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14Feb/130

Winter Holiday

I loooooove winter time. Love it. Love the cold, love the snow, love the bundling up to go outside, love the flushed cheeks and cold hands, the snow angels and snow forts that are built - I could go on!

It's one of my favorite seasons by far. I think I also love it a lot because when it rolls around, that typically means I'm home in Minnesota and snuggling with my cat and dog and what's not to love about that?!

My dad was awesome enough to fly down and ride back with me so I didn't have to make the trip alone. My car broke down in the middle of an intersection during rush hour in St. Louis in October, so since then I've been fairly neurotic cautious and aware of every little noise my car makes. I had also only seen him twice between May and December so I thought it was a great way to kick off my break by spending time with someone I love so much.

Almost home! Minnesnowta!

Minnesnowta! This was taken when I was almost to my house!

If you've never experienced snow before, let me tell you - it's awesome! Alright, I'm a bit partial, but after it's done snowing and there's this fresh layer, it's so beautiful! Unfortunately {to me!} Missouri really doesn't get that much snow - the most snow I remember ever seeing down here was in February of 2011. I actually had my first snow days ever in my life then! Yes Minnesota gets a lot of snow, but that means we have the equipment to deal with it so school was never cancelled for me.

I haven't really seen any snow in Missouri yet this year - maybe it means we're in for another big storm soon! One can hope ;)

Snowpocalypse in February 2011

Snowpocalypse in February 2011. There are cars buried under there!

This is what Minnesota looks like in the winter - and this picture was taken in December!

This is what Minnesota looks like in the winter - and this picture was taken in December!

My winter holiday was pretty great - I was able to catch up with old friends, spend time with family, and relax. One thing that I have done for the past three years is jump into a lake with my dad on New Years Day.

It's called the "Ice Dive" and it's become a tradition with the two of us. This year, it was -1 when we jumped (without the wind chill factored in) and it wasn't that bad.....I always say that after we jump but before we do it, it's a different story! The lake we jump into is a really popular one in Minnesota and is pretty big. For you Missourians, I suppose you could say that it's comparable to the Lake of the Ozarks. It's called Lake Minnetonka (in Dakota it means "Big Water").

Dad and I last year after jumping.

Dad and I last year after jumping.

Every year you jump you move up in the ranking system they have in place. Everyone who has never jumped before is considered a "minnow". After five years and five different fish names, years 6-9 you're a "barracuda 6, barracuda 7", etc and then when you hit 10 years of jumping, you become a "shark"! After 20+ years, you're considered a "whale". My dad has now entered the ranks of barracudas and I am a "muskie".

All of the lakes/ponds/bodies of water in Minnesota freeze during the winter so in order to jump into the lake, the ice needs to be cut out. We're talking ice blocks that are over a foot deep! The hole cut is probably about 10 to 15 feet long so after you jump, you have to swim to the other side and climb out using a ladder. Because it's so cold, the ladders have ice formed over them but luckily you're so cold numb you can't feel it.

So that was one of my great adventures while I was home, but I am excited to be back at The Woods to see all of my friends, make new memories, and celebrate my last semester.

I hope you all had a great Holiday break and Happy Valentine's Day!! I love love!

Sally

 

4Dec/122

Thanksgiving

I can't believe Thanksgiving break is finished already!

Breaks always seem to take such a long time to get here and then BOOM, they're gone! It means we're that much closer to Christmas break but between now and then.....this girl has a lot to do.

Since I live out of state, shorter breaks I typically don't go home for. Usually I'll head on over to St. Louis to my sister's house, but this year, I decided to give them some family time alone and venture out to do my own thing. One of my best friends from high school, Scott, was actually in St. Louis working - he is the head audio guy of the Blue Man Group and so he's currently traveling the country with them. Wednesday I packed a bag for one night and met him downtown at the Arch where we had dinner; I was able to see BMG perform and see his passion for his work up close, then we hung out and talked for hours. It had been a few years since we had seen each other, but it seemed like it was just yesterday. Those types of friendships are surely ones to cherish.

Scott and I in Germany on a school trip back in 2007!

The most recent picture of Scott and I that I have - from 2009!

 

Thursday night I headed back to Fulton to hang out with some friends for a bit, then re-packed my bags to head out to the Kansas City area, where I stayed with another friend and his awesome family for a few days. There were three of us extra kids from school there with his family, plus they already had five kids of their own {told you his family is awesome}! We were able to help decorate their Christmas tree, spent some time on their family's farm, and shared so many laughs. It was crazy, I didn't do enough homework, but this is life. And I'm trying my best to live it. Going on random adventures, doing silly things, staying up far too late while laughing with friends...I feel that it's these things and so many more that you remember for the rest of your life, cherish, and want to re-live.

Jacy, Sam, and I

Helping decorate the Christmas Tree - I haven't decorated one in years!

Kyle, Sam, and I

Kate, Sam, and I

Bernal, Joren, and I - clearly the boys had eaten too much pumpkin pie!

There's a quote that I've recently taken a liking to by Diane Ackerman that at first I kind of shrugged off, but now...it's a completely different story. I don't ever want to be complacent. I want to be on the go, trying new things, never giving up. And currently, this quote sums up how I'm feeling about my life:

 

William Woods has allowed me to experience living the breadth of this moment in my life and I am so grateful for it.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

{xx}

Sally Jane

7Nov/120

Summer Internship

When Freshman Advantage was over at the end of June, it meant that I was to go on to the next adventure in my life - being an intern at Fox 2 news in St. Louis.

Woah.

I've had internships before, but this one felt....different. I was excited and nervous (of course) but more than ready to prove myself at a place where I knew I was going to learn and grow so much.

Side-note: I may or may not have driven to Chicago after FA to visit a friend before I started my internship. I may or may not have done it because I was so nervous excited about starting. And it may or may not have been planned less than a week before I went. Hey, I'm a college student...road trips are to be expected!

I'm lucky enough to have family in St. Louis who graciously housed me during my internship, which lasted until I came back to school for Community Adviser (CA) training. That was about six weeks of having another adult (that's not a word I associate myself with just yet - eek) living with and wreaking havoc on your normal routine, even though I promised they wouldn't even notice me. Kind of hard to hide in your room when your adorable niece and nephew are yelling up the stairs at you to come down and play (just saying). But I digress. My sister and her family were awesome in letting me interrupt their lives for the summer and I really appreciated it (still do).

My sister is also the reason I was even able to have an internship to begin with - she has worked at Fox 2 for quite a few years now as a producer/writer/director and I am in no way ashamed of the fact that she helped me land the internship - thanks Peggy! If there is any advice that I can give someone, it is to not feel bad about networking with someone! As long as you put your best efforts forward and work hard, people will not mind putting a good word in for you.

The experience was amazing and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I was able to work with so many different people and personalities, gain knowledge in news broadcasting, and network. I worked with producers, directors, editors, writers, reporters, and pretty much every other job one could have at a news station; the one area I spent most of my time in however, was with the web crew.

I learned how to upload content, updated all of the social media sites, and learned new media aspects - it was an invaluable experience. Definitely showed me that I would love a job doing interactive web media or something along those lines. I now also get this awesome internship to put on my resume which I'm hopeful will prove useful in the (very near) future.

So that was basically my summer, in two blog posts! What did you do over the summer? Make sure to comment down below!

Have a great Wednesday!

{xx}

Sally Jane