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Brendan’s Birthday!

November 22, 2009

Yesterday was my buddy Brendan’s 21st birthday!  He’s our youngest CASH officer, and he is finally legal!  We went to this awesome brewery in downtown St. Paul.  Downtown St. Paul is so pretty at night.  Very classy, though I will always favor the Minneapolis side because I’m biased like that.  Word.  The restaurant was also classy, a lot different then your typical college bar.  Which is always super refreshing.

The drinks were good.  I had a oatmeal stout, 2 golden prairie blondes (love!) and a shot of tequila with peppermint schnopps.  All equally delicious, so I was slightly tipsy.

I had such a fun night.  The night seemed to have FLEW by!  I guess that’s what happens when you’re having fun. 🙂  And I managed not to get stabbed on my way back to Ryan’s car, which is always good.  Apparently, there was a gang running around stabbing random people as part of their gang initiation.  Creative, no?  Wasn’t really expecting that because I thought St. Paul was slightly classier than that, but I guess I’m wrong.  Ohs wells.

All in all, last night was pretty rad and I woke up with a slight headache this morning.  I blame the dark beer.  For some reason dark beer gives me a headache the morning after.  Tis okay, because that’s what Tylenol is for!

India

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Senior Thesis… Take 2

November 20, 2009

I got my second draft of my Spanish senior thesis back on Monday.  I started revising it today.  I just did some pedigree stuff, mostly grammar and wrote some clarification sentences.  I haven’t really delved deep into it, yet.  I still have to rewrite my Introduction (again!), write a conclusion, and also include an appendix/notes page.  Tomorrow I will go to Folwell so I can utilize their sweet Spanish grammar and spelling software.  I’m hoping this will help me fix my grammar.  I want this paper to be as perfect as I can make it.

I think I’m in the home stretch, though.  The feedback I got from my professor this time around isn’t as bad as the first time.  Which is good, it means I’m improving.  I still have a ways to go, though.  I’m just relieved that I don’t have to do anything crazy like write it over again, which was one of my biggest fears.

I turn my paper in to undergo a third and final revision on Monday.  This revision will mostly focus on grammar and fluidity of the paper.  Once that revision is over, I’m on my own.  I will turn in my final paper when I give my oral presentation in class, which will be December 7th, or if I need more time, during finals week.

I’m feeling better about this paper, now that I know that I’m also done.  I’m just glad that I have a professor who will push me and force me to write it now, instead of the week before like other professors.  I was talking with a colleague of mine today, and she told me when she wrote her Spanish senior thesis, she didn’t start writing it until around this time.  She was shocked to find out how far along I am.  I’m just looking forward to being DONE with the project before finals week, so I can focus on other things. That’s the goal.  🙂

Laterz,

India

My Afternoon With Kendra!

November 13, 2009

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with my good friend, Kendra.  I hadn’t seen her since September when she moved in with her husband, so we had some serious catching up to do.  I told her about me and Jamie breaking up and how we got back together :).  I told her about our rugby season and how school was going. She told me that she’s going back to school next semester and I am so proud of her!  The reason why she dropped out this semester is because she was worried about being stressed out with the baby, the new house and being married, and having school on top of that.  Now she is extremely bored and wants to finish school.  Hopefully the baby won’t interfere too much because she’s due the end of February.

It was so good to see her.  I’ve been thinking about her a lot lately because we were so close, but since she got married, we haven’t talked as often, which I guess is understandable.  I just wished she were there for my rough times, but she’s here now and that’s all that matters!  We had so much fun reminiscing about the good old days.  I’m glad I have my friend back :).

India

Concessions of a Rugby Girl

November 10, 2009

Today was my first time working concessions for the 2009-10 season.  I was the only person from my rugby team working concessions today.  It was kind of depressing at first.  I didn’t know anyone else in my stand, but they all knew each other and they were all much older than me.  They spent most of their time gossiping about people whom I didn’t know.  They didn’t really try to include me in any conversations.  I pretty much kept to myself and worked for the first hour alone.  But luckily, a really nice guy was working in our stand and he kept me company for the rest of the time.  He actually talked to me and asked me questions about rugby.  He made working concession a little more bearable.  Hopefully the next time I work concessions I get to work with at least one of my teammates, or at least someone my own age.  Not knowing anyone sucks.

India

My Senior Paper Could Be Almost Done

November 9, 2009

Tonight I finished writing the last five pages of my senior paper.  I have written a complete 20 page paper!  So happy that that part is over!  Now I will go through another round of revision.  I’m hoping this time will be better than last time.  I think I improved.  Hopefully it’s good enough.

India

Why I Fail at Piano

November 4, 2009

I’ve always considered myself to be a decent beginning pianist, until now.  I have a huge midterm for my Piano II class coming up on Thursday, and I don’t feel all that prepared for it.  I went to my teacher today to get some help.  It helped a little, but I still feel unprepared for Thursday.  See, Thursday’s midterm isn’t simply playing a piece for our instructor, we have to play it in front of the whole class.  I have a feeling that I’m going to have a huge anxiety attack beforehand.  I am so nervous about playing in front of the class.  A lot of my classmates are really going pianist, which I don’t understand why they are in a beginner’s piano course, and I feel like I’m going to make a fool out of myself.  If only I felt confident about my performance, only then, I wouldn’t feel so anxious about it.  AND we have to play from memory, which that part isn’t really the problem, because I’ve been playing it nonstop.  I’m just worried that I’m going to freeze up when I actually have to play for the class.  I’m crossing my fingers right now for a decent performance.  That’s all I can really hope for.

India

How Saturday’s Game Was Really Shitty

October 25, 2009

Saturday we played UW-Milwaukee and lost, by a lot.  I played wing in the first half and hooker in the second half.  I was really excited to play wing, and was ready to rock at it.  Well, it didn’t really turn out that way.  We spent most of our time on defense, and I had an overload on my side, so I was constantly put in a 2-on-1 situation.  Of course their quick flanker broke through, almost every time.  Well, it got a little better towards the end of the first half when she started dropping balls.  I felt like I let the coaches down on wing, because they were super excited for me to play wing, and they saw great potential in me, but it just didn’t click today.

For the second half I played hooker, which was a little better.  Scrums were terrible and I couldn’t hardly get any good hooks.  Milwaukee’s starting hooker was really good and quick.  She was always on my ass during our put-ins.  But I think I did well in the rucks.  Lineouts sucked on my end, though.  Overall, I felt like I played shitty and I’m super disappointed in myself.  The rest of my team felt like they played shitty, with the exception of a few who were pretty solid.  Hopefully next weekend I can redeem myself when we play UNI and possibly Illinois.

-India