Monthly Archives: March 2011

Laughing at your own clumsiness

This one time, I set the camera on instant timer...and tripped. The camera caught my fall. Yes, those are my feet on the ground and my friends laughing at me...

Ok. I admit it. I’m a klutz. I trip over  my own feet, fall up stairs, spill coffee and food on me, drop things, lose things and I have absolutely no coordination at all. Thankfully, I have learned to laugh at myself. What else can you do when you fall in front of a ton of people?

Today, I spilled coffee all over myself … and although it was embarrassing, I still have a sense of humor and I can laugh at myself. :)

And hey… I’m not the only klutz. Check out failblog for some laughs at other people’s mishaps.


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New shoes (via sarah horrigan photography)

Check out this photography blog. Sarah Horrigan posts wonderfully nostalgic photos that take me back to memories of childhood. :)

New shoes New shoes, originally uploaded by horrigans. Day 89: “They look like grandma shoes” says my 7 year old, helpfully… *sigh* … Read More

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Life Lessons (Coping with stress)

Article by Jodi Lynn Bryson, Girls' Life Magazine, August/September 2002, page 44

I tore this page out from a magazine called  Girls’ Life, and it is advice from actress Alexis Bledel who played the part  of Rory Gilmore in the TV show Gilmore Girls (my favorite TV show). I have this article in its entirety posted on my wall, and I refer to this article as a reminder of how to cope with stress.  In this article, Bledel responds to various questions on how she would react to a situation, and also how her character, Rory, would react to a situation. Even though the answers to these problems are basic, I find inspiration from them. The character Rory often reminds me of myself: overachieving, soft-spoken, and with the goal of becoming a journalist. Even though she is fictional, I refer to her “advice” because I think we have a lot in common. When I’m stressed, I definitely do go into overdrive mode, and start working really hard.

However, I also focus on things that make me happy when I’m stressed. In my past posts, I’ve written about writing in a journal, music, TV shows, going for walks, and doing fun things with friends. All of these things help ease my mind when I have a lot going on. Which of these things do you do most often when you are stressed? Vote for your best answer in my poll:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ocean

I know I already blogged about how the ocean makes me happy, but when I saw this week’s photo challenge, I couldn’t help but participate. I am going to school in Newport, RI,  and I love photography. I don’t have the money for a  SLR camera, but I own a Nikon L110,which in my opinion is one of the better of point-and-shoot cameras. Here are some of my other favorites from my ocean photography:

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Spring is in the air! It is nice out today, so as a break from homework, my  friends and I decided to go outside and enjoy the weather. We spent some time tree climbing, and then broke out the bubble wand. I’m so excited it’s finally starting to feel like spring. The fresh air is so nice. So is acting like a child. Climbing in trees and bubble blowing are such innocent, carefree activities. It sounds like a dorky thing to do (ok it is) but it really relieves some stress by just being a goofball. Try it!

Jenn blowing bubbles.


In lieu of the bubble adventure my friends and I had, I am going to share a poem I wrote a long time ago:

Float Endlessly on and on and on
I know we will make it there alright
Despite the blinding lights
Luminous allure pulling us in

We were all just bubbles
Passing the time
Finding our places in the universe
Will you tell me where is mine?

Let’s all be young again
Gliding gently down
To get the sensation
Nothing is wrong at all

But bubbles don’t mean anything anymore
Just a pocket of naivety
Surrounding our innocent forms
They must have all broken apart

Bubbles blown in our youth
Bubbles popping in midair
Now that we have learned the truth
Bubbles are gone forever

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Why I Drink Tea

A shot from the "Alice in Wonderland" tea party my friends and I held last spring.

A good cup of tea always eases stress for me.

I found a 2007 New York Times article by Anahad O’Connor  that claims that there is only a little bit of scientific evidence that drinking tea reduces stress. The New York Times reports a study done by the British Heart Foundation that found that black tea drinkers did not react to stress differently from those given a caffeinated placebo. The heart rates, hormones, etc. were the same in both groups of men.

However, the study did find that these men could calm down quicker after the stress–the hormones of tea drinkers returned to normal faster than the hormones of those given a placebo.

Read the full article, “The Claim: Drinking Tea Reduces Stress” here.

Ok, so the scientific studies aren’t so generous, but here’s some reasons why tea reduces stress for me and why I love drinking tea:

  • In the colder months, tea warms you up. There is nothing like sipping a warm beverage to keep you nice and toasty. And since it’s snowing outside in the springtime, right now that holds true.
  • Some tea has caffeine. Enough said.
  • Herbal tea, and even to an extent black tea, has a very earthy flavor and scent. It feels so natural and organic to drink tea.
  • Like coffee, tea comes in many flavors that are fun to try out. I like peach flavored tea a lot. I also like Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile tea.
  • My favorite tea is Red Rose tea. I grew up drinking this tea…and the little figurines that come in the boxes are fun to collect!
  • Some herbal tea can help you fall asleep.
  • Tea and honey do wonders for a sore throat.
  • In the past, my friends dress up and have a tea party. We plan to have an outdoor tea party/picnic when the weather gets warmer. I would recommend having a tea party at least once. I know it sounds kind of frilly and girl-y, but it can be a lot of fun to dress up and get a tea set and make light snacks to go with your many flavors of tea.
  • Speaking of snacks, tea goes great with a Biscotti or other cookies.
  • I love chai tea lattes. Starbucks has the best chai lattes, in my opinion. They are a little spicy when they go down your throat, and therefore really nice in the winter or when you have a sore throat. Chai lattes always remind me of the holidays, but they are great  year round. :)
  • Drinking tea while studying or doing work just sets a tone of ambiance and worldliness. :)

Any other tea drinkers have recommendations for tea tastings or reasons why you love tea?


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Less than 60 days until I graduate. So much to fit in. But not to worry:

Don't Panic by Fire Monkey Fish

Read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams for the answer to  life, the universe and everything.


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Pandora Station: Paul Simon

To go along with the music theme of yesterday’s reblog post, I am posting 5 recent awesome songs that came on my Pandora Paul Simon station:

A feel-good song, Paul Simon, “Born at the Right Time”:

Upbeat and fun, Stevie Nicks, “Edge of Seventeen”:

Beautiful and mellow, Bruce Springsteen, “I’m on Fire”:

Real, honest, emotion, Fleetwood Mac, “Go your own way”:

Some of my favorite lyrics ever, James Taylor, “Fire and Rain”:

and speaking of Paul Simon, I hear Simon and Garfunkel are touring this year?


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March 18th – Life Goes On… (via My 2011 Music Diary)

I was browsing some blogs this morning, and stumbled upon “My 2011 Music Diary”. I love discovering new music…so this blog is like a gem to me. Some of these posts are music I am familiar with (he blogs about Bjork…one of my favorites! and also mentions that, try as he might, he can’t get into Radiohead..thank you for agreeing with me!) but the most recent post made me happy. This song is catchy and upbeat but also nicely mellow. and I’m not gonna lie, I need these lyrics right now. Check out the link below to listen to Noah and the Whale L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.

March 18th - Life Goes On... Those of you who follow this blog, will recall me taking part in the 30 day song challenge. I’m no longer going to continue doing that challenge. I don’t really want to repeat myself, so if you want to know more about why, then read yesterdays post. It’s nice to be able to go back to blogging like before, and sharing a song I want to share with no limitations, instead of being bound by some guideline. [caption id=”” align=”alignleft” width=”252″ … Read More

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Happy Saint Patty’s Day!

The luck of the Irish? I found this four leaf clover last summer.

In celebration of St Patrick’s Day, I took a little time this morning to learn about the Irish culture…  well sort of.  I’m far from an expert on Irish culture, but here are some tidbits of Ireland I came across this morning:

  • I got a 50 on the National Geographic Ireland quiz…but now I know a little trivia on Ireland’s geography, folklore culture, and tourism. Take the Ireland Quiz.
  • Want to learn how to speak with an Irish accent? Watch this VERY informative (ok, not at all, but very random and funny) video:
  • One of my favorite poets is Irish poet W.B. Yeats. I am also a huge fan of Irish author James Joyce, especially of his novel Ulysses… and while it is a very, very difficult read… I think he is a  genius.
  • Finally, here is some beautiful Celtic music in concert:

I know that’s only a very brief list of some things Irish…. (And since I’m not legal in America, I won’t talk about beer…). If you have any cool Irish links or facts, comment with them here! :)


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