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About Me:

My name is Olivia and I am a senior at Butler University. I spend most of my time in Lilly Hall as a BFA Dance Performance major. When not in rehearsal or ballet class, I write papers for my English Literature second major. In my super-abundant, never-lacking, this-is-highly-sarcastic spare time, I attempt to cook in my apartment kitchen, watch Youtube videos of ballet, knit sweaters that never seem to come to an end, and read books both silly and serious. If I could take any class at Butler just for kicks, I'd go for DiffyQ.

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Posts Tagged “Harry Potter”

BSI Winds Down

A few highlights from the end of BSI:

I went to my first midnight premier of the Harry Potter movie with a group of students through the Butler summer residence halls. Here a BSI student wins my personal award for best costume of the night as a CleanSweep7 broomstick. I myself dressed in a red tank top and red skirt, tied a red scarf around my waist, and attached my red ballet skirt to my wrists and back — I was Fawkes, and I did not have feathers, and the costume was rather a flop. I enjoyed the movie, but the previews were too scary for me!!

Here we are at the BSI final dinner. I’m in the corner with other students and mentors, trying not to laugh out loud.

However, our basement apartment in UT (which was really much dirtier than I originally thought), soon suffered from an invasion of ants. I woke up in the morning with one crawling on my stomach. Though I emailed maintenance and they responded, they must have decided to wait until we moved out to deal with them, which was a bit icky. I know it’s summer and ants aren’t that threatening and pest control makes a room unlivable for a while… but come on, Butler. At least tell us you were going to wait until after the session. Mental preparation and all.

Funnily enough, most of the other students whose presentation photos were taken from this angle had more than just a head showing — I’m rather short. We finally presented the fruits of our BSI labors to all the BSI participants and whichever other students/faculty/mentors/staff/etc wanted to come.

I was nervous about my presentation at first; while I practiced I kept stumbling over my words so I finally had to type out a truncated script. Then I worried I would read from a piece of paper rather than make eye contact and all that. But something magical happened on Monday morning when I stood up in front of that room. Some combination of nerves and enthusiasm made all the words come out in the right order, in a short-enough timeframe, in an apparently coherent-enough way to merit detailed questions and positive responses. Hooray!

Congratulations to all BSI participants! You can view titles of projects and pictures from the program here. You can see the slideshow I made to accompany my presentation here.

Cooking Adventures I

This huge snow storm has done wonders for my blogging schedule, and now I finally get to brag about the collection of pictures I’ve acquired since the beginning of the spring semester two weeks ago.

Sometimes my cooking adventures turn out to be very, very wrong. Often they are almost right and thus edible to one in a generous frame of mind or in a fit of extreme hunger. Occasionally, however, they have been exceedingly successful–as in “exceeds expectations”–as in I would get “E” were I taking a test at Hogwarts–as in they were delicious.

So I’m going to brag a little as I share my cooking adventures with you.


1. Egg, onion, spinach, omelette. Never fear, I only ate half. The rest I’ve squirreled away for tomorrow morning. I added rosemary, thyme, garlic, pepper, and a bunch of basil as well. Yum.

Spinach/egg/onion thing

2. Banana pancakes! These were delicious. I found a questionable banana at the bottom of my backpack at the end of the school day on Friday. (It was only there for one day, don’t worry.) I just call it “questionable” because it had turned, by some miracle of chemistry, entirely brown. And therefore it was perfect for a Saturday morning pancake party. We put a smidge of Nutella on top too. Yum.

Action shot!

3. Caramelize onion. Add garlic. Add pepper, spices, and eggs. Then when it can’t get any better, put pepperoni on top. And cheese! Serve with toast and tea and maybe a friend or two.


I’m kind of on a pepperoni kick right now, thanks to my youngest sister. I have been putting pepperoni on my sandwiches, having a slice or two for a snack, having a slice or two while I’m cooking breakfast, having a slice or two for dessert. Thank you, sister.

Right, I want to assure the gentle reader that I did not consume all of the above at once. This was more than one breakfast. So there.

Dinner and dessert will follow. My lunches tend to be leftovers or sandwiches, and therefore will not be covered in this series.