Sonia Su

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Day 331: Thanksgiving

by Sonia Su

Being home, especially on Thanksgiving, makes me constantly reflect on family dynamics.

Thanksgiving dinner 2014

I like to have the idea in my head that all is well with my family, but it’s hard to say that when during Thanksgiving, there is hardly any conversation, and my mom is essentially on her phone the entire time.

That last bit bugs me the most. And it wasn’t even the first time I’ve witnessed the detachment and utter lack of conversation during meals, a time whose social value has been lost on not only our generation, but also our parents. I find that I am wondering increasingly often whether it is I who has changed or my parents, who seem less and less social in social settings.

It’s hard to have conversations with my parents. I suppose it has always been difficult, especially given the language barrier, but it would be nice to come home and talk about more than just how I feel like I’m the mom of the group, scolding others for being on their phones during dinner—and not just dinner but, for God’s sake, Thanksgiving.

I feel like the spirit of Thanksgiving has been lost or never really understood by my family. Heck, my sister flew out yesterday to celebrate the family holiday with her friends in Colorado.

I haven’t even had to chance to reflect on what I’m thankful for, with all my somewhat-hypocritical bitching and whining about how others don’t seem to be thankful enough. And here I am, not knowing exactly what to be thankful for, either, except for parents who do so graciously provide for me and my friends, without hesitation.

Thanksgiving dinner 2014

I can’t complain, and yet there is so much wrong. I’m only home for two days, and these past two days have been spent mostly with my friends who decided to join us this break. Tomorrow, we’re heading up to NYC for the weekend.

Even granted more time with my family, I’m uncomfortably sure that I will never be satisfied with the idealistic family bonding that I still (foolishly?) imagine. Relationships are complicated.

I hate to be so negative on Thanksgiving, and it makes me sad that I was looking forward to blogging, because it means that my thoughts and emotions weren’t expressed satisfactorily today. Blogging helps.

Anyway, I hope you readers had a great Thanksgiving, because if anything, I’m grateful for you guys :)

Day 330: Home

by Sonia Su

I guess a lot of people woke up today at 4 a.m. to catch flights to return home.

But not many people craved and actually ate a burger from Burger King at 5 a.m.—like my friend did.

Burger King at 5 a.m.

She would.

Anyway, I loved coming back to my family—especially my dog. :)

Reunion!

But the most important thing that happened since returning home? I SWITCHED BACK TO THE IPHONE!!

I mean, is anyone, especially you readers, really surprised? My mom asked during lunch at a pho restaurant (yum and perfect for the chilly weather), whether I preferred the iPhone or Samsung. She says she reads my blog, but clearly if she did (and not just come for the photos), then she wouldn’t even have had to ask. Anyway, long story short, this led to us switching phones, and now I am back to the comfort and beauty of the iPhone.

Day 329: Office Hours

by Sonia Su

Last day in Boston before break!

Went to office hours for my Advanced Production and Design class, since our magazines are due the Thursday we return.

I’ve been to her office once in the beginning of the school year, and I love how beautifully decorated it is. The warm atmosphere matches her personality.

BU office hours

I also finally tried Brown Sugar Café in Allston. AMAZING food and desserts. It almost even seemed like a suitable atmosphere for a date—and that’s hard to say for many Thai restaurants. Too bad the lighting was too dim, meaning unless I wanted to be obnoxious by using flash, I couldn’t get a decent photo. 10/10 would go again.

Day 328: Coolidge

by Sonia Su

With my only class tomorrow canceled, today was my last day of classes before Thanksgiving Break.

Even with office hours and work tomorrow, I still felt the need to start my break early (translation: not do any work), with a movie at Coolidge Corner Theater—and not just any movie, but “The Theory of Everything.”

…and just discovered that the actor who plays Hawking in the film is the same guy who plays Marius in Les Miz. Thanks, IMDB.

Anyway, I loved the movie. I went in knowing hardly anything about Hawking’s story, and, as my roommate pointed out, the film was a short and easy way to get the gist of it. I’m still interested in reading more about him.

Coolidge Corner Theater

Such a beautiful theater.

On the walk back, I noticed graffiti on a patch of blacktop (there has got to be another word for this, but I can only think of this word that described the typical American elementary-school playground…) on Comm Ave. I’ve actually seen the same graffiti on something on the MIT campus last year. After a quick Google search, I discovered that this indeed is an attempt to make some artistic statement. I’m not opposed to it, but apparently the community reaction has been so snarky and negative!

I don’t understand:

this is seriously the lamest shit i have ever seen. i miss walking around my neighborhood and NOT SEEING NOT ART. ugh.

wow what a fucking turd!

“inspire conversation”, what a noble cause. I think a more accurate description of this captain obvious behavior is a means to get your foot in the door into some kind of art scene when you aren’t an artist. Not artistic, not social commentary , not even hipster irony, just plain dumbfounded dipshit behavior.

These two words are hardly doing any damage. Why not let people express what they please?! #ARTARTART

"NOT ART" on Comm Ave

Spotted: The (in)famous “Not Art” graffiti on Comm Ave, right outside Sunset Cantina.

Day 327: Fulfillment

by Sonia Su

Following my pathetic excuse for a photo yesterday, I went photography-happy today.

Such a great Sunday :)

Ramen from Inaka

FINALLY GOT MY RAMEN. (I had been craving it all week.)

Mango shaved ice from Inaka

Mango shaved ice from Inaka.

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