This 4th of July was lots of fun! On Friday we visited our cousin in Wisconsin. We went to her house and had a BBQ. She has a 2-year-old son that was very outgoing. The hotel was nice too. It had a big pool and French toast and cinnamon rolls for breakfast. The next day we went to see my cousin and aunt in Chicago. We went to her house and she had a nice lunch planned for us. Then went went downtown and explored the city and went to an Asian restaurant called Joyee. We also visited the Palmer house which is a very luxurious hotel. We got to ride the L (train) to the city. It had 100 different drinks. I had a pomegranate icee with ice cream. The next day we swam at the beach during the day and watched fireworks at night.
My aunt’s house is over 100 years old. It was made for little people. The ceiling is really low, I had to bend over several times. The bathrooms are very small and the stairs are very hard to walk up. The stairs are smaller than your feet. If you walk up too fast, you will fall. In the backyard there is a door like the house from the wizard of oz. It is slanted from the ground and props open, leading to the basement. This was originally a farm house but it’s not anymore. Now its in the middle of the city!
While we haven’t quite reached the summer solstice just yet, some friends from Room 316 and I have started to plan for next summer. We were watching “Gossip Girl” season 2 when Blair was returning back home to the Hamptons with her new boyfriend, while Chuck Bass was waiting for her with a bouquet of flowers….that didn’t end so well, but anyway… that was when we all agreed that we should go to the Hamptons. Another friend suggested that we should Airbnb. Airbnb is this website that you can go and request to live in another person’s house while they are away on vacation. I then looked on the website to view the various homes that are located in the Hamptons. Some of the houses looked amazing from the outside but hideous on the inside. The houses that were outstanding both inside and out either cost too much or did not have adequate living space for seven people. In addition to that, the owners did not want parties inside their homes… like you live in a secluded area with no entertainment. Moving on, we scraped that idea, and I started to look at Miami.
Miami is way cheaper and affordable for freshly soon to be graduated college students. I believe we came to this conclusion because we were all watching “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and the episode that aired was Kourtney and Kim were going to Miami to expand their brand, DASH, a family owned store. This gave me such nostalgia because I remembered “Kourtney and Khloe take Miami”, which was the best spin-off ever created. As I searched Airbnb and so far found the perfect apartment that is both stylish and youthful. While I think every person who is a host on the website doesn’t want parties in their apartment/house, Marki reminded me that since we will be in Miami, we don’t need to stay in the apartment, which I totally agree. We plan on driving to Miami and stay for about a week.
I am looking forward to what senior year has in store for but I am also excited for the fun plans that my friends and I are making to capitalize on successes that we have achieved here at Fontbonne and in our own personal lives. No matter where we go via Airbnb, we’ll make the most of our time together. Anywhere we go we bring the party, we bring the atmosphere, and we bring the attitude.
Griffin 101 has been amazing so far! The team members that I am working with are unique in their own way but most importantly, we work well with one another. So far, each Griffin 101 Leader has exceeded my expectations, and I know that this program will be in good hands after I graduate Fontbonne in the spring. Before I start sobbing, I am going to rewind to our first meeting in April. In that first initial meeting that we all met each other, all of the leaders meshed really well together without my help or Beth’s help. Beth and I are both Peer Supervisors for Griffin 101 this year and we are having a blast! Fast forwarding to our training that we recently had; we had a day retreat at Cedar Creek for team building exercises and from that moment on we were truly unified. As the training progressed, Beth and I taught the team our ways of Griffin 101’ing so that they can be the best…. like us. While they were in sessions, I realized that everyone’s energy levels would be medium low but around lunch time everyone would be hyper and more conversational. It became hysterical because food would be the key to our souls. Meanwhile, the team was excited to utilize the tools they have learned during training to good use.
The first Griffin 101 was a transfer day and everyone was excited. The leaders, the parents, and the students. As the day progressed, I noticed that some of the leaders thought they were doing something wrong or panicking that a session was going over its scheduled time. During our wrap up I reassured that they did nothing wrong and that it was in fact okay. There was another Griffin 101 the next day from that moment on all of the leaders felt that were prepared for anything. For me, I wished had been more involved like I was two year prior but, this was my time to trust in my leaders that they were doing everything right and that they didn’t need my help. After day two I was content.
I am beyond excited for the last two Griffin 101 sessions that are approaching and cannot wait to see more incoming students that are genuinely excited to start a new journey in their life.
This week I did lots of fun things. I went to Six Flags with a friend on Wednesday despite the 90 degree weather! We tried to ride every ride we possibly could but we got too hot and tired. After that we went to Bread Co, and then we went home and slept and I watched Nexflix. The next day we went to Eckerts to pick blackberries. As soon as I got home I made a pie and my family loved it! On Tuesday I will finally see Finding Dory after a very long wait! Then I will go to Chesterfield mall, since I have not gone to all the stores yet. I will go to Vera Bradley and get a purse since I haven’t gotten a new one in years! I will also stop at the Cheesecake Factory and get Oreo Cheesecake. I love that place!
I really enjoy my new job at Nordstrom! Lately I have been thinking about going to Europe. However, I cannot work during the school year since I have an internship. I was thinking I could work again over Christmas break and then go on one of the trips that Fontbonne offers!