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It’s finally (sortof) Spring!

Guess what? TOMORROW IS OPENING DAY! I am so amped, I can hardly sleep. I guess that works out for you because I’m actually posting a blog. Oh, and I should probably let you know that all new blogs will appear every Sunday. Yep, no more of that “Hmmm… when’s she posting again” nonsense. So, unless I’m either 1. incredibly busy during the week or 2. dead, you can expect a post to appear every Sunday. You are welcome.

Anyway, back to the story. So, rumor has it that on March 20th, we experienced the First Day of Spring. It’s true because I got Free Rita’s Water Ice, and that only happens on the 1st Day of Spring. Well guess what? Punxsutawney Phil needs new Doppler. A few days after the first day of Spring, I looked out my window and this is what I saw:

Beautiful Snow Day... during Spring

Happy Spring!

And no, I did not get the day off of work. I put on my rain boots and marched to the Metro and got myself to work. On time, too!  A little snow wasn’t going to let me down. Especially since I forgot my lunch that day and ended up having to leave the office in order to eat food. Oh, and PS, if you’re from an area that gets tons of snow on a regular basis, I don’t want to hear anything about it. If you’ve ever been in DC for even a drop of snow, the city closes down. The fact that I had to go to work was a huge surprise. We didn’t even get the 2 hour delay. I blame the kids on Spring Break. This also means that this Florida girl has yet to ever experience a snow day.

The rest of the week had no more snow and actually turned out to be somewhat nice. Granted it was cold, but it was really nice to look outside and pretend it was Spring. So nice, that on Saturday, I pretended that it WAS in fact Spring. I had my favorite person in the whole entire world come visit me and we played tourist. Well, I played partial tourist partial tour guide, but it was fun nonetheless. I know you’re all dying to know what was done that day, but I’ll only share a few of the things done that day because it was a day full of TOO MUCH FUN! 

So what happens when someone is in town for only a day? You go to the mall, of course. And no, not the shopping mall. I must clarify that because when telling my roommate about my plan for the day, she asked “why would you go to the mall if he’s only here for a day?”. But before the mall, we took a lovely tour of the Capitol. Here’s some (read: two) pictures:

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The dome

Okay, sorry, I didn’t take too many pictures. Instead I was busy LEARNING. Hell-o, I love knowledge! After the tour, we got to check out Hank’s on the Hill. I don’t particularly like oysters because I think they look like phlegm, but to each his own, right? Maybe after a few beers, I’ll try one one day, but don’t hold your breath.  Despite not liking oysters, I say it was a huge hit.

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Yep, that’s an oyster shooter.

And of course, after lunch, we did more sightseeing. It even got nice enough to not have to wear a coat! We checked out the basics: The Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Reflecting Pool (which surprisingly had little to no goose poop), and of course, The Washington Monument.

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America’s penis

All in all, it was a wonderful day. So much that I cried because it had to end. I’ve become the most emotional person lately. But hey, tomorrow is Opening Day! And surprisingly, I won’t be going to Florida at all during the month of April. And, April 20 marks the one year anniversary of living in Maryland! Time flies, huh?

XO,

C

P.S. Oh, and tourists are invading DC to see the Cherry Blossoms… too bad there are none.

Song of the Now: Sail by AWOLNATION

 

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Life after school

Okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve graduated from grad school.

Well not a WHIIIILE, but some time. Anyway, I graduated with my Master’s from Florida State University in May 2010, and now I am back at the point of figuring out my next step education wise. I would get more in to it, but 1. I don’t want to jinx it, and 2. I don’t need the internet world telling me things like “Oh, you shouldn’t do that” or “Why would you want to go back to school?” or “Do you hate fun?”, so until I know exactly what I’m going to do, keep in mind that I do plan on going back to school.

What that, I want to share something from my favorite website, Thought Catalog. It’s a little article on 26 Fun Facts about Grad School. I thought it was pretty hilarious–so funny that I read it aloud while my roommate tried to focus on reading her book about the KGB. Okay, the likelihood of her reading about the KGB is slim to none, but that sounded way more interesting than what she actually is reading.

Without further ado, here is Ted Pillow‘s 26 Fun Facts About Grad School:

  1. Being a grad student is twice the work of being an undergrad and only half of the fun. No, I’m just kidding — it’s none of the fun. 
  2. I hope you like reading. Ha. Ha ha. Ha ha ha ha! Excuse me while I jump out of a high window with the five weighty text books I’ve been assigned this semester strapped to my torso.
  3. You have no idea where the f—k anything on your campus is except the two or three buildings you have class in. Absolutely true. I recently went back to give a guest lecture at my grad school. One of the professors wanted to show me the changes around campus. He tried to point out buildings X,Y, and Z. I made comments like “oh wow, what a nice building!” to buildings that have been there since the late 80’s. Grad School 1 Caroline 0. 
  4. Despite what you may have learned as an undergrad, Thursday night is a weeknight. You’re expected to wake up early and get stuff done the next day and everything. Crazy, right?
  5. You’re also expected to refrain from drinking Sunday through Wednesday —including day drinking. Seriously.
  6. There’s a good chance that you’re a commuter student. Enjoy lugging 60 lbs of text books with you every day and dealing with gas prices/parking/public transportation. Remember that you are paying exorbitant amounts of money for these privileges.
  7. Believe it or not, you actually have high expectations for the rigor and quality of your classes. Having a half-witted, drooling simpleton for a teacher has lost a bit of its luster, even if they are an easy grader. You find yourself wondering, “What did I get from this class? Was it really worth my time?”
  8. You have absolutely no school spirit. You’re pretty sure your school’s colors are a light color and a dark color, but you can’t remember which ones. You also think your school’s mascot is a half-man, half-goat with black eyes that tells you to burn things, but, then again, you haven’t slept for days because you have five finals next week. Maybe you should go take a nap or something. Pretty sure FSU’s mascot IS what was described. GO CANES! 
  9. You also have no knowledge of campus events. When you see people gathering joyously in the school plaza, you’re not sure if they are celebrating a national football title/tuition decrease/campaign victory, recreating the end of an 80s comedy, or just overturning a pharmaceutical delivery truck filled with Adderall.
  10. Speaking of which, you got any Adderall? It’s, uh, for a friend… Ned. Ned Pillow.
  11. There’s one student that everyone in your program hates and loves to gossip about. Since graduate school usually means taking a lot of classes with the same people, this is a nice way to give everyone something to talk about. You hear things like: “God, did you see that skirt she wore yesterday? This is grad school, not a frat party!” and “If she raises her hand one more time, I’m gonna throw my desk at her. Like, the entire desk.”
  12. If you don’t think the above is true, you are that person.
  13. If you’re not in a serious relationship, you’ve started to feel really, really self-conscious about the percentage of your classmates that are in serious relationships.
  14. You periodically return to where you did undergrad for a fun-filled weekend with your old friends. You leave completely amazed that you were able to live like that for four years. Absolutely. 
  15. You’ve gotten to know your professors a little too well, including a lot of unnecessary details about their personal lives. They might even invite you over to their house for dinner with their family one day. You may think this is a little odd at first, but you’ll justify it as a good opportunity to further a relationship that could be beneficial to you. But you shouldn’t, because they’re probably planning to kill you. Try and remember: did they say “I’d love for you to come over and have dinner with my family” or “My family and I would love to have you for dinner”? Think hard, because this is the difference between Mr. Feeny and Hannibal Lecter.
  16. Your daily planner looks less like the responsibilities of one person and more like the projected plans of a small government or Fortune 500 company.
  17. You drink coffee. Large, large cups of dark, dark coffee. “Thank god for caffeine!” you shout nervously at confused strangers, attempting to conceal your involuntary facial twitches as you take enormous strides down crowded hallways.
  18. Your professors and advisors continually make cryptic remarks about the importance of a resume/cover letter/portfolio/etc. You spend a great deal of time fretting over what is essentially the corporate version of a Facebook profile.
  19. You’ve done some truly inspired doodling, including that sketch of an urbane giraffe wearing a three-piece suit that you swear was a work of art but you’re pretty sure you accidentally threw out.
  20. You’ve developed incredible arcane, esoteric knowledge that is only useful in a professional/academic capacity. You overhear people at social gatherings talking about “last night’s game” or The Avengers, and you interject with observations about the complex nature of post-colonial economics or the sculptures of the Byzantine Empire. People look at you funny and slowly slink away, avoiding eye contact.
  21. You fondly remember the time when it seemed acceptable to wear sweatpants and a t-shirt to class. Um… it is never acceptable to wear sweatpants out. 
  22. Due to your overwhelming schedule, you’ve had to sacrifice old habits like healthy eating, recreational sports, and working out. Somewhere around February, you looked down and realized that you are the size of a mid-level commercial airliner. But don’t fret, that IKEA bean bag chair you call a stomach makes a nice paperweight for holding your text books open while you read.
  23. You’ve made a few really good friends. But, you’ve also met a lot of people that are really more acquaintances than friends. I mean, they’re cool and all, but they’re not going on your MySpace Top 8 or anything. What is a MySpace? (Just kidding, people, I don’t live under a rock).
  24. You realize that you squandered a lot of opportunities as an undergrad.
  25. You’re pretty sure that “graduate student” is an oxymoron, but you didn’t realize it until your final semester.
  26. You’re probably excessively worried about that thesis/final project/research paper your program requires for graduating, but you shouldn’t be — you’ll be dead long before then.

So here’s to you, my graduate student friend[s]: Keep on keepin’ on!

And now I delve back in to the world of researching further education. How many more letters can I add to the back of my last name–especially since I’m not adding any to the beginning of my first any time soon? I’ve got jokes today.

XO,

C

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And I’m back

So I’ve decided to re-do my blog… again.

I’ve moved from Florida all the way to Maryland for a new opportunity, and since moving here, I’ve experienced a world of crazy. Now a disclaimer: These stories are my own and totally true. I cannot make this up. With that being said, names have been changed to protect the privacy of the people I write about.

I hope you enjoy what I have to say, and if not, move on. I never said I was a role model.

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