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End of Summer Musings August 18, 2013

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[Note: I started this post in March… typical.]

1. Sarah in PVD will be Sarah in Boston/Somerville (not quite as catchy) in September!  Actually, hopefully August 30th.

Leaving aside the blog name logistics, the ever-present parental disapproval, and the work travel, I’m excited. I am a little nervous, and by a little, I mean moderately nervous, to leave Providence. It’s hard to leave a city that I’ve grown to love during the past 6 years, a city where I met amazing people, ate a lot of delicious food (and expanded my culinary appetite), and most importantly, a city and a school that helped me grow into my own.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to move to Somerville but to borrow a phrase from Dan, I fear change! Somerville does sound pretty awesome – for example, they have a “Somerville welcome packet” and a bike path. And I won’t be lacking in food options – we’re close to Porter and Davis Squares. Also, Bonchon is a stone’s throw away (if a stone’s throw means 2 miles) – korean fried chicken wings all day, eer day!

2. I very much need to start finishing projects and accomplishing goals.

As y’all know, I have this tendency to go through “phases”. I get super excited about something, do it intensely for a few days, and then get bored and move on to something else. This means that I have many, many unfinished projects. Sometimes, they eventually get finished (ex. my Winnie-the-Pooh latch hook kit) but most of the time they remain unfinished (ex. my attempt at Harry Potter fanfiction – no, you cannot see it, it will remain under wraps). This blog is a PRIME example of this personality tendency – I go through long phases where I don’t update and then I update frequently for a few weeks (repeat cycle). The content is another great example – remember that list of things I wanted to do?

Maybe I should prioritize, first up – be consistent with is my exercise schedule. I’m usually good for a few weeks and then I lapse. I let work get the best of me and I almost always choose more sleep/lazing around over exercise. Let’s be real – when it comes to exercise or the Mindy Project, I’m going to choose the Mindy Project…laughing really hard is an ab workout right?

I also added a few other projects to my “list of things to do” – volunteering, taking an acting class, finishing my puzzle… what can I say, I have lofty goals and aspirations. If I can even get one of these things done, I’ll be happy. On that note, I did start taking some online courses on Coursera – and in typical Sarah fashion, I’m already behind.

3. On a side note – if y’all are wondering why I chose to cut my hair. I was inspired by the Mindy Project. And it’s awesome – not sure I’ll go back to longer hair anytime soon.

4. On a blog logistics note, I think I’m going to take this blog out of the crafting/cooking realm and change it to a “what’s going on in Sarah’s life” blog with cooking and crafting sprinkled throughout. I’ll have to think about rebranding it though – I guess I’ll leave the URL (Sarah in PVD) – I don’t think I can change this and besides that, part of me will always be in PVD – metaphorically and physically since I’ll still be working here.

5. On another note, in case anyone was interested in what I actually work on – this article by Dylan Scott from Governing Magazine is incredibly accurate. For reference, I’m on the data and evaluation team but did not partake in the migraine medicine… I am, however, guilty of the half-eaten salad.

THE END. Sorry for the incredibly long post. It’s way overdue.


Sarah in PVD is officially going to Boston (Somerville)! June 30, 2013

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I’m not sure what to do about this blog yet… Suggestions? I suppose the first suggestion is blog regularly instead of blogging once every few months… 


VEGGIE BOX! September 9, 2012

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So I didn’t take pictures of my veggie box as I was unpacking partially because I forgot and also because I was very busy looking up the best way to store these strange veggies I would have never bought. But… this weekend I made a ton of stuff from my box.

Sweet Potato Fries

Dan and I made baked sweet potato fries and used some garlic powder, dried basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes for seasoning. I think they ended up being a little spicier than we anticipated and a little saltier than we wanted but overall a success!


On Saturday, we went to go see the USS Michael Murphy (a destroyer) at Newport. Chris’s cousin is in the Navy and she, along with her friends, gave us a tour! Although, this isn’t really my jam and I don’t know as much about Navy ships as say… Dan… it was still amazing. The sheer size and mechanics of the ship are mind-blowing. It cost 1.8 billion dollars… things that we were touching/seeing were MAD expensive. When we came home, we made Glazed Festival Squash which turned out really well and were sweet and delicious!


Today, we made eggs with arugula and leeks for breakfast which turned out really well! Dan (and I, by extension) learned how to cut, clean, and cook leeks. Thank goodness for Youtube! It looked really good in the pan but I forgot to take a picture of it then. I was too eager to eat!


For dinner, I had some Healthy Choice quick meal thing and then I made some soup! It has carrots, caramelized onions, celery, and potato. I seasoned it liberally with salt and pepper after blending it but it tastes pretty good and seems pretty healthy to me! It’s got a great color to it and is a way I can eat carrots!



Now I have 1 Mcintosh apple, 1 sweet potato, 3 beets, 3 peaches, and 4 skinny carrots left from my original box o’ vegetables. Itsuka is taking care of the Romaine lettuce for since I’m not a huge fan — I prefer mixed greens, arugula, or spinach and I’m adding celery to my vegetable stock since I bought some today for soup. I’m planning to roast the beets and then saute the beet greens with some turkey bacon. My next veggie box comes on Wednesday and I’m sure I’ll have to take some home with me since there is no way I can eat everything before I leave for the weekend.


Updates to the Updates September 5, 2012

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I’ve had a few developments to my end-of-the-summer update list already! They’re minor but still make me feel like I’m doing things/keeping busy.

1. I’ve finished The Disappearing Spoon. The book was a good read overall and quite entertaining at times. However, there were several parts in the book that made no sense to me, most likely because of my lack of a background in chemistry and because I failed to properly grasp what the author was talking about. I would still recommend the book though because it accomplished its goal — getting me to become interested in chemistry. Years of terrible chem classes had made chemistry a big black box but now, thanks to Sam Kean, I’m inspired to learn more — through a careful reading of my old chemistry textbooks and a long list of things to Wikipedia.

2. My first “veggie box” from the farmshare is coming on Wednesday! In preparation for what I’m sure will be an abundance of carrots, I’ve found this recipe from Mark Bittman (with help from Dan’s Dad): glazed carrots. As most people who know me are well aware, I don’t like carrots except in very specific circumstances (in chicken noodle soup, do chua, or sometimes in take-out). This recipe looks simple and hopefully will be tasty enough to help me get over my carrot distaste.

(EDIT: MY VEGGIE BOX CAME IN TODAY!!! I’m incredibly excited. Today is very rainy and gloomy and fruits/veggies was exactly what I needed — will update with photos and recipe ideas when I get home. I feel like a small child with a new toy.)

3. Not on my list but a first nonetheless: candlepin bowling! The bowling balls are super small and it’s actually incredibly hard… Riz, Dan, and I were the only people without kids (very little kids) but it was still great fun.


End of Summer Update August 27, 2012

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It’s August 27th so I thought I should do a follow-up on my goals list. Side note: HOW IS IT THE END OF THE SUMMER? Where has time gone?!

Long-term goals:

  • Start playing music again (not so much but I may save this one for after my roomie takes her MCATs… I’m not sure the noise from playing clarinet will be good for her studying)
  • Travel (working on it! So far, DC, NYC, Cancun in January)
  • More regular exercise (sort of… I am planning to get a membership to the YMCA so that I can practice swimming)
  • Be more sustainable (eat mainly in season fruits and veggies) (Halfway there — I’m hoping to get a mini farm share of veggies and I’m going to the farmer’s market more frequently.)
  • Actually learn how to cook (On track)
  • Run a half-marathon (Falling by the wayside so I’ll have to be better about going for a jog)
  • More crafts! (I’ve made very little progress on this front)

Short term goals

  • Finish cross-stitch pillowcase (see “more crafts” above. I’ll aim to finish it by the end of this year)
  • Go the whole length of the East Bay bike path (I’m sad I haven’t used my bike all summer… I really need to get a bike pump — this will be a this week task!)
  • Make a new dish at least twice a month (Mostly on track, which reminds me to think of two recipes to try for September)
  • Learn how to swim (Almost success! I took some classes — now all I need is practice. See “exercise” above)
  • Read a book every week and a half (this one, along with crafting, fell by the wayside a bit but I’m trying to be better about it. I just joined which is a fantastic way of keeping me on track)

All in all, I’d say this has been a pretty successful summer. Here’s to a fantastic fall. (Yes, I realize that technically there’s a month left to the summer). I’m super glad to be out of school but I have to say I miss studying a little bit (the casual type of studying, not the cramming kind). I actually brought back several textbooks from home (cell and molec bio, orgo, chem, and neuroscience) with the intent of reading them for enjoyment. I started the chemistry textbook and am rather enjoying it… TOTALLY WEIRD I KNOW. Also, how “Brown” of me. 🙂


Back for realsies! June 14, 2012

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My last post was ages ago and I’ve already established that I’m terrible at blogging. I’m many posts overdue but since I no longer have school (WOOOO!) I figured I would make one last attempt at reviving this blog. The title still holds true since I’m still in Providence and will be here until next June.

Now that I’m no longer in school, I really have no excuse to be lazy and sit around doing nothing so I’m also using this blog as a way to keep myself in check. For now: 

Long-term goals: 

  • Start playing music again
  • Travel
  • More regular exercise
  • Be more sustainable (eat mainly in season fruits and veggies)
  • Actually learn how to cook
  • Run a half-marathon
  • More crafts! 

Short term goals

  • Finish cross-stitch pillowcase
  • Go the whole length of the East Bay bike path
  • Make a new dish at least twice a month
  • Learn how to swim
  • Read a book every week and a half

Clearly this is a very ambitious list but it’s always good to aim high! I’m also going to try to update this blog every week and a half. Phew! I’m tired from just writing this list but let’s hope that I’ll be able to cross out some of the short-term things by the fall. 


I’m a terrible blogger… July 6, 2011

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Mainly because I have the attention span of a little kid. Since my last blog post, I’ve graduated from college and well I guess that’s about it. Graduation doesn’t seem that exciting on the other side — you know, the side where you have to eventually find a real job and live a real life. It’s a good thing I’m putting that off by a year.

Now that it’s summer again, I have a new job (actually 2!) and am starting work on a new thesis/avoiding work on my old one. I am working three days a week at the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner and two days a week at Neighborhood Health Plan. I used to think that I was accustomed to the “working life” but now as I write this entry, I think I may have spoken too soon. I don’t think I will ever be a 9 to 5 person. It’s a good thing too because my boss at OHIC is not a 9-5 person either and expects things done outside the work day. 😦 Despite the fact that I’m super lazy and I love to procrastinate, I’m actually really enjoying work. I feel like I’m doing things that are affecting policy and inciting actions which is nice since I was struggling with this during the school year. Near the end of the school year (maybe because I was burning out?), I started to feel as if no one would actually read anything I’ve done in school (projects, thesis, etc.) but now I’m not as disillusioned mainly because I can see very tangible results from my work. I’m also super excited for my new masters thesis topic: an ArcGIS analysis of child immunizations in RI using NHP’s database. I’ve started work on it even though I haven’t sent it in to be approved… like I said, I’m a procrastinator.

To follow with last summer’s theme, I’m haphazardly running. I was super active during the Spring semester (for 3/4 of it) and then finals/senior/graduation hit and I’m finding it hard to get back into the mindset of exercising. I also really miss my studio mio/fake zumba dance classes. Maybe if the weather is nice this weekend, I’ll just go out on the Main Green with friends and dance around… no shame right?

Reading… well, I started Pillars of the Earth at the beginning of the summer but it got really boring about 2/3 of the way through. I finished it but it wasn’t that great. I started The World is Flat but the author was starting to really bug me so I may give that one another try later on in the summer. Now, I’m reading Down to Earth which was one of my (actually Dan’s) textbooks for my North American Environmental History class. It’s very well-written and interesting — definitely a good read. I’m hoping to order The Disappearing Spoon and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie soon from Amazon.

Since it’s now 10:08, my bedtime is fast approaching so I will leave this blog post be and upload some pictures of cooking adventures tomorrow. And yes, I’ll actually do it. I feel motivated (for now).