December 12, 2010

I'm still here! I promise!

Finals are getting the best of me.

But I promise that soon I will be able to show off some crafts, and some list-cross-offs. Stay tuned!

November 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Danielle!

So today was my second foray* into the world of crafts. My first started on Monday and ended yesterday, but I don't have my camera so you'll find out soon enough.

*To tell you the truth, I make birthday cards all the time--it's really the only type of craft that I consistently do...but it is a craft, and it's my second craft since starting the list, so it totally counts.

My office-mate and fellow structural geologist (not to mention fellow female, there were only two of us that started this year) is turning twenty....six? I think? On Saturday. But this being Thanksgiving weekend, I gave her her card today. That is, if she shows up today with the blizzard conditions and all.

Soooo here's the card:

Outside of card
 Inside of card (I forgot to flip the photo, but you get the idea)
One more outside shot demonstrating the folding capabilities.

So there you go! Happy birthday Danielle!!!

PS: today I am thankful for my boyfriend. I'm sure it will be one of many times I am thankful for him. This morning I was running late and he cleaned off my car and got it heated up. Then he dropped me off at school so I wouldn't be late and parked the car out in bum fuck and walked in. And it was like, less than 20 degrees this morning. He's the best!

November 16, 2010

November 15, 2010

My view

Things I'm thankful for entry number 1.

The view out of my office. I wish I could take a picture but there are people in here and I think it would just be weird, so I'll describe it.

I am on the top floor of an east facing office. I don't have a wall in front of my head, rather a desk-to-ceiling window. Immediately in front of me are campus buildings, old and new. Between me and the buildings is a field of grass crisscrossed by a half-dozen sidewalks. I get to see all of the co-eds bustle about their days, and something about this particular view of my [extremely large] campus makes me feel like I am attending a [rather small] college. It's quite quaint. Also, being on the top floor makes me feel like I am secretly watching all of the co-eds bustle about their days. Sort of like I am presiding over them and when I am bored, I put thoughts into their heads.

The trees on the quad form an intermediary between me and the ground and right now they are exploding in color--which is nice because lately it's been overcast.

Beyond the buildings are the mountains. They are blanketed in snow and the tops are cut off by the clouds. Winter is on his way, and I get a front row seat.

I love the fact that I get such a huge panorama of the greatest mountains on Earth. I feel so lucky that I am not stuck in a basement or in a lab. Whenever I get sick of looking at my computer I just gaze out my window and relax.

November 11, 2010

Total ripoff know how a few blog posts ago I was lamenting the fact that I really wanted a cute artsy inspirational blog and just couldn't get it? You know how I said that the only reason why I was starting a blog was because I was inspired by some cute artsy ones? Well, I'm gonna start having one of those blogs god damnit! And I'm totally ripping off this girl's: A Little Diggity by Steph Turmelle. It's on blogspot, you can find it if you want. I'm not linking to it because the only reason why I know about it is because we did one group project together and she always links to it in her gchat profile and yeah, I'm sort of a stalker that way. Sort of. And getting back to the not linking to it portion--I once heard that if you link to someone else's blog they are notified. And then she would know I'm a creepy blog stalker. In summation: I'm all about giving credit where credit is due, but not to the point that some random girl in my English summer class thinks I'm stalking her. Even though I am. Well, just her cool blog.


If you didn't go in search of her blog, the gist of it is this: she created a list of things she wants to do in her life and then she's doing them. Anything from making good soup to learning how to snowboard. Though this is the main purpose of her blog, it won't be for mine. I just think that there is something lathargic about checking things off of your bucket list.

Now, I'm supposed to be doing Matlab, but I'm taking a *quick* break so I'm not actually going to write out a whole list, just two things to get started:

#1. Write (and frequently add-to) a list of things I want to do in my life
#2. Document things I'm greatful for (also ongoing) as I'm really good at complaing about my pretty cool life.

November 9, 2010

So uh....

Sortakinda forgot I had this thing. So uh, I'm back on here I guess.

Things I've done:

Chose the University of Utah for grad school.
Graduated magna cum laude.
Drove out to Utah with him.
Spent the summer doing nothing...and it was glorious.
Started grad school.

Books I've read:

Reading Lolita in Terhan
Love Medicine
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Girl who Played with Fire

***Graduate school is hard, NYT best-sellers are easy-do the math***

Parents got a dog.
Going to his house for Christmas (read: eek!)
Gained a zillion pounds.

Anyways, school's great. Love it. Could take or leave being back home. Need to lose weight.

Will update more

April 29, 2010

Leaving. On a jet plane. Fact.

Soooo, I'm about to start studying for my last test EVER at Northeastern, but I'm not leaving Boston until May 30th. Therefore, I'm compiling a list of things to do in the area. In general, they're going to be things that I could only do in Boston, however, some might not be. This will be edited frequently.

#1 Walk the entire freedom trail
#2 Harpoon Brewery
#3 Sam Adams Brewery
#4 Go to the top of the Prudential Center
#5 Go to the arboretum
#6 Go to Salem <<---not terribly important

Well, that's it so far. Suggestions welcome.

April 27, 2010

The end is near

It's 7:13 am on a Tuesday. I have one test today, one tomorrow, and one the next. I have a paper that needs some tweaking by Friday. I have another shift at work on Thursday. Normally, I would be caving in a situation such as this, but no. Not this time. This is the last time I'll ever have to do anything like this. The end is near. I'm almost done.

April 5, 2010

Woe is me....

You know, I started this blog because I was inspired.

Inspired by all those artsy-type blogs that have cool/random/quirky pictures from the web or the author's own collection. That contain their thoughts, only in a poetic variety. Have unique and funky backgrounds. In a word, artsy.

So, I thought to myself. I'll start myself a blog. I have things to say and show the world. I can be artsy. But no, my blog sucks. I guess I don't mind it too too much, but it still lacks that "thing" that will make people want to read it after they stumble upon it.

Boo, scientist through and through.

March 31, 2010


When it comes to picking a graduate school, what is more important? Specific program, or everything else?

Will I hate living in Salt Lake?

Will I regret not being with him [I don't want this to be a factor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]?

Is the money worth it?

Do I risk being at a computer instead of in the field because it's "cutting edge"?

Is one peer better than three?

Am I being too impulsive?

Have I already made up my mind, but pretending I didn't for the sake of argument?

[The scary part is, I think the last one is true...]

PS: Type Tony Bennett & The Count Basie Band into your pandora and fall in love.

March 29, 2010

Everything. Hurts.

Aching. That's the only true way to describe this pain. It is not that anyone has done anything wrong, or that I have physically hurt myself, it is that I ache. My heart, specifically, aches. See, he left yesterday. And for the first time since we've known each other (360 days, or thereabouts) I don't know when I am going to see him again. True, he is moving to my parents home town. And true, there is a good chance I might go to school there too. And truer still, I am in the process of seeing if I too can move back home this summer. But none of that cures the ache. This emptiness I feel inside. Knowing that he is not going to be there when I wake up, or to walk to school with me in the rain, or to cook dinner with me, or to sit with me while I study for chemistry for four fucking hours in the library, or grab a beer after class. He is not here anymore, and I ache. I wish he never had to go. But part of me wish he never came. I didn't feel this way until he came and left. I miss him.

March 19, 2010

1 day. 3 hours. 12 minutes.

...until he gets here. And it couldn't be going by any slower. I guess it's time to make a list of things I need to do, because it seems that whenever I make a list of things to do, I don't EVER have enough time to do them all. Perhaps it will help make time fly...

  • 9:10-11:45
    • Finish this blog
    • Chemistry lab write-up
    • Volcanology lab
    • Hand in Earth History lab
    • If time: chemistry practice problems/review for test
  • 11:45-12:50
    • Chemistry lecture
  • 12:50-1:35
    • Get lunch
    • Eat lunch
    • Work on Volcanology lab
  • 1:35-7:00
    • Finish/hand in Volcanology lab
    • Chemistry practice problems??
    • Clean house
      • Laundry
      • Dishes
      • Bathroom
      • My room
      • Nap??
      • Dinner
  • 7:00-12:30
  • 12:30-9:00
    • Sleep
  • 9:00-11:50
    • Clean more house
      • Wash couch covers
      • Wash floor
      • Any dishes left over?
      • Pick up living room
      • Wash sheets
      • Pick up bed room
  • 11:50

March 17, 2010

Just in time for the holiest of holiest days: St. Paddy's

This song just came up on Pandora. They're not Irish, but they sure are good!

So happy Saint Patrick's day, everyone. And once, even though I'm living in Boston, I'm missing it. Three years running. I suck at being Irish.

March 14, 2010

Rain rain...

...go away...

ps, got into grad school and they want to pay me 10 grand.