Graduate School: Almost the End


I made it to the Burlington airport about two hours early for my flight today. I overestimated how long it would take to get up, finish cleaning up my place, and make it out the door to run a quick errand before I get something to eat at a coffee shop and to the airport.

I have time on my hands to people watch and to reflect over the last semester. I feel like I ran another race this fall with my four classes, my small teacher assistantship(which really was more of printer paper refilling than actually helping students), and prepping for my thesis work. One of my classes, Collaborative II, was a continuation from my summer Collaborative I class and it was my first time to work with a client for over seven months. It was a lot of work, time, meetings, planning, and a super big presentation in late November. I feel confident that we impacted the group of stakeholders who attended and would love for the project to receive funding, but I want nothing to do with it for four months. I learned to let go of expectations, and just push forward. Focus on myself. Prepare for my future.

Flying home to Memphis this Christmas time may be different that last year, possibly because I don’t know the next time I’ll be in Tennessee. I hope to see people I haven’t seen in months and talk to my grandmother as much as possible. My thesis may get some attention(I definitely need to do interviews), but I also just want to watch the 200 channels my parents have on their TV, eat barbecue, and see Les Miserables.

These next ten days will be a change of pace, and I guess I need it. Merry Christmas all.

Here are some crazy cool things I found on the interwebs:

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Thrift Store”

John Lewis is a English store that apparently does really great commercials. Here’s their Christmas ad from 2011.

Courtesy of my sister who posted this on her Facebook via Lisa Congdon

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Did y’all catch this photo of cast of The Princess Bride 25 years later?

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An entire Tumblr dedicated to everything Christmas.

Probably the most honest statement made about the Newtown, CT tragedy.  It’s not just a gun control issue, but also a mental health issue.

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Relaxin’ all cool


I have a few posts that I need to write about on here, but school wrapped up for the semester, and I’m traveling home(sitting in the Detroit airport as I type on my phone) for Christmas, and I’m just now catching my breath.I guess I’m one of those bloggers apologizing for not writing(which annoys me), yet here it is.
More in a week…

Turkey Lurky


Well, Thanksgivng 2011 is over. I was invited  to Jess’s house in Enfield, New Hampshire, and off I drove with Ross(another “not going home for the holiday” student) in a lovely blue Tacoma truck. I think I drove it well…it was a pretty, snowy drive and had fun hanging with the Lynch family. Singing “We Gather Together” at the table was funny since only her parents out of 16 people truly knew it:). While I tried chipping away at the massive amount of homework, assignments, and projects due in the next two and a half weeks, I went to see Breaking Dawn with Cora, shopped at J.Crew/Urban Outfitters/American Apparel today, and bought Super 8 earlier in the week. Burlington is gearing up for the holidays with the Christmas tree being lit tonight on Church Street. It’s a massive 38 foot blue spruce.

I’m still not believing it’s almost December, and I’ve been here for about four months. I’ll be home for Christmas for a week. The holidays are always a strange feeling for me-another year is ending, all of us are getting older, some are still stuck in their ways, yet it’s a time for togetherness, good food, and pretty lights. I dunno. Just odd. I don’t want to “just get through it,” but the last five years, it’s been that way. But, I’m still happy where I am, and look forward to 2012.

Friday Finds, October 21st, 2011.


Halloween has reached Burlington. Tons of posters of Halloween parties, bar specials, parades, and costume contests seem to envelop this town. No idea what I will dress up as in a week or so. Ideas?

Here’s what I’ve found this week…

-ABC’s new show, Once Upon a Time, is a must see. It starts on Sunday and you can watch the first episode here and follow on Twitter, @OnceABC…I realized earlier today that I tweeted about the wrong show. There is another fairy tale show on NBC, called Grimm. Whoops.

-I’ve started washing my face with products from Kate Somerville. You can get your own skin health evaluation for your own personal regimen.

-Amazing excerpt via Tumblr from The Long Goodbye by Richard Chandler. Have you found me on Tumblr? My school tumblr? Yes, personal promotion…

-A favorite from when the Disney channel use to show actual animations from the 1950s, and 60s. Happy birthday, Mary Blair.

It’s a new day.


2010 has come and gone and now I am staring at 2011. A new decade. I will be celebrating my 10 year high school reunion this summer. Three close friends are getting married(and I am in those weddings), along with some younger sorority sisters. I can count at least five friends who are having their first baby in the next few months. As for me, I graduate from Appalachian State University on May 6th with my Masters’s in Educational Media. I am crazy at the moment because I am playing craps with fate and looking at other opportunities for the latter half of this year. I may or may not move out of midtown Memphis. So, these next 6 months will be a roller coaster of events, work, school, emotions, celebrations, and anxiety(wheeee!).I’ve thought about a project 365 blog…maybe? I feel like everyone is doing one of those, though.
I don’t do resolutions, but I do have a to do list of improvements. We’ll see.