Summer has officially ended (sadly) and fall is here! The time of pumpkin spice everything, turtle necks, and colorful trees. Also, you can finally start wearing hoodies again! After the summer's scorching rays, it's now time to cool down. What better way to sit back and get all cozy than to listen to a nice fall playlist? You wouldn't find yourself hearing these kinds of songs at Coachella, but maybe when you're just chilling on your bed or when you're staring out your window on a nice fall afternoon thinking about your crush while pretending you're in a movie. Even if it's none of those, you can't help but find yourself a little more at ease with these soft tunes. Grab your headphones, put on some of these songs, and start staring out your window!
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Honestly, anything would be preferable
New millennial jargon seems to arise everyday, one of the newest being “daddy." While people have always said things like “sugar daddy" or “come to daddy" (which sounds a tad creepy to me...okay, a lot creepy), now just referring to an attractive man or one's boyfriend/husband as simply “daddy" has become the norm. *Gag*
I, for one, am utterly baffled by this “pet name," if it can be called such. I'd like to reserve “daddy" for my actual father, not someone I'd want to have a romantic relationship with or think is exceptionally attractive. Yes, I'd want a partner to have similar qualities to my dad, but I don't want them to be one and the same. With that being said, here are 15 things I'd rather call a handsome fellow--some normal, others strange, but all superior to the nauseating "daddy":
Grease makes calling a guy "stud" one of the coolest compliments out there.
Or a hottie lamottie with a swimmer's body.
3. A dreamboat
Maybe it seems odd to bestow the title of an inanimate object that glides through water upon someone you find desirable, but it's far better than the familial alternative.
If he looks like he's carved from marble and shines like the golden sun, then compare him to the stunning Greek gods to express how gorgeous you find him. Think about it, would he rather be almighty Zeus or "daddy"?
Even though Romeo's end was not a happy one, at least he wasn't calling Juliet “mommy" before he died.
6. Love muffin
Yes, I'd rather he be a sweet, crumbly baked good filled with berries or chocolate chips than “daddy."
Classic. Just forget about the pig with the same name.
8. Prince Charming
This kind of charming:
Not this kind:
(Though Chris Pine is great.)
No, not the one attached to the ocean, or the Danish meaning of the word.
10. Good Lookin'
Culinary terms > "daddy"
Is he a ghost coming to scare you on Halloween? Is he the love of your life? Who knows? As long as he's not “daddy," I'm fine.
14. My precious
Totally, one hundred percent creepy? Yes. Less creepy than "daddy"? Absolutely.
Why not go old school and just call your boyfriend, boyfriend? (Or hubby if you're married.)
Note: if she had said "daddy," the audience would have mistakenly thought her actual father would come beat them up if they didn't comply.
Other preferable pet names include, but are not limited to: sweetie, snookum, baby cakes, dumpling, dragon, lamp, chair, butter, dirt, lake, pillow, blueberry, pencil, and literally every other word that exists in the world, excluding "daddy."
How I lost my certainty of the future.
Last year, I knew exactly what I would be doing with my life. Not just what major I wanted, although, I did know exactly what I was going to major in during college. I went further, though, and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I aimed to be a book editor and use my French and English majors to go into technical editing after going to grad school. Yet this semester, disenchantment hit. I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life anymore. I still loved the idea of being a book editor. I still loved reading. I just couldn't feel any passion towards the courses I had to take this semester. They were amazing, but they didn't excite me the way courses I would love should. They didn't inspire feelings of amazement at how awesome my major is. It was then I realized maybe my major wasn't for me.
Anyone looking at me or talking to me could see the marked difference in how secure I felt about the future. Last year at advising with my French advisor, I came fully prepared with my whole scheduled planned to a t. I knew exactly what I would be doing in the future and had a plan set up for study abroad. I even had which courses I would take when planned so that there was no confusion I would graduate on time. This year my advisor had to practically drag me through the process of selecting my courses. The process was a mess. She picked almost all my classes for me because I simply no longer had any clue what I wanted to take. After I realized my uncertainty would only make me more anxious for my future, I went to the Career Center where I narrowed my search by finding majors and jobs that not only fit who I am, but who I want to be. I still have a lot of options, and I'm focusing mostly on getting my general education classes out of the way and experiencing as much as possible to narrow my search even further.
The worst part about this for me is not the work I have to put in to figure out where my life is headed now, though there is a lot of work that goes into figuring out what classes to take when you aren't on a specific path with courses laid out in a nice, neat order. The hardest for me is the uncertainty. Everyone in college seems to know where they are going, and how they plan to get there. They are preparing for the real world and doing so in decisive and ready movements. And here I am confused and unready. But the important thing for me to remember--and I strive to remind myself of this everyday--is that I may not be ready today, but that's the point of college: to get ready, and remember that people are all starting at different places of readiness so there is no need to compare myself to them.
We all have checked into "Procrastination Station" more than once..
In high school, being a procrastinator wasn't that big of a deal in my own opinion. But coming from a school that didn't really have strict deadlines on things, meaning you basically got points for turning it in be it exactly on or before the deadline, or 4 weeks later when you realize your grade needs to be raised up. So, when I came to college, I knew it would be different. It hasn't really been hard transitioning into a good student when it comes to out of class work and projects, but it hasn't been that easy either. I will use myself for example. I am enrolled in Introduction to Public Speaking, and it's not that is a hard class, because it isn't, but I just get lost in other things and before I knew it, I had to present a persuasive speech the next day. I also realized this at about 11:15 the night before, and had about half of my outlines done, and my visual aid hadn't been started on. Though I got it done, I promised myself that I would not ever just wait until the last minute with specifically this class, but with any other class also. After that little dilemma, I decided to look for ways that I could get things done in a timely manner. So, here I have listed a few things that I now use in order to get things done before the deadline so that I do not have to rush and worry about it the night before:
1. Marker Boards.
I got a simple marker board at Wal-Mart, the one that doubles as a calendar, and so I list the days of the month and then when I get an assignment, I write it immediately when I get back to my dorm room on the exact days that I received it, and also when it is due. I do this wit hall my classes, so my calendar looks full, but it isn't. Then, when I finish an assignment, I clear it off or mark it out so I know it has been finished. At the end of each month, I clear the board and start all over.
When I was in elementary school, we received planners and would be graded on them, the points coming from whether or not you wrote the weeks agenda in the right spot and got it signed by your parent. But after elementary school, I never saw another planner. I made my own decision to buy myself before college and vowed to keep it up. Using that planner has actually helped, and I'm not much of a "planner person" but changing that habit has definitely helped. You can pencil in things that you need to do even if they are not academic, so you'll also remember those too.
3. Setting Reminders on Your Phone.
If you're anything like me, you are on your phone or computer most of your day, be it socialization or for school. Either way, you can set your reminders up for all your assignments with a specific time for when you either need to submit something or when you need to start on something. This can help you tremendously especially when you're constantly on technology.
So, whether it be completely electronic, or DIY, you can easily change your habit of missing assignments, or procrastinating simply by writing things down, or setting reminders. May you never procrastinate again.
Can you cross all of these off your list?
How much do you really know about your best friend? Test your knowledge and be sure to tag your bestie if you can answer all these questions.
1. Their nickname
If you haven't come up with a nickname for them by now, are you really worthy of 'best friend' status?
2. Their favorite dessert
Mmmm mmm delicious. Whether it's red velvet cake, chocolate custard, or those grocery store frosted sugar cookies, you really know how to brighten up your friend's day.
3. Their favorite sport
If they weren't sitting in class or working, where would you go to find them? Is it the soccer field? The dance studio? Is he or she a gym rat?
4. Their biggest pet peeve
5. Their go-to music genre
Better believe we won't be jamming out to anything other than EDM in the car....
6. How many siblings in their fam
Oh yeah, Ashley gets to see her older brother and younger sister over the holiday break!
7. Coke or Pepsi
It's definitely Coke bruh.
8. Their dreams
As your best friend, I take full responsibility for supporting you in all your ambitions. GO BLAKE! THAT'S MY BEST FRIEND!
9. Their current crush
Oh my gosh dude... isn't that her? Be cool, be cool.
10. Allergic to gluten?
Guess pizza party is out of the picture....
11. Dog or cat?
Pleaseeeee don't become that crazy old cat lady!
12. Their birthday
How can you plan a rockin' party for them if you don't have this figured out??
13. Outdoors or Indoors?
Hiking say whaaaaaaaat? That's okay Liz, me and nature don't really get along.
14. Their dream vacation place
I thought you said you were waiting to visit Greece until your honeymoon? Oh well... when in Europe!
15. Their binge-watch Netflix series
I swear Kelsey, if you're not watching "Stranger Things" you better get on it! You're already four episodes behind! I can't take the suspense of waiting any longer!
16. Favorite place to shop
Francesca's sells the cutest tops! Want to bet that I could live off of only shopping at Target for the whole year?
17. Messy or organized?
Well, my momma raised me right but the besties room constantly looks like a clothing tornado ripped through it!
18. Their favorite color
C'mon if you don't know this one, can you really be considered their best friend?
19. Apple music or Spotify?
How else are you going to create the PERFECT playlist for your bestie?
20. Night owl or morning person??
Do you have to drag your friend to class/work every day? Or does he or she wake up ready to conquer the world? A pretty important thing to know when making your evening plans together.
21. Does he/she procrastinate?
Does procrastination run in his blood? Or do you know she is on top of her game like two weeks before the final project is due? Will studies come between you and your friendship???!!!!
22. Their level of love for coffee
When your bestie comes from a family of coffee-holics, you gotta have Starbucks Keurig cups on tap.
23. Their favorite food
QUICK! Your best friend is having a bad day. Where do you go to pick up magical food that will solve all their problems??? Is it Taco Bell? The Chinese restaurant down the road? A burger joint?!
24. Their laughter
You know... that deep belly laugh that comes from inside jokes only you and your friend can understand.
25. Their pick on jeans or leggings?
Let's be honest... between working out, studying, or just hanging, when wouldn't you see her in leggings? #LeggingsForLife
26. Harry Potter Fan?
Of course, they are. Your reaction ^ to deciding on a Harry Potter movie marathon for the weekend.
27. Their personality type
Are they introverted? Extraverted? An introvert-extravert? Do you guys become the life of the party or rock sweats and good laughs at home?
28. Their favorite book
Wait.....you mean to tell me that you read??!?!? Since when?
29. When they want to be left alone
Ooooof. This is a hard one. But sometimes a little solitary is good for the soul! You'll be back in step with your friend in no time.
30. When they need a hug
So you had a bad day....time to offer a big bear hug in comfort!
31. Destination wedding?
Did someone say ROADTRIPPPPPPPPPPP? I think yes.
32. Their parents' names.
C'mon you gotta have an 'in' with the family. And for real, you probably spend so much time with your bestie that you're basically part of the family.
33. Tickets to the movies or the theatre?
There's no question about that one. You guys HAVE to see that new movie starring Zac Efron. It's a tradition!
34. Dream artist to see live in concert.
Yeah. You know it would be Coldplay hands-down. Dream come true.
35. Their best friend.
In fact, this happens to be YOU!!! Love you bestie.
Animals that almost seem taken out of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings universe.
The world is full of amazing animals. So amazing, that narrowing them down to 20 felt nearly impossible. To determine who made the cut for this list, I used very important factors such as, cuteness and how much some of them looked like Pokémon. I know, very official. So here are some of the coolest animals in the world.
The fossa is a carnivorous animal located in Madagascar. Despite having many traits similar to cats, it is more closely related to the Mongoose. The fossa is only found in forest habitats and can hunt in either daytime or night. Over 50 percent of its diet happens to be lemurs.
2. Pink Fairy Armadillo
The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest and cutest species of armadillo. It is on the list of threatened species and is found in the sandy plains, dunes, and grasslands of Argentina. The pink fairy armadillo is a nocturnal creature that survives mostly on insects and plants.
The okapi is an animal native to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. Although the stripes make many people believe okapi are related to zebra, they are actually closer to giraffe. Okapi are solitary creatures and come together to breed. They are herbivores, mostly eating leaves, grass, and other plants.
4. Glaucus Atlanticus or "the Blue Dragon"
These little dragon-like creatures are often only about a few inches long and can be found in the Indian Pacific Oceans. The blue dragon floats upside down in order to blend the blue side of them with the water, and the silver side with the surface of the ocean. This tiny dragon feeds on creatures like the man o' war and can even deliver a sting similar to it.
5. The Maned Wolf
The maned wolf is often found in the grasslands of south, central-west, and southeastern parts of Brazil. It is neither related to wolves nor foxes despite its appearance and name, but is actually closer to dogs. The maned wolf hunts alone and primarily eats both meat and plants (about 50% of its diet).
6. Japanese Spider Crab
As the name suggestions, the Japanese spider crab inhabits the waters surrounding Japan. In many parts of Japan, this crab can be considered a delicacy but can be considerably difficult to catch. The Japanese spider crab can grow to 12 feet long from claw to claw. There is only one sea creature-- amongst similar species (aka crustaceans)-- that beats the weight of a Japanese spider crab: the American Lobster.
7. Pacu Fish
Look closely at the teeth, do they look familiar? This fish is found in the waters of South America. This fish, while related to the piranha, can actually grow much larger. They can also be found in rivers like the Amazon and is an aid to the fishing industry. Unlike the piranha, pacu mostly only eat seeds and nuts, though can still create nasty injuries to other animals if need be.
8. Slow Loris
The slow loris is a nocturnal creature found in Southeast Asia. While very adorable, the loris's teeth are actually quite venomous. The toxin on their teeth can also be applied to fur through grooming to protect its babies from predators. Often times these creatures forage and spend time alone, although can on occasion be seen with other slow lorises. Apart from their toxic teeth, the slow lorises have another defense mechanism, in which they move nearly completely silently in order to prevent discovery.
9. Angora Rabbit
These cute, fluffy rabbits are among the hairiest breeds of rabbit of both wild and domestic types. These rabbits originated in Turkey although managed to spread throughout Europe and was even brought to the United States in the 20th century. These rabbits are often bred for their soft wool which can be made into clothing, and often get rid of their own coats every 3-4 months.
The axolotl or "Mexican salamander" (who looks like a Pokémon , if you ask me) is often spotted in lakes in various places around Mexico. These little salamanders are amphibious although often spend their adult lives strictly in the water. However, the population of these cute creatures is dwindling due to non-native predators and the continued urbanization of Mexico. The axolotl eats small worms, insects, and fish in order to survive.
The liger, however made up it sounds, is a real (and cute) animal created by a lion and a tiger mating. Ligers only seem to exist in captivity or zoos because the lion and tiger don't share the same habitat in the wild. Unfortunately, these animals don't live very long or are sterile despite being bigger than both the lion and the tiger. While these animals are cool and unique, they are not strictly natural or sustainable.
12. Bearded Vulture
I don't know about you all, but this vulture reminds me of a phoenix which was initially why I looked into the creature. These vultures inhabit a range of places from southern Europe to the Indian subcontinent, to Tibet. This vulture, like other vultures, typically eats dead animals, although it has been documented that the bearded vulture will attack live prey more often than other vultures.
13. Goblin Shark
This unusual shark is also known as a "living fossil" because they are the last representative of sharks that lived about 125 million years ago. It is a deep sea shark that can grow between 10-13 feet if not longer. The goblin shark has been caught accidentally in every major ocean. The goblin shark is not a fast swimmer and relies on ambushing its prey.
14. Red Panda
This cute, small panda lives in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. The red panda is rather small, only about the same size as most domestic cats. Its eating habits range from bamboo, to eggs, to insects, and several other small mammals. The red panda is primarily sedentary during the day and at night or in the morning does whatever hunting it needs to do.
This blobfish is, in a way, so ugly that it is cute (although reminds me of a certain Pokémon ) This fish lives in the deep waters of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. The blobfish has a density only sightly above that of water. The fish primarily hunts by just floating along and letting creatures wander into its mouth, rather than expending any energy.
16. Leaf Deer
The leaf deer is usually found in dense forests in the northwest region of Putao. The adult leaf deer only stands at about 20 inches high and the males and females are nearly identical except for an inch long horn on the males. It is called a leaf deer because hunters could wrap the deer in a single large leaf.
While tigers are a more common animal than many others on this list, it is still one of the coolest animals in the world. Tigers are the largest of all cats and once ranged from Russia, to Turkey, to parts of Asia — almost all over the world. These animals are fierce, powerful creatures, although they are on the endangered species list.
Narwhals are a species of whale that live in the waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. The narwhal's diet changes depending on the time of year: in the spring the narwhal will eat cod, while in the winter the narwhal will eat flatfish. Narwhals can live up to 50 years and most frequently die of suffocation from being trapped under the ice.
Cheetahs, while more commonly heard of then some of the other animals on this list, are still incredibly cool. They often inhabit many parts of Africa and Iran. These amazing cats can reach up to 60 miles per hour in three seconds and use their tails to make quick and sudden turns. These amazing cats also have semi-retractable claws which helps with speed. The cheetah, however, doesn't have much besides speed to defend itself.
20. Ghost Shark
These deep-sea denizens reside at depths of between 400 and 6,600 feet (122 – 2,011m) where water temperatures are near freezing. Their dead eyes and large wing-like fins, a characteristic better suited to flying, gives rise to their ghoulish name.
Despite the name, ghost sharks are not actually part of the shark family, rather they are a species of fish and have a skeleton made from cartilage, instead of bone
21. Great Potoo
A master of camouflage, the great potoo is a carnivorous bird that lives mostly in tropical America. Remaining completely still, the great potoo blends in with its surroundings by mimicking a tree stump or branch as it patiently waits for unsuspecting prey. And, it doesn’t even give itself away by opening its eyes.
22. Star-Mosed Nole
Geologists of the animal kingdom, the star-nosed mole can detect seismic waves with 25,000 sensory receptors that make up the fleshy tentacles around its nose. As the only mole to live in swamps and marshes, the star-nosed mole may also be able to detect faint electrical signals from aquatic prey.
23. Red-Lipped Batfish
Endemic to the Galápagos Islands, the red-lipped batfish waddles along the seafloor using modified fins as legs, looking like it’s ready for a night on the town. Like many other weird animals, this adaptation may be for the males to attract a mate, although more research is needed.
24. Mantis Shrimp
These powerful little creatures have spring-loaded punches, allowing them to attack with the force of a .22 calibre bullet, reaching speeds of 23m per second. It’s the strongest known strike of any animal, with a force around 100 times that of its weight!
25. Superb Bird of Paradise
This GIF demonstrates the mating dance used by male superb birds of paradise. Typically females reject about 20 mates before selecting one they want to mate with. They are often found in New Guinea although it is unsure just how many of these birds there are. As far as scientists know, the population has remained stable.
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign