So It Goes.

Hi. My blog is in its dying stages. I might write a few more posts over the course of the rest of the summer, but I feel like I need to start directing my energy into bigger and better things. Namely, summer homework. Yeah — I’m lame, I know. And honestly, while blogging has been an outlet for me for the past few months, I no longer think this blog is what I want it to be. You know how when you have a fresh notebook, it feels great? The first page you write in it is heaven. But then about halfway through, you realize the pages are a bit wrinkled and that the cover is showing signs of wear and tear, the coiled spine twisting into an ugly mess, and it’s no longer the perfect notebook. It’s a used notebook and you don’t like it anymore. That’s basically how I feel about this blog. So, as much as I have loved and obsessed over it, I’m choosing to shut it down and move on.

I want to thank everyone who has been reading my posts and encouraging me to keep writing. You have no idea how awesome it is to hear from random, unexpected people that they enjoy reading my blog. It’s so satisfying and rewarding. I really appreciate the number of hits I get everyday.

With that said, I’m not giving up on blogging. I’m working on a new little project right now, which I will launch as the summer draws to a close. So I hope I will be welcomed back into the blogosphere in about a month or so.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

-xo- ac

Love the Way You Lie (cover)

Sorry I haven’t been posting much lately. This is a cover of Eminem’s song, Love the Way You Lie ft. Rihanna. I don’t always love HelenaMaria, but they did a nice job with this song. I’m not sure why I relate to this song so much, but it’s one of those songs that really mean something when you hear it.

Mizmaze Monday: EPIPHANY

So with the arrival of my camera, I’ve discovered something: I actually like children when I look at them through camera lenses. So yesterday, we had a family friend cookout thing to celebrate stuff — any excuse to get together and eat meat — and I just went crazy photographing these little kiddies; I was in love. They were adorable and perfect and didn’t yell at me for constantly taking pictures of them, because they’re too little to talk and too dumb to care. (Okay, that’s my non-camera-psyched-out self complaining about children again.) I got a few adorable shots that I’m happy with, and I’m excited to see what my camera can do in the future. I LOVE MY CAMERA. (Get used to me spazzing about it, the novelty won’t wear off for a while.)

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Pst. It’s a slideshow, to save space. Look at ALL the pictures, though! They’re all adorable and lovable and squishably perfect.

A Giggly Day in the Lab

It’s Monday, and it’s been a somewhat lazy and somewhat hysterical day. First of all, I FINALLY got my camera over the weekend (and was too busy using it to blog about it) so I’ve been taking pictures all over the place.

During lunch, we went to the Student Center with the rest of the group and played ping pong and pool. We stayed about forty minutes later than we were supposed to, but even Yair and Ivana were with us, so shh.

I absolutely love my camera.

Anyway, once we were back in the lab for the afternoon, I decided to go to the bathroom. They have individual bathrooms on this floor, one for women and one for men. I didn’t think twice about reaching to open the door, because there are very few women on the floor and if the bathroom was occupied, the knob wouldn’t turn (assuming they locked the door). Well. I opened the door and found a naked man sitting on the toilet. I freaked out and ran away but I’m pretty much scarred for life. And what the heck was a GUY doing in the WOMEN’S room… NAKED?! I don’t even want to know.

Moving on. Meet Yair and the Asian Man (whose name is Zhen Hua, apparently, but at this point I’m used to referring to him as the Asian Man so I’ll continue that habit. Meep.)

It’s hilarious to hear them interact. They’re such buddies, it’s adorable. And half the time they don’t understand each other. For example:

Asian Man: Oh, where did you guys play pool?
Yair: At the Curry Student Center.
Angela (referring to the music): Is this Linkin Park?
Yair: Yeah.

*a few minutes later*

Asian Man: Where is Lincoln Park?
Yair: What?
Asian Man: Where did you play pool?
Yair: I told you, at the Curry Student Center

I looked over at the Asian Man’s computer to find his screen on Google Maps, searching for “Lincoln Park, Boston.” Yay for communication fails.

:)

Northeastern YSP – Week 3

Sorry this post is so late. I know I’ve been complaining a lot, but I’m always so tired lately by the time I get to a computer.  Even now, I’m forcing myself to stay concentrated and awake enough to bang out a post.

Bang.

I can’t believe YSP is halfway over! Things really picked up this week — we actually got to use a microscope and do real stuff using MATLAB –and it was cool and busy and tedious all at once. I think we’re doing more real stuff next week, so I’m pretty pumped.

This week was also full of adventures. On Monday after labwork, I went to Chinatown and Boston Common with Jen, Angela, and Fay. We got yummy food and then went shopping, and I got a dress on sale for $10 at H&M. It was fun, and it was great girl bonding time.

Shopping with Angela and Jen

Charles came to tour Northeastern on Tuesday, so I met up with him during lunch and showed him around a little bit. And then on Wednesday, I went to the new cupcake store in town with Sophie! I know this isn’t exactly YSP related, but it was my third time going and I simply adore the place, so I decided to mention it anyway.

The field trip to MIT was probably the best one yet? I can’t decide. I think maybe it has to do with the fact that we’re all good friends now, so we make more jokes and just act more scandalous and loud in general.

Bachata on the streets!

Steve's drawing at the MIT museum...

Steve Squared!

THE CUTEST. (Jen and Tom)

On our way back to the T station from the MIT museum, we (Angela, Fay and I) found the coolest little alley on the side with an entire wall of graffiti and a colored glass ceiling. We went crazy taking pictures, consequently getting ditched by everyone else who had been walking with us, but it was well worth it.

Faybird!

My Lapse Into Consumerism

Call it consumerism, call it greed, call it lust. The fact of the matter is, now that I no longer have a goal in mind — remember for years I was saving up for a camera? — I’ve been noticing a lot of things, some of which are pricy, that I would love to own. I’m definitely not going to buy all, if any, of these items, but I decided to share a few of the things that have caught my eye. So here it is, I call it a wishlist.

This star symbolizes the featured content on Wikipedia. Tiffany 1837 Whistle. I’ve been looking for a necklace with a whistle pendant for a while, preferably in silver without crystals, and this one is my favorite so far. I really don’t like the chain, though, so I’m still going to look for a prettier one.

This star symbolizes the featured content on Wikipedia. The Super-Secret Spy Lens. I mentioned camera accessories: this one is my absolute favorite. I adore candids, and so many people are camera shy — this solves both those problems. Basically, it’s a lens adapter that lets you point the camera in one direction and take the actual picture in another. HOW AWESOME IS THAT? No one will ever know what I’m taking a picture of. Muahahahaha.

This star symbolizes the featured content on Wikipedia. KitchenAid Ultra Power Tilt-Head Stand Mixer. I haven’t been able to bake cupcakes in a while, but having one of these would make life, or more specifically frosting, a lot easier. Sure, I can build muscles by beating everything by hand, but there are just some limits to how fast I can make my arm move in circles for an extended amount of time… :)

I think I pretty much covered each of my hobbies — cupcakes, photography, cute things?  Not sure what the whistle falls under. Hm.

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