Au revoir 2012!

And so ends one of the craziest years of my life.. Not necessarily the bad kind of crazy (although lord knows, it had its moments). I made a lot of progress this year and met a lot of goals, especially in my academic life – which these days is my life. I passed my 15 hour paper, as I blogged about earlier. But even more exciting: I passed my language exam! I spent a lot of time worrying about that stupid thing, I really can’t express how happy I am that I passed!!! I also applied to two academic conferences and got into both (including the International Congress on Medieval Studies). I also just realized I got an A+ in every seminar I took  in 2012…
That was a lot of bragging, wasn’t it? But as I blogged about earlier, I need to start acknowledging my accomplishments and stop fixating on my (real and imagined) failures.

Even more exciting than all that is: Eric passed his latest actuarial exam is now an actuary! He gets a new job title, letters behind his name, etc etc.. He still has to be inducted in to the ‘society,’ which will take place mid-May in Vancouver (and I’m going, yay!). He is the hardest working person I know, and I’ve watched him work towards this for years. It’s so so amazing to see all those late nights and lost weekends finally come to fruition! Of course he still has a few more exams… ugh. However, once he finishes that he will be a “Fellow” and extra cool 😉

My top 5 books I read this year:

My photos from this year are a probably a better way to catch up with some of the stuff I did this past year, click on the pictures below to see more!
Spring and Summer:



AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND…… here is Gary in a tie, just because I can. Isn’t he dapper?


And here is a song I’ve been listening to lately – the newly released piano version of an old Rammstein song, Mein Herz Brennt!

Stereoviews of Meiji Japan

Here are some awesome stereoscopic pictures from the turn-of-the-century Japan! Stereoscopy is basically taking two almost identical images and placing them side-by-side (“stereo card”) and viewing them through a “stereoscope” to create an illusion of depth/3D (well, there are different methods, but that’s what they did at this time period). Through the magic of computers, there can now be turned into animated gifs:

The rest of them can be found [here] at Pink Tentacle

What got me into Art History was a History of Photography class I took many years ago. Although I focus on Medieval and Renaissance Art now, there is always a part of me that gets giddy over photo history and old photographs. Especially old hand-colored photographs. Of Japan. So I absolutely SQUEED when I saw the animated stereoview of [geisha looking at stereographs]!!!

To-maters & other pics!

I sit in front of a computer all day and work and type type type type… the last thing I want to do when I get home is sit in front of MY computer and type some more! …. But here I am.

Speaking of work, Eric started his job yesterday! He’s all cool now because he has a title (Actuarial Analyst) in his e-mail signature, a kick ass work computer, and business cards. And a wardrobe full of nice work clothes that he looks extra hot in… I love my Eric 🙂

It’s summer so it’s been like 110 degrees-of-death out, and it’s only the very beginning of June! To escape the heat Eric and I went to Flagstaff for a few days – and it snowed! Only like a 2.5 hour drive from our house.. and we’re in snow. Crazy weather!

Along with summer comes the ripening of my tomatoes!
((Click on the Read More… to see more pictures of stufffffff)

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Why I love Flagstaff, Reason #20420384

If you remember, back in November Eric and I went on one of our Flagstaff trips. In my recap I said:

Then we went to the Lowell Observatory. Not only is on top of a mountain kind of far from the city, but the city has laws against how bright lights can be so that the astronomers don’t have ‘light pollution’ problems. So.. when we got out of the car we almost passed out because we could see SO many stars – EVEN THE MILKY WAY!!! It was absolutely amazing, I wanted to cry…

Well, yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the first light ordinance ever enacted, which was in Flagstaff, AZ (they have a ‘dark city’ so the scientists can study the stars). This picture was taken by the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff two weeks ago (of Flagstaff, obviously) and posted on Astronomy Picture of the Day


P.S. The space ship looking thing is a cloud, over a mountain 🙂

Eric is Sexy

Eric is so damn hot, sometimes I feel like I’m dating a model…. I think this picture I took (at Audra & Zach’s amazing wedding) illustrates that point!

I’m not done resizing the few pictures I got from the wedding… It’s hard to take pictures when you are part of the bridal party! I’ll post those when I’m done 🙂