Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Quote of the Week

If the moon smiled, she would resemble you.
You leave the same impression
Of something beautiful, but annihilating.

The Rival, Sylvia Plath

(photo via 500daysofkissingmypillow)

ps. just found my new favorite tumblr: aplathaday

in my humble opinion, a Plath a day trumps an apple a day.

Monday, December 27, 2010

My Favorite Songs of 2010

This year has been a fantastic one for me seeing concerts and hearing new musicians. I have also rediscovered old favorites. Basically, I've listened to a lot of music, because I tend to listen to it wherever I go. Whether it was walking to class in Boston or New York, driving in my car, riding on the subway, sitting on the bus, running on the treadmill, doing work on my computer, drawing while sitting on the floor in my room... I always have something on. Below is a list of my favorites, in no particular order. A lot of it is folky, and all of it you can sing along to.

Lua- Conor Oberst & Gillian Welch
The Suburbs- Arcade Fire
Sparrow- Scatteredtrees
Ambulance- Eisley
Janglin' - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Pretty Girl at the Airport- The Avett Brothers
Mama Don't Like My Man- Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
It's Only Me- Elvis Perkins
The Only Exception- Paramore
We Used to Wait- Arcade Fire
Home- Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) - Shakira
Friday I'm in Love- The Cure
Frankie's Gun- The Felice Brothers
Poison Oak- Bright Eyes
On Her Own- Ben Kweller
Homeward Bound- Ben Kweller
Living Life- Ben Kweller
White Blank Page- Mumford & Sons
Orphan Girl- Horse Feathers
The Gambler- Fun
Awake My Soul- Mumford & Sons
Shampoo- Elvis Perkins in Dearland

Yes there are a lot, but I listen to a lot of music. I'll probably add more. This was a big music year for me. Photos above: The Avett Brothers, Elvis Perkins and the What Cheer Brigade, Ben Kweller.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cookie Baking & Tree Trimming

Baking delicious cookies and taking pretty pictures of a pretty tree with silly ornaments in front of a roaring fireplace with a cute cuddly dog posing for the camera. Yay! So excited for tomorrow and Saturday!

PS. it's extremely difficult to get a dog (and an ornament) to stay still.

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Putting a lamp on a stack of books? Why haven't I thought of this.

Good luck to me for ever having anything like this on a social worker's salary.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Last Dining Room Day!

Well this is it, the last day before classes are done for the semester. I have spent many, many hours, sitting in this same spot in the dining room. I can't get any work done in my room. Even so, notice how much more I post during finals season. Because I feel guilty leaving my computer for too long a period of time lately, I have found other ways to occupy my time whilst using the computer. I have found Photo booth and Blogger to be amongst my favorites. Online Christmas shopping is pretty entertaining, too. And tumblr.

Anyway, I woke up at 5:30 today, I guess because I was so anxious to get my last final started and finished. That's right, I have ten pages to write today. I can do it, I've done my research. Also, I don't have a choice. It's now 7:15, and so far I've chosen to spend my time taking pictures of my bedhead hair on photo booth and helping mom load CD's into her itunes library. After this, no more excuses, except, I have to eat breakfast of course.

Here are a few awful pictures of me for your entertainment. I hadn't seen Melina for a long time so she came over last night and helped me study. Right.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Merry Christmas from Zooey, M. Ward & Conan

Simple and happy! And I love her dress.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hot Cocoa Pt. II

Next time I drink hot cocoa, i hope its out of one of these.
Who can help me translate this website so I can order one??

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hot Cocoa

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that hot chocolate can fix anything.
What it can't do, however, is write my final exams for me. Guess I'll have to do that on my own.
Oh well. Maybe someday.
What I really want to know is when we'll get some swiss miss in this house that isn't diet or sugar free... Mom?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Quote of the Week

Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.
-Eckhart Tolle

(photo via thingssheloves)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Quote of the Week

There is really nothing more to say- except why. But since why is so difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.
Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye

(photo via shehowls)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living.
-Jonathan Safran Foer

(image from tumblr)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Quote of the Week

I was going to type it out and everything, but I think this image is nice. Found it on one of my favorite tumblrs, thingssheloves. I take a lot of my quote of the week pictures from here.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On

This is my foot, with its new tattoo!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Quote of the Week

"Why, it is preposterous!" he exclaimed, "you a unique artist, depriving the world forever of your art. It is quite impossible. Pray take my advice and prevent such a crime against humanity."
Isadora Duncan My Life

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Foodie Fun: Blue Hill at Stone Barns

We finally made it to Blue Hill at Stone Barns for dinner last night. The restaurant is in Sleepy Hollow, NY on a farm, and the menu is changed daily to highlight the best ingredients of the day. The ingredients are from the farm right on premises, and others in Westchester County. The rest comes from the Barber's family farm in Massachusetts that has been in the chef's family for three generations. I'm not gonna lie, I heard about this place on Top Chef one season. The contestants went to the farm and the challenge was to use the ingredients on the farm to create a family-style feast.

We got the 8 course tasting menu, and everything was really fresh and delicious. There were some very interesting ingredients featured, and they explained a lot of them to us before they were served. It was very elegant, but maybe a little too pretentious. My favorite part was probably when all the servers would make eye contact with each other before presenting our plates to us- they wanted to make sure they did it at the same time! And after the plates were down one of them would explain what we had.

At one point, the waiter was telling us there was an ingredient called "tat soy" in our dish, and my father asks, "There are CATS in this dish?" The waiter responded, "That's funny. I usually laugh louder." It was funny, but a little odd since our waiter was actually being a jerk. Unless he's just really good at keeping a straight face.

Anyway, the food was really good, and eventually I stopped taking pictures because I got more involved in the eating aspect of things. But I'll say my favorite dishes were the fish dish, an egg dish, and a beet salad. And my very favorite was a "red fife" brioche with fresh ricotta cheese from the "19 cows on the Barber's family farm" and a green pesto-y tasting marmade. The desserts were also pretty fabulous. Also there was a potato and onion bread with dehydrated vegetable salts made from tomato and fennel.

Sorry the pictures are a little blurry, no flash photography is allowed in the dining room, and the room was pretty dark. You pretty much can't see on your way to the bathroom. Our next plan is to visit the farm during the day and go to the Blue Hill Cafe that is also on premises- its much more casual and probably a little less pricey. Also, our dinner was 3 and a half hours long, but it went pretty fast surprisingly!

1) Fresh vegetables from the garden.
2) Jess, Me, Melina.
3) Beet sliders and some potato sticks (foodie fries) wrapped with pancetta and sesame seeds
4) Beet salad
5) Dad with his beet slider. hated it.
6) red fife brioche with black repper, ricotta, and green marmalade.
7) last course: apples (that look like the ones my dogs take off our tree in the backyard) and maple fudge.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Quote of the Week

Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.
Eckhart Tolle

(photo via weheartit)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze

We spent an evening at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-On-Hudson, NY visiting The Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze. It's a Halloween-ish thing, but it was sold out every weekend before this one! It was worth the wait. For more pictures take at the album on facebook. If you live anywhere near the Hudson Valley, I would suggest visitng the Blaze website and taking a drive over. The whole area is beautiful this time of year. I think today is the last day of the Blaze this year, but there's always next year. Plan ahead and order tickets because they sell out fast!


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