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Seasonal Runner

by Kristen on November 18, 2013

in College Life

I’ll start off today by saying that my lost post did not resurface.  :-(  Note to self:  do not leave papers at work ever again.  I tried to recreate what I had written; hopefully it’s close to what I had before.  At the very least, I added some lovely pictures that make this new post more interesting!  You’ll find them below, between some of the paragraphs.

In the summer, I try to get up and run in the mornings, before the heat becomes sweltering.  I like being in the fresh air and sunshine; it gives me energy and increases my positivity for the rest of the day.  I should make a note here that my “running” is close to the speed of an elderly couple taking a walk.  I am not at all a fast runner, but I prefer to use that term over “jogging,” which reminds me of fuzzy sweatsuits and workout videos from the 80’s.  So running it is.

As morning temperatures begin to drop, however, I often start crawling back into bed instead of putting on my tennis shoes.  I tell myself, “I’ll run this afternoon.”  Later, when afternoon arrives, I realize that I’ll be at work until the sun goes down, and all motivation to exercise dissipates with the sinking sun.  Sad day, right?

Some days, however, I say to myself, “It’s not that cold, you’ll be okay,” and I put on my shoes and go out anyway.  And never have I regretted a morning run.   Really, does anyone ever say “I wish I hadn’t exercised today?”  Barring personal injuries, I would say no, that phrase does not exist.  When I get myself out the door and start off down the sidewalk, I am able to enjoy all the fall colors swirling around my feet.  St. Louis is so pretty this time of year, when all the leaves are changing and falling from the trees.  I never get out as much as I plan to, but I’m grateful that I do get to several times each week.

Yes, I do stop to take pictures while I run.  I know it defeats the purpose of exercising to be standing in the middle of the road with a camera, but I can’t miss the opportunity.

What do you like to do for exercise?  Besides running, I’ve tried Zumba classes and yoga classes.  Let me know if you have any interesting workout experiences to share!


Apple Picking

by Kristen on October 23, 2013

in In Saint Louis

Happy Monday, Everyone! Did you all have a great weekend? It was too short, I know. Weekends always fly by.

This past weekend, I was able to enjoy some of the fall activities available near St. Louis. I went apple and pumpkin picking on Sunday at Eckert’s Farm in Millstadt, Illinois. It’s a little bit of a drive from St. Louis, but I promise it’s worth it.

If you’ve never been to Eckert’s, you should know that they have three farms in Illinois. Each farm includes berry and apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and Christmas tree fields (I had never been to one of their farms before, but I did my research before going). You can pick your own seasonal produce and pay by the pound. The Millstadt farm also has a petting zoo and rides; it’s geared more towards families with small children.

I do not have small children, but still had a lot of fun. My boyfriend and I picked apples and pumpkins, fed deer and camels, and browsed the country store. I had to restrain myself from buying five different flavors of jam and fruit spreads . . . but I did buy a bag of kettle corn. Which is almost gone now (oops).

Have you ever fed a camel?

It’s scary business.  They have huge lips that wiggle across your hand while they pick up carrots.  I do not recommend it if you have ticklish palms.

My palms are not squeamish, but my brain is. I was overly concerned about camel saliva. Thank goodness I carry hand sanitizer!

We also managed to find a pair of good-looking pumpkins! They are still intact, but I am planning some intricate carving for mine. That should be coming up soon. If you haven’t had the chance to do fall things like picking out a pumpkin, you still have time!  It’s a lot of fun, believe me.


Ahh, sweet St. Louis…Bustling with cultural events and all sorts of other shindigs. The leaves are all changing colors, the weather is getting cooler, and the days are getting shorter. So, what exactly is there to do this time of year? Let’s see…Recently, the Botanical Gardens hosted the Japanese Festival, the Cardinals are playing their way to win a spot in the World Series, and some sweet bands are coming into town soon. Aside from scheduled happenings, you can go to the STL Ice Zone – the official practice facility of the Blues, take a carriage ride through the city, or get a scare at Six Flags Fright Fest/The Darkness/Lemp Brewery/CreepyWorld!

My personal favorite fall activity to do in St. Louis is pumpkin carving/picking. I remember I would always get my hopes up to try and find The Great Pumpkin! Now, it’s leisurely, simple, and nostalgic for me. No matter how old you are, once you go back to a pumpkin patch, part of you feels much younger again.
In short, even if there isn’t a ‘super psychedelic’ event going on, you are sure to find something fun and exciting to do.


Alumni Posts

Fall in the Lou

by Alumni Posts on October 10, 2013

in In Saint Louis

I absolutely love Fall! I love when the weather gets cooler and the leaves start to change. Not only that, but I also love to start wearing scarves, knitted socks, hats, gloves, and any other type of warmth preservation accessory :). My favorite part about Fall, more specifically October, is getting to go on hayrides and visiting haunted houses! There really is something special about getting the crap scared out of you! The adrenaline rush makes the experience fun, but making those memories with your friends makes the trip even more enjoyable! The first haunted house I went to in St. Louis was The Darkness in Soulard. It is ranked as one of the best in the country and I definitely recommend going! Whatever it is you end up doing for the Fall, I would be sure to pencil in some time to go to at least one haunted house! Plus, some of the attractions sell hot chocolate and/or apple cider which is always a Fall favorite for me! :)


It’s Getting Colder…

by Kristen October 7, 2013

By the end of the summer, I’m always ready for fall to come, bringing an end to sweltering temperatures.  I love to wear boots, scarves, jackets and sweaters.  Layers are so easy to play around with for making new outfit combinations—and they’re perfect for transitioning between medium outdoor temperatures and sub-zero classroom temperatures.   So I […]

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First Fall Weekend in St. Louis

by Joanna September 25, 2013

A beautiful weekend in the Lou. The weather was perfect and there was plenty to do! My friends and I walked to the Balloon Glow, We even saw a magnificent firework show! On Saturday, we saw dancers in the street, Boy! How they could move their feet! At night, I attended the Buddhist Mid-Autumn Fest, […]

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Brace Yourself

by Deanna November 13, 2012

Going to college in St. Louis, you should be well aware that the weather changes quite frequently! The past couple of days the weather has been fairly bipolar. This weekend was absolutely gorgeous outside! I loved driving with my windows rolled down, and my music blaring, and being able to wear my shorts again! It […]

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Work and Play

by Carlyn September 25, 2012

I’ve got another busy week ahead of me, which is the way I like it. Especially when the week is spent doing things I want and choose to do. Wednesday night, FAB (Fontbonne Activities Board) is hosting a free event at Wild Country. So, I will be line-dancing the night away in my cowgirl boots! […]

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Fall is Afoot

by Alumni Posts September 17, 2012

The past few days have felt like heaven outside. The colder temperatures and rainy days make me so excited for fall. Although it is still technically summer until September 21, I’m already in autumn mode. There are just so many awesome things to do during fall, like apple picking, bonfires, carving pumpkins and of course, […]

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by Alumni Posts November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I can’t wait! Thanksgiving means a break from school, family time, and some really yummy food, which just happen to be three of my favorite things! :] I kind of feel bad for Thanksgiving because it always seems to get overlooked with Christmas soon after it. But I […]

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