Nicole Goes Places: New York Edition Part 2

Hey folks, I’m back home now. I feel like I definitely caught some kind of bug after running around the city on limited sleep all week, but it was so worth it!

I was looking through more of the picture I took, and I decided I wanted to share a few more! When we stumbled upon the Flatiron Building the sun was right in our eyes, so I had absolutely no idea what the photos looked like. Turns out they were real nice! Enjoy part 2 below. I’ll be reveling in the great week I just had as I try to get this article done before Thursday.

That’s all I’ve got for today. Have a good day, and I’ll see you when I see you!

–Nicole

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Nicole Goes Places: New York Edition

Hey everybody! I can’t remember if I’ve said it in a post before, but I’m a journalism major! Let me tell you, that’s a great thing to be in the current media climate. Anyway, I’m in a magazine club at my school since magazine is an industry I might want to go into, and this week I went on a trip with them to New York!

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We left on Monday night and spent the next three days visiting major magazines and asking questions about how the hell you move to New York, a job, and all that. The idea is equal parts exciting and terrifying for me, so I feel like that’s a sign I should try it someday. The key word here is someday.

Some of the places I got to see were Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, HGTV, US Weekly, and so many others in just three days that it makes my head spin. I’m leaning more towards the PR, advertising, branded content side of the industry, but who knows! We talked to an editor who had gotten a degree in plant science then went on to work for magazines. The world is your oyster.

In the time we weren’t frantically trying to figure out the subway and visiting magazines we got to explore on our own. I’ll leave some of the better photos I took in those times below.

Today we head back to good ol’ Missouri and all my responsibilities. Future Nicole is going to hate New York trip Nicole that decided to just not think about or do any of the work I have due this next week. Is this semester over yet?

That’s about all I’ve got for today. I need to go meet some friends for brunch and some last minute exploring before our flight. I’ll see you when I see you, and I hope you have a good one!

–Nicole

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2017 Has Not Been Kind

Hey there everybody! So I watched a video by AmazingPhil a few weeks back talking about how 2017 was trying to kill him and I remember thinking to myself, “Oh, well that’s not a great way to start out the year, glad that isn’t me!”

Yeah, things have taken a turn.

This story starts back in mid-January. Now the steps in our apartment are hardwood and I’ve known for some time that I was going to slip and fall one day. My socks are just too slippery. This one fine evening I was heading downstairs with my laptop in hand to go make myself some mac ‘n cheese with a side of Netflix when the inevitable hit; I took a good old-fashioned tumble.

I didn’t just slip and slide. No, my feet literally came out from underneath me and I landed on my lower back on that wonderful hardwood. Thankfully I was only a few steps from the bottom and my grip on my laptop held true so it could’ve been worse!

I wish I had a picture of the bruise I got from this because man, was it impressive! I had to spend a few minutes writhing on the floor before I could get up to make my mac ‘n cheese.

So a week goes by and my bruise heals to the point that I can start wearing pants with a belt again and not be in severe pain. That’s when our next calamity strikes.

Before I get into this one, I’ll admit that I had some hormones doing their thing at the time which clouded my judgment just a little bit.

I have this cheap storage unit thing that lives in my closet. I keep all my extra bags in one of the cheap draws of the cheap storage unit. The bag I needed was at the bottom of the drawer, so I decided to just take the drawer out instead of taking all the bags out. Efficiency, right?

This was mistake number one.

When I went to put the drawer back in, for some reason it wouldn’t budge. I could get one side to go in, but the other wasn’t having it. I was pissed. Really pissed.

After some shoving and swearing I finally got the drawer back in place, but somehow the front panel popped off on one side. This only added fuel to the hormonal fire that was brewing. When I couldn’t get the panel to stick back down, I decided to just pull the drawer out entirely and see what I could do.

This was mistake number two.

So here I am, one hand on the drawer pull of the front panel and the other holding the actual side of the drawer that I could now see with the panel hanging off. I was trying to gently ease it out, but apparently, I wasn’t gentle enough because the other side of the panel decided to give way and whap me square in the face.

I Mcfreaking lost it.

At first, I was only concerned about my mouth and whether my teeth were loose. Spoiler alert: my teeth were fine and dandy. I think the bottom edge of the panel made impact right below my nose because I had a nice little cut there when I went to look in the mirror.

After angry crying and throwing the panel somewhere in my room, I got some ice and took a sit on the couch to cool off. That’s when I realized the pain was moving north into my nose and I began to wonder if my nose was broken.

This thought was only enforced when I went to go blow my nose after all the angry crying and found out nose blowing was a complete no-go from pain. Despite my mom’s suggestions to go get an x-ray, I stuck to the knowledge I had gotten from Google and diagnosed myself with just some non-doctor worthy swelling and bruising. (Fun fact: my roommate only just told me yesterday that while I was fuming on the couch, she called our nursing major friend to ask her if she thought I needed to go to the emergency room. She came to the same conclusion as I did)

Now fast forward to last night. It’s been about three weeks since the drawer incident and I was down to just a little bit of pain in the end of my nose if I bumped it or something. While at a game night with some friends, I leaned forward while laughing right as one of my friends walked past me.

Boom, nose meets shoulder and they do not hit it off. I think it hurt a lot more than it normally would thanks to the soreness still there from round one, but dang, not fun. I heard a crunch and for a second, I was scared that I had actually done it this time.

Thankfully, I’m not in nearly as much pain this time around so it’s all good. At this rate, I’m expecting my next calamity to hit within mid-March.

This one was a long one, so I really appreciate you sticking with me if you made it to the end! 2017 isn’t exactly trying to kill me, but it also hasn’t been too kind to me, either. It could be worse! If I have any more ridiculous injuries, I’ll be sure to update this story. Until then, that’s all I’ve got for you. I’ll see you when I see you and I hope you have a nice day!

–Nicole

 

 

Let’s Get to Work

Right now I’m putting off a three-page paper, a quiz, three lecture recordings, figuring out the subject for a project, and writing an article. Look, I got real busy and wowza did I just realize how much I actually have to do.

While I wait for my mac n’ cheese to do its thing, I thought I’d tell you about some of the ways I keep myself motivated and on track when things get hectic. Like right now. In hindsight, that probably wasn’t the best opener for a post like this…

  1. Write it all out– What would you have to do if you didn’t know what you had to do? Didn’t Satchel Paige say something like that? Some people live by their planners and other people live by the seat of their pants. Somehow, I am both. Weeks upon weeks will be blank in my planner until panic hits me and suddenly I have to write down everything. Maybe you’re the same, maybe not. If anything, just jotting it all down on a sticky note, old receipt, whatever you’ve got can sometimes help. I’m a visual person, so I like to be able to look at everything to make a game plan from there.
  2. Shower– Showering is my Windex; I treat it as a cure all. Cold? Shower. Sad? Shower. Too much stuff, not enough time? Shower. You get a nice, relaxing break to think about what you’ll tackle next while still being productive. You’re going to have to get clean sometime!
  3. Set deadlines– On the days that I just can’t get going, I’ll sometimes set some kind of deadline for when I have to start being productive. Examples: I’ll read this chapter after this next YouTube video. At 9:30, I’ll login to my email. After I write this post, I’ll finally take that quiz. That last one may or may not be my current deadline…
  4. Make your friends be productive with you– This one is definitely not for everyone, but it works for me! A few times a week, the stars and our schedules align so that a bunch of my friends all have a gap at the same time during the day. This is what we refer to as social hour. This is when I can get things out of the way that don’t require a whole lot of brain power, but I don’t want to do sitting in my room alone. We’ve had plenty of study parties so far, too. I personally can get a lot of work done when I’m with friends, but I know that others can’t! I like being able to take a break and chat while for a bit.
  5. I can’t think of a fifth thing I do, but I already made the bullet point. Oh well.

Okay the mac ‘n cheese is done, so I must be done as well. Time to cross my fingers and take this Econ quiz. Send good vibes. Let my know what you do to stay focused because man, do I need all the help I can get. I’ll see you when I see you, and have a nice day!

–Nicole

The Search for a Pie

Hey there everybody! Back in the summer of 2014, I went on a trip to France for a little over a week. This trip changed my life; this was the trip I had the best meal I have ever eaten.

According to my records (my journal), the restaurant was somewhere near Biarritz. The meal was just a salad, a little quiche, and a piece of pie, but holy crap. So good. It probably didn’t hurt that I was jet-lagged and starving when we sat down to eat, but I’m going to assume that regular Nicole would’ve thought it was great, too.

I’m usually against taking pictures of your meals, but I wish I had some photo evidence of this one for once.

Now for the real point of this post! The idea struck my brain the other day that maybe I could try to find the recipe for the pie thing we had. It was a Basque restaurant, so I did some searching for anything under Basque pie and came up this site and recipe! The pictures looked like the pie I had if memory serves, and I had most of the ingredients, so I decided to go for it.

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End results first, naturally.

I didn’t have vanilla beans or a lemon, and I didn’t want to go buy those, so I substituted with vanilla extract and pre-bottled lemon juice. I know with vanilla you’re going to get a better flavor when you use actual vanilla beans, but you do you. You can look up the ratios on how much to use of each if you do attempt the recipe with my substitutions.

Pro tip: don’t start making this after 6 in the evening. You have to give the dough a couple hours to chill and the custard at least an hour to chill, so plan ahead! Learn from my mistakes. I may have finished this at 1:30 in the morning…

img_4653I’m gonna be straight with you, I don’t actually remember what that magical dessert I had tasted like. I don’t think it was like this. This one is pretty good, though! You’d better like sweet things if you’re going to make it. It’s basically custardy filling surrounded by one big sugar cookie. I’d make this again, but not in hopes of experiencing what once was…

I’ve eaten this attempt fresh out of the oven and also fresh out of the fridge after an overnight chill sesh (see what I did there?), so I still need to try it at room temperature. Maybe that’s the magical secret! I’ll update if I have any shocking revelations. Until then, I’ll keep searching for what once was.

If you have any suggestions for me, please leave ’em below! Otherwise, I’ll see you when I see you! I hope you have a nice day.

–Nicole

 

Look At My face, Isn’t It Neat?

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This was me about a week ago before my classes actually started having me do things. It was a simpler time. A happier time.

I took my friends out to a park to test out my camera on real people, it was a pretty successful trip! That’s where this photo comes from. I’d post some of their pictures, but I’m not going to plaster their faces here. Privacy, ya dig?

I hope your year is going well however you’ve been spending it! It’s crazy to think that we’re almost onto February, but I guess it’s been a pretty eventful January. That’s made it fly.

Now I think it’s time for me to go to bed. I’m going to try to post something again before the end of the weekend, we’ll see what happens. I’ll see you when I see you! Have a good one.

–Nicole

 

 

 

Moderately Late Night Snack

I’m hungry but it’s 11 o’clock and I’ve already eaten dinner

but I’m heating up mac n’ cheese.

You’re not supposed to eat this close to bed,

and I don’t really want to eat this close to bed,

but I’m also just really hungry.

I should throw a metaphor in here somewhere.

The bowl is an ocean and the noodles are the water

minding their own business until I eat them.

Microwave is going off so the metaphor is over.

What would you say if I told you I wrote this poem about heating up mac ‘n cheese instead of actually going to do it? My art is deception. I really am insanely hungry though, so I might go make some. I’m also insanely tired so I might just go to sleep. Either way, you probably have stopped caring so I’ll stop writing. I’ll see you when I see you. Have a nice day!

–Nicole

Nicole Goes Outside

Two days of the semester down and I’m already exhausted, doesn’t that bode well for the rest? How’s it going in your neck of the woods? I’m already putting off doing readings for my classes tomorrow, so I’m just going to drop some pictures here for you to look at because I still want to post something today. I’d so much rather be wandering around outside like I did on this day.

Even on a gross, grey day my backyard is prettier than the inside of a classroom…That’s about all I’ve got for you today. I hope you have a good one and I’ll see you when I see you!

–Nicole

No fancy quote titles for you today. My apologies.

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College is a Refuge from Hasty Judgment

Hey there everybody! Ya girl here is about to become exponentially more stressed in a matter of hours. Today the semester begins and my body is not ready. I’ve done literally nothing in the past four days besides sit around my apartment with my cat, I’m not prepared for having to actually apply myself!

Honestly, this semester is going to be struggle and a half. I’m taking some tough classes that I really didn’t want to be taking at the same time, but what can you do? I’m just a simple student trying to get out in four years, sometimes you have to take one for the team. By team, I mean my parents.

Here’s some Kid President to lighten things up!

I’m not a big fan of dressing up, the core of my wardrobe is jeans and t-shirts, but I figure I could at least look nice one day this week before my style standards take a nose dive. This is what I’m heading to class in today if you were at all curious.

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I don’t even remember the last time I took a picture in the mirror…it was the best I could do, okay!

That’s about all I’ve got for today. If you’re interested in hearing me talk at you, I’ve got this lovely little YouTube channel that you could check out! I’ve gotten two videos up in the last week, how crazy is that?! I’d love to hear what you think about them! I’ll be seeing you when I see you. Have a nice day!

–Nicole

Today’s title comes from my main man Robert Frost.

 

Tea is a Divine Herb

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Green tea is just leaf water and no one can tell me any different. I’ve had problems with my skin since I made that great leap into puberty way back when and recently my acne has reared back up. Since my face washing efforts haven’t done any good, I thought I’d try to eat my way to a clearer complexion if possible!

That’s where we come to the green tea. I haven’t liked any teas I’ve tried so far, but green tea is supposed to be an anti-inflammatory and I’m going to try to make myself like it! Or at least tolerate it. Apparently I bought iced green tea which isn’t so bad so far. The colder it is, the better it tastes! Still, just leaf water.

I’m also trying to avoid processed foods which is likely not going to last long once the semester ends. I know it’s much better for you to try to eat clean and all that, but I’m also not going to have all that much time or ambition to make good food when I start getting homework! We’ll see what happens.

If you have any good tips for getting rid of acne, lay ’em on me! I’ve tried about everything, including two rounds of Accutane! If you don’t know what that is, it’s some hardcore stuff. But I am still open to suggestions. If you have tea suggestions I am also open to those!

That’s all I’ve got for today. I’ll see you when I see you and have a nice day!

–Nicole

Today’s title comes from Xu Guangqi