March 28

My goodness, this has been quite a busy past few weeks, but I am back, and I am ready to start my last quarter of undergraduate education! (Who’s freaking out? Not me…)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I’ll update you on life as it happened for me this last half of the month of March. And I’ll do so in my favorite way—as a list:

  • I took two in-class finals and wrote two research papers, both of which stressed me out more in thought than in action.
  • I ended up with an A- in my history seminar, which is a big deal if you’re at all familiar with the way grades work at Northwestern! And my sociology and geography classes weren’t awful either.
  • I read and finished reading a book! It was Hell Bent, by Benjamin Lorr. I am weird and like to read about yoga, guys.
  • I had my annual pre-spring break screening of (500) Days of Summer. A bit of background: After knowing the soundtrack very well for months in advance, I finally got around to watching this movie on the Friday before going home for spring break at the end of winter quarter my freshman year. My roommate was gone, I was lonely, my room was hot, and I was still reeling from a breakup that had taken place about two months before, and this movie made me cry so good, and it is what got me over the hump of my breakup and back into the world again. I have lots of feels for this movie and still like to watch it annually before spring break.
  • I cooked an awful brown rice and edamame dish with puréed scallion sauce that gave me 36-hour onion breath and subsequently got tossed out (which is a big deal for me, because I always eat my leftovers).
  • I completed Pure Barre’s 20 classes in 30 days challenge, even despite being out of town for a week!
  • I got my third set of highlights in my hair, and it looks awesome and even more blonde than before.
  • I (re-)watched all of season 1 of Portlandia and read the cookbook that goes along with the show.
  • I also watched Forks Over Knives, which, like many things I have watched and read these past couple of years, affirms my skepticism for eating meat as often as I used to.
  • I resurrected my semi-dormant food blog and posted a recipe for a green smoothie! (Let’s see how well I can handle running two sites at once, lol.)
  • In light of her 21st birthday, one of my lovely friends took me and a bunch of my sorority sisters out for all you can eat tacos at DS Tequila Company in Lakeview in Chicago, and I drank delicious margaritas and ate too many tacos, then I found out that her mom was footing the bill. I will return this generosity when I can! So thankful.
  • I had an amazing unofficial St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Chicago with a few of my closest friends that involved lots of Guinness, macaroni and cheese, jello shots, inebriated Mario Kart, pinball at Headquarters Beercade, free Jameson shots at Mad River nearby, truffle fries at DMK Burger Bar, karaoke and green beer at Trader Todd’s, more singing and drinks at Lincoln Karaoke (at a friend’s birthday party, where I ran into an ex of my current male interest!), beer at Half Acre Beer Company, and surprisingly no hangover the next day! (Days like these spent roaming the city with my friends are what make me love Chicago to the core.)
  • And last but not least, I spent a week in beautiful, sunny Key West with my best friend and her incredibly wonderful mom and mom’s friend. I had a blast. I will blog about the trip and share photos tomorrow so that the experiences I had there can get their share of the glory.

I have to admit that, reading over this post right now before hitting publish, I myself am astounded at what I’ve done in my life since I’ve last blogged on here. I have been busy busy busy, but now I’m back and ready to make even more memories in this final quarter of college. It’s great to be back! 🙂

To Those About To Dance, I Salute You

Here at Northwestern, one of the biggest weekends of the year is Dance Marathon weekend, when undergraduates crowd an enormous tent at our student center and dance for 30 hours straight, raising money for a certain beneficiary.

I am a senior, and I was all in line for my place in the 120 hour club (when you dance each year—30*4, you do the math), but earlier this week, I decided it would be best to not participate physically this year.

Dance Marathon is an amazing weekend full of camaraderie, philanthropy, and love all around, but 30 hours on your feet is obviously very tough on your feet and knees and will leave you hobbling around for at least a couple of days after. Not to mention the fact that being awake so long is not exactly what you need when you’re as stressed out as I have been (luckily this is getting better at least, woo!). Although Dance Marathon ends at 1 a.m. on a Sunday and you can sleep 16 hours and wake up and it’s still Sunday, it’s a bit hard to get back on a normal sleep schedule.

I have amazing memories of dancing with my sorority sisters, laughing at each other’s zombie-like dance moves as the hours pass, storming the stage during Fatboy Slim’s “Rockafeller Skank”, and singing verbatim my two biggest pump-up jams, “Semi Charmed Life” and “(I Will Walk) 500 Miles”, and because I am so satisfied with these amazing memories, I choose to dwell on those this weekend instead of thinking too much about the fact that I’m taking my fourth and heralded year off from the dance floor.

In the meantime, though, I am sending all my good vibes to my friends who are dancing this year and making even more great memories! I can’t wait to see the photos later.

My Chance Encounter with Fred Armisen

I have had a fabulous past few days, but nothing can top what happened last night.

Natasha Lyonne, of Orange is the New Black and American Pie fame, came to Northwestern for a speaking event, and while I watch very, VERY little television, I tagged along because my best friend loves OITNB and because I managed to snag a free ticket. As luck would have it, she also happened to win a meet and greet with Natasha—which is amazing because no one I know ever wins these kinds of contests when student groups put them on, let alone my best friend. Naturally, I became her plus one because she is the best.

Shortly before the show, my friend peered toward the front of the auditorium and nudged me. “Is that Fred Armisen?” she asked.

I couldn’t see who she was referring to at first, but then I saw a man with dark hair and black-rimmed glasses after a few seconds. “This is Northwestern, Caroline. Everyone has dark hair and hipster glasses.”

“No, I think it might be him,” she said. “But it couldn’t be.”

We both stared at the man in the front seats for a few more seconds until he turned and we saw his profile. “Oh my god, I think it is him,” she said at the same time I was thinking that.

So basically instead of listening to a lot of what Natasha was talking about at the event, I was fidgeting in my seat and freaking out about the fact that one of my favorite comedians was in the room with me. Like I said, my TV watching habits are pretty nonexistent when I’m not at home and don’t have access to cable or time for binge watching popular shows, no matter how good they are (for instance, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones are both on my list), but when I was in New York this past fall, I did actually manage to binge watch Portlandia because it is weird and brilliant, and so is Fred Armisen.

I was desperately hoping Fred would be at the meet and greet, even though he kept a super low profile in the audience at Natasha’s event. As soon as it was over, I saw security guards escort him out the side door first thing, and I knew he must have been headed there.

And soon enough, at the meet and greet just after the show, both he and Natasha were there. I geeked out a lot and got anxious that they wouldn’t want me to take photos with them or that time would run out while I was waiting in line amid the other 25 students who were there, but sure enough, I got to meet both of them, and they were lovely people.

I can’t believe what kind of crazy stuff can happen when you tag along on friends’ random contest-won events. I will forever be in debt to my best friend. In honor of her and the fact that she is trying so hard to persuade me to binge watch Broad City with her, here’s Fred Armisen in Broad City, in a clip I am very fortunate to have seen AFTER I met him. Ha.