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79. Love.

I first learned about the New York Times column Modern Love right around the time I was about to leave for college. I had recently become obsessed with podcasts, and back then, the column had a podcast.

It was the name that drew me to it. Modern Love. The words spoke to my hopeless romantic sensibilities, developed as a young child watching soap operas and listening to the radio program Delilah with my mother.

Eight or so years later, I still read the column on a regular basis (sadly, the podcast went kaput ages ago). Sometimes, I wholeheartedly agree with what has been written. Other times, I try to put myself into the shoes of someone in a seemingly impossible situation, wondering what if I would do if it was me. And more often than not, I cry. I can’t help it.

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78. Civilization.

Our civilization may be done for within the next few decades, according to a new study.

I first spotted the story on Policy Mic and then read the original on the Guardian. The study — partially funded by a NASA grant and led by a mathematician — apparently* paints a bleak picture of the end of the world because we, like the Romans and Mayans before us, have stretched our resources too thin and have become divided between the haves and the have nots. And not even science can save us, because that would take up more resources.

In summary: we are destroying the earth and karma’s a bitch.

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77. Kindred.

The name of the Capitol Hill Chorale’s season this year is Kindred Voices. Director Fred explains it in the concert notes:

In this Kindred Voices season, the Chorale is singing music from different parts of the world that wasn’t created originally for concert performance, but instead was sung by people with each other as part of their everyday lives… In this March concert, I looked for traditional choral music from America that ordinary 18th and 19th century Americans sang. I was drawn to two of the earliest types of traditional music in America – shape note and Shaker tunes.

During tonight’s rehearsal — our antepenultimate until this weekend’s performances* — we were briefly joined by a group of shape note singers who happen to get together in the Capitol Hill church our concerts are sometimes in. Fred has repeatedly has told us that these songs are a part of this country’s musical culture. But it’s one thing to hear that and an entirely different thing to see it.

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76. Cake.

Is it cheating* if yesterday’s post was about cupcakes and today’s is about cake? I guess it doesn’t matter, since it’s my blog and I make the rules.

Had tons of leftover cream cheese frosting, so decided to make a velvet cake (no color associated because I didn’t want to bother with food coloring). Thought this was important to note because I’m pretty sure it’s the first cake I’ve ever baked from scratch. I’ve baked many things, but never a simple cake.

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My frosting skills need some work.

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75. Cupcakes.

Nearly spaced on posting because I was too busy making green velvet cupcakes at midnight and then playing more 2048 than I care to admit. Definitely going to be hurting in the morning, but since the cupcakes are tasty and I finally figured out a strategy to beat the game, I’m gonna say it was all well worth it.

Probably my prettiest cupcakes to date.

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74. Preadolescence.

Volunteered at a workshop at 826DC today. While the subject matter (propaganda) was interesting and I got to drop some knowledge on anti-Japanese campaigns during WWII (thanks, CH203), the main thing about today was that i interacted with three sixth-grade girls.

So much giggling. So much sniping. So much talk of “I know everything about you” (two of the girls, BFFs of course) and, concurrently, “Well, we wouldn’t know that because we’re aren’t in GT [taking a wild guess and saying that’s the gifted and talented program] like you” (the two girls to the other girl, not a BFF, of course). So much high-pitched squealing.

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73. Friday.

It’s 9 p.m. on a Friday, and I just want to go to bed. I think being out of town last weekend plus a fairly busy week finally caught up with me.

Time for pajamas and some Allegiant.

But first. Since it is Friday…

Fun fact: this song came out three years ago today. And it was a Monday. Go figure.

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72. Concert.

Went to the Sting & Paul Simon concert at the Verizon Center tonight, courtesy of free tickets won by roommate Kaitie at a raffle. Great show.

Conclusions:
— Sting is very flashy (so many lights). When he takes off his jacket, he means business.
— I would totally pay to see another Paul Simon concert. The man is mesmerizing onstage.
— I never realized that one of my life goals was to hear “Every Breath You Take” performed live until it happened.
— Sax player = sexy.

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