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dear julia

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Dear Julia,

Happy graduation! I am so unbelievably proud of you for surviving four full years at Caltech and graduating with an impressive degree in physics. From the first time I met you there during spring break of our freshman year I knew you were going to have an entirely unique experience. We went to a Jurassic Park themed party where the students had constructed a life-size model of a t-rex. This was not your typical “college” experience, but you would make it your own in time. You brought so much more to the school than just your intellect; you brought your amazing personality and an ability to light up a room like no one else.

You’ve gone through so many tough times during the last four years and there have been too many times that I have wanted to fly out to save you. That being said,  there have also been countless good times. You’ve made so many great friends, learned soooo much, and definitely left your unique Juju mark on the school.

I am so excited to be able to begin the next chapter of our lives together. You are going to make the most amazing teacher for Teach for America and we are going to absolutely kill it in the city. I am so incredibly lucky to have you as my twin. You are my rock and my best friend.

Own that stage today, Juju. Be thankful for the chapter you’ve just completed and look forward to your future with a bright smile.

Yours forever,

Cat

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destination graduation

calitown

Today I fly out to Cali with my family for my twin sister‘s graduation. It’s super weird because she’s two minutes younger than me and yet she’ll be a college graduate before I am. I guess she deserves it though, after slaving away at Caltech for four years. Our next few days should look a little like this:

Wednesday 6/11 — Leave Albany at 6am (agggggggg!) headed for Southern California

Thursday 6/12 — Turn 22 and celebrate at Disneyland

Friday 6/13 — Watch my little sister (:P) graduate from college

Saturday 6/14 — Fly back to New York

Sunday 6/15 — Pray we make it back in time for my graduation!

Will it be a little cuckoo? Of course. But I am so glad that I am making this trip with my awesome family. We always have a fantastic time, no matter what in the world we are doing, and I think this whirl-wind adventure will be one for the books!

comfy casual

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My sister knows how to rock a great outfit (see here), but the other day she sported a particularly incredible comfy-casual look that I just had to write about. Her simple baseball tee paired with a tight, dark blue mini skirt works perfectly for a lunch out on the town. Add to that some wonderful gold accessories and an easy cross-body bag and you’re ready for some post-sandwich shopping!

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shirt | skirt | shoes | bag | necklace | watch | glasses

patterns in paradise

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When I visited my sister at Caltech the other week, I got to take a gander at her balcony attached to her lovely dorm room. Can you even imagine going to a school where such a thing exists? (My answer: Um, no.) I took the opportunity in the sun to snap a few pics of my fun and colorful outfit. Certainly not the best look for anyone in the Northeast right now, but perhaps as a vacation ensemble??

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dress | cardigan | shoes | sunglasses | watch | bracelets | necklace

anther wonderful week

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Really, where is the time going?! I’ve been in Cali for 17 days now and it honestly feels like I just arrived. I thought my second week couldn’t beat my first, but low and behold it did! Here are some photos from yet another wonderful week:

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When I dined at Caltech‘s Athenaeum, the whole place was decked out for the holidays. They had a beyond magnificent tree in the foyer, but my favorite decoration by far was this ginger bread replication of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. I mean, can we please talk about this?!

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Classic Julia rocking something, anything Hello Kitty. I’m surprised she doesn’t already own every item available in this Hello Kitty store right around the corner from Caltech.

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On Monday, JuliaThe Boy, and I went sailing on the Bay. It was Julia’s first time sailing (stay tuned for a blog post exclusively on that) and we were able to pass under the Golden Gate Bridge just at sunset (another post on that later…). There are no words to describe the views we saw. None.

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Only in Cali can you go sailing one day and then skiing the next! On Tuesday I went on my first ever ski trip to Boreal in the Lake Tahoe area of Northern California. The Boy is literally a ski instructor so I was in good hands for the trip. I’m certainly not ready to hit jumps any time soon, but I’m not completely incompetent either, thank goodness!

my week in photos

I can’t believe I’ve been in Cali for nearly two weeks now! Where has the time gone?! Here’s a little photo montage to give you a better picture (hehehe) of what my past week has looked like:

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The Boy and I went to Muir Woods to check out the giant red wood trees. It was absolutely incredible and I wish we had had more time to explore the park!

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I treated myself to a new Lululemon top (see here). Words can’t even begin to  describe the attention to detail or how much I love it.

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We ventured into the city to visit a friend from Union who was in town for a geology conference. We really only drove through, but I am looking forward to exploring more next week with my sister.

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Got a beautiful shot of the Golden Gate from a great look-out to the north.

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The Boy and I are taking full advantage of Union extensive winter break (read: 6 weeks what whatttt) and reconnecting with our childhood roots. I was creating a house out of Legos when the cat stepped in and decided to add his own touches.

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On Wednesday we drove 6 and a half hours down the state of California to visit my sister at Caltech! Here she is with the beautiful boys.

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I had the most incredible Waffle Chicken Salad for lunch at Caltech‘s faculty club, The Athenaeum — “a buckwheat waffle made with pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries, topped with frisee, apple, crispy chicken, goat cheese and maple vinaigrette” — that’s one equation that equals YUM.

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The Boy enjoyed exploring the Caltech campus and seeing all of the neat scientific displays, including this artwork representing 4D space.

IMG_0139Julia took a glamour pose near J. J. Thompson’s original cathode ray tube — BIG DEAL!

 

20 days in cali-town

my first trip to california was marked by the glorious reunion with my twin sister

my first trip to california was marked by the glorious reunion with my twin sister

the next trip included a beach adventure

the next trip included a beach adventure

Last week I booked a 20 day trip to California for my winter break. I know it sounds indulgent, but I figure that come graduation and (*gulp*) real life, I might not have an opportunity to do something like this again. I’ve been trying to make a point of visiting all of my friends before we graduate (like this little trip a few weekends ago), so of course my California agenda includes visiting my twin sister at Caltech. I have visited my sister in Pasadena every year since we split up for college. It’s terrible being so far away from her, but having an excuse to go to SoCal isn’t so bad! Probably the most frightening part of this fifth visit is that the next time I am there will most likely be for her graduation… eek! In addition to any L.A. adventures, I will also be heading up the California coast to hang out with The Boy in the San Francisco Bay area. I visited this summer (see here) and absolutely fell in love with the place. The most exciting part is that my twin will be joining us this time! We will explore the city, hopefully hike the Red Woods, maybe bike the bridge, and (wait for it) learn to ski in Tahoe! I am so excited for this trip. Only a few weeks to go!

during my third trip, we went to disneyland

during my third trip, we went to disneyland

and during my fourth trip (this time to nor-cal) i learned to sail!

and during my fourth trip (this time to nor-cal) i learned to sail!