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Tipping Toadstools

First of all, I’m sick. That sore throat/congested/sinus-infected ickiness. Pretty sure it’s not H1N1 but meh, who knows (who cares?)

Anyway, today was just one of those days. Work was strange; inconsistently busy and alternately quiet, everyone was pretty much on edge. It was just unfortunate. Meanwhile, it was raining like none other – lakes forming around every storm drain, the parking lot was an inch-deep in oil-slicked water, and everyone in their SUV was out driving like an idiot. Just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Came home, went out shopping with mom, almost drowned in the Target parking lot — I kid you not, the overflow from the ROOF created a waterfall onto the sidewalk, there were puddles 4 inches deep throughout the parking lot and of course, everyone was immobilized/running around screaming. I never understood that impulse, but whatever. Came home and slept for a bit, watched some movies and worked on this scarf with a super complicated triple cable pattern. I feel like I’m suffocating on my own mucus. YUCK.

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Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head…

Autumn is officially. Okay, today kind of just sucked. I watched the sunrise! From the drive thru window. Grrr! Woke up on the wrong side of dawn to go to work; came home, ran around, skipped class because it was raining like WHOA (yeah, just like that) so I stayed home and slept then caught up on Ugly Betty, Psyche and every other TV show I’ve missed so far this season. Ugh.

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Of Hippodamian grids…

Today was another lazy kind of day; didn’t have class until 4:30 so I hung around, caught up on laundry and did some reading. On the ay home, dropped Alanagh off at the park and ride only to find that some rude POS parked at such an angle that he hit her car with his gigantic Suburban AND LEFT IT PARKED THERE, TOUCHING HER CAR. WHO DOES THAT? and THEN a gigantic spider crawled out from under her car as she backed out, so I’m standing in the park and ride parking lot at 10 PM dancing around and shrieking like an idiot trying to find my car keys. Quality.

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LET THE WILD RUMPUS START!

Class, faculty meeting (I was told not to bother applying to graduate school until I knew exactly what kind of career I want to pursue — as if any graduating senior knows what they’re doing – UGH!), more class, and then a FREE SCREENING of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE a whole TWO DAYS before it will release – WHOOO! Unfortunately, I was kind of disappointed, but it was kinda cute…

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baby, it’s cold outside

Slept in super late – it was glorious! – then ran around taking care of some housekeeping stuff, mailed out a CD to a certain someone, went to class, came home, worked on some reading and then went to bed. Exciting day, right?

Oh, and the picture: they’re welding the traffic turtles onto the newly paved 77th AVE SE. WHOOO BLOW TORCHES!

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“Nevermore!”

Today was exhausting; didn’t get enough sleep, left the house late (but still made it to my parking space and across campus in time for my graduate seminar at 9:30), didn’t write down the reading assignment/bring the textbook for 17th C Roman Art/Architecture (ART H 400) and a whole myriad of other annoyances. Anyway, everything was relatively fine – until I saw the program fees to study in Rome spring quarter… Now, first, you have to understand that this has been an integral part of my plan since January, and none of the specific information was available until a few days ago. All in all, including the program fees, estimated expenses and air fare, the who debacle is estimated to cost (are you ready for this?) $9,500.

I was speechless. And then I cried. The program itself costs $2,500 more than the summer in Amsterdam program I did last year (probably because the program is twice as long — almost 10 weeks instead of 4.5) but I was just shocked. Now, I’m sure you’re thinking “Oh, but there are scholarships!” Unfortunately, not for debt-free middle-class white girls who wish to study in western Europe. It’s kind of ridiculous. Anyway, I’m running about trying to find money somewhere so I can go; it’s such an exceptional experience, I’m afraid to try and do it during graduate school because there are so many variables: me attending UW, UW offering the program again, the program having the same professors, the professors including the same itinerary/themes, etc. It’s scary; and I really really want this to happen, so now I just have to find a way. Sigh.

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And the secret ingredient is…!


BROCCOLI!

Today was kind of crazy; covered a shift for a coworker from 9:30A-1:30P, ran home, took a bunch of pictures, brought Levi home and cooked a ridiculous dinner of Asian-style Lemon Chicken with Broccoli and Fried Rice– it was pretty epic, but we learned a few lessons too, like don’t cook with a wok in cowboy boots =( Seriously, don’t do it. After dinner, we tried watching Dial M for Murder but I, naturally, fell asleep (following another sleep-deprived night) through most of it which is unfortunate for several reasons, not the least of which is that it’s my favorite Hitchcock film and I was a positively awful hostess. It’s college, right?

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It’s pumpkin season! These are Whole Foods amazingly organic pumpkins which are not only eco-friendly and organic but SUPER cheap (unlike practically everything else in the store…) Anyway, got a whole bunch of fabulous snacks (including Lesser Evil’s Black & White kettle corn – it’s delicious, go try it!) before dashing home only to dash out again and go see Vertigo at the SIFF with Levi and it was AWESOME. We ended up stuck in the parking garage for 20 minutes because none of the gates would accept any of the parking tickets, so 50 of us were wagon-training through the garage to find the open gates. Ughhh.

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Today was pretty average; went out and were planning on seeing Paranormal Activity but didn’t. Anyway, I’m on my way home at 11:30PM and my gas light comes on under the Convention Center – fine, stressful, but fine. Oh wait, the I-90E / I-5S interchange is closed – detour directs you to the downtown express lanes except, oh wait, they’re closed! Grumble. Drive down through the International District into the ghetto – it’s now almost midnight – and not one, but TWO onramps are closed! I’m forced to get out my car, in the middle of the ghetto, at midnight and get gas, then drive for another 20 minutes to the 4th AVE / Edgar Martinez DR , with roughly 50 other people, and loop back around onto the freeway. RAWR. WSDOT IS GOING TO RECEIVE A VERY ANGRY LETTER.

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Whoo! Day 100! I know I’ve been falling behind a little bit lately – my apologies! – things are getting seriously crazy with school starting and it has been madness I tell you! Pictured above is the exterior back stairway of the University of Washington’s Architectural Hall – complete with a Fibonacci spiral inlaid into the concrete.

Speaking of madness, went and saw The September Issue last night at Seven Gables – and it was so good! Go see it – right now. It’s been described as the “real” The Devil Wears Prada and to a point, that’s true. Anna Wintour scares the stuffing out of me – yikes!

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Conflict

Okay, so first of all, this picture is a mess. I shot it, while driving, through the blue-strip of my windshield with my 3 year old digital point and shoot- ugh!

Anyway, today was rather average – still loving my classes, found out my film prints are on display in the Gould Commons! HOW AWESOME IS THAT? (I think it’s, you know, all right… AHEM)

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Atomic Architecture

Today was kind of a lazy day; didn’t have class until 4:30 PM so I headed up to the BE library to make photocopies of articles for the professor I’m researching for… The Architectural Record from the 1950s are grossly huge bound copies with some of the most hilarious advertisements…oh man…

On a side note, CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY.

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First real day of class (be serious, syllabus week is a joke) kicked off with my graduate seminar on the history of landscape architecture; hung around for a bit with Levi, grabbed lunch with Chester, skittered off to my 17th Rome class to talk about the Council of Trent (as analogous to changing underwear styles) for a couple hours, a bit of a break to check in on the Sick One and then back in that frigid room for an hour and a half of American Art in the 1760s-70s.

Now, I have to say, I am indescribably proud of myself because not only am I caught up on the reading for all of my classes, but I’m ahead! I know, right?! Anyway, up through chapter three of The Man Who Was Thursday and I’m still not quite sure how I feel; it’s not bad or uninteresting by any means, but you know how it is when you’re reading something for someone else’s sake? Yes, well, that’s me.

Oh, the picture? Welcome to campus.

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Catch my disease

Ok not MY disease, but it seems like everyone is sick – ugh! – including some pretty important people in my life. I have escaped (so far) but who knows where this week will lead! Oh, and the picture is of our puppy (well, he’ll be 19 soon – eek!) standing in the entryway while I was out photographing the new containers.

I’m super super tired (no wonder why. Ugh.) I have an unbelievable amount of reading to get through this quarter; it’s actually pretty ridiculous, but fortunately I’m really enjoying all of my classes so maybe the reading won’t be SO much of a chore… hopefully…

Dinner tonight was spectacular: pot roast with potatoes and carrots, a Waldorf Salad and then, the coup de gras: apple upside-down cake! The cake recipe will be up later this week; I’m bloody exhausted and just don’t have the energy to write it up right now – it IS fairly easy and bakes in my beloved cast-iron skillet – not to mention, it looks and tastes fantastic!

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