October 25, 2010

Back Out From Under My Rock

Coming to the end of a two-week studying marathon is a little bit like hibernating and seeing sunshine for the first time after a long winter.

Last week I had two midterms and a presentation, and today I handed in a paper, and I am done and done. I know it doesn't sound like a lot, but believe me, apparently grad school is a lot harder than undergrad!

Who knew?

(Or maybe this time I'm actually studying a bit harder...)

Anyhoo, it is great to be back! I've missed you guys!! :) And I'm extra excited because I came out from underneath my rock and realized that Halloween was less than a week away!


Halloween is on Sunday this year (as you all know) but the festivities at Columbia begin on Thursday, so I really only have two more days to get everything ready for a ridiculous four-day Halloween!

For the SIPA party on Thursday my friends and I are dressing up as Red Head Cartoons From the 80s.

(I know, it's an amazing idea!)

I'm going to be Wilma Flintstone, 

and my friends are going as Jessica Rabbit, 

April O'Neil, 

Jane Jetson, 

the Little Mermaid, 

and Daphne (from Scooby Doo)!

We'll be a veritable smorgasbord of animated redheads!

Although I hope I have enough time to throw my costume (and maybe a second one) together, seeing as I'm also in charge of the Keyfree kids' costumes (they're both going as Greek gods) and I have to catch up on the two weeks of reading I should have also been doing while studying for midterms (which obviously didn't happen).

And then on Friday, my awesome roommate from college, Kate, is coming all the way from Canada to spend the weekend, so I'm super excited to see her too. I haven't seen her in almost two years!

And then on top of it all, I'm going home from Sunday to Tuesday to vote in America for the very first time! It's great to actually be here for election day (and get two days off of school for it!) and not have to mail in an absentee ballot!

So yes, I have a very full week. After two weeks of being in my cavern of books, it's definitely going to be like coming out of a cave and staring at the sun for the first time. But I'm excited. I definitely need a little time to let loose after all that hard work!

But until Thursday, I still have a lot of studying to do. So it's back to the books for now!

What are you doing for Halloween?

October 22, 2010

I Occasionally Like To Make Lists: Ten Ways To Get (Your Tummy) Ready For Winter (repost)

Between the end of September, when summer is still flirting with you, and the end of October, when Halloween is barely over and the Christmas decorations are already all over the stores, a sort of change starts to take place - the days get shorter, the weather gets colder, the leaves turn brown and crispy, back-to-school/back-to-work glee turns to crap-it's-monday-again gloom.

Some call it Fall, or Autumn.

I like to call it "Get ready for winter people! Eat! Eat!" And in that spirit (which completely goes against the spirit of my current get-back-into-shape routine), here are some of my favorite ways to "get ready for winter":

1. All Things Pumpkin (take your pick), but especially Heidi Swanson's Spice-Kissed Pumpkin Pie With Hazelnut Lined Crust, which I like to make the mini version of.

2.Award Winning Chocolate Chip Cookies warm and gooey from the oven.

3. Vichyssoise, the hot wintery version.

4. Oven Roasted Pork Ribs with my special Rosemary Potatoes (no link to this one, it's in my head!)

5. Classic Italian Minestrone, with big beans and lots and lots of grated Parmiggiano Reggiano.

6.  Minty Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies, which I haven't tried yet, but only because my oven doesn't work - I'm dying to try these cute little babies.

7. Baby Lima Bean Soup with Chipotle Broth, although I didn't have baby lima beans, so I made it with cannelini, and it was just as good.

8. Tom Yum Green Curry Coconut Chicken Soup (also just in my head, although you can probably find a recipe somewhere)
(these last two spicy numbers are great on the days when the cold is particularly penetrating, and if you have a cold they'll just clear up all the congestion - great for fall flu) 

9. Poached Pears in Red Wine, delicious and aromatic, perfect to end a romantic dinner on a cold winter evening.

10. Maple-Roasted Acorn and/or Butternut Squash, so simple yet so yummy

October 20, 2010

A Wee Bit of Free Time on a Wednesday

I'm taking a little break from Econ.

I think I deserve it.

My head is spinning with elasticity, supply and demand, uncertainly, consumer surplus, marginal utility, and a whole bunch of other things I wish I didn't have to know, but I wish I knew a lot better than I do!

Plus it's Wednesday! Everyone should take a little mid-week break to answer some of Leigh's ever-entertaining questions! Don't forget to link up when you play along!

{one} have you ever crawled through a window?
Yes, many times. Mostly at the beach house, when sneaking out of our rooms during nap time!
But I actually climbed out of a window the other day to check out my friend's awesome fire escape!

{two} what’s one subject that you wish you knew more about?

{three} who’s your favorite villain?
What an awesome name. And a pet dragon? Yes please!

{four} have you ever hit a jackpot on a slot machine?
Yes! In Amsterdam! But someone had won not long before me and I only won like 20 Euro...
...in 20 cent coins :(

{five} what is your favorite disney movie?
Oooh, good question!
Alice in Wonderland, and Robin Hood.

{six} if the whole world were listening, what would you say?
Live, and let live.

{seven} if you could choose one song to describe you or your life, what would it be?
"Obla di, obla da, life goes on, rah! La di da oh life goes on!" 
{eight} your desk: messy or organized?
I want it: organized
It is: messy

{nine} have you ever had surgery?
I got my wisdom teeth surgically removed, if that counts.

{ten} if you could have any animal as a pet, what would you have?
A Maine Coon
And now it's back to econ. Yay! 


October 17, 2010

In My Cavern of Books

I want to apologize in advance for my absence this coming week.

I have a midterm on Tuesday, another on Friday, and a paper due the following Monday.

Needless to say, I will be hiding out in my cavern of books all week, and any extra time I find I'll most likely spend napping or zoning out in the massage chair.
So even though I'd like to spend some time here (and I will try!) if I don't make it for a few days, it's because I'm prioritizing school over everything else this week.

But don't worry. I'll be back!

{all images via weheartit}

October 15, 2010

Almost Too Tired To Fill In Blanks

It's Friday again, and I'm halfway between being terrified (I'm getting close to midterms!) and thrilled (I have the whole weekend to study!)

Although I'm not actually thrilled. Studying is exactly what I do not want to be doing this weekend.
But I'll do the responsible thing, and save all my monies and energies for Halloween. In the mean time, I'll take a little break from International Human Rights Case Law by filling some blanks! 

Don't forget to link up with Lauren!

1.   Blogging is     something that's really easy to judge, until you do it. And then it's really easy to love   .

2.  A current fashion trend I wish I was brave enough to wear is    paper bag skirts .

3.  My greatest accomplishment in life thus far is      getting into grad school and not dying under a giant pile of books in the first month  .

4.  If I had to choose between a mountain or a beach vacation I'd choose    a beach vacation, no question. I can oil myself up and roast like a little lizard in the sun for hours like nobody's business .

5.  A talent I wish I had is      knowing how to use adobe creative suite  

6.  A talent I do have is       sewing   .

7.  This week     is going to be hell, but I'm going to get through it  .
And now it's back to studying.  

Good times...

October 13, 2010

A Wee Bit Of A Giveaway Winner!

This is my 300th post!

Are you as excited as I am? :) You should be, because today is the last day of my 300th post giveaway! I get to pick a winner for the giveaway, and it might very well be you! 
Cross your fingers!

The giveaway was for any item from the amazing collection of  
Barberry & Lace
the creative brain child of Leigh Ashley, who is also host of Wee Bit Wednesday!

So without further ado, let's pick a winner, shall we?

The lucky winner is comment number 59*!

Congratulations Kelly! 
You now get to pick anything in the shop that your heart desires!
(up to $25, shipping included)
E-mail me with your choice and your mailing address, and I'll pass on the information to Leigh so she can send you your prize as soon as possible!

Oh! If you want to know which of Leigh's pieces I already have (and tsk, tsk to those of you who guessed incorrectly, if you read my blog you should know!),

I have the pearly treasures necklace and the silver stitches necklace
(but I definitely plan on getting more soon! :)

Because obviously I have a thing for oysters, and I'm obsessed with sewing!

Good job, all of you who guessed correctly!


On that note, and to bring this week full circle, let's finish off the giveaway how we started it with some Wee Bit Wednesday! Don't forget to link up with Leigh! (And while you're over there, don't forget to stop by Barberry & Lace and buy one of Leigh's amazingly beautiful (and totally affordable!) pieces!)

 {one} have you ever milked a cow or a goat?
I think I have, but only for pretend. If I remember correctly, I was visiting a farm in France with my mom and brother, and the nice farmer man let me pretend to milk a cow, but my hands were too little to actually do it properly.

{two} what sound does your alarm make when it goes off in the morning?
A very very loud trill.

{three} chocolate milk or hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate, always. With lots of milk and marshmallows!

{four} what is one of the quirkiest things about you?
I organize my books by size, regardless of genre or author. 
I think it's more aesthetically pleasing.

{five} are you more like your mom or your dad?
I think I'm a good and bad combiation of both.
{six} do you sleep with the tv on?


{seven} if you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Lemon Yellow
{eight} ross, joey, or chandler?
Definitely Chandler! He's the most hilarious!

{nine} do you play any musical instruments?
I played the piano for over ten years, but I haven't played in almost that long!

{ten} what’s the worst thing you’ve ever cooked/baked?
Pink bread. 'nuff said. 

Happy Hump Day!

*A note on how I counted: While Kelly's was not technically the 59th comment, it was the 59th entry. I know I probably shouldn't have - because it's less fair to the people who actually followed the rules (and Kelly did, btw!) - but I love you guys too much to leave anyone out on a technicality, so I counted each 1) follower 2) favorite piece, and 3) guess about which ones I have (even if you didn't guess correctly!) as a separate entry, even if you didn't leave a separate comment for each one. So if you left all three in one comment, I counted those as three entries, and if you left three separate comments, that obviously also counted as three.

October 10, 2010

Weekly(ish) Photo Essay: The Wishing Tree

When I first moved down to New York - before my days became an insane combination of school, kids and extracurricular activities - I actually had time to go out and do stuff.

And I did go out and do stuff. Especially when my mom was here and dragging me to every museum in the city.

The very first weekend she was here we went to the MoMa with the friends we were staying with, and after walking around the museum for a couple of hours - which has the same effect on me as taking four Valium - I wanted to go outside a bit and sit down.

So we went out into the courtyard and saw that there was an interactive installation by Yoko Ono. It was a little potted tree, with next to it a little table heaped with blank tags and pens. It was called The Wishing Tree, and everyone who wanted to could write a wish on a little tag and tie it to the tree.

Visually it was quite stunning, this little tree straining under the weight of everyone's wishes.

But even more striking was the difference in scope of what everyone wrote, ranging from wishing for peace on earth, to wishing for more well-behaved children, to wishing that an upcoming date go well, by people of all ages, and in many languages.

I'm still not sure how I feel about it as an art installation - I'm torn between my inner cynic who thinks it was corny, my inner sap who thinks it was moving (especially the wishes written by children), and my inner contrarian who is annoyed that it was by Yoko Ono - but I must give credit where credit it due, and say that it was an interesting and even thought-provoking piece.

What do you think?

What would you wish for?
Which wish is your favorite?

P.S. Don't forget about my 300th post giveaway!

The winner will get a choice of any one item from Barberry & Lace!
(Up to a $25 value, including shipping).

Click HERE to see the rules and for your chance to win!

Giveaway closes Wednesday, October 13.