The Seven Stages of Weekend Drinking Regret

We all at some point in our college careers, whether once or twice, or every week, experience the Seven Stages of Weekend Drinking Regret. Here at 4E, we put together a step by step guide, complete with informational gifs, to help you better understand your fluctuating feelings of  weekend regret.

1. Sunday: Self-disgust

You wake up Sunday morning feeling crusty and like absolute trash. Your brain is in a haze and you enter a period of self-loathing and overall unproductivity. The two reliable constants of the day are the constant pounding in your head and your repeated mutterings of “Why did I take that last tequila shot?”

2. Monday: Mild Productivity

You may feel some twangs of post-hangover and regret, but you can get some work done. You attend classes and begin to look at assignments but you’re not 100 percent yourself yet.

3. Tuesday: Totally You

You’re feeling yourself. You’re getting work done, feeling on top of your game. This is the upward swing, the peak of the week. You might even be contemplating going to yoga and starting a juice cleanse.

4. Wednesday: Willpower Waning

It’s Hump Day! The week seems to stretch on forever. A couple of your girlfriends are having a wine night. One glass won’t hurt, right? You only have a 9 a.m. But no, you hold out until at least Thursday.

5. Thursday: Thirsty Thoughts

The week sucked. You got a C on that paper you thought you killed. Your roommate broke your blender and now all you want to do is cool off and have a beer. You casually sip on one brewsky because you’re not in the MSB and you have class on Friday.

6. Friday: Freedom

The week is over! You can’t wait to get drinks with friends before heading out for a night of dancing. You can’t even remember your regrets from last Sunday. Who was that loser? Let’s take a shot!

7. Saturday: Sipping Something

This morning you woke up with a hangover, but it’s okay. You’re sleeping until noon, going to brunch, then planning on going out to that new bar anyways. You’ll just sip the hangover away. This is when you enter peak denial phase, as you try to reason away that 10-page paper you have to wake up tomorrow and write!


Sunday: and repeat.


Disclaimer: The seven stages were created based on expert advice from 21-year-old, very legal friends.

Images/gifs: giphy.com, greatist.com

How 2 Darty!

How to Darty

Whether you’re celebrating homecoming with a Darty (day-party), a Dayger (day-rager) or Dayve (day-rave), follow this guide to make it a day to remember (or a day your friends can remember in case you #blackout). (Note: If you’re partaking in any kind of alcoholic activities, make sure you’re 21-plus. Underage drinking is illegal!)

Go to bed early the night before.
You’re going to be going all day tomorrow. You need some shuteye. Curl up with your roommate, a warm blanket and a good book (or more likely, Netflix) and get that beauty sleep you so desperately need.

Wake up and hit the gym.
When you hear your alarm blaring at the unseemly hour of 7:30 am, embrace it – it’s alerting you to a day of cool beverages, cool weather and guaranteed shenanigans. Motivate yourself and jog to Yates. You’ll want to be as dehydrated and depleted as possible so you save time, calories and money.

Pick out a bomb outfit.
Boys: No salmon shorts! This is autumn. Khaki shorts and a non-pastel collared shirt (bonus points for flannel). Finish the outfit with a pair of Sperry’s (no socks) and a Patagonia vest or pullover if you’re sensitive to the chilly weather.
Girls: Easy. Dark jeans, boots, long sweater and probably a vest. Toasty socks. You dig.

Start early.
This is the most important thing. If you aren’t surrounded by your closest friends and sipping on your second mimosa by 9:02 am, you’re doing it wrong.

Take it slow.
I know it’s cheesy, but the best advice I’ve heard on this topic is, “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” You don’t want to be passed out on someone else’s couch before noon and spend the next 4 months begging people to recount the stories that you’d missed. Start easy – drink mimosas and flavored André (we like peach) in the morning, sip beers throughout the day and save the shots for Round 2 (or 5 or 6) at night.

Food is your friend.
Make sure you eat, especially if your morning event isn’t a “kegs and eggs” or “beer and bagels.” There is food at the tailgate, there is food at Chipotle and there is food at Leo’s. Do not be afraid to eat (unless you’re going to Leo’s). You don’t want a stomach full of alcohol with nothing to tame it.

Nap and rally.
Don’t just go to bed early – take a quick afternoon nap and then get back out there. The world is your oyster, and you don’t want to miss out on a wild Saturday night because you’re tired. Don’t be lame!

Have so much fun, be safe, make good (terrible) decisions and stay thirsty. Happy Homecoming, Hoyas!

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Mastering the Movie Night

Movie Night

Every now and then, even the most self-possessed Georgetown students will come to find themselves at the point where they just. Can’t. Even. Whether you’ve been #raging every night or you’ve spent so much time on Lau 5 that you’re starting to develop a fluorescent glow (’cause you know, here on the Hilltop we’re all about the Work-Hard-Play-Hard), what you really need is a healthy dose of downtime. Here at 4E, movie nights are one of our favorite ways to chill out after a long week on the daily grind – and we’re bringing you a list of the best ones, and how to do them right:

The Binge Night

Everything you do on Binge Night must be to absolute excess. Bury yourself in a mountain of pillows, then pick a classic series like Harry Potter or something absurd thrilling like Saw (things really pick up around number IV) and watch it through from start to finish. If you don’t consume at least 4,000 calories – I’m talking a large Domino’s pizza, a pint of Ben & Jerry’s per person, all the Wisey’s cookies (even oatmeal raisin) and a never-ending supply of cool ranch Doritos – you’re doing something wrong. Binge Nights typically end around 4 in the morning, when the last kid standing feebly finds the remote under one of his snoring friends, hits mute and promptly passes out on an empty box of donuts.

Also recommended: the Bourne series, The Fast & The Furious, Mission: Impossible, Transformers, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, the Scary Movies, James Bond

The Disney Night

Coming home to some milk & cookies and a Disney movie is just as satisfying after midterms week as it was back in the 90s after an arduous half-day at kindergarten. Take a trip down memory lane with a timeless pick from the Disney vault like The Lion King, or stay young and hip with the more recent hits like Up, Tangled, and Frozen (FYI: resisting Frozen does not make you cool/hipster). If you’re not into cartoons, there are plenty of awesome Disney Channel Original Movies (#tbt to the kids jumping on the blue film roll) that will make you wish you were ten again, when all your favorite celebs had yet to check into rehab.

Also recommended: Finding Nemo, The Parent Trap, Pocahontas, The Cheetah Girls, High School Musical, The Aristocats, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Holes, The Princess Diaries, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Jungle Book

The Girls’ Night

Girls’ night is romantic comedy central. Grab your closest galpals, bust out the facemasks and copies of Cosmo, and snuggle up to a three-hour gossip sesh/pity party set against the dulcet tones of Dirty Dancing or Sweet Home Alabama. As awesome as Girls’ Night is, tread with care: it will inevitably leave you at best bemoaning the lack of Brads/Leos/Channings in the general DC area, and at worst texting that only semi-attractive kid in your Calc class with the hopes that he might be the Aaron Samuels to your Katie Cady Heron.

Also recommended: The Breakfast Club, Bridesmaids, Step Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, She’s the Man, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, John Tucker Must Die, Pretty Woman, Friends With Benefits

The FTB Night

The male equivalent to the RomCom fest, #ForTheBoys Night involves spending some quality time with your number one bros – no chicks allowed. Testosterone levels will be through the roof once everyone starts doing the Matthew McConaughey Wolf of Wall Street chant in unison whilst snacking on beef jerky.

Also recommended: the Batman trilogy, The Godfather, American Pie, Scarface, Superbad, Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, Animal House, Wedding Crashers, Remember the Titans, Gladiator

The Cultured Night

Cultured Night is the perfect opportunity for you and your friends to revel in the fact that you’re fancy and intellectual, because hey – you’re in college now! Gather round an obscure indie (or something slightly more mainstream) flick like The Grand Budapest Hotel, and dive into some fair-trade organic Trader Joe’s popcorn (the Kettle Corn is seeerrrriously good). You don’t really gets what’s going on, but you still feel really impressed with yourself because would you look at this artsy movie I’m watching!? If you’re feeling really brave, you might just even go foreign. Did someone say Sundance?

Also recommended: Chef, Rust and Bone, Her, The Master, El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth), Mean Streets, Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

The Wine Night

For those who are 21 and up, wine can be the perfect complement to a movie night at home.  Just as you drink different kinds of wine with different meals, so too must you carefully choose your grape in accordance with your featured genre.  That said, there is one specific wine-movie pair that stands out above the rest: Reds and Romance.  Let’s face it – it’s a cliché for a reason: crying hysterically over Titanic is so much more rewarding if you’re a little (or a lot) drunk.

Also recommended: The Notebook, Romeo & Juliet, The Last Song, Casablanca, The Fault in Our Stars, The English Patient, P.S. I Love You, The Time Traveler’s Wife

(Note: The principles of the Wine Night can be successfully applied to any of the nights mentioned above).

So those are some of 4E’s tested and approved movie nights. But feel free to gather your friends, grab some snacks and begin your own special movie night tradition!

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The Ultimate Guide to Adams Morgan

adams morganYou live in Georgetown, so you have probably been to every single place around M Street. You have probably gone to some places in Dupont and visited the National Mall a couple of times. Still, you feel that there are lots of places you still have to visit, or that you always go to the same spots.

I’m here to show you what your next eating, happy-houring or partying destination will be: Adam’s Morgan. A diverse and exciting neighborhood, it has streets full of lively and unique bars and restaurants. It’s the definition of fun!

Our Picks:

1. Madam’s Organ This 4-leveled bar is amazing. There’s karaoke, live bands, billiard tables and a roof deck. Go there prepared to drink (cheaper than Georgetown prices guaranteed) and to dance all night long while singing your lungs off!

2. Bossa Small and dark lit, this buzzy bistro and lounge is perfect to visit with any kind of party. The friendly musicians and live bands personally embrace every visitor, making them feel as if they, too, formed part of the band. Last time I went, the drummer of that night’s live band was from my country of origin, and he started singing some of my national songs. He even invited one of my friends to drum beside him (see the picture below). It was a crazy good time.

So hipster
So hipster.

3. Soussi If you are looking for something more chill, this one place is perfect for beers, shisha and moroccan food. Very dark and relaxing, it has long sofas where you will want to lie for hours just talking about life.

4. Southern Hospitality Last, but not least, this place has incredible original mojitos and delicious chicken and waffles! Much more relaxed than the other bars, it’s  perfect for happy hour.

Bonus points: After all this dancing and drinking, you will be in need of some good food. Stop by Julia’s Empanadas, where they serve freshly made, very spicy empanadas. If you are not a fan, then The Diner is open 24/7 and serves every kind of food. I recommend the cheese fries, but I cannot really tell how good they actually were (at 3 a.m., everything tastes like glory). The best part is that all of these locations are on the same street!

So, next time you are thinking of going to Rhino, Bodega or the restaurant you go to every single weekend, think twice and discover someplace new: Adams Morgan!

Photos: lifeafterannandalehigh.blogspot.com; Guest Writer for The Hoya

Best Bets: Study Style

Well, Hoyas, we have good news and bad news. The good news is classes are done. The bad news is that finals haven’t even begun. That means that it’s time for papers, coffee, studying, (raging?), Lau, Lau, and more Lau. If you happen to surface out of your reading hole and into the real world in the coming days, here are some of our Best Bets for the weekend, study style.

Saturday:
If you have a free moment (read: free afternoon), mosey on down to Washington Harbour (a.k.a. the Georgetown waterfront) and spend some time at the brand new 11,800 square foot ice-skating rink. For $9 entry and a $5 skate rental, you’ll get bang for your buck at the rink—did we mention it’s bigger than the one in Rockefeller Center? Skate your way to happiness, kids.

Free at night? Don’t forget to stop by the Gonda Theater in the Davis Performing Arts Center to catch the final performance of A Civil War Christmas. It’s wintertime fun without even having to step foot off campus. Only $8 for students.

Sunday:
Didn’t see the Christmas tree lighting in Dahlgren Quad? Excited about Christmas trees in general? Stop by the Prez Rez at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and check out The White House Christmas Tree, a 40-foot Colorado blue spruce that has made D.C. its home since 1978. Also be sure to check out the nearby Pathway of Peace,” 56 smaller, decorated trees representing all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia. Traveling to see these trees will definitely “spruce” up your study days. “Fir” sure. It’ll be “tree-ific.”

Sorry not sorry about the tree jokes. We hope to see you out in the coming days. If not, we’ll see you at Lau. Sadly.

Photo: Washington Harbour

Friday Fixat10ns: No-Shame Weekend

Anytime during the reading week you’re not studying, the feeling of guilt from not preparing for your exam is hard to get over. This is your playlist for the last go-hard, shameless weekend before diving into your studies. These are the songs you want at your pre-game, party, and post-game. Throughout all of the playlists that I have made, I’ve tried to mix up the music styles. I did no such thing here. I put every song that I could think of that I would want to hear on a no-shame weekend. Go ham.

Billboard – S-Type Start your night off right; you don’t have many left in this semester.

Blow Up – J. Cole Just trying to start off the pregame with a couple of hype songs that aren’t too smilar. Let J. Cole bring you slowly into your no-shame weekend.

21 Questions – 50 Cent I’ve realized that a substantial number of pregames and parties here at Georgetown don’t have a lot of dancing. I blame it on the playlist; turn to the 4E for your dancing needs.

M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar ft MC Eiht I tried so hard to avoid this album… but it’s too good, so I couldn’t resist. You’re listening to the future, here. You’ll tell your grandchildren where you were when you first listened to Kendrick the weekend before finals.

Loca People – Sak Noel After the pregame comes the party. Dancing’s gotta be everywhere you go this weekend, so start the party off with a bang. This tune is a sure thing when it comes to getting people  to loosen up and dance. Spanish always gets me in the mood: “Viva la fiesta/viva la noche/Viva los DJs” Good thing I’m bilingual: Viva la noche de no shame

Mercy – G.O.O.D. Music “White girls politicking/That’s that Sarah Palin” – there’s no shame in this playlist, so no need to be politically correct. There are so many reasons to play this song at any party. It’s always a touching moment to see everyone in the party going in on last word of the first few lines of the Pusha T verse… “Plus , yo, my bitch makes yo bitch look like Precious” (I don’t think Kanye really got the moral of the movie)

Big Spender – Theophilus London ft. A$AP Rocky Don’t tire out just yet — Theophilus and A$AP are a couple of New York City rappers that can bring any party to the next level. If you don’t got the cash to bump to this song, just pretend; it’s likely that nobody at the party gets bank. If they did, they wouldn’t be sipping on Sour Apple Burnett’s.

I Love My B*tches – Rick Ross Rick Ross really needs to rethink his position on women and reflect on the effects that these types of songs could have on the youth of the nation. At the same time, this song is catchy as hell, so LET’S DANCE.

F*ckin Problem – A$AP Rocky ft. 2Chainz, Drake, Kendrick Lamar “Yeah, I got finals/I got a f*cking problem” – never said by these four.

School Spirit – Kanye West Maybe it’s best we don’t turn to Kanye for moral support during these hard times: “Told ’em I finished school, and I started my own business/They say, ‘Oh you graduated?’/No, I decided I was finished/Chasin’ y’all dreams and what you’ve got planned/Now I spit it so hot you got tanned/Back to school and I hate it there, I hate it there/Everything I want I gotta wait a year, I wait a year/This ***** graduated at the top of my class../I went to Cheesecake, he was a **********ing waiter there”

Words of encouragement from the great Yeezy himself. Education is the future.

 

Best Bets: Let’s Dance!

The weekend’s coming up, and you know what that means? No, not studying for more midterms, but a break from the ones you just completed. Take a couple of study breaks for your own health and for the sake of having fun. Even on a hectic weekend, I try to keep myself occupied with activities other than draining my life away in an isolated room stuck in the books not knowing whether it is day or night. Here are some suggestions for an enjoyable and eventful weekend:

Friday: Guess what’s coming to Georgetown? As part of its breakfast tour, the Nutella truck is arriving! And who doesn’t enjoy the goodness of a wholesome unique spread of hazelnut and cocoa on practically anything? It is kosher, gluten-free, and AMAZING! The truck will be here this Friday, October 19 from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the front gates. Did I forget to mention that it’s in the morning? But hey, free Nutella!

Saturday: Since I’m still a kid and so are you, why not take a stroll down memory lane and attend the Virginia’s premier amusement park formerly known as “King’s Dominion”. Make your way to Red Square and purchase tickets for only $15! This includes entrance and the two hour transportation to and from Georgetown. Buses will leave Georgetown at 5 p.m. There will be plenty of thrill rides and live entertainment. Zombies and other twistedness that will make sure to haunt your minds forever!

Sunday: On this day, the typical student does homework or last minute studying. Yes, I am talking to all you procrastinators! So if you decide not to leave your dorm, I suggest that you take at least 2-3 long study breaks. This does not mean you have permission to go on your Netflix account or look through random people’s photos on facebook. Get some fresh air and go for a walk along the Potomac or Roosevelt Island. And if you really can’t get out of your room, dance! Blast a favorite song and get yourself moving. Trust me, no one will know! Plus, it’s fun, too.

Living the Long Weekend, Columbus Style

Ah, Columbus Day weekend. Trees are changing colors, pumpkins are ripening on the vine, and allergies are hitting hard. If you aren’t one of the thousands of people going home in the coming days, take a second to enjoy the DC autumn in the name of Christopher Columbus. Here are a few ways to celebrate your favorite Cuba-discoverer and set your weekend sailing into the new world:

Explore the city. Nothing says Columbus Day like setting off in search of new neighborhood, a new favorite restaurant, or even a new favorite spot on campus. It doesn’t matter if your exploration is a flop—Columbus didn’t find India, but things worked out in the end. The point is to get up, get out there, and take advantage of everything Washington has to offer. Like Columbus, you might just hit the jackpot. Some suggestions: Try Bar Dupont’s James Bond Anniversary Party on Friday or the Columbia Heights Day Festival on Saturday.

Let out your inner Spaniard. Do some tequila shots, or stop by Ezme, a tapas bar in Dupont. Visit the DC Fine Art Photography Fair at the former Spanish Ambassador’s residence this Sunday. Listen to the new single by Enrique Iglesias and let yourself get a little crazy. Party this weekend up like Isabella and Ferdinand when they learned their boy Christopher just got them a brand new backyard across the Atlantic…

…Or take some time to simply relax. Discovering the new world and torturing a bunch of Indians was no easy feat, and neither are midterms, papers, internships, and extra-curriculars. Walk along the Potomac, de-stress, cozy up in your favorite slippers, and have some pumpkin beer. Take a leisurely walk down Pennsylvania Avenue this weekend and have a Taste of DC, filled with restaurant specials, food trucks, and local tastings.

Regardless of what you choose this weekend, take a moment and be like our buddy Christopher Columbus. Seize the day, and do things your way. You never know what you’ll find. (It might even be Cuba.)

The New World Awaits, Hoyas…

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Best Bets: Let Your Inner Bear Out

Friday

Enjoy the last rays of summer with The Golden Triangle BID’s “Picnic in the Park,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Make it to Murrow Park at 18th and H Streets for the chance to play lawn games and win some giveaways and eat free food.

I’m from New York so I’m partial to these Brooklyn natives, which means you should be too, naturally. Check out the Grizzly Bear (pictured) show Friday at the 9:30 club. Tickets ‘say’ they are sold out on the 9:30 website, but we all know how much fun Craigslist can be, so give it a go if you’re so inclined.

Saturday

Head to Fort Dupont Park in Northeast for Live Well DC from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll be greeted with a farmer’s market with free samples, free yoga classes, live music and giveaways. Did you say free stuff? Why yes, yes I did.

If you’re more of a lover of theater, hit up Washington Post’s Editor’s Pick, Hamlet at Folger Theatre for the last day of its production. Shows run at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. We all know how nice it is to sit in one place after a hard Friday night out. If you can entertain yourself while doing it, why not?

Sunday

Attend the Parade of Nations on Pennsylvania Avenue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. As part of Fiesta DC (Catchy title, we like) there will be live music, vendors and of course, Latino culture.

Photo: http://theorangepress.net/2012/06/grizzly-bear-sleeping-ute-2012-dates/

 

Best Bets: The Last Weekend

It’s the last weekend before most of us will be living in Lau studying for finals so we have to go out with a bang, and there is plenty to do this weekend to make sure that happens. See what you can do before study days set in and your biggest adventure is finding a free cubicle.

Friday:
It’s Georgetown Day so obviously no one will be leaving campus! Take full advantage of all of the hard work that the Georgetown Day Committee has put into planning a great day for everyone! Make sure to stop by Red Square and Healy Lawn at 12:00 p.m. for tons of free food and participate in lawn games on Copley Lawn. Have a fun (and safe!) day!

Saturday:
If you are up for it after Georgetown Day, be apart of the D.C. Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. After you have completed the challenge, enjoy a huge festival at the finish line with food and drinks, live music, and outdoor games. If you need any more incentive, you could win $500 for first place.

Sunday:
Go see local favorites Ted Leo and the Pharmacists this Sunday at the Black Cat, located at 1811 14th St NW. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and tickets only cost $15! This concert will be a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the release of the band’s album The Tyranny of Distance, and it is sure to be a great time!

Photo: Flickr user ACL Festival