“Throw kindness around like its confetti” That’s the quote of the day and seemed like an appropriate way to open this up for some reason. Some people in my LC went out of their way to screw over and then make fun of one of their friends and their actions will probably affect his midterm grade and it has caused a lot of drama and distress and knowing people who intentionally act like that has been a little upsetting me but all I can really do is pray and offer support.
My midterms weren’t too terrible and I’ve done well on all the ones I have heard back about so far but I have yet to get back the big paper I wrote for 30% of my grade so I’m still a little nervous. I actually have more tests and big assignments this upcoming week than I did during midterms so it’s going to be a little rough.
I’ve decided my Spanish teacher is sent from God because not only did we not have a midterm but she gave me a good grade on my one-on-one conversation that I literally spoke in english for half of and was 10% of my grade so praise Jesus.
I am officially not coming home for Thanksgiving which is a little sad but I am actually spending this holiday with my cousin Ashley. She just moved to Virginia and honestly I can’t wait to spend the holiday with some family and she sounded really excited for me to join her. Also, Clare and family might join us if she can work around her volleyball and school schedule which would be actually the greatest thing ever but I’m trying not to get my hopes up.
When we went to Disneyland for senior day you all joked that it was the happiest you’d ever seen me, which was probably true, but I find myself having days like that all the time now and can honestly say that I love it here and feel at home (maybe not as happy as I am at Disneyland but close.) Last Friday was the first time I really noticed this change and it was just such a wonderful day. First, at like 1 am while writing a midterm paper my professor emailed my that my 9 am class was canceled so i got to sleep in like 30 more mins and then I watched a movie in my second class. Throughout the day I continued to receive lovely texts from all of you in the group chat that made me so happy. It was like the first day fall was really visible on campus and it was beautiful. I also got a care package from home complete with rain boots, candy, letters, and a new flannel (and I remembered that I still have letters to mail to all of you). Later I was let out of math 30 mins early…again, and then in Spanish we watched a movie in which a man clones himself but the clone is better than him and knows it so he kills the real man so that was interesting. The night ended with homecoming which was so much fun. It was awkward at first as there was a jazz band playing and it was pretty much only couples dancing, but I found a friend who swing dances and we danced until the DJ came out. They then played a couple of rap songs that had swing music in the background instead of beats which was confusing but at times really cool. When the real dancing started it was cathoLIT (I hate myself for using this in my vocabulary now but it’s accurate) and they played a great mix of oldies new stuff and they actually kept the dance going for about 45 mins longer than it was supposed to because everyone was having so much fun and wanted to keep dancing.
The rest of the weekend was pretty insignificant. We went into the city on Saturday as usual, watched a movie, and did homework most of Sunday.
I dropped my phone in a drinking fountain because I’m an idiot and the screen is now slightly discolored and I fear the return of the black spot of death.
On Monday my second class was canceled because the DC Metro is half under construction and probably one of the most unreliable things in this world and according to my teacher’s email “FUBAR.” Tuesday my ed professor emailed all of us a revised syllabus that said we didn’t have class that day…40 minutes later I got a text that we did indeed have class but it turns out that less than half the class showed up so it’s not being counted against us. I guess technically I’ve skipped my first class but not really.
I watched a movie in both my LCs on Wednesday and didn’t have Theology on Friday so overall a super easy week.
I went to a place called Beacon House this week to do some service and got to tutor the most adorable children and it was amazing and I want to go every day but will have to settle for once or twice a week.
So there are 15 Smithsonian in the immediate area and about 5 other pretty significant museums and my goal is to hit all of them. I’ve done 5 so I’m trying to step up my museum game but our metro stop is going to be closed for about a month so its going to take a while to achieve that. I visited the Postal Museum this week and its officially my new favorite. It’s literally a museum dedicated to the history of mail and its way cooler than it sounds. There is a giant stamp index and you can take some home (I spent about and hour finding cool ones) and there’s this amazing exhibit of anonymous confessions people wrote on post cards and mailed in. I laughed, I cried, I got some really legit old stamps. So like forget Natural History this is where I’m taking people when they visit (which you all should do because this city is amazing and I love giving tours and I miss you).
Speaking of tours….I think I already informed you all that I got accepted as a Cardinal Ambassador but I’m still really excited about it and although it’s not a paying job I get some cool free stuff and am still amazed I was accepted.
Friday night I watched the a cappella groups perform at “spookappella” and then campus ministry turned the house into an escape room which I of course participated in. I think I both lost and gained friends that night because I was absolutely determined to solve the mystery and escape at all costs (i.e. friendships). I basically took over the group and told everyone what they needed to be doing and y̶e̶l̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶a̶t̶ inspired people when they gave up, but its cool because someone at the end told me they appreciated my assertiveness and how dedicated to the game I was (my friends were a little less impressed by my dedication but its fine.)
Saturday I went thrift shopping for some Halloween costume stuff (pretty much I helped other people figure out their costumes) and that night we had a HSM marathon and I dyed Cat’s hair red and tons of people just popped in and out so it was really fun.
Sunday I had an LC dinner at my professors house which was quite the experience because he gave us the wrong directions so we got off at the wrong metro stop and then had to figure out the bus system. (Also our while we were on the metro the train actually stopped and started going backwards down a hill so that was good). We asked a metro employee which bus we should be on and he laughed at us and then hopped on a bus and told us he would get us to the right stop so he may have hijacked a bus but he did indeed get us to the right place so I’m not too worried. I also went to a meeting about mission trips and might do one during the spring or over summer if I can make it work but we’ll see. Sunday night my roommate and I took turns trying to find the worst buzzfeed quiz for each other and than played MASH at 3 am. 10/10 would recommend; it was some great roommate bonding time.
Alrighty, love and miss you all! We seriously need to face time soon guys. Have a good two weeks.