Thursday, December 9, 2010

Crumbs Strikes Back!

Knowing that dear Daniel would be going to NYC on business, I took the liberty to send him with cash, directions to the Crumbs Bake Shop nearest his hotel, and a list of acceptable flavors (not that I would say no to ANY flavor!) and that saint carried 6 big, beautiful cupcakes on subways and trains through New York, New Jersey, and half of Pennsylvania all the way to my apartment!
OH YEAH!!!  That's Baba Booey (pb chocolate), carrot cake, blackbottom cheesecake, apple pie, and S'mores :D
Can you tell that I've been waiting for this moment ALL SEMESTER??

Here's the damages after about 5 minutes...and now I have the biggest, happiest tummy ache ever!


This graphic is all I could think about as I waited and waited all day long.  I knew the cupcakes would get the best of me, it was only a matter of time:


And here's our Hanukkah Bush:


hahaha, happy holidays!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Champs

Announcing the 2010 Penn State Law Intramural Flag Football Champions...The PAINtiffs! (That's my team)
 (including our school psychologist and admissions person on the left who decided that they were our coaches, yeah, we're popular)


Here's me, faster than a speeding bullet:
I'm the pink blur on the left.

For the championship game, we had a local judge in his robes and a classic British-style judge wig officiate over the coin flip- it was pretty hilarious.

You may think that stressed, washed-up, boring law students are not exactly the athletic type, but Intramurals here are SERIOUS.  After all, its really all we have going for us outside of reading court opinions, so we give it all we've got :)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ye Olde Renaissance Faire

So...I finally went to frolic at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and it was hilarious!  So many dorky people!  Honestly, I'm talking bigger weirdos than at Comicon...and that is saying something!  Probably the oddest thing was a booth where you paid money to get some glassware to smash against a wall!  Yeah...I have no idea...

Here are some highlights:

Jousting Tournament!

Eating a giant turkey leg like a total barbarian

In the stocks outside the torture museum :)

And best of all, the proverbial POKEY POPCORN WAGON!  I don't know how many times that reference has been made to me, and finally, here it is!  I was so excited!

Also so a little juggling, fire swallowing, and so forth.  Quite the adventure!

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Last Hurrah

So between me working full-time plus a 1hr 10min commute everyday and Dan studying his guts out for the Bar Exam, we really didn't have too much fun this summer...until the last two weeks!  And they were a BLAST!

We got massages (amaaaaaaazing), had some lovely dinners out with Mom and Grandma (plus an excellent chocolate dome from Wegman's- THANKS MOM!), went to my favorite place- the farmer's market- with his dog, and...

Went to the pistol range:


Went to Knoebels, this funny little amusement park/water park/carnival/picnic area/ski lift hidden among the PA trees:

(Yes, that's TOTALLY the same arm wrestling luchador machine from the Princess Diaries!)

Went whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River and even paint balling! (ouch)  Unfortunately, there is no way I was gonna bring my camera either on a raft or into a war zone...so you'll have to use your imagination.  This pic is supposedly where we were, so just think of my head in one of those helmets, haha.  But it just goes to show that the "stay-cation" can truly be a wonderful thing.  There's soooo much more to life than watching tv and playing video games, so get out there and enjoy your world!  ...or at least your state :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

History and Family

Had the pleasure of a week with my Mom and Grandma and all the fun historical touring that came with them.  We spent time in DC, Arlington, Mount Vernon, Philadelphia, Boiling Springs (on The Appalachian Trail) and of course my little Carlisle.

Here are some of my favorite photos:

At Mount Vernon with JP:


Afternoon Tea in Carlisle:  (we of course had to wear fascinators!)



Philly:


Thanks for coming to visit me!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I'm a gardener!

So, although I have very limited space with which to grow anything.  But I used my resourcefulness and carried home some old discarded wooden planter beds from the side of the road on my way home from school, put some dirt in em and threw in some seeds and...VOILA!
Oregano, parley, basil, bell peppers, lettuce, and chili peppers.  It's AWESOME!


I use them all the time and my cooking has certainly improved as a result.  Not to mention constantly buying fresh herbs is really expensive, especially when half of them usually go bad before you can use them.  Therefore, I highly recommend this!

I also have a hanging gourd/bird house (it's like my favorite thing ever) and a hanging flower basket that started out as some dead looking rejected little thing of flowers that were the leftovers from some Relief Society thing.

And they GREW!
I've pretty much never kept a plant alive besides cactus, and that's mostly because I went to college and my mom kept it alive.  So this is very exciting for me!  There's just something really cool about watching the plants come to life and flourish under your care.  It's been a fun experience for me :)  Not to mention I did a waaaay better job than my neighbor:

hahahaha :D

Carlilian Summer

Cool tree canopy down the street- I took this while on my bike:


And we also had a really interesting sunset the other day:
In real life, it looked like the clouds were on fire- very neat

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Missing Rugby

I came across these pictures this morning from a rugby team retreat a few years ago.  It was like our Spring Training, but we went up towards Sundance into the snow (counter-intuitive, I know) because we had the use of a sweet indoor facility.  This was one of the best weekends of my life: amazing teammates, huge mansion to stay in, and live-in gourmet chef feeding the team.

First of all, to my adoreable friend Becky who apparantly broke her nose earier in the day during practice, could only find a Kamakazi bandana to bandage herself, and still wanted to help to cook dinner- I love you!

Secondly, I just have to share this story.  So the forwards had this great coach named Brad who also happened to be a cop who was called up as reinforcements during the Sundance Film Festival that same weekend.  During some downtime, he stopped by the mansion to see how we were all doing after our first day of training up there.  This is him walking in the door saying, "I got a call about some loud partying in this house"


And then all of us old timers and forwards ran up to say hi:


And then the best part of all was a brand new back (so Brad was not her coach and she never had met him) gasped in horror, "Oh my gosh!  Who called for a male stripper?!!"

I was rolling on the floor laughing.  I nearly died.  :D

2 of our coaches, if you can beleive it:

The beauty of rugby is there is a position for every skill and every body type.  Long live rugby :)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Go Community!

Here is a photo of Binks and I (and Binks' relatively new bling) sitting on the lawn of the local undergrad university and listening to the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra play a free 4th of July concert.



Then since we had Monday off for the holiday observing the 4th, I went on a bicycle tour of the town with some of my fellow Carlilians and it was actually a TON of fun!  Cheers to healthy habits, artistic experiences, and community.


Photo of me on the bike ride in Tour-de-France mode (they MADE me wear my helmet):



And the notorious Fire Police escorting the bikers through as many red lights as possible:

Monday, June 21, 2010

Audio Maniac!

So I have a 35 minute commute each way to work, four times a week and as a result...I HAVE BECOME AN AUDIOBOOK ADDICT!  Its only been about a month and a half and here is what I have "read" so far:

-The Devil Wears Prada (I indulged myself post-finals)
-Stones Into Schools
-A Midsummer Night's Dream
-The Blind Side
-The Millionaire Nextdoor
-Brave New World (still in progress- its crazy!)

Its awesome!  I do not miss the radio at all, and for the first time in my whole life I actually find myself wanting to drive!  And best of all, its completely free, compliments of my local library:


I highly recommend this nerdy habit!

Monday, June 7, 2010


Baltimore!

I went on my first trip ever to Baltimore!  Basically every rape case in my Criminal Law book came from Baltimore (no joke) and so I was a little nervous, but it turned out to be pretty cool!  It's only about 1.5 hours from my apartment to downtown Baltimore, and I went with Dan to see an Orioles game!  We intentionally came on free bobblehead giveaway night:

Awesome!

Unfortunately, the Orioles got totally stomped.  We were already in the stadium when the national anthem was sung, but by the time we got to our seats, they were already down 4-0.  Pitiful! haha

The upside was that we sat in the "All You Can Eat" section!  So we stuffed our faces with all the peanuts, popcorn, nachos, ice cream, and hot dogs we could handle :)  And I even got a hat!  Very fun!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Crumbs!!!

So in the midst of finals, I did what I always do- make a selfish impulse purchase!  At BYU, after selling my books back to the bookstore, I used to use some of my buyback money and buy a new shirt or sweater or something like that.  Unfortunately, we don't have a bookstore here, so I opted for a little something that I have been DYING to try since I saw it in New York City a few months ago: cupcakes from Crumbs Bakeshop!  So getting some cupcakes shipped out from New York City with dried ice was pretty pricey...but OH SO WORTH IT!!

I just waited and waited in my house all day that they were supposed to come.  Every time I heard a truck go by outside I would hold my breath and squeal, and finally... they came!

They came in a pretty striped box and I was absolutely jumping up and down my apartment.  They were HUGE and I cleaned them up in about 3 days...haha...hey!  I was stressed! :D

And they were AMAZING!
Check them out: www.crumbs.com 

Here are the flavors I ordered:
-Baba Booey (peanut butter chocolate)
-Blackout (SUPER chocolate)
-Grasshopper (mint & chocolate)
-Red Velvet
-Apple Strudel
-Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Yeah, amazing.  That's brain food for you.  Definitely doing it again next year!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Super Saturday

VERY busy week, with Saturday being no exception.  In the morning I ran in my first ever 5k, in fact, I think it has the first time I have ever been in any sort of foot race since the 50 yard dash in elementary school.  And, what do ya know, I wind up getting the second place ribbon!  (waking up sober definitely has its perks, haha)  At any rate I was SO PROUD!  Here's some photos:

Coming in for my big finish.

And the much-coveted 2nd place ribbon.

From there, it was a mess of curlers and nail polish as I got ready for the MLSA (minority student law student association- I'm in the Women's Law Caucus, so I am technically actually a part of it) Banquet, which was really great.  It was a nice venue, amazing international food, and a par-tay all night long! (almost)
And I even had a cute date :)
And check out these curls- whoa! I didnt think my hair could even do that!

(nearly) Cherry Blossoms!

Hello, there.

Here are a couple of photos I took of the tree right outside my window because it is SO beautiful!  Right in time for the Tidal Basin Cherry Blossom Festival in DC, my tree bloomed as well.

Spring is definitely here- and I've never been in a place with a more lovely springtime welcome.  Everything is so green and I am loving it!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Looking the Part

This is a candid photo of me conquering the concrete jungle with my impressive lawyer looks and skills:


Haha- do you like the glasses?   A friend actually took this out her window (slightly creepy) when I was on my way to sign my new lease.  Yes I wore the fake glasses and the fake name badge to sign my lease...actually my landlady suddenly started throwing in stuff and I'm guessing that it MUST have been the glasses :) 

Still confused?  I was a medical witness in a mock trial right after this photo was taken.  In fact, I did so well the judge asked me afterwords if I was actually a doctor.  Again, totally the glasses.  I almost wore them to my oral argument this week, since they appear to be quite effective.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Sorry, DC + good news

I would say "my bad," but if I did, my mom would probably strangle me the next time she saw me.  However, I will say sorry for being a slacker.  I'm alive and BUSY!  ...and about to get much busier. :(

But the good news is that I'm moving next month!  Yay!  So Pier 1 has become my newest best friend and I've already been there twice this week...its bad...but its really exciting!  So I'm moving into a bit bigger place, it has a deck, I'll be able to grill, still walking distance to school, right across the street from the gym (yes!), and right next door to my closest law school homegirl, Vika, so we can give each other social support :)  And I will finally graduate from a twin bed!  I guess that finally makes me a grown up...finally.

Also good is that my briefs are all done for the year!  That is SUCH a relief.  No grade back yet, but I pretty much don't care anymore!  It's just done and that's all that matters!

More good news is that I received funding for working with a local legal services office this summer- SO EXCITING!  I will be able to pay rent!  Yay!  haha

So way back on my Spring Break, which just more like an extra study break...not much relaxing about it...Dan and I managed to sneak away for a day down to DC and it was really nice.  I was sad that we were a bit premature for the cherry blossoms, but we conquered the Smithsonian(s) and it was a lot of fun.  We even saw a mouse running around downstairs in the cafe of the Museum of American History- people were screaming and everything- quite the excitement, haha.

Evidence to support the former assertions: