May 9, 2013

Almost forgot

It's my beautiful sister's birthday today. She's just the best. I love her!!!!


I'm still here!

Like you cared.

In the past year I have--

Gotten married
Presented research at a conference
Wrote my thesis
Visited my inlaws (how weird is that??[having inlaws, that is. I'M MARRIED NOW, and I love my inlaws])
Edited my thesis
Begged to be a TA
Won Outstanding TA of the Year, at both the department level and the college level
Gained too much weight
Admitted to myself and the world that I'm actually not all that into skiing
Said goodbye to too many good friends (damn you, Houston!)
Watched a lot of TV
Have not read enough books
Became a yelper?
Edited my thesis
Taught 47 students how to field map
Halfheartedly tried to to stop a structure being built on campus 
Bought tickets to Europe on a whim
Defended my thesis
Graduated (well, walked)
Changed my last name on nearly everything
Applied for a half-dozen jobs (and counting)
Continued to edit my thesis
Got bangs

It's been a productive year.

You're probably wondering why I decided to come back after such a long absense. Well, to tell you the truth, I don't know. Part of me wants to write. Part of me only writes when I'm bored. I don't have a lot to say, but I love to read, so sometimes I feel like I should be doing the other half as well. We'll see what comes of this.

Right this second I'm sitting at my desk at school, the desk that I'll be kicked out of any day now because technically I graduated and I don't belong here anymore, and I'm applying to jobs. There are lots of jobs all over the country that I am mostly (if not fully!) qualified for. Plans fell through on Tommy's end, so now we're just getting ready to move on a moment's notice as long as I get a job. For once, I'm really really excited to be facing the unknown.

June 25, 2012

Hello (goodbye) June

Oooops. Things have been (sorta kinda?) busy. But mainly good. Really, really good. Which is why I started neglecting writing. Anyway, June in no particular order:

  • Have been slowly progressing, thesis-wise.
  • Moved
  • Started gardening (well, maintaining someone else's garden---but still)
  • Built a keggerator with Tommy
  • Saw a lot of good friends
  • Hosted our first big party
  • Bike commuting a lot further than I'm used to
  • Summer shape up
  • Mountain biking
  • Cooking lots
  • Salt Lake City Arts Festival
  • Under African Skies at Red Butte Garden
  • Lots and lots of wedding stuff
And now, with just a few days left, Tommy and I are off to do some field work! Gahhhhh I can't believe summer's halfway done!

Gots to get back to work! See you later alligator!

May 25, 2012

Awwww shit

So, I'm sitting at a coffee shop. And it's pretty pretentious as far as coffee shops go. But it's close to my house and it's fairly priced, and there's a good nook for people like me who just want to work on their computer and not be in the center of all the action. So I came here. (Side note, I was planning on working on my thesis, but that kinda went through the I wrote thank you notes instead. That counts for something, though, right?)

Anyway, the first hour or so was kind of a bust since their internet was out. But then the internet turned back on, but then I ran out of coffee. So I internetted for a while, debating if I should buy something else--I didn't really want more coffee since I'm already wired, and I don't really want food since I'm trying to eat healthy. Well, the internet sucked me in, and I'm still holding on to the hope that maybe I'll get some real work done. So I went and got a refill. It's cheap enough. Plus I gave a dollar tip, soooo....

So I'm sitting here waiting for my coffee to cool down, and some guy walks out of the kitchen and stomps down to the end of the row. And sitting at the end of the row is a girl with two empty iced-something cups (y'know, the plastic clear ones?) and a buttload of books and a laptop. And he said, "Are you going to buy anything? Because you've been sitting here for a few hours and I gave you that free water when you first came in and you haven't bought anything else." And she was like, "yeah yeah." And he was like, "seriously, you're sitting here and I need you to help me pay my rent. You can't just sit here with free water." And he was really really indignant about it. And she reassured him again that she would buy something, and he stomped back into the kitchen. She hasn't gotten up to buy anything again.

I'm kinda nervous that he's going to blow his shit if he comes back out here. He was already on the verge of yelling as it was.

But the whole episode was just kinda silly. I mean, on the one hand, I totally understand why he would do that to her. I mean, just because they give out internet for free, doesn't mean that the coffee shop gets it for free. This isn't a public library. And there's definitely an unspoken rule about buying at least something per hour that you're here.

But on the other hand, she's not hurting anyone. She's sitting in the very corner, all by herself quietly working away. I can understand if she were homeless and yelling and stinking up the place. Or if she did this all the time. Or if there were people waiting for tables. But none of those things are true. So he just made a big deal to make a big deal. He came off as someone on a pretty big power trip.

Oh well, not my coffee shop. And I'm not really taking any sides. Believe me, when I worked at a coffee shop I would have loved to do that to people. It's just..interesting, to see my fellow humans interacting. And that's why I like coffee shops. Even if it means I'm not going to get any work done.

May 9, 2012

And then this happened

"I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."
                                       --President Obama, May 9, 2012

It's about damn time, but I'll take it.

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