I'm Kinzey, and I have a bad habit of getting on the wrong bus.

Anyone looking over my shoulder right now would think I was watching Frozen clips on YouTube to shamelessly avoid doing homework, while, in reality, I am watching clips from the Serbian dub of Frozen to shamelessly avoid doing homework SO THERE.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The University closed today because of snow. We spent our snow day building pillow fort #2. There have been some disputes regarding the name, but I still stand by “The Marxist Utopia.”

Classes have been cancelled for tomorrow as well. I’m not sure what we will be doing, but I am certain that all sorts of shenanigans will be happening.

Friday, January 31, 2014

The roommates and I made the best pillow fort (Fort Catbug) today. Time to eat some junk food and watch some movies.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Lloyd Alexander, author of the Prydain Chronicles, The Arkadians, The Iron Ring, and many other wonderful books would have turned 90 today. Happy birthday, to one of the greatest children’s authors ever.

Lloyd Alexander, author of the Prydain ChroniclesThe Arkadians, The Iron Ring, and many other wonderful books would have turned 90 today. Happy birthday, to one of the greatest children’s authors ever.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014

Generic non-fat cream cheese is the most disappointing thing I’ve experienced in 2014.

Friday, January 3, 2014

College is weird because $12 is a lot of money, but $1000 is not much money at all.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

unexpected consequences of using poster mounts

Avoid hanging your favorite posters up in your dorm with poster mounts. Some brands of poster mounts are far stickier than they need to be, and the effects could be disastrous to your posters, wall, sanity, or even your emotional health. There is a good chance that you will end up lamenting the fairly significant tear in your Avengers poster. There is an even better chance that you will end up taking a ten minute bus ride to the store so you can buy some sponges strong enough to scrub off the sticky half-remains of the poster mounts you thought you were so smart to use.

And there is a slight chance that on the bus ride, you will eventually end up sitting across the aisle from a man who has scrunched himself down to a length short enough that he can lie down across the two chairs in his row. He might eventually sit up and pull a small, inexpensive, stick-shaped mp3 player out of his pocket and play with it as he listens to whatever it is that he listens to through his black earbuds.

And as he turns the mp3 player over and over in his hands, he may start looking around. He may glare at the window, and at the other passengers on the bus. He might even turn around and glare at you for a moment before glaring at his mp3 player with obvious frustration. There is a small, but not impossible chance that he will bitterly tear the back of the mp3 player away and yank the ear buds out of his ears with one blunt pull of the cord. And then he would, perhaps, abruptly drop the whole broken, tangled mess on the floor with obvious loathing and disapproval.

And then you would probably start looking out the window and trying to mentally prepare yourself for your 7:30 final the next morning. Or you would possibly pull out your phone and answer a text you had forgotten to reply to. Or maybe you would take out your book and start reading.

Except the man might pull out a small paper copy of the bus schedule and start aggressively turning it over in his hands. And, if you’re lucky, the paper will not be made out of the thin paper used in receipt machines. If you’re lucky, the sound will not be small, inconsequential, and yet the only audible thing in the entire bus. If you’re lucky, the tiny, incessant sound of paper on paper will not make you want to start singing to drown out the sound, or you won’t want to groan, or tear your hair out, or at least get off at the next stop even if it means you have to walk a long ways.

But if you are not that lucky, then at least you do not have long to wait before your stop. And you will go to the store and buy your extra-strength sponges and maybe also a bottle of water or a granola bar. And when you get back to your dorm, you might learn that your sponge, that should have lasted at least a month for any hardcore germaphobe, leaves you only with a torn up sponge with a number of holes worn through it after five minutes of scrubbing.

And as you stand in your empty half of the room with an RA from one dorm over, you might just nervously play with the ring you always wear, or possibly with a bracelet you’re wearing, or maybe even with a receipt you found in your pocket. And she may look at you with annoyance, but that might only intensify your nervous fidgeting as you point out the places left with sticky residue and chunks of missing paint.

All I’m saying is that if you learn anything before going to college, it’s that poster mounts are more trouble than they’re worth.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Man I am so into posts praising the Girl Scouts because I see them get way too much shit. I was a Girl Scout. I know too many people who were not but bitched about how it wasn't good because "the boy scouts went camping!"

cinnamon-lady24:

LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW MUCH I FRIGGEN LOVE THE GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA.

[Okay so I regret that I was only a scout for a couple years when I was very young, but that was largely out of my control. It’s super cool that you were one though! GSA 5EVER.]

Idk I never felt jealous of the boy scouts? I kind of thought they all seemed boring? Like, with Girl Scouts there’s usually a broader variety of activity meaning basically YOU GET TO LEARN THINGS BESIDE CAMPING WHICH IS ACTUALLY GOOD BECAUSE WHILE CAMPING IS A USEFUL SKILL, IT’S NOT THE ONLY SKILL U FEEL?

I recently read a really interesting article about why the GSA has been more accepting towards the LGBTQ+ community (especially in comparison to the boy scouts) and they put forward the idea, and it’s a very valid one, I feel, that the reason the GSA is more accepting is because it was founded on an idea of going against the norm. They weren’t girl guides; they were scouts (this word choice was actually considered quite shocking at the time). Thus, they were essentially founded with the idea of being against societal norms of gender expression. It’s also cool to note that GSA was desegregated extremely quickly in comparison to other groups.

Meanwhile, the Boy Scouts of America were founded on the idea of traditionalism, so the tendency becomes to preserve old ideas, rather than to explore new ones.

Unlike the GSA which is awesome and fab and I JUST HAVE A LOT OF GIRL SCOUT FEELINGS.

Anna thank you so much for saying this. I also did not know you were in Girl Scouts. I think you’re going to have to tell me about it at lunch tomorrow…

I’m also going to add a bit because I was a scout for 13 years, it had it’s ups and downs, but overall, it was amazing.

In 13 years of scouting I:

  • Finished my bronze, silver and gold awards. I learned how to manage projects that required as much (if not more) work than a lot eagle scout projects I’ve seen (so don’t let anyone try to tell you that being an Eagle Scout is more impressive than being a Gold Award recipient.)
  • Met a lady-astronaut.
  • Met an IBM engineer who helped develop the Watson computer.
  • Ate delicious cookies.
  • Met a NASA scientist.
  • Learned how to cook a cake inside of an orange peel and how to make the best s’mores ever.
  • Got a behind-the-scenes tour of a college’s theater sound system because I just happened to be interested in sound engineering as a career at the time.
  • Had the opportunity to volunteer at naturalization ceremonies, all of which were beautiful and touching and I’m so happy I got to be a part of them.
  • Organized a “Day of Empowerment” for at-risk teen girls living in a residential facility. They went to workshops on interviewing skills, personal finance, careers and interests assessments, and an etiquette dinner.
  • Started a new driver safety initiative.
  • Helped a number of my neighbors start composting.
  • Learned about what I valued in potential friends - and not just in a trial-and-error-through-the-years-of-troop-changes sort of way. I learned about it in a very obvious “here, have a book and actually tell us what makes a good friend and what doesn’t” sort of way. I didn’t think that was important at the time, but now I’ve realized that so many girls grow up without knowing that they’re in unhealthy friendships and that they should seek out more better relationships.
  • Learned how to work under pressure with strict deadlines.
  • Learned that I can value creative and athletic skills as well as academic talent.
  • Went camping more than a few times.
  • Sucked at building campfires.
  • Made crafts.
  • Sang songs.
  • Realized that there is so much more work involved in being a girl scout than people ever acknowledge.

Even though I didn’t enjoy (or even agree with, sometimes) 100% of the things I did as a scout, it was such an important influence. There is no doubt that I am definitely better off having been in Girl Scouts. Scouting (Boy or Girl) is so beneficial, and I strongly encourage any person who’s old enough to get involved with it for as much time as they can, even if it’s just for a little bit in elementary school.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

morningamp:

I just wanted to treat people the way I would want to be treated. It was designed on the premise of being equal…No design skills, just used logic and that whole premise of if I was homeless, what would I want. -Tony Clarke

Tony Clarke is from Australia, where the homeless population is the same for an entire country as it is for the city of Chicago. He is in town for the Edison Awards, where he was honored for his backpack-bed invention and his non-profit Swags for Homeless, with swag obviously having a different meaning in the Land of Oz.

Tony joins host Molly Adams with guest host Odinaka Od Ezeokoli filling in for Brian Babylon to talk about how he got the idea for the backpack-bed and about the problem of homelessness in the United States, and right here in Chicago.

 
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