I can not believe it's been since August since I've put anything on here. It's been... well it's been. I've had some personal things to work out internally and didn't want to cloud my personal "happy" space with it. Honestly, I had a lot of anger, frustration, jealousy, and depression I needed to work out with out it coming across here and potentially hurting others. Plus last semester was a bitch. I had a wetlands class where we had a field trip each month to a different wetland. It was super cool, but super time consuming. Even more time consuming was my habitat class. I had to put together a plant collection of at least 80 plants correctly identified, nicely pressed, correctly labeled and with a write up of how to manage for/against the plant, where it can be found, and it's wildlife uses. I started collecting plants here and there in April of last year and I was still scrounging for plants come fall. Granted, I was one of the first finished with mine (I'm freakishly OCD when it comes to my school work), but it SEEMED like I was down to the wire.
So, what else has been going on since August? Let's see, I went to a conference in Baton Rouge in November and presented, we went home for Christmas, my Crimson Tide won the National Championship, went to a conference in San Antonio and presented, my drinking buddy and his wife had their miracle baby (Hallelujah!), I finished my proposal and have it sent to the graduate school, and I've also submitted my graduation audit request. The end is nigh!!
Right now I'm working on writing my thesis. So far I think it is going better than I anticipated. I started writing last Tuesday the 15th and it is now Friday the 25th...so 10 days and I have 3 intros minus the "what I did in this study" paragraphs for my first chapter intro, methods for 2 chapters done, results for 1 chapter done, and I started on the discussion for chapter that I've finished the results part on. On that chapter I have just the discussion, abstract, and any tables I might want to add left to do. Maybe a day and a half to 2 days left.
To take my mind off of school for a while and to socialize more, I have become more active in the LARP group Buddy has been involved with for the last year and a half. I've really enjoyed it. I haven't started swinging foam yet, but I'm sure with the tensions of writing this damn thesis I will soon. I've really just enjoyed taking photos (it's really good practice in taking action shots), doing arty stuffs, and hanging out with some like-minded people. I've even been belted!
If I've said this once, I've said it a million times, but I'm going to TRY to do better with this blog with writing more often and opening up some more with some real life shit. I'm really anxious about doing this though, because you never know how the written word could be interpreted by another person. I've got issues enough that I don't need any drama.
I'll leave you for now with some favorite pictures I've taken since August, you know - three whole seasons ago. Until next time, blessed be.