Friday, October 11, 2013

Heaven on Earth

Have you ever been somewhere that feels like heaven? Maybe a nice beach resort or Disneyland or something? Well, today, I found a fantastic COOP that, for me, was pretty much heaven on earth.

Now, don't think that I'm a total hippie, burning incense and making soap out of goat milk. Nothing wrong with that if you do, but many different types of people shop at coops. I just REALLY value good, organic, pesticide-free food. If my body is going to (hopefully) perform well for the next 50 years, I want to fuel it with good stuff. While supporting smaller businesses gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, I pretty much just want a place that sells lots of organic fruits and veggies and has a ton of food that I can buy in bulk (like grains and spices and tea). All of the coops I've been to so far (maybe 4-5) fail in some respect--most of the veggies aren't organic or come shrink wrapped in plastic (why?), they don't have a large bulk section, they don't carry the brands I like, etc. But this place was different. It had everything. 
E V E R Y T H I N G.
Like  at least 5 bulk sections.

1/5 bulk sections
Self-serve olive oil, vinegar, vanilla extract, peanut butter (have you ever used one of those machines that grinds peanuts right there for you? I swear it's the best peanut butter you'll ever have), tea, grains, spices, and all the nuts ever.
I want to live in that store.
Best chocolate ice cream (delivered from a local ice cream shop). Apple cider from a local orchard. Produce from nearby farmers.
I also probably spent at least 20 minutes in the soaps and creams section, smelling perfumes and rubbing lotions on my hands.
Heaven on earth.
I might just move here after graduation.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Partner In Crime

Meet my partner in crime, Professor Nate. He is--or almost is--a mathemagical professor. 

Nate is actually a math PhD student, who's working really hard to solve complicated math things and get them published. Don't ask me to explain what he does because I haven't taken math since high school. Every time I ask him to explain, I just end up staring blankly, as if he's talking to me in Japanese. So I've kind of stopped asking, and we just pretend he works for the CIA and can't disclose the details of his job. So far so good, I guess.

Here's Professor speaking Japanese
Unfortunately, Nate and I go to different schools, so I don't get to see him too often. But this weekend is one of the lucky ones, and I'm psyched! So many things to do together!(OK, maybe not sooo many since we are both students and have a ton of work, but some things!)
Long distance relationships are annoying, sometimes very frustrating, but mostly annoying. No amount of phone calls or Skype can replace being in the same place at the same time. So we cherish these weekends together, when we can cook dinner, watch movies sitting side by side, walk around the neighborhood looking at houses, and just generally spend time in each other's company.
And I sure am ready to begin cherishing this weekend!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Bedtime Reading

I have to be honest, I don't read much. Let me rephrase that. I read ALL the time (cases, articles, law books, newspapers), just not fiction or non-legal nonfiction. So when I finally get home at night, the last thing I want to do is read more. But I am an aspirant. As in, I aspire to create a better version of myself, to do the things I realistically won't do but am unwilling to admit that to myself. Learn to play guitar? Sure! (My brand new guitar has been sitting in the corner of my room for over a year.) Practice yoga every morning? Sure! (Maybe once I start waking up half an hour early.)
So when I visited Woodstock, VT this summer and stopped at a cute little bookstore, I couldn't resist buying 5 new books (all on sale!). The five books--fiction and autobiographies-- looked so interesting, and I wanted to read every single one. I'll have time to finish all before school starts. OK, maybe just one. Well, maybe next summer.
Then I read an article about spending 15-20 minutes reading  daily, and before you know it, you've gone through a dozen books. So one night, I got in my pjs and opened up In the Company of Cheerful Ladies, a mystery/detective novel by Alexander Smith set in Botswana. 

I must say, of the 5 books I got I wasn't the most excited about this one, but it seemed a nice, easy, relaxing read before bed. And I do like mystery novels. It turned out to be a really great choice! It's warm, I learn a bit about a place so unfamiliar, and I look forward to reading it every night. I like entering the world of Botswana and bush tea and lady detectives. There's something comforting about it.
I'm almost done (it's fairly short), and I'm probably going to order the whole series. If you're in search of a pleasant mystery novel, do give this one a try. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Farmers' Markets

I absolutely love farmers' markets! During the season, I tend to do most of my shopping at my neighborhood farmers' market. I love the freshly picked fruits and vegetables, the apple cider, the live music, the deliciously smelling breads. And I like supporting my local farmers.

The grapes have seeds!
Look at that treasure! Everything is ripe and ready to be eaten before the farmers come to town again next week.

One day, I will have my own vegetable garden and grow everything in this picture and more. But until then, I will continue my weekly excursions to the farmers' market, hoping the season will last just a bit longer this year.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The New Age

Hello and welcome!

I've decided to join the technological age (an oh, so scary age with which it's challenging to keep up at times). But I've decided to give the blogosphere a try, it is 2013 after all, so here it goes.

This is me:


I'm Irina, I'm in law school, and I'm trying to find time to blog. I think that about covers it.