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Jun. 23rd, 2008 | 09:44 pm

So I spent my summer so far doing:


















but from now on will be:



for the bone saw I assume...




so I don't get guts on me...




required texts




borrowed texts(so grateful!!) which brings the grand total to 8, if anyone was counting





for clinical in the fall


yikes. I'm a grad student. Only ~$700 poorer for supplies and ~$1100 poorer for housing.

Now I just need to clean and pack before Wednesday afternoon(I should be doing that instead of updating). Wednesday is a BBQ, Thursday is orientation, and Friday is our first official day.

Wish me luck(anything lower than a B is failing...) and think of me when you're on the beach!

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Mar. 13th, 2008 | 11:34 am

I needed this week so badly.

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A few things for anyone who might actually still read this:
1. I am in desperate need of 1920s and 1970s clothing. Let me know if you have any, or ideas of where I can get some.

2. I am trying to plan a day to get some AB kids together who are either on spring break or in Boston. We are tentatively thinking Wednesday for lunch(12:30 or 12:45ish) close to northeastern(au bon pain?). I've talked to Gina, Beth and Peter(though not recently- are you still interested) and would love for anyone else who's around to join us. Let me know!

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Mar. 2nd, 2008 | 01:50 pm

This semester has been completely crazy- just one more week till spring break.

My days have been super long- Mondays go 9-4:30 currently, but if I start going to the PT place Monday nights it will probably be 9-6:30. Tuesdays vary, but I've had a couple 10am-9:15pm days recently- another one this week. Wednesdays are 9am-10pm ending with four hours of dance, so that's fun. Thursdays vary too, but typically(and this week included) are 7:30am-10pm ending with three hours of dance, so again, fun. Fridays are a little shorter 9-6, so that's not too bad.

Between classes, work at the daycare, observing at a PT office, bio and PT liaison meetings, SGA meetings, and 10 hours a week of dance there's not much time for slowing down(or eating, sleeping, breathing, etc.) My crazy roommate is busier than I am though, so that's fine.

Updates:
Classes are all good, all harder than I expected. I'm hoping to maintain my GPA one more semester(because once I start the grad program its definitely shot to hell) but we'll have to see.

Dance has been a mixed bag. Hopefully everything will come together in the end. I'm feeling lukewarm about most of my dances this semester, but I'm sure they'll get better. I'm definitely not excited about how much costumes will likely cost.

I am crazy in love with my observations at the Physical Therapy office- I am so so so excited about starting the grad program and being a PT. I almost wasn't sure and I have loved every single second of my 6(ish) hours there so far. I can't wait. I really feel like I can do this and be completely happy for the rest of my life.

Bio liaison has been busy this semester- we just became a charter member of the National Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society which is a huge deal but a lot of work. The ceremony was on Friday and I helped to plan it- I think it went really well- we were all very happy. :) Aaaaand I'm going to be the historian so I get to make a scrapbook and work on the website and such. Very fun.

The ABDC girls have been to a couple competitions with the tap dance I choreographed for them and they have done such an amazing job. I'm wicked proud of them and love the way the dance turned out. I chaperoned last night in the hotel they stayed at and had a lot of fun. They are all super cute and I really miss ABDC being a consistent part of my life.

Dan and I are good- three years coming up next week, I can hardly believe it. If anyone has good anniversary present ideas, let me know! :)We are trying to plan a trip to Disney with Katie and Alissa in May after classes end- I really hope it works because omgsomuchfun.


I'll be home Mar 10-14 for spring break so if anyone is around, we should plan dates!

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Feb. 5th, 2008 | 11:00 am

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Jan. 29th, 2008 | 11:26 am

Classes at Simmons started less than a week ago and life is already completely crazy. It looks like this is going to be a good semester though.

I'm taking a course on The Bible at Emmanuel with the same professor I had last semester for Catholic Theology. I really like him and the class seems really interesting so far. We have a big research paper due at the end of the semester- the exegesis of a biblical pericope- but I chose a good passage(John 7:53-8:11) and we don't have a final(!)

I'm taking a class at Wheelock this semester too(I'm all about the cross-registering)- Infant and Toddler Behavior and Development. I like the professor and love the material. There's a crazy amount of writing and reading involved(4 papers and a huge group project where we need to put together a 15 page guide for parents) but again, no final exam.

I'm finishing off my PT pre-reqs with 2 science classes at Simmons too. Physics is going to be much much worse than last semester(totally unapplicable to PT) but I like the professor so far. As of now the final exam is scheduled for 6pm(the last time) on the last day of finals. I hate Simmons.

Exercise Phys is my 4th class and it is going to be amazing. I'm completely obsessed with Professor Lite and the material looks really interesting. That class also doesn't have a final, but a big research project. I've been looking up articles already and I'm definitely going to do something about dance in relation to exercise phys. Kind of really excited actually.

Working at the daycare, but they keep screwing me over. I miss my daycare at home. I might be tutoring as well, but I'm not giving tours anymore(craziness last semester).

Dance is going to be good I think- a couple of our girls who were abroad last semester are back so that's happy. I'm not choreographing for tap for the first time- I'm a little sad but definitely did not need that stress this semester. Modern/lyrical/COF should all be good too. We really need to have some logistics discussions though as the simmons team gets bigger...its just not working like it used to.

My New Years Resolutions are as follows:
1. No drama. the end.
2. Have more fun/ be more social. I failed on this one once already, but I'm recommitted.
3. Get more independant.
4. Be more politically aware. I've been doing good on this one! I've read a bunch of articles to figure out who to vote for, and I even watched the State of the Union last night(*less than 1 year, less than 1 year, less than 1 year...*)
5. Eliminate butter from my diet. Weird heart things= no more butter. Just in case.


I'm totally stressed about my living arrangements for summer/next year. In short:
Sublet? On-campus? Money, time, location, roommates...
Apartment? On-campus? Money, location, RA, guilt, love, trip, indecisive, effort, fun, roommates, options, parents...
Too much to think and worry about.

That's all for now I guess. I'm going to try to update more, but I always say that and I never do so we'll see. Super excited for Brigadoon and the competition this weekend! Oh, and my sister is going to Westfield officially! yay! So cute.

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Jan. 3rd, 2008 | 10:42 pm

While it is not the most well-written article, I have been contemplating the basic premise for a while now.
http://www.townhall.com/columnists/JohnHanlon/2007/11/23/barack_obama,_deval_patrick_and_a_$46,000_cadillac

My inexperienced and media-influenced eyes and ears have been taking note of the similarities between Obama and Deval Patrick. I haven't been overly impressed by Patrick in the past year.

Comments? I would love to hear from anyone who is more politically savvy and informed than I am.

Oh, and here's another:
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/04/16/patrick_obama_campaigns_share_language_of_hope/

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Dec. 27th, 2007 | 10:59 am

This is only my ninth update in the entirety of 2007. I used to update 9 times in one week… I probably should just give up on writing in my lj, but I’ve had it so long I can’t give up on it entirely. I started writing a crazy long entry(when its been 4 months, what else can you do?) but it was waay too much effort. Here's what I hope will be a reader's digest version, mostly for my own memory.

This semester didn't end up being as crazy busy as it started out.
Classes-
Biomedical Ethics: dropped it- I love the subject(the biomedical part), but hate philosophical theory desperately.
Intro to Catholic Theology: So interesting. I learned so much and I really liked the professor.
Health Psychology: relatively boring and kind of useless, but not too painful.
Physics: Much better than I expected- our professor ended up being hysterical ("none of you know what this is, but sometimes men use this"- in reference to a wrench)and it was much more related to PT than I thought it would be.
Personal Finance: I learned absolutely nothing from the professor, but soooo much from the class. Read a great book, got so many ideas, and made a plan to achieve my personal financial goals(aka not live in a box due to my student loans)

Next semester I'm taking-
The Bible: Same professor as my theology class- not the class I was most interested in taking, but hopefully it will be interesting
Physics II: Definitely won't be as applicable as Physics I. I hate circuits.
Exercise Physiology: So excited. Professor Lite is awesome and I've heard such good things about the class.
Infant and Toddler Behavior and Development: I'm taking it at Wheelock and I think its going to be so interesting and applicable to PT stuff too.

After that, I'm done with undergrad- this summer I start the grad program with Gross Anatomy (we get to use the cadaver lab at Harvard Med!). I'm so nervous about the class, but so excited. I cannot wait to start the real PT program. I still have to figure out where I'm going to live, but I'm trying not to stress about it.

My living situation has been pretty awesome so far this year. My dorm room is super cute and Kaitie has been an awesome roommate. Things are still up in the air for next year, but I'll almost definitely be on campus again- I calculated apartment start-up costs for my finance class and there's no way I can afford it right now.

I thought I was going to have like a zillion jobs this semester but most of them didn't end up working out.
--The daycare I'm working at in Boston has been okay, but nothing like the one here at home- definitely not as good. But, I was able to work enough to get my daycare teacher certification(yay!) so I sent the papers in and I'm just waiting to hear back.
--I don't think I'll be doing tours anymore...Kaitie and I both had a rough time this semester. I've loved doing it in the past but I just don't think its worth it any more.
--Teaching FYE this semester was awesome- I had a great time with Erin and a fabulous class- I'm a little sad not to be doing it anymore.
--I didn't end up tutoring, and the bookstore had hired too many people so I stopped doing that in October.

I still haven't done my PT observation hours...I really need to get on that ASAP. yikes.

Dance has been mostly amazing this semester-
I'm teaching the competition team at ABDC a tap dance and they look awesome and I'm really happy with it so far.
The COF dance team had a sucky choreographer but I love love love the girls that do it. Next semester it should be better.
The Simmons Dance team has been pretty good- we really missed all the girls that were gone this semester but we got a super good group of new girls. I choreographed for the tap team and I'm really happy with how it turned out. You can watch that and all the other dances on facebook.

Dan and I have been good- nothing new or exciting on that front. As far as I know, we don't have any plans for New Years though, any ideas?


My Christmas was wonderful, and I hope everyone else had/is having wonderful holidays as well. My big present was some anatomy coloring books/study guides and flash cards- I was very excited. :) Enjoy the rest of your vacations! I'll be in Acton until probably the 21st so I hope to see everyone!

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Aug. 13th, 2007 | 07:17 pm
location: my couch!
music: the tv- so you think you can dance

I don’t even know where to begin with this update. There’s not a ton to say because this summer has been relatively uneventful, but it has been forever since I’ve updated.

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Besides that I’ve done basically nothing. Except work. A zillion hours a week. I love love love my kids though- ask me to see pictures of them. Or to tell you stories about them. They are soo cute. I’m really going to miss them when I have to go back to Simmons. Actually, last semester I missed being around kids so much that I decided to apply to a couple daycares in Boston. Hopefully something will work out and I can get 12 hours a week because then in 2 more months I can get certified as a daycare teacher, so that would be good.

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In other news things with Dan are good I think. I’m not sure, since I never see him anymore. Before he got a job he worked a zillion hours a day on his boat(which turned out waaay nicer than I expected-look at pics on facebook- I’m super proud of him- you can’t even tell that its “homemade”). And now he works 12-7(or 7:30, or 8) 6 days a week in tyngsborough, which is 35 minutes away. I’m really happy he got a job, and really really happy that he likes it there and “sees potential” in the place, but sad that I never get to see him.

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Other things I’m excited for:
Simmons sisters- I got assigned as a “mentor” for an incoming freshman, Gaby. She seems really nice and I think its going to be fun!
Living in Arnold Hall- I think its going to be a lot nicer than Simmons or Mesick halls- I’m excited to move in and set up and decorate. Plus I think Kaitie is going to be a great roommate so that’s good too.
Visiting Katie and Alissa and Kristy in their apartments. I’m hoping we have lots of fancy dinner parties.

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I go back to school Aug. 26th- let me know if you want to hang out before then!

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Jul. 21st, 2007 | 04:43 pm

I couldn't have asked for anything more.

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Jun. 3rd, 2007 | 01:37 pm

I've been home for the summer for a few weeks now so I felt like I should probably update.

Since I've been home I've worked over 100 hours at the daycare and got an actual paycheck, as opposed to the $16 ones I'm used to from simmons. I absolutely love the kids I'm working with (between 1 and 2 years old) and despite the fact that I am completely exhausted all the time, I think its going to work out quite well :). I have lots of cute stories about my kids- if you see me and are interested, definitely ask! My goal is to make more than $3500 and I think that just might be do-able.

The end of the semester at simmons was relatively tame- I only had one real final, so that was good. More excitingly, I got to meet my A+P professor's son who was incredibly adorable. I also somehow managed to maintain my 4.0 gpa(thanks ABRHS!) though I wish it would encourage simmons to give me more money.

The ABDC recital was only a couple days after I got home and between the rehearsals on thursday and friday and 2 shows on saturday I was at the high school for a total of almost 24 hours. I miss being a part of that a lot, but the girls in the show were absolutely incredible. I'm amazed by how excellent they have gotten. I plan on stealing some of the choreo ideas when we get the dvd- they were really excellent.

I missed one of the recitals(the 11am) for the first time since I started at abdc 12 years ago in order to attend Dan's graduation. He finished his one year marine technology certification program at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology(BFIT) and I am so proud of him. The actual ceremony was waaay too long, but it was wicked exciting to see him graduate. As soon as his flaky teacher gets his act together, Dan will start his internship at a marina in the city. Until then he's working on building a boat- I thought the pictures were kind of ugly, but now that he's almost finished, it looks absolutely awesome.

I visited relay for life last night and it seemed like it was a lot of fun for everyone participating- it was really good to see a lot of people I haven't seen in a while.

I don't have many plans for the summer besides work. I'm super excited for orientation at simmons- I will be gone doing that from June 14th till the 22nd I think. I'm hoping to go up to Lake George at some point(hopefully around the fourth of july, but it will depend on dan's work schedule). Hopefully all my simmons girls will be able to get together a few times this summer. I also want to do a lot of pleasure reading- reccomendations? As I read books I'll try to post about ones I like here, in case anyone is interested. As of now, just read any jodi picoult book ever written(though some are better than others). I really need to take dance classes as well- I'm hoping to do a bunch at the studio that are being offered(I'm teaching one of them!!) and maybe go into the city if I can find a time that works.

One last request of my lovely lj friends. Dan and I have been getting bored with just hanging out- any other ideas for things we can do, preferably free-ish and around acton? Neither of us has ample amounts of free time- any ideas would be great :)

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