Playground Antics

6 Apr

Remember those fun playground toys that have vanished from our parks because they were deemed too dangerous for little children?

Among these things, the roller slide:

Tire Swings:

What about see saws? You never see those anymore!

and Giant Rusty Insects that were begging to be climbed on:

State College is busting at the seams with parks, and they were an invaluable part of my childhood. My elementary school recess days were spent teetering on the legs of a giant spider (not unlike the caterpillar you see above), soaring down a giant metal slide that scalded your thighs on the occasion that you were allowed to wear shorts to school (it was all part of the thrill), and not climbing across, but sitting ontop of the splintery wooden monkey bars chatting about crucial topics such as boys or The Gap or Lip Smackers.

All you see at parks these days are thick and colorful plastic sculptures that sometimes take form of a slide or a jungle gym. All at a safe, non death-defying, height off the ground. Not fun. So not thrilling. All built over a nice, safe, bed of mulch.

I miss the days when parks looked like landing on the moon. However, there is hope—over the weekend I found a long-lost playground favorite by Ian’s apartment: the merry go round! Obviously I dropped my bag of groceries to run right over and hop on. He was a good sport and snapped some ‘candid’ photos of me reliving my childhood:

Take one.

Take two. Not so much candid. But the glee on my face and the death grip are convincing, right?

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Boyfriend laughs as I step off and stumble away.

I highly recommend finding an old-school park that’s not overtaken by plastic things good only for producing static electricity and giving you a nasty shock.

Long live rusty metal moonscapes!



5 Things I Loved About This Week

2 Apr

1. On Monday the high was 40 degrees. Today it is 80.

2. The weather is now appropriate for eating ice cream with my sister and wearing sandals. And dresses.

This is Happy Bren.

3. My lack of schoolwork that allowed for plenty of coffee, donuts, lounging, and strolling.

4. This surprise that showed up in my mailbox from my fabulous boyfriend who knew, despite my good intentions, that I wouldn’t actually trek to the library to check out this book after seeing Maya speak at PSU last week:

Isn't he grand?

5. Sunsets in abandoned parking lots.

As the trusty Sub looks on.

I’d say as far as weeks ago, this one was pretty top-notch.

Happy Easter everyone!

1 Apr

The gray Red Heels Disaster day had a surprise ending with some real splashes of color………

Red Shoes on a Gray Day

30 Mar

If you know me at all, you know that I am always looking for ways to make cold, windy, gross days fabulous.

Well, maybe 1/3 of the time.

OK, so every once in a blue moon I decide that a dreary day does not give me the right to bum around in sweatpants, skip the gym, and be perpetually cranky. Today, however, was different. I decided to wear my red heels. Which, obviously, would transform the gray clouds into rays of sunshine, would brighten the faces I passed (“What? That girl’s wearing red heels? Well that just makes my day!”), and would probably make cause for an impromptu dance scene a la 500 Days of Summer, really.

Cool. Comfortable. Classy. That’s me, as I strut to my car.

Dang, I realize as I rev up the Sub, It’s hard to drive in these shoes.

Still feeling good when I return to campus. It’s a little more chilly than I thought it was. The light breezy coat that I had decided on wasn’t blocking the gusts of wind, which caused some issues with standing on itsy bitsy 2-centimeter platforms. Nearly fell over a few times. Whoops, no worries, I’m fine!

Never mind the wobbles. Sometimes it’s just hard being fabulous. As a heel slips into a sidewalk crack and makes me stumble a bit.

2:30 PM. Just walked across campus in these oh-so-cool and oh-so comfortable shoes. I always forget how far away this building is. Clip-clopped into class a little late because I needed a caffeine pit stop. I hate how everyone looks up when they hear the clip-clop of high heels. What, you think someone important is coming?

3:45 PM. Crap. Still gotta walk all the way home now. Maybe if I walk fast enough my feet will go numb and then I won’t even feel the pain anymore. But for real, this is making me stronger. Before I know it I could be able to run a marathon in heels if I wanted to. It just takes building up the endurance and strength.

Goodbye grunge.....hellooooo wonderful. Right?

Have I really only been walking for 30 seconds?

Is it just me, or are people looking at me with looks of pity on their faces? “Poor, silly girl. Who wears those things just for fun?”

I think tomorrow I’ll wear slippers.


Some Things I Learned This Week.

26 Mar

1. Contrary to popular belief, drinking mass quantities of coffee does not make me want to study more. It gives me energy to do everything BUT study. The same goes for chocolate and Girl Scout Cookies. Although I guess this is nothing new to me, so anyway…

2. Cutting my own bangs doesn’t, and will never, turn out like I wanted it to.

3. Sunshine turns me into a whole new person. A person who doesn’t live in sweatpants.

4. I should appreciate the here and now, because I spend too much time thinking that ‘life will be better when….’ a) I have an apartment and a kitchen**, b) when I’m 21, c) I get married. d) When I don’t have to do school, etc etc. My last year in college is rapidly approaching,and if I don’t enjoy it all for what it is, I’ll look back and … sad?

**However, my happiness will increase tenfold when I can bake anytime I want.



Early Birthday Planning

25 Mar

I’m doing some early planning for my 21st birthday.

I’ve decided I only want two things.

1. I’ve been taking a lot of pictures since I started this blog, and I would love an upgrade so I can take some legit pictures. I know anyone who’s a real photographer likes to look down on folks who pretend like they can take nice pictures, but it’s only because they have a nice camera. Well, photographers, I aspire to be that person. So there.

I don’t care if it’s used (in fact, I prefer it because it’s way cheaper), and I wouldn’t even mind chipping in some of my own money. Mom and Dad, you reading? 🙂

2. A chocolate dome cake from Wegmans.

Doesn’t this baffle you? What is it made of?

That is all.

Also, Jackie Chan just sang on Ellen. I’m amazed.

I have a feeling it’s not going to be a productive day.

Love, Bren

Happy Monday

22 Mar

Something to help fight off the Monday Meeps.

Saved on my computer as....Laurence.