Monday, August 31, 2015

My Fall Bucket List

There’s been some radio silence around these parts. I’m a pretty firm believer in not blogging just for the sake of having a post X amount of times a week but blogging when you feel inspired. And to be perfectly honest, I’ve had near zero motivation and zero inspiration when it comes to putting words to screen lately.

But there is one thing that’s got me giddy….and that’s the impending autumn.
It’s almost fall, yall!
I’m going to be totally basic right now and tell you (again) that fall is my absolute favorite season. I love everything about it from football to the fashion to foliage. This will be Cooper’s first autumn on this earth and I want to do everything I can with him! A lot of bloggers like to post their “Summer Bucket List” and it includes things like get a tan, or read X amount of books at the beach, or buy a cute pair of sandals. My summer bucket list goes something like this:
-Stay indoors.
-Wait for fall.
I like a good pair of sandals as much as the next person but seriously. Summer is for the birds.
Instead I present to you my FALL Bucket List.

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Now there's nothing left to do but wait patently for the temperature to drop and break out the cozy sweaters!

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Cooper Applies to College

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 Tell us about yourself.
My name is Cooper.  I’m 7 months old and I live with my parents and our two cats. 

Why are you interested in the University of Alabama?
I’ve learned about the University of Alabama since birth (and a school in Florida but we won’t talk about that).  My mother and her entire family are Alabama fans and my aunt is currently enrolled in her senior year.  I love the school’s legacy of tradition, athletic supremacy and academic excellence and I would love to be a part of that.
Plus I’m told I look nice in crimson.

Who in your life has most influenced you.
That would have to be my mother.  Only because she birthed me.

What do you want to major in and why?
I chose engineering as my major because I wish to design and build a wearable machine that will predict when I’m nearing hunger so I don’t have to wait any length of time for a bottle.

What will you contribute to our campus community?
I have a great personality and I think I’m good at making people smile. =)
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 Tell us about a challenge you overcame.
Recently my mother tried one night of a sleep method to get me to sleep in my crib.  She laid me down in my dark room alone and walked out.  This in itself was troubling as I’m rarely in a room by myself.  I began to protest but she did not return for a full TWO MINUTES.  She placed my paci back in my mouth, rubbed my face and walked out again.  That was not what I was expecting.  I protested again.  THREE MINUTES LATER she came back into my room and soothed me enough to make me believe she was going to pick me up only to walk out again.  I protested vehemently and was persistent until she had no choice to not only pick me up but return me to where I belong, in the bed with her.  Through my struggles I learned that persistence is key and Mom is a sucker.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy sitting on the carpet at daycare and playing in a bucket of toys, bouncing in my bouncer , talking to anyone that will listen, and watching my mother do just about anything.
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I ask you, nay, I implore you to accept my application to the University of Alabama. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Roll Tide.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

When the Levees Broke

Lately I’ve been on a documentary kick. I’ve been mostly listening to them at work in my headphones but if something really interests me I’ll go back later and watch it. I was fumbling around on Youtube looking for something to listen to and came across Hurricane Katrina specials from various tv stations. That led me to a documentary directed by Spike Lee called “When The Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts”.
I didn’t know a whole lot about Katrina. Chris and I took a trip to New Orleans with a friend who was a native in 2008, just three years after the storm but I really only got the general idea: category 5 storm, flooded New Orleans, stranded people, Lower 9th Ward, George Bush doesn’t like black people, ect, ect…

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I am so glad I watched this film. There are parts that are hard to watch and there are parts that are nothing short of heartbreaking. It’s hard to imagine American citizens going through something like this. Not just the storm itself but the inaction of the government at all levels and the amount of suffering afterward. The images that brought me to tears were those of mothers at the Superdome crying for relief for their babies who were passing out in the sweltering heat and those of people being forced to leave the bodies of their loved ones on the sidewalk to board buses out of the city.

It will make you think twice about anything and everything you heard from the media about the disaster and the people it affected.
There’s not much else to say about it except that it is very moving and if you watch it (and I hope you do especially with the ten year anniversary coming up this month) be prepared for strong language and visuals, understandably.

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