Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Little Bit of Iowa City

Here are some pictures that I took over the past few days on my way to and from class.

This is the hospital parking garage near my house. Note how the snow is piled up to the second level!

Ah! I finally dug my car out of the snow!

On my way to class- you can see the Pentacrest building in the background.

The Theater Building where I work. This is the only building on this side of the river that survived the flood without too much damage.

Walking back from teaching my class.  The buildings in the background are across the river.

Crossing the river on the Pedestrian Bridge. Straight ahead is Market Street, which is where I live. It's about a 20 minute walk home.

Frozen river under the bridge!

Coldness up close. Thank you, zoom feature.

Neat modern building by bridge. I'm not exactly sure what goes on in there.

View from the bridge.

Vegetable panini from Italian cafe.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Pictures (finally!)

Here are some pictures of my apartment in Iowa City.  Tomorrow I will venture outside and show you around the city.



Living room with new curtains and plants.
Entry way and kitchen.
Office and practice area.
 Bedroom and scary cellar door.

Well, that's it for now, more to come. Brace yourself.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Sunshiney Day

I haven't seen the actual sun in a few days.  I know it's there (somewhere), but the Iowan skies have been dominated largely by snow clouds.  We've gotten a ton of snow the past few days. It hasn't been horribly cold, but there has definitely been snow dumpage.  I am really considering purchasing a new camera (my old one is broken and the cost to fix it is as much as a new one, so what the heck.).

But back to the title of this post: A Sunshiney Day. I couldn't ask for a more beautiful day.  I am sitting in the wonderful public library, situated on the Ped Mall in a comfy red leather chair infront of a 12-foot wall made entirely of windows.  The sunlight is pouring in, and I have all day to sip my coffee and study for my music history test tomorrow. I might even take my boots off (is that acceptable?). 

Well, that's it for now.  Hopefully pictures will be a part of this thing in the future.



Saturday, February 6, 2010

New Eats

I recently watched the documentary Food Inc., and now I feel completely different about how and what I eat.  Everyone, you must watch this- you won't regret it.

Thankfully it is pretty easy in Iowa City to eat organically.  I just went to the New Pioneer Co-op to do my grocery shopping.  This is a great place that sells organic and locally grown/raised food.  Here's a bit from their website

  1. We feature and prepare foods that are free of artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, and trans fats.
  2. We actively seek out and support sources of certified organically grown foods, locally grown whenever possible.
  3. We feature seafood, poultry, meat, and dairy that are free of added growth hormones, antibiotics, nitrates, or other chemical additives.
  4. We highlight household and personal care products that have been proven safe through non-animal testing methods.
  5. We feature grains and grain products that have not been bleached or bromated.
  6. We do not knowingly sell food that has been irradiated.