Waltzing into the Twenties
What a weekend it has been! After finishing a rather long week with plenty of assignments and library time, I got to celebrate my twentieth birthday over the long weekend. (I always joke about how President's Day is in honor of my birthday, but no one actually believes me. xP)
Me, post Fountain-Dunk... brrr!
After Oxy's customary fountain-dunk I was treated to a lovely raspberry white chocolate mocha at the Cooler, our second eatery on campus. It's open late and usually has everything you want after a long day, including good sushi, pizza and salad. One of my friends bought me an Italian cooking class in Old Town Pasadena (she writes for the Oxy 411 blog, you should check it out if you haven't already) and it was amazing! We learned how to make risotto and subsequently devoured some really good food:
A closed pizza with mushrooms and potato salad
Pasta with sun-dried tomato sauce
After hurrying back from an Italian bakery on Colorado Boulevard that had the most amazing cookies and white chocolate crumble, I had to get ready for Oxy's first ever Dance Marathon. We managed to raise $2020 for Save the Children through contributions and dancers spending 8 hours on the dance floor. It was an incredible way to spend my birthday and be part of a pioneering team for an event that will continue to happen at Oxy for years to come.
The Viennese Waltz (and check out that ladies hat!)
I didn't have time to be tired, because Oxy was also hosting its Annual Waltz Night. It's one of my personal favorites here, and I'm so glad it was happening on my birthday. Anyone can come learn how to waltz, and then spend the evening dancing to classical music and potentially learning how to polka.
Watch Out! Waltzing Through!
The dance floor always gets extremely crowded but couples manage to maneuver past each other. It's really beautiful to watch (or learn, but no high heels, ladies- for fear of injuring a handsome gentleman while dancing!) The Folk and Historic Dance Troupe at Oxy has been in existence for forty-one years and it's a great way to interact with different people in the community through a common love of dance.
Proof it rains
It's been raining quite frequently (yes, you read that right, it does in fact rain in Los Angeles) and that makes me want to cuddle up-hot chocolate and Disney movies, anyone? The Indian festival of Holi is coming up, and I am hoping to cook for it-stay tuned for Indian traditions to come!