Wednesday, February 26

Not So Intrspective Introspection

With less than three days and a laundry list of things I need to get done before Spring Break, I've swapped Swem Library for the gym as my second home on campus.  As for Spring Break plans, I don't need to work my brain too hard to figure out where I really want to go.

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New York City.  I don't need a Buzzfeed quiz to tell me that NYC is my spirit city.  Everything I love most about life, Broadway, fashion, art and history, has a distinct home somewhere in the city.

I want to walk.  I want to visit Grand Central Terminal.  I want to walk down Broadway and take pictures at every big theatre.  I want to "go see a mother f***in' Broadway show."  I want my first meal in NYC to be a hot dog from a hot dog stand.  I even want to smell the oh-so-nauseating smell of the grimy NYC streets.  I want to visit a real Chinatown.  I want to take the Subway down to the artsy part of the city.  I want to people watch on a bench in Central Park.  I want to not so coincidentally run into Lin-Manuel Miranda.  I want to take the Staten Island Ferry there and back again at night, with the silhouette of the city lit up in the background.  I want to see an evening show at 54 Below.  I want to window shop in the Garment District, and maybe even splurge on something that costs and arm and a leg.  I want to visit the Strand Bookstore.  I want to go vintage shopping in the East Village.  I want to see an up and coming show off-Broadway.  I want to stand in the middle of Times Square and be deafened by the cacophony of taxis, cars, and people.  I want to never be finished discovering the city and its hidden treasures.

I want to take in all New York City has to offer.

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Currently listening to: "Soul of a Man" Kinky Boots OBC Recording

Friday, February 7

Style Inspiration: Alexa Chung

This weekend is Charter Weekend at The College, an annual celebration celebrating the "birth" of the college, aka the day in 1963 that we were granted a Royal Charter.  So happy 321st birthday to The College of William & Mary and my, soon to be, alma mater!

On that note, it's fun to reminisce about my freshman self, particularly my fashion sense.  I was definitely experimenting with trends and figuring out my personal style.  There were a lot of crazy tights/shorts combinations.  Recently I've been attempting to figure out for myself a more classic, but still edgy and urban style, especially because I'll be out in the real world in just a few months.  Cue senior year frenzied thoughts, worries, and fears for my post-grad life.

Which leads me to the topic of this post, Alexa Chung.  She wears basics in such a classic way, but still is able to pull off an edgy look.  Neutrals, neutrals, neutrals.  And of course, well-fitting blazers and beautiful shoes.  I can totally do that.

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Currently listening to: "Simple Girl" Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Monday, February 3

Lunar New Year: Year of the Horse

This past Friday was the beginning of the Lunar New Year and I was fortunate enough to be home with my family for the weekend.  We did the usual; lots of food, gambling, and family.  Needless to say, we had a good time.

Predictions about this Year of the Horse:
It is their order to encounter the Year of Birth (Benming Nian), a year to
offend “Taisui’, the god in charge of people’s fortune. In 2014, their fortune
in all aspects will fluctuate, so will require great care. They may feel more
stressed out, in which case they are advised to talk about it with close friends
or councilors, and take part in group activities. Faced with any difficulties,
they should be strong to overcome them all. If they treat people around
them friendly and behave righteously, they will get through the year smoothly.

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It's always nice to be home for the start of the new year, but it makes it that much harder to get into the mood for school.  I'll be sure to let you all know when that happens.

But as for the readers, I wish you all happiness and success throughout this upcoming year.

Currently listening to: "Simple Girl" Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Wednesday, January 29

"If it's Tuesday, it must be snowing"

It's the third week of the semester and I have yet to have class on Wednesday.  For the second week in a row, a Tuesday snowfall has caused campus activities and classes to be canceled on Wednesday.

Before the cabin fever sets in, here's my idea of a perfect day in:

1)  Warm hot chocolate or tea.  I'll probably be making a chai latte later tonight.  Oversized sweater optional.
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2)  Feel-good movies.  My genre of choice is musicals...at least, they make me feel good.

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3)  A creative outlet.  From food to crafts; I have supplies to make wire jewelry.  But I also have the makings for brownies and a killer fruit and yogurt smoothie.  So many choices.

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4)  A quick "at home" workout.  Wait...that's just me?  My laziness may get the best of me today, but it's a nice thought.  This poster couldn't be more true today.

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For everyone else stuck inside because of the snow, what are your plans?

Currently listening to: "Luck Be A Lady" Guys and Dolls

Thursday, January 16

Decisions, Decisions

Spoiler alert.  The post you are about to read is very much a stream of consciousness post.

The first day of the semester was yesterday.  Also known as the last day of my undergraduate career.  However, I'm still at home.  Hell, I'll even be missing the first weekend of this last semester.  I made the decision, with my parents' permission, to stay home an extra week.

Why?

One of my closest and dearest friends was visiting the States from Geneva.  I couldn't stand to not see him and other high school friends.  On the one hand, it felt like a bit of a selfish thing to ask my parents to let me stay.  But after more thought, I'm glad I did it.  I've lost countless high school friends because of my ridiculous introversion and it's something that I've been recently trying to reverse.  The past few weeks I've spent with my friends; eating, drinking, just hanging out have reminded me that I want to keep these relationships for as long as I can.

If the last two weeks are any indication as to what the rest of 2014 will bring me, I think it's gonna be a good year.

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Currently listening to: "Personal" Stars
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