Done and Done (Graduated!)

Preparing to leave...

Well, I did it! I now own the widely coveted Bachelor of Art (Art History) degree! … I have to say, it feels pretty damn good. Especially since I graduated with a 4.0 like a rock star! (or nerd?) Since everyone keeps asking what “the plan” is, I guess I should put it here too. I plan on going for my Master’s in Library Science, which starts in December (assuming I get in of course). Between then and now I’m going to study for the GRE (math, oy), learn Latin and German, and volunteer at libraries. Apart from working and going to school full time (so I can get health insurance)…

I’m currently writing this from a hotel in Flagstaff – this trip was Eric’s graduation gift to me (along with a book buying spree that makes me weak in the knees to think about). Everyone keeps saying “there’s nothing to do up there!” like it’s a bad thing or something. Since Eric and I spent the past few months working all day, everyday, we want to do NOTHING for a couple days except watch movies, read books, lay around, etc. aaaand that’s all we’ve been doing. I just took this picture of Eric to illustrate:

He’s deepening his love affair with Carl Sagan by reading Contact

It’s been pretty cold up here, which is a nice experience for a couple of desert rats such as ourselves. There’s even this magical stuff called “snow”!!! I actually got to go out and buy a couple jackets, scarves, etc. I’m enjoying wearing something other than short sleeve T-shirts and flip-flops! Today my Dad and brother (Boo) came up so Boo could go snowboarding. We went up to the top of the Snowbowl. While Boo was snowboarding we decided to just hang out…. We were doing pretty good until the visibility dropped to NOTHING and the horizontal blinding snow almost froze us to death. We ran back in the lodge and drank lots of hot chocolate while Boo was stuck on a stopped ski lift, freezing half to death. On the way back down the mountain my dad did lots of crazy fish-tailing (for fun) while we jammed out to Christmas music. All in all, an excellent day, and an excellent trip! Sadly, we go home tomorrow 😦 Time to go back to the real world, I suppose…

Eric knows better than to throw a snowball at me or my dad. So Boo was his only victim... This was at the beginning of the trip, before we almost froze to death

So majestic... (as usual, click to enlarge)

Nine Inch Nails concert!

 
(this picture was taken by someone else at the concert… credit goes to them of course, but I don’t know who they are!)

March 15th Eric and I went to the NIN show at Cricket Pavilion.  We saw a few people we know, bought some over priced shirts, and woke up the next day feeling like we got in a fight with Angry Trent Reznor (and lost, of course). As always, it was an amazing show. The setlist was INCREDIBLE. They even played The Fragile! We had reeeally good seats because we got pre-sale tickets like the SECOND they went on sale.
You know what I love about NIN concerts? We always end up making these weird intense connections with the people next to us. At this show there were two girls next to me… after the first song we were screaming “THIS IS FUCKING INCREDIBLE!!!” and jumping around/dancing/head banging/etc with each other. By the second one she was screaming “THE THREE OF US WANT TO BEAR YOUR CHILDREN!” (amongst other things) to Trent while we laughed hysterically and made exhibitions of ourselves. And by the third song… we were planning a four-some sex tape with Trent which my future husband, for some reason, objects to (I think he’s just feeling left out…).

That’s all I’m going to say about it for two reasons. 1) NIN shows are always beyond words and 2) I have a fever at the moment. So does Eric. We’ve been watching Family Guy and South Park all day, like winners.
Hopefully we are better by tomorrow because we are seeing Flight of the Conchords!

short tort post

Winter?
I think not.
It’s December, it’s been raining for the past few days, and we still have all the windows in the house open. And if I try to wear a sweater, I start sweating.
I just went to get stuff out of my car wearing PJ shorts, t-shirt, and flipflops… at like 10:00pm. Wasn’t cold at all!

Good news:
I’m officially DONE with this semester!!
Which means I’ll be updating this thing more often – you poor things 🙂

Flagstaff/Grand Canyon Trip


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Hey everyone! Eric and I are back home 🙂 For those of you who didn’t know, we went on a little trip to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon for a few days (We left on Nov 9th and got back Nov 12th). I bet you are dying to know what we did….(HA) so here is a summary of the two busiest days:

Saturday
– We woke up and drove straight to the grand canyon, while listening to awesome Navajo music on the way up
– Once we got there we hung out at the most popular point and listened to all the different languages… very few people were speaking English. Eric and I decided we wanted to look Polish instead of American so we started saying all the random Polish words knew. Hopefully there weren’t any Poles there because we said a lot of not-nice things lol There was a huge group of Japanese tourists with a Japanese tour guide and I followed them around and actually understood some of what they were saying!
We spent most of the afternoon driving around and hanging out at different spots. We even climbed down into the Canyon a bit and just…. hung out and enjoyed the scenery.
– On the way home we stopped at the Little Colorado River Gorge, which is absolutely beautiful. We took a lot of pictures and chased a rabbit around!
– Then we went to Outback and had a huge delicious dinner. The waitress left us at our table for 20 minutes without taking out order, so we got a free onion blossom (MMM). It was happy hour “two-for-one” deal so we got blueberry martinis – DELISH.
– Then we went to Barnes and Noble and I got three books that I’ve been wanting for a while now (Three Musketeers, Amsterdam, and Slaughterhouse Five). what is better than buying books?
– 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…
We got to look in two big telescopes – one pointed at a comet, the other at the Andromeda galaxy. Then we got to look through the really really big telescope and as the M15 Star Cluster – it was so cool!
– When we got back to the hotel we watched Jim Gaffigan’s DVD “Beyond the Pale” and laughed til we cried. We had to keep pausing it because our stomach muscles hurt from laughing and we couldn’t breathe hahaha

Sunday
– we woke up and went to Denny’s where we both got the lumber jack slam, which I hadn’t had in FOREVER – it was sooo good. Plus I had delicious hot tea because it was cold outside.
– Then we went to a grocery store and bought a bunch of fruit n stuff for our picnic later.
– On the way to the Wupatki ruins I read my “Amsterdam” book – it was beautiful writing as usual.
– We went past Sunset Crater as we drove towards Wupatki ruins. Then we got out and did all the walking etc required to see the ruins – and it was SO worth it! They were beautiful and we could actually go inside them in stuff, which they don’t usually allow at places like that…
– After we were done climbing around we sat down and had a little picnic.
– After all that we were tired so we hung out in the hotel room for a while. Then we went to dinner and the movies. We saw Dan In Real Life and it was pretty horrible…..
We came back, and fell asleep, and left in the morning.

I took a bunch of pictures but they aren’t all uploaded yet, I’ll post a link when I am done!