Chinese Banquet: Nom Nom!

I went to a Chinese dinner banquet to celebrate Jenny’s PhD thesis in Chinatown with her family and friends.  There was so much food!  I regret not putting on some pants with elastic bands…

A “Well Read” wine.  I mixed this with some Coke. Calimocho, so refreshing!

Soups on.

You can’t go wrong with Lobster.

Double tiered food.

Chinatown Cake. Not too sweet. Fresh, soft, yummy.

Party favors!

Ginger Phoenix: sake, sparkling wine, muddled ginger. Spicy, sweet, smooth, refreshing.

Blue jello lemon wedge shots.

Ceiling lights. 90 degree turn.

Don’t judge a bookshelf by its books…

Okay, maybe you can judge a bookshelf by its books, but also judge a bookshelf by how pretty it is!

Anyways, this whole thing started because I’m in the process of moving in with my boyfriend and I need space to put all my books and random crap.  I hate moving.  The very idea of moving makes me want to vomit.  Nonetheless, things happen, life changes, people have to move and life must go on!  Since I was using a custom built bookshelf at my old apartment, I needed a replacement space to put all my stuff.  However, I’m a broke graduate student, and I needed something that didn’t hurt the tiny piggy  bank. Solution: Ikea “as is” furniture!

I found this gem in the “as is” section of Ikea – the graveyard of DIY idiots:EXPEDIT Bookcase, black-brown Width: 31 1/8 " Depth: 15 3/8 " Height: 58 5/8 " Max load/shelf: 29 lb  Width: 79 cm Depth: 39 cm Height: 149 cm Max load/shelf: 13 kg

This EXPEDIT bookshelf was only $42 marked down from $69.99. Yay!  It only had a tiny scratch on one of the shelves.  I could also have gone to craigslist, but didn’t want the bother of having to deal with another human being (I was having a bad week okay?).

My old roommate from Valencia, Spain got me this Spanish tile of a castillo.

My ex-boyfriend got me this from Thailand (don’t tell D*rek!).

Flowers in Millennium Park.

I love me some Tina Fey.

Bookshelf Bonsai!

Dala from Stockholm.

As an aside, I think eReaders and kindles and nooks, nookies, snookies and ipads are all amazing wonderful things! I just hope they don’t completely replace printed edition books.  Holding a book, bending its pages and placing it on a bookshelf to share with friends are all good things (I hope I’m not sounding like Martha Stewart…).  Read on friends!  Eat the burnt cheese!