yes it is a new year! and i have procrastinated to blog for about two months now.. it’s really not that bad, considering i take up to six months or so to reply emails and facebook messages. no, i am not exaggerating.

many changes in my life. remember i was freaking out about paying for school? i am freaking out less now (though i still need to find out how i can pay for this semester – stripping is much too tiring for me, i don’t last that long in heels), and things have kinda worked out. i am giving up my business degree (oh goodbye marshall!) and graduating this semester with my environmental studies (chemistry) degree. if you know anyone who will hire me, PLEASE DO TELL ME. i am ready to be a slave etc, and all value for money too. spread the word, people.

my most awesome class this semester (or all 3 years of college) appears to be senior seminar for environmental studies. we take a bunch of field trips, discuss about the environment, and i think there was some kind of individual project involved somewhere. or research paper. i don’t know, but our first field trip to santa catalina island was fucking awesome. if you knew me, you would know that even though i am a hippie at heart, i am inherently a spoiled child and am one of those girly girls. i was excited for our 3-day-2-night trip, but also nervous that i could drown while snorkeling, break a leg while hiking, get eaten by a bison (yes i know they are probably herbivores), or break my acrylic nails. rest assured, none of the above happened and i still have my acrylic nails on.

with the new year, comes new things. two years ago, i found a camera at a rave. and this year i actually bought the battery charger for it!!! yes!!! so i have a working camera now. i took pictures on my class field trip to catalina, so be prepared for pictures of the scenery, plants, and animals. not very many humans. i also forgot to change the picture size/resolution, so the photos may appear tiny. i will just post a few here.. the rest are up on facebook.

sea star with its stomach out ewww

view from wrigley institute

sea hare kissing a shell muaaa*

crabby

supposedly the rib of a blue whale

hill that looks like a wavy top turban

looks like a road to nowhere in alice in wonderland

even though bison are often an attraction for tourists to visit catalina, they are, in fact, non-native and are harmful to many of the native plants there while promoting invasive species. they were introduced during a filming of a movie and were never removed. a more appropriate icon for catalina will be the island fox but unfortunately i didn’t see one when we were there!  hopefully we will get to see one the next trip.

bison

beautiful

oh no.. we are climbing up stuff

i am INSANELY afraid of heights. a few months ago, i would have calculated that i wouldn’t be able to get down safely, and hence would not have gone up at all. but this time, i was like, whatever. it’s a cool place to die.

yay i made it to the top!

although i must tell you, i did kinda crawl up to the top. on my way down, i sled on my butt as i did not trust my balance enough to walk down like a normal person.

bench

yeah yeah, i know – if i were to be all vegan-PC, it would read “sitting on this bench with a veggie grill cheeseburger and soy vanilla shake is one of my favorite things to do.” R.O.

because of the introduction of non-native animals, such as mule deer, and plants that are often invasive, many measures are put in place for restoration and conservation. carlos from the conservancy gave us a very interesting and informative lecture, and then we visited the nursery that grew native plants for various purposes, like selling them to people for landscape.

grow grow grow!

snowflake

snap dragons

some kind of sunflowers?

lunching on a cliff

and after that lunch, we waited for our boat to take us back to reality. i can’t wait to go back again in 2 weeks’ time! but the freshman class will be joining us grrr. we have small class of 9 people and an awesome professor who brought along beer and wine for us. we went snorkeling on the first day which was amazing! and also kayaking before lunch on the last day which was really fun. a great partner is key to fun kayaking experiences.

i made snickerdoodles for the first time! i haven’t really had snickerdoodles, but from everyone’s review, these are pretty good. i never pick snickerdoodles as a cookie flavor, because i will always pick the triple chocolate chocolate with chocolate chips and all things chocolate kinda flavor.

snickerdoodles

made pizza from scratch too! got the beer crust recipe from cute and delicious, and then added pizza sauce, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, and sundried tomatoes for all-around goodness. i have some leftover dough so i am making some more pizza for lunch and dinner later!

vegan beer crust pizza

in other news, i am temporarily widowed as lonnie is now studying abroad in florence, italy. because i know he is narcissistic and loves all types of attention, go read his blog at lonizzle.wordpress.com.

ahhh! it is 100 days from graduation. i will feel more excited about it when i actually have a job offer. it is time for me to return to my exciting chemistry lab report now, till the next time!