Yummy!

Officially, Thanksgiving is about getting together with family and reflecting on what you’re thankful for, but unofficially, we know it’s all about the food. I was invited over to EK’s house again this year and, like last year, the food was to die for.

 

First off, EK’s family is reallllly nice, so that automatically sets the stage for a good meal.  But her mother is an amazing cook who practically made enough to feed an army.  We had to start off with just the appetizers because there wasn’t enough room on the table for everything.  We had some greek yogurty dish, stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta, Russian salad, and burek (my personal favorite.  According to google, byrek (or borek or burek or however you want to spell it) is a pastry made with really thin dough stacked up and filled with a spinach and cheese mixture.  I think EK’s mom uses leeks instead of spinach and it tastes awesome).

 

Then we had the turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce.  Again, delicious, though the turkey was a little too dry for EK’s family.  Then after having a piece of fruit came the pumpkin pie.  I love pumpkin pie, and Thanksgiving is pretty much the only time I get to have it.

 

After dinner we watched some weird movie that I don’t remember the name of, but basically it was about this guy who gets kidnapped in Columbia and his wife gets help from this hostage negotiator from London, and of course the wife and the negotiator fall in love and make out right before the negotiator goes to rescue her husband.  But in the end the wife stays with her rescued husband and the negotiator thinks about opening a business with his colleague, who’s played by the guy who plays Horatio in CSI: Miami. And that was pretty much it 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, it’s that time of year again to make a list of things I’m thankful for.  Most of this stuff doesn’t change from year to year, but it’s always nice to remind myself once in a while.  So, without further ado, I am thankful:

 

1.  For my family, as always. I can’t wait to see them in a month!  Especially the newest addition–a kitten named Albert, of all things lol

2.  For my friends, both from home and from NY.  I’m going to miss some people a WHOLE lot when I leave 😦

3.  For the fact that I’ll be done with undergrad in less than a month!

4.  For the NY Rangers and the STL Cardinals 🙂

5.  That I’m mentally and physically healthy (I finally got over this two week long cold, yay!)

6.  For my contacts.  Enough said 😉

7.  For technology.  I can’t imagine how I’d function without my iPhone/computer/internet/camera/etc.

8.  That EK’s cooking skills are not an indication of her mother’s 😀

9. That I have a roof over my head and food in my stomach, which, unfortunately, is more than many people can say.

10.  For the department stores who go above and beyond to decorate their windows for Christmas.

11. On that note, I’m also thankful for the start of the Christmas season.  Starbucks holiday drinks, decorations everywhere, cheerful people (okay, maybe not in NYC….),  jingle bells, Christmas music, Christmas candles, etc.

12.  That in about a month, I’ll be in Disney World with my family.  I love that place, and I love my family, so it’s the best of both worlds 😀

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Random…yet again

Okay, I seriously have meant to blog, but finding the motivation is really hard these days, so it’s time for another many-posts-in-one post:

 

1.  I went to go see Wicked on Broadway last Sunday.  It. Was. Amazing. I’d heard great things about it, and even got the book from the library a few weeks beforehand, but hated it.  The style was just way too….vulgar and disgusting for me, I guess.  So I was a little more iffy about the musical after that, but luckily they really improved on their source material 🙂

 

2.  Before I went to Wicked, I went to the High Line park in Manhattan.  I’d never heard of it before, but Marc recommended it, so I thought I’d check it out.  It was nice, but a little too crowded.  I like Central Park, where I can veer off and get away from people, but the high line is a raised park with only one path, so finding solitude is not possible.

 

3.  I’ve never felt like more of a business student than I did Wednesday night.  My BPL group and I did really well on our presentation and simulation, so we decided to go out a celebrate with a few drinks.  For the first two rounds, we were socializing and joking.  During the third round, we started talking about strategy for our simulation.  During the fourth round, this other guy from our class who had joined us started talking about his options trading job, and we were all really into it. The more we drank, the more we talked about business.  Who does that?  Business students, that’s who 😉  On a side note, apparently I’m the only one in my group who doesn’t smoke weed, and one of the guys has access to LSD and anything else you could want….or so he claims.  And I got hit on by this married father in my class, so that should be interesting on Monday……

Immunodeficient

I don’t understand some of the ultra-germaphobes who live among us.  These are the people who get every single vaccine available as soon as it’s available, head straight to the doctor at the first sign of a sniffle, and have a constant supply of Germ-X on hand.

 

See, I have a bit of a cold right now.  I felt it coming on last Thursday night, and it’s been pretty much steady since then.  It’s nothing too bad—sore throat, minor headache, minor earache—but some of the people in the office act like I have the plague.  I’ve been asked at least five times what I’m taking for it and if I’ve gone to the doctor.  My response to each of these inquiries is a raised eyebrow and an “Isn’t that what my immune system’s for?”

 

It would be one thing if I’d been sick for a month or I felt really, really horrible, but it’s just a cold, people!  I can understand taking medicine to alleviate the worst symptoms if they’re really impacting you, but why on earth would you go to the doctor for a cold?  I just don’t get it.  Then again, I also don’t get the whole flu-shot craze.  I know that “officially” it doesn’t give you the flu, but anecdotally—and from personal experience—people who get the flu shot every year also tend to get the flu every year.  Coincidence?  Doubtful.

 

I’m not one of those rabid anti-vaccine people (I mean, I got the HPV vaccine and all of my other shots quite willingly), I just think some of the new vaccines are a little much.  Unless you’re really old, really sickly, or really young, the flu is not going to kill you.  Even then, the chances are slim.  Same goes for chicken pox.  I don’t know, to me it just seems like the people who get all of these vaccines are killing off their natural immune systems, so if they ever did get something which they haven’t been vaccinated for (or even a drug-resistant strain of something they have) they’ll have a much harder time fighting it off.  Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but I figure there’s a reason biology gave us an immune system, and I trust mine more than I trust the “good intentions” of Big Pharma.

Glossophobia

I don’t understand why some people are so terrified of public speaking.  I mean, I do get it on some level, because I don’t exactly like getting up in front of people either, but what I don’t get is why some people who have weeks to prepare a presentation (and actually spend weeks preparing) look like they’re about to hyperventilate.  For one thing, your classmates really couldn’t care less.  The only person you have to impress is your professor. For another, if you’re prepared, what’s the big deal?  Just get up there, say what you rehearsed, and make sure you scan the room and smile to pretend like you care about engaging the audience.  You don’t have to like it, you just have to do it.  Simple, right?  Not for some people apparently.

In one of my classes we’re supposed to do 5 minute extemporaneous presentations (i.e. without powerpoint slides) on whatever topic we choose.  The hardest part of this for me was picking a topic.  I finally settled on a brief history of STL because a) It’s something I know about already; and b) I find it somewhat interesting so I’ll be able to make it look good for the prof, who is really the only one who matters.

Anyway, the prof started going around the room trying to reassure the people who looked like they were about to pass out.  Some were literally shaking.  Meanwhile, I’m sitting there, looking bored, because we’ve done presentations since, like, middle school, so what’s the big deal?  How can you people possibly expect to be successful managers or executives if you can’t even stand up in front of a group of people who are all in the same boat and talk for five minutes about whatever you want?

Bad with the Good



My roommate had sent an email a couple weeks ago asking when everyone was available for a house meeting to talk about a cleaning schedule.  I ignored the email—something I rarely do—because a) we’ve tried cleaning schedules before, they don’t work; and b) right now I’m focused on finishing school.  Working out a cleaning schedule for a place I’m moving out of in six weeks (omg, that’s really soon!) is not a top priority.  She never emailed again, so I figured that was that.

 

Well, I get home yesterday and walk in to the smell of lemony-freshness.  Apparently someone cleaned the entire apartment (well, common areas, anyway).  The kitchen, bathroom, and living room were almost spotless.  I figured it was probably J’s cousin, who had come over to clean before.  Hey, as long as I wasn’t going to be expected to pay for this service I didn’t ask for, I was happy.

 

But, that happiness quickly turned to annoyance when I opened the fridge.  Apparently whoever it was had cleaned that out too, but no one bothered to tell them that we don’t all share food, so the fact that there might be two of something DOES NOT mean that you throw one of the two things away.  Luckily the things I lost were all cheap: a nearly empty (but not all the way empty!) tub of butter that I planned on using last night for dinner, a ¼ of a jar of applesauce which I use instead of oil when baking, and a cucumber.  This last thing puzzled me the most.  I can kind of understand why someone might throw away the butter and the applesauce, as they were almost empty, but this was a whole cucumber.  How can you just throw away a whole cucumber?  I don’t get it……

 

And then the person had put away all the dishes in the wrong place so I had to hunt for my bowl and plate (and I still haven’t found some of my silverware), and the ovenmitts have disappeared.  It was sooooo frustrating.  It’s like, I do appreciate that the house is clean (for the moment.  It won’t take my roommates long to destroy it again) but at the same time it’s really annoying.  Oh well, guess I have to take the bad to get the good…..