Posts Tagged ‘school’

Spring time…

April 14, 2008

As it is the first day that really feels like spring, I figured I’d post about it. As a southern girl transplanted into New England, I wait in suspense for the first day I can go outside without a jacket. Which was TODAY!

Spring on campus is ridiculously beautiful. The school has an amazing garden and a bulb area that is blooming with crocuses and daffodils. I am always amazed by just how many people make the rush outside to work and eat and live. That just doesn’t happen when you don’t live in an area covered by a foot of snow for 5 months. People seriously freak out here when it gets warm. The boy and I might even go canoing this weekend. I’ll post pictures if we do.

Another part of spring on campus is something that goes up every year around one of our main lawns. It’s called The Clothesline Project. Every spring, the lawn gets surrounded by these t-shirts. Each one is from a student here and each one is about sexual abuse, physical abuse or rape. Students are invited to make their own and add it to the collection, which is about 10 years old. Though the shirts are sometimes difficult to read, they are incredibly powerful. The shirts range from simply saying survivor to detailing years of sexual abuse to showing support for friends who have been raped. I’ve posted a few on Flickr. Here are the shirts flapping in the wind. They go all around the lawn.

I used to think that this project marred spring. I would be walking home from class and all of a sudden they were there, reminding me everything isn’t sunshine and warmth. Then I was walking back from class and ran into a friend who happens to be a first year. She had just stopped in front of the shirts. We talked for a bit on the way back home. And that’s what the shirts are really about. Not horrifying people, or upsetting them, but for opening up a dialog, because as long as we don’t talk about rape and abuse, it continues to be something shameful that people try to hide. So maybe it’s best that the shirts come out in the spring. Because the shirts aren’t something that should be hidden away, they are something beautiful and brave that should be waving in the spring breeze.


The internet is crack…

April 8, 2008

I’ve decided that it has been far too long since I’ve posted. There is no real excuse for this except for that the internet is crack. I recently discovered Google Reader and it has consumed my soul. I would show you a picture of my room to illustrate what I have been living in, but it is too terrifying to show you. Instead, this is my door. Look on my flickr if you want descriptions of what everything is. It all has a story.

In honor of my internet addiction, I’ve decided to show some love to my favorite sites. Some are small personal blogs, some large editorials, but all are blogs I love. Check them out, they’re awesome.

Cooking Blogs:

101 Cookbooks – I am way jealous of how well she photographs her food.

Cupcake Bakeshop by Chockylit – All cupcakes, all the time. What more could you really want?

Smitten Kitchen – I can’t wait to get home this summer and start trying out some of these recipes.

Vanilla Garlic – Delicious looking recipes peppered with hilarious commentary from a fellow food snob.

Yumsugar – Food and parties in one place! Everything I love!

Health Blogs:

FitSugar – Cool health stuff.

Shopping/Decorating Blogs:

Delight – Daily deals and great gift ideas.

Oh Happy Day – Adorable stuff every day.

Oh Joy – Gorgeous pictures that light up my google reader.

Outblush – Clearly at this point you are realizing that I have a shopping problem.

Sharp Lily – Great cheap finds.

The Bag Snob – Because I enjoy lusting after things I can’t have.

Wedding/Hostessing Blogs:

Hostess with the Mostess – A hip, young Martha Stewart.

Wedding Bee – The best idea ever. A bunch of women come together to create one mass ongoing wedding blog. Be still my beating heart.

What Junebug Loves – Gorgeous inspirations.

Sustainability Blogs:

Eco Chick – Proof that being sustainable doesn’t mean giving up being stylish.

Re-Nest – Living sustainably in a very small space.

Celebrity blogs:

Jezebel – Celebrity news for smart girls.

Cool Chicks:

Girl’s Gone Child – Proof become a mother doesn’t end your “cool” period.

Metalia – See above. Also, pretty freaking hilarious

Secret Agent Josephine – Seriously amazing graphic designer and super mom. Check out her adorable etsy shop.

She Likes Purple – Me in a few years – J. Crew lover and dog fanatic with an adorable husband in Texas. Makes me be a little less homesick for the south.

The Post Apocalyptic Workout – She designed a fitness plan around surviving the apocalypse. Enough said.

Whoorl – Hair diva extraordinaire.

I hope all these links gave you some idea about me and what I’m interested in. I also have way more to talk about, but I am trying to spread it out over several days. Here’s a taste of posts to come:

Coming out of the closet…


A sad but beautiful spring…

Things that I love…

March 13, 2008

I’m finally coming up for air after mid-terms, which included a French exam on literature during the reign of Louis XIV, a biology exam and a medical anthropology theory paper. On top of that, I work as a research assistant and was way behind on my work. I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Now, on to the fun part, my love list, inspired by She Likes Purple, who is an all around amazing writing and may in fact be me in a few years.

Here are the rules from She Likes Purple: “*I challenge you to make your own list. The only catch? You can’t include a single person you know on your list. No “I love the way my husband laughs” or “I love hearing my little girl call for me.” It’ll be tough, I know. (Think about it, I couldn’t include MOLLY on my list.) But this particular little exercise is about stripping away everyone who defines you and figuring out what you (not his partner; not their mother/daughter/sister/friend) love.”

My list after the cut. (more…)