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How to Be Awkward

September 1, 2010 by


I’m taking a really cool class this semester called Nonverbal Communication and today we were discussing unspoken behavioral rules that everyone just knows to follow. Apparently, if you want to be socially awkward: Stare at people for prolonged periods of time.After shaking someone’s hand, keep holding on and similarly, when people give you a casual […]


June 17, 2010 by


One of the things I had to try before leaving Oxford was punting. A punt is basically a flat-bottomed boat that you propel by sticking a long pole into the riverbed and pushing your boat forward. It’s a lot of fun, but it takes quite a bit of skill and practice to steer. “For either […]

Getting Trashed

June 11, 2010 by


And no, this post title has nothing to do with alcohol– at least not directly. Let me put it into context: All matriculated Oxford students take a series of exams at the end of their studies in order to receive their degrees. These rigorous exams are taken over several days, each day lasting a few […]

If you turn your back for just one second…

May 21, 2010 by


I was browsing through Apartment Therapy yesterday and found the link to this hilarious blog called Sh*t My Kids Ruined. Rather than describing it to you, here’s a sneak preview.

Enthusiasm for 2010

January 5, 2010 by


I just found this video of a girl enthusiastically playing the cowbell on Dlisted and it immediately brought back my high school marching band days. Yes. I was in marching band. Obviously I was one of the cool kids back in high school, with my orange and black uniform, feathered cap, and clarinet. This is […]

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2009 by


It’s Halloween night here in England. Apparently, Halloween’s not very big here. Most of the people I’ve met here have never trick-or-treated as children! As an American, I’ve grown up loving Halloween. It’s that time of year when children and adults alike dress up and have a lot of fun. In elementary school, we dressed […]

Toughen up, kids

October 19, 2009 by


Ok. I’m taking a quick break from reading the 924 pages of Pamela I need to finish (and write 2000-3000 word essay on) before Thursday. After writing that sentence, I’m beginning to think that this little diversion is a bad idea. Oh, well. I’ve committed myself. What prompted this post is an article I’ve come […]