Random Post / Life Update


So this is going to be a catch-everyone-up kind of a post. I drew a couple Twin Peaks portraits. I posted them on Tumblr and one person reblogged them and added the tag of "*Lana Del Rey music playing in the background*". Another person commented that these portraits caused them physical pain. I'm not completely sure what both of those comments mean, but I appreciated them. If you wanna buy some prints you can find the Agent Dale Cooper one here and the Audrey Horne one here.

Uh, so. School's been keeping my very, very busy. I practically live in the art building at Rutgers, but I'm enjoying myself, for the most part. I'm sorta going through a mega-crisis when it comes to my photo class, but that's fairly normal. Also I am very, very poor. Very poor. All I eat is pizza and bagels.


I've been trying to sketch/paint more, so lately I've been doing a drawing a day based off of pictures that I've taken on my iPhone. Above is my most recent one of a couple chatting away in a dirty van that was stopped at a stoplight on George Street.

I went to a Vampire Weekend show after that last Arctic Monkeys show that I had posted about, so maybe eventually I'll make a post about that even though it's been more than a month after the fact. But then again maybe I won't because that was one of the weirdest days of my life and now I have a very rational fear of Port Authority...I'm going back into NYC tomorrow for the first time since that day, so wish me luck.

/Life Update?

Ahctic Mahnkeys


Yesterday (Wednesday) I went with a group of my pals to go see the Arctic Monkeys. But I'm just gonna spare everyone the "wow, the band put on a great show!" (which they did) and "the music was great!" (which it was), and I'm just gonna cut to the point - we were really all there to see everyone's favorite McHottie: Alex Turner. 

Now I've been to a bunch of really great shows where I've gotten a really crappy spot/seat. I didn't want to get my hopes up for this show because it was some kind of weird outdoor festival-esque setting, and  the line to the gate was already pretty long when we got to the venue. But they opened wide the gates of heaven and we went for a nice jog up to the very front of the stage, and consequently this might have been the best show I've ever been to. I was within ten feet of Alex Turner. I am 99.9999% sure that we made eye contact at one point. I am 99.9997% sure that he stared directly into my soul. Thank goodness all the girls (and guys, let's be in honest) were all packed in together like sardines, otherwise we all would have fallen over.


Oh, also The Walkmen opened for them! I didn't find out about that until the day before. Pleasant surprise.

ANYWAY, below I have blessed everyone with bits and pieces of video from the show. Most of these clips feature Alex Turner's fairly new affinity for dancing with his hips like a mild form of Elvis (you can hear the girls screaming/giggling). Sorry that it's such crappy quality, it was shot on my phone, a thousands apologies for filming vertically in some of them, deal with it, etc.

Hyde Park, NY


A couple weeks ago the fam and I visited the Vanderbilt mansion and FDR's manion in Hyde Park, New York. Nawww, I'm just kidding you. Both of the mansions actually belong to me! I'm so lucky to have two lovely estates within five minutes of each other. No, I won't give you a personal tour.

After we toured relaxed in the mansions, we stopped by the Walkway over the Hudson, which is (you guessed it) a huge walkway over the Hudson River. There were a lot of rollerbladers. I gave them all judging looks. The picture above is of me looking absolutely thrilled! (No, really, it was actually very nice.) 

Anyway, below are some pictures from the mansions and the walkway:


^^My Grandma wanted to come along on the trip, so we made her push my dad around in her wheelchair the whole time as punishment. Also what else is there to do besides take a mirror selfie when you're in a bathroom on a Vanderbilt estate?


^^On the left is a picture of a creepy baby statue in the staircase, which I thought was the coolest part of the whole building. In the picture on the right you can see a white railing which our tour guide specifically told us not to lean on. Guess what? I totally leaned on it to take this picture and then proceeded to stare the tour guide lady right in the eye. That's right - she didn't say a word. It is my mansion, after all, and I can do whatever the heck I want.


^^Here you can see my dad rolling up to one of my mansion's side entrances where he was promptly turned away by my butler.


^^Fancypants view from the walkway. Hotstuff.


^^Family photo with FDR and Eleanor (minus Mom, who was snapping the moment).

Now that I've gone threw most of the photos, I've noticed that I didn't take any pictures of FDR's place. Oh well. If you're crying because you really wanted to know what it looked like, here let me Google that for you. Also go watch Hyde Park on Hudson with Bill Murray as FDR, because it is an awful movie and you should watch it and FDR had a lot of lady friends, if you're picking up what I'm laying down.

New Arctic Monkey Prints in My Etsy Shop


Just a quick post to mention that I've got a few new prints up in my Etsy shop of the boys from Arctic Monkeys. They've been making the rounds on Tumblr, so I just thought I'd put em up for sale just in case anyone felt like helping a poor gal out and buyin' a print. ;)

Guest Post on Happy Tuesday


Hey hey hey! Kerri from Happy Tuesday asked me to write a guest post over on her blog about what to wear while traveling! Click here to read the post, and make sure to read all of her other posts because they are fantastic. Check it out!

Random Portrait Sketches


Woah, so I nearly disappeared there. Sorry for the absence. Nothing too exciting as been happening, and I've been in a little bit of a slump as far as finding things to do that are slightly exciting. Nobody's been around lately, so I've been trying to figure out how to just get out there and do things by myself. In the meantime I've been sketching like crazy, and it's been causing me to wonder why I'm a photography major. This is not a good time to be rethinking my major. Yikes. Here are a few shots from my Instagram.

Camp


I'm really not feeling motivated to write a lengthy post about the last week that I spent helping out at camp. I think I'll just let this scattered collection of black and white pictures speak for itself. All I have to say is that the huge group of girls I got to hang out with were some of the sweetest I've met so far, and spending time with a whole bunch of old friends made it feel a little bit like old times.



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