I just love snow! Last week it snowed several inches and I had so much fun. First I went sledding on a few hills and then I built an igloo. To build an igloo, you have to take a shovel and pile the snow as high as you can. Next you stick the handle of the shovel through the pile of snow. You dig a tunnel through the snow very carefully, you don’t want it to collapse. You mostly thin down the sides and the top. You have to be very careful of the edges. If too much falls off your igloo may look like an flat arch! You want your igloo to have corners like a building. Digging requires that you go inside the igloo and dig without knocking down the front or back. Anyway I had some help from neighbors and we finally accomplished this! We were all able to go inside (not at the same time). Then I put some dog treats inside and video taped my dog going through it.
Of all the seasons in the midwest, I have to say that autumn is hands down my favorite one. The weather has cooled down from the hot weather of summer, but hasn’t hasn’t become the unbearable cold of winter. Everything is crisp and there’s a riot of color everywhere. One of my favorite activities in autumn is to go for long walks around my neighborhood, in the parks, and hiking out on the trails. The changing leaves make for a beautiful landscape and the weather lends itself well to wearing hoodies and drinking hot beverages.
My favorite park to walk in is Tower Grove (mostly because it’s so close to my house), but there are tons of parks in the city from which to choose. Forest Park is probably the best known one, and Lafayette Square park is small but so full of color it’s worth going to. I’m also a huge fan of Castlewood Park in the county for some excellent hiking, the trail is good and there are look out points on the top of a giant hill where you can see for miles. Laumeier Sculpture park offers a beautiful landscape and some really cool sculptures all throughout the grounds.
There are so many more awesome places to visit in the city and out in the county, I recommend taking some time to explore the area and enjoy the autumn colors!
I have to admit I’m ready for some warm weather already!! As much as I love sweaters, hot tea and a warm blanket while watching Grey’s Anatomy… after all the freezing temperatures lately, I’ve had enough for one winter!
My favorite things to do when the weather is warm is go to an outdoor concert, walk in the park, and go shopping with friends. I love the energy you get from beautiful weather! When it’s cold, all I wanna do is stay indoors and stay warm… but during summer I’m always finding ways to move more and to get outdoors. I also love spring fruits like strawberries, blueberries, apricots, and papaya. Yum!!
This being my last semester at Fontbonne, what I wanted most this spring 2015 was some winter weather. A fairly mild winter had left me missing last year’s snow storm. With snow in the forecast, I kept my fingers crossed all of Sunday. Working full time in retail eats up all of my weekends, so the idea of a day of an actual day off was an impossible dream. With the help of a little snow, I thought I could actually turn that dream into reality.
Driving home late Sunday night, a dust of snow had begun to fall. I made it back to Fontbonne just in time, for the snow picked up on my way back home. Yes, I call Fontbonne my home.
I absolutely love Fontbonne and St. Louis, in the winter. Campus covered in snow creates an ideal picture in my mind. I was in hibernation for the entirety of that Monday, but I do have this photo to share from the surrounding area of FBU.
Honestly, I like snowing and this is my first experience seeing snow in my life. Initially I felt so romantic and excited seeing snow and everything seem frozen (car is frozen, leaves are frozen, etc). All around is white and peaceful. However, after few days, streets started to get dirty as the snow became grey in color. And when you walk on the street, your shoes are submerged into the snow and start getting wet. That’s what I started disliking snowing and missing my days in California! During the last few days, the weather was terrible as it extremely chilly and snowed heavily. I hate removing the snow or even ice crystals from my car, as I spent almost a half-hour to get rid of those in order to be safe to drive. Even though snow is pretty at first, I would rather have sunny and hot weather than a chilly and troublesome snowy day.
Now that I have been at Fontbonne for almost one full semester, there are a few things that I wish I had known sooner! Here are some insider tips and tricks for those of you who are planning on coming to Fontbonne:
1. Getting involved is the best way to meet people. So many of my new friends here have come from joining different clubs and activities such as: tennis, Fontbonne Activities Board, Future Teacher’s Association, and Residence Hall Association.
2. The weather here in St. Louis is crazy- it could be a blizzard one day and then 60 degrees the following day. You may need to transition between shorts and sandals to pants and a jacket in a matter of a few hours; bring to school what you will need in all weather conditions.
3. It is possible to survive on campus without a car. I only have my bike here and I can use it to go to the park, University City, coffee shops, and it also gives me a chance to get outside and get exercise after staying in class all day.
4. Take advantage of the free activities. Many of the organizations host free events throughout the year that are open to students. So far this year I have gone to a haunted house, gone paddle boating, had a tour around St. Louis and had cupcakes afterwards, and have seen many different performers and comedy acts. There are always events going on no matter what your interests may be.
5. Keep your door open. If you decide to live on campus, you will inevitably interact with your floor-mates often, so why not becomes friends with them! By having your dorm room door open, you will get to know people on your floor and also create a welcoming environment. This is how I met some of the best of people on my floor!
6. Get to know the international students. As the semester comes to an end, many Fontbonne students will return back to their home countries. Right now, there are people here from a variety of places such as Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and Japan, and I have learned so much from them. It is a wonderful thing when you get to know someone from a different country or background than your own!
Spring has finally sprung and I know I am not the only one saying “FINALLY!” I can happily wear my sun dresses and flip flops. The cold weather just makes me feel extremely drab, and I have no motivation to put any effort into what I am wearing, or even my school work (sometimes). The warm weather has given me a boost of energy and happiness. With Spring here I feel like I just want to get outside and just walk. The warm weather lately has made me an extremely happy camper!
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,
In Lion costume some were dressed!
Sunday I slept in until eleven,
My! It was just like heaven!
Studied at the coffee shoppe,
Even made a little stop…
At a beautiful ballerina water fountain,
My friends and I climbed on it like a mountain!
Now, of course, I am back at school,
But I hope this week is just as cool!
Ah, yes. Spring break. Time to catch up on some much needed rest, get back on track with homework, and enjoy the beginning of the new, refreshing season of spring.
So why is there a blizzard blowing outside my window??
We are only into the first weekend of our spring break, but, so far, it just doesn’t really feel like spring. St. Louis is expected to have up to eleven inches of snow. And we are just one week away from Easter! As all of my friends know, I’m not very happy about the snow. Actually, I despise snow. I prefer snow-less weather when I can wear shorts, a light sweatshirt, and flip flops.
But even so, I guess the snow isn’t so bad overall. I’d rather be able to spend my spring break outside in the nice, sunny weather, but, at the same time, I have a ton of homework to do. Before school resumes, I need to finish my physics term paper, study for two tests, dig deeper to learn all I can about developmental cell communication mediated by glypicans, and get caught up on biochem. If the weather were perfect, it would be much easier to procrastinate. So, in short, I guess that all snow clouds have a silver lining. I just wish that snow would end right around Christmas time, or, more preferably, that it just would stay in the world of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye’s tap dancing paradise.
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 was a nice break from the fall temperatures. But within the matter of hours it went from sunny and hot to raining and freezing! Then today, it was a shocking cold! I wore my Bear Paws (Knock off Uggs) yoga pants, a hoodie, and a scarf! It was too cold! If you choose any school in Missouri, be prepared for any season’s weather, not during it’s own season! Don’t be afraid of this either, cause it allows you to mix up your outfits a lot more frequently! You can have clear, blue skies one day, and snow the next and I wouldn’t change it for a thing! I love St. Louis’ bipolar weather!