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Surviving the Snow: How to Overcome Winter Weather

As a college student, one of the things I dread most each year is winter. Walking across campus in below freezing temperatures trying to avoid ice patches is not enjoyable. With finals right around the corner it is more important than ever to get to class, but the cold and snow can make walking to class a nightmare. Perseverance is key. Here are some tips for staying warm and overcoming winter weather.

1. Stay Bundled Up

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The easiest way to beat the cold is to stay bundled up. Coats, hats, scarves, and gloves are your best friends this time of year. Yes it can be a bit of a hassle to carry all of this around once you are indoors, but it will always be worth it when a surprise snowfall hits during your class. Dollar stores have a huge selection of gloves, hats, and scarves that don’t cost much money so if you do accidentally lose something during the day you don’t have to worry.

2. Wear Waterproof Shoes

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Keeping your feet warm is essential. Its hard to walk to class when you can’t feel your toes. Wearing waterproof shoes will keep the cold water from melted snow from reaching your feet. Rain boots are always great to have when dealing with winter weather.

3. Carry a Spare Pair of Socks

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We all know the quote, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Even if you are wearing waterproof shoes water will still occasionally find a way in. Maybe a car went by too fast or you stepped in a puddle that was deeper than it looked. Either way, your feet are wet and cold. Having a spare pair of dry socks in your bag to change into will help you keep your feet from freezing!

4. Bring a Warm Drink

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Nothing beats winter weather like a mug of hot chocolate. Get a travel mug and fill it with your favorite warm drink. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are all perfect for this time of year. Not only do you get the benefit of a warm drink to perk you up, but the heat from the mug can help keep your hands warm as well!

Surviving the cold can be a challenge, but with a little preparation you will be able to stay warm all winter long. If you have any more winter weather tips leave them in the comment section below!

Turn Your Dorm Room into a Cozy Oasis

College can seem secluded at times; especially when your living in a dorm room with prison cell walls, a dirty clothes smell, and a view out the window that reminds you of well…school. Summer memories dance through your head and you’d give anything for a sandy beach and the smell of fresh salt water. If this describes you, the perfect get away is in order! Don’t wait until spring break! All you need is a little bit of free time, $30, some creativity, and a little determination.

First, put all those old magazines to use! Flip through and find your favorite pictures, quotes, or ads to cut out. After cutting out the images apply a little double stick tape to the back and collage them onto your boring white walls. Another way to spice up those sad walls is a decal! They are easy to apply and very affordable. Target has a wide variety ranging from chandeliers to quotes ($12.99- $24.99). Finally, after you finish decorating your walls, sit back and admire the beauty in what once was a dreary dorm room.

Step two, smell fresh! Reed diffusers can give your room the splash of freshness that it needs and are a much safer alternative to burning scented candles! They are sold in tons of scents from clean linen to vanilla, and everything in-between. They cost around $15 and last for a long time. If your diffuser runs dry simply buy the refill oil for only $5 and feel free to experiment with a new scent! They are a much more appealing product than the plastic air fresheners and they last longer.

Finally, it is time to improve that view out of your window! There are a variety of curtains out there for a variety of people. They come in about every color, tons of different materials, and different lengths. If you’re looking for something a little more fun they are also offered in animal prints, sequins, and patterns. If you want your curtains to still allow light into the room look for a sheer fabric.  If you want to sleep all day you can also find “blackout” curtains that will keep your room nice and dark no matter what time of day it is!

After turning your dorm room into a cozy oasis, enjoy your getaway!

-Speedy G.

I’m reading Management

10 Best Places to Go Skiing & Snowboarding

I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE skiing. LOVE IT. There is something about speeding down a hill at 50 miles per hour that makes me feel like I’m on top of the world. It’s the danger, the exhilaration, and the pure adrenaline that makes skiing one of my favorite things to do. I’ve tried snowboarding before, but lets just say it’s not my cup of tea. I spent the entire day on my back side. However, many of my friends think snowboarding is the ultimate thrill, so I’ll do them the honor of looking into some snowboarding destinations. What do I look for in a skiing/snowboarding trip? Big mountains, trails that are easy to navigate through, trails that aren’t too crowded and little to no wait for the lifts. At one point I took a trip to Beech Mountain in North Carolina with my family and it was a nightmare. Everything seemed way overpriced, the rental equipment looked 20 years old, it was overcrowded, the food was sub-par and it was nearly a 30 minute wait to get up the lift. So I wanted to look at places that would be the exact opposite of that trip. You know, like places that don’t suck as bad as getting hit in the face with a 9 iron. I have done some research for both skiing and snowboarding destinations and I came up with these two lists that represent some the coolest places to go skiing/snowboarding in the United States.

Skiing Spots

Wolf Creek, Colorado
Wolf Creek is a really cool place to go skiing. I like this place because it has slopes for everyone. 55% of it’s slopes are for beginners and intermediate skiers, and 45% of it’s slopes are for advanced skiers and experts. It has “the most snow in Colorado” according to it’s official website. You can rent skis here for $15 per day for adults, and lift tickets are $54 per day for adults.

Mammoth Mountain, California
Just the name is enough for me. Enormous mountains, beautiful resorts and special events are a few things that make Mammoth Mountain sound very appealing to me. You can rent skis here for $29 per day for adults, and purchase a lift ticket for $69 per day for adults.

Snowbird, Utah
Snowbird has everything: massive mountains, a good range of lodging packages, places for weddings and conferences, an elegant spa, as well as $72 for an all-day chairlift pass for adults. Ski’s can be rented at several local stores, with prices around $40 per set for adults.

Mt. Hood, Oregon
Mount Hood has 240 acres specifically meant for night skiing, 85 total trails, several restaurants and bars, and they even offer daycare. Lift tickets will run $74 per day for adults, and ski rental packages at $39 for adults.

Bridger Bowl, Montana
Bridger Bowl has a fair amount of trails for each skill set, 50% are for beginners and intermediate skiers, and 50% are for advanced and extreme users. Single day lift tickets are $48 and $25 for rental skis.

Snowboarding Spots

Mt. Bachelor, Oregon
Mount Bachelor is great for free-riders. It contains crowd-free slopes which are sure to please any boarder. They also allow night riding, and snowmobiles can be rented here. A one-day lift-pass costs $52 and boards cost $36 to rent.

Mt. Baker, Washington
Mount Baker has 38 trails, with over 1000 acres of total riding area. It may not be the most convenient place (there is no lodging in the ski area), however it’s a pretty well-known spot for snowboarders. Lift tickets cost $51 during weekends or holidays, and they don’t display rental costs online.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole is an interesting resort, containing virtually everything a snowboarder would want, including cowboys and saloon bars. There are 111 trails and 2,500 acres of total ride area, making this a pretty large area perfect for boarding. Lift tickets will cost you $70 for a day and $37.50 to rent a board.

Heavenly, California and Nevada
Heavenly is located along the border of California and Nevada near Lake Tahoe, offering 4 resorts. It’s massive snowboarding areas span 4,800 acres and they boast a 5.5 mile long single trail. Lift passes go for $44 per day.

Beaver Creek, Colorado
This is the luxury resort that can only be afforded with the help of your parents. It is a very elegant and updated, and the only thing steeper than it’s mountains are it’s prices. It will run you $83.20 to rent a board here and an additional $85 for a lift pass.

 

Alabaster

I’m reading Macroeconomics

The Best and the Worst Holiday Music

Holiday MusicIt’s the week after Thanksgiving and you know what that means…it’s officially holiday season, even if you act like the Grinch this time of year

It is during these times that we all listen to (or ignore, in some cases) something that only comes once a year; if you didn’t already guess it from this title, it’s Holiday Music. No matter what, we are all bound to hear quite a few holiday songs this December. The only thing that surprises me more than a terrible holiday song is when it is redone by a modern era singer or band (the song will not magically become better because of Mariah Carey). Don’t get me wrong though, there is some great stuff out there that really does pick up your spirits and helps you feel the warmth and comfort of family and friends during the holidays.

So without further ado, here is some of the best and worst holiday music albums/songs (remember, this is just one person’s opinion):

 

Best Albums:

Kenny G – Miracles: The Holiday Album

The ultimate collection of music to play in the background for a party or while with that “special someone”.  With the soft saxaphone this instrumental album is a slightly different spin on traditional holiday music, but still very soothing. This album includes titles such as “Winter Wonderland” and “The Chanukah Song”.

Mannheim Steamroller – A Fresh Aire Christmas

Known as one of the highest selling holiday albums, just a great instrumental version of some great music to get you feeling jolly.  This upbeat album includes the titles “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” and “Veni Veni”.

Shelby LynneMerry Christmas

Great country music holiday album with plenty of great upbeat songs for your listening pleasure. This album contains classic holiday songs including “Silver Bells” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”.

Trans-Siberian OrchestraChristmas Eve and Other Stories

They have the best rock/orchestra holiday show you will see anywhere in the U.S. This unique album includes titles such as “First Snow” and “A Mad Russian’s Christmas”. I highly recommend this album.

Dan Hicks and the Hot LicksCrazy for Christmas

This album has a great smooth jazz/bluegrass sound making it a great unique holiday album. The fun sounds of this album include titles such as “Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit” and “I’ve Got Christmas By the Tail”.

Best Songs:

Paul McCartney and WingsWonderful Christmastime

People either love or hate this classic holiday tune. Personally I love it!

South ParkDreidel Song

Hilarious. Enough said.

Woody Herman – Let it Snow!

Although this classic holiday song has been covered by numerous artists this one is definitely one of my favorites. Enjoy!

Adam SandlerThe Hanukah Song

Simply one of the funniest and most original holiday songs of all time.

Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark – Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Good song that gets you into the spirit of the winter weather. There are multiple versions, and I honestly like the version sang in Elf with Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel. I’m not sure if Ferrell actually sang it, but still good with a funny ending.

 

Worst Albums:

Susan BoyleThe Gift

Yes she may be an amazing singer, but this album is way too slow and intense for me. She has a great voice; too bad her holiday songs sound like nails on a chalk board.

Regis Philbin – The Regis Philbin Christmas Album

Really Regis? I’m think the only reason this CD came out is because his name is Regis Philbin.

Conway Twitty – A Twismas Story

If you like Conway as a country singer that’s one thing, but this album is (Con)way too cliche for holiday music.

Michael Bolton – The Christmas Album

I never really enjoyed Micheal Bolton, and every time I think of him I immediately think of Office Space.

The Chipmunks – Christmas with the Chipmunks

I doubt the Dhali Llama could sit through this one. Anybody that can listen to this entire album deserves a gold medal.

 


Worst Songs:

Door-to-Door CarolersWe Wish You a Merry Christmas

Can you please knock on my door and sing me something unique or different? This song is sung by every group of carolers, and I’m sorry I don’t have any friggin’ figgy pudding. WE GET IT.

Green DayJingle Bells

Punk rock and religion don’t really mix that well. If there’s going to be a guitar in anything religious, it better be a nylon string acoustic or an electric guitar in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Gloria EstefanLove on Layaway

It’s a pretty romantic song, but the song is a little annoying, and the premise is not something that I’d really use to describe love. … Might as well be Love on Credit.

Bob SegerLittle Drummer Boy

I will never let 80’s rock die, but I can live without Seger singing holiday tunes. Especially this song.

 

Remember to add any songs you think should be considered the best/worst holiday music, and if you haven’t heard the new Beiber holiday album, it’s probably a good thing. Happy Holidays!!

 

Willhelm

I’m reading Principles of Microeconomics