Thursday, April 30, 2015

Happy Trees

One of my biggest heros is Bob Ross.  For those of you who don't know who he was, you're missing out.  Bob Ross had a show on PBS for the longest time where he would set up a canvas and paint.  He'd tell you the colors he used, what brushes were best and how to do the strokes.  It was so relaxing to watch!  The biggest thing he ever emphasized was that it doesn't have to be perfect, your painting is your world and there are no mistakes.

Here's an example for you

When I found an opportunity to do a class like this I jumped on it fast.  There's a place in Boston called The Paint Bar which lets you go to a class based on a painting, and an instructor stands at the front and everyone paints the same thing.  Just like Bob Ross!!  I was so excited I was ready to shit myself.

We had THE BEST time!  I was so pumped to live one of my dreams of finally learning how to paint, and I got a wonderful painting of the Back Bay for my mom's birthday.
Getting started!

Kira didn't listen to Bob Ross, she thought she messed it up

Overall I highly recommend taking a class if you can.  I'll be going back next week!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Marathon Monday 2015

So not to sound like a complete basic bitch, but I have been blessed to live in Boston over the past 4 years.  While I've been here the Red Sox have won the World Series, the Patriots have won the Superbowl and the Bruins have won the Stanley cup.  Hopefully the Celtics can get their shit together and I can see all the Boston teams win while I'm here.  More important than all these things (in my opinion) is the Boston Marathon.
The marathon was always a ton of fun, the entire city takes the day off for Marathon Monday and it's just a huge party.  My friends and I call it the "healthy person carnival", which is ironic because a lot of the city takes the day to get completely smashed.  The spirit surrounding the marathon has increased tenfold since two years ago (for those of you who don't know, I was there), but all the same it's really a day to celebrate living in Boston.

Every year the weather has been so pleasant, but this year it didn't pull through.  It was sooooo cold!  And raining...  Nonetheless it was so much fun to see the runners accomplish such an amazing thing!

It was so bittersweet being on Boylston Street.  It was my last marathon since I'm leaving in June.  I've been going to the marathon for four years and it's been a great tradition to have.  Being there has made me so proud to live in Boston, and I know I'll really miss it next year,

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Maybe back? Maybe goodbye?

I'm finally done!  It's been a crazy time here lately with a lot of emotions running really strong.  Over the past month I've finished ICE (my senior capstone)  completely planned a wedding (what?), and gotten a job offer!
While I was finishing my senior project I thought it was best to limit my internet presence.  Basically I was super cranky and I didn't want to project that in case anyone wanting to hire me was reading my blog.  It hit me how open we are with ourselves on the internet.  This was really surprising because I'm normally a very private person in my day-to-day life.  The idea that posting something in print that could be misconstrued and prevent me from a  job really scares me.  I thought on more than one occasion to close down the website just to not deal with the risk at all.
Then I remembered how much I love writing this and interacting with everyone.  Not to mention helping people get through MIT.  As a hardcore pen and paper user, I'm still getting used to being super connected and open to everyone.  It takes a lot of getting used to!  Especially when you read freaky shit about people using your webcam without you noticing etc.
Ah well...  Maybe here's to a new page of Bottom of the Top: Post ChemE edition, or here's to me deciding the internet is scary and I'm done owning a webpage.
Who knows?