Monthly Archives: April 2012
It’s a little more than 2 weeks away from graduation, and I’ve been feeling like I’m at the lowest point in my life ever. Isn’t this supposed to be the best time of my life? Then why do I feel like I’m going to have a mental meltdown every other day? Am I the only one who’s feeling this way?
Let me back up a little. I have had an absolutely incredible time at Columbia, met some amazing people, and I’m truly excited about graduating. But I’m also more anxious and uncertain than I’ve ever been. Over the past few months, I have seen my peers get into fantastic graduate schools, get great awards and scholarships, accept jobs and fellowships, get engaged and married. They all seems to have it TOGETHER and have life FIGURED OUT.
And here I am, this close to walking across the stage, and I feel like everything around me is falling apart. In a few weeks, I will be thrown out of my dorm and I have nowhere to sleep for a few days in New York City. Then I have to move across the country to a city where I know no one and start living together with my boyfriend. And I will have a super expensive and hard earned degree but still no job (and trust me, it’s not because I haven’t tried). And now parents tell me that my dad might switch jobs in the next few months and they might have to move again. Everything is changing and shifting and the future has never been foggier.
While I’m happy for all the successes of my peers, they are a constant reminder of the things I don’t have. Why don’t I have those things? Don’t I deserve them too? Shouldn’t I have something to show for at the end of my 4 years at an Ivy League school? Why can’t my life be at the point where everyone else’s seems to be in? I wish I, too, had good and exciting news to share with my friends and family when they ask about my post-graduation plans, instead of just a forced smile and admitting that I’m “still trying to figure it out.” I just feel lost and stuck. Stuck at the edge of a great precipice, forced to move forward with no paths to follow. At this point, I don’t even feel the need to “have it all” anymore. I just want ONE THING to go right, to be certain, to hold on to.
I have no conclusion to this post. I wish I did, I really do. Just like I wish I had the answers to the next chapter in my life.
I realized that many of the search terms that lead to my blog the most have to do with the style choices of a certain Robin Scherbatsky, so I decided to dedicate a post to it. Here I gathered the websites that I use to find where certain pieces worn by Robin came from, and I hope you find it helpful!
1. Worn on TV
A relatively new site that identifies stuff from Robin (and Lily) from mainly this past season (season 7). I love that they not only give you an exact match, but also similar, less expensive styles.
Kind of the opposite of #1, this site only has stuff from older seasons. But it gives exact matches for entire outfits!
Gives you exact product matches as well. It’s a little behind on the updating, but it might be helpful to check the page for Cobie Smulders (here) as well since sometimes they’ll have stuff on that page that’s not on the Robin one.
Search for “Cobie Smulders” or “HIMYM” in the search box and you will get quite a few posts dedicated to finding both exact matches and similar looks from Robin. You can also send in requests!
Fan-powered page for identifying clothes worn on the show (goes all the way back to season 1!). You can also post requests.
And there you have it! My secret’s out! I personally love the sites where they give you similar looks, because all the stuff they actually wear on the show are usually super pricey. Have fun dressing like Robin!
On our last day in Montreal, we decided to drive to Quebec City for a day trip. As usual, we didn’t leave the house until almost noon and didn’t get there until afternoon. It was freezing cold when we got there, and I was pretty sure all of us were under-dressed for the weather. We stopped somewhere downtown to grab a bite, then drove to Old Quebec. Even though it was March already, the place still exuded Christmas magic:
We walked up the steps to Chateaux Frontenac, where the wind and the icy ground made it impossible to be outside for more than a few minutes.
So we went inside and explored a little bit. Even though I had been to the Chateaux many times before, it was actually the first time I’d ever gone in, and it was fabulously opulent as expected. We decided that it was a waste of time to come to Quebec City and not walk around outside, so we braved the cold and went out again. We ended up just taking a walk around Old Quebec, snapping a few photos here and there with our shivering fingers, before heading back to the car again. I think we spent no more than 3 or 4 hours there total. Conclusion of the day: Quebec City is much better to visit in the summer (or if you go in the winter, at least go during the Carnaval).
For our last dinner in Montreal, we went to Ice House, a supposedly good Tex-Mex place. We got a pitcher of their famous bourbon lemonade, and it was delicious. Yufei and I shared half a fried chicken, which was delicious as well, though a little lacking in seasoning. The butter biscuit it came with was amazing though.
And that’s about it! The next day we drove back to NYC, and thus ended our Spring Break road trip!