Cici’s Snow Day

I typically spend so much time doting on my two chihuahuas, Lola and Gatsby, that our pit bull, Cici McMuffin, often takes a back seat. So when Matt suggested that I blog about our romp in the snow earlier today, I thought it would be nice to draft a photo-essay in her honor. Cici is…

Cheers to a Quiet New Year’s Eve Dinner

Oh my goodness. Although our night was cut short by an allergic reaction to something I ate, Matt and I had a lovely, late-night dinner on New Year’s Eve, thanks to Wegman’s. We’re not particularly fond of drinking or partying, so we decided our best bet was to stay in and make a nice dinner…

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to…

Makeup, Hair, and Fashion: Autumn Essentials

So, I’ve been trying to focus on generating some blog posts filled with fun, lighthearted writing about topics such as recipes, fashion, and holiday festivities, as opposed to much of the academic writing I’m used to. I’ve been shopping and compiling a list of autumn essentials, staples that should be in every girl’s closet for…

Hot Sand and Yummies in Ocean City

In July, I vacationed in Ocean City, Maryland with my long-distance boyfriend who lives in Kansas. I haven’t blogged in a while and I figured this was a good opportunity to share some photos and gush over our trip. Making the drive from Pennsylvania isn’t too awful–about four hours. It’s more bearable when you have…

Choose Your Own Adventure: on Lucid Dreaming and Other Unconscious Fun

I read a book in middle school about dreams (I can’t remember the title!), with a chapter on lucid dreaming; shortly after finishing the book, I had two lucid dreams, and I became fascinated with this natural phenomenon. In one, I was flying through the clouds, and I recalled the book’s chapter on how to…

The Joys of Cooking with Coconut Milk

It’s time for a food post! I tried my hand at a new recipe from the May issue of Real Simple, but my Panko-Crusted Pork Chops with Roasted Broccoli Rabe was a bit of a failure. I’m not really a fan of pork to begin with, so I suppose it was meant to be. I…

The Unsung Companions of ‘Spirited Away’

*Note: the frame grabs found in this post were captured by me using VLC Media Player, but please feel free to borrow them for your own use. Anyone who knows me and/or reads my blog knows that I adore the films of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, and I’ve been in the mood to write another…