Studio Gumbo, Plant Pranks

Does Your Professor Make You Gumbo?

Mine does! And it was delicious!

(Of course, it certainly isn’t as good as my family’s)

So much has happened in studio! We visited the Johnston Square neighborhood a few weeks ago and started on our conceptual designs. My deign focuses on vacant corner lots with colorful murals that have environmental education themes. Here is a map of Johnston Square:

And here is the street that I am focusing on for my murals. The highlighted blue areas are the vacant lots I am looking at:

I’ve been enjoying the  design process for this site because I get to sketch a lot more! Here are some of my mural ideas:

And yes, it was pointed out that I forgot the U in “Square” so there’s no need to comment on that Mom.

I have also involved myself with some plant-related hijinx. The guy who sits next to me has been growing a little spider plant that looks like this (Notice the tiny size):

I found a giant spider plant runner and replaced his tiny sprout with a larger one while he was away over the weekend.

He came in yesterday and stared at his plant and wanted to laugh so hard but I didn’t! He re-potted it because it go so “big”. As he was doing so, he was voiced his concerns that the plant was putting all it’s energy into leaf production I have an even larger runner that I plant to replace his new plant with…Stay tuned…

UPDATE! I replaced his spider plant AGAIN! hahah!

THON Again.

I went to THON this year because I got a floor pass to visit my best buddy who was a dancer. It was pretty cool because I’d never actually been on the floor, just in the stands, so I got to see what really  goes on behind the scenes. My time slot was from 2-3AM so I wasn’t too thrilled about that, but then again, I didn’t have to stay awake and on my feet for 46 hours so I couldn’t really complain. The whole ordeal is a bit stressful but I did it and I visited her. Yay!

 

Birds of Prey

Logan was staring at these two red-tailed hawks when I was walking back from class the other day.

Procrastination Art

I had a minimal amount of work over the weekend, so I made a drawing of my plant window in my apartment using photoshop and a wacom pen. 

 

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Pre-Fall Break

Hi everyone! First of all, Happy Thanksgiving!  But this is not my fall break post.  Anyway, Here is what went down since last time you looked at the internet:

Virginia Tech Meet

Yes, a fall meet. You remember the last time we went to a meet in the fall and the car I was in broke down half way to Syracuse? Well that didn’t happen this time. Which is good. Because we drove aaall the way down to Virginia Tech. It’s like six hours.

Being shuffled outside from the fire alarm

So we are at the meet, warming up when the fire alarm goes off. Hooray, we all get to stand outside in the cold. It wasn’t too bad though. We sang a bunch of songs and were generally very obnoxious while all the other teams kinda glared at us and some prospective student tours struggled to wade through the sea of warm-up clad gymnasts. Fifteen minutes later and we were back inside. The meet went well. Nothing spectacular. BUT Penn State Men and Women clenched first place for teams! Oh yeah! So that was fun. Also I won first place! Yay!

 

Hmm… What else…

Anonymous People Judging Me

We had our portfolio review “showcase” before break where all ofour portfolios are spread out on tables and everyone is invited to come write things that we need to fix on them. The only problem is that no one knows who wrote the comments so I don’t know whose advice to listen to and whose to ignore. Haha I’m kidding I listen to the criticism. I’m actually pretty happy with how my portfolio turned out. You can’t see it, however, because the internet crashed when I tried to upload it.

 

Ill-Advised Food Choices

Remember that place Momotaro that I wrote about last time. Well Logan and I went back there to get some of these cool chocolates that didn’t look edible but apparently were. They were pretty pricey at $2.50 each but we were curious. But as cool as they looked, they were just not worth the money.

Above you can see the two chocolates and the macaroon

On an unrelated note, my friend Haleigh had come over to my apartment to watch TV and we decided to eat a whole box of farafelle noodles with butter and shaky cheese. Here is a picture of that:

P.S. The header image is irrelevant to anything in this post. It’s just a cool leaf with water droplets.

 

Suddenly Sickness

If there’s one thing that you want to avoid when first coming back to school, it’s sickness. Unfortunately for many people, this venture proves unsuccessful as sniffling, sneezing, and coughing can be hear throughout the halls and classrooms. And, unfortunately, I am no exception. It was not too lang after arrival that I too became sick. It’s not fun to scooter to and from class while your nose runs faster than you can catch it and constant coughing prevents much productive movement forward. So anyways, I’m finally getting better (although by the sound of my voice you wouldn’t be able to tell).

Living alone in apartment is kinda tough. I think the worst thing about actually being an “adult” is that all you do is dishes. Cooking is so exciting until I remember that I have to actually clean up. Oh well. I guess that’s life.

This first week was rough, let me tell you. It is much more difficult to motivate myself to go to class when I’m all the way down town from where my class is since last year I had a two minute walk from my dorm. I also have yet to do laundry since I have no laundry-doing device and no mode of transportation. Classes seem ok but more than one person has told me and my LARCH friends that 3rd year is the hardest year. yay. That did nothing for my self-confidence. So far, I am not dying of stress but I can’t vouch for end-of-semester Zoe’s state of mind.

Well, it’s late now and I think I’m going to bed.