Here’s four fun things to make your week a bit brighter:
Bees Bounce Back from Colony Collapse Disorder
Colony Collapse Disorder is a phenomenon related to the disappearance of bees. It happens when bees leave their hive and never return. I’m not talking about a few runaway teenager bees. I’m talking about bees en masse fleeing their hive. This year, according to the honeybee health survey, the number of colonies in the United States rose 3%! Whether this is thanks to a slight change in weather, shift in the country’s climate, or due to the many Save the Bees campaigns scientists aren’t quite sure yet. So really, in order to save the bees, it might help if we actually knew what was killing them.
Another Bee Thing
Here’s a cute light up hive in the window of a shop in Downtown Asheville called the Asheville Bee Charmer.
I found these cute bags of popcorn at TJ Maxx in early August while back to school shopping. They’re made by a company called LesserEvil. Does it remind anyone else of this sketch from Sesame Street?
Here’s something not so cute: a praying mantis eating a bee (have you noticed that I’m a little bee-obsessed?). These guys loved to hang out where I worked this summer, but I’ve yet to see any in Athens. Fun fact: the praying mantis can be found in every state in the US and every continent except for Antarctica!
Today there is going to be a total solar eclipse crossing the United States, something that hasn’t happened in Georgia in about a hundred years! The eclipse begins and ends in different times at different places in the United States. For a good chart of beginning and ending times for the eclipse, check out this website.
I’ll be in Moccasin State Park today, watching the eclipse with family and friends. The University of Georgia has opened up it’s football field for students to view the eclipse, but most other universities have closed for the day.
Here is a good map of the eclipse’s path.
Here’s an article about the best livestream’s for watching the total solar eclipse if you’re nowhere near its path.
Junior year is really happening, y’all, and I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing this past week has been. I moved into my house on the 7th and started recruitment for Delta Gamma the very next day at 7 am! After that, it’s been a whirlwind.
Last year I did a post about my room in the Delta Gamma house with pictures of how I decorated. I didn’t make one this year because I’m still trying to unpack all my stuff. Let me know in the comments section below if you’d like another room decor post!
So back to recruitment. This year I recruited every single round. To say that I’m exhausted is an understatement. Not only do I love sharing the joy my sisters bring me year round, I love being able to goof off in between rounds and get to know all my sweet UGA DG’s even better. This year I had the most amazing bump group (mainly because I got to recruit with my little Rachel!).
Below is a photo of my pledge class from last year’s bid day. I can’t wait to meet all my new sisters on the lawn tomorrow night!
Last night I did something very, very special. I volunteered with the Arch Society, as well as five other student orgs vital to the university, to help make freshman welcome a reality. The freshmen at the University of Georgia have the opportunity to walk into Stanford Stadium and take pictures on the field. They are welcomed by their orientation leaders, the Redcoat Marching Band, the SGA president, Kirby Smart the head football coach, and President Morehead. I passed out waters and cleaned up trash with my DG sister Stacy.
There’s definitely nothing like being back in Athens. Go Dawgs!
I love ending my summers by visiting Lake Tahoma. The water’s cold, the people are fun, and the boat rides are exactly the kind of stress relief I need before jumping right in to recruitment at UGA.