Thursday, September 24, 2015

In Which I Am Stranded + What I Should Have Brought

So, I'm typing this in the college lobby. A few hours ago I got the car keys from my sister, put my empty mason jar in the car (it had held a smoothie--mason jars for the win!), and then gave the keys back to the sister--or so I think. She says I never gave them back. So now we're waiting for my mom to come pick us up with the spare keys.

Annnnyway, remember that college checklist I posted a few weeks ago on the first day of school? Here's an updated list on what I've learned.

  1. Bring spare keys, dang it.
  2. Also pack something that doesn't need Internet. On the first day, my laptop wouldn't connect and I was super bored. It does now, but I still bring my kindle fire to play games on while waiting for my sister to finish classes.
  3. Ear buds are a must. I forgot them today and really missed them (ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW).
  4. $1 bills are easier to use than $20s. You can't use those on vending machines.
  5. I have located the coffee vending machine! It's seriously the coolest. This homeschooler had never seen on until I took the placement test, but once school started they got rid of it (???). Anyway, I found one on the other side of the building and intend to frequent it. I'm drinking a whole chocolate caramel one now. Very tasty.
  6. It's okay to be on your laptop before class starts, or even at the beginning when your teacher is summarizing what happened at the last class (unless a quiz is coming. Then pay attention). I'm pretty sure I'm distracting the guy behind me since I've been bookmarking recipes on ;)
How's the beginning of school been for y'all?

Friday, September 11, 2015

Finding Audrey Review

Finding AudreyFinding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A lot of people are saying this book makes "light" of mental illness. It doesn't. But then again, that's just me.
Audrey can't leave the house. she can't even take off her dark glasses inside the house.

Then her brother's friend Linus stumbles into her life. With his friendly, orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again - well, Starbucks is a start.And with Linus at her side, Audrey feels like she can do the things she'd thought were too scary. Suddenly, finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.
As someone once said, "No two people read the same book". Judgments are based on experiences, and what one person finds deep and touching, others find cheesy. Or what some people find hilarious, others are offended. Books about mental illnesses are no exception--everyone perceives them differently. I don't find it too shocking that Linus helped Audrey recover. Isn't having a good support group essential in managing anxiety? Linus was there for her when she needed it the most. Yeah, I find it weird that she was so okay with touching and kissing him right away, but overall I didn't mind.

My main complaint against the book is that Audrey doesn't really do anything--everything that happens is because of someone else. She's kind of a fly on the wall. On one hand, that's okay. She's recovering from something horrible that happened at school and she's not exactly at an adventurous point in her life. But it was still kind of boring. Also, what did Linus see in Audrey? I get why she liked him, but why did he like her? I wanted to understand more from his point of view.

Audrey's family, though, is the best. Well, more of the worst. But they sure were fun to read about! Her mom is obsessed with computers, but not about using them. She's obsessed about Audrey's brother, Frank, using them. Is Frank older or younger than Audrey? He felt older for some reason, but acted younger. Also, shout-out to Felix, the four year old! This is the first time I've read about a little kid that actually acted their age.
"How's school, Felix?" I say. "Are you still friends with Aidan?"
"Aidan has chicken pops," he tells me.
"Chicken pox?"
"Chicken pops," he corrects me, as though I'm an idiot. "Chicken pops."
"Oh, right." I nod. "I hope you don't get them."
"I will fight the chicken pops with my sword," he says importantly. "I'm a very strong fighter."

The author, Sophie Kinsella makes a decision about revealing what started Audrey's disorder that I don't really know how to feel about. (view spoiler: She does nothing! It's implied that something really bad happened at school, but we're never told what. Sophie Kinsella said she decided not to reveal what happened to make Audrey more relatable--you can fill in the blank with something that's happened to you, for example. I don't think I like it very much? But I didn't mind.)
I would still totally read other YA books by her though. I love her light writing.

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Language: B?
Sexual content: A

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

College Checklist

Hey y'all! Today I start my dual-enrolled college rout. Fun!!! Here's a list of everything in my backpack. Later I'll make another list of the things I actually used or wish I had brought, to find out what really should be in there.

  1. One purple 3-ring binder with loose leaf paper
  2. My criminal justice textbook (as a dual-enrolled student, I'm only allowed to take 3 classes. Today I only have one though, so I'm just bringing that one book.)
  3. A box of pens, pencils, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, and highlighters. At my old school, I was the one people would go to if they forgot a pencil. You can never be too prepared!
  4. My journal. Don't think I'll use this, but hey, I might!
  5. My laptop. I downloaded Spotify y to it yesterday and made a track of piano/instrumental only songs ("As Long As You're Mine" from Wicked has especially pretty music.) I'm going to make an Upbeat track soon too.
  6. Earbuds for said music
  7. My laptop charger and wireless mouse
  8. My student ID, $20, and various other things you'd find in a purse
  9. My Finding Audrey (very good book, by the way. RTC) coffee slip thing that I got from Uppercase Box. There's a coffee vending machine on campus where I think I'll be putting in a lot of use, but they don't come with the slips or lids when I used it last when we were getting books.