In the scorching heat, I walked through history – on top of the Colosseum, through the Roman Forum, passed the Pantheon, next to ancient ruins, below the Sistine Chapel, down the Spanish Steps, around the Trevi Fountain. Everything I had read in textbooks, been taught in class, and seen in photos was right in front of me.
I was surrounded by history, I was overwhelmed by it, and I was taken by everything.
Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning - Giotto di Bondone
How is it the end of July already? I've barely done any summer activities. I need to get back to the water, last weekend was my first visit this summer.
Anyway, over the past couple of weeks a few things have really caught my attention. Check out what I've been checking out!
ONe | Lions for Lambs
I stumbled across Lions for Lambs one Saturday afternoon and put it on in the background. The movies starts off bouncing back and forth between three separate stories, a politician, a group of soldiers, and a political science professor. About fifteen minutes in, my chores were forgotten and my eyes were glued to the screen.
Two | Dave Matthews Band
I have been a fan of DMB long before any of my friends knew who they were. In Middle School when everyone was listening to the latest Justin Bieber soundtrack I was listening to Stand Up. Early this summer the band came out with a new album, Come Tomorrow, and I’m just listening to it on repeat! I even made it to my fifth, that’s right people, fifth Dave concert in June!
Three | The House of God
After binging all fifteen seasons of ER on Hulu, I caught the medical drama bug. I recently finished The House of God, by Samuel Shem. This novel strips away the medical profession of all its fame and glory by showing us the grueling life of a medical intern.
Four | Nike Odyssey React
Every once in a while I’ll go out for a long jog (let’s be real, mostly a walk) and my ankles and knees will kill me. I was never a big runner, so I figured all sneakers would be good for running. IDIOT! I did some research on what a good running shoe needs, looked into those, crossed off the ugly ones and vuala Nike Odyssey React.
Five | Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke
Twenty four minutes of pure joy. Watch, laugh, and enjoy! Thank you James Corden for bringing this into our lives.
Now, go enjoy summer!
Does anyone else cringe when the news notifications pop up on your phone? I don't even know what it says yet, and I'm already cringing. I set my news notifications to the
very least so I wouldn't be bombarded with bad news all day long, but alas some big
things make it through.
I read an intriguing piece in The New York Times a few weeks ago, The Man Who Knew Too Little. Basically, ever since November 2016 one man, Erik Hagerman, has been conducting a personal "blockade" of the news. Initially, he was just taking a break from the news after the 2016 election, but a few days turned into a few more and thus, "The Blockade" was born. This Ohio resident has no idea about ninety-nine percent of what has happened over the past year and a half. Now, while many envy Hagerman's ignorances of the overflowing stream of bad news, most couldn't conduct their own
"blockade" or even want to.
Twitter seems to be the place where everything is going down. You get breaking news, statements from officials, personal opposition all in one quick glance at your news feed. Inspired by Hagerman's experiment, I went ahead and conducted my own over the past few weeks. I made it my goal to find at least one positive tweet, conversation, or news story every time I checked my Twitter news feed.
I offer you the following good news, funny tweets, heartwarming conversations to brighten your day and to remember that "Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light" and yes I did just
quote Harry Potter, smiling yet?!
Are you smiling now?!
Do you think two and a half years is enough time for a place to change your life?
I know it is.
It’s been one year, 365 days, 8760 hours since I graduated from Boston College. One year since I walked across a stage as my name was mispronounced. One year since I stepped over the threshold from student to alum. And one year of missing everything about this place I have come to love.
You might be wondering why its two and a half years and not four, well I transferred to Boston College in the middle of my sophomore year. I moved in right before everyone had returned from winter break. It was eerily quiet as snow began to blanket the campus while I lugged my belongings into a room that was already filled with life from its seven other occupants.
It was a whirlwind of events that had me moving into a different dorm, not four weeks after finishing finals at another university, a whirlwind of events that changed my life.
To fully embrace an experience, not only do you have to open yourself up to the opportunities that come your way, but also go after the ones you see lurking in the background. Once I figured this out, I began to see the magic that is Boston College. I found it in the little things, the aroma of the Chocolate Bar, the way Gasson glistens in the sunlight, the quietness of a snow-covered campus.
A place is nothing without its people. My experience at Boston College was shaped by the people; the woman in the dining hall, my roommates, the custodian that I said hello to every day of senior year, my professors, my classmates, the random person who held the door open, my friends. They shaped my experience at Boston College, they impacted my time there, and they impacted me.
Only a certain environment can foster classmates and random roommates to become lifelong friends, for professors to become mentors. Thank you Boston College for putting these people in my life, I am forever grateful.
So Boston College, thank you.
Thank you for the life-changing people, the snowy winters, the challenging classes, the breathtaking campus, the home games at alumni stadium, the thought-provoking lectures, the meaningful conversations, the drive for excellence. Thank you for changing my life for nothing but the better.
A place can change your life, Boston College changed mine.
Hey Mr. Blue Volvo! Are you kidding me!
Really! You're going to make this drive worse than it already is?
The cross island parkway is already a slow and painful death without you throwing your trash out the window, so can you not. The long island traffic isn't even that bad today, so please stop ruining this drive for me.
I didn’t even realize people still littered.
I mean, I’ve seen people throw gum out their windows here and there, but you threw your empty, extra-large McDonalds cup out of the car. You opened the window, stuck your hand out like you were holding the Olympic Torch, and BAM, dropped it like you were dropping the mic at the end of the State of the Union.
Excuse me sir, but who do you think you are?
After the cup nearly missed my car, I began thinking about this problem. In my opinion, the main reason people litter is because they're lazy. Instead of holding onto their empty bottles they drop them on the ground. I don’t understand why you can’t hold onto your used fast food containers until you find a garbage can. And, I really can’t understand why people throw their trash out of their cars. You have space to put it; the passenger seat, the floor in the back, the car door pocket, so why do you chuck it out the window?
You’re killing the environment. You’re endangering fellow drivers. You’re risking a fine.
Why can’t you wait until you get to your destination to throw your trash away; or maybe even recycle it? I know, big steps from throwing trash out the window to recycling it and being environmentally conscious, but you can do it.
As I continued driving, I noticed more and more people littering. Nothing as big as your McDonalds cup, but littering nonetheless. I guess I wasn't conscious of this epidemic before, but now that I was, I couldn’t stop seeing it. Peanut shells, cigarette butts, pieces of paper, all flying out of car windows.
Imagine your house covered in empty fast food containers, half-eaten apples, cigarette butts, peanut shells, pieces of paper. You wouldn’t treat your home like that, so why do you treat the earth like that?
But it is your home, and its home to 7 billion other people, so treat it with the respect it deserves.
Stop killing the birds and fish. Stop polluting the ocean. Stop contaminating the groundwater. Stop destroying the grass, plants, and trees.
Stop being lazy Mr. Blue Volvo.
We all love Netflix. We binge The Office, Gilmore Girls, Friends, Grey's Anatomy... and so many more. We appreciate when Netflix is concerned enough to ask us "are you still watching" and let's be real, yes Netflix, we're always still watching.
But Netflix has so much more to offer than just its massive library of TV shows. I'm eliminating the searching and giving you five movies on Netflix that you need to watch right NOW!!
So skip the searching and stop the arguing over what to watch. Head over to Netflix and check out these five movies!
Like many people I’m a lover of Google. It's my go to search engine, I have tons of Gmail accounts, and I’m always using Google Drive. Everything I need is under one convenient umbrella.
Now, I’m always looking for ways to get the most out of any and everything. If it’s a book I try to find the deeper message, if it’s a workout routine I take it to the highest level I can, or if it’s technology I find ways to optimize its abilities.
So when Google came out with Google Chrome I was all over it. I made it my primary search engine, fell in love Chromecast, and experimented with all the little functions. By far one of my favorite add ons is Google Chrome Extensions. These extensions help modify the Google Chrome browser and make it unique to you. All you have to do is head over to the Chrome Web Store, select the extension you want, and add it to Chrome...easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Here are my top five favorite Google Chrome Extensions:
Make the most out of Google Chrome and use these extensions!
Another winter snow storm is about to hit the northeast. If you’ve read some of my other posts you know I love the winter, so I’m pretty excited for this storm. However, I’m sure the majority of people out there have the opposite opinion, so I want to turn their frowns upside down. I’m recommending two of my favorite television series that are made for binge watching.
My mom’s favorite TV show is ER. She kept hyping it up and urging me to watch it, but it wasn't streaming anywhere. But now the entire 15 season, medical drama is streaming on Hulu!!! So I took my mom’s advice and as always, she was right, ER is beyond SWELL.
ER follows the life of the emergency room of a Chicago teaching hospital and the doctors, nurses, and med students that work there. I instantly fell in love with the characters and the story lines. In my opinion it is honestly one of the best television shows out there. From its unique plot lines and amazing acting to its fast paced cinematography and powerful editing. But don’t just take my word for it, ER recieved 124 Emmy nominations, making it the most nominated drama in television history.
So head on over to Hulu and watch all 331 episodes...my mom says so.
It’s the classic that never gets old. Putting on Friends pretty much solves any problem, lightens any mood, and ends the “what to watch” argument. To be totally honest I had never watched the series from plot to finale so I took it upon myself to change that.
Now, Friends is great if you watch one episode here and there, but to watch it from beginning to end is entirely different. You are able to pick up on certain subtleties, admire the camera work, and appreciate the never ending humor. The reason, in my opinion, for its popularity is its reliability. Everyone can see themselves in Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, Chandler, Joey, and Ross. People can relate to the failures and triumphs these characters face. My parents related to them, I relate to them, and the next generation is going to as well. Not only do we relate to Friends, but we love it as well.
Get Netflix going, clap your hands to the theme song, and yes Netflix we are still watching.
So, grab your blankets, favorite pillow, a steaming cup of tea and hunker down on the couch. Bring on the snow mother nature, we’ve got Hulu and Netflix.
I have the unpopular opinion that winter shouldn’t end. The seventy-degree day everyone was loving this week, I was soooo not about it. I want more snow, more thirty-degree days, and more ski trips.
I should probably move to Alaska or Canada.
Feeling the cold air on my face as I step outside and watching falling snow cover the evergreen trees are truly two of my favorite things. During winter at Boston College, I would constantly tell my roommate I wanted it to snow more (she is winter’s least favorite fan) and the next day I swear it would snow. My roommate was so not happy, she told me to quit asking for snow like I controlled the weather or something hahah. While she cursed the snow I marveled at its beauty and relished those cold days.
This winter I was able to enjoy some wickedly frigid temperatures and a decent amount of snow (not enough in my opinion). I escaped to Pocono Pines, PA one weekend and wandered around in the snow, enjoyed the thirty-degree weather, and skied it up!
Embrace winter instead of cursing its name.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Did your boyfriend forget it was February 14th? Is your wife away on business? Are you very single and not mingling? Or are you looking for a pick me up?
Well look no further. I’ve gathered some of my favorite news stories that are sure to put a smile on your face!
I hope you all feel the love from these great stories!