grad school, updates

Today, I submitted my final project for graduate school. With this, I’ve finished my last class – a course on Audio Documentary production. It’s now onward to the Comp Exam, and hopefully, graduation!

For this project, I was so very fortunate to have three lovely people share with me their stories about moving, growing, and home. I’m sharing it here so they can finally hear what all those conversations with a microphone in their faces (or clumsily recorded Skype sessions) were all about.

My special thanks and complete gratitude to Caralyn, Gerald, and Melissa for your generosity and confidence in me. I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed spending the last few weeks with your stories.


Music credits:

“A Man/Me/Then Jim” – Rilo Kiley, (Lewis, Sennett)
“Blackbird” – Micky Dolenz (Lennon/McCartney)

Produced in GarageBand.

day in the life, updates

Here I am. I finally have unlimited internet time (which is good, because I’m out of 100¥ coins for the moment) for an update. I’m in Shin-Yokohama, in a lovely and elegant hotel room, looking over this hilly section of Yokohama and marveling at how the thickest, greenest patches of trees are wedged in so gracefully with houses, warehouses, and train stations.
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day in the life, updates

I gave away all of my skinny clothes the other day.

Ok. I kept one skirt, a thick polyester orange and pink diamond-patterned vintage beauty that I found in a Goodwill shop more than ten years ago and couldn’t let go. But the rest…gone. All of the sexy tops and stylish skirts and all of the size 14 and 16 dresses that I cross trained and puked my way into are gone. I gave it all to a women’s shelter, and thanked the women who took the five big bags and one box profusely for turning them into hope for someone else.
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day in the life, updates

The site will be going down shortly for some much needed upgrades and maintenance. It shouldn’t be too long; just cross your fingers that I’ve backed everything up properly, and that the software stuff goes so smoothly that I don’t need the backups after all.

I hope to have the place up and running within a day or so. I hope hope hope. Because we’re going to New York soon, and the blogging there has got to be better than San Antonio. I hear the wax is better, at least.

day in the life, updates

Vacation was very, very nice. It almost seems like a dream now. We’ve been back for nearly two weeks, and D has been at a job site since the 1st. But though the memories are a touch hazy, I can tell you that while away I rediscovered my love for the following:

Rolling Waves



Sticky Peach Margaritas.


What more do you need, really?

day in the life, updates

Can you stand another entry about school? ‘Cause that’s all I can think about right now. There is good news all around. First, I finished my Externship project tonight, and submitted it. This means I have one paper to go. Just one more piece of research, plus an annotated bibliography and I am F.I.N.I.S.H.E.D. with my undergraduate work.

Can. Not. Comprehend.
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day in the life, updates

I finished the bulk of the writing tonight. I broke its back. I’m going to make it.

[insert manic sobbing here]

If I could, I would stay up all night and finish, but I have a dog to walk at 6:30 tomorrow morning, so it’s to bed with me.
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