Goodbye Gunn

I decided to switch things up and try to make a video instead of just writing up a blog post to say my goodbyes to my summer residence hall. This is still very experimental, even after my Nashville video, so we’ll see how it goes, but it was definitely fun to make.

I’ll put a transcript of what I’m saying in the video right here, just in case you would rather read!

“So, I’m moving out of my summer housing pretty soon and I’m rather excited.

Right now, everything is kind of a mess because I’m trying to pack up as much as I can now while still living here, and I’ve been trying to do little things to make the process move along a little bit quicker. Little things like taking down all my photos and other wall decorations. It’s really weird how moved in you can become to a place that you never intended on staying in or calling home. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve been ready to move out since I moved in, but after the 3 and a half months I’ve spent here, this place has kind of grown on me.

Like, the basement, otherwise known as the only place in the building with good WiFi, has become my favorite place to just relax, and maybe even make an attempt at cooking, that is if the kitchen is actually clean enough to even think about cooking in, which it almost never is… ever.

Then I had the interesting experience of living on the same hallway as all my female coworkers, which didn’t sound like it was gonna be fun but has easily been the most effective team builder I could possibly imagine especially considering we have community bathrooms and have seen each other in an array of different states and somehow still deal with and support each other when we have to wake up at 5 in the morning for work.

But I know for a fact I’m not going to miss having to wear shoes every time I set foot in the bathroom, or having to use stalls that rob me of what little sense of privacy I still try to have. And although the water pressure is fantastic, I know I’m not gonna miss using these shower that remind me of something out of a really badly written horror movie.

I think, in the end, I’m gonna chalk up living here to a learning experience, even though I honestly could not tell you what I’ve learned. I’ve survived though and I’m very excited to start my next part of the adventure. So, goodbye Gunn Hall. You’ve been good to me and I very much appreciate it. Until next time, I suppose.”

An Impulsive Tattoo

July 23rd was probably the strangest days I’ve had in a long time. I received some bad news in terms of the health of a family member, proceeded to have a couple anxiety attacks, and abruptly made plans in case anything were to worsen. Being a control freak, this is the kind of thing that really messes me up. My friend Hope and I were both feeling a bit out of it, and after driving around aimlessly until 11pm, we decided to say screw it and go get tattoos in order to regain some sense of control over our lives, and by 12:30am we had done just that.

I’ve been playing around with the idea of getting a tattoo of an alien head, because, quite frankly, I love aliens and thought it would be adorable. And, after about five minutes of playing around with some placement ideas, the tattoo was a go. I don’t know what it is about getting a tattoo is so therapeutic, I but always feel a million times better afterwards.

My tattoo artist, the piercer that joined us half way through, Hope, and I all decided that he looked like a Sheen. Thus, I would like to introduce everyone to Sheen, the alien that lives on the inside of my right ankle. I’m definitely excited to go into work tomorrow and show everyone.

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He turned out awesome and I absolutely love where I decided to put it, not to even mention my tattoo artist was the chillest dude ever and great conversationalist. It was overall one of better weird impulsive things I’ve done, and I have exactly zero regrets.

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And now to start planning my next tattoo!

The Nashville Trip

In the past two weeks I’ve been off work I’ve either been sleeping, watching Netflix, or counting down the days until I leave for Nashville.

Back in early June, my friends and I decided to say screw it and buy tickets to a Panic! At The Disco and Weezer concert. The plan was to road trip to Nashville, go to the concert, spend the night there, and then see a little bit of the city before going home.

The trip began a little rocky with issues getting our car together and some really weird traffic in the mountains, but we made it and it was amazing. The concert was phenomenal, we really couldn’t have ask for a better time. By the end of our first day we were beyond exhausted and the smaller plans we had after the show got cancelled because we all passed out.

croppedOn day two we decided to explore the city. We went to the Tenseness State Museum (I’m a history major and my other dear friend is an anthropology major, so naturally we were all over the idea of hitting up a museum), and it was great and completely free. We also went to Olan Roger’s Soda Parlor, which was delightful. I had plans to take some video while inside, but I got way too excited and only actually managed to get this picture of the sign.

Overall, the trip was fantastic and even though we spent more time in the car then out of it, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We all agreed, we want to go back and we wanna stay twice as long. I filmed a lot of bits and bobs so I could make a little video montage of our trip, and I feel like it captured everything best.

Nashville, I hope to see you again soon.