Have you heard of the iPhone game 2048? I was first introduced to the app during my spring break when I watched my twin sister stay up until the wee hours of the night playing it, but I didn’t understand the addiction. NOW I DO.
The game essentially has you slide numbers around a 4×4 matrix, combining like numbers until you reach the ultimate goal of 2048. Once you hit that, you can continue on to try to get even greater numbers! The cool thing about the app is that if you don’t reach 2048 (which oftentimes you don’t because every time you swipe across the board a new number (2 or 4) drops into the matrix, so eventually it fills up) the game still tracks your “score” (don’t ask me how they find that…) so that you know if you’re doing your best yet or better than your friends — hehehe!
The game is SOOOO addicting. I forgot to eat dinner the other night because I was so sucked into it… yeah, that happened. If you don’t have the app yet, proceed with caution. If you do, have you hit 2048 yet??
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Tagged 2014, 2048, addiction, app, application, cat, cat ziac, dinner, game, iPhone, julia, julia ziac, matrix, numbers, play, smart phone, spring, thegarnetletter, ziac
the road to graduation…
Yesterday I went home for Easter and it was just such a lovely day. I spent the morning at church followed by an awesome afternoon of food, family, and fun. The day was filled with too many great things to list them all (traditions, catching-up, chocolate… just to name a few!), but probably the thing that struck me the most was something my grandmother said to me as I was saying my farewells. She said, “Good luck, Catherine! I’ll see you at graduation!” And it hit me just like that: the next time I will see most of my relatives will be at my college graduation. I just can’t believe it. I feel like I see my relatives pretty often, so to think that the next time we will all be together will be at my graduation means that it is right around the corner. I can’t handle that! I have seven weeks left of school, but I know they are going to feel like seven minutes. How do you slow down the clock??
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Tagged 2014, cat, cat ziac, college, easter, family, graduation, relatives, senior, sping, thegarnetletter, time, union, ziac
The other day I made the most delicious banana bran muffins as a study snack. I know, I sound like an absolute grandma, but they were so tasty and I couldn’t resist trying to make comfort food a little bit healthier (ok, truth is I had some wheat bran sitting around that I literally hadn’t touched since I made a variation on my quinoa granola and I had a few ancient bananas that were minutes away from rotting, so I thought I might as well whip something up while I was thinking about it). The recipe I followed was super easy and the muffins came out so moist and fluffy. Did I tell myself I’d only have one and share the rest then end up eating five in the same day? Yes, but seeing how fast my housemates finished the rest, I will definitely be doubling (or tripling) the recipe during the next go around!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Ingredients: (makes 12)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup wheat bran
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease muffin pan. In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar together until fluffy. Then add bananas, vanilla and eggs. Mix well. Finally, stir in flour, bran, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour batter into muffin pan. Bake for 20 minutes then test with a toothpick to see if centers are baked through yet. If toothpick does not come out clean, bake for another 5 minutes. Remove muffins from oven and let cool in pan. Then transfer from pan to wire cooling rack to cool completely. Lastly, dig in!!
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Tagged bake, banana, bran, comfort food, cook, culinary, diy, do it yourself, easy, food, grandma, granola, housemates, muffins, recipe, snack, study, tasty, yum
Where do I even begin about this weekend? First off, Union College won its first ever Frozen Four men’s hockey national championship title on Saturday! It was unbelievable. Union knows how to celebrate, but the energy of this weekend was just beyond. Did the students get some bad press with a few “riots” and the like? Maybe. But no one can deny the sheer awesomeness of two thousand ecstatic students and a community totally rallying behind an underdog victory. On top of the historic win, my weekend was made even more wonderful by friends, family, and the weather. The Boy‘s younger brother visited campus (potential Union Class of 2018 student) as did my little sister and her BF. Everyone got along so well and we had so many great adventures. Plus, the weather was gorgeous! The temps in upstate NY recently have supposedly been in the 60s, but it feels so much warmer than that. The entire Union College campus is coming out of hibernation, and spring and the students have finally sprung!
Did you have a wonderful weekend??
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Tagged 2014, bf, brother, campus, cat, cat ziac, championship, class of 2018, family, friends, frozen four, hibernation, history, maddy, maddy ziac, mens hockey, ny, riots, saturday, sister, spring, students, temperature, The Boy, thegarnetletter, underdog, upstate, victory, weather, weekend, win, ziac
For what ever reason, this week went by really fast. Yesterday Union College’s Men’s Ice Hockey team beat Boston College 5 to 4 during a Frozen Four semifinal match in Philadelphia. Not only was I beyond thrilled (recall, I transferred to Union from BC), but the game was actually insane. Union’s shots were incredible (my personal favorite being a miss then pass-back goal) and victory seemed up in the air even through the last two minutes when BC was playing with six offenders and no goalie and scored with legitimately three seconds left on the clock. Nevertheless, we won and are scheduled to go up against Minnesota in the championship game on Saturday. I am so excited for this weekend and have my fingers crossed for a perfect senior year treat!
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Tagged 2014, bc, boston college, cat, cat ziac, championship, college, division one, frozen four, goal, hockey, ice hockey, men, minnesota, saturday, semifinal, senior year, sports, spring, transfer, union, union college, week, weekend, win, ziac
This past weekend I saw three very different movies. I saw an action film, a family film, and an indie film. Here’s what I thought about my movies from all over the spectrum:
Action Film: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The new Captain America movie was really excellent. Having missed the first one and having never seen The Avengers (I guess you could say I’m a little behind…), I was expecting to be totally lost with this film, but the story held up on its own very well (and it helped that The Boy gave me a 15-minute recap of the previous movies on our way to the theater). I was fully able to appreciate this 136 minute long flick and would definitely recommend seeing it in IMAX 3D, despite the hefty cost. Plus, the previews gave me countless movies to add to my future to-see list!
Family Film: Muppets Most Wanted
I saw this movie with my parents and a theater full of 8-and-under-year-olds and totally admit to laughing out loud multiple times. The plot involved an evil Russian Kermit look-alike and the references to Siberia and Russian culture were absolutely hilarious. I appreciated that this film had humor aimed at the adults in the audience, but it was never cynical or subtly profane like some movies like to do. I wouldn’t say that this is a movie that you must see in theaters, but it should definitely be added to your list of light-hearted and entertaining flicks reserved for those rainy day blues.
Indie Film: Her
Where do I begin with Her? Probably the best way to describe this movie is to call it “intriguing” or maybe “disturbing,” depending on how you feel. Basically a film about a man in future L.A. falling in love with his personal assistant operating system, the plot definitely raises some questions about the future of man’s interaction with technology and what exactly makes humans human. That being said, I thought the film could have delved into those questions with more depth. Instead audience members got more depressing, Sundance moments and a few uncomfortable human-on-computer love scenes that left almost nothing up to the imagination. Would I recommend seeing the movie? Certainly! Despite its shortcomings and it’s very indie indie-ness, it raised some good questions as the world becomes more and more technologically devoted.
just in case reading about that last movie made you sad, here’s a photo of Captain America (Chris Evans) to brighten your mood…
Check out my other movie reviews:
The Wolf of Wall Street, Lone Survivor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit | Julie and Julia | The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, American Hustle | About Time | Gravity | The Great Gatsby | Skyfall | The Hunger Games | Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
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