A glimpse of Ellensburg.

I found this neat site while browsing youtube for videos of Ellensburg. They’re tied in with the chamber of commerce for E’Burg and host videos showing E’burg throughout the different seasons.

The first video is features clips of various E’burg events year round. Notice the cowboy and rodeo theme… I’m definitely in for a change of scenery.

The second video shows clips from the Whiskey Dick Triathlon. I originally thought that I wanted to make it a goal to do it before I graduate from CWU… but then I realized that the swim is 1 mile, bike 28 miles, and run a 10k. Oh, did I mention that they strong recommend wearing a wet suit for the swim because the water temperature is in the 60s? Oh my. Maybe I can find someone willing to do the swimming and biking portion and I’ll run the 10k, unless I stumble upon a bike that I can train and use for the race.

Also, you can check out Central Washington’s youtube page to see more videos about the school.


Dean Cycles Across Washington to Raise Money for CWU

August 4, 2009

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — It’s a good thing Marji Morgan’s in shape. The Central Washington University dean cycles upward of 1,500 miles a summer, so her latest challenge — to ride 300 miles in five days — will be tough but not impossible.

Morgan, dean of Central’s College of Arts and Humanities, decided to ride the 300 miles in an effort to raise money for the college. She first got the idea after reading a story about another fundraiser ride held last summer for a veterinary clinic.

“I thought: I love to cycle, and this would be a fun, good way to raise money,” Morgan says.

During the trip, Morgan and other riders will travel up to 60 miles a day. They will start in Oroville, Wash., and travel through Tonasket, Twisp, Winthrop, Chelan and Cashmere. They will leave Ellensburg Aug. 29 and return Sept. 3.

“We will be cycling over two 4,000-feet mountain passes,” Morgan states. “We have a fundraising goal of $15,000. The money will go toward 10 students grants of $1,000 each and two faculty grants of $2,500 each.”

The group has already raised some money but is not yet close to its goal. People can sponsor the riders by visitng the Support Cycling for Arts and Humanities Web site on My Central.

The list of other riders isn’t final, but so far, music professor Chris Bruya is on board, as is his wife and nine-year-old daughter, who will follow the riders in a van donated by CWU. Music student Birken Owart and University Writing Center Director Teresa Joy Kramer will also ride. Alumni Association Director Jim Armstrong will join the group on the last day’s ride over Blewett Pass.

Kramer rides with Morgan on a regular basis, but she admits the trip intimidates her.

“I do ride quite a bit, but this is the longest ride I’ve ever done,” Kramer says. “But it’s a great cause. We’ll be pedaling to raise money for students and faculty. And as we travel through those areas of north-central Washington, we’ll be stopping and talking about CWU.”

Owart competes in the Whisky Dick Triathlon each year, and according to Morgan, “is the most in shape of all of us.”

“Most bike tour events require that you pay for them,” Owart says. “I can’t pass up a free tour!”

Owart started cycling many years ago and said he considers it a great way to commute. It’s also a good way for him to cross-train for cycling and running competitions.

Morgan started cycling when she was a graduate student at Tulane University in New Orleans, La.

“When I was just about to turn 50, I was determined to show myself I could still do the stuff I did in my 20s,” Morgan says. “I hadn’t cycled in a long time, but I went on a six-day bike tour through wine country, and I made it. When I moved here in the summer of 2005, I started up again. I feel much more comfortable riding here than anywhere else because there’s more room on the shoulder and less traffic.”

For more information about the event, visit www.cwu.edu/~cah and click on the Support Cycling for Arts and Humanities link

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Procrastination is not an option.

For the past week, I’ve been diligently reading Graduate Study for the 21st Century. Reading this book BEFORE going to school is probably the best advice I received thus far. That being said, I’m also freaking out just a bit. The book doesn’t sugarcoat a thing. It appears that my days will be filled with reading, writing, studying, teaching, etc. Basically, the library, Starbucks and my office will be my best friends and the only places that I’ll be hanging out. It’s okay though, because it’s what I want.

Anyway, in order to make sure that I am successful in grad school, I’ve started to envision how I’m going to handle my workload and life schedule.

  • I’m starting to try and switch myself over to a regular sleep schedule. Asleep by 10 or 11pm, up by 6 or 7am. I’m struggling at the moment, but hopefully if I keep with it for the next month or so, it’ll be a bit more natural by school time.
  • Also, there’s no such thing as homework anymore. My plan for my weekdays involves waking up at a decent time and working on reading assignments, papers, etc., regardless of when they are due. No more procrastination. If I work everyday, the workload should be way more tolerable. I hope.
  • I also need to make sure that I plan for exercise on a daily/regular basis. The author of the book actually stresses the importance of working out, both to stay healthy and keep my sanity.

I also need to work on reversing any leftover bad student habits from college. Mainly, I probably need to cut down on my facebooking, compulsive checking of e-mail and generally getting distracted. Overall disconnecting from the world (and my phone) long enough so that I can accomplish work.

I need to constantly remind myself to have trust and faith in my ideas and abilities. Silly I know, but I often question the validity of my thoughts in class discussions and my writing. It only hurts me in the long run.

Also, I want to make sure all of my teachers know me. I want to utilize their office hours early in the semester to introduce myself, so that as the semester progresses, I’ll feel comfortable asking for assistance on papers, etc.

Since I have about two months till school officially starts I’m trying to read as much as I possibly can. Today I decided to add some writing books to that list. I figure I could definitely use a grammar lesson and my writing in general could improve. Perhaps writing in this blog on a daily basis, combined with reading writing books, I’ll find my writing groove just in time to crank out some crazy long papers. Grad school, oy.

* Random Fact: CWU is on the quarter schedule, which will be an interesting transition from using the semester schedule at FSU.

That’s all for now. Happy Monday everyone!

Working hard for the money.

My weekend starts today. Sort of. I’ve been working like a mad woman for the past couple weeks and will continue working seven days a week, for the next several weeks. It’s a good thing though, mostly.

I’m still working at the bank part-time. I generally work mornings and have my afternoons off. Although, big news! I finally submitted my notice that I was quitting. I turned in a three-weeks notice. Don’t laugh! I did it so that my manager has a bit of forewarning, but also so that upper management would realize that I’ve mentally checked-out of the job. I don’t want any new assignments, sales goals, whatever. I’m so ready to wash my hands of banking! I’ll be the happiest person alive if I never see the inside of a bank again.

My internship/job at the theatre helped me realize how much I miss working in the theatre, how happy it makes me to be there and while I’m not always super excited to go to work, I don’t mind my theatre work. Although, knowing that I’m meant to be in the theatre and counting down the days till I leave for Washington, has only increased my hatred for the bank. I’m suffering through these last days, counting the days, hours, minutes, until I’m a free woman. I would have quit earlier, except I desperately need the money for my move/start-up expenses.

Starting a couple weeks ago, my evenings became filled up with Doubt. I’m currently on crew (and doing laundry) for the production at AS. It’s a great job. Like I said, I love being there, I like the people and I’m even afforded the opportunity to catch up on reading. I’ve been using the time to read my grad studies book, as well as read and reread plays to prepare for school. It’s awesome. The only draw back is the awkward hours and my lack of a true weekend. Ugh. Fridays and Saturdays are super long days. Fridays I work a full day at the bank, leaving the house at 8am, go straight to the theatre for the show. I don’t get home till 11pm.

What’s the point of all of this? I don’t know. I’ve just been working a lot, therefore nothing exciting has really been happening in my life. I need to go to sleep, like an hour ago, because I’m trying to create a regular schedule for myself. I’m aiming to be in bed by like 10pm or 11pm, and up at 6am or 7am. I’m trying to do productive things like exercising or reading before work. And with that said, I’m concluding this pointless blog post.

I love my flip flops.

I think and worry about silly things. For instance, I love my flip flops. They’re basically the only kind of shoe I wear unless I’m at the theatre (converse) or the bank (heels). In Florida it’s totally acceptable to wear flip flops year round and for almost any occasion. I remember when facebook first came into existence there was a group called something along the lines of “I don’t care, I live in FL and I wear my flip flops all year long.” I just recently had a conversation with a friend about how people from other parts of the country don’t understand Floridians obsession with flip flops. So that begs the questions, what kind of footwear do people in Washington wear? I don’t know anything about closed-toe shoes. I think my flip flops will only last so long in the cool/cold weather. I’m going to have to find some kind of shoe to keep my poor little toes warm.

Also, I have no idea how to deal with the snow in general. My last snow experience was in Whistler for all of maybe 30 minutes. There were four of us girls and we looked ridiculous as we dressed. Tina even wore her pjs pants UNDER her jeans. I had on probably 4 jackets… several pairs of socks… as many layers as possible and it was still MISERABLE cold. Worse yet, as we were coming down off the mountain the thawing sensation as the feeling returned to our appendages was not fun. I anticipate my reaction to snow weather and the like will resemble that of the out-of-state students at FSU during hurricane season. They would get very concerned, ask lots of questions about what kind of percautions we needed to take, stock up on food, etc. In comparasion, us Florida natives, think of hurricane days as good beach days, days to party, an excuse not to go to school or work. So basically, I’m assuming that I’m going to be like that when it comes to snow. I don’t know how to drive in snow. I don’t know anything about shoveling snow. Salting the roads. Dressing to keep warm. None of that. Heck, the first time my windshield froze over I had a mild panic. I sat there hoping that the windshield wipers alone would make the ice disappear. I had no luck with that, as one might have guessed.

Anyway, it’s just the little differences, the little questions that get me excited and nervous. I’m ready. I want to move already.

I’m legit.

Today I submitted a picture and verfied my e-mail address to the guy who coordinates the Central Washington website. I’m now officially listed on the faculty/staff webpage. EEEEK!

Check it out! http://www.cwu.edu/~theatre/faculty/index.html

I also got my package from Amazon. Graduate Study for the 21st Century.


It looks like a thoroughly exciting read. [Sarcasm.] Apparently it’s the book that my introduction to graduate studies class will be using. It was recommended that we read it before arriving at CWU, so this is what I’ll be reading during Doubt. I’m trying to recall all my good student practices that have been in hibernation since I graduated from FSU two years ago.  I want to do this right. I want to be an excellent student and scholar. I really think that two years off and taking classes only in subjects that truly interest me will be a big help. I’m only slightly concerned about the massive amounts of work that accompany grad school and how I probably will have zero free time. Such is life though, right?

From One ‘Burg to Another ‘Burg

I’m about to embark on one of the biggest adventures of my life, thus far. In less than two months, I’m packing all of my belongings into my car and moving to Washington state. The first big adventure will be the cross country road trip. St. Petersburg, Florida to Ellensburg, Washington… a mere 45 hours of driving and 3000 miles, just myself, my dad and my cat, Charlie. Expect lots of pictures, twitter updates, facebook status’ and the works. I’ve never seen any of the mid-western states! Then starting in September, I’ll begin life as a graduate student at Central Washington University, pursuing a masters degree in Theatre Studies. I’m extremely excited. I want to do this blog as a way to document all of my adventures and new experiences, as well as keep in touch with family and family. I think it’s going to be really interesting to move to such a different place. I’ve only ever lived in Florida. I’m taking a big leap of faith moving so far away and not knowing anyone in the area, but to me, that’s what makes it so exciting and challenging.

So here is my blog,  chronicling life adjusting to grad school, life in Washington and everything that comes with starting over someplace completely new.