npr: The recent photographs of the Northern Lights have been wonderful, but this video of the Northern Lights in motion is extraordinary. -Savy condenasttraveler: Northern Lights over Norwegian Laplands I’ve never been interested in traveling this far North before, but after watching this it looks like something that shouldn’t be missed. … Although I also just finished...
I feel like Rice is this wonderful curse. Wonderful because I am constantly surrounded by intelligent people, supportive friends, and fantastic literature courses. But a curse because as much as I try to keep at least some corners of my life free, the different club obligations, personal contacts, and projects keep piling up. And this is all before classes have even begun assigning essays or...
… remember that every life is a special problem which is not your’s...– Henry James (from Letter to Grace Norton, July 28, 1883)
Henry James: The Victorian Era from Both Sides of...
I feel weird not writing about literature. At this point last term I would have already written at least one paper. The fact that I barely have to read 200 pages for class … I feel almost lazy. I don’t mean to dish on Rice though; I know things will get a lot worse when all my classes begin assigning papers and presentations. But for now, I’m going to spend some of that...
Mayim Bialik on Acting →
So glad she doesn’t like watching herself either! Although, I’m really confused as to why this was posted on a Jewish parenting website …
Another Awesome Place to Live →
I want to live in a Downton Abbey house! Especially since they describe it in terms of Jane Austen locales, too.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I don’t have a better title for this post because at this point, I don’t want to think about what else I could have said. I didn’t really want to see this movie. While everyone has been freaking out about the books and the movies, I’ve been continuing on with my Victorian Literature and Glee tv marathons. It’s not like I’m trying to avoid all the negative...
Winning Words With Friends: It's All About... →
npr: NPR’s All Tech Considered blog examines the strategy behind winning Words With Friends. As the point spread exceeded 100 points, it made me think: Is there more to Words With Friends than the ability to string words together with letter tiles? Turns out, there definitely is. After browsing YouTube, I came across several strategy videos by William Spaniel, a political science doctoral...
I thought I was finished with blog posts for this week, but as it turns out, I’m not. Maybe it’s because I don’t want to think about ordering textbooks, or the resume/cover letters I should also be revising/composing at this moment in time. Or maybe it’s because now that I’ve given myself permission to write short posts I can potentially write this before dinner. And finally, I might be feeling...
A Resolution of Sorts
Hello everyone! I’m posting from my new apartment in Houston, Texas. I am partially moved in. I’m still waiting on a bed and my parents are bringing the rest of my things this weekend. Being back at Rice is great in some ways because I love going to class again, I love seeing my friends here, and I’m excited to return to the Rice Players and other extracurriculars. On the other hand, it’s...
Before I left for the UK, I wrote numerous posts about how I needed to learn to adapt to traveling. I knew that having a plan wouldn’t work out, that things would not go as I expected, and that I would have to go with the flow. As I also stated before, I knew that this new life perspective would be difficult for me. But I did succeed in adapting. I didn’t even know where I was living when I...
Welcome Home, World Traveller
It’s been a great winter break. I enjoyed vegging out on my couch for the first two days, sort of fighting and sort of enjoying the effects of jet lag. It was the first time I’d ever really experienced jet lag. I don’t think that sitting on the runway for two extra hours after landing in San Antonio helped … Going to cheer on my high school at their fifth state championship football...
And Every European Trip MUST End with Brussels
Technically, every European vacation does not have to end with Brussels, but it seems that fate has just wanted me to end all my vacations in Belgium. It has never been planned; the first two times we had our layover there after family vacations. I didn’t expect to get to visit there again. When the choir first announced that that was where they were going for tour, I knew my flight was booked...