Friday, September 30, 2011

coming to terms

...with the fact that it might be okay to get a B+ every now and then *cringe*

ISI was awesome though, and I am really enjoying telling my Katie-got-run-over-by-a-bike story.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

run over

Yep. TODAY, I was run over by a bike.

It was probably the funniest thing that happened to me all day, aside from doing relatively okay on a midterm for which I had not exactly done much reading...

So I was power-walking to Chorale, because I was late. I caught up to one of the tenors on my way there, and we continued half-jogging together. As we neared the performing arts building (which is practically off-campus and a really annoying place to have practice), I hear someone approaching at a relatively fast speed (thought flash: bicycle?) yelling something I didn't understand (thought flash: is he saying "move"?). Instinctively, I move to the right side of the sidewalk where the other guy was also walking. Pass on the left, yes?

...uh, no. Turns out he WAS on a bicycle, he WAS going very fast, he WAS yelling the German word for "late," and he IS the secretary of Chorale (free excused absences? I think so...). And it's a really good thing I am a weather wimp and was wearing rain boots even though it was hardly drizzling. As it is, I just skinned my knee a little and think it's kind of hilarious DON'T FREAK OUT PLEASE MOM.

So after I had totally wiped out on the sidewalk he jumped off of his bike, tried to help me up and apologized about 50 jillion times. From the rest of Chorale's reaction I guess it's not every day the secretary runs over a freshman.

Also, I passed my swim test and now am stuck in... golf. Could my life get any funnier.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

cards and swing dancing

Today I am going to say that David made my life a happier thing. Because he sent me a really really incredibly o.0-inducing piece of artwork that was a birthday card. And also because, if not for him, I would probably know next to nothing about swing dancing, and I certainly would not have a swivel step worthy of compliment, and TONIGHTEEEEEP was really amazing at swing club.

So thank you, David :)


Monday, September 26, 2011


this week is going to be reallyreally crazy. It doesn't help much that I also have awesome things like "apply for scholarships!" and "find a ride home for fall break!" and "get a flu shot!" and "go grocery shopping... in the rain!" thrown on my to-do list.

REGARDLESS, I am not depressed at all. Today in swimming I learned that I could have/now can pass the test using sidestroke (which is really good, because I know it, it uses the least energy of all "front" strokes, AND I don't have to put my face in the water and risk losing my contacts/contracting an evil disease from the pinkeye infected goggles. I'm dead serious.)

I also had great luck in finding a good friend who happened to be sitting by himself at lunch at the same time I was about to resign myself to sitting by MYself.

I also am not despising this Philo paper. Who knew?


Sunday, September 25, 2011


I FIXED MY FINANCIAL RECORDS AND THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPYYYYYYYYY also I responded to like 5 emails that I received about 3 weeks ago and just never dealt with. Also talked to David, Grandma, and Dad on the phone.

Also, went on an apple spree at lunch. Apple cinnamon tea, apple juice, apple crepe, apple pancake, and bacon I pretended was also ...applewood?
And at dinner I realized just how many people I "know" and just how few people I KNOW. But "know" often leads to KNOW, no?


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Cure for all ills

Epic Brownies.

Disney Movies.



Friday, September 23, 2011


I can hardly think of a better way to spend my 18th birthday than I did. Reading a book I wanted to read before/after the Philo exam, practicing for Iron Sharpens Iron praise team, eating food, fielding 101 Facebook notifications, eating more food... Yeah. Except maybe that I would have liked to talk to my family, but now that I actually have time I think they would be really mad if I called. Seeing as it is 1am.

I like the people I am meeting.

Oh, and I wore my favorite skirt today. The one I have had since I was 12, and wore in my senior pictures, and wear a lot. Then I spilled hot chocolate all over it BUT because of birthday magic and the properties inherent in a $10 skirt that lasts 5 years, it came out really really easily. Im getting good at hand washing clothes :P


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

two days

PERFECT WEATHER. 70 degrees, sunny, and the squirrels are in a very friendly mood.

also, the library is awesome.


Monday, September 19, 2011

field trip!

We had a Physics field trip to a nuclear research lab. Pretty much everything was labeled, "CAUTION, RADIOACTIVE." That was entertaining.

Also, swimming was less horrible today because we did elementary backstroke and I don't need to point my toes!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Church people.

I spent the whole day with a totally different group of people than normal. Namely, the people who go to the church I have been attending this past month. Mostly seniors... there is one junior, but the rest are seniors. So I went to church, then went to lunch, then went to study, then went to church picnic/fellowship dinner, then went to Sunday evening worship outside the chemistry building. That's a total of... 6.5 hours with them. It was pretty cool. I found someone else whose favorite book is Till We Have Faces :)


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mom/Nana/Grandpa! :)

Today is my mom's birthday, and her mom's birthday, and her dad's birthday.

I was five days late.

...ever the family disappointment, right? :)

Today I woke up at 2:30 in the morning because the heater spazzed again. This was not a thing that made me smile.
About an hour and a half later I fell asleep again. This was not a thing that made me smile, although had I been conscious it would have been a possibility.
I actually got up around 8:30. I got ready for the day and started my Russian homework. These were not things that made me smile either.
Then I visited Grace, who lent me a ND hat for my concession stand time slot and also force-fed me Mucinex. This didn't really make me smile until about 2 hours later when I realized that it was maybe possibly actually working.
Then I actually had my concession stand slot, which was a lot of fun, and I met somebody who was a Philosophy-and-Literature minor. I thought that sounded really awesome. I think I might look into that. Plus they get a department-funded week-long study abroad trip to London, which sounds really REALLY awesome. That made me smile.
And then I caught up with some friends, and we watched the Glee Club sing, and then the marching band...! Very smile.
The football game came next, and it belies explanation, because I really don't usually get "into" sports at all, but there is something about losing two games in really miserable and humiliating ways, then beating a team everybody was so certain would kill you... and beating them badly. I think I smiled somewhere amongst the screaming.
Then we had dinner and just hung out, and now I am sitting in my dorm room with my Russian homework and listening to Christmas music. I kinda wish I were up for another three-hour game of Apples to Apples that is going on with my friends over in another dorm across campus, but you must keep in mind that I AM still sick, and I DO really want to be able to go to church tomorrow. So I will satisfy myself with sitting around here for now :)


Friday, September 16, 2011


I went to see The Tempest tonight, which was pretty great. And Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice is delicious.

AND I talked to Mom and Kristen and (sort of) Megan on the phone! a little, anyway.

I'm going to bed now.


Thursday, September 15, 2011


Bad: I have not posted in like half a century.
Good: That's because I've been really busy.

I handwashed a sweater all by myself, successfully.
I've kept myself fed well-enough.
I have not died from swimming yet.

I am kind of sick now but it's okay. I just keep going :)

Today Philosophy and the lunch following made me smile. whee.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

random acts of kindness?

what made me smile today was this random guy I had never met before (and didn't even technically meet tonight) helping me with my tray when I was waiting in line for the cheese (ever since I started swim class I have been craving cheese... coincidence, Christine?) and then just saying, "have a good dinner!" and smiling. It was cool, because nobody talks to strangers in line. haha.

I also finally started responding to emails tonight. GO KATIE. even thought it has been a good week... sigh. I'm losing my touch.


Monday, September 5, 2011


I have had THE craziest weekend in a long time. I haven't even responded to emails since... like... Thursday, or something crazy like that.

Today I woke up and thought I needed to bring my sweaters out of storage, which is a crazy thought for Labor Day. But in the afternoon the weather was as perfect as I've ever felt weather, and I was happy.

Also, discussing literature makes me really, really happy.

And swim class wasn't terrible! I think I know a lot of people. It's strange. I never know a lot of people. Do I? Apparently I have the best "Well-back-home-I..." stories. But that is mostly due to my graduating class of five and the fact that I am close and intimate friends and/or family members with more than one legitimate mime.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Last Friday Night...

...I sat alone in my dorm for a very long time 8:30-11:30) before being kidnapped to go watch Super Mario and then some strange Lifetime show (11:30-1:30).

This Friday night, after a totally HOT and HUMID pep rally (which I ditched really early... about the same time the pom squad started dancing to "Friday" by Rebecca Black), I went to a neighbor dorm's "study lounge." We watched Jurassic Park (ewwww reptiles) and Dr. Who (ewwww reptilian space monsters). Then we played Apples to Apples for about 3 hours. It's the most "college" thing I've done so far... staying out until parietals and all. Oh, and eating a full pack of fruit snacks, which apparently contains 2.5 servings. That's about 32 grams of sugar. Now my hands are kinda shaky :P

Tomorrow I do another "college" thing... football! yikes! (watching, not playing... don't worry :P)