Penn State: Day 1

So yes. I did not sleep at all. And I still have not slept. Whoo!

It started out with a 3:30am drive to the airport with Patricia, Shayna, Shayna’s Mum, and Flor.

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Shayna and her mum left and Jakob arrived right when we were walking in! So these are the earliest risers that got there first! We win …

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Shayna made little baggies of breakfast for all of us. It consisted of a blueberry muffin, a Capri sun, little pieces of candy, and a bag of pretzels.

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Us all enjoying our breakfast. We sent this blurry picture to Shayna to let her know we love her and wished she was with us.

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Us in our seats. We got to pick anywhere we wanted to sit. There was a lot of open seats so a lot of us had our own row … like Tim J. here who sat in front of me. Jakob sat in my row and we had an open seat in between us.

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Before we took off, the view. And after we took off, the view. So pretty!

It was a 3 hour plane ride to Baltimore.

I was so hyper before we took off. But once we were up in the air, the hyperness died off. I tried hard to fall asleep but failed so I pretty much just shut my eyes and listened to music Trisha gave me the night before.

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Little snacks we got on the plane. I only ate the Wheat Thins and still have the Ritz. I got water and Tim J. threw the Plane Cookies at me which I still had until later that night.

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The view from the sky as we were about to land! It’s so pretty!

Hello Baltimore!

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We grabbed food quickly from the food court at the airport. A bunch of us bought food from Quizno’s. I got a veggie sub. Yums!

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Then we got on our charter bus to have a 3 hour drive to Pennsylvania.

It was a pretty fun bus ride. I really wished I got some sleep but we had fun reading a Cosmo magazine Patricia bought. Ryan was going crazy over it! And Tim J. somehow felt the need to talk to me and share with me things that happened in the past and his failed Valentine’s Day. I feel sorry for him.

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Next thing I know … SNOW!! Life is amazing.

I am in love with this weather. It’s cold but not cold enough where I want to kill myself. I wish I could move up to a cold place when I get older.

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We arrive at The Atherton Hotel and this is the lobby. Hello. You’re gorgeous!

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And the rooms aren’t shabby either. It’s just the three of us (Liliana, Marisol, and me). So big! So much room! I get to have a bed ALL to myself! hehe

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A group  of us walked around the streets before getting dinner. Everyone else went their separate ways. (Courtney, Andy, Patricia, Tim J., Liliana, Marisol, and me!)

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I found a Wilson Volleyball!! It’s so cute … I want it!

Everyone was starting to get hungry so we went to:

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Green Bowl
131 W. Beaver Avenue
State College, Pennsylvania 16801
(814) 238-0600
www.thegreenbowl.com

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All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet for $11.95. We all jumped on it. You pick what you want and they cook it! It looks dead but there were people here!

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I ate ALL of that. And another plate. I can make this at home but it was nice having more ingredients than usual. Winking smile

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Andy, Liliana, and I at the restaurant. We only found this place because the Penn State students suggested it.

I would probably not waste $11.95 on this kind of food since I can make it myself, but it was good enough to satisfy all of us and our hungry tummies.

Afterward, we all walked back to the hotel and we chilled in my room. Ryan and Dilip walked in to let us know they were going to have a drink in the hotel bar downstairs. The 21+ club followed suit. Aka: Patricia, Marisol, Tim J. and I.

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I got a Shock Top that was on Tap. Yum!

Then Bob and Cindy came in with Emily and they had a drink. Along with Murtuza, Lance, Jakob, and Tim S. Eli walked in to hang out with us a little.

A few of us played pool and then some of us went back to our rooms to relax.

It’s been a busy, fun filled day. It’s only 10pm here where back home, it’s 9pm. This time change is confusing me and I am starting to get tired from not sleeping!

I cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings!

I hope you all have an amazing Friday!

Butterflies In My Tummy

I said I would tell you why my weekend began on Monday night.

I will be heading to Penn State soon! There is an organization there called THON which is where FTK derived from.

Their Dance Marathon is this weekend and I’m excited to experience it with some amazing people.

I hope I get to see real live snow!!

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Katrina went with me to Wal-Mart to buy last minute things for THON and she decided to pick up some cupcakes.

When I asked her which princess I would be, she said something funny … but rude.

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Gary came over and they hung out with me while I packed.

Picture of Gary wanting to go to THON with me.

I wish everyone I love in FTK was going with me. It would so much better. But I’ll make do with the people I have. Winking smile

Then we, along with Andrew C. and Lisel, went to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings. Had a good time with them and sad I won’t get to see them for the next five days! Sad smile

Trisha came over and gave me 100 songs to listen to while on my trip. I’m excited! I love new music!!

Then Travis helped me with my luggage and drove me to Shayna’s and Patricia’s so that I wouldn’t have to leave it here over the weekend. We have decided not to sleep … but they have dozed off next to me. Shayna and her mum are driving us to the airport at 3:30am.

Eepp! We’re almost there! My eyes are getting heavy!

Picture Bomb

I finally figured how to get pictures out my phone. I’m slow. Leave me alone.

Here are some random pictures!! They’re all pretty much food except for one. Winking smile

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10.28.11 with Jenny and Richard at the apartment.

My first Negra Modelo. So delicious. So dark.

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10.30.11 with Jenny and Richard at Kumori Sushi & Teppanyaki.

L: Hand Grenade. My favorite at Kumori. So dang delicious!

R: I don’t remember what rolls we got but the top is Richard & Jenny’s. The bottom was mine.

Seriously. If you ever go to San Antonio and have a craving for sushi, go here.

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10.31.11 with Trisha at Coldstone.

She needed someone to talk to so we went and got ice cream. This is the first time I’ve ever ordered ice cream in a waffle bowl dipped in chocolate. The ice cream flavor is cinnamon and I got sprinkles mixed in.

I only got cinnamon because the guy that worked there said he liked the cinnamon the best. He was cute so I went with it. Yum! It was so delicious!

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11.02.11 alone in the apartment. Sad smile

I hate bread. Okay, not hate but dislike it with a passion. But I love sandwich thins!! They taste so much better!! And I bought my first ever Quorn soy patties. This is in the form of cheese burger. They taste better than they smell.

I also had a side of romaine lettuce. And dipped it in some Annie’s Naturals Organic Cowgirl Ranch. It’s okay. I’m not a big fan of it. I won’t go out and get it again but I’ll definitely try the other flavors.

I’m a college student so sometimes when I’m lazy to wash dishes, I put wax paper, saran wrap, or foil on the plate so I can just take it off and not have to wash. Whoops. Smile with tongue out

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11.04.11 alone in the apartment

My first ever, Amy’s Pizza Pesto. The one on the left is the original. I added some mushrooms on it so that I can get fuller. Hence the difference on the right.

I want more!!! It was delicious. (I needed new words describing amazing foods!)

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11.05.11 with Gary and Katrina at Coldstone.

They wanted to hang out and talk about random stuff and they wanted ice cream … so we got ice cream. Now you know why I’m nowhere near to losing weight?

This one’s cake batter with sprinkles rolled in.

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11.06.11 with Tammy at Rudy’s

We had a lot of leftovers. I ate it for another three meals after this.

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11.09.11 alone at the shuttles

Just wanted to end it with not food.

I will be updating some places we went to now that I’ve figured how to get it out my phone!! So keep a look out!!

Ilsong Garden

On May 5th Trisha and I wanted to hang out once more before I had to leave for the summer. We decided on:

Ilsong Garden
6905 Blanco Road
San Antonio, TX
(210) 366-4508
www.ilsonggarden.com

First off I got the Kalbi [marinated beef short ribs] | $9.95. It was very delicious. I kind of wished I got more rice though. Sadly I had no leftovers which is weird cuz I always have leftovers. Guess it’s because they give you so little compared to other Korean restaurants.


They gave us side dishes. They weren’t that amazing.

I love Korean soup!! So I got the Soon Du Bu Chige [soft tofu with seafood soup] | $7.95. So good! But like I said before, I wish there were more rice. I was super full after the soup. Couldn’t finish it all.

I don’t think I’ll ever come back here again. Though the food is good, the price isn’t for the amount I get.

Trisha got Sperry’s for me for my birthday!! I wear them practically everyday for work.

Smashburger

My friend Trisha and I wanted a burger before a meeting on the 29th of March and ended up at:

Smashburger
11309 Bandera Rd #30901
San Antonio, TX
(210) 680-0987
www.smashburger.com

This is my whole meal. Looks pretty scrumptious. Let’s break it down.

First off we have the Mushroom Swiss [garlic sauteed mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and mayo on an egg bun] | $5.99. Depending on the size of the burger it costs more. I think I got the 1/3 lb burger. If it was a 1/2 lb, $6.99. I was surprised there were so many mushrooms! Usually when you go out for a burger and get the mushrooms with it, they give you a few slices. This one had mushrooms in every bite. Yummy! And the burger was very juicy.

If you wanted any thing added on to your burger it cost extra. I really wanted a fried egg but for $.99 … no thanks.

If you wanted fries, you had to order them separately. What kind of place is this?! Money suckers! Smashfries [tender and crispy fries tossed with rosemary, olive oil, and garlic] | $2.99. Not a fan of this at all. Wasted my money. It had a weird taste. Guess you have to have that palette to enjoy it. If you ordered a sandwich instead of a burger, the fries would be $1.99. Still don’t think it’s worth it.

Here we have the Fried Pickles [fried dill pickles served with buttermilk ranch dressing] | $2.99. So delicious. I would definitely come back for this! It had some kind of breading that gave it a unique flavor. Yummm!

Overall it’s a good place to eat. Just too pricey. I don’t think I’ll come back anytime soon for anything here.