All About Keratin Hair Treatments.

Hair Collage

I know, I know.  I look excellent in all of those pictures, particularly the first one with my Frankensmile and the bottom left one with my “Teddy stop putting your tongue in my mouth” face.  I just wanted you to be able to see my transformation.  If I had planned for this, I could have shown you a #throwbackthursday pic of “the poof” (my hair) way back in the day.  Anyway, for the last 9 years, I’ve been getting my hair treated with keratin ~1x each year.  The top left picture is what my hair usually looks like before I get it done, and the other 3 photos are what it looks like immediately following the treatment.  My hair is extremely curly and frizzy, so it doesn’t stay perfectly straight, but is wavy and relaxed each time I get out of the shower.  I prefer it wavy, so it’s fine by me!

If you’ve ever been interested in knowing more about keratin treatments, here are a few questions and answers I’ve put together.  Of course, I’m not a stylist or anything so this is all from my own point of view.

What is a keratin treatment and how does it work?

  • What Is Keratin? It’s a protein that’s naturally in your hair.
  • How It Works: A stylist applies a keratin hair-straightening product to your hair and then uses the heat of a flat iron to seal it in. The process takes about 90 minutes or longer, depending on your hair’s length. Salon keratin products include Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy by Coppola, Global Keratin Complex, the La-Brasiliana treatment, Brazilian Keratin Treatment, the Brazilian Blowout, and Brazilian Hair Straightening. 

What do they do at the salon? 

I’ve had this process done at two different salons.  At one salon, they comb my hair (dry) and then apply the product, bit by bit, until my entire head is covered.  Each piece is smoothed down to my head.  Once my head is covered, they leave it on for about a half hour and then it is washed out.  Once my hair is washed, it looks completely straight, like FLAT on my head.  The stylist cuts it, blow drys it, and uses a flat-iron to lock it into the hair.

At the second location, they washed my hair when I arrived and washed it 3 times!  Not sure why.  Then they applied a different product, but again, it was piece by piece.  The product was left on for 20 minutes and then it was immediately blow dried and flat ironed.  With this newer product, my hair didn’t look as straight immediately following the application, but it had the same overall effect.

Does it hurt or is it uncomfortable?  

The product used at the first salon itches a little while it’s left on my head for the 40 minutes, but once it’s washed out, it feels fine.  The conditioner that they use at the first salon also feels really cold and makes me laugh uncontrollably.  Other than that- no pain!  At the second salon, the product didn’t burn, but while it was being blow-dried, it did irritate my eyes and nose a lot.  I closed my eyes and that worked like a charm.  In general, the only thing that really hurts…is my wallet.  ;)

How long does it last?  

They say these treatments last 2-4 months, but that’s really when your roots will start being noticeable.  I get this done once a year because a) I’m poor and b) I don’t think my roots are that awful until it starts looking like that above picture.  Many people have it done every few months and if I had more money to spare, I probably would too.

How much time do you spend in the salon?  

At the first salon, it would take anywhere from 2-4 hours because the stylist would work slowly to coat each strand and also cut my hair.  At the second salon, it took 2.5 hours with no haircut.

How much does it cost?  

Every salon is different in their pricing.  The salon I used to go to charged $370 the last time I went (which is why I am no longer going), but before that, it used to be in the $200s.  They said their prices have gone up because they use a new product.  The salon I went to more recently charged $150 as the base price, plus an additional $30 because my hair is longer and they needed more product.  Again, that price did not include a haircut.

What does it look like after you shower? 

Like I said before, it’s not poker straight after showering, but I prefer it to have some wave.  If I were to blow-dry it, I could easily flat-iron it, as well, but I find that my hair pulls out easily, so I let it dry naturally.Hair2 Collage

Do you have to do anything between treatments?  What kind of upkeep is involved?

The only thing that they recommend you do to make the treatment last longer is not wash your hair often and when you do, use Sulfate-free shampoo.  I use Loreal’s version and I don’t love it, but it doesn’t strip my hair of the treatment.  Also, you can use products like Organix Keratin Therapy as an at-home treatment.  It works, but not super well.

That’s everything I can think of.  If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask!

 

Weekend: Curry, Philly, Study-Collage Style

Hi!  How was your weekend?  I’m starting this post as a break from studying physics on Sunday night, but something tells me I won’t actually be finishing and posting this until Wednesday at the earliest.  That’s just because I have a lot of pictures to share!

Edited:  I hate physics and I’m bad at it so instead of studying, I’m going to post this.

This weekend was a good one-I feel like I did a lot of things, but I also didn’t completely neglect physics, which is hanging over my head.  I really, really, REALLY cannot wait for this exam to be over on Wednesday.  Once it’s over, we will be done with tests until finals!!!! (All of those exclamation points were necessary.  Actually, here are a few more so I really get my point across: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Margaritas, anyone?

So, weekend.

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Friday

I spent all of Friday afternoon in the library studying for thou that shall not be named.  And then after I was so hungry that my eyes were crossing, I took the train home and ate cold oatmeal that was left on the stove and then went with my dad and Russ to the Korean market for some Asian goodies and the ingredients for coconut chicken curry.  I’ve been meaning to make this for awhile and it worked out since Friday was Antartica-ish.  photo 3(3)

I subbed in all different vegetables and used tofu instead of chicken, but…same idea.  Twas delicious, but that photo looks disgusting.

After dinner, Russ and I watched tv and then watched more TV. That’s it.

Basil seed mucus, anyone?photo 2(6)

Saturday

Saturday was really fun and it was a day I’ve been waiting to have!  I got the idea in my head a few weeks ago that I wanted to go into Philadelphia and walk around and see other parts of Philly besides Market Street, 10th street. and Jefferson’s campus.276274(Side note: WHY do some photos come out with that orange dot?!  How do I make it stop?)

I asked every single one of my friends if they wanted to join me (all 4? of them) but for various excuses reasons, no one could come.  So when in doubt, bully mom into going.  She wanted to clean the house and get some things done, but I pulled the “you’ll be sitting in your nursing home thinking about all those days you were able to clean the house….” and she agreed.  Daughter of the year award, coming my way!270 photo 4(3)

We actually had a really fun day, which started on the Boardwalk/ walkway that was built along the Schuylkill River.  (Want to know how I spelled that before looking it up?  Skukyl.)Walking It was crisp and fall-ish and sunny, and b-e-a-youtiful.trees We eventually meandered our way down Race Street and picked out condos my parents should buy (one day…). saw some interesting things, and stopped at the farmers market for ‘shrooms.homeswhat market

This actually used to be my mom’s apartment- right off of Rittenhouse Square! 325

And then when I could no longer feel my fingers, I suggested we stop for coffee, which turned into lunch.  We stopped at Parc, which looks out on Rittenhouse Square.Rittenhouse I was wearing leggings and running shoes and there were a bunch of girls (ladies who lunch-esque) sitting nearby and I couldn’t help but stare and think of all the ways that they were (not really) judging my horrendous style.  ANYWAY.  That burger was perfect and my mom had mushroom soup which might have been the best I’ve ever had.  We snagged a window seat and vowed to go back next week for brunch.

After lunch, we walked and talked and gawked more and then took the train home.

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I watched Gilmore Girls and did ab exercises and then played pinochle (spelled: Peanuckle- before Google helped me) with Russ and Dad.  They were very into it and I was into beating them even though it was my first time.  Such is life, suckas…

Sunday

I woke up early to start my physics slavery.  After a couple hours, I took a break to go with Russ and help his mom with a sale she was doing for all of her beautifully sewn goods.  It didn’t take too long, so I headed to the gym for a leg workout and I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to walk tomorrow.  I’ll report back.

Edited: I can’t sit down unassisted

After el gymnasio, I lunched, showered, studied…all day.  Well, until my parents let the dog out and we all went looking for him like crazy people.

Til next time Philly/ weekend/ fun.344

And in case you’re wondering: Teddy is back, safe and sound and asleep and if he ever runs off like that again….!

Weekending.

Hola!

Better late than never for this post, right?photo 1(2)

It’s been a hot second since I’ve done a weekend post and this past weekend I not only did fun things, bhuuuuut I also took pictures.  The stars aligned for this post, huh?

Friday

I played hooky :)  I went to the gym with Russ bright and early for jogging/sprints and abs.  Then I did some bio, took a nice, long cozy nap, went to the library and the bank, and then went out to dinner with ma and pa and Roos.

We went to Pho and Beyond for pho (are you glad I clarified that???).  I ended up getting curry, my dad and Russ had pho, and my mom got lemongrass chicken.  Of course, I only took pictures of our tofu spring roll appetizers and my mom’s food because I was starving and #badblogger.photo 2(2) photo 3(2)  Todo fue bien and that chicken was bangin’

Saturday

I fell asleep reading one of the books from la biblioteca at around 10 pm Friday and woke up to sunlight the next morning, but whateva, I was up early for a 4 mile run with April (we go all the way back to our high school cross country days).  We also did Alpha Abs!  She loved it ;)

Then, let’s see….Russ and I cleaned out my closet (aka got rid of his stuff that was taking over my floor) and I can actually WALK in there again.  It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.  In the process, I found these atrocious things.photo(35)

No one with a conscious mind should EVER own these, and..alas, Russ does.  He said I could get rid of anything I wanted except for these monsters.  At least he doesn’t ever wear them or else…bye.  After that, we ate and took selfies with Teddy and Russ was trying to be a model, obviously:photo 5(2) weekend and then went to Villanova to watch Russ’ mentee (from last year) compete in the Special Olympics and he did great!photo 4(2)  Their team won and are going on to champs! Go Tevin :)

Then I did more studying, ate too much quiche, and babysat Saturday night.  Fun stuff right there!

Sunday

Hmmm, let’s see.  I went to the gym and did a sub-par workout.  I really wasn’t feeling it, but something is better than nothing! Then I tried to do more studying before Russ and I had every girl’s dream date night, or as I explained to Russ, the type of thing a girl would say:  “I just really want a boyfriend that will make homemade pizza with me and watch Mean Girls!”…and that’s exactly what we did.  Even better, it was all Russ’ idea.  A real winner!  :)  photo 1(4)

But actually, it was really fun and we demolished that mac and cheese pizza without a problem…and another pizza.  And cookies for dessert because we were low on carbs.photo 2(4)

So that’s it I think!  It was a laid back weekend and I got a lot of work done, but it was a good weekend, too :)  I’ll try to keep posting the weekend posts.

Happy Wenzdai

Friday Favorites 11/7/2014

HI.  I hope your week flew by as quickly as mine did.  Having Mondays off from school makes the week zip on by and here we are…FRIDAY!  I don’t have any major plans for the weekend, though.  Russ and I are hoping to get dinner somewhere tonight because its been a hot minute since we’ve gone out (unless you count Boston Market…and you should because it’s DELICIOUS.  #gourmet)  Other than that, babysitting on Saturday night, going to see Tevin’s basketball game during the day Saturday, hoping to go downtown and walk around (still looking for friends to join…) and….maybe studying for my bio exam.  That’s a big fat maybe.

Anywho, here are some of my favorite things this week.

1. Nike Training Club Alpha Abs Workoutalphaabs

A few weeks back, my friend Hannah showed be this 15 minute ab workout KILLER and I haven’t looked back.  I do this 15 minute set almost every time I workout and it’s done wonders for my ab (yes, singular ab.  I have one that peeks through on my left side and it’s my baby.  I l0o0o0o0ve it.)  It’s under the “get focused” section if you want to try it.  It works both lower AND upper abs so you can feel all types of burn.  [If you want to know more about Nike Training Club, I wrote a post about it here.]

2. Trader Joe’s Belgian Chocolate Pudding pudding

So last night, during one of our usual “let’s go to Trader Joe’s and spend too much money on things we’ve never heard of trips”, my dad and I found this pudding. [Very serious business]photo 5

I was all “eh” how good can it be…it’s pudding (don’t get me wrong I love pudding with a passion).  But this is not pudding.  This, THIS, is chocolate icing disguised as pudding and not nearly as sweet.  It is so thick and SO GOOD.  We ate almost the entire container in one sitting and every bit of intestinal backlash was worth it.  TRUST ME.

3. Microwave Eggs    Eggs

Clockwise from top left: Perfect eggs with turkey loaf; oatmeal with egg, cheese and pepper; just egg; egg, cheese and pepper jelly sandwich.

It may or may not be an addiction.  Don’t knock it til ya try it!  Just be sure to put a few holes in the yoke or else…well, I’ll let you figure it out.  And be on standby so when you hear popping noises in the microwave, you can take it out and give it a nice stir.  But, other than those precautions, microwave eggs are so good and are ready to eat in under a minute and no pan cleaning so you can spend more time eating your eggs.  You’re weeeellllcome!

4.  Fall + Fall Runningphoto 1-2 photo 3-1

Since I haven’t been basic enough for one post, let me just take up the basic b*tch level here and say that the trees and the cool, crisp air are my favoooorite.  Running is great……and so is pumpkin coffee.  Ok, basicness over.

5.  Um…Random

I really don’t have a 5th one (sad??) so let’s go with the fact that I’m skipping school and still wearing pajamas and drinking coffee.  Pretty good start to the weekend, if I do say so myself.

Also, random things- Thanksgiving is in 3 weeks, my mom is talking about going to Cuba again, Teddy hasn’t pooped in the house in WEEKS, and…I’m getting my hair did some time next week.

Have a great weekend my loyal fans!

Lately 2.0

Too long, too long since any sort of “life update”.  I swear, the days and weeks have never gone by so fast in my entire life, but it’s also FUN!  School is a lot of work, but it’s balanced out.  Surprisingly enough, my favorite class (or the class that makes most sense) is orgo, then bio, then physics, which is AWFUL.

Anyways, here is the happening as of late:

Teddy.  Crazy from the moment my alarm goes off at 6:00 am.  And he loves to chew my fingers.  It’s wonderful.photo 3

Speaking of Teddy, he had his first bath which he thoroughly enjoyed.  Obviously.137 159 172

And…Halloween!  These photos are from a school party that was so much fun and a little bit crazy.  For some of us at least.205-001 195-001 177-001

And lastly, Boston Market macaroni and cheese is as delicious as it is radioactive.  We loved it.  #datenightphoto 4

Lunchin’

Since everyone is well aware of my dedicated love affair with breakfast, I thought it would be nice to change things up and share some weekly lunches!  I usually spend the majority (read:the entire) day at school and I have a goal to never spend money on food…so…I carry it all in my handy dandy LUNCH BOX!  #momstatus.  I am at school from 8 am- 6/7/8 pm most days, and usually the food I bring isn’t quite enough to get me through comfortably, but I’m working on it!  I am usually onthevergeofdeath hungry when I get home, but this holds me over through the lunch hours.

Last week, I worked on bringing extra snacks + 1 and then 1 more and 1 more just in case.  This week, I will be bringing 10 more.

TuesdaylunchChobani Apple and Cinnamon yogurt // Pasta with tomato sauce and sausage // TJs Pumpkin Croutons and Cheddar Puff Deliciousness // Salad with arugula, spinach, cucs, carrots, tomato, avocado, dressing // apple // egg

Wednesdaylunch3Cucs, carrots, peppers // TJs Cheddar Puff Popcorn // apple // banana // pasta with tomato sauce and sausage // Mango Chobani // egg

Thursdaylunch2carrots // egg // Turkey, cheese, sriacha sandwich c/o Russ // Mango Chobani // unphotoed other food I ate in the mornin’

Fridaylunch1Egg // pretzel sticks // pear // Chobani Cherry // carrots and cucs // PB & strawberry J

Best lunch goes to Tuesday, with a close second to the PB&SJ on Friday.  Notable snack mentions go to TJs Popcorn and PB filled pretzels.  Not-all-that-great winner:  Pumpkin cornbread croutons.

Also consumed during the day:  Largeandincharge bowl of PB and SJ and big cup o’ Joe.

And that’s all she wrote!

Happy Tues!

Friday Favorites 10/17/2014

Haaaaappppyyy Friday to You and Yours!!

This week fah-lew by, thanks to a biology test, and just the ush (short for usual?).

So…Friday favorites.  I love these posts by other bloggers (and other blogger), but mine won’t be as pretty or as fun.  You are warned.

1.  Trader Joe’s Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter with Flax and Chia Seeds.peanut butter

Ohmygosh this peanut butter is incredible.  The little chia seeds stuck in your teeth after lunch/breakfast/all day are so completely worth it for the crunchiness that they provide.  And the peanut butter itself is perfectly salty, but so is just salt itself, so that says, um, nothing.  Try it.

2. Starbucks.starbucks

I’ll preface this with saying that I’m half anti-Starbucks.  Why pay $27.00 for a coffee when you could pay like $1.00 for an xxtra large (#McDonald’sforthewin).  But…I tried my friend’s iced coffee something with turtle nut something and it was SO GOOD.  And my mom very generously gifted a Starbucks gift card with $2.94 on it, so the stars aligned and I was able to get myself a nice hot cup ‘o Cafe Americano with a 1/2 pump of turtle syrup.  It took me a whole 5 minutes to work up the courage to actually order (the sizes!  the syrups!  the types of milk!- all too much for me).  But so worth it and so good.  Powered us through an entire chapter of physics (snooze).

3. Organix DIY Brazilian Keratin Therapy.diy-keratin-treatement

I heard about this stuff last year and the person told me “it worked so well!!!” and as someone that has paid an embarrassingly high amount of money for relaxers, I heard “same treatment for 1/500th of the price!!!”.  So, naturally I had to give it a try.  I wasn’t able to find it in stores, but I saw that it’s on Amazon for around $15, but then found it at Bed Bath & Beyond and with that 20% off coupon…badabing!  Not too pricey.  Of course, I knew it wouldn’t work as well, but I thought it could act as a placeholder for when my hair starts to go wild and I am replenishing my entire life savings for a treatment.  I tried it once during the summer and it was “eh”.  I think the humidity killed any magic that the stuff could work.  But then, then!  I tried it again last week and it was completely different.  I have noticed a difference in the frizziness of my hair.  Of course, it’s not on the salon-poison level that I love, but its getting the job done…for now.

4. Gilmore Girls.

Season one, episode 7, 5 days.  And all these years later, I still want to be Rory Gilmore when I go to college.  Forever and always.

59119834efad6a7ccf249f749b6290d9 come and get it

5. Food Prep.lunch

After surviving off of mini apples and peanut butter sandwiches last week, I decided that this week, there would be a large change in the food departamento.  So in between all of my notstudying (Insta, twitter, FB….) I boiled eggs, cut veggies.  Ok so that’s all I did, but…BUT it was helpful for the lunch packing procession that occurs every night.  And there is really nothing more fun than eating a hard-boiled egg in a small room!

 

 

Bastille!

We went to the Bastille concert at the Liacouras Center last night and had an absolute BLAST.photo 2(1)

Definitely on my list for best concerts I’ve ever been to!  Except…I’ve never been to a bad concert….soo……

Anyways, I knew most of the songs, we were on the floor (!!!), and Bastille put on an awesome show.  They even played their cover of No Scrubs by TLC and it was AMAZING.  The crowd loved it and was super energetic.  I think it was my favorite song of the night, even if it isn’t originally theirs.

Notable mention goes to Bad Blood, Pompeii, and Poet.  As well as all of their other songs.

At one point, they played “their most depressing song” and told everyone to take out their lighters, or their modern day equivalent, and the entire place lit up.  Super cool to see, especially from the floor.photo 3

Russ and I (and his friends!) really had so much fun and I feel so lucky to have been able to get those tickets!photo 1 It was a GREAT way to celebrate my good grade on my Orga test!!!  I think I earned the bragging rights.

Now if only I could go to a concert after every test….

Anyways, enjoy those links up their.  If nothing else, you’ll love the accent ;)

Other concert posts:

Lately.

Whoops, another long and unintentional hiatus from blogging.  This might be the longest break I’ve taken…ever.  And not really for any good reason.  I’ve been busy, but I’ve been busy a lot of times in the last couple of years and always make time to write on here.  I think about writing/ updating everyday, but I feel like I have nothing to say, which is ironic because it feels like so much is going on (Example A:  Started this post Tuesday two weeks ago, posted it Oct 6th).  Perhaps it feels like there isn’t much to say because each day blurs into the next and it’s one long day of train rides, class, studying, homework, and semi-frantically trying to keep my head above water.  For some reason, I also get (nervous?) about updating?  I don’t know how to explain it.  It feels like it’s been so long so what’s another day?

Anywho, I’m going to make a much better effort to update often, not only for my 3 loyal readers* (haha) but for myself, so I can look back and see all the fun that was being had during this time! [Semi-sarcasm]  I think I have a pretty good grasp on things right now, school-wise, but I also know how easy it is to slip under and be drowned by Xfinal=XInitial + VInitial-1/2gravity(time)^2 and parts of the cell- endoplasmic reticulum, cytoplasm, Golgi body galore, and how to identify a molecule by its NMR spectroscopy.   I know you wanted a visual. :)

I actually don’t mind the work… It just feels like a never ending job where the work comes home with me and permeates my dreams (nightmares). Okay that makes it sound super bad, but Russ and my parents have been little angels when it comes to giving me time, space, and free passes on things like cleaning up after dinner and other chores.  I go to bed each night feeling semi-accomplished with what I did that day, but always with a running to do list of the chapters that need to be read and the problems that need to be solved.

Besides all the unfun that is school, I have also been having some actual fun!  It’s important to fit it into the busy schedule or else I will be at high risk for head explosion.  Ain’t nobody got time fo’ that. So. Back to all the fun being had…

First of all, there is Teddy!photo 2-3  He’s our newest family member and while I want to write an entire post about him, I will say that I am Obsessed with a capital O.photo 3-1  He is cuddly and snuggly and oh so very bad, but wonderful at the same time.  In love.photo 1-3Russ put him in the cage and put on Sarah McLachlin’s “Angel”, and then rescued him, just so he could say he’s done that.  A real gem, that one!DSC_0113

Then there was camping with Russ and friends a couple weekends ago.photo 4(Am I gazing into the distance??)  I haven’t been for real camping in years so this was super fun.  We left on Friday afternoon, and 3 hours late (thanks, traffic), we were there!  There was campfire cooking, s’mores, beer, Dog Fish Head Brewery & dinner, laughs, and fun.  Me gusta mucho.DSC_0018 DSC_0022 DSC_0027 DSC_0035 DSC_0046If Russ didn’t look like he was going to make me his dinner, I would love this photo.

Hmmm, what else.  My dad and I watched a building get imploded.  I got up at 5:40 am with my dad on a Saturday. #daddysgirlforlife.photo 1-2[The building is in the back.  Scared the bejeezus out of me when the explosions happened.]

We had Rosh Hashana dinner at a neighbor’s house.  Those “what are you doing with your life” questions sure get funner and funner!!! (Dad-I know “funner” is not a word)photo 5

My mom and I took a rare selfie together since the lighting was muy bueno and we look #flawless.  I have a pretty mama, no?

I (FINALLY!!!) got to see XXXtine, Bobby, and Justin last weekend.  It’s been months, so we were super over-due.  Instead of the usual bar grind, we went…roller skating!skating 31 After a lovely dinner made by Justin. We went to the local ‘rink. Haha it was a combination of being old people and being little kids all at the same time.  It’s safe to say we were the oldest, childless, skating people there.skating skating2

I thought it was hilarious and only fell ONCE.  Success.  And Russ held my hand for most of the time. #aw.  In the morning, Christine and I (and Russ) made everyone breakfast (egg sandwiches).DSC_0009[Photo from camping, but you get the jist]

And…lunch yesterday after a 6 mile run.photo 3-4  Furthest distance in weeks.  I plan to write about my exercising and lack thereof in the near to distant future.  Empty promise!

I guess that’s the extent of the funsies from the last three? four?  weeks,  Hey, I’ll take all of the fun/ notschool I can get around here.

Back to studying Orgo, or as my dad pointed out, “orga” for organic chemistry.  Tengo examen manana!

Chao

*Not to say you 3 people aren’t near and dear to my heart!  You are!  You’re my everything <3

The First Week of School

I guess my absence from here gives you come idea as to how the first week went, huh?  If not, we’ll, it’s been a looooonnnnngggggggg week. Mucho mucho.  I’m taking the following classes: Physics, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Art and Science of Healthcare, and labs for the three science courses. It’s the same number as classes as college, but feels like high school because we have classes back to back to back, so I’m in such basically from 8:30-3:00.

So far, physics is the hardest, followed by organic chemistry and then biology.  I have a feeling that this order is here to stay.  I’ve got to say, for the people in my class (most) that have never seen biology or organic chemistry or physics, I give major props for being able to juggle all of this.  This is going to be enough of an uphill climb and I’ve taken organic chemistry and tutored biology.

This week alone, I have probably spent 20 hours on just homework and we are just getting started! I need to devote some time to reading the chapters this weekend, because we are already on at least chapter 3 in every class and, whatdoyaknow, but homework is so much harder when you have no idea what you’re doing! Incredible.

on the bright side, everyone is really nice, the city is a fun place to be, I enjoy taking the train, and this is all leading me somewhere.