Archive | December, 2010

Back in the USA

29 Dec

I have returned from family vacation rested and relaxed! This past week I was lucky enough to get to spend a week with my parents, aunt, grandpa, and three cousins cruising on the Celebrity Solstice to St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and San Juan. Although I had been all three places before, I still had a wonderful time enjoying the beach and sun with my family :) Here are some photos and a little recap from my vacation. All of these delightful images are courtesy of the family’s official portrait photographer Mom.

Me and my parents at formal dinner celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary.

Historic San Juan. My cousins and I spent an entire day walking about 6 miles around the old city. We ended up wandering through a quaint restaurant/bar district and had the most delicious food at an authentic Puerto Rican place. We finished the evening with a little tourist indulgence at Senor Frogs. Continue reading

Website I love: Paperback Swap

26 Dec

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, the classic romance novel I selected for reading this week while cruising through the Virgin Islands.

By now we all know how much I love a) things that don’t cost a lot of money, and b) things that make my life easier. Well today I’d like to tell you about a website that does both: Paperback Swap. Karma is essentially the currency on this website, which allows you to request other people’s recently read books for free, under the assumption that you will send people paperbacks you are through with. When you sign up (for free, of course) and list 10 books you’re ready to get rid of, you’ll start out with your first two credits to request other books. When someone requests one of your books, you pay the shipping, and when you request a book that person will pay the shipping for you in return. Continue reading

Words of Inspiration from Albert Camus

21 Dec

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.”¬†-Albert Camus. Pictured: his famed existential classic, The Stranger. Continue reading

Mommy Daughter Date

18 Dec

I’ve been home for winter break for almost a week now, and my dad’s 48 hour business trip on Tuesday provided my mom and I with the opportunity to have a fun girl’s night without making dad feel left out. It started out with errand runs to Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Joann’s to compile supplies for the upcoming gift/craft project I’ll be making for my best friends. Unfortunately for yall, they read this blog so I won’t be able to say anything more about it until we all get together for our annual dinner and gift exchange! After traipsing around town for the sake of crafting, we headed over to the 10th Annual Blue Genie Art Bazaar to check out some cool stuff.¬†Here’s a little round up of some of my favorite items I saw around the bazaar:

When I saw these letter press notes I thought they were some of the most beautiful I’d ever seen. I’m aching for the postcard with the Austin bats from Presse du Four’s Etsy shop. Continue reading

Gifts for the Party Girl

16 Dec
For the Party Girl

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And now for something completely different…

13 Dec

My boyfriend and I at a tacky sweater party last weekend.

Well, the semester is officially over for me, and the year 2010 is almost over too! I can’t believe it. In about 2 weeks we’ll be ringing in the new year. I know I don’t share a whole lot of personal photos on this blog, because it’s not a diary type of blog, but I thought it might be fun to post a few just to sum up the wonderful year I’ve had. Enjoy!

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Gifts for the Snow Bunny and the Budding Chef

9 Dec

Apologies again for the bare bones post today… I’m still huddled in the corner of the library meticulously cramming for finals. I have two left and then on Saturday I’ll be hitting up the airport yet again to fly home for vacation! Here are some brief gift ideas for the friend in your life who loves the cold weather (aka, not me) or aspires to be the next Julia Child (aka, double not me.) The top two I actually bought for a friend, although from a gift store warehouse in Texas called Sam Moon where I found both things for about $6 each.

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Gifts for the Jet Setter

6 Dec

Today’s post will be brief as I’m officially beginning finals week and I’m locking myself in the library until further notice. As we are in the full swing of Hannukah, and Chrismas isn’t far off, here are my top gift picks for your favorite jet setter. My personal rule for gifts is generally that everything should be under $20 (exceptions: parents, boyfriend, best best best friend.) So here are several options that can still be combined without emptying your wallet. Most of these items I saw at a most amazing store (warehouse, really) in Texas called Sam Moon, which sells everything on the planet very cheap. Here are some similar items from various web portals. Enjoy!

For the Jet Setter

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Happy Hannukah!

1 Dec

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful Wednesday… For many it’s just a normal Wednesday, but at sundown tonight it’s also the first night of Hannukah! So a very very happy Hannukah to all my fellow latke-eating peeps out there. I’m a bit sad I don’t get to celebrate the holiday with my family since college semesters rarely plan around Jewish holidays, but I did do a little bit of decorating last night to get my roommates and me in the holiday spirit. Continue reading

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