Archive for November, 2011

Giving Thanks at WT

Since it was just Thanksgiving, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I’m thankful for.  So many things in my life are gifts from God, and I take them for granted.  But right now, I want to focus on things at WT.

I wasn’t going to come here.  I was accepted to Texas State and was in the process of picking out my dorm, when I decided that I wanted to come here instead.  My boyfriend and I wanted to go to the same college, so I asked him what he thought, and although it wasn’t his first choice, he agreed that it would be good.

I came here not knowing what to expect, and hoping things would workout.  Since then, I have realized this is the best college for me, and I’m sooo glad I came here. I am so thankful for the things that make me feel at home here.

1. The Religious Groups – I am a part of Buffs For Christ and it is so good.  Everyone is so welcoming and it’s a great place to go to feel like you are a part of something great.  Just from what I have seen, I know that the other religious groups are like this too.  The BSM and the Wesley fed the RA’s during RA training and let us give them our prayer requests.  They all made us feel so at home and cared for.

2. Good ‘Ole West Texas Folk –  People in West Texas are just so much nicer than people from other places.  You can ask almost anyone who came here from far away.  They will agree that the people here are so nice.  It’s common courtesy to hold the door open for the person behind you, and to smile at people when you see them.  You just don’t find that at other places.

3. The Size –  My sister went to A&M, and she said her classes had any where from 100-300 people in each class!  100 is about the max here, and it’s handy.  Whenever you talk to a professor outside of the classroom, they automatically recognize you from their class, and know whether or not you are a good student.

4. Price – $6,000 a semester.  Living on campus with a meal plan, that’s about how much I pay.  Name another college that is as great as WT with that price.  Ya, I didn’t think you could.  A&M is wayy more than double that, so is Tech, UT, Texas State, etc.

5. Friends – It’s so easy to make friends here.  There is such a variety of people here.  I love the friends I have made here, and I actually dread when I have to leave them!

Panhandle Weather Warning (Nov. 1, 2011)

Hello again! 🙂 Hope everyone’s week is off to a good start, and that your Halloween was fun filled.

So this particular installment is more aimed at those of you who are new at WT or are ready to come join us, because those of you who have been here for a while already know what I’m talking about.

…winter…is…coming!!!

Greatest time of the year up here is when the weather finally gets cold 🙂 Makes life easier because you aren’t drowning in sweat and there’s no heat to drain your energy. However, it can be rough when the weather turns nasty. I speak from experience 😛

Last January/February, we spent a week at -20 degrees which was literally (as in said on tv by the news) colder than the NORTH POLE!!! What’s worse was that the heaters in my dorm decided to give out, so it was just as cold indoors as it was outside. Not pleasant in the slightest, I promise you. So since we’ve had snow before Halloween even arrived this year, we’re basically guaranteed an epically cold winter. Therefore I thought I’d give out some advice on how to handle the oncoming winter weather.

  1. Have plenty of warm clothes in your closet. Sweaters, long jeans/pants, water proof shoes/boots, at least one warm coat, a scarf, a hat, gloves, and plenty of socks.
  2. Keep a few extra blankets in your room. Sleeping bags are usually a good idea, but having an electric blanket is best. Personally I have 2 sleeping bags in my closet and an electric blanket on my bed 🙂
  3. Keep a good stock of groceries in your room. By this I mean soups, microwave meals, hot drinks, food that will keep you warm. There will be days when we have frostbite advisories and you will not want to leave the dorm at all. It’s on these days that you will be happy that you have your own food, instead of having to run to and from the caf.
  4. Grab some extra laudry supplies. With all the clothes changes you will have to make because you’re soaked from the snow or rain, you will need it. And you won’t want to be driving out to Walmart or United for more. I’d advise that you do the same with shower stuff too, because you will be taking lots of hot showers hahaha 🙂

 I don’t mean to scare anyone. And no, I’m not overreacting. I’m telling you what we actually did so that we didn’t freeze out here 😛 We enjoyed the cold weather, really we did, but it does require a little bit of preparation.

Anyways, hope I helped or at least brightened somebody’s day 🙂 Questions, comments, topics you’d like to hear about??? Shoot me a comment!

The Great Ginger Rescue (Oct. 25, 2011)

Hey guys 🙂 hope everyone’s week has begun well. In either case, I’d like to impart some wisdom to y’all so that hopefully your future weekends will run smoother than ours did 😛

So here is our tale:

This past weekend, myself and a few of my friends made plans to go adventuring in Amarillo. The game plan was to meet at Conner Hall at 1:30pm, but come 1:45pm we were short one compadre. Turns out our pal Cody ran out of gas and got stuck on the side of the road. *Facepalm* Being the good friends that we are, those of us who had shown up on time piled in my truck and headed out to find Cody.

Our mission first took us to Walmart in search of a gas can, since apparently they are a rare species among the local college student. Hahaha 😛 After acquiring the gas can and filling it, we then called Cody to confirm our directions and were told that somehow he had ended up in Dumas. (For those of you who aren’t from around here, Dumas is a 1 1/2 to 2 hr drive from Canyon.) There was a group cry of “How did you wind up in Dumas?!”, but we continued on toward Amarillo to take the 287 loop out north around the city. 

By now it’s been almost an hr and a half since we first set out to find Cody, and we’re just passing out of Amarillo and really heading for Dumas. This is when Cody calls to ask where we have disappeared to 😛 We tell him to hang on, and decide to double check our directions. He gave us a different set this time, which then prompted the question, ”Cody, how far are you from your house?”. His answer, “About 5 minutes”.

…he’s in Hereford. *Simultaneous group facepalm**Outbursts of “Cody!”*

I would assume that most people would just turn around and head home at this point, having driven about 2 hours all the way around Amarillo and back to Canyon. We, however, get off on the Hereford exit and within a few minutes of doing so arrive to find our ginger friend. A little sunburned, but otherwise fine. Since our rescue party was 3/4 girls, he got THAT LOOK. (Girls you know what I mean. The face you make when one of your guy friends has done something crazy and you are just beyond words. Now multiply by 3.)

Now that we had found him and told him the extent of our escapade, we hand over the gas can so we can get started on our original plan. Apparently the gas cans at Walmart are the most insanely complicated contraptions known to man, because despite taking only 3 minutes to fill this one took about 20 minutes to empty it into his truck 😛 Never fear we did eventually get going, and thus far we have not had to repeat this anecdote. (Knock on wood!)

The moral, my friends, is to know where you are. If you don’t, buy a map. Study it. Keep it in your car at all times. I promise, our pal Cody will be getting a map for Christmas 🙂

Hope I’ve been helpful, interesting, entertaining, or at least brightened someone’s day 🙂 Comments, questions, suggestions? Please share!

Weekend Fun (Oct. 22, 2011)

Hello again! 🙂 I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far. For those of you who are in need of something to go out and do, I have a suggestion.

Maxwell’s Pumpkin Patch is a seasonal sensation worth checking out. Granted it is aimed at younger kids, but trust me anyone can have fun if you want to. They have hay rides (not really that spectacular, but some people like them), a 2 1/2 mile corn maze (so much fun with the right people), a couple of slides (half the fun is in trying to dodge small kids :P), an entertaining obstacle course (the real test is being able to complete obstacles built for much smaller people), and of course a pumpkin patch where you can get the perfect start for your Halloween Jack-O-Lantern.

I am speaking from personal experience lol 🙂 my friends and I spent a few hours last Saturday running around like crazy 6 yr olds. We are all 19 and our guys are 6’2″ and 6’5″. Definitely check out the obstacle course lol 🙂 It’s been a while since I’ve had that much fun, and I make it a personal mission to have some epic fun everyday 🙂

Anyways I hope you will check it out and enjoy Maxwell’s as much as we did! 🙂

http://www.maxwellspumpkinfarm.com/

Homecoming 2011 (Oct. 13, 2011)

Back again with Tale number 2 🙂

For those of you who are either new to WT, are considering joining us, or among my fellow sophmores at others colleges here at WT we take Homecoming very seriously. Last year we spent the whole week building a collasle bonfire during the day, and at night we would stay out late guarding it, roasting mashmallows near our campfire, and enjoying the fun with music, friends, and shenanigans :). Friday would bring the Pigskin Review, which is a crazy peprally, and the lighting of the finished bonfire. As it burned both students of WT and families who live in the community gathered to hear a concert and mingle with friends. The big game was played on Saturday, which we won, and fireworks were set off in celebration. It was a memorable experience from my first year away at college 🙂

This year was only slightly less amazing due to the lack of a bonfire. Most of you are familiar with the drought that’s hit the Texas Panhandle, and the issueing of a burn ban because of it. Never fear though because we made the best of it 😛 To compensate for the loss of our bonfire,  our week of Homcoming festivities were Mardis Gras themed. We had midnight weenie roasts, the traditional Tractor Pull, midnight pancakes (provided by the caf), and a concert featuring Hello Goodbye! Saturday brought a Mardis Gras parade complete with floats, beads and candy thrown to the crowd, and a fair with stalls selling all sorts of cool stuff 🙂 and of course later there was the usual tailgateing outside the stadium where frats and other campus orginizations gave out free food and had games set up.

I know all of this sounds like a blast, and it was, but none of it compares to the game itself 🙂 now I recommend going with a group of friends and sitting 1) if it’s your first ever game then sit right at the 50 yd line behind the Maroon Platoon 2) if you’ve been to a game before then sit in the first section on your right, to the right of the marching band and behind the Herdsman Hearts. I say this because everyone should experience the Maroon Platoon at least once, but after that first time you’ll want to be able to hear yourself think so the 2nd option is a nice place to sit where you can still see. Plus you’ll be able to see the Herdsman just off the field with Thunder (our amazing Buffalo mascot!!!) and trust me, everytime you hear music on the loud speakers you should direct your attention to the Herdsman because their dancing will make your day 🙂 Anyways, I digress. The game is a fun event, which this year we won 19-7 against Angelo State, that everyone should be part of at least once.

I hope that I’ve improved someone’s day and that this will encourage some of y’all to come join us for next year’s fun 🙂 questions, comments, suggestions…send em my way!

Foreign Visitor (Oct. 11, 2011)

Hey guys! 🙂

Sorry about the delay. Like any job, it takes a little while to get into the system and really get going. Never fear my friends, for I’ve been having plenty of adventures in the meantime and can’t wait to share them with you. 🙂

This first tale took place during the first 2 weeks of September, when a foreign visitor came to WT. Her name is Chelsea, she traveled for the first time to Texas all the way from Houghton Regis, England. And yes, I mean the country across the Atlantic Ocean. (Apparently some people aren’t familar with it. If this is you, invest in a globe. Now.)

Anyways, during Chelsea’s 2 week exploration of all things Texan my friends and I introduced her to all the really important things in life. At least those that we could reasonably manage and afford since we’re all broke college kids 😛 This list included taking her out for real bbq, going dancing at Midnight Rodeo, showing her what Walmart is all about, and teaching her to shoot a gun. Nature helped us out as well by treating her to the best of Texas’ bipolar weather. Hahaha 😛 Bet most of you remember that 2 week cold front we had in September.

So overall, my friend from abroad enjoyed her stay and left with the impression that we’re all insane. She intends to return as soon as she can. 🙂

Hope my anecdote improved the day for someone 🙂 If you have any ideas for future shenanigans or questions about any of the things I get up to, please leave me a comment! xXx

Catch Up

Hey guys! 🙂

So, first off I will admit that technology and I don’t get along…at all. That being said, I’m sorry there hasn’t been much up on my page since about September. Somehow I put my posts up on the wrong webpage 😛

Anyways, I shall repost my stories from the last couple months up here for those of you who want to read them, and from now on any new adventures will go up here alongside my fellow Buffs’ posts.

Hope y’all enjoy my tales and some advice, and I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! 🙂