A glimpse of the last 3 weeks…

by Gabriela, a Patriot Blogger

Finished!!! The Fall 2011 semester is officially over (well, it’s been over for me since last Thursday). I’ve been recovering since…I’ve slept an average of 12 hours a day to make up for quite a bit of sleep deprivation. It feels great now! I do feel human again…I will be on campus up until the 21st since RAs go through a semi-closing process of the residence halls. So far, grades are good (you check them after ever semester on Patriotweb) and I am definitely already looking forward to the next semester…

I’ve been on the down low for 3 weeks now, it seems; however, I’ve made sure to take pictures all this time to give a glimpse of how I’ve managed to survive. Yay!

In the beginning of December, I was part of a panel for the Early Identification Program where seniors interested in attending George Mason visited the campus and spoke to EIP alumni and other non-EIP student leaders about life at Mason. It was great to serve as inspiration for them-hopefully I get to see them next semester when I tutor once again!

That day, the housekeeping member for Adams (my building last year) called me and gave me breakfast! As an RA, you work closely with housekeeping, and they are the most genuine and hard-working people I have ever met. Last year, I became very good friends with Eva just like this year I am happy to work with Nelda. Heck, they bring you breakfast!! I didn’t bother taking a picture of it because I wanted to devour it immediately. It was fried beans and plantains, a typical breakfast in Central America! It brought back really good memories…

I did take a few pictures of my meal a few hours later, though….and yes, it’s tofu scramble again! This time, I prepared it as I often prepare it. The recipe will be in my next post, so stay tuned! Here’s a shot of it.

Yum!

On a different note…I got my other lens!!! I am in love!!Here are a few quick and random shots that I took with my new 50mm Nikkor lens:

This isn't the 50mm; it's the 18-55mm-the one that I use 90% of the time...but the picture was taken with the 55mm! 🙂

 

Random picture of the Coke Zero cup that I got earlier that day as a free sample!

I do a lot of photography when I need to relax, especially landscape photography. I have a great view from my room and I know I’ve posted a few shots already. Here are some more pictures of the falling leaves…already auburn and dark gold…with the moon in the background!

With the moon...

 

Un-sharpened image of a tree...in full color...

 

😀

On the Sunday before my major sociology paper was due (it was an ordeal!), I bought Chinese food as part of our Sunday tradition. Most RAs order from Hunan Shrimp Boat, which is literally down the street. This time I decided to try Peking Village II which is further down Old Lee Highway. Soooo good!! My residents definitely enjoyed it, if you can’t tell by the pictures below…



My girls even helped me out with my bulletin board that night. Whew! It looked cute, and I totally appreciated the help when I was busy with schoolwork. A shout out to them! I’ll miss so many people over break!

This might be my last post for the semester, although I am already working on a long post regarding cooking in the residence halls…without a kitchen! I have so many recipes and tricks for people with specific dietary needs (like veganism) and those who want a break from campus food…or are too lazy to walk and get it! Have a safe and fun-filled winter break, friends!