Monthly Archives: February 2012

Fishes!

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Happy Leap Day! It was indeed magical. With the rain, the epic sun bursting forth from behind the HUGE fluffy clouds…

Today I saw jellyfish in the hallway.

I got to play with fishes in Bio and make them eat mosquito larva. Death to mosquitoes!

I also speedily put together a power point on the awful flooding that has been going on in south-eastern Australia. I thought it was due next Thursday…not so.

Things were almost just like normal at dinner today (between my roomie and I at least). There is hope for us yet!

I finally got the FAFSA sent in with the help of the parentals. But it looks like no money for me next year : ( We’ll see. I’m planning on calling the Financial Aid office and explaining our real situation, last years taxes don’t reflect how things are right now at all.

Reading and studying has consumed me since then with only short breaks to put another coat on my nails, make a few cups of tea, take a shower, and blog : )  I have been listening to so much music! Country, classical, movie, pop, dance, techno, choral…quite a selection.

Now it is rather late though (for having an early class tomorrow) so I must turn in. Later ‘gators.

Wine and Duck

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The alarm came too early this morning. And it has been getting colder again. Which equals me glaring at the time and wishing to go back to sleep. Oi.

ESP 30 had a special speaker give a lecture on Asia and India areas. It is really weird how all my classes overlap in topics covered. I am seriously reading the same historical materials three time. Sometimes in the same week, sometimes a few days or a week apart. No wonder my grades are improving…haha

LDA 30 watched some of The Gangs of New York. Eww, gross city. Yay for urban parks and things!

Tried to talk with the roomie after dinner. We did talk. A suitemate was there too, to keep the peace. She talked more than the both of us. What are you supposed to do when someone hates you because of what someone else did? Ran out of time and things to say. Time to ride across campus.

I went to a program called Chefs & Politics. (It might have actually been CHEF: Coalition for the Humane and Ethical Farming Standards) It was delicious! I tried a quesadilla of fontina and duck confit, crispy lightly sauteed/fried confit, terrine on toast, rillette on toast, and an amazing seared liver on a roasted pear on a little toasty bread square with a tasty apricot or marmalade glaze. I also enjoyed a glass of 2008 Sonoma Valley Pinot noir. The presentation was mostly on a law going into effect on July 1 outlawing the “enlarging of the bird’s liver beyond normal size.” It will also make the selling of any product (liver, meat, feathers/down) from such a bird illegal. This law has no scientific basis or backing. It based solely on the vocal minority of fuzzy-lovers. Now I love fuzzy and feathery creatures as much (if not more) than the next person, but really? The process is never cruel or harmful in the US and their technology has actually helped vets and the like with the rehabilitation of oil spill birds. After being rescued and cleaned, they often need to be force-fed to get the proper nutrients and the foie gras farmers showed them how to do it without harming, being cruel, or distressing the birds.

The chefs that gave the presentation were great. Chef Ken Frank from La Toque, Napa; Chef Victor Scargle from Bardessono, Yountville; and Chef Patrick Mulvarey from Mulvarey’s B&L, Sacramento. I talked to them as they went around the room with tasty duck and they told me about how everything was prepared. Pretty cool.

It didn’t start raining til I went outside to get my bike and ride home. Nice. It also felt like 30°F (the weather says it’s only 50°F. Liars.) It was a nice ride home though, singing T Swift and Journey.

I settled down to reading and studying then the roomie wanted to talk. Again.

We pretty much went over the same things. She’ll never forgive me, but I don’t think she hates me anymore…hopefully. There is time for chilling out to happen. I really hope this all works out. It’s rubbish.

So tired…night all.

Oscars!

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So last night was…exciting.

It was a great game, we all had lots of fun! Then we just hung out, kinda watched movies on tv, and chatted.

Some craziness happened and my roomie and I haven’t talked or looked at each other since before we went to bed last night. Well actually she left while I was in the shower and I didn’t see her til late this afternoon.

Today was laundry morning! Then I spent the day studying in the DC and in the boys suite. I had dinner with some of them, then we watched the Oscars. Beautiful! I saw many dresses that would be amazing to wear to a FANCY party. And YAY Meryl Streep! It’s been so long since she’s won. I was pretty jazzed, she’s awesome.

I am so tired. Like five hours of sleep + angry people = wiped out. Peazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz out…

More sunshine

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Slow, lazy day : )

The roomie took a practice MCAT today so I got to sleep in and read. Then we went to a friend’s bbq. Super cold riding over with a fun Safeway detour. We stayed almost til it was dark.

We totally forgot about the basketball game we were going to go to… Maybe next time. Now it’s time for a game of King’s Cup featuring wine-in-a-box and rockin’ tunes! Peace out!

Friday!!

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I went to the library between classes again today, mostly to return some of my (12) checked out books. Of course I had to go upstairs to my ‘study window’ and check on the books nearby.

I missed half my next class because I was reading books I found instead of watching the time…oops. It was awesome : ) I only checked out two new books! One on sugar and one on Ansel Adams. ♥

My last class of the day was canceled! Yay! So I got to eat lunch today with my roomie : ) Then… Freedom. We chilled, watched tv shows, read, painted nails, ate dinner, hung with friends until the Webster basketball game. Only one suitemate went with me, but we did have some fun together before going… And our team won their game! It was great.

We were all super bored after and couldn’t decide on a movie. So we decided to play King’s Cup and listen to music. But we were mostly out of alcohol… Adventure to Rite Aid! Only one person remembered to bring their ID…so they wouldn’t sell us any without checking all IDs. Arg. So we only got Sprite and chip mix there. Then another friend with an ID that the checker-woman didn’t know was with us got a 30 of beer and we went home.

We supplemented with wine we had around. (wine + Sprite = tasty) I lost King’s Cup…I’ve got the worst luck. But it was loads of fun and we learned a lot about each other and the music rocked. The boys also were doing “Wizard Stick” which is where you tape your empty beer cans together and make it as tall as you can. One got up to 8 before we stopped for the night. Nice. Time for sleeping. I am so not getting up before 9 or maybe 10…

Done!

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With my last midterm and my superlongpaper that is. I can breathe a bit now : )

I learned more about the vanishing Aral Sea in Asia. Sad dead fish. Beached ships. SALT.

I found than I know nothing about Afgan Ants in America…? So lost there…

My LDA 30 class watched part of An Ideal Husband. Interesting, kind of bad acting, bad lipstick…*shudder*

Finally got to read my Better Homes and Gardens! I am in love with all the asparagus recipes! I will make all of them someday. And the party stuff was cool and I loved all the paint colour things : )

We girls gave up sweets for Lent. No fun. Only one of the group is Catholic. So I bought salt and vinegar chips from Trader Joe’s to munch instead of candy and sugar. Yum. But not the same. I am making an exception for wedding cake though. You can’t go to a wedding and not eat the cake!

Now I will read The Meaning of Cooking til I fall asleep. Good night : )