Thursday, June 26, 2014

#USMNT I Believe We Can Win

So all cards on the table, while I do love soccer I really can only afford the time to keep up with it during the World Cup.  That's not to say, though, that I only watch USA matches. Oh no.  I have the apps and am constantly streaming matches all day (to the tune of maybe messing up a couple experiments at work... oops) 
Regardless, I do love moments to go HAM on my 'merican pride!  The Olympics and the World Cup are times when I think it is completely appropriate to be overwhelmingly and obnoxiously proud to sport the red white and blue.
To celebrate taking a half day off to watch the match tomorrow with my German boss, I went a little overboard on the outfit with the help of Urban Outfitters and Forever 21.
Tank: Urban Outfitters || Flag: Target Dollar Section || Shorts: American Eagle (similar) || Socks: Forever21
I have to say, since I'll be with my boss midday, I'll be working hard at not getting belligerently drunk and yelling at the screen during the match.  But I am super excited to see some good soccer action with a country finally backing our team!  Hopefully we'll be moving out of the group stage.
It's wonderful that Americans are finally supporting our team in the World Cup.  It's amazing to be in a bar full of people cheering those guys on
The bar was packed on Sunday
So fingers crossed!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A whole new world

Ok maybe not a whole new world.. but I do have a whole new image!  I finally got fed up with the pixelated messy drawing I was using as my logo.  I drew it at my desk during a lunch break a year ago when I first started the blog (that sketch was actually the inspiration for the name).  As Bottom of the Top has been growing, I've been wanting to make it a little crisper.  You know, something I can show off and be even more proud of.  Try as I might, I could not improve the image and I was struggling hard with Photoshop and Illustrator trying to clean up the lines.
Then it dawned on me.  All these years I've been getting myself ready to hopefully be a contractor, which means farming out work to a professional.  Why was I not applying that logic to my normal life??
Enter Cecile.
I stole this from her G+, but it's kinda badass
Cecile is my neighbor of 2 years, fellow MIT student, artist, architect, and most importantly a fellow blogger! (Check her out here!)  After watching her use Illustrator for shits and giggles, I knew she was perfect for the job.  She understands the anxiety of sharing the blog process, the imperfections and first attempts.  Only difference is, she can put the ideas in my head onto a piece of paper (or in this case, into a png file).
After a quick discussion, an hour on a laptop and many thank-yous, I give you my new logo!
bling! sparkle sparkle

Look how the feet line up!  The dress is so much sleeker and the lines are so crisp.  I've been inspired to clean up the rest of the site along with a few other surprises.  Also you can definitely expect some more collaborations with Cecile in the future.
See you soon!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Off sides and ready to go!

As I said before, I've been having a hard time adjusting to not being a student for a while.  I just finished what was possibly the hardest year of my degree, and am getting ready to sail through to graduation.  I have a job, but am still living in a dorm.  It's a weird time for me and I feel like I'm stuck between two parts of my life.
To help get over it, I've decided to start getting really into some new things.

Once Upon a Time:  This show has been on ABC since around 2011, but I'm always a little late to the bandwagon.  It's not a secret I'm really into kind of garbagey TV, and this one falls somewhere between quality and time-waster.  It's very captivating, I'll give it that, and I really enjoy the twist on typical Disney-esque fairy tales.  It'll probably get cancelled now that I'm watching it, because I have the kiss of death for TV shows (RIP Community, Don't Trust the B, Arrested Development, Futurama, etc)

Zumba: My friend Cecile has been doing Zumba for a few years.  I've been looking for ways to work out inside because it's been ungodly hot here.  Enter Zumba!  Youtube is full of great videos with not too difficult choreo.  It's really a fantastic workout and very fun!

FIFA:  I'm really into the World Cup.  Like, really really into it.  I recently got the ESPN Watch app just so I ca stream the matches at work.  It's more fun the more into it you are, and our team is actually doing well this season (USA! USA!) But aside form that, the German team. Ugh, I have a serious crush on Thomas Muller, sorry not sorry.  The matches have been intense with the USA moving on, Spain out, and Rooney finally scoring!!!  Not to mention finally being able to watch the matches in pubs is sooo worth it!

I have some great plans for the coming weeks as I try to put some things together for the site.  Stay tuned.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dolla Dolla Shave Y'All

I'm finally starting to get back into the swing of a normal life.  With my normal life comes normal people problems, enter shaving.  Now I seriously hate shaving.  I hate it. So. Much.  But as a woman of class and style it is an unavoidable evil during the summer. 
My skin is suuuper sensitive.  Back when we were kids my sister used to call me "herp legs" because of all the little red razor burn bumps I'd always have on my thighs.  It was horrible and I couldn't decide if the cuts and bumps were any better than the hair.  Through the years I've slowly developed a routine that involved wicked expensive razors, shave creams, moisturizers, and only shaving once a week.  It was a huge pain in the ass and trying to balance saving money with a clean shave was actually kind of stressful.
And then the Dollar Shave Club came into my life.
The Dollar Shave Club is pretty much exactly as it sounds.  Spend about $6-$9 a month, get 4 razors.  The range in price depends on how many blades each razor has.  Normally I'd be skeptical to do something like this, but with weekly beach trips in my future, having a new razor every week for only dollars a month was very persuasive.  Besides, Birchbox had already primed me to the idea of a monthly subscription.
I decided to dip my toes in, and I got their "4X" package for $6 a month.
As soon as the box came I was ripping into it like a gorilla.
A little masculine for my tastes (yes, packaging tricks work on me), but then again it is marketed for men.
definitely screams "I pee in the woods" to me, but whatever

The starter kit came with quite a bit.  I got 4 razors, a handle, shave cream and aftershave (again, marketed to men).

I was deeply impressed with the quality of the razors.  I've been a Venus Embrace girl ever since puberty, and I am a tough convert from brand loyalty.  Dollar Shave Club has done it though.  The blades are sharp and maintain themselves throughout the week.  No more razor burn, no more "herp legs".  Paired with Aveeno Shave Gel my legs are soft and the shave lasts a long time.
I am going to switch up to the 6 blade model, just for a closer shave during the summer.  I did like the 5 blades on the Venus, so I'm going to try the nicer model.

Overall, A+ to these guys.  My legs feel great and I'm saving so much money!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Reflecting on my time

About a week ago I realized that I'm seriously closing in on graduation.  I'm well over the halfway mark or MIT, and almost at the close of my degree.  This was the last semester I'd be "learning".  After this I'll be set for project labs and fulfilling my humanities requirements.  My last semester of formally learning engineering.  It's crazy to wrap my head around, as I've been in school longer than I can remember and yet I was getting seriously jealous watching my friends graduate
I've been taking some time to reflect on how far I've come and marvel at the fact that in three weeks I'll be done learning engineering and should be able to confidently call myself a chemical engineer.
It's a weird feeling, knowing I'm just playing a waiting game.  This time next year I'll be starting a real job and moving into my own place.
I'm not sure if it's because of that or something else, but I've been in a serious rut lately.  I haven't been blogging, my inbox is overflowing with unanswered emails, I don't read, crochet, I barely cook.  I can't really put my finger on what's been up.  Everyday I'm ready to leave work at 5 even though I'm coming home to basically nothing.  I just can't really seem to motivate myself to do much.
After my 5k I stopped running and after this semester finished I basically stopped doing everything.  I think my time here at MIT has made me a very goal oriented, project based person.  What happens when you don't have a goal?  When you have no deadlines, no exams, really no responsibilities.  I just feel lost.
I guess the reason I'm actually posting this is to let anyone else who feels this way to know I'm there too.  Also ever since I started blogging I never wanted to give the impression I'm perfect.  It really bothers me when people only post their ups, their perfect hair days and their triumphs.  That's not me.  I want you to know that my life is not easy or perfect, but nonetheless I am happy with it.
That's it.  I just wanted to explain my absence.
I'll be back more frequently soon, I promise.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Laissez les bons temps rouler

what. a. whirlwind.
I'm sorry I flaked out bad the past few weeks, but there have been a lot of good things in store lately!
First, I am officially a senior.  It's really hard to believe that when I started this blog a year ago I was freshly over the halfway point and now I'm pretty much done.  This was my last round of finals, ever.  I passed all my classes and am moving on to lab practicals and random humanities.  I'm officially done learning chemical engineering!  It's completely an insane thought to me, but I'm starting to like the idea of it.

So finals ended 2 weeks ago and after I moved into my summer room, I immediately packed up and shipped off to New Orleans!  Oh man, if you haven't been you should 100% get down there immediately.  I had the time of my life and I was only there for 3 days.
New Orleans is like nothing you can see anywhere else in the world.  Walking down Bourbon St is insane because you'll have a cheap bar that's open until 6am advertising "Huge ass beers", three strip clubs, and then a five star restaurant all right in a row.  Bourbon St contains some of the craziest debauchery I have seen in my life.  But if you go one block off Bourbon St onto Royal, you see a completely different story.  Within earshot of the drunkfest on Bourbon, you can browse $20k chandeliers, $400 derby hats, and rare antique Civil War muskets on Royal St.
I was a fan of the hats, even though I got my own that more fit my budget
The contrast was intense and like nothing I've ever seen.  There were Ming vases withing spitting distance of people drinking their asses off.
ok, I might have been participating in activities on both streets.
The best part of the trip by far was the food.  Oh my, I think I tasted dreams on this trip.  We started right off the plane at the Acme Oyster house.  One of my favourite foods of all time is Crawfish Etoufee.  It's an amazing creamy stew of spices and crawfish served over rice.  This dream of a dish came with a Turbodog beer on draft, which made my life complete.
When I die, bury me here
I was in heaven down there, and really ate and drank my weight in seafood and good beer.  I'll be posting more about this tonight, but for now I have a plane to catch and this post is long enough.  Look forward to more stories because this was not all NOLA held for me!

Talk to you soon :)