Cozy Games for Rainy Days

On a rainy day, there is no better way to spend time than playing some cozy games. The pitter-patter of raindrops against the window creates a soothing background soundtrack, setting the perfect ambiance for a day of indoor relaxation and entertainment.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a popular farming simulation role-playing game (RPG) developed by ConcernedApe, also known as Eric Barone. It was first released in 2016 and is available on multiple platforms including PC, consoles, and mobile devices.

In the game, players inherit a run-down farm from their grandfather and must restore it to its former glory by growing crops, raising animals, mining for resources, fishing, and engaging with the local community.

It offers a mix of farming, exploration, combat, and relationship-building elements, providing players with a relaxing and immersive experience in the countryside.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a life simulation video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch console. It was released in March 2020 and is the fifth main installment in the Animal Crossing series.

In the game, players assume the role of a customizable character who moves to a deserted island after purchasing a package from Tom Nook, a recurring character in the series.

Players can explore the island, gather and craft items, build and customize their own homes, and interact with anthropomorphic animal villagers who also reside on the island.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons operates in real-time, with the in-game time and seasons matching those of the player’s real-world location. This allows for a dynamic and immersive experience, with events and activities changing throughout the year.

The game emphasizes creativity, relaxation, and social interaction, making it a beloved title for players of all ages.


“Unpacking” is a puzzle game developed by Witch Beam and published by Humble Games. It was released in November 2021 for various platforms including PC, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox.

In Unpacking, players are tasked with unpacking boxes in various living spaces throughout different stages of a person’s life, from childhood to adulthood.

The gameplay focuses on arranging the contents of each box in the appropriate place within the room, with the goal of creating a cohesive and personalized living environment.

The game features minimalist graphics and ambient soundscapes, aiming to evoke a sense of nostalgia and introspection as players unravel the story behind each set of belongings.

Unpacking offers a unique and contemplative gameplay experience, encouraging players to reflect on the significance of the objects we surround ourselves with and the memories they hold.

Written by ChatGPT


Stage Notes: Journeying Through My Favorite Musicals

“Heathers: The Musical”

“Heathers: The Musical” is a stage musical adaptation of the 1988 cult classic “Heathers,” directed by Michael Lehmann and written by Daniel Waters. The musical features music, lyrics, and a book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. It premiered Off-Broadway in 2014 at New World Stages before transferring to the West End in 2018.

The story follows Veronica Sawyer, a high school student who becomes involved with a popular clique of girls all named Heather, led by the ruthless and domineering Heather Chandler.

As Veronica grows disillusioned with the Heathers and their cruel behavior, she finds herself drawn to rebellious newcomer JD. Together, Veronica and JD embark on a dark and twisted journey of revenge and self-discovery.

The musical explores themes of teen angst, popularity, bullying, and the consequences of unchecked power. Despite its dark subject matter, “Heathers: The Musical” incorporates elements of black comedy and satire.

The show has gained a dedicated fanbase for its catchy songs, irreverent humor, and memorable characters. Some of the popular songs from the musical include “Candy Store,” “Dead Girl Walking,” and “Seventeen.”

“Carrie: The Musical”

“Carrie: The Musical” is a stage adaptation of Stephen King’s 1974 novel “Carrie.” The musical features music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and a book by Lawrence D. Cohen, who also wrote the screenplay for the 1976 film adaptation of the novel.

“Carrie: The Musical” premiered on Broadway in 1988, but it closed after only 5 performances due to poor critical reception and financial losses. Despite its initial failure on Broadway, “Carrie: The Musical” has gained a cult following over the years.

The story revolves around Carrie White, a shy and bullied teenage girl who discovers she has telekinetic powers. Raised by her abusive and fanatically religious mother, Margaret White, Carrie struggles to fit in at school and faces relentless torment from her classmates.

As the story unfolds, Carrie is invited to the prom by one of her classmates, Sue Snell, as an act of kindness. However, Carrie’s happiness is short-lived as a cruel prank leads to a tragic and violent climax at the prom.

The musical explores themes of adolescence, bullying, religious fanaticism, and the consequences of cruelty. It blends elements of horror, drama, and coming-of-age storytelling. Despite its dark subject matter, “Carrie: The Musical” also features moments of humor and humanity.

“Little Shop of Horrors”

The story revolves around Seymour Krelborn, a nerdy florist working in Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists, and his discovery of a strange and exotic plant he names Audrey II after his coworker crush, Audrey. However, Seymour soon learns that Audrey II thrives on human blood.

The musical adaptation, which is more widely known, was created by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman. It premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1982 before moving to Off-Broadway and eventually receiving a successful Broadway run.

The musical maintains the darkly comedic tone of the original film while infusing it with catchy songs and a more elaborate storyline.

Written by ChatGTP


Navigating Winona State University: Reflecting on the Ups, Downs and My Choice to Transfer

My time at Winona State University

While I was finishing up high school, I decided to pursue higher education at Winona State University, in Winona MN.

During my senior year in 2021, I was not able to tour schools due to the pandemic, so I chose the only school that I had toured.

I packed my belongings and moved onto campus in August. I decided to study I-Design. A choice I hoped I would enjoy due to my love of design.

My First Semester

After moving to Winona State, I had a difficult time adjusting and making friends. I ended up making friends in my classes. I enjoyed my first semester there, but I had this aching feeling that I wasn’t in the right place.

That aching feeling led to the decline of my mental health. I made it through the fall semester without any trouble, but the tides changed after winter break leading into the second semester.

Spring Semester 2022

After winter break, I took it upon myself to start scouting out other schools that I could transfer to. At this point, my mental health was at an all-time low.

I knew about Drake University because my sister is a Drake alum, and I knew that I had some connection with the school. I made the decision to apply to Drake University, just to see what would happen. I ended up getting accepted in March, and I had a difficult choice to make whether I should finish the year or withdraw from Winona State or not because I wouldn’t have made it through the semester.

After talking over the situation with my advisor, I came to the decision that withdrawing was the best option for me. April 2022, I had my admitted students day at Drake, and I knew that I made the right choice.

My Time at Drake University So Far.

When I moved to Drake University, it became clear that it was the correct school for me. I fell in love with the classes, the people and the location.

I came to Drake as a double major in multimedia journalism and graphic design, but that quickly changed to multimedia journalism and public relations.

It took me some time to decide on what I wanted to study which ended up being digital media production and graphic design. After I figured out what I wanted to study, the classes came easier to me and I was starting to make more friends.

My mental health started to increase, but it’s a battle I continue to fight on a daily basis.

Wrapping Up

Overall, I am thankful for my time at Winona State because it helped clarify that Drake was the school I needed to be at. Drake has given me so many opportunities to grow, that I wouldn’t have pursued if it wasn’t for Winona State. So, although my time at Winona State was rocky, I value my time and experience being a WSU Warrior.


The Art of Collecting Vinyl Records

The Start of My Collection

I started collecting vinyl records in late 2022, and it has turned into a slippery slope. I use my vinyl collection as a form of identification, a person can understand who I am based on the records in my collection.

I started collecting vinyl records to express my personality through music. Music is a big part of me, and having a way to collect my favorite albums by my favorite artists means so much to me. The first vinyl in my collection was “evermore” by Taylor Swift, and that vinyl and album means so much to me.

Best Places to Shop for Records

There are plenty of places to get vinyl records, but the best places to do so are local vinyl stores. Buying from local stores contributes to the community’s vibrancy and growth. Personally, if you are in the Des Moines area, I suggest Vinyl Cup Records or Marv’s Music for any vinyl purchases.

My Favorite Records in my Collection

Throughout my time collecting records, I have accumulated a total of 52 vinyl records, which is bound to increase as time goes on. Within my collection, there are a few albums that are special to me.

Those albums are:

  • “Snow Angel” by Reneé Rapp
  • “folklore” by Taylor Swift
  • “evermore“by Taylor Swift
  • “Emails I Can’t Send” by Sabrina Carpenter
  • “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo

“Snow Angel” by Reneé Rapp

This album is special to me because I have been a fan of Reneé Rapp since she was on Broadway. I find it exciting that her first album has done so well.

“folklore” by Taylor Swift

“folklore” is Taylor’s eighth studio album. This album is interesting because it is about a love triangle between James, Betty and Augustine. I find Taylor’s storytelling throughout the album very engaging.

“evermore” by Taylor Swift

“evermore” is Taylor’s ninth studio album, and is the sister album to “folklore”, as seen above. This album is special to me because it was the first vinyl I bought, and it is my favorite album by Taylor Swift. This album is a lyrical masterpiece and is an excellent display of Taylor’s song writing abilities.

“Emails I Can’t Send” by Sabrina Carpenter

This album is Sabrina Carpenter’s fifth studio album and is chock-full of pop hits. The songs are written in a manner that are catchy but also holds a deeper meaning than the pop-like tunes allow.

“Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo

“Sour” is Olivia Rodrigo’s first studio album, released in 2021, and quickly soared to the top album at the time. It is full of catchy pop songs and gut-wrenching ballads. “Sour” will always hold a special place in my heart due to the time it was released. It was released around the time of my high school graduation so it has many good memories associated with it.