This Week So Far

Hello, dear readers!

I just wanted to give a little update on this week so far. It was a light enough school week (only two quizzes yesterday and one quiz today- you know you’re in PA school when you call that a light week) that I was able to go to the young Jewish professionals’ group’s version of paint night. It was very relaxing and just what I needed. Unlike other professionally put on paint nights that I have been to, and I’ve been to four of them, the artist that the group brought to help with the painting did not go through the process step by step. Fortunately, I had been to enough Paint Nites (not sponsored) that I knew the general process and was not completely clueless. To that extent, I was also able to help the person next to me in her endeavor.

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I have photos of others’ paintings, but as I do not have their permission to post them, I will just leave you with mine. The artist’s design was great, though! For the hamsa, we did our own designs, and some people got more creative and did not use the skyline. One person even used his hamsa to draw his own face in!

Next week, we have a much busier schedule. The original schedule was supposed to be a midterm on Monday, two exams on Tuesday, and a quiz on Wednesday. Fortunately, our class has amazing officers, and they negotiated for one of the exams to be moved to Thursday instead. My boyfriend is also making an unexpected visit. He is trying to move to the area, and he got a job interview. Normally, he tries to get Skype interviews if he was not planning on visiting me already, but this particular company would not allow for that, so he has to spring for lodging and gas for the 6.5-hour drive that he has to make. I’m still happy to see him, though! Otherwise, we might have gone yet another two months without seeing each other.

As I mentioned before, I have fallen in love with the idea of sheet pan dinners. It’s so easy to prep everything, throw it on the sheet pan, put it in the oven, and clean up or study while it cooks in the oven. The cleanup takes so much less time as well. I have also introduced my mom to the idea, and I’m hoping it will save my parents time too (they both do the cooking). She has never in all this time heard of the idea. I personally saw it for the first time when one of my roommates made it for one of the dinners that we have together (I cook two nights a week and she cooks two nights a week for the both of us). Tonight, I made chicken thighs with potatoes, carrots, and onions. I got the recipe from here: http://noshingwiththenolands.com/roasted-sheet-pan-chicken-thighs/?utm_content=buffer1accd&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=buffer.  Here is my dish in the oven:

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I noticed that readers really enjoyed my Blue Apron series, and hopefully, they will also want to read when I review Plated (not sponsored) in a few weeks. A couple of weeks ago, when there was the issue of cooking during my boyfriend’s visit here, my friend gave me not only a free Blue Apron box but a free Plated box so I will post my thoughts on that. I decided to redeem the free Plated box during a week when I could save money and have the time to cook. Have a great rest of the week and a good weekend!

Day 3 of Orlando trip and updates

Sorry to not have posted in so long.  I never updated on the third and final day of my Orlando trip.  My brother and I went to the Orlando Museum of Art.  The main exhibit we saw was the ancient Aztec art.  I love how detailed it all was, especially the pottery vessels.  On the way to the exhibit, we passed by the African exhibit.  I loved the patterns on the beadwork and the clay pots.  We also saw the Baroque paintings.  Because my brother covers exhibits quicker than I do, we covered a lot more of the museum that I usually cover.  That night, we went to his ping-pong meetup group at the Central Florida Table Tennis Club.  I realized that I’m better at ping-pong than I thought I was.  For dinner, we went out to a place called Hawkers.  It is an Asian street food restaurant.

In other news, my life is really off balance.  I am really doing nothing much besides studying for my classes, preparing to retake the GRE, planning classes for the summer and fall, and preparing to apply to PA schools. Well, my mom and I went to the Richmond Ballet’s New Works festival in which choreographers who have never created works for the ballet do so for the first time. I really wish that it wasn’t like this, because I feel like I have a one-track mind.  It is also counter-productive when I have no substantial breaks to look forward to. 

Visit to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The weekend after Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I went to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  This time, we went to the American wing of the museum and saw late-19th century to early 20th century.  What is great about the Virginia Museum, or at least the part of the museum we saw, was that was that at least part of the works were from artists who were either born in the area or who had lived in the area at some point in their lives.  The artworks also ranged from light, impressionist-type paintings to more bright, abstract works and dark colors.  For your viewing pleasure, I’m posting some photographs, and for the ones who are really into it, the descriptions of the artwork.

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Of course, these photos are only a fraction of my photos, and my photos are only a fraction of what we saw.  What we saw is only a tiny fraction of the museum! The great thing is that the permanent collections of the museum are free, and we have a lot more to see! For more pictures and more advice on what to do and see in Richmond, VA, comment, and I will be happy to talk and send more photos!