Wednesday, February 19, 2014

snaps of my life

Lately, my life has been looking a lot like this: 

Latte, at my favorite coffee shop.

Which isn't so bad, considering that's a delicious warm drink. 

It's also had a bit of this: 

French bread, recipe from the excellent Bread Baker's Apprentice

Which is also pretty great, considering that's some delicious bread, which I got to make myself! 

Plus, there is some of this: 

Epic barber (often comes with great haircuts).

And some of this: 

My fluffy best friend.

 And most of my days end like this:

Candles and fancy matches, holiday gifts from a great
friend, from the wonderful catbird.

Which is a great way for things to conclude.

So, as you can see, things are going pretty well.
Things are crazy sometimes, and I spent a lot of time on the computer coding and a lot of time off the computer thinking about math -- but that's how it is, sometimes.
And with all these other wonderful components, that's not so bad.

Should be back with some more regular updates.
Hoping so, at the very least!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

true feeling...

"True feeling is always circular -- either circular, or paradoxical -- simply because its cause and its expression are two halves of the very same thing! Love cannot be reduced to a catalogue of reasons why, and a catalogue of reasons cannot be put together in love." 

Just finished the absolutely brilliant second novel (and Man Booker Prize winner!) of Eleanor Catton. The Luminaries is absolutely phenomenal -- to the point where, after 800 pages, I was still wishing there was more to read.

Wanted to share a little bit -- because I hope that everyone I mention it to, even for a second, goes out and reads it!
Who wouldn't want a story about love, stars, and dreaming -- all set among "hatters, whores, and diggers"? 

Friday, November 22, 2013

wedding photos

I got married about eight weeks ago -- and have been so excited to get the pictures ever since.
After the wedding, I was pretty much on a moon of cheer (except for all that school stuff that I had to get back to), but man, was I excited to get the pictures!

We finally got a sneak peak on Facebook at the beginning of the week, and I thought that it might be nice to share some of them here.
I'd like to thank my ridiculously amazing, kind, and fantastically fun photographer Dana Siles. She was so much fun to have around, not to mention incredibly talented (as I'm sure you'll see below). Plus, for someone who doesn't like to have their picture taken (me), she made it pretty much a dream. You should check her out here, if you're in the New England area, and need some fantastic photos!

(side: I just noticed that most of these are black and white -- even though most of the total photos are in color. Weird coincidence -- but regardless, enjoy!)

Flowers -- can you see the succulents in there?

MOH and I, hanging out outside the church before the ceremony.

Husband and I, all smiles.

After the ceremony, on the way to the reception.

MOH and I, enjoying our dresses.

Siblings -- enough said. :-) 
I think my favorite thing about Dana's work is how organic everything seems. Rather than a bunch of posed photographs, our wedding photos really seem to be a commemoration of the day and everything that was going on. It makes me feel like I'm there again -- which is really what I want!
Now, I have to decide what I should do with all of these fantastic pictures. Any tips? How many wedding photos is too many to have up in the house?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

not much to say, but lots to do

Busy week, busy week.
Well, not so much busy, as I have an exam on Thursday -- so spare moments are considerably less bountiful -- as I constantly feel like I should be studying.

My days have been spent, largely, in my favorite local coffee shop, with a big cup of tea and a calculator.
When I'm not there, I'm at my house, still studying.
We got some snow last night, so at the very least, I don't want to go outside -- which, in a strange way, makes studying more appealing! I'm probably the only person in the world who isn't excited about the first snowfall -- but I'm all right with that.

So, right now, as I'm taking a study break, I figured I would drop in quickly, and say hello!
Hopefully will be back later in the week, with some non-study related comments, and maybe some questions about new glasses!

Monday, November 4, 2013

looking for a cure

"The cure for anything is salt water -- tears, sweat, or the sea."
-Isak Dinesen 

I'm looking for a cure -- and aching for the sea.

When I go back to Boston from the holidays, I should get some -- so for now, I'll settle for some sweat. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

questions and queries about Mary Kay

I'm a limited make-up user.
Seriously limited.
Despite having a beautiful and talented sister, whose make-up always looks amazing, and a similarly talented best friend -- it was something I was never interested in.
Well, I can't really say never. In reality, I only recently started using make-up, when I got to graduate school and realized, "jeez, these under eye circles are getting darker...".
So I started using a concealer type thing about two years ago. And that's about all I do.
I had more make-up (applied by my sister) for my wedding. I wore some make-up to a friend's wedding; to a party recently; when we went out on a date. These things don't happen very often.
Point is: for me, make-up is limited and infrequent in use.

{You might be now guessing that this post is going to be about make-up.}

However, recently, a casual friend invited me to a Mary Kay party. She's becoming a consultant, and wanted me, and several of my other friends, to join her at her debut party. She said, acknowledging our lack of make-up ["I know you gals aren't really make-up ladies"], but said she'd love it we could come anyway.
I really did not want to go. I actually considered lying to get out of it (which I really don't like to do).
But my friends were going, and I do like supporting people, whenever I can, so I RSVPed positively, and put it in my planned. Another friend felt similarly, so we agreed to make a day of it, and she came over for drinks beforehand. It's worth noting that these drinks were pink. :-)

We figured, worse case, we'd just end up with some strange make-up on our faces for a few hours.
We agreed together to not spend money. She has a daughter and a husband who is a graduate student; my husband and I are both students -- neither her nor I were in a position to be spending lots of money on make-up or moisturizer.

So today was the day -- and we went.
And it was fine.
It was probably what most people, who have any make-up experience or have ever been to one of these sorts of things, would expect.
We sat and heard the lovely stories about the consultants and why they want to sell Mary Kay and how is has benefited their lives.
I was happy for them. But I also realized that my life wasn't going to benefit from Mary Kay -- and that it made me a bit sad to think that their livelihoods depended on me -- who was there, fully aware that I wasn't going to buy anything. And I'm not sure how I really feel about that.
But anyway.
We put on lotion.
My face turned totally bright red and burned.
We put on make-up.
I looked nice. The red went away. I learned about foundation. I learned about eyeliner. I took samples.
We learned about the opportunities which could await us with Mary Kay.
I thought about pyramid schemes.
We chatted, had some food, chatted more  -- and we had the chance to enter the "office" to set up another appointment, or to purchase products.
I had some snacks, made some plans -- and headed out.

And that was about it. I won a lip balm (whose quality I cannot wholly vouch for), and got some nice mascara, eyeliner, and a brush (which I'm not certain I was supposed to take -- so I apologize if you were supposed to have it back!).

But, I left curious about Mary Kay.
All of these women had really glowing, positive experiences. But something about it made me feel grimy and uncomfortable. And why is that? It shouldn't be! No company that says that they put "God first, family second, business third" should make me feel uncomfortable. Or at least, you would hope not.
The make-up was fine, the people were nice -- but there was something about the business plan, the idea of having parties, of mandatory recruiting, of what seemed to be an almost forced belonging -- which struck me as very strange.
And I was in a sorority in college -- so I do understand that sometimes, things are judged from the outside. And that often, outside prejudices are used to pass negativity on an entire group of people. But here I am, considering doing the same thing.
So, I think, for that, I'm going to stop here. I've spent a lot of time thinking about this, obviously. But am really looking for more information or more input. So, if anyone knows, I'd love to know more.
I don't want to judge something with limited information -- but am feeling like I'm about to do so.
So tell me more!

Or, even better -- recommend me some great make-up! :-) 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

self promotion, comic book edition

I wrote something!
And it was published somewhere!

Sure, it was written for a friend's website.
And sure, I only wrote half of it.

But I still think it's pretty great!
If you like comic books, lady writers, husbands and wives -- or me, you should check it out!