Postcards

I’ve been away from home for about 12 weeks now. I started out my summer in San Diego, went home for two days, then came to Davis. Although I did go home for those two days in between, I don’t really count that because of how short that was.

Before I left for this summer excursion, I was definitely excited to move out and experience independence. After a while, though, I do miss hanging out with my family. I miss being weird around them and not caring.

In college, especially with a roommate, we’re expected to maintain a little bit of decorum, which is a real pain to do for 12 weeks straight.

This is why I broke out into a huge smile when I read the first postcard my mom sent me.

I was the entire children’s book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom written out onto one postcard. This was the weirdest, most random thing I’ve ever seen, which is why I instantly loved it!

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I love that it’s such a quirky thing to do. I’m still not sure why my mom started this, but ever since then, I’ve been receiving postcard after postcard with parts of kid’s books written on them.

They are all books I LOVED reading when I was little and it brings a smile to my face every time I get a new one.

I’ve gotten excerpts from I Want My DinnerCurious George, and even Harry Potter 🙂

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Thanks for injecting a little bit of weird back into my life, Mom! I can’t wait to see what’s next 🙂

(No pressure)

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Caffeine Experiment

In my bio class last week, we learned about metabolism- how cells convert the glucose in our food into usable energy. While we were learning about this, my TA told us how caffeine gives us energy.

This article goes into more depth, but the basic summary my teacher gave was that caffeine tricks your brain into thinking you have energy, when in reality, your cells don’t.

I was talking to my friend after class and I asked if people drink coffee before going to the gym. It would make sense, because caffeine would trick your brain into thinking you have energy and you could work out longer. She said yes, it gives people a lot of energy beforehand.

So, naturally, I decided to give this a try. I decided to use this energy tip for my cardio day to see if I could last longer than usual. Here are the steps I took for this experiment.

Step 1. Go to Starbucks and order coffee.

Step 2. Do homework and wait for my body to digest the caffeine.

Step 3. As soon as I feel jittery (I don’t drink coffee too much, so I get jittery pretty easily), I pack up my stuff and head to the gym.

Step 4. Go on the elliptical and see how long I can last.

Results: I was pretty shocked to find that I lasted about 15 mins longer than my usual time. 15 mins may not seem like a long time, but I had my elliptical set on hills, so I am definitely impressed.

I did experience some pretty bad side effects though. After I left the gym I was exhausted. I’m thinking this is because I just burned a whole bunch of energy that I didn’t really have. I also was feeling pretty nauseous, maybe for similar reasons? I ate dinner maybe two hours later and I felt a little better.

I’m going to have to try this experiment again to see if fatigue and nausea are actual side effects or if some other variables caused them.

I’ll be sure to report my findings. In the meantime, though, please let me know your thoughts/experiences with caffeine and working out!

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Rupi Kaur

A few months ago, I wrote a post about slam poems that I loved. I still like to listen to slam poems that I come across, but recently I discovered Rupi Kaur.

If you’re on Instagram, I’m sure you’ll recognize Rupi Kaur’s poetry. She writes with a distinct style and usually has very unique drawings to accompany her poems.

Rupi Kaur is a Punjabi Canadian who explores her experiences and the experiences of others through poetry.

Her poems can be really short, but they always manage to pack a lot into those few words. Personally, I identify with her work because she writes about female empowerment, but she does explore other themes, such as misogyny and rape.

I went through her Instagram page and gathered my favorite poems for you to enjoy.

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Davis, California

If you’ve read some of my latest posts, you’ll know I was taking a summer class in San Diego. I had a blast there, both in the class and with my roommates.

Well, in a stunning turn of events, I find myself taking another summer class in….. Davis, California!

If you’ve never heard of Davis before, let me quickly fill you in. It’s a very small college town in the middle of a bajillion cows. Just kidding, there are a few haystacks too.

Anyways, Davis is known for being a huge agriculture town and that’s what the school is known for too. The school is also known for having a huge biking community, so much so that the town is literally home to the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame.

I’ve been here for two weeks already, and let me tell you, I’m missing the beaches of San Diego. I’ve found myself in my room a lot these past weeks, trying to avoid the heat.

As a self proclaimed wanderess, being in this tiny room for hours on end is driving me insane! I had a little mental breakdown because of my boredom, so I’ve been making it a point to spend as little time in that room as possible.

Instead, I’ve been doing things like…

…doing homework in coffee shops. This picture was taken at the CoffeeHouse (CoHo) which is the largest student run “restaurant” in the US, which is really cool.

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… reading in the hammocks. I was actually lying on the grass in this picture, but you can see the blue hammocks in the background. They’re such a popular napping spot that I have to wait on the grass for one to clear out!

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…biking around campus to see the horses and cows.

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…visiting the famous Davis Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. All the fruits and veggies looked so pretty, it was hard not to take pictures of everything. I have so many pictures, but this one was by far my favorite 🙂

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