Archive for October, 2006

Food for (insomniac) thought.

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

So many things on my mind right now.

– Ec1018 midterm tomorrow. I will do the remaining half of my studying tomorrow
– GREs… very frightening graduate school standardised test. Casey and Matt’s recent experiences haven’t given me much hope one way or the other.
– Thesis research. It looks like I will be writing something to do with opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan. Which reminds me, I *must* get some work together and meet with Prof M, Prof McC and Prof C shortly.
– PhD program applications. Expensive, scary, time-consuming, risky endeavor. Eep.

The Halloween weekend parties are already a distant memory.

Salient Party (28 Oct 2006)

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Salient Party (28 Oct 2006)
Originally uploaded by J Y.

There was classical music playing over the fancy speakers at the Salient “All Saints Eve” party. I didn’t stay for very long.  (A couple of other Halloween weekend pictures are on my Flickr photostream – just click on the picture above.)

From left: me, Ryan

A Cold Front Arrives

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

I wore my chinchilla to my film class screening of Nanook of the North (1919) this afternoon and felt pleased with how apropos this was.

Thank God I wasn’t born an Inuit in Alaska in the early 20th century. Ugh.

I intensely disliked the second film we had to see. I had half a mind to boo (or cheer in relief) when it finally ended.

Just attended a very useful thesis-time-management workshop that left me with warm and fuzzy feelings. Yay.

The urge to sketch is becoming stronger. I really do want it to go away pesky thing.

View From My Window (15 Oct 2006)

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

View From My Window (15 Oct 2006)

Originally uploaded by J Y.

I was laying on the floor of my common room one day and noticed how dramatic the sky outside looked. And I wanted to remember the view just as it appeared that Fall afternoon.

View From My Window II (15 Oct 2006)

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

View From My Window II (15 Oct 2006)

Originally uploaded by J Y.

I love thinking about the stories I could tell about the items in the foreground, which are a jumbled mixture of Stuff Sale finds and treasures from Madagascar, including the butterfly textile, the valiahs and the marble coffee table game.

Is it really only Thursday?

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

This has felt like a really long week thanks to its general eventfulness. There were the thesis issues, the iPod affair, the midterm, the papers…

I already want a vacation.

And earlier, while browsing the fantastic festive menu offerings at the dining hall*, a stitch on my alligator hide cardcase somehow got hooked on my Missoni sweater vest and pulled a thread. Aggravating.

*It’s “Diwali” ie Deepavali, so everything being served is Indian food tonight. I had the basmati rice, chicken korma, bengali tomato soup, shrimp in coconut gravy, vegetable pakoras with tamarind sauce and a bit of the mango chutney. I’m actually glad that I went so early that most of the food wasn’t ready yet 🙂

Another day done

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

Food log for the day (exhaustive):

9am: 1 banana, 1 mug of French Vanilla coffee with Lactaid
11am: 3 servings of Trader Joe’s Reduced Fat Cheese Crunchies (ie Twisties)
3pm: 1 Venti Maple Macchiato with peppermint from Starbucks.
4pm: 2 chocolate-covered strawberries and 2 seedless green grapes

And sometimes I wonder why I have complexion issues.

I haven’t posted a style report in a while…  and I’ve been itching to.  Maybe sometime soon.

I took part of a diagnostic GRE last night.  I am now very scared.  *scared*

Oktoberfest in the Square 1 (8 Oct 2006)

Monday, October 9th, 2006

Oktoberfest in the Square 1 (8 Oct 2006)Originally uploaded by J Y.

Having never previously experienced it, I was determined not to miss the Oktoberfest street fair in Harvard Square again during my final year in college. I had the pleasure of exploring the fair with many Dins and Pitches, especially (from left) Miriam, Caitlin and Sam.

Happy Columbus Day!

Monday, October 9th, 2006

What’s there to say?

I could talk about the tragicomic performance the Dins gave for the Harvard reunion Class of 1961 at the Harvard Club of Boston, but it was really such an awful/hilarious affair that I don’t think I can do it justice here.

Yesterday’s walk about Oktoberfest street fair in Harvard Yard, last weekend’s relaxing day trip to The Big E (the annual New England state’s exposition) and Andrew’s 21st birthday “Cake-stravaganza” all warrant at least a passing mention.

I might want to record the mock consulting “case” interview I had on Friday (which was pleasant and enjoyable), and the amusing experience I had in the waiting room surrounded by wannabe-I-bankers.

Perhaps I should talk about the momentous new step I took today in the direction of academia by emailing off my first journal submission. Very exciting. I can only pray that it will be accepted.

And in other news, I’ve dropped the Medical Sociology class, which leaves me with a courseload of five. That’s still a little on the heavy side for a thesis-attempting senior.

Till next time…