Birthday Bash

This week was the best week I had all year. My birthday was on Thursday and all I wanted was to have dinner with my family. Not only did they travel down to St. Louis but all my friends joined as well. Thursday night was the most fun I have had in a long time. So thank you to all those who came out to celebrate with me and my friend NickiJ, whose birthday was also on Thursday. I cant believe it has come and gone already. The biggest surprise I had was two of my team mates got a poster and had people around campus sign their names and write some birthday wishes on it. It was nice to see what people wrote. Best gift of the night.

Good times, Bad times.

Good afternoon!

I figured I should post a blog since I’ve been slacking off..I apologize for that! 🙂

I hope everyone had a good weekend. If you ask me, I think it was in-between. First, everyone know Friday, April 12, was Fontbonne Service Day, right? Of course you do. And my accomplishment for that day was being the team captain for my group! That was a huge step for me.

My group went to the Shalom House for our service site. Shalom House is a shelter for homeless women who needs help to rebuild their lives. It’s a really great place because the women receive services and support for as long as they need until they’re able to live on their own, and they don’t have to pay anything until then. Classes are also provided for them, such as communications and skills. Rebecca Tucker was our volunteer coordinator and we communicated really well.

Our duties were to prepare and cook for our women. Our menu included spaghetti, garlic bread, corn, fruit salad, lemonade, brownies and hummingbird muffins for dessert. Yummm. The women really enjoyed it! Our group did an amazing job together. Our next assignment was helping Janette with sorting out things in their sanctuary area. There were so many new/old things in there! From what I remember, there were clothes, shoes, bags/purses, etc. Even boxes of Oreo cookies! Anthony Hall and Erica Garcia were definitely busy taking those away. They did great!

It was definitely a great service day. Rebecca really, really, really appreciated us, and I was so happy to hear that. I may come back next year!

Friday was also one of my cousins’ birthday. She’s 16 now! Man, the years really flew by. It was a pretty fun night with family, karaoke, Vietnamese pancakes (banh xeo) and a random game! I guess we could call it Name that Name in ABC order. Something like that.

Saturday was just work day. The usual. Then Sunday, I also went to work but afterwards, my sister and I went to Fontbonne to pick up friends to go for some Ted Drewes! Our fellow friends were Sem, Carlos, Erica, and Ahmed. If I was able to pick them up earlier, Izzy could’ve made it too. There’s always next time!

So yeah, that’s all I wanted to say about my recent weekend. Be safe, and take care!

A Much Needed Spring Break

Let’s just say that last week (the week before Spring Break) was a rough one for me. However, thanks to the awesome support of the Fontbonne Community and my friends here, I have been feeling much better. And I’ve even started going to counseling sessions in Student Affairs with one of Fontbonne’s on-campus counselors to help me get to a better health & wellness state. I definitely recommend taking advantage of these services at Fontbonne if you ever think you might need it.

My Fontbonne Friends Isabella, Ariel, and I after my good little crying session. Can't keep those emotions bottled up! Seeking support is a good thing.

Since last week was so emotionally rough, Spring Break could not have come at a better time.  I only have a few days left of break, but I’ve been taking advantage of every second.

Here are a few things that I’ve been doing during my break:

I went to Kansas City with these lovely people and some other Fontbonne Students for a Service Trip through FISH.

FISH (Fontbonne In Service and Humility) is the service/volunteer organization on campus.

One of our service projects was at Harvesters, a food bank in Kansas City. We helped to sort some of the donations.
It snowed quite a bit while we were in Kansas City.
However, we made the most of the weather and hung out at the place we were staying at.
We even celebrated Nisha's birthday, a Student on the trip.
Isabella, an International Student from Taiwan, took advantage of the snow and built her first snowman!
We attempted to make a fort.
We later went to Dave & Busters to celebrate Nisha's birthday and get out of the house.
After getting back to St. Louis, I spent some time with my roommates and Jessica (a Fontbonne Commuter Student) to celebrate my roommate Emily's birthday at Build-A-Bear in the St. Louis Galleria.
Claire, one of my Fontbonne Friends and I hung out in Downtown Kirkwood, a suburb within St. Louis, and went through some of the shops.
The weather was much too beautiful not to enjoy walking outside.
We enjoyed some delicious Middle Eastern food from Ranoush.
I found this soap at a shop called Christopher's with a mustache design. (I love mustaches!)

Besides that, I’ve been trying to enjoy my break and relax, while also working on some Graduate School Applications. I think it’s been a pretty well-balanced break overall.

Here’s to the weekend!

Peace, Love, & Spring Break!

Birthday weekend

So, this weekend I went to two totally different types of birthday parties. One was for an 88 year old man. It consisted of fancy dress, 4 course meal, the Gov.’s mansion, and a bit of cocktail drinking. The next day, I went to a 2 year old’s birthday party that was filled with cake, robots, balloons, and a whole lot of present opening.

The thing I noticed was the way the birthday boys seemed to have the same reaction to most things. They both loved the celebration, the fun and most of all the people that came together and helped them have such a wonderful day.

Birthday Bash!

Thursday (9/27) was my 21st birthday! My mom traveled all the way from Plainfield, IL to surprise me. It was a huge surprise because everyone knew, even my roommate. So I was able to go home for the weekend and my roommate came with. It was so much fun, I showed her around my neck of the woods and some of my family. I didn’t do much school work over the weekend, so now I’m paying for it.

This week I have 2 tests and a paper due. Talk about a lot of studying! One thing that helps me study is repetition. I usually write down everything I need to know onto new paper. It’s easier than flipping through all of my notes and it helps me remember the material also. To study, I also quiz myself a lot on definitions or people I have to know.

It is crazy to think that it is pretty much midterm time. Where did this semester go? I’m so glad that I am at Fontbonne. Good luck Griffins that have midterms, I wish you the best of luck!

Until next time.

Birthday Week

Last Wednesday I celebrated my 21st birthday. I have so many wonderful friends that made my week so special. We had such a great time going from one restaurant to another. I even had a gorgeous birthday dress for the occasion. Wednesday night, my actual birthday, I got to hang with all of my friends, and then my family came down Thursday to spend time with me. I want to give a special thanks to my bestie Vivila who went out of her way to make sure I had the time of my life. I can’t believe this moment has come and gone so fast, but my birthday was simply the best. I will never forget it. Here is to being 21!

Sometimes I’m Just Happy I’m Older.

What a way to celebrate my 20th birthday: 7 AM wake-up, 8 AM Organic class. I’m not sure which is more fun: having my birthday fall on move-in day for second semester (as it did last year) or having my birthday fall on the first day of classes (as it did this year). Anyway, despite the fact that I had to spend it doing homework, yes, my birthday was still pretty good—thanks for asking. I’m pretty sure I don’t look like I’m twenty. And apparently my priest at my church at home doesn’t think so, either. My case in point: earlier last semester, he asked me how high school was going. Then I had to point out to him that I’m a sophomore….in college. Totally embarrassing. I guess that’s what I get for going home every weekend!

I wish I had something more enlightening to discuss this week, but, unfortunately, despite the fact that I’m a year older, I don’t have any sage advice to be shelling out to anyone reading this. So, I guess I’ll be like all of the other old folk out there and read in my anatomy book before I retire to bed early.

Have a fabulous rest of the week, everybody!

-Carly

“We’ve Been Had” by The Walkmen

P.S. While on the subject of old people, please check out what is arguably my favorite music video ever, for the song “Wait & See” by Holy Ghost!. It features the fathers of the guys of Holy Ghost! pretending to be their sons. It’s pretty hilarious if you try picturing your dad lip singing and wearing skinny jeans in a music video. Plus, as always, the images of New York are super awesome. (In case you haven’t noticed, I’m still not off of my Holy Ghost! kick quite yet…)