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prepare to be e-mazed


The other day I was sitting in one of my economics courses watching some of my classmates give a presentation. It.Looked.Fantastic. What were they using? It looked like a power point, but it certainly wasn’t power point. It was emaze, a new online presentation platform. The free site allows you to choose from a dozen different presentation templates and has countless example presentations by real users for inspiration. Once you’ve selected your template theme, creating a magnificent presentation is really too easy. For each new slide emaze gives you about a dozen different slide layouts to choose from and each is completely customizable. The systems for changing font, adding graphics (they have the cutest!) and adjusting just about anything is so easy. That’s probably what the “e” in emaze stands for — easy! I honestly love this platform and will definitely be using it for my final few presentations of college (eek!)!



mother’s day weekend



that’s yours truly on the flute!

Where do I even begin with this weekend? On Friday afternoon I presented my Senior Thesis at my school’s annual Steinmetz Symposium. It went really well and both my father and The Boy were able to attend. It was so great sharing my work with my old professors, family, and friends. Then I had my last orchestra concert ever on Friday night. We played Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 — a real favorite.

The Boy and I after my Prize Day ceremonies

me and The Boy after my Prize Day ceremonies


yummy homemade chocolate covered strawberries for my momma!


the whole family (minus cali twin) at the Tulip Fest

On Saturday I was inducted into Union’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. It was a really special honor as my mother and both of my grandmothers are also members. Afterwards the school celebrated with a beautiful brunch. Then that afternoon was Prize Day. Every year Union holds Prize Day in order to recognize special seniors (and some juniors and sophomores!) for their excellence and contributions to the school and community. The ceremony holds a lot of suspense as none of the recipients are announced until they have to walk up to the stage to receive their award! This year I was honored to receive three awards: the Andrew W. Archibald award “To the senior earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with the highest scholastic standing,” the John Iwanik Prize “to an outstanding Russian language student” (and two of my other Russian language friends won with me!), and the Horatio G. Warner award “to a student of high personal character who has the highest scholastic standing in the Bachelor of Arts program.” It was a beautiful and exciting ceremony.





Finally, Sunday was Mother’s Day! I spent the day with my mom (and my family) at the Albany Tulip Festival. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. The weather was beautiful, the tulips were incredible, and with good food and good family there were lots of laughs 🙂 At night The Boy and I celebrated our one year anniversary by satisfying our Chinese food cravings at P. F. Chang’s.  I hadn’t been there in a really long time, so it was a nice treat.


such a cutie!!



I can’t believe my weekend is over already! I had such an incredible time and although the weather is gorgeous today, it’s tough getting back to the grindstone. Anyone else missing their weekend?

pretty amazing

pretty amazing

Last Friday I woke up with a terribly sore throat. I had to cancel all of my appointments for the day and spent most of the weekend going from soup to sleep to movies to soup to sleep to movies. It was disappointing to spend an entire weekend laying low, but the weather was pretty crummy too so at least I didn’t feel like I completely wasted a spring weekend. This week I have a lot on my plate (we’re just around midterms time here at school), but this weekend begins our season of spring awesomeness on campus so I really want to focus on being 100% healthy come Thursday night. With parties and concerts and (hopefully) sunshine ahead, I want to be a tip-top shape kitty!

monday monday


Sigh… Mondays… what more is there to say? It’s not that I don’t feel like doing any work today, it’s just that I don’t want to do any of the work that I am supposed to do today. Do you ever have days like that? I’m exactly half way through my winter term at school, so I guess some exhaustion is understandable, but I need to figure out a game plan ASAP to survive&thrive through the next 5 weeks of my term… In the mean time, take a little break yourself to look at some relaxing pictures. You’re welcome 🙂





5 things to try this week (2)

I’ve done a “5 things to try this week” post before (here), but I love the idea so much that I figured I’d have a go at it again. It’s easy to make weekends great, but sometimes just that fact that the week is the week can make it quasi-miserable. Don’t let that happen! Here are 5 things to try this week:

1. Make kale chips


My best friend from college is a bit of an epicurean and is always testing out new (and incredible!) recipes. When she visited me at school in the fall she brought some home-made kale chips and I’ve been dreaming about them ever since. This recipe seems to be easy enough!

2. Work out


I’ve been doing some of the video work-outs from Karena and Katrina’s ToneItUp.com and I absolutely love the routines. They are super fun, but they also make you work up a good sweat! Plus, the girls have a new show on Bravo, so after you’ve burned some cals you can burn some time in front of the TV!

3. Call a relative


It’s too easy sometimes to let life get in the way and the next thing you know every holiday with the extended family becomes more of a catching-up time than a time for celebration. Give one of your relatives a call this week just to chat. You’ll be surprised how surprised they’ll be!

4. Organize


A lot of college students are either headed back to school soon or already back at school. Set aside at least one hour this week to get organized. Whether this is color-coding your notebooks, cleaning out the top drawer of you desk, updating a studying application on your phone, or organizing your email inbox (see my tips here!), this is one “unproductive” hour that will increase the productivity of all your other hours!

5. Send me a note!


I’d love to hear your comments/questions/suggestions regarding TheGarnetLetter! Send me a letter here:

sleep in san francisco


I’ve been in California for approximately 48 hours and I’m afraid to admit that I’ve spent a great deal of that time asleep. I don’t know what it is (reverse jet lag?), but I’ve been totally wiped out! Of course, I’ve had many good meals, watched a few movies, and caught up with The Boy’s family — all of which has been wonderful. I’m just so happy to be here and be taking it easy and really using this vacation time as vacation time. When I first visited NorCal I honestly thought I would hate it. It was so foreign to me and I thought it would be super rainy and cloudy and flaky. But, I was proved wrong! I loveeee this area and could definitely see myself here sometime in the near/far future. Everyone is so active and friendly and there’s not a snow flake in the sky!! This weekend I will be catching up with some other friends from school, bop around the city, and (of course) just keep relaxing away! What are your weekend plans??

roll on the floor

I struggled a little bit with what I wanted to write about today; I already had an outfit post this week, did the whole “school” thing, wrote a review, and talked about fall (of course). Then I happened upon the following picture. I literally died of laughter reading this thing. If you’re not crying by the end, you’re not doing it right. Please, read and enjoy!

roll on the floor