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Adventures of the Week 3/29/15

Sometimes I have really terrible ideas like “I should write the entirety of my 10 page research paper, which happens to be on a topic I know nothing about, the day it is due.” Because I make poor life choices, I have no energy to write a blog post today. Instead I will just be posting pictures from the Festival of Colors because I’m one of those people now.

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Taylor Swift Lyrics of the Week: “You understand now why they lost their minds and fought the wars. And why I’ve spent my whole life trying to put it into words.”

Other lyrics I like this week (inspired by the car ride home from Festival of Colors):

“For what it’s worth, it was worth all the while. It’s something unpredictable but in the end it’s right. I hope you had the time of your life.” Time of Your Life, Green Day

“Some will win. Some will lose. Some of them just sing the blues. Oh the movie never ends, it goes on and on and on and on.” Don’t Stop Believing, Journey

“I had a way then losing it all on my own. I had a heart then, but the queen has been overthrown. And I’m not sleeping now, the dark is too hard to beat. And I’m not keeping now the strength I need to push me.” Lights, Ellie Goulding

Adventures of the Week 3/22/15

I can almost play video games in Japanese.

Sometimes I volunteer to help graduate students run pilot studies for their theses. Sometimes volunteering to do things like this results in me playing Japanese video games in a windowless basement room. Apparently the objective of the game I was playing (which I figured out in only twenty minutes) was to run around town making my friends happy. Highlights include getting stuck in a karaoke bar, accidentally taking a picture of my keyboard, and a guy aimlessly walking along the beach for no discernible reason.

Free Italian Ice!

I’ve never had italian ice before, but I don’t know why. I love italian ice. Also, the place we went has a Swedish Fish flavor that tastes uncannily like Swedish Fish.

I make my music video debut.

I like doing things with my roommates, but music videos aren’t really my thing. This is largely because they tend to involve dancing which is definitely not my thing. However I agreed to participate because a) my roommates reeeaaaly wanted to b) we chose a Taylor Swift song c) I was not forced to dance and d) I got to wear hipster glasses, which I’ve always wanted to do. The project did give rise to some very important questions, such as:

  • Can I stay in my pajamas?
  • What part of your artistic vision involves me holding a house plant?
  • How does one look happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time?
  • Are we done yet?

I will not be posting the video here, mostly because it’s embarrassing. But you can see a pic of me wearing the hipster glasses.

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Taylor Swift lyrics of the week: “You look like bad news. I gotta have you, I gotta have you!”

Other lyrics I like this week:

“Was it you who spoke the words that things would happen but not to me?” You and I Both, Jason Mraz.

“I’m already out of fool proof ideas, so don’t ask me how to get started. It’s all uncharted.” Uncharted, Sara Bareilles

“Some nights I’m scared you’ll forget me again. Some nights I always win, I always win.” Some Nights, Fun.

Adventures of the Week 3/15/15

I’m going to keep this pretty short because I have other things to do with my life besides attempting to be funny on this blog. Basically, my entire week revolved around pi/pie.

As you may be aware, yesterday, 3/14/15 was THE pie day of the century. My roommate is a math education major, and this was basically like Christmas for her.

We got in the mood for the big day by redecorating our Mardi Gras tree (which had previously been a Christmas tree) into a Pi Day tree. When I say we, I mostly mean that Carol did all the work while I sat there and told her that our custom-made tree topper was crooked.

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Oh Pi Day tree, oh Pi Day tree. How lovely are thy branches?

We also got more free pie from Village Inn. This was nice, though not particularly exciting. I’ll include a picture, though, just so you know it really happened. Also, because I really like saying “Pics or it didn’t happen!”

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We concluded the week of pi with a major party on Saturday. We went all out. There was confetti thrown at 9:26.53. We sang Pi Day carols like “Ludolph the Mathematician” and “Oh, Number Pi.” I made two pies, one caramel apple and one lemon meringue. I will take a moment to brag about the fact that I made a perfect meringue my very first time ever. This is important to me because once upon a time I really liked a boy and accidentally convinced him that I was a good cook. Ever since then, I’ve felt the need to keep up this charade, despite the fact that that boy is now married to somebody else.

So yeah. Happy Pi Day everyone!

Taylor Swift lyrics of the week:

“Walking the streets with you and your worn out jeans, I can’t help thinking this is how it ought to be. Laughing on a park bench thinking to myself, ‘Hey, isn’t this easy?'”

Favorite lyrics from Into the Woods (which I saw for the second time this week):

“And he showed me things, many beautiful things, that I hadn’t thought to explore. They were off my path, so I never had dared. I had been so careful, I never had cared. And he made me feel excited. Well, excited and scared.” I Know Things Now

“You’re not good. You’re not bad. You’re just nice.” The Last Midnight

“I’ll be better off there where there’s nothing to choose, so there’s nothing to lose.” On the Steps of the Palace

Adventures of the Week 3/8/15

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The Great Chocolate Chip Massacre of ’15

Strictly speaking, this is something that happened last week. I just didn’t talk about it because I was too busy making flow charts. I’ll set the scene for you. The week before I had made a batch of my oh-so-famous, delectable chocolate cookies, which I gave to people because I am nice and not at all because I hoped I would impress a cute boy. I had half a bag of extra chips left over, which I put back in the cabinet to save for the next time I decided to graciously bestow my cookies on some deserving citizen. When I went to retrieve another food item days later, though, the opened bag of chips fell forward in such a way as to ambush me and spew chips across the length of the kitchen. Really, the trajectory was quite impressive. A few things were learned from this experience.

  • I should invest in some bag clips, or something.
  • Chocolate chips do not catch on fire, even if they end up lodged inconveniently under your stove top.
  • We should clean our kitchen floor more frequently.
  • If your hair is sufficiently bushy, a chocolate chip can become entangled in it and not be discovered for several more hours.

Oreo Day is a Great Holliday.

I think this one is pretty self explanatory. I also think birthday cake flavored Oreo filling is self explanatory.

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I’m better at spontaneous snarkiness than spontaneous profoundness.

It’s great to go early to stake conference and sit in the pews which are slightly less uncomfortable than the metal chairs in the back. It’s great, at least, until you get randomly called on to answer a question to which you do not know the answer. Yes, somehow out of the hundreds of people present, I was lucky enough to get called on. I was asked why two words on the slideshow were highlighted, which seems like the sort of guess-what-I’m-thinking question that I hate. So I’m standing there with everyone watching me, and all I can think to say is, “Because they’re important.” Everyone laughed. Except for me, and in the future I may opt to sit further away from the speaker.

Taylor Swift lyrics of the week: “So you were never a saint, and I loved in shades of wrong.”

Other lyrics I like this week:

“He would be hard to chase, but good to catch, and he could change the world with his hands behind his back.” DaydreamerAdele

“And if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? And if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like you’ve been here before?” Pompeii, Bastille

“I’m no longer afraid of what might find me or the fields that I reap.” These Two Hands, Hana Pestle

Adventures of the Week 3/1/15

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I was really boring this week. Like I didn’t even go on an exciting grocery shopping trip. I wanted to blog, though. So I’m providing you with some flow charts that describe my decision making process in various situations. They may help you understand things like “Why does it take Kyra so long to order food?” or “Why is she saying that to the boy she’s talking to?”

Kyra’s Decision Making Flow Charts

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Taylor Swift lyrics of the week: “You look like my next mistake. Love’s a game, wanna play?”

Other lyrics I like right now:

“Who am I? And if you think I’m worth it, and if you think it’s not to late. We might start falling. If we don’t try too hard, we might start falling in love.” We Close Our Eyes, Oingo Boingo

“Help me make the most of freedom and of pleasure. Nothing ever lasts forever. Everybody wants to rule the world.” Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Tears for Fears

“The world is kinder to the kind that won’t look back. They are the chosen few among us now, unbowed somehow. One day he turned to me. And before I took one breath, I knew I would only see his shadow in what light was left.” The End of My Pirate Days, Mary Chapin Carpenter