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Author: Lauren Frost ’16

Oak Park, Illinois • Art History View Profile

Home Is Where the Tempura Shrimp Is

A countdown of the eight weirdest decorations in my room

I share a double in Pyne Hall with my wonderful roommate Colleen.

Me and Colleen
Nothing like a good old crazy-eyed roomie selfie.

Every fall, Colleen and I go crazy decorating our new room. Every wall gets its own poster, or photo, or pirate-themed nutcracker. Some of our decorations end up being pretty generic.

Window and string lights
Can't have a dorm room without string lights...

My dog
... and an obligatory pet photograph.

But some of them are downright strange. Today, I'm counting down the eight weirdest decorations currently displayed on our dorm room walls.

8. Posters for bands we don't know

Last year, on National Record Store Day, Colleen and I visited the Princeton Record Exchange. The line to get inside the store was insane, so instead we looked through a pile of free posters outside the store and ended up taking close to 20! We hadn't heard of any of the bands but that didn't stop us from putting the posters all over our room.

Quilt poster
Oh yeah, Quilt. I love Quilt. Sure.

7. 1969 laundry advertisement

Colleen spent the summer after her freshman year doing research for a book about co-education at Princeton, so this decoration comes from her. When Princeton first went coed, the girls lived in Pyne Hall. This advertisement for a Pyne Hall laundry service encourages Princeton boys to bring their laundry to Pyne because "you may meet a coed using our service too." Come visit us, boys!

Pyne Hall ad

6. JOKES

I write for the student-run talk show All-Nighter. Last year, one writer wrote a sketch in which it was revealed that the then-host, David Drew, took all of his jokes from a joke bucket. (Seth Meyers later did a similar bit. WE'RE ONTO YOU SETH MEYERS.) I suggested that instead of filling the bucket with sheets of paper, we should fill the bucket with jelly, because who knows what jokes are made of? (The answer is jelly.) As a reward for my suggestion, I got to keep the label from the bucket.

JOKES

5. Portraits of Colleen and me

Colleen and I are members of Tower, one of Princeton's eating clubs. Tower is a bicker club, meaning prospective members apply to get in. Tower's bicker process is quick, easy, and fun; current members get matched up with bickerees, chat with them, and sometimes make them do silly little tasks. This fall, Colleen and I had our bickerees draw portraits of us. Our room is now covered with our portraits, all of them in different styles and with different interpretations of my hairstyle.

Portraits of me and Colleen
Six beauties.

4. Selfies of our friend Nick shaving his face

I'm a member of Quipfire! improv comedy, along with a friend of mine named Nick. At one of our recent shows, Nick's friends held up silly pictures of him to show their support. One of them was a triptych of sorts: a series of photos of Nick in different stages of shaving off the beard and mustache that he grew on Outdoor Action, Princeton's outdoor education and leadership development program. We asked them if we could keep it, and it now adorns our mantel.

Nick triptych

3. Orange foods

Freshman year, the week that Colleen and I decided that we would room together the next year, we were at the U-Store and saw a section of room decorations. The oddest piece of that collection was a poster of only orange foods, which we found hidden in the back. We bought it on an impulse, deciding that it would be our shared room's first decoration. And we've had it up ever since!

Orange foods
Why. Why does this exist.

2. "Welcome to Montana" poster

There's not much to this one. Our friend Jake thinks Colleen's from Montana. She's not. But she bought this poster.

Welcome to Montana poster
Seems like a great place. Colleen will have to check it out some time.

1. Tempura Paintings: An Exhibition

Colleen and I took ART 101 last year. Some of the paintings we studied were painted with egg tempera, and Colleen accidentally misspelled tempera "tempura" in her notes. We wondered... what if these paintings really were made from tempura? And from that, our collection of tempura paintings was born. (Follow us on Instagram @tempurapaintings.) There are nine famous tempera paintings hanging on our wall, each with all figures replaced with tempura shrimp. It's pretty weird. But hey, so are we.

Tempura Paintings: An Exhibition
Welcome to the gallery.

Tempura shrimp paintings.
We make our professors proud.