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Tell Me What's The Difference

Top: F21; Jacket: Sears; Jeans: ?

I spy...

Sometimes, I find myself thinking, "Oh, I should try and look badass today" and then I pull on my leather boots and this blazer, and pretty much, that's as badass as I get. Well, I try. Maybe some of those boots from Monday would help the situation a little, but let's face it, I have entirely too many dresses with full skirts. Well, back to studying for the GRE!

Oh, The Places You'll Go

Maybe I mentioned this, but before medical school, I really want to do a Masters in Public Health. As I want to work in public health someday, I feel like this masters is going to be only the best of experiences. However, in my narrowing down of schools to apply to, I can't seem to shrink it past 20 fairly equally matched schools. And let's be honest, my bank account can't handle me applying to 20 schools.

So, I've been thinking about where I wanted to live, and the area around the campuses as a major factor for the next set of cuts, and I figured, who better to ask than the wonderful blogosphere! I've narrowed it down to the following states, and most of the schools I've got are in major cities, so have at it! Tell me about where you live and how you like it or tell a friend who lives in one of these places to check me out and give me some input, because lord knows the weather channel is not enough to fish this out!

Maryland (Baltimore)
Michigan (Ann Arbor)
New York (NYC)
Massachussetts (Boston)
North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Washington (Seattle)
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh)
Missouri (St. Louis)
Illinois (Chicago)

So, um, help a girl out?

Tuesday Tunes!

I can't believe July is almost over! This summer is going by absurdly fast and I honestly have no idea what I've been doing! I mean, guitar got stuck on a back burner because of a small moving/apartment crisis that happened, and now it's almost time for my summer class to start! I am so not ready for August.

1."Look At Me Now" - Chris Brown ft. Busta Rhymes & Lil' Wayne
2."Inventing Shadows" - Dia Frampton
3."The Gambler" - Kenny Rogers
4."In These Arms" - The Swell Season
5."Ottoman" - Vampire Weekend

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Lust List Monday: These Boots Are Made For Walking

It might be summer, season of flip-flops and sandals, but that certainly doesn't mean my eternal flame for boots has dimmed at all. In fact, lately I've been craving a new pair much the same way sometimes we crave the Christmas spirit in the middle of July.

This Madden Girl Preppie Boot from DSW, because I have none so far in that lovely rust color, and I would love to change that.

For some reason, Kurt, on Glee has made me really want a pair of lace-up boots. This Seychelles Platinum Lace-Up Boot seems like the perfect girl-version of the knee-high lace-up combats everyone's favorite gay countertenor always dons.

I've been crazy desperate for some thigh-high boots since I first saw them being worn casually. Unfortunately, I am short, and thigh-highs have the tendency to make their wearers look like hookers. Thus, I think this modest-heeled Franco Sarto Over-the-Knee Boot would be perfectly suited to my non-hookery needs.

Lastly, certainly not least-ly, and only somewhat in jest, I really want a pair of white go-go boots because I am a weirdo like that. They'd look good with my skin, man. You can't deny that. Scuffing might be an issue though.

Any boots you're drooling over?

Recipe: Easy Stuffed Bell Pepper

I will admit that I am a huge fan of pretty much anything stuffed. A while ago, I made stuffed bell pepper, that was, let me tell you, awesome.

Bell peppers - tops cut off, gutted, boiled
Minced mushrooms and spinach to your liking
Lemon juice, salt & pepper
Grilled chicken in small pieces
Cooked Brown rice
Mozzarella cheese
A slice of Cheddar cheese

1. Mince everything, grill chicken, prepare.
2. Mix the minced vegetables and mozzarella and lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds till cheese melts a little.

3. Mix in cooked brown rice and grilled chicken and fill pepper.

4. Place cheddar slice on top. Bake for 30 minutes at 350˚F.

And voila!

The best thing you will ever eat on so little preparation, guaranteed. Let me know if you try it!

We Can Live Like This

Remember how I was really excited way back when that I was really excited about this Jack's Mannequin concert. Well, that was a month ago, and because I'm a total blogging failure, I hadn't even put those pictures on my computer until today. The drive was long, made better by good companions and the cast of Glee, but oh-so-worth it. I'm usually not a big fan of opening bands, but I'm just going to be honest, I think I've liked the openers at every Jack's show I've seen, and this was no different. They were Lady Danville, Steel Train (whom you might know if you know the band 'fun.', and Live Oak Revue (whom I recommended in the last post). But then Andrew came on, and as usual, he had so much infectious energy. He played basically all of Everything In Transit, which is probably my favorite album to date, not just of theirs. He played some new stuff too, which was just brilliant, and I am SO EXCITED for the album to come out. I was in the first row for most of it, but it was really squashed tight. Anyway, I hope I haven't rambled too much, but, here! Have some fun pictures!

And a new song that's just beautiful: "Restless Dream"

By the time I got home, at 3 am, I could do nothing but change, crash into bed, and sway off to sleep with the most beautiful melodies swimming through my dreams.

Tuesday Tunes!

Nothing too special today. Just soaking in everything and trying my hardest to motivate myself to study for the GRE. Still a little in shock over Harry Potter, not going to lie, but just giving myself some time should help with that. Music has been an incredible help, as always.

1."Sinner's Heart" - Live Oak Revue ft. Andrew McMahon
2."Good Life" - OneRepublic
3."Super Bass" - Nicki Minaj ft. Ester Dean
4."Raining In My Heart" - Buddy Holly
5."Losing My Religion" - Dia Frampton (Mikell Jade over at The Honeypie Archives reminded me of her, and I couldn't believe I hadn't included it on here yet because she is Awesome with a capital 'A'! Thanks, girl!)

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Goodbye, Harry...

A lot of you have asked what I thought of the last Harry Potter movie, but let's be honest, I was going to make this post even if nobody had. I will try my best to not be really angsty and relatively brisk about this. The movie itself, was okay. I loved how they did some of the scenes, namely Hermione as Bellatrix and the kiss (even though it wasn't like in the book), but there were also scenes I thought could have been handled better. Here I'm referring to the final Harry/Voldemort battle and the epilogue. Then again, the epilogue was not my favorite in the book either, so I was expecting it to be sort of awkward. I think there is a lot to be said for how much the acting of the kids (um...maybe not Bonnie Wright) has improved, I mean, did you see Matthew Lewis?! That was effing phenomenal! Not to mention that boy has grown up spectacularly. However, as usual, I think it was the older actors that really took the cake here. Most obviously: Julie Walters, Helen McCrory, Helena Bonham Carter, and Alan Rickman (like, holy crap, he was good). But, I also loved Maggie Smith in this one. The woman is 76, battling breast cancer, going through intense chemo, and still did some of the most badass battling I have ever seen. She could have taken a break, but she wanted to do it for the fans who've stuck with the movies. I think impressed isn't quite a strong enough word for what I am. Overall, I did like it a lot.

Emotionally, I've basically been a wreck. I spent probably half of the movie in tears to the point where both friends on either side of me felt the need to offer tissues. And then the day after, I spent the morning in a completely listless haze alternating between reading Half-Blood Prince and not knowing what to do with myself. I read my copy of Dear Mr. Potter and spent most of that time crying, because some of those letters are exactly what I would have said. I realize these books will always be here, but not having any more to look forward to in this series and possibly in this world just kills me.*

Finally, though I know only a small handful of people will see it here, I want to thank J.K. Rowling and everything she's done for me. Spending over half my life and growing up in Harry's world has meant more to me than I can begin to say. Where she put her words, so will I. By the increasingly-wearing pages of my original set of Harry Potter books, I will always silently express my unending gratitude. Honestly, "thank you" just doesn't seem like strong enough of a sentiment, but it's all I can say. Thank you, thank you, thank you. For everything.**

Mischief Managed

*I'm not sure yet about how much new material Pottermore is going to introduce, so I'm not getting my hopes up.
**Dammit, I promised myself I wouldn't cry while writing this, but somehow I've managed to fail.

A Balboa Park Story

I have been on a half-successful mission this summer to explore more of the city around me. One of the things I did a couple weekends ago was visit the famous and wonderful Balboa Park in San Diego. It's a sprawling park with a number of open amphitheaters, gardens, museums, and other things to amuse you. Seriously, I spent almost six hours there and I feel like I barely made a dent in the place. And it was a beautiful, sunny day, so that didn't really hurt either.

This is the enormous amphitheater where they have free organ concerts on weekends. I have never been here when there hasn't been a wedding party taking pictures all over the place.

There are street artists, magicians, musicians, etc. everywhere that are really good! I saw a high school kid do the most hilarious magic show I've ever seen. So good that I even felt the urge to come out of my Scrooge-y shell and give him a couple bucks at the end. Three guesses why I took this picture, though.

Lilly pond! Enough said! There were koi fish in there too.

They have this really cool exotic garden, and I wanted to include like half the plants I saw there, but seriously, I didn't want to bore you all with pictures of weird trees, so I stuck with this one, which is pretty sweet, right? "Snail" begonias! What I would give to have some of those growing in my yard.

The lovely obligatory fountain! I was probably the only person to manage getting a picture of this thing that didn't have kids running around in it, because let me tell you, those kids were having a right good time playing in this fountain, and it was all I could do not to join them myself.

All-in-all, it was a really fun day! And on my meager budget, it was perfect. I hope to have more adventures like it! Whimsic Alley, I'm talking to you.

Double Double Toil And Trouble

Cardigan: H&M; Scarf: Handmade; Tunic: ?; Boots: Ross

I don't know what my expression here is. Don't bother asking.

Look how cute I can be! I am not conceited.

This post is kind of cheating because I wrote it way earlier, knowing full well that I'd be busy getting ready for waiting in line for the Harry Potter premiere at midnight tonight! And also because it's an outfit from like 3 months ago. Oops! But, in the whole moving and new apartment dealio, I haven't really been able to scope out a good place to take outfit pictures, so this will just have to do. Anyway, I like this one because I don't get to wear that scarf a whole lot even though I spent a bunch of time making it! Now I'm just rambling because even the thought of not being here because I'm waiting for the last Harry Potter movie is making me really antsy. Excuse my flailing.

Tuesday Tunes: NASA Edition

I am preparing for the long drive home as we speak. Well, no, I'm probably sleeping, since I tend to post-date these, but I am going home tomorrow. I'm really excited to visit home and see the Harry Potter premiere at midnight with my best friends! But today's Tuesday Tunes, in honor of the end of NASA's 30-year Space Shuttle program and the first birthday of the discovery of Neptune (in Neptune time), is all about space!

1."Space Cowboys" - N*Sync
2."Lost In Space" - Avantasia
3."Stars" - Switchfoot
4."Tubthumping" - Chumbawumba
5."Watch The Sky" - Something Corporate
6."Fly Me To The Moon" - Frank Sinatra

And, here's a link to the
Official Playlist to the Atlantis Shuttle Launch which has a much better selection of songs than anything I could ever pick. Check it out. 30 years is a long time.

What do you guys think about the end of the Space Shuttle program?

Lust List Monday: Harry Potter

You would be surprised at the amount of Harry Potter related material and merchandise that can be found on the internet. Not just clever t-shirts, glasses, and ties, but everything from handmade jewelry to decorative shoes to plushies. Etsy is a treasure trove of handmade Harry Potter stuff, which I not only peruse often, but have even bought a few things from. And, with the premiere so close at hand, I can't help but just want want want more of it.

Unicorn's Blood Vial Pendant

US/UK Book Cover Charm Bracelet

Custom-made Harry Potter Shoes

Slytherin Hair Clip

Gryffindor House Laptop Case

Deathly Hallows Tote

Admittedly, I had to narrow this list down from like ten thousand things on Etsy that I wish I had. Sad, I know, but the heart wants what the heart wants. Sigh.

An Ode to HP

I need to document today. This morning, I woke up abysmally early after staying up entirely too late for no reason (welcome to my summer life) to watch the Red Carpet Livestream of the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Before you deem me completely insane and go off to read about someone who did not spend four hours this morning, at work, crying in public, bear with me for a moment. At least listen to my excuses.

They said that people had started camping out in a very rainy Trafalgar Square on Saturday evening. Five days, those people have withstood rainy, cold, miserable London weather to see this day arrive with so much excitement in them, that something so trivial as the weather or taking four days off work, school, and life in general, was of little consequence.

Though I am half the world away, this morning, I was there with them. Before anyone started arriving even, you could feel this trembling energy in the air punctuated by loud choruses of chanting and delighted screams. They'd pan to overhead shots of Trafalgar Square and there wasn't an inch of space you couldn't see filled with people, dedicated and determined to see the end of this series. The interviewers talked to fans occasionally, asking them about their favorite characters and moments, but what struck me was the sincerity in every fan's tone, when asked what Harry Potter has meant to them. Over and over again: I grew up with him. He gives me hope. Thank you for affecting my life. And this was what made me cry: The whole time, even more so than the cast/crew, it was the fans expressing gratitude to the franchise, the author, and the people they'd met along this incredible journey in the best way they knew how: with books held high, costumes, signs, and thin, lightning-shaped scars on their foreheads.

There were interviews as people arrived and then the director/producers, Dan, Rupert, Emma, and lastly JK Rowling herself gave speeches right before the premiere. For a while, watching the carpet interviews, I'd been thinking to myself, "What the hell? How is it even possible that none of these people are an emotional mess right now?" but then Emma cracked giving her speech and pretty soon it was clear that they were all crying. So, of course, I was too.

I've spent a lot of time and emotion invested in these books and this story. I have a tattoo, that I am so happy with and proud of to commemorate it. My friends make good-natured (I think) fun of me for it all the time, but even that doesn't really matter anymore. I realize it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I can't help the magic Harry Potter has made so evident in my life, and I often feel the need to express that. Today, I cried because even though I know it's not over, this is the last representation of the series and the story as it were, that we are going to see. The last time to see a cast all together with whom I've grown up.

When Jo spoke, about half way through, the crowd started chanting "Thank you. Thank you. Thank you." for about a minute, and there was just something really serene about that. Thank you doesn't even seem to be enough. I'm really sorry this was absurdly long, but I needed it. Also, I apologize in advance for if I completely crack and make like three more of these after the next week or so when I actually see the movie. I am so glad for these books and this story and the entire world in Rowling's books. They have taught me valuable lessons about life and they are something I will truly cherish going into adulthood. So, to wrap this up:

To Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived!

Tuesday Tunes!

I'm done moving! You guys, I am so happy to be done. Moving sucks. I've decided to be as minimalist in my furniture acquiry for the next year because goddamn, I'm going to have to move again probably, and hell if I plan on lugging around endtables or an enormous desk. So, I've started turning the boxes and odds and ends I have into furniture. That's not totally ghetto, right? Whatever, I'm in college.

1."Sleazy" - Ke$ha
2."Que Veux-Tu" - Yelle
3."The Luckiest" - Ben Folds
4."I Walk The Line" - Johnny Cash
5."Sentimental Heart" - She & Him

Yes, I have really random and varying taste in music, haha. Hopefully, though, that means something for everyone in these posts!

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Happy Fourth!

Happy Fourth of July!

My place is still a mess from moving and there is tape and packing material everywhere, but I'm slowly getting there. Hopefully, you all are having a wonderful day full of maybe a barbeque and some drinks, to be complete with fireworks later! I know I'm excited to see my first ever San Diego Fourth of July fireworks and make some lovely red, white and blue drinks to go with them!
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