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Daniel’s Family Visits: The Final Day

Today was the last day that Daniel’s mother and sister were here.  Daniel only worked this morning, and spent the afternoon with them.  I think they played more Heroscape.  After I got home and had my (now daily) appletini, we went to dinner at Veneto on East Avenue.  Daniel and I shared a mushroom pizza, while Daniel’s sister had a large plate of angel hair with various flavors associated with it.  Daniel’s mother got some cod on a bed of spinach.  It was a tasty dinner at one of my favorite restaurants.

I hope that they enjoyed themselves while they were here.  It was a pleasure having them, and Daniel made the comment that moms are the only kind of guests that leave your house with more food in the fridge and less dirt on the floor.  It’s so true.

George and Nicole.


It’s Friday, Friday

I’m a little bit jealous of Daniel.  He got to go see Thor today while I was stuck at work.  I suppose I shouldn’t be that jealous since this weekend kicks off SENIOR WEEK!

Here are some of the events that I plan to attend:

Saturday 5/7:  Senior Night Bar Crawl???

This is so convenient for me because all of the bars are around East and Alexander.  So just a few blocks away from my place of residence.  However, it is also Free Comic Book Day at the comic shop, followed by poker at Matt’s and Jessica’s house.  So I’m torn.

Monday 5/9:  Finger Lakes Wine Tour.

It’s what it sounds like.  They are going to provide buses to various wineries for 250 lucky members of the senior class.  Those 250 people will definintely be drunk upon their return to campus.

Monday 5/9:  Movie on The Quad: The Hangover.

I love this movie.  Everything about it was hilarious, but I knew the whole time that he was on the roof.

Tuesday 5/10:  Museum Tour.

I will be skipping the George Eastman House, but I do plan to visit the Strong Museum of Play one more time, as well as the MAG.

Tuesday 5/10:  Senior Night??? 

Still undecided.  It’s on a Tuesday and I have work the next day.

Wednesday 5/11:  Senior Picnic.

Free lunch!

Friday 5/13:  Slide Show and Commencement Rehearsal.

Well, I mean…this is mandatory, so I can’t miss it, right?

Friday 5/13:  Rush Rhees Tower Tours.

In my 5 years at the University, I have never been to the top.  This is truly my last opportunity, and I don’t want to miss it.

Saturday 5/14:  Lilac Festival.

This is another event that I have somehow avoided for the past 5 years (although not purposefully).  I’m excited to take my family the festival, I think they will enjoy themselves.

Saturday 5/14:  Family Night Dessert Reception.

I might have to drag them to this one, since it might be past their bedtime.  I’m not being sarcastic.

Sunday 5/15:  The 161st College Commencement Ceremony.

I can’t wait!  We so excited!

This was taken last night. The Bradford Pear trees are in bloom, beautiful, and stinky.

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Movie Night

Tonight Daniel made tacos for dinner.  For dessert, we made chocolate chip cookies.  There is nothing better than a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven.

Then we watched The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which is one of my favorite comedies.  Steve Carell is very convincing, with his numerous awkward moments with his co-workers, with sexual encounters, and with his girlfriend.  Daniel doesn’t like the movie because it is so uncomfortable to watch, but that is precisely the reason I like it so much.  Jay’s character (played by Romany Malco) is probably my favorite, with Paula (Jane Lynch of Glee) coming in a close second.  Her interactions with Andy are strange but also feel oddly comforting to me.  I also love the story she tells about her Guatemalan gardener, Javier.

If I ever need cheering up, this is the movie to which I turn.  It never fails to bring a laugh, with the ridiculous dialogue and bizarre interactions between the characters.  And of course, the infamous chest waxing scene, which is one of the all-time most hilarious scenes from a movie.

What movies do you watch if you need a laugh?

A shot from the George Eastman house.

Good Food, Good Company

I think everybody knows my sister was visiting this weekend.  She and her boyfriend, Dillon, arrived last night around 8pm.  Daniel made a delicious meatloaf for dinner.  His is the only meatloaf I have ever craved.  He severely overestimated how much we would need and made two pounds worth of ground beef.  It was gigantic, but between the four of us, we were able to make it through half.  Leftovers are good.

This afternoon Daniel had a job interview, which sounds like it went well.  Then we went the George Eastman House again.  I think they enjoyed the museum.  Earlier tonight we played Setters of Catan and Apples to Apples, then Daniel and I made dinner.  I made a Quiche Lorraine and a mushroom quiche (both of which I had discussed recently in a post about Simply Recipes).

One of the major reasons Kelly decided to visit this weekend instead of last weekend was because we thought Abbott’s would be open.  Abbott’s is a frozen custard shop.  Kelly loves it.   And yes, the store was open today, but we didn’t walk over there until after 9pm, after eating a late dinner.  Unfortunately, they close at 9pm, so my sister will have to wait until tomorrow afternoon if she really wants some frozen custard before she leaves.

So, after that debacle we came back and played some Cranium.  We had played last night; a men vs. women game that Dillon and Daniel won, so tonight we decided to play Couples Cranium.  Daniel and I won.  Are you seeing a theme?  Daniel wins Cranium pretty often.

Dillon and Kelly.

He looks startled and she ducked out of the picture before I was finished taking it.  Here is something much more beautiful:

It was gray today...but this cheered me up.

Doctor Zhivago

So this year for my birthday, one of the gifts my mother sent me was the movie Doctor Zhivago.  Daniel and I have been putting off watching it, mostly because it’s something like 3 and 1/2 hours long.  We just had to flip the dvd over at “intermission”.  So far, I am still waiting for the rising action.  We looked on the case, and it won 5 Academy Awards.  You might think “Hey, that’s really impressive!” until you see that almost all of them dealt with the fact that it was in color.  So, essentially, it was the Avatar of 1965.  But with sad Russian people.  If you have never read the book or sat through the movie, it’s about the Russian Revolution.  Doctor Zhivago is, indeed, a doctor, but he doesn’t seem to really support either side of the revolution.  (On a side note: Alec Guinness plays Zhivago’s brother.  Some of you may know him as Obi-Wan Kenobi, from the first Star Wars movies.)  To quote The Who, this movie is very “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss”, and Zhivago is just trying to survive and to stay on the “right” side of the revolution.  Also, apparently Doctor Zhivago is the only doctor in Russia, because he just keeps getting recruited (and by recruited, I mean ambushed in the middle of the road on a horse and taken away to serve in the army).

I only wanted to watch it because I thought there was an intense, epic love story, like the Titanic of 1965.  But with sad Russian people.  So far, there really hasn’t been much development.

The point is…Daniel and I are both bored, but we are committed.  We are going to finish this thing.  Has it been worth it?  Absolutely not.  Am I still remaining optimistic that the last 30 minutes could turn this thing around?  A little.

Aside from the movie, today was a gorgeous day around Rochester.  Daniel and I took a long walk, and I took some pictures around the neighborhood.


We found these blooming. Finally some flowers in Rochester!

One of the mansions on East Ave.

Short but sweet.

So, while it is true I’ve made myself a list of post topics for this blog, I can’t devote the proper time to any of them tonight.  But coming soon:

A Top 10 list (the topic is a surprise), my new favorite tv show, my all-time favorite hip-hopera (and the only one I’ve ever seen), and spring break!

But, it’s bedtime for me right now, so I can’t do justice to any of these particular topics tonight.

I depart with my daily photos.  These were both taken on campus this afternoon, before Daniel and I came back and watched Independence Day. And oh, what a movie that was.

We love George Eastman here.

He's pointing to the library. And holding a cigarette.

This is me.

Hi there.  My name is Christine.  I live in Rochester, New York.  When it isn’t snowing here, it can be a pretty great place.  I think this might be my last year in this particular city, so I’m going to work hard to document it.  Although the month of February is probably not the best time of the year to start this sort of a blog, there is little else to do on these cold winter nights.

A little bit about me, in case you don’t know:

I live with my boyfriend, Daniel.  He puts up with all of my shenanigans and is all around a really cool guy.  Unlike many young men his age, he has some real talents.  I’m talking about his musical skills on various instruments including, but not limited to, the guitar, the ukulele, and any number of synthesizers.  He works at a comic book store on Park Avenue here in Rochester, which is very convenient since he is an avid collector.  He also happens to be a fantastic chef.  But his true passion is religion, which he studies at the University of Rochester.  He had a blog on wordpress.com a little over a year ago.   http://2guys2beards2.wordpress.com/.  Maybe you saw it.  He grew a beard over a 100-day period.  It was pretty impressive.

Enough about him, for now.  I’m a molecular genetics major, although you would never know that if you were to follow me around this year.  During the 2010 – 2011 academic year, I’m participating in a scholarship program called Take 5, which is unique to the University of Rochester.  I am taking only American Sign Language classes.  Some people ask me “How many sign language classes can there possibly be?”  Well, how many English or Spanish or French classes could there be?  Yes, I’m taking the stereotypical language class, but I’m also taking classes called “ASL Poetry” and “The History and Culture of the Deaf Community”.  Another frequently asked question is something to the effect of “Are all of your classes really in sign language?”  The answer is yes, and all of my teachers are Deaf.

I will leave you with a picture from the George Eastman House Museum.  I visited the museum/home of the founder of Kodak for the first time on Saturday.  If you ever have the opportunity, his mansion is definitely worth visiting.

Also...an elephant.

George Eastman's Conservatory