Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 113

The weekly (give or take) roundup of internet awesomeness:

  1. Cute: Little Girl’s Breakup Note Totally Nails It.
  2. Modern pop culture, styled as vintage advertisements: Ads Libitum.
  3. Really fascinating: Tearing Europe Apart: 20 Ways to Slice a Continent.
  4. Why didn’t this exist when I was an undergrad? CSG Implements First Napping Station at the UGLI.
  5. Pretty accurate: 27 Shocking and Unexpected Facts You Learn in Your Twenties.
  6. If you’re not a Scalia fan, here’s a legal LOL for you: Justice Scalia Makes Epic Blunder in Supreme Court Opinion.
  7. Oh hey, it’s only the 10th anniversary of one of the best movies ever: 10 Years Later, the Clique Still Reigns.
  8. I could have done a lot of damage if I’d had this list last summer in NYC. Something to look forward to for summer 2015, right? 44 Frozen Treats You Need to Try in NYC This Summer.
  9. The Amy Poehler one is my favorite: Best Celebrity Prom Pics.
  10. The K. Middy color rainbow is awesome.
(Image via Buzzfeed)

Autumn in Ann Arbor

This post feels like a bit of a cop out, as it consists entirely of Instagrams and my previous post did too. However, in the last week or so, two circumstances have collided, leaving me with a bunch of Instagrams I really, really want to share. One, I got a new iPhone with a way better camera than the one I had previously, so I have a renewed enthusiasm about taking pictures with my phone (hard to believe, I know, given how many photos I already take with my phone). Two, autumn has been in full swing around Ann Arbor, and campus is absolutely gorgeous at the moment.

Truly, I cannot emphasize the latter point enough. I always love seeing the leaves change color in the fall, but it seems a bit better this year. I could be wrong, but I feel like the leaves are sticking around longer this year, whereas normally they would be gone by the time November rolls around. And I might be biased, but I happen to think that U of M’s campus is pretty near unbeatable when it comes to gorgeous fall foliage. Every time I walk somewhere on campus, I find things I want to photograph, like the law library in all its ivy-covered splendor:

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Or the little corridor between the art museum and Tappan Hall, which is particularly packed with gorgeous colors:

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Or the sight of the Bell Tower peeking over the trees on the northwest corner of the Diag:

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Or the Cube, tucked away amongst a canopy of leaves:

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Or the law library, looking majestic against the bright blue sky on a particularly lovely November afternoon:

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Or CC Little, covered in a patchwork of ivy that reminded me of a tie-dyed t-shirt:

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I could go on and on (and on), but you get the idea: I love this city in the autumn.

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 87

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The weekly roundup of internet awesomeness:

  1. One of this week’s Google Doodles paid tribute to Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune, and it was just beautiful. I went through a period in college where I literally listened to Clair de Lune on repeat, and that melody still gets me.
  2. I marathon re-watched The West Wing this summer on Netflix, and I can’t adequately explain how much I love this: The West Wing Cast Just Caught Up Over Twitter, And It Was the Best. Also, that article links to one of my favorite WW clips ever: CJ Cregg Does The Jackal.
  3. As I read these two posts, a wave of undergrad/Ann Arbor nostalgia washed over me: Dear Freshmen at the University of Michigan and An Open Letter to Michigan Freshmen.
  4. This post was Freshly Pressed recently, so you may have already seen it, but I find it fascinating: 20 History Black and White Photos Colorized.
  5. I was a loyal subscriber to the Delia’s catalog for quite some time in my younger years and therefore this post is everything to me: 31 Things You Desperately Needed from the Delia’s Summer ’96 Catalog. Also: remember platform flip flops?!?
  6. So cool: Ballet Dancers in Random Situations.
  7. Oh, Ryan Gosling: 49 Reasons Why The Notebook Is the Worst, Most Frustrating Movie Ever Created.
  8. So precious: Four Year Old’s Bucket List.
  9. 34 Things That Will Make ’90s Girls Feel Old. #29 terrifies me – I remember that issue! And I subscribed to Teen People, obviously.
  10. Fascinating: 4 Sisters Photographed Every Year for 36 Years.

(Image via leenks.com)

Springtime in Ann Arbor

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I feel like I shouldn’t even write this next sentence, because it’s just so inherently obvious to everyone, but – Michigan weather is crazy. This should be no surprise to me, as I’ve lived here most of my life, and yet year after year I find myself annoyed by it. Like a week or so ago, well past the midway point of April, when I woke up to snow flurries. Great job, Michigan.

Suffice it to say, I think winter dragged on for way too long this year, and I’ve been waiting (and waiting) for sunnier days to arrive. On Tuesday, I finished taking a final and walked outside and suddenly: springtime! Now, you can never be too sure in Michigan (I wouldn’t rule out having a snow day tomorrow, quite honestly), but I think the weather has finally turned for good.

Whenever I can’t handle studying any longer, I take a walk. And so this week, I have been taking lots of walks, and because the weather is nice, my walks have been lovely. The air is warm, the flowers are in bloom, and seemingly every house you walk by has a porch filled with drunk frat boys hanging off it (ah, undergrads!). Springtime is here, and we’re all pretty pumped about it.

In celebration of the season, here are a few iPhone pictures, snapped on my daily walks.

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So for all of my fellow mitten residents, are you excited it’s finally spring?!

On School Spirit, March Madness, and How It’s Always Great to Be a Michigan Wolverine

weonDespite the fact that…

  • I’ve never been a huge basketball fan…
  • I harbor a distaste for this season’s slogan, “We on” (seriously, guys, that’s the best we could come up with?)…
  • I find the obnoxiously bright yellow sneakers our players wear utterly ridiculous…
  • I not-so-secretly believe that in basketball, it’s basically just a lot of meaningless running back and forth until the final minute…

Despite all of these things, I am 100%, totally, crazily, completely obsessed with Michigan’s run to the NCAA Championship game.

It’s hard not to be, when you’re a Wolverine times two (undergrad and now law school). It’s hard not to be when you watch Trey Burke sink a three-pointer against Kansas and are torn between insane happiness, an urge to weep openly, and feeling like you might faint. It’s hard not to be when you’re living in Ann Arbor and, after the semifinal game ended on Saturday, you literally heard the streets erupt around you, with chanting and cheering that went on for hours. It’s hard not to be when your newsfeeds on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are filled to the brim with “Go Blue” and “Hail” and a million other variations.

Everyone loves their school, of this I am certain. But I submit to you that there’s something special about this place, that perhaps we have a little more fervor than most. One of my friend’s boyfriends once expressed surprise that she owned so much maize and blue clothing; she in turn just shrugged – we all own this much maize and blue clothing. I’ve had strangers yell “Go Blue!” at me everywhere, from the streets of Chicago to the winding pathways of Cinque Terre, Italy. And when someone says they “bleed maize and blue,” I don’t think of it as hyperbole – but rather, a completely normal way of life around here.

When I watched us beat Kansas in the Sweet 16, it felt like something magical had started. And when I watched us beat Syracuse, I felt proud – not just of the team, but to be a part of the whole thing. To be one little piece of this huge, crazy, Wolverine family. And I’ll still feel that way, whatever happens tonight, whether we win or we lose.

But I hope we win. GO BLUE.

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 55

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The first awesome list of the new year:

  1. The Mindy Project started a bit slow, but it’s definitely become one of my favorite shows – and it should be one of yours, too. In case you need convincing: 15 Reasons to Let The Mindy Project into Your Heart.
  2. This article is awesome: 22 Terrible Things That Must End in 2013. Of course, I will never quit Instagramming my food, but all the other things on the list should definitely go.
  3. Singer Woody Guthrie’s 1942 list of New Year’s Resolutions (or “New Years Rulin’s,” in his words) is so charming. Numbers 15, 31, and 33 make me happy.
  4. I cannot wait to watch this year’s Golden Globes. This is why. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler make everything better.
  5. Simple but brilliant: 40 Tricks You Must Know for a Much Better 2013.
  6. I have been mildly (or, perhaps, majorly) obsessed with Eddie Redmayne since watching Les Mis on Christmas day. I find him good looking in a super unconventional way, and apparently I’m not the only one: Is Eddie Redmayne Hot? (Spoiler alert: the conclusion is “yes”).
  7. The movies of 2012, all mashed up together. I’m a sucker for stuff like this.
  8. How have I never seen this before?! Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt dancing to “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?”
  9. Are you feeling sad? Look at This Fucking Puppy. Makes everything better.
  10. This gives me chills: The Letter M.

(Image via Buzzfeed)

Maize + Blue Cake Pops

As an alum, I’m probably biased, but I tend to think Michigan grads are slightly more loyal to their alma mater than your average college grad. Maybe it’s the tradition of football that heightens our loyalty to a level of crazy, but, whatever the case, loyal we are. I love how you can be on the street in any city in the world and see someone in Michigan gear (I once saw a man wearing a Michigan hat in Chefchaoeun, Morocco). And I love how when you are wearing Michigan gear, you’re fairly likely to have a random stranger shout “Go Blue!” at you.

The amount of Michigan memorabilia I own is astounding. I have enough Michigan tee shirts to avoid doing laundry for a month, if I felt inclined to wear maize & blue everyday. I have Michigan gnomes, keychains, and earrings. I even have a little Michigan sweater for my dog. Why not, then, branch out to Michigan-themed food?

These cake pops were actually a birthday request from my sister, who was in town for a football game and wanted to take them to a tailgate. I used the same method I always use for cake pops (described here, here, and here), but just added copious amounts of blue and yellow dye to the cake mix. I love how they turned out – very bright, very fun, and very Michigan.

Go blue!

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 46

Trust me, the above picture will all make sense in a moment. Trust me, part two: this list of things is seriously awesome:

  1. I believe I have mentioned the Paris vs. NYC book before, but now there’s an accompanying video. Equally awesome. (I’ll admit, I’m torn on the macarons vs. cupcakes debate).
  2. My Dog: The Paradox. So, so true.
  3. The cast of Full House reunites (minus the Olsen twins who, of course, are too cool for this kind of thing). This show was my childhood, and this photo makes me feel so old. Sidenote: DJ’s boyfriend, Steve, is still looking good!
  4. Mitt Romney quotations atop pictures of Lucille Bluth. So brilliant; I wish I came up with this.
  5. And more Mitt (it’s just too easy with him): I suppose it was inevitable, but the Mitt Romney Gangnam Style parody has arrived. Hey, wealthy ladies!
  6. This extended first look at the Les Mis movie made me cry. Cannot. Wait. For. December.
  7. The most brilliant comparison ever: Titanic and Aladdin. My favorite is #2, wherein Fabrizio is compared to Abu the monkey.
  8. I love this story: a 102-year-old woman is enrolling at Michigan. Go blue!
  9. These lists – The 10 Best Fictional Boyfriends and the 10 Worst Fictional Boyfriends – are pretty on point, not to mention hilarious (re: Don Draper, “I don’t care how hot Don Draper is. Frankly he could be made out of liquid gold and red velvet cake, and it wouldn’t make dating him any less of a walk over a bed of flaming nails”). BUT, where is Jim Halpert on the best boyfriends list? Egregious oversight. Unless you’re coming at the list from the viewpoint of Karen Filippelli, in which case his omission is probably justified.
  10. This is oddly mesmerizing: Every On-Screen Drink on Mad Men.

In search of more awesome? Head to the Things That Are Awesome archives.

(Image via Buzzfeed)

Oh how I hate…

Until I went to Michigan, I never really thought about Ohio State. I knew the school existed, of course, but I never cared about it or considered it much. It was just any other school, like Texas or Northwestern or Gonzaga (well, not like Gonzaga, because that school has an awesome name. Consequently, I pick them to win my March Madness bracket every single year. Also, I know nothing about college basketball.)

Anyway. The moment you come to Michigan, you hate Ohio State. You may have known OSU alums, you may have once had a fun time in Ohio while visiting Cedar Point, and you may have never considered our neighbors to the south particularly offensive before. But, once you get here, you suddenly realize it: you hate Ohio State. You just do. Irrationally and absolutely.

One thing I enjoy about the entire week leading up to this game is that there’s so much trash-talking and making fun of Ohio State among friends, on Facebook, on Twitter, in blogs, etc. And, I have to admit, it is endlessly amusing to me. Here are a few things I found this year that made me laugh:

  • The picture above. Spelling is tough!
  • Ah, the rigorous academic life of an Ohio State football player. (“Even if you’re giving minimal effort there is no way you can fail.”)
  • OSU students celebrate rivalry week by jumping into a cesspool. Gross.

While I fully realize that sometimes Michigan has to make fun of Ohio St. about academics because we haven’t been bringing it so much with the football lately, I still find it terribly funny. Hopefully, today we change our recent losing trend. But even if we don’t, at the end of the day, I’ll still be 100% proud to be a Michigan Wolverine.

GO BLUE!

Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 9

The weekly roundup of awesome:

  1. What online checkout is like, in real life. Too funny and oh so true.
  2. SNL’s take on Kim Kardashian’s divorce. So on point. Whoever plays Bruce Jenner in this video is AMAZING. Seriously, the facial expressions? I was dying. And Kristen Wiig channeling Kris Jenner = sheer brilliance.
  3. Drinkify – you type in what music you’re listening to, it tells you what mixed drink would go best with it. Kind of a fun idea, especially for parties.
  4. “Call Your Girlfriend” by Erato. I’m obsessed with this video – they are so talented. And yes, I found it because Gwyneth Paltrow tweeted a link. Whatever, at least I wasn’t reading GOOP. I mean, okay, I read GOOP sometimes. I’m not proud of it.
  5. Operation: Hail. Love it, love it, love it. Also, I’ve heard some stories about OSU students being awful to Michigan people on their campus, so I give these guys kudos for being brave enough to do this.
  6. The grammar nerd in me totally loves this (Seven Bar Jokes Involving Grammar and Punctuation).
  7. Jon Stewart on Penn State. Spot on, per usual. And, for something different than what many are saying, I also like this take. A different perspective is always good.
  8. Oddly, I find myself wanting to say this to people all the time now.
  9. Parks + Rec quote of the week: “The only thing I will be waving is your decapitated head on a stick in front of your weeping mother.” (Leslie to Ben, after he told her it was time to wave the white flag.)
  10. Have I mentioned that I love Jimmy Fallon? This is brilliant.