I had a great Thanksgiving break! Lots of food, fun, and family. The only downside? It ended waaay too early. Photos coming soon!
In the meantime, here at Emory, there’s only about two weeks left of school. It’s crunch time: two weeks packed with papers, presentations, reports, and finals! This is the home stretch, or live-in-the-library time.
My last exam is the morning of final move-out day — so, I’ll probably be one of the last people to leave for winter break.
Since I won’t be coming back to this room in the spring, I’ll be moving ALL of my stuff out right after my last exam.
And! My room was stuffed this year, so I’ve got a lot of things to move! Check out the closet and bureau:
And let’s not even THINK about all the kitchen/bathroom things!
SO! Packing will be a challenge, but the real problem: WHERE am I going to put it all when I get home?!
3. Food that isn’t pizza
4. Insta-finished laundry
6. Thanksgiving break!
What are you needing right now?
Came back home this weekend for the Harry Potter premier! I didn’t pack any spare clothes for church, and when I stood in front of my nearly empty closet at home, I realized: having clothes here, there, and everywhere makes you get creative.
I was lucky to pull together this outfit from among the things I didn’t carry to school!
Black dress from Target, belt from H&M several years ago, and a vintage sweater that belonged to my great-grandmother!
Our Town by Thornton Wilder might be my favorite play ever. I read it for the first time in 10th grade English class, as a requirement. And maybe you’ve read it, too. Or seen Paul Newman in the PBS dvd. (I love Paul!)
Our Town follows the lives (and deaths) of characters in the small town of Grover’s Corners. I love the structure of the play, and I also love the plot. It depicts life itself, a story that encompasses all other stories, and connects to every person.
Recommended for: Taking a step back.
Our Town is a great way to step back from the hubbub and worrisome details of life. It reminds us of the importance of human connections, while emphasizing the fleeting, ephemeral nature of life.
Will I read it again?
Yes! Over and over and over.
You know how it is: you’re twenty-one or twenty-two and you make some decisions; then whisssh! you’re seventy: you’ve been a lawyer for fifty years, and that white-haired lady at your side has eaten over fifty thousand meals with you.
How do such things begin?
What are you thoughts on Our Town? Do you love it like me, or not? Got any other theatre recommendations?
Margaret Atwood, author of great books like The Handmaid’s Tale and (personal fave) The Penelopiad, came to speak at Emory as part of our Ellmann Lectures series.
She was a great speaker with a sharp wit and good insights. She cracked a lot of jokes, shared stories of her childhood growing up in Canada, and even sang a song from one of her books!
Atwood was all about the juxtapositions, which I loved. My favorite insight from her was about our human spirit: “We want excitement and adventure. We want safety and security.”
One of her lectures centered on cartography: how every map has an edge, the border between real and unreal. Where the known is finite, but the unknown is infinite. And she poses the question: are ‘utopias’ and ‘dystopias’ a yin and yang? Do each contain parts of the other?
Food for thought.
My favorite part, ‘course, was getting her to sign my book. ;D
Atwood: “Here’s my advice to you. Read and read and read and write and write and write.”
These past couple of weeks have been super busy. Seems like I only have time for blogging these outfit snapshots!
BUT! Stay tuned for some upcoming posts about the recent haps around Emory! : )
Boots by Steve Madden, thigh-high socks and black tights from Target, plaid wool skirt from the Gap (2 years ago), shirt from Urban Outfitters, and a warm vest I’ve had for years!