Friday, November 28, 2008

Reflection weekend

Since I think Thanksgiving is somewhat of a perverted holiday (what can I say, I am a flaming liberal), I couldn't just go and publish this on the day of, but I have taken the time to do some reflection on what I am thankful for. With an idea partially borrowed from Bwog, and spurred on by laziness, I present my thanks giving, in list form:

- The Internet
- Google
- Gmail
- JSTOR
- Butler
- Columbia architecture
- Public transportation
- M2M and ready-to-go Korean food
- $1.25 Diet Snapple inside Uris
- Diana and her family
- Courseworks' E-Reserves
- My bike
- My new tires that don't get flats every week
- Central Park, not crowded at 10 AM
- 9W, all the time
- My stash of Peet's at home
- My coffee grinder
- Black nail polish
- Vegetable and leftover turkey soup
- Fresh vegetables
- Lip gloss
- The New Yorker
- Rufus Wainwright on Ruckus
- Coffee of all kinds
- Good coffee
- Black leggings
- Tasti
- Having a laundry room in my building
- The smell of baked apples
- Christmas music season
- Metrocard
- YouTube
- The West Wing
- USA Network
- 5 gum
- Pristine sheets of paper
- Mechanical pencils
- Reporters' Notebooks
- Medicated chap stick
- Graphing calculators
- Literature
- Artistotle
- Netflix
- Fine art
- NYC tap water
- Radio France Internationale, online
- My foam roller
- Ciao Bella chocolate sorbetto

To be continued as I think of more...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thoughts for the day, in the absence of rambling

Things I've thought about today:

- I shouldn't have put those jeans in the wash...

- Would I have come to Calc class if my professor wasn't so good-looking?

- I kind of like Columbia half-empty

- I definitely like my suite mostly-empty

- Why exactly do we celebrate Thanksgiving? It seems like such a politically un-correct holiday, yet is as American as apple pie. Now that I am okay with telling people that I am an American again, do I have to participate in blind patriotism?

- I think I am ready to embrace Spec again. Actually, I think I am excited about it.

- The thought of going to celebrate with someone else's crazy family makes me miss my crazy family --> (corollary) I can't wait until Christmas

- All I really want to do is bake something right now, and those 5 lbs. of sweet potatoes in my cupboard are calling my name

- Crap I've got a lot of homework this weekend.

- I get to interview John Fraser this weekend!!!!

- 7 AM tomorrow morning, really?

Friday, November 14, 2008

It's a Friday night, I'm all dressed up, and...

There are times when I just feel at home at Columbia--things that tell me that I belong. These aren't the times when I am overwhelmed by coursework or feeling idiotic about something that I have said in discussion section, but times like right now, when I'm sitting in the student center at 11 p.m. on a Friday night reading Machiavelli for the fun of it. Sure, it's an assignment and I need to fill up some time before I go out, but the point is that I'm enjoying myself.

The best part? I'm not the only one here...

Today's other event which made me reflect deeply on my life at Columbia and it's meaning: Today I saw Hawkmadinejad perched regally atop Alexander Hamilton's head. It just made me smile.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I hereby rescind my status as a Californian

It's somewhere in the realm of 3 am. I'm exhausted. But this is so worth it. I feel that it is my patriotic duty to record my ecstasy tonight, going to be knowing, for the first time in 8 years, that I feel comfortable with the direction in which America is going. For the first time in 8 years, I am proud to be an American. I'm not really in any state to attempt a coherent argument for why Obama is a great candidate, and what this moment means for Americans, but it is enough to record that tonight I just really feel good.


That being said, I am extremely disappointed in the California electorate. As the country takes a step in the right direction, California takes three giant leaps backwards. I knew there was a reason I got out when I did. I'm proud to be a New Yorker, now and forevermore.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Not even concentrating enough to finish this

I really don't like school breaks very much. In a way, I am glad for the opportunity to relax and not worry about school for a couple of days, but somehow they always end up making me depressed. I always feel alone and end up bored. I feel like there are too many options and I cannot decide what to do. As much as I would like to blow everything off in the name of "break," the truth of the matter is I have a lot of homework to do, and can't just leave it sitting on my desk until tomorrow afternoon.

I feel removed from everything--my trip to Nebraska getting canceled took most of the political fervor out of me. I couldn't even argue my point well last night when I went to dinner with Diana and her parents. I no longer have any ambitions to do anything politcally-minded in the next couple of days. I can't bring myself to step that foot forward, even though I know that it will probably make me feel better.

I feel paralyzed sitting here at my desk, semi-staring into space at my computer, with my Calc book open, and my French book, my CC readings, and my Anthro coursepacks all staring at me from my shelf above. There are no distractions here to keep me from them. Except for the absent-minded braiding of my hair that I've been doing all morning.