Winter Break Life Lessons: the 8 Things You Discover

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Winter break is an interesting time. In the middle of the school year, it’s a weird lapse between the fall and spring semesters, just a few weeks full of extravagant (or monotonous) family holidays, trips to visit relatives and indulgence.

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What other time during the year do we have such an opportune chance to reflect on ourselves, our lives, and the relatively-(but-only-for-a-short-while)-distant bubble that is Georgetown? The answer is not summer break because the expanse of time is too long, too lacking of holiday festivity, and too routine. Here are the gems that winter break affords us, mainly:

  1. The Joy of Snacking. You never quite remember just how valuable a stocked fridge and cupboard full of cereal and Cheez-Its is to your wellbeing until you’re home in your childhood bed with nothing on your agenda except a trip to the kitchen.giphy
  2. Netflix. In particular: F.R.I.E.N.D.S. You can watch a whole season in one day. Can you watch the whole series in one break? While we make no speculation as to whether or not this timeless spectacle can grow old, we will admit that break teaches us that those episodes that are full of flashbacks are cop-outs. Since we saw that scene yesterday, it’s not worth reflecting on when Ross could have a new date or Phoebe could be making some weird family-related discovery. 
  3. The Time-Capsule Phenomena. Nothing. Ever. Changes. Can you believe that your town looks the same, your dog sits in the same spot on the rug and your mom has the same routine of game-show watching after dinner each night? While you’ve been busy conquering Brown House and concocting new Leo’s dinner creations the world has continued to spin and life has continued to go on as you know it outside of the front gates. 
  4. Reading for Pleasure. This one goes well with the unfathomable idea that you have this strange amount of time where you don’t remember the date, you have almost forgotten what it is like to live out of a planner and the alarm clark has been untouched. Reading for pleasure: dictated by your own curiosity and not listed on a class syllabus, who knew?
  5. How Great It Is to Do Nothing When It Is Only Temporary.giphy-1
  6. How Unreal (Actually) College Is. Think about it, your friends are your next door neighbors if they’re not your roommates or a short walk across campus to Henle away. Yet over break they’ve reverted to their second lives all over the world, in different time zones.
  7. How Much You Missed and Didn’t Miss Your High School Job. Day 1: *Wow this is so great. I remember that customer, so nice. I’ve missed this.* […] Day 3: *If only everyone could look away while I subtly rested my head on this cash register for the next hour…
  8. The Value of Your Dog. Okay, so this one you never quite forget, but man is it great to have a furry friend to greet you: it’s something that makes leaving the house difficult. Something to pet, and something to talk like a baby too: good times. Jack-My-Happy-Dog

 

Photos/gifs: giphy.com, cutestpaw.com, theodysseyonline.com

 

Who Wore it Better: 4E or Dogs? (Halloween Edition)

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Don’t you hate it when somebody steals your look, and that person is a dog. Check out these dogs who had the same costumes as 4E bloggers when they dressed up many Halloweens ago. Who knows, maybe these comparisons could inspire some looks this Halloweekend.

Polling has been disabled because we didn’t want to stress anyone out with this difficult decision. And we know, we were cute.

Who wore it better: Courtney Klein or this dog?

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Who wore it better: Annie Fraser or this dog?

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Who wore it better: Mike Radice or this dog?

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Who wore it better: Sydney Bolling or this dog?

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Who wore it better: Keaton O’Neil or this dog?

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Who wore it better: Tori Forelli or this dog?

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Who wore it better: Max Wheeler or this dog?

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Who wore it better: Catherine McNally or this dog?

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And, just for kicks, to end this post here is a picture of me dressed as a dog and a dog dressed as a human.

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Mind blown.

Photos/Gifs: poochieheaven.com; polyvore.com; dogguide.net/; millbryhill.co.uk/; etsystatic.com; s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com; thepartyworks.com; technocrazed.com/; poshpetcare.com

Tweets on Fleek

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Twitter has been on fleek lately, even though a lot of popular accounts have just been sharing the same jokes – I’m looking at you, @CommonWhiteGirl, @FillWerrell and @GirlPosts. Lame!

Despite this trend toward social media plagiarism, there are some really great accounts that have totally original tweets and concepts. Here are a few of our favorites:

@GeorgetownGnome chronicles his ceramic life in 140 characters or less. Most recently, he has journeyed to Afghanistan where he has fraternized with an Afghan Shepherd (their slightly less cute version of the lovely German Shepherd) and gone for a ride on a military tank.

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@RealCarrotFacts provides life advice and commentary on hot cultural topics while bemoaning the lost love of his life, the mysterious Megan. Don’t be turned off by the misspellings and lack of punctuation; he’s just a carrot, he’s still learning.

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@WolfPupy is the sassiest little canine on Twitter. It includes deep insights on such topics as breakfast, dinosaurs and life itself. This one is hard to categorize; you definitely have to check it out to experience the comedic genius.

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@MedievalReactions is a relatively new account – with only 11 tweets – but it combines appreciation for medieval art with modern sentiments. Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 7.20.21 PM

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Next time you want to see a gnome driving a military helicopter, a sexy carrot or a three-hundred-year-old nude painting, check out these hilarious handles.

Photos: twitter.com; softpedia-static.com

‘Marcel the Shell with Shoes On’ Is Back

marcelisbackIt’s true. Our favorite little one-eyed shell is back after almost 2 years. If you don’t know who Marcel the Shell is you must learn now.

Marcel looks like this:

tumblr_nbe7asiWnb1rt4qmeo1_400And says adorable things in his raspy little voice, like this:

“I like myself and I have a lot of other great qualities” and “Guess what I do for adventure? I hang-glide on a Dorito.”

This is his first video:

Marcel was created by Jenny Slate, former “SNL” cast member and star of the new movie, “Obvious Child.” Marcel deals with serious problems like wanting a nickname but knowing that he can’t give himself one, turning pages and sleeping eight to the muffin.

This is his second video: 

In his new video, Marcel gets locked out of the house and has to wait it out in the rain.

And this is his brand new video:

Marcel also has put out a book for all of us to enjoy all of his lovely sayings like “Life’s a party, rock your body.”

For all of us at 4E, I want to thank Marcel for coming back, and not impaling us on a hairbrush and reminding us that we should smile just because it’s worth it.

The Fluffington Post

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So you’re a news junkie, constantly checking for the next breaking story instead of doing, y’know, work stuff.

All that doom-and-gloom news can start to weigh a little heavy on your mind, so it’s good to throw in some light-hearted fare, and there’s no site quite as perfect for that as The Fluffington Post. Billing itself as “The #1 news source for breaking news and investigative journalism FLUFFY ANIMALS,” the Post is the ultimate source of cute animal pictures and hard-hitting news stories like “Puppy is nervous about first day of day care” and “Cat and Dog kiss on a dare.”

If you have one animal in particular that fills your heart with joy, they have tabs to sort out Puppies, Kitties, Bunnies, Birdies, Rodentia, Menagerie and, my personal favorite, Petflix! You’re even able to submit your own pictures and stories to spread some cute to the entire world.

So take a break from Huffington, and turn instead to Fluffington. You’ll thank me later.

The Procrastinator’s Guide to the Galaxy: Doggelganger

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Spring Break is soon, but those pesky midterms are sooner. So what better way to prepare for one last academic exhibition than spending a couple hours looking at dogs on the internet? Or better yet, looking at dogs that look like your friends … on the internet!

Without further ado we present to you Doggelganger.com, a stunning waste of technology dedicated to matching your face to a dog’s. For those of you who have ever wondered what breed your roommate would be or are hoping to someday adopt a pooch with a matching pout, this is the procrastination destination for you. Here’s how it works: you  take a picture with your laptop camera or upload one from your computer, send it through the matching software, and then share the results to your little heart’s content via the twitmachine or Facebook. Easy! Fun! Not physics homework! Note that this is no Emergency Compliments; after getting paired with a chubby bulldog three times in a row you might find yourself re-evaluating why you spent Valentine’s Day with Ben and Jerry.

The best part about this procrastinator’s dream is that all the dogs used by the site are up for adoption, so if you fall in love with a puppy that looks like you (this seems a little narcissistic but we won’t judge), you might just be able to adopt yourself a new best friend (though not if you’re a freshmen in the dorms; just start with a fish, kids).

ALL OF THE BULLDOGS!

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This morning, campus was overflowing with puppy cuteness as Jack, JJ, Butler Blue II and, Butler Blue III waddled and scampered around. The mascot and mascot-in-training from Butler University have stopped by the DC area because of their game against GW and we thought a photo op of the very cute quartet was necessary! Butler is one of the names thrown out there quite a bit as one of our potential future conference mates, so we could be seeing quite a bit more of Butler Blue II and his successor Butler Blue III!

PhotoLeonel De Velez/The Hoya