Friday, October 30, 2009

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow...

No, unfortunatley it's not actually snowing, but in my desperate attempt to will snow to fall I am going to be a snowflake for Halloween tomorrow. It's a super cute costume! I am so excited to wear it! What I didn't plan for was the two days of dressing-up. Apparently, people dress up tonight and tomorrow and have two costumes. Here's what I'm thinking: Gift from God. Look good and be fabulous. I'm good to go. Too cocky? Oh well. Something will come to me.
I promised to talk about Friday Knight Dry. So here it is. It is a really fun event. There were Casino games, karaoke, and mini-golf (amongst other things). For every station, we got raffle tickets which could later be placed in bins in Alliot as a chance to win prizes. There were Green Mountain Coffee gift baskets, an iPod nano (My friend Dustin won that.), a sled (which my friend Sarah won), and several more which I can't remember, but the point is: Who doesn't like winning prizes?
Mini-golf was really fun. In Joyce Hall, each wing was a different holiday. Our hall was Christmas and we really got into the spirit. We made TONS of snowflakes, which are still hanging from the ceiling. There was tinsel and Christmas cookies! Yum! And we also played my Christmas music playlist that I have on my computer all year round. I'm a big fan of the Christmas carols.
I'm going to jump back to a more relevant holiday, Halloween. We have a dance! It is 5 dollars to for your ticket (ahead of time) and 10 dollars (at the door). I've been wearing the wrist band for a day now, and I feel a little ridiculous, but there are so many people wearing them it doesn't really matter.


Me and My Wristband :-P

I really feel like it's Halloween here. It's a real fall. All the leaves are fun colors and for all you out of staters that haven't seen a Vermont fall are in for a treat. I do want to say that I feel like the trees just pick a week and say, "Let's drop our leaves now." It's windy today and it's comparable to a leaf blizzard sometimes. Everything is covered in leaves and it makes the campus look like it's on fire! It's hella cool!
I have also been getting my mid-terms and other test back... I haven't flunked any! Yay! I was a little nervous. It's been a while since I've taken a legitimate test in a class room. It was a little overwhelming, but I came out with B's so it's alright. I was most worried about my New Media exam because I didn't finish the exam. However, I did well enough on everything else that it ended up okay. On my Mass Communications test, I didn't do as well on the identifications as I would have liked, but I nailed the long essays. I have found that college exams are alot of give and take. you can't know all about everything. (At least not me! It's way to much information.) You learn from experience and professors what is important and you learn about specific topics in great detail. I think I'll do better on my next exams knowing what each professor expects.
Today is also LAUNDRY day! I just switched from washer to dryer. I procrastinated on that for two weeks. You know it's bad when you can wear a sports bra and it's been in the laundry basket long enough that you can wear it again and people will assume it's clean... Ya. Gotta love it. :-) So, now I am going to have nice cleans clothes and more clothing options. Those were getting limited. I feel like no one really notices if you were the same piece of clothing a bunch of different ways, but I do... I need to go shopping real bad. haha. That was off topic. Oh well, its the truth. You can never have to many clothes!
Have to go be productive. Or something like that....
xoxo

Gabbi

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Case for Reflection..

Or something like that. I've officially started my memoir and by started I mean I'm nine pages deep and what has turned out to be the one of the greatest release of feelings I have ever done. I should also add that I still have about 4 chapters left to write. I guess I should have expected a reflection on my high school years to be long, but I didn't realize I would able to write it down so quickly. I was typing so long my palms got sore from resting on the table and I was writing so intensely about my experience at National Championships for trampoline I could feel the adrenalin rush all over again. It was exhilarating. The Examined Life with Professor Inness-Brown Monley (Yes, she has quite a few last names. We just call her Liz.) will probably be one of the best courses I have ever taken here. I can only imagine that this release will give a clean palette to continue on at the end of the semester. I couldn't be more excited!
I'm also excited about the fact that it's friday, but not just any Friday. Tonight is Friday Knight Dry. Here's the low down. As always that RA's put on activities in the Residence Hall and also some clubs put on activities in Alliot and Eddie's Lounge. Some of the activities are the "World-Famous Lyon's 1st Floor Slip-n-Slide", Twister Tournament, Holiday Themed Mini Golf (my floor is Christmas), and Karaoke. At the activities, you receive raffle tickets At the end of the night, you put your tickets in a raffle. Prizes include iTunes gift certificates, digital camera, and all sorts of other cool prizes. Since I am in college (and not taking a math class currently :-P), here is the equation: More activities= More Raffle Tickets=More Prizes.... That wasn't even an equation, Oh well. It's the truth.
I'll be sure to give you the inside scoop on Friday Night Dry tomorrow.
xoxo
Gabbi

Sunday, October 18, 2009

60 days until Christmas Vacation!

... minus about 20 days that are weekends and Thanksgiving...
So about 40 days of classes, which really seems like a small number, I'm not really sure why. Hopefully, the snow will start flying soon and we get skiing. I hear some people hiked Mt. Mansfield to shred some of the snow that's up there. I would, but all my skis are new and rock skiing isn't ideal for the bases. :-P
This weekend was the chilliest we've had, I think. I was up at 8 am the other morning and it was 30, maybe colder and sunny. The campus always looks nicest at sunrise when there are no clouds (especially in the fall) because everything is a really nice shade of orange. It's just very happy. :-)
It gets that way at sunset, but I'm usually sweaty from dry land at that point and I'm not paying attention because all I want is a shower and some chocolate milk.
But you didn't really need to know that.. anywayyyyyyyyyyyys, this weekend we had a prospective student spend two nights on Joyce 3rd floor. She came from Brooklyn, NY and I believe there were several other prospective from the New York area on campus this weekend getting to know St. Michael's. The Prospies (as we call them) had organized activities during the day to get to know the school, and in the evening they hung out with the students. Our Prospie went to a social in Lyons with a few of her friends and then made brownies with an RA in Cashman. I didn't know prospective students could do overnights. I think that is so cool!
As I am sure you are all aware Halloween is right around the corner.. okay it's 2 weeks, but my costume is good to go. I'm going to be a snowflake! I have a white tu-tu and sparkly jewelry and I am going to look fierce! I'm really excited since I haven't had a real Halloween in a while. I've spent that past two in Austria and so we didn't get dressed up or anything. :-( But now I get to go to the dance and I am SUPER excited! I love the dances. They rock and I am such an epic dancer :-P...
That's all for now.
xoxo

Gabbi

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It snowed....

...sort of.
There was a momentary sprinkling from the sky. We played Christmas carols from out window for all of Alliot to enjoy and I had a caroling session.

I am impatiently watching the clouds until we get something more substantial. I'll keep you up to date. :-)

Monday, October 12, 2009

I Can Die Happy Now :-)


It's been a week, and I feel like I haven't kept you guys up to date. Last week was weird. It was big wait-fest. Everyone was staring at the clock hoping for it be Friday. Columbus Day weekend couldn't come soon enough. 4 days of rest, family, and for me, my first trip to New York City courtesy of my room mate and her fantastic family. To say the least, I had a lot to look forward to and I could swear time stood still in some of my classes. Not that my classes were boring, actually they were good. We are starting to work on our memoirs in The Examined Life, and so the week was definitely on the up side, but I was more interested in New York City than Spanish this past week.
New York City was everything it is supposed to be and then some. As someone who has traveled the world (and never been to NYC, which always shocks people) I am not very easily stunned by something, but for me NYC was stunning and magical. Despite my recent study of advertising in Mass Communications and New Media and how it is everywhere (especially all over Times Square), I loved Times Square and the "brain-washing" advertisements. They were so bright and shiny. I LOVE BRIGHT AND SHINY!! :-P
We took a taxi to Tiffany & Co. when we first arrived (There was TV in the taxi.). It was unfortunately closed, but I was there and that is good enough for me. The window displays were fantastic. All the other designer stores were in the same area, all of which I can never afford, but are very nice to look at. Ashley, her Mom, and I did browse Bloomingdale's which I theorize was built to resemble "shopping heaven." It worked and I was drawn to buy everything insight, but do to my unwavering control, I refrained.
DRUM ROLL, PLEASE!......
The highlight of the day was Chicago on Broadway. I have always wanted to see a Broadway show and I know all the words to the songs. I lip synced all of the numbers and resisted the urge to jump on stage and steal the spotlight. It was in fact, the greatest show EVER and I will never forget it. The woman who played Roxie was just fantastic as was the rest of the cast. I don't believe they could have done a more fantastic job. Let me just say, that I can die happy now. That Broadway show was something I have always wanted to see (kind of like a world wonder, only better), and I would love to watch it a million and half more times!
For dinner, Ashley's dad and brother caught up with us and we dined at The View, which is a spinning restaurant at the top of the Marriott Marquis. What a fantastic way to end the trip! We watched the sun set over the city, Hudson River, and New Jersey. They view was for miles, and I loved watching the lights of Times Square reflect playfully off of the surrounding buildings. I couldn't have asked for a more fantastic day! (Unless my mom had been there, because I know she would have loved to see Chicago.)
Here are a few pictures of the day:

Ashley and I in Times Square
Ashley and I in Rockefeller Center

Gonna work there some day and my face is going to be in Times Square!

Radio City... Maybe I'll sing there someday?

Monday, October 5, 2009

Welcome into WWPV Land!

Come inside the WWPV Radio Station in St. Edmund's. It's pretty rockin' place. <3 And if you get the chance, tune in Monday's 10 am to noon. Glamour, Gossip, and Good Music with me, Gabbi Hall, is sure to be on.


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Friday, October 2, 2009

Fall Is In the Air!

It's Friday and tonight my RA has planned cookie decorating and rock band. :-) I am very excited. I <3 Rock Band. I can't play any instruments, but I can sing so I just rock the mic. And come on! Who doesn't LOVE cookies? For realz. They are amongst my favorite foods.
They are especially good after workouts where I try to keep the freshman 15 at bay. I just got back from dryland with the ski team. We played speed ball, and nothing against people who play team sports, but I'm just not a big fan. Mostly because my eye-foot coordination is close to non-existent and I get stressed when a million giant skier boys are running at me for the ball. I am really NOT down to get tackled. Technically, there is no tackling allowed. We are ski racers after all. But I guess that is sort of the point. We are aggressive. We play to win.
I get the impression all Purple Knights play to win. And that everyone is a Purple Knight. No. Seriously. I think everyone is an athlete here. Not so much that everyone is on a varsity team, but a majority of the people around here are very active. They go to the gym, they go on runs, and they like to be outside despite the rain. There are also the intramural teams and I give props to the Ultimate Frisbee team. They are on the 300's field almost everyday. It's impressive. Although, I have to be honest I think they like to play to have an excuse to take their shirts. I believe Wednesday (It was SOOOOO cold.) was the first day they had clothing on. That's just what I've noticed. I have no proof. Anyways...... I wrote a poem about us, Purple Knights. It was published in the Naked Opinion section on The Defender this week.

We ache all over
Our bodies broken down
It happens everyday
While in search of the crown


We wake up each morning
And inflict ourselves again
Without it life would be boring
These days would never end

Our struggles keep us going
Probably until we are gray and old
Our will to win is growing
Proudly wear that purple and gold



Like it? Well, I do. I think it describes SMC peeps real well. SMC is a great place to be especially when your feeling the "it's friday. i'm tired. and i REALLY don't want to do anything, but take a nap." blues. Having people around you that are active as well motivates you. Even if it makes you mad you decided to get outside, you'll be thankful later. You will have enjoyed the "warm" weather before winter comes. I feel like winter is almost here.
There was snow on Mt. Mansfield the other day. (There has also been snow in California and Colorado.) I think it's safe to say winter is on its way. :-) Yay! But I hope we can stay in fall a little longer. I here the falls here are off the chain. I want leaves that look like they are on fire!

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