Read This Instead Of Unpacking

Read This Instead Of Unpacking

Once again promoting the practice of procrastination for all young collegiate folk.

Carefully crossing the ravaged threshold of my trashed shack, I heard the shuffling of tiny feet over the newspapers I had put down over the wooden floors when it rained so they would not become warped and saturated. The light had stopped flickering. Just then, something pounced onto my back, shoving me to the ground.

“Ouch!” I yelped.

The person on top of me just exhaled deeply.


She had been my best friend since I learned how to walk. She had wavy, jet black hair and behind her mask were striking emerald green eyes. Her mask had a black blob coming down from the center of the forehead and extending down the right side of the face and ending in the corner just above the chin. The lips of the mask were painted light pink, like mine, and everyone else’s. Everyone’s masks were white and black, or white and grey. The only touch of color was the lip shade. Samara’s mask was not the worst mask I had ever seen. Mine, on the other hand, was so dull and ordinary. I had a grey upside down triangle shooting out of the forehead, two black lines across the cheek bones like the African peoples’ war paint I had seen in some of my grandmother’s old National Geographic magazines, and a single dark dot on the left corner above the mouth like a mole or beauty mark.

I could see Samara’s eyes squint up, indicating she was smiling.

“How did it go?” She wondered, helping me to my feet. She was quite a bit shorter than I, but none of our people were short by any means. We typically towered over the superiors in height.

I shrugged, making my over to the grungy old couch that had more off-patterned patches than a maid’s clothing. But when your furniture store is a Junk Yard, you take what you can find. I slumped down onto the cushions. I never felt comfortable on that couch. It took me forever to get situated in a position I could stand.

“I didn’t go through with it,” I replied shamefully.

“What?!” Samara erupted. “Why not?”

“I-I don’t know. I just couldn’t bring myself to crashing their party.”

She crossed her arms. “Not even with your great grandmother’s life at stake?”

I shot her a look. “Why don’t you try breaking half of the rules all in one night and see if you can go through with it while keeping a clear conscience?”

Samara didn’t say anything. Of course I wanted my great grandmother back; I didn’t need her pointing it out all the time. But I wanted to get her back lawfully. I wanted the board to give her back.

Too bad that was not going to happen arbitrarily.

Samara took a seat beside me. She put her hand on my knee.

“I’m sorry,” she muttered. “Look, we can think of another way.”

I sighed, “If I let you continue to help me, you could be getting yourself into more trouble than I’m worth.” Which was little to nothing. I had nothing to lose by getting caught and being punished with a few more years with my mask, even though it was atrocious. I had no family, none except for my grandmother, and no real ties to anything or anyone. Samara was my only friend.

Samara had everything to lose. She had a family – two parents and two siblings, all of whom loved her dearly. She was even engaged. Her father had promised her to the son of his neighbor back when Samara was three years old. If she hadn’t been a hopeless romantic, she would have been totally against the whole arranged marriage thing. Luckily, she and Blade were friends before they started thinking about each other in the terms of love. As for me, no one showed interest in that department.

She snorted. “You’ve got to be kidding me!” She threw an arm around my shoulders. “You think I care about getting in trouble? You think I’m scared of a little danger? I laugh when faced with danger.” Samara let out an over-exaggerated maniacal laugh. I smiled. “If you think for one minute, Aurora Vice, that I am letting you go through this alone, you have another thing coming!”

Suddenly, we heard rasping at the window. Our heads shot in that direction. Through the window of my tiny home, Blade Grover – Samara’s fiancée – stuck his head in. His mask was decorated with one half entirely grey with black lips instead of pink. Samara squealed at the sight of him. I couldn’t tell if it was an excited squeal or a scared squeal.

“Did you do it?” Blade asked me, without paying any mind to his girlfriend.

I shook my head. “No.”

He gave Samara a critical look. She waved her hand at him.

“Don’t pay any attention to him. He was born judgmental.” She cocked her head back and winked at him.

I wanted to change the subject. Thinking about my grandmother would only depress me more. I yearned to know how she was doing in the asylum, if anything had changed, if she had changed.

“Where are you two heading off to?” I asked as Samara rose from the couch. She walked over to the window and tousled Blade’s messy black hair.

“Don’t know, yet,” Blade responded.

“We’re sneaking off,” she told me then turned her head back to Blade. “We don’t need to have a set destination.”

“I think you’re a bad influence on my girl, Aurora.” Blade teased. “She used to be such a goody-toe-shoes.”

If I could have seen Samara’s mouth, it probably would have been gaped open.

“When have I ever been a goody-toe-shoes in my life??” she exclaimed.

I rolled my eyes then waved my hand at them, motioning for them to get out of here. “Just don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.”

Blade and Samara exchanged looks. “So, nothing,” they said in unison. I smirked at them and their couple cuteness. Blade held out his arms and she climbed into them. He scooped her out of the window. And then I was alone.

I leaned back on the dingy old couch, placing my head on the arm. I stared up at the flakey ceiling that was leaking and falling apart, and would probably collapse on me within the next year or so. But the material things did not matter.

I’ll find a way to get you back, Grandma. I said to myself. I promise.

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10 Songs To Make You Feel Like A Female Badass

Here's your daily dose of confidence!

Whether post-breakup or just need a pick-me-up, these are some of my favorite girl power songs to make me feel like a badass.

1. “Sorry Not Sorry” by Demi Lovato

Now I'm out here looking like revenge
Feelin' like a ten, the best I ever been
And yeah, I know how bad it must hurt
To see me like this, but it gets worse (wait a minute)

A classic post-breakup banger. No matter if you broke up last week or years ago, this song will make you feel like the boss you are without the ex-boy toy (who was probably a jerk tbh). No matter what you’re feeling, this song is guaranteed to hype you up.

2. “Problem” by Natalia Kills

We’re hell raising and we don’t need saving
‘Cause there's no salvation for a bad girl.
We’re rock bottom, but there ain’t no stopping
‘Cause it’s you and me against the world

…That girl is a problem.

This song. THIS SONG. Feeling sexy and powerful has never been so fun. Problem, along with many others by Natalia Kills, are notorious anthems for women who are ~in touch~ with their sexuality. If you want hype, this is the song.

3. “Miss Me More” by Kelsea Ballerini

I miss my own beat, to my own snare drum (I miss me more)
Miss my own sheets in the bed I made up
I forgot I had dreams, I forgot I had wings
Forgot who I was before I ever kissed you
Yeah, I thought I'd miss you
But I miss me more (I miss me more)

On the country side of things, Kelsea Ballerini hits the nail on the head with this one. Miss Me More was one of my favorite songs for a long time because it never failed to make me feel like I’m in control of my own life. Empowering, fun, and a great song to dance to!

4. “I Did Something Bad” by Taylor Swift

I can feel the flames on my skin
Crimson red paint on my lips
If a man talks shit, then I owe him nothin’
I don’t regret it one bit, ‘cause he had it comin’.
They say I did something bad,
Then why’s it feel so good?

This song, along with any other song on the Reputation soundtrack, is an ode to giving zero thought to what others have to say. Whether you’re feeling down, angry, or just need to feel like a badass for once, “I Did Something Bad” is one that will make you feel empowered from the first beat.

5. “Woman” by Kesha

I buy my own things, I pay my own bills
These diamond rings, my automobiles
Everything I got, I bought it
Boys can’t buy my love, buy my love, yeah

I'm a motherfucking woman, baby, alright
I don't need a man to be holding me too tight
I’m a motherfucking woman.

Does this song even need a description? Kesha has always been good at hype songs, but her new album Rainbow has some of the best yet. Each song is an ode to the oppressed and exploited, showing that you are more than those who hurt you. If you need an uplifting song to make you feel loved and heard, this is the song for you.

6. “You Don’t Own Me” by Grace ft. G-Eazy

You don't own me
I'm not just one of your many toys.
You don't own me
Don't say I can't go with other boys.

Don't tell me what to do, and don't tell me what to say.
Please, when I go out with you, don't put me on display.

This is a new take on an old song. Originally sung by Lesley Gore, Grace and G-Eazy turn this song into a sexy, powerful anthem for anyone feeling oppressed and downtrodden. This song breaks free of those chains and shows that nobody owns you. You are a boss, so show it!

7. “Feeling Myself” by Nicki Minaj ft. Beyoncé

Changed the game with that digital drop
Know where you was when that digital popped
I stopped the world
Male or female, it make no difference
I stop the world, world stop…
Carry on

I think we can all relate to this song in some moments, but this song puts it into words and then some. Both Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj are acclaimed for their Girl Power movements, and their songs reflect that. Feeling Myself never fails to make me feel badass!

8. “New Rules” by Dua Lipa

One, don't pick up the phone
You know he's only calling 'cause he's drunk and alone.
Two, don't let him in
You'll have to kick him out again.
Three, don't be his friend
You know you're gonna wake up in his bed in the morning.
And if you're under him, you ain't getting over him.

This song is one of my personal favorites. Everyone knows that guy. You know, the one who you broke up with, and now won’t leave you alone? Yeah, this song is about that one. The wonderful Dua Lipa was able to put all those feelings into one amazing, empowering set of lyrics, and it always seems to help me

9. “Shout Out to My Ex” by Little Mix

This is a shout out to my ex, heard he in love with some other chick
Yeah, yeah, that hurt me, I'll admit
Forget that boy, I'm over it
I hope she gettin’ better sex, hope she ain't fakin’ it like I did
Took four long years to call it quits
Forget that boy, I'm over it

This has always been my favorite post-breakup anthem. Sassy, bold, and a little bitter, Little Mix killed it with this one, guaranteeing to help you get over that-one-guy-who-I-won’t-name and make you feel empowered to move on.

10. “Flawless” by Beyoncé

You wake up, flawless, post up, flawless
Ridin' round in it, flawless, flossin' on that, flawless
This diamond, flawless, my diamond, flawless
This rock, flawless, my Roc, flawless
I woke up like this, I woke up like this
We flawless, ladies tell 'em
I woke up like this

Beyoncé doesn’t need an introduction. Every song she creates ends up a hymn to being boss af. Flawless, in particular, has helped me to increase my confidence before a date or a night out. Whether you’re with your friends or on your own, this song can boost your mood in the first five seconds.

Go forth and live your best life. You deserve it.

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7 Reasons Why I Will NEVER See Any Shade Of The 'Fifty Shades' Series

Call me crazy, but I find the idea of these movies disturbing.

I may be one of the few people who are not obsessed with the latest release of "Fifty Shades Freed." I have not read one of the books nor seen the movies.

At first, the series simply didn’t interest me. As the hype increased over the years, I wanted to see what the big deal was. I read up on the series and watched the trailers.

From what I’ve read and seen, I do not ever want to see a single one of these movies. Some may argue that it is just pure entertainment and that’s fine. It’s whatever floats your boat. Personally, I find it all disturbing, but that’s just my opinion.

1. Christian Grey’s character is not attractive

Yes, you read that right. I do not think Mr. Grey is attractive. Sure, his physical appearance is easy on the eyes, but he has poor character. He’s manipulative, obsessive, angry and abusive. I’m sorry, but those qualities are awful.

"Mr. Grey will see you now." Hmmm... no thank you!

2. Physical and emotional abuse is glamorized

From what I’ve read, Christian is emotionally and physically abusive towards Ana. Hollywood takes this and glamorizes it. It turns into something people perceive as “fun” or “hot.” In no way should a woman being put down be glamorized.

3. The series does not show men the proper way to treat women

Men see how women are crazy about the books and movies. For some, they may think they need to act like Christian Grey to get a girl’s attention.

4. Women can become confused on how they should be treated

On the other hand, women see Christian Grey in the movies and think his demeanor towards Ana is “hot.” This leads girls to think being abused is OK.

5. I do not want to see these characters nude

Must I say more? It’s basically porn! The number of times Dakota Johnson is supposed to be shown nude in these movies is insane. Seeing her is just not at the top of my priority list.

6. It could cause disassociation from others

Let’s say you’re watching this movie with your boyfriend. Who do you think he’s thinking about? You or what is on screen? Let’s just ponder that for a while…

7. Parts of the books were left out of the movies

This part is downright disturbing. There were parts of the books that were not included in the movies because they were too explicit and graphic to be filmed. That speaks for itself.

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