November 30, 2011

Weekly(ish) Photo Essay: Black Friday Flowers

The last thing I would ever do (well, maybe not the last thing, but close) is shop on Black Friday.

My worst nightmare is braving Black Friday crowds just to buy some stuff on sale.

Hell, I wouldn't even go if they were giving it away for free.

I hate standing in line, I hate getting shoved, I hate people's lack of consideration.

I'm certain that all of these things abound on Black Friday.

So instead my friend Natasha and I drove an hour outside of Boston to spend a day among flowers (and the elderly, who apparently also like flowers) at the Tower Hill Botanical Garden.

It was--I expect--a much more relaxing and pleasant day than any day of shopping would have been.



































And some literature in the gift shop:





November 25, 2011

Black Friday Blanks




1.   Waking up at the break of dawn to go shopping is my idea of   unholy hell. I would never in a million years get up at dawn to go shopping, let alone when I'd have to battle a bazillion people to do so. I don't remember the last time I bought anything on Black Friday. Tomorrow I'm going to a show at a Botanical Garden. Much more civilized, if you ask me .

2.   If I were to go shopping today I would be on the hunt for   a place to hide from all the crazed bargain shoppers  .

3.  The best thing I ate yesterday was    the delicious butter-basted turkey my brother so lovingly spent all afternoon dousing in its own buttery juices. My mother made a splendid pecan pie, and I made a delicious cranberry horseradish relish  .

4. Something I've been learning lately is   that incremental accomplishments are rewarding. Things start to add up and the results start to show if you stick to something long enough .

5.  I cannot start my day without    brushing my teeth and making my bed .

6.  My nighttime attire consists of   leggings and a long-sleeved shirt (here at home). Shorts and a tank top (in NY) cause the heat is always on  .

7.  I am looking forward to    being done with this semester and having a whole month off! 


November 24, 2011

Merci

I have mixed feelings about Thanksgiving.

On one hand it's delicious, it's a chance to see my family, take a much needed break, and get my hands dirty in the kitchen.

On the other hand, it's a sort of eerie calm before the storm.

There's food, wine, family, friends, good cheer. It feels like the holidays, but there's really a whole month left before the holidays.

A whole month of final exams and papers. Hence the storm.

Then again, the way this semester has been going, it's almost like the eye of the storm. The calm half way through, before having to brave the other half before coming out the other side around Christmas.

Thanksgiving Table Setting



So I should be thankful. 

For this wonderful five-day weekend I get to take in the middle of November before having to rush back to finish eight final projects and a flurry of job applications.
For my mother, who makes this house a home, and who turns bags of groceries into a delicious feast. 
For my brother, who picks me up at the bus station and carries my overpacked suitcase up the stairs. Every time. 
For my father, who, despite all his life suggestions, I know is proud of me. 
For my amazing friends who help me keep things in perspective.
For being lucky enough to be doing exactly what I want to be doing with my life. And loving it. 
For the discipline to run every day I never thought I'd find.
For the vacation to Jamaica I can't wait to be on. 
For the cute, elastic-waist skirt I'll be wearing later, managing to look fancy yet be comfortable. 
For delicious thanksgiving leftovers. 



November 18, 2011

Fill In The Blank Friday





1.   A nervous habit I have is    picking off my nail polish, but only if it's already chipping   .

2.   Something that makes me sad is   how much money people will spend next week on the biggest shopping day of the year--on completely useless shit--when there are so many people in need      .

3.  Today I am thankful for    my discipline. I've had a long day, but I still laced up m sneakers to go for the run I missed this morning when I slept in    .

4. My favorite room in my house is    my bedroom. It's full of lovely plants and decorated a calming white with splashes of merry color  .

5.  I can't stand    slow sidewalk amblers. Seriously, get out of my way! .

6.  If I had an extra $100 to spend on whatever I wanted today I would    get myself a bunch of new winter running gear. Suggestions for good brands?

7.  The last person I hung out with were    my roommates, who just got home .



November 17, 2011

Jamaica

It's been a long semester. 

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I'm in school full time (I even made the silly mistake of taking six classes this semester) and I'm essentially working two part time jobs (one for pay, one for free).

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And it's not even over! I still have three weeks of classes, and then exams. 

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I definitely need a vacation, which I finally booked yesterday, a little spur of the moment.

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A friend of mine invited me to Jamaica to spend a week with her and her family over the holidays, and I decided to take her up on the offer (after years that she's been inviting me and I haven't managed to make it happen).


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She and I had originally made tentative plans to meet in Italy over the holidays. But then I decided not to go, for school/money/work reasons, and she decided not to go because she'll be seven months pregnant in December and she didn't want to fly that far.

So we decided to meet up in Jamaica instead. Sunny Jamaica instead of rainy Rome. Not too shabby.

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And I'll finally get to meet her daughter--an absolutely adorable 14 months old--who I've been dying to meet for a year.

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All in all, I'm quite happy with my impulsive little Caribbean trip. 


I miss the beach. 


November 15, 2011

Weekly(ish) Photo Essay: Autumn in Central Park

Ever since I started running in the park this summer I've noticed how the exact same place can look so different from day to day, just based on the weather, the light, the temperature.

Running around the reservoir while the leaves have been changing has been an absolutely stunning visual experience. The trees are all kinds of vibrants, warm hues, and we've been blessed with a couple of weeks of amazing weather. Sunny and mid-60s. 

I wish Central Park could stay like this forever.