The title says it all.
For some unbeknownst reason, the sheer amount of harajuku eggs I've been consuming is horrifying (to my dear mother, at least), and so are the lengths I go to for them - i.e. visiting FIVE separate 7-eleven shops to finally get hold of them. Skrillex has been blasting non-stop in my headphones and eliminating all semblance of concentration I possess, otherwise its The Black Tapes, which I've been binge-listening and spooking myself with.
So, whilst my cholesterol skyrockets and hearing abilities decline, class is starting proper. Not all lectures are created equal, though. Some make you perch on the edge of your seat and knock your pencil case off the table in a bout of excitement (or sheer clumsiness), while others inspire drowsiness more effectively than fever medicine. But either way, there's nothing better than the feeling of finally emerging from the florescent-lit theater into the sunshine, blinking owlishly and starting to defrost. Its been coooold. Brr.
I worked my first job yesterday. The kind of really-get-physical job and not the remain-in-one spot-and-take-photos kind of job. Of course, not saying that taking photos is a piece of cake, but what yesterday entailed - way more elbow grease needed. I came home feeling like my limbs and torso had been forcibly separated,
but every moment - worth it.
Apart from earning my own cash and really knowing that it isn't as simple as getting weekly allowances, it's the sort of thing that really made me appreciate the sheer amount of effort put into cafe meals - from the moment you step in to after you're gone when the dishes need to be clear etc etc. And lord bless the poor server who has to take down the orders for a table for four, each requesting something as complicated as a decaf, skinny flat white with no sugar added. (I haven't encountered that, and hopefully won't have to)
But anyhoo, I'm here mooching around on the web today, and here's some things I found interesting, and hope you do too.
Lately has been: busy. Nothing but Busy. And trust me on this one; I'm not glorifying the b-word. Amidst stacks of math revision worksheets amassing 735.83 g (to 2 decimal places), science papers waiting to be done, hurried meals, my eyes are lethargic, my limbs melting down into gelatinous masses. My brain's filled with more math formulas than recipe lists (for once), and I find myself going for the emergency pancake stash in the freezer in the mornings (this means serious business).
But, as I said in a recently published interview with Yoga Movement (check it out HERE) - I was really really really excited for this to come out - balance. I'm still having that occasional coffee (admittedly its turned into more of a treat), trying to fit that yoga class in, and spending some time to sketch and read. It ain't easy, but I try.
Besides, being complimented for your sketches during that coffee break is the sort of thing that takes your mind off the stress of memorizing various parts of your anatomy that you'll hopefully never have to see.
Right now, Cloves is playing - the mournful ballad sending chills down my back on this late Friday night that's soon turning into Saturday morning. (okay. it just turned into Saturday) Quoting Rudyard Kipling's 'Justice' here is so apt - exams certainly "bid new worlds to birth". I'm sharing these links that I've visited in the not too distant past, though it seems like a lifetime ago. For your reading pleasure.
Happy weekend, guys.
Lately, school's started for a couple of weeks now and I've been trying to get back to the usual routines of everyday life, amidst more work than ever before. It seems rather maudlin, of how I keep reminiscing about new york and comparing things here at home to those there (why can't we have more inexpensive almond milk?). Telling myself to put a lid on it doesn't help much when I keep seeing reminders of that trip here and there - the pair of toms by the door, the jar of halva spread in the kitchen.
The process of re-adjusting and re-adapting is akin to shifting in your seat - vaguely uncomfortable but bearable. After all, waking up half an hour earlier and not having the liberty to attend morning yoga classes is to a degree, crippling. But I'm getting there. I'm getting there.
These are some articles and links that are keeping me going. I hope you find them meaningful, interesting, or just plain entertaining.
#1 Tips for Keeping That Post-Vacation Feeling (Please do check this one out - it took me twenty minutes to find it!)
The momofuku cookies are gone, and the tub of Whole Foods' almond butter is nearly empty, but scrapbooking photos from the trip and journaling certainly do help. Having a photo of corners of new york as every single of your wallpapers certainly does, too.
#2 Sunday Routines by NYT
There's just something so magical about weekend mornings - finding out what Bill Nye does on his makes it even more so.
#3 Is Sushi ‘Healthy’? What About Granola? Where Americans and Nutritionists Disagree
This is why people subscribe to NYT, y'all.
#4 How to make the perfect salad
I've got this whole love-hate relationship with salads. Love the grain-based ones, hate Caesar (and not just because of shakespeare). This makes me love them a little more.
#5 20 Yummy Rice Bowl Recipes
(Rice) bowls are on the list too.
#6 Pumpkin biryani with pistachios
I've been packing lunches for school and this more than makes the cut, along with some tofu in a peanut-soy sauce.
#7 Chalkboard Mag
This site is definitely design-goals. It's become one of the first few sites I check up on every day.
#8 May-Jun Spotify Playlist
Good music for every occasion. Not the most creative title, but these are what I've been listening to for the past two months. (They're embedded in the side column of the home and recipe pages too psst)
To be continued.