So many of you have asked me what I look like. While I’ve posted numerous photos of myself for your enjoyment I decided to post this one as well, mostly because I’m in love with my Adventure Time Hat.
22 going on 4

So this song has been stuck in my head for the last few days. Click above to give a listen to this little number.

In this weeks installment of “What’s In Erica’s Purse”
I’m featuring what’s in my backpack. I’ve really become aware of the fact that I tend to hoard receipts (I have no idea why).
My Vera Bradley Messenger Bag Contains:
-A whole ton of crumbled receipts (I have a problem)
-My Adventure Time Wallet
-My notebook
-My purple planner
-My pink pencil pouch
-More pens, pencils, and highlighters (because one can never be too over prepared)
-A random stack of assorted papers
-My Hello Kitty pencil box
-A phone charger
and finally 2 bottles of water so I’m able to stay nice and hydrated throughout the day.

Well,
Classes have been back in session for over a month now (I just took my first midterm at 10:30 this morning) and Fall Break is quickly coming upon us (Friday after the end of classes to be exact). However with all of this said, it occurred to me that I never actually posted which classes I was taking this semester (we’ll call it a blonde moment). So sit back, relax, and get ready to read all about what I’m actually doing this semester (academically at least).

Monday & Wednesday:
Introduction to Electronic Journalism: I took this class because it sounded really interesting, and given that it’s my senior year I had some extra credits to mess around with and take classes “just for fun”. I’m learning how to write from a journalists perspective (which is completely different from everything I’m normally used to being an English Major), and while it’s been an adjustment for sure, I’m really enjoying the class and am learning a lot of valuable information.

Monday’s:
Voice Lessons:
Hands down my favorite class every semester. For an hour every week I’m able to let go of all the stress I might be feeling and just sing my heart out. It is with help and coaching from my voice teacher that I’m now able to sing in 7 different languages:
Polish
French
German
Spanish
Italian
English
and Latin

Tuesday & Thursday:

Introduction to Sociology:
This class is one of my core requirements (meaning that I have to take an elective class in this field). While this field of study is no where up my alley, I’m actually really enjoying this class. The material is pretty easy to understand, my professor is not only hilarious but extremely down to earth, and while there is a lot of reading to do, the learning experience is worth all the time I’ve put in.

Contemporary Fantasy Literature: I took this class for fun as an English Elective, and to be honest I’m kind of regretting it. While I love the professor and have a lot of friends in the class, it’s nothing like I thought I would be. The reading load is overwhelming (yes it’s true we had all summer long to get a head start on the reading) but regardless our class discussions lack substance and I find myself leaving rather bored.

Poe & Twain: I honestly love this class. Talking about Poe with my favorite professor for a few hours every week is seriously such an eye opening experience. While the work load for this class can also get out of hand, I honestly don’t mind it and I’m used to it with this particular professor as it’s my (5th class with her).

Internship: I honestly thought running this blog would be a lot harder to do this semester considering it’s now being counted for a credited class. However I think blogging for my internship is going over better than it did before when I just did it for fun. Many of you have come up to me and told me that you’ve made a Tumblr just to read this blog (I’m sincerely honored and humbled). I like being able to share my personal life with other college students.

So that’s what I’m up to this semester :) While it’s proving to be rather time consuming and stressful I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Hi Guys,
For those of you who are avid bloggers and blog readers, you know that many blogs feature an FAQ page. I never personally thought to do one, but after publishing my new stories last week I received a lot of feedback (from you my readers). You guys asked me many of the same questions, so instead of answering them over and over again I was inspired to do my own FAQ article which I will also link to the main bio of my blog. Feel free to keep your questions rolling in (just check with this article first) before asking me a question that you think might have been answered already.

Erica’s FAQ:

1. How old are you?
I don’t know about you, but I’m 22.

2. What College do you attend?
I attend Marywood University. I’m currently a senior.

3. What is your major?
I’m an English Major with a minor in History and the better half of a Music Minor.

4. Can I date you?/ Are you single?
I’ve been happily taken as of 10/16/13 by a wonderful guy named Bob.

When I’m reincarnated in my next lifetime look me up.

5. Why don’t you like coffee?
To put it bluntly because it tastes terrible. I don’t like coffee for the same reason some people don’t like chocolate ice cream or egg salad sandwiches.

6. So you live with your best friend (who is male) don’t things ever get weird/awkward?
*MY MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTION*

I do in fact live with my best friend. His name is Steve. We’ve been living together for over a month now and to be perfectly honest there’s been nothing weird about living with him. We have a “knock rule” in place which means that if any door to our apartment is closed we have to knock upon entry (this prevents any awkward moments such as seeing each other naked or barging in on one another singing along to Justin Timberlake in the shower).

7. Is your boyfriend okay with your living situation?

At first he was a little unsure of what to make of the whole situation ( I’m the first to admit that it is indeed unique). However he trusts me (which is essential to any healthy relationship). Also Steve and Bob are pretty close friends so that helped ease any worries as well. I also live with Bob on the weekends so we get time together every week.

8. Isn’t living with a single guy preventing him from finding a girlfriend?/ Do you encourage your roommate to have girls over/find a girlfriend?

First of all you wouldn’t believe the number of people who have asked me this question. I don’t prevent my room mate from doing anything. If he wants to bring a girl home I’m not going to say anything. I’m in a happy relationship I only want to see him in a situation that makes him just as happy. I’m his best friend and room mate not his mother.

9. How tall are you?

Somewhere between 5’8 and 5’9. But my posture is horrible, I’m always hunched over.

10. Advantages/Disadvantages to living with a dude?

Advantages:
-I always have someone to watch movies with.
-Automatic cuddle partner.
-No drama (like many girls I know like to create)
-The house always smells like Axe which is good in small doses.
-If I want to go to the bar I always have someone to go with.
-Microwave anything always sounds like an appetizing dinner option.
-If I ever have a problem he’s a phone call away (just one of the perks of living with your best friend)

Disadvantages:
- I’m stuck watching a lot of sports/ ESPN
-We both shed A LOT (we both have very thick brown hair) so our bathroom resembles a barber shop.
-We’re both messy so keeping the apartment clean is a little bit of a challenge but we make it work.
- He always eats all of the ice cream and microwave quesadillas (leaving yours truly with none of her own).
- We live on a very busy street corner, so I’m often woken up by the sound of traffic going by, a domestic dispute, or the sun shining through my bedroom window.

So I decided to create another segment for my blog this year. I’m calling it “What’s In Erica’s Purse?” (I know creative title right?) I figure this will give you all a glimpse into the things I commonly carry around with me, allowing you not only to get a true taste of my personality, but a few laughs out of the whole ordeal as well. This weeks edition features:
3 pairs of sunglasses.
3 Coin purses
My actual reading glasses
Countless crumpled Walmart receipts
A purple pen
My Finn The Human (from Adventure Time) Wallet
A folded pay stub
A single dollar
A collapsable hairbrush and sewing kit (I like to be prepared)
Two rubber ducks dressed like pumpkins
My pink umbrella
The Naked 3 Palette from Urban Decay (that I haven’t been able to find in weeks)
And last but not least peppermint gum (my one vice)

Although the temperatures outside are currently resembling those of Summer, we have officially entered Fall (my favorite season). In honor of this beautiful season I thought I’d make a Fall Playlist to help all of you set the mood for the new season in case you’re still stuck in Summer Mode. So Youtube, Spotify, or download on iTunes the songs I have listed below. I hope they help to put you all in a more Fall like mindset or have you singing into your hair brushes :)

Erica’s Sweater Weather Playlist:

1. Stay Young Go Dancing- Death Cab For Cutie
2. It’s Not A Fashion Statement It’s A Death Wish - My Chemical Romance
3. You Lift Me Up- Mikey Wax
4. Flaws- Bastille
5. Rhythm Of Love- Plain White T’s
6. Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop- Landon Pigg
7. See Through- Pentatonix
8. The Way It Was- The Killers
9. Spectrum- Florence & The Machine
10. Boom Clap- Charli XCX
11. Skin & Bones- Motion City Soundtrack
12. Keep It Comin Love- KC & The Sunshine Band
13. Danny’s Den- Castlecomer
14. We’ve Got A Big Mess On Our Hands- The Academy Is
15. Where Did The Party Go?- Fall Out Boy

So I wanted to include a new element to my blog this year based off suggestions from you my wonderful followers. This year from time to time I’ll be including personal playlists of mine based on what I’ve currently been listening to (since so many of you are interested in my musical taste). This playlist is a transitional playlist. Many of the songs I’ve included have been some of my Summer favorites, however there are a few of them that I’ve just recently discovered and can’t seem to get enough of. So take some time out of your day and Youtube, Spotify, or download on iTunes the songs in this playlist. I can only hope you fall in love with one or more of these songs like I have myself. Happy Listening :D

Erica’s Transitional Playlist from Summer Into Fall:

1. Come With Me Now- KONGOS
2. Maps- Maroon 5
3. Rather Be- Clean Bandit
4. We Move Like The Ocean- Bad Suns
5. Fugitive- Castlecomer
6.Love Runs Out- One Republic
7.Waste Them All- Flagship
8. MoneyGrabber- Fitz and The Tantrums
9. Mountain Sound- Of Monsters and Men
10. Lisa Baby- Walk The Moon
11. Friday Night- Eric Paslay
12. Aw Naw- Chris Young
13. Mine, Mine, Mine,- Disney’s Pocahontas Soundtrack
14. Not- Hunter Hayes
15. Time To Go- Keane

Photo One: My Spring Semester 2014 Grades (proof that hard work really does pay off and also that I made Deans List)

Photo Two: A picture of our “family breakfast” from one of my countless group get togethers over the course of the summer.

Photo Three: Bob and I at the Jimmy Buffet Concert. Do you like our festive outfits? We sure enjoyed dressing up for the show :)

Photo Four: My friends and going for a train ride at Knoebels! Photo One: My Spring Semester 2014 Grades (proof that hard work really does pay off and also that I made Deans List)

Photo Two: A picture of our “family breakfast” from one of my countless group get togethers over the course of the summer.

Photo Three: Bob and I at the Jimmy Buffet Concert. Do you like our festive outfits? We sure enjoyed dressing up for the show :)

Photo Four: My friends and going for a train ride at Knoebels! Photo One: My Spring Semester 2014 Grades (proof that hard work really does pay off and also that I made Deans List)

Photo Two: A picture of our “family breakfast” from one of my countless group get togethers over the course of the summer.

Photo Three: Bob and I at the Jimmy Buffet Concert. Do you like our festive outfits? We sure enjoyed dressing up for the show :)

Photo Four: My friends and going for a train ride at Knoebels! Photo One: My Spring Semester 2014 Grades (proof that hard work really does pay off and also that I made Deans List)

Photo Two: A picture of our “family breakfast” from one of my countless group get togethers over the course of the summer.

Photo Three: Bob and I at the Jimmy Buffet Concert. Do you like our festive outfits? We sure enjoyed dressing up for the show :)

Photo Four: My friends and going for a train ride at Knoebels!

Photo One: My Spring Semester 2014 Grades (proof that hard work really does pay off and also that I made Deans List)

Photo Two: A picture of our “family breakfast” from one of my countless group get togethers over the course of the summer.

Photo Three: Bob and I at the Jimmy Buffet Concert. Do you like our festive outfits? We sure enjoyed dressing up for the show :)

Photo Four: My friends and going for a train ride at Knoebels!

Happy Fall Followers!
I’m back in school finishing up my senior year of college (crazy to think how quickly the time has gone by) and am ready to keep you all well informed and up to date on what’s been going on in my life.

I’ll quickly mention how my Spring 2014 semester ended (I stopped blogging very shortly into the start of the semester and many of you wondered what happened to me). 17 credits was a little bit more challenging than I had initially thought it to be. Many nights were spent having near nervous breakdowns due to the overwhelming amount of work I had to accomplish. My spare time was spent sleeping (because quite frankly I didn’t get a whole lot of it during the week). After wanting to throw in the towel on several different occasions, failing a paper and receiving some very negative feedback from one of my professors, I came out on top. I made Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 Semester. Proving that hard work really does pay off, and that if I truly set my mind to something I can accomplish anything.

Then came Summer. This summer was a rather interesting one for me to say the least. While I wasn’t able to accompany my Aunt Amanda on a trip to Daytona Florida my summer was still none the less action packed. I house sat for my mothers sister (my Aunt Carrie) and my fathers brother (my Uncle Jeff) which kept me out of the house and occupied for a good majority of my summer break. While most people would probably find this particular activity boring I took the opportunity (and the larger free space) to have a group of my closest friends over for days on end. For the second time in my life I played host to a successful group gathering (that people actually showed up for) and while there were some up’s and downs, there were more jokes made and laughs had than tears shed. Overall a victory in my book. When I wasn’t house sitting I could be found working at the Sunrise Cafe (my job for the better part of the last 6 years). I spent my days busing tables, washing dishes, and trading stories with the regular customers. I spent a few days at Knoebel’s (a local free admission amusement park) with my best friend and a group of my close friends. We indulged in carnival food (I’m particularly fond of anything deep fried or available on a stick), rode rides, and spent FAR too much money in the arcade (that Wizard of Oz coin machine gets us every time).

This summer also brought with it one of the biggest life decisions I’ve ever had to make. On August 19th I officially moved out of my parents household. I now live with my best friend and roommate Steve (despite the criticism we’ve received that a guy and a girl can’t simply live together) it’s been a easy transition for us and rather drama free. I stay with him Monday- Wednesday (or Thursday night depending on the specific weeks events) and then move to my boyfriend Bob’s house where I stay Thursday-Monday. While it’s been an adjustment (not having my own personal space, not being able to walk around in a skimpy pair of shorts and a tank top, and accepting adult responsibilities (paying bills) it’s been a rather easy transition and for that I’m extremely grateful.

At almost the end of the summer I left my job at the Cafe (well more like took a personal few months hiatus) and reapplied to work at Bath and Body Works in the Steamtown Mall (I had previously worked for the company at a different mall location, but left for personal reasons). I got my job back and can now be found selling lotion and candles on most weekend days.

I spent two days in New York with my boyfriend and his family for our first “family vacation” to see the one and only Jimmy Buffet at the Bethel Woods Center for Preforming Arts. I’d never been to a Buffet show before and didn’t know exactly what to expect (however my boyfriend and his father were seasoned pros seeing approximately 8 shows) so they filled me in on what to wear and what I would see. (Please view the pictures that will follow this post.) Also if you haven’t seen Jimmy Buffet in concert I highly suggest it (even if you’re not a fan) it’s all about the tailgating. The man puts on an amazing show (for singing only about pretty ladies, booze, cheeseburgers, and lost shakers of salt).

The leaves are changing colors, I’ve spotted several pairs of Ugg’s (still too early in my personal opinion) Pumpkin Spice Lattes have invaded, and we’ve officially entered Fall (although some of us are embracing it more than others). School has been in for almost a full month now (a post about my senior year will follow this post shortly). Stress levels are elevating, awesome fall events are just around the corner, and it won’t be much longer until talk of Black Friday, golden brown turkeys, and wish lists to Santa are the talk on everybody’s lips. Until then enjoy the changing of the seasons. Photograph the foliage, have a Pumpkin Spice Latte (or a few iced apple ciders from Dunkin Donuts if you’re more like myself), and enjoy the beauty that nature holds before wretched weather prevents you from being able to do so.

~Keep Calm & Carry On

-Erica