Wednesday, May 27, 2009

American Girl's First Jewish Doll

Finally. Too bad they didn't have this one when I was a kid - I had 'em all through Josephina, I think. I got one for Christmas for years.
But this article is sort of a weird intersection - NY Times quotes Abe Foxman of ADL, who gives the dolls and books the thumbs-up.
Article here

Friday, May 15, 2009

Pictures of My Beautiful School

Dear Smith College,
You're hot.


Studying and "studying" on Chapin Lawn :)

The Last Night

In a month full of lasts, it occurs to me that tonight is the last night I will be going to sleep in this dorm room. Tomorrow, I will start to pack up all of the stuff that is non-essential, taking down all of the posters, curtains, wall hangings, and photos that have made this room home for the last 9 months. I love this room, and I have so many wonderful memories from this year that are attached to it -- it's yet another splash of super-concentrated bittersweetness.
Tomorrow night L and I have our boyfriends, families, and friends coming up, which will be wonderful. I'm really happy to have so many people I love coming for my graduation. I'm also excited for cross-pollination between my circle and L's, for N and Dan to finally get to meet. In fact, I'm looking forward to spending some more time with Dan myself, since I've only gotten to hang out with him once in London and once in NoHo. I'm also really excited to meet A's boyfriend. I've heard so much about him over the past year that I can't wait to put a person to the name.

I'm happy about being with everyone this weekend, but it's still all pretty surreal. I just can't believe its over. I'm looking forward to Korea, but when I think that far ahead, somehow it feels like I'm just taking another year abroad. I have no idea what the month between Smith graduation and Korea is going to look like, but I'm going to try to pack it as full of friends and fun as I can. High school was great, but college was so much better. I can only hope that this trend continues :)

The Smiffenpoofs are Awesome

I have some incredibly talented, fabulous friends.
The Smiffenpoofs senior banquet was amazing in so, so many ways. I really couldn't imagine a better send-off. It also reminded me that all of the women I have been singing with are unbelievably talented in their own rights, and not just as part of our group. Some new discoveries and reminders of favorites, in no particular order -- all of them are women I've had the pleasure and privilege of singing with in the Smiffenpoofs over the past 4 years. A list to be added to, for sure.

Katie Rose Breslin (Smith College 2007) has something awesomely Indigo Girls about her. Her voice has a really interesting balance of sweetness and edge, and she can pull off anything from Bonnie Raitt to Steppenwolf. I kid you not.

Hannah Hickok (class of 2011) is an unbelievably talented guitarist and vocalist. Came outta nowhere. Her voice is pure and beautiful, but at the same time extraordinarily agile. I think her voice would be just as at home singing musical theater, Joni, or Ani, and it would make all of it look easy. Witness that fact with audio here and video here.

Maggie Kraus auditioned for us with, of all things, a Chris Brown song. She totally rocked it. She's a Poof, so clearly the girl can sing, but her songwriting is the real sell here. Check it out on her myspace page. They're all seriously rad, and I've been listening to "The Land and the Sea" nonstop for longer than I want to admit.

The Smiffenpoofs' Myspace Page

The Brown Derbies' Myspace Page. They're our brother group / significant other group (a capella is complicated), and they're awesome people and musicians.

Senior Banquet

Senior Banquet. Was. The Best Thing. Ever.

-The underclasswomen making us gourmet burgers and cocktails - and organic crudite. They know us absurdly well.
-Hannah and babies singing to us. I cried like a baby. Twice.
-The senior gift - monogrammed journals that the girls decorated and inserted a copy of Hannah's song into. Nothing could possibly be more thoughtful. A perfectly sentimental (but unobtrusively so) thing to bring into the next chapter of our lives
-singing our audition songs. Even at 2am, sans warm-up and a G&T or two deep, these girls are unbelievable talents.
-Reminiscing with fellow '09s about where we started and how far we've come
-The first time I really thought about the effect on my life that the people who we auditioned for had on my life by choosing the people they did. I looked at the babies and felt so, so good about the future of the group, the friendships that we got to help cultivate just like the seniors of '06 brought us together.
-I remember senior banquet my first year, and remember thinking how cool it was that Lauryn was headed off to Korea. I think it's beyond cool that breaking my own path involves following some of hers. I can't wait to help the girls like Lauryn helped me with the Fulbright application process this year.
-I have never been more proud and happy with how I've spent my time at Smith College.

My house senior banquet pretty much sucked this year, so I tried to keep my expectations curbed a bit. Secretly though, I was hoping Poofs banquet would make up for it. Senior Banquet is such a cool Smith tradition, and I loved participating in them as a first-year and sophomore, I was building up my hopes without realizing it for the past 4 years. There's something to be said about this kind of ritual, that sort of grounds you in the moment and helps you to catch up with yourself.

One tradition that's been a part of house senior banquets for 50+ years is to give a prophecy about each senior. I saved mine, because it is awesome in so many ways. One of the ways is its accuracy. This will happen.

"After graduating from Smith College, Dara Kaye sets off for Korea on her Fulbright scholarship. The moment she steps off the plane, however, her life changes dramatically. Dara is mistaken for a pop sensation, and rather than teaching English to Korean kids, she begins her career as a Korean pop star. Changing her name to "Seoul Sista," her albums climb the charts with such hits as "Ween or Lose" and "Ween I Look At You." Her pop career comes to an abrupt end when she is offered the chance to star opposite Christian Bale in the new Joss Whedon/ Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical called 'She Had A Cigar, But She'll Steal A-Nudda.' She finishes her run in the show and, after legally changing her name to Dara Dara, she marries Nickitas Nickitas and they have three children: Jessica Jessica, Thomas Thomas, and Dweezil. Inspired by Mitch Albom, Dara writes her autobiography called "Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays with Louisa," which reaches the bestseller list within a week and prompts her to begin a career as a novelist. Her most well-received novels include "Carryin' The Banner Through It All" and "Mordechai the Golem Slayer."

Utter. Genius. Also, gospel truth.

Oh, also. Last, but not least. Ahem -
Not many things warrant the triple exclamation marks. Jen, this is for you -

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Flight Info

I just got my flight information for Korea:

Leaving JFK @ 12:30 am July 4 (so, really midnight of July 3)
Arriving Seoul @ 4am July 5

This ish just got real, yo.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Daily Double Dactyl, Friday 5.1.09

Romeo Montague
Burst into sonnets and
Felt his heart swell

Soon as he saw her, that
Juliet Capulet
Anticlimactical --
Didn’t end well.