Tuesday, September 25, 2012

There's a Mouse in the House!

I was ten minutes late to my on campus job this morning.

My phone, which is my alarm clock, died in the middle of the night, but don't worry, someone woke me up in time!

No, not my roommates. It was the mice playing inside our walls. Yeahhhh gross! They were scratching so loud that I awoke from my deep slumber of five hours.

I called my landlord in a panic, and after explaining to her that the noise I was hearing was NOT just squirrels running around on the roof, she agreed to send an exterminator this week. Thank gosh. 

Blue Door Pub

Last year, I lived in a house on the corner of Fairview and Dayton in St. Paul, MN. It was quite a hike to campus, especially to South Campus (30 min walk, MAX), but my parents bought me a bike and two good pairs of brown rider boots to walk to campus, so it wasn't too bad.

However, the best part about this location was the fun location. The Blue Door Pub was in my backyard! This made my and my roommates late nights more tolerable because we could order half off tater tots (a huge to go container was $2!) and made football afternoons SO MUCH tastier. 

It's only the Blue Door Pubs 4th year of being opened (TODAY! Happy anniversary, baby), and yet it is already a St. Paul favorite. 

Check it out sometime if you are looking for some GREAT hamburgers, or more specifically, a Juicy Blucy. My favorite is the Luau. My dad is coming tomorrow to take out my air conditioner and help us set up mouse traps.... yeah..... so I think I'll let him take me to dinner at The Blue Door Pub because it just sounds so dang good. 

Happy eats!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tommie Johnnie: It Happened

The best day of my college career happened last weekend.

That's right. It beat any birthday I've celebrated, any night out on town, any weekend trips to Madison.

What was it? The Tommie Johnnie football game, of course!

This year has already been stressing me out with an on campus job, off-campus internship, and four busy classes. I feel like I'm going to throw up every time I go to Spanish. Every night I get home between 5:15 (earliest) and 7 pm (latest) and promptly want to go to bed. But I will persist, and this will make me stronger!  (Cheesy, sorry.) But I had been looking forward to the Tommie Johnnie game and knew it would be a grand old time!

So, anyway, I took a party bus up to St. Johns in Collegeville with a bunch of my friends and it was the BEST.

Woke up at 7:45 to a beer (or three) and eggs from my lovely roommate, Molly. Got to the party bus at about 8:30 and it left at 9. (This is all AM, keep in mind.)

We got to the St. Johns at 11ish and the game started at 12:10. Of course, St. Thomas won. Wouldn't expect anything less.

Got home at 6. What? Where did all the time go? I have no idea.

I'm in the middle! This may or may not be my profile picture.

Want to see some more pics? Check out this link on facebook of professional pics that a reporter from TommieMedia (our school newspaper) took! I'm actually in a lot of them.....


Thursday, September 13, 2012

The (GASP) City Bus

How did YOU get to work/school/run errands today?

Cool. Well, I took the city bus. 

I have spent the last month dreading this day, not even a joke. 

My wonderful sister, Ellie, and I share a really cute white Grand Am. My parents finally gave in last summer and bought us our own car. Hmmph. After I spent three years driving around my parents car, my sister gets her license and immediately we "need a third family car". Yeah, okay. 

Since Ellie is student council president, Dance team captain, track captain, in NHS, Mustang Mentors, Calc 9, and a million other things, we (and when I say we, I mean she.) decided it would make sense for her to have the car this school year. My parents were a little worried about me keeping a car at school with me, with all the crime in Highland Park (what) and the shenanigans they know my friends and I get into. But, I had the car all summer and things went off without a hitch! Except for when I side swept my garage and some paneling fell off the car... nbd.

Today I woke up feeling so nervous. But, things went smoothly! Except for the guy with a tear tattoo sitting by me, everything was fine! I know that this will help me grow up, and I'll probably get some good stories along the way. 

Would you rather ride in this?

Or THIS?? 

Yeah, same. 

Gooo Twins!

Okay, out with the truth.

I only went to two Twins games this summer. I know, I know. I'm sorry. No excuses, just play harder.

Feeling very regretful, and with eight home games left, I spent all week badgering anyone and everyone I know (like my cute Spanish partner and my roommates friends) to go to a game with Ticket King's FIVE DOLLAR TICKETS. (http://www.ticketkingonline.com/ResultsEvent.aspx?event=Minnesota+Twins&pid=677)  Now, I am very confused why no one accepted this offer.... Maybe because it's the first full week of school? I guess college kids hardly have time to sleep, let alone go to a four hour Twins game.

So, last night I was eating dinner at 6:30 when I got a call from my best friend from work, Lesley. "Raaach what are you doing? My dad just gave me two Twins tickets in the dugout, wanna go?"

Umm yess...

So she picked me up and it was the best Twins experience I've had in a long time (even though Joe Mauer didn't play and the Twins haven't even been playing decently....).

And I'm trying to convince my lovely parents to have a family day on Sunday and take a trip out to Target Field.

Only two home weekends of Twins baseball left, people! Get your tickets now before you feel regretful, like I did!

Photo: Twins game with the cutest! :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

First Week of School

This previous week was the FIRST week of school for many students. Let's just say it was rather rough.

Not for me though! I have spent my whole summer waking up at 6:30 am (basically the crack of dawn) to go work at the Development Office at the University of St. Thomas. I was basically the go-to girl. Doing lots of copying (my largest project was copying a packet that contains 2,000 pages. Yawn), answering of the phone (University of St. Thomas Development Office, this is Rachel...), and entering data into the system (or "maintaining and updating data for the entire campus system with great attention to detail and necessity for accuracy". Or at least, that's what I said in my resume.) I spent many hours with the same group of twelve people, and we got extremely close!

When I started my communication internship at Ticket King at the end of July, it came with pros and cons. I went from working with a fun group of twelve people, to a office setting with two people. Lot's of costumer service, and figuring out how to drive downtown St. Paul. However,  I got to wake up a little later! But actually, I got up at the same time, but then spent my mornings running mindlessly on a treadmill and watching Keeping up with the Kardashian's (such a guilty pleasure, shh). I was getting real life experience at this internship, and doing so much writing, which is my greatest passion.

I also spent countless hours with my wonderful family (in Glacier National Park for a two week backpacking excursion, and at least three long weekends at our family cabin on Lake Vermillion.) It was so great to see all my friends from high school who came home for the summer from all around the country (shout out to you all currently Connecticut, Texas, California, New York, Wisconsin and Iowa) and met so many people from living near school in the summer. Made some friendships that I know will last FOREVER.

All in all, it was the best summer of my life.

So, you can say I was a little sad for it to end. BUT, now I get to sleep in a tad (my alarm goes off at 6:50 every morning), work is now balanced with four and a half classes, other various activities (I have a radion show at KUST campus radio, teach Sunday school at St. Marks in St. Paul, and am involved in a million clubs at St. Thomas), and keeping up with my friends and family! Literally six of my close friends are studying abroad this semester. It was really hard to say goodbye to everyone, but I know they are off having the time of their life, so I guess I can be happy for them. People in London, Paris, South Africa, and three in Rome, and I am so jealous! I can't wait for J-term so I can stop facebook stalking everyone and go have my own adventures! (But more about that later).

With two new roommates that are slowly turning into best friends, new faces at work (we just wrapped up with orientation at Development, where I was one of two students who helped with planning. Sooo relieved that's over), and the plethora of people I have met over my two years at St. Thomas, it's going to be such a fun year!

Some things I'm looking forward to:

Tommie Johnnie Game this weekend, the beginning to the celebrations of the 21st birthday (I have to wait until April), taking the city bus to Ticket King every Tuesday and Thursday, and my first QUIZ tomorrow! (Wait, those last two...)

So yeah. Don't forget to read my blog, ticketkingcollege.blogspot.com, to keep up with what I'm up to! I'll try to update once every week and I'd LOVE to hear from you! Leave me a comment or send me an email.

Now, stop reading this silly little thing, and go enjoy this 90 degree weather! (Literally so glad I wore black pants and boots today...)