Friday, September 24, 2010

They Say It's Yo Birthday

. . .it's my birthday too, yeah!
They say it's your birthday. . .
we're gonna have a good time!

September 23rd

Interview for internship with a petroleum company, dinner with friends at Abel's on the Lake, late night with Val
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September 24th

dinner at Moonshine Grill with parents & Lindsay
appetizer: beer battered asparagus
dad's: horseradish crusted salmon
lindsay's: molasses and chile cured pork chop
dessert: red velvet cake

The wannabe-foodie was back for the night. Looking forward to a weekend long birthday celebration; foam party tonight, UCLA game tomorrow, other random & fun events.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

City Love Affair

So for World Lit, we had to imitate a piece of writing. I imitated Isabella Whitney's "Last Wyll and Testament" and attempted to compose a poem in ballad meter with alternating tetrameter and trimeter rhyme scheme. Here was my final product.

A note to previous comforter, Houston, concerning the author’s reason for an affair and new relationship with the city Austin.

Dear Houston, whom I did depart,
your climate was oppressive
good times we had at first were smart
though often still depressive.
As the sweat gathered on my cheeks,
I flicked away the droplets
and thought of Austin’s golden streets,
the Texas tower orange lit.
With trunks and suitcase in the car,
I bid you final farewell--
so long dear heavy August heat
consequences I dispelled.
Alas but twelve hours prior,
I made my concluding rounds,
a tour of the fourth largest town
familiar sites don’t astound.
“Of course the freeway is backed up,”
I proposed another route,
Kirby, Westheimer, and Shepherd,
congestion present throughout.
Oh, to make it there in Houston,
better drive aggressively,
dad maneuvered, and we arrived,
to dinner successfully.
True, the food there is quite divine;
Becks Prime and Goode Company,
but Austin cuisine is unique,
Torchy Tacos and Maudies.
Following dinner, we explored
Montrose, the Heights, River Oaks
looking back, our venture about
how did none suffer heatstroke?
The beer can house with all its shine,
Memorial Park and joggers,
my parents fear Austin for me,
while I just count the hours.
What I loved about you Houston,
will be multiplied so soon
Zilker, Greenbelt, and Barton Springs,
replace seasonal typhoons.
In my new home, I shall witness
smog-less days and starry nights,
with World Lit class during the day,
night festivities delight.
Houston, what more could you offer?
I felt too large for that place.
My time though was much enjoyed there,
memories, I shan’t erase.
Thus I take from you many joys,
like time spent in the Village,
adventures at parks with good friends,
captured with artsy footage.
Pollution, population, no
I have suffered that too much,
thus to Austin I quickly fled,
new lover and home to clutch.

(ps i promise to get back to blogging soon!!)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I Love College

To quote Asher Roth, "I Love College." The freedom alone is such a new and great experience. I am finally responsible for myself. Me alone. No one wakes me up in the morning, no one tells me to get to bed. I'm arranging interviews with oil companies, forming study groups for tests, and meeting new people each and every single day.

So things have definitely been busy with an engineering expo the past two days, an interview with an oil company tomorrow, my birthday also being tomorrow!! Some of the highlights of last week:

Monday: mixer with KA-- "Sex on the Beach" (The theme of the mixer definitely sounds scandalous BUT mostly everyone wore those bikini shirts, or one-pieces with sarongs.)
Wednesday: studied chemistry till eleven pm on campus, skipped my mixer with delt
Thursday: geology lab studying igneous rocks, chemistry test 7-9 pm, Tri Delt/Zeta Fiesta at Qua downtown
For the fiesta, everyone wore vibrant moomoos and/or mexican ponchos. We took cabs down to fourth street (downtown austin) to the club Qua. The dance floor was the best part- glass with sharks swimming underneath!!
Friday: Michelle and her mom came to visit and took me out to Pita Pit & Swirll, then night time adventures with Lindsay and amigos
Saturday: first ever late breakfast at Honey Ham. seriously top notch breakfast tacos. then watched the Texas vs Tech football game. . .no surprise. . .TEXAS WON! It was a dramatic game, but soooo much fun
Sunday: studying & young life
Tuesday & Wednesday: attended the engineering expo, duh.

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Wasting Away in Margaritaville

I honestly don't believe that there is a title that completely sums up this weekend. The festivities started Wednesday night with the Kappa Sig pledgeline where I finally learned to two step (thanks to Adam). We went to the Schulz Beer Garten and danced along to the beats of the Turnpike Troubadours. Then on Thursday night I went to Mellow Mushroom for the first time with Val and had some super delicious pizza.


On Friday, I enjoyed my first ever (really) Jamba Juice smoothie on my way to class. Two thumbs up for Banana Berry. Then in World Lit, we studied gorgeous manuscripts and several Books of Hours at the Harry Ransom Center on campus. Then at four, a bunch of cool Plan II kids loaded onto a bus for our Freshmen Getaway. We swam, attempted to play beach volleyball, had a pinata, danced on tables, had a lovely time on the putt putt course, and partied in the back of the bus.

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Thennnn party time in West Campus. (Met some exciting characters)
1. House of Guys Plan II Sobriety Appreciation Shindig.
2. Freedom Fest (USA) at Sig Ep.
3. Margaritaville at KA.
4. Redneck Yacht Club/White Trash at SAE.

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Saturday morning, Lindsay's dad made delectable, mouthwatering homemade french toast. Then my world class had a bonding event. . .we took the Austin bus line to Book Woman. This was the first time I've ever ridden a bus. In Austin & in Houston. You definitely meet interesting people on the bus; a Ron Paul superfan, an Aggie who likes to smack his head in disbelief, a few Texas Wranglers, etc. Book Woman itself was an interesting experience all on its own. Tons of feminist books, a unique children's section, and a rather surprising bookshelf fun of erotic stories. Def a group bonding outing.

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And now I realize this post is getting exxxxtremely long. Following Book Woman, I went tailgating with Lindsay, Jackie, and others. Then 101,339 people attended UT's first home football game against Wyoming, and my first UT game EVER. HOOK EM HORNS! Final score: 34-7. Success for Texas.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Flatonia Pt. 2

So I guess I never really fully grasped how BIG Texas football really is. I didn't buy tickets to the UT vs. Rice game back in the summer, assuming that no one would drive all the way to Houston for a football game. Boy was I wrong. West campus was pretty much deserted this weekend. The halls of Hardin were particularly silent (which is pretty rare for Red House, we have piano players at three in the morning). Rather than suffer through a lifeless weekend in the company of my Geology, Calc, and Chemistry textbooks, I jumped at the opportunity to visit my ranch and see the family. Naturally I had my camera and tried to act all artsy. . .

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Then Sunday we went to the 150th Anniversary of the High Hills Festival. Lunch: fried chicken, beef stew, green beans, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut (grosssss), canned peaches, and delicious poppy seed cake. Played some intense Bingo (i'm serious), toured one of the Texas painted churches, and all looked like out-of-place city folk.

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Overall, it was a pretty relaxing weekend. Last night I returned to Austin around nine at night. Today after some studying, I ran some errands with Lindsay & her mom, followed by a delicious early dinner at Maudie's. It really almost puts Escalante's in Houston to shame. We had a trio of guac, salsa & queso. Then I ate some delicious bean & cheese chalupas, which are like little pizzas in a way. Ended dinner of a perfect high note too-- Bee Cave Crunch ice cream.
"classic combination of creamy Mexican vanilla swirled with honey and cinnamon and mixed with crunchy praline pecans. It's the perfect ending to a spicy Tex-Mex meal on a hot Texas night."

Also, check out a lovely video by me & Hunter from this weekend. It's kinda ridiculous but may just brighten your day. WATCH ME!!! Also note: I was too lazy to photoshop or really edit any of the photos, but I think they turned out rather nice despite that.