Category Archives: dorms

twin apt

love this inspirational wall next to the computer desk -- a great DIY idea and very lululemon, no?

love this inspirational wall next to the computer desk — a great DIY idea and very lululemon, no?

Last week my sister decided to agree to do Teach for America for two years after she graduates this June. Her ultimate life goal is to obtain a PhD in theoretical physics and pursue a career in academia, but when faced with the option of either diving into graduate school right away or taking a few years to give back and learn in a real-world setting, she chose the latter. I am so, so proud of her! Not only will she be nobly (and I think quite successfully) helping disadvantaged students, but she will be doing so in the best city in the world WITH ME! I can’t even express how excited I am to have Julia down in New York with me for two years. When I signed my job contract in the fall I did so knowing full well that my twin city plans might ultimately fall through and, to be honest, for quite a while it looked like they were going to do just that! But now the fates have favored us yet again and its seems that maddening and majestic Manhattan will continue to be our twin thing. I, of course, can’t help but already brainstorm ideas for our apartment… I know searching for something within our just-out-of-school budgets will be a pain, but a girl can dream!

these windows are just fantastic -- definitely a charming little feature that we could find in older apartments

these windows are just fantastic — definitely a charming little feature that we could find in older apartments

realistically, rooms will not be so much "rooms" as they are "spaces." this artful closet-made-wall-art next to a super comfy bed is a practical idea for a studio space

realistically, rooms will not be so much “rooms” as they are “spaces.” this artful closet-made-wall-art next to a super comfy bed is a practical idea for a studio space

monogramerrific!

steps 2, 3, and 4

steps 3, 4, and 5…

I’m always looking for new, fun, inexpensive ways to decorate my dorm room. Interior aesthetics in college are so difficult because you don’t have the money to make your place look like this, but at the same time you don’t want something that screams, “I’m semi-homeless!” Last year my sister helped me with this beautiful idea, but this year I wanted something a little simpler and more grown-up. I literally whipped up this monogram DIY the morning before I moved back into school. It’s super simple and oh-so-classic. Give it a try for yourself:

1. Find a blank canvas from your local craft store. Pre-painted white ones are the best! (Mine was left over in my basement from when I had “borrowed” a few canvases from my art class in high school…)

2. Stencil your initials (first, LAST, middle) on lightly with a pencil. I found that practicing on a piece of paper once and then just doing it free-hand worked best for me. It doesn’t need to be perfect because you can make small adjustments as you paint. Some good fonts are available here.

3. Go over the basic letters with paint first. Use a uniform thickness for this step.

4. Add your embellishments and curly-q’s next. Again, use a uniform thickness.

5. Now it’s time to beef up the letters. Look at the original monogram fonts for guidance (see step 2), and remember that it’s easier to add paint than to take it away!

6. Once you’re satisfied with the monogram, add a fun border. (I went for a very Gatsby look!)

7. Let dry, hang, and enjoy!!

voila! c'est magnifique!

voila! c’est magnifique!

(Loving the monograms? Check out these posts: here and here!)

Divinitea at Culinary

students listening to Linda of Divinitea share her wonderful words of wisdom

students listening to Linda of Divinitea share her wonderful words of wisdom

Yesterday we threw the most fantastic event at Culinary House. As a theme house we are required to throw three events per term and after meeting Linda from Divinitea at the Schenectady Green Market we just knew we had to have her come to Union to speak with the students and share her delicious organic teas! The event was a wild success and I think everyone thoroughly enjoyed dining on pastries and tea sandwiches while sharing some outstanding cups of chai with good company and great conversation. It was the perfect way to begin the school week!

a magical assortment of green, black, and herbal teas to taste test!

a magical assortment of green, black, and herbal teas to taste test!

two of my amazing housemates, phil and ariel, preparing savory snacks

two of my amazing housemates, phil and ariel, preparing savory snacks

de.li.cious!

de.li.cious!

 

one of each please?

one of each please?

 

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culinary!

culinary!

weekend to-do

weekend to-do
It’s only my first full weekend back at the U and there is already so much I have to do! I’m actively trying to be better about balancing work with a little R&R this term… even if that means putting breaks for fun on my to-do list:
1. finish unpacking — I know, it’s so embarrassing, but I still haven’t finished unpacking! My poor housemates have been starring at a pile of suitcases in our common room as I struggle to make time to finally finish moving in for the winter. I have to finish unpacking, if not for my own sanity, at least for that of my housemates!
2. return library books — It’s no secret: I love the public library. Last weekend I rented the third book in the Hunger Games series hoping to read it in my free time. This week then begged the question, “What free time?!” Time to bring that puppy back to the SCPL… until next break, dear friend!
3. go to moe’s — Finally, something for my mental health (if not for my overall health, really…)! My friends are obsessed with the queso at Moe’s Southwest Grill. Even though I won’t eat the plastic cheese, I’m looking forward to taking the tasty trip with them!
4. do homework — I really wish I could be one of those people that doesn’t do any homework during the weekends, but that’s just never going to happen. I have embraced my craziness: I have always worked too hard and I will always work too hard.
5. catch up with friends! — This is without a doubt the most important item on my list. While there are always a million little things to get done and a billion assignments to be completed, nothing is more important than catching up with old friends and making new friends. At the end of the day, the rest doesn’t matter unless you have someone to share it with.
What does your weekend schedule look like? Anyone doing anything especially fun?!

calendar cat

my beautiful Union wall calendar!

my beautiful Union wall calendar!

If you don’t know this already, I have a bit of a thing for schedules. I love planners, agendas, desk calendars, phone calendars, email calendars, wall calendars, post-it calendars — name it! If it has some kind of a time metric and room for lists I’m in love! For the 2013 calendar year I’m sporting a beautiful Union College wall calendar in my room. I always thought it was strange that the school produced them for the calendar year, not the academic year, but nevertheless I love the gorgeous picture of campus it has for each month (corresponding to the weather, of course!) and it helpfully includes all of the important Union dates. How are you staying organized this winter term?

work really hard

Something that I learned just in the past week is that hard work really does pay off! My week was packed with one good piece of news after another — I got very positive news regarding a bunch of summer internships I’m interested in, I connected with many wonderful Union alumni and had some awesome conversations (Union alumni are the BEST — for real!), I got into a class that had previously been full for next term, and I found out that my theme house will be reinstated next year (after some serious adversity)!! The best part about all of the positive news was that none of it was the result of mere “good luck” — I worked my little booty off for every single thing! Fall 2012 has been my most rewarding term yet at Union!