Happy New Year!

January 9, 2010 at 12:22 am (Blogging, Happy, Movies, Vacation)

I know I’m a little late, but it’s still the new year, so the fact that it isn’t the first day of said new year doesn’t matter, right?

Anyway, I have noticed a definite uptick in my blog reader of people who have apparently made it their new year’s resolution to remember their blogs.  And I suppose I could be counted among those.  But at least I have a legit excuse for not writing here more often: I was writing a thesis!  Which is finished!  When I last left you lovely readers, I was still busy working on it, but I can now tell you that, at 41 pages (not counting my epic bibliography), my opus is finished!

In other news, it is a new year, and a scary one at that: graduation is on the horizon!  And on that note, I have started a new blog, which I plan to make available to potential employers to show how amazing I am with social media type things in case I end up wanting to go into that field at some potential point in time.  I mean, I don’t think I’d mind them reading this blog, but it’s not exactly professional…

And I am oddly hype currently, for no explicable reason, so I’m just going to keep jumping from topic to topic, if you don’t mind:

My family and I watched Julie and Julia tonight.  It was cute, but definitely not a great movie.  Meryl Streep and Amy Adams are definitely two of my favorite actresses, and they were the only things keeping the movie watchable.  So watch it if you’re in the mood (and either not hungry or in the process of eating dinner – delicious food is at the heart of this movie!), but don’t have too high of expectations.

In other news, music from the ’40s and ’50s is amazing.

And school starts in a mere three days.  Can’t decide if I’m excited or not.  As a comparison, last semester, I had a grand total of 5 books for all 4 classes I was taking.  This semester, I have at least 20.  Fun times!

And I’m running out of steam.  So a bientot!  No promises of writing here anymore often than last year, but I do promise to maybe possibly update this blog at least one more time in the coming 357 days!

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Spring!

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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Vacation Chronicles

December 23, 2008 at 1:56 am (Concord, Family, Happy, Vacation, Work)

It’s vacation!!!  YEY!!!

I got home safe and sound last Tuesday, on Friday it started snowing, and it stopped snowing yesterday.  Mount Skittles* is as tall as I am.  And it’s only the first big snowfall of the winter.  Goody!  I have done more shoveling thus far this winter than all of the last two winters combined, I think.  Well, that’s an exaggeration, but still.  Oh, and did I mention that we didn’t get our paper this morning and believe it to be buried in the snow somewhere, unavailable until spring?  I love winter.

Speaking of loving winter, I seriously think I’m allergic to the cold.  And my parents are starting to agree with me/laugh at me everytime I step into the cold and start sneezing and getting red eyes etc.  Fun times.  The result of this, of course, is that I am burning through wood like there is no tomorrow since my father doesn’t like having the heat on very high.  I have my special spot in front of the fireplace, only moving to eat and get more firewood.  And shovel.

Actually, today I started working at the library again.  I got approved to work for as many hours as I want for the next two weeks while on of my mom’s co-workers is on vacation.  I’m doing the same processing stuff as I did this summer, i.e. making labels, covering books with plastic, etc.  It’s fun and I get first (well, second, after my mother, who actually receives the shipments and puts the books into the system) dibs on all the books!  Unfortunately, there was a majority of non-fiction today, and while I like non-fiction sometimes, it’s not a non-fiction vacation.  Fortunately, like last summer, there are two huge, floor-to-ceiling, bookshelves that are completely filled to the brim with a back-log of books that I am expected to help work through, thus the incentive for them to give me as many hours as I need to get the job done.  The woman who officially has this job doesn’t like working with the old books, so I, and my dust allergy, get to do it.  But I like it, so it’s all good.

And yes, I do like working while on vacation.  It’s a no-stress job, I get $$$, and it gets my father off my back when he complains that my brother and I don’t do anything over vacation except sleep.  But I’m not going to get started on my father right now.  Instead, I’m off to bed!  Good night!

*Mount Skittles is the mound of snow right next to the fence separating the backyard yard from the driveway where all the snow from the driveway gets shoveled.  Since Skittles loves loves loves snow (seriously, she was whining at the door for 30 minutes yesterday because my parents were outside shoveling and she wanted to join them**), she climbs up it and looks down on us, waiting for more snow to be thrown her way.

** I wasn’t shirking my duty – I was making dinner!  😀

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Post-Thanksgiving Wrap-Up

November 30, 2008 at 11:31 pm (Concord, Family, Holidays, Vacation)

I’ve been up since 5am and am tired and still have a bit of work to do, so this shall be short.

Tuesday – I went to Latin and handed in my paper that I had been up until 3am finishing.  Got back to my room, started packing, checked to see if there was an earlier train, there was one ticket available, so I grabbed it.  Met Ryan and his dad and uncle for lunch, went to the library to find some good pleasure reading for the train while Ryan went to class, then got a ride from them to the train station.  Ended up waiting at the train station for an extra hour before getting on the train.  Ended up sitting next to a friend from school.  Additional issues in DC meant the train was over an hour and a half late – but still earlier than my original train!

Wednesday – Tried on my cotillion dress to make sure it still fit for Ring Dance in February, which it did perfectly.  It actually might fit better, because I can actually take a deep breath in it, and I can’t remember if I was able to do that before, but I bet I was.  Anyway, it made me really excited to wear it again.  Went to the airport early with my bro to see if we could get on standby for the earlier flight that my grandparents were on, but since it was the day before Thanksgiving, that was a no-go.  Got to ogle all the midshipmen from the Naval Academy for a few hours though 😛  Also had the pleasure of making awkward conversation with my brother for about an hour while we grabbed something to eat before our plane.  Got home safe and sound, very happy.

Thursday – Thanksgiving, of course!  Slept in, didn’t go to the high school traditional football game (we lost horribly, btw).  Instead, set up my firewood supply for the weekend and started a fire that I kept going all day.  Finished the book I got out of the UR library (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – I HIGHLY recommend it!!!).  Started and finished Twilight again.  Ate a delicious Thanksgiving dinner around 5pm (Dad wanted it at 1, but we turned off the oven to sabotage this break in his sanity).

Friday – Slept in again, got up, started a fire, went to Twilight with Sarah, who loved it (and I think I enjoyed it more the second time around, for the record).  Basically veged all day in front of the fire otherwise.

Saturday – Same as Friday except Sarah and I went to High School Musical 3 instead of Twilight.  Nickel and Sarah both had friends over for dinner (my friend bailed *cough cough* 😉 ).  Yummy food.  I had been sneezing a lot earlier with watery eyes, and when even a shower didn’t stop it, I took some Benedryl, so I was super sleepy in the evening, and ended up going to bed early, though with the party going on downstairs, I didn’t actually get to sleep for a while.  Turned out to be good that I went to bed early, since I rescheduled my return trip, taking out the plane + train, and replacing it with just a plane.  At 7am.  Meaning I had to get up at 5 am.

Sunday – Got up at 5am.  Made it into the city just as the rain was starting, which meant all the subsequent flights were delayed of course.  Made it back to school by noon, where I have been happily procrastinating all day, and now really want to go to bed, but still have some journal entries to write.  I’ll probably write one tonight, and the rest tomorrow morning, since I’ll be waking early since I’ll be bedding early.  As in, before midnight.

Quick note: Sarah found out today that she didn’t get accepted into her early decision school, Elon.  Fingers crossed for the 3 others she applied to early action!  Hopefully, I’ll actually be home with her when those decisions come in, since I know she was devastated by this first one, even though she knew there wasn’t too much of a chance.

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Fabulous Weekend

February 4, 2008 at 6:24 pm (Family, Friends, Vacation)

I just wanted to put this out there: I had a fabulous weekend (well, until I returned to school and dealt with roomate issues and watched the Pats lose).

El boyo and I went up to B-more to visit family and celebrate one year together (well, one year since our first official date).  And el-boyo surprised me with a visit to a fantastic glass studio where he made me a beautiful pendant and I made a glass flower which I have yet to see in its final state since it had to cool overnight and is being shipped to me.   Then we went back to my aunt and uncle’s new house, where we were staying, and had a fantastic dinner with them and my grandparents (steak, crabcakes, salad, grits – all the good things in life!).  I definitely did not want to come back to school and eat d-hall food again…

…speaking of which, I’m hungry and is time for le diner!  More lata!

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Turkey Day!

November 22, 2007 at 3:55 pm (Vacation)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you have a fantastic day with family and friends, relaxing and eating! Enjoy!

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How Are Cranberries and Tigger Similar?

November 21, 2007 at 11:46 pm (Vacation)

Ahh, the joys of watching late night television the night before Thanksgiving. The wonderful things you learn. Did you know that

1) Cranberries go through a bounce test before they are packaged and shipped? If they don’t bounce, they are tossed

2) Apple cider is different from apple juice because to make apple cider, they use the entire apples, sans the stem and seeds of course, to make it, while only the juice is used for regular apple juice. That’s why apple cider is cloudy!

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Dippin’ Dots and Dolphins

July 11, 2007 at 8:36 pm (Vacation)

This morning, I decided I didn’t really want to go to the beach since I was already sunburned and had no wish to become further burned, and since I don’t like sand or swimming in the ocean, there was really no reason to go. Then I realized I needed to get some postcards for my friends (esp Catherine, stuck in the boonies of TX with no connection to the outside world save for snail mail). Turns out to be a good thing I did!

When I got there, I went down to the beach to say good morning to my mother and she had just come back from a nice long walk down the beach and told me there were dolphins in the surf! We quickly pulled out the camera and snapped a bunch of pictures, though it was really hard as we were never sure where or when they would surface, and when they did surface, it was only for a few seconds. But I think I got some good ones! It was really cool!

Went shopping, got some postcards, and got some Dippin’ Dots. That was certainly a blast from my past! I think I remember when they came out, though that might be just me remembering my first experience with them. Anyway, I think Dippin’ Dots are the coolest thing ever invented (pun not intended)! Yummy!

So finally I finished shopping, headed home, discovered my advising job this summer had finally started, sent out a record 103 emails, and spent like 2 hours doing legitimate things on my computer! No procrastinating, just work! Shocking, I know! But three cheers for any excuse to get my family off my back about the amount of time I spend on the computer.

My presence was required back at the beach for dinner at this small restaurant in town, after which we went back to the beach to fly a kite. My first time flying a kite! It was awesome! And then the storms they had been predicting all day moved in and we had to leave when we saw lightning. So we got back to the house, had a 15 minute downpour, then went outside to play some frisbee. Now we’re just all hanging around. Leaving tomorrow morning!

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La Di Da

July 10, 2007 at 8:26 pm (Vacation)

Just a few other items of note:

1) My brother and Jen, the daughter of the couple we are staying with, apparently stayed up quite late last night drinking. Apparently, they noticed that it was getting light outside and decided it was a good idea to go to bed before their respective parents woke up and yelled at them for never going to bed. So they got about 3 hours of sleep last night, and I’m sure have at least some sort of hangovers, considering how much alcohol they consumed.

2) The book I started is dedicated “To Caffeine and Sugar.” I think this is my favorite dedication ever. I love Robin Hobb.

3) Watching the All-Star Game. 5 Red Sox on the American League team! Playing with Jeter and A-Rod… But still. At least no Johnny Damon.

4) Playing gin last night and backgammon tonight with Nickel and Jen made me realize that I have very rarely played either of those games with sober people. Makes me wonder if I’m actually as good as I may appear, judging by my record…

5) I hate the nickname “Kat”

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Sunburns and Such

July 10, 2007 at 8:09 pm (Vacation)

Yesterday we spent a nice day out on the beach. It was a beautiful day: sunny, in the mid-90s, with a nice breeze off the water so you didn’t realize you were roasting like a chicken. The water felt pretty nice too, in the mid-60s I believe. I mean, I didn’t actually go in the water, but I did wade in a bit, and got splashed up to my waist on occasion. If I didn’t hate the ocean, I would definitely have gone in. Ok, hate is a bit strong of a word. Dislike perhaps.

Anyway, the results of the day in the sun was one finished book, one started book, the discovery that one of my favorite authors writes under a separate pen name (note to self: look up on return to home), and some gorgeous sunburns and funky tan lines.

Today, the day was beautiful again and the sun was even hotter than yesterday, but it was extremely hazy out on the beach. On a clear day, you can see for ages down the beach and miles out in the ocean. Today, you could only see maybe a few hundred yards in any direction. And then the clouds moved in and it just wasn’t worth staying on the beach. It got cold fairly fast. So we wandered into town for a bit, browsed the shops, bought some flip-flops for my sister (black with sparkly lacrosse sticks), mailed them off to camp, and then headed home, where (o happy day!) I discovered my internet was working again!

My other discovery was not so pleasant: I’m sunburned. Somehow, the sunburns I had yesterday got a bit worse, and I had developed some new sore spots. I don’t understand how this happened, because I slathered on the sunscreen this morning before I stepped foot outside, and I spent most of the time the sun was out on my stomach, yet all the sunburns are on my front. Weird. But at least the splotchy appearance of the burns yesterday seem to have smoothed out, faded in, camouflaged themselves to a certain extent. We shall see what happens tomorrow, out last full day here at the beach. Storms are actually predicted, but perhaps they’ll hold off…

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