Happy hello from 600 feet above sea level! Yes folks, I have sadly returned from the ever-so-wonderful mountainous Denver and am now starting to take in mass amounts of oxygen again. Departing from Colorado was more troublesome than single handedly climbing up a mountain […]
What’s up guys!?
I’ve recently been listening to a lot of older music. Not the tunes my parents used to get ~groovy~ to, but the stuff that brings me to a place of nostalgia of those middle school years. Kids these days have different songs that they’ll classify in the “middle school dance” category than we did. They’ll NEVER KNOW what good, old fashion, cheesy music sounded like.
Believe it or not, but there was a time when popular music was not littered with profanity. Instead of silencing out all of the poor language, like they do on the radio today, artists made literal radio editions of their songs that was free of profanity. You could actually play that noise in front of your parents without getting in trouble because they had no idea what words was supposed to be there.
The good days…
Because these songs hold such a special place in my heart, I have created a time machine for you all. Below are photos that were pulled from the depths of my Facebook that date back to my middle school years (buckle up) and a playlist of songs to go along with the times.
“Teen drinking is very bad… yo I got a fake I.D. doe” – J Kwon
“You may hate me but it ain’t no lie, baby. Bye bye bye.” -Nsync
“I’m still alive but I’m barely breathing.” -The Script
“You must be a football coach the way you got me playing the field.” -R. Kelly
“Tell your boyfriend if he says he’s got beef, that I’m a vegetarian and I ain’t f**kin’ scared of him.” -3OH!3
I hope this post was as much of a giggle fest for you as it was for me. May your middle school memories humble you and stick with you forever. Cheers to remembering the worst three years of your life!
What’s up, players?!
It has been three short (very, very short) months since I have last interacted with this website. I apologize for neglecting you but quite frankly, there wasn’t any room for me to be farting around on a blog. I have been alternating weeks at camp and in the wilderness while being in charge of a bunch of 13 and 14 year olds. Coming back to school and interacting with adults again has been quite the challenge.
If you were wondering more specifically what the heck has been up, well let me tell ya!
For the last 8 weeks, I have been living in a *yurt (more formally known as Peshtigo) while counseling four different groups of girls. Each group comes for two weeks. One of those weeks is spent at camp doing typical summer camp activities. The other week is spend up north in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. There, we actually went camping for a week. All night, every night in tents. No deodorant, no soap, no nothin’. (That stuff attracts bears, of course!) We also take a 10 mile hike on the Ice Age Trail and a super sick overnight canoeing trip down the Wisconsin River.
*google it and see for yourself. The high quality yurts are not applicable.
The hike was for sure the most difficult part of the trip for me. As someone who is moderately active but also an avid couch potato, I was rather taken aback by how difficult the hike actually was. I was also taken aback by how WELL my campers were able to complete the hike. Despite being physically challenging, the environment surrounding the trail was breathtaking. Each part of the hike had different aspects of nature that made it unique. One part was all birch trees while another part was paved with raspberry bushes. Although physically taxing, hiking along the Ice Age Trail was one of the coolest things I’ve done with my time at Camp Minikani.
The canoe trip was by far my favorite part of the trip up north. The 14 mile trip was divided into two days. The first day was the most eventful. A good portion of the river was full of rapids that we had to navigate through. Many times, however, canoes would get stuck or would fly through the rapids and would end up tipping. There was also one point where we even sent it down a waterfall. (It isn’t an actual waterfall, but rather some really big rapids.) At the end of the day, we arrive at a small island in the middle of the river. There, we cook dinner and camp out for the night. The next day, we paddle through calm water. My favorite part of the second day is being able to swing off of a rope swing into the water. It was always super cool to see my counselor send it off of the swing when I was a camper so to be able to do it 7 years later was a dream come true.
The best part about being up north was being able to spend time with your best friends. Living in the woods while teaching your campers independence leaves a little room for some shenanigans throughout the day. Most importantly, having your friends up north allows you to have a full force support system with you 24/7. I have infinite love for all of my peers and would do anything for them. Surviving amongst preteens was definitely not easy at times but it was having them around that made it 1000 times more enjoyable.
The summer may be over but the shenanigans never end. Below I have linked a video that includes more pictures and videos from this summer. I have also included the playlist I played in my cabin throughout the summer. I hope you enjoy the jams.
As we have been drawn closer and closer to believing that love is dead through watching celebrities relationships explode in their faces, we sometimes come to wonder if love still exists. The first offense was the end of a perfect marriage: the split between Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan. But the break up that ruined the concept of love for many was when the story came out about Tristan Thompson cheating on Khloe Kardashian just days before she gave birth. (Still not over it.)
I’m not a love guru, (sheesh isn’t that the truth!?) but I can say with the utmost confidence that whatever happens to a celebrity does not mean that your love life will also explode. Your relationship is not defined by the tabloids. Focus on you and the one that makes you happy and you will be a-okay.
For me, my ride or die is currently posted up in Denver, Colorado. Hold onto your questions because I will tell you right now that: yes, it isn’t easy. And no, I do not see him often. But of course, the relationship is all worth while.
My main squeeze, Pete, and I have had to get creative in ways that we show appreciation for each other. Whether that be through FaceTime, snail mail, or in making playlists, we have explored many different mediums.
Here, I am going to share two playlists put together by the dude himself.
This first one is called “for fiddy.” “Fiddy Kal” is a nickname of mine. This playlist is an absolute banger. It has classics such as “Today Was a Good Day” by Ice Cube, “Vienna” by Billy Joel, and “Waves” by Kanye. This group of songs absolutely bumps and is great for any type of mood you are in.
This next one is called “cell phone” as our main form of communication is through our mobile devices. This playlist contains more current songs such as “Hotline Bling” by Drake, “Only One” by Kanye West and Paul McCartney, and “Love$ick (Feat. A$AP Rocky)” by Mura Masa. This playlist is also an absolute banger and is super fun to jam out to.
Both playlists get credited to Pete, a true gem for taking the time to create these.