I love a good blizzard!

Nemo is wearing a Kate Spade hat.

Nemo is wearing a Kate Spade hat.

Well, “Nemo” definitely found his way to New England [side note: I’m not really sure how I feel about naming blizzards, but I am definitely riding this Nemo wave]. I was planning on coming home for the weekend anyway, so when BSU gave us a snow day yesterday, my dad came down in the morning to pick me up. Here in the Merrimack Valley we got an average of 2 feet of the white stuff. Some places got more, some got less.

I think I made the right call in deciding to weather the storm at home with my family rather that stick it out in the dorms. Bridgewater State lost power last night, and according to what I can tell from friends and Twitter, it’s still not on. Also, I hear that they’re running out of food in the dining halls? That’s definitely not good.

On the other hand, my house is toasty warm and we haven’t lost power once. Yesterday and today have been spent curled up next to the fire, watching movies and consuming copious amounts of junk food with my mom. Blizzard, schmizzard…we’re in heaven! Meanwhile, the menfolk were sent outside to snowblow us out of this mess. I am definitely grateful for that!

Below, I’ve put together some pictures that my mom took of my sister trying to walk our dog, Madison, earlier. Whenever the weather gets bad, the show dog in Maddy comes out. God forbid snow mess up her hair or she smell like wet dog. The snow was over Madison’s head, so Hannah had to actually carry her around!

hannah

Were you hit by the storm? How much snow did you get? Do you still have power? Leave it in the comments!

xoxo, Karoline

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Some Instagram shots from the week

As readers of this blog and my twitter followers know, I’m downright obsessed with Instagram. I love the app because it lets me customize and get artsy with my iPhone pictures. It makes me feel like a photographer. This week I took a few pictures that I thought came out pretty cool.

I noticed this marker on the sidewalk in Bridgewater and had to stop to take a picture of it. I thought it was an interesting thing to find while I was on my walk around town center. I think it’s so cool that Bridgewater was founded as a town only 36 years after the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth.

This next picture is of Boyden Hall, the big landmark building on the BSU campus. I really liked the way the light was coming through the trees and the Boyden facade in the background. It was such a gorgeous evening on Sunday when I went for a walk.

This picture was also from my walk on Sunday. Once again, I liked the way the light was coming through the trees and I really liked the old-timey feel of the West Campus light post. I love the definition of the branches in this photo!

This last picture is from Thursday when I visited my dad at his office. I am of the opinion that he has the best view of Merrimack Street and downtown Lowell. This is what he gets to look at every day! Pretty cool if you ask me.

Are any of you as obsessed with Instagram as I am? Share in the comments!

xoxo, Karoline

BSU Blogfest: Lessons Learned

This week is Bridgewater State University’s social media week!  It’s a week dedicated to getting students involved and connected with social media and also includes Blog Fest, where all of the bloggers on campus unite and write on a certain theme everyday.  Today’s prompt is ”lessons learned”.

I honestly wish I could say that I’ve had a specific learning moment that changed my life.  Or that I’ve had a professor thats impacted my life more than others.  I haven’t.  One of the cool things I’ve found in college, however, is that much of the learning is done outside of the classroom.

You need to learn time management, people skills, and all sorts of other things to help you in life.  I honestly think that the lessons I’ve learned from my friends and peers will last with me longer than the lessons I’ve picked up in the classroom.

When I was a freshman and sophomore here at Bridgewater, a lot of my friends were older than me.  They helped to show me the ropes and make sure I didn’t make any major freshman mistakes.  Now that I’m a junior, I have several friends who are younger than me and I help to pass on that same upperclassman wisdom.  It’s an interesting cycle that brings people together and helps both newcomers and seasoned BSU students.  I think it’s this kind of learning that’s been most important to me in my time here.

Sure I’ve learned some amazing things in my classes, but I definitely wouldn’t trade them for the amazing things I’ve learned and memories I’ve made with my friends.

What are some of the most impactful lessons you’ve learned in your time at Bridgewater?

xoxo, Karoline

BSU Blogfest: Why I Blog.

This week is Bridgewater State University’s social media week!  It’s a week dedicated to getting students involved and connected with social media and also includes Blog Fest, where all of the bloggers on campus unite and write on a certain theme everyday.  Today’s prompt is “why blog?”

I have been blogging for around four years now, but I’ve been reading them for the better part of the last decade.  I’ve found blogs that relate to seriously any topic and that appeal to any demographic.  There are mommy blogs, self-help blogs, sex blogs, college blogs, pretentious fashion blogs, and gaming blogs.  It’s really not hard to find the niches people fit into on the internet.

If you’ve been reading my blog for even a little while, you know that I don’t really stick to a particular niche or theme.  My blog is basically about anything I’m into or up to at the current time.  It’s basically a snapshot of my life at the moment and a reflection of my interests.

Simply put, I blog because I like to write and take pictures.  It may not be the best reason, but it is a solid one.  I’ve alway been a fan of writing, and this is a way to display it on a forum that anyone can read.  I blog because it’s fun.  I’ve met wonderful friends and made some amazing connections through blogging: all of the girls that I write for The Prep Crew with, I met through blogging.  It’s awesome!

So, there really isn’t any reason for blogging that’s any better than the others.  As long as you have a reason that’s good enough for you, it’s good enough for anyone else.  Just express yourself :)

What are your reasons for blogging?? Leave them in the comments!

xoxo, Karoline

My Columbus Day Weekend Checklist

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Yes, I realize that it’s wrong to celebrate a man like Columbus.  I know that he committed genocide to the indigenous people of various “New World” locales.  However, there is one reason while I will always be grateful that he sailed to North America on The Nina, The Pinta, and The Santa Maria…we all get a long weekend!

For many college students, like myself, Columbus Day weekend generally means heading home to see friends and family that you might not have see since school started.

I’m taking full advantage of the weekend by…

Watching some great football.

Football season is officially in full swing, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!  I’m kicking my weekend off on Saturday by watching my personal favorite team, the BSU Bears, take on the Coastguard Academy.  If you’re interested, you can tune into the game too and watch me and the BSN team broadcast the game live on bsubears.com!  Kickoff is at 12 noon.  Then, on Sunday, is one of the most hotly-anticipated games of the NFL season…Pats vs. Jets.  I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be glued to my TV cheering for Brady and Co.

Reading a (non school-related) book.

I don’t know about you, but I just get really bored reading all the required material for my classes.  Especially my research methods class where I have to read upwards of 40 scholarly articles for my final project.  So, this weekend will be a nice opportunity to get away from academic writing and read something that I want to read.  I think I’ll bring home Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson.  It’s all about the making of the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s and all the players involved.  My mom gave it to me for my birthday, and it really seems interesting.

Playing with my pets.

When I’m at school, there’s definitely a few creature comforts from home that I miss.  But I also really miss my creatures!  The other day, I was really missing my cat.  But then, my dad sent me an audio recording of her purring, and then he video-chatted me with her.  It was awesome, but not quite like actually cuddling with her.  Long story short, I can’t wait to see my pets!

Pumpkin bread, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bread!

My mother’s pumpkin bread is literally the best food on earth.  It is beyond delicious.  I can’t wait to get home and basically gorge on the stuff.  I’ll be so happy!

Curling up in front of the fireplace.

Last night, my little brother made a fire in the fireplace and sent me a picture of it.  I was so jealous!  Fires are one of my favorite parts of fall and winter.  It’s going to be warm this weekend, but I still plan on having my brother make one.  It’s been really chilly here in Bridgewater all week, so thinking of sitting in front of the fire really keeps me warm inside.

What are some of the things you want to do with your long weekend?

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