Saturday, August 31, 2013

Tips for Packing for College

1. Be weather ready.
I know this sounds pretty basic, but do take the time to research the typical weather for your campus during different times of the year.  This way you won't get stuck in a rainstorm without an umbrella, a snowstorm without a coat, or a heat wave without at least one pair of shorts.  And as weird as it sounds, being mentally prepared for how cold (or hot) the weather is going to be makes the transition a whole lot easier.

2. Be prepared for casual, professional, and dressy events.
Within the first week of my undergrad career I had hiked part of Marin county, worked at a food bank, gone to classes, and attended a formal dinner.  You never know what you might end up doing!  So while I'm not advising you to pack your entire wardrobe (yes, there is such a thing as being over-prepared) bring enough of a variety to allow for different activities.  You don't want to be left out of a trip, for example, because you didn't bring a bathing suit or good walking shoes.

3. Buy school supplies at home.
This might be difficult for those of you flying to college, but seriously, buying your school supplies from stores like Target and Office Depot at home will save you so much money.  Most campus bookstores have ridiculously high prices because they know that they are the most convenient location for students to buy books and supplies.  Yes, this tip applies to coursebooks as well.  If you have the option to get your book lists ahead of time, I highly suggest browsing both Barnes and Nobel and Amazing rather than just buying books from the school bookstore.  Trust me, I saved about $100 myself just this semester by bargain hunting online.

4. Don't bring fragile or emotionally important items.
Consider the following scenarios: You don't know your roommate very well.  It turns out they're a total klutz, and one week in they've already knocked a picture frame off your desk and broken it.  Or how about this: after going to a party one weekend, you and your friends return to your room a bit intoxicated (yes, this is a possibility!) and someone accidentally gets sick on your vintage book collection or rips your favorite poster.  Are you starting to see a pattern?  Basically, don't bring super fragile or important items to college with you.  Things will get broken, stained and stolen.  That's just the nature of the beast!

5. Pack in boxes you can reuse.
Most dorm rooms don't have a ton of storage space, so packing in things like plastic boxes can be really helpful.  You can then repack these with items that don't fit in your limited closet space and store them under your bed.  Save cardboard boxes as well for sending packages home at the end of the year, or even for that random art class you decide to take.

6. Pack enough, but not too much.
I think that the most important thing to remember about packing for college is that you're not moving out entirely.  You're parents will expect you to come home for a least a few of the breaks and so it's perfectly fine to leave most of your clothing and possessions behind. If you're having separation anxiety for that one coat you just couldn't fit, never fear.  Every year when I go home for Christmas, I swap clothes out, leaving things that I'm tired of wearing over and over again and picking up that sweater that would look great with my new dress.  Always be aware that you'll probably accumulate quite a bit of stuff, especially if you live on an urban campus like I did.

I hope you guys find these tips helpful.  Happy packing!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

El Rancho Grande

I have always believed that - Mission District or not - the only way to get really good Mexican food in San Francisco was to hold out until my next trip home.  But today I have the pleasure of announcing that I have found a restaurant that not only has amazing tacos, but is also perfect for the college budget!

Yesterday, after shopping all day with my good friend Christine, I suggested that we simply grab something to eat on the way home as neither one of us felt like cooking.  She directed us to this little taqueria, El Rancho Grande.  Located on Divisadero right on McAllister, it's a little hole-in-the-wall with bright paint, friendly staff, and a constant stream of South-American soccer.  It is a clear favorite of many, as just after we ordered the restaurant filled up with patrons of all ages.  I ordered just their Regular Taco with carne asada filling (pictured above) and was happy to find it completely delicious.  The portion is also large enough that if that's all that you want, that's all that you need.  But next time I think I might explore the menu a bit.  I have it on good authority that their Super Taco is killer...

All in all, probably not the best Mexican food I've ever had, but definitely the best since coming to the city!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Introducing: Buzz!

*photo credit to Trevor J

As someone who frequently posts pictures of my favorite furry friends, I thought it appropriate to take a minute to introduce you all to Buzz!  A cute little Schnauzer-mix, this cute little guy is the most recent four-legged addition to my family.  One of the last weekends I was at home, my mom and I just happened to walk past a dog-adoption fair and absolutely fell in love.  The actual adoption was just this past Tuesday, and apparently Buzz and my brother are already the best of friends.

Unforuntately, we didn't actually receive him until I had already gone back to school, but I've been getting daily updates and apparently he's quite the energetic, inquisitive dog.  Our older pups aren't quite sure what to do with him, but they're getting along so far.

I cannot wait to go home and play with him in person!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Roadtrip in Instagrams

I'm finally back in San Francisco after yet another long drive up. I feel like I should be used to the drive by now, but it still feels long and tedious every time!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Construction Warning!

Yes, it is ridiculously late (early?) to be working on updating the blog, but I felt a sudden creative urge and decided to go with it.

That being said, I just want to warn all you lovely people that things here at Little Girl may be getting a bit weird for a little while.  I am currently in the process of performing my annual-aesthetic upgrade and it may go a little wonky because I am actually going to attempt a bit of coding and more tablet (drawing) work.

Well, hope that made sense.  I should probably be sleeping!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Answering Some Questions!

Back in July I passed 300 subscribers on YouTube!  I know, right?  Currently I am just past 430 subscribers and couldn't possibly feel more amazed and grateful that there are hundreds of people out there who actually enjoy listening to me ramble on about books and life.

Anyways, as a sort of thank-you plus a get-to-know-me, I decided to do a question-and-answer video.  I received quite a few interesting questions and answered them last week in the video above!

In other news, I am heading back to school at the end of the week, which means major packing is getting under way.  I'm thinking about doing a "Tips for Packing for College" post sometime this week, but am leery of promising anything.  You all know what happens when I try and plan ahead for this blog.  And if you don't because you're new here, welcome to the world's most neglected blog.  If this blog was the person I was dating, I would have stood it up hundreds of times now.

With that very strange analogy, I bid you adieu.