A post as promised

>> Saturday, March 29, 2008

Lots to say! First, proof that I play polo:

I'm riding Tia. She's a feisty pony and has a little bit of an attitude problem at times, but she's a good polo pony. Maybe even a little too motivated... but at least not lazy!

So, I'm officially breaking the news on blogger that I'm transferring to Virginia Tech. They have an economic and community development focus within their graduate planning program that I think will be much more useful for my future line of work. They also have an economic development certificate that is unique to most APA certified schools. More on that later..

I'll miss Charlottesville. Especially polo and babysitting. Yesterday Brooke asked me for a magazine while she tried to go poopie (she's 2 and potty training). It was so classic I couldn't help but laugh out loud. Then she asked me to give her some privacy.. which I thought was even better. I couldn't help but peek back in and it was just precious looking at her sitting on the potty with the magazine wide open and her feet dangling from the seat. 

Georgia has gotten really fun lately too. When I first started babysitting her she was 4 months old and SO tiny. She looked almost like a new born. Now she's sort of doing the walk-bob and making noises that could or could not be actual words. The best part is that she's completely fascinated with everything and likes to play with me (mostly my face and hair) as I'm holding her. It's great watching how much more attentive they become. Now she wants me to interact with her all the time, whereas before she could be ok settling in her little daze. 

I'm excited about VT though. I think Blacksburg will be a nice place to chill for my next year and 1/2 in grad school. Coming from DC I thought it was entirely too isolated. Then I realized that you don't have a life in grad school and it really doesn't matter where you are as long as you're somewhere comfortable. Plus there are tons of Clemson kids around. Sometimes I think VT and Clemson are the same school when it comes to the engineering and football scene (though I heard that tailgating isn't quite as big of a deal in BB). 

I should hear back from the Austin internship by next Thursday (fingers crossed). It's pretty competitive and they are only choosing 2 interns so I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much. If it doesn't work out then that means there's probably another internship that's a better fit for me. 

In regards to March Madness, I am still completely sickened that Clemson chumped out so quickly, but I am actually kind of excited for Davidson. Nice to see another NC school do well to take some of the glory away from UNC and Duke. Plus I have some friends that went there and I know they are really excited right now. Besides all of that, Cinderella teams rock. 

On a final note, I love coming home from polo dirty and smelling like that barn. Seems like the weirdest thing ever but if you're a horse person you know what I'm talking about.

One last thing- from stuffwhitepeoplelike.worldpress.com:

The City of San Francisco has a very multicultural population that ranges from white to gay to Asian. Within white culture this known as “ideal diversity” for its provision of exotic restaurants while simultaneously preserving property values. The presence of gays and Asians is imperative as it two provides two of the key resources most necessary for white success and happiness.

I think this website is pretty funny but I realize why it gets so much grief. I like this quote bc it addresses an issue in planning where people want "diversity" but they would rather not be around too many uneducated and/or low-income people. 


This blog...should be a blog

>> Thursday, March 20, 2008

I'm feeling a need for inspiration right now. Also, I think I'm actually going to start telling people I have a blog. Right now, only Peter and Kristin know. I doubt Kristin even looks at it bc I update so infrequently.

Wherever I end up this summer, I really want to use this blog to capture my experience. We're supposed to keep a journal anyway, and I have a better chance of staying on top of it if I know people are checking in. Random side note, is it possible to make some journal entries private? I'll probably post some boring things just for my own records that I don't care to share.

These past couple of weeks have been hard. I'm really thankful that the weather is getting nicer. This is sort of a pointless blog entry except to mention that I have some (hopefully) interesting thoughts that I want to share later.

On a happier note, I am really excited about march madness and hope that I'll get to watch at least 1 or 2 full games (this month is going to be pretty rough). I have Clemson going all the way in one bracket and making it to the final 4 in another. Usually I set up my bracket with the intent to be as accurate as possible, but it's nice this year to actually be able to predict based on hope. I mean, it would look really bad for me to not pick my team and then they actually make it through. Plus, I full-heartedly believe that Clemson is a top 10 team when we make free throws. Anything can happen if they wake up one day and somehow start making the easy shots.

Also, I thought this was amusing (from espn.com):

Best Case: For the first time since 1997, the Tigers win an NCAA game -- and don't stop there. For the first time since December, the Tigers win four in a row and advance to their inaugural Final Four, beating Wisconsin in the regional final on a last-second 3 by Terrence Oglesby from 26 feet. Coach Oliver Purnell gets so excited he almost changes facial expressions. Clemson fans get so excited they pry their eyes off spring football for up to 15 minutes at a time.

Worst Case: Notorious bricklayers clang six straight free throws in the final minute, blow a lead and are upset in the first round by Villanova. Clemson fans mourn for 60 seconds, then turn their attention back to spring football.



>> Friday, March 14, 2008

I really miss my Nannie... but cute puppies are great to make the day better. This has been a really hard semester. My Nannie's death made me realize that I want to be closer to those I care about. The mid-twenties limbo isn't all that it's cracked up to be. But~ I guess this is also an important time. I'll look back one day and understand. Until then.. something to smile about:

And I still miss my Gabby:

Pretty funny that Rylynn at 3 months is about the size of Gabby at 1 month. She'll fit in well with all the petite women in the family.


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Tia Nicole Photography has launched this summer after many practice photo sessions and the encouragement of some dear friends and family ("Life Through Tia's Lens" was a recommendation of my good friend, Kristin, who has been an avid supporter the whole way through!). This blog has documented the process from the beginning and also dates back to some older rantings during grad school and football seasons. Feel free to get to know me and my work. I like to focus primarily on natural shots, true emotions and beautiful landscapes. I also absolutely adore kids and pets so you will find a good bit of my work in these areas. Feel free to contact me anytime! I love blog comments!

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