Back to School

I am reading. Hooray! Perhaps it's something about not being in school and having required reading, but my brain seems perfectly capable of accommodating leisure reading again (thank goodness, because I was seriously worried for a while there). I've been reading old favorites, like Battle Royale, Howl's Moving Castle, various Agatha Christie, and just for the hell of it, I cracked open my stats book yesterday (can you tell I kind of miss school?).
Speaking of school, this is the first time in my whole life that fall hasn't meant going back to school. It's weird. I've been summer binging Gilmore Girls and somehow, this is the same feeling I got when Rory took time off of Yale. It just doesn't feel right. It's scary and weird and who knows if this is it, and I just don't go back. I know it's normal and one really can't just be in school forever, but somehow, that hasn't felt very comforting.
Someone commented to me recently that August is like the Sunday of the year, and that seems like a perfect description. How is it possible that it's almost over?? I'm in a full-fledged end-of-summer Sunday-slump about the inevitable cold. This summer went by insanely fast. Maybe I will get a cat for coping and winter cuddles and re-reading Harry Potter.


Recipe: Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

One of N and I's favorite things to do together during visits (insert gripe about how much long-distance sucks here) is cook together. Neither of us are particularly avid cooks usually, and we both kind of get hangry, so we end up picking easy-medium recipes and divvying up the tasks. He doesn't like cutting raw meat, which I don't mind so much, and I don't like cutting garlic, which he doesn't mind, so basically we make a perfect team. This time around we went for this recipe for chipotle shrimp tacos with avocado salsa. In addition to the recipe, we added some cabbage mix, avocado slices, and mozzarella to the tacos. And, let me tell you, they turned out fantastically. Like so darn good that N ate nine of them in one sitting (don't tell him I told you that). I don't think my stomach's actually physically capable of eating nine tacos at once, but I can assure you that both of us needed some food-coma-rest-time after that. Point being, highly recommend. Eat on!


Tuesday Tunes: Bollywood Edition!

Oh man, the last Tuesday Tunes was way back in November! This Tuesday, I want to get my Bollywood on! I actually can't believe I haven't done a Bollywood edition, because though I go through phases with Indian music, there is some great stuff out there, dancey and otherwise. Here are some of my favorites! Also, if you're the type, some brief Googling could easily get you the translations.

1. "Dilli Wali Girlfriend" - Arijit Singh & Sunidhi Chauhan (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
2. "Chaiyya Chaiyya" - Sukhwinder Singh & Sapna Awasthi (Dil Se)
3. "Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen" - Manna Dey (Waqt)
4. "Taal Se Taal" - Sujata Trivedi, Alka Yagnik, & Udit Narayan (Taal)
5. "Ishq Kamina" - Alka Yagnik & Sonu Nigam (Shakti: The Power)



Two posts in a week? Whaaaaat?

In honor of throwback thursday, I want to share a place I discovered while tramping around Portland last year. It's a little shop, hidden between offices and thrifty boutiques on a fairly empty side street, tucked away from much of the hubbub of downtown. As soon as I spotted the lettering on the window, my interest was piqued, and I had to step inside.

Oh, it was marvelous! All sorts of knick knacks and stationery organized just right for the compulsive mind. Feeling maybe a little giddy, I made sure to take a little peek around every last corner and came upon these:
I stood in front of them for maybe 5 minutes, gingerly pressing the buttons on each, hoping one would fit right with my fingertips and scheming how best to fit one in my bag for the return trip. Once I had come to the horrible conclusion that I would not be taking one of these beauties home with me, I had to tear myself away, and immediately found solace in these numbered organizers.
Surely, I could spare a little room for Boxes No. 1 & 2?
And maybe a few pens? It was Gelly roll heaven, I tell you. 9-year-old me would have been thrilled by the selection, and I must admit that 22-year-old me was pretty thrilled as well.
Needless to say, I left with a little spring in my step and a little light in the wallet. Thank you, Oblation, for making this trip just a little bit more special.
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