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May. 27th, 2011


Five year plan

Carl and his friend are buying a duplex, and they got together to draw up a contract and discuss their five-year plans. I am pretty happy that I am included in Carl's five-year plan. I told him that mine was living and working wherever he was (probably Burlington, since that is where they are buying). He asked me to move in with him at some point! I am very happy about this. I fully intend to keep my own place for as long as I can afford it, but my funding runs out in August, so cohabitation may be in my very near future.

It's nice that we have not rushed things. The dating relationship is so great. It's like all of the fun without the mess. We would both save a lot of money if we moved in together (probably $300 to $500 a month). Still, I'm glad to have treated it so carefully, like the Little Prince's rose. In a way, it is the only rose on the planet.

"People where you live grow five thousand roses in one garden... yet they don't find what they are looking for... And yet what they're looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water... But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart."

Mar. 23rd, 2011



Carl gave me an iPad today. What the hell? It is so freaking awesome. I am still in shock. I already thought he was the best boyfriend ever, but this... I don't even know what to say. Besides HELL YEAH I HAVE AN IPAD. And an amazing boyfriend.

I almost feel guilty for being so excited over it. I mean, I didn't really earn it or anything. He just gave me one because I said I wanted one, and because he could. I've never had an Apple product of any sort before, but I've always admired their aesthetics. It's not my birthday or an anniversary. He just said that I'd had a rough winter, and he wanted to cheer me up. How sweet is that?

I wish I could give him something equally valuable. But I am a poor grad student. I wonder if some day I will be able to buy him fancy things. Maybe I shouldn't make a huge deal out of it. I want him to know I appreciate it, but I don't want to be overly grateful to the point of awkwardness.


Feb. 28th, 2011


Yeah localvore!

I made myself the most delicious almost-entirely-local dinner today: Cabot pepper jack cheese on Red Hen bread made with organic Vermont wheat, grilled to crispy perfection in (non-local) olive oil. For a beverage, I made a pot of Vermont Liberty Tea Company tea. It is called "Skanda" and contains jasmine, orange peel, chamomile, cinnamon, fennel, bergamot, rosemary, peppermint, cardamom, damiana, licorice, and pepper. It is delicious and very relaxing.

It is so fun to eat local foods. Tomorrow I am making Science Potatoes.

Feb. 13th, 2011


Jessica does Waterbury

Carl and I went to Waterbury with a couple of friends, and it was so great! We went to Vermont Liberty Tea Company, which is just one guy in the back of his house, selling all kinds of crazy teas that he blends himself. He is super knowledgeable and loves tea more than anything. We chatted about growing ginger and stevia indoors, and I learned that rooibos tea is not actually tea, and has no caffeine. It is delicious though. I bought some raspberry rooibos, oolong, breakfast blend, black tea with ginger, and an herbal blend called "skanda" that has damiana in it, among a lot of other things.

Then we went to Red Hen bakery (technically in Middlesex, not Waterbury) and had hot cider and black tea and grilled cheese sandwiches with mustard while we played Dominion. If you haven't played, Dominion is a very fun card game about building a kingdom. What's nice about it is that every game is different, because you randomly select the kinds of cards. It is hard to explain, but I recommend it. Also I won.

We tried to go to the Alchemist (a really excellent brew-pub/restaurant) for dinner, but the wait was an hour and a half! On good ski days, the place is packed with people stopping in on their way back to Burlington from the mountains. Ugh, skiing.

It turned out okay, though, because instead we went to have a beer at Blackback Pub and Flyshop, which is a real flyshop but also serves food and high-quality beer. I had a Hill Farmstead Pacifica Single Hop IPA. I thought it was perfect. It has a really heady hops aroma and flavor, but is not very bitter at all. I've been really digging Hill Farmstead lately, and I buy it whenever I can afford to drop $7 on a beer. We had a nice chat with the bar owner and a lovely couple who coach women's sports at UVM.

When I got home, someone had left a dried rose sticking out of my door.

Jan. 30th, 2011



Igloofest was amazing. We almost didn't go, but Carl changed his mind and it was a great call. We were only gone for 24 hours. I haven't been to an electronic music festival in ages (maybe not since the ill-fated Ultra 2008) and I'd certainly never been to one outdoors in Canada in February. I thought the cold air and the snow made it really special. I had never danced on snow before. It's slippery, so it is easy to do cool moves such as the Moonwalk.

They had giant ice walls with LEDs in them, and more LED displays of course, and some ice sculptures, and there was this cute little sitting area with a wood stove and lots of giant waterproof pillows. There was also an indoor area with a poutine stand, so you could go in and get warm occasionally. I went with four Vermonters, and I was the least cold out of any of them! It was probably because I was the most bundled up, but I like to think that I have just gotten super tough since I moved here.

I wore a pink wig under my fuzzy bear hat, my long brown quilted coat, a short dress, cotton leggings, fleece leggings, a long-sleeved shirt, a sweater, two pairs of socks, down boots, a green scarf, and purple wool gloves. I was considering trying to go without the coat, because I think it is very unflattering, but I did not consider it for long. It is COLD.

Anyway, Montreal is a great city and all of you should go if you get a chance. We had amazing Ethiopian food and even more amazing cheese croissants, and it's just such a charming, stylish city with little bits of art everywhere in unexpected places. My French is still pretty terrible, but I think it has improved a little. I was able to communicate with a few people.

PS: Ugh, Livejournal, these ads are getting really obtrusive. I've been thinking about switching to Tumblr.

Jan. 26th, 2011


The fox, so cunning and free

We've been watching the old Disney Zorro series from the late 50's, and it is amazing. I can't recommend it enough. The heroes are lovable, the villains are villainous, the funny guys are funny. Zorro is super cute, smiles constantly, never kills anyone, and wears tight pants and sparkly jackets when he's not fighting corruption. The bad guy is called Senor Molestario and he is pretty evil. He totally is mean to Indians and priests, and has a sinister goatee. He's always raising taxes and destroying orange groves.

Zorro is also great because he has to act really stupid so nobody will find out his identity. His real name is Don Diego, and he is so committed to acting dumb that his own father hates him. But he has to act like a silly brat, because if anyone thought he was mentally competent, they'd suspect he was Zorro. 

Don Diego also has an awesome sidekick named Bernardo, who is mute but pretends he is deaf-mute so he can listen to the villains scheme while he pretends to do servant-type stuff. The actor who plays Bernardo does great facial expressions and is really funny.

So Zorro is really tall and looks amazing in his little Bedazzled matador costumes, and his mustache and smile are very charming. And the weird thing is that the actor also plays the dad in Lost in Space, who I never thought was cute, even remotely. And that was eight years later. Do you think it's just the mustache?

Jan. 22nd, 2011



I am having my first party in my new place tonight. This morning, I went to the farmers' market and bought cheese and cider. So bucolic!

Because it is going to be like -15 tonight, the theme is "Hot Beverages and Fancy Hats". There will be hot cocoa with booze, mulled cider with booze, and hot toddies. (Scratch that last one. I just realized that I don't have lemon juice.) I have many fancy hats, including a fur-trimmed one with silver sequins.

I think about 15-20 people will be there. I hope everyone can fit in my tiny apartment. Luckily there is a lot of abandoned furniture in the basement of my building, so I will see if there are some extra chairs I can use. I am still trying to decide on music. I will probably just end up streaming PopTron.

Wish me luck! If it goes well, I will have more parties in the future, and that will make me very happy.

Jan. 13th, 2011


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I miss all of your beautiful faces.

Jan. 1st, 2011


Things that rock my socks - 2011

1. Actual socks! Dear Katie and Ryan sent me a pair of neon green knee socks with dinosaurs all over them. They are super cool and I can't wait to wear them.

2. Minecraft! Carl made a world for me and we are playing in it together. Currently he is building a skull-shaped fortress and I am attempting to build a pig farm. I am trying to figure out whether the pigs always spawn in the same place.

3. Being the only girlfriend. I think I had been starting to take it for granted, but when I got back home I realized how nifty it is. I am the only one in the bed, and I get all the attention all the time. Totally worth it.

4. Also from Carl: a stuffed turtle that projects a fantastic starscape from its shell, in your choice of green, blue, or yellow light. It is supposed to be a night-light for small children.

5. The days are getting longer! Hooray!

6. A great trip back to Florida, wherein I saw many people that I miss, partied down, and tied up some loose ends. Of course I still miss the glorious adventures of the Club Mills days, but I no longer feel like I am missing out, or like I may have made the wrong decision.

7. Getting back to Vermont just in time for New Year's Eve festivities. Even if I did pass out right after midnight. It felt so freaking good to fall asleep on the comfy couch.

8. Theraflu Nighttime.

Oct. 22nd, 2010


Everything is awesome

Everything is awesome today. It is cold but sunny, there are many many parties over the next two weekends, and the grant that I wrote will help our lab manager come back to work next summer! (He had to leave because we ran out of funding for him.)

Oh, 27. I am ready to pin you down and force you to do my bidding.

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