Catacombs!

IMG_5336So I just got back from hanging out with six million skulls.

I finally went to the catacombs in Paris today! The day before Halloween! Perfect timing!

So this was yet another thing to check off of one of my bucket lists. Anyone who knows me knows that I love scary things. Scary movies, scary books, scary places (I hang out in the cemeteries here in Paris just reading horror novels, yeah I’m creepy) and anything else weird/odd/creepy. So touring the ancient catacombs of Paris was absolutely amazing.

But honestly, I have to confess something. I’d never even heard of the catacombs until my baby brother (he’s 20, and like 6’1″ so he’s definitely not a baby at all – but he is to me) told me about them this past summer. He told me about the movie about to come out, “As Above So Below,” and that it was an actual thing in Paris and asked if I was going to go while I was here. Well, today I went. And I couldn’t help but think the whole time that I wish he was with me. It was just the kind of thing that we would do together. We always went to movies together when I was living in the US and we’d call them sibling dates. Okay, well I would call them that but he wouldn’t. Anyway, we’d go see comedies, kid’s animated films, scary movies.. things like that. And it never failed, when we would go see a “scary” movie, afterwards we’d both be disappointed because we don’t really scare too easily. I love that about that kid. He matches my creepy-weirdness to a T. From our love of scary movies, to our sci-fi passion, this kid is totally my partner in crime. We always used to play Star Wars outside together. BUT! I’m getting off track. That’s a story for a different time. Basically all I’m saying is that my little bro is the bee’s knees. And that the only thing that could have made my tour of the catacombs better today would have been if he were at my side.

And now without further ado, please enjoy some creepy photos.IMG_5260 IMG_5265 IMG_5270 IMG_5275 IMG_5281 IMG_5286 IMG_5288 IMG_5289 IMG_5290 IMG_5294 IMG_5295 IMG_5300 IMG_5306 IMG_5312 IMG_5317 IMG_5318 IMG_5326 IMG_5327 IMG_5328

Yeah, I would. And I did. And yes, I wore that shirt on purpose. Of course.

Getting attached

Alright. So I’ve been here for about two weeks now and I’m starting to get really attached to my kiddos. I love their good morning hugs when I come walking into the flat and our good night cuddles before I leave for the day too. And right now they’re both in school and I’m just waiting until I can see them again.

A is crazy and I adore him. Yesterday we had multiple lightsaber fights and it was like the best thing in the world. Oh, and he discovered that I’m ticklish, so that’s not a good thing at all. Like at all. He thinks it’s the best thing in the world to run around a corner and scare the life out of me and then attack me with tickles. But I gotta admit it’s like the cutest thing in the world too.

Ok so that’s it. I’m in love with my kiddos already. I can’t even imagine what it’ll be like to leave them next summer. So it’s a good thing that I don’t even have to think about that right now.

I have found the Doritos.

I just have to document this moment right now.

So, the kiddos had a dentist appointment today and I got off work early. I’m now in my apartment looking out my window listening to some beautiful music being played down on the street. I cannot even grasp how this is my life right now. It’s amazing. Even just sitting around is lovely.

Now on to more exciting things, like what I did yesterday. Well, I ate Chipotle – you all already know that. But I also did other things. Like.. Watch an actual French poodle walk down the street in Paris. I thought that was only a thing in the movies!? Well, no apparently not because I watched it happen yesterday afternoon. I also had a lightsaber battle with A and he won every time. But only because I let him.. right? Oh and then I did something that reminded me so much of my time here last summer.. I bought Desperados. That’s right, tequila beer. Ugh I’d missed it so much.

And then I found Doritos!! It’s funny that all of the things that I craved last summer while here (Doritos, mexican food) and couldn’t find, I found within like three days. I can already tell that this next year will even better than last summer because I already have my essential – all things mexican.

I would also like to point out that I finally had my first cafe au lait yesterday. First one in over a year. And I went to the cafe all by myself. And drank it all by myself. And paid all by myself. And left all by myself. I’m so accomplished.

 

 

 

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All of this brought back so many memories. And made me miss my Aubs.. Being here without her feels so wrong.. Counting down the days until she joins me here again!

Star Wars Audition

Currently I am en route to Chicago to audition for Star Wars Episode VII. Man, I gotta say that I love this life I live. If I had one piece of advice to give to people, it would be to take advantage of every opportunity handed to you. And if there isn’t an opportunity, make your own. I promise, life is full of adventure, my life is testimony to that.

I found out about this audition a couple days ago and immediately cleared my schedule to get to it. Shout out to my coworkers for making this possible for me by covering my shifts. Side note: I work with the most amazing people. I love each and every one of them and it’s true what they say about Olive Garden, “When you’re here, you’re family.” I love those guys so stinkin’ much. Anyway.. Back on topic..

This audition. I know that there is literally no chance I’ll be cast, seeing as how they’re casting for one role and I’m sure 87 gajillion people are going to audition. But! I also know that it’s the experience and adventure that really matter. It’s the ability and courage to take advantage of what’s placed in front of you. And it’s the amazing friends who are just as crazy as you, who will drop anything and everything for you to road trip six hours in the middle of the week last minute to be there and hold your hand while you conquer the world. That’s who Caitie is to me. As she sits next to me right now singing at the top of her lungs, I’m not sure if she’ll ever know how grateful and blessed I am to have her in my life. She’s been there for all the best memories I’ve made in college. If I hadn’t met this girl, I wouldn’t have some of the best memories I’ve made in my life.

There’s a crazy world out there just waiting to be explored. So go out there and do it.

Leaving multimedia behind, moving on to finals week

With my Sophomore year at MU coming to an end, my life is filled with Redbull, coffee and lack of sleep. I want nothing more than to curl up on my couch and get lost in a good book right now. But I know this isn’t possible with three upcoming finals hanging over me.

I’ve reached the end of my Multimedia class and can say that I loved it. I learned so much about Final Cut Pro, Photoshop and many other programs that I’d never even opened before. It was by far the most fun class I had all semester. I can’t wait to move on to classes that incorporate Strategic Communication (my major) completely, but can say that this Journalism class was the best so far.

Being so exhausted, I can’t bring myself to write much more, especially seeing as how I need to get back to studying for my Economics final. So, I leave you with this awesome video of a Star Wars Sing-Along by Hot Problems called “Party With My Friends.”

Enjoy.

The Way of the Future – Helpful or Harmful?

This week in 2150 lab, we learned how to do a mobile journalism assignment with our Smartphones. This got me thinking about just how much technology affects our lives. After some thinking, I scared myself a little as I remembered a recent article I’d read this week about Google. (For article, click here.)

This article gave me two major thoughts: 1. Wow, this is awesome. Our society is going to be like the movies. 2. Oh, crap. We’re all going to be robots one day.

These thoughts were on opposite ends of the spectrum, yet both completely legitimate. I mean, it’s so awesome that these new Google glasses can do so much for us. Before you know it, we’re gonna have flying cars (I actually read something about these being made right now), hovercrafts, appliances that prepare food out of nothing in an instant, voice controlled housing, etc – pretty much the lives of people in movies like Star Wars or Minority Report or some other fictional society. All of these improvements in technology will make life so much easier and advance us toward multiple horizons in the future.

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However, all of these improvements also add to the convenience of life. Sooner or later (rather sooner, apparently), we aren’t going to have much incentive to get up and do anything because all things can be done by the touch of a button or even easier, through the sound of our voice. This is what I meant when I thought we will all become robots – everyone will become so lazy that we’ll be like the people in Wall-E. That’s a scary thought, honestly. I also realize this is a drastic thought and that I’m thinking to the extreme, but Smartphones and tablets and gaming consoles have contributed to my thought on this already. People no longer go out and use their hands and get dirty. Kids don’t go play catch outside or even just tag for hours on end anymore; they sit inside on Xbox and scream at other kids sitting at home at their Xbox’s. People no longer have hobbies like gardening or knitting. Instead, hobbies include Twitter and Facebook.

Come on, really think about what you would be like if you had everything available for you with the sound of your voice. Do you think you’d still be the person you are today? Will we still have innovators? Will we still have dreamers? Will we still have those people that you can count on for anything and everything? Or will these types of inventions change our society as a whole?

I’m not saying that these inventions are horrible, by any means; they are wonderful advancements toward the future of our world. I’m just saying that I hope that in the future, kids still go outside to pick flowers for their moms or that they still run through creek waters to catch crawdads. I hope that in the future, adults still take time to take their families out on picnics or take walks on the beach.

All I want is for people to still take advantage of the beautiful world that God created.