Archive for January 4th, 2012

long time no see

Wow, I am embarrassed by how long it has been since I have posted on here. It doesn’t seem like much has happened since then but I did finish my first semester of grad school which feels pretty good (and is also what I will blame for my lack of posting). The end of the semester happened something like this…


… with lots of books (I can’t actually tell you how many because I stopped counting for my own sanity), some writing (including a paper that I am pretty proud of), a research proposal (which I will be formally submitting soon), and a stomach virus that pretty much knocked me out for a week. I came out of it all alive though and I am sitting at home waiting for my family to get back from their various commitments. 

I think the best way to recap my time at home is through pictures, mostly because I am sick and my brain doesn’t feel like crafting sentences.

I made it home just in time for the wedding of my neighbor’s son which was a blast. My family was clearly the life of the party and we looked pretty good doin’ what we do. 


The week before Christmas I kicked my butt into gear and helped with grocery shopping (with cute grandma in tow), baked Christmas cookies with a good friend, and made homemade butter (and scones the next morning with the buttermilk). 


Per usual, my family drove me to drink with wonderful martinis, really good beer, scotch, and various mixed drinks made by my father. Don’t worry, we are not drunks I swear, we just like to have a good time…


To top it all off, I have unwittingly been holding a blanket hostage (out of courtesy the owner shall not be named…) and I spent quality time with some great friends. 

ImageWell, that is pretty much my life in a nutshell. On Friday I am heading up to the mountain with my family for a weekend snowshoe adventure–one last hurrah before I head back to the eastern time zone. Other than all this stuff, I have been reading and knitting a ton. I just finished my mom’s Christmas sweater today while watching Vision, a movie about Hildegard of Bingen. It was a great reminder of the passion that drove me to where I am today. With that, I will leave you with a quote from Hildegard herself. 

There was once a king sitting on his throne. Around him stood great and wonderfully beautiful columns ornamented with ivory, bearing the banners of the king with great honour. Then it pleased the king to raise a small feather from the ground, and he commanded it to fly. The feather flew, not because of anything in itself but because the air bore it along. Thus am I… a feather on the breath of God.

Instead of a New Years resolution, I think I will just keep this close in the year to come.


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