Friday, April 27, 2012

where are my glasses?

It's been a doozy of a week.  Last night, I used a blustery night as an excuse to put on matching optical-themed pajama pants and socks. And you know what?  The combination really did make me feel a whole lot better.

Speaking of glasses, have you seen any cute red frames? I like this pair, but I'm not sure they're the right pair for me.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

moving art

I work as a tutor for foreign exchange students a few hours a week.  The program's building is on the edge of campus, right on the other side of a busy train track.  I've made my peace with the weekly pause of a long cargo line rumbling through town.  In fact, I've started to look forward to it.

So, maybe it's not stop and smell the roses.  Instead, maybe it's stop and see the graffiti?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

music on a weeknight

Last week a few friends and I drove to Eugene to see an Explosions in the Sky concert. If was a Wednesday and we left right after a staff meeting. I had to be on campus at 8am the next day. Going to that concert was the best choice ever.

When I lived in Brooklyn, my friends and I would often make a point of doing something fun on a weeknight. I'm not talking vegging out to a LOST marathon here people, either (though that is also awesome).  I'm talking midnight movie releases, funk dance parties, and drinks in noisy bars. 

Going to the concert (and such a good one at that!) was a good reminder that, even as a student, I don't have to live solely for the weekend. I was extra productive the days leading up to the concert, knowing I'd lose those precious writing/prepping hours. 

So here's to music and good wine and long drives to things that are wroth it...all on a Wednesday!

If you don't have time for such shenanigans on a weeknight (i.e. i've been staring at a computer screen, writing, all of tonight), then here's to the weekend, where you can always look forward to doing karaoke with a storm trooper...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Who knew some of the best advice could come from a bathroom stall at Squirrel's Tavern?

One of my goals as of late is to be less of a worrier. I've been doing pretty good, but today a tiny wave of worry washed over.  I went for a walk and tried to think about all the good things going on right now (and isn't there always a lot of good going on?).  Sometimes if you smile like you mean it, you realize that it sort of seamlessly turns into you're smiling and you, quite actually, do indeed mean it. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Guys, this weekend was good. Really, really good.

There was a whiskey girls night, the farmers market, an Indian food buffet, hiking, and a cashed in birthday coupon for a gluten-free pizza party.

Oh, and there was sun--lots and lots of sun.  Boy, we needed it around here. I don't think us Corvallis folk had had a non-rainy day in about two weeks. It felt good to walk everywhere and to feel some sunshine on my back

Usually, I opt for the ever-popular Bald Hill hiking grounds on good, sunny days.  Saturday was just too glorious, though, and I knew the narrow trail would be jam-packed.  Instead, Matt and I looked up a trail we'd never been to before and, dare I say, I think it's the best hike I've been on in the past year. Just beautiful. 

The hike was pretty easy, but I still used it as a way to justify dessert.
My friends have been incredibly supportive of my ever-changing food politics.  I have to say, I think this gluten-free business is good for me.  My hunch is that I feel much better because of it.  But I love food and it's a big part of who I am.  So, having friends adapt with me has been really special.  In the past week, two girlfriends have gone out of there way to gift me delicious wheat-free treats.  It means a lot to me...And sugar cookies and strawberry brownie sundaes mean a lot to me, too.