Alex in Transit(ion)

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this reminds me of Dumbo and his mom. Adorable.

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One of the things that I dislike about winter is that you can’t see a proper sunrise. I love the spring and summer because you can wake up at 5 AM and the sky is already getting bright!

There’s only 40 minutes until 5 AM. The sun won’t be up til 7 AM. I know this because I don’t have a job, I live with my parents, and my priorities only stretch as far as looking for jobs, collecting unemployment, and studying for the LSAT.

I miss being up this late at night with my roommates. Mischa and I would camp out in the common room with our laptops, play Something Corporate, eat Taco Bell, and work on our theses. God that was so much fun. Or when we would come back from the bars, order Domino’s, and feel like shit the next morning because we ate Domino’s at 4AM but hey! It seemed like a good idea at the time. Or coming back from the bars in Albany. I miss Albany. To be honest, and it may sound pathetic, I think the reason why I want to go back to school is so I can pull a decent all nighter again. 

I feel like watching The Big Lebowski. 

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Alexandra and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. That’s what the book should have been called.

Even I, optimistic Alex who everyone calls Sunshine, have a bad day once in a while.

You just have to let yourself feel it. I know why I feel it: I realized that in a couple of days I will be unemployed for two months and I feel pretty discouraged right now. There’s some other stuff going on too, some people I really love and care about are really sick and another one just got laid off- I just want things to go well for my family you know? I guess all I really can do is be there for them. At least these things happened now that I’m home and not while I was in Potsdam. That would have killed me.

But there’s only up from here. I know my family members will be good because they’re really strong people. The ones who are sick found out early enough to get better and I know the one who got laid off will find something that he will be happy with because he’s really determined. As for me- you know, maybe the right job just hasn’t been posted yet. I’m the girl who lived for nothing but to fulfill a dream. I did that this year and I’ll do it again next year. Things will get better. And I’ll flash that really bright smile and talk in that tone of voice that is quintessentially me- genuine, happy, and ridiculously excited.

So yeah- I’ll just call today a bad day and wake up tomorrow raring to go.

Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want something badly enough. They are there to keep out the other people.

-Randy Pausch

We all should try to live like that man.

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I really enjoy pixelated Yoda. And Chewbacca.

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2010 was the year I had short hair.

2011, I am going to try my best to grow my hair out.

I always wanted hair like Stevie Nicks.

So that’s what I’m going to aim for.

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I love to hate the Keurig.

I hate to love the Keurig.

My roommate had one in college and it was ridiculously convenient- that machine is capable of making delicious, gourmet coffee in a matter of a minute. It was handy too because sometimes I was the only one who wanted a cup of coffee and I didn’t have to worry about wasting a pot. I can’t tell you how many times that machine fueled my all nighters. My mom and my stepdad recently purchased one and I’m not going to lie, it’s one of my favorite things in our kitchen because it suits our fast paced lifestyle with two toddlers running amok in the house.

There’s two things I hate about the Keurig though. The K Cups are so delicious but what bothers me is the waste that they create. My family easily goes through 6 K Cups every single day. Green Mountain Coffee, the company who owns Keurig, has stated on their website that they are trying to develop an environmentally friendly K Cup. Some Keurig fans have said that the machine is more environmentally friendly than going to a coffee shop and they may have a point. When I make coffee with a Keurig at home, I use a mug or a thermos, and I stir the coffee with a spoon. All of those things, excluding the K Cup, I can easily wash and reuse. When I go to a coffee shop, 8 out of 10 times, I usually don’t have my thermos with me, so I have to get a paper cup, which requires a paper coffee sleeve, and I have to use a wooden stirrer. Although these paper products are recyclable and K Cups are not- if you don’t throw the paper products in a recycling bin, then you’re just sending them to the landfill along with the K Cups.

Although Keurig offers My K-Cup, a reusable filter that allows you to use your own ground coffee with the Keurig, it is horrible. My family and I have it and every time we’ve tried to use it, the coffee tastes horrible. Which brings me to my next point- like I stated before, the K Cups are delicious but I really enjoy support local businesses and buying their beans (like the Daily Grind). Maybe it’s because my family owns a restaurant and I have that ingrained in me- but even if it is a little more expensive, I like knowing that my money is going to support a family rather than a corporation. Since the My K-Cup can’t give you a good cup of coffee, you can’t support your local coffee shop, so the only choice you have is to buy the K Cups if you want to get your money’s worth out of your machine.

By the way- I feel like I must rant. If you live on Lark Street and you drink Dunkin Donuts, all I have to say is shame on you. Honestly, that’s the biggest eyesore on Lark Street. You want coffee? Go to Daily Grind or Caffe Lena. And Starbucks is fucking rip off…but that’s on State Street anyway.

Ok. Let’s steer this entry in the right direction. I’m going to be in the market for a coffee maker once I get a new job and move back to Albany. I never had my own coffee maker before- my roommates either had one or when I lived in Albany last year, I drank Yerba Mate because I wanted to reduce my coffee intake. Yet it never gave me the same satisfaction as enjoying a cup of coffee. I think it’s because coffee has a thicker body than Yerba Mate.I was going to buy an actual coffee maker but then the campaign whisked me away and I found myself being a regular at the Stewart’s in Potsdam. I don’t know whether I want a Keurig or a regular coffee maker- even after I lined out my own pluses and deltas. The Keurig is so convenient and always produces an amazing cup of coffee yet I hate feeling like I’m destroying the earth with my K Cup waste and I feel so limited with the coffee choices.

Stay tuned. Once I get a job, I’m going to have to make the decision shortly after. I just promise not to make this decision as self-absorbed as LeBron James’ decision was.

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One of the greatest gifts I ever received from my father and my grandfather was the music of Frank Sinatra. There’s no doubt about it, Ol’ Blue Eyes is the soundtrack to my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I was notorious for walking around campus with my headphones on and many a time, I was walking to songs like “My Funny Valentine,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” or “Fly Me to the Moon.”

A week before the campaign, I had to go to Albany Med because I had wicked intense stomach pains and I thought I had appendicitis (my cousin had it- she said I had all the same symptoms she had- didn’t want to chance it). Thankfully, it turned out not to be the case, which was sweet because I didn’t feel like getting surgery. Yet while I was waiting for the good ol’ doc, I turned on MSG and Ol’ Blue Eyes was in concert. I was snapping my fingers, softly singing along, and the doctors said they never saw someone so happy in the ER. I made a mental note- if I ever find myself in a hospital again, I will strictly listen to the Chairman of the Board. It’s bound to boost the morale.

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Stuck for Christmas Gift Ideas? Give the Emergency Bra!

I am convinced this is the bra that Bear Grylls would wear if he was a woman. Yes, this is a real thing. After treating children affected by the Chernobyl disaster, Dr. Elena Bodnar was inspired to invent the Emergency Bra– the only bra that can turn into two face masks! Ladies, in case you find yourself in a situation where you may breathe in dangerous fumes, if you’re wearing the emergency bra- it can decrease your chances of inhaling those pesky and poisonous particles! 

How does this work? Well, hopefully you’re not too shocked by the situation you’re in, because if you are- it may make the process a little difficult. As all hell is breaking loose, you need to hope to God that you wore the Emergency Bra this morning.

You have the bra on? Great! Ok- now you have to take the bra off. Dr. Bodnar made the bra with convertible bra straps so that you can be able to take the bra off underneath your shirt and maintain your modesty. Let’s be honest though. Taking a bra off is hard enough. God forbid you find yourself in a terrorist attack and there’s a great chance that you could inhale some really nasty fumes, your best bet is to throw modesty out the window and just take the bra off like you would in the privacy of your own bedroom. It’s quicker that way and in the long run- would you rather have life long respiratory problems since you took too long take off your Emergency Bra because you didn’t want anyone seeing your ta-tas? I’m pretty sure other people around you are too concerned with saving their own lives that they’ll barely notice you’re taking your top off.

Congratulations, one way or another, you got the bra off. Now you need to unhook the center of the bra so that you have two cup masks in your hands. Take one cup and use it to cover your face and fasten the bra straps to your head so that the mask will be secure. If you have a buddy with you, give him or her your other cup so that you both can breathe a little easier! …alright that was a bad joke.

If you need to look at an demonstration, here you go. You will see the inventor, Dr. Bodner, instruct how to use the Emergency Bra.

There are a couple of drawbacks to this though.

1. Cup Size. They only have B and C cup sizes. I couldn’t wear this bra even if I tried because I’m a D cup. I guess I’m screwed if disaster strikes.

2. Placement and Design. Dr. Bodner stated in her demonstration that when you have the face mask on you must pinch the fabric above your nose in order to decrease your chances of inhaling dangerous fumes. Along with that step- I feel that if you’re in a real emergency, shock or fear is going to set in and you’re going to be way too nervous to properly disassemble your bra so you can use it to protect your face.

3. It’s only available in red. I’m just hoping that in case disaster did strike, that you were able to wear a dark shirt that day. Red is pretty, but white or black would have been more practical. 

But hey- if she’s a B cup or a C cup, it’s the thought that counts!