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Writing in a Journal

Diary by Magic Madzik

I am a writer. It’s only natural, therefore, that I get my feelings out by writing in a journal or diary. I have been keeping a journal since age 10. There were sometimes in my life I wrote every single day, even multiple times a day.  But then there were the times in my life I didn’t write for a year or two, or I’d only write when I was upset or emotional.  Recently I’ve fallen back into the habit of writing in a journal. Sometimes writing helps me sort out my thoughts. Other times it actually confuses me more! But regardless, my diary provides an important outlet for feelings that I can’t or don’t feel like sharing with others and it also documents periods of my life that I can read over later.

It’s really embarrassing going back and reading entries from when I was a little kid, or even from a year or so ago. How could I have said that? What was I thinking? But I’m glad I have these notebooks–they’re like a window into my past.

I can get really creative with my diaries(especially when I was younger). I decorate the front cover with stickers, drawings, cutouts from magazines. I’d draw in them, write song lyrics, poetry, and short stories in them. While nowadays I don’t have the time to spend on being creative with a journal, I still tape tickets stubs and other little scraps of my life into the notebook pages. -ST

(this is not my journal!) Catching up on Journal Writing by Sultry

I’m interested in knowing your thoughts. Do you write in a journal? If you do, why? What do you write about? Are you embarrassed to read your entries over again?

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Gummy Bears… Covered in Chocolate?

Almost too cute to eat...but also too tasty to not eat.

Clearly I have a sweet tooth, so when a roommate offered me these yummy treats I couldn’t resist.  I’m pretty sure eating these made my day.

Gummy bears are so freaking cute! Am I the only weird one that pretends the bears are alive and makes them walk around and talk? And then of course I eat them… nom nom.

Regular gummy bears come in pretty colors and are deliciously chewy and sweet. The chocolate coating adds an interesting variety by blending two of my favorite things together.  If you are in the Rhode Island area, you can find these chocolate covered gummy bears at Goodies by the Sea.

Gummy bears by kowitz

Gummy Bears by Jamie's Pics 3

One Man Show by Mycael

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The Andy Griffith Show

I woke up this morning humming (I can’t whistle well) a catchy and joyful tune. I don’t know how this got stuck in my head, because I haven’t heard this tune in years. But it’s so reconizable and easily stuck in your head, and I haven’t been able to get this tune out of my head since! So, I decided to watch the show that this tune came from.

Listen to the theme song here.

For those who don’t know about The Andy Griffith Show, it is a sitcom that aired between 1960 and 1968. Andy Griffith plays a  the part of a widowed sheriff, and the show chronicles funny moments in day to day life.  Andy has hilarious interactions with his son Opie(Ron Howard), Andy’s aunt and housekeeper Aunt Bee, and deputy Barney Fife.  The show takes places in a fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina.

This show is so heartwarming. The episodes still air on TV Land, and you can find some episodes on their website to watch.  I used to watch this show all the time when I was younger, but I haven’t watched the show in so long!

-Steph

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Cookie Cake…mmmm

So it was my roommate’s 21st birthday yesterday, and two of my friends baked a very yummy cake…but it wasn’t just any ordinary cake.

Cake+cookie+chocolate+Hershey's= yum.

This was a cookie cake–baked in a cake pan and then coated with chocolate frosting and caramel Hershey’s Kisses… aka DELICIOUS! Although I wouldn’t recommend eating too much of this cake at once, it  provides some variety from the traditional birthday treats–and can be made for any occasion. “It’s not too hard to make,” says JS, who prepared the cake. “It’s easier than making actual cookies because all you do is squish the batter into the same pan.”

If you are interested in making a cookie cake for yourself, here is the link to the recipe:

http://www.do-it-yourself-gifts.com/chocolate-chip-cookie-cake-recipe.html

-ST

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Trains

"Trains in Scotland" by Brian Forbes

"Amtrak Departing Prince,WV" by jpmueller99

I went to visit a friend this weekend, hence no update all weekend. The fun weekend with a friend made me happy enough, but I also love train rides!

I travelled via amtrak for this trip. It was a short hour-long ride, but enjoyable. On my ride down to visit, the sun was setting, and so I had a beautiful view of a “moving” sunset, especially on the parts when the train crossed the water.  I listened to music, and attempted to read my homework (Rousseau), but I couldn’t help but simply stare out the window. On the way home, it was the following  night, and it was dark out. It was beautiful watching the night lights blur past me.

I love taking trains. I also like waiting at the train station and watching the trains speed past. There is this sort of rustic/nostalgic feel to being by train tracks that always makes me happy. -ST

"train" by dccorneilus

 

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Review: John Mayer

Today when I was walking to class,  John’s Mayer’s “Your Body is a Wonderland” started playing on my Ipod.  Even though the song has some hidden (or not so hidden) dirty lyrics, I can’t help but love it.  It’s such an addicting song.  I love Mayer’s voice and how  soothing and sensual it is. And yes, I know–John Mayer is a bit pretentious and his ego has grown “Bigger Than His Body,” shall we say. But whatever, because he’s a phenomenal guitar player!

For those who find Mayer’s mainstream music too “pop,” I recommend checking out his blues/rock band called the John Mayer Trio to really get a taste of his talent.  The song below is called “Vultures.”  While this song was released on Mayer’s “Continuum” album, and is one of my favorite songs on that album, I personally prefer the JMT version.

The John Mayer Trio is amazing. The band founded in 2005, and the Trio released a live album, Try! in that year.  The album covers two songs: “Wait Until Tomorrow” by Jimi Hendrix, and “I Got a Woman” by Ray Charles. The JMT also covers John Mayer songs,  “Daughters,” “Something’s Missing,””Vultures” and “Gravity.” Finally, there are three original songs that are written by Mayer and/or the other band members.

The other two band members are bassist Pino Palladino(amazing…) and the legendary Steve Jordan on drums.

I usually get annoyed when artists go “mainstream,” and create pop music that is “below” their talent or not true to themselves . However, I like the mixture of JM’s “poppier” acoustic stuff with JMT’s blues sound. It creates a variety and gives me  different, but all amazing, sounds to listen to when I’m in different moods. I guess John Mayer has a right to be egotistical….

Want to know more about John Mayer? Check out his website at: http://www.johnmayer.com/

Here is JMT’s last.fm site: http://www.last.fm/music/John+Mayer+Trio

-ST

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Going for walks along the ocean

Look what I found on today's walk!

Like a lot of people, I like going on walks to relieve stress or unhappiness. It was a little chilly today, but I put on a pair of gloves, a hat and a warm coat  and headed off to the ocean for about 30 minutes.  I like walking around 4 pm, because the sun was getting low enough to cast a warm glow and shadows on the surroundings. The ocean was deep blue today and the sky was a pretty pink and light blue.

I’m really lucky to live by the ocean. I stopped by a small stretch of sand to snap a few pictures. Someone had been creative and made a sculpture of rocks! I also recorded a video. (Check it out below). I listened to my ipod for most of the walk, but unplugged just long enough to hear the soothing crashing of the tides on the sand.

I headed back from this walk refreshed and happy I got to enjoy some fresh air for a little bit.

-ST

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