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Hello, stranger: A fall semester round-up

7 Jan

While this very well may have been the biggest break I’ve taken since I started this blog, rest assured that there is a story behind my absence. The story of a Ph.D. student struggling to stay on top of her classes and keep up on sleep while maintaining a small semblance of a social life. That being said — I wanted to update everyone on some of the greater happenings of this semester.

I’ll start by saying that Ohio University has been very good to me. My fall semester consisted of Introduction to Graduate Study, a journalism teaching seminar, Research Methods, Mass Communication Theory, Ethics, Internet and Society, and Thursday night bull-sessions at Jackie O’s.

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Home for the Holidays: Athens, Ohio, Dec. 21-Dec. 28

19 Jan

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope the holidays were as good to you as they were to me.

This year Addam and I were fortunate enough to spend Christmas with his family in Athens, Ohio — whom we saw at the wedding in August but have missed every day since.

After waking up and packing up our last-minute necessities on Wednesday morning, Addam and I headed to the bus stop by our house and set out for Miami International Airport.

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Fall festivities in the MIA

28 Nov

Happy holidays, everyone! I hope everyone had an amazing, and filling, Thanksgiving.

Now that Christmas is right around the corner I thought that it was finally time to update everyone on my fall festivities. I’ve been really busy with work, so I hope you’ll forgive me for being a little behind.

Miami Today had its annual Halloween party last month, and Jean went all out this year. She covered all our break room windows in black garbage bags, set up flashing white lights and drowned the place in cobwebs.

Since our party fell on Halloween day a few people dressed up for the occasion. We had a couple of witches, a doctor, an inmate, a hippie, a knight and a ghost – all of which looked absolutely fabulous. I couldn’t get a costume together with enough time to dress up, but I did get to rock one of my old Rocky Horror Picture Show shirts, and that’s always fun.

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Palm tree Christmas

26 Dec
I wasn’t going to post today, because I really don’t have much to report, but I figured that there are a select number of you out there who were wondering how I spent my holiday. I’m going to apologize ahead of time — I didn’t do anything fun or exciting. It was really a bit of a throw-away day for me, so I’m going to keep this as short as possible.
I was off of work on Friday, but I didn’t really do much of anything besides sleep.  Addam was off too, so he rented a couple of movies. We spent the day watching The Other Guys, which was insanely funny, especially if you get down on Mark Wahlberg, and some straight-to-DVD movie about the Manson Family, which was really….strange. (We’re not psychos, but Addam and I have a sick fascination with true murder-mystery stories. The Manson Family, Amityville, that sort of thing.)
Other than that, Addam and I really didn’t get into much. I know that toward the end of the night he wanted to open stockings, but I had already opened mine weeks ago so that was pretty anti-climatic. Yoga seemed to enjoy the toys and treats she got, and after the girl had a few bites of dog-friendly peanut butter cookies we all headed to bed.
Saturday was Christmas, but it definitely didn’t feel like it.  After three weekends with Steve, Judy, Dave, Emily and Ryan, it was hard spending the holiday alone. And we were really, really alone. No one stopped by, and we didn’t go visit anyone either. (We’d been invited to some Christmas Eve cookout but didn’t go because it was over an hour away, and neither one of us felt liking bussing it.)
We opened gifts, but again, I had opened most of mine weeks ago, so there were only a couple of things for me to unwrap. Addam and my big gift for the year was getting our wedding location set, so we spent a little bit of time planning our next big steps. (AKA — reception, food, chairs, tables, music). Other than that we spent the day watching Home Alone 2 and taking Yoga on a walk through the park.
After a long nap Addam and I biked half-way across the bridge to Miami Beach and filled up on chinese buffet. (God bless chinese food — it was literally the only place open, and Addam and I had absolutely nothing in the apartment to eat.) Not your typical Christmas, but not…terrible, I guess. I mean. I got to eat, even if I did feel way too full after.
Today’s also been pretty low-key. Addam went to work around 1 p.m., and I spent the rest of the day watching wedding movies on TV. Apparently everyone gets engaged over the holidays, because it seems like as soon as the Christmas movies end, the wedding ones start. I’ve watched Made of Honor, Monster-In-Law and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Ok, ok, so the last one isn’t a wedding movie, but after the weekend I’ve had I could use a good laugh.
“Do they still make wooden Christmas Trees?” — Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts.