I Still Sleep On An Air Mattress

Okay so this blog will be a bit more uplifting then my last post I promise!

So much has happened this semester that it is hard to even condense everything into one blog post. (I’ll try to go in order)

For starters my mom and I drove down to Alabama in one straight shot (14 hours). We then moved into my new apartment in one day and the next day I started classes. (It was really rushed)

Yep, that is an air mattress. Also I have a coffee corner!
Yep, that is an air mattress. Also I have a coffee corner!
Move in day (2 months late)
Move in day (2 months late)

Also since I am graduating in the Spring, I am only living in this current apartment for 8 months. It came unfurnished and I had no furniture. I did what any college student on a low budget would do. I got an air mattress, some plastic shelves from target and put my decorating skills to good use. Yes to this day, I am still sleeping on an air mattress. It is actually comfier than my bed at home and you can adjust the firmness on it. (What a day to be alive)

Our beautiful living room!
Our beautiful living room!

Anyways, I do not want to get all depressing on you guys. There are a lot of good things happening here at Bama!

First of all, I am officially a grand-big to two grand littles this semester! It is crazy to think I am old enough to be a grand-big. We did a Harry Potter theme for Big/Little reveal and props to Ally-Claire (my little) for doing such an amazing job with all the details!

Big Little reveal! (Our shirts read I solemnly swear that I am up to Do Good)
Big Little reveal! (Our shirts read “I solemnly swear that I am up to Do Good”)
The fam jam after initiation!
The fam jam after initiation!

Going off Delta Gamma news, I was a coach for Anchor Splash, which is our national charity event to raise money and awareness for our philanthropy, Service for Sight! Fraternities and other organizations sign up to have their members wear speedos and perform a dance/swim routine. (Sounds strange, but it’s so entertaining) This was such a fun experience and I am so proud of my team and everyone who helped to make this event so amazing!

Alpha Sig anchor splash team!
Alpha Sig anchor splash team!

Also, I am doing an independent study with one of my film professors. I wrote a short script about an experience in New York. (Okay, an “exaggerated” experience from New York) We filmed it and hopefully I can post it on here soon for everyone to watch! We are currently working on a second script based on my experiences in Poland. The last short was my first time directing and it was a really cool experience. I am excited to do it again on this next script.

Me holding Bull the Madagascar hissing cockroach we used for my first script!
Me holding Bull the Madagascar hissing cockroach we used for my first script!

Oh yeah and I also got a job waitressing at a Japanese restaurant on the Strip. (I still find it ironic that I hate seafood at a sushi place) I don’t think people understand how stressful working and being a full time student can be. I know for me, it is like taking another class. At least this class pays me for showing up!

I think the best part about this semester has been the Alabama Crimson Tide! First of all, that LSU win was incredible and I feel honored to have been in the stadium. It is crazy to think that I only have one home game left. That will be my last time sitting in that stadium as a student. The experience of sitting in the student section of Bryant-Denny is magical. Everyone around you becomes your family and its gets so loud that you can feel the adrenaline pulsing through you. You will stomp your feet on the stands, pull your hair out from a close game and scream “fuck auburn” at the top of your lungs! I am hoping that we make it to the SEC Championship and even the National Championship this year, but I am just happy to have seen us win so many games in my time here as a student! ROLL TIDE!

Ole Miss again
Ole Miss again
Ole Miss game
Ole Miss game
The parents came to visit for the Tennessee game
The parents came to visit for the Tennessee game
LS WHO?
LS WHO?

Coming back to school from my time abroad has been a whirlwind of emotions. To be honest, I still miss Ireland. I miss my friends and room mates from abroad. I miss the night life abroad. I miss the way I felt abroad. One of the most frustrating things is wanting to tell everyone about my crazy experiences and knowing that I cannot force them to listen to hours of my stories. There are just certain things other people will not understand.

I think the thing that drives me crazy now is how disconnected we are from other people. Now I can’t even go out to a meal with another person without them placing their phone next to them on the table. Sometimes I feel like I am talking to a wall instead of a person. Not to mention how concerned people are with things that do not matter. After you travel to other countries, problems that you used to have just seem so miniscule. Anyways, I learned the hard way that reverse culture shock is real!

Today I applied for graduation. I think it seemed real when they had me type in what I wanted my name to read on my diploma.

Last homecoming, but FOREVER rolling with the tide!
Last homecoming, but FOREVER rolling with the tide!

Also some updates on my accident!! First of all the car was deemed totaled. Two days ago I went to the dealer to claim all my belongings. Like a funeral, a man handed me the license plate and relayed his condolences. I was mad at myself for crying so much over a material object. I think I was just replaying all the memories I had in the car. All the states it had been to. All the people who had driven in the back seat. All the late night runs and early mornings.

We dressed as Bonnie and Clyde for my date party and it was awesome!
We dressed as Bonnie and Clyde for my date party and it was awesome!

The car looked like it was fixable so I asked why it was totaled. Apparently when we crashed, I had hit an ant hill. Not just a tiny ant hill, but an ant hill so big that it caused an infestation in my car. When I reached into the car to grab my important possessions (sunglasses and some old receipts) I noticed the ants. They were all over the side air bags and seats. They were even running all over the inside of my car when the man at the car place opened the hood. (This may be the first car totaled due to ants)

The music festival we were at before the car accident had an electric forest! It may have been one of the most magical sights ever!
The music festival we were at before the car accident had an electric forest! It may have been one of the most magical sights ever!

Anyways, I am two weeks away form Thanksgiving and finals. Hopefully some championship games are in my future as well.

Until next time, enjoy this picture of Dillon dressed as a banana while eating a banana!

The irony
The irony

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