Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Once a Freshman, Always a Freshman?

Here I am: 12:10. Sitting on my newly made college bed, ecstatic for my next year of school. I have been in training all week, and finally I have been able to relax with an unpacked room. It's beautiful. A little bit bigger than last year, but in all honestly -- pretty small. My things are neat (other than wall decorations) but there's still not enough room despite the bigger room.

I am so excited for school to start. I want the freshman to move in already, so I can introduce myself and get them ready for a spectacular year. I have Hall President. It is my job to spearhead the Hall Government and ensure that our Residence Hall is an efficient community. I am not an RA, as my job is to include the residents into the Hall Government.

Freshman Halls are known for being rowdy, my only hope is that I can separate myself as a sophomore resident but not seen as different because I am Hall President. The bottom line: I'm a resident. I don't want another freshman year, but I want to be equal too.

I am sure it'll be successful, but hopefully I can focus on my academics despite my strenuous (but rewarding) extracurricular! I'm already at a time crunch and finding conflicts left and right!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Read The Observer's Top 100 Novels of All Time

As a bit of a literary fanatic, let's see how far I have come to reading the Top 100 Novels of All Time. I have decided I liked this list better because it included novels not of the 21st and 20th century. Let's get started, shall we?

Read The Observer's Top 100 Novels of All Time

  1. Don Quizote Miguel De Cervantes
  2. Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan
  3. Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe   
    1. It was an adolescent version, but it definitely counts!
  4. Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift 
  5. Tom Jones Henry Fielding 
  6. Clarissa Samuel Richardson
  7. Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne 
  8. Dangerous Liaisons Pierre Choderlos De Laclos 
  9. Emma Jane Austen
    1. Saw the play, loved the play.
  10. Frankenstein Mary Shelley 
  11. Nightmare Abbey Thomas Love Peacock
  12. The Black Sheep Honore De Balzac
  13. The Charterhouse of Parma Stendhal 
  14. The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas  
  15. Sybil Benjamin Disraeli 
  16. David Copperfield Charles Dickens 
  17. Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte 
  18. Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte 
    1. Technically I never got through the last 100 pages, need to work on that.
  19. Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne 
    1.  I would have enjoyed it more if I had not read it in school
  21. Moby-Dick Herman Melville 
  22. Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert 
  23. The Woman in White Wilkie Collins 
  24. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland Lewis Carroll 
    1. Great book but a disturbing childhood favorite.
  25. Little Women Louisa M. Alcott 
    1.  Beautiful on so many levels, I loved this novel!
  26. The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope 
  27. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy  
  28. Daniel Deronda George Eliot  
  29. The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky 
  30. The Portrait of a Lady Henry James 
  31. Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain  
  32. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson 
  33. Three Men in a Boat Jerome K. Jerome  
  34. The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde 
  35. The Diary of a Nobody George Grossmith 
  36. Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy 
  37. The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers 
  38. The Call of the Wild Jack London 
  39. Nostromo Joseph Conrad 
  40. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame  
  41. In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust 
  42. The Rainbow D. H. Lawrence 
  43. The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford 
  44. The Thirty-Nine Steps John Buchan 
  45. Ulysses James Joyce 
  46. Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf 
  47. A Passage to India E. M. Forster 
  48. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  49. The Trial Franz Kafka 
  50. Men Without Women Ernest Hemingway  
  51. Journey to the End of the Night Louis-Ferdinand Celine  
  52. As I Lay Dying William Faulkner 
  53. Brave New World Aldous Huxley 
  54. Scoop Evelyn Waugh 
  55. USA John Dos Passos 
  56. The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler 
  57. The Pursuit Of Love Nancy Mitford   
  58. The Plague Albert Camus 
  59.  Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell 
  60. Malone Dies Samuel Beckett 
  61. Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger  
  62. Wise Blood Flannery O'Connor  
  63. Charlotte's Web E. B. White  
  64. The Lord Of The Rings J. R. R. Tolkien 
  65. Lucky Jim Kingsley Amis 
  66. Lord of the Flies William Golding 
    1. Terribly sexist book, I have read it (unfortunately).
  67. The Quiet American Graham Greene 
  68. On the Road Jack Kerouac 
  69. Lolita Vladimir Nabokov  
  70. The Tin Drum Gunter Grass 
  71. Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe 
  72. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark 
  73. To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee 
  74. Catch-22 Joseph Heller 
  75. Herzog Saul Bellow 
  76. One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
  77. Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont Elizabeth Taylor 
  78. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy John Le Carre 
  79. Song of Solomon Toni Morrison  
  80. Bottle Factory Outing Beryl Bainbridge 
  81. The Executioner's Song Norman Mailer  
  82. If on a Winter's Night a Traveller Italo Calvino 
  83. A Bend in the River V. S. Naipaul 
  84. Waiting for the Barbarians J.M. Coetzee 
  85. Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson 
  86. Lanark Alasdair Gray 
  87. The New York Trilogy Paul Auster  
  88. The BFG Roald Dahl 
  89. The Periodic Table Primo Levi 
  90. Money Martin Amis 
  91. An Artist of the Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro  
  92. Oscar And Lucinda Peter Carey 
  93. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Milan Kundera 
  94. Haroun and the Sea af Stories Salman Rushdie
  95.  La Confidential James Ellroy 
  96. Wise Children Angela Carter 
  97. Atonement Ian McEwan  
  98. Northern Lights Philip Pullman 
  99. American Pastoral Philip Roth 
  100. Austerlitz W. G. Sebald 
I thought I was a lot more versed in literature, but this is only one list of "top novels"!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Get My Beauty License

Funny story: My mother has never been interested in makeup, fashion, or hair. While all the other littler girls had fabulous fashionista mom's shopping at Limited Too, we were shopping at Target -- and the stuff never was cute (no offense to my mother, her fashion sense has always been fine, just not the vogue reader). She claims it's because her mom was beautiful and loved fashion and makeup. She says that it was a bit of silent rebellion for her. That and before conditioner there was nothing my mom could do to tame her curls but keep them afro short. Anyway, my silent rebellion (though I had a real rebellion too) was through fashion. I have always adored everything fashion and hair related. However, since both fashion and hair are more difficult to maintain (I can barely afford to get my hair cut and died once a year, not to mention every six weeks. Let alone Jimmy Choos, a Birkin Bag, or Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses) I have turned to make-up. Although every so often I splurge at Sephora and pow through my pay check, I feel that I am able to prim the one thing I have the most control over: my face. Let's face it, I do not have the patience to do my hair the exact way I want it (straight or completely un-frizzy) every day, or even the stamina to work out twice a day and get that banging bod. So, my face: that's my pallet and that's what I am good at.

Anyway, I am naturally great with makeup (funny because my mother doesn't exactly know the difference between an eye pencil and a bro pencil -- there's not much of a difference, but still). I do it for myself all the time, my friends ask me to do it all the time, even my mom asks me to do it once in a blue moon. So I'm good at it. But I'm not good enough at it. I want to know the best products to use, the science of it, and learn more skills. I want a license. Plus, I think it would make excellent college cash. The problem: It's expensive and time consuming.

Wish me luck!

P.S. Enough with bashing my mother, I love her to death and am going to miss her when I go back to school (tomorrow)!

Visit all 194 Countries

A few months ago the UN declared South Sudan a sovereign nation, and with that I am yet another country away to reaching my goal of: visiting all 194 countries. I realize this goal is more of for show in tell, but I really want to travel the world. From a young age it has always excited me.

Today, as we were eating frozen yogurt, my mom was recalling our visit to Paris twelve years ago. She said that I loved to talk to people, anyone. She said I would walk up to random people in the street, say "bonjour" open up my phrase book in order to begin a full fledged conversation with them. She is right, I love people. I love talking to people. I love learning about people. And thus, I want to see people from all 194 countries (obviously there are many people that should have countries, but do not, though that's another issue entirely). Anyway, I would like to mention that my mother lost my favorite French phrase book on the top of the Eiffel tower twelve years ago. Part of me has never forgiven her, if you find it I will be forever grateful.

As far as the countries I have been to, I have been to twenty-three. I know it's twenty-three but I'm sure i have left some out:

Countries Traveled

  1. United States
  2. The Bahamas
  3. Virgin Islands
  4. England
  5. France
  6. Mexico
  7. Spain
  8. Italy
  9. The Netherlands
  10. Greece
  11. Germany
  12. Ireland
  13. China
  14. Japan
  15. Israel
  16. Jamaica
  17. Panama
  18. Costa Rica
  19. Nicaragua
  20. Guatemala
  21. Taiwan
  22. Vietnam

P.S. I know there are more, and not all of these are in the 194. I'll add more when I think of them! Oh, and do the Palestinian Territories count?!

Cinnamon's Bucket List

Inspired by Alice's Bucket List, and realizing that I have not been posting as much as I should, I have decided to publicize and (hopefully) keep track of my own life goals. If you did not know already, I have a very addictive personality. When I think of something I want to do, I have to do it -- no matter what. I then obsess over this idea, for a while, but this idea often disappears for a while. It's kind of like this: I start things but don't always finish. Hopefully this bucket list can keep track of the goals I have started, and inspire me to finish them.

I am going to keep a master list of all the items in my bucket list, here for now. When I add something new, I'll create a new post about the new item in my bucket list. Off we go!


 Visit All 194 Countries
Get My Beauty License 
Marry Someone I Am In Love With
Become Fluent in Hebrew
Climb Mount Everest
Go Swimming with Sharks
Learn How to Scuba Dive
Finish my College Degree(s)
Join The Sorority Best for Me
Go Sky Diving
Find A Time-capsule
Ride a Motorcycle
Go Skinny Dipping (Modestly, if possible)
Have a Garden Full of Flowers
Be in a Film
Go on a Safari
Ride First Class
Experience Weightlessness
Sell My Own Professional Painting 
Learn to Belly Dance
Learn to Drive Stick Shift
Read The Observer's Top 100 Novels of All Time
Watch the Ball Drop at Midnight in NYC
See IMDB's Top 100 Movies of All Time