Captain’s Log: Stardate 95382.03

I’ve been really slacking lately when it comes to writing. I wanted to post something more interesting, but I’m busy doing 1,000 things right now so I’m just going to do a quick life update. Enjoy!

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The Most Important Parts of a Good Book

We’ve all read a great book. Even if you’re not much of a reader, there’s usually one book that made you wonder where its been all your life.

I, on the other hand, have roughly 1,000 novels that I feel this way about.

There are many parts that make up a great book. Sometimes it’s not even about the actual story in the book – sometimes it’s about the feeling before (and after) you read it, or the characters. Or maybe it is the plot that makes it great. It really depends on the reader. But, here are the 6 most important things for me that comes with a great book.

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Captain’s Log: Stardate 95197.53

Listening: Love My Life – Jay Park

Wow, can you guys believe that I literally haven’t written anything all summer?

I can. I’m kind of awful at not going completely off the grid during the summertime. I spend most of my time either working or sleeping and generally not being motivated to do anything, but this time next week I’ll be back on campus, so I need to find some motivation. I go back so early because I have roughly 2 weeks worth of CA training camp that I have to go through.

Since I’m heading back to school, that means I’ll be more motivated to write (because I’ll be avoiding doing my actual assignments and writing instead). I’m giving myself a little head start by writing something now, even though I just got home from an 8 hour shift and I’m beyond tired and the only thing I’d really like to do right now is sleep for, like, 10 hours straight.

Instead I’m going to steal an idea from my best friend B’s blog and answer a few questions that I found from a tumblr post so my readers can get to know me a little better. All of the questions are named after characters and things from one of my favorite book series, The Raven Cycle (which everyone should check out).

Here we go!

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A dedication to my dad 

Last week me and my dad went out to dinner together. My soon-to-be step mom, Jill, was in Chicago for work, and my younger brother was at my mom’s house for the week, so it was just me and my old man. We went to a cozy little Italian place right down the street from our neighborhood. While we were waiting for our food, I asked my dad an important question:

“What do you want for father’s day?”

It only took him a moment to respond to me.

“You know if I want something I just go out and get it myself.”

Of course I knew that. My dad is, at his best, independent, and at his worst, hard-headed. He is incredibly self-sufficient, and hardly let’s me (or anyone else, for that matter) do anything for him (which is a trait he most definitely got from my pop pop).

So what do you get for someone who already has everything he wants?

The answer is words.

Words are something I’m good at. Writing is something I can do. But, it’s difficult, maybe even impossible, to use my words to sum up how much my dad means to me.

That doesn’t mean I won’t try.

So here is my father’s day present to you dad: a collection of words that I’ve strung together about how much you mean to me, and some of the little things I love.

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Captain’s Log: Stardate 94886.86

Hello!

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything, but I’ve been pretty busy. There’s only one week of classes left followed by finals week, so I’ve got a lot of things due. This is going to be a short post about some silly little life updates in the last few days.

1) I’ve recently rediscovered my love for pineapple.

So, like I said, there’s about two weeks or so left of school and I haven’t gone to the grocery store in a good month because I’ve been trying to spend the extra meal plan/flex money I have and I can only spend it on campus. Also I haven’t gone to the store because I’m broke and can’t afford to buy myself groceries. That means I make frequent trips to the coffeehouse, which is right next door to my apartment. I go most mornings to pick up something for breakfast and I eat lunch there everything Tuesday and Thursday with my Co-Editor/Life Partner/Love of my Life Ali. They have a bunch of different things there, but recently I decided to buy one of the little container of pineapple and I’ve been eating it non-stop since then. As I type this I’m currently eating pineapple for breakfast while at work. There something about that bright, refreshing taste that I can’t get enough of.

Honest to God, I can’t believe I forgot about how good pineapple is.

2) I started a new book (or two)

I’ve recently bought three new books off of Amazon. You may be asking yourself “How does she have money to buy books but none to buy food?” Well, the answer is really simple. I am the Worst™ and spend my money on things I don’t actually need, like these books. Whatever, the way I see it is that I could be spending my money on much worse things.

Anyway, the first book I bought is a political book called The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted. I’m only a few pages in to it, but as a Political Science major, these are the types of books that I love to read in my spare time. I’m excited to get a little further in this book, but I’ve been concentrating on different books more as of now.

The second book I bought and am currently reading is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I also just bought the sequel to it, called Crooked Kingdom, but it’s still on its way here. I’m really invested in this one. If you know me well, you’d know that I’m a sucker for any book series that has interesting, complex characters (like The Raven Cycle series or the All For The Game series). Six of Crows has so many good characters so far. It’s about a group of criminals from this gang who are trying to bust out someone being held hostage in a prison that’s never been broken into before. It also takes place in a whole fantasy world with magic (maybe? they don’t really describe it as magic) and a bunch of other cool made up things. Bardugo does a good job of explaining these made up things, though, so it’s not confusing to read. I started the book on Wednesday and read the first 300 pages and I’m planning on finishing the next 200 today. I might hold off though because Crooked Kingdom won’t be here until next Wednesday at least.

Books are something I’m really passionate about, so I might write up a list of my favorite books as well as do a book recommendation type of thing at some point.

3) I wrote a 14 page paper for my Legislative Process Class.

Listen, this paper honestly wasn’t hard but I didn’t want to do it so much that it felt like it took me an eternity to write it even though I wrote it in about 3/4 days. It was for my Legislative Process class, which deals with all things about the U.S. Congress, and I wrote about Thaddeus Stevens and his time as the chair of the Committee on Ways and Means and how it impacted the Civil War. Yeah, writing it was about as fun as the topic sounds. But I got it done and handed it in, and that’s all that matter. Also, Thaddeus Stevens was a badass and he’s out here reppin Lancaster, so he’s all good in my book.

There are probably other things that have happened that I can’t remember, but that’s all I have for now. I wanted to keep this pretty sure because I haven’t updated my blog in a while and I just wanted something small to put on here to let everyone know I am still alive and kicking.

Look for more posts in the future!

– Kaylee

Captain’s Log: Stardate 94865.11

This semester, to satisfy my Art Tradition credit, I’m taking a class called History of American Popular Music. That means I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about songs, artists, and albums throughout the years.

I’m not incredibly music inclined. I don’t play an instrument, although my singing voice is alright. It’s not great, but it’s not horrible either (unless it’s 8 a.m. and I just woke up and I’m trying to sing in the shower).

Despite my lackluster musical abilities, I am obsessed with music. I listen to it when I’m getting ready in the morning. I listen to it on my way to class. I listen to it while I do homework. I listen to it before bed.

I am always listening to music.

I’m not picky about what I listen to, either. The only type of music I don’t particularly like, or have liked in the past, is country. But really, I’ll listen to anything, which means I have a lot of favorite artists, songs, and albums. Today I’d like to write a little about some of the albums that I’ve grown to love over the years. I was originally only going to do 15, but then I got a little carried away and added more. If you look at the artists, they all kind of fall under a few different genres, but I have a few albums that I really appreciate thrown in there from different genres.

So without further ado, here are 25 of my favorite albums (in alphabetical order).

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Captain’s Log: Stardate 94859.45

When I get sick, I turn into a miserable baby.

I’ve been sick the past few days and I’ll be the first to say that I am completely insufferable. I’ve kept myself (and probably my roommates) up late for the past 3 nights with my awful coughing and sniffling. I keep asking everyone to make me food. I’ve used all the tissues at work. I am slowly losing my mind.

Last year, during my first semester as a freshman, I was sick for two weeks straight. By the end of the two weeks I wasn’t doing awful, and I ended up having 3 or so good days that I wasn’t sick at all. Immediately after that I got sick again for two more weeks. As you can imagine, I was miserable.

I’ve only been sick since Saturday, but it’s now Tuesday and I’m over it. I hate being sick. I’m running out of tissues and I don’t have time to go buy anymore. I want to be able to breath properly without coughing up a lung.

Yesterday I let myself have a partial sick day. I went to my Research Methods of Communications class at 9:30 because we had a paper due and then I went to work from 10:30-12:30. After that, I decided I wasn’t feeling well enough to go to either of my night classes (19th Century Europe at 5:30 and Digital and Professional Communications at 7, if you were wondering what some of my courseload was like).

I spent the rest of the day lazing around in my pajamas, playing on my phone, and generally just not doing anything. The highlight of my evening was watching the first Star Trek reboot movie (I know what you’re thinking – the reboots? Really? Sorry, the reboots are what made me fall in love with Star Trek in the first place, so Chris Pine and intense lens flare will always have a place in my heart).

Just hanging out with my boyfriend James Tiberius Kirk, aka Captain of my Heart

It’s funny because I keep saying that my next post on this blog is going to be about my top albums, but I’m still working on it because I have a lot to say about music. So instead I wrote this little post about being sick.

If any of you are sick right now, I feel you. We’re struggling together. Hopefully we all start feeling better soon.

– Kaylee