Sunday, September 29, 2013

My Weekend in a Nutshell

I had another great weekend, readers. As I'm sure you've picked up in my other blog posts, I'm not too excited about being a senior and graduating in eight short months.

So I'm trying to pack in a million things, get straight A's, work a bunch to make money for Italy, and say "YES" to every opportunity that gets thrown my way.

On Friday night I was lucky enough to snag a ticket to the U of M's homecoming performance, which was Passion Pit and Hoodie Allen. Literally two of my favorite musicans. I met up with my bff from high school, Niki, and her friends from college that have adopted me into their friend group. The concert was amazing. It was a great atmosphere to be in TCF Bank Stadium and the music and company was fantastic.

On Saturday, I helped celebrate my roommate, Mary's, 22nd birthday! I spent the rainy afternoon making her a fruit pizza, our go-to favorite food. We met up with a bunch of other girls for dinner at Loring Pasta Bar and then headed downtown Minneapolis with a group of 20 friends. Happy birthday, Mary!!!!

Today, I rushed back to my parents house to lay on our deck and catch the last rays of the (summer?) sun. I for sure got sun burned (I mean I was outside from 11:30-3 so...). Now I'm running on about 9 hours of sleep from this weekend (me, going out both nights?! Basically unheard of!) and I would love to go to bed, but I still have a little reading to do for my Family Communication class.

Thanks for readingggggggg! Talk to ya soon!


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Getting Pumped For Italy

I know, I know, it's still over 3 months away, but I am getting so pumped about my J-term class in Italy. The class is titled "Pilgrimage in Italy: The Christian Experience from the Early Church to the Catholic Reformation". We will travel to Rome, Assisi, Florence, Siena, and Greccio/Rieti. According to the course description, "the course will pay careful attention to the monuments and art that reflect the spirituality of each period of the history of Italy. Students will be introduced to the major works of Christian literature written at these various places. The focus will be on the lives of individual people from the different phases of history (Peter and Paul, Francis and Clare of Assisi, Catherine of Siena, Ignatius of Loyola, Caravaggio, Giotto, Pope Innocent III, etc.) A special focus will be on St. Francis and the Franciscan movement."


I can't wait to go to mass by the Pope. I can't wait to see Assisi's village town. I can't wait to visit Florence and the other weekend destinations. I can't wait to meet new people and have adventures. We have an orientation at the beginning of November and I'm excited to see who is in my program and get to know the other aspects of the trip. I'm going to get my passport tomorrow afternoon.

I'll for sure keep you updated on everything else :)


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Rachel Saw Taylor Swift Live!

I feel like I just posted a blog entry about going to Beyonce, but here's another concert blog post! I was lucky enough to have the chance to see Taylor Swift live in concert last night.

It was a last minute thing so I called my best friend from high school (who literally is in love with T Swift) and we got our butts down to the Xcel as fast as we could.

I love all of Taylor's old music, but she played almost the whole 22 CD, which was great too! The stage was always busy with mini theatrical performances going on. Taylor also took a little bit of time explaining her thought process of every song which was a little excessive, in my opinion. She was talking to mainly 12 year olds about love and relationships. Not necessary. Regardless, I had an awesome time!

Check out this picture I took of Taylor Swift flying through the air!