Tuesday, August 21, 2012

first day of school (but not for me)

The husband has 2 classes today. I have zero classes today.
The husband has 1 class tomorrow. I have zero classes tomorrow.
I could go on, but you get the point. No classes!

I am finalizing a paper I've been writing. It's due Monday for review, I hope to present it at a conference. I'm doing this paper because I want to (in an i-don't-want-to sort of way). So while that feels a lot like "schoolwork," it's far cry really. I'm digging it. More on the paper, the job hunt, and this thing they call a "CV" sometime soon. For now I'm pretty happy when my status as Not A Student this fall!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

summer stuff

It's been a while since I posted anything, so I thought I would check in. My summer has been surprisingly busy. Also, a bit stressful, trying to force myself to publish a few topics from my dissertation.

I'm currently writing a shorter unrelated paper to submit to a conference coming up this fall, and hoping that'll get the research-and-writing juices flowing again. (Unlikely--I'll probably just pat myself on the back for doing something, and then continue to procrastinate the dissertation work.)

Some of the other stuff I've been up to... We took a roadtrip to Yellowstone, Beartooth Highway and all that beautiful country back in late June/early July. It was a great time. We saw all the Yellowstone things (including Old Faithful, with every single other person in the park, I swear). On the way home we also saw the smoke from the Tetons fires and others, which was sad to see.

You know that gorgeous photo you always see of Yellowstone, taken from the sky, with the big crater and all the rainbow colors in it? This is that crater, from the ground/boardwalk.

 
If you don't follow me on twitter you may not have seen my haircut, which I mentioned last month and I still love, so I'll throw in this self portrait taken at about 10,000 feet on the Beartooth highway, I believe in Wyoming (or Montana, it crosses back and forth).



I have also been tinkering with Darrel (my bug) a lot and even brought him to a car show in late July. It was in Fargo, which is the farthest I've driven this car (160 miles round trip).

 
Can you see him in the pic below? (Hint, over by the blue tent/awning toward the right.)



I have been a lot more active on twitter and instagram (username: nodakademic) than I have been here, and I think that's how it's going to stay. Blogging served as a great distraction, outlet, and note-space during my degree program but now that I'm done, I just find myself engaged in other things (away from the computer! -crazy).

School starts in 2 weeks. I think that's when the "I'm really done" feeling may hit me--when the husband goes "back to school." I resisted my urge to take a class this fall. (What? Old habits die hard.)