Should you get coffee at Starbucks? (an analytical guide)

I have sort of a love-hate relationship with Starbucks. Raised in a non-coffee household, I didn’t really care much for the stuff until I got to college, when it suddenly became necessary for survival. Still, I didn’t understand why people would go there and pay money for some fancy coffee (I’m also frugal to a fault).

But my wife likes Starbucks, so I’ve since grown to enjoy it every once in a while.

The thing is though, It’s just SO easy to make fun of!


P.s. I know I’m jumping the gun a little bit here with the graph thing, but Kasey has the blog on Thursday, and I got so excited about this idea that I didn’t even want to trade with her and wait until then.

Executive Editor


Nineties Nostalgia

After two decades of living, I can honestly say that I still get excited when I hear a 90’s Nickelodeon show come on the television. Some of my personal favorite shows from back in the day were Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, Pokemon, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, and All That.


What were your favorites?

News Editor


Storm Khan Lacks Enthusiasm

I woke up and thought, “Sweet! No school!” I expected to have this reaction by the end of the day.

Then I walked outside, and there was nothing. No snow. No ice on the ground. Yes, it was extremely cold and wet. However, I have yet to see anything really disastrous occur like people were informed of. I noticed many wrecks accounted for on the Johnson City POLICE page, but I see nothing near where I’m located. My reaction ended up being more like this.

So, for now, I will post pictures that were loaded from around Washington County, Tenn. If something does happen, I will post my own photos, but I find that unlikely at this point. If you have photos, post them here or on our Facebook website, please. Let us know what’s happening elsewhere.

— Katie

Yeah, it’s cold

I was walking up the steps to my apartment earlier and happened to see a can lying on the ground. Part of the can’s contents had spilled onto the ground… and had then frozen. The liquid hadn’t spread very far, so it had probably frozen not long after it had spilled.

It’s at this point that I feel like I should be allowed to hibernate until things are no longer capable of freezing outside.

It’s cold. It’s very cold. I’m the type of person who enjoys scalding showers, sleeping under a mountain of electric blankets, and reading in my car during the summer (with the windows rolled up so that the temperature in the car reaches about 90 degrees Fahrenheit). I hate cold.

But hey, it’ll probably be cold for a very long time, so we might as well get used to it, right? When life gives you lemons, we’re supposed to make lemonade. But frankly, lemons are nasty, and so is lemonade made out of pure lemon juice.

If you hate the cold like I do and you’ve rejected the possibility of holing up in your room until the world thaws, then instead of making the best of a crappy situation, you may want to consider ways to avoid being cold at all costs.

So here are some options: 1. Wear warm clothes… please. If you’re wearing shorts, flip-flops, or even a light jacket, please don’t complain about being cold. It may not be snowing right now, but wear boots, a scarf, earmuffs or a hat (one that covers your ears), gloves, a heavy coat (or maybe 2. Actually, I recommend 2), warm socks, etc.

2. Drink something warm or eat something warm or do both. We have Starbucks and Einstein’s on campus. Yeah, they can be expensive, but it’s better than having your blood freeze inside your veins. I’d like to think that I have the good sense to eat so much sugar that my blood is too thick to freeze, but just in case, a little hot chocolate never hurts. And if you can’t afford to buy (or don’t feel like buying) something, I’m sure that hot water would work, too.

3. Stay inside as much as possible. I’m sure a lot of people think that it’s good to spend quality time with the outdoors, but you can really make up for it during the summer. Or honestly, when you’re dead, you will have more than enough time for your body to interact with nature. Just wait until summer…. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go to class, but I do recommend minimizing the amount of time that you spend outside of heated buildings.

Good luck with the cold weather and enjoy it while it lasts. I know I won’t.



Crappy Graph Thursday 2: Revenge of the crappy graph

Okay, you asked for it! (Well, a whole one of you asked for it, so I’m going to take that as a multitude of affirmation). I actually thought I could make a better looking one this week. Nope.



I know this isn’t as relevant anymore since hopefully most of you are finished with finals by now, but this is seriously how my attention is divided up when I’m taking these things.

In other news, this site is just a couple views shy of 2,000, and I’m so grateful for everyone that helped get it there! In just 4 short months, that’s much better than I’d hoped for! You guys rock. We’ll be on Christmas break soon, so I don’t know how much original content we’ll have up here, but we’ll probably re-visit our most clicked and commented posts.

To those of you that get a month or so off, enjoy it! To those that don’t, we hope you’ll still enjoy this time of year. Merry Christmas! (almost)