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A blog between sisters.

(Jeopardy Theme Song Here) & #CollegeWisdom from the Twitterverse July 29, 2010

Filed under: College Tips,social media,Uncategorized — Keri Kae @ 6:41 pm

Okay, Monster.  I know you’ve been super busy with your fantastic end-of-summer plans like seeing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (twice, I believe?!) and going to Warped Tour when it stopped in Orlando, but it’s been several days and I still haven’t gotten a blog post about WizWorldHP. 
p.s. I want pictures!

While you’ve been yucking it up and having summer fun, I went on a little Twitter treasure hunt to find you some nuggets of college wisdom.  As usual, the twitterverse was happy to oblige.  Some of the tweets are helpful:

See? I'm not the only one pushing gmail....


Others….. Well, not so much:

Yeah, you won't get this advice from me.


Over the next few days and weeks, I’m going to share with you my favorite tweets.  And look for a new page where I’ll post all of the #CollegeWisdom I collect on your behalf.

Love you, Monster!


College Wisdom #2: Eat Healthfully July 20, 2010

Filed under: College Tips,health,nutrition,on-the-go,Uncategorized — Keri Kae @ 8:48 pm

Dearest Monster,  

Okay, time to get my health nerd post out of the way.  You knew this one was coming, right?   

Before you criticize me for using the word healthfully instead of healthy, read this article from the Washington Post.  Eat foods that contribute to your overall health (eat healthfully) and avidly avoid unhealthy foods (don’t eat crap).  If you aren’t careful, you could find that the stress and carelessness might lead you to eat something resembling my most infamously unhealthy breakfast…. 

A half a pint of this leftover from studying the night before:  

Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk
Ben & Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk


And one of these to counteract the sugar-crash bound to ensue:  

SugarFree Redbull
SugarFree Redbull

Of course, there’s always the ever-so tempting:  

Chicken Lo Mein
Chinese Takeout Leftovers


**Yes, I ate these things for breakfast.  

I recognize that you and I probably have very different views on what is healthful.  I tend to eat a little bit like this girl and I end up eating breakfasts that look like this–not exactly mainstream.  Still, I think we can agree that the above menu options are not okay.  It’s a slippery slope, Monster.     


University of Oregon posts these tips for heathy eating for the busy college student.  I don’t agree with many of them, but they’re a good place to start.  Here are the tips I like–with notes:  

  • “Eat a good breakfast.”  They suggest fruit, bagels or juice. 
    I disagree.  Step away from the bagel and put down the juice.  Both items rank high on the Glycemic Index (that is, they carry a high glycemic load) which means that the sugars are quickly broken down into glucose and released into the body.  Why is this a bad thing?  Insulin, the hormone that regulates glucose metabolism in the body, responds to the accelerated sugar release.  Elevated blood sugar levels over a long period of time confuses your body and it begins to struggle to produce insulin and to regulate glucose levels.  Ultimately, we both know where this ends: diabetes.  (Okay, that’s a little extreme, but you know what I mean.)  Might I suggest healthy veggies, fruits and nuts instead?
  •  “Keep healthful snacks on hand so if hunger strikes during a late night study session, you won’t be tempted by vending machine candy, chips, or ice cream.” I like that they suggest keeping vegetables on hand.  You know my feelings on pretzels (see above), but the concept is good.
  •  “Drink lots of water.” Yes.  Do it.
    I’ll add: “Choose caffeine in emergency situations.”  You don’t want to end up like me during my freshman year….


I think I like this tip best of all:
Carry a shoulder bag, not a backpack: If you were going to sneak food out of the cafeteria, bring an open shoulder bag. It’s easier to throw food and drinks into it than a zippered backpack. Just make sure there aren’t any cameras around, and you toss a jacket over the opening when you check out. (#65 of
101 Ways to Hack Your College Cafeteria)  


What is the food storage situation like in your dorm?  Do you have a mini-fridge?  A freezer, too?  A kitchen?  



more life! July 16, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — cashen523 @ 7:01 pm

Oh!! I forgot to put this in my last post: I got my AP scores! I was kind of nervous to open them  to be honest. I was (sort of) prepared to fail two of my four exams – Latin: Vergil  and Chemistry. I ended up passing all but one 🙂

Art History – 4 (yay!! that made me so happy!  😀 )

English – 4 (yes! now I don’t have to take English in college!! hehe  😀 )

Chemistry – 3 (so glad I passed that one! I honestly didn’t think I really learned much in that class – or at least enough to pass the exam, but I guess I was wrong. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong!  😀 )

Latin – 2 (ya, I kind of saw that coming…. but it’s better than last year… :/  I was not expecting to pass that one at all. I haven’t actually learned any Latin since Sophomore year in Latin 2 and, by the middle of Junior year in AP I had completely forgotten everything I had ever learned in Latin…. oh well. I was planning on taking a language in college anyway. Italian perhaps??)

Well, I think that’s it for now…. If I think of anything else, I’ll post yet again!  🙂



Filed under: Uncategorized — cashen523 @ 6:45 pm

So I’ve been reluctantly busy lately. Mom’s had us on some crazy cleaning spree for her party tomorrow. She’s had us clean everything! – that includes pulling weeds, laying mulch, and painting the front walkway :/  blah…  I will be soooo glad when this party is over!! Then I can finally go back to having my own life! 🙂

On top of that, I’m trying to hang out with all my friends before I leave Orlando forever and never, ever see them again! 😥   ok a little dramatic, but you get the point. I was hanging out with some friends the other day and it hit me: in one month, we’re all going to be splitting up. Two months ago it seemed like it would never come; but now it seems like time’s moving in fast forward. It’s just weird to think about leaving and starting over. I’m actually starting to get a little nervous about college…. :/   but at the same time I’m excited to start over in a new place  🙂   Plus, I really like Charleston 🙂

So other than that, right now I’m in the middle of trying to come up with a birthday present for Andrew.  …I’ve got nothing….  :/  But I WILL find something!! by Tuesday….  yikes. This should be interesting….

Well, that’s about it for now. I promise to harass you again later  :p


On Rain July 10, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keri Kae @ 3:55 pm

My dearest little Monster,

Can you believe it’s here?  We finally started the blog!  I hope that blogging together will help minimize the distance between us — although you moving to the Carolinas in the fall will knock off a good 400 miles.  Yay!  I think I should start planning my trip soon.

Warning: The rest of this post is *super* cheesy.

After getting some very big news yesterday, this morning’s gray, rainy weather just didn’t seem appropriate.  The weather killed all motivation to get out of bed.  (It even destroyed my plans to go pick up free tickets for this at the Kennedy Center.)  Lounging about, I got to thinking about what mom always says about the rain and I realized that maybe a rainy day is the perfect backdrop for this new (fortunately employed) chapter in my life. Do you know which momism I’m talking about?

“Rain makes the grass greener.”

Given that it rains at 2pm daily during a Florida summer, I rolled my eyes behind her back a lot.  (Sorry, Mom.  I know you’re probably reading this… Keep reading, I promise you’ll feel validated!)  When rain is a pattern, it’s more than the sky that becomes overcast.  A general malaise sets in. And frogs apparently seek my bedroom because they want to avoid getting a disease that is causing hundreds of species to go extinct.

In a lot of ways, the last year of my life has felt like one long rainy day.  The sun would briefly peek out from behind the clouds, but each series of interviews led to the same judgment:  Second. Choice. Candidate.  Talk about a cloud over my head!

With this new job, I have a feeling that things are about to get sunny again.  After a year of frugal living, managing uncertainty and tackling challenges I never expected, I think I’m pretty well watered.

So, what’s the point?  Call me with your clouds, your drizzles and your floods.  I’m here for you as you head off to college and face your own rainy days!

I love you,


p.s. I couldn’t decide which video to post, so here are two fantastic videos about the rain. 🙂