Friday, February 25, 2011

Because I really don't know what to name this entry...

Why is it that the days where I feel most motivated to do work...
    I literally have nooooo time to do it!?


snow and rain here in Pittsburgh today, but that's not very surprising! :P
I'm heading up/over to Penn State today for the weekend to spend some quality time with the best friends :) I'll be back Sunday afternoon and I already have a Monday lunch planned with my Grandma and Aunt. And THEN its the lastttt school week until Spring Break!

It's gonna be a good weekend :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


To sum up this past weekend: Port Authority Buses Suck.
But otherwise, it rocked!

Alex came to visit this past weekend! He got to meet all of my friends and we had a really great time together.  Sunday afternoon, he, Lauren, D, and I went to Pamela's for an amaaaazing brunch. The omelets were on poiiiint. After that I showed him around the Cathedral of Learning, we went to the top floor (well, the highest that we were allowed to go) and looked out over the city. It was awesome. Then I showed him the chapel (all the stained glass and wood work in there is beauuuutiful) and then we went back to the lounge to watch the Penguins game on tv! Sadly, they lost :/ but we didn't let it ruin the night.  We decided to visit the Duquesne incline since it really wasn't TOO cold out. Figuring out the right bus took us a little while but we finally took the G2 to the Incline. 
 Looking out from Mt. Washington
Alex at the Duquesne Incline
We rode all the way up, walked around the museum looking at all the artifacts and old pictures, took a self-guided tour that we're pretty sure was actually closed but we went through it anyway, and looked out over the balcony from Mt. Washington. It was really beautiful. It was kind of foggy out so the taller buildings were sort of hidden. I loved it!
 the "closed" self-guided tour
and again :)
So after looking through the whole museum (trust me, this guy who rode up on the incline with us told us we HAD to look at everything...he could have definitely been a spokesman for the place), we rode back down. And that's when the adventure really began. We waited down at the bottom of the mountain for awhile (at this point it was getting colder out and started to rain) for a bus and when one finally came that said it was going downtown we jumped right on...planning to eat somewhere downtown and then catch a bus back to Oakland. Only...we didn't get off downtown. We completely missed the two stops downtown. So, being naturally smart of course, we thought "we'll just ride the loop again until we get back downtown. how far could it be?" Answer: FAR. People were getting on the bus, people were getting off the bus. And there we sat. Finally, with only one or two people left on the bus with us, the driver turns around and says "where are you two going!?" We told him "yeahhhh we missed our stop. We're going downtown." What did he say back? "I'll say you missed your stop! You ain't in Kansas anymore! You're in the HOOD!" hahahahahhahah awesome. 
Luckily the driver was probably the nicest guy we met all week. He tried to get us on another bus but when he found out it would be a while, he ended up driving us back downtown anyway, giving Alex a free ticket for the next bus we needed to catch, and told us exactly where we needed to go. We rode that bus for a solid hour....or more. It was kind of cool though. I mean, iiiiii didn't know those buses went out that far! We made it back to Oakland safe and sound, got some dinner at the O, and ended the night watching a movie with D and Laur. 

Alex walking over the shaky bridge..shaking
it so of course it was hard for me to cross!!!
Monday we decided to get up early and be the most productive people ever. And maybe the dumbest. We seriously planned an entire day February. Who DOES that? Yep, we do. We decided to go to the zoo!! We found the right bus, the 500, and made the journey to the Pittsburgh Zoo. They even lower the prices in the winter since some of the animals aren't out, but honestly, it felt like most of them were there! It was awesome. There were maybe, twenty other people there. And it seemed like there was barely any staff working either.  The weather was perfect.
 King of the Jungle; one of my favorites.
 I forget which kind of primates these were, but the 
white one only had one arm! and the black one 
was soooo active; he was swinging all over
the place.
We walked around for a good three hours or didn't even feel that long at allllll! And the animals were great! I mean...we caught moooost of them when they were "relieving themselves" (which was actually really really hilarious because it KEPT happening to us) but they were all soooooo beautiful!! 
strangest looking animal I saw all day :P
I think, one of my favorite things to see were the elephants getting bathed...they would just lift up their feet when the zoo keepers needed to wash them and they'd feed them treats while they were doing. It just looked like they were loving life. They would pick up the treats with their trunks and then eat them and, I don't know, I just thought it was really funny! I mean...they were eating...with their nose...
bath time!
this guy was deffffinitely the cutest animal there.
made me wanna just climb in there and
cuddle with him!! (probably not a good idea)
We had lunch at the zoo and just sat and talked about a lot of things. It was really great. It was funny because there was this big area set up for kids to climb ropes and go down slides...and because no one was there we went right on them! It was probably a good thing we did too because it led us to even more animals...the day was just great. And of course I had to climb through another "children's tube" for this photo opp:
I think, the aquarium section was proooobably one of my favorite parts. Alex got to see his favorite animals...the penguinsssss! They were so funny...walking around with their chests puffed out, thinking they were the biggest, baddest things around. But ohhhhh if they lived in the wild....
 Alex. Penguins Jersey. Penguins.
Then it was time for MY favorite animal: the POLAR BEAR. (way way cooler than the penguins). They were soooooo cute! And so active too!! The one was just pacing around and other was swimming and playing with his toys...he even swam right up to the glass for us. They're just so damn cute...

Myself and the polar bears :)
These little guys were cute too...this is where I got the photo opp above :P  This one especially liked Alex...

best friends!
But of course, he wasn't the only one to become best friends with the animals.  We got to the sea lion exhibit and this one little guy just wouldn't leave us alone! Every time I went up against the glass, there he would be! His big brown eyes wide open, nose pressed up against the glass. So. So. Cute.
Even better best friends ;)
jelly fish!
i love this picture.
We saw so many animals was awesome. The lions were so lively and really...everything else was too! I think another one of my favorites was definitely the sea otters...we didn't even know they were there! We thought the exhibit was empty and then all of a sudden one of them just popped up from under the water! They really loved the attention too...they would swim right up to the glass with their toys and just sort of smile up at you....jeeze.
 the lions :)
 Snow Leopard
this poor guy was all alone and on our way
out it sounded like he was just crying...or maybe
he was predicting the oncoming snow?? 
sea otter!
On our way out, we decided to stop by the tiger exhibit one more time. And I'm really really glad that we did. This guy was just hanging out earlier but when we came back, he walked right over to us at the glass. It was awesome. But you know, I'm pretty sure these animals are a lot smarter then we give them credit for. And maybe, by doing this, he was telling us just howww much he hates having people come watch him in this cage....he walked RIGHT up to us (luckily there was glass there) and peed...riiiiight where Alex's face was! IT WAS HILARIOUS! If it would have been a normal fence, of course it would have been better...but it was still sooooooo funny! He jumped right off the landing and we just laughed for foreverrrrrr. I actually got the entire thing on no doubt it will be finding its way on here...

When we finally decided to leave the zoo because it started to sort of sleet...then eventually snow...we walked back to the bus stop. The bus stop that the bus driver CLEARLY told us to wait for a bus back to Oakland. never showed. We called the Port Authority line TWICE. The first time they told us it would come in twenty minutes. The second time, they told us that we weren't at a real stop. But we were! It was seriously a normal bus stop. It had a bench and everything. Frustrating. Soooo after waiting there for a good half an hour, we walked on over to a convenience store and bought some hand warmers and waited at ANOTHER bus stop for about an hour. At this point...its snowing pretty heavily. Thankfully, the 500 FINALLY showed up, we got on, and went directly to the Consol Energy Center to student rush the Pens/Caps game. I think, had it been anyone else, they would have been really mad they we were standing outside in the snow for so long...but not Alex. We were just happy to have each other. And we definitely made the best of it by simply laughing at the situation and "going with the flow" was really cool. We got there a little before 4 o'clock and stood in line with some of the craziest people ever. The group in front of us, it turned out that one of the boys went to McDevitt and knew Lauren and D! And the people behind us...well they were just crazy. I mean, here we were, all standing outside in this big snow storm, and they dare the one guy to slide through the snow...shirtless. AND HE DID IT! Kind of. He didn't really slide. But you know, these people really made the two hour wait outside in the freezing cold a pretty fun time. 
Alex and I outside in the student rush line.
Soooo by the time our socks and our shoes were soaked and we couldn't feel our fingers, the two hours were up! And we were finally let into the arena. That place was.awesome. Seriously. We had some pretty good seats too! We were in the lower level but we had this little counter in front of us (different, but cool). Alex even ran into two friends from back home. I guess it's true when they say it's really a small world...
 the picture doesn't do it justice...but we were
really a lot closer than it appears.
Sadly, the Pens lost this game as well :/ but I mean you can't really blame them when they're out so many players due to injuries. They played really well. We decided to stay in our seats until most of the crowd cleared out and when we finally made it outside...the entire city was white. Soooo much snow! We were about to cross the street to find a bus when a some guy told us that all the Port Authority buses were taken off the roads. We were told to go over to the hotel across the street because a lot of cabs are always sent there after the game, so of course we did. Anddddd half of the arena did too. Of course :P.  It was crazy in there. People EVERYWHERE. We waited around for a while, hoping to catch a cab and decided to sit on this one bench at the end of the hall and wait. So. While we're waiting there, what happens next? I hear Alex say "that's Tyler Kennedy. That's Tyler Kennedy!!" (one of the Penguins players) He seriously was like a kid in a candy shop hahahha. It was the strangest thing because NO ONE even noticed him walking down this hallway towards us..and there were people EVERYWHERE in Pens gear...So he walks by, gives us a wave and then these two people came up and asked for his autograph. Two people. Out of alllll the people at the game, only these two people noticed him. So of couuuuuurse we had to take advantage of the situation and ask for a picture! And heeeere it is!: 
Alex and Tyler Kennedy.
Needless to say, his entire day was made with this one picture :P But after that...we STILL needed to find a way back to Oakland. (We had been waiting around for a few hours now). We found out that all of the cab companies barely had any cars running because the roads were so bad. So we waited at the door and when we fiiiinally saw a cab pull up we ruuuushed out there! The driver asked us where we needed to go so I said "Oakland" and...of course with our transportation luck...he said "oh. i can't take you there. I can't make it up that hill. No one's gonna be able to take you all the way up there." Great. So what were we supposed to do? A room cost 259 dollars! Holy.Crap. So...we decided to walk. Yep. That's right. Walk...from downtown to Oakland. Now that's a hike.
We leave the hotel into the totally white Pittsburgh streets and make our way up Fifth Avenue. I turned around to Alex and said "we should just hitch hike" I mean not the BEST idea, but probably would have done the same thing if you were in our position! He said "I was thinking the same thing, but I wasn't gonna say anything unless you did." Soooo sine Fifth is a one-way going in the complete opposite direction, we crossed over to Forbes and began our journey. We walked for about 15 minutes holding our thumbs out to every car that passed....and passed. But FINALLY...a car stopped. And seriously...probably one of the nicest guys I'll ever meet. He worked at the hospital and lived in South Side and still didn't mind giving us a ride paaast South Side to Oakland...he said "how could I turn down someone in a Penguins jersey!? I just came from the game too!" It was awesome. He drove us right to Oakland (HE didn't have any trouble getting there! Stupid cab drivers). Seriously though...what a nice guy. 
So Alex and I were back in Oakland. We stopped at Market Central for some sandwiches and to basically replay our entire, crazy day....and to warm up of course. We came back to the room...told Laur and D all about our adventures, and basically passed outttttt. It was so nice to be back in the warm.
The 6:20am megabus got delayed to 8:45, so at least we got to get a little more sleep then we expected! And by the morning the roads were a lotttt clearer (although traffic was still pretty bad). I think getting downtown this time was the first time allll weekend that we didn't have any trouble with the bussing. Thank god. But you know what? It was a freaking awesome weekend, and I wouldn't have changed any of it for anything :)

Alex and I infront of the Polar Bears!

just happy to be alive ;)


Friday, February 18, 2011

A little bit of Sunshine goes a long way...

the Throp girls!
I think anyone can agree with me that the weather has been insanely strange lately. Seriously, 60-something degree weather in the middle of February?? Absurd. Needless to say, the students of Pitt (and I'm sure just about every other college campus in PA) have decided to take advantage of it. Especially with today being Friday and all. So of course we did too! Maggie (who lives in a different dorm building, Lothrop) asked us to join her and a bunch of her "Throp Friends" as we like to call them, for a picnic on the Soldiers and Sailor's Lawn to enjoy this simply amazing weather.  Well, the picnic part didn't exactly work out, but we did a lot of other things from frisbee throwing, picture-taking, ice cream eating, video-shooting, ukelele playing, singing, to just plain goofing off. It was really fun.  A few of the friends I had never met before, but everyone was suuuuper nice. Just another thing that has made me positive that I have met the best people that Pitt has to offer...and they just keep introducing me to more! It was great. I love the warm weather, it makes me want summer that much mooooore...but I'm willing to wait for it if it means getting to spend every day until then with these awesome people I call my best friends :)
 Maggie and Myself
Jackie playing the ukelele
 the Throp girls once again.
Goop and Laur
 Laur and Maggie

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How To Write A Paper In College...

Sooo I think it's pretty safe to say that Lauren has gotten me addicted to the website  It's amazing. it directs you to a random webpage based on your interests (ie. arts, photography, comedy, pets, etc.), you look at it, usually respond with some sort of "AWWWEEE" or "HAHAHA!" comment, and then hit Stumble. It directs you to the next page...and you repeat. Needless to say, it's another one of those websites designed for us college students who find Astronomy to be the most boring class in the world... 
But ANYWAY, while "stumbling around" I came across this one page entitled: How To Write A Paper in College/University.  It caught my eye. I read it and laughed pretty hard, saved the page, and brought it back to the room after class. Laur and I then looked at it, tweeked it here and there to fit our era (more importantly, our lives) and now I am here to share it with you! (Again, this is not my original work) And I am being completely honest when I say that this is how papers in college get completed. Ask any student out there...


1. Sit in a hard, wooden chair in a well lit place in front of your lap top.

2. Log onto Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Oovoo, StumbleUpon, and Tumblr. (be sure to put your “away” status up).

3. Read over the essay prompt carefully, to make sure you understand it.

4. Walk down to the vending machines and buy some chocolate to help you concentrate.

5. Check your facebook notifications.

6. Call up a friend and ask if he/she wants to go to grab a coffee. Just to get settled down and ready to work…and to “talk out your ideas.”

7. When you get back to your room, sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a clean, well lit place.

8. Read over the prompt again to make absolutely certain you understand it.

9. Check your facebook notifications.

10. You know, you haven't texted that kid you met during Senior Week in a while…better get that out of the way so you can concentrate.

11. Look at your teeth in the bathroom mirror.

12. Download some new songs from itunes.

13. Check your facebook notifications. ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR YET?!

14. Skype with one of your friends about the future. (ie summer plans).

15. Check your facebook notifications.

16. Listen to your new itunes songs and then download some more.

17. Text your friend on the other floor and ask if she's started writing yet. Exchange derogatory remarks about your teacher, the
course, the college…and the world at large.

18. Walk to CVS and buy a pack of gum. You've probably run out.

19. While you've got the gum you may as well buy Cosmo and read it with your roommates while taking every quiz possible.

20. Check your facebook notifications.

21. Check every channel on TV to make sure that you aren’t missing out on anything good (Jersey Shore re-runs).

22. Play some computer solitaire or chess…

23. Check out

24. Paint your nails.

25. Text a friend to see how much they have done…probably haven't started either.

26. Look through your roommate’s facebook pictures. Then ask who everyone is…their hobbies…their favorite color…anything really.

27. Sit down and do some serious thinking about your plans for the weekend.

28. Check to see if has been updated yet.

29. Check your facebook notifcations and listen to your new itunes downloads.

30. You should be downloading a new update software for your MAC by now, assuming that you’re still getting about 15 notifications a day.

31. Read over the essay prompt one more time, just for hell of it.

32. Walk across the room to the window and watch the drug deal take place.

33. Lie face down on the floor and moan…loudly.

34. Bang your head against the wall…and then regret it.

35. Check your facebook notifications.

36. Yell curse words at the top of your lungs…and then make coffee.

37. 5am - start working on the essay without stopping even to breathe. 6am -paper is finished.

38. Make more coffee.

39. Complain to everyone that you didn't get any sleep because you had to write that stupid paper.

40. Go to class, hand in paper, and leave right away so you can take a 5 hour nap before you get started on your next paper due tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Getting warmer in Pittsburgh....

Some Things I've Enjoyed Lately...

1. dinner at Primanti Brothers with Kim, Ruben, and Goop.
2. movie night and a flashback to the 90's with Goop and Kim.
3. a weekend with my own room (love you d and laur!)
4. random visits from Maggie.
5. study sessions at Panera with Maggie, John, and Kevin.
6. lady gaga's new song: Born This Way.
7. the book I'm reading for creative writing: Coming of Age in Mississippi.
8. lunch dates with my friends.
9. roses on Valentine's Day.
10. three-way skyping with Steph and Ash.
11. cool "stunna shades."
12. pizza from Sorrento's with John and Alek.
13. lottery tickets.
14. having everyone back on the floor (love you Holland Floor 3!)
15. telephone calls from my two favorite brothers in the world.

Kim at Primanti Brothers

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My friends and I realllllly like to dance...

Well, here it is! My latest project!
Featuring some of my very best friends!
And one of my very favorite artists :P
I really had a good time making this one...
I hope it makes you all laugh as much as it did me!


see the resemblance??? 


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

For the eye has this strange property;

it rests only on beauty..."
                                     -Virginia Woolfe

So my weekend back in Harrisburg was pretty much..awesome. Seriously though! I woke up early on Friday, got some breakfast and coffee, and took the port authority bus to the megabus station with Alyssa and Beth.  Then i enjoyed a nice four hour bus ride with Alyssa to Harrisburgggggg. It was...interesting. Meaning: there were a few passengers threatening the driver, but in the end, we got there...SAFE AND SOUND. phew! My mom and mike picked me up and then my weekend just rockedddddd.
It included:
going to the girl's senior night game vs cumberland valley! They didn't win, but they all played great, and it was awesome cheering them on and being reunited with them all :) We even went out to eat afterwards with the whole team...just like the old days. I really do miss it. Because I know that im guaranteed to laugh when i'm with all the girls. My best friends<3
ashley: this girl makes me laugh more than anyone...
some of you miiight know who she's impersonating here ;)
Afterwards, Ash, Steph, Mike, and I enjoyed some good food and awesome conversations at the CPD. Really, nothing gets better than those nights (except if jimbo was there too, heyyyy!). I love the CPD tradition that we've started...its definitely gonna have to continue.
Saturday we all met up at Applebees to have lunch and celebrate Ash and Steph's Birthdays!! 18 and 19 years old :) The group included Ash, Steph, Carly, Myself, Haley, and Emilee. It.was.awesome.  Good food, good people, good times. 
Haley Shutt: i love this girl. I'm so glad that we've gotten closer over this past year, and I cannotttt wait for this summer. Pool parties. Hot tub parties. Sleepovers. Regal shifts. Its gonna be crazy. I love you.
Afterwards, Alex picked me up and we went to dinner! Got some bangin' bacon-cheddar cheese fries at YP and some ice cream too, and spent the rest of the night just catchin' up :)
THEN I went to Haley's for a sleepover with the girlsssss! We hot tubbed and shot about a billion videos. Talked in British accents and had numerous dance parties. I really do have the best group of friends in the world. We had the best time :) I would like to take this moment to point out that Haley and Gabby are the absolute best dancers that I know ;) They will be featured in my next video project for sureeee!
 Johnstons & Steph
Sunday, I went to church with big-bro-mike and then we did some running around for my mom. I purchased a new Flip video camera (so pumped. such good quality) and then we had our Superbowl Partyyyy! It was a lot of fun :) So many of my mom and dad's friends came and then some of myyyy friends came too! (Carly even sported her Cheese-Head...boooo).  Sadly, the Steelers lost, but it didn't stop anybody from having a good time. The food was everyyyything that I hoped it would be. I'm pretty sure I gained about 100 pounds this weekend while being home, but I am most definitely not complaining. 
And by Monday, my weekend was over :( I took the megabus home (the ride went extreeeemely fast) and found myself back in a pretty gloomy Pittsburgh. I'm guessing it was so rainy because of the Steelers only makes sense. I went to a lecture at the Carnegie Music Hall by the author, Sapphire. She wrote the book, Push, which was the basis for the movie, Precious. It was pretty cool actually. The seats were a little too close together for me, but the message behind what she was saying was pretty cool. She talked about all the criticism and "hate mail" she got from readers and other authors but she also talked about how she would continue to stand strong behind her story. About how she talked to real people with real problems and adapted it to fiction writing. It was cool, because, in a way, her story is somewhat true. And she read a lot of poems by authors that she really respected and enjoyed, which in my opinion was really cool. 
I finished my night with writing a paper and spent the majority of today at Starbucks working on various homework assignments. It's nice being back in the city but I'm definitely ready for some summer weather....
And now I would just like to say:
24 years old. Ya old geezer....
time to get you that rogaine i guess ;)