Bad Case of the Mondays

Many a tangent today for this blog post. So brace yourself.

First off…
Two weeks ago was Halloween, which just so happens to be my least favorite holiday. Mainly due to finding the costume, having to dress up, putting forth effort, etc. HOWEVER! This year my friend Jake gave me a beautiful idea of dressing as one of my idols and he would dress as one of her many boy toys. That’s right! T-Swift came out in full force for my costume. We chose Blank Space and the portion of the video where Taylor goes crazy and cuts her current beau’s shirt. So…I had mascara smeared down my face and he had a shirt with holes in it. Absolute beautiful mess. Halloween this year almost changed my dislike for it…almost.

On to the next tangent.
Having a bad case of the Millennial Mind.
In my humble opinion, this takes on many different meanings the most prominent currently being not being able to sit and read.
If I am just sitting and reading a book, I believe that I am missing something important that I should be doing. I apparently have no qualms about laying in bed and watching hours of YouTube videos or Netflix. However, the moment I crack a book open a flood of anxiety washes over me. I love reading. Reading has helped me focus my overly imaginative brain into pictures and people who come alive right out of the page. The moment I stepped foot into freshman year of college reading was shoved to the side for homework. I began to miss reading though, because it is honestly one of my favorite past times. So every so often I would binge read a book and finish it in a day or two. But that doesn’t go so well when I, also, have three homework assignments due and a test the next day. So solution number two was created. Read right before I go to sleep. Many people do this, you see it in movies all of the time.

This worked well for a solid two weeks, and then I kept getting to bed too late and just passing out from the day. No reading was done. So then I just gave up and read here and there, read a lot over breaks, if I found a book I liked I added it to my list contained in the post-it notes on my computer. Currently, in my junior year, I still haven’t found a good time to read due to my schedule fluctuating every other freaking second. I have started a book, The Opposite of Loneliness, and this is where I found the anxiety to just come at me. As previously stated, I have just breached on the world of YouTube and am obsessed. I can watch those videos for hours without feeling a thing, besides joy, due to watching the videos. I opened to the first page of my book and was immediately thinking about every other thing I could have been doing.
SOLUTION 3. Went to the gym. Got on an elliptical. And read.
And it worked! I didn’t feel any anxiety about just reading a book. My mind was like, yeah this is okay because you’re also working out.
Like, what?!
Why is it okay in my mind for me to waste hours on YouTube and Netflix, and unacceptable to read a book.

Tangent on running out of yogurt.
This is just occurring due to me running out of yogurt and not being able to make a smoothie last night. A smoothie just sounds real delicious but I ate all my yogurt earlier yesterday.

Before writing this I had a lot more tangents…but I can’t remember them all. Really should write them down.

Ah well, c’est la vie.
Embrace the awkward and practice reckless optimism.

Robin

Driving My Mother Insane

This weekend was another adventurous one. It was, also, a very internet centered one. Jake, Sierra, and I went on another excursion..this time to Indiana University to see YouTube star Tyler Oakley. Then rushed back to Purdue to see Hoodie Allen in concert.

We left for Indiana University Thursday night. On the way down to IU my dad called me and wanted to catch up. Unfortunately, I forgot to tell him about this road trip. I had told my mom briefly about it. But not wanting to be scolded and due to being gone from Purdue for the past 3 weekends, I figured this trip wouldn’t be looked well on by them. So I got to enjoy that awkward moment of telling my dad that I was currently on the way to IU to see a YouTuber. He had no idea who Tyler Oakley was and simply told me to be careful, and handled it a lot calmer than I had expected.

Shoutout to Dad!

Once we reached IU, we dropped everything off at the hotel room and headed out to see if there was a line at the bookstore (where the meet and greet was). There were only 500 tickets available to see Tyler Oakley and it was first come first serve basis, hence, we were worried the line would get too long. Fortunately, there were only a handful of people camped out.

With that figured out, we headed over to our friends house to catch up and then went to the hotel again to take a quick nap before returning to the bookstore to wait in line at 5am. When you decide to miss a day of class to see a YouTuber you may as well go all out and secure your ticket!

After waiting for the bookstore to open at 8am to purchase our tickets, we went to walk around campus. As much as it pains me to say it, being a Boilermaker and all, IU’s campus is gorgeous. Especially in the fall with the leaves changing colors. We ambled around for a bit, went to get breakfast, and then decided to go nap at the hotel again.

Nap and rally was pretty much this weekend’s slogan.

Being from Indiana I had a few friends at IU, so we met up with them and asked if we could see the Lil Bub mural. Lil Bub it turns out is a native Bloomington resident…who knew?! The mural did not disappoint! Right after this tangent, we went back to the bookstore to get in line to meet Tyler Oakley. Now I’m new to YouTube, and have seen way too many videos on YouTube for just getting into it. BUT! There were teenagers and preteens there who were hardcore YouTubers. Some were on the verge of tears just thinking about meeting Tyler. I felt a bit out of place, not going to lie.

Meeting Tyler was a funny experience. I’m sure he thought I was completely strange, due to me waltzing up to him and blurting out, “Can we just straight thug it?” He stared at me for a hot second and then laughed out a “yeah for sure!”

Love embarrassing myself. Favorite hobby. Good times.

Later Jake posted his picture with Tyler on Instagram and Tyler LIKED it! This was a big deal for us due to Tyler complimenting Jake’s hat earlier at the meet, as well. The next day Jake had posted another Instagram of us at the Lil Bub mural and Lil Bub LIKED and COMMENTED on the picture. We were in internet heaven. Tyler had, also, liked Jake and I’s tweets about the meet and greet before the meet and greet Friday.

Saturday, we woke up late (whoops!) and rushed back to Purdue so I could make it to work on time. I went straight from IU to work to the concert. Busy, busy!

Hoodie was an amazing freestyle rapper and had excellent stage presence. He made it feel like it was a casual hang out with friends. Which, if you remember my previous post about the Matt and Kim concert, is one of my favorite things about an artist. If they interact well with the crowd, they become one of my favorites. Simple.

During the Hoodie concert there was a lot of playful dissing on IU, one of Purdue’s favorite pastimes. (IU’s is the reverse of this so don’t feel bad for them) Thinking this hilarious though, I had tweeted and tagged Hoodie, about this dissing on IU. Later that night Hoodie REPLIED to my tweet! He said it was us leading this small attack on IU, but in my opinon, he’s the one who started it!

I could barely deal. First, Tyler Oakley. Then, Lil Bub. Now, Hoodie Allen?!

Amazing.

A phone call on Sunday to my mother let her know I was in fact staying at Purdue the next weekend. This settled her nerves a little, due to it being the first time in 4 weeks I didn’t have an excursion planned. But hey, I’m young and am completely in love with traveling.

Embrace the awkward, and practice reckless optimism.

Robin

()ndy ..insert yourself as the I

Free concert update: Matt and Kim will be in Indianapolis October 17th.

*clicks RSVP button*

Thank God for friends willing to do a completely random road trip to Indianapolis with a week notice that a free concert is happening. Also, thank God for a sister currently living in Indianapolis to provide free housing for said friends and myself.

Matt and Kim are incredible humans and complete couple goals. I have been in love with their music since my brother first showed me Daylight in high school. Matt kept just full on gushing over Kim, the entire concert you could tell how proud he was that Kim was his wife and, from what I can tell from their concert and some Instagram stalking, his best friend.

Obviously, I’m a complete hopeless romantic at heart, and the music just adds fuel to the fire.

My voice is currently still recovering from being a complete fan girl. Apologies vocal chords. If ever the chance arises to see Matt and Kim in concert, TAKE IT. You won’t regret it, except for your vocal chords. Once again, sorry.

The following day the group of us went to the Indiana Museum of Art (IMA). Being three broke college kids and one poor graduate student, we decided to not do the museum part and just partake in strolling about the gardens…which happen to be free. This was possibly the best idea we had all of Sunday. The gardens were gorgeous, especially with the trees relenting to the fall seasonal color scheme. Following the map for the gardens, we found green houses that held a variety of flowers, succulents, and cacti. A few of which were for sale for pretty cheap and are now no longer at the IMA.

We had to of been inside of the green houses for a solid hour

A. Due to the amount of different plants to look at and indecision on which ones to buy.

B. Jake is a botany major and my sister had to ask him a million questions about each plant in every green house.

C. Jake is a botany major. We were in rooms full of plants.

Unfortunately, me being me, I didn’t realize that the park with the bone sculpture that was featured on the Fault In Our Stars (which is set in Indy for anyone who lives under a rock and didn’t realize John Green lives in Indy) is at the IMA. I was talking with my friend from class about my weekend in Indy and told her I went to the IMA, and then she let me know that I was a moron for not going to the sculpture.

Oy vey!

Anyhow, this weekend trip was fantastic. Go to Indy. Travel for a weekend. See some sites.

Embrace the awkward and practice reckless optimism.

Robin

 

Marathons Not Involving Netflix

Last weekend was Fall Break for Purdue, and good thing because breaks are fantastic. I had the pleasure of going to Chicago and visiting friends. I, also, went to Chicago to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Now, I had meant to train for this marathon because…it’s a marathon. A whole 26.2 miles, a little over 41 kilometers, two half marathons! Who wouldn’t train for this?

…apparently me

My friends I had signed up to run with had been training and were more nervous than I was. (Probably because they knew what pain was ahead.) I have been running since at least fourth grade. My elementary school had a one mile race that you would be on the cross country team to compete in. I then ran cross country all throughout middle school and high school. For the first month of college I was on the Purdue cross country team as a walk-on…then quickly realized I was not cut out to be a college athlete.

Which, by the way, props to any college athlete out there. That’s hard.

Back to Chicago…I met up with my friends at the expo held the day before the race. Free samples of Cliff Bars, Gatorade chews, and the equivalent to an entire block of clothing stores with nothing but running wear, if you weren’t inspired to run a marathon before this expo it definitely helped. After resisting to buy every piece of merchandise that said Chicago Marathon 2015, we headed back to my friend’s apartment and had a restful night involving painting nails and Parks and Rec.

The next morning we left the apartment by 6:00 am so that we could get to the corrals in time and not be rushed. It took about 30 minutes to get to the start line once the race began due to the amount of people. The atmosphere was absolutely amazing. Corral H helped calm my nerves with everyone’s nervous chatter and jokes. By the time we were able to start running the marathon I was sad to see those around me disappear into the mass of runners.

I would highly recommend running the Chicago marathon to anyone new or old to running. Chicago is pretty flat and provides for a multitude of sites to see on the race route. The marathon has to be one of my favorite experiences. You rely wholeheartedly on inner strength those last few miles and I found I’m a lot stronger than I had first thought.

I managed to stick with a Nike Pace Team who were conveniently right in front of me. This helped me achieve a time of 4 hours, 43 minutes, and 48 seconds! I am still in shock over my time and am ridiculously proud.

The rest of the weekend was focused on returning to Purdue and avoiding stairs.

Stairs are the enemy after running a marathon. The worst enemy.

I was going to post a video to here about my random doings this past weekend, however due to a computer update I am trying to find out how to fix my movie editor.

C’est la vie!

Embrace the awkward and practice reckless optimism.

Robin