Mocha Madness

Have you ever wondered how the delicious mocha syrup inside many of your favorite Starbucks drinks looks on a really nice white polo shirt? Well if this one of the many questions you ponder in life then I have an answer for you…after working a 9 hour shift with no break and no coverage my day at Starbucks was coming to a close when all of a sudden Mocha Madness ensued!

One of the closing tasks at Starbucks is to put out the next day’s syrups out for the opening crew and while fulfilling this task I was unaware of the mocha syrup that was making my white shirt it’s new home…
Needless to say this shirt is probably ruined and my next paycheck will go towards buying a new white work shirt. Lesson from the Mocha: Sometimes you just have to laugh =)

The Coolest Classroom…Ever.

Downstairs in Weimer Hall at the University of Florida lies one of the coolest classrooms I’ve ever been in. This spacious room, known as the Center for Media Innovation and Research (CMRI) has MacBooks for every student, a huge front monitor, and a really big map of the world and it just overall awesome! I remember the first time I saw the CMRI last year.

I was struck by it’s appearance and then thought “Wow…I hope I can have a class in there someday,” and now here I am telling you about my experience in it! It’s a brand new classroom that opened in September of last year and was such a big accomplishment for the University of Florida that it even made it into the Student Alumni Association’s Annual Calendar (representing the month of December).

So…if you’re ever wondering through Weimer Hall and have a few minutes to spare. Head down to the basement and check out the CMRI…you won’t be disappointed! =)

Sunflowers and Other Fun Things

With the horrible weather Florida experienced yesterday my boyfriend decided to brighten my day a little by giving me some beautiful sunflowers…one of my favorite types of flowers! And while the majority of people where watching Grey’s Anatomy Musical Event, or the NIT Tournament, or MLB Opening Day games…we decided to go see “The Adjustment Bureau.”

My beautiful sunflowers

I have been wanting to see this movie for a while and the film did not disappoint. It was very interesting and even though it is a fictional movie it really made me think about what roles fate and free will have in our lives and how closely they are related. I know it’s silly but I am one of those people who really believe in fate and that every choice we make (aka free will) brings us to certain instances in our lives…which is just what the movie questions. If you are like me and have the same viewpoints and like a little romance then I think you will really enjoy “The Adjustment Bureau.”

As for today, the nasty weather is behind us, the majority of my homework is done…and work doesn’t come until later tonight. So hopefully I won’t be the victim of too many April Fool’s Day jokes and hopefully you won’t either! =)

Thunder, Lightning…Very Very Frightening!

This morning around 4 a.m. I woke up to the sounds of thunder and the pounding of the rain on the roof. Today is the second day of nasty weather in Gainesville but at least today I am not lugging around camera equipment without an umbrella…today is my favorite day of the week! While most people look forward to the weekends I look forward to Thursdays because I only have one class, no work, and it is my day to sit down and catch up on life. Today my class was canceled though so I did not have to battle Mother Nature…lucky for me because it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up anytime soon!

Wonderful weather instore for the Sunshine State!

With the nasty weather and no place to go and only homework and laundry on the agenda until my afternoon workout with Katie I plan on staying in my pjs as long as possible! But don’t worry I won’t be alone…with 40 years of serving coffee under his belt the CEO of Starbucks Howard Shultz wanted to make sure his partners felt loved and gave each one of us a special edition of his book “Onward.” I plan on taking homework break by reading his book with a good cup of joe of the Tribute blend (also part of the celebration of 40 years of Starbucks coffee). If you haven’t had a chance to try Tribute head to your local Starbucks and grab a cup…it’s quickly become my favorite coffee. But if you choose to do so…be careful because the weather is insane!

A Brief Bio About Me: A Gator Girl From the Beginning

I was born and raised in the heart of Florida, where everyone in my neighborhood has Gator flags and college football season is like a national holiday. So it’s no surprise that I was brained washed from multiple outlets to sleep, eat, and breathe everything Gator related from the beginning…something I am very thankful for. In fact, some of my most prized memories involve some sort of Florida Gator event. One that especially stands out in my mind was when my dad took me to a Highlands Gator Club function. I was so excited because I got to put my Gator cheerleader uniform with my big orange and blue bow…AND Albert the Alligator (one of my childhood heroes) was going to be there! It was an awesome night!

My Dad and I at a Highlands County Gator Event

Besides instilling the love of the Gators in me, my parents have always told me and my two younger brothers to chase our dreams and to never sell ourselves short. My dad went to UF for dental school and one of my dreams was to follow in his footsteps and to attend his beloved alma mater. There were many speed bumps along the way but I made it here…and I can say with all my heart that my time at UF has been the best time of my life!

About 15 years later the Highlands County Gator Club gave me a scholarship when I got accepted to UF. My parents and I are on the far left.

I have learned so much about myself and the type of woman I want to become over the last few years and now that my time here is almost up it is bitter-sweet. I am ready to go out into the world and use all my knowledge and experiences to better those around me, but I don’t know if I am completely ready to end one of the most important chapters of my life yet…it’s scary! All I know is that the love and support of my Lord, my family, and my friends has helped me reach all of my dreams thus far and I know they will continue to do so as I go through life.