Monthly Archives: May 2012

Can’t Wait Until Fall!!!!

Ok, so now that I’m registered for my courses and all set with financial aid, I CAN’T WAIT TO START!!!! I got a postcard in the mail from “Bully” wishing me a happy birthday. The mascot sent me a card!!!! Yes, I realize that he did not send it to me personally, but I still got all warm and fuzzy inside. I’m a University student! While I do already have that first Bachelor’s, it was at a private college and they didn’t even have a football team! So…flipping…excited…

I wish that I could get a job in the field in the meantime. The next three years are going to be tough. I want to completely immerse myself in it, but I’m thinking that isn’t possible. Maybe I could be a gofer at The Weather Channel? Do you hear that Jim Cantore?! How do you take your coffee buddy?!

Well, I guess not. I’ll just hang tight until all falls in to place.

My hubs would like me to work as a meteorologist at ESPN (if they even have their own), and asked me to think of the perks. Ha! Perks for who?! He kills me sometimes…


I’m a bus rider!!!

Today was my very first time, ever, taking public transportation to work. And let me just say that I wish I never had to drive my car again! It was so much more relaxing than merging onto the freeway, just to stop, go, stop, go, all the way into to town. I brought a book, a nice person gave up his seat so that I could sit, and before I knew it we were pulling over, already there!

I’ll enjoy it for the summer while my kids are out of school and I don’t need to drive them in. But I’m going to enjoy every single minute of it for the next twelve weeks! I’m going to get SO MUCH reading done. To that end, can you guys recommend some good summer reading? I would really appreciate it. Yay!!!!


Solar Eclipse 2012

We were lucky enough to witness the solar eclipse yesterday. It was pretty awesome to see. Luckily we have a decent camera and were able to get some photos of it, although not very good ones. Had we a different lens and the proper filter they would have come out much better, but the ones we got are still fun to look at!

Thankfully, no retinas or corneas were hurt in this process…

Solar Eclipse May 20, 2012


My Dormant Brain

Yeah, yeah, I know. Where have I been?! I guess I just haven’t had much to say lately. I’m getting anxious for school to start. I just want to learn! 

Truth be told, I’m just tired of sitting at a desk all day doing the same mundane thing over and over. I honestly think I’ve been dumbed down. I used to be smart. My IQ is impressive. But here I sit, doing the same thing day after day after day. Monotony is not good for me. It makes me lazy. Which brings us right back around to me not blogging! I’ve just been lazy! Oh good, I feel better that I’ve figured that out… 

Julia and Great Great Grandma!

Generation 1 and Generation 5…amazing.

I flew back east a couple of weeks ago to see my family and spend time with my 96 year old great grandmother. I’m always impressed with her. I love listening to her talk about when she was young. She was born in 1916, can you imagine the things she’s witnessed?! I only spent a couple of hours with her, but I’m so glad that I had that time. 

9/11 Memorial

Crystal remembering her friend.

We went intoNew Yorkand visited the 9/11 Memorial. Wow. I did not expectthe emotions that overcame me when we went in. It was overwhelming. The sound of the fountains while looking over all of the names of the victims was surreal somehow. My sister showed me where the name of their friend was on the memorial. It was powerful to see her standing there looking at it. 

Friends

Matt, Chris and Me

The rest of our day in the city is pretty much a blur of walking and drinking. LOTS of drinking. In fact, I couldn’t tell you how much, it was that good of a time! My cousin and her boyfriend met us for dinner and drinks. We also hung out with two of my friends from high school, one of which I hadn’t seen in about 20 years! My dad made the outing and my sister and I were both impressed with his stamina. A 19 hour day is tough enough on the young! 😉 Thank goodness we were able to make our way back to the (correct) train. I don’t think being stranded at Grand Central Station would be a good time… 

The whole trip was just fantastic. Even at the airport on my way there things were interesting. I like to get to the airport early, especially if I’m taking a red eye so I can get a couple glasses of wine in me before boarding (helps me sleep). I was joined by a gentleman who happened to be an astronomer. I’ve never met an astronomer before. I have a meager telescope and have occasionally pulled it out to look at the stars. I can name maybe three constellations and I love watching those Discovery Channel shows on space, but that’s about the extent of my knowledge in that area. We started talking and I brought up the fact that I would be starting my meteorology program in the fall, to which he replied that he studies atmospheres on other planets. What?! How interesting! So now this dormant little brain of mine has been kick started and my gears are once again spinning. I have absolutely no idea if I can apply my degree to anything like studying atmospheres on other planets, but it’s worth looking into! 

I just think everything happens for a reason, that we meet people for a reason, nothing happens by chance. Look back at your life and think of those pivotal moments, and how just one decision, encounter, success or failure had forever changed your path. A simple conversation with my new friend Stan could be one of those moments…


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