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(temporary) unemployment is wonderful!

adventure, food, styleAnna KellerComment

yesterday was my last day of summer employment (I worked full time for 2 months, and now I'm going to take 6 weeks to get my life in order and decide on my next big step).  this morning, I woke up without an alarm with a totally open day ahead of me.  I know a thing or two about having a really wonderful day, and I decided that today was going to be one of those. it started out with vegan carrot cake for breakfast.  I am trying to use up a lot of ingredients in my kitchen, and my roommate had been planning on making the Skinny Bitch recipe for a while.  alas, she didn't end up following through with her plan, so I made an adapted version (we didn't have enough of some things or the right spices...it still tastes pretty good).

 

I was doing 2 loads of laundry, but when I went to the basement to check on my clothes, everything was still soaking wet.  it seems that our dryer is 100% broken.  at least it waited until the end of our lease to give out.  so now I have all of my clothes spread out all over my apartment.  I wasn't joking when I said I had a lot of stripes...

I made sure to wear something cute when I went on my adventure.

hat - Urban Outfitters

tank - Target

belt - Gap

skirt - H&M

sandals - Bass 

I still have way too many shoes to pack.  you may not be able to see it in this picture, but I decided to give myself a colorblocked manicure.  I like this look but was afraid of it being too obvious.  I think that this orange and orange-red combination is an easy way to try out a less traditional look.

the rest of my day included a trip to Sephora (which I'll blog about later), a stop by my museum to drop something off, and one last visit to Phipps Conservatory.  I took a lot of pictures, and I'll save those for later in the week.

one of the best parts of my day was a free frozen yogurt at Razzy Fresh.  they have a frequent customer card that gives you one free frozen yogurt when you buy 9 others.  today was my lucky day, and I was really good at fulfilling my reward -- they will only give you 8 oz of free fro yo, and I got exactly that much!  I always thought that I was awful at eyeballing amounts, but I guess I was in top form today.

done

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as of 3:55 on Friday afternoon, I am done, done, DONE with my time at college here in the States (Copenhagen will be my victory lap).  after submitting my last ever final (sitting in the awful library for the LAST TIME), I immediately went and got some celebratory frozen yogurt at Razzy Fresh - coconut yogurt, pineapple, shredded coconut, and Reese's Puffs.

this morning I woke up after 10 whole hours of sleep and felt great.  there is no longer anything hanging over my head, nothing to stress me out.  at least for this weekend, my time is entirely my own.  I can get stuff done and feel like a human again.

on the agenda for the day:

and the best part is that whatever I don't get to today, I'll just do it tomorrow.

have a lovely weekend!

sometimes

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sometimes, it is perfectly acceptable to skip class* and go for a walk in the park.

this case is made even stronger if you stop at your favorite frozen yogurt shop

[greek style + passion fruit yogurt] 

[tiny pieces of fruit]

[m&ms + coconut + sprinkles]

(for $3!)

*this class was my PE yoga class.  it's 50 minutes of neck stretches and really awkward Vinyasa flows.  she has weird names for all of the poses (like they're all animals) and even though I've been taking Vinyasa flow classes for 4 years, I can't get her rhythm.  so, I don't feel like I missed much.  and she plays really awful tribal music.  I've been to classes where they play Radiohead and 'For What It's Worth' -- yoga music doesn't have to be lame.

 

what's your favorite excuse for playing hookie? 

a week in the life

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I've been very busy over the past several days. I've enjoyed some delicious drinks.

Some memorable...

and others...not so much.

I spent the next day at my roommate's real house at her Going Away to Germany for the Summer/Fake 21st Birthday Party (she's turning 21 over there where it's not quite so important).  I reluctantly sampled some of the amazing pina coladas that her dad made, but just a little bit of rum after a raucous Memorial Day weekend made me a tad bit queasy.

On Monday night, my mom arrived into town after a 10+ hour trip from Vermont.  While we were both beyond exhausted, we managed a nice little trip for some Razzy Fresh fro yo before passing out.  Peanut butter + chocolate and sprinkles never tasted so good.

I woke up on Tuesday with a pounding headache, sore throat, achy joints, and a super congested nose.  I rallied enough to eat at my new favorite veg restaurant in Pittsburgh: The Quiet Storm. Their hash browns, eggs, cheese, and soysauge were quickly inhaled, but I think they may have just enhanced my miserableness.

(sorry for the lack of food pictures.  I blame my drug-induced delirium.)

We made our way to The Warhol Museum. It was amazing to see the story of his life and work...

BUT it was even better to get a first hand glance at this girl.

That's RIGHT people - a real, live sighting of Dianna Agron right here in Pittsburgh.  Skeptical about a girl this gorgeous running around the Steel City?  Well, so was I, but according to her twitter and a report about a new movie that she's filming here in the Burgh, she has every reason to be around.  Her voice sounded the same and she was with an incredibly gorgeous man, and I'm sure it was her.  She had no makeup on, her hair was fresh from a shower, and she was wearing a pretty blue sundress and holding a rather beautiful bag.  I'm not the sort to interrupt a fellow museum goer, so I let her appreciate Andy and all of his pop art in peace without telling her how much I love her on Glee.

Since I was pretty delirious and rather dehydrated, we made our way to Church Brew Works for lunch.  It's an old church that's been turned into a microbrewery.  The altar area, confessionals, some pews, and plenty of stained glass are still very intact, making it feel very odd to sip on a beer (all really good) and smell the slightly off scent of hops wafting around the sanctuary.

After a delicious meal and a beer that I couldn't bring myself to finish (I was definitely sick - I'm not one to ever waste alcohol, especially a glass of which that cost over $5), we spent the afternoon shopping in South Side.  I managed to forget the 20% off coupon for H&M, so neither of us ended up going to crazy in the early summer sales.

We made our way to Yo Rita's on E Carson St for dinner.  I'd read a review of this place a month or two ago, and it did not disappoint.  Known for their unique take on Mexican food, I had an amazing bowl of vegetarian tortilla soup (the seitan was mind-blowing) and an asparagus taco.  My mom had an asparagus salad and crispy eggplant taco.  The free tortilla chips and salsa were just icing on this amazing and reasonable priced meal.  More than half of their menu was specialty drinks, too, so I'll be making another appearance with my roommates in the very near future.

Even though it was only about 7:30 pm, I dropped my mom off at her hotel and made my way home to sit on the couch and watch Glee.  I think I'm even more obsessed with it now after my spotting.

I felt even worse the next morning, but I managed to wake up and take my mom to the Juicebox Cafe in Shadyside for a late breakfast.  I've wanted to go there after Betsy gave it a pretty good review.  They don't really have breakfast food, but a mock tuna wrap and a Barry Manilow smoothie were great ways to get my day off to an OK start.

My mom went on her way after taking me to Trader Joe's, and then I tried to walk to my afternoon shift on campus.  However, a certain visitor made my trip a little longer than I'm used to.

Yup - Obama made an appearance at Carnegie Mellon on Wednesday.  They were very secretive about this visit.  They invited a very select group of University affiliates, didn't tell us why or when he was coming, and kept everyone else pretty far away while he was speaking in our gym.  This POTUS did manage to make me 25 minutes late for work, but I'm a pretty big fan so I'll forgive him.

Since then, my head cold has only gotten worse, and today is the first day I've managed to stay at home all day, call off sick from work, and do absolutely nothing in my cave of a room.  I did get to watch New Moon last night.  I've made a point to stay away from the Twilight franchise, and while I'm not a huge fan of the male-dominant plot and overtones, I do appreciate Taylor Lautner's back muscles.  Robert Pattinson's looked a little too deathly pale for my taste, but I'll take that werewolf's abs any day (as long as their isn't a full moon).

So:

  • Have you ever had a celebrity sighting? Last summer I saw Alexa Chunch going into Opening Ceremony in New York.  I love her, so that was pretty exciting.
  • Have you had the chance to see Obama up close and personal? My first ever political rally was to see Michelle Obama during the presidential election.  She's tall, beautiful, brilliant, and a great dresser, so she has set the bar pretty high for any future speeches I see.
  • Team Jacob or Team Edward? Dear God, I never thought I'd want to ask that...but I am.