Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Summit Fire

I finally made it home for a visit, and what do I get? A giant wildfire coming towards our house!! I sent out an email with a bunch of pictures that my dad took from the neighbors, but if you did not get it and want to see them, let me know. Also here are some some pretty cool pictures for the SJ Mercury News.

We are still doing ok here at the house, but we are packed and ready to leave if/when needed. The flames are getting pretty close; less than about 2 miles from here, but we have our fingers crossed. I was supposed to be going back to SD tonight, but seeing as we can't leave the house, I did not make my flight. Instead, I should be flying home Saturday night.

I will post updates as they come.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Finally Done (Half Way Done at Least)...

I have finally made it through my first year of graduate school. Only one more to go...so I hope at least. Then what?? I have no idea...maybe another Master's, maybe a PhD, maybe take some time off and go back later, who really knows?!? I have a while to decide that one.

On a happier note, I am finally going home for a few days, leaving on Sunday night. Too bad I am going to most likely miss Susannah in town (evil eye going out to Susannah!!), but that just gives me more of a reason to go to NYC (which, I will do one of these days, I swear)! I will return to San Diego on Thursday just in time to work for a few days, then I take off again...this time for Portland to see Angie!!!! Woohoo!

It's gonna be a really busy couple of weeks, but it will be a lot of fun, seeing my family (Marlie and the Fat Man too!!!!!!), and Angie. And when it is all over, I am coming home to start working full time! Gotta love those summer months with no student loans!!

No school til Spetember!!!!!!!!!! Yippee!!!! ;)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

When did i get old??

I usually have the whole lab to myself on the lab on the weekends, so naturally I crank up some tunes and have a little fun rocking out. So, today I was listening to the radio rather than my ipod just to switch it up, and what do I hear? "Vintage" weekend....and what do I hear...the songs that came out while I was in high school! Since when is music from the '90s considered to be "vintage"?? Man, that makes me feel a bit old....

Monday, April 21, 2008

More Irish Entertainment

I finally got a few more videos of the Irish dancers uploaded to youtube!!

Enjoy!



....and my favorite bit

The Joining of the Irish and the Lithuanian


This was the weekend of the big wedding! I flew out to Chicago this past Thursday morning, with a nice stop in Denver. My cousin picked me up at the airport and we went back to her place and had a little get together with some of the wedding party....Then Friday was when it got really busy!

Friday morning the bridal party went to the spa for nails fun and the groomsmen went to play golf. Then we headed for the rehearsal and dinner. That is where the fun began for me....there were soooo many of my family members there; most of who I had never met. The rehearsal went well; I was the first one down the aisle, so that was a bit scary.

The actual wedding took place on Saturday, and we got a pretty early start. We left the hotel for our hair appointments The flower girl was so excited because she got to come along with the big girls to do her hair. And, she was cute! One the way back to the hotel, some of us got lost...did ot go over big with my cousin, Erin. Opps, but it all worked out in the end. We got back to the hotel for make-up. We had a Mac make-up artist there who used an airbrush, and let me say, I do not like wearing make-up, but it was actually awesome!! It went on so light it was like it was not even there.

Once we were done and ready, the bridal party took a land yacht to the church. Wow, was that thing great. Marble floors, decked out sound system, mural on the ceiling, and a good amount of alcohol. And on the way to the church it began to pour! But, once we arrive and the wedding got started, it was beautiful. And more importantly, I did not trip coming down the aisle....would that not have been the best way to start a wedding?!? The ceremony as in a Lithuanian Catholic church (his family is Lithuanian) and was a bit on the religious side, but beautiful none the less. Once the ceremony was over it was picture time at the church before we got kicked out for confessional. Of course when it was time to leave the rain returned, but we got to take the land yacht to the reception hall...We were out of the liquor in about 10 minutes!

Once at the reception hall it was time for more pictures...and man did we take a lot of them. The wedding photographers took over 1200 pictures throughout the wedding! But, we had a lot of fun with them. The reception finally got started about 3 hours later, which was great as well because it brought together both Irish and Lithuanian traditions. Her dad (my uncle) gave a great speech that made just about everyone cry. The reception went on until about 1130, when we basically got kicked out of the hall, so we headed back to the hotel to continue the party in the lobby where we were introduced to a homemade Lithuanian honey liquor. Just about the strongest thing that I have ever tried, but it tasted like apple pie...cinnamon and nutmeg. My dad and I did not even get back to the room until after 3am.

My dad took me to the airport yesterday for my flight home, which seemed like the longest flight of my life. I was so tired I just want to sleep, but couldn't on the plane. Once I finally landed into San Diego (late) i made my way to the shuttle to get back to my car. Lucky me I got this driver that was the old gay man that decided that he needed to vent his entire life story to me...then asked me if I wanted to be his roommate!! Oh my!! I just wanted to get home!

But, I finally made it home, ran in the door and crashed for about 12 hours! But, I had to be up early this morning to finish a project for school...that is done now, so it is relax time!!

Oh...a little funny story. My dad flew out to St. Louis so he could drive his mom up to the wedding. Friday morning there was an earthquake in southern IL!!! He must have brought them with him!! It was just the first of many! Good going!
video

Next stop is home in May...then off to Portland to see Angie!! Woohoo!!!!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Summer in April!

It is almost 6pm and is still hanging steady at just about 90 degrees.....and its only April!! Woohoo, but I hate to think what this means for the summer!

I leave for Chicago on Thursday morning!! Just about the worst timing ever at school....I have so many groups projects going, with two of them due on Monday, but I am so excited about the wedding! Granted, I have never met at least 90% of the people who will be there, I have not seen the ones I have met in so long I can't even count the years. And, I have a super cool dress to wear, get to spent a day with the bridesmaids getting our nails done, and get my hair and makeup done before the wedding. It should be a grand old time. I will post pictures when I get back!

Once I get back I only have 3 weeks of classes left (or something like that)...Than I am flying home for a few days, coming back to work a few days, then flying off again to go to Portland to visit Miss Angie!!!!!!! Yipee!!