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destination graduation

calitown

Today I fly out to Cali with my family for my twin sister‘s graduation. It’s super weird because she’s two minutes younger than me and yet she’ll be a college graduate before I am. I guess she deserves it though, after slaving away at Caltech for four years. Our next few days should look a little like this:

Wednesday 6/11 — Leave Albany at 6am (agggggggg!) headed for Southern California

Thursday 6/12 — Turn 22 and celebrate at Disneyland

Friday 6/13 — Watch my little sister (:P) graduate from college

Saturday 6/14 — Fly back to New York

Sunday 6/15 — Pray we make it back in time for my graduation!

Will it be a little cuckoo? Of course. But I am so glad that I am making this trip with my awesome family. We always have a fantastic time, no matter what in the world we are doing, and I think this whirl-wind adventure will be one for the books!

you can do the thing

Quite honestly, this week has been kind of rough for me so far. After an awesome weekend, it was difficult to get back into the swing of things and I definitely felt my anxiety flare up a bit. I am the first to admit that I am prone to stressing — my famous family quote growing up was always, “I’m a little bit nervous” — but with so many new things on the horizon, I think my subconscious anxiousness got the better of me. Naturally I turned to my sister for support. Julia has helped me through countless anxiety issues in the past and her best remedy has always been sending my the most adorable pictures (and hilarious pins!). On Monday Julia sent me this photo:

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Is it not the best?! Honestly, it cheered me right up and whenever I feel my adrenaline picking up again, I just take a quick peek at it on my phone. I am so lucky to have such supportive friends and family by my side during this time of so many changes. Thanks again, Juju!

wknd

wknd

This weekend was crucial for me in terms of spending time with friends and family. Even though I technically don’t have school off today (although, I kind of do since I scheduled my classes to only be on Tuesday/Thursdays… :P) I definitely felt the excitement of the holiday weekend these past few days.
I began my weekend with a trip to the outlets in Lee, MA with my little sister. I didn’t have as much luck as I had hoped, but I guess that just means I get to spend more in the future!! On Saturday I volunteered with my parents at the Regional Food Bank’s organic farm. We were building a brand new greenhouse. It was fun to get my hands dirty (quite literally) and spend some time with my parents doing good.

That night I hung out with my housemates and took it easy and watched a movie. It was raining and I was beat, so I didn’t have much energy for going out. On Sunday, I helped host a block party event for my school (we made boba! Yummm!) and then in the late afternoon I hit the mall with my dad to try to find some great deals on business wear. At night I got sushi take-out with The Boy and watched about a million episodes of White Collar (the BEST!).

I think my weekend was just the perfect mix of doing things and not doing things, spending time with family, making time for friends, and really just appreciating the short time I have left of my college career. I still know it won’t be easy to transition out of this, but this weekend left me feeling a lot better about moving forward and knowing that everything is going to be just fine.

7 weeks and counting

the road to graduation...

the road to graduation…

Yesterday I went home for Easter and it was just such a lovely day. I spent the morning at church followed by an awesome afternoon of food, family, and fun. The day was filled with too many great things to list them all (traditions, catching-up, chocolate… just to name a few!), but probably the thing that struck me the most was something my grandmother said to me as I was saying my farewells. She said, “Good luck, Catherine! I’ll see you at graduation!” And it hit me just like that: the next time I will see most of my relatives will be at my college graduation. I just can’t believe it. I feel like I see my relatives pretty often, so to think that the next time we will all be together will be at my graduation means that it is right around the corner. I can’t handle that! I have seven weeks left of school, but I know they are going to feel like seven minutes. How do you slow down the clock??

weekend woohoo

weekend

Where do I even begin about this weekend? First off, Union College won its first ever Frozen Four men’s hockey national championship title on Saturday! It was unbelievable. Union knows how to celebrate, but the energy of this weekend was just beyond. Did the students get some bad press with a few “riots” and the like? Maybe. But no one can deny the sheer awesomeness of two thousand ecstatic students and a community totally rallying behind an underdog victory. On top of the historic win, my weekend was made even more wonderful by friends, family, and the weather. The Boy‘s younger brother visited campus (potential Union Class of 2018 student) as did my little sister and her BF. Everyone got along so well and we had so many great adventures. Plus, the weather was gorgeous! The temps in upstate NY recently have supposedly been in the 60s, but it feels so much warmer than that. The entire Union College campus is coming out of hibernation, and spring and the students have finally sprung!

Did you have a wonderful weekend??

movie spectrum

This past weekend I saw three very different movies. I saw an action film, a family film, and an indie film. Here’s what I thought about my movies from all over the spectrum:

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Action Film: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The new Captain America movie was really excellent. Having missed the first one and having never seen The Avengers (I guess you could say I’m a little behind…), I was expecting to be totally lost with this film, but the story held up on its own very well (and it helped that The Boy gave me a 15-minute recap of the previous movies on our way to the theater). I was fully able to appreciate this 136 minute long flick and would definitely recommend seeing it in IMAX 3D, despite the hefty cost. Plus, the previews gave me countless movies to add to my future to-see list!

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Family Film: Muppets Most Wanted

I saw this movie with my parents and a theater full of 8-and-under-year-olds and totally admit to laughing out loud multiple times. The plot involved an evil Russian Kermit look-alike and the references to Siberia and Russian culture were absolutely hilarious. I appreciated that this film had humor aimed at the adults in the audience, but it was never cynical or subtly profane like some movies like to do. I wouldn’t say that this is a movie that you must see in theaters, but it should definitely be added to your list of light-hearted and entertaining flicks reserved for those rainy day blues.

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Indie Film: Her

Where do I begin with Her? Probably the best way to describe this movie is to call it “intriguing” or maybe “disturbing,” depending on how you feel. Basically a film about a man in future L.A. falling in love with his personal assistant operating system, the plot definitely raises some questions about the future of man’s interaction with technology and what exactly makes humans human. That being said, I thought the film could have delved into those questions with more depth. Instead audience members got more depressing, Sundance moments and a few uncomfortable human-on-computer love scenes that left almost nothing up to the imagination. Would I recommend seeing the movie? Certainly! Despite its shortcomings and it’s very indie indie-ness, it raised some good questions as the world becomes more and more technologically devoted.

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just in case reading about that last movie made you sad, here’s a photo of Captain America (Chris Evans) to brighten your mood…

Check out my other movie reviews:

The Wolf of Wall Street, Lone Survivor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit | Julie and JuliaThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, American Hustle |  About TimeGravity |  The Great Gatsby |  Skyfall The Hunger GamesExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close

beach time

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Tomorrow I will be flying down south to visit my grandmother in Naples, Florida. I’ve been there before when my family and I took a vacation to Marco Island before my grandmother moved to Florida, but I only remember it as the place with the really expensive shops and where we saw dolphins at the end of a dock. Needless to say, I’m psyched to go back and be spending more than just a day in the sun and sand. The best part? The Boy and my twin sister will be coming along as well! I can’t wait for a week of warm weather and warm memories 🙂

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beach time