Friday, August 30, 2013

Sleepy sleepy

So after pulling an all nighter to put my new freshmen into their rooms, I feel like now is a good time to talk about sleep.  You should consider me one of the champions of sleeping, because not only am I able to sleep for 14 hours a night, but I've also never pulled an all nighter before now.
When I got to MIT I promised myself I wouldn't become addicted to caffeine.  I know it sounds stupid, but it was really important to me.  I hate the taste of coffee and caffeine just makes me jittery; I go all George of the Jungle and run around.  
Feel like I'm getting old, just saw when this movie came out....
The only way I could make it through my classes was to make sure I got enough sleep.  Sometimes this means turning in psets that are 70% done, and sometimes it means missing out on parties.  In the end though, I'm the only one of my friends that reliably gets 8 hours of sleep a night and never less than 6, so who's laughing now?
Granted I do take it a little far sometimes; I like to go to sleep at like 8 on Fridays like an old person.  Let's face it though, at the end of the week I'm exhausted, but then I'm ready to go all out on Saturdays (party day what whaat!).

The key to all of this is not only enough sleep, but good sleep.  I splurged on a tempurpedic matress topper (life saver!) and some good pillows.  In reality though, good sleep starts while you're still awake.  This means about a half hour before you're going to bed, you need to turn off your electronics.  I know it's hard, but the glow of the screen really hurts your sleep.  Read a book (kindles are ok because of their paperwhite screen), listen to music, do crafts, anything other than look at your phone or laptop.  I use this time to read because it's something I don't get to do often when I have homework.
Buy some here!
I also drink my Sleepytime tea.  I love this stuff!  It's smells great and a warm cup of it really relaxes me.  (ok so I may have sworn off uppers but I'm a sucker for the downers).
It's really important to be ready to sleep.  If you just crash after working for hours and hours, you'll wake up feeling exactly like you went to bed.  Go to sleep the same way you want to wake up.

Lastly, sleep in multiples of 90 min.  This means get 1.5 hours, 3, 4.5, 6, 7.5, or 9 hours of sleep.  This is the length of a REM cycle give or take, and keeping on track with your REM cycle will help you feel rested in the morning.  There are plenty of apps to help with this, but I feel like it's not that hard to do the math and set your alarm accordingly.

Bon nuit! Let me know what you do to relax before you sleep :)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Enjoy this GIF of me and my friend Walter

I'm so tired

 Sorry there's been a lack of my charming wit today.  I've been putting the freshmen in my dorm into their respective rooms all day and I won't be done until 4am.  So I'll probably be talking to you tomorrow night.
Totally wiped out. I think I need a Red Bull...
Red Bull gives you wiinnnngggsss

Nighty night, jk my life sucks.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Inbetweens

What's going on?  Classes haven't even started yet and I feel like I've hit the wall.  I have no drive to go to work, not looking forward to classes and have been listening to way too much *NSYNC (always a bad sign for me).  At least I haven't started watching Aladdin yet, which is what I watch on repeat during finals week.  That little street rat really speaks to me with his riffraff antics.
Take it easy, it's just a little snack guys.
 Anyways, I've been hit with the blues kinda bad.  But I realized I'm just at an inbetween.  Yes that's one word, no I didn't make it up.  Inbetweens are doorways, windows, anything between one space or another.
Ok so the phrase might be from Charmed, I have no shame.
 Right now I'm a metaphoric inbetween.  I just moved to my fall housing, my boyfriend just moved back to Cornell for the year, I quit my job and haven't started my new one, and lastly I'm just sitting with twiddling my thumbs waiting for classes.  I'm in between summer and fall, sophomore and junior year, and for some reason it's stressing me out.  The frosh are here for orientation, yet I have no work to do.

Don't get me wrong, I don't enjoy problem sets;  I may go to MIT but I'm not that big a nerd.  But there is something to say for having some sort of rhythm.

So to keep myself sane I've been on a tight schedule of day to day things.  Dude bad call.  All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.  The best thing you can do, call a friend and just walk into the city.  Ignore your bank account (ok you can't do this everyday) and eat somewhere new, go to a new museum, try on clothes you'd never wear, scream in the street.  
My new inspiration (this is bad) is Jackass.  
Don't take me wrong, I'm not running shopping carts through store windows or throwing poop on myself, but seriously think for a moment how much fun those guys have.  If you're walking down the street and someone starts playing a kickass song, dance to it, invite passersby to join you.  Have absolutely no shame.  I've been doing this a lot on campus lately and the new frosh seem to love it.  My friends and I have been running up to frosh yelling "hey want to get laid?" and when they look at us weird we put a lei necklace on them and yell "congrats! you just got laid!" and run on to the next group.  Remember the key is no shame, you're having harmless fun.
Is Bunny the Lifeguard a good role model?
 Ok so not the naked dancing on people in the street type of no shame.  But seriously, yelling like you have tourettes in the street while skipping/dancing and forgetting there are other people is really refreshing.  It'll totally make your day to be silly in public, it's daring but not stupid.  Who knows, maybe you'll brighten someone else's day with your spunk, then two people are happy, and then they make someone happy, and then the person they made happy makes someone happy and before you know it the whole freakin planet is happy. It really broke my funk this week.

What do you do to break your funk?  Like Jackass? Let me know :)

Monday, August 26, 2013

*NSYNC back together forever please

If you don't know me, most people consider my taste in music kind of odd.  I'm a super Dead Head. I absolutely love the Dead, I follow Phish around each summer and I'd shell out months worth of paychecks for a ticket to see moe.  I completely lost it when I watched the VMAs last night though.  I made my friends watch with me at nine, and I was shaking (though that may have been the 3 red bulls I had earlier).  I watched JT's performance in anticipation and jumped out of my chair screaming when the boys were together again.  I was so excited I like almost peed myself haha.  I cried tears of joy and jumped up and down screaming like I was there.
The boys really classed it up since the 90's.  Not gonna lie though, they're not the same without the frosted tips.

My friends laughed at me but I didn't care.  I'd been waiting 11 years for this moment and now that those precious minutes are over I've been reliving it in my mind.  Now that the red bull is out of my system and my adrenaline levels are down, I've been thinking of why I love NSYNC like I do.  The music is nothing like what I normally listen to, but I love it nonetheless.
I've come to realise it's the memories that these songs hold.  As lame as it is to say this, I'm a child of the 90's.  My sister is a little late to the party, but almost a child of the 90's.  We used to learn the dances (ok used to is a lie, we still know them).  We even used to claim which one we wanted to "be" when we danced.  I was JT of course because I'm the oldest, she got JC and we roped my brother in with us as Joey.   I think the best day of our pre-teen lives was when my mom let us watch MTV so we could watch an NSYNC concert.  She actually let us watch MTV!!  We were 8 and 6 and felt like the coolest kids in the world (yes we were that sheltered.)
We love NSYNC because it reminds us of our childhood, sappy right?  But it's true!  The first thing I did after they got done performing?  Called my sister to scream into the phone how awesome they were.  How gracefully they aged and how happy we were Justin got so many awards.  So long sappy story short, I freakin love them and have no shame about it.  I may have grown up, but as NSYNC so eloquently put it,  "you have to realize what you're doing is not a trend" and I'll never grow out of it.

Also screw you Backstreet Boys.  Backstreet may be back but NSYNC was never gone.

Did you watch the VMAs?  What did you think?  Let me know :)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Red Bull Cliff Diving

As I leave you for the weekend I'd like to give you a piece of advice.  If you're in or near the Boston area go to the Red Bull Cliff Diving.  It's freakin awesome, unless you have no soul.  Just head over to the ICA (right off the Silver Line) around 3pm.  It says 1, but only go then if you feel like listening to a buttload of Red Bull ads. 
You will not be disappointed.  I went last year and it was definitely the perfect end to summer (literally, because I have to run freshman orientation the next day. way to kill summer.)
Hell yeah

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Stress

I'm kinda stressed today.  Sometimes your job can really eat at you despite you knowing it's good work.  The point is, you have to push through it.  There are so many stressful things in our lives, especially when you're 20, but I know they'll keep compounding.  Juggling school, work, family, relationships, and just your day to day needs can be overwhelming.  The only way out of it is through it one step at a time and eventually it gets better.
However sometimes you can't just push through it and you need to make a change.  I've been learning this the hard way this summer at my job.  Sometimes things just aren't a good fit.  You may be working hard and doing well, maybe even getting promotions, but if the work isn't inspiring for you it's really hard to wake up happy to go to work.  This is when I knew I needed a change last month, when I would have rather stayed home and done homework than go to my job and make money (what? yes you read that right).  I made the leap and applied for new jobs.  It was the first time I thought of quitting a job without it being because school was starting and it felt weird.  I had super latched on to my commitment and looking for a new job felt like looking for a new boyfriend while I'm with mine.  
It's totally normal though.  No one stays in their first job forever, and when you're 20 you should take advantage of your time in school to find a passion.
3 interviews, 2 job offers, and 1 acceptance later I was faced with the scary responsibility to turn in my 2 weeks notice and break up with my job.  I was actually sweating and shaking a little when I knocked on my bosses door.  I knew it was the right thing to do, to tell him myself in person but my mind jumped to the worst case scenario of him yelling and firing me on the spot, no two weeks.  It is NEVER that bad but for some reason I'm neurotic like that.  Also never ever burn bridges as you quit.  As my dad says "the toes you step on today could be connected to the ass you're kissing tomorrow".  
It went well.  I got a promise of a letter of recommendation and a nice sendoff.  I'm just glad I ended this chapter of work on a good note.  I'm really looking forward to my new position in the Chemical Engineering Department!
Here's to a bright future?

Have you ever had to quit a job?  Other workplace traumas? Let me know :)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Want to win free stuff?

You know you want free stuff.  I'm planning a giveaway for my lovely readers.  I'm thinking jewelry or something Lilly and I want your help deciding!  Sound off in the comments what kind of things you'd like to see raffled off right here on Bottom of the Top.  It can be anything, even something I've reviewed here.  
There is a catch though.  I'm not putting up the raffle until I have at least 25 likes on the Facebook page or 25 followers on on Blogger.
So get to it! Like the page, follow the blog, tell your friends, win free stuff.

Ready? Set? GO!

Work Clothes

I'm coming up on 3 months of having a real job which is really exciting.  For those of you that don't know, I work in a military research lab at MIT, so as you can imagine I've learned quite a bit.  I've learned about being part of an intellectual team, making budget decisions, and have gotten to use a lot of cool equipment.  The one thing I'm still trying to wrap my head around though is work clothes.  I've had various desk jobs, have been a tour guide and a tutor, but nothing has been as challenging to dress for as lab work.  
Sorry whoever you are I found on Google, but I refuse to
look like you at work.
The main issue is I like to look good.  To me it's simply a courtesy to the world that I do my hair, makeup, and wear nice clothes every day.  It shows I care and that other people are worth my time.  This is exceptionally hard to do with a lab dress code and while you work along side grad students that look almost like hobos.

This would normally be easy for me; I'd just put on a dress, some heels or nice flats and ba-bam, I look work ready.  "NOT OK FOR LAB ATTIRE, YOUR LAB ACCESS WILL BE REVOKED INDEFINITELY" says my lab manager.  You have to wear long pants, close toed shoes, and sleeves.  Ugh, so difficult.  Did I also mention that I LOATHE women's suits?  Well I do.  I think they are the most unfeminine thing a woman can wear and is just a horrible copy of men's attire. 
Also this is what I think of when I think of women's
"business wear".  ...gross
So what's the solution?  Well I'm still struggling with that myself.
J. Crew has truly been a lifesaver though.  The sales are killer and even some of the more casual things look really put together in a lab setting.  Here are some of my favourites.  Pair any of these with some skinny jeans, ballet flats, or Sperry's and you have a nice work outfit.



Top Row: White Toothpick Jean || Merino Sweater
Middle Row: Silk Blouse || Chino Pants
Bottom Row: Red Blazer || Merino Sweater

The toothpick jeans are my favorite, they're so comfy!  I'm also a fan of the red blazer.

What do you wear to work?  Let me know :)


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

BTW... Lilly Sale Going on Now

So I thought I was being a cool hipster by not mentioning it yesterday, but the Lilly Pulitzer Endless Summer Sale is going on now.  If you haven't checked it out yet it's worth a few minutes.  A lot of the really nice stuff is gone already, but a lot of dresses are still there.  Be warned though, it's final sale only so you better be sure on your size (which is the only thing stopping me from going HAM on this sale)


Get anything nice? Let me know :)

Ready to go back to school?

Getting back to school can be stressful, trust me, I know better than most people.  Just thinking of walking back into the ChemE building is giving me PTSD attacks.  The one thing I do love though is back to school shopping.  I'm a nerd (no shit I go to MIT right?) and there's just something about buying notebooks and pens that really gets me pumped for the year.  I've already bought everything I need even though classes don't start until September.  That's how dedicated and excited I am.  I'm also a paper hoarder so buying more paper is always exciting for me.  A while ago I gave you guys some of my favourite dorm things, well here are some of my favourite backpack things.
Everything here except the Lilly Organizer can be bought on Amazon (linked below) and is Prime eligible.  If you don't have Amazon Prime yet I HIGHLY recommend you get it.

Pen || Agenda || Notebook || Highlighters

Rollerball Pens
These pens are freakin awesome. Retractable = no lost caps and a clean backpack.  Also by some witchcraft they don't bleed through paper.  This makes it super duper easy to write on both sides of the paper, even when both sides are filled with equations and drawings (because you know that sucks).  Since they're rollerball the lines are super slim, which means more writing per page and clearer writing for you fools with messy writing like me.  I adore these pens and refuse to use anything else.  I also have crappy pens in my pack to loan to people so I don't lose these, they are a little pricey.

Agenda
This should go without saying and I know I beat this one to death.  I love Lilly Pulitzer, and I love organizing.  This little monthly agenda is perfect for keeping track of due dates and meetings.  It's slim and light, so really easy to bring with you everywhere.  It also has a nice pocket in front that I keep scratch paper in with a to-do list and other things so I have what I need wherever.

Quad Ruled Notebook
If you're not an engineer I give you permission to ignore this.  Quad ruled is a total lifesaver for formulas, diagrams, chemical structures, and keeping your handwriting straight.  The paper is also ivory, which is a plus with the Mead brand notebook mentioned above.  The ivory paper is very soothing when you're working (it seems stupid but after you use it white paper just seems so harsh).  The pages are big, so you can fit a lot, and it also has pockets to keep syllabi in the notebook.  I usually use one per class.  I've been using this since freshman year and it has served me well.

Highlighters
Last but not least.  Get a good set of highlighters that don't bleed or smell horrible.  These BIC ones above are nice and the pack is relatively cheap with multiple colors.  I bring them everywhere and highlight not only my textbooks, but also my notebooks.  Helpful hint to engineers, anytime you write a formula or see one in your text, highlight it.  Even if it doesn't seem important.  When you need it in the middle of an open-book midterm you'll thank me.  I usually pick one color a semester and that is my formula color.  Every single formula is pink.  It's a fast way to find exactly what you need.

Are you excited for school?  What do you bring to class? Let me know :)

Sweet Smell of Success

So the heat wave is back in Boston, and being from the north I'm not really used to sweating my boobs off.  One of the things people first notice about you is how you smell, and if you're at a new class, job interview, or just work, it's important to smell good.   If you ask me though, it's not just important to not smell like a butt, but also to smell pretty (it's subtle, but people subconsciously like you more if you smell).  It's been like that since cavemen days, men like pretty smelling women, hell even I like pretty smelling women.  I'll break down all my favourites for you and when I like them.

Chanel No. 5 || Clinique Happy ||  Japanese Cherry Blossom


Chanel No. 5
This is by far my favorite scent.  I've always adored this ever since I was a little girl.  Chanel No. 5 is a classic and always will be: my grandmother wore it, my mother wore it, and now I do.  However when you're a student it's a little inappropriate to wear on a day to day basis (and very expensive).  So I usually wear this on date nights, special events, or job interviews.

Clinique Happy
This is my usual day to day perfume.  It's not that expensive and smells lovely.  It's flowery, but not overpowering.  I wear this to class, work really anywhere.  If I'm wearing makeup then I'm probably also wearing this.  This is also a go to because I love Clinique makeup!  I always get their makeup during bonus days (tons of free stuff) and this perfume is an eligible purchase to get the bonus.

Bath and Body Works
This stuff is great for when you want to smell nice but don't really need to impress anyone.  I wear it grocery shopping, running around, sometimes even working out.  It's really cheap, and sometimes you even get it for free with soap from the store.  My favorite scent is Japanese Cherry Blossom.  It is a little overpowering if you use more than a little, so be cautious with this stuff.  In a pinch though, it is good for a Ke$ha shower (cover that BO!).  While I don't condone not showering, this will cover working out smells while you go to the grocery store.

What are you wearing?  Let me know :)



Monday, August 19, 2013

I'm kinda crabby

I'm baaacckkk.   Ocean city was amazing, and as promised here I am with the details.  I ate my weight in crab and laid on the beach and am now refreshed to take on the semester!  OC is by far one of my favourite vacations because what's not to love?  There's great food, a great beach and a ton of ways to just forget work.
We had a great motel room with a balcony overlooking the beach  Since it was raining a lot of the time we spent a good portion of the vacation on the covered balcony watching surfers and dolphins (or looking for the shark-nado if you're my brother)
Vacations are the one time I go completely crazy with the food.  A summer must is some shandy and chips.  I cannot stress how awesome shandy is for the summer and is especially for chilling on the beach.  It goes great with most summery foods (especially blue crab) and is quite refreshing.
Stay cool buddies

The most important part of Ocean City though is the blue crabs (if you don't like seafood go home because no one likes you).
You know you want in on some of that

Freakin awesome right?  I ate these puppies every night for 4 nights, making that 2 dozen in total for me.  I'm now a crab shelling pro and have Old Bay seasoning permanently in the skin on my fingertips.  I can still smell the old bay which, in my opinion, is the best seasoning ever. Salty, spicy, my mouth is watering...
My hands still smell like Old Bay

The best crabs by far were at the Assateague Crab House a little bit outside of Ocean City.  This place is tucked away but is a real gem.  The staff was friendly and their food was to die for.  For you idiots that won't eat crab, their fried chicken was also awesome.

What were you up to this weekend? Have you been to Ocean City? Let me know :)