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Are pretty much nonexistent.

I can make myself some eggs and cook some very simple foods, but most of the time I have an ability to screw things up in interesting ways. What can I say, it runs in the family. I figure if someone I'm dating expects me to provide the goods from the kitchen, I'd do it, but they'd better have poison control on speeddial.

So about two nights ago, I had a pretty bad run-in with pudding. I just bought the instant mix on a whim, because it seemed easy. All I had to do was mix in two cups of cold milk, (which I bought fresh), and let it sit. The box also suggested that I put in fruits to spice things up a little, so I did. Apparently that all wasn't such a good idea, because my mixture after the fruits were added in turned green, then brownish-gray-purple. I still ate some though, because it tasted good. One nice little barf-session and many pills later, my stomach is worn but I learned my lesson.

Or did I? Today, being the brilliant person I am, I decided to make pudding again. Apparently what doesn't kill me just makes me more stupid.
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I admit, I'm in a slight love-hate situation with my location.

I like Union Square because well, frankly that's probably the one redeeming thing about living in this dorm. (Okay okay, it's not SO bad, but the location's definitely one of the better points). Union Square is not an ideal "park-park" in that since it's surrounded by stores on all sides, it doesn't have a very naturesque (?) feel to it. It's also penetrated by subway stops all over, which can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. It's pretty convenient, especially when you're coming back or going to something in the middle of the night and just don't feel like getting mugged on your way to the subway stop.  But I digress. I could write on and on about Union Square, which I might do in a later post. But for now, I'll focus on the shopping.

I happen to like a lot of the shops around Union square: Sephora, Barnes & Noble, Forever 21, and H&M (even though it's behind us, on 5th ave) in particular. Strawberry and DSW aren't my go-to spots, but they're nice on occasion. The Gamestop a little bit down 14th indulges my inner geek, as well as the petco for my Daily Cute dose. Has anyone else noticed that you can probably never go shoe-less in NYC with all the shoe stores around, but hospitals are few and far inbetween?

Now, the hate part. I just hate that I am surrounded by all these shops, because my poor credit card just can't take that abuse anymore. Not that they're terribly expensive shops, but those little purchases stack up. And considering I feel their lure every time I step outside my dorm to go to class or work, I worry a little about my own self-control.

I'm sure that people living in NYC or big cities will point out that they too are surrounded by these shops. But do you really live smack dab in the middle of all of them, or are you just living alongside them? I can avoid malls, and I wouldn't mind if I just lived in a nice little neighborhood by some shopping meccas, but I'm not so sure about living right in the middle of it all.

And on a side note, has anyone else noticed that F21 is pretty generous in their tops' sizings, but their jeans are range from Tiny to Nonexistent as far as sizes go? Perhaps it's just me.
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Recently, I've begun to notice that my RSS feed for Psychology Today (which I added for fun, and to feel less guilty about not taking more active  interest in my chosen field) is eerily accurate in following my life.

EXAMPLES:

When I was feeling down and confused a couple of weeks ago, the posts were about depression and anxiety.

Around Valentine's day, it started showing me articles about "moving on" and how more women are choosing to be single now.

Last week during hectic midterms and work, it showed me links about the negative effects of stress.

This week, when I'm sleeping every night at 4am, it starts coming up with stuff about "the rewards of shut-eye" and whatnot.

*update: people have been noticing that I've been losing a bit of weight lately (*coughstresscough* ..+ healthy lifestyle choices), and the RSS is now full of weight-loss stories.


Well, at least I thought that was kind of freaky. I'm not terribly superstitious, but it's been too spot-on lately. What will happen in weeks to come, I wonder? : O


Oh, oh! quick news:

---> My precious cat, Mia, gave birth to four kittens a couple of days ago. Unfortunately, they're newborn and still kind of ugly right now.
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Partly as a reminder to myself, I feel like I should record just what I did and have been doing so far.

Last semester, I:

- took 18 credits [max load] in classes
- did volunteer work with a kitten adoption organization
- had an art consultancy internship
- got an on-campus job at the journalism department
- had 8am classes 5 days a week [intensive spanish courses indeed]
- still got 6-7 hours of sleep a night

End result: finished with relatively low pay, but I didn't mind. The experience[s] were more than worth it. Classes were shaky, but I ended up with low As, but I'm fine with that too. All in all, not too bad. I have crazy time management. :]

This semester, I:

Am doing the exact same thing, as far as I know. Might have to drop volunteer work since I'm getting allergic to cats. : (  Also taking 16 credits instead of 16.

Nothing too exciting thus far. I will update as terrible/wonderful things happen. <3
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Happy Birthday to me~ <3
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I've just been at home.

Canada trip + Mexico cruise were both very fun. : )

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I'm so proud of myself. I woke up at 8 am today (actually, 7:55am!) to go to Q-Jima. On a Sunday. And I had gone to sleep at 3 am last night because I was /trying/ to work on my social psych final paper.

Anyways, Q-Jima is an NYU event that talks about socioeconomic, racial, and sexual orientation issues. Open discussions, activities, good food, and best of all, a free trip to see the Broadway play Avenue Q. <3

I know Broadway musicals are pretty overhyped, and but it was my first time seeing Ave. Q and I thought it was really really good. With Rent, it was just one of those things where it was so famous I just had to test it out for myself, but Avenue Q was more on my own personal tastes. Granted, it wasn't the most amazing thing in the world (hardly anything that's so overhyped is), but it was well worth the trip. I would've gladly paid the full $40+ to sit in the back.

Mkay, time to tackle that essay. </3
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So I've been procrastinating on my finals/papers for awhile, but more fun things just keep popping up. D:

Today my friend and I went to [look at the title]. It's not quite Summer here, though I guess Spring just completely passed us by. The trees in Central Park were just starting to bloom again, and it was really pretty. We took a ton of pictures.

Anyways, those are just a sample of what the park looked like today. :3


We headed off to FAO Schwarz, and had a yummy ice cream soda there. Take a look:



It doesn't sound like we did all that much, but it was mostly just a lot of picture-taking and exploring. Sometimes it's not really what you do, but how you approach it, and of course, who you go with. <3
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Today was Strawberry Fest at NYU. : )

For those that don't know, here's what Google ( and pretty much everywhere else ) has to say:

"(NYU)Strawberry Fest: A tradition for decades, this festival gathers students, staff and faculty in celebration of wellness, community, and of course, strawberries. This street fair includes carnival games, and allegedly the longest strawberry shortcake."
And even though it was raining, everything was still pretty fun. I'm sure it must've been great in earlier years when there were bounces and the sun was shining and whatnot. Rain tends to put a damper on things. But the cake was so yummy!




Yayyy, cake! I have more pictures up elsewhere, but I'm too lazy to upload them.

Then I went back and crashed at my dorm for awhile. So much activity these past few weeks have really taken their toll on me, mostly in the form of sleep deprivation. Then at night a friend and I went to Uno for dinner, and Saint's Alp Teahouse for some very yummy hot almond milk tea.
And now it's 1:30 am, and I should get started on my Social Psychology final. Dx

Or play Sims, which sounds a lot more tempting! <3
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Stars- Ageless Beauty
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So, today was basically another random day. We had some fun in our last Spanish class when our professor spent a large chunk of classtime teaching us Spanish curse words. It'll probably be one of the most useful things I'll take from the class. XD

I also love how everyone's kind of beginning to use up meal plans/dollars. I used half of mine on Starbucks today ( ~$40 on just 3 cups ). I'd be pained if I was actually using my cash, but since the money will just to waste if I don't spend it by the end of the semester, I might as well, right?

There were $6 tickets for Yo La Tengo at Skirball tonight. I didn't know much [or anything at all] about the band, besides that they were indie, but the tickets were so cheap and it was right on campus! I thought the event was pretty cool, actually. I liked the record store version of their songs, but then again I'm more fond of softer versions of most songs anyways. I'll definately have to find out more about them, but the description of how they got their name is pretty funny ( check wikipedia ).

So, that was the third concert I went to this month. I'm just so happy~ <3
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Yo La Tengo- Tiny Birds
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