Archive | December, 2012

Tuesday Tunes: “Boy” by Ra Ra Riot

11 Dec

In an effort to keep my sanity during the final push of the semester – and also because I am a serial procrastinator with writing papers – my friend Amy and I are going to see Ra Ra Riot tomorrow night at Mohawk Place. This will be my very first concert in Buffalo! It seems like they have a lot of good bands come to this or the surrounding area (we’re right near Toronto and Rochester – bonus!). In February, I’m going with the Buffalo crew to see Passion Pit and Matt & Kim in Toronto. Pinch me – I think I’m dreaming.

I’m super stoked!

And now, for your listening enjoyment:

Monkeys Wearing Jackets Make Everything Better

10 Dec

Spark Notes version: dealing with a lot of emotional stuff today that is severely inhibiting my productivity.

Until I saw this monkey.

Memes make everything better.

Day: saved.

 

It’s About Survival / Dating Dislike

6 Dec

As of 9:30pm EST this very evening, I will have completed all of my classes of my first semester as a PhD student! My last final is the 17th, so I’m not counting my chickens before they hatch. Also, I don’t own chickens.

The past few weeks have been hell for a few reasons.
1. I miss the sh*t out of my sister. She gives the best advice and it’s sad to not be able to hug her after she’s done dealing a hefty dose of a reality check.
2. The other person in my cohort is thinking of quitting.
3. There’s only enough time to get it done – not to make it perfect. As a raging perfectionist, I’m getting a really valuable life lesson to calm my sh*t down. It’s not about achievement – it’s about survival.

I’ll be honest – I thought about quitting this past week. I thought about going to cosmetology school instead. You see, one of my stress relief tactics is shopping at Sephora – not the healthiest for my wallet, but my skin looks great and I’m kick-ass at liquid eyeliner now. But then I thought about the office job I would get instead – because that’s what I’m most qualified for at this point – and immediately went back to my research. I cannot work in an office. Even though it’s super stressful, this is really the environment where I belong. I’m gonna stick it out for the long haul. I like Buffalo, my new friends are awesome, and I like who I’ve become. I like everything here.

Well, there is *one* thing I dislike – people who say they had a nice time on your date and then never talk to you again.

Really? Caution: it’s about to get straight-up cranky in here.

I’m a person who is very quick to appreciate others and I’m optimistic about my future. I’m honest about how I feel and very empathetic. I tell people how I feel about them. My guard is usually down. When you tell me that you enjoyed spending time with me, I believe you and I get my hopes up. 2012 has *not* been my year for relationships. Luckily, 2013 is right around the corner. I know the right guy who will love all of me is out there somewhere – it’s just going to take me a little bit longer to find him. Or have him find me 🙂
I’m not looking for pity, but rather to educate. If you don’t want to date someone anymore, tell them. Believe me, they’ll appreciate it more if you buck-up and just say what’s on your mind. Oh my blog – I sound like my mother.

I think I’ll just marry myself – I know we’ll be really happy together. Also, I’m registered at Target, Crate & Barrel, and – of course – Sephora. 😛

Monday Music Madness: Walking on Tightropes

3 Dec

These guys had one of my favorite songs this summer and are coming to Rochester in January – I CAN’T WAIT!!!

 

You should know Janelle Monae because of her collaboration on Fun.’s track “We Are Young” from earlier this year. This woman just knows how to SING. She also has killer dance moves and a bitchin’ hairdo. I’m jealous.

Yes, I’m avoiding work again because it’s become so immense as we get closer to the end of the semester. However, I’m currently sitting in a booth in the library and a young girl gave me a packet of Smarties with a flyer promoting fun study activities that a student group is hosting during finals week. While I won’t be attending the listed events (sorry, lady – I’ve got sh*t to do), I have already inhaled the sleeve of Smarties. Mmmm…. sugar 🙂

 

Boom. Monday.

Sunday Study Session Song – “Kites” by Geographer

2 Dec

Oh, you know me – just procrastinating and avoiding this research that I’m supposed to be doing.

I had an interesting weekend and I made a new friend. Well, we were friends before, but we actually spent a lot of time together this weekend. I know Amy through my PhD friends, but now I can actually say I’m friends with her: I joined her book club, went to karaoke with her, went bowling, went to brunch – it was pretty kick-ass. My PhD friends are in Vegas this weekend and with my high need for affiliation, I was craving some human contact. It was really nice to hang out with someone who isn’t in my program – well, besides the fantastic date I went on last weekend. More on that in another post. 🙂

Happy Sunday, everyone!