Homeward Bound 

It’s only been a little over a week since my last post (see, I’m getting better) and yet Fall has fallen or whatever (I’m gonna trademark that). The air is crisp and everywhere you look, you can spot a red non-religiously affiliated Starbucks holiday cup. It’s an exciting time of year. 

Since my last post, I have been trying to do more NYC things and make the most of every free moment before Thanksgiving break. On Thursday, I bought myself an $18 student ticket (this front row seat cost half as much as printer ink, how does that make any sense?!) to the New York Philharmonic. I had never seen a professional orchestra before, so I was excited, but didn’t know what to expect, besides music (duh). I dressed nice and made the long one minute trek across the street to David Geffen Hall to listen to Wagner, Adolphe (a younger, new composer, very talented woman), and Tchaikovsky’s 4th and I definitely got my money’s worth. Although in the first half I thought I might fall asleep (it had been a long day, okay?!), Tchaikovsky woke me up and made my heart beat really fast. I’m serious, never has music made me physically flinch before, that’s how intense it was sometimes. I thought the violists and violinists were going to slice their instruments in half with their bows, they were playing them that hard. It was awesome and I would love to go again soon! 

The very next night was one I had been anticipating for quite awhile. It was the night the Penguins came to play the Islanders!!! I went with a friend from school (it was her first live hockey game ever! I think I’ve turned her into a Pens fan, hehehe) and had a blast. I ended up sitting next to someone who was not only from Pittsburgh but who graduated from the exact same high school as me ten years prior (and it’s not a big school!), what are the odds?! Then the Penguins ended up winning in overtime, ahh, it was a great night. Even the drugged up D-train hobo that asked us our ages and tried to tickle my friend’s foot on the trip back to school couldn’t bring me down! ‘Twas a good time.

On Saturday I went with a friend to the other campus to watch a basketball game (we won!) and had Japanese later that night. On Sunday, I went crazy and watched 10 or 11 episodes (which are about 42 minutes an episode) of Gilmore Girls, because I desperately want to finish the series before the revival comes out this Friday (ahhhh), and well, clearly I have my priorities straight. I regret nothing. 

On Sunday night at 10, I had my first ever intramural basketball game! I made the trip up to the other campus and met my co-ed team, which was a mixture of kids from my campus and the other one. Everyone was nice and we won!!! It was so much fun to play basketball again (my first game since I tore my ACL in January), but I was so excited to be back that I rushed everything and basically sucked. I also sucked wind, wowwww I need to run more. But I loved that familiar feeling of burning lungs (I’m not crazy, it means you’re working hard, it’s a good thing), I wish we had more than 5 games in our season. Also, I wish the games weren’t so late. Because the van stops heading back to our campus at 11, so I had to take a subway back to my dorm. Luckily, three guys from my campus are also on my team, so I wasn’t alone. But I didn’t get back to my room until around 12:15 AM. Can’t wait for my 11 pm game in a few weeks when I have four classes the next day (including an 8:30) *rolls eyes*. But if that’s what it takes to play basketball, I’ll gladly do it. If only we had a club team! 

So now here I am, writing on a MegaBus heading home to Pittsburgh for the first time since leaving for college. I’ve seen these buses drive by me nearly every day, and I’ve always stared after them longingly. Now I could not be happier to finally be in one and on my way home. I just wish I had more time to spend with my family and friends! I come back to NY on Sunday, which seems way too soon, but in the meantime, I’ll focus on trying to sleep through the eight hour ride so that before I know it, I’m back in the ‘Burgh. Let’s go Stillers, n’at. 


-Mad Dawg

Enjoy this photo of Ringo Starr, brother of Patrick Starr (if you’ve never seen Spongebob then I guess this hilarious joke went over your head). I like his stache. 

You Probably Forgot I Had a Blog 

Hello conflicted people of America (chill guys, I won’t get political, let’s all be friends). As usual, the time since my last post has made you wonder a mixture of “Is she dead?” and “meh”. Thank you for your concern, friends. I am alive and well (I actually just got a flu shot today so I’m basically immortal) and here to report my recent adventures in NYC. 

Two weeks ago was Conan O’Brien’s last show in NYC at the Apollo Theatre before he returned to LA (boo). My mom loves Conan and suggested that I do whatever I could to see him live. So, I figured, “hey, I’ll go by myself, because who needs human interaction, RIGHT?!”. JK, I went alone because I figured it’d be the easiest way to get a ticket. And guess what, it was! I got off of the waitlist and went to the show! It was incredible to be in the historical Apollo Theatre and see Matthew Broderick, Conan, Andy, Nick Kroll And John Mulaney, Tracy Morgan, and a live camel (the true star of the night). Sigh, I want to work on TV so badly!! I’ll be Andy’s co-sidekick, it’ll be great. 

Here are some images from random walks (I went to Riverside Park for the first time last Wednesday, it’s SO NICE! And so many cute dawgs, I’ll definitely be returning 😎):

Ball is life, ma homies:

Catching the performance “ASSSSSCAT” at UCB Theatre 🙂 

An image from the finish line (THEY WOULDN’T LET ME ANY CLOSER, OKAY?!) at the NYC Marathon. These people are incredible and so inspirational! 

I hear that just living in this building puts you at risk for diabetes (that was a joke, just FYI. You know a joke is great when you have to explain it after. Yay 4 comedy😭): 
I saw the women’s basketball team at my school play their home opener. It was great and they won!!! I wanted so badly to jump on the floor and start playing though, to which they would have said, “Get off the hardwood, fatty!”. I miss basketball so much! I joined an intramural team, though, and I cannot wait to start playing. I will probably be the person who takes it too seriously (BALL IS LIFE, I can’t say it enough. Also, YOLO), but I can’t help it, it’s my first time playing in a game since my injury and I am soooo happy. Don’t know when we start though. 

Lastly, but the best thing of all, I was able to reconnect with friends from high school over the weekend!! They came up from their perspective schools and we reunited to take the Big City. It was amazing to see them and perfect because I won’t have time to miss them. Thanksgiving break is in a week and one day, after all! I am BEYOND excited to come home from college for the first time  (Fall Break? Never heard of it). One of the first things I’ll do is visit the brand new gym at my old high school (not a joke, a dream about this new court. It’s COLLEGE SIZED!! I might kiss the floor, I’m that excited) and of course see my family and friends! I love Thanksgiving. It is a disrespected holiday, overlooked due to Christmas and Black Friday, that NOW starts on Thanksgiving itself (inexcusable, people). Also the Gilmore Girls revival is coming, Black Friday!! If it doesn’t live up to the hype, I’ll be very sad (great threat). I’m going to try to go on a few more adventures before Thanksgiving Break, and actually post about them in a timely fashion, too.

Have a great week everyone, and happy Monday 🙂

Friends (photographic proof):

City nights and pretty nights (I’m a poet):

What a view! 

If I hang out at Columbia everyday, maybe they’ll just give up and accept me as one of their own:

My first (peaceful) protest!! My favorite part was chanting clever rhymes. 

Fall is beautiful!!!

I’m horrible at posting regularly but I hope my charmisma and winning personality make up for it

The title says it all, folks. I know it’s been a while, you know I’m sorry. But I have much to share so I hope all is forgiven until I accidentally neglect you again. Without further ado, let’s take a look back at these last few weeks!

Two weekends ago it was family weekend at school, and my parents came to visit! I was so happy to see them, and as soon as I walked towards their hotel, I became overcome with emotion. It was my first time seeing them in person since they dropped me off for school. Although I am happy, I really have missed my family and friends. Getting to spend that weekend with them was so bittersweet. We had a great time but saying bye was tough. But now I’m even more excited to come home for Thanksgiving break!! 

Thanks for sniping me, Mom:
P.S. Not having to pay for my meals for a weekend turned out to be awful. I ate like a wildabeast. Now I look like one. SOS. 

… but how does one say no to chicken and waffles?! 
This past weekend, I ice skated with my friend (a former serious figure skater!) in Bryant Park’s Winter Village, which has been open for a little under a week. I sucked but she was very kind and patient! Apparently my flinstone feet are too wide for ice skates, what a darn shame. My NHL career is looking less and less likely these days. 

Later that day, my roommate and I traveled to Brooklyn to see the New York Islanders (boo!) play the Toronto Maple Leafs (meh). I have really missed hockey and being there was cool, but it wasn’t really close to the atmosphere in Pittsburgh. Maybe it was because they were playing the Lowly Leafs. Maybe it’s because our team is the reigning Stanley Cup Champ. Who knows. But I do know that Penguins fans do it right… however I do concede that the Islanders goal celebration was really fun (see video).  

​I would see a Rangers game… if I was a billionaire. I want to go inside of MSG but not badly enough that I’d shell out $100 for the worst seats in the house just to see the Rangers play Phoenix (yes, Phénix has a hockey team, and yes, they charge you that much even to see a team like the Coyotes, who have the worst record in the league)​. Lord, help me find a job that can get me into Madison Square Garden (as a spectator, to be clear). Amen. 
Lastly, Halloween was two days ago. Can you believe it’s the second day of November already?! Me neither! But it is, so please stop playing the Christmas music, THERE IS A HOLIDAY IN BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND HALLOWEEN. And it’s delicious. But before we focus on Thanksgiving, let us take a moment of silence for Halloween 2016 and remember it fondly. 

I was Buddy the Elf. I took these pictures myself and did not go out, since I had an early morning class the next day. I hope these look more candid and less sad than they really are. I should probably have kept that to myself but what can I say, I’ve got a knack for embarrassing myself, especially public (for example, when I was ice skating, I almost face-planted several times). Plus, I’m still convinced under 10 people read this, so no damage done. 

Happy November, everyone!