Snow in T-town and Maple Almond Butter!

Hello, Hello!

Happy MLK Day, I hope you’ve remembered him well and maybe volunteered some hours of service. Service projects were our plan for the day (I’m back at school, weee(?!), but unruly weather conditions changed our plans. We saw our first bit of snow yesterday and it left a lovely white blanket all over T-town. Road conditions were frightening (for those who are new to this white dusting) and we are all secretly hoping for the first day of classes to be canceled. Fingers crossed!

Formal greek life recruitment starts this weekend and we’ve all returned early to clean the house, practice conversation, and review house history. I am a leader for the week and, thus, had large amounts of free time. I’ve been biding my time watching The Big Bang Theory, reading The Help, and setting up my new room. I would call the last four days productive. One exciting piece of news on the food front, May I get a drum roll?…I bought Justin’s Maple Almond Butter! All winter break I bought the single packets, but I decided I may as well bite the bullet and buy an entire jar. Really, it’s extremely cheaper to buy a jar than single serve packets. I had probably already spent the equivalent on the single serve packets.
I’m already dreaming of breakfast tomorrow, maple almondy goodness  drizzled over my oatmeal and sprinkled with raisins. Delicious won’t even begin to describe its level of yum. The only thing to make the  morning better?  Canceled classes.

As I prepare for classes tomorrow I will watch the Bachelor with a few friends, finish a Big Bang episode, and read a few more pages of The Help. My day runs 9:30-6:20 tomorrow with only a small break.Wish me luck!

Good luck and enjoy your short week!

Blogger Love,
Michelle

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An Afternoon at the Theatre

My Winter Break ended with a rumble. Don’t worry, it was between the Jets and Sharks and all for the sake of love. Have you caught on yet? Maria? Tony? Okay, one more hint. The Puerto Rican girls feel pretty and witty and bright. Really? No idea?

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West Side Story!

I received tickets to see the Broadway Tour of West Side Story for Christmas. In case you weren’t aware I’m a huge Broadway fiend, I love musicals, it’s a small obsession. Give me some good old singing and dancing any day of the week over a sci-fi movie or a drama. And, having the chance to experience a musical live is exponentially better than viewing it on DVD.

The show was phenomenal. The male dancers knew their steps and had obviously spent years perfecting their leaps and backflips.The girls were equally as skilled as the males. All the Puerto Rican’s sustained believable accents, at points their accents were so thick bits of dialogue were lost, it only minimally distracted from the story.

Maria and Tony’s voices were pure and near pitch perfect. Their voices blended well and their duets captivated the audience. My only complaint? Tony did not give the impression of being an ex-gang leader or for that matter, a current gang leader. He seemed soft in comparison to all other Tonys I’ve seen on film or other stage productions.

After the show the four of us headed out in search of an early dinner. We settled on Hueber’s. Stepping into the restaurant it feels like a step back in time. All the waiters and waitress’ are dressed in 20/30 time period uniform and the building itself feels historic. If the food hadn’t been good (which it was) the atmosphere was worth the meal.
This restaurant specializes in Thanksgiving themed dinners. If I had to guess, mmm 80% of their menu contains a turkey type dinner. But, fear not! Salads, soups, and seafood also grace the menu. Hueber’s is known for their Spanish Coffees and as we were all over the age of 21 decided to splurge on the drinks. Had I known how strong these were I’d have opted for a sip of one of my dining companions. These tasted like straight alcohol, I much prefer not being able to taste the liquor.

They look so innocent, but have quite the bite!

In addition to the Spanish Coffees we had an appetizer for the table. A broccoli and spinach dip with tortilla chips. Got to get our veggies in somehow, right?

Our already devoured dip.

For our entrees my three companions ordered various combinations of the Cobb Salad and Clam Chowder. I opted for a turkey dinner and spinach salad. To be exact, it was the Turkey Drumstick dinner. HUGE.

My HUGE turkey drumstick with all the fixings.

Now, please excuse me while I craft and scarf down cinnamon raisin bread and eggs; one last breakfast before the return to dining hall meals. Silver Lining? I don’t have to cook every meal for myself.

Psst…These are the images I’m starting with for my collage.

How are you/or did you end your vacation?

Yes, and…

That is the cardinal rule of improvisation. I’m currently finishing Tina Fey’s Bossypants and was reminded of this rule. In high school improvisation was an everyday event considering all the rehearsals I attended for the plays and musicals and my drama class, all that while dodging bullets between the catty high schoolers and acting “surprised” when you hear another girl was pregnant.
Verbal exchange:
“A girl?! Ooh, exciting!”
Non-verbal: *Crimeny! (*Helga’s catchphrase from Hey Arnold) She can’t actually be excited she’s pregnant, right?
Improvisation was used all day long, but we never realized. The yes, and rule is an all around positive and effective way to approach life.

“The cardinal rule of improv is “Yes…And”: Go along with whatever our partner says, then add to it. That seemed like a smart strategy for life was well as comedy.”

This statement resonates with me and is a great approach to the year 2012. It can lead to taking great risks (you only need 20 seconds of bravery for something great to happen [I hope you’ve seen We Bought A Zoo, run to your local cinema and catch it now if you haven’t yet]). Of course there are exceptions to every rule, but if used as a guideline this thought has tremendous potential. Inadvertently this could be considered a new year resolution, I always forget about those, I’ll call it a perspective change.

Tina Fey’s book is a quick, engaging, and thoughtfully written memoir. It’s relateable and allows insight into her life. I highly suggest borrowing or buying the book for your next leisure read.

*Let’s pretend this is a good transition*

My Winter Break has been sprinkled with yoga, shrimp salads, soup, french toast, breakfast, lunch, and coffee dates, with a dash of crafting, and a pinch of television watching (confession: a whole lot of television).

The best Cream of Broccoli Soup in town with fresh homemade bread.
The beginning of my inspirational collage.
Late to yoga= eating french toast and scrambled eggs off my lap while driving. Safe? No. Tasty? Yes.

My goals for 2012:

  • Follow the Yes, And…philosophy.
  • Take time to appreciate and/or write down positive experiences each day.
  • Log 700 miles walking/running/elliptical-ling. (If that wasn’t a word before it is now.)
  • Always a goal, Read more books for fun.