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.