Archive | January, 2012

Ten Hours in Portland, Maine

29 Jan

Sometimes I just need to get off campus. Small liberal arts schools certainly have their perks, but eating in the same dining hall 3 times a day 7 days a week can get pretty boring and extremely monotonous. This past saturday the BF and I decided to spend an entire day away from campus and enjoy the beautiful weather in downtown Portland.

We met the BF’s mother and younger sister at Walters for lunch. Neither of us had ever been there, and after hearing rave reviews we finally made it over. The lunch was to die for–and the cocktail list made me wish we had tried it for dinner instead of a late lunch.

After lunch, the BF and I spent a good two hours walking around Portland, window shopping and catching up on celebrity gossip in one of my favorite Portland cafe’s Mornings in Paris on Exchange Street before making our way over to the independent movie theater for Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy. If you are considering this movie, beware… it’s awful. I’ve NEVER fallen asleep in a theater before–but the combination of a warm movie theater, a bad movie and the BF’s shoulder made it ever so easy to pass out. Whoops.

As if our day date hadn’t been eventful enough, we topped it all off with a trip to Novare Res Bier Cafe–Maine’s most famous Beer Garden for some local brews (and white wine) before dinner at Flatbreads. It’s probably the only place where you can get Vegan pizza with Free-Range Chicken. Love it. It was one of my favorite days this semester.

On a more depressive note: the BF told me this weekend that he’s so excited to bring his 3×5 foot Hangover poster to our new apartment in Boston. I figured he would drop the Hangover poster upon graduation… but it looks like some things never change… great.

List of 17 for 2012

24 Jan

I was planning on posting about all the exciting events coming up in 2012 after new years… but as you might have noticed, that didn’t happen. Whoops. However I’m probably more excited for the upcoming months more now than I was 24 days ago. I know I technically shouldn’t be excited for graduation–and soon enough I will be joining the majority of the population that yearns for their college days… but I. Just. Can’t. Help. It.

Anyways, here is a working list of all the things I’m excited for in 2012 in no particular order:

1.Finishing MockingJay

2. Going on a four-night Bahamas cruise with the BF in February (already counting down…

3. Snorkeling in the Bahama

4. Graduating

5. Finally moving to Boston

6. Never having to Sublet an apartment again (full-year lease, baby!)

7. The 2012 Oscars–where Owen Wilson will take it all for Midnight in Paris

8. Family vacation to South Africa in July (with BF)

9. Never having to do Homework again

10. Buying a real sofa

11. Becoming more environmentally friendly

12. Road races with the BF–which he doesn’t yet know about (surprise!)

13. Reaching my one year blogging anniversary

14. …and turning dormstyler into apartmentstyler

15. Trying out hundreds of new recipes and as many new restaurants as I can possibly afford

16. Turning 22

17. Visiting all my college friends wherever they end up

There is just so much to look forward this year. But without a doubt, I’ll miss being surrounded by my best friends 24/7 the most. Giving them up really makes this list seem so much less fun. Looks like everyone should move to Boston, huh?

Winters in Maine…

22 Jan

My college has this crazy, absurd and outright outrageous tradition. The second weekend of second semester the outing club hosts a puddle jump. In Maine. During the day. It’s concept is pretty simple: the pond freezes over, people organize to cut a hole in the middle of the pond, and students VOLUNTARILY jump in. In fact, it’s an unspoken graduation requirement.

If you’ve read any of my post about how much I hate winter–you will be shocked to hear that I have partook in this college tradition not once but TWICE. These are pictures from sophomore year as well as this past year’s puddle jump. My feet are getting cold again just thinking about it…

 

I guess this is the only time in my life when jumping in freezing water is socially acceptable.

The Nautical Life

16 Jan

It’s hard to remember that only a few short months ago I was wearing shorts and tank tops instead of fleece-lined pants and hats. Winter came a little late this year, but has certainly hit us full force–making apparent once again that I did not know what I bargained for when signing myself over to Maine for four years.

As a Mid-Atlantic-er I have very little appreciation for the winter. I often associate Maine with -20 degree weather, icy mornings, and blizzards that bring feet of snow– but know that this association is tragically misleading. One of my sorority sistas and suitemate, Erika is from a seacoast town in Maine called Camden. It’ s really pathetic that I have never been up to her home because I can only imagine how much I would love Camden. I’m going to add that to my second semester check list right now. When I think of Maine I think of snow–when she thinks of Maine she thinks of her beautiful hometown and the seacoast that she grew up on.

Remember when I posted on bringing your home with you wherever you go–and adding tidbits of home when you move to college? Well, Erika does just that. I snagged some pics from her room this afternoon to share how artistically and creatively she incorporates Camden in her room. It just makes me want to spend all day collecting sea glass.

My favorite are the open frames with fragments of seashells and sea glass glued on. I’m totes copying her. And speaking of copying her, I have already started filling little mason jars with champagne and wine corks (as seen in the top picture). It’s such a simple way to add character!

Also–Did you spot the Hunger Games in the photo? It’s safe to say that Suite 343 is obsessed

What’s Cookin Good Lookin

13 Jan

I’m going to start off on a positive note: my mother is probably one of the best bakers I know. If you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ve probably seen some of her fantastic cookies (shown here, here and pies here). I mean this woman is practically a chemist the way she meticulously mixes. However, that said… cooking is not necessarily her forte. This past break we teamed up to do a tapas night/chicken feast. My mom was great, she acted like my own personal sous chef; mincing garlic, mixing marinades… it really doesn’t get much better than that. Not only did I get the chance to cook with my mama but I also got to check off an item on my to-do list from winter break. Heck Yes. The menu consisted of: stir fry chicken & veggies, baked chicken with goat cheese, lemon basil chicken and pasta/shrimp salad. Check it out.

DIY: Modern Office Folder Art

4 Jan

My mom is pretty intense about Hanukkah. We have  set-in-stone schedule of what happens on each night. The first night we always, ALWAYS receive a book. This was obviously the worst night of Hanukkah growing up, because lets face it, what cool kid wants a book as a present? Well as we’ve gotten older we’ve received fewer chapter books and more interesting ones. This year my mom bought me The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor, a book full of do-it-yourself home decor projects. Well OBVIOUSLY I couldn’t wait to get my creative juices flowing with one of these projects and finally came around to doing one as soon as I finished all the Harry Potter books.

Last night while watching the Biggest Loser season premiere (so exciting!) I made “modern office folder art”–which really should have been called modern binder divider art… but I won’t get into that. Basically the project  consisted of drawing funny shapes on  white card-stock, cutting out Staples plastic dividers, and adding a bit of good ole Elmer’s glue.

I just love how they turned out!

I went to AC Moore today and bought some cheap black frames to put them in.

Winter Break… and Ringing in the New Year

2 Jan

The past ten days have been a complete whirlwind. I spent Christmas with the BF at his home in New Hampshire before we jetsetted down south to Florida. We spent a few days in Orlando and enjoyed Universal Studios for the first time since I was like twelve years old. Let me tell you, Universal Studios is simply not the place to be (no matter what anyone says) the week after Christmas. The place was packed–but thanks so some fast pass cards we snagged we made it through the lines on a reasonable time line (except for the 2.5 hour wait for the Hulk….)

If you remember from my previous post, one of my goals this break was to read all of the Harry Potter books. I am currently on page 349 of the 7th. Making headway, I know. My HP-immersion made the trip to Universal even more exciting because of the Wizzarding World of Harry Potter. I spent the afternoon in Hogsmeade, sipping on butterbeer and regretting that I was born a Squib. The line into Ollivander’s was approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes long, so I was convinced that in fact, I didn’t need a wand. I’m on eBay right now making up for the lost opportunity.

The BF and I jumped back on a plane and headed back north to New York City for New Years… first Orlando then NYC… looks like we were following hoards of people in the US. New Years was a complete blast. We got to explore the city, sip on champagne, and of course ring in the new year. We spent the evening at Crimson in Midtown and it was an absolute blast!

2012 thus far has been great

Today on the bus ride home from New York (sitting next to a drooling, snoring young man) I got a call from home saying that we adopted a new puppy! Here are pictures from the past ten days and my first pic of many of COOPER my new puppy!