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The Loop of the Lou

by Carly on March 28, 2017

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This past weekend, I spent some time in one of my favorite spots in St. Louis: The Delmar Loop! If you are ever looking for something to do, it is just a couple miles up the street from Fontbonne. I love how eclectic and artsy this area is. I have spent many days and nights and there, but I still seem to find new things to try there. On Saturday, my first stop was Avalon Exchange. It is a thrift store, but not like your average Goodwill shop. They have amazing vintage finds that all have come back in style (at least in my world they did). Avalon’s associates are extremely trendy and friendly, and the store is very organized. You can find everything separated by category and by size. No digging required! My favorite find of the day? A vintage silk dress from the 1960s, embellished with swirls of sequins. Also, some cute rainbow flats that are perfect for spring. My dress was only $10 and the shoes $7!

For my next stop, I couldn’t pass up the legendary Chuck Berry’s statue. Since his passing the weekend before, many fans passing by placed flowers, beads, candles, stuffed animals, and letters around his statue. He is arguably the most famous and successful musician to emerge from St. Louis. Fun fact: he was the first person to be inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame! And he continued to perform at St. Louis’ own Blueberry Hill, up until his death. His statue stands right across the street from Blueberry Hill restaurant and bar. It is always sad loosing a legend, but his music will live on.

Lastly, but certainly not least, I couldn’t leave the Loop without grabbing some ice cream. There are several options, but this time I went with Peacock Diner. It’s the outgoing tatted up waiters/waitresses and fried pickles that keep bringing me back. And the ice cream! I never thought something as a strawberry shake could taste so good. But when it’s homemade at the Peacock Diner, I really does. Also, the fact that you can play ski ball there and it never closes doesn’t hurt either. There is always something to do in the Lou, and the Loop is always a great place to start!

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Hello everyone,

Let me tell you about all of the wonderful things I have done over my spring break.  I have had the chance to spend a lot of quality time with my parents and even some quality time with my boyfriend. Over the weekend I had the chance to practice golf with my dad at Sunset Country Club where my family is members and I even had a personal best score on Sunday.  It was great to be with my family at the course on Sunday and be able to prove to myself that I can play well in the cool weather.  Then, that evening my family went to the Des Peres movie theater to see the much anticipated Beauty and the Beast movie and it was such a breath taking movie.  My family had another movie night on Monday as we watched the other amazing Disney film that was recently in theaters which was Moana.  I just love that movie because it has so many life lessons about pursuing your dreams and doing everything possible to make them happen.

Then, on Tuesday I had the chance to go out to lunch with my parents and my grandma at Billy G’s in Kirkwood and I savored an amazing meal.  After that we walked next door to my favorite bakery, Great Harvest, in which I purchased two of my favorite treats there. Later on in the evening I went to mass at the Catholic Student Center on Washington Universities campus and following the mass I delighted in some soup for dinner in the church basement.  Then, I drove to my boyfriends house to bake some oatmeal bars and hangout with him.

A couple days later my boyfriend and I had tickets to the St. Louis Blues game down at Scottrade center.  But before the game started we enjoyed dinner together at Syberg’s downtown next to the Drury in Hotel and when we were finished we walked over to the arena. We arrived early enough to watch the Blues players warm up and it was very fun because I took many pictures and was able to see them all close up.  Once the game started there was a lot of excitement in the stadium as the fans cheered on the men in blue  each time they attempted a shot on goal.  It was definitely a thrilling game to watch once the Blues had their first goal on the scoreboard towards the end of the first period.  From there the Blues continued to dominate as they scored three more goals before the end of regulation that night.

The next day I woke up early and went to my practicum site early to work on one of my class projects and help the main cook prepare lunch.  That day we were preparing rigatoni pasta bake and manicotti along with some Caesar salad and cheese bread.  I followed the cook along all morning to see where I could help out and I ended up playing a big part in that days meal.  I assisted with making the pans of manicotti which had red sauce and some white Alfredo sauce inside of it.  Then I helped remake the rigatoni noodles into something even better than what it was before as we added some more pasta sauce to it, tomato juice, and some Parmesan cheese.  Another thing I worked on was adding cheese, butter, and parsley to the garlic bread and then baking it in the oven.  The lunch that day ended up being quite delicious and all of the sisters and guests seemed to really enjoy everything on the buffet line.

Later that same day, I took a drive to Moberly Missouri to visit a good friend of mine, Scott, who moved there in the fall because of a job.  It is about two and a half hours away from St. Louis and so it is not a very difficult drive depending on the weather.  I arrived in the late evening and shortly after, we drove to dinner, which was an authentic Mexican restaurant in the east side of town.  Then, the rest of the night we watched sports and when the sun rose again we watched more sports which included the World Golf Championships Dell Match Play and the St. Louis Cardinals spring training game.  Later in the morning on Saturday we went out to brunch at a local diner in the central part of town called the Brick and then Scott showed me around his workplace which was right next door.  The next thing we did was drive to the only park in town called Rothwell park in which there was a hiking trail for us to walk around.  Then, before you know it, it was time for me to take my journey back to St. Louis for the evening and the drive seemed longer than it should have been because of the pouring rain.

Thanks for reading about my great adventures on spring break 2017.  Remember, adventure is out there, so go experience the world.

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Carly

Tale as Old as Time

by Carly on March 20, 2017

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As a huge Disney freak, words cannot describe how excited I’ve been in anticipation of the live-action Beauty and the Beast being released. And it’s finally here! I remember hearing about this movie in the works of couple years ago. Especially in the last few months, it has been everywhere in the news. From interviews with the stars, to various trailers, and to music videos being released, I feel like I was reading something new about it every day practically.

Because I am such a huge Disney fan, and because this was my favorite cartoon movie growing up, I am going to send this week’s blog talking about this blockbuster movie. But don’t worry; I won’t give any spoilers away. Although, it’s probably safe to say you already know the story. 😉

Overall, I thought this movie was beautifully made. I like that it truly stuck to the original cartoon version. With the exception of a couple minor plot twists, the look of the characters, the songs, and progression of the story was very similar to the one we grew up with. Any expectations I had were exceeded. In addition, the imagery in this film was absolutely breathtaking. Everything from the view of the castle, to the ornate costumes, and visuals of the snowy woods, it was all a wonderful sight to see. And then there’s one of the most iconic scenes of all time: when Belle and the Beast have their first dance in the ballroom, with her yellow gown and his blue suit. As Mrs. Potts sang “Beauty and the Beast” and this scene was playing before me, I can guarantee you I was giddier than the numerous children sitting in the row next to me. Beautiful!

And speaking of children, the kids in this theater were troopers! I completely understand that you want to take kids to see this movie; I mean, come on, it’s Princess Belle! However, there were quite a few scary elements throughout the film. I never realized how many scary and life-threatening scenes there were until I saw it in live-action. For one, of course the beast is a bit frightening at first, before you see his soft side. Also, there are a couple occasions where characters are fighting off deadly wolves. Plus, Gaston isn’t referred to as a “bad guy” for no reason (although I must say, the actor that plays him is quite a charmer; but shame on you, Gaston!). But there are still many magical moments that kids and adults alike can enjoy. Who could not love little Chip?!

So, there’s my brief two cents on the film. I have just been so excited to see it; I could not wait another day. You don’t have to rush out the first weekend like me, but I hope you get a chance to go soon! I love a good-hearted story that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Trust me, you will not be disappointed by this tale as old as time.

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Hello Fonties!!
Spring break is finally upon us. I wanted to share my plans for this upcoming week off from classes.
Unfortunately I will still be working on spring break, but I will get to switch it up to some day shifts instead of my usual night shifts. I plan to sleep in as much as I can and use as few alarms as possible. I am hoping the weather clears up and I will be to go hiking or take in a trip to the zoo. Although we have a week off from class, I will still be on campus Wednesday night for my 8 week night class. I plan to start working on my final projects so they don’t all pile up on me the last weeks of school. Crazy to think we will only have a few weeks before finals when we come back from spring break!!

Have fun this spring break Fontbonne and be safe!

xoxo,
Claire

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Upcoming Concerts!

by Carly February 22, 2017

Anyone that knows me, knows that I am a HUGE fangirl. What is a “fangirl,” you may ask? The formal definition from Merriam-Webster says “a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something.” In other words, a diehard fan that goes crazy at the sight or sound of […]

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What am I most excited for?

by Cecelia February 20, 2017

This weather we have been having makes me so so happy! The 60-70 degree weather is to die for, and I can’t wait until it is here all the time. This kind of weather makes the wait for spring a little unbearable, and I cannot wait. The April flowers are so gorgeous, and St. Louis […]

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Introduction, who I am

by Mary January 31, 2017

Hello everyone! This is my first time blogging with Fontbonne and I am pretty excited to see how it goes this semester.  I am a second semester senior at Fontbonne and I have truly enjoyed my last three and a half years here.  I still can’t believe that graduation is just around the corner, but […]

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Fall is here!

by Adriana October 25, 2016

Even though fall already started few weeks ago, I still want to share the different fun activities I have done during this season. I am not a fan of cold weather, but right now it’s kind of a mix between cold and hot so its fine. I went apple picking for the first time and […]

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Things to do Around the Lou!-Part 4

by Courtney October 20, 2016

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Lone Elk Park.  This park is about 30 minutes from campus but definitely worth the drive! Lone Elk Park is 546 acres of beautiful scenery located on top of a hill where you can drive around and look at beautiful elk and bison.  There are even […]

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Stop Stressing!

by Claire September 29, 2016

Stress is firmly set into the lives of students all of the world right now. I wanted to share some of the best quotes that help me get through my most stressful days, nights, and even weeks. Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to […]

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