Sunday, October 26, 2014

It's the Great Pumpkin.....Patch!

Gosh, this week was so crazy. I had to work a lot and had two midterms in one day! Thankfully that week is over now and to celebrate my roommates and I took a trip to our local pumpkin patch. 
Nine, Carly, and I getting a sun tan in OCTOBER!
There is an array of pumpkin patches to choose from in the Santa Barbara area, but I had heard a lot of referrals about Lane Farms  and decided to check it out. It's off of Hollister in Goleta and you won't miss it because of the signs they have put up and it's hard to miss the pile of pumpkins just hanging out on the side of the road. 

The place was so cute; you park behind their store, which is filled with seasonal fruits and veggies and other local produce like honey and avocado oil. Behind their store is a corn maze, a miniature barn for their animals, and the pumpkin patch itself. They have other cool attractions such as a water pump and restored antique cars.

Farm life on the coast.
My favorite part of our visit (except for the cool recipe list they have for free, if I get motivated enough I'll make some soup or pie!) was definitely the CORN MAZE!! 
Corn fields with palm trees in the background, ha!
Yes, we did get lost. Yes, we did enter through the exit and exit through the entrance. No, we did not have to pay a crazy fee or get stuck in there for hours. Overall, our trip to Lane Farms was fun, inexpensive (my modest pumpkin cost me a mere $4, they charge by size, not weight) and made some great memories. I definitely recommend making a stop by if you want to bond with your friends, and it's kid friendly too!

I even got a taste of home; Idaho is filled with farms and corn fields and seeing the agrarian side of Santa Barbara made up for the lack of Fall weather we get here. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Villa in Malibu

On Saturday I took a trip with the SBCC Art Department to the Getty Villa museum in Malibu. I must admit, I do not know a lot about Roman or Greek art, but the art and architecture were exquisite.

The Getty Villa, overlooking the Pacific, is a great replication of Classical architecture. There's even an herb garden with herbs native to the Mediterranean, my favorite was the lemon scented thyme!
J. Paul Getty purchased land in Malibu to showcase his art collection, with an emphasis in Greek and Roman periods. How amazing would it be to live in a place that looks like this, surrounded by art works that were at your disposal?

Art is an element of culture that refines and gives substance to an individual. At any museum, the Villa being no exception, I feel very artsy fartsy and educated (I'm taking ART 104: Art History from Renaissance to Modern, so I had some background knowledge of sculpture, architecture, and art methods).

Venus, a marble statue from Rome. 
Victorious Youth, a Greek bronze sculpture.

If you have some spare time, visit a museum! It could be art or historical, but they are so much fun because you get to learn and see some of the most spectacular things. Plus, they're mostly free for students and you end up only having to pay for parking.

Culture is meant to be appreciated! Southern California is bustling with cultural centers and world famous museums. Who wants to say they lived two hours away from Los Angeles and never visited the Norton Simon Museum or the Getty Center? Not I, that's why I am going to make it a point to visit those two by the end of the year.
This vase reminded me of Hercules. Fun Fact! Hercules is actually Roman, the Greek version of Hercules is named Heracles (Your childhood was lie, basically).
This floor was an optical illusion and I could not stop staring at it!

Wherever you live there is probably a museum of some sort. If you think museums are boring, read the plaques on sculptures you see in local parks or go exploring in your grandparent's basement, I'm sure there are some cultural artifacts in there!



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

my music recommendations!

This is how I feel at the end of a day where I had work and class:
Who doesn't love Chandler from Friends?

I didn't get off work until 9:30 tonight (and it was relatively slow, making it a harder shift to get through) so it was hard for me to think of a post to write to entertain all the awesome people who read my blog.

So, instead of sharing what cool things I did this week (which hasn't been much...it's midterms!!), I thought I'd share something I'm really passionate about: music!

Here are some of my recommendations, what I've been playing on repeat lately:

The Shins - Sea Legs - To be honest, I haven't looked into what the lyrics or meaning behind this song is, but I know that I love it. The Shins are always great when the air gets crisper, their melodies make you feel like you could float through the air and their experimental sound is so much fun.

Jose Gonzalez - Stay Alive - If you watched the remake of Walter Mitty, you'll have a greater appreciation for Jose Gonzalez. His songs are beautiful, yet simple that when I listen to them I don't know if I want to smile or cry.

Portugal. The Man - Modern Jesus - This song says that it's better to have faith in yourself rather than a "higher being" but no matter your religious beliefs, this song is so cool.

Disclosure - You and Me (Flume Remix) - Only one phrase can explain why this song is so popular and heard in every coffee shop I've been to in the past year: that drop.

Milky Chance - Stolen Dance - Fun fact! The band has confirmed that their name means absolutely nothing. Also, this song is great and makes me want to have an impromptu dance session with myself while making my morning eggs.

The Dirty Projectors - Stillness is the Move - An oldie (2009), but a goodie. That girl's falsetto is hands-down one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard.

Taylor Swift - Out of the Woods - Say what you will about Taylor Swift, but this has got to be one of the best pop songs of 2014.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pumpkin spice and everything nice

It even comes in a cute little container :)

I know this may be hard for a lot of people to believe, but my life can be pretty boring sometimes.

I stayed in for most of the weekend and tried to put the feeling of fall into my apartment. Fall is my favorite season and, while the leaves do change color, it's hard to feel like autumn when it's 75 degrees!

I stayed in for most of the weekend and tried to put the feeling of fall into my apartment. Fall is my favorite season and, while the leaves do change color, it's hard to feel like autumn when it's 75 degrees!
I love the lace and how it projects light onto my walls!

I made a trip to my favorite place on the entire planet, Trader Joe's, and bought some new tea to restock my tea drawer (every apartment should have a tea drawer). Since I was really diggin' their pumpkin theme, I picked up a container of their Pumpkin Spice Rooibos. Rooibos tea typically tastes like cough medicine to me, so I was a little bit skeptical to try this new blend.

Oh boy was I wrong! With cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice...this blend makes me want to curl up in a blanket and watch Charlie Brown while eating pumpkin pie. 

Hopefully I'll be heading to the pumpkin patch soon to fully submerge myself in the autumn experience. Happy fall everybody, and may you all enjoy the best season of the year! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

the french press

I love this picture! It's not mine, I found it on Flickr. 
Anyone who knows me knows that I love coffee shops. Almost more than I love coffee itself (almost).
One of my favorite places ever is The French Press , there's one where Cota meets Anacapa and another on upper State St. These guys really love their espresso and I love their minimalist menu and how they roast their own beans. 
My work actually serves their coffee, so I had to train here and they are super specific about their espresso! Baristas manually pull their shots and weigh every single one to make sure you get the best espresso possible, which I really admire.
It's also a great place to get some studying done! I love coming here for the music and ambiance but I also feel super productive here. Maybe it's the iced mocha (or could it be their in-house pastries?? yumm) or maybe it's the fact that there are just good vibes everywhere. Either way, it helps me get my homework done.
I think I'll be spending more time here this semester. Coffee shops are great for running into familiar faces or meeting new ones! 
Laptop featuring my women's history textbook.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Apartment, Sweet Apartment!

When the real world gets a little too stressful, it's always nice to have a comfy apartment to escape to.

There's a number of things you can do to make your apartment seem more "homey." First, make sure you keep it clean because trust me, when you have a pile of dishes to clean and and essay to write it just adds on to the stress! Whenever you can, vacuum or dust and just clean your dishes after you use them so it's less work for you later. 

Decorate with whatever you own! I'm in college, so I don't really have the funds nor patience to color co-ordinate or give a general theme to my place. My roommates and I just try to decorate the apartment with our own decorations. Things like paintings, pillows, and tapestries are simple yet give personality to your space. 

I've had this tapestry for almost a year and I love it!
Set the mood by placing christmas lights anywhere and everywhere. Yes, it's a little cheesy and dorm-like, but who wants to go out and actually buy lamps or light fixtures? String lights of any variety are inexpensive, can last a long time, and add warmth to any room. 

College is a time of experimentation and your home should be no different! In every place I've lived, we've improvised decorations and give the place personality. 
Our modest living room set-up (comfiest couch ever).

Christmas lights and a plant give the room a cozy feeling.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Femme Fridays

Friday is my favorite day of the week. Maybe it's because I don't have class or it's the best night for making tips at the restaurant I work at. The real reason I love fridays, though, is because it's the day the Feminist Club meets!
  
The group last semester
The SBCC Feminist Club was revived last year by students taking H110: History of American Women. The professor, Danielle Swiontek, is the advisor for the club but the club is mainly ran by students (of all genders!). I like it because we talk about current issues, organize events on campus, and sometimes it turns into a lesson about women's rights and history. 

Personally, I haven't been able to go to the club because I've had work, but I will be there this Friday from 1:30-2:30 in BC-228. I encourage anyone who is interested to just show up at a meeting because the discussions are very productive. If you can't make the meetings, join the Facebook group at SBCC Feminist Student Club where people of the CC community are free to post and discuss articles relating to women's rights. 

The club's description is as follows: "We are a group of SBCC students dedicated to equality for people of all races, ethnicities, genders, and social class." 

I know that some of you may be thinking that feminism is either and out-dated concept or a group of men-hating, bra-burning crazed women. I can tell you from personal experience that that is not true; feminism is the ideology that women should be equal to men politically, socially, and economically. The group also focuses on non-Western women, women of all races, and rights for minorities such as transgender and queer people. 
I am so proud of my "This is what a FEMINIST looks like" badge

If you see a girl with a button that says "FEMINIST" in big block letters, that's me. Whether or not you consider yourself a feminist, I am always open to discussion about feminism because it is something I am passionate about and it is my personal belief that everyone should consider themselves a feminist.

Hopefully this post can inspire at least one of you to come to the meetings! The club welcomes everyone, and yes, even dudes have joined the SBCC Feminist Club.