Yes, I know it’s been ages since I posted anything on here, but trust me, I have a good excuse.  Just after getting settled in Oxford I began my internship with Plan UK, and began working at Starbucks, and live has been pretty hectic ever since!  I had one week where I didn’t have a day off, and if you count the time I spent commuting to London, I worked a grand total of 64 hours!  For the next little while, you can probably check out Thad’s blog to find out more about what I’m doing 🙂
I have decided to cut back a bit though – both for my own sanity and so I have more time to look for a more permanent job.  I also want to have more time to work out, which I haven’t been able to do much of lately.  And I have a good reason to too – just before Christmas Thad and I are going on a cruise – wooohooo!

Anyway, after a long day of work and commuting the last thing I want to do is sit in front of my computer, so off to relax and play with Phoenix I go….



Loads more photos from the last few days in Brighton can be found here.

Life After ADST

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but a lot has happened in the past two weeks. I turned in my dissertation on time, and had several days to edit, so I’m completely done with all the work for my MA. That evening I celebrated with loads of people from Kings Road, my program, and my flatmates, and put a dent in the bottle of rum that Alvaro won for his pirate costume. The next day I had to move out of my flat, so of course things were pretty hectic. Emily and I moved all our stuff to Alvaro’s new flat, so that we had a few days to relax and hang out in Brighton without having to worry about academic work. There was lots of relaxing, watching tv and movies, wandering around town, and eating really good food. On one of the days, we took the bus and went walking around Beacy Head and the Seven Sisters. Though the day started out dreary and foggy, it turned out to be a sunny, gorgeous afternoon. Walking in some of England’s most beautiful countryside was quite a change from being cooped up in my room churning out my dissertation.



After having a mini-ADST reunion and saying ‘goodbye’ to many of my closest friends for the past year (many of whom I hope to see again in the near future!)…

Thad helped me move all my stuff to Oxford. The move actually went more smoothly than I expected, considering all the suitcases and bags (and my bike!) that we transported on the train. Since then I’ve been busy getting settled, and trying to find places to store and organize our stuff has taken up the majority of the past few days. Thad and I have still managed to enjoy the great weather lately though, between walking Phoenix, picking blackberries, and going punting.


Tomorrow is my first day working at Plan UK, and I hope it goes well! It will be interesting (and possibly exhausting) to commute to London three days per week in a row, but I’m hoping it will be a good experience. Then, on Friday, I begin my part-time job at Starbucks. The things that getting a master’s degree qualify you for….. 🙂

Happy Birthday Alvaro!



Now, that is what I want to do when I finish this freaking paper. A fiver well-spent, I think.

Progress today has been slow. Super slow. But, I’m trying to be optimistic by thinking that the night is young……


The other night while walking around (yes I actually left – not only the flat – but the building!) with Emily and Jen, the sky looked really cool, but made the normally happy-looking carousel look kinda eerie.

Hmmm…. have you noticed a trend? Lots more posting than I should these final days before the dissertation is turned in. I’m justifying it as a coping mechanism though, along with my crazy eating habits. Lets just say that I need to exercise a LOT after Sept 1st to make up for all of this eating chocolate and being sedentary at my desk.

Dissertation Update

18,000 words down, one conclusion and LOTS (and I mean LOTS) of editing to go.

Cannot wait to be done!

Calling all He-man Fans

Yes, I know. Two posts in one day while working on my dissertation? For shame…..

I blame this one on Alvaro. But, if you’re like me and have fond memories of watching He-man every day after coming home from kindergarten (plus, have a fondness for Queen), you’ll love this video.  It’s worth watching until the end.

BoHe-Man Rhapsody.