March 2010

chocolate chip umbilical cord

the trees are excited about springyou can tell when something fancy is about to happen on campus because these banners go up everywhereMel’s foot is particularly cute while she’s sleepingmy bathtub watches me while I bathe, it’s intimidatingthis is the view of the Lewis & Clark webpage from my desktoptea is always gluten-free!my newly-discovered favourite wall downtownour ingredients are happy to be part of a forthcoming pizzafaces, faces everywhere!our magnificent pizza, pre-ovenmy new basil plant, unnamed as of yetour gluten-free cookie baby and its umbilical cordI usually hold babies on pans this wayfirst family portrait? Maybe.Mel admiring our suddenly chubby baby just after its time in the ovenIt was a learning week. I learned to check both sides of midterm exams before getting too invested in a particular question; I learned the scientific basis of Haitian zombification; I learned how not to make a gluten-free pizza; and I learned that sometimes the best remedy for campus craziness is to get off the hill for a few hours.

I had a midterm exam in Women in Religious History, and after an evening study session with half my classmates (there are only ten of us in the course) in front of an electric fire, I felt pretty prepared to nail it. On the day of the exam, just as the clock struck class is over o’clock, I dropped the last period onto the end of the last sentence of the last essay. And then I turned the exam over. There was a whole ‘nother essay question, worth almost half the exam. Most of my classmates stayed extra long to finish the last essay – it was a lot of content to fit into an hour and a half – but I had a meeting with my Comm professor to get to, so I couldn’t stay. I emailed my professor later explaining the situation and hoping for mercy, and after some deliberation she agreed to let me do the last exam question as a take-home, two- to three-page formal essay. In my experience, professors are pretty good about cutting you some slack if you ask for it with legitimate reason. Most of my professors seem to care about the whole me, not just the classroom me; they all know that the impending Gender Studies Symposium is partially inducing my erratic behaviour.

The Symposium starts on Wednesday! We’re featured on the Lewis & Clark homepage even. Last weekend, Mel and I walked half of Portland to hang our fancy Symposium posters all over the city. We kicked off with a visit to a gluten-free bakery called Coffee Plant, where I got a gluten-free blueberry scone for free because it was a couple of days old – score! In the process of hanging posters, we met a variety of independent coffee shops, friendly gay bars like Embers, and places with surprise gluten-free options, like Pizzicato. By the third hour of taping posters, we were significantly less enthusiastic about the task than we had been in the first hour, so we called it quits and rewarded ourselves with pad thai from a food cart. It was really refreshing to get off campus for a few hours and appreciate Portland, but it was nice to come “home” to my dorm room afterward too.

When Mel and I returned to campus, we baked a Maisha-friendly pizza! No wheat, cow dairy, or tomatoes. We haphazardly combined several different pizza crust recipes, replacing demands for flour with rice flour and tapioca flour. It looked and smelled delicious once we loaded it up with olive oil, basil, spinach, mushrooms, red and yellow bell peppers, Kalamata olives, and goat cheese, but the crust was actually really awful. We ended up eating off the toppings and throwing the crust out. Lesson learned: next time, we’ll actually follow a gluten-free crust recipe.

Our next gluten-free adventure was far more successful. On Wednesday night, Mel and I made a cookie baby to celebrate our nine-month-iversary. We used a legit recipe that called for oat flour. I gave it a smile and Mel gave it a chocolate chip umbilical cord. Our baby was really yummy!

LCHaiti hosted a Haiti Film Fest this week. Each night was a different film accompanied by an overabundance of baked goods available for donation. At the end of the week, we had raised $116! Predictably, the film with the best attendance was Thursday night’s The Unexplained: Zombies. Mel got a $10 bucket of day-old doughnuts from Voodoo for the occasion, and after the film, we hawked the remaining sweets around the residence halls. I liked that the Film Fest combined education, entertainment, fund-raising, and food baked by students and Portland-specific bakeries. I’m all for a little cross-pollination.

I almost forgot! Ten minutes after David stuffed the RA notification letters into mailboxes on Monday, I was down at the mailroom retrieving mine. I got hired to Forest staff! I’ve been lobbying for Forest all year, so I was eight years beyond excited to get my letter. I bolted straight down to Campus Living, rushed through the paperwork, and turned everything in to a startled Natasha. I’m pretty sure I was the first person to hand in all the “Yes I accept this job!” forms, given that it was less than half an hour since they had been distributed. The word I most often use to describe myself is: enthusiastic. Case in point.

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6 March 2010


COPELAND!  I’M AN RA IN COPELAND NEXT YEAR!  AHHHH!!!!  future home!! future home!!On Monday morning I found out that I am going to be an RA in Copeland!  I am excited beyond belief.  My only problem is that Copeland is one huge maze of hallways and floors, and I’m a bit directionally challenged, so I will need to walk through it many times before I do rounds by myself.  But I know I will eventually get it down after a while, especially with Kelsey’s help I’ll be alright.  But, that doesn’t even matter.  I don’t know what wing yet either… there are 8 of them… but I am so so so so so excited.  I have had some great exposure to the job already because some of my best friends are RA’s right now which has been invaluable.  They have been such great examples, in my opinion, the best examples, but I’m not biased or anything…part of Copeland which = future home!

So after kicking off my week with that fantastic piece of news, things just kept getting better.  Monday night was our first Young Life Club of this new year (we took a long break, but now we’re back on track!) and it was an Olympic theme.  I was on the team that led the Club, so I got to dress up in crazy clothing and lead some funny trivia questions.  Did you know that Croquet was an Olympic sport!?  Well, only for one year in France, in which only French people competed, and guess what, there was only one spectator.  I know right.

To keep the momentum going Carolyn led Agape tonight.  Instead of doing our normal style of Agape time, she mixed things up a bit, in a very good way.  Carolyn had us write letters!  Some people wrote letters to family or friends, but Carolyn also found some ways we could write letters to inmates, children with chronic illnesses or soldiers.  It was an awesome best dorm snacks EVERway to embody service together.  Carolyn is going to do this same thing again as a program for our hall, and I already got permission from her to use it as a program next year!

Two of my best friends are seniors in High School trying to make decisions about college.  So, since I love receiving care packages from home, I thought I would send them some!  I put Elyn’s together today and sent it off, but I’m still working oElyn’s package!!n Madisyn’s.  I put Ramen, chocolate, pieces of paper/things that reflect my college life, some tea, a journal and some other random stuff.  I’m excited for her to get it.  Now I have to finish Madisyn’s… but sending that off and writing letters tonight at Agape have reminded me how much it rocks to give and receive letters. 

So second semester our schedule hasn’t been broken up as much with breaks as first semester was, and everyone is getting a little restless because of it.  I’m definitely feeling it, last week was a hard week.  However, as I’ve already shown you, this week has been much better.  And, there are so many things happening on campus!  This weekend is Parents Weekend andDthe International Fair (so excited!!!!), Gender Studies Symposium next week, the Lu`au is coming up, Spring Break is on its way, and then there’s only a MONTH left.  Time is just going wayyy too fast. 

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How beautiful is this? ——> “Happiness cannot come from without.  It must come from within.  It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the fellow and then for ourselves” –Helen Keller

4 March 2010

Where has the semester gone?

Hello everyone =) 

WOW I can not believe that that the semester is almost over! My friends and I were looking at our calendars and realized that we have spring break in two weeks, and then when we come  back WE ONLY HAVE ONE MONTH LEFT! When your young, you always hear your elders say, “college will be over before your know it” or, “wow it feels like I was 18 just yesterday” and they are 80 years old. I know exactly what they are talking about now! Its actually a bit scary for me. The pressure to know exactly what I am going to do with my future and how it will be done is steadily increasing. I have the faith and determination within myself and I know that I am capable of reaching my goals in life, it just gets a bit intimidating when you know that the time is not as far away as I once thought.

 Hump day is officially almost over which means its socially acceptable to start planning my weekend =). Depending on the weather I have suggested a BBQ. Im sure my friends will be quite sick of this suggestion considering we just had a BBQ two weeks ago =) I will  see what I can work out though ;).

This saturday is the multicultural fair which I am really looking forward to. Last year was AMAZING. The performances were great and the MC was hilarious. My absolute favorite was the Hula dancing. Those girls are VERY talented. Most countries are presented either in the performances or in the fashion show, which I really wanted to be apart of but my schedule would not allow for the dress rehearsals. 

 Stay tuned next week. Ill be sure to take lots of pictures during the multicultural fair.


2 March 2010