What a crazy two years it’s been! I haven’t updated the blog in such a long time and that’s mainly it’s because I’ve been out living life. But I’m about to resume blogging. I’m rebooting the blog because I’ve been brainstorming a project that I want to document on here. I’ll explain it more about the project in a separate post.

Anyway, as always, I’m trying to figure out how to balance life as a grad student and celebrate the last years of my twenties. When I started the PhD program I vowed not to let myself become so wrapped up in school that I put all the other aspects of my life on hold for the duration of grad school. It hasn’t always been easy and I still don’t do the best job of balancing everything, but in general I’m proud that my life feels pretty well-rounded. I continue to be a work in progress. I’ve noticed that the pattern is usually one area becomes the priority as the others slip onto the back burner. It turns out that whatever is on the front burner is constantly changing based on what I need most in my life, whether it be friends, family, school, or mental and physical balance.

Since August 2012 I’ve finished my coursework and I’m in the process of working on my comprehensive exams. Beyond that, here’s an idea of how I’ve been spending the past two years.

There have been many hours spent at Black Dog reading and writing.

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There’s been two football seasons, including Florida State winning the National Championship.

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Several birthdays including Hilary’s 21st birthday spent in New Orleans on Thanksgiving with the family.

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Many trips home and to North Carolina to spend time with the family.

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And trips to North Carolina with friends new and old.

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Lots of parties and social events!

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and plenty of adventures on planes and sailboats! šŸ™‚

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Two major road trips to help a friend and my sister start new lives in other states.


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Tallahassee —> Wisconsin

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St. Pete —> Salt Lake City

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And finally one major loss and one major addition…

Nana died on October 8th 2012.

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And this past summer I adopted a rescue dog, Sirius.

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And now you’re all caught up. šŸ™‚

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