2011 was the first year I was EVER away from my family on Thanksgiving. I have always enjoyed this holiday. Great food. Great company. Great traditions. I wanted to bring a part of these experiences to my friends and decided to host a Thanksgiving dinner. This year was no different. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present Thanksgiving 2.0!
From the cranberry glazed turkey, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, and rolls…to the pumpkin pie, and apple crisp; the food was delicious. I invited some of my friends, who in turn invited some of their friends, and we had a pretty amazing time.
It was rad, London.
Today is a noteworthy day! Day 14 of vegetarianism! *applause*
Let me tell you a little about my experience switching cold “tofurkey” (boy I’m on a roll today)…
The first two days of the switch were honestly easy. I wasn’t craving any meat until day three.
Day three was absolute hell.
I woke up feeling lethargic…with a massive headache and an aching body. I was the definition of crabby for the entire day and went to bed early. When I woke up, I felt incredibly energised and have felt that way ever since. My mood has been boosted and my body feels physically lighter. It sounds odd, but the closest comparison I can make is instead of feeling like a balloon filled with air- I feel like a balloon filled with a concoction of air and helium. It’s actually quite amazing.
My diet has consisted of fruit, vegetable-based soups, and mexican food. I created several new recipes I’m thinking about posting….they’re rather good, if I do say so myself. 😛 Since the switch, I have been taking vitamins to make up for the nutrients I had been getting from animal protein.
Overall, this switch was loads easier than I had anticipated.
This past Thursday I had the opportunity to see Owl City perform live with some friends. The tickets were general admission, and the concert started at 7:30 PM…so I planned my arrival around 3:45 PM. I wanted to get a good spot- don’t judge.
The line of hipsters grew and around 5:30 PM, I noticed a person pushing through the line a few people at a time. He ended up between a mother and daughter I had been chatting with and he motioned for me to step aside. I asked him if he was trying to cut in line and he ignored me but continued to motion for me to step aside. I repeated myself and he proceeded to put his hand in his pocket, move closer to me and threaten that he “didn’t want to cause any trouble.”
I’m 21 years and I have NEVER been in a fight– a record I was intending on keeping today. I let him through and he proceeded to stare at me, move up towards the front of the line, punch the air while looking at my group of friends, walking to the back of the line, and repeating this process. He probably creeped around like this for a solid 25 minutes…until someone reported him to security. Security had him taken away and we later found out he had a knife on him. H-O-L-Y C-R-A-P.
Once the concert started, I completely forgot about this near death experience. The concert was absolutely brilliant. I have been listening to every single song on The Midsummer Station…which is kinda a rare thing for me. Check it out!!
…I forgot to mention a very important milestone. I am in my final year of university and have just now started reading my FIRST university textbook 😛
HOLD THE PRESS!
I realise this post is incredibly overdue- so I promise to make it informative. 😛
I moved back to London on 27th August to a new address (which is literally steps away from Wimbledon). I am sharing an AWESOME three-story house with my friends Callum, Lani, and Sam.
2. Kitchen: stovetop- called “hob” over here..
3. Kitchen: washing machine is IN the kitchen in most UK houses..
4. Kitchen: breakfast bar and refrigerator/freezer..
7. Lounge: shelves in our lounge..
8. Lounge: dining room table..
9. Outside patio which they call a garden..
Shifting gears……unfortunately, my step grandfather passed away in September. I was able to fly back home to be with my family for the visitation and funeral. I can’t say I have attended many funerals; however, Grandpa Mike’s funeral was such a unique and amazing tribute to who he was. I fell in love with one of the songs that were chosen for the ceremony. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) by Chris Tomlin. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-4NFvI5U9w
I returned to the UK the exact Monday classes started. I will say…every single one of my classes this semester are fun and interesting. I am currently taking:
Strategic Perspectives– During this module we will be participating in a business simulation where we are in charge of a digital camera company and must make decisions ranging from product features to advertising and costs. I am actually really excited for this course!
Strategic Web Design Technology– This module is essentially learning different strategies to create and design a website. The end of the module assignment is to create an ecommerce website from scratch. I have absolutely no experience in coding, but I’m definitely going to give it a shot.
Digital and Direct Marketing– This is the module I was most excited for this semester. We are to design an advertising campaign to advertise English wines. Anyone that knows me knows I LOVE creating advertising campaigns and I LOVE wine. This is just too good to be true.
Integrated Marketing Communications– For IMC, the main project will be presenting a creative brief to our peers. After we have presented, we have the opportunity to pick another team’s creative brief to use and design an integrated campaign. Similar to Digital and Direct Marketing, the opportunity to design an advertising campaign is going to be more fun than work.
This semester is going to be pretty time consuming; however, I am quite confident the work will be more fun than anything!
Until next time…