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Monday, October 10, 2016

Erik loves pumpkin spice things more than I do, so of course I make fun of him for being a basic white guy. The problem is, I dragged him to Trader Joes a few days ago to go grocery shopping. They have all of their pumpkin stuff in (yay, autumn) so naturally I had to pick up some odds and ends. I think I'm less about pumpkin spice things and more about pumpkin (and apple) things though.

So, I got two little treats for myself at Trader Joes. I really like the "This Fruit Walks into a Bar" series, and the pumpkin one is a delicious seasonal treat. The bars make really good on-the-go breakfasts if you're inclined towards something light.

The pumpkin body butter smells really, really good. It is pumpkin rather than pumpkin spice, so it's got a much lighter scent than one would expect. It's quite a thick formula even for a body butter, and a little goes a long way. Unlike other companies, Trader Joes doesn't artificially colour its products so the body butter is white. And let me tell you, it' smells SO good. I love smelling like a little pumpkin!

I made pumpkin ice cream the other day as well but it doesn't photograph well since it's in a big Tupperware, so I'll just say that it is also delicious. Just throw a can of pumpkin into a sweet cream base, add some pumpkin pie spice, and you're good to go :)

Happy Pumpkin Season!

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Back in September I worked with an experienced photographer called Paul Gerard Smith. While Paul primarily does art nudes (which are NOT my thing), he agreed to do a dance-based shoot with me. Here are some of my favourite photos from our shoot. 

Hope you liked the photos! I've been really busy with school so I haven't been writing much. I also don't feel like I have much to write about these days... but I'll figure something out. 

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Friday, September 23, 2016

I'm so excited to officially announce that I've been accepted into the BU Geneva program for the spring semester!

...yes, my last semester in university is going to be spent abroad. Yes, they tell you not to do this. But you know what? My university experience has been anything but typical in enough ways that I think spending my Senior spring overseas will be brilliant.

Lots of people talk about how their college experience was the best four years of their lives.  If this turns out to be the best period of my life, then my future must be pretty bleak.  I spent too much of my Freshman year in a relationship that was never going to work and too much of my Sophomore semester trying to figure out what I wanted out of my education. I've only been happy since my Junior semester (last spring) at Boston University... and while I don't have any regrets about how things happened, it's definitely time to do a semester for myself.

In Geneva, I'm going to take French. I'm going to spend way too much money eating myself sick on cheese. I'm going to grocery shop across the border in France, day trip around the Alps, and hopefully explore more beautiful European locations. I'll finally take a formal French class, get an internship, and live in a French-speaking canton for more than a month. It's going to be brilliant.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Englanders are a very special sort of people. They regularly weather winters that would make Californians cry (then retire down to warm, steamy Florida), eat weird sea bugs that turn red when you cook them, and head to the "Cape" for a long weekend to swim in the cold ocean. I came up with this post whilst walking to the T drinking an ice coffee... which is an extremely Bostonian sentence. Anyways....

1) If you ask me what to order at Legal Seafoods, I will say "a cuppa chowda".

People from Massachusetts seem to have their own language sometimes, and I definitely speak it on occasion. From telling you about how wicked (great) the ice cream is from my hometown's local favourite Bedford Farms and looking at the queue for Boston University's "lobstah" night in horror, we certainly have our own manner of speaking! While I don't have a full blown Boston accent, I do have a few distinctly Bostonian phrases in my vocabulary.

Me when I was little! We love our pumpkins in New England. 

2) I talk about the weather, winters and foliage a lot.

New England weather is all over the place. When you grow up here, you're used to wearing a coat in the morning to school and going home and changing into shorts. It doesn't make any sense, but we know and love to complain about our weather. In reality, after three years in the tropics I missed having four seasons more than anything! I can tell you that two years ago was the worst winter in almost anyone's living memory, and certainly the worst winter I have ever seen. I can also tell that this year isn't going to be a pretty leaf year (you know, when the leaves change colour and the tourists come up here to go on tree walks) because it's too warm during the day and too cool in the evening.

The house I grew up in, covered in snow. 

3) I have strong opinions about the MBTA.

This is sort of a recent thing that has happened since I became a Bostonian rather than a townie, but MY GOODNESS is the MBTA absolutely terrible. It is simply remarkable that a system so slow, unreliable and generally a pain to use is the main form of transportation for a good part of the city. The buses are definitely more reliable than the trains, and the Commuter Rail is more reliable than both... though they've started cutting funds and train rides there too. The MBTA is a disaster and anyone who has to deal with it on a regular basis knows exactly what I'm talking about.

What are some things that you say or do that help people figure out where you're from?
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Friday, September 9, 2016

It's absolutely insane that I'm officially in my senior year at Boston University. I suppose it's so insane because I've gone and skipped a year of school-- thank you, external credits and study abroad programs! When I was a little girl I always wanted to skip a grade because I thought it was cool. Now in university I've finally gone and done it.

This semester is already turning out to be strange because I wasn't meant to be on campus. Initially, the plan was for me to spend this semester abroad in Singapore. Unfortunately things fell through and I'm back on the Charles River campus... and it feels like everything is lining up. I have a single dorm (finally) with wood floors (yay, no mice) that I have definitely 100% unpacked and moved into (not at all).

Continuing the chaotic theme of this term so far, I've been switching around classes like a madwoman. When I was a freshman, my schedule was set in stone and I was terrified at the idea of changing my perfectly balanced schedule. Now I'm switching in and out of classes at will. As a senior, I don't want to waste my time with unprepared professors. It's time to start getting things done so I can finish my degree!

The good news is, it seems like everything is going to work out just fine :)

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