Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Sunday, October 29, 2006

food, food, Nuzzarello, and more food. plus Mark!

Wow. It's been a week and i haven't posted up anything. Need to update! Thank you to Amy for some of the pictures! And Neil, this post is for you ;-).

Tuesday.The AMA sponsored an event at Lucky Strike. Free bowling. Free appetizers. Free liquor. Not one second of hesitation to go. And wow, the place was so nice. It was the fanciest bowling alley I've ever been to. It was like Dave and Busters to the max. Apparently it's like $80 to bowl there an hour. But it was insane. The screens were widescreen and even told you how fast the ball went down the alley.I got my fair share of grey goose martinis. Nothing compares to free high quality liquor.

Thursday.So yes. I've joined Phi Rho, the fraternity that's like the fellowship part of APO. The initiation dinner was that night and it reminded me a little of APO initiation, but a lot more loose. We were supposed to be blind folded an all that, like APO, but whatever. A gong was supposed to be rung in the middle of the initiation but that was thrown aside. We all ate at Sayat Nova, and Armenian restaurant. I was expecting kababs and hummus. And that's what we got, but the food wasn't that great. The hummus was amazing, so smooth and subtle. The baba ganoush was a little lack luster. The chicken kabobs were tasty and flavorful, but the meatballs tasted like farm. Plus the "baklava" was in the shape of toquitos and was very dry. Grade: C -> proceed with caution.

Friday.
Our hot M1 band, Nuzzarello, performed that night at Goose Island, and they were HOTT. Amy, Michelle and I were screaming like little girls for the band. We would've thrown our underwear at them, but that would be wrong.Their set was 5 songs, and one of them was an original. It was my favorite. It was about a love long lost, that took place during recess. Perfect subject for emo.I loved the spiders that were on Dave and Wael's crotches. Perfect. I hope they won the competition.And haven't you noticed that the drummers in EVERY band is the sexiest? Well, Nuzarello was no exception. I take dibs on Jefferson's babies.Ryan and I are obviously aroused in the presence of a certain drummer.Nik and I after the show. Happy Birthday Nik on Halloween!Martin and I in our sexy model pose.I <3 Erica! I need more pictures with her :-D.Jiyeon and I on our way back home. So tired. We need to see your awesome apartment. Clean it up! :-P.

Saturday.Mark's in town for the weekend and we all (Jessica, Pam, Dan, Cici and I) had lunch at Giordanos, aka awesome Chicago deep dish pizza. Grade: B+. (I've had better Giordano's pizza delivered.) The wait for it was SOOOOO LONG. Damn those tourists. It was good to see Mark in town and hang out with everyone. After we all headed out to Millennium Park because it was so beautiful day out, an amazingly warm 40 degrees. You can see awesome pictures we took at Dan's site.
Later that night, we all had a belated birthday dinner for Amesika at Buca di Beppo.I want to say thanks to Sika for taking everyone out for an awesome dinner. It was a family style restaurant where you share all the food, but the food and price isn't as great as Carmine's in NYC. That is the ultimate Italian family style restaurant. Grade: B-. And we all sat in the Pope room.It was a little disturbing eating in a room full of pictures of the Pope and the Pope staring at you while you eat. I like how that picture has Amy's disturbed face on the Pope's chest. We all played the game that's similar to telephone that Alice taught me during microfabrication lab. It's where you write a sentence, and the next person has to draw the sentence. Then the next person has to write the sentence by looking at the picture, without looking at the first sentence. For some perverse reason, it went from "The Pirate Queen is on stage downtown" to "The couple lives on the farm". In the middle, there were pictures of sword fights, hairy bodies, penis peeing contests involved.

Sunday.The same crew who went to Giordano's went out for sushi at Sushi Para II that night. And man, it sure was good. It was sushi buffet for only $16.99. You can order as much as you want, and the sushi was DAMN good. I wish I had pictures of it, cuz we got HUGE dishes of sushi. My favorites were the Spider roll (soft shell crab tempura, tobiko, cucumber) and the Pop up roll (spicy salmon, crab, shrimp, cucumber, avocado, tempura chip adn topiko on top). YUM..... Grade: A-But the highlight of the night was ice cream. Coming out of the restaurant, I could not take in one more bite of food. But ice cream? I guess there was room for ice cream. Next door, there was this place called Treats: Frozen Desserts. I think it's supposed to be like Tasty Delight, where the ice cream is 99% fat free.And OMG, this ice cream was to die for. I got the vanilla, but when I tasted Dan's strawberrry.... I literally died. I NEED TO GO BACK FOR MORE. Too bad the closest one is in Lincoln Park. If anyone wants to go, we can take the Children's Memorial Hospital bus and get off. LET'S GO.

Eating sushi reminded me of this video. HILARIOUS: Mah mah mah mah.... Oh toh toh toh toh. LOL.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Listen to: J.J. Fad, Fergie, Gwen, Medical Spanish

Fergie's awesome new single finally has a video. I love her new album and this single is HOTT. Fergie is so UNclassy. I love her.
Apparently, Fergalicious is based on this classic 80s song, "Supersonic" by J.J. Fad (aka Just, Jammin' Fresh an' Def).Again. Full of CLASS. Every single moment of that video is just pure comedy. I can't stop watching it.

Also, Gwen's new single "Wind Up". Download it here. Oh man. Everyone thought Hollaback Girl was ANNOYING. But that was like the best single EVER. But I might have to say this is a little annoying, even for my taste. Listen to it and see what you think. You think "Lonely Goatherd" plus Gwen would be magic. But I dunno... Well I hated "London Bridge" at first, so we'll see how I like it after a few spins.

Medical Spanish started today. Oh man, I don't know if I can retain all this vocabulary, on top of all the antomy that we'll have to learn. I guess I should study more of this. But it's awesome that they have a class for us to learn Spanish. That was one of my greatest regrets in college, not learning a new language. Spanish is so useful anywhere you go. I should have learned more when I went to Ecuador, but all I learned was "¿Cuánto cuesta?" or how much is it? Sad huh? Yay for bargaining with 5 year olds who had to consult their parents after I cut down the price of a shawl from $20 to $5. Ok, must learn! Buenos días. Me llamo Dennis! ¿Cómo está usted? Yo hablo un poquito español. Soy estudiante de medicina. Mucho gusto de conocerlo. ¿Dónde le duele? Me siento mal. Relájese. :'(

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Marie Antoinette, Listen to: Radio Dept.

It's been a while since I've seen a movie. The last one was "Little Miss Sunshine", which I totally recommend everyone watch. I've been waiting to see Marie Antoinette since the trailer came out last year, and its major press during Cannes. This project could be amazing or just a REALLY BAD MISTAKE.
I had no idea what to expect. Mixed reviews didn't prevent me from watching this awesome movie. But I wouldn't label it as a movie per se. It was more of a moving modern art piece for 2 hours. Most of the movie was spent watching life go on without dialogue. It really made you sink your feet in pre-revolution France. The costumes! The sets! It was a visual feast of hot people/clothes/candy for the eyes.
Plus it's directed by Sofia, so it's gotta have great music. The trailer really shocked me a year ago, when seeing the costume drama set to New Order! I was shocked how well "Age of Consent" worked with all the decadence of Versailles. Who knew indie music would complement it? Sofia's soundtracks were perfect before, especially for The Virgin Suicides, but I would say that this soundtrack would take the cake :-p. I would rate this movie an A-. I just wished the people who sat next to me didn't suck face for 2 hours. DISGUSTING.

I especially like the music from The Radio Dept. Watch this:
Intrigued? Download these:
Pulling Our Weight.
What Will Give?.
I Wanted You To Feel the Same.
Keen on Boys.
We Made the Team.
The Worst Taste In Music.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

NURD: Chosun Ok

Today I FINALLY met up with Dan from Hopkins. FINALLY. Haha, I thought I would see him pretty often because we do live like 3 blocks from each other. Or at least bump into him sometime. Both our schedules are busy and pretty hard to run into, especially for him, who has really long days.

Last week, I had the urge to have lunch with him over the weekend. Haha, but he contacted me first so even better. And we both had a mutual friend, Rebecca! So we all went out to go eat some food. I really had a craving for some Korean food, so we went out for that. It's a shame that downtown Chicago has no Korean restaurants. The closest ones are like 30 minute drive away. Sadness.

He drove us up to Lincoln Park to Chosun Ok, which apparently is one of the best Korean places. It reminded me of places back home. Pretty small restaurants, with Korean ladies serving while a TV is playing on the wall with Korean programming. But what makes this place great is the cheapness. I had soondoobu for $7 for a bowl double to size of a normal portion. Grade: B for the food, but factor in the price, grade: B+.

It was really good to meet Dan though. All these Hopkins kids are doing so well in life and it just makes me so happy. Hopefully, we've learned/grown/matured a lot in our undergraduate life, and it's cool to see everyone in the next "chapter" in people's lives. For Dan, it's working at Sears Tower and commuting long hours. It makes you realize how hard people have to work to earn a living. But I guess this is what we all strive for right?

Susie and Steven are in town because Miss Susie here is running the marathon. Yup, all 26.2 miles. Hopefully, I'll run into Steven and Susie's parents tomorrow in town so I can cheer on with them.

Thanks to Michelle, you should watch this. This is so bizarre. But I'm sort of jealous. I want a jar too!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Anatomy, Project Runway, Tangerine

Today marks the end of first week of anatomy. Now it really feels like we're in med school. No more of this two hour class days, where the rest of your day is full of idling, thumb twidling, and couch potatoing. Classes are in full swing and everyday is so busy. Classes in the morning. Anatomy/histology labs after that. Communications and ethics classes in the afternoons. Plus, I just got an email saying that medical Spanish is starting next week at night. Jess Lee told me that Northwestern was the clown college of med schools, but not anymore!

Anatomy is so much cooler and fun than I expected it to be. But honestly, it was due to the body of our cadaver. She was a nice skinny old woman who was well preserved.

Two BIG things make anatomy not enjoyable. FAT and UNPRESERVED BODIES. It seems like the majority of tanks receives cadavers full of fat. Half of the time, you're digging through that entire chunk, and it totally gets in the way of learning all the structures you need to learn that day. Plus the smell of fat is AWFUL. It seriously smells like vegetable oil mixed with Crisco. Not fun.

Several bodies were also not preserved properly. You can defiinitely tell that it was not preserved since it smells like super bad mold that really makes you wanna vomit. Not cool at all. Amesika's tank had to get their cadaver replaced because it smelled so bad. Their second body was even worse than the first. So I guess they're waiting for their third. Hopefully it'll work out for their group.

But my group is AWESOME. Everyone is seriously helping each other out learning all the 323,402,394 structures we need to know about the body. Also, a lot of people come to our cadaver to look at all the structures, so explaining it to them seriously makes us learn EVERYTHING.

The first day we studied all the muscles and vascular system of the chest. Cross sectioning the breast wasn't that fun. Yesterday, we did the same for the back. But today, we looked inside the spinal column and the cord. Seeing the back of the head really personalized the body, so I'll definitely be more traumatized when I see the face. It felt really awful chiseling (using a hammer and a HUGE chisel) her lamina of the vertebrae to reveal the spinal nerves underneath, but you gotta do it nonetheless. Definitely cool and always looking forward to lab. Just need to get that smell out of my system.

Did you guys see Project Runway last night? Again I'm totally wrong. For the second time, the person who I predicted as the worst designer won the the entire show. I did like Chloe's designs last year and she did deserve to win. But I preferred Santino's. This year, ULI'S was the best. She was robbed.

You should have heard Michelle and my expressions when we watched. We were both speechless. But our commentary throughout the runway was so funny. Lots of oooOOOOOOooooohs and aaaAAAAAAAaaaaahs and ewwwwwwwws and WTFs. Best part of the show? When the marketing director of Wal-mart asked Heidi if the designs would be sold at his stores. She just flat out LAUGHED. Best moment ever.

One last thing. You all have to download Tangerine. It is seriously like one of the coolest add-on programs for iTunes. If you know me, I go running pretty often. And I need high energy music for me to run for a long time. But you can also see me fumbling with my iPod, trying to search for good beat-heavy music to run too. This program solves all your problems. It analyzes all your songs of their BPM and their beat intensity. Then it makes a playlist depending on the length of the playlist, the BPM range and the beat intensity. SO SIMPLE! BUT SO COOL! Sorry, only for Macs folks.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Listen to: Lilly Allen

Apparently I'm slow on the music scene with Lilly Allen, but she is amazing. Just listend to her debut album and it's really good. She's huge in the UK right now and she's now trying to break into the states. Hopefully she can. Watch her funny first video:

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Joffrey Ballet: Cinderella, Chinatown, NURD: Potbelly's, Phoenix, Vanity

Elizabeth, this post is dedicated to you.

On Friday, we all made ourselves beautiful and skipped on over to the Joffrey Ballet. It was their final weekend of performances of Cinderella, which apparently Joffrey Ballet was the only American company to perform the work. So, I guess the Joffrey is really good. Apparently I'm SWINE to the ballet.

I don't think I appreciate ballet as well as everyone else did. I'm like it's cool, they dance so well, and oooh pretty costumes. It's probabaly because there isn't any dialogue, so I was confused half the time. Plus my mind definitely drifted every other minute. Besides that, it was really pretty, and made me want to watch the Disney version. Again, I'm considered SWINE.

What does the bassoon sound to you guys? I really like the bassoon parts in Prokofiev's music. I said the bassoon sounded like HONK-HONK-HONK. AGAIN. Me = SWINE. Here is what a real bassoon sounds like.

Before the show, we all ate at Potbelly's and apparently it was the only NURD outing for me. For some reason, I have yet to eat at this Quiznos-but-cheaper type sandwich place. Pretty good too. I got the chicken salad sandwich on the toasted wheat bun. I should start giving rankins to my NURD-ness, so I give this a B+.

We took a lot of pictures before, during and after the show. And I mean LOTS of pictures. It was insane.
Us waiting for the bus. I was leaning back for some reason. I thought it would make me look taller. Failure.Michelle and Martin were taking pictures in the bus. She always missed the shutter for the camera, so she's looks like a ghost.
In celebration for Breast cancer awareness month, that red building had the ribbon lit up on all four sides. Pretty.
View of the stage.
Michelle led us through Millennium Park at late night. Crown fountain is REALLY pretty at night, with all the lights.
We tried throwing things in the air under the bean, to see how tall it was. The inner surface of the bean is REALLY HIGH.
Back at Martin's place, we abused his camera. Michelle isn't very happy.
Ok. Bennett college is seriously the best. But we all tried on the Dresner college jackets because us Bennett-ers make their jackets beautiful.

Martin and Amy reperforming Cinderella.
So hott.
I present you the model Jefferson Jones.
Amy + Dennis + Camera = AWKWARD.
FUGLY.
All hail Pres. Martin.
Michelle's weird.
Squishy face.
Did some pilates Martin's place.
Amy was not comforted in Michelle's bosom.


Today, we all took the train down to Chinatown since Michelle wanted to get some grocery shopping done. I attempted to eat dim sum again, and this time I liked it! I've been to 5 previous dim sum places, and hated each time. But this time, the food was actually good. The restaurant is called Phoenix, and is apparently the best Chinese restaurant in Chicago, according to some plaque they had on the wall. Definitely would go back. Grade: B+

Thursday, October 12, 2006

emotions

wow today was long and intense!

reasons why?
1. It snowed. It fucking snowed. I already wrote about this, so i won't go into it. I thought there was going to be a slight chance of snow. NOPE. Walking out of lecture, little white tufts were gracefully landing every which way or another. I have a grave feeling this winter will be 3948502 times colder than last year's mild winter.

2. Anatomy preview was today. It was exciting to finally start this part of med school, cuz isn't this one the defining factors of going to medical school? Exciting but apprehensive at the same time. The smell was pretty noxious, but I think what's worse is just the thought of cutting up people. Turns out in Illinois that your family members have to pay for transport to have your body donated for medical school purposes. Isn't that outrageous? Shouldn't the school or the Anatomical Gift Association pay for it? I mean hasn't the family dealt enough? Why would they have to pay an expense? I just don't think that's right. I'm excited to have an awesome group and we're going to start on Monday. Sounds exciting. Some left early, but a couple of us opened our tanks to get a chance to see the cadaver for our group. The person who donated their body was a 74 year old woman. We'll see how the first week goes!

3. In other news, Oprah and Bono were in town AGAIN. And I missed it! Stupid school getting in my ways to stalk celebrities. This time, they were at the Apple store (only 3 blocks away!) promoting the RED campaign and the new red iPod nano. Check it out more here.

4. Chicago is in running for the 2016 Olympics and I'm excited because the logo is AWESOME. The flame represents the unforgettable Chicago skyline. The green represents the awesome parks around the city. And the blue is Lake Michigan and Chicago River. I personally think the green is the river.

5. New Justin video. Reasons why to watch? JT and TI are hot. People with initials are HOTT.

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