My Brain Hurts

I have been running stats for my dissertation all day. And by all day I mean ALL DAY. It has been exhausting and confusing and I hope to god I've actually run everything I needed to. If I have to come back to the stats lab at UNC to do anything else, it might push me over the edge. When am I going to graduate? When?!

On a brighter note, my wonderful sister purchased my plane ticket for me to visit her in South Korea in March. I can't wait to see her. By that time, I should be Dr. P. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I am able to tour Asia without a care in the world in four months or less...


Super Senior

I'm at UNC today, so that I can run my stats for my dissertation. For those of you who haven't been up-to-date on the never ending dissertation saga, yes, I am in the home stretch. And I'm starting the home stretch way too early in the day. Working in the public schools, I'm programmed to think that you always have to arrive in the morning at 7:00 a.m. so, of course, I'm here before the stats lab is even open. So here I am blogging.

Being here is kind of a weird feeling. Even though I'm technically still a student, since the dissertation has been a slow process, it's been almost two and a half years since I actually took any college classes. And, now that I'm back, I feel OLD. Of course, grad students are old by definition but, seriously, after having been out working, I feel really out of place. And kind of nostalgic. There's something really fun about being a student--a full time student--that I miss. I miss walking to school with my headphones on, going to classes, working for professors. At the time that I was actually doing those things, I'm sure I didn't find them as charming but, now that I'm so far removed from them, I miss them.

People always joke around about how they would never go back to another stage in their lives, especially high school. When I think back, though, I probably would like to. In my case, I would love to go back and experience college and do things a little bit differently. I like that I wasn't a big drinker in college and like that I went to TONS of shows. Beyond that, there are mostly things I would do differently if I were to be granted a redo. If I could rewind my life to the beginning of college, I would invest more time in friends I neglected and later realized were my real friends. I would spend less time worrying about the ones that were throw-aways. I would take more Spanish classes, so that, now, my husband and I could actually converse in our second language and I could pull my weight when we travel. I would invest more in myself than I would in making other people happy. I would spend more time outside, camping, hiking, taking pictures.

Of course, I can't rewind my life and, in many ways, I wouldn't want to because I would lose a lot of the things I have now that I love--my husband, my cats, my travel experience--but it's always interesting to think how things would have turned out had you made just a few different choices. Okay, enough nostalgic, hypothetical mumbo jumbo. Time to get down to the statistics. Wooo! Happy Monday, everyone.


V-to the-O-to the-T-to the-E!

I am soooooooo excited to dork out tonight and watch the election results roll in! All day, I've been checking the New York Times, hoping to see some early results but, of course, I'm waaay too early. I can't wait until seven tonight, when the East coast polls start closing and the numbers start coming in. And I can't wait to wake up tomorrow (hopefully) and have a brand new president. It's like Christmas. Of course, the excitement might wear off pretty quickly if I don't get the candidate I'm gunning for but, for now, I'm so amped. Definitely crossing my fingers for an Obama win. And my toes. In the immortal words of The Smiths, Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want...


Sing With Me Now!

So, lately, I've been on a bit of a tear buying DVDs. Generally, I'm buying the mega bargain DVDs (good thing I have obscure taste, eh?) and, most of the time, I'm not buying anything that Eric would want to see. Truthfully, almost every DVD I've bought has been some sort of guilty pleasure: The Cutting Edge (figure skating--very guilty pleasure), Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Eric would not be caught dead watching this), things like that... I do feel a little guilty that I'm not buying movies that I know are also interesting for my husband but, really, I generally only watch non-Netflix movies when I'm by myself, so I figure it's okay.

Yesterday, I crossed several lines. First, I bought a full-price DVD--Yowza! And, second, I bought a Disney DVD. I bought...The Little Mermaid...and, I'll admit it, I was pretty stoked. Lately, I've been in kind of a girlie, moody, nostalgic mood and TLM is exactly what I needed. So, yesterday, while Eric was on a long bike ride, I busted that thing out and watched not only the movie but all of the bonus features as well. I was probably on the couch watching Little Mermaid material for over three hours. And, I might add, it was sweet. I laughed, I sang along, I teared up on no less than three occasions. How could I have forgotten how freaking awesome that movie is?! How?! SO GOOD.

Thank you Little Mermaid, for making my Saturday. THANK YOU.