Snowed in! Now what?

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Outside my window in Marietta
Jessica Cunningham, Epsilon Tau, California State University, Fullerton
Jessica Cunningham, Epsilon Tau, California State University, Fullerton

I was recently stuck inside due to snowstorm Jonas that hit the northeast. I was visiting with the women of Marietta College, Beta Theta Chapter, and we had the best time. I not only enjoyed experiencing my first snow storm with them, it gave me some ideas of how this Californian would tackle the snow.

 

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Netflix or movie 

Don’t forget the popcorn with this one. And hey, it’s probably close to 0 degrees outside so add some hot chocolate in the mix to keep you warm. I recently watched the first DVD I ever owned on my first snow day…..The Princess Diaries.

Bake something new, or try some Pinterest recipes

I love finding new recipes. The thing is I never get time to attempt making all the delicious creations. When you’re stuck inside what better time to whip out some ingredients and get cookin’.

 

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Pamper yourself

This means nails, hair, face masks, bubble baths and lighting a candle or two. If you’re a reader throw in a good book or magazine. I love spending a little….actually A LOT of time on me when I can.

 

Start a Journal

I recently started journaling and not only has it been a great way to clear my mind it is also great for reflection. You can track your life in all its successes and have something to look back on. It can help you put things into perspective and address how you truly feel.

Step outside for a moment  

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Loving the snow with the ladies of Beta Theta

Depending on the weather conditions, you can always take some time out to enjoy nature. For me, this was a must for my first snowstorm because I don’t get to see falling snow too often. If it stops, go out and try some sledding! I did, in a kiddie pool!

Time to Jet,

Jess

 

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Creating a Sanctuary in your Bedroom

Kate Wright, Zeta Phi, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Kate Wright, Zeta Phi, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Hello friends,

After a fall full of travel (22 states in six months!), I am settling down for the semester in Washington, D.C. With the hustle and bustle of our nation’s capital right outside my door, I tried to make my apartment a haven. Today I’m sharing with you my bedroom and my list of must-haves to create a sanctuary to retreat to after a hectic day.

  1. Comfortable and cute bedding. I got this Ralph Lauren set from Marshalls!Bedding
  2. Photos of your family and friends. This is me and my mom at my college graduation and you may recognize LCs Dana & Annie!Frames
  3. A gallery wall with art you love. Two of my frames include art I found in my hometown in California and two are photos I took last year. Of course my adorable pup, Tucker. All of these frames were recycled and all together cost less than ten dollars.

     

  4. Possibly most importantly, some amazing aromatherapy. My room is full of candles but when I don’t feel like lighting them I spray this room mist all over.Room Mist

 

“The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.” – Wendy Wunder

 

— Kate

Snow Day: the north vs. the south

Lindy Luchowski, Gamma Zeta, Northern Illinois University
Lindy Luchowski, Gamma Zeta, Northern Illinois University

I have lived in the Chicago land area since the day I was born. As many of you know, living there comes with lots of cold, wind, snow and ice. Now as I have been living in Memphis for the past semester, I have been getting used to quite a climate change! I was disappointed when I thought I was going to go the whole season without seeing any snow, but the universe must have felt like making me laugh and graciously let me experience the hysterical sight that is southern folk on a “snow day.”

This gloriously hilarious day inspired me to write this blog post.

Ten ways people from the south react differently than people from the north to a snow day:

In the north:

  1. The snow days aren’t announced until you are already at school.  
  2. A snow day will not be declared unless the snow fall is taller than your car. (And even then, the snow plows will probably have it cleared within the hour and you will still have to swim through the snow to drive to school.)
  3. Snow plows are out on the street as soon as it starts snowing.
  4. On the rare chance there ever is a snow day, students everywhere bundle up, grab a sled (or really any sort of flat surface) and play the day away!#Frozen #memes .. .Top 17 most Funny Frozen #Quotes:
  5. People drive to work, school, or whatever they were planning on doing that day. 
  6. The busiest place before a snow storm is the gas station so people do not have to stand outside and fill their gas tanks in the blizzard when they are driving to work.
  7. Apartment complexes send out their typical “pay your rent!” letters.
  8. People sprinkle salt on their sidewalks, doorsteps or outside stairs.
  9. People put on their warm boots and give themselves 15 extra minutes to be where they need to be. 
  10. People breathe.

In the south:

  1. The snow day is announced a full day before there are even snow clouds in the sky.
  2. A snow day is declared as soon as ONE snowflake falls from the sky. I am not kidding, I had to squint to see the snow on the ground this morning on our “snow day.” 
  3. I asked one of the Beta Xi Chapter members, “Are there a lot of snow plows around here?” and she said, “What is a snow plow?” 
  4. You would think these people are in the movie “The Grey.” They lock their doors, climb into bed with winter gear on and ten blankets and hibernate until the dusting on the road melts away. 
  5. People are afraid to walk to the mailbox, let alone drive a vehicle. Comical pictures of the hour – 10 pics:
  6. The grocery stores look like the mall on Black Friday. Like we are about to have a zombie apocalypse and grocery stores will not be in existence anymore. (Seriously, I made the mistake of going to Kroger last night to grab a frozen pizza since I really wasn’t in the mood to cook, looked at the check out line weaving in between aisles and walked out.)
  7. Apartment complexes send out full “to-do lists” to prepare for the snow with 10 “must-do steps” to stay safe.
  8. People dump piles of salt outside so that you actually can’t even see the snow anymore. I also felt a solid two inches taller throughout the day today because I was standing on an extra two inches of salt everywhere.
  9. People put on boots, wrap these little chain things around them so they don’t slip and leave at least an hour early to anything. January:
  10. Everyone panics. 

Green Chile?

Christian Feagans, Zeta Pi, Colorado School of Mines
Christian Feagans, Zeta Pi, Colorado School of Mines

Growing up in Colorado, I never thought twice about ordering my omelettes or burritos “smothered,” it’s just what you did. A burrito simply wasn’t complete unless it was covered in this magical sauce known as green chile.

 

It wasn’t until this summer at LC training that I realized that green chile wasn’t a common thing. Many of my teammates had never even heard of green chile. WHAT??

 

How do I even begin to explain it. Is it a vegetable, is it a sauce, maybe a stew? The correct answer is all three.

 

Vegetable- Spiciness comes from a chemical called Capsaicin which is concentrated in the membranes surrounding the seeds, so this can be made more mild by removing the membranes. The chiles are normally roasted so the tough skins can be removed. This process creates the delicious flavor that I love! By the end of summer, the green pods have ripened and turn into a deep red color. As the chile ripens, the flavor also changes and becomes more sweet. Green chiles are often frozen so that we can enjoy the other types of green chile year round.

 

Sauce- My personal favorite! You can put this on literally anything, burritos, chicken, eggs, you name it. Most places that serve green chile give you a choice of medium or hot. My favorite way to order it though is 50/50 – just the right amount of kick!

 

Stew- This form of green chile doesn’t always look the most appetizing, but I promise it is delicious! Green in color, this stew can contain many vegetables, the most important is of course the hatch green chile. Though there are vegetarian versions, the stew is most commonly made with pork. Add a tortilla to the side and you’re all set!

 

If you like a little spice in your life, I hope that you will try green chile the next time you see it on the menu!

 

Snow Schooling

Madison Clark, Theta Xi, Auburn University
Madison Clark, Theta Xi, Auburn University

For those of you who don’t know, I’m from Alabama. As you can imagine, snow is not a commonality down there. However, living in Pittsburgh, that’s not the case!  Any time it snows in the South, everything shuts down. Literally. Even if there’s a chance of snow or there are flurries, the state shuts down, people stock up on food and don’t go anywhere. Mostly that’s due to the lack of snow plows and rock salt though. When I came back to Pennsylvania this month, it snowed of course, and last week, I had to drive in snow for the first time ever. What a scary, new experience. Here are some things I’ve learned in the past week from surviving the snow:

1. Winters go a little differently up here. The state doesn’t shut down. Snow doesn’t stop people from going to work or school. They just deal with it. The road supplies are abundant.
2. Winter weather advisories are normal and not a huge cause for panic.
3. Ice scrapers are your best friend. Having one is essential to be able to get into your car and see out of the windshield.
4. Automatic start is a blessing. You have to crank your car up several minutes before actually leaving and being able to do that from the comfort of the apartment is wonderful.
5. Wear gloves. This is crucial when scraping your car for 10 minutes and preventing frostbite.
6. Drive super slow and brake way before you plan to stop.
7. For Southerners: I’ve learned that if you start sliding in snow, pretend your muddin’. It’s the same thing.
Stay warm,
Madison
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Me, Myself, & I

AddisonReed

Whether you read this title and think of Beyonce or G-Eazy (my favorite rapper), you can probably guess the topic. As per tradition of consultants passed, I am here to introduce myself as a mid-hire of Sigma Kappa! My name is Addison Reed and I graduated from the Delta Upsilon chapter at Missouri State University. This semester, I am a full time traveler planning to visit 15 universities in 14 states in 4 months!  I enjoy a good Buzzfeed article so I’ve laid out 6 facts about me in a series of gifs. Enjoy 🙂

1.  Ask any of my friends and they would say my defining feature is my laugh. It’s guaranteed to make you laugh..

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2.  I think I am a pretty good dancer but I’ve been told my skills match the level of Katy Perry’s left shark in the Superbowl last year. I’ve even won the superlative most likely to mess up the orientation dance two summers in a row!

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3.  Missouri State students say I have a lot of school spirit. I frequently sing the fight song at random times for fun. Go Bears!

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4.  My go-to way to de-stress is driving on the back country roads, windows down, singing at the top of my lungs. Gotta love the space in the Midwest!

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5.  My happiest place on the planet is the beach. Already saving for my retirement home in Hawaii (jk)

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6.  According to the MGTI personality test, I am 100% extrovert so I gain my energy by being with people. Good thing I travel the country to meet new people every day!

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I hope you feel like you know me better now. Look out for more to come with this exciting semester ahead!

Dove Love,

Addison

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying Everyday Life

OliviaFitchett

We are all trying to lead a life that makes a difference, a life that’s impactful. Whatever your major, your calling, what you are told at a young age by your parents; we have common ground in our belief that our lives could be “better”. According to Olivia’s Life Advice Column (Vol. 476), life is about being able to find happiness and contentment at any moment in life (that column doesn’t exist but I SO wish it did).

I have learned a few important things in my short time doing this life-thing that have molded me throughout my ever-changing adventures. The most important thing I have learned is the power of the mind. It’s fascinating to me the uniqueness, complexity and the power of our minds and how it effects our motivation to change behavior. I promise I’m not as boring as that topic sounds.

Sometimes (too much of the time) I think about this simple phenomena…how to enjoy life no matter what our circumstance. When I am having these conversations with myself, pondering life’s most mysterious secrets, I often ask the question: What would happen if we collectively stopped to breathe and enjoy life right where we are – not where we wish we would be after our 4-year plan or after the debt is paid off, or after we find the love of our life. How freeing would it be if life was meant to be enjoyed right NOW during the every day and the mundane as well as on the mountain top.

Even on our worst days, we have the power to choose joy! How much time do we think about how our words and attitudes decide if we are going to have a “good” day or a “bad” day. To me, every day we consciously make a decision to allow our circumstances to effect our joy OR let our joy effect our circumstances.

If we lived breathing in this reality every single day, our choices would look different, our conversations would look different, and we would certainly feel better. So why, then, is contentment so difficult? I believe we need to give credit to ourselves. See, this joy we can choose to exhibit overflows to everyone we encounter. How many times has a simple compliment changed the course of a “tragic” day we had been having? Maybe some of us need an attitude adjustment, maybe some a high five (or another Hershey bar if you’re anything like me).

The KEY is DURING life’s transitions, valleys and storms, can we manage to have joy and remain joyful? Can we manage to have peace and an understanding of the purpose of the stage of life we happen to find ourselves in? Don’t get me wrong, it won’t happen overnight, but the journey can be full of excitement if you let it be!

There is so much power in self-induced joy. You have the power to make a decision to love your life and love everyone in it right where you are. What could change if you had an extra dose of joy every day? It can’t hurt to find out! You owe it to yourself to figure out how to reinforce joy and repress negativity.

It’s nice to virtually meet all of you! Make the most out of today. Peace out ya’ll!

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