Thursday, June 3, 2010

I'VE MOVED!

I have moved my blog to a new site. Please visit me there!

www.akjayelle.wordpress.com

Internship

This summer I am working on the campaign team for Steve Howard for Lieutenant Governor of Vermont. I am extremely excited to be taking on this opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a political campaign. I will be working hands-on with various fundraising aspects, communications and event planning. I can't wait to see what this summer will have in store. Check out Steve's webpage!

One Reason Why I Love Vermont

Burlington, Vermont is participating in the painted animal fundraiser attraction thingy that major cities do to bring tourists to their areas. Read more about it in this Burlington Free Press article:


Champlain College's Cow Contribution

Sunday, May 9, 2010

My Second Home

I've set up shop in the library for the evening, but this is also the photograph of my life for the past two weeks. I can see the finish line! Last final is on Thursday!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Oh the Pages You'll Read

Not a single one of these pages has gone unread by my eyes this semester. Ah, the joys of being an upperclassman in the history program...



*Plus two books I loaned to Derek

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Star Wars Day

It's the simple things in life that make me giggle


Strangest College Paper Yet

For my final lit. paper this semester I was instructed to create a seven page script incorporating at least one character from each of the seven works we studied, all based around a common motif. I have to create a modern setting and give them all something to talk about staying true to each of their characters.

Now, while this may sound like fun to some of you, MY heart dropped into my stomach when this paper was assigned. I do NOT consider myself a very creative person, and for as much as I like to talk, I couldn't imagine having to create scripted dialogue.

Yesterday before class I bounced some ideas off of other students in the class and last night I finally started writing (it's due tomorrow of course). What I have come up with is taking a female character from each of the plays:

Bible - Eve
Oedipus Plays - Antigone
The Odyssey - Helen
The Penelopiad - Penelope
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Lady Bertilak
The Tempest - Miranda
The Things They Carried - Mary Anne


QUITE the random assortment!



They are college students hanging around on a Friday night. They decide to go to a party and as would be expected with these particular women and their friends, chaos ensues. I haven't finished the script entirely, but I've put together all of my ideas for it. And you know what? I'm actually having fun writing it! I'm pretty pleased with the way it's turning out. Maybe I'll post it here later if anyone is interested.

Monday, May 3, 2010

New Recruit

I have finally convinced Derek that he should start blogging. He's always sharing quirky, off-beat, semi-serious ideas with me and at least if I can't get behind his idea I'm always entertained. In the mix are serious intellectual conversations of course that I'm sure he'll also be sharing. Anyway... I'll let him explain his ideas for himself. So go check it out!

The Capacious Citizen


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Not Funny, VT!

I wore shorts and flip flops yesterday in 70 degree weather and then woke up to this outside my window this morning. Yeah that's right Mother Nature, I AM shaking my fist at you!



P.S. Sorry for the poor photo quality. My camera is dead for good and so for now I am left with only my camera phone.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Me, A Runner? Yes way!

I never would have considered calling myself a runner in a million years if you had asked me even six months ago. But within the last month and a half I have started to run. It started off really slow. We were working out in the gym one day, and we always do 30 minutes of cardio activity, which for me usually consisted of a stationary bike ride because I can't stand the elliptical machine and well, we know the running story. One day I decided that I really felt like taking a little jog, just to see how far I could go. I wheezed my way to .25 miles!

The next day I was on my way to the stationary bike, passing by the treadmills and they seemed to be taunting me. As if I was never going to be able to get that quarter of a mile easily. I was up for the challenge. Soon enough I was running 3/4 of a mile, a mile and a half! And even better than being up to the challenge, I started noticing physical RESULTS. Who knew there were tummy muscles under there?

As the weather started getting nicer Derek decided he'd like to join me in my running endeavors and we took to the outdoor running trail here on campus called the Rail Trail. It's where the old train tracks used to cut right through Castleton's property (before the school was here of course). We learned that it was an out and back trail and if we got down to the bridge, we'd hit a mile and a half.

This is a map of our run:



I was leery about going on a three-mile jog. I didn't think I had managed to get quite that far in my running career. And let me tell you, that first trip out was r-o-u-g-h. I didn't make it all the way out to the bridge before I started walking, but once the bridge was in sight I managed to pick up the pace to get to the halfway point. I walked most of the way back to campus. I was a little down on myself when I returned until I realized that even with my short-lived jogging spurts on the trip back, I had still managed to run farther than I had on a treadmill.

Since then, we've gone out on the trail about three or four times a week with our friend Nate and I can manage to jog the entire length! We've even talked about extending our distance or picking up our pace. Right now we're only jogging 10-12 minutes miles, depending on the day. Sometimes we get bypassed by other joggers, sometimes we pass people who are turning around at the one mile mark to head back in.

I keep track of my results in a runner's journal at the Runner's World website.

I've learned that it's important to do the best that I can and feel good about being in tune with my own body while I'm running. I've learned that it's okay to take a day off when my muscles feel like they need a break and that I won't lose endurance just because I don't run every day. And to top it all off, I've already lost 4 pounds!

What are you doing to feel good about yourself this spring?

Disney Coming Soon, I promise!

Yes, I did make it to Disney World and back safely. No, I haven't blogged about it yet :( School has been keeping me insanely busy since we got back. Only two more weeks of classes and then finals are here already! Anyone who knows what college is like knows that means a major project/lengthy paper/etc. in every single class and I'm taking 16 credits this semester. PHEW! But I'm getting it done and fully expect to be finishing out the semester with straight A's!

But I promise that my Disney blog will be coming as soon as Derek lets me have access to the rest of the pictures from the trip (he's holding them hostage until I'm no longer overwhelmed with projects and essays). Here's a couple pics to hold you over:







Monday, March 29, 2010

The Countdown...


1400 word literature essay
50-minute in-class writing assessment
5 very long school days
4 African history reading chapters
2 pre-calculus assignments
1 debate topic selection and meeting with partner and professor
and
1 bestseller novel by Ismael Beah

until I get to leave for Disney World! Phew!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Yes, that's right...

I have earned a 3.8 GPA at mid-semester! Hopefully I can get that lone B on up there with the rest by the end!


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

A quick tribute to my semester in Ireland before I bounce off to pre-calculus this morning!





May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Slainte! Cheers! Love! Bye!

Friday, March 12, 2010

It's that time already!

EEK! Mid-terms started this week. I've had MORE than my fair share of coffee. I'm feeling anxious and strung out. Boyfriend disapproves of the coffee craze. Thinks I talk too fast. Couldn't write fast enough during exam! Will be back to normal at the end of next week.


Dear Spring Break,
Please come faster. I'm starting to lose it.
Sincerely,
JL

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Zumba

Last week an email came around announcing that Castleton (my new college!) would be hosting FREE Zumba classes in our gymnasium twice a week until spring break. I had previously heard of this new dance/aerobic craze that's taken over the nation and decided I HAD to attend to see what it was all about. I walked over to the gym about five minutes before this class was supposed to start and the gym was full of college girls, faculty and staff members, and some older women from the Castleton community. I was excited to see such a wide range of women ready to participate in this class together!

Then our very energetic teacher walked to the front of the gym and began explaining what Zumba is. According the the article on Wikipedia, Zumba is an aerobic fitness program that originated in Colombia in the 1990s and as of 2009 is taught by some 20,000 instructors in 35 countries. Classes use music based on salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, calypso, soca, samba, African, cha cha, hip hop and other music.

Once I got over the initial realization that these moves felt silly and embarrassing, I decided to participate all out because everyone else in the gym looked equally ridiculous.

Here is a video of some Zumba moves in case you've never seen or heard of it before:



Needless to say, twenty minutes into my one-hour class I was exhausted and yearning for my water bottle. If there are classes offered near you I highly recommend taking one! Zumba is a high-energy highly entertaining form of fitness. You won't regret it!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Spring Break 2010 is in...

FIVE WEEKS! I'M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD! AND I DIDN'T EVEN WIN THE SUPERBOWL!


8.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Chile

I'm a couple days late posting this... but

My heart goes out to everyone affected by this devastating disaster. May God bless you all, my prayers are with you.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

So far in 2010...

Phew! More has happened than I realized! But here is what's been going on so far in 2010.

In January I decided to come back to school and enrolled in classes at Castleton State College. Here are some pictures of my new dorm room:







Derek plays hockey for Castleton so I've been attending most of his games:



Here, he is the closest guy to the camera in a green uniform.



In this one, he is smashing the white jersey into the glass :)



A couple Friday nights ago we went bowling.





We even created a bowling documentary:

video


video


And lastly (for now) this week Castleton was closed for a week-long winter break and it finally decided to snow in Vermont. So we went out to play!









Milkshake Break






That's all for now! I promise now that I have regular internet access I will start keeping up with this again. Forgive me! :)

Ciao!

The End of My 2009

Things have been pretty chaotic the past few months but have finally settled down. I also have returned to reliable internet access, so hopefully in between my studies I'll be able to keep up with this again. I've missed it!

Here's a quick look at what's been going on since the last time I updated:

In October, Derek and I drove up to Danville, Vermont to make our way through the Great Corn Maze.



Here's a look at most of the maze from a bridge. Obviously there was no way to tell which way to go from up there... *grumble*



Approximately 6 paths led to this bell at some point or another. Eventually... well, we got frustrated and rang it!



Finally we made it out!



Later in October we visited a cider mill and got to see how cider is made.



And even got to taste some!



In November we went hiking up Spuce Mountain in VT.







At the top of Spruce Mountain is an old tower, so we climbed up to get a better view of all the foliage.