Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

You know in movies when characters are late for their travel plans so they are sprinting down streets, piers, and through airports?   When I was trying to get myself to college last weekend, I had one.

I was booked to take the Redeye flight from CA to OH. Which would get me to my college with time for a well-deserved nap before I had to start moving my stuff in. Everything was going according to plan. Until it wasn’t.

~Automobiles~

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We left for the airport just over four hours before the flight. My app said it would only take us about an hour and fifteen minutes,  leaving just under three hours left until the flight. It was perfect… and then one of the major freeways shut down without any notice. The map app said there was heavy traffic, and nowhere online could you find mention of the freeway shut down. Instead of the hour and fifteen minutes. It took us approximately THREE hours and fifteen minutes to complete the should be 50 minutes, without traffic, to drive to the airport lot. With another THIRTY minutes to drive to the correct terminal of the airport. By the time we got to a place where we could leave the car, my phone buzzed to let me know boarding was over.

I have never felt so panicked in my life, as I did after missing my flight. I started wondering if I was going to have to start taking all these random modes of transportation to get to school like in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. (One of my all time favorite movies!)

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~Planes~

I knew I would eventually get to college, but last-minute flights are EXPENSIVE, to say the least. Not something I could afford easily, and after standing in line for another hour to talk to someone about finding a new flight, they informed me the next plane wasn’t for another 12 hours. (Though the lady was exceptionally nice and didn’t charge me for the new ticket!) I had no idea what to do for that long. The idea of sleeping in the baggage claim area of the airport until the next day made my heart pound so loud you could almost hear it. Luckily, my mom wasn’t about to do that and, somehow, found us a last minute hotel room. (Which was also discounted for us by the nice man working at the front desk.)

Seven a.m. the next morning we headed back to the airport. This time completely on-time.  The new ticket was sadly not a direct flight. Instead, we flew to Houston and had an hour layover. I will say the Houston airport is HUGE and if I had more time I would have loved to explore all the shops and restaurants it has. Particularly, this one bookstore I passed. The flight from Houston to Ohio was only three hours and I passed the time by watching Pitch Perfect 3 and half of Ferdinand before we landed at our destination.  Only 21 hours later than anticipated. With time differences, we got there late at night and headed to bed for an early rise the next day to move into my dorm.

~Trains~

It was a crazy and stressful two days but I did not miss the first day of classes or my audition so, in the end, it was successful. Only after the panic and complications were over was I able to notice all of the things that went well in those moments. Like the airport employee not charging me for the tickets and the hotel employees giving us discounts. Even the plane having free movies was something that was unexpected but much appreciated. Although there was so much that went wrong in my travels, not all of it was bad. As humans in the midst of our busy schedules, we seem to forget that when things go wrong we still have to make sure to look at the things that went right. It is something I am learning, but still, have a long way to go. And if you were wondering if there were any trains don’t be discouraged there was. We went over the tracks to get to campus and the train could be heard from my dorm that night.

Have you ever missed your plane flight?

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Back to School- First Week of College

August is here which means… so is the Back to School Season. While it may not be the most exciting time, it sure is busy. Whether you are starting your very first week of college or coming back for another school year, there are things everyone needs to do to be prepared. I start school on Monday (YIKES!) so I wanted to share what I think is important to do for back to school.

~Buy your school supplies~

Because each teacher is different I would recommend waiting to buy the bulk of your supplies after your first day of class. This, however, does NOT mean you shouldn’t be prepared. Having some loose leaf papers, fun highlighters, pens, and pencils, or a laptop should be good to get you through the first couple days.

I like to color coordinate all of my items for each class such as having a green notebook and folder for one class and all blue ones for another. I am also a HUGE fan of having a ton of different colored pens to make my notes look nicer or use to write out my lines from a script.

~Organize your dorm room~

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On Your Feet The Musical

For my birthday in April, my Tió got me tickets to the musical On Your Feet. After three months of waiting, this past weekend I got to go see it. On Your Feet is the story of Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio and their lives from leaving Cuba to becoming stars. I wanted to see this musical because I grew up listening to Gloria and the Miami Sound Machine. She is my mom’s favorite singer and her CDs are constantly being played around my house. Seeing the production just made me want to see Gloria live all that much more.

"Wrapped in your arms where it's peaceful. Back in your arms where I'm happy"

I loved the costuming that was done and I found myself wishing I could take them home. They did a great job of recreating the outfits Gloria has worn throughout her career. One of my favorite things from this production was the way they choreographed and blocked the scenes. The scene of Gloria’s surgery was probably my favorite part of the whole show. The costuming of everyone wearing white and the lighting choices with everything being cloaked in a dark blue while the spotlights followed Gloria was mesmerizing.

Though I may be a bit biased considering that scene also included my favorite song “Wrapped.” It was a beautiful scene and I would be lying if I said I did not shed a tear. (At this part and many others.)

Gloria’s abuela was one of my favorite characters. She was comical and extremely sentimental at the same time. I wish she was in even more of the show.

Overall, this show was enjoyable to watch from the music to the dancing and everything in between, and I would definitely recommend it.

You can find out more about this show >>HERE<<

What’s your favorite Gloria Estefan song?

Dorm Move in Day

Within the next few weeks colleges are going to go back in session. Which means classes and homework and tests, but before all that you have to go back. If you are like me, going back does mean MOVING back to campus. Moving is never as easy as you want it to be. So in honor of going back to school, I am giving you my tips to have a successful dorm move-in day!

~Get to the dorm early~

The early bird really does get the worm.

If you want to get ahead of the crowd get there early. This guarantees you a good parking spot with easy access to unload your things. Plus if you are the first one to your room you get to choose whichever side of the room you want. Continue reading

Wearing Everything in my Closet

It is like a recurring nightmare. You open your closet. You have nothing to wear. It is filled to the brim, and you are starting to feel as though you hate everything you own. Yep, I have been there. I am there right now. My closet has accumulated many items over the year, maybe too many items of which have been there since before I started high school, and I have come to the conclusion that I need change.

It has also come to my attention after my friend looked at my closet and said “Alexandra why I have never seen you wear any of these things?” that I tend to wear the same 4 or 5 shirts over and over again. In a never-ending cycle. Which brings me back to the problem. I have too many things and I need to figure out what to do about it.  

The solution?

Try to wear everything in my wardrobe to determine what I do want to keep and what I need to get out of here asap.

To try and be sure I was grabbing more than the same few shirts I flipped all of my hangers around. That way after I wore an item I would flip the hanger back correctly and can work to avoid that article of clothing next time I looked for an outfit. I got this idea on Pinterest which is my go-to for anything and everything! Continue reading

Throwing a Summer Pool Party

Any excuse to throw a party is my kind of excuse. I am the type of person who loves to plan everything, so I love throwing a party for any occasion I can. With summer in full swing (!!!) who doesn’t want to have a pool party?

Here are my tips for planning a pool party all of your friends will love.

1. A Pool

A summer pool party wouldn’t be complete without a pool, but as it isn’t always a possibility, don’t worry about improvising. Turning on or buying a sprinkler, or having water guns or water balloons are great alternatives. Anything that lets you cool down in this summer heat will be a winner. Just don’t forget to have a supply of extra towels for all of your guests just in case someone forgets theirs.

2. Food

Summer is a great time to do something simple for food because it is just too hot to spend a bunch of time in a sweltering kitchen. My favorite choice for food is to make it a potluck. Have everyone bring something to share. Including, but definitely not limited too:

Fruit- my favorite during the summer is watermelon and pineapple. Especially after it has been in the fridge for a while so it is nice and cold. YUM!

Chips and dip, salsa, or guacamole, or even a combination of all three, you can never have too much food. And for something that makes you think of summer you can grill.

Burgers, hot dogs, veggies, and even some fruit, like pineapple, taste more like summer when they have grill marks on them. Continue reading