Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
“WHAT are Papa and I doing here?”These words, instant-messaged by my mother in a suburb of Washington, D.C., whizzed through the deep-ocean cables and came to me in the village where I’m now living, in the country that she left...
Which raises a heart-stirring question: If our parents left India and trudged westward for us, if they manufactured from scratch a new life there for us, if they slogged, saved, sacrificed to make our lives lighter than theirs, then what does it mean when we choose to migrate to the place they forsook?If we are here, what are they doing there? "
I can't stop thinking about this article, and find it to be quite touching.
I also think there's something to be said about "Third-Culture" and "Second-Culture" kids. Where are our roots? Where do we settle down? In our parents' homeland? In the place(s) we lived when we were younger? Or do we continue the cycle and settle somewhere new and different?
Anyway, you should read the article. It's very well done.
I'm going to attempt to make 2 batches of delicious treats, one for John's family and one for my own. This is dangerous because 1.) This means I have to get into the kitchen before my mother on Thurday morning, and 2.) My mother wakes up at 6 a.m. to prepare a meal that will inevitably be on the table by 9 p.m. Oh well, the chaos just adds to the warm and cozy setting of the house...I hope.
I'll be missing my older younger brother this year; he'll be staying in California until Christmas. He just moved out there, but holidays just aren't the same when your family can't be together. John's just going to have to pick up Adam's slack, something that I'm sure he'll be willing to do. John is the only person I know whose stomach seems to expand solely for the holidays. Last year, he had Thanksgiving dinner at his house (eating multiple portions), and then came down to my house (his family lives about 30 minutes away from mine in Connecticut) where he continued to eat. We had no turkey left by the end of the night.
I'm having a little get together on Friday with some old friends, which is nice because I haven't seen them in quite a while. Should be fun, with lots of drinks and catching up.
Saturday, John and I are going to his Aunt's birthday party, where we will have another feast and promptly pass out when we get home.
Sunday's home time, where I will try and convince John to decorate our apartment with Christmas knick knacks and doodads. It's going to be a busy, busy weekend, but so much fun!
What are you lovelies doing for the holidays? Do you have any delicious holiday recipes for me?
Read the whole article here.
"Congressional copulation" anyone?
Monday, November 24, 2008
It's always easy to tell yourself that you're going to do something- volunteer at a soup kitchen, or a battered women's shelter, but for me, it's a lot harder to put these ideas in motion. I got complacent. For the most part, I've always been involved in some sort of community work, throughout high school, college, and post-college. This is the first year that I haven't done anything to benefit the community I live in.
I used to work in a community oriented position for a not for profit children's health insurance company in Connecticut. I was responsible for creating a liason between our company, and those who didn't have the resources to get the best possible health care for their children. I went to numerous health fairs, taught nutrition classes, and reached out to people aged 0-87. I volunteered at soup kitchens on Thanksgiving, and wrapped presents for churches at Christmas.
You know what? It was stressful, but it was the most rewarding job that I had. I once thought that doing these deeds would make me realize my value and self-worth as a person, but volunteering is so much more than that. How selfish of me to think that helping others would be a way for me to prop myself up, and and to deem me worthy in the eyes of others.
That's not what donating your time is about. You donate your time so that you can help others recognize their own potential and self worth.
And that's why I need to find somewhere to volunteer in the coming weeks.
Here's another Christmas idea: a dog lamp! I was tooling around on Fubiz and came across this awesome lamp that's built like one of my favorite kinds of dogs, the Dachshund.
The lamp is made by a Korean company called Needs and Wants. The lamp acts as an LED light; you must touch the dog's "body" in order for it to light up. Awesome!
John and I are going to be in the "Windy City" from January 16-January 18, 2009; me for a law school interview, him because I begged him to come along.
I've heard that Chicago is a great city, but I've never been. Any tips on what we should do/see? I basically just want to go and see the Bean (pictured above).
Sunday, November 23, 2008
NY Mag's "28 Reasons That 'Twighlight' the Movie is Better than 'Twighlight' the Book" is so funny. And comes with a slideshow!
Here's a tidbit:
"We're sure plenty of superfans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series will complain loudly about the movie adaptation of the first book, Twilight, after they leave tonight's midnight screenings. They won't like the casting, or they'll be upset the filmmakers left out their favorite line, or they'll think the sparkle effect looked stupid.
But let us disagree in advance. As far as we're concerned, Catherine Hardwicke's movie of Twilight does what most movie adaptations can't: It dramatically improves the book it's based on. It's more exciting, it's more fun, and — most important — it's way less annoying than Meyer's gazillion-selling blockbuster. (The sparkle effect, though, did look better in our imagination.)How can you say such a thing? indignant Twilight fans will howl. Let us count the ways, in our spoiler-filled slideshow."
I might have to take back my vow to watch this On Demand and go see it in the movie theater...
Friday, November 21, 2008
Squishables are giant, round stuffed animals that are just begging to be hugged. I WANT ONE. I'm putting this on my Christmas list (*AHEM* John...and it's not real, unlike a kitten).
These animals are solely meant for hugging, which is great, especially after you've had a bad day. Plus, it's cold outside, so it'll be nice to snuggle up to during the winter months. They have all sorts of animals, from a panda, to a giant chicken, to an octopus.
Oh, they're great big balls of love!
"The Twilight Saga” (four doorstops and counting), this carefully faithful adaptation traces the sighs and whispers, the shy glances and furious glares of two unlikely teenage lovers who fall into each other’s pale, pale arms amid swirling hormones, raging instincts, high school dramas and oh-so-confusing feelings, like, OMG he’s SO HOT!! Does he like ME?? Will he KILL me??? I don’t CARE!!! :)"
I might have to watch this movie when it comes out on On Demand. Ahahahhaha.
--from the NY Times
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Words fill me with a kind of joy that still makes me feel like a small child, giggly and wiggling around, back when my life was full of little curiosities that made me smile.
The word that makes me grin right now? Bailiwick. The definition itself is nothing too exciting; bailiwick means a person's specific area of knowledge, authority, interest, skill, or work.
But isn't it a fun little word? For some reason, I imagine a big old Scottish man using the phrase. And that makes me smile.
What do you think? If all books were designed like this, would you read more? I would certainly be inclined to at least flip through the pages.
Check out more book covers here.
My friend Meredith just sent me this BRILLIANT blog called Indexed, which is now one of my favorite blogs. The blog is run by a girl named Jessica who uses graphs and charts to make fun of some things, and make sense of others. The posts, some of which you can see above, alternate between sweet and hilarious. I've been snorting to myself quietly for the last 15 minutes because of this blog.
I guess I know what I'll be doing this afternoon. Not doing work, reading Indexed, and listening to some Christmas music. Probably Mariah Carey.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
This post is mostly for my friend Meghan over at Newbie New Yorker who is looking for the perfect SLR digital camera. I think her best bet would be a Canon, mostly because I have been lusting over the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS (in the photo above). This camera does everything that a real SLR would do, except that it's much smaller and much less expensive. The picture quality is awesome too.
Megs, if you are looking for a giant, holy-shit-this-weighs-more-than-me camera, the EOX 50D camera is supposed to be good. I just can't even look at cameras that cost more than $500. Okay, $200...
Then you've got the big camera giant, Nikon. I tend to stick with Canons, because all of the cameras I've ever had are Canons. However, my father, who has a bit of an obsession with cameras (and photography, I suppose), says that you can't go wrong with Nikon. The Nikon D80 looks beautiful and it's also an award winner (American Photo Editor's Choice 2007 Award, July '07), so you know you'll be getting your money's worth. And it will probably be a little cheaper because it's not the '08 version.
I hope this helps you out!
Monday, November 17, 2008
This pie chart comes after M&M's great idea for Chocolate Scrabble. Playing with your words would be oh so much fun.
What a great gift. This little one would love one of these for Christmas, and you'd best bet that I'll be sending them out too!
I found this on one of my favorite blogs, fubiz.
ANYWAY, yours truly was just given a free lunch for ordering food for all the lawyers a few months ago. In my mind, that's awesome!
Wheeeee! I wonder what I'll get?
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Life is good, and it's worth every single bump and bruise that has come my way.
I know I said I'd stop posting about the election, but I came across David Katz's Flickr set of the Obama family on Election Night. I've been looking through them obsessively. You should too.
Aren't the Obamas one of the most beautiful families in the world?
From Urban Dictionary
"The international community failed to stop Rwanda’s genocide and promised not to let it happen again. Has the world forgotten so quickly?"
Why is nobody paying attention to this?
NY Times article
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I would like a pair...as soon as they come back in stock!
I found these via A Cup of Jo via Hi+Low
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I just bought a beautiful purple dress from Santoki Vintage on Etsy, and I can't wait for it to arrive! I can't decide what's best about it: That it was under $50 or that nobody else is going to have it. The picture from the site went away as soon as I bought it (boo), but I'll show you the next best thing. I really wanted this dress (above) as well, but the other one was more practical and I don't have that much money (or really, any) to burn. Spring, perhaps?
Oooh, I can't wait!
Monday, November 10, 2008
"I choose to sign this declaration because:
I wish to take responsibility for upholding the goals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in my daily life and in my community. I will do my best to speak out to protect the freedom and rights of others in my community.
I affirm the following principle: “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”
I believe Every Human Has Rights."- Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Hello lovelies! Sunday is coming to an end, which means the start of a new work week. I hope you all had great weekends. My weekends have been becoming better and better, despite the fact that I've been in bed before midnight every single night.
Friday night, I drove down with Sarah to Providence to see our close friend Korto and her friend Mimi for dinner. Despite the fact that Sarah and I got lost for an hour (neither of us have commendable directional skills), dinner was lovely. We went to 10 Steak and Sushi for dinner, which serves, of course, steak, and sushi. I had the Dice-K Maki, which consists of salmon, cucumber, eel, avocado, and eel garlic sauce. Yum.
Saturday, I took a 3 hour LSAT, got a manicure, met my friend Abbey to see Changeling, with the Most Beautiful Woman In The World, Angelina Jolie (warning- the movie is very disturbing--bring tissues), and finished off the evening with my old friend Kerice, John, and our friend Reggie at Miracle of Science for burgers and beers.
Today was the best day! It was family day with the Shea family! I went with John, his sisters Margaret and Katie, and Katie's boyfriend Ben to have brunch with his counsins, Caitlin, Jeff and their scrumptious baby Lucy. After a Barefoot Contessa bruch, we took a walk around Jamaica Plain and all bought great hats from this store Salmagundi. Then John and I came back and watched The Fall- a visually stunning movie. Currently, I'm in sweatpants on the couch watching Dexter. So far, not a great episode.
I hope tomorrow is the greatest Monday ever for all of you!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Why do I do this to myself? I just ate an ENTIRE BOX of Tangy Twister Mike and Ikes. And then I wonder why I feel sick. Damn.
They taste yummy though if you can practice some self control. My favorite flavors are the pineapple, raspberry, and cherry. So basically, all of the flavors. Don't judge, just try.
I'm excited to get down to the ICA to see Tara Donovan's sculptures. Donovan takes ordinary, every day items and transforms them into giant works. Most of her sculptures are layered, piled, and clustered in such a uniform way that these patterns work to assume forms that evoke natural systems.
For this exhibit, the ICA has gathered 16 of Donovan's sculptures from the past decade, and commissioned a new installation.
Why do I like Tara Donovan? Because she can take a bunch of buttons and create something completely unthinkable, like stalagmites (or is it stalagtites?). I love that kind of work.
Her sculptures are on display at the Boston ICA until January 4, 2009.
The sculpture above is made of paper plates!