Well, it's our last Friday at UC. I have two classes, but since it's a dead day all we are doing is review for our finals. I have four exams next week: West and the World, Geography, College Algebra, and MicroComputer Apps. So these last few days Rae and I have been alternating between study and packing. We started by taking everything off the walls- shelves, pictures, postcards, more shelves. Then the strands of lights came down, followed by endless command strips and hooks. The room is sad and lonely now, and we don't even like to be in it. Not to mention it is very messy with packing supplies.
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We decided to take one last before-the-packing picture.
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A few weeks ago I got an email saying that the Clocktower, UC's newspaper, was having a photo contest. Well guess who got a picture published? The theme was "your favorite place" and I submitted several, one of a beach in Seaside, Florida (where the movie The Truman Show was filmed).
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Mine was the picture on the bottom in the middle.
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Here is the original... plus it looks better in color.
Oh- and in other news, I had interviewed for an internship in the Humanities department, and this week I found out that I got it! I am the new Retainment Intern, and I'm so excited to work with a great group of ladies next school year! We are going to be the Humanities Manatees :) I guess that doesn't have great connotation (doesn't manatee mean Sea Cow?). But we are all so excited!
 
 
We're spending the weekend at Mikey's house, if you want to see pictures of our trip to the zoo yesterday, click here. Happy Easter!
 
 
Happy Easter week! RaeLea and I already celebrated with our favorite Easter item... PEEPS!
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You'd think it was the Fourth of July. Oh wait, no, you wouldn't, because here in the midwest the Fourth is hot, muggy, mosquito-y and chigger-y. Today was warm and sunny with a nice breeze and NO bugs!!! The UC Preview Days peeps put on a great weekend for Preview kids coming in to check out the school. They really have been doing a great job with it this year. The visitors have a custom schedule during Friday to visit whatever classes they are interested in, and then Friday afternoon is a tour of the big city. Sabbath calls for park activities including music, basket ball, slackline (something that looks very cool, all the IRR kids love it and I would love to try!), baseball throwing, frisbee, and other park activities. Saturday evening finds them back on campus, running throughout the trees of the Joshua C. Turner Arboretum (Yes, our campus with over 100 species of trees is, in fact, a state arboretum) playing laser tag in the dark with other UC prospects. Not that I didn't have a great time getting my free tshirt last year at College Days, but I sure wish I could go to Preview Days this year! They have great leadership that really shows what a friendly environment UC has to anyone interested in attending.
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Music and various gymnastics in the park. Zach flips out.
 
 
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See? We use it on the desks!
Cleaning. It's one of my very favorite activities. Homework overload? Clean first! Spare time? Clean! Saturday night? Clean! 
Ok, I have a life, so I don't actually clean on Saturday nights. Usually. But when it comes to cleaning, I have a method. My method is Method Home Care. Available at your local grocery store. Of course, one of the most exciting thing about coming to college is that you have your own supplies that you never had before! You need random things like staples, drier sheets, spoons, detergent, dish soap, paper clips, scotch tape, and, of course, cleaning supplies! Last summer, waaaaayyyy in advance, I picked up some Method Mutlisurface Cleaner: Grapefruit. We love it. We clean our desks with it, dust our shelves with it, and clean the tile floor with it after our mouse friends leave us presents. 

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And the sinks!
We use it on the sink. In the sink. Around the sink. On the odd dorm tile around the sink. On the strange tile windowsill. This dorm loves tile. The halls have tile walls up to your chin. Maybe it's time to invest in Method Tile Cleaner. You'll notice that we also have Method hand soap. We love it, it's cucumber and smells delicious. We also have a special edition Christmas Method (Ok, it's not actually special edition, we just put it out only during the winter months) It's Peppermint Vanilla. It also smells amazing.

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Here's our special minty soap. It's packed away now, because it's finally spring here! Plus, these soaps and cleaning solutions are only $3.99 at Target! They are also environmentally friendly, and avoid using harsh chemicals, if you are a tree-hugger :) I just love how good they smell and how well they clean! We will definitely be using these in the next few weeks as we get ready to move out of the dorm. I can't believe my first day of summer break is three weeks from today! This year has flown by. Finals are the first three weekdays of May, and then we can check out of the dorm and head home! After, of course, all the packing, studying, packing, studying, cleaning (yay!), studying, and packing. I also can't believe how much stuff we have in this little room that we have to drag home! But yay for the cleaning :)
If you were moving out of a dorm room, what would your go-to cleaning supplies be?

 
 
We are finally getting some nice springy-looking trees here on campus. It's so nice to finally see the flowers and the leaves, and no more gray and brown days! **Knock on wood** it's supposed to cool down again this weekend, but we've had a lovely week so far, and even some thunder this morning!
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Last night was Business and Computer Science Club bowling, so after my night geography class, Mikey and Gary and I went out for a quick game. We made a deal that the two losers had to each by a drink in the caf for the winner. Guess who won? Yours truly :)
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I'm sure this was one of my many strikes.... Ok, one of my two strikes.
 
 
I just wanted to share that I have registered for next fall! I will be taking Spanish, Astronomy, Arts and Ideas, Badminton, Ancient Western Lit, and How to Study the Bible for a grand total of 16 hours. I'm really looking forward to next year and all of my new classes!
 

Sunshine!

04/03/2011

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It has finally warmed up enough that we can start going to the park on Sabbaths again! Yesterday we went to a friend's house for lunch and then off to the park. Later last night we made a bonfire and enjoyed the cool evening.
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Mikey's dashboard decor. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands.