New Quarter!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Finally, I'm all moved back in and settled in my dorm room. Yay! It feels like I never left. :)

Before every new start in school (previously, semesters, currently, quarters), I like to reorganize and regroup. Here's how I've organized my desk for Winter Quarter!

Computer, iPad, iPhone, homework notebook, pencil bag, and framed bid card. :) 

The wall of postcards. Plus my letters. 

Bookcase right above my desk (yes, that's a fan. It's so hot in my dorm!)

Printer, books and binders under my bed. Backpack, tote bag, and purse hanging from my bedpost. 
I'm going to try using a tote bag this quarter. My parents got me this super cute tote for Christmas, and I love carrying it around. It's actually really spacious. But I always tend to put a lot of crap I don't need in my backpack, and using a tote forces me to think about what I'm putting into my bag, thus alleviating the stress caused by extra crap that I don't need! 

Every girl needs a good back-to-school nail polish, just because. My pick for this quarter is Julep's Amelia, a really pretty shimmery champagne color. It looks kind of gold against my skin tone, which for me means good luck! Victory! By which I mean, surviving a relatively heavy 18 credit-hour course load, work, Delta Zeta, extra-curriculars, and volunteering (it sounds so much worse when I type it).

I'm so glad to be back at school!

As always, thanks for reading!

-Zoe <3

Back to School (finally)!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

After seven long weeks, it is that time again, back to school! Which means moving back into my dorm. The only thing I don't like about having such a long break? I have to pack all my crap up, bring it home, and move it back again. Instead of packing for only one or two weeks. And my room and my mind is absolute chaos!

But that's okay, because less than twelve hours from now, I will be (hopefully) be on my way back to DU! I've been looking forward to this since about halfway through break.

Winter Quarter is going to be amazing. Here are the top five reasons I can't wait to go back to school!

1. I miss my dorm room and roommate! Those are words I never thought I would say, but there they are. Our room is so nice, warm, and homey. I've decorated my side with my favorite postcards, pictures, posters, and my letters. My window looks out onto a nice patch of grass, and there's a tree. It looks beautiful all the time, but especially when it's green, fall, or snow.

2. PLP familia... I miss you guys! I miss hearing my neighbor's music, and the people in the lounge, and the boys playing Mario Kart or whatever racing game they play down the hall. The fun sounds of the family I have become accustomed to! Being able to run down the hall and get someone to kill a spider for me. Or knowing that we all have a paper due the next day for leadership because the halls and lounge are really quiet. Gah, I just miss everyone so much! I can't wait to hear about BELIZE! I'm so insanely jealous.

3. Cute office supplies, and a more organized way of keeping track of assignments and deadlines. Plus, color-coding! I've organized my stash of post-it notes, and I'm following College Prepster's study tips for how to keep track of assignments. I have a little notebook in the same print of my planner, and a matching highlighter, pen, and pencil bag (I like matching things).

4. Delta Zeta. I miss my sisters! I miss chapter meetings, making the trek to the house every Monday night, wearing my letters every Wednesday (I had to work on Wednesdays, and wearing my letters wouldn't have been appropriate)! My paddle, all my Delta Zeta stuff hanging in my room, my big sis! I can't wait for when we're all reunited and squealing and hugging and swapping winter break stories. If any of my sisters are reading this, I miss you guys! Can't wait to see you! It's been wayyyy too long!

5. My classes. Nerdy, I know. But I'm really excited for the classes I'm taking this quarter! Anthropology, art history, war and the presidency, geography, leadership... All of my favorite subjects! Plus, my professors are apparently awesome. An extra plus, the TAs for my geography class *swoon*.

I can't wait to get back to DU and start Winter Quarter. Fall Quarter flew by!

Thanks for reading,

Zoe <3

Random Acts of Art!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

This evening, my parents and I took a trip to see the Van Gogh exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. It was one of my favorite exhibits I've seen there. I love Van Gogh. I like the colors he uses (although his early works were rather drab, and had a lot of grays and browns), and his very intense, raw style. I liked it so much, that I bought the exhibit companion (and some postcards to hang in my dorm room)!

Let me preface this next part by saying, I do not usually condone works of vandalism. While I appreciate various public artworks, including graffiti work, I do not condone it when it is done illegally. That being said, I do feel that sometimes, random acts of art occur for a reason, and that spontaneity in art should be encouraged. 

Tonight, something else happened. As we were walking out of the museum, my dad told us about a piece of spontaneous public art that was happening on the corner of 13th and Bannock. On that light post, people put their Denver Art Museum stickers after visiting. As we were approaching the light post, a man walked across the street and shouted "Don't do that! It's gets everything so dirty and now their doing it by my street! You art people..." to which I proceeded to smack my sticker on said post and smile at the man. My mom countered him, arguing that it's a pretty harmless random act of art. She acknowledged that his opinion is valid, but said that she disagreed. Then she told him to move forward, to which he disrespected our President, and she responded by telling him that she just didn't want to talk to him. Then, noticing that I was watching him, he turned to me and ask how I would like it if people put stickers on my car. I told him that firstly, it wasn't his lamppost, and secondly, if people put stickers on my car, I would take them off if I didn't want them there. Then there were some rude words on his part, and he ended flipping of my mom. Classy.

This bothered me for two reasons. First, I didn't know this man, and I didn't know why he felt he could tell us what to do, and he couldn't accept the fact that two people could peacefully disagree on a subject. Secondly, I believe in random acts of art. I again wish to express that I do not find vandalism acceptable, nor am I encouraging senseless vandalism, and vandalism of private property is never okay. I guess putting stickers on a lamp post is technically considered vandalism. However, I feel that stickers are pretty harmless, if the city of Denver has a problem with it, they will remedy the situation using any number of techniques. 

I find this random act of art, occurring on the corner of 13th and Bannock, really cool. I think it's fun that people who visit the museum are coming together to express it. Is it a masterpiece? No. But it's fun. I think Denver needs to have more creativity encouraged in public. More random acts of art. The stickers will probably come down soon anyways. 

Until then, I will enjoy the small random act of art that is currently on that corner. And I will continue to encourage random acts of art like that (again, not illegal, senseless, graffiti and tags, especially not on private property). I also welcome discussion. I could see the man's point. Some people don't like vandalism or stickers on lampposts. And cleaning it will probably suck. I respect his opinion, although I don't agree with it. I guess that's all I'm trying to say. 

I know this was a long, rather rant-y post. So a very extra special thanks for reading. And I completely, 100% welcome discussion on this topic, as it might be a bit controversial. 

Thank you again,
-Zoe <3

Here's to Reading...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

When the first versions of e-readers came out, I wrote a scathing editorial and review in my high school's newspaper about how Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble nook would never, ever, ever in a million years replace a paper book. Not for me. I pledged that I would go to my grave defending the old school paper books.

I have a confession to make, my friends. I cheated. I bought a book on Amazon Kindle for my iPad... and I liked it. This makes me both overjoyed, and incredibly sad.

I love books. I love the smell, the feel, the idea of sitting in a big chair and reading your favorite book. Turning pages, feeling the paper, creating a connection to a book. I always thought that Kindles and nooks and such remove the personal connection a reader makes with their book.

But then I tried reading a book on my dad's iPad (before I had my own). The personal connection that I loved about reading was not as lost as I had come to believe.

Then there's the cost factor. Today, I went to the bookstore to buy my textbooks for this coming quarter. Due to the fact that I do not have a credit card and could not rent my books :(, I was ready to buy my books. Until the cashier announced the price. I just about cried. So I bought the books that I had to buy, and went home. I checked on Amazon, and the books I didn't buy I could rent on my kindle for almost half the price of buying them. Being the close-to-broke college student I am, I opted to get the books on my kindle.

So yes. I cheated on my promise. I bought my books on kindle, and I like it.

I will still read my paper books when I can. For me, nothing will replace the romance of reading a paper book. But the kindle books will remain part of my library-expanding experience. Plus, I put stickers on my iPad, and I have a really cute Vera Bradley case for it. :)

So here's to reading! In whatever form. :) 

As always, 

Thanks for reading. 

-Zoe <3

A Study in Green

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

I am obsessed with color. So this year, I am especially excited that the 2013 color of the year is Emerald! I personally love this color. Plus, it's one of Delta Zeta's colors!

Today, I want to pick out and share with you some of my favorite things in this beautiful hue. My picks  for my favorite green things:

1. Julep Trina Turk Emerald nail polish: Hoch 

2. Nature

It's hard to find green in Colorado winters... so these are some pictures I took at the Denver Botanic Gardens this past summer.

3. Clothes
The green dress from Atonement on Keira Knightley (source)

J.Crew Matchstick jeans in vintage kelly (source)

J.Crew Janey patent flats in Dusty Jade (source)

Kate Spade Locked in Studs (source)

4. Food
Beautiful macaroons (source)

Beautiful fresh vegetables and fruit at a Farmer's market (source)

I'm so excited that this is the color for 2013!

Thanks for reading,

Zoe <3