Category: Ellensburg.

U-Haul Puzzle Master

Just a few more things to throw into the car and then we will be completely packed. Tomorrow I say goodbye to Washington [ for forever?].

This post will be short and sweet. I’m out of brain cells and energy.

Anyway, today was spent adventuring with U-Hauls in Yakima, apparently the Palm Springs of Washington.

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I am so glad we are not driving a 10 or 14 foot truck across the country OR towing my car or a trailer. The taste of towing a trailer today was more than enough for me, thank you very much.

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We spent about two hours loading the U-Box up with all my worldly belongings before turning around and dropping it off in Yakima.

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Dad’s a genius. He strategically plotted out how to pack everything so we could fix everything into a 8 x 5 x 7.5 foot box.

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And we’re done!

We’ll be traveling with a couple weeks worth of clothes, some books, my important life papers, and Charlie. I’m so happy that our load will be light as we travel back to Florida.

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Post-packing we showered up and went to Valley Cafe for one final E’burg dinner.

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And one final visit to Fred Meyer.

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And one final visit to Winegar’s.

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We still have a few more odds and ends to do tomorrow, but we should be on the road by 8ish at the latest.

Fabulous Fathers

Happy Father’s Day to my dad!

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I feel really bad, he spent the whole day doing manual labor in my apartment.

I owe him BIG TIME. He broke down all of my furniture and wrapped it in shrink wrap. Right now, my apartment is 90% packed and tomorrow we have to load everything into the U-Haul box.

But this morning before we broke down all the furniture, I attempted to print my thesis on cotton paper.

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I say attempted, because I printed one copy and realized that the printer wasn’t printing dark enough.

*bangs head on desk*

The new plan is to take my paper to campus tomorrow and print it on the department printer. Knock on wood that everything goes smoothly. I desperately want to leave the thesis behind when I leave E’burg.

Afterward, the day was spent packing.

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Charlie wanted to make sure he wasn’t left behind, so he spent the day hanging out in boxes and trying some on.

“Does this box look good on me?”

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When we quit working around 9pm, this is what my living room looked like:

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We’re sleeping on mattresses on the floor tonight and then camping out tomorrow.

Bonus: Dad figured out how to fix the blinds that Charlie broke. Hooray!

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Now I’m blogging and Dad is watching American Pickers on his computer.

I think It’s time for sleepy-sleepy!

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Packing, More Packing, and Goodbyes

Note to self: Quit moving so often and never move across the country again. I do not like packing and I do not like moving. Boo.

Thankfully dad is here with my in E’burg and we’ve made some serious progress on the apartment.

Tomorrow I need to vacuum pack my clothes, pack up the kitchen, put all my school binders in boxes, and finish breaking down the furniture. Should be easy, right?

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Anyway, let’s backtrack a couple days…

On Thursday I made the prerequisite trip to the liquor store to pick up a bunch of boxes. When I got home my neighbor saw me unloading them and wanted to know if I was either having a raging party or moving. Obviously, I’m not having a raging party.

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I attempted to do as much packing/cleaning/sorting as possible before my dad’s Friday evening arrival, but I was only sort-of successful.

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Progress:

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Can you spot the ever-so-helpful Charlie?

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Hooray! The office is almost completely packed!

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Then, Friday late afternoon, I headed to Seattle to pick up my dad. Before going to the airport I decided to make one last trip to Trader Joe’s before I depart the Northwest.

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I’m going to miss Trader Joe’s. I definitely fell in love while here in Washington.

I stocked up on some healthy road trip snacks. I’m post more about it later, but I’ve been trying to come up with a game plan on how to eat healthy (and veggie-ful) and keep up my fitness goals while on the road.

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After TJ’s, I grabbed some Chipotle for dinner and then headed to Sea-Tac to pick up my dad!

Traffic was insane, but totally worth it to have my dad here.

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This morning I woke up bright and early to have breakfast with the girls and say goodbye to S. She’s going to Chicago for a summer internship before heading back to Lebanon.

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When I returned home, my dad gave me some belated graduation presents.

A new kindle!

And my Snapshots of Summer book from last year printed.

I love them both! 🙂

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Then it was time to resume packing.

Stab me in the eyes, please. The only positive to packing is discovering lost treasures, such as a “Grow A Boyfriend.”

E’burg did not provide a wealth of guy opportunities, so hopefully I’ll have better luck in Florida.

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I also found this note that I think I typed up for the bank.

Obviously, I didn’t give it to them, but it’s what I wanted to say.

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Actually, if we’re being honest, I would have loved to say “F*** You” to the bank, but I didn’t do that either.

Charlie as usual wanted to be in the middle everything. Always such a big help. Not.

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Packing tip from my dad:

When taking apart furniture pieces, use shrink wrap to wrap screws, parts, etc. to prevent losing them in the move. It also makes everything into a nice, neat package.

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Gah, I hate living in a state of chaos. I’m looking forward to the road trip since it’ll mean everything is all packed up.

Tomorrow, more packing… but for now it’s time for sleep.

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Rollercoaster of Surrealism

Did you miss the big news? I graduated yesterday!

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I’ve spent the past two years living in Ellensburg, Washington working on my masters degree and yesterday I was rewarded for all my hard work by officially being granted the title Masters. Technically, I could even add the letters after my name.

Hello, my name is Kate, M.A.

Nah, don’t worry, I won’t being doing that.

Friday, after getting two hours sleep because I was up all night writing a stupid paper and then going to an 8am exam for the same class, I had a long list of errands to deal with.

First up, cleaning my stuff out of my office. I had to drop off student papers and grab my own books. Goodbye office!

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Once the office was cleaned out, I turned my keys back into the lock shop. I no longer have access to any of the classrooms or buildings. I guess that makes this impending change just a bit more real.

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I also went and cancelled my utilities and found out the process for canceling my internet.

I’m nine days I’ll be on the road and E’burg will be a part of my past.

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Grades are done, keys are turned in, and the only thing standing in my way of freedom is this stupid letter.

I got my thesis back and I have a few formatting changes to make. I’m not surprised, but I don’t want to deal with it anymore. I wanted to get this done on Friday so graduation would mean complete freedom, but since I was so sleep deprived I decided to wait till a few days so that I wouldn’t miss anything.

So this will be Monday’s project. I’m planning to make my last trip to Starbucks and finish this beast. Then return home to tackle packing.

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Saturday morning I woke up bright and early for graduation! S and I both decided not to walk since neither of us family to watch us and it costs money! I’m happing about my decision. I think I had more fun sitting in the stands sipping iced coffee and hanging out with C, T, and S.

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Even though we didn’t walk, our names were in the program. Hooray!

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Then we got bored.

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This was T’s ideas for what we should do in place of moving our tassels… reversing our sunglasses. Hah.

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After the ceremony we all went home for a bit, before heading over to J’s for a graduation party.

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J was nice enough to let S and I take pictures wearing her robe and hood. J even hooded me. It was just as a good as participating in the real ceremony.

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Then J hooded S.

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This whole week has felt really surreal. It’s like birthdays. Technically you’re suddenly a different age over-night, but you never feel any different. So all the stress and anxiety should, in theory, be gone now that I am graduated, but I’m still feeling stressed. I don’t feel graduated either and I can’t quite process that I’m going to be moving back to Florida in nine days.

I think part of it is that I’ve been and continue to be in “go-go-go” mode. I don’t really have a long luxurious summer ahead of me, because I’m going to need to fix up my house and get everything taken care of for school. I also received my orientation schedule and I’ll be in all-day orientation for a week before classes start.

I felt this same way before I moved to Washington. I was working part-time at the bank, working part-time at the theatre and trying to prepare myself for my move. Even then I was go-go-go and I never really stopped to process all the changes happening. To be honest, being in Washington never stopped feeling surreal. I feel like a fraud with the Washington plates on my car and my Washington drivers license.

I’m hoping that once I switch everything back to Florida, am close to my family and friends again, and start classes at FSU, that everything will feel real once and for all.

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Today’s Snapshots of Summer picture:

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6.12 Despite it being a lazy-Sunday, I’m still trying to take advantage of the gym before I no longer have access to one [at least until classes resume]. Oh and guess what, there was even a guy doing the same bicep curls that I was doing and he using the same 12.5 weight too. I’m happy that I’m able to lift more weight than even a few weeks ago.


Getting Nailed . . . Or Not?

Rise and shine!

As planned, I woke up early and make a quick trip to Yakima before this afternoon’s banquet. Even though Yakima itself is sorta eh, the trip was much needed. It was great to get out of E’burg.

First stop: Coffee!

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I even resisted getting a treat. They had two of my all-time favs: chocolate chip banana bread and pumpkin scones.

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Once I got to Yakima, I immediately went to Wal-Mart for an oil change. It had been over a year since my last change, but since I barely drive here, I was only a little over the recommended mileage.

Now, I should be all set for my big trip.

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Next stop: Target. I needed to find a dress for the banquet.

I love technology. I tried on clothes in the dressing room and sent texts to my sister, who voted for and against my various options.

I really liked this purple dress, but she said it wasn’t flattering and it made me look too young. Boo. It seems like the perfect beach dress or just a flow-y summer dress, but who knows.

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Next I tried on this dress + cardigan combo. She approved of this choice and I ultimately went with it and wore it this evening.

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But before making the decisions, I also tried on the same dress as above, but in coral. I really like the dress because it’s perfect to dress up or dress down. The sister vetoed the coral dress, even with the black cardigan, but despite her advice I went ahead and bought it. I think it looks nice.

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With the dress issue solved my business in Yakima was finished, but before I hit the road I decided to treat myself to a Sonic Root Beer float! I feel like root beer floats and summer go hand-in-hand.

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On the drive home, I saw a whole convoy of military vehicles. Kinda scary. Kinda neat. They waved to me as I drove past them.

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After my mini-adventure, I tried to get some work done on my last final, but I only got a bit accomplished. I guess Monday and Tuesday will be devoted to working on it. If I can finish everything by Tuesday night, then I can spend Wednesday and Thursday proofing.

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Anyway, tonight was the end of the year banquet for the department.

They give out awards for excellent throughout the year and do a ceremony called “senior nailing.” I’m not quite sure where the tradition came from, but the faculty members each recall memories and give personal send-offs to the graduating seniors as they place as nail on a string around their neck.

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It’s a neat tradition, but since our program is new within the department, they haven’t quite figured out how to incorporate the graduate students into this event.

What ended up happening was that for each of the graduating MA student, our thesis chair briefly discussed our thesis and our contributions to the department and presented us with a very nice watch.

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Isn’t it fancy?

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The grad students actually ended up slipping out of the banquet before the actual nailing and heading over to the Tav, since it’s just a soggy tear-fest, filled with inside jokes that we don’t really understand.

We had fun hanging out at the Tav and being silly.

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I was trying to get a picture of my side of the table and every time we were about to take the picture someone around us kept crunching on a chip. So this is T explaining that she couldn’t keep a straight face with the crunching sound happening in the background.

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CRUNCH!

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Silly faces.

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I wanted to take this piece of [fake] grass home with me and put it in my new place in Tally… as a reminder of WA. Why? I don’t know. It seemed like a good plan at the time. Sadly, I didn’t take the grass and I only have this picture as a memory. Ha.

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We ended up being at the Tav for several hours and after a while all the theatre majors and faculty started to show up. By the time we left, I think the place was filled with entirely theatre people. It sort of reminded me of high school when we used to gather at Chili’s for cast parties.

And on that note, I’ll leave you with this picture of theatre majors being theatre majors.

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Question: Did your school have any unique traditions for graduating seniors?

The Results for My Group Fitness Experiment – Uncle!

Remember that plan to use up my group fitness punch card? Well, my body called uncle around Wednesday. It desperately wanted a rest day, so I obliged.

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I still went to yoga on Thursday, but decided to call it quits and not take any classes on Friday. I had forgotten about a final I had, so I couldn’t take the early morning Friday spin class anyway and then I ended up with a gnarly headache for most of Friday.

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The best part of it being almost finals weeks? A nearly empty gym. I love it. It’s so much nicer than when it’s filled with meat heads and neurotic Barbies.

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So while I didn’t fill up my punch card, I still worked out every day except Friday. Go me!

With all my strength training I realized I probably needed to increase my protein intake. What’s a girl to do? Drink some chocolate milk! The ultimate recovery drink. Delicious.

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I haven’t updated for a few days because life has been rather boring. I’m not even sure what I’ve been doing, ha.

Hrm, oh, I finished up my Spanish class. We took our final on Friday, but still have to meet next Thursday at 8am to get our tests back. What a pointless reason to meet. Spanish aside, the only class I have left is Asian drama. One test and one essay stand between me and summer. I’ll be FREEEEEEE next Friday afternoon. Make it happen.

Oh yeah, I did get a package, which included cotton paper to print my thesis, once I get the go-ahead. I also ordered Carrots ‘n’ Cake, based on the Carrots ‘n’ Cake blog. I figured it would be a fun read to keep up my motivation for strength training and losing weight. If you haven’t been to Tina’s blog, you should. I love her approach to balancing healthy living with her sweet tooth Cookie Friday’s. She also is addicted to iced coffee. I can relate to that!

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Today continued the Saturday morning farmer’s market tradition. S and I met at my apartment and walked down there. We spent about two hours walking there, wandering around, and walking home. The trip home included carrying a five pound bag of apples, which I used as a weight and did biceps curls with as I walked. Gotta get in exercise any way you can, right?

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There was also a Hospice Car Show happening this week. Lots of old cars lining the streets of downtown.

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S bought some radishes and gave me two to try. I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten a radish on it’s own and I couldn’t tell you what they taste like, so I’ll be able to add radishes to my “new foods tried during 2011” list.

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I bought a loaf of sour dough bread. I rarely buy bread, but I’m glad I did. The bread is delicious.

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This boy also had kittens and was trying to give them away. Too bad I have my own whiney cat at home. Charlie fills my cat quota.

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This weekend has been the hottest of the year so far. I’m loving the warm weather. I actually ended up getting some sun and in typical kp fashion, I have a reverse sunburn of my purse strap.

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After lunch I took a quick nap and for once Charlie was nice and joined me for the nap. Isn’t he precious?

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Post-nap I went to the gym and then took care of some errands, such as getting gas and clearing the trash from my car. I’ve been looking for any excuse to get out of E’burg and I finally came up with a decent reason: I need to get my oil changed before my big trip and I saw some really cute Target dresses on Brie-Fit’s blog, and I have a banquet to go to tomorrow night.

It’s really depressing that I’m stoked to make a trip to Yakima tomorrow.

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Look out Target, here I come!

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Well, I guess I should start working on my last couple of assignments so I can be free sooner than later. *sigh*

Question: Do you like rest days from the gym or do they break your workout flow? Once I get into a groove I don’t like breaking it.

The Farmer’s Market and Group Fitness Classes

Happy weekend! While it might be Memorial day weekend and it might be my dad’s birthday, sadly for me, it’s just a typical weekend for me.

For the first weekend since the farmer’s market opened, the weather was nice enough to walk downtown. T and I enjoyed a morning stroll down to the farmers market in hopes of finding some yummy veggies. I’m like the anti-Goldilocks when it comes to getting dressed in Washington. I am either too cold or too hot, but never just right. I probably should have worn a lighter jacket, oh well.

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One of the first things we encountered at the market was this collection of electric cars. Electric cars in E’burg? Makes total sense. Sorta?

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If only the technology was a bit more developed, because then I could save a bunch of money on gas for my return trip home. C’est la vie.

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I learned another fact about E’burg today. We apparently have a roller derby team, the Rodeo City Rollergirls.

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This is the type of jewelry holder that I want to make. It’s one of my many summer projects.

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Farmer’s market sushi? Hrm.

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The sushi stand also had bubble tea. I decided to be adventurous and order some, since I’ve never tried it before.

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The verdict? Eh. It was… interesting. Not necessarily bad, but not necessarily good. I don’t think I’d ever seek it out.

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What exactly does one do with rhubarb, or radishes for that matter? Aside from apples, bok choy, and asparagus, rhubarb and radishes were the only other veggies at the market. Where are those fabulous bell peppers?!

When I got home Charlie was anxious to see me and in a playful mood. A Charlie burrito anyone? He was really happy that I’ve been exercising in the living room. He loves my yoga mat.

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Speaking of exercise, this upcoming week is the last week of classes and also the last week of group fitness classes.

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I bought this 10 class punch card back at the start of the year, but the instructors are really lazy about punching it, so I still have five classes left. My goal this week is to use up the card. I won’t be wasting money AND I’ll be keeping my fitness goals. Since there are no classes on Monday, I have four days to take five classes.

Tuesday:

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I’m either going to take Mat Pilates or Arms & Abs and either Zumba or Step Interval. I’m thinking Mat Pilates and probably Zumba.

Wednesday:

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I’ve taken the Interval class and really liked it. So either Core & More or Interval.

Thursday:

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Fitness yoga! I wanna mix up the strength training classes with some relaxing yoga.

Friday:

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Here’s to hope that I can get my butt out of bed in time for Cycle-Strength, otherwise I’ll be attending Cycle-Core. I also hope the instructors punch my card this week, because other wise I’ll be doubling up my classes to try and use it up. 🙂

Now it’s nearly 10pm and my Saturday has come and gone. I still haven’t started the cleaning/organizing/packing process. It’s so daunting. I MUST tackle it tomorrow! If I can make a significant dent in my apartment tomorrow then it will be a successful day. Also on the agenda will be hitting the gym. I need to do a proper weight workout and some cardio. Today’s two hour farmer’s market stroll was my “easy” day, but so far so good when it comes to keeping my exercise plans.

Exciting Times Ahead — kp’s adventures continue!

Welcome back! Or rather, I’m back. Sorry for the radio silence between February and May!

Clearly, I’ve been neglectful when it comes to blogging. I’ve thought about blogging off and on over the past few months, but it never seemed appealing. Perhaps it was the fact that it involved writing and that’s pretty much that ONLY thing I’ve been doing since February. Or perhaps it was because blogging would mean reflecting on the the craziness that has been my life recently. Either way, I’m putting my excuses aside and getting back into the swing of blogging because the next few months are going to be wild, crazy, and full of life changes and I want to make sure I blog about everything!

Before I dive into my future plans, let’s recap everything that has happened between February 4th and May 22nd.

I’ve been steadily working on my thesis for two years, although the majority of the work occurred in the past few months. Starting last winter quarter, in January, I began writing the rough draft. It’s interesting that even going into the rough draft phase, I still wasn’t 100% sure what my structure was or my specific angle. Then in March, once I had a mostly complete rough draft, looking back at my original chapters, I realized they needed to be drastically rewritten to match the later chapters which did reflect my methodology and goals.

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Anyway, in addition to the stress of actually writing my thesis, the process has been fairly turbulent for other reasons. Basically my peers and I have been figuring everything out on our own . But that’s neither here nor there. We’re almost done.

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Two weeks ago I submitted my final rough draft to my thesis committee and then last Tuesday I defended my thesis. I guess not surprisingly, I passed! With a thesis, the defense is more of a formality then an actual defense of my research. Essentially, we spent an hour discussing my study, methods, goals, areas of further research, and then the ideas came to the committee members as they read the thesis. Afterward, the committee discussed my project and decided whether or not to pass me. My thesis chair informed me that I passed, but I need to make one more round of revisions (for typos and repetition) before submitting it to Grad Studies. I spent all day Friday making the revisions and e-mailed it to my chair. Hopefully on Monday I’ll get any comments back, fix things, and submit it to Grad Studies for real on Monday. Even after I submit it to Grad Studies, I probably have one more round of revisions to make before the thesis is printed and bound, but I’m almost done, and either way I’ve satisfied the thesis requirement for my degree.

Whew! Aside from working on my thesis, in the past few months I’ve applied to PhD programs, anxiously awaited responses, made a decision, and started to plot my escape from E’burg.

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After a couple acceptances, one rejection, and one school deciding mid-stream that they weren’t able to bring in new PhD students, I made my decision. I’ll be moving back to Tallahassee and starting a PhD at Florida State in August.
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I’m really happy about my decision and I’m actually excited to move back to Tallahassee. I know when I originally left and I said I would never go back, but after two years in E’burg, in comparison Tallahassee looks about as exciting as NYC. I’m also considering it a fresh start. I’m not moving back with any friends still in Tallahassee and things have changed in the past four years, so it won’t be a continuation of my undergrad years, but a new beginning.

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More than anything, the program at FSU matches what I’m looking for in a program — a well-rounded curriculum, dramaturgical opportunities, teaching experience, a professional theatre setting, and lots of other graduate students. 🙂

On June 17th, my dad is flying out to Washington and helping me back up a UHaul Box with all of my belongings and then on June 21st, we will be trekking back across the country. Déjà vu?

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Surprisingly, I’m not dreading the drive back across the country. I imagine dad, Charlie, and I will be listening to lots of This American Life episodes, taking lots of pictures, blogging, etc. We haven’t quite figured out the return route, but I’m voting for a change of scenery. The sections through Montana and the Dakota’s were very desolate and boring. I’d like to see Colorado this time.

The other big news in my life has to deal with my living arrangements in Tallahassee. After looking at the prices for renting a one bedroom or two bedroom place that was close enough to campus, but not too close, and in a safe area, I started to consider the idea of buying a townhouse. On a whim, I proposed the idea to my dad and long story short, it looks like I’m going to be a home owner on June 15th.

I spent a lot of time house shopping online and then at the beginning of April my parents made a visit to Tallahassee. They checked out a lot of houses in the townhouse community that I liked best. I actually lived in there twice before, in two different houses. Anyway, as my parents checked out the different listings within our price range, my dad showed me the places via Skype on the iPhone. I love technology. We weighed the pros and cons of the different places and put an offer on a two bedroom, two and a half bathroom house.

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The offer was accepted and we’ve been in the process of working through all the other steps towards homeownership. The house passed inspection, but the roof needs to be replaced. We worked out a deal for that. We are still waiting on a termite inspection and a house appraisal, but hopefully everything will work out in my favor. Right now the place needs a lot of superficial improvements. There were also two college-aged guys living in the place and so it looks like boy at the moment. The plan is to paint the whole interior of the house, including all the horrible wood trim and wood doors. Also, the carpet upstairs needs to be replaced and there is carpeting downstairs that I’m hoping to change out for laminate wood flooring.

Aside from the ample closet space (two closets in each bedroom and a closet under the stairs) and private bathrooms in each bedroom, my favorite part of the house is the huge deck!

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The deck wraps around the whole side of the house. It’s also partially shaded, which will be wonderful for Florida weather. I love doing my reading and other homework outside, so I hope to make lots of use of this deck. Also, the back part of the deck backs up to another neighbor’s fence, so it’s somewhat private. I love it. The deck needs a bit of work, but that probably won’t be happening anytime soon. In the meantime, imagine some outdoor christmas lights strung up, outdoor chairs, and flower boxes with flowers and an edible garden.

As a result of my impending homeownership meet my two latest obsessions: Young House Love and Pinterest.

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Young House Love is a home improvement and decorating blog, while Pinterest is essentially a virtual bulletin board. I’m using Pinterest to “pin” images of wall colors I like, room arrangements, furniture, DIY projects, and more. It’s amazing. I’m totally obsessed. I’ve also realized that I’ve turned into my parents. I’m voluntarily thinking about flooring options, painting projects, gardening, and more. When did I become an adult?!

Between my graduation, my move across the country, setting up a new home, and starting the PhD program, I want to make sure I document it all, so this blog is officially back in action.

Before I wrap up this long over-due post, here is a funny text I received from my sister yesterday morning:

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen the house without the azalea bushes in front. We’ve lived there for basically my whole life. But the thought of my dad shaving his mustache is really disturbing. He’s never allowed to shave it. Ever. It’d be like looking at a completely different dad.

Well, check back soon. I’m going to do a better job of maintaining this little blog of mine.

And to try something new… let’s end the post with a question:

I must come up with a color scheme for my entire house and I’m trying to find some warm, happy, bright colors.

So what is your favorite or preferred wall color?

2010 Recap

My goals for 2010 were…

1. seattle rock ‘n roll marathon on 6.26 – done!
2. focus on healthy eating and exercise habits – close
3. increase my knowledge of religion and grammar – eh
4. improve my time management skills – eh
5. relearn spanish! – yes!

One of the biggest changes in 2010 centered on my nutritional habits. I discovered chia seeds, kale chips, green monster smoothies and decided to go “vegetarian.”

Here’s a list of all the new foods I tried in 2010 [and loved]:
– kale
– sweet potatoes
– spaghetti squash
– nutritional yeast
– quinoa
– chia seeds
– almond butter
– almond milk
– almonds
– cashews
– walnuts
– okra – sorta
– artichoke hearts
– tofurky
– green monster smoothies
– greek yogurt
– cacao nibs
– pomegranate seeds
– avocados
– guacamole
– sushi
– edamame

And now… 2010 in Photos:

January

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February – The Olympics in Whistler, CA

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March – Clearly March was boring since the best I can come up with is a picture of Charlie causing problems.

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April – Spring!

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May – Marathon training! 17 miles.

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and directing my first short scene.

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June – Completed a marathon and the family visited E’burg.

FINISHED!

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July – I turned 25 and discovered the joys of Green Monster Smoothies.

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August – Trip to Florida!

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September – A visited me in Washington and then I promptly took off for London.

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October – Trader Joe’s and the end of the farmers market.

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November – ASTR, learning the ins-and-outs of tire chains, and Friendsgiving.

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December – Christmas at home!

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Christmas Break!

I love Christmas at home.

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My parents do such a fabulous job decorating our house.

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Christmas Eve breakfast was missing a bunch of people and Village Inn was slammed, but we had a good time regardless.

I wowed everyone with my mad flower-napkin skills.

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Here are some Christmas morning pictures.

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Rockin’ my new VibramFiveFinger Sprints and my new Sigg bottle. Thanks H!

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I did such an awesome job wrapping H’s yoga mat that she needed help getting it unwrapped!

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Check out H’s bad-ass t-shirt quilt! I may want one in the future. Santa also surprised me by getting me a Blendtec Blender. I totally did not expect it and had not asked for one, but I LOVE IT. It makes the best Green Monster Smoothies! I may have even made two smoothies today — one for breakfast and one for dessert.

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Family photo 2010.

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Cousin photo 2010.

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Annual Scrabble tournament. Unfortunately A and I had FOUR I’s the entire game and therefore did not have a chance at winning.

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On the 27th, C and I headed to Nashville to visit A+Moothor. I might have cheated on Charlie with The Cheeto.

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So C gave me Bananagrams for my birthday like two or three years ago and we FINALLY played it while in Nashville. It’s AWESOME. So much fun.

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New Years Pictures!

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Check it out! T moved to Nashville so I had to drive all the way to Tennessee to see her. Totally worth it. 😉

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And now I’m back in cold, snowy E’burg.

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