Monthly Archives: December 2015

How to drink at a New Year’s Eve party

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For New Year, a work friend invited me to a New Year’s Eve Celebration at a hotel nearby.  It is a semi-formal event, it will start with a cocktail reception followed by a dinner, and later on an early continental breakfast.  The best part: there is an OPEN BAR!!!!!

I used to drink a lot during my college years, but I have reduced my consumption considerably.  This whole year, I have had alcohol twice.  Once because I was the last minute + 1 of a friend a wedding, the other because my best-friend was in town.  Now that my tolerance to alcohol has decreased, I need to find a way to drink enough to give me courage to dance, but not so much that I need to call a cab.  Therefore, I have come up with a plan(s).

Plan A

  • I can have three drinks: one during the cocktail, one during dinner, and the last one when the New Year starts.  It is a really save plan, but why should I pay such extravaganza price for the party, it I will drinking be very moderately.

 

Crossing out Plan A and writing Plan B on a blackboard.

Crossing out Plan A and writing Plan B!

  • According to my boyfriend, I should stick to one kind of drinks. For example, have wine only.  It is a easy, simple to follow plan.  However, it is not original, the main benefit of an open bar is that I get to sample many drinks.  Just having one is safe but not fun!

 

Plan C

  • Drink until I feel that I should stop. It is a fair plan.  I will sample various concoctions (being fun and festive), I will dance (entertaining the audience), and I will stop drinking so I do not become a burden to my friend (very considerate).  I like that plan.
  • However, I need to say away from drinks that involve more than two different types of alcohol (i.e. Long Island Ice Tea).  I will also need to avoid anything that contains Tequilla. Tequilla is not my friend!

 

I am not sure what plan I will pick, but the last one seems very attractive 🙂   If you drink, please drink responsibly and have a designated driver (who will be sober).  Enjoy the festivities !!!

 

Happy new year

Sharpie Mugs DIY !

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This Christmas, I wanted to give presents to a few of my coworkers.  However, I did not want to spend too much money.  After searching for hours on Pinterest, I found this blog post about sharpie Mugs:

http://dontmindifidoblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/diy-personalized-mugs.html?m=1

I followed the steps (which is an accomplishment for me, I CANNOT follow steps !), and I came up with that . I drew snowmen faces on one side, and the first letter of their name on the opposite side.  I put hot cocoa mix in assortment bags and Voila! I am very proud of myself.  Now, my next project is knitting my boyfriend a scarf for Christmas.

PS: Please do not mind the mess in the second pic =/

 

 

 

I survived my first semester of Grad School

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I just survived my first semester in Grad School. (Whoop Whoop!!!)  It was not as easy as I thought it would be.  I had to balance a full-time job, part-time volunteering, and classes.  On top of that, I wanted to make new friends and be in a happy relationship with my boyfriend.

I am relatively new to the area where I live. I have been there for about 3 years. However, because people in this area know each other for so long, it is hard to break into new groups.  I signed up with the website Meetup.com, and I joined a few groups with similar interests.  I have met a few people that I kept in touch with.

My new acquaintances are not up for the game.  I am a party girl.  I miss clubbing, dancing, drinking , laughing.  I miss my college friends who could go all night dancing with me, and we would stay up talking until sunset.  I miss the sisterhood, the long walks with my roommate to clear my head, and the spontaneous laughs. The new girls are more mellow and laid back.  They are at a different stage of their lives, they cannot go party all night or jump on a plane last minute.  They are great people, but I need the thrill of fresh and crazy new ideas.

On the other hand, I am so busy in my current life, that I would not have time for crazy good plans. It is where my dilemma lies, I want the college life back, however I cannot live this life anymore.  I have too many responsibilities.  I need to work on transitioning out of college life into the life of a young adult.

I live close to my Alma mater.  It also does not help that I live 30 minutes away from the college that I attended for my undergrad studies.  I have one friend who lives on campus and invites me over often.  I feel like I have not really moved out to better things or accomplished anything.  I want the good college life back, yet I want to spread my wings and fly far away and see the world.

In two years, I want to have found a job abroad.  I should finish my studies in two years. In the meantime, I will look for ways to find a position in Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, UK, or Australia (hopefully in my field).

Life is made for living!!!