Sunday, October 28, 2012

My Friday in photos.

After finishing my first midterm and setting up my work schedule (I got the job!) for the following month, I finally had the chance to take part in the frenzy that is Halloween. Albeit a bit early, everyone was in high spirits and the party was full of wonderful characters. I got a bit carried away and may possibly have had one shot too many.. Needless to say, I had a fantastic time.

just got my hair did.

my loves, aka sisterwives, as Ms. Frizzle and Nicki Minaj.

oh, Timon.

minaj photo-bombing.

always face-palming with this girl.
Now that the fun has been had, it's time for me to hit the books! Three midterms in one week--challenge accepted.

Wishing everyone high-quality, premium intoxication for the rest of the weekend.
love, c.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

They roll around every once in a while..

Today has been frustrating, to say the least. If I were dramatic, I would equate life today to a troubled toddler who cannot stop throwing tantrums everywhere you go. But alas, let me leave the drama elsewhere because as much as I'd like to rant about how my day hasn't gone well, I will not feel better by the end of it.
On days like these, my usual recourse would be a bit of ice cream and a no-pants party in my room, most likely with Usher (and friends in tow) as sweet company.
Unfortunately, I have no ice cream today.
Fortunately, I found another way to calm down a messy mind on a messy day--breathing. Simply taking a moment to plop down on the floor in silence and consciously letting the air move through your body does wonders to let things simmer down. Maybe you can do a few stretches, say nice things to yourself, let your mind know you have control and that you will be okay. It sounds awfully silly when it's written out this way. But worst case scenario, it doesn't work, and there will be no harm nor good done to you. Then I suggest a trip to the ice cream factory.

Wishing everyone a happy Club Wednesday.
love, c.


This gave me a chuckle, via?

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The scoop on okcupes.

My recent travels in the online dating world have become a bit stagnant due to my hesitation to meet people in real life. I lack interest and it sounds a bit scary, even with the seemingly friendliest of people.

Conflict 1: Too pragmatic

I thought about John Lee's sociological theory of "love styles" (1973, 1988) while perusing through profiles because I began to feel that online dating, in general, would work best for an individual with what is called a pragmatic lovestyle. It's a lovestyle driven more by the head, rather than the heart. The personality assessment that accompanies online dating is meant to be an efficient way of filtering out people whose lifestyles do not suit yours; however, your match % could never account for the chemistry that you may feel with another person. Opposites may attract, but they're hard to come by on okCupid, especially when differing personality traits are displayed as "enemy %".
Being compatible with someone may avoid conflict, but do they compliment you?

Conflict 2: It's the internet.

This is an issue that relates to the Ross' theories on the internet and sexuality, in that the interwebz has become a "new niche" that fills a particular role in people's lives. In my situation, it filled the role of entertainment and virtual company during my moments of boredom in between lectures, while waiting for friends irl, etc. It works well because interactions online feels like so much less of a social transgression than real-life interactions. Consequently, people can choose not only to be genuine and friendly, but also as creepy or rude as they please without having to take responsibility for the things that were said. So okCupid is a good testing ground for all of your pick-up lines (or raps, which I've also encountered) and you don't have to be embarrassed if you mess up a little bit--just move onto the next one.
Of course, my point here is not to victimize myself. I, too, have enjoyed the lack of commitment to the things I say to strangers on the site. But as a result, when anyone offers to actually meet in person, the thought of actually attaching a physical body to their online username seems odd, and I am left a bit hesitant to share my real-life self in return.

That's my analysis thus far (:
Wishing everyone a fantastic weekend!

love, c.

Monday, October 8, 2012

An afternoon at portapub.


This backyard patio of the pub has become my sanctuary, providing me more comfort than my very own bedroom. 
(There is a minor story of discovering a neat freak among my new flatmates, but I will not be discussing that at length.)
My sociology of food class has opened me up to the snobbery of "foodies", a phenomena that has permeated the cupcake and craft beer industries over recent years. Do I feel a new case study coming along? Yes. And of course, with case studies must come taste tasting and first-hand experiences.. hence my beer at 12:37 pm.

My most recent favorite, via


Wishing everyone a lovely afternoon to combat the Monday blues!
love, c.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

V

Just wanted to say hello to a dear friend of mine who has miraculously excavated my blog from the depths of the interwebs. I'll try to write only good things about you here..

(:

Happy Sunday, all!
love, c.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

For the sake of research,

or out of sheer boredom, I made an okcupid account last night.

Browsing through the multitude of seemingly apathetic yet clearly effort-filled profiles has been interesting, to say the least. I had previously satisfied my stalking tendencies (and general nosiness concerning others' lives) via facebook, but a few years ago I had exhausted that as a hobby. Now I have an entire new world to discover with people of all ages and sexual orientations, a welcome change from the facebook world where everyone's lives are more or less moving along at the same pace as your own. I'd also like to note that these individuals are seeking not only hook-ups, but also people to hang out with--put simply, friendship. However, I realize that with more browsing and interacting with others, my initial perception of the word "friendship" is subject to change. 

Alas, I have joined the online dating world. Upon any discoveries, a research update shall ensue.

Happy weekend, world.
love, c.

P.S. Crossing my fingers for this next job application I'm about to drop off at the stationery store (:
P.P.S. Apparently there is a way to be successful at online dating. This is already getting a little ridiculous.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Baby steps.

Tonight there was an impromptu dinner party with my new housemates. With three pairs of hands at work, it turned out to be quite the extravagant meal, complete with a hefty glass (well, at least mine was) of wine. Apparently all three of us had a bottle or two in storage, which tells me we're more similar than I had previously imagined. The awkward moments are still very much alive, but the bonding is slowly beginning.
I had such a lovely time. Hopefully this marks the end of the bad luck streak I've been experiencing for the past week.

Speaking of wine, here's a cute gadget for us wine lovers out there. You may experience a lot of judgment when you happen to whip this baby out for a presentation or anything else of importance, but alas, those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

via coolcubetoys.com


Happy Thursday, friends. The weekend is right around the corner (:
love, c.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I'm alive and stuff.

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind! 
Upon returning from New York I've been seriously considering working there for a year or two after I graduate. Yes, I loved it that much. Taking the subway, the busy and aggressive yet nevertheless kind natives, red brick buildings and fire escapes, the way the air conditioning units peeked out their behinds from flat windows, the liveliness of the city well after midnight, everything.
Not to say that being back in SD has not been a blast--a week long extravaganza of happy hours ensued immediately after my flight landed me back in California. My memories are fuzzy, and I'm exhausted, to say the least. But it really was a blast. Porter's Pub is my favorite place in San Diego by far, still. There is something about the atmosphere there, especially out on the patio, that is so warm and inviting at any hour of the day. Although, weekends at Cheers are always craziest and the $1 draft beers at O.B. Noodle House are always a pleasure. 

Currently I am in the process of fixing my sleep schedule in order to 
a. be alert enough during the day to study, and 
b. help me attend my 8 a.m. lectures like the bright and shiny student I am. 

Wish me luck (:

Wishing everyone a happy Tuesday.
love, c.