Thursday, December 20, 2012

Color Cravings: Birthday Blisses

People often ask me if I dislike having a birthday so close to the holidays. I actually love it because it's never forgotten and I can ask for twice as much loot as the typical person ;) In high school I especially liked the assurance of my special day being over break. Now that I'm in college I've realized that it can be hard to round of a group of friends to celebrate when most of them are out of town. However, this year I'm determined to age in style. I'll keep you posted on my plans!

As I was thinking about things I would love to get for my 23rd birthday this year I realized they fall into two categories—practical (soccer cleats, a never-fail straightener) and pampering (monthly subscription to beauty samples, new TV sourcing system because I'm addicted to a good plotline). This is probably an accurate depiction of my personality—extremely practical and responsible with an adventurous and indulgent streak. Oxymoron? Maybe, but that's me!

Nike Teimpo Mystic IV FG/ Roku LT /
BirchBox / "I Love Your Style" by Amanda Brooks /
Earthwise Slate Women's Classic
/ Chi Earth Collection Shooting Star

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Color Cravings: Christmas Wishes

Usually bloggers post holiday gift guides to give you ideas for the special people in your life. Since only people I know read this blog, I don't want to reveal the gifts I'm giving! Instead, here are some ideas of some gifts that I would love to recieve ;) I will let you in on one secret though: the coral, aqua, and gold color palette seen below is a hint to how I've been wrapping my gifts.

I used to get really disillusioned about my financial state when I would see wishlists comprised of three-digit priced gifts posted on other sites. But as I was building my own today, it all clicked. They are called wishlists for a reason—in a world without restrictions these are the things I would buy for myself. I don't actually expect my family to get me shoes that cost as much as ski pants. Or ski pants that cost as much as shoes...I'm not sure which is more of a leap. Anyway, enjoy perusing my dreams and desires! And if you need help making your own list, check out Wishlistr for a simple way to keep your friends and family updated on your latest favorite things.

Monday, November 19, 2012


Lately I've been listening nonstop to Taylor Swift's latest album RED. If you've heard about it but just rolled your eyes you should really stop and reconsider your life. Taylor's thoughtful and witty writing has really amplified my current life situation. As I listen and relate to each song, I can see how my life has led me to the spot I'm in right now. "I called it that [RED] because of the tumultuous, crazy adventures in love and loss that it chronicles...In retrospect, it all looks red," says Taylor. Her songs "Red," "22," and "State of Grace" hit home with a few recent experiences (I can break down the lyrics for you in person but I won't be as candid as Taylor on my blog).

I love that she calls her 22nd year a red year—I can completely relate. There's been a lot of intense emotion, love and pain, and more confidence / confusion than I ever though possible at once. But truthfully, I love every second of it. In one year I moved to New York City, ended a very serious relationship, became a camp counselor, dealt with a rough family situtation, planned some huge events for Navs, and scored a real cubicle as an intern at a job I love. I also have been blessed with an awesome group of friends that I care about very much. They bring out the best in me—the part that's completely myself. They make me laugh obnoxiously loud and encourage me to do things that I forgot I love (like dancing and baking). I'm enjoying discovering my adult self—passionate, silly, mischievous, affectionate, driven, and unpredictable in the best sense. And I'm sure there's even more I have to learn in my final semester of school. Some other lyrics that recently spoke to me came from Kelly Clarkson's "Catch My Breath." "Addicted to the love I found, heavy heart, now a weightless cloud, making time for the ones that count, I'll spend the rest of my time, laughing hard with the windows down, leaving footprints all over town, keeping faith kinda comes around." Blunt as it may seem, it's really a reflection on me and the choices I have made. Carri recently asked me once why I'm never home. It's not that I hate time by myself or living with her (she's the best!) it's that I'm so aware of the blessing of living my life exactly how I have been dying to for years that I can't seem to stop even for a single second. I want to be exploring Cincinnati top to bottom, trying new restaurants, watching Hot Rod into the wee hours of the night, making dinner for my friends and being that one girl who never stops smiling.  I'm so glad to step into the bright sun and enjoy my life as the Lord has called me. Even though the future is so blinding that it's unclear, I'm racing toward it with an open heart. Lord, pull me on! I can't even begin to express my excitement.

All this to say I am getting ready for some more life changes. In five weeks I need to present my big idea for my Senior DAAPworks project which I will be consumed with all of my last semester. And you know what? I have no clue what I want to focus on. I'm slightly panicked, but I also believe there is an idea just hovering outside of the box I call a brain right now. Please pray that I settle on something by December first so I can begin my research!

I also need to decide where to live next year (gasp! I'm moving after three years) and what my occupation will be. Landor? Edge Corps? Can Maranatha even fit in there? I think I've formed a decision but I'm going to be secretive and keep you guys in suspense until I know that it's definitely what God wants me to do :) As Mandie and I like to say, "He's a tricky guy..." and he could throw me a curveball. Bring it on, right?

My final life change is very metaphorical so bear with me. I want to dye my hair dark auburn. I don't get the whole anti-ginger thing, I've wanted to be a redhead ever since I saw Annie at age six. I'm thinking dark with some brown in there...I don't think I could pull off strawberry blonde locks. My High Five appointment is in two weeks! Yeah, roll your eyes at the RED connection but I only noticed the irony as I was writing this. As a girl who is experiencing unending change in her life, what's one more dramatic metamorphosis?

I'm not sure why I gave myself long hair here

Thanks for listening to my thoughts, you guys are great!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Color Cravings: Put a Bib On It

My attraction to bib necklaces started in NYC last winter. I wasn't a jewelry person for the longest time, but that's changed drastically in the past few years. Just ask Pinterest or my closet. I'm still not a fan of earrings and very picky about rings (I'm no jewelry expert like Olivia Palermo) but cover me in blinged-out necklaces and my outfit is complete. The four below are my recent favorites not designed by Bvlgari or Cartier. Thanks to Atlantic-Pacific and Cupcakes and Cashmere the ever-inspiring looks. Imagine away!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bestfriends Make the Best Weekends Happen

For the millionth time, I apologize for the amount of time between posts. Since I don't have homework I've been filling every moment of my schedule and trying to enjoy the fun part of my Senior year. Can you hear how excited I am to work on my capstone next semester? So not looking forward to being cooped up all Spring. I've always thought homework should be illegal.

Three weekends ago I went home to spend some time with my family since I neglected them all summer. Eats included dinner with my brothers at the Harp and lunch with C at the Flying Fig near the West Side Market. (I owe my expensive taste in unique restaurants to Emily S.) My dad took me to MOCA's new location in the developing Uptown district of Cleveland. I loved the prismatic building and all the new architecture around CASE's campus. Go Cleveland! We also finally watched the Ides of March so I could point out all the Cincinnati landmarks. Is it possible to be in love two cities at once?

enthusiastically being welcomed home by Logan /
crazy beautiful pyramid / C taking in the Uptown view

My grandparents treated me to dinner at Night Town so I could observe the secret social circles of Cleveland's musically talented. As part of my "grandparent sleepover," my grandma really wanted to watch Bill Cunningham New York again since she had bought the DVD. After the film we made sure to go through every single extra feature. So glad someone else can relate to how adorable I think he is. Before I left, they also took me to the Cleveland Art Museum to see some of the new interior work and an amazing glass exhibit.

 the inside that feels like it's outside at CAM / driving home to Cinci

Good dining experiences, great movies, and almost enough art. My family knows me so well! And they even succeeded in making me miss Cleveland a little bit. Just more options to add to the ever-growing "After College" plan...

Two weekends ago was Encounter 2012 (better known as the Navigators' fall conference). I drove up early to help with registration for the fourth year in a row. I really love to serve people administratively but this year I ended up doing more than I anticipated. The role of being a 5th year in the Navigators is a confusing one...most of the time I feel like everyone is mentally placing me on the fast track to go on Staff next year. I have to keep reminding myself that just because I'm organized and a planner doesn't mean that's all I have to offer.

Based on Fay's brilliant idea, Carri, Emily C, Emily K, Hannah F, Mandie, Sarah, and I met for three weeks to plan intentional activities for the girls at night, after all the scheduled conference stuff ended. You see, we've always been jealous of the bonding activities that the guys take part in when we split up. I'll leave the specific details undisclosed, but the boys are always a lot closer as a group when we return from Fall Conference. So this year we planned activities for, enouragement-bombed, and asked hard questions of all the UC girls in attendance. We've only talked about it a little since then, but I have a feeling God worked in lots of unknown ways both nights. And whether we ever find out what those ways were or not, that was the plan!

However, with all the responsibility and planning that I carried out over the weekend, I came back from the retreat pretty overwhelmed and confused. I'm still working through a lot of that, but I think it's important that these things are on my mind. I have so many decisions ahead of me and I'm not setting myself up for success if I ignore them.

 who's idea was it to leave dry erase markers in the bathroom? /
Psalm 129 reminder / Andrew and Josh being twins /
Danielle, Beth, Fay, and me cheering on the Olympic competition

This past weekend Mack, Logan, and Christie visited me! I took Friday off of work because as usual before an epic weekend I had too much to do. Somehow I cleaned my entire apartment, did five loads of laundry, grocery shopped, finished my Halloween outfit, and decorated for the dance party in eight hours flat. Okay, okay you figured out my supersecret alias: I'm Wonder Woman. Actually, I have no idea how I got all those things done and still had energy to dance the night away at the Navs' Monster Bash hosted by the 86 Club. But it happened and it was really fun! I think I may have even gained some real ninja skills/dance moves thanks to my costume.

 dance party decorations / Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Rafael

On Saturday C and I met Emily S for lunch at Pho Lang Thang. (I think the only type of food Adam and I ever agreed on was Vietnamese, and it's still one of my favorites.) I was pretty excited to get lunch with my best friend from Cleveland and Cincinnati at the same time. It's like worlds colliding and only good things happening because of it. Christie got her hair did at the ever fabulous High Five Salon (Holla if you're on the ombré train! I'm still convinced it started back in 2010 with this girl.) while I changed back into my Wonder Woman costume to bake a cake, round up my brothers from the various corners of Clifton, and shower. It was Sarah's and my turn to make the Flora boys dinner on Saturday so Christie helped a little. It wasn't as good as theirs but it was okay for a chaotic weekend. In the usual tradition we played a few terrifying games of Slender Man and then argued about what movie to watch for over an hour. Ohh how I love my friends. I also learned how to play darts and that Matt's team wins EVERYTHING EVERYTIME.

 perfectly subtle ombré

My brothers left early on Sunday but C and I made it to Iron's Fruit Farm with Navs for some action-packed maze navigation. Let me just say, if you don't like running through 20 acres of corn, deciphering maps of corn, tripping over corn, getting ditched in corn, or only conversing through hollering, don't go to a corn maze with my friends. Personally, I rather enjoyed it.

 so glad she was here this weekend!

I feel like I skipped a lot of really fun things from October, but since I only use my iPhone camera as my long-term memory, they will have to remain forever forgotten. Coming soon: November adventures!

(If you are in my life, I'm pretty fond of you right now.)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Discovering I'm an Extrovert

Lately I've been realizing that I'm probably an extrovert. For some reason when I tell this to people they just laugh and say "I could have told you that." Why is this new to only me? Well I'm pretty good at entertaining myself and I like spending time alone. But I definitely feel more energized and engaged when I am around a lot of people. I'm not outgoing and crazy all the time, but when I can read a social situation well I love to make people laugh and have the atmosphere be fun. This new discovery has taken me from zero to sixty when it comes to spending time with people. Being at home by myself has just been less and less appealing as I get accustomed to my new work/life style. Hopefully God shows me more about my future now that I understand I am an extrovert—I feel like this is one of the many keys to figuring out The Plan for next year.

Landor: We got the new window display up! We're cheekily calling it "Peep Show" because it's showcasing photography of and by Landorians (or "our peeps"). The windows are covered head to toe in black and "neon" clings. There is a small circle cut into each separate frame so that passers-by can peek in and view a unique take on photography. The windows are in honor of FotoFocus, a month-long celebration of lens-based art in Cincinnati. On the day we revealed the windows I distributed lollypops with "a sucker for a good time" written on the label to all the employees. If you desire to participate in our display, tag your Instagram with #landorpeep.

suckers / peep hole / a few of the frames

Landor had two parties in on week! On Thursday we celebrated Docktoberfest on our truck dock with some Landor-brewed beer. The people at our office are so talented. On Saturday, I took Fay as my date to the Lowdown Hoedown. The party was at an authentic farm in KY. Amusements included a petting zoo, pottery lessons, face painting, hay rides, a corn maze, and pumpkin picking. Fay was obsessed with the folk band and I thought the food was pretty amazing. It was great getting to share the fun party with someone who could appreciate it!

Docktoberfest lights / Fay was really excited about the animals /
my new friend / someone saying HI / picking our mini pumpkins

Babysitting: I've been watching Will and Andrew a lot lately but I don't think any of us mind. Will has been asking me when I will be coming next when I put him to bed at night. I love being their favorite babysitter :) Last week when I donned their Batman mask, Andrew informed me that I couldn't be the Caped Crusader because 1. I was a girl and 2. I had a PONYTAIL. I nearly died laughing because it reminded me of the "Can I Have Yo Numba?" skit Ryan and I did this summer. It also reminded me of the only pick up line that will ever work on me, coined by myself (how ironic): "Hey girl. I'm the Batman." SOLD.

Andrew likes to give me a hard time during dinner /
but he always wants to snuggle when we watch a movie /
Will sneaking bunny ears / and rocking the mohawk

Navs: I forgot how much fun bonding with Freshman is—they're up for anything! A lot of the girls in my small group went over to Hannah F's house to hangout last Friday. We sipped tea, talked about our weeks, and pulled blankets up to our noses because the apartment was COLD. I can't wait to get to know these girls better and better.

The event planning committee had a meeting this week. We're prepping for our giant Halloween dance party. (Wait til you see what I'm going as!) I've been brainstorming on a theme and decoration style for the event with Lizz—we really want to go all out this year since it will be at a concert venue. I will share more after the fact!

 Hannah G, me, Emily K, and Amanda / Toppers at the EPiC meeting

Friends: Andrew S wanted to show off his cooking skills so Sarah and I came over for dinner last Sunday. The meal was pretty elaborate: penne vodka (one of my favorites), salad, homemade bread, and pies from an apple orchard. Justin S, Matt, and Ryan all pitched in to help so the kitchen was a little like a three-ring circus. I felt a little strange being the guest for once—I'm so used to cooking for my friends all the time! But I'll take relaxing and hanging out with friends over slaving in a kitchen anytime they want to volunteer.

Another night we ventured out to explore Mt. Adams. I had been to a few random places around the beautiful neighborhood (picture a crazy hill dotted with beautiful houses and churches) but I'd never spent an entire evening there. We stopped by Longworth's, Pavilion, Monk's Cove, and the Blind Lemon. My favorite has always been Longworth's because there's dancing on the weekends, plenty of room to find a corner to hangout, and 50 cleverly named shots. I would recommend the Batman, it's the one I got for Justin T and it might have been a car bomb...oops. Anyway, it's so picturesque and interesting there—hopefully we go back again.

all the boys trying to cook for us at once / magical Mt. Adams

Emily F likes downtown / OTR as much as I do so we decided to do brunch as often as possible. Brunch makes the list for Ten Things I Miss About NYC. Well, it's probably more than ten...I miss everything every day. But Take the Cake is my favorite Cincinnati brunch place so far. I do keep dreaming that my favorite restaurant Senate will bring back their brunch menu one day and make my life complete. Fingers crossed.

Taste of Belgium chicken n' waffles /
Take the Cake wildberry french toast pudding

Even though Emily S and I both work downtown I feel like we never see each other. Last Friday I picked her up for an extended lunch. I had to grab some wine at Party Source for a work get-together that afternoon so we decided to eat at Strong's Pizzeria while we were in KY. They had vodka pasta pizza! (I told you I'm obsessed with it.) We ordered it and it was soooo good. GO THERE. Emily and I also loved the vibrant mural of the river and downtown in their back patio. Colors always fascinate me.

Yesterday we got manis at Nailtiques. I always ask for something that I can't do on myself, like a reverse French. I get weird looks, no matter where I go. But my nail technician said she could do it and she did an excellent job for free-handing it! Definitely going back there again.

Emily & the mural / navy with gold detailing

Other stuff:
I got my hair cut! Everytime I go back to High Five Salon I get more attached to Sam and his great staff. They are so nice and ask me a million questions about my life like we're old friends. And since Sam is friends with all my friends, I plan on being besties with him one day. Hope he's okay with that. This time he cut my hair into a blunt version of my original lob. My bangs are long and sweeping so it's a perfect look for fall. He mentioned he wants to play with my hair color so I will be back in early December. It's okay to justify it as a Christmas present for myself, right?

xoxo Kendrasity

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Work Play Life

So what have I been up to in the past month, you ask? So much!

Navs: We've been trying to mix things up with different openers for Large Group. MCing with Ryan on the first night and acting in a skit with Shawn on the second night were definitely highlights. It's probably not a secret that I love to be in front of people and make them laugh. Freshman small group has also begun—it's been crazy trying to get to know thirty new faces, but I love spending time with them every week at the study or various activities. A week ago we went to a UC football game and then took everybody out for iHop pancakes and a few rounds of sardines in Meijer.

 Andrew has team spirit / my co-leaders Amanda and Kaitlin

Work: I have my own cubicle! I keep feeling like an actual employee instead of an intern because I have my own workspace. Jeff is the greatest boss ever. The first few weeks consisted of me organizing our hurricane of a magazine library and prepping for the new window display. Some co-workers and I took a segway tour of Eden park for a research project one day. It was pretty nerdy and great! Now I'm drowning in brand work but if you get a moment you should stop by Landor (110 Shillito Place, Cincinnati) and check out our new windows.

 my very own space / a fraction of the chaos I organized /
sneak peek into our new windows / nerdy chic

My previous post probably tipped you off to the fact that I am babysitting my little boys again. They drive me crazy and say the funniest things. It's good preparation for all those boys I want to have a really, really, really long time from now ;)

sometimes we play dress up

Friends: I love living with Carri. Even when she's extremely busy she takes the time to check in on and encourage me. Emily Farison, Sarah, and Fay are my musketeers—I drag them on all sorts of adventures with me. One night Shawn's roommates let Emily and me in so we could wait for him to get home and surprise him. His reaction to the two of us sitting on his couch when he walked in was hilarious. Another time, Sarah and I made Irish Car Bomb cupcakes for Ryan's 22nd birthday. They were a hit will all six of his roommates. Emily and Aaron took me to a Hillsong Live concert last week. Now we all really miss New York and are seriously considering going to a Hillsong conference next year.

eagerly awaiting Shawn's return home /
Ryan's special wrapping paper / concert!

Savoring every busy moment of life right now,

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What Eight Year Olds Find Hilarious

Will stole my phone while I was babysitting him and Andrew today. The black part is when he trips and falls over all his toys. These kids crack me up, hope they make you laugh too!


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Welcome to Senior Year

So this is my last year of college. Weird! Even though most of my high school classmates graduated last spring, I still feel shocked that I'm graduating in seven months. I think that fact that I've been out of class since June and I co-op until January is throwing me off.

being back in Cinci

Sunday: The transition from Maranatha to work and Navigators stuff was rough—things went from 60 to 100 mph in no time flat. I was living at Emily and Aaron's house all week because my sublet hadn't moved out yet. The commute to campus only complicated things. The day after we drove back from Michigan was the Navs Welcome Back picnic for all the leaders. I handed out the t-shirts that Lizz thought up almost a year ago and Emily Farison did the hard artwork for. I had the easy job of laying it out, picking out colors, and placing the order. Designing shirts is one of the best parts of my job—it's so gratifying to see someone proudly wearing your work.

 the alligator wraps around the side of the shirt

Monday: I met up with the Events Planning Committee (EPiC) to work out final details for Welcome Week (The week that Freshman move in + the first week of school. Confusing, I know.) events. I handed off most of my responsibilities from last year to Fay but since we are in charge of a lot of things this year, I stayed on as VP. We got a lot planned and I was so encouraged to see most of our 20ish members present.

I met my sublet, Anna, for dinner at Nicholson's Pub, where I've been wanting to go forever. It was really good! Their chicken and noodle soup has amazing, melt-in-your-mouth dumplings. I wish I could have hung out more with Anna before she left for New York, she's awesome! But of course I needed my room back.

Tuesday: Fifty-ish leaders meet up on campus to get "trained" to lead small groups. The freshman leaders got split into Uptown and Downtown groups based on the way the dorms are laid out on campus. I had to make a bunch of calls and duck out a few times for errands during the meeting but it was great to get excited to lead this year. All my Maranatha friends are in the other small group but I know Andrew, Hannah, and Mandie pretty well and I'm excited to get to know everyone else.

Immediately after our five-hour training session I dashed over to Rohs for an Olympics meeting. (Life really doesn't feel normal unless I have ten meetings a week). After dropping off some of my freshly printed fliers at Shelbye's apartment to be stuffed in cups, Vivian, Sarah, Callie, and I distributed the rest all over campus.

boxes and boxes of Nav cups / 4/8 types of fliers

But my day wasn't over after that. Ryan and I promised to take Sarah out for her 21st birthday. We relaxed at Neon's, my favorite outdoor bar in OTR, with a few more friends. It was a crowd-pleaser; not too upscale or dive-y for anybody.

 the birthday girl next to jumbo Jenga

Wednesday & Thursday: I spent most of the day passing out water bottles and moving in Freshman at Turner. We even met some football players! I scored a swag bag at day two of Water Bottle Giveaway. It's almost embarrassing my weakness for mini P&G products. Then the Downtown small group hosted a Rap Battle at Calhoun. It was the hottest party of the night attracting over 300 kids! Lots of talent all around.

 WBG over-enthusiasm & preparation

Friday: Emily, Vivian and I shopped for Olympics like it was the end of the world. That made me late for my Uptown small group lunch at Tom + Chee. I finally got some downtime after lunch before coming back to campus to play some pick up games with all the new Freshman we had met. I met so many people I couldn't keep their names straight.

Saturday: I stopped by the Chili & Cupcakes Cook-off before going to babysit for the Schultz family. The giraffe and monkey cupcakes were tempting but I was so excited to get to Newtown to see my boys. I missed Will and Andrew all summer!

cookie dough cupcake

Sunday: Adam and I met up at Rohs to catch up. It's weird that we're finally back in Cincinnati (it's been nine months since we've lived in the same city) but not together. It was really peaceful and good to talk about what's going on in our lives and understand that we're on the same page with how our relationship ended. I'm so blessed to have such an amiable parting of ways—I've honestly never witnessed that in a break up before and I was terrified it couldn't happen. But God is so gracious and given us the ability to be friends and work with each other when necessary. Which is wonderful because we're neighbors and heavily involved in the same campus ministry. Hooray!

Fay and Sarah came over to eat dinner with me. They brought tons of ice cream options in case I needed dairy therapy. I was okay but it made me miss living with them so much! After they left Emily stopped by to keep me company and cut up all the fabric needed for Olympics. She is one of my favorites :)

 Kroger Premium Select / fabric rainbow

Monday: I guess I should be honest with you—in my opinion Olympics is the best part of the Navigators Welcome Week. I've been in charge of it for the past three years and I always look forward to it with so much excitement. Getting to plan and brand an event is like my favorite thing to do EVER. This year was a bit complicated because of my computer crashing in the middle of my design process, but I decided not to sweat it (Woah, did I just say that?!). I was a little bit scared it would rain and we would have to reschedule like last year. I remember was so upset things got cancelled that I had to be coaxed out of my room with chocolate chip pancakes. So embarrassing. Well, this year it rained again. But only for about 20 minutes while we were setting up. And I wasn't that concerned for some reason...maybe I grew a little bit this summer ;)

The event was awesome and all the people who helped were so generous with their time and energy. After all the sign-ups happen and the individual games begin (Buck Buck, River Rafting, Poaching, Camouflage, and Jungle Tag) my only job is to walk around and make sure people are happy. Since our theme was jungle and we were pushing the "Navigator Alligators" I carried around my friend Alfredo. Everyone got a chance to meet the mascot before the final game since he was the prize. I think my favorite part of the final event was skipping around dumping ketchup on Ryan and Jon's heads while they blindly crawled around the field tied together. Kinda sounds like torture, right?

Prismatic Parrots / Pink Piranhas / Orange Orangutans
me cheering on Buck Buck / River Rafting

Tuesday: Exhausted from the past 10 days I dragged myself to my first day back at Landor. It's super exciting to be back but I'm pretty sure I was a zombie that day. The Nav events for the rest of the week included Ice Cream Social, Nav Night, and Euchre & Ukuleles. The events team did a fantastic job planning fun things to do all week but everyone was pretty drained in the end. Next year they might need a new strategy to save energy.

 my roommate left me a sweet note

Well that was Welcome Week everyone.
Lots has happened since then but I will tell that another time!