Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sex and the City Round 3

This final week of Sex and the City had a great assortment of condoms and lube. Thanks to the awesome Malik Warlick, all of us were able to watch episodes again. We watched a few from season 6, probably the best season in my opinion. It's been fun seeing a lot of you guys every month for this event! Next semester we may continue these nights, or do something new. I'll keep ya posted!

Egg Bun in 1 minute

Here is a simple recipe for making what I call "an egg bun" All you need is a small bread roll or bun (Trader's Joe) and an egg (also from Trader's Joe).

1. Take the mini bun and carve out the inside. The hole should be big enough to allow egg yolk and white to sit.

2. Puncture the yolk with a fork or knife (this is to ensure that the egg does not "pop" while being microwaved).

3. Sprinkle with little salt and pepper.

4. Put it in a microwave for a min (the time can be vary depending on your taste so feel free to do a little experiment).


On a side note, you can also put cheddar cheese on top and let it melt for extra yummy factor.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Plastic Sun

painting of the band-mates

My Plastic Sun is a great local band from my home-town, Rochester, NY. My boyfriend is the lead guitarist in the band, making them have an awesome sound (I may be biased...). If you're interested in guitar at all, you will love to watch this band play. Sam plays guitar "overhand", with his hand over the fret instead of under. He picked up guitar after having broken his forearm and taught himself to play this unique way. Johnny Cummings, the lead singer of the band, is also an incredible musician. He sings, writes his own music, plays piano, guitar, and ukelele. The video I posted below is a music video that a couple big-deal directors from VH1 filmed and produced for free in support of the band. The concept of the video is a little cheesy, but the quality is pretty great considering this is a band from a small town that hasn't "made it" yet. Come see them live Wednesday, November 28th at 9:00pm at Arlene's Grocery! Arlene's is literally right down the street, on Stanton (in between Ludlow and Orchard). I'll be posting about the show on the facebook, so keep a look out!

Cheerios Challenge

This past Tuesday, many ludlownians came to the basement to taste test different brands of cheerios and grab a grocery price-compare list. The whole point of this event was to give you guys a useful resource for discovering where you can shop smart (and I don't mean literally at shop smart haha). The little tast-test conducted was to point out that there is not a big enough difference between a brand name and an off brand, to spend way more money on something. The brand name Cheerios I provided at the event cost $6 at Duane Reade, and the Cheerios from Trader Joes cost only$2.50! A little consideration for where you're shopping can go a long way. Below is a picture of the grocery compare list I handed out to everyone. If you didn't make it, and would like a list, I would be happy to print you out one! Just message me, or find me on the 17th floor :) 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sundae Sundays Round Three!

On Sunday November 11th residents of Ludlow joined RA Brent in the community room for round three of Sundae Sundays! Thank you so much to all the people that came out to support our charitable organization the Fugees Family. We were able to raise $42.00 thanks to all you cool people out there that showed up to support the cause. While raising money for a good cause, we managed to eat three FULL gallons of ice cream; it is for both of these reasons that I am proud to live in Ludlow.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Ludlow Resident Spotlight: Derrell Francis

Derrell Francis
Junior, Film major
20th Floor Resident

What three frivolous things would you do, if you hit the lottery?
Sky gliding through new york city...AT NIGHT
Buy a home in several places in the world!
Attempt to discover Atlantis

If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?
Water Bending, why? Because I am the hero this city deserves, but doesn't need right now

What is the closest red item to you?
A Coke Can. But if we are talking emotional [items], i have a necklace I've worn for many years without taking it off.

What song summarizes your life?
"Waiting In Vain" by Bob Marley, on the Legend album. At least for the majority of my life I was always quite the romantic, with very little success. This song is what i always played when someone was playing games with me. Bob always knew how to keep my spirits up.

If you could have a dinner party and invite a famous person (living or dead) who would it be and why?
Bob Marley...for someone that i know his life inside and out, i feel it would be good closure to meet the man and play some dominoes.

What is one thing you cannot live without and why? 
Music. My grandmother once said music is the band-aid to a broken heart and the coal for the burning soul.

If you had to eat the same thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Mangoes, because I grew up picking them out of trees, and i will die TRYING to pick them out of trees.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Eating Spam.

What’s the best thing about living in the Ludlow Residence?
I can honestly say, this is the first housing I've been in where I'm not the only resident with a strong sense of community.

Stitch 'n Bitch #3

Paris Makes cute Hats

 Stitch 'n Bitch continues to be a fun interactive and relaxing distraction from the calamity that school is slowly becoming as the semester draws to an end. 

Several regulators joined RA Corie in the tradition that has become a fun new hobby along with 3 new faces!

Corie brought her friend, a published crochet pattern/ doll designer to come hang with this group this past week.

Here is a new book her pattern is in.

Remember Stitch 'n Bitch meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Join us this December! 
Jess makes Friendship Bracelets
Sarah the Crochet Master

Friday, November 23, 2012

Halloween Door Decoration Contest

 I'd like to thank those of you who participated in the Halloween door decoration contest that occurred during the month of October. 

Unfortunately, as you all know, our spooky holiday was cut abruptly due to Hurricane Sandy which people are still suffering from. 

The contest was ended with no winners.

Some of the doors were so fun though, I decided they should get a place in this blog. The spirit doesn't have to stop here. Halloween may be over and past, but Christmas is right around the corner. I'd love to see some christmas decorations go up this year. It's would make our dorm very festive and cheerful.

 Let's go all out! I'll go around and take pictures of the doors again so have fun with it!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What if Sandy Had an iPod?

Now that the lights and power are back on, we've gotten a hot shower, and we're getting back into our normal routines we have some distance to reflect on our experiences. Whether you stayed in the residence hall with a 20th floor walk-up, flashlights, MacGyvered charging stations, and all the bagels and cold pizza you could stomach, or headed for higher ground by any means possible, the storm touched us all. With all that in mind, have any of you wondered what songs would be on Sandy's iPod? Here is a sampling of what might be on one of her playlists.

  1. Stormy Weather- Ella Fitzgerald
  2. Wild is the Wind- Cat Power
  3. It's the End of the World- R.E.M.
  4. Storm Coming- Gnarls Barkley
  5. Weatherman- Dead Sara
  6. Hurricane- Bush
  7. It's Raining Men- The Weather Girls
  8. Lights Out- Santigold
  9. In the Dark- Violent Femmes
  10. No Rain- Blind Melon
  11. No Sleep Til Brooklyn- Beastie Boys
  12. Here Comes the Sun- The Beatles
  13. Train Under Water- Bright Eyes
  14. No Woman No Cry- The Fugees

SVA Kickball!

On Sunday October 21st residents from Ludlow joined RA Mike and RA Brent to participate in the First Annual SVA Kickball Game. People from each Residence Hall of SVA met at field three in the East River Park to compete in a fun loving, trash talking, giant game of Kickball. Everyone who attended all got the chance to meet people from other buildings, get muddy on the field, and take awesome group pictures. Although we ended up merging with other Res-halls to create two large teams, I must say the star players within the game were all people who live at Ludlow, way to represent the building everyone! If you missed out on the fun.... Check it out!
2012 SVA First Annual Kickball Classic from Derrell Francis on Vimeo.
Video and other awesomeness by: Derrell Francis (aka the wizard of the penthouse suites)

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Power of Writing Things Down

Last year, i was hooked on online shopping. The process of clicking and putting stuff in the cart and checking them out in a virtual world on internet just sitting in front of computer was an exhilarating experience. Little did I know that in few months down the road, I will get myself in a serious financial issues. 

When I realized I spent probably a little more than twice amount of money than my average spending, I freaked out. I took part time job on campus and sold my books. I did everything but spend less!!!  The thing is, it was hard to cut back once I got crazy with spending. It was not like I got into  expensive designer brands, they were just little things here and there; take out food because I didn't  feel like cooking, books I bought and never read, food I bought and threw out eventually, clothes and shoes I bought not out of necessity but just because they are pretty and I want them.

This year i pledged myself not to spend recklessly. I bought a microwavable grill and rice cooker so I can cook my food instead of doing take outs or eating out everyday.  I deleted online shopping websites off of my bookmark. I also created a monthly budget, and most importantly, I started writing an account book.

At first I didn't expect much from writing one, but now I am glad I had made such a decision. Yes, keeping an account book does help you save money, a lot. First of all, it forces you to monitor and re-evaluate your spending history on a daily basis. I remember my surprises at discovering how much more I  spent a day than I actually had imagined. Secondly, it really does show little things add up. It is just a $2.00 coffee, $5 cab money, $10 lunch take out, $15 book purchase, and $1 muffin and look what they add up to $33!!!

Now, I am not saying we should not be taking a cab or should not be drinking coffees or buying books to save money. My point is that the awareness of little things add up  prevents one from making multiple unimportant, unplanned and insignificant purchases, thereby saving a big money for a smart investment or good quality time in near future (i.e.adding RAM space to your lap top, fixing your computer, getting good art brushes, getting good quality printer, treating your family to a nice restaurant etc,...)

I must admit I still make mistakes here and there, like +$20 purchase on bunch of patterned papers out of whim... but comparing me now to another version of me last year, this has been a big improvement. I probably have lesser stuff than last year, but I feel much more secured and happy. 

Ludlow Resident Spotlight: Zarah Botzer

Zarah Botzer

Freshman, Film & Video major
18th Floor Resident

What three frivolous things would you do, if you hit the lottery?
1. I would buy an owl!2. I would obtain a ridiculous amount of movie passes.
3. I would travel the world.
(But first, I'd donate to charities and pay off tuition fees and hopefully not lose any of my morals.)

If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?
It would be cool to turn back time to change the effect of an outcome and create different possibilities of different scenarios. I've also always liked the idea of invisibility to blend into the background. Or if I could just have any of the abilities from the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, that would be rad too.

What is the closest red item to you?
Besides all of the blood inside me, the closest red item to me is Ariel's bright red hair from my Little Mermaid poster.

What song summarizes your life?It's difficult to choose a single song to summarize my life because there are so many meaningful ones. But I feel like one song that's always seemed to be relevant to me in some way is "Even If It Kills Me" by Motion City Soundtrack from the album "Even If It Kills Me".

If you could have a dinner party and invite a famous person (living or dead) who would it be and why?
I'd invite Kurt Cobain because I'd want to have a deep conversation with him. Or I'd just invite someone that I admire from the film industry to learn all that I can from them. Or I'd invite Batman.

What is one thing you cannot live without and why? 
I cannot live without my inner peace because without it, I'd have have difficulty being happy and facing changes.

If you had to eat the same thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I'd eat MAC AND CHEESE! I honestly don't think I'd ever get sick of it. And if I did somehow, I could mix it up a add toppings or choose other types of cheese.

What is your guilty pleasure?
I guiltily take pleasure in pulling all-nighters.

What’s the best thing about living in the Ludlow Residence?
The Ludlow Residence is in such a fantastic area! The Lower East Side has a plethora of artsy and awesome venues and restaurants to check out. I like that Ludlow not only has SVA students, but people from other schools and internships as well. Having free metro cards is a plus too, of course.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Ludlow Resident Spotlight: Marisa Paolillo

Marisa Paolillo
Brooklyn, NY
Art Therapy, First year MFA
16th Floor Resident

What three frivolous things would you do, if you hit the lottery?
If I won the lottery, I would buy a yacht, travel around the world on it, and relax all day.

If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?
If I had a super power, it would be to fly because it would be really exhilarating and I would be able to travel much faster.

What is the closest red item to you?
The closest red item to me is my backpack.

What song summarizes your life?
The song that summarizes my life is "Daylight" by Matt & Kim from their album Grand. It's fun, upbeat, and doesn't make a lot of sense.

If you could have a dinner party and invite a famous person (living or dead) who would it be and why?
I would invite Ina Garten and ask her to bring some of her delicious food.

What is one thing you cannot live without and why? 
I cannot live without music because it always makes me feel better when I'm stressed.

If you had to eat the same thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If I had to eat the same thing for the rest of my life, it would be a bacon mushroom cheeseburger because it is absolutely delicious!

What is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is watching the Real Housewives of New York City.

What’s the best thing about living in the Ludlow Residence?
The best thing about living in the Ludlow Residence is the amazing view!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Ludlow Resident Spotlight: Ziyi Li

Ziyi Li
Beijing, China
Freshman, Fine Arts major
14th Floor Resident

What three frivolous things would you do, if you hit the lottery?
1. Taking a trip to Cuba!!!!!! And Brazil!!!
2. Stop saying I need money and buy whatever I want.
3. Paying someone to stretch canvases for me for my painting class...

If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?
Eating like a pig but never get fat. You know the reason....

What is the closest red item to you?
My face?

What song summarizes your life?
"Feel it all around" by Washed Out, from the Album "Life of Leisure."
This is the best Chillwave music ever. It gives a feeling of floating in space. Very chill.

If you could have a dinner party and invite a famous person (living or dead) who would it be and why?
It would be Jean- Michel Basquiat. He's one of my favorite artist and I think we could be close friends if he's still alive.

What is one thing you cannot live without and why? 

If you had to eat the same thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
CEREAL!!! Definitely CEREAL!!! I can totally live on that...

What is your guilty pleasure?
Eating like crazy in the middle of the night.

What’s the best thing about living in the Ludlow Residence?
Definitely the window view! Loving it!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph: A Must See!

A small group of friends and I were presented with the opportunity to see Wreck-It Ralph, 2 weeks before it debuts Nov. 2. I jumped on this mostly because it was free. I was very skeptical about this movie and didn't know if I was going to like it much, but after seeing it I can say it is easily the BEST film I’ve seen all year. The storytelling is excellent. I believe it should be experienced in theaters and it's even worth those god-awful 3D prices. Grab your siblings, cousins, friends and go!   

Play the actual game by visiting the official Disney Wreck-It Ralph site HERE!


Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), the "good guy" star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he's tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he's got what it takes to be a hero. On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero's Duty. But it's the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it's too late? 
-- (C) Disney