Well, hello again! You might have noticed it’s been a while since I was here. That’s because grad school has completely consumed my life, what with homework and internship and class. Not to mention meeting all my classmates and getting adjusted to all the wonderful things DC has to offer. Then there’s my addiction to Pinterest and Observando…you get the idea. My focus hasn’t been here in quite some time. I’m attempting to get back on track now. Wouldn’t you know that I save this goal for the last week of my break, rather than trying to get back into the blogging habit during my three weeks of vacation. C’est la vie, I guess. Anyway, I’m slowly going back and trying to recreate posts for the last few months. This might seem like a ridiculous goal, but I am nothing if not OCD. You’ll see posts appear that were supposed to go up many weeks and months ago, but for whatever reason were neglected. So, my life is retrospectively being posted here.
As I said, I have one week left before I go back for my second semester. I’m hoping to get out of the house a bit and do some more exploring and touristy things in the city, such as museums and galleries, but the weather isn’t exactly cooperating. It snowed here today – can you believe it? – after such a lovely, warm weekend. I don’t think that most of it stuck, though, but there is a bit of accumulation. I think I’m trained to stay inside and not go anywhere when it snows, thanks to my dad’s belief that I’m incapable of driving or being away from the house in the snow. I don’t really have anywhere to be, anyway, so it’s a good day to sit around and catch up on blogging.
In the meantime, I’m excited for the LSU game tonight! I’m a bit conflicted because part of it will overlap the premier of Castle tonight, too. I can’t pick which I’d rather watch, because I love them both (although Castle will be online later…) Anyway, I’m having a toasty day in the house preparing for some major TV-watching tonight!
I have a new roommate who moved in yesterday. Her name is Noreen and she just moved here from Chicago to start a job at PBS. We met her through Craigslist, so that will be the second time we’ve looked for roommates through the site. So far, I’ve had success in my roommate relationships through Craigslist, so I hope we have good luck with her, too. She seems really nice so far, and easy to talk to. It doesn’t feel awkward at all to have her here. She’s been spending her time unpacking and getting everything settled in, much like I did when I first moved in.
Heather moved out the last week of December, right before New Year’s. She moved in with her fiance, JT, to an apartment not too far from here. I hope we’ll still see some of her – we got along really well. I knew it was just temporary when I moved in, but I can’t believe it’s already time for her to move on and have somebody new. The time really just flew by.
Why yes, you’re hearing from a new Anthropologie employee! It’s kind of a dream come true to start working there. They might as well pay me in clothes.
Today I met up with Alex and Chia-Hua to see the Degas exhibit at the Phillips Collection. This was the last week for it – I’ve been meaning to go see it for a while, but have just been so caught up with school and doing other things. I’m so glad we finally made the effort – it was well worth it! I’m a big fan of any Impressionist painter, and this exhibit was very well done. I’ve been to the Phillips before and really loved the galleries. This exhibit showed a lot of drawings, sketches, and paintings of nudes and dancers done by Degas, as well as some of the paintings he bought from his friends and other artists he admired. There were even a couple of his sculptures, that he created as studies for his figure drawings. All in a all, a really beautiful exhibit. I think the Phillips is one of my favorite collections I’ve ever seen. They rotate their permanent collection through the galleries, so things aren’t always in the same place when you go back to see them. I really like that about the Collection – so different from other permanent exhibitions.
After the Phillips, we met our friend Ali, who lives in Dupont, for a late lunch. We ate at a place called Bread and Brew, which I’d never heard of before. It was a cute little place with great sandwiches, soups, and pizzas. I had a wild mushroom pizza that was good, as well as a pumpkin spice latte. We walked around for a bit afterward and found a used book store that had some amazing antiquarian and rare books. It reminded me of that book I read last summer, The Man Who Loved Books Too Much, about a notorious rare book thief. It was a great read – I’d highly recommend it. It was a lovely, art-filled day today!
I’ve spent the day baking for our New Year’s Eve party tomorrow night. While I didn’t make this, isn’t it a great way to end the year? Happy 2012!
Few things are so lovely as unique freckle patterns, fascinating birthmarks, and quirky genetics. These imperfections are what make us beautiful.