Thirty Seems Pretty Sweet

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Today I turn thirty years old, which frankly, isn't as frightening as it sounds. 

I've spent a lot of time lately thinking about this next decade.
Thinking about all the amazing people I've met on this journey so far.
And on who I am today because of all of those people.
All of you people.

So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being you.
And allowing that youness of you to shape the meness of me.
I honestly wouldn't be who I am, or where I am, today without you.

So, here I'll leave you with some bits of wisdom I've accumulated over the years.
There were a million more I thought of after
(like "drink those 8 glasses of water 'they' recommend"
or, "find a reason to laugh every single day, no matter how hard it may seem")
but these are a good bunch to reflect on today. 


And also, my parents deserve the biggest shout out,
and I LOVE YOU, 
that there ever was on the internet ever.

Because?
Well, I really wouldn't be the woman I am today without them.
At all.

So, thanks Mom and Dad.
For everything.

Woah, Hello There Blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Well, it seems to have been quite a while since I posted last!

I'd like to say that's because life has been far too exciting to sit down and write a post, but it's more the opposite. I am busy all the time with this PhD program, but it's a pretty boring and sedentary life for me these days.

I am reading a lot. Which is cool - my book numbers are through the roof. But not any books for fun. They're all for school. My Goodreads account is starting to look a lot more academic these days. I did manage to read read one book for fun (the last Heroes of Olympus book) at Christmas, but that's about it for the past few months. I am trying to work on that - I miss my books.

I'm going to try and go back and write all the reviews I didn't get to - maybe that will get me back into blogging. Or at least be a productive waste of time unlike all my other technological outlets that distract me from my work.

In any case, life in Montreal is pretty beautiful. I may not have explored the city as much as I would have liked to over the months I've been here. But what I have seen I have loved.

But, you guys? Winter here is no!joke! We may not have a lot of snow up here yet (Juno missed us completely!) - but the temperatures are more than making up for that. We're talking nights where the "feels like" temperature is around -30F. Which is just crazy talk. Next time I move I'm going south. I need the sun back in my life.

So, here are a few pictures of life lately, and a potential-promise to be back round these parts more. I've missed you guys!

This was after the first snowfall in Quebec.
I was so naive about the cold back then....

Campus under it's first real snowfall of the year.

It was about 9 degrees out.
So obviously I needed a photo with the cow sculpture.

Phoenix misses me a lot when I'm gone.
Can you tell?

Oh, just DESSERT PIZZA
at my favorite chocolate place in town.

Because I don't get enough of the MA in my daily life...


When Technology Gods Strike

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

You guys?

Grad school is exhausting.

Actually physically and mentally exhausting.

All the time.

Sometime soon I plan on sitting down and writing a real post where I outline what the next year entails for me in this PhD program (short version: 200 books read by next June or September, depending on how fast I read) and what that has meant for my daily life (short version: bed around midnight, up by 7).

Honestly, I am going to make some time for the update of all updates.

But, for now?

For now I need a moment to vent. Serious venting. Something that I rarely (if ever?) do, but right now I'm so past frustrated at the technology gods. So, venting is necessary.

Because?

So, I'm in the middle of writing a grant application - you know, so I can afford to live in a city on my own for the next few years. And it has been eating up all of my time and brain power (seriously, I am pretty sure I go to bed every night in some state of brain-dead-mush) and every last bit of emotional sanity I have left.

These things are not for the faint of heart my friends!

And tonight all of my iProducts decide they NEED!TO!BE!UPDATED! Because, you know Apple recently updated everything to do with their products (except for their desktops, we have to wait a few months for the update for that which in itself is causing me tremendous heartbreak - apparently you lose the ability to sync between a desktop and your other devices until that new software is on your computer. So now I can't integrate all my devices like I was able to prior to the updates. UGH!).

So, the iPhone, the iPad, and the desktop all decide to do their thing. And in the process my iPad decides it wants to play some sort of awful game and deletes everything out of my Pages folder. Including this one document I had been slaving away over for a few hours.

Fortunately everything else was backed up a bazillion places, but this document hadn't uploaded to the cloud yet because of the mass electronics updates going on Chez Courtney. So, yes it could have been a lot worse if I had lost all my PhD work so far - so, thank God for that one.

But still! That one document? It's the one that has been causing me the most stress. And I had to start from scratch. After having it almost to complete perfection. So I've spent the last few hours rewriting it and trying not to dissolve in a mess of sloppy, ugly tears over what could have been a much bigger catastrophe.

If you're wondering, that document is done - and probably a whole lot better than the one I had lost was going to be. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself now. Because otherwise I would be a whole lot more grumpy than I was.

If y'all need me you can find me curled up in a ball taking deep breaths and a  nap (or eight).

Technology, guys.

Seriously.

Most of the time I love it, but right now I'm ready to retreat into a hermitage in the woods where all I need is the sunshine and a cup of coffee.

How are you guys all doing on the technological front?