THL in Chicago – Part 1

Just looked at the weather forecast for Chicago over the next 5 days, and rain and sun sounds infinitely better than Morris’ cold and wind!

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Here’s the plan for today:

It’s now 7am. I’ve been up since 5:30am because I just couldn’t sleep. Plus I have a 5 page paper to finish writing in the next 2 hours. Joy.

10-11:40am – Intro to Pol Theory class
12:00pm – Leave for Twin Cities with my adviser, Roger R Rose.
3:15pm – Reach U of M St. Paul campus and wait for Kira’s dad to pick me up.
(Kira was my apartment mate during my sophomore yr. Her family is hosting me for the night!)

This is Kira! :)
This is Kira! :)

And then I get to spend the rest of the evening hanging out with Kira’s wonderful, warm Danish family, and bribing her dog (I think her name is Kesha?) with clementines. ^_^ Expect pictures of the dog!

This is Dog. Poor traumatized dog dressed as a bunny rabbit. Dog is not happy.
This is Dog.
Poor traumatized dog dressed as a bunny rabbit.
Dog is not happy.
Kira, her mom Anna, and brother Leif [L-R]
Kira, her mom Anna, and brother Leif [L-R]
Kira, her father Hans, and brother Leif
Kira, her father Hans, and brother Leif

Also look what I just found on her father’s fb page today:

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This is ME! Browsing Facebook at their house 2 years ago. The caption on fb said “This is Adi after doing homework” :)
Kira, myself, and Bethany - we were roommates during our Sophomore (2nd yr) year, and were all on the same freshman (1st yr) floor!
Kira, myself, and Bethany – we were roommates during our Sophomore (2nd yr) year, and were all on the same freshman (1st yr) floor! ‘we look so young! :)

I fly out of the Twin Cities to Chicago tomorrow at noon-ish.
More later,
Love and tons of excitement,
Adi

New favorite Indian Music Duo – Maati Baani

So I usually don’t post 2 segments of this weekly music thing within ONE week, but yesterday evening I stumbled across this Indian duo called Maati Baani, and their collaborations are just so WONDERFUL that I absolutely wanted to share them with you guys! Here are some of my favorites by them:

It definitely took me a few songs to get used to (and eventually fall in love with) Nirali’s voice, but now I can’t seem to get enough of this duo! And I love that their collaborations not only take them to some of the most underrated folk singers India has to offer, but also that it takes them overseas, using music as a bridge over physical boundaries!

What do you think of their music?

2 days till my Chicago Trip

This countdown is nearing it’s end, and I’m so excited that I can’t even find the right words to describe the feeling! :)

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On my Headphones

Here’s what I’ve been jammin’ to this week:

Ed Sheeran – You Need Me, I Don’t Need You

Olly Murs – Wrapped Up

THL makes Zebra Cake

Some of my readers, [namely Bilal and Mayur] are insufferable. They demand pictures of food and complain if they aren’t pacified :) I took cupcakes to a date I went on last week, and all they did was complain about how I didn’t really mention the cupcakes or take any pictures. So yesterday, to make it up to them, I baked a cake.

Okay. I’m lying.

I did bake a cake, but it was not for them [even though I love them dearly]. It was for my mom, who will be 56 tomorrow. Despite our personal differences, I want her to have a wonderful birthday, just like the wonderful one she gave me for my 21st birthday this year. So I’d been planning this for a few months.

I went out and bought her some zebra cake mix, and right away I knew this was going to be an adventure. I’ve never attempted to make it before..

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Then I pre-heated the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

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Next up, I whisked the chocolate cake mix together with an egg, half a bag of chocolate chips, 2/3rd cup oil and 1/4th cup water.

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Then I did the same with the white cake mix, except that it only needed egg white instead of a whole egg, and only 2 tablespoons of oil. And another half bag of chocolate chips went in there too.

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Now both batters were ready and the oven was pre-heated.

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I greased a cake pan

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After this it was time to scoop both cake batters into the pan alternatively. One at a time, without touching the cake mix one it was in the pan. Once you scoop the batter into your pan, it spreads on its own and eventually both batters form layered circles.

I then put it in the oven to bake for about 50-55 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Once it was done, I let it cool for about half an hour, and stuck it in the fridge for another 20 minutes so that it would cool enough for me to frost the cake. It honestly looks like a marble cake from the top, but hopefully when we cut into it tomorrow, it will look good!

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I used Hershey’s Chocolate Caramel frosting:

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And I used some gel writing tools and sequin flower decorations:

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And here’s what the cake looked like when I was done.

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I’m not great at using Writing Gel, so I’m afraid it’s not that pretty, but it’s going to taste good, and that’s what matters. I also didn’t take it out of the pan because I always end up breaking my cake whenever I try!

THL on Cupcakes

Apparently you guys are really upset that I didn’t “write much about those cupcakes” I gave to Zak on our date on Tuesday! Unfortunately I didn’t think to take pictures, but here, let me indulge you and describe them for you instead!

It started with Betty Crocker Cake mix – for moist chocolate cake, which I decided to add chocolate chips to, and pour into cupcake trays. And when they were done baking, I covered them with some low-fat Betty Crocker Chocolate Yogurt Icing (never heard of it before then) and some colorful sprinkles.

They were pretty and very yummy! :)

Happy now? [I’m looking at you Mayur and Bilal!]

Finally Official

As convenient as it is to often go by word of mouth, till things are set in stone, there’s often a slip between the cup and the lip. So I was sure glad this morning to finally see news of the alleged award I’d won in writing.

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They even highlighted the important parts for me! ;)

THL on second dates

Remember Rugby guy who I wasn’t sure I was on a date with? The one whose rice I burnt? yeah…Zak and I “hung out” again tonight, and I can assure you, 100%, that it definitely was a date. Funny part was, that after the last one, I wasn’t really expecting it. So I really didn’t try at all. No makeup (well, except mascara and lip gloss that got wiped off within a minute of applying it) and I wore clothes that I would wear to a sleepover at a friend’s place – so not quite pajamas, but close enough!
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On making Choices

So after a more serious post yesterday, it’s time to lighten up the mood a little.

Indian actress, Deepika Padukone, recently starred in a video on women’s empowerment in conjunction with Vogue magazine. The video was a little controversial, but here, watch it for yourself:

And, to lighten the mood, here is my favorite parody of it:

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