Monday, August 14, 2017

grad school by the numbers | volume 2.5

i have been compiling a list of numbers from each semester of grad school (semester 1 & semester 2), so i figured i would keep the trend up for this past summer semester as well. i only took 2 classes and was not in an internship, so it was quite a lighter load than the past two semesters have been school wise. however, i was working two jobs and the summer classes were a little more intense because they were a shorter duration. one class was 12 weeks and one was 7 weeks, so they are more accelerated than the normal semester classes. it wasn't as crazy as a full semester, but once the second class started it was pretty close with both of my jobs & moving going full force!

this summer class was the first class i had exams in, as all of my other classes have had papers and presentations as our big projects. however, the exams in this class were essay exams and they were basically like writing a really long paper in a short amount of time. for instance, my midterm was 10 questions and i ended up writing 22 pages (all papers are double-spaced) for the exam. my final was 10 questions and i ended up writing 29 pages. so, for this reason i've included them in the count for the total pages written.

my Saturday class ended on August 5, and my online class ended on August 10 so i just finished up with both classes, and today i am starting my block week for my internship for the Fall semester & classes start next week. so there is really no break between summer classes and the Fall semester which is a bummer, but i am excited for this next semester!


grad school by the numbers | volume 2.5

semesters completed: 2.5 of 4

days of saturday classes: 11

articles read: 31

chapters read: 33

video lectures watched: 22

total pages read: 802

hours of work: 251

papers written: 5

total pages written: 96

presentations: 1

exams taken: 2

cups of coffee consumed: 124

classes taken: 2

length of classes in hours: 3.5

hours of internship: 0

walks around campus: 11

semesters remaining: 2


Monday, August 07, 2017

13 months.


we lived here in our "new city" for 13 months & last week we moved back home a year earlier than originally planned. originally the plan was to be down here for both years of the graduate program, so it would have been 23 months. when i found out that i could finish my second year of classes at the satellite campus and i was offered my top internship pick back home, the opportunity was too good to pass up!

although it's only been a year, this place has started to feel like home. it only took 13 months for the hottest city in the world to capture our hearts despite the heat & humidity. we have our favorite places and our favorite people. our favorites delis and our favorite used bookstores. our favorite parks and hiking trails. our favorite coffee places & cupcakes places. ;) we have our routines, our favorite back roads, our favorite time to go out to the lake and catch the sunset.

i've learned a lot about myself and i have grown. it was nice to have so much space this first year of grad school as i got used to the routine and not having any free time. honestly, i was glad not to have weekend plans because i spent almost every weekend doing school work anyways. it was so nice living close to my internship and summer job, and any store we needed to go to. it was nice living so close to the zoo & having memberships so we could just chill each time we visited.

it is a bit scary to think about moving to a place where no one knows you, but i think it forces you to confront yourself. it allows you to figure out who you are and who you want to be without those other voices telling you who they think you should be. these past 13 months have given me the freedom and space to process through life and what i want moving forward. it has been a nice break from the "should" so i could contemplate the "could" and "would." these past 13 months have been everything i needed them to be. and while i am excited for the next 13 months and everything they hold, i am sad to see this time in this city go. it will always hold a special place in my heart. i will always think of it as our second home.



what is your favorite part of the city you live in?

Friday, August 04, 2017

goodbye apartment life

i don't think i've ever actually posted photos of our apartment on the blog because grad school started shortly after we got settled in and it was hit the ground running. so i figure since we just moved out, now is a good time! these are photos from right when we moved in so things weren't completely set up (ex: most of these photos were taken before we put up curtains), but they were close. i'm glad i took these because i love having photos to remember places by! (although they were taken with a wide angle phone lens so they look like i lived in a fishbowl & the lighting in the apartment was horrible! but they're all i have!) you can also check out the photos of our first house here!

this was the patio off the back side of our apartment. the stains were included for free! ;)

things i will miss about apartment life:
o1; our apartment was bigger than our first house so i will miss having all the space! we will be living with my in-laws for a little while before we buy another house, so we are going from a 3 bedroom apartment to 1 room in the interim.

o2; not having to do yardwork or fix things when they break! holla!

o3; no steps! we were so lucky to be able to have a first floor apartment and it was very nice, especially since our basset has back issues. at the in-laws there are steep steps going into the basement where the bunnies will be staying, so i'll be walking up those every day! but at least they are indoors!

o4; the sunroom! i did a lot of my reading for school in our big comfy chair in the sunroom that was right next to the windows so the natural light was great!

o5; two bathrooms! in our old house we had to share a bathroom, and we will once again be sharing one at my in-laws... but it was so nice to have two sinks, two showers, and two toilets at the apartment!


things i will (most definitely) not miss about apartment life:
o1; all of the stomping and jumping our upstairs neighbors did for hours on end almost every day. (thankfully they moved out at the beginning of the same month we moved out so we did have a peaceful few weeks at the end there!)

o2; never being able to find a parking spot, which is really fun when you've got car full of groceries and there is a monsoon.

o3; having to pick up our dog's poop from the yard. and almost stepping in the piles our courteous neighbors left lying around our patio because they don't follow the rules. 

o4; our internet that couldn't reach through the steel walls of our apartment to the living room.

o5; random fire alarms going off at very inopportune times, and everyone has to vacate the building and wait for the fire department. #neighborbonding


LIVING ROOM

SUNROOM

MASTER SUITE

KITCHEN

GUEST ROOM

LAUNDRY ROOM & GUEST BATH

OFFICE


have you ever lived in an apartment? what were your favorite & least favorite moments?


Wednesday, August 02, 2017

project 12 | July

i love having my years captured month by month and plan to keep up with project 12 this year as i can. it's fun to look back on the details of our year at the end of it, as well as seeing how we change through the photos each month. :)

JULY


HIGHLIGHTS
what a crazy month! working two jobs, taking two accelerated classes, packing our apartment, and moving back home (well, moving in with the in-laws). i am just so amazed at what all this summer has consisted of and that i survived the craziness that was July. my summer job was really busy the last month because we were closing out grants that i had worked on all school year, but it was cool to see it to completion! as of today i am completely finished with both jobs, but i am still in my two summer classes until August 10. (and then the Fall semester starts on August 14, sooooo soon) most of my papers/projects for my summer classes were due in July, which added to the crazyness, so i just have two papers and one exam left! woooo!

we have officially moved all of our stuff into storage and so we just need to set up our room here, but the BIG part of moving is done! yay! it was a lot of work because we had certain things going to my in-laws and certain things going into storage so we had to make sure everything was separated. we moved our animals up the weekend before so we wouldn't have to worry about carting 3 animals around on moving day, plus we needed to clean the apartment before moving out and it's easier to do that when there aren't animals in it! we are settling in though and our basset loves having a big yard to run around in again!

we did get to go to the beach with Thomas's family for an extended weekend for July 4th because i didn't have my saturday class that weekend. i did have to do work for my online class while we were there, but it was nice to at least get out of the routine of home and have a few days off of work! every other weekend of the month was filled with class & packing/moving things, so it was nice to start off the month with a little slower pace! my parents came down the weekend before we moved to help us cart the rabbits and some random furniture to my in-laws. then my in-laws came to stay the weekend we moved to help us pack/clean, so it was nice to have the help 2 weekends in a row and have a little bit of time to rest!

we also had a rather rough month with our basset. she is getting on up there in age and has had some back issues the past year or so. the day my parents brought her back to our apartment after our vacation she had trouble getting up and using her back legs. she got to moving around better but it was up and down on her legs/back for a week. we took her to the vet and they upped her dosage of pain meds back to the original dose and that seemed to help a lot. but she has been going downhill this past year, and while part of me thinks it's due to apartment life, the other part thinks it is just her getting older and everything that comes with that. after losing Finn last year i'm just not ready to go through that again. the average age that bassets live until is 10 years, and she will be 11 in October, so here's to hoping she'll be around for 12 also! 

NOTABLE EVENTS
July 1-4 - beach trip with Thomas's family
July 22 - we moved all our pets to my in-laws (less to keep up with on moving day!)
July 26 - last day at my summer job (& also where i interned last school year)
July 28 - my in-laws came to stay for the weekend & help us finish up packing
July 29 - i had a presentation for my saturday class
July 31 - moving day!


what have you been up to this month?

Monday, July 10, 2017

writing | life lessons


not everyone will be your friend
broken hearts need time to mend
your first chance won't be your last
but the time, it goes too fast

every action i make, i must own
one day we all have to leave home
i'm not the only one growing old
but it all ends well, or so i'm told

forgive and forgive once more
don't close too many doors
travel the world while you can
don't wait around for a man

it's better to say no
than to let frustrations grow
but say yes to that perfect guy
and let your heart touch the sky

give yourself time to grieve
leave if you need to leave
always keep your best friends close
cause they're the ones you need the most

these are the things life teaches me
through teary eyes and bloody knees
through days filled with laughter and grins
through losses and also through wins

yet every scar i have today
has furthered me along the way
to help me grow into me
a fierce lion, a majestic sea



check out other writing posts here!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

engagement session | Emily & Josh


my friend who i met through the graduate program got engaged recently & she asked me if i would do their engagement photos. i was excited and also a little bit nervous because i had never done engagement photos before. the school we go to has a gorgeous campus so we met on campus one night and took photos all around the horseshoe, which is this big grassy area with gorgeous trees. 

i also decided to get crafty & i painted peg dolls for them as a wedding gift and to use in the photoshoot. i am so obsessed with these little peg dolls because they came out super adorable! we got to feature them in the photoshoot and i think it added a nice touch! these two were a super fun couple to photograph and i think they were tired from smiling & laughing so much by the end - which means it was a good time! i think their photos came out so darling & i loved editing this session!