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New Projects!

I feel that I have taken on so many new projects as of late!  I’ve been working on my graduation announcements, which I’m excited to see on some high quality paper.  My plan for now is to print the announcements on vellum paper, tie them with ribbon to a piece of 5″ x 7″ card stock with some kind of background image or pattern, then place them in envelopes with a good picture of me (ideally in front of Rush Rhees) along with instructions on how to get to the university or to my apartment.  Then the envelope will be sealed with a gold sticker embossed with the University’s seal.  This is my first honest attempt at DIY.  I will make a post about it in the future.

Of course, I’m always searching for jobs.  I think that I found a promising one on Friday, but we will see.  It sounded perfect for me; I hope they at least grant me an interview.

I’m also diligently working on my independent study paper.  Today I completed between 5 and 6 pages.  So that is coming along more quickly than I estimated.

And last night I mentioned how I was anticipating my reunion with my iBook G4.

New projects can be fun and exciting, but they can also cause a great deal of anxiety and frustration.  I hope these all do not become gigantic disappointments.

I made these...I'm sure I'm capable of making graduation announcements, right? Right?!

And I used nothing but construction paper, scissors, glue and markers.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Although by the time this is actually posted, it will technically be Friday, EST, and no longer St. Patrick’s Day.  I am going to confess now that I forgot to wear green.  I overslept this morning, so I was in a hurry when I left.  Not only that, but I had a presentation in my first class.  This presentation was a 15-minute presentation in ASL, so I was pretty nervous.  It is the longest presentation I have given so far in a “foreign” language.  Crazy!

For dinner, Daniel made the requisite corned beef and cabbage, despite the fact that we had it for our last dinner at his house, on Friday.  Growing up, we never made it in my house for St. Patrick’s day, even though we are very obviously from Irish descent (my father is a ginger).

We had some guests for dinner, Mark and Kate.  Kate works at the comic store, Mark is her boyfriend.  I was surprised they agreed to come to dinner tonight, since it is Magic Night at the comic store, and they both play.  It was a pleasure to have them, and we got to play Apples to Apples, which is a rare treat since it requires a large group of people.

It was a great way to end my week, and a nice way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

I really need to start taking more photos. I've almost exhausted my pictures from Durham.

Spring Forward

Daniel and I drove to Unadilla yesterday.  We decided to drive up 95, assuming that there would be no traffic since it was a Saturday.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter what day we decide to leave, there is always traffic right around Quantico.  Usually, you get out of the jam and you can’t even figure out why there were problems at all.  Which is extremely frustrating, and the only reason we went on 95 was because we thought it would be significantly faster.  To compound my frustration, I had a full bladder the whole time.

But, it is good to be home, if only for one night.  I was finally able to meet my sister’s boyfriend, Dillon.  He was very nice, and Daniel and I played Settlers of Catan and Cranium with the two of them.  Dillon won Settlers, and Kelly and I won Cranium.  It was a fun night.

Today, we go back to Rochester.  I can’t believe Spring Break is already over.

I miss the sun. People don't have that here.

Top 10 Favorite Things to Do in Durham, NC

As I began to anticipate spring break 2011, I thought to myself, “What are my favorite things to do in Durham?”  Whenever I travel to Durham, there are certain places I must go, certain things I must eat or drink, in order for it to feel like a successful trip.  It also feels vindicating to know that I’m not the only person that thinks it’s an amazing city to visit.  The New York Times recently named Durham one of the top 41 places to visit in 2011.  On a list containing mostly exotic places all around the world, Durham doesn’t really seem to fit in at number 35.  But they recognize that its strongest points lay with its restaurants, many of them set in former tobacco factories, giving them uniquely industrial, artsy, and urban vibes.  So, I will start at number 10 with a food that I don’t necessarily need, but will usually eat at some point during my stay in Durham.

10.  Have a Po’ Boy for lunch

Typically one thinks of po’ boys as more of a coastal food.  Wikipedia says they originated in Louisiana.  Like I mentioned, they are not really something I need in order for a trip to be declared a success, but I almost always eat one somewhere while in Durham.  And there are so many places to get a great Po’ Boy.  The last time I was in Durham (over the winter break from college), Daniel and I met his dad at Beyú Caffé for lunch.  They had the most amazing shrimp po’ boy I have ever had.  Daniel got the same thing, and I think he agreed with me.  Off of the top of my head, I can also think of Blu and Watts Grocery.  Daniel and I have met at both locales for lunch, and one of us always orders an oyster po’ boy.  Delicious.  This takes me to number 9.

9.  Eat at Blu Seafood and Bar

I love seafood.  The problem is that I only recently discovered just how much I love seafood.  (Living in rural upstate New York limits your options to Long John Silver’s or The Frozen Food Aisle at your local grocery store.)  I think a large part of that discovery came from Blu.  This is Daniel’s favorite restaurant in Durham, and for good reason.  It doesn’t matter what you decide to eat there, it is all delicious.  Their menu will vary, depending on the season.  It does tend to get a little pricey, which is why Daniel and I try to do lunch there, unless his parents treat us to dinner.  The consensus seems to be that the price is worth it for the food.

8.  Enjoy the Sarah P. Duke Gardens

This is a little bit high on this list only because visiting Duke Gardens is more of a seasonal activity.  Otherwise, it would certainly be in my Top 5.  Occupying 55 acres on Duke University’s West Campus, it features both plants native to the southeastern United States, and plants from all around the world, from Japan to India.  They also have a good variety of wildlife that seem to reside within the gardens.  Regardless of what is blooming, it’s always a pleasure to walk along the paths and see and hear the flora and fauna that make these gardens unique.

7.  See a show at DPAC

Morrissey and The Lion King broadway musical.  Although these are two very different things, we saw them both at the Durham Performing Arts Center.  I will let you guess which one made me cry.

6.  Attend a Duke Men’s Basketball game

This is certainly not something I can do every time I am in Durham, but when the opportunity arises in the future, I will always take it.  The first Duke game I’d ever attended was on Jan. 2 of this year, when they played Miami.  It was quite an experience.  Love them or hate them, they are a great team to watch.

5.  Take a walk through Brightleaf Square

Brightleaf Square occupies what once was a number of warehouses belonging to the American Tobacco Company family.  Now it has become a great place to shop or relax and enjoy a meal.  Brightleaf hosts a huge variety of restaurants, shops, and boutiques.  If you’re looking for a meal, but aren’t sure what you want, take a walk through Brightleaf; something is bound to tickle your fancy.

4.  Stroll through American Tobacco

Architecturally, the American Tobacco Historic District is one of the most interesting places to visit in Durham.  During the summer and fall, they also feature live outdoor music, in addition to other forms of live entertainment.  Daniel only took me through American Tobacco for the first time 2 months ago, but I am very anxious to get back and snap some pictures, because my descriptions just won’t do it justice.

3.  Enjoy the weather and sip a Dr Pepper

I am from upstate New York.  It is cold here.  So it doesn’t matter when I go to Durham, it will always be warmer than Rochester.  Durham is a very walkable city.  But even on the days where I just feel like lazing around Daniel’s house, I can always go sit on a porch or a bench in the nearby park, relax, and just enjoy the weather while sipping my favorite soda.  Also, his family always has Dr Pepper; his mother is completely addicted, so I can always look forward to a stocked fridge.

2.  See the shops on Ninth Street

Daniel grew up only a few blocks away from Ninth Street.  Ninth Street features various restaurants and shops.  I personally can vouch for Elmo’s Diner (because, even in Durham, sometimes you just want diner food) and Dain’s Place.  Dain’s Place is more of a pub or sports bar than anything else, but they have, as Daniel would say, “bangin'” tater tots.

1.  Get a sandwich at Jimmy John’s and pair it with a soda from Ox & Rabbit

The two things that I must absolutely do while in Durham are to walk to Ninth Street to get a sandwich from Jimmy John’s and a soda from Ox & Rabbit.  I.  love.  Jimmy John’s.  I can’t stress that enough.  Jimmy John’s shops are exceedingly rare in the North, so it is always a treat when I go to Durham.  And nothing goes better with Jimmy John’s than a soda or shake from Ox & Rabbit.  I don’t know how to describe Ox & Rabbit, other than a vintage-style soda fountain.  Personally, my favorite flavor is the Cherry Lime, but I’m partial to the Cherry Dr Pepper as well.  Just thinking about them is making my mouth water.  In just a few days, I can satisfy my craving.


Taken on the Duke University campus.


Daniel looks super ’80s, and I look super awkward.  I can’t wait to get back to Durham.

Note:  Some people might ask why I didn’t include attending a Durham Bulls game somewhere on this list.  The simple fact is that I have never been to a Bulls game.  Why?  Well, Daniel doesn’t care for baseball.  But, someday I will make him take me.  Perhaps that will be on a future “Top 10 List of Things I Still Need To Do While in Durham, NC”.

I Want Love

All day today I’ve been thinking about the Elton John song “I Want Love”.  I just woke up with it stuck in my head, which is pretty random, but it’s a great song.  The music video features Robert Downey, Jr. walking around an apartment in one continuous shot while he mouths the lyrics.  This was just as he was beginning to make his sober comeback.  I guess the song is relevant to what he was experiencing, or someone just thought he would be perfect for it.

Here is the video, from youtube:

This is also relevant to the WordPress Post-A-Day prompt: What gets better with age? Robert Downey, Jr. has certainly gotten better with age, if you catch my drift.  I think he is a great example of how an actor can make a successful comeback after drugs, arrests, etc., and become even better than before.  He should be a role model for other celebrities who are obviously still struggling with addiction but have the talent and skill to do well in the industry.

And, of course, my daily photo(s):


There was a whole line of these down the street.

To be honest, I don't know which chemical created them.

It looks like someone tried to tie-dye the road.