2018, 2019, A Day In The Life Of Liz, Boston, Bruce, College, One Tree Hill, Senior Year, Spring Break, Suffolk University, Wilmington, North Carolina

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

It’s hard to believe that 2018 is almost over, it seems like just yesterday it was the end of 2017, and now here we are, the end of 2018. I don’t like endings or beginnings, maybe that’s why I hate the end of the year. I actually love the middle of things, I love a good Wednesday. I really don’t like to see things end, or start. But, nevertheless, here we are, so I figured I’d give a little recap of my year, mostly for me, I won’t have any hard feelings if you never read this.

In January, I traveled to Mont Tremblant, Canada with my brother and Dad to go skiing. I love skiing on new mountains and this was a great way to kick off the new year!

Also in January, I started my internship at Channel 7 WHDH, as an assignment desk intern.

In March, I went to Gulfport Mississippi to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity with my school’s Alternative Spring Break program! (BEST WEEK EVER) I have so many other blog post’s about this week, it was just that good!

I turned 21 in March, and celebrated with my best friends!

In May, I finished junior year of college and resumed my summer position of working at Target! Hello 6 a.m. shifts!

I went to Philadelphia right before July 4th, which was super fun!

I hiked Mount Washington!

The end of July was sad, when I crowned my successor, and am now forever a has been! Thank you National American Miss!

I went to Martha’s Vineyard in August, and while I was there, I got the call that I would be interning at Channel 4 WBZ for fall semester!

I started senior year of college!!

I had the best long weekend in Wilmington, North Carolina at the One Tree Hill Convention in October!

I finished fall semester of college, and…

GOT A JOB!!

That’s right! I will be a script writer at Channel 7 WHDH starting on January 14th! I am excited that my 3 internships and lots of hard work helped me get this position! I know I will learn so much from this job!

Get ready world, I am coming for you this year, I’m graduating, I’m coming into the real world, and be warned, I’m going to make a splash!

I never make new year’s resolutions because no one ever sticks to them. But this year, I have one.

Here’s to happiness and love in 2019, for each and every person in the entire world!

A Day In The Life Of Liz, Boston, Commuting, One Tree Hill, Senior Year, Spring Break, Suffolk University, Wilmington, North Carolina

And Just Like That..

And just like that, my fall semester of senior year is over! I honestly am still in shock that this May, I’ll be graduating. Unless of course, this upcoming semester is too hard for me, and I can’t do it. (I’m being sarcastic). Don’t worry, I’m graduating in May, come hell or high waters.

This semester was so great, I really feel like I grew a lot, and matured. It was hard, some day’s I hated it, but over all, I think it was more good than bad, most days anyways.

Let’s recap my semester for those who haven’t been following along as closely to the intricacies of my life, and really I don’t blame you if you haven’t.

I took 4 classes for 4 credits each.

ANDREW!!

I interned at WBZ-TV (Channel 4 for you local folks) 16 hours a week.

I commuted back and forth to school an hour and a half each way.

Another day at the commuter rail!

I traveled to Wilmington, North Carolina for the One Tree Hill convention.

I’m still waiting on my own Nathan Scott.

I taught dance every Saturday morning to 3-6 year olds.

This was last year, but you get the idea.

I sort of maintained a social life. I must admit, this is probably the area I lack the most. People invite me to do things, but I’m usually working, too tired, or it’s way too late, and how am I supposed to get home? I want to work on this more for the spring semester. I have this overhwelming feeling that I’m going to graduate and wish I spent more time having fun.

Every morning I wake up, and wish I was as cool as Jeanette.

I applied for a job at Channel 7 and an internship at Channel 5. I got both, but ended up taking the job.

I celebrated my Mom, Dad, Bruce’s Andrea’s, Andrew’s Birthday, Thanksgiving, and almost Christmas.

I started The Mindy Project and am sufficiently obsessed with the show and am convinced that if Mindy Kaling and I ever met we would be best friends.

I was trained as an Alternative Spring Break Leader as preparation for my upcoming ASB trip to Battle Creek, Michigan.

I also applied for another internship with NECN, still waiting to hear back on that one, and I finished my semester after taking 4 finals and almost pulling my hair out.

Today I rewarded myself with a nice relaxing facial at the spa. Do I need to reward myself for doing something that most of the world does, working?

No I don’t, but I will tell you, this semester was difficult, classes were hard, I had to judge so many things on top of each other. I rarely eat a normal meal, it was usually while I was studying or editing a project. But, as I sit in my living room now, I realize that I had a great time with most of it, and I grew into a new, more confident, still kind of unsure, a little scared person, and I can’t wait for next semester already, because I already miss my friends. And I’m excited to start my new job!

I hope you all have a great holiday season, and a great end to 2018! I’ll tell you, I’m already excited about 2019.

A Day In The Life Of Liz, Boston, Coffee, Commuter Rail, Commuting, Train

My Top Ten Tips For Surviving Commuting

Sometimes I joke around and say that if you don’t know where I am, it’s either in the editing lab working on my current package, or on the commuter rail. It’s sad, but also, not false. 

Commuting is a full time job. I love when people take the commuter rail and they clearly don’t do it much, because they are all happy and talkative and they don’t know to have their ticket ready to go before they get on the train. I feel like telling them that the appeal wears off. 

Sometimes parents take their children to the train station to watch the trains go by, and it’s adorable to see how happy it makes them, but then I think, if only you knew how much pain it causes all of us. 

In order to survive commuting, I have come up with a guide. A top ten, of sorts. If you commute, you will agree, if you don’t you’ll think I’m being ridiculous, but believe me, you are going to want those heavy winter gloves when the train is delayed and you end up having the stand outside for 30 minutes in the 15 degree weather. 

Here we go: 

10: Get a Really Warm Winter Coat, Jacket, Mittens, Hat. 

When the train is late, or the train breaks down, or the heat is broken on the car, or you realize you wanted to go out with your friends after your day, you won’t regret it. Maybe it’s not the latest fashion, or the latest trends, but nobody on the train cares. You will be happy to have that warmth while you wish you didn’t have to wait outside for the train. 

9: Invest in Some Really Nice, Comfortable Shoes

It sounds silly, but the thing is, when you commute, you have no down time. From the minute you get in your car to drive to the train, to the minute you get back in your car after the train ride home, you won’t have a minute to relax. Where would you even go to relax? If you are like me, you may have a friend who lives in the North End and lets you go over for an hour in the middle of the day, but still, you can’t rely on him to always be there. Believe me, you are going to want those comfy shoes. 

8: Get Really Good At Time Management. 

I can tell you the exact amount of time it takes me to get to my house from the train station. (26 minutes) I can tell you the exact amount of time it will take me in Starbucks to get my coffee in the morning, (8 minutes) and the exact amount of time I need to print out my essay that’s due right before class. (if there is no line, 6 minutes.) I know if I take the 8:01 train its 35 minutes, but if I take the 6:56 train it’s 29 minutes. I know it’s 3 minutes from Back Bay to Ruggles, and I know that it takes my 12 minutes to walk from South Station to Sawyer Building. 

7: Bring a Book. 

Sure, you have your phone, or music. But, day after day of aimlessly scrolling through social media will really wear on you. You will waste your data, your dad will get mad, or you will just feel like you are wasting time. Get a book, read that book. I’m telling you, I’ve read 30 books this year, all thanks to the commuter rail 

6: Get Ready To Be Tired. 

At least at first. I remember going home, and feeling really tired. Now, I’m used to it, so I’m not tired anymore. My legs hurt, my head was tired, and their are lots of days I still want a little more sleep, but I’m used to it now. 

5: Bring Your Lunch

Especially if you are commuting to Boston, I don’t know how expensive the rest of the country is, but Boston is expensive. I just can’t be buying food every day. Bringing lunch really pays off, I can eat it wherever I am, I don’t have to wait in line, which wastes more time. And at the end of the day, when I get hungry, I have a snack. I am already paying for my monthly commuter rail pass and parking, gosh, I don’t know what I’d do if I had to pay 15 dollars for lunch every day. That’s 75 dollars a week! 

4: Don’t Expect Miracles. 

The commuter rail is run by humans, humans make mistakes. I know I make mistakes, so many mistakes. If the train breaks down, or it’s late, sure it’s annoying, but I can’t get too mad, I’m sure they feel bad enough already, just be patient, wait it out, and eventually I’ll get where I need to go, and usually the train is on time. 

3: Really Appreciate When You Get Where You Need To Go

Whenever you get where you are going, be happy, have a little fun, buy a coffee, just be all there, because soon enough, you will have to go back to South Station to wait for the train again, so be happy when you are wherever you needed to be. 

2. Be Nice To Everyone You See On The Train, Or On The Sidewalks. 

We are all on the same boat. Most likely, nobody really wants to be doing this, but we all are anyways. Let them on the train in front of you, let them sit in the middle seat when they are short on cars that day. Try to smile, tell them if they dropped something. When you are packing for 16 hours, it’s hard to remember it all, help them out, smile, be kind, but don’t be dumb either, be quiet in the morning. 

1: No Matter How Bad of A Day it is on the train, it’s still better than driving.

Always remember, sure, most days it’s cold, it’s rainy, it’s windy, but, it’s still better than sitting on the highway in gridlock for hours, wasting gas, wasting time, let alone finding a parking spot in Boston. At least on the train, you can read, you can text, you can listen to your podcast, all while someone else is doing the driving for you. Taking the train, is always better than driving. I tell myself that everyday, and it’s not so bad anymore.

Maybe I’ll see you on the commuter rail! 

A Day In The Life Of Liz, Christmas, Hallmark Movies, Magic, Santa

Do You Believe?

Hello Blog World! I must first apologize, I am terribly sorry I haven’t written a post in a while. I was sick, and then I went back to school and suddenly every professor realized finals was almost here and assigned lots of work. But, on the train this morning, I had an idea for a story, so I knew I had to make time for it.

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I took this on the It’s A Small World Ride in Disney Land last year!

Christmas is coming, and personally, I absolutely LOVE Christmas season, and I’ll tell you why. It’s not because of the presents, I actually like giving presents more than getting them. I love to see the look on people’s faces as I give them something I knew they’d love. I love the magic of the season, and I’m not talking about Santa Claus, I’m talking about people realizing that they can make a difference in a person’s life.

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One of my faves!

I believed in Santa for a long time, probably because I just loved the magic of it, I believed so hard that I even thought I heard him on the roof one year.

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Bruce and I on Christmas Eve!

But, I remember when I stopped believing in Santa, I was so upset. Christmas was ruined. I didn’t believe in the magic anymore, and I hated it.

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Santa Santa I know him!

But then, I found a newspaper in the street that same year that I stopped believing and right on the front page, an article called “Is There Really A Santa,” and I knew I had to read it.

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My Truest Form

And what I realized from reading an article in a newspaper that wasn’t even ours, was that, maybe Santa isn’t real. The man that we like to call Santa. But the Santa that is about hope, joy, magic, he’s real. The spirit of him lies within all of us. No matter your religion, your race, or your gender. Santa is about giving, it’s about lifting other people up when they need it the most. It’s about hope, knowing that each year on December 25th, Santa will arrive. It’s about believing in things you can’t see, can’t touch, can’t feel.

We can all be Santa. We can all go out off our way to give to people who can never repay us. We can all go to the Food Bank and volunteer for a day, knowing that they’ll never be able to do that for us. We can all spread joy, love, happiness, even if it’s just for a day. And why does that day have to fall on December 25th? We can all be Santa, all year long.

There is so much goodness in this world, every day people do things that surprise us and make us realize how amazing this world truly is. So, when I stopped believing in the magic of Santa, I started believing in the magic of the world, the magic that lies within every single one of us, to make this world better.

I believe in goodness, and magic and I believe that somewhere deep inside every single one of us lies the potential to be Santa. To make somebody so excited, so happy, and so joyful, without ever expecting anything in return.

So, I ask you, Do you Believe in Santa?

Freshman year we decorated our common room!

A Day In The Life Of Liz, Christmas, Hallmark Movies

Hallmark Christmas Movies

Today we have a very important- dare I say life threatening- topic to discuss.

Every year we know it’s coming, we try not to think about it and the havoc it is going to wreak on our credit cards, but each year it arrives anyways.

That’s right, I’m talking about the holiday season.

The time that is supposed to be merry and bright and the season of giving, but instead causes more stress and craziness than any of us needs. 

But, I’m not going to talk about that, instead I’m going to talk about my favorite aspect of the holiday season, and if you know me at all, i don’t even have to say it.

Hallmark Christmas movies, playing non-stop from November 1st through December 31st.

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Photo Cred: news4jax.com

Many will roll their eyes, many will say, really you watch those, and many will act as though they think I’m insane when I tell them I have a favorite.

But, I don’t think I’m the only one who enjoys watching them, or else, why would they keep them on the air. Sure maybe I’m more open about my love for the movies than most, but I highly doubt I’m the only one to smile at the ending we all saw coming.

Personally I love the fact that I could sit down and write the plot of one of these movies.

Man and woman meet, they have something they don’t like about each other, whether it be their job, the other one is trying not to be in a serious relationship, but over a series of scenes set to a backdrop of fake snow, Christmas trees and holiday songs, they fall in love and kiss, the end, movie over.

See, I practically just wrote a new movie, all we need is a few famous actors and we are good to go.

That still doesn’t stop me from watching them, and looking up the times of the ones I knew I loved last year to try to be around to watch.

Hallmark Christmas movies are a staple of the holiday season, as much as people complain and groan when they release the non-stop schedule, we all know that there would be protests and very unhappy people if they cancelled them.

Me, I like them because they are predictable, they are silly, and yes they are unrealistic. they aren’t going to happen.

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Photo Cred: Hallmark Channel

I’m never going to fly to a new city without my fiance, only to meet a person with the same name as my fiance’s brother in the airport, and travel with said brother to their home where I know no one, because fiance got held up at work, only to find out it wasn’t said fiance’s brother at all, just another person with the same name, only later on to realize I was never in love with my fiance, I’m in love with fake fiance’s brother, so I drop everything to be with this guy I’ve known for 3 days.

That would involve me having a fiance, and no boys are exactly scratching at my door. 

I guess what I’m saying is that I really don’t care that they are never going to happen, I mean a spider is never going to bite me and I’ll wake up the next day with super powers either, but people love spider-man just the same.

Or maybe I’m just more of a romantic than most. either way, you can find me on Christmas Eve glued to the couch watching a hallmark movie. 

A Day In The Life Of Liz, Boston, College, Red Sox, Suffolk University

GO RED SOX!

Boston is an amazing city. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it. I LOVE BOSTON. So much. I love the vibe of the mom and pop coffee shops on a rainy morning. I love the subway during rush hour. I love the commuter rail each morning, when it’s on time. I love the Common after it snows. I love my walk through Downtown Crossing each morning to class, and the Spare Change Newspaper guy every afternoon outside of Park Street. And I love the Boston Sports Teams. It’s impossible to live in Massachusetts and not love sports, especially on a day like yesterday when hundreds of thousands of people flood the streets to Cheer on The Red Sox on their ninth world series championship. Yesterday was the 11th victory parade since 2001. It will never get old.

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Thanks Michael, Suffolk’s photographer for always finding me in a crowd!

I think we don’t realize how lucky we are that we go to college on the parade route. I mean literally our college is the middle of the parade route. How lucky are we? I mean, I don’t think we truly understand how many people would love that.

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Right outside of 73, with thousands of my closest friends! HAHA!

The parade was so much fun, Suffolk cancelled classes between 10 and 3 and that was the time of my class, so no school! I have never had a better day at school, no I’m kidding, but it was a perfect day.  Parade with my friends, lunch after, no clouds, it wasn’t too cold.

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YAY RED SOX!

The city was on fire yesterday, there wasn’t a single person that I saw that was in a bad mood, and yes, I hate the people who don’t know who to act in a city, I hate the people who take up the entire sidewalk to walk, but you know what, Boston is an amazing city, with amazing people, and amazing sports teams, and a few days a year, I can deal with the tourists, all I can do is laugh.

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DAMAGE DONE!

I can’t wait for the next Victory Parade. February for the Patriots maybe? We can only hope!

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The most “Boston” picture I’ve ever taken!

 

 

 

 

 

A Day In The Life Of Liz, College, One Tree Hill, Wilmington, North Carolina

One Tree Hill Weekend

This past weekend, I had the best weekend of my 21 years. It’s been 4 days since it ended, and still that’s all I can think about. If you frequent my blog, then you must know that One Tree Hill is in my list of top 10 favorite things of all time. Nathan especially, but mostly just the show in general.

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James Lafferty and me! I was shaking! 

One Tree Hill found me during a really hard time in life, (hello freshman year of college) and it just made me so happy when I watched it, and I became so invested in these characters lives that I obsessed over them, and made a goal to eventually “Return to Tree Hill” where it all began.

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I’m officially a Scott Brother

One year ago I started saving up. These conventions aren’t cheap. Even though I knew that if I wanted to go it would have to be all my own money, and it would have to be something that I worked for, it was so worth it. I mean, I got to meet these characters who I have been in love with for years. I got to meet the person who plays Nathan FOUR TIMES. And, he’s still just as handsome as when the show was on, maybe even more so.

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Sorry Haley, he’s mine! 

I think my favorite part about going to this convention was meeting people from all over the entire world who feel the exact same way that I do about the show. It was magical, it was almost like the rest of the world didn’t exist for a weekend, all that mattered was One Tree Hill. I felt so free while I was there, I felt like I could do anything. I just loved it.

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I loved Stephen’s meet and greet too! 

 

A big part of this weekend was obviously meeting the stars, but also they did a really great job of recreating a lot of the fun things that happened on the show, like the Halloween Party, and the Banquet, and the party at Dan’s Beach House. I loved going to these things and honestly really feeling like I was a part of Tree Hill. And eating dinner at the same table as Stephen Colletti was definitely the highlight!!

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Selfie at dinner with Stephen! 

I also loved walking around Wilmington and seeing the real places that so much of this show was filmed. I saw the bridge from the opening scenes. I saw Karen’s Cafe, the Naley bench, I saw the river walk and the river court. It was unreal, that’s the only word I can use to describe it, unreal.

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I love you Wilmington! 

I went to this convention by myself. All alone. I knew no one. A lot of people didn’t get that when I told them. They were like, why? Aren’t you scared. And yes, I was scared to fly all alone, and be in a city I don’t know. But, I have spent so much of my life being too scared to do things so just not doing them, and I really want to change that. I want to be scared, but it can’t stop me from doing things that I want to do. It’s like the show says, “most people are stronger than they know, they just forget to believe in it sometimes,”-Kieth Scott.

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Lindsey McKeon (Taylor James) may have been my favorite! 

And when I left I wasn’t alone, I made so many friend while I was there.

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See, all my new friends! 

I am so so so so glad, happy and thankful that I took a chance and stepped out of what I am comfortable with and went on this weekend trip, so happy I did it. I don’t do enough things for me, I don’t do enough things to make me happy, and it was worth every single penny that I spent, every single one. It was the best weekend I have had. I wish I could go back right now. Thank you to everyone along the way who made it so amazing. There is so much more I want to say, but I think I’m still processing!

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This was our question and answer session, haha! 

I hope I can “Return To Tree Hill” again sometime, but for now, the amazing memories and pictures will have to do!