My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality // Oscar Wilde

Tag: drinks

// Friday afternoon.

I spent the last few hours of Friday’s daylight dancing in my room reading, walking, and discovering new places nearby. I found a park! And learned that the type of trash you find kind of tells you what goes on in a place. On the steps on the way down to the green space, I found lots of mini liquor bottles, beer cans, condom wrappers, and the like. Yuck! I probably won’t be going back. But, from a distance, it’s a really pretty area with lots of shade. I’ll stay up-top on the park benches, though.

Later that night, I trekked over to Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo/Brooklyn to go to the launch of An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails by Orr Shtuhl & Elizabeth Graeber–the book was full of recipes for delicious cocktails! They served a perfectly summer drink with absinthe, grapefruit Perrier, and cucumbers in it. I didn’t get pictures of that, unfortunately! But trust me, it was delicious. I was in Dumbo just in time to see the sun set over the water, and had a perfect view of Manhattan. Grace got stuck at work, so didn’t make it over, but Jose and I had fun walking around and enjoying the weather!

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9. The Head & the Heart. So heartfelt. I hit play and get a little lost in their harmony. Does anyone want to see them in ATL 5/22? Tickets aren’t on sale yet. But they surely will be SOON.

Do you remember every block /
Every minute of every walk we used to take /

Oh God I love my vices but they’ve taken me to places /
That I never thought I’d go and I am ready to be home /
And I think of every spark every whisper in the dark, now it’s time /
Just wanna die with the one I love /
Just wanna die with the one I love /
Just wanna die with the one I love /
Just wanna die with the one I love beside me /

8. Loving this ombre blush feather headband I found on Etsy.

7.  Braxton Crim, the “Anatomy of the South” poster is phenomenal.

6. Motherbird, no truer statement ever was said.

5. This is what my handwriting says about me:

  • If your writing slants..Not at all: You tend to be logical and practical. You are guarded with your emotions.
  • If the size of your letters are..Large: You have a big personality. Many celebrities have large handwriting. It may suggest that you are outgoing and like the limelight; I’d say my letters are more often…Average: You are well-adjusted and adaptable.
  • Full for “L”: You are spontaneous and relaxed and find it easy to express yourself.
  • Full for “E”: You have an open mind and enjoy trying new things.
  • For the “s”: Open at the bottom: You might not be following your heart. For example, you always wanted to be an artist, but you have a career in finance & Pointy: You are intellectually probing and like to study new things. The higher and pointier the peaks, the more ambitious you are.

Did any of you take the quiz? What were your results?

4. Her tattoos are lovely. I’ve been in a tattoo-obsessed mood as of late. I’m fairly certain that I’ll be expanding on mine in the next few months.

3. I’m making this fruity bruschetta this evening! And maybe also this yummy looking mint/blood orange whiskey sour. For a friend’s birthday.

2. Have any of you lovely readers tried the Crest Pro Health whitening mouth wash? It leaves an awful taste in my mouth. One of those tastes that even coffee and oatmeal can’t get rid of, apparently.

1. So true, Bukowski. So true. Lately, I’ve been in a hermit mode–read, eat, sleep (only a little), homework. Plus a dash of fun here and there, of course.

After a lovely weekend, back to reality / Recap.

Here’s a recap of my weekend:

Friday night, I attended the Layman Group‘s annual Carnivale Gala and Masquerarde Ball. It was so fun! Hilary [happy 23rd birthday!], Megan, and I got dressed up, made our own masks, and danced the evening away. I didn’t get many pictures, but these are what I have (all but the first photo are from The Layman Group’s Facebook page; the face I’m making in shot of all three of us is rather unfortunate)–

The highlight of the evening was Adventure the Great, one of my favorite local bands playing.

On Saturday, I spent the entire day in Atlanta with Sarah and Adam, as we attended the Southeastern Regional Barista competition. It was intense. None of us competed, but it was great to be surrounded by people who were so passionate about coffee! After the competition, we did our own personal ATL coffee tour. Here are the shops we visited:

First stop: Octane; one of their employees won the brewer’s cup at the competition!

What I got: organic, local yogurt with in-house baked granola & iced latte

Rating: 4 out of 5; it was an iced latte, so many people think you can’t really mess that up. However, there’s a lot of distinction in iced lattes. The shot was timed perfectly and their organic milk brought out the flavor.

Second stop: Condesa Coffee

What I got: 12 oz latte

Rating: 5 out of 5; Adam had straight espresso, Sarah got a macchiato, and I got a latte. Then they sent us a free chai so that we could get even more variety. This was one of the best lattes I’ve ever had. They used a light roast espresso, which gave the espresso a tangier taste than that of many shops.

Third stop: Java Vino

What I got: macchiato & honey/lemon mini tart

Rating: 2 out of 5; They had a great wine selection and the soup that Sarah ordered was very good. However, as far as coffee goes, it wasn’t great. The macchiato was about six ounces and the shot was “dead” before I got it. That was disappointing, but I would still visit for a cute date. They had plenty of options for beer and wine and appetizer-type food.

Stop 4: Steady Hand Pour House

What I got: macchiato & Chemex-poured coffee & siphoned coffee

Rating: 5 out of 5; their care for brewed coffee was so exciting! Many shops focus solely on the espresso, leaving the brewed coffee all alone. We got to the shop five minutes before close, explained our tour, and they were very nice and willing to walk us through the siphoning process, as well as make the other drinks.

Final stop: Little 5 Pizza

What I got: Lasagna

Rating: 8 out of 5. Yes, it’s that good. It might be driven by the fact that I had nothing but coffee all day and therefore was hyped up and starving. But let me say, exquisite.

After my busy, BUSY, BUSY weekend, I spent Sunday relaxing. A whole lot. With Downton Abbey. I’m completely hooked.



2012 is coming, and I’m not quite ready yet.

Hello readers! It has been a while. A long, long while. I once said that I was going to start posting more frequently once classes slowed down. But, as they often do, my life picked up just as my studying dropped off.

My first semester at Auburn is over! A lot has happened since. Here is the past year in countdown, along with the first semester at Auburn.

January 2011:

I was pretty certain I would be a vegetarian and exercise daily. I had a trainer for the month. Then decided I didn’t really need either of those things, which is what generally happens to those New Years’ resolutions.

February 2011:

I turned 21! The event was well-chronicled by my close friends–I had my first drink (Long Island Iced Tea, courtesy of Ian) at midnight, and have tried many other since. Why, yes. That is Tim Kasher in the last photo! (SWOON)

March 2011:

Allison and I participated in a fashion show!

May 2011:

CHICAGO. TATTOO. SHOPPING. Don’t ask me whatever happened to the photos. I haven’t a clue. But I do have a few from my phone! [Note: FRONT ROW, LYKKI LI]

June 2011

The anniversary of my blog and I. What a journey it has been.

August-November 2011:

I moved to Auburn and got a job at a coffee shop! Jennifer and I spent a lot of time making our apartment extra adorable, also. I learned to like appreciate football, with the help of a visit from Miss Kelsey.

I made some great new friends and was an impressive Lady Gaga and later Holly Golightly for Halloween, if I do say so myself. I went to Atlanta for a day of thrifting, Greek food-eating, coffee-drinking, and vintage digging. Allison moved to Nashville while I’ve been in Auburn, and we have visited each other. Which has been very lovely.

December 2011:

So much has changed this year! The boy and I have parted ways, which I will not be sharing the details of. I have taken off the entire month of December from work and have been fully enjoying what I like to refer to as “curmudgeon” time. Kelsey has followed suit–she, Grace, and I got sushi pajamas for Christmas, and we have hardly left them since. Buffs has returned to being a lil’ lap doggie. I have missed the wiener schnitzel so so so much.

And that’s my year! Expect a post dedicated to New Year’s Eve. I have big plans.