kindness. I like it.

Today I did a large load of laundry consisting of sheets, towels, jeans, and sweatshirts.

Back up a little bit.  I do laundry in the community laundry room in my apartment building’s basement.  Community laundry room rules are that you should be prompt in removing your stuff from the washers and dryers.  True confessions: sometimes I’m not.  Like today — I put this big load in the one big dryer in the room right before I had a study session with a friend.  Well…the study session lasted more than 45 minutes (the drying time), so my laundry was just sitting in the dryer for a while after it was done.

So I went down to the laundry room to pick up my stuff, only to find my laundry neatly folded and stacked on top of said dryer.

To the mystery laundry-folder:  Thank you so much.  I loved it.  I’m sorry for hogging the best dryer for more time than necessary.  Thank you for being polite enough to fold my laundry…even the fitted sheet (because we all know that Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets).  Your kindness brightened my evening.


if you insist…

Today I received a check in the mail from a clothing company for $98.

I mean, I’m not complaining or anything, but I am a little curious: I have never done any kind of business with you, clothing company.  How did you get my address?  Is this a scam?  Why are you sending me MONEY instead of an advertisement?  Why are you sending ME money rather than sending it to somebody who really really needs it?  Can I have you forward it to such a person?

So many questions.  Bottom line: getting a random check for $98 is never a bad thing (:

plant Jemima

I got a plant a few weeks ago.  Just a little guy  It was I think $1.49, at Ikea, with a pot included.  I was thinking that it needed a name.  (It’s just more fun when your stuff has a name, but it has to be the right name — one that naturally fits).

Well, today I had some friends over and we had….breakfast for dinner!  (Fact: I love breakfast for dinner.  I love breakfast for any meal of the day.  Fact #2:  I’ve said that already on this blog.  That means it’s extra-true.)  And I was happy to be hosting dinnerbreakfast because a) I had a whole loaf of dry bread to use up and b) Aunt Jemima syrup was on sale at the grocery store this week, so I got to get that instead of the off-brand.  And everybody knows that Aunt Jemima syrup is the yummiest.  And it is fun to share your yummy groceries!

And then, as we’re in the kitchen eating dessert (yes, in fact, you do eat dessert after you eat breakfast for dinner), my friend starts cracking up!  I’m like, what, what’s going on?

“I thought of a name for your plant!”
“What?  Cool!  What is it?”
[more laughing] “Jemima!”
“Jemima!” [gasping for breath from laughing] “You know…Jemima!”
“Wait……you mean like………..plant Jemima?”
[more peals of laughter]

So,  there you have it.  I now have a plant, Jemima.

Pi(e) day!

Today is March 14th (3/14), and you know what that means?

That’s right.  It’s pi day.  Aka an excuse to eat tons of pie.  Aka, YUM!

I made this one for the lunchtime celebration that we had in the biostat department…

And my I also recommend this rap and this website?  This guy graduated from my undergrad and goes about sharing the joys of pi with everyone everywhere.  Awesome.

Happy pi day, one and all (:


True confessions: I splurged.

Not on shoes.  Not on movies.  Not on music.  Not on a fancy gadget.

Hint: It cost $7.50.

Did you guess yet?

Alright, I’ll tell you.  It was two vanilla beans.

Did you know that vanilla beans don’t really look like beans?!  I didn’t!  They look more like bendy sticks.  Also, did you know that they make cupcakes taste REALLY REALLY GOOD?!?  (thanks, Joy the Baker).

So that’s it.  Today I spent $7.50 on two bendy vanilla sticks.  I guess that’s as crazy as I get on fat Tuesday…

In defense of winter

Spring is on its way!

But I have a confession to make.

I like winter.

There, I said it.  But I really do.  I like when it’s cold outside, and there’s snow everywhere, and people’s cheeks get all pink and cute when they come inside from the cold, and you get to wear fun hats and mittens, and you can ice skate outside and go skiing and afterwards drink hot cocoa and cider and coffee.  And I like how sunshine looks in January, when it’s super cold but also super clear outside, so that the landscape consists entirely of piercingly blue sky and bright white snow, and nothing else.

So I’m kind of going to miss the winter.  (I have another confession to make: I think spring is often overrated.  It rains a lot.  The snow melts and gets muck all over everywhere.  School is always stressful in the spring.  It’s allergy season.  Bugs and bees start coming out.  etc. )  Especially since I’m out east this year, and winter’s leaving earlier than I expected.

So, to say goodbye to winter, I’m leaving you with this picture, taken on December 27, 2010, on the drive back to MN from my grandparents’ house in South Dakota.  Winter scenery at its finest.