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Carolina
20 September 2012 @ 11:35 pm
I feel like many things have happened, except not really. If that makes sense?

Anyway. The bio picnic was last weekend. Peach cupcakes with brown sugar cream cheese frosting were a success. Next time, the peaches will be cut smaller, but the cake itself was really good. The frosting was the real hit though. It was eat-with-a-spoon good. I don't normally make cream cheese frostings, but yummmmm. So yes. Also there was lobster and lots of other delicious desserts.

The really exciting thing that has happened in my life is that I got to see Ed Sheeran perform at House of Blues last night. It was super last minute (read: I didn't have a ticket until 1.5 hours before the show). Me and a friend had wanted to go, but the resale tickets were like $100 online; which is RIDICULOUS on a GA ticket that was sold for $30. So we were like, no we are going to spend no more than $60 if want to be there. We spent all of yesterday stalking the internet for tickets with no results. Finally, in a last ditch effort, I withdrew $100 and went to lurk outside HoB. There was a dude selling tickets outside and I talked him down from $75 each to get two tickets for my $100. So I texted Kadie to be like DRIVE LIKE THE WIND... and then went to go stuff my face at Boston Beer Works.

The show was AMAZING. He has such charisma on stage and is such a solid live performer. I mean, it's just him with his acoustic guitar up there... doing crazy things with the loop pedal. And honestly, witnessing the 15+ min version of You Need Me, I Don't Need You was worth ALL OF MY TIME AND DOLLARS. I am definitely going to another show when he's back in the area.

Today I made turkey white bean pumpkin chili that was sooooo good. And there are plenty of leftovers, which is awesome. Then on Saturday I am going APPLE PICKING and we are having a baking extravaganza with pie and crisp. I also found a recipe for crockpot apple butter that I am so excited to try out. I am turning domestic!
 
 
Carolina
29 August 2012 @ 01:43 am
New York this weekend was fabulous. On Saturday we found the One Direction VMAs billboard in Time Square. Then I got Bagel Bites and we watched Swan Princess and 8 episodes of Teen Wolf. Then Sunday was boozy-brunch where I drank lots of mimosas (but not TOO many cuz I had to get on a bus back to Boston) and caught up with so many people I love. Our waiter was a saint and there was a point where we hijacked the speakers in the room where they put us to play hits like Call Me Maybe and some Spice Girls classics.

I have to say though, that I might need to switch my bus provider. The Megabus departure spot is in a seriously inconvenient place now! It used to be right by Penn but now it's over by the Javits center and that is not cool.

Still no word on TA assignments, although I have heard rumors that SOME people already know... so I am hoping we get them tomorrow. I REALLY don't want to have to go visit the guy in charge of these things.

In other news, Matchbox Twenty has a new full length album coming out next week and the whole thing is currently streaming free on itunes. I am already desperately in love with three of the songs (Parade, English Town and Like Sugar). You should all give it a listen. :D
 
 
Carolina
24 August 2012 @ 04:08 pm
I have actually managed to do a bit of data analysis this week. Of course now I have no idea what to do with the numbers, but I will take what I can get. I'm still stuck with this block on writing my proposal. I have a general outline and a list of references.. but every time I open the word document, I can feel the urge to throw my laptop and run away to Alaska rising. This, more than anything, is what convinces me that I need to get out of academia and find something else to do with my life. So yup, yay school. (On an semi-related note, they still haven't given us our TA assignments and it's frustrating because I just want to KNOW. I HAVE A LIFE TO PLAN, SCHOOL.)

On a more personal note, I have had some wicked insomnia for the past 2 weeks and it's driving me a little bit insane. I haven't been able to fall asleep before 3am and often it's closer to 4am when I am staring at my ceiling and wishing for death. I think that part of the problem is that I have to sleep with a fan on me because summer and it's really difficult for me to find sleep when there is moving air on me. I like to curl up under blankets and be warm, but not too warm... and having air messes it all up. I have tried going to bed at midnight/1am. I have tried finally crawling into bed at 2:30. I tried drinking herbal tea (no caffeine) the other night and all that happened was that I didn't fall asleep till 3:30 and then was wide awake at 7:30am. And waking up that early didn't even help because it still took me till 4am to sleep the next night. The main problem is that when I can't fall asleep till that late, I end up sleeping through all my alarms and then wake up at noon feeling gross. Ugh, so frustrated.

I am off to NYC this weekend to hang out with people, so maybe that will help. The bus is at 9am, which means I need to leave the house between 7-7:30 and I am honestly considering just not sleeping at all and then sleeping 4 hours on the bus. Uggghhh.

In other news, I finished reading The Fault in Our Stars last night and cried for about half an hour.
 
 
Carolina
21 August 2012 @ 03:25 pm
I basically had the perfect weekend this past weekend. I had a friend visiting me and we sat around watching JGL movies, talking about fandom and life, and ordering all our meals in the form of delivery. We ended up watching Hesher, 50/50, Brick, Manic... and then ended the weekend by watching Reichenbach. (We clearly hate ourselves). Also, I don't think I ate any vegetables and felt like crap for the rest of Sunday, oops.

And now it's back to work. August is almost over and there are an increasing number of undergrads on campus. There's 2 weeks till classes start officially and we still don't have our TA assignments, go figure. I just want to know what my schedule is so I can plan the rest of my life? I'm in the process of applying for a part-time thing with the overnight programs at the Museum of Science. I think it'll be good teaching experience outside of academia, and also potentially fun.

Question though. The application form says that I have to list professional references, so I emailed both of the bio lab supervisors (who have seen most of my teaching) to ask if I could list them. The problem is that one of them has an out of office message and they won't be back till Sept. Is it bad if I list her anyway? What are the chances the museum even contacts any of them?

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In more fun news, tv is still consuming my life. Teen Wolf ruins everything and I might be writing a thing. If I thought I could make it 15,000 words, I would sign up for the big bang, but right now it's just vague ideas... so I better not tempt fate. Speaking of writing, I have too many WIPs, I should get on that. (There is the Mentalist thing - which I have plotted, but words are HARD, I still have a Grimm Hogwarts AU on the backburner, I promised Manda I would do a 1D thing, ugh).

Grimm started last week and it is SO GOOD, you guys. I just needed everyone to watch this show because it gives me a lot of feelings and thoughts and I want to discuss it all forever. It's certainly not flawless, but the world it is building around the characters is just too good to skip. Can't wait to see where the season goes.

So yes, that is where I am right now.
 
 
Carolina
17 August 2012 @ 09:20 pm
So remember a month ago when I was like "I will do the rest of my write-up tomorrow" AND THEN I NEVER DID? Well.... here I am to try and throw some words out about Friday and Sunday of my convention experience? (Does anyone care anymore?)

Friday: firefly day with bonus JGLCollapse )

Sunday: the sad day, for multiple reasonsCollapse )

Monday: the farewellCollapse )

So that was SDCC. I already bought my 4 day w/preview night for next year, even though I have no idea what I will be doing in July 2013 (since, in theory, I will have graduated by then?).

So yes, I hope you are all well? I have a book post to make sometime this week, because I like talking about books! Have a lovely weekend. :)
 
 
 
Carolina
This is going to be a picture-less recap because I haven't had a chance to sort through them all (from my phone and my camera) and upload them to facebook. Mostly, I need to get the words out while I can still remember everything (and while I am still awake).

And if anything makes less sense than usual, I am blaming my current case of Con-Crud.

Wednesday: the lay of the landCollapse )

Thursday: zombies and teen wolfs and elementary, oh myCollapse )

....I am fading pretty quickly here, so I shall do Friday, Saturday and Sunday tomorrow. After sleep.
 
 
Carolina
14 July 2012 @ 11:43 pm
I just need to get all of today recorded into words so I can always have a good recollection of it.

EPIC Grimm day at SDCCCollapse )
 
 
Carolina
11 July 2012 @ 10:38 am
Well hello. So I survived yet another family vacation. Go me! There were definitely moments when I maybe wanted to stab everyone, but as usual, I worked through those feelings. Right this second I am sitting in the San Francisco airport, waiting for my flight that will take me to San Diego and a weekend of escapism.

School is.. a thing that is still going on. My project is kinda stalled right now since I basically took a 2 week vacation (I stopped in on Monday and Tuesday, but there was no actual work done) and in theory I am finishing the writing of my proposal. Most of it is in theory because I hate phase response curves.

The rest of my time till now has been filled with pre-con prep - except for Sunday. On Sunday I got to spend the day with Mian, Lyssa, Nic and Ashley since they were visiting. We... ate a lot? We had Cheesecake Factory for lunch, followed by seeing Magic Mike. (FTR, that movie suffered from an overabundance of plot, not enough stripper-mentoring shenanigans and not enough Matt Bomer). Then we piled into my living room and we watched Legally Blonde and painted our nails. The night was ended with a trip to IHOP. I didn't want to look at food for most of Monday.

In convention planning news, I tried to finish making this one dress and it ended up reaching a point last night when I realized that there were too many fit issues to be solved in the time I had left. (Srsly, I ALWAYS make shit too big and then have to sit around trying to size it down). So I only have the one ~dress up~ outfit, but that's ok. I think I will be happy for the comfort in the end. (As it is.... unless there is a major meltdown in the next few days, I WILL be back next year).

And now I need to go hunt down some form of lunch (it's 11am, but my body thinks it's 2pm and time zones are HARD), so I leave you with a selection of my pictures from vacation.

the beach!Collapse )
 
 
Carolina
02 July 2012 @ 06:19 pm
Sooooo.... I ended up surviving the end of the summer semester just fine. And I also got my letter for my TA next fall, which is.... really fast for my school? I am convinced that this means everything will go horribly wrong by the time fall gets here. Because, let's be real, this is my life.

The past week has been a bit of a whirlwind because my grandmother left this past wednesday, so I spent the weekend attempting to finish all my grading and spending as much time as possible with her. Then, I went back to Boston on Monday to get work in order so I could leave again on Thursday. I also spent a lot of those couple days crafting. I have gotten good at making these tote bags and after I make the couple friends have asked me for, I am considering throwing the rest I make on etsy. We shall see.

In other news, I am currently on vacation with my family. We are currently in Maryland, right by a bit of the Bay. It has been nice, minus the part where we didn't have power on Saturday and most of Sunday. It was very hot and humid and generally miserable, but now that the power is back, there has been much basking in the A/C after going down to the beach to read in the sun.

I should probably be glad about the break, but the back of my mind is worried about all the things I need to get done before comic con. I am determined to try and finish this costume before I leave. Plus packing... and dealing with work... and bah!

SPEAKING OF WHICH.. the schedule was finally released and I am stuck with the agonizing realization that the Grimm panel is scheduled right in the middle of the WB panel, which is going to include the Hobbit. Literally, I weep. I am still trying to decide what to do, although, right now I am leaning towards the Grimm panel because it will probably be less stress and less time sitting in line and sitting through things I don't actually care about.
 
 
Carolina
Drive-by update while I want for the Suits season premiere to finish... acquiring.

Next week is the last week of teaching and I really need to get myself going on finishing this stupid proposal so I can just get on with my life. Now I just need to stop getting stressed and upset when I think about opening the document. Argh. My project is going fine. It will be okay. And yet, whenever I try to write about it... I just shut down. Am I allowed to cite residual trauma from my last lab still...?

In more happy things, I managed to do some fun me-things this week. I added words to a google-doc that has been sitting untouched for months. Tonight I finally pulled all the crafting things out and made myself a nice tote bag. It was meant to be a prototype before I use my awesome fabric, but I have ended up really liking it. Next week I want to make a matching zippered pouch to keep inside the tote since there are no pockets. (I actually know how I would add pockets for next time, but I didn't bother for this). I also got something in the mail that I needed for my planned costume sewing, so I can work on that next week too.

I also bought myself a hula hoop tonight. I know a few people who like hooping and it's like fun exercise, so how could I lose? Plus, it is shiny. I am actually eyeing the mini-hoops now because it's kinda like poi.

Also, I am currently obsessed with Ed Sheeran's album. It's called + and has been out in the UK for a bit, but it came out this week. I bought it on a bit of a whim and have been listening non-stop. It's like.. folky singer-songwriter with some hip-hop and it works.

So yes, now I am off to watch Suits and.... then bed. Yes.