Monday, November 24, 2014


Last Thursday I held an event I called: The Exchange. The program was about bartering things that you no longer needed. Year after year I see residents leave a lot of things behind. One reason is it much cheaper and simpler to leave it behind and another main reason is that you no longer needed these items. So instead of getting rid of unwanted items without seeing returns, my program was trying to allow residents opportunity to improve the quality of their possessions. Below are pictures from the event:

Leaving For The Holidays Checklist

Hey residents heres just a reminder that if you are leaving the building to go home for the thanksgiving holidays to turn on your heater and close your windows. But before you're off to stuff yourself full of turkey, heres a checklist of things you might want to do so that when you return you're free of chores and ready to push through finals!

  • Turn on your heater and close your window- I can't emphasize this enough, if it gets to cold your pipes could freeze and then burst. Coming home to a flooded room is not fun. 
  • Do your laundry- Clean clothes are really nice and so is clean underware. It's good to get it all out of the way as soon as possible. Maybe even wash your sheets? How long has it been since you've washed those?
  • Clean your room- Push out the clutter, sweep the floor, dust off your shelves, throw out your garbage, wash any dirty dishes. There, now doesn't that feel a lot better and when you come back you can just lay down and chill. 
  • Clean your bathroom- You poop in there, that should be reason enough to want to clean this place. 
  • Water your plants- If you're like me and have tons of floral friends make sure to give them some substance before you go. I'm sure they would appreciate it a lot more then pumpkin pie. 
  • Do any Homework that you can finish here- Why worry about homework when you're trying to enjoy yourself? Finish any homework you you know can be done as soon as possible.
  • Don't forget to bring homework-  Lets be realistic here you won't be able to do all your homework before you go, nothings worse than realizing once your home that theres a paper due Monday on a book you have yet to read.  So bring that book with you so you can get it done, hopefully. 
  • Pack- Don't forget to pack all the things you need for going home, aren't you glad you did laundry? You have a lot more clothes than you realized.
  • Say bye to your bathroom mate-  Its something nice to do, I'm sure they would really appreciate it. Consider it. 
  • Look at what the weather is going to be like before you go- If you're going far away look at what the weather is going to be like in your destination, especially if you're traveling to a place thats known to be warm.Unless you still live in the upper east coast or Minnesota or something.  I assure you, you will not be using shorts anytime soon. Put those thighs away.
-RA Desiree 

Thanksgiving Day!

Thanksgiving is this THURSDAY! Whoooooooohooooooooo!

What to do on Thanksgiving? In my personal opinion, Thanksgiving is a time for family and relaxing, meaning you can wait to go shopping. Save it for Black Friday... that's what that is there for.

There are just so many amazing things to do on Thanksgiving though!

1) Spend time with family! If you don't like family...see numbers below.

2)Watch football! It is a tradition that on Thanksgiving that the Detroit Lions and The Cleveland Browns play- not necessarily against each other, but on Thanksgiving day.

3) EAT! Food brings family and friends together. Food is what makes the world go round. Now... if you don't like family, friends, or just don't have friends... then stuff your face in food! There is a danger in eating so much food though. Besides weight gain... SLEEPINESS WILL FALL UPON YOU! It is scientifically proven that the combination of turkey and gravy releases chemicals in the body that puts people to sleep!

4) Sleep! Now you want to sleep... then please refer back to number: 3 or 1 (given the family)

5) Shovel snow. Depending upon where you are in the continental US, you may have 10 feet of snow above you. So if none of the above tickles your fancy... go be productive and shovel snow. This will get you on your good side with parent. If you live alone, it will be a good thing to get off your chest and it will be very therapeutic.

In all seriousness... HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Gobble Gobble!    :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

26 Ways To Be Kind To Yourself

Let's face it school is tough that is why it is important to treat yourself kindly. Here are somethings you can do to make yourself feel good.

1. Clean your living space it will make you feel awesome.

2. Eat a piece of fresh fruit. The smell and the sweet taste is a nice treat and also good for your body.

3. Drink a glass of water. Hydrating is more important than you think.

4. Work on a project you care about.

5. Take an hour to do something you want. Your responsibilities can wait.

6. Take a leisurely walk and just focus on breathing.

7. Put on some music you love and just dance or rock out.

8. Seek out something funny like watching your favorite comedy film or funny animal videos on YouTube.

9. Text or spend time with a friend.

10. Smile. Smiling is actually proven to boost brain function which then boosts your mood.

11. Meditate. Studies have shown that meditating can reduce stress and make you less susceptible to negative emotions.

12. Don't skip a meal. I know it's tough when you are busy but skipping a meal will actually reduce your productivity and cause you to be in a bad mood.

13. Plan a fun activity

14. Hug someone. Science has shown that like smiling giving or receiving a hug boosts your mood.

15. Cry. I know that doesn't sound like it boosts your mood, but crying releases pain. You will feel better afterward.

16. Watch a movie, listen to music, or read a book that inspires you.

17. Get some natural sun.

18. Go to a dog park.

19. Volunteering two hours a week is a great way to feel proud of yourself for helping others. If that is too much of a time commitment think about how you can do kind things for strangers and then do them.

20. Jump on your bed like you are a child again.

21. Try a new flavor of ice cream.

22. Take a shower, wash your face, clip your finger nails. There is nothing like feeling clean.

23. Wear bright colors.

24. Do something you haven't done before and make new friends.

25. At the end of the day write down all the good things that happened to you that day.

26. Take a deep breath and let go of your past.

Here is a funny video to brighten your day.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Screw the Latke Festival, Make Your Own!

Nothing says Jewish comfort food like a fat, fried potato pancake, but nothing says obnoxious like an $80 ticket to a Latke Festival.... So you know what I say? Make your own!

For those who aren't familiar with the latke story or even what they are, Wikipedia has you covered:

Potato pancakes are shallow-fried pancakes of grated or ground potatoflour and egg, often flavored with gratedonion or garlic and seasoning. Potato pancakes may be topped with a variety of condiments, ranging from the savory (such as sour cream or cottage cheese) to the sweet (such as apple sauce or sugar), or they may be served ungarnished. Potato pancakes are sometimes made from mashed potatoes to produce pancake-shaped croquettes.

Latkes (לאַטקע) are traditionally eaten by Jews during the Hanukkah festival. The oil for cooking the latkes is symbolic of the oil from the Hanukkah story that kept the Second Temple of ancient Israel lit with a long-lasting flame that is celebrated as a miracle. Prior to the introduction of the potato to the Old World, latkes were, and in some places still are, made from a variety of other vegetables, cheeses, legumes, or starches, depending on the available local ingredients and foods of the various places where Jews lived.

Check out this easy-to-follow recipe to make your own:


  • 1 pound potatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil
  • Accompaniments: sour cream and applesauce


Preheat oven to 250°F.
Peel potatoes and coarsely grate by hand, transferring to a large bowl of cold water as grated. Soak potatoes 1 to 2 minutes after last batch is added to water, then drain well in a colander.
Spread grated potatoes and onion on a kitchen towel and roll up jelly-roll style. Twist towel tightly to wring out as much liquid as possible. Transfer potato mixture to a bowl and stir in egg and salt.
Heat 1/4 cup oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches of 4 latkes, spoon 2 tablespoons potato mixture per latke into skillet, spreading into 3-inch rounds with a fork. Reduce heat to moderate and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes. Turn latkes over and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to paper towels to drain and season with salt. Add more oil to skillet as needed. Keep latkes warm on a wire rack set in a shallow baking pan in oven.
cooks' notes:·Latkes may be made up to 8 hours ahead. Reheat on a rack set over a baking sheet in a 350°F oven, about 5 minutes.
·Grating the potatoes, soaking them briefly in water, and then squeezing out the liquid (as we've done here) keeps the batter from turning brown too quickly.

Recipe courtesy of Epicurious.

Keep Yourself in the Loop with Instagram

Hey Ludlow! 

Just a friendly reminder to follow our Instagram, LudlowLiveWire! It's a good way to keep up to date with happenings in the building, programs going on, and special events.

We have some really great programs coming up that you should watch out for! 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I Love Anime

Now that I think about it, my first encounter with anime was at an early age. I remember animes like Gotcha man (also know as G force)... perhaps you could call Silver Hawks anime, but I am not sure. But what I am sure of is the first time I knew that I was watching anime. And, yes, I am talking about the probably the most famous, the anime-starter kit show: Dragonball Z. I had never seen anything like it in my life. And I had often wondered--I am sure like other kids-- was any one else feeling this excited about a animated show. One thing i loved about Japanese animation was the buildup to an exciting episode.

Ever since then I have been hooked to anime. Currently, thanks to my friend Jay, I have been watching One Piece. I admit I never thought i would like One Piece, but it is very good. The storytelling is amazing. They get you to fall in love with these characters.

if you interested in watching anime, maybe you could start with my top three:

1) Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

2) Trigun
3) Samurai Champloo