161 Things #161: Climb all 161 steps to the top of McGraw Tower

This post is a long time coming… I checked climbing to the top of the clocktower off 161 Things at the end of September. (And conveniently went on a blogging hiatus in the beginning of October. Coincidence?)

A few of my teammates and I had just got done with class and had a little bit of free time before any of us had anything else to do. We were walking across the Arts Quad toward the clocktower, none of us had climbed it yet, so we figured what the hell. Backpacks and all, we marched to the top.

I will say that the one mistake we did make was climbing to the top in the middle of a chimes concert. Having I Can Go the Distance from Disney’s Hercules blaring in my ears wasn’t necessarily the most pleasant thing. But let me tell you, the view was magnificent.

Despite the unseasonably hot weather we were having in Ithaca at the time and the sweat that was dripping down my back by the time we reached the top, the view was worth it. Definitely all it was cracked up to be. …it also helped that it was an absolutely gorges (Ha! Punny!) day in Ithaca.

I stood there in awe, looking at Cornell from a fresh new perspective. It was breathtaking–the bright blue of the sky contrasted with the blue of Cayuga Lake, the green of campus, all of the students… amazing. I’ll let you be the judge.

Looking at over Sage Chapel at Sage Hall

Looking at Sage Hall

Ho Plaza

Ho Plaza

The Arts Quad

The Arts Quad

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I love Instagram.

I love Instagram.

I will definitely be visiting again before graduation this May.


The ultimate birthday wish list

With exactly one month left until I turn 21, I figured the best way to celebrate being 20 for 11 months was to create the ultimate birthday wish list for the 21st birthday milestone. Now, some of these things are so unrealistic, but others are more so. Ideally, I would like all of these things. Even in a perfect world, though, this will never happen. Hey, a girl can dream.

1. iPad. Yes, I’ll admit that I am an Apple fanatic. As you read this, I’m typing on my MacBook Pro, texting on my iPhone, all while listening to music through iTunes (which ends up on my iPod). Despite the fact that I over-zealously support their products enough already, I really want an iPad. For my mom’s sake, it’s a great educational tool because I can easily look at lecture slides and transfer them into my notes on my computer without switching windows. It’s also really freaking cool. Do want.

2. Trip to Spain (or any European country, really). What better way to show off those spanish skills I spent five years in middle school and high school learning? Really though… I’ve never been out of the US–and no, I don’t count going to Canada (eh) for two hours to visit Niagara Falls. I’d love to visit Europe and see all that it has to offer. History, culture, you know. OH. And the hot European men. That too.

3. Pair of Ray-Bans. Ray-Bans. The ultimate “cool” sunglasses. I know their expensive, but I love them.  There’s something about Ray-Bans that is just so much better than the $4 pair of wayfarer-esque sunglasses that I got from the flea market. Besides the fact that they won’t snap just from looking at them.

4. For Jennifer Lawrence to be my best friend. Jennifer Lawrence is just awesome. She gives zero fucks about what anyone thinks and does her own thing. I want to be her. I also want to be her best friend. I just love that she’s a celebrity and can appreciate food as much as I can. She’s a REAL person that I can relate to. Here are some images and gifs that describe just why she is so awesome:


Mah girl.

Mah girl.



Clearly, she is just awesome.

Clearly, she is just awesome.

5. For Rebel Wilson to be my best friend. Bridesmaids. Pitch Perfect. Rebel Wilson is hysterical. What would be better than her being your best friend?! She’d always be able to make you laugh and I’m sure you’d go on super awesome adventures together. I need to meet this woman.

6. A pet hedgehog. THEY ARE JUST SO CUTE. And I know, Mom, I know, you “don’t want a rodent in your house” blah blah blah. But it’s not a rodent. It’s a prickly ball of joy. That moves. I want a pet hedgehog so badly. I will name her Biscuit. Or Hazel. Or some other cool name.

7. DisneyWorld! Okay, I have been to DisneyWorld before. Twice. BUT in my defense I went two times before the age of 5. I don’t remember it–any of it. (That’s a little lie. I remember my sister throwing up all over my dad on the plane and him buying new clothes in the airport LOL). And yeah, it might be a little weird for a 21 year old to want to go to DisneyWorld but COME ON. It’s the happiest place on Earth after all! I also have a weird obsession with Cinderella and other Disney films (you WILL lose if we play Disney Scene It). And I love roller coasters. And being happy. Did I mention I love Cinderella? Also, this is besides the point… but one day I would really want to go to Universal and go to Harry Potter World. Yay!

Bucket List #21: A Step in the Right Direction

First off, let me start by apologizing to my mother.

I’m sorry.

Yesterday I started the quest to complete Bucket List item number 21–get a tattoo. My mom probably isn’t that happy and my dad might kill me (I still have to talk to him about that again), but it’s one giant step in the right direction.

Since I’ve been to college, I’ve been telling my friends and teammates about this tattoo I want to get. Somehow they always manage to forget and I have to explain it all over again, but that’s besides the point. Finally, a few weeks ago when we were discussing it, my one friend said to me, “If you don’t get it by the end of this semester, you won’t ever get it. You’ve been talking about it for over two years.”

Shocked, I realized she was right.

In that same vein, I knew that if I didn’t actually make an appointment, it would never happen. So yesterday, I walked into Stiehl’s Body Modification Station in the Ithaca Commons and made my appointment. May 15th. Oh boy. (Sidenote: Stiehl’s is an excellent place to go for a tattoo or piercing. I’ve had multiple piercings done there and they do a fabulous job! They are super clean and the staff is amazing).

I got butterflies and nervous just from making appointment–imagine how I’ll feel when I actually go to get the tattoo!

Now, I know you must be wondering… what does this crazy girl want to get tattooed on her body?

I’ve thought about this long and hard. I’m not getting a tattoo just for the sake of getting a tattoo. This means something to me.

One of my mottos or mantras in life, if you will, is “no worries.” You know, don’t worry about the little things, just take it easy and have fun. I say it all the time. Naturally, being the big Disney buff that I am, I know that “hakuna matata” means “no worries.” Does that mean I want to get “hakuna matata” tatooed on my body? Hell no. I’m not that cheesy (I’m sorry if I’ve offended anyone who has that tattoo).

Instead of getting Swahili permanently etched on my skin, I’m going to get the symbol.  Yes, there is a symbol for “hakuna matata.” And it’s awesome! It’s pretty and it fits my personality well. It’s going to go on my ribs and I’m probably going to cry, but it will be worth it.

It means no worries, for the rest of your daaaaaaays!

It means no worries, for the rest of your daaaaaaays!

May 15th, here I come. Hopefully I don’t chicken out.