Graduation: Bittersweet. I have discussed this often with Maria, but I need to say it again: I miss Hillsdale. I was very ready to leave in May, but I miss the community of amazing friends and interesting people. Sigh. It was good. Even the bad parts are memorable.
Weddings: At grad school I have been asked if it’s depressing to go to so many weddings. My latest response: “My friends are happy and in love. How is that depressing?" Also, look at these beautiful pictures. And then tell me if weddings are depressing. I have felt blessed at pretty much every wedding I have attended this year (8). And these pictures makes me smile
Pretty Books: Aren’t these beautiful? I bought “The Secret Garden” and “The Wind in the Willows.” Speaking of TWITW, check this out.
Plaid Shirts and Minnetonka Moccasins: I finally found a good plaid shirt. In the boys’ section at Target. I am picky about plaid shirts. I wanted one that was flannel and had real buttons (not snaps) and didn’t have some weird fit (belted, drawstring etc.), and had a nice looking pattern. Also, plaid and moccasins just feel so cozy.
Music: Um, so I am not going to write up a list of my top ten albums of the year. If you want that I recommend this, or this. BUT, I am going to list a few songs/artists I have enjoyed this year. Lungs by Florence and the Machine and High Violet by The National have been playing a lot on my half hour commute to school every day. Also, I have been listening to Forget About Me by Janove Ottesen and this. I really enjoyed Arcade Fire’s new album—The Suburbs. I highly recommend checking out grooveshark.com. And of course I listened to a lot of Fleet Foxes, Iron and Wine, Ryan Adams, Midlake, Bon Iver, and other indie/agrarian rock type bands.
Hiking, Skiing and other Outdoor Activities in Colorado: Okay. So, I have only gone skiing once, but it was fun. I fell a lot, but it was still fun. I did go hiking much more than once. It’s been pretty great living in Colorado, and I plan on a lot more hikes in the future.
Well, this is hardly an exhaustive list, and I guess this blog will in some ways continue the list. In my next post I’d like to write about the lab group I joined. For anyone interested here’s the group website.