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September 22, 2013

The Real Cabbage Patch Kids

I honestly don’t know how the weeks keep getting more hectic when I’m finally starting to feel like I’m getting into the school-mentality rhythm thang.
How can I possibly have gotten myself wrapped up in so many engagements?? Overcommitment, folks. It’s a real thing.

StART on the Street took place this last weekend! For those of you who don’t know, StART is the handmade arts and crafts festival that everyone (and I mean everyone) goes to in the beginning of Fall. It’s huge. And it was actually started by Tina Zlody, the Program & Events Coordinator in the Visual & Performing Arts Department. My favorite bits were watching two members of the fencing club duke it out, going into the bus-turned-vintage-store, and vicariously reliving my “Out-of-the-Box”-watching childhood by enviously watching these guys:

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Brief insert about school stuff (since this is my Clark blog, after all ;) ): I had the first midterm (what does one call a midterm 1/3 of the way through – a tri-term? No, that’s not right…) for my Arts of Islam class. It honestly went way better than I expected, but I could not for the life of me remember that the 3rd mosque’s name was al-Mutawakkil. I think I guessed with a valiant “al-Mukkatil.”
Close, but no cigar. I get the test back on Tuesday, so we’ll see how well I actually did.

In other news, my mom sent me a carepackage!!

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It came at the PERFECT time. You know what you have those phases in your life when you just feel really…off? Yeah. That’s been me for the past month or two. So some of the stuff she sent just cracked me up. For instance: a pumpkin stress ball that lights up when you throw it against something; red lipstick; coffee AND chocolate covered espresso beans; Christmas lights to “spruce up” my place haha; more chocolate; mashed potatoes for all that comfort-eating I’m bound to do; and the best bit, these “Therapy Flashcards” that list various psych terms and examples of them in every day life. Except they’re hilarious and come with pictures.

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My roomies and I actually flipped through them all while chatting with each other about all the ridiculousness going on in our lives right now.
So, good call Mom ;) <3

Also, so exciting: we had a Berlin reunion this weekend!! :D :D
By that, I mean a few of the people who Ilana, Zak, Rachel, and I (all Clarkies) were really close with in Berlin came to visit us! Alexa (lives in San Francisco) and Jasjaap (goes to school in Amherst) came out to stay with us for a few days, and then right after Jas left, Phi (just graduated from Berkely, now got a job that transferred him to Boston) came for the day!

 

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Left to Right: Jasjaap, Me, Ilana, Rachel, Alexa, Zak

It. Was. Awesome.
We watched Zak’s soccer game, a few of us went to Corner Grille to grab lunch one day…it was really just inexplicably nice. It wasn’t weird at all, which in itself was weird haha. You know what I mean? I guess it’s proof that we made some very real connections while being abroad together. I’m so happy we all live in the same area, this is definitely going to happen again.

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My roomies and I have also been adventuring around a bit as of late. Just the other day, we went to Lowe’s for some paint, stopped at Target to check out bags and shoes, drove to Savers to look for Christmas sweaters and cassette tapes, and ran into the Dollar Tree for some candles (I got pumpkin spice and sugar cookie, no big deal). And THEN we spontaneously all decided to go to the WAM opening! They recently acquired a Veronese painting (read: HUGE DEAL), and decided to celebrate the reopening of their baroque galleries with a huge party.

The Clark Bars actually were the first a capella group to perform! We saw there was a typewriter orchestra coming up too, and food trucks, a guy dressed as a friar, a cash bar with free bar snacks that we may or may not have taken advantage of…

It was really awesome. I’m excited to go back with my Caravaggio class on Thursday to really get a better look at the paintings, it was so chaotic at the ‘remastered’ party.

However, the trip to Lowe’s and the buying of certain items at Savers segways nicely into my next topic I wanted to write about…
We’ve been remodeling the house!

I use the term remodeling loosely, of course. We’re broke college students, there’s no real construction going on here haha. But after our landlord fixed our counters and dishwasher, varnished the cabinet, and replaced the stove burners and oven fan, we got a rug for the living room (they were right – it really does change the feel of a place), and put up our Anne Geddes “conversation piece.”

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Jealous much?
I mean, IT’S A PAIR OF SURPRISED BABIES SITTING IN LETTUCE. How can you not want to talk about that, ehh?? ;)
Oh the things one can find on a good Savers run.

So the living room is super homey, the bathroom has a new shower curtain, the kitchen is de-cluttered but we still want to paint it, and my room is halfway home!
Whoever lived here before, I want to find them and ask what they were thinking when the decided to paint the walls 2 shades of a horrifying green, the closet door red on the outside and bright yellow inside, and the main door to the room white on the outside and red inside.
Like….why.

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In an attempt to make my room a little less anxiety-inducing to be in, I took a gallon of “Country White” paint and covered almost the entire thing, sans the grey paneling on the sides and my hardwood floor, and the leftover turquoise paint I took to my closet door.

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See?? Better.
Now I just have to wait for it to dry, and then I can finally hang up all my maps! :D So. Excited.

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