California Transplant

In all cases, avoiding transplant shock—the stress or damage received in the process—is the principal concern.

A real education takes place, not in the lecture hall or library, but in the rooms of friends, with earnest frolic and happy disputation. Wine can be a wiser teacher than ink, and banter better than books.
— Stephen Fry  (via thatkindofwoman)

(Source: probablyinmypants, via thatkindofwoman)

Thailand. Cambodia. Maybe Laos. Maybe Vietnam. Bali.

Then fly to harvest in NZ/AU. 

When I get out of grad school, I will travel to Thailand, preferably by myself.
I will start in NOT Bangkok, as to avoid culture shock. Know thyself.
But I will: Ride an elephant, pet a tiger, eat amazing street food, and hopefully dive or at least play on the beach in Pukhet and other areas. I hope to maybe find a meditation retreat for a couple of weeks, advance my current skills with Buddhists. 
I will cross over into Cambodia and hopefully Laos. 
I hope to extend the trip to Bali while I am on that side of the world. Maybe tack on others too. Vietnam etc. 

But right now I’m struggling. So I need to set this goal, set aide the money, open my mind that there are adventures ahead of me. I will do this for myself.

When I get out of grad school, I will travel to Thailand, preferably by myself.

I will start in NOT Bangkok, as to avoid culture shock. Know thyself.

But I will: Ride an elephant, pet a tiger, eat amazing street food, and hopefully dive or at least play on the beach in Pukhet and other areas. I hope to maybe find a meditation retreat for a couple of weeks, advance my current skills with Buddhists. 

I will cross over into Cambodia and hopefully Laos. 

I hope to extend the trip to Bali while I am on that side of the world. Maybe tack on others too. Vietnam etc. 

But right now I’m struggling. So I need to set this goal, set aide the money, open my mind that there are adventures ahead of me. I will do this for myself.

California versus Upstate New York: grocery shopping

Note: these are just my experiences. I’m sure some people can find the stuff I describe, but given what I have access to, here is an account of my weary food travels. 

I can’t find a frozen tamale or mochi or potsticker to save my life, but there is a whole section devoted to perogies. The closest thing to my favorite freezer foods I can find is a scary looking lump that Pancho Villa may have crapped out that they call a burrito. 

Heaven forbid you sell just plain Monterey Jack cheese. You’ll sell every kind of international cheese the French ever dreamed of and 14 different kinds of cheese curds and 29 types of cheddar, but a single block of plain jack across 4 stores to me seems ridiculous. 

I’m used to tortillas having their own devoted end-asile rack normally located near the bread section. Here they are kept refrigerated and are generally better used as frisbees than food. Good luck if you are looking for anything beyond the most basic corn or flour or even a specific size. 

What is your obsession with seltzer water? I understand its essentially the same thing as my flavored mineral carbonated water, but apparenty you need to sell at least 10 flavors of a single brand of seltzer - lemon, lime, cranberry lime, orange, cherry, make it taste like anything but water flavor - but don’t sell a version of something I used to buy at any Safeway or Trader Joes.

WHY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WONT YOU SELL SOURDOUGH?!!!! I have found one loaf, a “country style” sliced sourdough that is more like a loaf of french bread that was left near a sourdough starter for  just a little too long. It suggests sourdough as if to mock me, “HAHA no creature comforts for you out here you California transplant. Suffer at my lack of tangy flavor and light texture.” No, you couldn’t possibly make room for one actual true brand of sourdough, because it may take up space in the THREE ROWS of pita or the FOUR ROWS of bagels. 

I get it, you like lobster here. The lobster tank and subsquent lobster-fight watching does indeed fascinate me. Probably too much. 


The Dachshund’s affectionateHe wants to wed with you:Lie down to sleep,And he’s in bed with you.Sit in a chair,He’s there.Depart,You break his heart.
E.B. White
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The Dachshund’s affectionate
He wants to wed with you:
Lie down to sleep,
And he’s in bed with you.
Sit in a chair,
He’s there.
Depart,
You break his heart.

E.B. White

What I’ve Learned from the Mad Women: Pick a Signature Piece of Jewelry 
I’ve been watching a lot of MadMen recently - its easy to just stick a DVD in the player and hit “play all” and indulge in a world of sex, sexism, alcohol, and the American Dream. 
I am captivated by Joan’s character - I mean who isn’t? 
Watching back to back episodes made me realize a trademark piece of hers is the gold pen necklace she wears. Just long enough to draw the eye to her AMAZING curves and unique enough to be noticeable.
New goal? Find a signature, everyday wearable piece like Joanie’s. If it could hint to my life as her does (a pen necklace for a secretary…) it would be even better. The trick is to find the balance of quality piece that will hold up to every day where that isn’t too precious or fancy as to ostracize it from anything but evenings out. 

What I’ve Learned from the Mad Women: Pick a Signature Piece of Jewelry 

I’ve been watching a lot of MadMen recently - its easy to just stick a DVD in the player and hit “play all” and indulge in a world of sex, sexism, alcohol, and the American Dream. 

I am captivated by Joan’s character - I mean who isn’t? 

Watching back to back episodes made me realize a trademark piece of hers is the gold pen necklace she wears. Just long enough to draw the eye to her AMAZING curves and unique enough to be noticeable.

New goal? Find a signature, everyday wearable piece like Joanie’s. If it could hint to my life as her does (a pen necklace for a secretary…) it would be even better. The trick is to find the balance of quality piece that will hold up to every day where that isn’t too precious or fancy as to ostracize it from anything but evenings out. 

I love his arrogance, his style, and his game.
Come on Cavendish! Give me a stage win!

I love his arrogance, his style, and his game.

Come on Cavendish! Give me a stage win!

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