Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Break!

It's officially Thanksgiving Break for me! And I've ended up in Colorado. I was supposed to be heading to Sunday River, Maine today with the ski team, but the weather has not be working in favor of winter. There was only a little snow and a lot of people. :-( Yesterday, at noon I got a call and text that the camp had been canceled! I had a minor panic attack. It's not like it's really easy to re-plan for the holidays.
I called up my mom, who was in Colorado with my dad and sister. My sister has been here for a few weeks training already and my parents just decided to drive out here and spend Thanksgiving on snow. Now stranded for the break, my mom whipped herself into a frenzy. She is a flight finding machine. Ideally, I would have left today, but prices on flight more than doubled from yesterday to today and with the economy the way it is... well, you get the point.
Obviously, leaving a day early and without warning, leaves the chance that your professors won't be quite so understanding. I got really lucky. My professors tried to understand the situation and didn't freak out when I told them. In order to tell one of my professors, I had to call her at home! But that just shows how much professors care about there students at SMC. We have there home phone numbers. (Don't call after 10 pm, tho. Apparently teachers have lives outside of school.)
Now I am here at Copper Mountain! It was the official first day of the ski season for me :-)! So excited! It was the best feeling ever to just knife turns. The snow was prime for getting back on snow. I will say that the crowds weren't ideal. SO MANY PEOPLE, AH! I had a minor freak out in the middle of the run after being cut off by people straight lining and then turning and stopping in front of me. It gets old REALLY fast. On the bright side, it wasn't even that cold. I was rockin' the speed suit and a flannel. My new ski boots didn't even hurt that bad! It was great! The sun was out and shining... It was a really perfect way to get things going. On the chairlift, I met some other college kids on break. One goes to Gonzaga in Washington and the other to CU Boulder, but the part that relates to me is the younger sister that attends UVM. She's a freshman like me. I just think it's crazy what a small world it really is.
This break just keeps getting better! I just found out that I am going to be training at Vail tomorrow which is exciting because I can train slalom, but I am more excited because I get to see my old coach, Fritz! He's my favorite coach and always does wonders for my skiing. I think that's because he tells it like it is. He will tell you if your skiing was.... um, well to say it politely... not up to his standards. And as an ex-Austrian National Team coach he has really high standards. That's why on a good day, I can ski sort of fast.... My point is: AHHH! I GET TO TRAIN SLALOM TOMORROW AND SEE MY OLD COACH AND ITS GOING TO BE A GREAT DAY!
I'll make sure to keep you guys updated on break and the upcoming frenzy that is finals.

Gabbi

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The All Important Countdowns...

New Moon Premiere: 3 days
Thanksgiving Break/Sunday River Ski Camp: 7 days
Finals: 23 days
Winter Break/California: 28 days
2010: 44 days

As you can tell, there are lots of exciting events in the future! I've already talked about New Moon, so next on the list is Thanksgiving/Sunday River Ski Camp! I am so stoked to get on snow. This time last year I had already skied at least two months in Chile and Austria, so I am suffering from some serious withdrawal. The ski team is heading the Sunday River to start the season and get comfortable on snow again. (What a process it is!) I've been wearing my ski boots around the dorm in an attempt to break them in, but it never really seems to help when you actually get out there. Just have to tough it out.
In order to get ready for the season, the team is getting nice and strong. We do everything from weight lifting to running and jumping.





















































We are also a very tight knit team with a great coach who invites all of us over for a home cooked dinner. That's the great thing about SMC. It's like joining an extended family. By coming here, you become part of something bigger.
Naturally, finals are slowly creeping up on us. I have finals in all my classes except The Examined Life because we hand in our final memoir for that course. Because I was in independent study for high school, I haven't really taken finals before and the idea if a week dedicated to them sounds a little terrifying. Luckily, I only have one final a day so there is plenty of time to study. Finals week also means Christmas, so I can't be too bummed.
I'll be heading home for 10 days to get my fill of California. :-) And hopefully some epic powder skiing. I'll be back here before the rest of the school so that I can train for the race season. It'll be weird being in Joyce without everyone here. I hope the buildings not haunted!
Next thing you know, its going to be 2010! Can you believe it? I can't. It's ridiculous. I suppose time flies when you are living the life. :-)
That's all I've got for you today. And if you want more info on St. Michael's College join the bloggers and me for an online chat this Thursday from 7 pm - 9 pm. They are always a good time!
xoxo
Gabbi

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Just a Quicky!

This a just a quick look into Class Registration at St. Mike's. The registration process started a month ago with Seniors registering as early as Oct. 12. The first group of freshman registered this morning. Juniors and Sophomores were scattered in the middle. Obviously, this leaves slim pickings for certain classes. I was revising my schedule up until last night. I had my "Ideal Schedule" and my "Back-Up Schedule."
Now, there are a lot of people who want certain classes and will take them at anytime, there are people that want certain professors, and then there are the people that don't want classes on Fridays. I was in all three of those categories and then of course there is the issue of getting classes that don't conflict with skiing. It's quite a process. Unfortunately, there was no way to not have classes on Fridays and still be able to train everyday. However, I contacted the professors earlier and they are willing to work with me. :-)
The program we use for registration is KnightVision. That is where we can search for, register, and drop sections. You can go there now to get an idea of class offerings if you'd like. On KnightVision, I am able to view how many spots are available in the class. (My Intro to Writing class had 3 spots...) Looking at those numbers can really make you nervous about getting the schedule you want. If things didn't go my way, I was going to petition to get in. No big. Registration started at 7 am. That means if you cared you were up at 6:45 am. Lucky for us, we have the greatest RA's in Joyce and they brought us Dunkin' Donuts and Coffee :-) About 10 of us sat in the 2nd floor lounge waiting for the clock to go from 6:59 to 7:00. Longest minute of my life!
After several "There are too many sessions. Try again later." and some minor freaking out, I realized that I had been put in my classes. It was a miracle. I GOT EVERY CLASS! yay! Here is what next semester looks like for me:

Monday-Wednesday-Friday
8:30 am - Intro to American Politics
9:30 am - Finite Mathematics.. I will be SPRINTING to my next class...
10:25 am - Intro to Writing (Journalism)

Tuesday-Thursday
1:00 pm- Intro to Philosophy
2:30 pm- Languages of the World

When I'm not in class I'll be skiing. That means no radio show for me next semester :-( But I'll be back on the airwaves next fall. I'll be back! It is such a relief to have registration over and done with. Just wanted to let you guys know whats up while I have a few minutes.

xoxo
Gabbi

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Big 18!

Two days ago a very magical thing happened! I turned 18! A legal adult! And of all the wonderful things that come with turning 18 I realized one very large thing in the hours before midnight. I am older than Edward Cullen. Oh no!! haha, just kidding. I promise. (Although my friends and I just bought tickets to the midnight premiere of New Moon :-P... Don't judge.) In all seriousness, my realization was: Oh my god, I can sign my own release forms! I can go to a ski race and sign the liability waiver, my coach or parent doesn't have to! What a magical thing! ( I got to sign my first one the yesterday to get my Smugg's Pass. They used my student I.D. photo... I hope no hot boys see that photo. Move-In day does not equal photo-op btw.)
Anyways, my birthday went something like this:

7:30 am
- Wake-up (ugh!)
8:15 am- Spanish Class (They sang "Happy Birthday" in Spanish.. ha. It was funny.)
10:00 am- Radio Show #8. As I was walking to the station, I made a new goal. I want to be so famous that people around the world celebrate my birthday! I don't just mean "Oh, it's Gabbi Hall's birthday today." I mean parades, and celebrations in the streets. Similar to Mardi Gras....
12:00 pm- Get my new skis :-) and drive them to Edgewise at Stowe to get prepped for the season. (13 days 'til Sunday River camp with the ski team!)
4:30 pm- Dryland
7:30 pm- Dinner with my girls at the Asiana House. My favorite sushi place here! So delicious! I had an Alaskin Maki and the B-52 Maki (I highly recommend it! AMAZING!) The best thing about this place is: No one ever knows what I am talking about because it just looks like a brick building. No one ever notices it.
9:30 pm- Got on the bus from Cherry St. to SMC. Man on bus upon arrival "Best lookin' bus I've ever been on." You meet so many characters on the bus! :-P
Rest of the night: Cramming for my New Media exam! Ah!

The girls were really sweet and decorated my door with streamers and signs. :-) My room mate made my bed. (She said it was as a present, but I think she was just irritated because I NEVER make my bed.) Anyways, it was a really great birthday! I had so much fun with my friends, and it just shows what great friends I've made in my first few months here at school. Couldn't have asked for anything better.

Like I said before a group of us purchased our New Moon tickets. I have never been to a midnight showing, but I here its something else. We are making t-shirts. Don't judge us. We are just open about our fascination (Yes, that is a nice way of saying obsession.) with the Twilight saga. I'm not personally Team Edward or Team Jacob, but I do find Jacob VERY attractive. Yummmmm! We are going to a theater in Williston. We'll be taking my car there. Lucky, I have a car on campus. Most freshman are not allowed to, but I applied and received a pass before I got here. Next semester, there is a raffle for parking spots. Most kids want them to go skiing in weekdays, going home on weekends, or for off-campus jobs. Other than that, cars aren't really necessary. You can just take the bus (for free with the Knight Card.)

I hear that there are going to be 200 prospectives on campus this weekend? Anyone coming? I was asked to host one overnight, but unfortunately it was just too last minute. I was told not to go to Alliot brunch from 11:30 - 12:30 because it will be jam packed. I plan on being there promptly at 11 am. Then you don't have to wait in line for the waffle maker, or anything for that matter. (Little things make me very happy.)

Okay, I have to run to Mass Communications, but I'll talk to you later!
xoxo
Gabbi

Friday, November 6, 2009

Who Doesn't Love Getting Mail?!

Seriously! And let me tell you, here at school getting mail is like Christmas! Today was particularly exciting because it wasn't just school announcements. I got a package! It was from my good friend, Shannon. We have known each other since we were 10 years old and she is just too cute. It was a care package filled with oatmeal, Cheez-Its, Annie's pasta, hot chocolate mix, Emergen-C, Burt's Bees chap stick, and all other manner of treats. It was a great surprise!

Also in the mail was a paper regarding the purchasing of Smugg's Ski Passes! All St. Michael's students can purchase them for $30 dollars and the winter there are shuttles to take people to the mountain! How cool is that?! They are going on sale next week :-) and I am sure everyone will be investing. For Information on the Smugg's Pass and Program click HERE. And in order to bring in the upcoming winter, the Ski and Snowboard Club is hosting the eighth annual Jibfest. Jibfest is a rail competition for students that takes place on the 300's fields. I have seen them building the apparatus for a while now and I am very excited to see the whole thing set up! It's going to be so legit! To get an idea of what Jibfest is like go here: Spring Jibfest '09

Much like everyone else, the ski team is very antsy. I realize it only Nov. 6, but I could REALLY go for some snow and skiing. In the mean time, the ski team works out everyday (Well, Monday thru Friday) from 4:30-6. We mix it up between agility and lifting. When I am not blogging for you guys I try to update the SMC Alpine Ski Team Blog. I just posted tons of pictures showing everyone the team and what we've been doing. I would like to build up the support for the SMC Ski Team around campus and with people associated with the school. I think the ski team could have a really fantastic season! I'll have a lot more to blog about once on-snow training starts. We leave for camp on Nov. 24 after the last class and come back on Sunday. We will be heading to Sunday River, ME and spending our Thanksgiving there. It'll be some team bonding time to say the least. I for one am dying to smack down some gates and knife some turns. I am suffering from withdrawal.

For now I'll leave you with that! Make sure to check out all the other SMC Bloggers!
And if you are available check out my radio show on Mondays 10 am to Noon on WWPV!
XOXO

Gabbi

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Epic!


Well, as expected Halloween was fantastic. Everyone had fantastic costumes and I was particularly happy with how my costume turned out.

To the Left: That's my roommate and me. The Snowflake and Peacock!
Cute, right?
My orange flip-flops definitely matched the costume :-P, but they were the most sensible shoes for the evening of dancing.
Below: Hannah as a Nurse and Sarah as a sailor.

The dance was held on the Tarrant Courts in Ross Sports Center. There was a DJ, of course, and tables set up. There was pizza and water. I thoroughly enjoyed the water. I was doing A LOT of dancing. It's a great work out. Definitely on the ski team workout schedule.

This is my roomate's peacock make-up. Courtesy of Marissa, one of the girl's on Joyce 3rd. So talented!
Ashley's friend, Brooke from UVM, came to visit and enjoy the evening festivities. It is really cool we are allowed to bring guests!




These are my girls! From Left to Right: Natalie as Baby Spice, Teresa as Dorothy, Andrea as Robin, Kate as a Greek Goddess, Emma as a Cat, Me as Snowflake, and Ashley as a Peacock.


Alyssa was a fierce storm! and Daniel was Braveheart!

It was such as awesome night! I wish Halloween was everyday! :-)

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