More coffee and new lens!

by Gabriela, a Patriot Blogger

This week has been great!! So I’m sitting in my room, drinking some dark roast coffee (Café El Indio from Honduras, to be precise) and I’ve been playing around with my new AF-S DX VR 55-200mm Nikkor lens!!! I’m in love!! I’ve been taking pictures of the trees outside (the leaves are changing beautifully-they’re auburn at the moment).

Since coming back on campus from home, I’ve set to work right away considering there are A LOT of papers due during the next two weeks. I actually went to an interesting talk on Tuesday regarding the Occupy movements in DC (a possible research topic for me in the future). I got to hear Kevin Zeese (one of the Occupy DC founders) as well as faculty discuss their work/research/opinions on the movements. Very enlightening? Yes. It was also for extra credit for my sociology class, so that was a plus. When you’re at Mason, you’ll notice every single day there are at least 4 lectures. It’s impossible to go to all of them, just like it is impossible to go to all of the events on campus since there are SO many.

Wednesday was my regular tutor day. Sadly it was the last day of tutoring for this semester, so my colleagues and I went all out at Sunflower in Falls Church!! For those of you not in the area, or who’ve never been, Sunflower is an all vegetarian restaurant (most of their stuff is vegan, actually). There are two locations: Falls Church and Vienna. Soooo good! I wish I had my camera handy then, because I had the most glorious orange chik’n (chik’n=vegan) with veggies and brown rice. I couldn’t breathe for the following 5 hours, though…

Today has been very relaxed since my internship day at the collections facility for the NMAI was cancelled. I went to a meeting earlier and now I’ve been obsessed with my new lens. I even made 2 collages:

Consider this the EPIC presentation of my new lens. ALL HAIL NIKKOR!!


The first official photos with my new lens!

I miss my puppy, though! Buddy seems to be quite popular here on the blog, so here’s another treat:

Buddy is watching my mom go upstairs to the deck...then he watches out for our neighbors' cats.