Thursday, October 30, 2008

Power Lunch Is Back!

Yesterday I had my fist Power Lunch of this year. I started mentoring for this program last year and was eager to return. I will be working with the same student, let's call her N.

First of all, I was happy that N finally remembered my name :) That's a good sign, right? The school also did a good job remodeling the library to make it more open and inviting for students and their mentors.

After filling out a bit of paperwork, N and I started reading our first book together. She is still having a really hard time concentrating on the words, and instead her eyes look everywhere, but the book.

We were reading a story about lost toys, and I was trying to ask her questions as we read to make sure she was following the story and could anticipate what was about to happen.

One of the words in the story was shelter. I asked N what that meant, and she said: "a place where you go to be safe." I told her she was correct, and added that's a place that keeps you safe from cold, rain, etc.

What N said next almost broke my heart: "it is also where homeless people go, and where you can be safe from alcohol, drugs and crack." This completely shocked me. I don't think I was aware of these issues when I was 8 years old. Was I sheltered, or was the world a better place?

An Award for Me!!!

Last night after I came home from studying in the library, I had an email from Paz, telling me that she has given me a Kreativ Blogger Award: that totally made my day!

Now this blog no longer has to be jealous of Mango & Tomato, which has already won several awards :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Great Falls

This past Sunday Wendy had a bunch of girls over at her parents' house for brunch. Afterwards we took a quick walk to Great Falls. It was a gorgeous day, and I was very happy I took my camera along.

Ruby Tuesday

Here's my entry for Ruby Tuesday: these are just two out of 6 new bowls I bought on Sunday. The color is so vibrant, and the bowls surprisingly hold quite a lot of food!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Shadow Sundays

I'm joining another photography group: Shadow Sundays! I took the following two shots on the way back from a walk at Great Falls with Adrienne, Anna, Anna S, Radha, and Wendy after we all had a great brunch.

This was a perfect day!

Today's Flowers: Roses

Here's my second post for Today's Flowers. Unfortunately I did not have Internet connection an entire weekend, so I'm a day late. These are roses I bought for myself last Monday and they are still alive! I promise I'm not planning on posting yellow flowers every single week :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

The things I learn at the dentist office....

Remember how my dentist told me "for someone so quiet you have quite an active tongue?"

Well, today in the morning I went to see my root canal specialist because one of my teeth has been bothering me. Ten minutes later, he told me everything looked fine and that I was probably just biting too hard. Great, now I'm a hard biter.

I think it's time for my guard to make a reappearance. Fun times!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ruby Tuesdays

Earlier this week I joined Today's Flowers. Today I decided to join Ruby Tuesdays hosted by Work of the Poet. Let the fun begin!

This truck is parked at the parking lot next to my apartment, and it puts a smile on my face every single time I see it. The fake legs in the back, though, give me the creeps.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Today's Flowers

I decided to join a group of bloggers that share pictures of the flowers at the Today's Flowers. I discovered this group by reading Paz's New York Minute.

This is a picture of a pansies that grows on campus of the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in Hyde Park. I was there this past Thursday/Friday for Anna's graduation. The weather could not have been better!

The Trip to the CIA

Here are a few pictures from Anna's graduation from the CIA. The weather in Hyde Park was beautiful! The changing colors of the leaves were remarkable! I can't believe she's done: I feel like I've graduated too :) From the first day when I took Amtrak with Anna to the school with her luggage, to the last day, when I helped her pack up her car and drive (what took us 8 hours!!!) back to DC, I feel like maybe I should have received a diploma too...right :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Parents in my apartment

So I have visitors, and it's not mice. My parents are here for a few days prior to all of us taking a train up to Hyde Park for Anna's graduation.

Tonight we went over to the mall to see the monuments at night: gorgeous views! My favorite is the WWII Memorial: it is a lot prettier at night than in daylight. The pictures of the flowers are from the garden behind the Castle (obviously they are flashed b/c I took them at night).

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Things in Bloom

Just thought I'd post a few pictures of some of my plants that are currently blooming. Why? Because some people have children, Oprah has her dogs, and I have my plants. The first two are geraniums, the third one is an orchid that is beginning to grow a stem that will eventually have blooms (!!!) and the fourth one is one of my violets (there are 2 more that will bloom soon: white and deep burgundy).

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

One man who is making me happy

No, I did not all of a sudden find a boyfriend...alas.

For the last 6 months, or maybe more, there has been a guy handing out Washington Post Express at Union Station. Every night, as I go to the Metro, he greets me with How are you doing Miss Lady? Have a good night!

I know he doesn't say that to me exclusively, but it seriously brightens up my day! One day I was leaving much earlier than usual, and he actually noticed and commented on that fact.

How nice it is that small human interactions like these can make one's day!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Say What???

Last night Jenn, Mas and I went to our favorite Korean restaurant. It was cold and we asked for tea. Our waitress brought us 3 cups of green tea and was horrified when I asked for some sugar. She looked at Jenn as if I was insane and said something in Korean, basically meaning: you don't add sugar to green tea.

Fine. I drank it as is. In the Chinese restaurants they always allow me to add sugar to my tea.

The food was as good as always, but this time I had to share my favorite mashed potatoes with peas with Mas.

Then, a couple came in, sat down, ordered their food and ordered green tea. The guy asked for sugar, and guess what??? They brought him a bowl of sugar! Maybe they thought I had a better palette and could handle it? It's a mystery...

S/He is back....

I don't know if it's a she or a he, but last night when I came home and was about to turn the lights off and go to bed, I saw it again!!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Did you see those shoes?

This is the least political blog ever. In fact, I don't think I've ever made a political statement/comment here. Why? I guess despite the fact that I live in DC, politics really don't interest me that much. However, because everyone has been talking non-stop about the Vice Presidential debate, I felt like I should watch it.

Plus...there was no Grey's Anatomy.

The entire time I was watching the debate last night, I wished I would have counted the number of times Palin said "also." Not that I could have done a better job :) but then I'm not running for a VP. I also thought it was interesting how many times she mentioned the hard-to-pronounce names of foreign leaders: almost as if to separate herself from Bush, who messed up on a few of them.

Also, I was amazed how she stood for almost 2 hours in those high-heeled shoes without moving around or fidgeting: that takes a true stamina!