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  1. Bach's Goldberg variations & hot tea
    Either of the Glenn Gould recordings. A black/earl grey tea for the 1955 version and a green for the 1981. I'm currently weirdly obsessed with both the 1981 recording & genmaicha green tea.
  2. Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence & coffee
  3. Dvorak's New World Symphony & shitty beer
    Cheap but plentiful.
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  1. EXPECTATION: cooking balanced & complex meals for myself & loved ones on a regular basis
    REALITY: Pb on crackers eaten over the sink
  2. EXPECTATION: having an understanding of how to dress my body + a well-curated closet that includes professional yet flattering workwear
    REALITY: crying in department store dressing rooms until I give up and buy yet another sweater
  3. EXPECTATION: college, law school, knowing exactly what I'm doing with my life with a job that is somehow both lucrative and fulfilling
    REALITY: existential crisis with my coffee every morning
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This is my last week as a Page (aka Kenneth from 30 Rock) (I am excited not to have to make that reference every time someone asks me about my job)!
  1. Accidentally getting the shortest skirt in the entire Page Program
    Until my Tiniest Skirt title was usurped by @courtneybowers
  2. Secret Service laughing at me when we had to go through metals & I pulled out10 Reese's peanut butter cups from my blazer pockets
    Secret Service was everywhere because FLOTUS was the guest on Fallon that day, and they made everyone go through metal detectors before entering the studio. We were told to empty our pockets, so I obviously complied. It took four handfuls to get all the Reese's out, and when I looked up the Secret Service agents were laughing and one said, "You didn't have to do that- they're not metal. I'm kind of embarrassed for you." I shared with them though so we became friends. 😎
  3. Hanging out with The Roots every day! (And giving them their favorite snacks)
    I saw a lot of cool things and people when I was the desk page for The Tonight Show (Bono put his arm around me and told me to take a picture! LL Cool J gave me a hug!), but the highlight was getting to interact with The Legendary Roots Crew on a daily basis. Some of the greatest musicians in America today and also the best people. Truly the greatest band in late night.
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This isn't a list of the lines or phrases I find most beautiful or profound, but the ones that keep popping into my head at random times over the years.
  1. "Do I dare to eat a peach?"
    Love Song Of Alfred J. Prufrock. I've had to make a few big decisions recently, and I guess I'm also always questioning my career path. A question for moments of hesitation.
  2. "In the room women come and go. / Talking of Michelangelo."
    Ibid. Why this used to hit me when I was drunk at house parties, I have no idea.
  3. "Teach us to care and not to care. / Teach us to sit still."
    Ash Wednesday. I used to think about this a LOT a few years ago, when I was on a huge TS Eliot kick (I hope I never outgrow him). I am still trying to be better at all three things.
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  1. Wrote a short story and named a character "Libido"
    I was in the fourth grade. I was reading above my grade level. My parents were not monitoring the books I was reading. Libido is a beautiful word. Apple Martin who?
  2. Thought "bastard" was a totally okay word to use in an elementary school book report
    I was going through a Tudor phase and had read a book that was just trying to reflect the language of the times. Mary I and Elizabeth I were both illegitimate children so "bastard" was thrown about a lot. I gave a presentation with historically accurate terminology and my parents got a phone call from my teacher. Fourth grade was a rough year.
  3. Believed doughnuts killed Elvis Presley
    I just know this would never fly in a non-immigrant household. My parents' word was gold to me so when my mom told me Elvis died from eating too many doughnuts I genuinely believed it and told all my friends the same. When confronted recently about this lie, my mother was zero apologetic and told me it was "necessary as a preventative measure. You're welcome."
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    It is so rare that I love second movements the most but the woodwinds in the second movement here are my favorite (also violins but I'm biased). I think I love 7 the most because it has some of the lightness of 6 without losing the emotional intensity of 5 and 9.
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    No. 9
    Ode to Joy! Beethoven was deaf when he composed this and it is STILL perfect and even tho I have heard and played it a million times I still feel my soul swell up into my throat whenever I listen to it. Also think about a totally deaf Beethoven conducting its premiere, a few beats off & unable to hear his own masterpiece, and try NOT TO CRY.
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    No. 5
    Iconic for a reason. I used to listen to this when I pulled all-nighters to write papers bc the whole symphony feels like an increasing struggle that builds until it ends in the triumph of the last movement (I was optimistic). Also super fun to play.
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    The person who posted that I am "actually....NOT that hot" on collegeACB freshman year
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    My fourth grade teacher
    She knows what she did.
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    Vladimir Putin
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