Saturday, July 9, 2011

So, I’m an addict…

Five (most random) things I can’t live without

The Today Show. After restless nights of fighting to fall asleep during Chelsea Lately or Sex and the City, I promptly wake up at 6:57 a.m.: just in time for the Matt Lauer in Studio 1A on Rockefeller Plaza. I guess I became a Today-Show-addict in high school, living in Kuwait. The show would air live at 3 p.m. Kuwait-time, conveniently right when I got home from school. I’d come in, grab my favorite Kuwaiti paprika chips, and turn on the big screen. Watching Meredith, Matt, Ann and Al, I suddenly felt like I was back home and not in the middle of the Kuwaiti desert. The show became an after-school ritual. It was comfortable, informative and fun. Since then, I’ve become addicted to the news and current events. As a Journalism-Public Relations major, I’m a news-junkie. I need to know what and where everything is happening, right away – thank God the Today Show has a Facebook and Twitter I can follow!

Baylor mug. I’m a college student, so it’s no surprise I live off coffee. I average at least 2 or 3 cups every morning (not including my afternoon brew or frequent Starbucks runs). But my morning coffee wouldn’t be the same without my Baylor-green-and-gold, oversized mug. It’s a fat mug, big enough to satisfy my incredible addiction. When I first came to Baylor, I had no idea I’d become the sic-em-baylor-proud college girl; well after three years, I definitely am. And I wouldn’t be able to start my day without pouring perfectly black coffee and way too much sugar into my favorite BU mug.   

Sunglasses. In the car. On the beach. Walking to class. Everyone has them, but they do more than just tame sunlight. They are magical. You know those mornings when you just don’t feel like going out and facing the world, but life doesn’t wait and you got to get up and go to class/work/watever anyways. Well, whether they’re designer shades from Nordstrom or seven bucks from Target, putting on any of my sunglasses is guaranteed to make those blah days better. I’m not quite sure how or why, but the world just looks better through the perfect pair of aviators. (Maybe they make me feel like a rockstar?)  

Bahrain Hard Rock Cafe t-shirt. Everyone has their shirt, you know, the comfiest and somewhat oversized shirt that just makes them smile. My Hard Rock tee from Bahrain is that shirt. I don’t know why I love it so much – maybe it’s an emotional connection because I bought it while visiting my family in the Middle East and had a great time, or it just fits perfectly and looks great with my Nike gym tights. Whether I wear it to the gym, to sleep, the mall or, hell, even the Waco Wal-Mart, I love that shirt. It’s crazy how one shirt can reveal so much about someone. I’m not that sensitive but I would literally cry if I lost this shirt, like it is the reason I do laundry. That’s not weird right?! Like I said, everyone has their shirt they’re crazy about.

Weekly trip to George’s. I would die if Georges wasn’t in Waco. I’ve come to love, love that place (yes, I said love twice). It’s probably not the healthiest addiction but you know those Tuesdays right after the gym where you’re just like: “Hey, I’m feeling some margaritas, chips and salsa and crazy wings.” Then Georges is the place to go.  Me and my friends can stroll in to the deck wearing our gym clothes (I’m usually a sweaty mess) and have the best time. So relaxing – it’s a perfect break from my crazy life. It’s a post-gym ritual. Some people make protein shakes or eat salads after working out, me, I’m all for post-workout margaritas and salsa. Great friends. Good food. Fun atmosphere. Definitely a place I can’t live without.      

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