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Welp, I’m back to report on more cool things I found in St. Louis!

First: this past weekend I went to Vintage Vinyl on Delmar for the first time and bought a record. The main reason it was my first time is because until now, I didn’t have an actual record player. But fate has smiled upon me in the form of a turntable in my basement! Technically it belongs to my father, but that’s a minor detail. So basically, Vintage Vinyl is pretty legit. They have not only records, but also new/used CDs as well, and band merchandise. So if you’re into that kinda thing, buy music from a chill local place instead of a mass market retailer! (Cough, Urban Outfitters, cough…not that I don’t occasionally indulge in some UO, but still.)

So what record marked my first purchase? None other than Vampire Weekend’s self-titled first album. Why? Because I’m obsessed with them. Oh, and for the record (HAHAHAHAHA….okay, I’ll see myself out) they are playing at the Pageant in September and I’m sooooo pumped. I’m sure you’ll hear all about it. Anyway.

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Second: I also had a chance to glance through the new wing in the St. Louis Art Museum! Like the Zoo, the Art Museum is totally free and always beautiful. From what I could tell from their new wing, it is mainly contemporary art. I did recognize a few pieces from other parts of the museum that had been moved over, but there were definitely some new things. Also, I didn’t have time to go through the entire museum to get a good feel for what else had been moved around. Just means I’ll have to go back! And I don’t mind at all. The Art Museum has always been a dear place for me, and their new modern wing, with its sleek lines and zen feel, is a welcome addition. So all in all, a very pleasant weekend in the city!

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Hello everyone,
As some of you might have noticed, the Lenten Season started this past Wednesday. This year, I have been hoping to be less of a procrastinator. Lately, I have been putting things off until the last minute, which causes stress, the ripping out of hair, and the occasional yelling at the ceiling to that higher power. I am good about getting things done, but my prioritizing tends to put some things to the wayside and then sneak up on me when I least expect it! Among other things, I am determined to do things not necessarily super ahead of time, but sooner than the night before. Those reports I know about weeks ahead of time will be started that day and I will create little tasks to complete at intervals instead of the whole chunk at one time. Anyone else who is just as determined to make a difference in their time management can follow these tips. One thing that is always told to me is list, list, list. It is actually proven that things are more likely to get done when written down.

Someone I know likes putting any assignment that is given on a notecard. All notecards are then pinned up on a corkboard in the order that they are due. Every time an assignment is finished, that notecard gets taken down. For more motivation than disappearing notecards for a clean corkboard, a person can hide a cute/funny image underneath that can only be revealed when homework is done. I keep a notebook full of different lists. “To Do” lists, “homework” lists, “ideas” lists are all compiled into one notebook. This might sound like a waste of paper, but I only use notebooks from past classes to be more eco-friendly. Plus, with technology now-a-days anyone could create a list in Word and save it or use an app. Unfortunately, multiple obstacles get in the way — namely, Facebook, an easier assignment, or just pure laziness (I am most familiar with the last one!). Something to boost motivation to finish something could be a kind of rewards system. Do something before allowing yourself a Facebook break. You can be like “I will finish reading two pages with a page of notes before stalking this person I friended” or “if I write one more substantial paragraph, I can text for five minutes with whoever I want.” Either way, these are all possibilities for frequent breaks to increase productivity. If you choose to follow them or follow something that works for you!

On an ending note, don’t forget that RECYCLEMANIA is still going on!!! That means use our new recycle bins on campus to recycle those plastic bottles, aluminum cans, papers, and teracycles!! This is technically a contest, but it is all for the good of our planet so do what you can!!!

One more thing!! I promise to tone down on the exclamation points…maybe…Did you guys know February 26th –March 3rd is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week??! Well, it is. So keep your eyes peeled for information about this tragedy that is consuming our nation and what you can do to help stop it. If you can’t wait and would like to know more NOW go to www.nationaleatingdisorders.org! This is something people need to be on the lookout for. Just the other day I read an article stating boys are more likely to be anorexia than girls! What is with the gender shift? Check out the article at this link http://dailynightly.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/22/10477185-boys-dying-to-be-thin-the-new-face-of-anorexia. Alright, that is all I have to say on the matter so I hope someone got something out of this post.

Jeanne! (I might like exclamations a bit too much…!)

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