I Got My Feet On the Ground

Hello, hello! I have a huge project due for my internship early this coming week so I am working away, but I wanted to pop in to post something because I have been neglectful.

Here are a couple of videos to keep you entertained while I toil away:

1. Sleep to Dream– Fiona Apple

The reason I made it through this week.

2.  For Women Who Are Difficult to Love

A poem, a treatise on love, and a beautiful reminder.Thank you, Alex.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone! Be back soon.


The Darkest Day

I’ve found that the best way to calm an overactive mind is distraction. So, without further ado, I present to you:

10 Steps to get over heartbreak: an interactive list. 

1. Listen to some crappy heartsick music:

2. Spend a lot of time with your lovely friends.

3. Cry… a lot.

(also, as a side note, this is a photo from Iguazu!)

4. Listen to some awesome heartsick music and watch a silly music video:

5. RetailTherapy.

6. Read some inspirational words, and believe them.

7. Be active.

8. Cook some awesome meals.

Sausage-stuffed potatoes from Smitten Kitchen (click for recipe)

9. Take some deep breaths.

Or, alternatively, get out there with a camera.

10. Let go.

The Right Start to Summer

Hello, hello! I have been absent again for quite a while. Finals are done, friends have graduated, and I am officially a senior in college, hoping someone will find a way to stop time for a bit– I am not at all ready to leave this place, yet. But summer has started and it is going to be a challenging, rewarding, and hopefully relaxing few months.

I’m living at school this summer in an apartment and commuting to the city for work. I didn’t find out about my job until late so I couldn’t deal with housing until late, either, which means that I’m living in an apartment all by myself. It’s nice having so much space and I am definitely learning to be self-sufficient, but it’s gotten a bit lonely at points. I have lots of friends here over the summer, though, so I am not, by any means, alone.

Last night my friend Raymond came over for dinner and we made fajitas. Raymond says he can’t cook but did an excellent job of chopping everything (and an even more excellent job of doing the dishes… which was STELLAR). Before I talk about the food, though, I have to mention our cooking soundtrack: Onda Vaga. They’re an Argentine band that reminds me fully of summer and I would highly recommend getting their CDs, especially when it’s warm and happy out.

I was an idiot and forgot to take pictures of our fajitas (and the leftovers in my fridge don’t look nearly as pretty as my plate did), but the marinade on the chicken was delicious and I would most definitely use it again. You can find the basic recipe here, though I made some small changes. In the marinade, I used a bit more cumin than was called for and a lot more lime juice. The recipe also tells you to marinate the chicken already sliced, but I was worried that cooking it in slices would dry it out. Instead, I cut the breasts into thinner chunks– sort of like thin breast pieces (I  got about three out of each breast)– to cook in the pan, and sliced them afterwards.  We added some sauteed onions and peppers, homemade guacamole, and homemade pico de gallo to the mix and we were set. Yum!

We topped it all off with this lovely grapefruit, thyme, and gin soda (minus the gin because Raymond had to drive home afterwards). Shh, don’t tell anyone… but I cut a few corners and this beverage was super easy to pull together. Trader Joe’s has ruby red grapefruit juice without sugar added, so I used some of that instead of fresh grapefruit juice. I also am not too keen on juicing limes, so I used some of the bottled stuff from the supermarket. The thyme syrup is incredibly easy to make, though, and I am so happy that the recipe he provides for it makes much more than you need for this soda– I’m planning to use it in just about anything and everything. It is so tasty! The one thing I was disappointed about is that the club soda lost its carbonation almost immediately, but I also wasn’t storing it in an appropriate bottle and the drink was delicious un-carbonated, as well. Basically, I was so pleased with it that I am planning to make it all summer long! Maybe next time we’ll try it with the gin and report back.

I’m preparing now to head home for Memorial Day weekend. We’re supposed to have a doozy of a heatwave here at school this weekend, and nothing says Memorial Day like swimming in a nice, chilly pool. Have a wonderful holiday weekend, everyone! Catch you next week.

Te Quiero Cada Día Más

Hey! The blahhg has a new layout!

This new format has a wider post area, which means I can fit pictures into it more easily. It also fixes a bunch of things that I didn’t like about the old layout, like that the comments to the side of the post. I miss certain things about it but I think this one is pretty neat. Do you all like it? Thoughts?

In other news, I have decided that I really like a bunch of Argentine music. I hope to start sharing some with you guys! My Spanish class focuses on música urbana (urban music), so for every class we listen to a few CDs and then discuss them. Our professor basically made us a 2gb mix CD and I’m slowly going through it on my own in addition to what he assigns us each week.

Today’s post is dedicated to Charly Garcia. Recently we’ve been studying his music and the anti-dictatorship movement… and I’ve discovered that I really, really like him! He was apparently a child prodigy and studied a boatload of classical music before becoming a rock star. Who knew?

Basically, I haven’t been able to get this song– the one below– out of my head, and I’m sure my host family is sick of listening to the same tune floating out of my room every day. The title of this post is a lyric (letra) from another of his songs, No llores por mí, Argentina, which is another wonderfully catchy song if you’re interested in looking it up.

I know I’ve been pretty prolific in the past few days, which is rare, but unfortunately I will probably go back to being a bit quiet for the next two weeks. I have my two parciales— midterms– next week and GOSH they are going to be a lot harder than I expected.

I guess at the bottom of it, it’s just learning all the material so I can discuss it on the tests, but somehow the whole process is about a million times more difficult in Spanish. It’s harder to understand on the first try and it’s certainly harder to figure out the main points of readings. More than that, though, it’s hard to retain things and it’s almost impossible to connect multiple points together.

And after my last midterm next week, a bunch of friends and I are leaving for a trip to Iguazu Falls! It is my first time on a big trip and I am SO excited. It’s officially October which means that I don’t have a lot of time left here, so I am trying to enjoy as much of it as I can.

So this weekend I am going to have a bit of fun– keep an eye out for some pictures of El Tigre, where I’m going on Saturday if I get enough work done beforehand– but other than that I will be buckling down. And maybe procrastinating a bit, like I’m doing now. Er. Yes. Back to work, for now.

Wish me luck, guys!