Saturday, October 31, 2015

Haunted House Amusement Park Ride


When I was younger, my family went to the same Amusement Park every summer. I'm not much for scary rides, so I'd normally go on the little kid rides that were more gentle and didn't run as long. This specific Amusement Park has a few "haunted" rides that they run year round, one of which is an extremely old haunted mansion themed ride that was built a few decades before (I'm exaggerating, but as a child it seemed that old) and consisted of a small cart that rode around on a flat track past different scary robots.

Now, a little bit of context, I can't handle scary things very well. If someone was to jump out at me to make me jump I'd probably pee my pants and start crying. I can't watch scary movies, and I can't think about scary things late at night without getting nightmares. (This is why the podcast I talked about before, Lore, is a good fit for me because it's not particularly scary it's mainly informative... But even then, I only listen to Lore in the mornings when I have time to let it get out of my thoughts before trying to sleep). So, when two of my brother's came off the ride and told me that it wasn't at all scary because of the age of the ride, I somehow decided that it would be a good idea for me to ride it.

Even though they'd just gotten off, my brothers agreed to go on it again so that I wouldn't be alone. We got into the little cart (the worker manning the ride let us all get into one cart because we were small even though they were only meant to hold 2 people) and we listened to the rules before we went through a doorway and were approaching the first scary obstacle of the ride.

We were going down a sort of hallway towards a big picture frame of a woman in a big, elegant dress. I didn't think that that was strange, because I figured that she was wearing something that was normal at the time the ride was built (now that I'm older I realize that she was wearing a Victorian style dress, which is not at all the era when the ride was built). We were looking at the picture for several minutes, but when we passed it in our cart, a back-light turned on to reveal a scary robot woman in the same dress behind the photo.

I don't think anyone was expecting the scream that came shooting out of my tiny body!

However, a cart on a ride doesn't care whether you're scared or not, and continues to go along the track. My brothers, after hearing my scream and realizing that I would most likely find the rest of the ride completely terrifying, had me crouch down inside the cart by their feet so that I wouldn't see anything else. I bumped into their legs and feet a lot the rest of the ride, because it was really rickety and the cart didn't move very steadily, so I can only imagine what they were thinking while the ride went on.

What's one of the most scared you've ever been on Halloween or on a Halloween themed ride?

I hope you all have an amazing Halloween! Stay safe and eat tons of candy!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Weirdly Excited for Halloween

Halloween is full of tons of candy and loads of awesome costumes. Halloween is one of those holidays that can be celebrated in a millions different ways like going to haunted mazes or going to non-scary corn mazes. However, one thing that everyone participates in regardless of how the like to spend the rest of their Halloween, is Trick or Treating.

Now that I'm in college, it would seem really weird for me to go trick or treating where I live because I live in a dorm that nonresidents can't get into. Basically, I live in a Halloween candy free zone! Even though I'd definitely buy my own, it wouldn't be worth doing the bus ride.

In addition to not being able to go trick or treating, I also have to work about 17 hours on Halloween day after working about 7 hours the day before, so even if I wanted to go trick or treating or go to a party of some nature, I couldn't because I have to work!

However, despite all of those things, I'm still really excited about Halloween! I'm excited to see other people's costumes when they try to wear them into the Stadium for the game, and to have random people offer me candy even though I'm not allowed to accept it while I'm working. I'm excited to see all the hilariously drunk people having a good time and laughing hysterically at nothing.

When I get home from working so long I'm most likely going to sleep until Halloween is over, but if it's as great as I think it's going to be I'll be okay with sleeping the rest of the day away!

What are your plans for Halloween? I'd love to hear about them!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Growing Out My Hair

I talked about this a few posts ago... Being annoyed with my floppy hair and not knowing if I was going to keep the length that I'd already gained or try to grow it out once more! Well, as you can guess by the title of this post, I did decide to grow my hair back out. I went in to my hairstylist today (I actually got their awkwardly early so they managed to work me into the schedule earlier) and she talked to me about the different ways that we could go about growing it out, and I picked the option that I liked the best! Hopefully my hair won't go through an awkward stage of growing out...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

More Computer Issues

Remember in one of my last posts when I was doing laundry and I mentioned that some of the sites I needed for schoolwork were probably joking blocked on the WiFi in my building? Well... I was wrong.

After talking to a few of the sort of friends that I've made here at school, I discovered that I was the only one experiencing said blocks. Everyone else was having a perfectly normal time getting into everything that they needed to while I was off in my room trying to figure out why they hadn't fixed the WiFi!

So, as I'm writing this, I'm sat in the school library in the middle of the night trying to get my homework done because I of course got behind... Never believe me when I say I won't procrastinate everything as much as possible.

Well, that was my little update! Back to work for me. I'll update you guys again later on when I figure out what's going on with my computer.

Trick or Treating

When I was a kid, I absolutely LOVED trick or treating! It was something that I looked forward to every year, because I got to dress up in awesome clothes and I was allowed to talk to strangers who would then give me candy!


One Halloween, I went into the neighborhood with my brothers and my mom is search of the houses giving away the biggest candy bars. At one point, we hit the jackpot!! Someone had purchased several different types of king sized candy bars and had entire cases sitting out on their porch with a sign that said to take as many as we wanted (within reason)!! My little candy loving heart almost couldn't handle the excitement!

After it started to get really dark (because of me and my siblings age we were one of the groups that went around before it was dark to go trick or treating for safety reasons) we headed back home to go through our bags and to trade with each other for the candy that we liked best. Then we ate a few pieces of candy and put the rest into our backpacks to take to school with us! This may only have been a thing at my school when I was little, but the day everyone was back from Halloween, we'd have a "parade" where each student would wear their costume to school and the younger classes would go around to older classes to show off how super cool their costumes looked and to get more candy from the teachers (who usually only gave one small piece of candy to each person because of the class sizes and the number of classes). After going through to the different classes, we'd get an indoor recess to sit on the floor of the classroom and trade candy with our classmates.

After having traded candies twice, I was confident in the awesomeness of my candy selection that I'd be eating out of for the next year.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Laundry, Procrastinating, and Floppy Hair

At this very moment (the moment that I'm writing this, maybe not the moment that you're reading it) I'm sitting in the laundry room on the opposite side of the building from where I live doing laundry because the laundry room by where my room is is currently being hogged by a young lady who decided to use all of the washers, and in turn all of the dryers, to wash her entire wardrobe and all of her bedding. However, I actually quite like this other side because they have couches in their laundry room instead of groady metal chairs that scrape your arms and legs if you move around too much. I only have one load of laundry to do, so the whole ordeal should only take about 2 hours.

When I walked down to do my laundry, I brought my computer and my notebooks and some pens with a plan to get ahead on my math homework as well as completing an essay that's due this upcoming Sunday. However, after trying to login to the various databases that I needed, I found that the WiFi has blockages for those sites (which I'm assuming is a sort of prank that will be discovered and removed eventually) that made it impossible for me to access the things that I needed to work on. So instead I've opened up this here blog of mine to talk about stuff that's on my mind.

As of right now, I do consider what I'm doing to be procrastinating. I very easily could turn my phone into a mobile hotspot and use that to gain access to the things I need, or bring the blockages to the attention of someone who could fix them rather quickly. Instead, I quickly came to my blog to spend the next few hours writing out some posts that I've been wanting to do for a while. (Don't worry, I'm planning on going to the library after eating dinner tonight to work on my homework using that WiFi)

Last Christmas Break, I got all of my hair cut off into a cute little pixie cut, that I really loved and was really excited about. Ever since I first got it cut, I've gotten my hair cut every 4 weeks to keep my hair at the right length to be styled without looking awkward. However, now that I've come to college, I've had to set up my own hair appointments, and find my own hair salons that aren't overly pricey. Preface this by saying, my hair is naturally very thin and it show every cut that's made on it. Essentially, it's a hairstylist's worst nightmare. My first time going to the hair salon I found here, my stylist told me repeatedly how hard a time she was having getting my hair to look nice as she was cutting it. After she was able to get the hang of how my hair "works", I felt more confident going to her to get my hair cut. (No way did I want to get a bad haircut in college and have to live with it for 4 weeks!)  However, this stylist has an extremely different work schedule from my own schedule of availability, so after my last haircut the only opening she had was 2 months away. Not wanting to wait longer than 2 two months to get my haircut, I asked to be put on the waiting list for other appointments in case someone cancelled so that I could come in.

*sigh* There have not been any cancellations that have matched up with my schedule. So, a week from today I'm going to be getting my haircut.

At the moment, my hair just bothers me, because the "shape" of it isn't right because of the length. I typically curl my hair slightly to give it a bit of volume, but it's too heavy for that type of styling now! So it's basically long and floppy and very annoying!

I'm actually debating about whether or not I should just keep letting it grow, only get it cut to get it reshaped to that it's less awkward.

Growing my hair out and having it short is always a hard decision for me, because there are things I like and don't like about how I look with my hair either way... Oh well, that's a topic for another time!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Podcasts, Podcasts Everywhere!

I know that they may not be growing in popularity very recently, but I've absolutely adored Podcasts for about a year now. Originally, I was really into audio books, and I'd check them out from the library up the street from my house in large amounts. When I was in my Senior Government class in school this past school year, my teacher got me hooked on a podcast that was new for the year (I'm going to talk about it when I give the list). Then, for graduation, my parents got me an Iphone, which has a podcast app downloaded on it! Needless to say, I've been putting the app to good use...


This podcast is produced by This American Life, and is voiced by Sarah Koenig. Currently, there is only one season (12 Episodes) of this podcast that has been published so far. This podcast covers a nonfictional court case because of the Murder of Hae Min Lee in 1999. Seriously, even if you hate podcasts, you'll love this one. Serial was introduced to me by my Government teacher, and after she did I binge-listened to all 5 of the episodes that had been published at the time. Every time a new one would be published, I'd listen to it as soon as I possibly could. This is the type of podcast that you'll want to throw against the wall and stop listening, but your ears will be too glued to the action to let you stop or give up.

After I finished listening to all of the Serial episodes, I had to find a new obsession! So, after looking through all of the "suggested podcasts" I discovered Lore! It's my current obsession. It's a bi-weekly podcast created by Aaron Mahnke where the truth behind popular horror characters and events are revealed. The tag-line that goes along with the podcast is "Sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction". Now, I know that makes it sound like something terrifying and undesirable, but trust me, it's awesome! To me, this podcast isn't as scary as much as it is factual and (occasionally) pretty disgusting, which is partially why I enjoy it. I'm the kind of person that gets nightmares from 1960 Horror Flicks, so if this was too scary I wouldn't be able to listen to it. The way I look at it, it's sort of like figuring out how a magician does his/her tricks. It's enlightening.

Being the average white girl that I am, I love John Green's books (I was originally interested in this podcast because I recognized his name). However, this is now one of my favorites! This podcast is essentially John and Hank Green answering the random questions that people send in, and giving us some "News from Mars". The way the answer the questions is both honest and hilarious, so during the weeks that Lore doesn't have a new episode, I'll listen to Dear Hank and John. If you're looking for a podcast to start with, I highly recommend this one because it's easy to follow, and missing an episode doesn't impact your ability to understand what's going on. Plus, it's hilarious, so who wouldn't love it?

Along the same lines of Lore, this podcast is about a woman named Lia Haddock working to uncover the mysteries around Limetown, a town whose inhabitants all disappeared even though it was under surveillance. Haddock meets some survivors and is runs into a lot of road blocks that only make you want to listen more. This podcast is slightly unnerving and had led to a lot of frustration because I really want to know all the answers. If you're like me and you like an awesome, thrilling mystery then this is the podcast for you!

This podcast doesn't have a specific topic or theme, but it's always hilarious! Jenna and Julien talk about random things ranging from Kanye West to MMA, and they occasionally have guests to talk about things like Serial Killers and Clubs. Basically, they'll talk about anything they want. It's really similar to the Dear Hank and John podcast, but they don't answer questions, and there's more celebrity gossip and swearing.

What are some of your favorite podcasts? Should I check any of them out? Let me know!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

1936

The building that I'm currently living in at my school was built in 1936, which essentially means that the architecture and the fixtures in the building are incredibly beautiful and old. In each of the rooms is a radiator. Yes, a real one (here's a photo).

Radiators aren't very common, so I'd never been around one or had one in my room before. I moved in when it was still fairly hot outside, but now that it's the fall and it's been getting a lot colder outside, they turned on all the radiators in the building. Now, that's all well and good, except for that fact that they turned them on in the middle of the night and that I had no idea that they made noise. So, in the middle of the night, I was woken up by what I thought was someone breaking into my room through the window! (the radiator in my room is right under my window) I jumped up out of bed and frantically tried to find something to protect myself with before approaching the window to confront my imagined burglar. After looking out my window and seeing that no one was there, I realized that the loud thumping noises were coming from my radiator! That was one of those times that I was glad I didn't have a roommate because I probably looked like a crazy person in my boyfriend's shit and a pair of shorts, with my hair messed up, wielding a medium sized flashlight.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Buses Aren't My Friends

After moving into my dorm, my parents took me to the store with them several times to pick up things that I'd need (like food and contact solution) so that I'd be stocked up and wouldn't have to worry about getting to the store for the first several weeks of school. Now, that's all well and good, but the only way to get to the store is to ride on the public buses.

Where I'm from, only scary people ride the public buses and have bus passes, so I'd never been on one before and I had no idea how the routes worked. I googled the routes and picked the ones that would work the best in getting me to and from the store with my groceries and then I waited at the bus stop outside my building to start my new journey with the bus system.

As many of you know from my previous posts, I get motion sickness. As soon as I boarded the bus, I knew that I was going to have a really hard time not dying while I waited for the bus to get to the store where I'd get off. The buses have a been "wrapped" with a big decal that has the school mascot on it, which makes it so that you can't see out of any of the windows while you're on the bus. In addition to not being able to look out the windows, all of the benches in the front of the bus aren't facing forwards! Only a few benches in the back are facing forwards! Basically, it was a recipe for puke.

I sat as close to the front of the bus as I could, trying to look out the front windshield, and sat crooked on my bench so that I was facing forwards. At first, this helped and I was fine. Something they may not have realized when designing the buses is that it's easier to tell when you get off when you can see outside and look at the landmarks or street signs. When you can't look out the windows of this bus, you have to look at the lit up signs on the bus that stated where it was headed (they had one on the inside of the bus). However, reading moving words on a screen isn't what you want to be having a motion sick person do, so I got off at the wrong stop when I felt lost and like I was going to throw up.

I walked to the store from where I got off, and was very relieved when I got there because I could breathe fresh air and walk around at my own pace. I roamed the aisles looking for the things that I needed, and then I checked myself out (as in I went to one of the stations where you scan your own items and pay for them).

When I got out of the store, I walked to the bus stop that was right next to the store (as I'd planned) and looked on the pamphlet I had grabbed of the bus routes to make sure that I was getting on the right one. When the bus came, I loaded up my things and sat in the back in one of the front facing seats to see if the results would be better than they were when I was sitting in the sideways seats at the front of the bus. They weren't. I started to feel just as sick as before.

The longer I was on the bus, the more confused I got. According to the route map that I'd planned around, my stop was supposed to have been the 5th one, but the bus just kept going and going and none of the stops were at the right streets (this bus driver announced the upcoming stops over the speaker system). Even though I knew it wasn't a good idea, I looked at my pamphlet to try and figure out what was going on. As you can probably guess, I just got off at the next stop with all of the groceries.

My dorm was about a 10 minute walk away from where I had gotten off the bus, but 10 minutes while carrying groceries feels like hours! Especially when you have no upper body strength.

I made it back safely, and all of the things I bought were still intact, so that's good! Hopefully I won't have to ride the buses again soon.
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