a four-leaf clover — hard to find and lucky to have

This past weekend, one of my best friends came down to visit me in Austin for half a day. Given we didn’t really have that much time, we spent our time mostly on campus. UT actually has a really nice art museum (the Blanton Museum of Art), and it just so happened that there was a Blanton Block Party going on the day she came, so we stopped by that (before we went to go get some amazing Indian food and boba, of course!)

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An instant out of time

Back when I had more time, I used to draw still life sketches. My grandmother, who is an amazing artist, taught me how everything I know about art today. Her art teacher wanted her to be an artist too, but she ended up pursuing a career in language. But after she retired, she immediately went back to drawing. Sometime, I’ll have to show y’all some of her art. Now THAT is talent. I call myself an emerging chick. 😛

And then a sneak peak on what I’m still working on:

Wanderlust: Lubbock & Palo Duro Canyon

Almost two summers ago, I was at a summer camp over at Texas Tech University (read all about it here). Like I said in my post before, it certainly wasn’t just work, work and more work. On the weekends, we would go around to the surroundings to visit all that the Panhandle/Lubbock-area had to offer.

a llama at the fourth of july parade

a llama at the fourth of july parade

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Wanderlust: Jiuzhaigou (China) & Singapore

As I was sitting in my room, bored out of my mind and not quite yet ready to start studying physics, I decided to finally clean up my room/treasure-hunt in my closet. I found my old camera card from a few years ago, and there are some pretty interesting photos I took from my travels. Here are a few from China from a few summers back.

The Venice of China.

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no one alive who is you-er than you!

Wishing my brother a happy happy birthday! My little wasabi bean (who is no longer little — he’s the tallest in the family now — but he’s always going to be little in my ❤ ) is turning 14 today, so we made dumplings to celebrate. I’m incredibly slow at making them haha (like, by the time I finished one, my mom was done with a solid seven), and the ones that I made certainly weren’t very attractive, but hey, food is food! My mom also made some really good tiramisu, but I forgot to take photos first so now it’s all gone, LOL.
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Between the Pages: Refund: Stories (Karen E. Bender)

Refund: Stories Karen E. Bender

Refund: Stories
Karen E. Bender

I bought Karen Bender’s Refund because it was on sale at Barnes & Noble (and because it was one of last year’s National Book Award finalists and the excerpt looked interesting); it was only until after I arrived home that I realized how fitting it was that I had chosen this particular novel: on the first page were the words, “We think about it every day, sometimes every hour: Money. Who has it. Who doesn’t. How you get it. How you don’t.” Every decision we make in our lives, including my decision to choose the cheaper book on sale, seems to have some sort of underlying financial motivation, and the lengths each of us will go to in order to find a temporary happiness, to make sense of our situations or to fight our battles differs because of, once again, money.

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Between the Pages: The River Why (David James Duncan)

The River Why David James Duncan

The River Why
David James Duncan

As I was first scrolling through my English teacher’s list of recommended books to find one that could fit into my thesis project, I most definitely ignored David James Duncan’s The River Why. As someone who has absolutely no idea what the difference is between fly-fishing and bait-fishing, I figured that I would be equally indifferent towards a novel (with a fish hook as the cover art) about Gus the fishing prodigy.

Fortunately, I couldn’t have been more wrong: as soon as Gus introduced me to his parents and asked me to consider whether large quantities of water near a person’s anterior should elicit similar results as a small quantity of water inserted in a human posterior would, I was hooked (by Duncan’s humorous writing and memorable depictions of characters, that is).

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Between the Pages: Olive Kitteridge (Elizabeth Strout)

Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge
Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge, a deeply empathic and human novel, strives to commeasure human tendencies and social attitudes.

The novel is divided into around ten chapters, each involving different characters but all revolving around one woman, Olive Kitteridge, a stubborn, middle-aged woman who doesn’t exactly like the changes she witnesses in her small town.

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Wanderlust: Boston (lifestyle & the arts)

When we weren’t roaming the streets of Boston, we headed over to some of the markets and museums. Quincy Market is a huge building filled to the brim with restaurants selling heavenly food (you’ve got to try the clam chowder and eat lots of lobster!). The Museum of Science was a highly-interactive and educational museum for people of all ages, while the Museum of Fine Arts is definitely catered more towards the artsy people who won’t get bored wandering a beautifully-designed architectural building filled with timeless pieces of art. While you’re there, book a visit to hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra play; it’s not too expensive, and it’s very much worth your time.

We visited during Spring Break, but it was still freezing.

We visited during Spring Break, but it was still freezing.

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