Including: SDC, DMC, and DSMSC
Hello again, readers,
How's it going? Sorry about the lateness of this post. I've been pretty busy with midterms week and parents weekend. I've also been getting more jobs from my work-study with the website team, like building a custom skin for a flash player. I haven't had that much experience with flash, so it's been a challenge, but I think I pretty much got it sorted out.
So a lot has transpired, inspired, and perspired since the last time I posted. One thing I did do on this blog was I added a bunch of links to the sidebar thing under my picture (did you notice?). I found it fascinating that Chicago has both an official visitors' site as well as an official tourist site. So next time you come to Chicago, you'd better know whether you're a visitor or a tourist so that you can pick the right website to use for reference (I'd suggest being a visitor--that site is nicer). I also linked to a youtube video with the clip from Willy Wonka that explains my greeting.
I should probably get around to explaining the title of this post (DCSM). When I started to think about what I wanted to talk about, three things stood out: Social Dance Club (SDC), Dacie Moses cupcakes (DMC), and Don't Shoot Me Santa Clause (DSMSC). Guess what? All those acronyms are made from the four letters D, C, S, and M! Wow! Okay. That wasn't as cool as I thought it was going to be.
Hey, have you ever thought something was really cool, but then when you got everyone's attention and said it, it was really kind of lame? That just happened to me. Anyways, moving on...
Adventure 14: Social Dance Club
This isn't really just one adventure, because Social Dance club is a continuing bi-weekly event (Wednesday and Saturday evenings). And it just so happens to be awesome. Let me tell you a story: just last night, I was doing my Calc II Homework at the Math Skills Center. It was terribly terrible, and I didn't want to do it at all. I was very unhappy because I had spent about two hours and only really had completed one problem (the easiest of the problem set). So then I went to social dance club and I stopped being unhappy. In fact, I became happy. The moral of the story: social dance is awesome (but I still have to do calc...).
But really, I'm very impatient to learn more dances and more moves. So far, I've learned the basics of waltz, cha cha, west coast swing, rumba, and east coast swing. Social dance has an addictive quality not unlike... something not unaddictive. It has been likened to a video game--the way you learn new moves as you gain experience and it makes you want to keep "playing."
Adventure 15: Dacie Moses Cupcakes
So two weekends ago, I finally entered the famous Dacie Moses House. I was invited to make cupcakes with my sister and some friends, so (after social dance club) I headed over to Dacie Moses'. We made tea cupcakes and surprise cupcakes. The tea cupcakes I think we made with jasmine tea. They ended up very subtly but pleasantly aromatic and tea-flavored. The surprise cupcakes were supposed to be chocolate cupcakes filled with melted white chocolate and a dried cherry apiece. The cupcake didn't rise over the filling as we had expected, though, so the filling just sat on top (no less deliciously). Interestingly, the chocolate surprise cupcakes were sort of bready and healthy-tasting compared to the softer tea cupcakes. Surprise! Overall it was quite an enjoyable visit.
Adventure 16: Don't Shoot Me Santa Clause
That same weekend, I discovered the wonders of Don't Shoot Me Santa Clause, a single by the Killers. My friend, Adam (the "Ada" of "Adandi") showed me this song, which is deliciously random. Check out this live video of the song. I don't really like the official music video because it portrays Santa as the straight up villain, when I think it's a little more complex than that. But the quality would for sure be better in the music video. So maybe you could listen to the music video but switch to a different tab so you aren't influenced by it.
Another example of why the Math Skills center is cool: A while ago while doing math homework, I stopped doing math homework to draw on the board with a fellow student, Janie. Dustin, a math tutor who lives on my floor, said we could draw anything within reason.
So we drew Harry Potter within REASON! Incidentally, the content management system that the Carleton website uses is called Reason. So now Harry Potter is within reason within Reason.
Pretty soon our chalk drawings became Harry Potter-themed puns, and the tutors joined in. It was a great time. See if you can figure out the Potter Puzzle Puns on the right! Comment!
Adventure 18: Parents Weekend
It was great to see my parents and little 6-year-old brother last weekend. They came up for parents weekend and saw our home cross country meet. I also brought them to the social dance club "Fall Formal". I think the playlist was particularly challenging that night, but, after a moderately successful lesson from me, my parents ventured out a few times on the floor (most parents watched from the sidelines). We later went to Buca di Beppo, an Italian restaurant with food served family-style. It was really really good, and a ways off from Northfield, so it wasn't too crowded.
So I was thinking recently, "this blog is meant to be for prospective students, right?" It is, after all, on the admissions website. But so far, I don't know if any real prospies have been reading it. Some of my friends who are first-years said that they read the Carleton student blogs last year when they were looking at colleges, and so I think some people may be reading this, but I don't really know. So if you are a prospie, please comment! Tell me what you want me to talk about (as if I didn't ramble enough). If you don't know what to say, just use this handy dandy Comment Form!
|A1-Hello,||B1-My name is [name].||C1-I'm a Prospie.||D1-I love your blog!||E1-I read it all the time!||F1-Can you talk about |
|A2-Greetings,||B2-I'm [name].||C2-I'm from Carleton [class].||D2-You are so cool!||E2-It makes me want to go to Carleton!||F2-Tell me why |
|A3-Salutations,||B3-I don't wish to be identified.||C3-I'm someone else.||D3-I like your tie.||E3-I mean that sincerely!||F3-Tell me how |
All you have to do: A2, B2[Jon], C2, D3, E2, D2, F3[to be so cool!]
For me to read: Greetings, I'm Jon. I'm from Carleton 2013. I like your tie. It makes me want to come to Carleton! You are so cool! Tell me how to be so cool!
Note: Only one A, B, and C are necessary. D's on the other hand, may be used as many times as desired.
Until next time, see you next time!