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What It Was Like Having COVID- 19; Day By Day Symptoms:

Hey all,

 

So on a more serious note, about three weeks ago I was feeling pretty crappy, and went over to the hospital to get a test for COVID 19. I received a call the next day, saying I had tested positive for the virus, and it really shook me. While I am feeling much better now, and have fully recovered I thought I would channel my energy into writing about how I felt from day to day, and how this effected my life.

Pre- Exposure:

So my roommate was sick with a low grade fever, and a cough. He said it was ‘no big deal,’ and while normally it would not be, we are clearly in the middle of a pandemic. Many people who have tested positive with COVID have shown no symptoms whatsoever, and I wanted to take precautions.

Day One:

I kept my distance,  went about my own business, yet a week later I ended up in bed with aches and chills, and a fever plus a cough. This lasted about three days before

Day Two:

My aches worsened, but my fever thankfully did not last very long. I ended up sleeping a ton, and ordering soup ūüôā

Day Three

My fever soon went away. However, I still had aches, a cough and felt very sluggish and did not want to leave my bed. I would get tired walking up my steps to my apartment, and my legs felt like I had just finished an intense workout. It took me a few moments to catch my breath. This lasted for several more days before I decided to get tested.

The hospital confirmed my case was ‘mild’, and I was sent home the next day. At this point, it felt tiring to lift my arms, and I was completely worn out.

I am feeling better, and trying to get back into the swing of things. I hope those with COVID are beginning to recover while those who are not sick are staying safe.

Love always,

Molly Catherine

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4 Reasons I Love The Holidays (Even Though It’s Late)

Hey all! Hope everyone is having a Winter Break- and the semester is approaching way too soon…but I did forget to post an annual holiday article!
Honestly, my family was never a “holiday kind of a family.” We never did the classic eggnog and the lights, and even though we exchanged gifts, It never felt like it was supposed to. I know, crazy right? But ever since I left for college that has all changed. I look forward to hearing Mariah Carey on repeat, and eating cookies and candy until I feel like the big red guy himself-among other things.¬† I also make a ‘Book-mas tree’ out of all of the books I read during the year. So here’s my (hopefully nice) listicle for the holiday season!

 

1. EVERYONE IS IN A GOOD MOOD.

I’m serious- you know that grumpy neighbor you’ve lived next door to- the one who never says hello and complains about the garbage, the fences, and your porch lights at 6PM? Chances are, he’s wrapping gifts and making lists, and ready to bust out his dancing shoes, and a smile…just this once. It’s the holidays after all, right?

2. The Festivities bring everyone closer together.

My friends that I don’t get to talk with as often will find a way to meet up- and we’ll all work around our busy schedules to celebrate with each other. Even the friends I can’t see in person that live across the country will tune into a Face Time call to catch up- and hear the wacky stories and all of the good things that have happened! I miss them dearly, but knowing they are having an awesome time

3. The Peppermint flavored beverages. Need I say more?

Anyone who knows me is certain I cannot drink coffee, but while I don’t necessarily load up on caffeine, I do love a peppermint hot chocolate from Starbucks. Unfortunately, I am kind of betraying the New Englander in me for choosing Starbucks over Dunkin’ Donuts. Although now you’ve all got me thinking about Dunkins.

4. There’s countless opportunities to make amends, and make start bring the best to a clean slate.

When you fall out with friends, or get into a fight with a parent or sibling, it may seem like the end of the world. But during Christmas and New Years, everyone is focused on making the best of the holidays, so it brings out the best in ourselves, too. The holidays are the time to say things we normally wouldn’t, be extra sweet, and find it within ourselves to love even the people we don’t like to be around- because the Christmas spirit, and pep that you’ve got stored away for the New Year? That is why we wait all year to have the prettiest lights, and the happiest times. No one can take away the memories we make, or the feelings we share with others that we care about.

So go on, put the star on your tree, and hang the mistletoe, and take a chance with that guy with the gorgeous eyes and ugly Christmas sweater. And take a lesson from me, watch Love Actually or Bridget Jones Diary way too many times. Happy Holidays, and the happiest New Year to all!

Love always,

Molly Catherine ‚̧

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4 Things That I Didn’t Expect About Adulthood

Hey all! Happy Friday- I bet everyone is BEYOND ecstatic to get out of classes and sleep in, relax, and have fun. I’ll mostly be doing schoolwork, and sleeping (thankfully!) and if I’m lucky, I may be able to squeeze in an episode or two of Supernatural…

Anyway, I’d thought I’d make a post about what it feels like to be a college student, and more importantly, what it feels like to be an adult. I wish I could tell you I didn’t feel any different, but in some aspects, I really do. These may be true for you, or maybe it is completely different.

  1. You have more obligations, and feel the need to commit:

OK, since I started college, I’ve had a ton of different assignments ranging from creative essays to projects that require a ton of prior planning. As I’ve had to organize all of the due dates, and outlines, I realized that I had gotten way better at keeping track of my files, and assignments. I was honestly a bit of a mess in high school…really. I needed a file cabinet…desperately. Thank god there’s a Staples near campus!

2. The homework in college isn’t rocket science. There’s just…more.

I thought when I stepped into my first college classroom, I thought writing essays and mathematical equations would suddenly turn into problems I couldn’t solve. I was thinking complicated, stressful and unimaginable types of work that I would have to work hours on end to solve. When you get to college, the homework isn’t a million times harder (Unless you’re actually majoring in Rocket Science or Engineering.) it just accumulates faster.¬† The due dates are spaced out, but turning assignments in on time is a lot more crucial. Plus, exams count for a high percent of your grade…unfortunately.

3. There’s less time for the “fun stuff.”

As I said, there is work to do for class, so not only is it amazing I am actually still trying to keep up with this blog, but it’s kind of a bummer that I don’t have time for other activities I want to do. I love being able to plan my day, but I still have schoolwork and other jobs I am required to do unfortunately.

4. Surprisingly, I didn’t realize how much more I am much more in control of the ‘little things.”

This is one of the best feelings, despite all of the weight being put on us young adults to make the right decisions. There’s no, “Hey mom, can I go out this Friday?” Here’s my cliche: ‘Ya’ just do it!’ A few months into my first semester of college I wanted to dye my hair a few shades darker, (No pun intended. Just no.) and for a second I was like, “Oh wait, my mother said-” Nope, wrong! I laughed so hard at myself for forgetting that I was an actual adult. I mean, I was responsible for paying for the color, but ultimately the choice was mine to go through with it. (You may notice that I had helicopter parents.)

Whether you spontaneously buy a motorcycle, or leave for a 10 month backpacking across Europe, these major and minor decisions are all up to you.

As a kid, people always told me that being an adult was overrated; and quite frankly, it TOTALLY isn’t! We now have the chance to amazing things with our lives. We can travel, make mistakes and get stuck in random skeevy places on accident, and discover that maybe we aren’t as observant as we had thought. Good and bad things happen to everyone. Even though the responsibility is on us, that’s also a really great thing. Now, when we do something great, it won’t be added to our high school resume.

It will finally be classified as life experience. Our life experience.

So make it count, and give em’ Hell.

XO,

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Why I Don’t Support Kavanaugh As A Supreme Court Justice

Hey everyone,

I know that this is a touchy subject for many people, but with the #metoo movement still fresh, and the major issue of preventing sexual assault today, it is important to speak up and voice our opinions. It is also crucial to know who is representing out country, and even more importantly, what those people stand for.

As you may know, Brett Kavanaugh was nominated and confirmed for the position of a Supreme Court Justice. As he may have “highly qualified” from an academic standpoint according to the president, many are questioning what kind of person he is morally, and furthermore investigating the sexual assault allegations Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward and spoke about.

I do not believe that anyone who as been accused of sexual assault should be allowed a position of such authority, especially when it involves making major legal decisions. Supreme Court Justices are representing our country, and making decisions that will shape how the people people of the USA and other countries perceive us, and how we function as a society.

Even though the allegations against Kavanaugh were not able to be proven, it is important to see that he was accused by three different women and the fact that this allegation was indeed reported is enough for me to question his morals.

The questions that I think people should be asking are not necessarily specific to the Kavanaugh VS Ford trial, but ask ourselves if we are comfortable with the choices that these leaders are going to be making. America is supposed to stand for freedom, and the right to choose your own path in life. It is supposed to give people a say in the society in which we live in. Even I feel that we as a country have not done our best, I hope that in the future, we can and will do better.

For anyone who has been through any sort of sexual assault or traumatic experience, you are not alone. You are not required to reveal details or tell anyone what happened if you do not want to; but if you are ready, there are people that want to listen and help.

Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

Boston Rape Crisis Center: 800-841-8371

Let me know what you think about Kavanaugh VS Ford in the comments!

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Here’s Where I’m Planning To Go This Fall

Happy Wednesday people!

I’m really pumped for this new semester- as well as the new year approaching! As y’all know, I’ve always had the ‘travel bug’. A bad case of wanderlust, whatever you want to call it. As a writer, I’ve got a million places I want to go and visit- and much to my dismay, I’ve never even left the country.

I named my blog¬†The Resilient Girl, so I thought I’d make a few trips by myself to places I haven’t been before! And hey, I may be a poor college student with three more years to go, but I’ve got some great ideas, and big plans for the future. What else is a travel writer to do?

Sometime in the coming months, I’m traveling to Cleveland, Ohio! My brother and I were going to go together, but we never found the time.

I’m going to spend the weekend there, and hit a few tourist attractions, like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! There’s plenty to be explored, and I’ll be sure to post some photos, and write up a fresh article.

Honestly, I can’t wait…It’s been too long since I’ve gone on the road.

All my love,

 

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Why Global Warming Is Truly An Issue

Hey all!

Hoping everyone has had an eventful week- I sure have. ( I was supposed to write this a week ago, BTW.) While catching up with friends and enjoying the summer, I have also been progressively working on my memoir, which is coming along slowly. More importantly, I have taken the time to read a few articles on global warming, and environmental issues.

The hard truth is: The world is in the toilet.

I’m writing a piece on global warming because I didn’t just want this blog to revolve around me. Although my opinion does hold a bit of substance now that I am FINALLY an adult, Global Warming is a serious concept that needs to be addressed. So here are some facts:

  1. It is majorly caused by US.

Whether you threw your soda can out the window on the highway, or just missed the garbage and were too lazy to pick up your mess, you had a major effect on the environment. That’s right- people not cleaning up after themselves has major consequences. This is also an issue on a wider scale- take a look at the 2010 BP Oil Spill. Over 82,000 animals and variations of marine life died after 200 million gallon spilled in to the Gulf. That was us as people being careless, and we need to be held responsible. Not only the significant numerous oil spills into our oceans, but other things like how we dispose of our trash. What about the giant piles of garbage floating around in the ocean? Staten Island is basically floating on a pile of trash. What’s worst is there is there isn’t a beach on this planet that is completely free of trash. It’s pitiful- which brings me to number 2:

2. The temperature of the planet is rising steadily.

Summer isn’t the only season that is getting hotter. Wintertime is warming up at a frightening pace. Th polar ice caps are melting, and polar bears are floating to London! I believe I have made a reference to this terrible event; and as it may seem ironic in a few ways, the reactions people should have are terror, and fear. If a polar bear,¬†from the Arctic, drifted over on a chunk of ice, doesn’t that raise at least a few questions? It’s common sense. The ice caps are breaking apart. They’ll continue to melt until there is nothing left. What about the other species of mammals and animals in the poles? All over the planet? We need to take action because we are hurting animals and beings on the planet. The truth is we aren’t taking care of our planet. You can say it any way you want, but there isn’t a way to justify it. Littering to Global Warming, and to our use of energy and gasoline.

So we’re all hurting our planet. What are you going to do?

Comment or message me on what you think could happen in the future or with ideas to help better our planet, and save places and things that need our help.

Love always,

Molly Catherine ‚̧

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Five Things I Want To Do This Autumn

Happy National Shrimp Day all!

As a New Englander who loves seafood, this is the perfect intro to a crazy holiday…as well as summer going into Fall! Here’s to creating bucket lists, going to the beach, and sipping those yummy PinńĀ Coladas’ and Daiquiris!¬† As for me, I have created the ultimate list for some fun things I hope to do this fall…besides keeping my grades up!

  1. Go to a Bonfire Party

As most of you know, I’m a huge fan of Rock and Roll music AND parties. The king of partying, Andrew W.K., may have me beat by a few years and even more venues, but that won’t stop me from attending a bonfire! Better get those matches, s’mores and that whiskey…(P.S: What happens at the bonfire, stays at the bonfire.)

2.   Go Paint-Balling

OK, this one I might actually have trouble finding friends that actually want to join in, but I have never actually gone and I do think it would be great outdoor activity– especially to kick off the school year..minus the possible welts and bruises on my legs!

3. Take Some Really Great Landscape Photos

There’s a kind of rush you get from taking a great photo. Maybe it’s the fact that you stood there to document it, or that the view of the sky that day is seared your brain forever. The beach and forests are my favorite, even if it’s cloudy, For real: the ‘scapes deserve to be captured on camera!

4. Learn a Bit of a Lew Language

Since I wasn’t able to go international during summer break, and I’ll be stuck on campus for classes, I thought I’d learn and pursue something strictly because I wanted to. I’ve been working on my French, but I really have always wanted to be able to speak Arabic. Learning some basic phrases on my own time might be a great way to pass some time!

5.  Write/ tell a story worth remembering.

I’ve got my blog I’ve started, and I’ll keep working at it,¬† but there’s always stories that need to be told. I want to find something great to tell the world. Maybe an expose, or somethings simple that has turned into a complicated one. Let me know if you’ve got ideas, or if there’s a story you think is worth telling!

Whether it be dancing in the middle of nowhere, hiking to the summit of a cliff, or floating around in the Atlantic with a giant grin on my face, I want to make the rest of this year amazing. I’m a big fan of the unforgettable- so here’s to making the Autumn of 2018 the best that we can.

Hope everyone has a great rest to their summer and Fall!

 

Love always,

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7 Tell Tale Signs You Are From Maryland

Even though I love the New England area, and moving up north was one of the best decisions I have ever made, being able to tell people that you are from Maryland is actually pretty great. We show a great deal of pride for our state, and we do so enthusiastically. We have character, and we are usually outspoken. Here is a list of things that if you’re from the DMV area, chances are, you’ll understand most of these little quirks that we have here in Maryland.

1.You own a pair of Maryland flag shorts

Seriously, those brightly colored, busy shorts are a fashion disaster waiting to happen, but still 100% the best possible thing anyone could own in their closet! Bonus: wearing them to a sporting event; you’ve gotta go out and support those Terps!

2. And you aren’t ever afraid to show your Maryland pride

If you grew up in Maryland, spirit shouldn’t be a stranger to you; it’s time to get pumped about sports games, and basically everything that includes showing statewide charisma. You guessed it; Washington Capitals, and Wizards and Baltimore Ravens, and Orioles are a major part of Maryland sport culture. Not only do we love Maryland, but Washington D.C. is right up the road!

3. You season EVERYTHING with Old Bay

Mac and Cheese? Check. Crabs? Definitely. Turkey, chicken, and basically every other food? Of course. It’s not complete if it doesn’t have Old Bay…

4. You even abbreviate the county you live in

Where am¬†I¬†from you may ask? The one and only MO-CO! Which brings us to #5…

5. You refer to the Washington D.C. area as the “DMV”

This is a funny one, because people that don’t live in MD or Virginia never understand why this something people say. One of my friends who goes ECSU and isn’t from the “DMV area,” (See what I did there?) was confused at first because she thought everyone was saying ‘The Department of Motor Vehicles.’ Now we can answer the phone and be like, “Hey, just guess who got back to the DMV area?!”

6. Fresh Fruit is a must when it is in season

Even if you don’t live in Maryland, our farms and orchards are the best for going apple or strawberry picking, especially in the Fall. Make sure you stop at a farm to sip some cider and pick some fruit!

7. You may or may not know about the original state sport

Yep. You guessed it- Jousting. We’ve been rocking the individuality and brilliance since ’62. Not only is jousting uncommon, but it is actually really interesting. I had to do a bit of research, but Jousting is basically mounting a horse, and then fighting with pointy sticks, also known as¬†lances.¬†So, yeah, medieval martial arts on a horse.

I hope my energy and passion towards Maryland has you thinking about how very amazing our state is. I want to emphasize that no matter where in Maryland you are from or live, you should be proud that you come from a lively state that has such charisma. And hey, it isn’t the shorts and the county you live in that make our state special, it’s the people that reside in our state. It is the residents that wear the colors of our flag with pride, and the people from Ocean City, all the way to Rockville. That¬†we¬†are proud of where we come from. That is what matters. Keep being awesome, Marylanders!

Love,

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5 Places to Travel Before You Die

No matter how many books I read, or movies I watch, seeing the Eiffel Tower on screen or reading about skyscrapers around the world will never be enough. I haven’t been out of the country ever, and I really want to travel the world. I want to eventually live abroad and experience all of the moments that come with going to far away places…here are five places that are on my bucket list.

1. London

Going to London should be on everyones’ list, because of all the history placed into the city. Buildings that were built hundreds of years ago can stand next ones built twenty or even five years ago! There’s a lot to see as a tourist, like her majesty’s palace, as well as Big Ben; then there’s the other modern, newer but still just as lively parts! No matter what, you need to hit up London at¬†least¬†once in your life. I¬†personally¬†need to go shopping Harrods! Fish and Chips, anyone?

2. Dubai

I was in Union Station in D.C. sitting at a table outside a Shake Shack kiosk, when a man asks to sit across from me. We eventually started talking, and it turns out he had traveled all over the world! He recommended I go to Dubai, which is located in the United Arab Emirates. It’s a new, futuristic, sleek city. Everything is almost brand new- really! From the gorgeous beaches, to Burj Khalifa (minus Tom Cruise climbing up the side)! You’re sure to have a ball!

3. Paris

They say it’s the city of love, and every person’s dream- this particular European city is definitely a must especially if you are traveling with your SO! The romance is amped up pretty high in Paris, with the dim lit classiness, and dozens of roses waiting to be bought….and it is also just as historic as England, as the artwork is spectacular! The food is great, the streets full of romance… what’s not to love?

4. Melbourne

Sydney may have the Opera house, but Melbourne is home to beaches, and the downtown area seems trendy. I have couple friends that have traveled to Australia on a holiday, and they absolutely loved everything about it! The only thing they found odd was the fact that they don’t have a lot of the “brand foods,” like Kraft; which I think seems great! It gives you a chance to get healthy, as well as go outside your comfort zone!

5. Cairo

If London and Paris don’t have enough history already, then you should certainly head to Egypt! It’s got pyramids, and the legendary Sphinx, which is a statue with the head of a human, and the body of a lion. There are ancient ruins to explore, and keep trying to read those hieroglyphics, even if you only speak one language! Furthermore, there’s plenty of culture to experience; not to mention great food!

¬† ¬† ¬†Statistics show that most people want to travel the world, but they don’t actually go for their dream because of one reason that seemed to be stated quite often: money. Yes, it’s true you can’t travel the world without a significant amount of funds; but if you do have enough that makes it possible to travel for a year or so, you should go for it! I learned a lesson a while ago that if you have a dream, or something you want to do, you should follow your instincts. Life is way too short to have regrets. After all, John Lennon did say, “Life is what happens when you are making plans.” Don’t let it pass you by.

Don’t forget to seize the day,¬†

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5 Places to Travel Before You Die

No matter how many books I read, or movies I watch, seeing the Eiffel Tower on screen or reading about skyscrapers around the world will never be enough. I haven’t been out of the country ever, and I really want to travel the world. I want to eventually live abroad and experience all of the moments that come with going to far away places…here are five places that are on my bucket list.

1. London

Going to London should be on everyones’ list, because of all the history placed into the city. Buildings that were built hundreds of years ago can stand next ones built twenty or even five years ago! There’s a lot to see as a tourist, like her majesty’s palace, as well as Big Ben; then there’s the other modern, newer but still just as lively parts! No matter what, you need to hit up London at¬†least¬†once in your life. I¬†personally¬†need to go shopping Harrods! Fish and Chips, anyone?

2. Dubai

I was in Union Station in D.C. sitting at a table outside a Shake Shack kiosk, when a man asks to sit across from me. We eventually start talking, and it turns out he had travel all over the world! He recommended I go to Dubai, which is located in the United Arab Emirates. It’s futuristic, sleek city. Everything is almost brand new. From the gorgeous beaches, to Burj Khalifa (minus Tom Cruise climbing up the sides) you’re sure to have a ball!

3. Paris

They say it’s the city of love, and every person’s dream- this particular European city is definitely a must especially if you are traveling with your SO! The romance is amped up pretty high in Paris, with the dim lit classiness, and dozens of roses waiting to be bought….and it is also just as historic as England, as the artwork is spectacular! The food is great, the streets full of romance… what’s not to love?

4. Melbourne

Sydney may have the Opera house, but Melbourne is home to beaches, and the downtown area seems trendy. I have couple friends that have traveled to Australia on a holiday, and they absolutely loved everything about it! The only thing they found odd was the fact that they don’t have a lot of the “brand foods,” like Kraft; which I think seems great! It gives you a chance to get healthy, as well as go outside your comfort zone!

5. Cairo

If London and Paris don’t have enough history already, then you should certainly head to Egypt! It’s got pyramids, and the legendary Sphinx, which is a statue the head of a human, and the body of a lion. There are ancient ruins to explore, and try to read hieroglyphics, even if you only speak one language! Furthermore, there’s plenty of culture to experience; not to mention great food!

Statistics show that most people want to travel the world, but they don’t actually go for their dream because of one reason that seemed to be stated quite often: money. Yes, it’s true you can’t travel the world without a significant amount of funds; but if you do have enough that makes it possible to travel for a year or so, you should go for it! I learned a lesson a while ago that if you have a dream, or something you want to do, you should follow your instincts. Life is way too short to have regrets. After all, John Lennon did say, “Life is what happens when you are making plans.” Don’t let it pass you by.