Year In Review

We started out the year like this:

Enjoying second semester at the top of the food chain, college apps finished, and not a care in the world

Finished off our high school career with a bang:

image

image

(Our 57-days-until-graduation cake)

image

(Obligatory prom picture) Our dates cleaned up nicely.

P took our volleyball team to the playoffs for the first time ever! E, on the other hand, got a black eye on the fundraiser softball team.

image

(M and P knighting their coach.)

We made some f*****g ugly pancakes.

image

And had various other cooking mishaps/ got involved in tons of shenanigans.

And, finally, graduated. Finally.

image

We conquered invasive plants in Scotland, made mosaics in Italy, and saw Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Boyce Avenue, and the musical Wicked in London.

image

We climbed rocks and found amazing restaurants and oogled at hot businessmen in Bermondsey.

image

(P’s fiance- like him?)

image

We walked hundreds of miles in the rain and the sunshine, had tea in the great elephant cafe (where J.K. Rowling found inspiration) and filled our journals with tales of hostels and adventures and new and exciting people.

image

We rode the tube, took pictures of olympic graffiti, and crossed many bridges. (literally and figuratively.) P learned how to cook (OMG GUYS) and E learned that its best to just ignore P while she thinks she’s cooking. 😉

image

We rode boats and lounged in beaches (the literary kind and the vacation kind), we went dancing, we ate leek pies and haggis, and we learned to speak Italian.

image

We ate delicious meals in Italy for hours on end, read fairytales, took espresso shots (after the coffee in Italy, P is never satisfied), and found little treasures in Venice.

image

E’s mosaic she created herself: a snail ship hybrid. (so cool!)

image

P’s mosaic-stolen from the great Banksy himself

image

E started school at UT in July, but we were reunited for two weeks in August, which involved Cracker Barrel trips at 6 AM, lots of laughter and tears, some serious collaging, tie dye art, and “Gone with the Wind”.

image

Then we started college- E in Austin, P in Boston at MIT.

image

(E and her roommate on the first day of classes)

image

P and her close friends S (on the left) and M (on the right)

And college was AMAZING. I (P), got to live in Boston, one of the most amazing cities in the world. I studied at one of the finest institutes in the world, learned so much, and made SO many amazing friends (that I miss dearly). I partied with the best of them, I joined the crew team, and I stayed up until the wee hours of the night studying bonding with these amazing people.

Between the two of us, we’ve seen all of these concerts this year:

    • Nicki Minaj
    • Boyce Avenue
    • Ben Howard
    • Tegan & Sara
    • Florence + the Machine
    • Rufus Wainwright
    • Andrew Bird
    • The Shins
    • Jack White (of the White Stripes)
    • Kimbra
    • Freelance Whales
    • Gary Clark Jr.
    • Policia
    • The Civil Wars
    • The Lumineers
    • The Avett Borthers
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • Macklemore
    • Train
    • Andy Grammar
    • Gavin Degraw

Read these books:

  • Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer (E&P)
  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (E)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbosky (E&P)
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (E)
  • The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe (E)
  • Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond (E)
  • How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer (E)
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (E&P)
  • The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling (E)
  • The House of God by Samuel Shem (E)
  • Radioactive by Lauren Redniss (E)
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (E&P)
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami (E)
  • If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino (E&P)
  • Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer (E)
  • Quiet by Susan Cain (E)
  • A Little Book of Language by David Crystal (E)
  • God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (E)
  • Perfume by Patrick Suskind (E)
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (E&P)
  • The Other Queen by Phillipa Gregory (E)
  • Born to Win by Zig Ziglar (E)
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (P)
  • The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare(P)
  • Lying by Sam Harris (P)
  • All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (P)
  • Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler (P)
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (P)
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (P)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Hadron (P)
  • Pole Dancing to Gospel Rhythms by Andrea Gibson (P)
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (P)
  • Hamlet by Shakespeare (P)
  • The Flinch by Julien Smith (P)
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (P)
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (P)
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’ Brien (P)
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan (E&P)
  • Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney (P)
  • Imagine by Jonah Lehrer (P)
  • The Madness Vase by Andrea Gibson (P)
  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (P)
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (P)
  • I Wrote This For You by Iain Thomas (P)
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (E&P)

We also finished some very good shows and movies:

  • Sherlock
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Iron Lady
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Clueless
  • Yes Man
  • Numbers
  • The Avengers
  • Gossip Girl
  • Grey’s Anatomy (In this year only, I’ve watched all 8 seasons and am now caught up to the 9th and final season. Perfect timing as uge.-P)

And possibly more that we have forgotten already. I guess they don’t really count.

We’ve made tons of new friends:

image

image

image

(S doesn’t count because she’s an old friend… oh well.)

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

2012 has been a truly great year, full of deep conversations, beauty, tragedy, goodies, joy, travels, change, and lots and lots of love. It’s been a year of happiness and crazy adventures. We are both smarter, deeper, and better people than we were on December 31, 2011. I (E) feel blessed that our friendship and this blog has been able to change as we have changed. And I (P) feel so lucky that E and I have such wonderful families and friends, both new and old. Like we said, this blog will always be the link between us, and I’m so happy it’s grown so much.

If you’ve been following us since January 1st, thanks for hanging out with us! If you’ve just started following, welcome! Get ready for the next year and for bigger, better, and badder adventures and stories from the two girls you know you love the most.

Best of luck in 2013!

image

Love,

E&P

Advertisements

An Encouraging Note for Finals Week

Dear P,

Failure is relative. We are always told that Thomas Edison tried a thousand time before he invented the lightbulb. But his success overshadows his many, many small failures. P, you are the next Thomas Edison. Your ridiculous successes always overshadow what minuscule failures always seem so large to you. You are a D1 athlete at the best school in the world. Everyone you meet loves you, because you’re hilarious and a genuinely joyous person. I love hearing about all the ridiculously cool stuff you do every day. Remember when you spoke to Steven Pinker? Or went to see Macklemore? Oh yeah, and remember this summer when you helped a British woo the love of her life, who she is about to marry? And when you explored the Dodge’s Palace in Venice? How is your life so cool?

P, a couple of tests are nothing to you. You’re on the fast track to success and you’re sprinting your way up it. Also, to put things in perspective, you don’t have grades this semester. So I don’t even know what you’re worried about. Be like Thomas Edison, and focus on you enormous successes rather than the tiny failures.

Loads of love,

See you soon,

E

Flashin’ Fashion: I Can Fly

image

image

image

image

image

image

This was one of my favorite photo shoots I have ever done–it’s from a while ago when E and I were exploring downtown. We found this awesome mural and giant hearts made of random materials. So we hopped out of the car and starting taking pictures (what else?) I miss this! I cant wait til I get home so that E and I can continue right where we left off. I love wearing tight pants-jeggings, leggings, fitted jeans and pairing them with looser tops or cropped sweatshirts. The sweatshirt I’m wearing here is short sleeved and has some cool ripped detailing on the front. I added a huge silver cuff and my favorite trusty fringe boots and voila, here I am, flying (: Do y’all have any outfits that make you feel like you can fly?

Sweatshirt: F21

Jeans: Buckle

Boots: Minnetonka

Cuff: Either F21 or Kohls, I can’t quite remember

XOXOXOXOXO,

P

A Very Boston Winter

It really feels like winter here in Boston. It’s ACTUALLY cold (I know, it’s crazy.), I get to bundle up in warm clothes and enjoy the Boston skyline while feeling the crisp air while walking across the bridge.

image

Christmas decorations at the Prudential Center!

image

The other day it was my friend Arthur’s birthday and we went to Cheesecake factory, enjoyed delicious food and just chatted. It was super fun looking at all the Christmas decorations up around Boston and being able to get off campus. It was SUCH a fun time. From left to right are my friends Alex from Mexico, Allie from Pennsylvania, McCall from Virginia, Donald from Egypt, Gian (from I forget where), Nick from Kentucky, and then me. Thats Arthur (from France) in the front.

image

The first snow here! I somehow managed to grab these awesome pics on my iphone. Artsy right?

image

Apple cider. Oh. My. Gosh. You have no idea how much I love winter drinks. Pumpkin spice lattes are literally my FAVORITE drink at Starbucks, with salted caramel mochas coming in at a close second. I also love me some hot chocolate, any peppermint drinks, gingerbread tea (ohmygosh I don’t even like tea, but this is amazing), coffee….I love winter drinks. There’s nothing better than having a nice hot steaming drink in your hand while curling up to hit the books or while walking down Newbury St.

image

ICE SKATING! I love winter sports. I think I’m going to learn how to snowboard. And ice skating and skiing happen so much here!

image

Stargazing! The other night we went out to the roof of Baker (which is my dorm) and looked at the stars. The Boston skyline is SO beautiful and we literally all feel so lucky that we get to go to school in a place as amazing as this. Oh and our housemaster is an astronaut so he was like helping us find things thru the telescope. Casual. I also stole a box of cider….# no shame.

image

Here’s the skyline! This is literally what we see when we look out the windows (:

image

You know me E, I LOVE wearing winter clothes. Scarves and boots and mittens are some of my FAVE things to wear. Pics on that to come soon!

image

image

Our awesome GRTs baked us cookies and we decorated them all holiday-ish. Cute right? Ours are less than picturesque but they were delicious.

image

Mostly I just love the holiday spirit. My first winter in Boston has been fantasmagorical.

I love you and miss you so much ❤

Can’t wait to come home for Christmas break and hang out with you.

Snowflakes and butterfly kisses,

P

Miscellaneous

Dear P,

I am a little delusional from the amount of studying I’ve been doing, so I’m just going to go ahead and share some interesting things I’ve learned lately.

First of all, bangs-

image

 

The other day I was sharing my favorite British dialect story- the one where my friend A stood up from the dining table and shouted “Hey, y’all, look at my new BANG!”- and it suddenly occurred to me. Where did the word “Bangs” come from?

 

image

 

 

image

 

 

image

 

According to the all-knowing and all-powerful Internet, specifically randomhouse.com, the most common explanation is that it is derived from the word “bangtail”, which is the word used to describe a horse’s tail when it is trimmed horizontally.

 

image

 

(Like this- thank you http://www.lemen.com)

The word “bangtail” was first used in the early 1860s, and then the word “bangs” referring to hair only a couple of years later in the 1870s.

 

image

 

 

image

 

So our darlings Zooey Deschanel and T. Swift can thank the equine species for their quirky- and very American- hairdo.

 

image

 

 

image

 

Speaking of Zooey-

 

image

 

Did you know she has an awesome older sister named Emily?

She plays Bones. In the TV series Bones.

ALL THE DOTS ARE CONNECTING.

 

image

 

I really just can’t wait until we’re famous and we can hang out with other famous people.

Like in the tumblr awesomepeoplehangingouttogehter.

I’m just going to go ahead and steal some of their posts right now:

 

image

 

(Obama, Bruce Springsteen, and Jay-Z)

 

image

 

(Frida Kahlo and Trotsky)

 

image

 

(Meryl Streep and Hillary Clinton) (takin’ a selfie)

 

image

 

(Mick Jagger, Catherine Deneuve and Andy Warhol)

Being rich and famous has never been one of those things that I considered necessary for my happiness, but the idea of getting to meet famous people- mostly artists and authors- is absolutely intoxicating to me. I think a writer would have the perfect amount of fame. You’re cool enough to meet other awesome people (famous and not-as-famous), but people aren’t obsessed with looking at you. I would hate being looked at all the time.

 

image

 

(Me, pretty much.)

I don’t even feel bad putting that picture because there are way worse pictures of me out there on google-image. Which the readers of this blog can’t find because my name here is E.

I just google-imaged your name and all the pictures of you are super hot.

 

image

 

I don’t know who this girl is but you look gorgeous.

 

image

 

Who is this guy, P? You and him seem to be getting pretty friendly 😉

This has been the most irrelevant post I’ve ever done, but I can’t help it. I miss our meandering conversations so much.

I’m going to finish studying so this won’t be me tomorrow morning:

 

image

 

Just kidding- it’s going to be me whether I go to sleep now or not.

Best of luck with finals!

I can’t wait until Christmas break! We are going to be reunited and take loads of Flashin’ Fashion pictures and cause a lot of ruckus!

-E

Ways to Procrastinate this December

Run your hands under the dryer past the point of being dry

Over-adjust your leg warmers

Organize your sweaters by color

Make hot chocolate. And coffee. And tea. And other hot beverages.

Think of new ways to tie your scarf.

Go online window shopping so you never have to leave the comfort of your oh-so incredibly warm bed.

Go to Bath & Bodyworks and sample every lotion in the store.

Happy December!

Love,

E&P