Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Halfway to a master's degree

I did something a couple of weeks ago that I never want to do again: I pulled an all-nighter for the first time in like 13 years. It was awful. But I got the 20-page paper done for my public health class. A couple of finals later, I concluded the grad school summer term.

I am now officially a second year graduate student and I am stoked. The end is near and I can almost taste it. This time next year, I'll be finishing up and will hopefully have in hand my Master of Public Policy and Administration from UT.

Onward!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Happy Birthday, Plucky!


The pluckiest of all Plucky dogs turns 9 today! Woo hoo!

This 35 pounds of loving has been a faithful companion for almost a decade. Funny though, when I first got him, the vet said he would be no more than 18-20 pounds. But I was suspicious because of his large paws. He just kept growing, and growing...and growing. I've often been asked about his breed. Well, he's the best kind, of course: a mystery dog.

What's the origin of his name, you ask? He came to me with the name, ahem, Blackie. Um, yeah...no. Since he was already responding to it, I looked in the dictionary for something that sounded similar and henceforth, he became Plucky. Plucky means bold and courageous...which he's not always. Let's just say he's still growing into his name. :)

Here's to many more years together, Plucky dog. I hope you live forever.

CrossFit Diaries: pull-ups and such

After four months of CrossFit, I finally succeeded in doing one dead hang pull-up this morning without the assistance of bands. Well, one and a half, technically. (My shoulders were toast from our burpee-push up workout so I couldn't do more than that. Excuses, excuses. I know, I know.)

YAY for progress. :)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

2 years at UT

Source: utwebteam
Today marks my two-year anniversary on Rocky Top.

I squealed this announcement in the hallway, to which one co-worker responded, "So, I've been eating your popcorn for two years. Here's to many more."

Indeed. Looking forward to many more years of working at the University of Tennessee.