Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Daily Priorities

1. Weekly Briefing Report
2. Russian Political/Legal Feasibility (1 page)
3. Gym
4. Clean Bathroom
5. Mani/Pedi

Monday, March 30, 2009

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"For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move."
Robert Louis Stevenson

Daily Priorities

1. MKT 456 Case 3-4 (1 page)
2. Russian political/legal feasibility (1 page)
3. 7 Habits Paper
4. Put gas in car
5. Pay AT&T bill

Monday, March 23, 2009

Cardiff

Yesterday, Jess and I spent the day in Cardiff with her boyfriend Jakob and a bunch of his friends from school. Hanging out with a bunch of German boys for the day was quite fun(ny). We took a tour of Cardiff Castle which was absolutely beautiful! The 3rd Marquis of Butte (in Scotland) resided there and had the entire thing completely remodeled in a medieval form. It was very detailed, ornate, and highly symbolic. It was really amazing--I'm glad that we took some time out to do that!

Well, right now, Jess and I are hanging out in the London-Stansted airport waiting to board our flight to Glasgow. From there, we are going to take a train/bus over to Edinburgh where we will spend 2 nights before we head back to Glasgow for the day! I can't wait to see the Edinburgh Castle--it's supposed to be really amazing!

I'm also really excited to go to Oxford after our Scotland adventure!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Bath

Today Jess and I arrived in Bath! We walked around the entire town (which doesn't take long at all). We saw 25 Gay Street which was one of Jane Austen's residences in Bath : ) We also went to the Fashion Museum which showcases 400 years of fashion. It was really cool--we had an audio tour that told us all about the different fashions and the history behind them.

Tomorrow we are going to go see the famed Roman baths and the Abbey, then do a little walking tour of the town before we hop on a train to Newport, Wales where we will spend one night, then another night in London before we fly off to Glasgow on Monday morning!

London

Jess and I spent all day yesterday in London! We walked all over the city and hit all of the big sites--heard Big Ben chime a few times, saw Westminster Abbey, the houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Picadilly Circus, walked through St. James Park to Buckingham Palace, and took pictures with a statue of Churchill : ) We also got to see the show Chicago in the West End which was AMAZING! I had forgotten how much I love the theater! We took all kinds of great pictures--I'm going to have to wait until I get home to post pictures to correspond with these posts.

London is a really amazing city! Jen--I bought one of those little telephone booth banks! : )

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cambridge

It was so good to see Jessie again! We stayed up chatting late like we always do--it felt like we were just hanging out back home again. Today, I spent the day chilling in Oxford. I walked around the town and saw all of the beautiful old colleges and little shops. I felt like I'd stepped into a Harry Potter film set : ) Jessie took me to dinner at some place called Wagamama or something like that where we ate Pan-Asian food. It was pretty good--I love noodles lately. Then we went to La Raza where Jess knows the manager, and he gave us the VIP treatment and made custom drinks for us for FREE! Not too shabby--and he was an AMAZING bartender!

I got held captive in conversation at Starbuck's with some professor who told me not to visit Stratford and then told me why. I got a lecture on how certain we are that Shakespeare did not write all of the plays--that there are books out on how a woman may have written some of them (the Dark Lady) and how he can't buy any of the books in the U.K. and can't even always find them online from the U.S. He felt that it was censorship--apparently, the UK is trying to cover up the fact that Shakespeare may not have written all of the plays... : ) I'm actually going to try to find that book--sounds interesting : )

Well, I need to go pack my bag. Tomorrow Jess and I are heading out for a week. We're spending a day in London, a day in Bath, one night in Newport in Wales, then 2 nights in Edinburgh, then a day in Oxford. Then, I'll spend another day in Cambridge before I fly home. This week is going to fly by...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

If you ever get the chance, you really must go to Dublin for St. Patrick's Day! I went to the parade today and stood just before the O'Connell Street Bridge. Oh my gosh--so much fun! I can't wait til I get a chance to post some picture so that you guys can see what I've been up to.

Last night I went out with my roommate, Gina, and we met up with some Scottish boys at a pub. We could only understand about 70% of what they were saying, but they were lively and we had a lot of fun hanging out with them! They even walked us back to our hostel because they didn't think it was right for women to be walking around alone : ) One of them looked almost exactly like Prince Harry : )

This last hostel that I stayed at was really cool--Jess, you should stay there when you go to Dublin! Well, I've got to go through security--talk to you next time from Cambridge!

Monday, March 16, 2009

P.S.

I miss my mom : )

Dublin Pt. 3

My roomies last night at Abigail's were great--we had so much fun hanging out in the room together! I'll post the group photo later when I get a chance to download some of the pictures off of my camera. When I was checking into my new hostel this morning (Marlborough), I met a girl from Las Vegas and we ended up hanging out all day. We bought a family day pass for the DART and rode it out to Howth, M(can't remember right now) Castle, and Bray. Howth was the perfect little Irish fishing village, and we had a lot of fun just walking around taking pictures. The castle was gorgeous--we felt like we had just stepped into one of Grimm's fairy tales. I can see where all of the druids and leprechauns came from in Ireland.

Right now, I am exhausted--I had so much fun last night, and I don't really feel like going out tonight. I'll probably have one drink and head home to hit the hay early. I want to watch some of the parade and stuff tomorrow, then I'll head over to the airport and see if I can't get onto one of the earlier flights to London-Stansted so that I can finally see Jessie! Yay--I can't wait!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Dublin Pt. 2

Fun! I met up with some medical students from the U.S. at my hotel this morning, and I ended up hanging out with them all day. We walked around and went to Christ Church and St. Patrick's Cathedrals this morning, Trinity College, and we also hit up the Jameson Distillery. Then, we went to Temple Bar tonight and went to some really amazing Irish pubs with live music. We even got some Irish dancing lessons. So far, I am really loving Dublin : ) Now I am at my hostel (Abigail's right on Aston Quay on the river) and I am going to sleep until I wake up : )

Dublin

Well, I've arrived safely and survived my first night in Dublin. I slept like a rock even though housekeeping left something to be desired (there was a pair of boxers behind the door and the toilet wasn't flushed in my bathroom). Oh well--on to the next place. I'm kind of tired of being by myself, so I think that I may try to fly out of here a day early. I think I'm going to try to go to the Guinness plant today. I'll update you guys later!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Not really worth it

So, I decided to leave Gatwick so late because I got a ticket for £6. Right now, I wish I would have paid the £25 or whatever the earlier flights were because I am hitting a wall. I need some sleep.

Mom, I've landed safely in LGW : )

I have a really cool picture to post here that I'll upload late tonight when I have some downtime in my hotel in Dublin. I just paid £3 for an hour of Internet access (I miss America already, where airports have free wireless Internet access). I had no idea how isolated I would feel without having my phone.

My flights all went well. I had to run through the Phoenix airport as my second flight started boarding before my first flight landed : ) The flight from Philadelphia was nice--I got about 2 hours of sleep and got to watch The Express about Ernie Davis who played football for Syracuse and became the first black man to win the Heisman trophy. The lady sitting next to me was from Rome and graduated from RFA 5 years before my dad did. What a small world it is!

Mom, you can rest assured--I have arrived in London safely. I think that I might hop on a train since I have about a 12 hour layover here at Gatwick. I have no real motivation to do that right now as all that I really want to do is take a shower and then a nap...

Friday, March 13, 2009

Ready or not, here I go!

Well, I have finally finished my list (for the most part). I am hitting the hay and getting up in a few hours and getting on a plane! Yay! So excited!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

1 Day!!!

And I am not even close to being ready! Oh well--I guess I'm not worried about my homework because I have 19 hours of flight time in which to work on it, and most of my professors don't seem too concerned about when I turn stuff in regardless. The only thing that I really want to get done before I go is my web site because I need to use DreamWeaver to create it. That shouldn't take more than an hour if I just get to it. I made my packing list, so packing should go quickly after I run a quick load of laundry. Overall, I don't feel that I'm in too bad of shape. Who needs sleep anyway (perhaps this is why I keep getting sick...)

I am feeling about 85% better today--thank God for penicillin!
“The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.”
Margaret Atwood

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sick Day

I just got home from the campus health center. I have strep throat. So, I have been ordered to stay home for the day which is fine by me as I feel that I might pass out from the pain : ( I intend to stay in bed and watch movies via Netflix on my laptop in between naps all day : )

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Before I Leave:

I must do these things:

1. Work: finish Bridge Inspection Report notes from 2/2/09, 2/3/09, and 2/4/09
2. Homework: MGT 496 Robin Hood Case Study, MGT 496 BSG Decisions with team, MGT 462 Habit Four essay, IS 301 web site
3. Pack
4. Print out all flight/hostel/hotel reservation confirmations for Dublin
5. Buy set of little bottles at Bed Bath & Beyond
6. Converter for electronics?
7. Charge mp3 player and load it up
8. Delete old photos off of camera
9. Renew library books
10. Register trip with the Department of State
11. Get Jessie's addresses
12. Send itineraries to mom & dad : )

Monday, March 9, 2009

Case of the Mondays

After a fun weekend, I woke up this morning to 3 inches of completely unexpected snow which is lovely, but it took me over half an hour to get to work this morning. Also, the heater in our office is right above my desk and all morning it's been sounding like it's just going to rattle right out of the ceiling. We all have headaches... : (

Friday, March 6, 2009

Birthday Lunch

Aww...my co-worker and friend Kathy took me to BJ's for a Birthday lunch today. I am full...

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Weekend To Do List

1. Laundry
2. File Taxes
3. File FAFSA
4. Homework
5. Birthday Party!
6. Packing List
7. Start Packing!
8. List of Things to Get Done Before the 13th!
9. Hanging flower baskets from Mom
10. Cleaning
11. Library
12. Organize/Weed Dresser Drawers

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

"The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them."

Thoreau

Here's to never settling on that woodshed.

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I'm pretty sure that this ad has everthing to do with my love for balloons right now.
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I've been wanting to post some of these picture for awhile, and what better day than today?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

"It's raining, it's pouring..."

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It is pouring rain outside. Such unusual weather for Reno except that it's also supposed to snow 6 inches tonight...That's okay--we need the moisture!
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"Look at us, said the violets blooming at her feet, all last winter we slept in the seeming death but at the right time God awakened us, and here we
are to comfort you."
Edward Payson Rod

Why oh why...

...am I so good at procrastinating?

Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.”
Dr. Seuss

Spring Fever

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I've been feeling a very strong need to express myself creatively lately. I want to take a ballet class, a photography class, get back on a piano regularly, sew, paint, sketch, write...I want to plant bright flowers in the dead pots on my patio and hang up my little Chinese lanterns. Everything is art, after all, isn't it? Maybe it's just Spring Fever, but I feel like I need some more artistic endeavors in my life right now.

This old thing?

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This photograph has caught my eye several times while browsing Apartment Therapy. I love everything about this space--the texture of the walls, the step stool up to the door that leads out to a small patio, the missing brick in the wall, the bright colours contrasted against the old white, the plants, the windows. I don't ever want to live in a new space. Old spaces are so charming and quirky--they have character.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

S/S 09 : Burberry

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I love everything about this campaign: muted colours, textures, chunky necklaces...

Sunday Afternoon Bird Watching

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"We are in the midst of a phase of history in which nations will be redefined and their futures fundamentally altered."
Rupert Murdoch