>> Friday, December 7, 2007
Let me just say real quick that I LOVE that Arkansas keeps getting rejected by the ACC. Even North Carolina! Wow.
Let me just say real quick that I LOVE that Arkansas keeps getting rejected by the ACC. Even North Carolina! Wow.
If you could buy/rent a place that was a standard price regardless of location (this is completely hypothetical), would you live closer to or within a city? Within a major suburban hub? Somewhere more rural?
I am completely serious. I'm researching market-value influences on residential location choices. Just a quick answer is fine.
I appreciate it! :)
I could easily talk about the drama of the day which was the insanity that is Tommy Bowden. But I won't. My brain is mush. I'm really tired. Grad school is hard. I just need to vent. I can barely keep my eyes open just writing this.. so I'm going to bed.
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Matt Ryan just has that aura about him. Unfortunately for Clemson, so do the Tigers.
Give Ryan a few minutes on the clock, a field to drive and the game on the line -- and there's nobody better in college football.
Give Clemson a clear path to the ACC championship game, a home crowd rocking at the decibel level of an AC/DC concert and a chance to finally break through under Tommy Bowden -- and it's the same ol' Tigers.
So I went down to Clemson for the Wake Forest game and had the time of my life. I hung out with people that I haven't seen in about 2 years and it felt like none of us ever left. It's sooo wonderful to feel that comfortable with a group of people.
I had started wondering if I am too obsessed with Clemson football....but then I realized this weekend that it has little to do with the actual team (gasp!). Don't get me wrong- I really do love college football... I love the stats and the dirty politics... I love watching the head on collisions when the crowd cringes all at once...I love screaming at the refs...
But the best part is feeling a part of a family. It's so great to just look at one of your friends right after a big play or a bad call and know exactly what the other person is thinking. Or getting random text messages during the game from someone sitting 5 rows down...
Clemson will always have a huge chunk of my heart.. but only for the 20 or so people that I hold so dear. The rest of the school and students I could care less about. But being able to crowd into a small (college-like) apartment 45 mins outside of Clemson and watch your rival team get killed by Florida with 15 of your favorites is not going to be matched by many other life experiences.
So, this weekend I get to do it all over again at the BC game!! I couldn't be happier. If Clemson goes to the ACC championship game this year I'll have to do something obsurd. Must think of something over the next 4 days...
Until then, Go Tigers!!
"South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier led Florida to the 1996 national championship and won six SEC titles as coach of his alma mater. This season, Spurrier sits in the captain's chair of one of the worst collapses in recent SEC history.
I'm redoing the ACC roster. The current one sucks. Here goes:
The North Carolina schools should officially focus on basketball. They will never ever be at top 10 level so they should just stop trying. We will take West Virginia and Rutgers to take the place of Duke and UNC. We will let Wake Forest stay for now.. but if they're not at a consistent top 25 level by 2009 we're going to bump them for Vandy. I'll give Vandy a decent shot on this one.
We're going to trade Florida State for South Florida. This may be a mistake, but South Florida has the momentum at the moment and this roster reflects the "cinderella conference". I think that could go over well.
Is there any way we could get away with stealing Oregon too? We can just call them the "Other Coastal Conference section of the ACC". We'll take them in Miami's place.
So here it is:
Virginia (I'll be bias this time)
This morning I went hiking with about 15 mormon friends of my class-mate, Bartley! It was kind of random but a really great time! Hopefully fall will stick around a little longer but I have a feeling this might be it. Hope you all enjoy!
Peter look! It's my new Mormon friend, Peter! You will never be replaced, though. Impossible :)
Check out the northwest corner to see humpback rocks. Good times!
What did I say just 2 posts ago about Clemson's national reputation? Amazing.
Boston College-Clemson (18), Nov. 17, in Clemson. The Tigers are just talented enough to pull the upset here and potentially derail the Matt Ryan Heisman Express. They're also just erratic enough to precede that by losing at Duke this Saturday. That unpredictability should make this a must watch.
Navy Mistakenly Drops Dummy Bomb In Virginia BeachVIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (CBS) ―
The Navy said a small, inert training bomb fell Tuesday from an fighter jet that was heading to Oceana Naval Air Station. No one was hurt.
The Navy said the bomb landed near a warehouse in the resort city of Virginia Beach. Minimal damage was reported.
The F/A-18C Hornet was returning to Oceana following a training mission at the Navy's bombing range in Dare County, N.C., when it dropped the bomb. The jet landed safely.
Naval authorities were investigating.
So, funny story. This morning I woke up to the BLARING sound of my smoke alarm (as well as every other smoke alarm in the house) at about 5:55 AM. It was the loudest, most shrilly noise I have ever heard in my life! (This coming from a person who has in the past actually slept through more than one smoke alarm). So, the first thing I think is that i did something in my dream to cause the alarm it to go off, and that I needed to go in the kitchen and grab a chair so that I can pull the thing out of the wall. Then I realized that it wasn't a dream and I would actually maybe need to vacate my house. Since I didn't smell smoke I guess I thought it was ok to go through all of my shoes in the dark (why turn on a light?) to find a matching pair, as well as some other needed clothing items. I then went upstairs to see what Joc and Jen thought of the whole thing and we stood in Jen's room talking about what to do for about 10 minutes! Good thing it wasn't an actual fire or we would have be SOL. So finally we decide to call the fire department since we couldn't do anything to make the alarm turn off. And then it finally occurred to us that there could be an electrical problem in the basement of our ginormous house that we had forgotten to check.
Finally the fire truck came, lights and sirens and all, to our quiet little dark house while we were bundled up in Jen's car outside. We had to wake our neighbor to let her know what the deal was.. since we knew there was no way in Hades that she could possibly not hear that noise.
The fireman finally concluded that there was a technical problem with the smoke detector in the basement and said there was no way he could turn it off. He actually asked Joc if she had a hammer and that he could probably just break it (aren't they supposed to at least have an axe or something?) Finally he put the detector in a cookie jar that was sitting in our basement and said we just needed to call the landlord and have it replaced.
So for the rest of the day my poor roommates had to deal with the broken alarm (albeit muffled) while I was at work here at Peyton house.
I find it all amusing since I have had an extremely sleep deprived week and a never ending paper that must be finished by tomorrow at 9:00 AM. Oh well, so is life! At least I get to hang out in DC this weekend with some really awesome people and hopefully watch my tigers pull out a big conference win! (sarcasm.. but sadly it might actually turn into a big conference win)
That's all. Back to the paper. Only 4 pages to go!
Why is it that just when things start to get better, you kind of want to cry?? Why am I feeling these feelings all of the sudden? It's amazing how the mind can prevent emotions until you see a hope for betterness. There were times in the past couple of months that I started to feel the emotions building but I managed to hold them back out of necessity not to break down. Now I'm almost welcoming them. I think there are happy tears mixed in. I went to an amazing church this morning and made some really great friends and I feel like God is just pushing me to wait and listen. I came to Charlottesville for a reason. I feel like I'm so much more open to new things.. not so afraid of those things that are foreign. And on top of that I kind of want to cry bc I think my computer has a virus. That really sucks.
Reason NOT to cry- Clemson scored more points in the game against Central Michigan (14-70) than we have in 26 years! So that's pretty awesome. Yet we're still not ranked. Who knows.
Charlottesville is awesome! I'm kind of in phase 2 of the transition period. I think of phase 3 as pretty much fully adjusted. I would say in DC I was at phase 2.5 before I left.
It's great that this time I have something to base my transition process on. Like working on the things I procrastinated doing in DC. I'm also not going out nearly as much which puts me behind just a little in the networking game but I just feel like this time I'm waiting to network with the right type of people.
And beyond that, I really love planning! I'm excited about a new area in the field just about every week.. so hopefully that means I'll find a job I really like in at least one of those areas.
Some cool things this week-
Yesterday I bought my plane ticket to Portland for January. Now I'm procrastinating from my 15 pg. research paper by telling you about it.. but it feels awesome!!
Besides the fact that Portland is brutally cold in the winter... but that's ok, it'll keep me from wanting to move back permanently once I spend the summer of my life there.
Go Ducks!! =)
A- Attached or single: single
B- Best Friend: Kristin, Sarah, Jen.. pretty much my roommates
C- Cake or Pie: Apple Pie.. though I love cupcakes too! ;)
D- Day of Choice: Saturday.. or Sunday...or all weekend
E- Essential item: food
F- Favorite color: by now I would have to go with orange
G- Gummi bears or worms: sour worms
H- Hometown- South Con!
I- Indulgences: facebook, coffee
J- January or July: is this a serious question? Definitely July!
K- Kids- When I can afford them
L- Life is Incomplete Without: College football, summer, mountains
M- Marriage date: who knows
N- Number of siblings: 1 brother
O- Oranges or Apples: definitely apples! Preferably from Carter's Mountain
P- Phobias or Fears: not many according to my mom
Q- Quotes: "Charrlliiieeee" "Shunn the non-believer!"
R- Reason to smile: Georgia... when she wakes up from her nap happy to see me
S- Season- all but winter
T- Tag three- I don't know 3! Kristin? :)
U- Unknown Fact About Me: I usually have no idea what I'm doing, but somehow it seems like I do
V- Vegetarian or Meat-Eater: Proud meat-eater! though I don't eat much besides seafood and chicken
W- Worst habbit: procrastinating with stuff like this
X- X-rays or Ultrasounds: thankfully haven't had to experience either at this point
Y- Your favorite food: they couldn't come up with something better than "your"? ha- I guess shrimp and fried okra/squash.. yumm
Z- Zodiac- I don't even remember
UVA Frat guy: You went you Clemson? Your stadium is really loud! Isn't football at your school supposed to be really intense?
If only we could live up to our level of talent. Tear.
11 hours, 26 minutes until kick-off!!!
Live on ESPN - 9/2 @ 8:00
First- grad school is awesome!
Old Town waterfront
We had orientation yesterday. It was an all day event- from 8:00 until 11:00 if you count the breakfast and happy hour. Basically there are about 21 people in my program, all around my age with similar backgrounds.
Everyone is very nice and environmentally conscious. Example- we are having a bagel breakfast tomorrow and they want us to bring our own mugs to cut down on waste. It's a good way to stay accountable anyway. Pretty much everyone is from the Northeast with the exception of a couple from the West, maybe 5 or so from VA and 3 of us from the Carolinas (including me). The second year students have a larger class- about 25. They are a fun group and quick to get us out and socialized. It's a busy program so it is understood that we are all going to stick through this thing to the end (while spending every free minute together).
There are I think 7 people who are coming from DC and of them many worked in politics. 2 others who worked on the Hill. I am definitely the only person to work for a Republican but I think everyone generally appreciates the experience and doesn't care. We are all around 24 or 25 years old. I'm starting to feel really good about having my 2 years of work experience behind me!
I absolutely love the faculty. They are extremely easy to talk to and willing to spend time with us. The courses offered seem really interesting. I'm taking a second year class this semester so that I can do a study abroad next Fall. I think it's kind of crazy to have to plan for all of that now but definitely right up my alley! I love planning ahead. Probably too much. We're all fighting to get into this international development course that is already full. A guest lecturer is teaching it so it won't be offered again. Still, we are able to petition to the faculty to try to get it back on the schedule for the following semester. It's nice to be a part of a program that is so flexible and accomodating to the students.
I've also realized how small Charlottesville really is. Considering I've met about 40 people in the last 2 days I can't seem to go anywhere without running into one of them. I like that. Makes me kind of feel like I'm back in Clemson.
My schedule is going to be packed- Class Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9-4 with a 2 hour break inbetween (which I will probably be using to do my work study). I babysit every Tuesday from 8-5. I'm skipping one of my Friday classes since it overlaps with the class I need to take to do my study abroad. My prof simply doesn't care and said I should be able to catch up online. I love grad school! Thursdays I have free but will probably be doing random assignments for my work study to fulfill my hours and actual school work (gasp). On the weekends I'll be catching up but definitely getting plenty hours of play in. I forgot what it's like to have a full time job plus some. It will be a little more flexible than an office job but not much considering all of my classes are in the same building- where I will be spending my time in class pretty much from 9-5. Then I have the actual assignments to do when I leave. Still, I am pretty excited about working hard at something I'm interested in.. with people I am going to be REALLY close to by the end of this semester.
I'm glad that I'm writing this post bc I know really soon I will be griping about all of the work. I need something to look back on to remind me of why I am wanting to do this.
Hopefully I'll have more fun and interesting things to say about my program soon. For right now these are the logistics. I haven't even touched on how much I love planning and how excited I am about what I'll be learning. I'm sure the topics will be unavoidable in the future.
On a lighter note, pictures to look at!
Waterfront, Blue Ridge Parkway
Flowers from my old neighborhood in Old Town
For old times sake, I have to write a journal entry while I am in Murky Coffee in DC. It's crazy looking back on the past two years since I first discovered this coffee shop. Not much has actually changed inside. There is new art on the wall, but that is a fairly regular biweekly change. The wall color is different but the tone has switched back and forth from a reddish orange to off-white. I think they mostly pick the color based on the kind of art they wish to display. The billboard is different. As well as the prices (shock). But besides that it feels fairly familiar. I see a couple of familiar faces- people I regrettably never met but often saw. I wonder now if it would be weird to finally introduce myself.
As a returning blogger, I am hoping to use this blog to facilitate some new uses. One being my new Nikon D40 that I'm going to try to use to finally improve and hone in on some of my photography skills. I definitely welcome and encourage your critique.