Let’s Take a Stand for the Night

Dear E,

As you know, my spring break is currently coming to an end, a a harsh truth I’m not quite ready to accept. But as it goes, over the break I did a lot of reading and looking through various books, etc, etc. It seems that people always make a case for the morning. I’m sure you’ve heard the quote “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” My parents used to tell me that when I was younger and they were trying to get me into bed earlier rather than later. But over the years I have somehow been transformed into a night owl. And while I realize that waking up early is great and healthy and whatever there is a certain je ne sais quoi to the nighttime I’d like to bring up. Since I love lists I suppose I’ll just put this in list form.

Things I Love About Night Time

city lights

partying

sleepovers

the fact that for some reason the best talks always happen late at night and usually in the dark

tiptoeing around and feeling quite stealthy

midnight snacks

peace and quiet–the loud music subsides, the trains and traffic cease, and the chatter dies down

intimacy

impromptu movies

bonding over hard psets

the fact that if you stay up late/early enough you feel like the only person in the world

stars and the moon

it’s more acceptable to wear heels

have you ever read that book goodnight moon? where the whole world goes to sleep? The night time is just really relaxing to me

being able to say the night is young

the fact that we’re night owls and morning people don’t really get an animal name….other than just morning people

being nocturnal is in adventure in itself

everything feels sparkly and magical

Anyway, I probably enjoy the night time because none of my classes start before noon, tehehe. So I suppose I’ll remain a night owl for my collegiate years while I’m still young and then perhaps I’ll shift to being a morning person.

Loads of love and sweet dreams,

P

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Spring, where art thou?

Dear E,

Now that I’m back home in Texas and the weather is absolutely beautiful, I’m reminded that spring time is upon us. Back in Cambridge it was snowy and slushy and altogether NOT spring-y. But hopefully Cambridge will take a hint and start warming up. Here are some things I want to do this I want to do this spring

have a picnic

wear skirts and dresses all the time

buy flowers (daffodils are currently my favorite)

carry my camera everywhere with me

take pictures of the clouds

always smell nice

go sailing on the Charles River

go see a Red Sox game

wake up at the crack of dawn for good vintage finds at different Boston markets

take loads of polaroids

spring clean my dorm (its questionable how long it will actually stay clean)

redesign/reorganize my room

dream about summer

I miss you and hope you’re having fun in Austin!

Much love,

P

Making Mondays Sunny

P’s Quote

“He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee. I said his heaven would only be half alive; and he said mine would be drunk: I said I should fall asleep in his; and he said he could not breathe in mine.” -Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

Things I’m grateful for this week:

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Things I Love This Week:

my little brothers, how freaking awesome my little brothers are, how everything is hilarious at 5 am, my new Chanel lipgloss named Fatale because it makes me feel like I have killer lips, the feeling of flying back home, Sunday morning breakfasts, devouring books like there is no tomorrow, yogurt with granola, my mom’s cooking, laughing until I’m literally crying or rolling on the ground trying to breathe, this dear old town in Texas, finishing my pistol class and being a sharp shooter, catching up with friends over chocolate and Max Brenners, being able to go swimming, unwinding with Starbucks and a fat stack of magazines, spring break, escaping physics (even if it’s only for one measly week), my new Gianni Bini shoes, hot tubbing, the group text with K, S and M,

And most of all being home. With my parents and brothers and old friends. I never realize how much I absolutely miss this peaceful place until I leave it.

Things to make this week sunnier:

go to group classes and do yoga, read as many books as humanely possible, no alarms, go swimming everyday, hang out with mom, download a bunch of songs ❤

Much love and peace,

P

E’s Quote:

I was just going to put a piece of this poem, but it is so perfect, and sums up this week so well, that I think I’ll just share all of it.

9.

there are so many tictoc

clocks everywhere telling people what toctic time it is for

tictic instance five toc minutes toc

past six tic

 

Spring is not regulated and does

not get out of order nor do

its hands a little jerking move

over numbers slowly

 

we do not

 

wind it up it has no weights

springs wheels inside of

its slender self no indeed dear

nothing of the kind

 

(So, when kiss Spring comes

we’ll kiss each kiss other on kiss the kiss

lips because tic clocks toc don’t make

a toctic difference

to kisskiss you and to

kiss me)

-e. e. cummings

Things I’m grateful for this week:

S’s birthday is today! I’m so grateful for her friendship! She has an unfailingly fresh, honest perspective; she’s one of the smartest people I know and is always down for an adventure!

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I’m grateful for all the wonderful people who came to visit UT this weekend!

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BR (middle) came to check out the business honors program!

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The other B was on spring break and decided to pay us a visit!

On Sunday, A, S, and I went to Holi, which is a Hindu festival where you throw colors everywhere!

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It might be kind of boring to be grateful for the weather, but I definitely, definitely am! It could not be more beautiful here!

I’m grateful for salsa dancing parties at 2:00 in the morning; I’m grateful for free poetry books that make you want to stay up all night reading. I’m grateful for post-test, overly emotional frozen yogurt runs with I that make chemistry that much more bearable. I’m grateful for the  private violin concert from B while I studied on the sun deck of my dorm (he was technically practicing). I’m grateful for the satisfying ending to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries on Youtube. There’s nothing more happily predictable than Pride and Prejudice; it’s better than a Disney movie. I’m grateful for Jamba Juice and the coupons they are currently giving out (so I can justify going every other meal). I’m grateful for runs to the grocery store with A for seaweed salad and Bath and Bodyworks lotion samples.

I hope you have a fabulous spring break at home, P!
Loads of love and hugs!

E

The Botanical Adventures of E

Dear P,

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When I was twelve, I had an obsession with Venus flytraps. I killed my first quickly (I tried to feed it too often) but managed to keep the second alive for several months. You are supposed to put them in the refrigerator during winter and feed them hot dogs to supplement the lack of insects.

Venus flytraps get most of their energy from photosynthesis, like most other plants. They are carnivorously inclined to satiate their appetite for nitrogen and other essential nutrients.

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The summers when I was fourteen and fifteen, I lived on a small fishing village in Greece called Antikyra. There were a lot of interesting flora and fauna, with one of the most fascinating being the caper plant. It grows as a weed in Greece- everywhere. And you can pick off the little buds and they have the same, caper-y taste everybody knows and loves, even before they are pickled.

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When I was seventeen, my brothers and I grew strawberries. Non-commercial strawberries are small, sweet, and beautiful. They only produce fruit every two years, so tending to them is a labor of patience and love, qualities often forgotten when it comes to food in the U.S. today.

Humans have an egotistical tendency to believe that they are the most evolved organisms on the planet, but plants have such vast repertoires of interesting and delicious adaptations that science fiction writers barely scratch the surface.

Happy gardening!

E

Reunited in Boston: Continued!

Day 3:

Riding the T:

 

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The MIT museum:

 

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E&P’s best meal to date at Yamato Sushi restaurant:

 

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Those are our happy faces.

Day 4:

E got lost on the MIT campus, luckily still clutching her camera:

 

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First hintings of spring in Boston!

 

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We had another beautiful dinner at the Top of the Hub, where we could see all of Boston below us:

 

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And then we went for a chocolate run at Trader Joe’s to satisfy E’s sweet tooth:

 

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Day 5:

We are usually law-abiding ladies, but on Thursday we decided to push the edge and go to two movies while paying for one. Our plan started well: “21 and Over” was hilarious and relevant to our current situations (E solemnly swore to come to Boston for P’s 21st birthday). Things started to go downhill from the time we walked into our second movie. “Identity Thief” was so bad that we walked out fifteen minutes into the movie. Readers, DO NOT go see this movie. The conflict is just too realistic and frustrating to be funny.

 

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We proceeded to have an adventure through China Town to find Boomerang’s Thrift shop, which unfortunately also turned out to be a bit of a bust. Their demographic seemed to be gentleman about forty years older than us. Boston’s China town was scenic, though:

 

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Our day ended with an amazing Italian dinner at Pomodoro’s:

 

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In case you’re not noticing the pattern, we like food. A lot.

 

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Day 6:

Boston Museum of Fine Arts!

 

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After the Fine Arts Museum, we made our way over to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall:

 

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We had a spectacular all-American dinner at “The Friendly Toast”, near campus, with P’s friends:

 

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I [E] had the greatest week ever! Boston is an interesting, photogenic city, especially when you have guide as great as P!

Hugs and kisses,
E&P

Making Mondays Sunny

P’s Quote

“If grass can grow through the cement, love can find you at every time in your life.” -Cher

Things I’m Grateful for This Week

E visiting me all week, eating delicious food, traipsing around Boston, brunch, partying until the wee hours of the night, my lovely friends here, S for making me laugh even when I completely and totally fail my economics test, K for just being K, M for our random but lovely talks, all you can eat sushi, daffodils in empty wine bottles, Macy’s Campus Tour coming to MIT, organic chocolate truffles, the app Split pic and morphing my face with all of my friends’ faces (eerie but hilarious), the museum of fine arts, hoarding apples, more Starbucks than is possible in one week, finding my good headphones, St. Patricks Day, bright red lips, and the fact that spring break is only 5 days away.

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Much love from Boston

-P

E’s Quotes: 

“The unifying theme [of writers] is resilience and faith. The unifying theme is being a warrior and a m**********r. It is not fragility. It’s strength. It’s nerve. And “if your Nerve, deny you-,” as Emily Dickinson wrote, “go above your Nerve.”

“One hot afternoon during the era in which you’ve gotten yourself ridiculously tangled up with heroin, you will be riding the bus and thinking what a worthless piece of crap you are when a little girl will get on to the bus holding the strings of two purple balloons. She’ll offer one to you, but you won’t take it because you believe you no longer have a right to such tiny beautiful things. You’re wrong. You do.”

Both of these quotes are from the book Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Life and Love from Dear Sugar, which I read over the break. It was an exquisite gem of a book and I highly recommend it, especially in our age of chick flicks, reality TV shows and other emotion-cheapeners.

Things I’m Grateful for this week:

Whoever invented spring break

Getting to see my best friend in the entire world (that’s P, everybody)

Trying a smattering of all the best food in Boston

Beautiful, locally owned bookstores like Boston’s The Raven, Trident, and Austin’s Bookpeople.

How kind, cool, and welcoming all of P’s friends are

The very cool museums in Boston

My Kindle, so I can travel with a bunch of great books

That MIT isn’t nearly as ugly as everyone always says

Returning to my sunny home in Austin (in my great St. Patrick’s outfit)

Reunited in Boston!

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E arrived at 1:30 AM to Boston Logan Airport and a screaming P!

Day 1:

Brunch at Grafton House:

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Harvard Bookstore:

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Shopping at Harvard Square:

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Anthropologie and Free People:

 

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Hot Chocolate at L. A. Burrdicks:

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Day 2:
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(P and S)

Brunch at Sonsie’s:

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Shopping on Newbury Street:

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Cupcakes at Georgetown Cupcakes:

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Walking around Boston Commons:

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