Ramen, jajiang myun, snow ice - 12/52 :)

Yesterday was the first day of spring, so how could Philly welcome it any other way than with snow? Now I'm extra thankful for the stellar weather I had over spring break, during which I spent most of my time out and about in the city. Speaking of spring break, UC Berkeley's is coming up, which means that Poonie is here to visit me! In fact, when this post goes live, she'll have just arrived a few hours ago. Hopefully the weather will be forgiving enough during her short time here.

  1. Got midterms back the second day back from break. The red marks were brutal, but I was so touched every time a grader wrote "good!" in that otherwise dreaded red ink. I really appreciate graders who make fun little comments (or illustrations), reminding me that they are more than a grading machine dashing my hopes one mark at a time.
  2. During my first month of my freshman year of college (August 2014), I bought 20 college postcards from the campus bookstore to send to my high school friends. I filled them out and everything, but I didn't send them out until the last quarter (March/April/May 2015), so basically, this time last year. Then last Wednesday morning at 5:30AM, Hojoon messaged me on Facebook saying, "AUDREY I JUST GOT YOUR POSTCARD!" It's about a year and a half late, but it made it! I wonder what adventures that postcard has been on from Philly to Seoul.
  3. We had chips and salsa at our weekly Thursday viewing of How To Get Away with Murder (the season finale was last week!). Unfortunately, nobody could open the salsa jar. But after much perseverance, I gathered all my strength and wit and finally opened the salsa jar! Yeee
  4. Spent my whole Friday in New York City for a tour and panel at Google sponsored by She++! We met up on campus at 6:45AM, caught the 7:00AM SEPTA to the Megabus stop, caught the 8:00AM Megabus to NYC, lived it up, then caught the 8:25PM Megabus back to Philly. The Google part of the trip only lasted about two hours, and the rest of the time was spent eating our way through NYC. For lunch, I had ramen at mŏkbar in Chelsea Market, which was right across Google, and also had green tea matcha bubble tea at Vivi Bubble Tea. For dinner, I shared jajiang myun with Ann at Dong Chun Hong. For dessert, I shared black sesame shaved snow with misugaru powder, strawberries, red bean, and mochi with Ann and Kat at Grace Street. For a midnight snack, I bought lamb over rice from a food cart.
  5. At Grace Street, as my friends went in to get seated, I lagged behind to take photos of the awesome art and lightbulb chandelier by the entrance, ya know, as photographers do. When I was satisfied with my pictures, I spotted my friends and went over to sit with them. Grace Street was pretty crowded, so the seating was communal (we shared a table with some other random customers). I glanced over to my left, and lo and behold, a wild Sarah appears! I mean, of all places to run into her--how crazy! Sweet serendipity. Last time I saw her was when she came down from Princeton with Kathleen for the Pop Etc and Oh Wonder concert. How fitting that I ran into her in NYC as she was on her way to the Dr. Dog concert.
  6. By the time I got back to Philly at 10:30PM, I was so exhausted but I was supposed to go to Swarthmore for a sleepover with my a cappella group. They'd already all been hanging out since 7:00PM while I was in NYC. I considered calling it a day and not going, but since it would be the last sleepover with our seniors, I decided to get over myself. The plan was to catch the 11:20PM SEPTA since I had just missed the 10:10PM SEPTA, but the track was having issues and was delayed for 30 minutes. I had nothing to do during this waiting period as I was coming straight from NYC when I had originally planned to go back to campus and pick up my sleeping bag, pyjamas, toothbrush, and iPad (for iBooks), so I started drafting a blog post in my journal, a traditional pen to paper process. I finally arrived at Swarthmore at 12:30AM and didn't go to bed (or rather, couch) until 3:30AM, but I'm really glad I went. At 2:00AM we went to the Bell Tower and sang songs, huddled up in the dark. It felt like we were a cult or something, and it was super epic.
  7. I had weekend brunch at Haverford for the first time, which is surprising, considering how often I'm there. And so, for the first time, I used the legendary orange juice machine for freshly squeezed orange juice. It was originally Bryn Mawr dining's machine, but I guess we didn't have the budget to maintain it, so Haverford took it and now pulls it out for their weekend brunches. It was so good; I had two cups. I'm gonna have to do this more often.
  8. Currently listening to 눈,코,입 (Eyes, Nose, Lips) by Taeyang after Julia played the Eric Nam English cover on her radio show You Did Good Today, Too. Julia is a sweet and wonderful human being, and her radio show is always full of good vibes. Our friends like to live snap[chat] each other throughout her hour-long show, and that's always a lot of fun. Last week she was taking in submissions about spring break, and Brunch at Audrey's got a shoutout! If you like Korean Indie music or are looking for recommendations, tune into her show every Tuesday 11:00PM-12:00AM EST at WHRC. (This is why my recent "currently listening"s have all been Korean songs haha)

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I want to make an effort to remember the little joys in life, so my 52 week challenge for 2016 is to write weekly Happy Lists.

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