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Overdue [Jan. 6th, 2011|09:59 pm]
[mood |calmcalm]

A week into winter quarter: already overwhelmed.

On the bright side, I am pleasantly surprised that I'm enjoying the level I'm teaching right now (Spanish 104) and that at least one of my two classes is going to be awesome.

Teaching is time-consuming, as always, though, even with colleagues' materials from the level as a starting point. But my students are awesome, and the class has been going quite well.

I'm taking a Spanish dialectology class that's going to be ton of work, but I think the work is worth it. I'm pretty sure I'm going to learn a lot and come out of the class pleased.

My other class is a psycholinguistics (language acquisition) class - the last class I need for my MA. It, too, is going to be a lot of work, but I don't think I'll come out of the class feeling like it was worthwhile. On the other hand, it won't be nearly as boring as either of my two classes were last quarter, so that's positive.

I have my first paying translation gig, which is kinda exciting. I'm working on a couple of documents (psychology articles/dissertations) for a Ph.D student working in Special Ed., translating from Portuguese to English. Next time, I'll have to up my rates (but I felt bad because... Ph.D students aren't known for being wealthy and this job is already upwards of a thousand bucks), but for now it's some extra cash which is definitely welcome after the holidays. It's one more thing on my plate (but that I'm relatively good at), but, even though I've been very busy, I don't feel like I'm totally drowning in work just yet.

I never did make a proper a New Year's post, so this will have to suffice. 2010 was both awesome and terrible, and I hope 2011 is a little more calm. Last year, I grew up a lot in terms of what I had to deal with, how I dealt with it, and what I learned from it. I don't really relish the thought of being an adult and all the responsibilities that come with it, but here I am in full adulthood.

Birthday coming up, feeling a little old. And yet, I know I'm not. I also know that I generally have been getting happier-with myself, with my situation-every year, so I'm content with adding a year.
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Aaaaaand, car! [Dec. 4th, 2010|09:40 pm]
[mood |pleasedpleased]

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:) [Nov. 17th, 2010|08:43 pm]
[mood |happyhappy]

I love my kitten.

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After a hurricane comes a rainbow [Nov. 7th, 2010|10:43 pm]
[music |Katy Perry - Firework]

When I got home from the airport this afternoon, there was a lovely bouquet of flowers awaiting me on the kitchen table. It was a lovely surprise for our three-month anniversary.

[L and I have done a certain amount of long distance relationshipping, and now it's almost unreal how much I miss her when I'm only away for a few days for a conference.]
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NWAV [Nov. 6th, 2010|05:39 pm]
[mood |happyhappy]

I presented at my first real totally professional grown-up conference this weekend, and it's all sociolinguistics all the time. Quite fun. Also, San Antonio isn't too bad, though the five star hotel where it's taking place sure doesn't hurt.

My presentation was yesterday in a "Portuguese Grammar" panel, and it went really well. I was so nervous beforehand that I thought I was going to hurl, but (as expected) I was fine.

I'm taking a break from presentations now because the plenary talk tonight has two speakers (total of an hour and a half) and I feel like I've been in too many talks yesterday and today. So...possible productivity time. I've had some good networking and seen some old friends from UT, and, in general, I've had a good time.
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A plea to LJ friends [Oct. 5th, 2010|11:34 am]
[mood |worriedneedy]

With my stolen computer went pretty much all the music I've collected in the past two years. Please help me out by sending me (via something like yousendit or sendspace or whatever) music that I may like! Specifically, I'm looking for:

1. Dar Williams - albums: Beauty of the Rain, Honesty Room, Mortal City, The Green Room
2. Carbon Leaf - albums: Indian Summer, Love Loss Hope Repeat, Meander, Shadows in the Banquet Hall
3. Sufjan Stevens
4. Teitur - album: Poetry and Aeroplanes
5. The Weepies - anything and everything!
6. Snow Patrol - anything and everything!
7. The Shins - anything and everything!
8. Pink - album: Funhouse
9. Anything else that you think I might like

If you have any of this and can or are willing to share, I'd really really really appreciate it!
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In other news... [Sep. 10th, 2010|12:52 am]
[mood |happyhappy]

...we got our professional pics from the wedding today. Or, well, we got access to the digital images online; a DVD is on its way to Columbus. So, until I can get the actual images up online, here are some screenshots of a few that I really like. (Some quality lost through Picasa hosting...)

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A proper wedding post [Aug. 19th, 2010|06:14 pm]
[Current Location |Mill Hall, PA]
[mood |relaxedrelaxed]

Currently: married 11 days. :)

The wedding weekend itself was a tad bit insane, as all events with large quantities of family tend to be. My brother had gotten married in December, and very few people were able to come. My parents decided, then, that they wanted to do a "picnic" in Vermont the day before my wedding for him and my sister-in-law, so that they could celebrate with family and some of his friends. This was a fantastic idea in theory - we'd have family from all over there that weekend for the main event, and they would also go to the picnic. The insane bit was that my sister-in-law suggested that they make traditional Kyrgyz food (oh, yeah, she's from Kyrgyzstan, and my aunts and uncles and parents flew her mother over for the picnic/wedding/couple of weeks). And then we made a ton of it, which turned out to be much, much more than was actually needed. We cooked for two days straight. It was insane. I maintain: the picnic would have worked out better if we'd kept it simple with sandwiches and potato chips.

But the weekend was a fun kind of crazy. The evening after the picnic all afternoon, we had our unofficial "rehearsal" dinner. There was no rehearsing, but all of our guests were from out of town...so we had pizza at American Flatbread in Middlebury, and it was great. I didn't sit down the whole evening! There must have been over 100 people there. At the end of the night, I ate stashed leftovers because I hadn't managed to get more than a small rectangle of pizza all evening. We left after midnight after everyone else had gone, and then we stayed up for another couple of hours to get back to Bristol, shower, and deal with nails. This was the night before our wedding, after all! In general, it was a great evening with lots of friends and family.

The day of wedding was... surreal. Fun, but...strange. I woke up with a stomachache from nerves, barely managed to hold down my breakfast scone. We then commenced the hair process, as Lizzie's youngest sister was doing it for us, and the dressing...

Right before the wedding, the rabbi cornered us in our room, closed the door, and talked us through some stuff. She was...amazing. During that time, Linda (the proprietor who helped us organize everything while we were not in Vermont) came in and told us that there was a harpist and flutist from New York Philharmonic who were at the Inn for some other business and, upon finding out that it was a Gay Wedding, wanted to play for us during our social hour. (I think maybe their agent is a lesbian? Or something?) But it was a most pleasant surprise! :)

The ceremony itself was perfect, with the exception of the many mosquitos. I'm not a sappy person, in general, but the ceremony made me cry multiple times. The rabbi was amazing, the friends and family that gave us blessings did a great job, the ceremony itself felt more meaningful than I could have imagined.

Then there were pictures. By the end of the pictures shoot, I was so sick having my picture taken and organizing people. The reception was lovely, the food was awesome, the cake was just what we had wanted, our flowers exceeded expectations, and everything was fun. I'm sure lots of people talk about how lovely their weddings were in retrospect. Honestly, though, I don't think my glowing take on it is idealized in any; it was fun. I had fun. I think the guests had fun.

Pictures that my brother took on my camera are now posted online! See here! There are a lot of repeats and most of them aren't awesome, but they're what I've got at the moment. :)
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(no subject) [Aug. 8th, 2010|10:55 pm]
[Current Location |Kittery, ME]
[mood |happyhappy]

I got married today. It was awesome.

A better post to follow.

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(no subject) [Aug. 4th, 2010|10:38 pm]
[mood |excitedexcited/exhausted]

Currently in Vermont staying at my grandfather's house. Arrived from Rhode Island (visiting L's extended family) this afternoon. Getting married in a few days! Met my brother's wife's mother this evening; she's here from Kyrgyzstan - first trip on an airplane and all. Lots of excitement surrounding wedding-related activities.

Landmark history today: Prop 8 was overturned at the state level in CA. Shiny and all. Hopefully a national battle is gearing up. I have to say I'm really excited; I think marriage equality is in the making on a large scale in this country, even though it's not quite there yet.

And, because I don't have much to say, here's a picture I took in Rhode Island (in Galilee, off of Great Island). Sunset = beautiful.

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