End of the Summer…

August 11, 2009 at 11:44 pm (Church, Family, School, Summer, Thesis, TV)

I’ve been so terrible at updating this this summer – tsk tsk!  So here’s a quick overview of my life in the past few weeks:

  • Had a fabulous lunch and a wonderful little restaurant the next town over with a woman from church – it was wonderful!  Love chatting with her, really reaffirms my faith!
  • Been attending Photoshop Elements workshops at the library, and having a blast!  Now, if only I had a computer with enough room for Photoshop and Dreamweaver…  Scratch that – if only I had a computer that started up in less than 15 minutes…
  • Had a surprise party for my mom’s 50th this past weekend.  My whole mom’s side of the family came into town, without her knowing, and surprised her (she cried)!  It was a really nice weekend with everyone – super busy, though, and thus exhausting
  • Finished my research for the summer, sent in a 16 page outline to my advisor, and returned all of my books to the library!  Such a sense of accomplishment!
  • Sorta, kinda, maybe haven’t really started packing for school, despite the fact that I leave on Friday…
  • Found a scholar that I think I would absolutely adore working with in grad school (as in, got a book of his out from the library on a whim, and am thinking of actually buying that one to have forever and ever and a few others from a store as soon as possible), except he doesn’t teach at any one school, and appears to do a lecture circuit in Europe and Canada…  Story of my life…
  • Meanwhile, on the mundane side, I’ve been watching the new series ‘Merlin‘ on NBC, and, as long as you don’t ask it to actually stick to the legends in any way, shape, or form, except for the names and the most BASIC plot points, is actually pretty good escapist fun!
  • Got my hair cut – trying out layers for the first time…
  • Just beat my brother and two of his friends at Settlers – I don’t think they were very happy…

And that, ladies and gentlemen of the blogosphere, is that.  Probably a heck of a lot more to report, but I fear I can’t think of a thing at the moment, so this shall have to suffice.

How is your summer winding down?


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Oh Joy

July 31, 2009 at 11:15 am (Sleep, Summer)

This morning I answered the phone to hear a recorded message from my town, telling me that during the week of August 3, they will be doing some sort of repair work “in your neighborhood”. Starting at 5 a.m. in order to “minimize traffic interruptions.”

I can’t tell you how pleased I was to receive this message, because it’s not like sleep is dear to me or anything.

On the bright side, though, at least they told us!  I can’t count the number of times I composed an angry letter to the editor in my head, soundly chastising the administration at school for not informing the residents of my dorm of the construction and what not that took place in our courtyard during the last year.

Anyway, if I’m cranky during the next week, now you know why!

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May 20, 2009 at 4:12 pm (Summer)

I’ve been home for just under a week, and am loving it!  I have yet to see any of my friends, however, though that will be rectified tomorrow evening.  On the other hand, I have accomplished far more in the past week than in both of my last two college summers combined (or at least, that’s what it feels like).  I have cleaned out my closet, weeding out all clothes and shoes that I have not worn in forever.  I have made progress on the organization of the rest of my closet/room.  I have initiated a plan to get more desk space in my office room, as well as a new ribbon for my typewriter!  I do not, however, have a plan to get more shelf space, and the library book sale is a mere two and a half weeks away!  Not that a lack of shelf space has ever stopped me before, of course… Anyway, back to my list: I have acquired an old card catalog from the library, and plan to use it to organize all my office supplies.  I have an actual plan to organize all my school papers instead of keeping them in random boxes and files all over my floor.  AND I have started my summer research!  Talk about a feeling of accomplishment!  Well, I should probably wait until everything is completely organized (which shall take at least a few more days, unfortunately, and at least one trip to Staples, fortunately 😀 ) to say that.  But still.  It’s a start!  Oh, and I’ve had my first sunburn of the summer, which has healed to a lovely base tan, but it still needs a lot of work.  Which I am perfectly willing to put in!

Speaking of burns, in other news, my mother was attempting to boil some chicken for chicken salad earlier today, and went outside to garden a bit.  And boiled all the water into evaporation and burned the pot.  I smelled the smoke/nastiness in my room.  Two floors removed from the kitchen. Running downstairs to see if I could stop it, I discover the kitchen and dining room are filled with smoke.  My mom had already removed the offending pot to the garden and hosed it down.  It is now four hours later, and the kitchen and basement still smell of it.  The rest of the house would smell the same, except that it is a fortunately beautiful day, and we were able to open all the windows in the house.  Welcome home!

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March 22, 2009 at 12:39 pm (Happy, School, Summer, The Future, Vacation)

I have absolutely no idea when the last time I posted on here was.  I suppose I could actually visit my blog and figure that out, but really, who cares?  I’m back!  And it’s spring!

Spring break was fabulous with my roomie.  And I think it was the perfect length.  Except now I’m back at school and attempting to come to terms with the fact that there is approximately one month left of this semester.  And I don’t want it to be over!  I like my classes!  Well, I like one of them!  And I don’t want that to be over!  I’ve finally found a professor with whom I am comfortable talking after class on a regular basis!  Gah.

On the good news front, however, I got the summer research grant this summer!  And I think I’ll be able to do it from home.  Hello, cake.  I do believe I have you and get to eat you too.  And you’re chocolate.  Yum!

I did tell my mother, briefly, that I don’t really want to graduate early.  But I still need to talk to my father and my advisor about that.  Not really looking forward to that.

So that’s a brief overview of my life currently.  How be y’all?

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Last Full Day in the States!

August 22, 2008 at 1:42 am (Books, Family, Friends, Movies, Study Abroad, Summer)

Wow, I seriously cannot believe that this day is here already.  I’m leaving in like 20 hours!  And I get to take more stuff with me than I thought!  Yey!

But let me start at the beginning…

My mother and I ran around today like chickens with our heads chopped off, trying to get enough Euros for me to take with me to pay my first month of rent in cash like the crazy French request.  We cleaned out two different AAA places while also managing to go to some other stores to pick up all those last minute crazy things that you never realize you need until the very last second.  And we still have to go out again tomorrow before I head to the airport around 4pm.

After we finally return from our epic trip around the greater Boston area, I get to start finishing packing.  On Tuesday, I had actually packed the vast majority of my clothes, sans what I have needed in the past few days.  Tonight I had the explicit joy of having both my parents hover over me as I try to finish packing everything else, with much undesired commentary.  As I believe I have mentioned before, I like my alone time.  I know I won’t see my parents for a while, but that does not mean that I need them hanging on to me every second of my last days with them.  In fact, it really does not help their cases any.

Oh, and on that point, my father and my mother and I had a lovely discussion at dinner tonight in which my father expressed his complete uncomprehending disbelief that my mother and I do not feel comfortable simply chatting with a stranger under any circumstances, whether it be waiting in line somewhere or at a cocktail party where you are actually supposed to make random conversation and mingle.  He simply could not understand how we could possibly be uncomfortable with this.  He has been married to my mother for 24 years and known me my entire life and still has not grasped this innate truth about the two of us.  It is simply beyond his comprehension capacity as it is a totally alien concept to him.

Anyway, to resume:  while packing, I had had the foresight to purchase some of those fabulous vacuum bags that you suck all the air out of in order to cram more stuff in a tight space (hint: Linens ‘N Things declared bankrupcy and so are closing down some stores, which means lovely sales!).  As a result of these wonderful creations, I am able to bring some semblance of a bed set instead of having to figure out crazy French stores on my very first day in Lille!  Of course, I can’t bring everything, but I can bring enough to get me through a few days (or weeks…) as long as the weather doesn’t suddenly take a turn for the worse.  This was a very, very happy discovery!  And, my bags are still under 50lbs!  Yey!

After finally kicking my parents out and finishing what I could for the night, I settled down to finally watch a movie that I ordered from interlibrary loan way back in May!  It finally came in last week, and this was my first chance to actually sit down and watch it.  The name of the film is The Ultimate Gift based on a book by the same name.  It’s a feel-good, inspirational movie/book, but that doesn’t mean it’s cheesy.  I mean, it is, but not really.  Just watch it.  And it’s Drew Fuller.  And he’s amazing!  And James Gardner.  And Abigal Breslin.  So just go find it somewhere and watch it – trust me, you won’t regret it!  (And now I feel like some cheesy, creepy salesman.  Fabulous.)

So that was my last full day in the States.  Tomorrow, I’m getting up early and having some friends over, then running some errands, and then heading to the airport!  I’ll try to update y’all as soon an possible!  Au revoir!

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Yet Another List of Bulleted Updates…

August 20, 2008 at 1:10 am (Books, Family, News articles, Rants, Study Abroad, Summer) (, , , , , )

  • The weather today was crazy.  Most of the morning, it rained like crazy, and then the sun finally came out, but the wind stayed, and the tree outside my window was waving so violently that it looked like i had a strobe light in my room.
  • Started packing today.  Essentially finished packing my clothes except for what I’m using between now and Friday.  Filled my big duffel with a bit of room to spare.  Still have my rolling duffel to fill with other stuff.  Having two huge suitcases sitting on my floor where I have to see them every day is a weird constant reminder.
  • Went into Boston to visit my aunt and uncle and their two kids today before I head off to France.  It’s always interesting to hear my parents describe how el boyo’s visit went, since it’s the only way I get a straight answer out of them since I’m not about to ask them about it.  But at least all of their answers have been positive.   My aunt is really disappointed that she has yet to meet el boyo.  In other news, we had some really interesting, intelligent conversation over the dinner table.  My new nickname is Jeeves, as in Ask Jeeves, as in I can answer any question posed to me through logic and it thus seems like I know everything in the world.
  • Had to unsubscribe from one of my blogs that was looking really promising.  They have done the unforgivable.  They insulted one of my favorite books of all time, one of the few books that I always can turn to and know I’ll enjoy even though I’ve basically memorized it.  And they even suggested that people go see the movie if they must know what it’s about even though the movie and book are totally different!  It is utterly infuriating!  Especially since they admitted that they didn’t even finish the book and yet are condemning it!  I can’t stand people like this.  My chest is tightening in rage even as I type this though this occurred over an hour ago.  ARRRRG
  • In happier news, The Augusta Chronicle published an article about my great-grandmother, Genie, as she reflects on living 100 years.  Great article, though it only begins to show the eccentric essence that is the fantastic matriarch of my mother’s family.  :sigh:  Gotta love her. 😀

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Jumping on the Bandwagon and Hitching it to France

August 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm (Books, Study Abroad, Summer) (, , , , , , , , )

Last night I was up until 2:00am exactly reading Breaking Dawn.  In the afternoon, I sat down and read Eclipse in about 4 hours since I had only started it previously but had never finished it and figured I should read it before I went on to the last one in the series.  Those books are better than I remembered, and an enjoyable quick read.  I’m not sure I completely understand the total obsession with Edward as the heartthrob-to-end-all-heartthrobs, considering I just want to be Bella simply to have her powers, not necessarily to have Edward.  To be completely honest, I think Edward is a bit annoying.

Anyways, in other news, we are still trying to work out all the housing stuff for France, seeing as how I’m going to be moving in this time next week…  There are some definite drawbacks to being the first one to enter a program, and it certainly doesn’t help to have a rookie study abroad advisor at my home school who seems to have even less of an idea of what’s going on than I do.

The most exciting thing to happen this weekend was that i got to play with a Sony Reader.  Recently, I’ve been salivating over Amazon’s Kindle, but have not had the chance to actually touch one since no one I know owns one and, considering Amazon is totally online, there’s nowhere I can go to test one.  Thus, it was sooooo cool to actually be able to touch/handle/play with a Sony Reader even though I didn’t know too much about it.  I really liked the design and ease of use, but since I have read so much about the Kindle, I was constantly comparing the two.  At least now I know that I really really do want one.  Of course, I would need unlimited funds to use it as I would like to, since they cost between $300 and $400 each, not to mention that books are $5-$10.  So in order to fill the Sony Reader with 160 books, as they advertise, I would have to be able to spend about $2,000, which, as a poor student who is about to go to expensive Europe for a few months, is nowhere near a good idea.  (And for the record, I would get the Kindle over the Reader even though I have not experienced the former, simply because it has more capabilities for only about $50 more.)

PS I know the title of this post doesn’t make sense, but it popped into my head, so bear with me 😀

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Last Day of Work

August 15, 2008 at 3:28 pm (Happy, Summer, Work) (, , , , , , )

I went into work this morning at 9am, per usual, and sat down to finish up some work I had taken home with me yesterday since I had to leave early to get my passport.  Finishing those, I went to find some more pages for me to read (our organization system consists of stacks of paper on the floor of my boss’s office, each labelled with a sticky note saying what it is).  Unable to find anything I had yet to put my personal touch on, I turned to my boss to seek direction.  Imagine my surprise when she said I was free to go home and should I desire a job next summer, she’d see me then, otherwise to have fun in France!  Thus, an hour and a half after I arrived at work for my last day, I was outta there!

The upside to this is obvious in that I got to leave early and enjoy some fun free time.  The downside, however, is that I finally got around to downloading some more podcasts (more on my new obsession later) and didn’t get the chance to listen to them, and don’t know when else I’ll have the motivation to do so.  Eh.

In honor of this momentous occasion, I feel like I should share some of the more interesting factoids gleaned from months of intensive reading:

  • At least five different colleges around the United States offer mobile home parks for their students.
  • A few universities prohibit profane language, gambling, and social dancing, not to mention cohabitation and destructive behavior!
  • One college has a fruitcake and jelly kitchen on campus
  • Anyone up for a visit to the tractor museum?
  • I totally would try to get labeled as learning disabled if I could go to the school that offers a therapy dog!
  • Who says your major doesn’t matter?  At one school, certain majors have to undergo random drug testing, cause who wants a doped up philosophy major?  Oh wait, that’s all of them… 😀
  • And of course who wouldn’t want to join the Kindred Spirits Society (for vampire enthusiasts – anyone else remembering the Buffy episode?  Jillian should be so proud of me!)

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Thursday Update

August 14, 2008 at 10:37 pm (French, Study Abroad, Summer)

Well, it’s final.  Now I really have to go to France next semester.  No chance of getting out of it now.  No beauracracy giving me an excuse to back gracefully out of this extremely terrifying adventure with no blame on my shoulders.  Yes, today I got my visa.

Considering what I had to go through to get it, I was shocked to be able to simply waltz into the French consulate this afternoon and receive it within seconds.  Iz pretty.  And allows for multiple entries between next Friday and Feb 22, 2009.  So Europe, here I come!  And maybe I’ll skip out on Ring Dance and spend that weekend in belle Paris instead 😀  Except now I have to start packing.  And freaking out.  And buying converters and such.  And freaking out.  And saying goodbye to friends.  And freaking out.  And relearning French.  And freaking out.  Oh, and freaking out.  Did I mention freaking out?

Ok, attempting to calm down (though fair warning: expect to see many such hyper-ventilating posts in the next week, dear readers).  Tomorrow is my last day of work.  Speaking of which, I brought some home with me, so I need to go work on that instead of continuing this post as planned, so au revoir, mes amis!

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Busy, Busy, Busy

July 28, 2008 at 8:51 pm (Blogging, Concord, Family, Friends, Happy, Movies, Summer, TV, Work)

So my goal of writing once every day (or so) is totally and completely down the drain, so here’s a little recap of everything that has happened in my life since I last posted:

  • Went down to Baltimore again for my grandparents’ 50th anniversary and a family reunion to celebrate it.  Got to see my grandparents’ new condo which is fabulous and beautiful and simply amazing!  I also got to go out and find toys to fill the basement for all my little cousins (5 under the age of 5).
  • Caught cold from one of the aforementioned cousins.  Took an extra day and a half off of work because of it.  Still felt miserable for about a week.  But am all better now!
  • Went to the doctor’s office for an annual check-up.  Got 2 vaccines, on in each arm, which hurt for about 2 days (in addition to my cold of course!).  Had a lovely discussion about how even though my boyfriend and I have been dating for about a year and a half, I have no need for the pill.  To quote my doctor, we are “happy being *pause* companions”.  Shocking, I know!
  • Speaking of el boyo, he is in town visiting for 2 whole weeks (plus a few days!)!!!  So much happiness. 😀
  • Discovered a fairly interesting and not too overbearing feminist site/blog: www.feministing.com thanks to my lovely friend J.
  • Went to my first housewarming (well, apartment-warming, but still…) party for a friend of mine.  Had a blast.  Happy that el boyo, who escorted me, thinks that I have really cool friends.  Watched Fight Club for the first time in forever and still remembered most of it.
  • Spent all of Saturday with el boyo in Boston walking the Freedom Trail, which is very long.  Saw some pretty cool acrobatic street-performers at Faneuil Hall.  Got an awesome hat and wore it around for the rest of the day.  Made mental note to start purchasing and wearing more hats.
  • After walking for 4.5 hours, returned to the Boston Common and joined some friends to watch As You Like It under the stars.  Pretty good performance.  Orlando was played by the male semi-lead in USA’s In Plain Sight.  Didn’t much like him on TV, but he was great on stage!  Didn’t like the beginning or end of the play, but the middle was good fun!  Shocked by the massive amount of people who attended, most of whom probably couldn’t even see the stage (we got there 3 hours before curtain and so got good seats, though inconsiderate idiots in really tall chairs blocked our view of a good portion of the stage since we were sitting on picnic blankets).  Partook of a delightful European-esque picnic for dinner of bread and butter and grapes – yum!  Definitely an experience that should become an annual event.
  • Arranged with my work to take the next two weeks part-time and work at home to maximize my time with el boyo.  Also was offered a job for next summer – and the school year if I so desire, though my being abroad for the first semester will hinder that slightly…  But still, happy day!  The work is occasionally mind-numbingly dull, but the people at work are so wonderful and nice that I can’t gush enough about them!
  • Rediscovered my love of the sound of keys on a keyboard tapping.  Like as I write this.  And this.  And this.  Ok, stopping now.
  • Discovered that I think that I would love to get my Masters in Library Science and work in a library some day since I love working at my local one this summer, both in processing and at the Children’s desk (even though as I rule I generally don’t like children very much…).  Tonight I even helped two people find books (last week I shelved the whole time)!  My memory of my beloved children’s books isn’t as bad as I thought it was.
  • On that note, I discovered that the University of Hawaii offers a program for library science, so I may kill 2 birds with one stone and move down there to get my master’s 😀

There’s probably more that has happened, and there will be more to come.  But for now, ta-ta and au revoir!

  • OOO- I saw Dark Knight!!!  And it was amazing!!!

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