where to look.

Pre-Calc.: Still a review of Algebra I, II, and Geometry. Nothing too exciting.

Orchestra: Ahhhh so wonderful. My friend and I are doing the Senior Slide show (have I mentioned that yet? Well we are!) and we just sent out the letter to start bringing in pictures. This project will take the entire year, so it is best to start working right NOW. It will be a blast too!

In unrelated news. I applied to my first college. WHAT! Crazy how a few weeks ago I was not even planning on applying anytime soon. It is good though, I will not have to have it on a constant stress reel in my mind right before they are due. Instead, when everyone else is stressed, I will be relaxed!

A guy I know asked his girlfriend to homecoming in such a cute way today in front of the entire lunch room. He stood up on a table and shouted for everyone to be quiet. Then he jumped down and walked towards his girlfriend and was yelling this entire speech about how they have been dating for about a year now and he loves her very much and he wants to know if she will go to homecoming with him. Of course, she says yes and the lunch room of 700+ people erupts with applause. It was so cute, I will admit I clapped. I am a sucker for cute romance type things. 🙂

It seems as if I always promise myself that I will write shorter posts, but I just keep going! You all do not mind though? 🙂 I hope you all at least enjoy reading them!

Have a nice weekend!

Beth:D

 

My New Favorite Store:)

I have a new favorite store. In fact, I would buy out the entire store if I could! I am going to post some pictures of my favorite pieces (so far;))

Francesca’s Collection’s have a mixture of colors and patterns that I am in love with right now! If you can, I would recommend checking them out.

I really do like these jeans! I normally do not go for color pants/shorts, but I recently have found a liking for them!:)

My floral scarves and I:) I should go buy one…you would think I would have bought one by now, but alas, I have not!

This is such a pretty color and I love the texture! If I buy white jeans, I may just have to go buy this sweater too!

This just looks very comfy.:D

I really love these types of dresses! I do not know if they have a specific type of name, but nevertheless, I want this too!

I love the lacy skirt style sooo much! When I was at Francesca’s today I saw this fitted grass/spring green skirt that looked similar to this and, oh my goodness, the most beautiful skirt I have ever seen!

I LOVE cardigans and dots. Not to mention my great love for green and blue. This seems like my match made in heaven!

This store may just be the new spot for me to go. However somewhat pricey these items are, I may just save and splurge sometime!

Well, goodnight everyone! I must get my beauty sleep you know! 😉

Beth:)