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Avoiding Winter-Break Boredom

Christmas festivities are winding down, you have finished an entire netflix series, you are out of money from shopping, you have finally caught up on your sleep, your parents have gone back to work and you are home for 2 more weeks. Oh! And my personal favorite…your parents are threatening that if you don’t get off the couch you are going to have to go through all of your old childhood things (avoid that as long as you can).  Yep! I’ve been there and so have all my friends. My friends from home and I  have gotten pretty creative over the years trying keep ourselves entertained, spend time together and get ourselves out of the house, away from the leftovers. We are here to share our wisdom with you! This is to all the college freshman out there who literally have no idea what to do for another 2 weeks and are missing their friends from school.

Try to make a little extra money because, who can’t use an extra $10? Ask your family, grandparents, aunts, uncles or neighbors if they need some extra help getting things done. Bathe dogs, walk dogs, wash some cars, babysit, do some yard work, polish your dad’s “glory days” trophy collection or just go tap dance downtown. I guess you could say i had the “privilege” of bathing  my sister’s dog and now my gas tank has a few extra gallons in it.

Get outdoors! Try doing all the things you used to love to do as a kid. Rally the gang and ride some bikes, climb a tree, jump on a trampoline, ripstik, play tennis at the park, Rollerblade and take back your neighborhood streets from the new generation of munchkins.

Get creative. I would say that this is our specialty. We have made our own music videos, destroyed the kitchen baking cakes, played board games, dedicated a whole day to crafting for our dorm rooms and even tested out at-home kid’s science experiments. Now is the chance to unleash your weirdness and creativity because once college is over you are gonna be wishing for a random Wednesday to whip out the glue guns with your best friends.

Catch a weekday matinee movie…like I said, when is the next time you are going to be free on a Wednesday  afternoon to catch a cheap movie? Not to mention there are just some great movies out right now.

Explore your town! You are a student now so you get all kinds of discounts! Hit the museums, art galleries, local parks and town landmarks. I’m guessing that your local museum has changed a few exhibits since you went on a middle school field trip there. 

Hope this helps! And if none of these things work you can try starting a blog because I love it and it keeps you busy!

How do you Avoid Winter Break Boredom?

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What I Have Learned From Biking To School

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This year, I no longer live on campus, meaning no more rolling out of bed 5 minutes before class to walk right next door to my classroom. However, not sharing a bathroom with an entire hall is worth waking up a little bit early. I still live walking distance from campus but it would be quite a lengthy walk so, i started riding my bike to school. I did much better at it in the first half of the semester but, once it started to get cold I chickened out and took the bus. I grew up riding my bike around my neighborhood and on fairly deserted back roads so it didn’t take me long to learn a few lessons about sharing the road with cars, busses, trucks, people and 18-wheelers.  Most of this was learned from kind strangers offering their advice to me by shouting at me.

1. Wear a helmet:

I know i know, this is biking 101 but, i’m serious. Despite the fact that it is illegal in my town to ride your bike without a helmet and wearing a helmet can protect your from serious injuries if you don’t wear a helmet people will yell at you to put one on and it will be embarrassing. About 2 weeks ago a guy, in a car full of a bunch of people, rolled down his window and proceeded to lecture me on why i should be wearing a helmet. It was humiliating, needless to say I wear my helmet every time i ride my bike now.  

2. Stop signs and stoplights are not optional:

I am not sure what the official biking etiquette is for this but, luckily I made the decision that when in doubt just follow standard driving laws. I made the right decision. One time I went through a stop sign and the driver coming from the other direction was not a happy camper about it. I didn’t cause him to stop or anything but i might have made it a little too close for comfort.  If we want drivers to respect us bikers on the road we have to respect the drivers also. Also, try and stay off sidewalks. Especially on a college campus.

3. It’s a simple Math equation:

If getting to class on time is dependent on the amount of physical effort i have to put forth ( like riding uphill) i am going to be late….and i was late. At the beginning of the semester i did p90x for a few days…oh my goodness…I could barely walk down my stairs much less ride my bike at a decent speed. Also, if the way I am going to look for class is dependant on if i am riding my bike to school that day I am not going to look that good. I cannot ride my bike very efficiently in jeans so this semester i probably had a high percentage of wearing workout shorts and yoga pants. I am not complaining abou that. Okay thats enough math

4. Be confident:

Bikers own the road just as much as drivers do so don’t feel bad about making cars go around you. It is going to be a little awkward when drivers get annoyed with you, honk at you, try and talk to you or your friends wave at you from the bus and they are obviously giggling at you but, OWN IT! Your mode of transportation is wayyy cooler than riding the applecart (yes, that is the name of my towns public transportation).

5. It had Rewards:

Mostly it saves a bundle on gas and paying for parking which is always a reward but it was also rewarding receiving applause from my friends. I would pass my friends as they were walking around campus and they would seem so surprised by be riding my bike to school. One girl said, “wow you rode your bike all the way from your apartment?” It is really not that far but it feels good to have people acknowledge and encourage your efforts. I got a lot of “You Go Girl.” Sometimes it rained, sometimes it snowed and sometimes i left my bike on campus because it was just too darn cold to ride it home but, looking back i have loved every second of it. Way in my future I want my children to have the opportunity to ride their bikes to school because…well…why not?  

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Love ya always! Peace Out, HayUp

Maine: The Way Life Should Be

Hey Frands!! As I have previously mentioned I spent 2 summers working as a camp counselor at a summer camp in Maine. My first summer I was 18 and a freshman out of college. I had never been to the northeast before, especially Maine and I knew nobody at the camp I was working at. It was my first time flying alone, first time leaving home for that long, first time in Maine and my first time as a camp counselor. As scary of an experience as it was it turned out to be one of the best things in my life and helped me to become the person I am today. Spending 2 summers in Maine I got to Travel around Maine both with campers on out of camp trips and with my friends on days off.  So!!! Here are some of my favorite things in Maine…in no particular order.

1. Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor

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This is a given and a “must see” for any avid bucket list maker and anyone interested in going on a family trip in your own country.  An outdoor enthusiast paradise, Acadia National Park offers countless adventures for people of all ages.  With 50+ miles of biking trails, numerous hiking trails, sea kayaking, and even rock climbing Acadia National Park has something for everyone.  Some must see sights on Mount Desert Island include the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain(one of the earliest in North America), the Bass Harbor lighthouse, and Sand Beach.  After spending a long day in the park make your way into Bar Harbor, which is home to many fabulous restaurants and Bed & Breakfasts’.  Side Street Cafe is a must try for anyone in Bar Harbor looking for the ‘real deal’ as far as Maine cuisine and atmosphere are concerned.

2. Portland/ Old Port

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Portland is the Largest city in Maine and home to the historic Old Port District along the Portland Harbor. This is a great place for shopping, going out on the town, grabbing some gelato and checking out museums and art galleries. Portland is a gives a “big city” feel but the simplicity and natural offerings of Maine are right next door.

3. SO. FREE. ME. (South Freeport Maine)

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Freeport, Maine is ideal for shopping. With over 100 stores, including Patagonia, The North Face,  J. Crew, Nike and so many more that are all mostly outlets this is a great place to splurge, if you have any money left over from lobster. Even if you don’t want to spend money it is still fun to check out the L.L. BEAN store and take an iconic picture with the giant bean boot out front.

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Right down the road is my favorite local lobster restaurant, Harraseeket! It’s nothing super fancy but it is a such a fun experience. My first time there was also my first time eating a lobster. I was shocked when i ordered my lobster only to see the owner reach into the tank behind her, pull out a lobster that was still moving, and place it a pot. 15 minutes later it was on a plate next to a cup of melted butter and it appeared to be looking directly at me. I kept my lobster bib on the entire ride back to camp as a token of my accomplishment for eating my entire lobster. I will always remember that day, the taste of the lobster, the cool breeze of the wind and the smell of the salty sea as I ate by the water.

4. Booth Bay Harbor

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Such a beautiful place! It is a very quaint area with unique shops and it is right on the water. I recommend getting some fudge, ice cream, chocolate covered blueberries or LOBSTER!

This was a fun post that took me down memory lane! You can count on more post about camp and Maine in posts to come! Have an awesome day and a great weekend!

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