toto, this ain’t new york

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Massive amounts of turkey and pie were consumed. Yum.

I went to Connecticut with the roommates for Thanksgiving, and it was great. Connecticut is very not New York. So close, and yet so very different. We went on a walk to the beach, which is kind of weird when it’s cold out and you’re all bundled up. Still, it was pretty. And we got driven around in a car that was not a taxi. And there was space. Lots of space.

But now the turkey high has subsided and I’m back in New York getting ready for finals. Sad.

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happy thanksgiving!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is being re-posted here for my own sake.]

Happy Thanksgiving! Yum yum, turkey time! I’m actually at a friend’s house in Connecticut, and I’m going to experience my first ever truly American Thanksgiving. Excitingness. Sure I’ve had the turkey and the mashed potatoes before, but in a Chinese household … Thanksgiving isn’t very traditional … and sometimes includes duck instead of turkey. Heh.

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I hope everyone has a good holiday! Don’t eat too too much! And try not to get trampled tomorrow, okay?

brooklyn bridge madness

Last night I “occupied” the Brooklyn Bridge. Not really, but I did walk over it! Occupy Wall Street had organized a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge last night to mark its 2-month birthday. I’m not a big fan of the movement and while I can understand many of their grievances and frustrations, I see too many flaws in their expression and manner. But … I always wanted to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

The whole thing was pretty tame. It was pretty busy on the Manhattan side, but the bridge itself wasn’t too crowded. Unfortunately my camera is really bad at taking pictures when it’s dark out so pretty much everything came out blurry. They projected some images onto the Verizon Building, which was actually pretty cool. That’s what the below picture is of (if you can make it out). It says Happy B-Day #OCCUPY.

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really non-mexican tacos

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is being re-posted here for my own sake.]

I’ve been fairly busy lately (and still sick) so I haven’t been very crafty and I haven’t been making much food either. For instance, my lunch today consisted of crackers and juice. But I actually put a bit of effort into tonight’s dinner! I basically survived college by eating everything in a tortilla since I can’t really cook. Usually my meals involve simple reheating, a box, or a can. Eh.

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I made myself some soft tacos with chicken sausage, mashed potatoes, corn, and shredded mozzarella. They were delicious. My roomies think I’m weird and I’m sure other people out there are wrinkling their noses at me, but hey – I never said I was normal!

If you’re thinking: Where are the fruits and veggies? Well, the honest answer is that there are none. Nutrition-wise, I’m horrible. Not a big fan of healthy things. By no means am I suggesting that this would be a well-rounded meal for someone (unless you had a side of veggies). As one of my roommates put it, for me, the food pyramid is more of an hourglass shape, heavy on the carbs and sugar and sparse on everything else. I should probably get my cholesterol tested.

today was (is) 11/11/11

I get it already. It’s kind of a cool thing, but really … is it REALLY that newsworthy? It seems like people can’t stop talking about it. Or posting stories about it. Yeah yeah. I guess it’s neat, but when I wrote the date in my sketchbook, I was annoyed. I just didn’t like the look of it. It makes the date look so short compared to the other dates. And for checks, I always write the date out anyway so November 11, 2011, doesn’t have the same mystique as 11/11/11. Sigh.

Although … Today is Veterans Day. Time for somber remembrance. Today is also Singles Day (in China). Eh … not so somber.

still not feeling too great

I’m still sick. This is about six days now. Am I getting better? Uh, not really. Is the NyQuil helping? Uh, maybe? Anyway, I’ve been going through a bunch of pictures from China (I still have a few gigs worth to sort through), and I came across one that seems to match my current predicament. Because I’m feeling kind of pitiful at the moment.

I took this picture back in July when I was traveling. Specifically, I was in the Wulingyuan district of Zhangjiajie in Hunan Province, China, and this was just some random broken mannequin along the side of the road. I had walked to the salamander reserve from my hostel, but the entrance fare was ridiculous (I think it was 100+ RMB), so I was walking back to my hostel when I saw this. It was fairly early in the morning so it was pretty empty out and I remember there was a local who stopped and watched me take pictures of the mannequin. I’m sure he thought I was nutso, probably because Chinese people only take pictures of people and not trash. Anyway, back to my point: I’m still sick and I feel like this discarded mannequin. The end.

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starting on xmas cards

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is being re-posted here for my own sake.]

I like to make my own cards for Christmas because I feel like there are very few good ones out there that are unique but simple enough for my taste. And cheap enough for my budget. I’m currently experimenting, so I’m not sure what I’m going to end up with, but it’ll probably just be black ink on white card stock, with maybe some added ribbon … maybe.

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I really want it to have a modern, simple look, where the typography takes precedence. Hm … I’ll have to play around more with it. I don’t want it to be too boring, but if I’m making a whole buncha cards, I couldn’t go too complicated either. Any suggestions?

I’ll just shelve this for a while until I figure out something I’m completely satisfied with. After all, I still have over a month to make and write these cards!

winter cold, head cold

I woke up at 6:30 today, and for a while I couldn’t figure it if it was 6:30 AM or 6:30 PM because it was kind of dark out. After a few minutes of just thinking, I finally looked at my cell phone (which has my time on the 24-hour clock) and yep, it was 6:30 PM. Thinking about it, it kind of made sense because I went to bed pretty late (after watching some “Say Yes to the Dress” with roomie J) and because I had pulled all-nighters the previous two nights and because I was still sick. And still am sick.

I’ve only been awake for about six hours, but I am more than ready to go back to sleep. I took a long shower, made myself some chicken noodle soup, swallowed a pair of NyQuil tablets, and now I’m done. My room is toasty and sauna-y, which feels great to me (although roomie D disagrees). I don’t have much feeling in my left arm or my hands, which is kind of weird, but whatever. Off to sleep now. I hope tomorrow is better.