Monday, April 16, 2012

De Donde Eres?

{dress: modcloth//sweater: ann taylor loft (sale)//green & blue pearl earrings: v&a museum in london}

Today marks exactly one week until the final day of classes! Hold steady, dear friends.

Okay, I've found another television show to obsess over: Downton Abbey. Set in the early 1900's in an elite England manor, I am drooling. My favorite characters are definitely Mr. Bates and Anna, not only because of the relationship they have but because of their loyalty to the Crawley family. I also adore Mary, even though she can be a bit of b-word sometimes. The actress who plays her is brilliant. And who doesn't love Mr. Carson? And I think it's safe to say we all despise Thomas and O'Brien (but mainly Thomas).

This weekend, Scott and I went on a double date with Julie and Todd to see Titanic in 3D. We got dinner at Jason's deli and I had a sandwich on a buttery, flaky croissant with fresh fruit. Tres fantastique! Afterwards, we went for shakes at Steak 'N Shake. The chocolate chip cookie dough one hit the spot. And of course, Titanic in 3D was all I hoped it would be. Three hours of me dorking out over Leo and Kate and all the great lines. "No, Titanic go to America--in five minutes!" 

I had a group presentation in Spanish today that I hope went well. We'll see when grades are posted. 

And at work, I finally spoke to the floor cleaning/janitor guy at work in Spanish. I found out he's from Veracruz in Mexico which is the dialect I studied for my presentation! No wonder I understood him so well. He's so nice, I can't wait to speak to him some more. He always seems so lonely since he can't speak English very well. 

Until then...

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Things I'm Loving This Spring

Lately I've been watching old school episodes of The Office. After watching the entire British series, I decided that I wanted to start from the beginning and catch up on some of the episodes I missed. It reminds me of high school--Ruth, Kelsey, and I would always talk about The Office and the Booze Cruise, Diversity Day, etc. And honestly, I think I enjoy the humor way more now.

Okay, okay. I've jumped on the bandwagon. I'm currently halfway through Catching Fire and loving it. As I'm sure most people will agree, the book is better than the movie. But I still love seeing a movie after reading the book (unless of course the book sucked). I started reading The Hunger Games after I turned in my 30-page thesis, having read ten or more academic research books. So, those who are about to judge, don't. 

I never though I'd say this, but, I LOVE INDIAN FOOD! I used to love chicken tikka masala but ever since my journey into the more vegetarian sphere, I prefer chana masala, which is basically gingered and curried chickpeas. Throw in some naan and gulab jamun for good measure. I tried Naan Peshawri for the first time the other night with Leslie and loved it--it's a sweet naan stuffed with cashews, raisins, and coconut. 

In addition to just trying to get through school, I'm curiously exploring the lives of the French, because they are so chic. French women stereotypically have these small closets full of elegant clothing that they wear over and over for their whole lives. To them, quality wins over quantity, a mantra I've been employing myself lately. The women also seem to eat the most decadent of foods without much exercise and are skinny as can be. Again, they're picking quality over quantity. I just want to be like, "Yeah give be a croissant, butter, and espresso. I'm good." Sometimes I think it's easy to see the beauty in life from a European's perspectives. The United States is all about chain super-stores, restaurants you find in every state, whereas the locally owned gems get closed down because they can't support themselves. It's really sad! I always support locally owned when I can. And it goes without saying that the landscape is bit less of an eyesore in Europe than America. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of beauty to be found in America but it's not thousands of years old like Europe--the free museums, the cathedrals, the open parks for lunch al fresco surrounded by all the old buildings, ahh... okay, I'll stop fangirling for now. 


It's hard to get back into the swing of things if you haven't done them for blogging. As senior year comes to a close, I am so ready for graduation. Every class I have left seems to have these huge looming projects and I can't wait to wash my hands of them. I'm reminding myself of last semester when all I wanted to do was come home, eat chips, and watch Bones.

But all of these great, exciting things are in the future! I'm starting my M.A. and working as a G.T.A. There are tons of exciting things going on with family this summer; my grandpa's birthday will also be a family reunion and I'll get to see cousins and aunts I haven't seen since I was, like, three. My dad's side of the family is having a 4th of July party where much of the family will be. I'm looking forward to these things so much because it's the first summer I don't have to work at UPS. Getting up in the morning won't seem like such a chore.

I also have to have kidney stone surgery again. Which I'm not looking forward to. But at least I know what to expect and will stock up with plenty of addictive TV shows and Kindle books.

Sorry this is so boring. Sometimes you just need to write.