Wednesday, December 30

Reflections on 2015

Another year, another chance to start anew.  To work harder and do better at all the things we didn't get around to in 2015.  At least, that's what people tend to say.  I was pretty content with the way this year went but am extremely excited for what 2016 has to offer.

As the post title implies, I think this blog is a good a place as any for some thoughts about this past year, filled with some amazing concert experiences, so much grad school, and just overall good times.

1. Eternal gratitude in receiving a ticket to see Hamilton in a few short weeks. #nonstop
2. Second year Homecoming surprisingly topping the first.
3. Having some career revelations resulting in a change from forensic science into the field service world of analytical instruments.
4. Acquiring a real world job doing GC-MS analysis which is a great stepping stone to #3.
5. "If your PI didn't think you were ready to defend, he wouldn't be letting you."
6. Having an amazing AMITW concert experience with my brother.  Post can be found here.
7. All of the concerts and festivals; Lava Music Festival, ETC, Passion Pit, the list actually goes on and on.  And it's all been wonderful.
8. Being able to visit both LA and St. Louis with my sister.
9. Seeing so much live theater this year; Diner, In the Heights, Avenue Q.
10. Networking is a necessary evil but sometimes disguised as finding people who share your interests.
11. Typically, the only person stopping yourself from countless yourself.
12. You truly never know the internal demons people face until it's too late sometimes.
13. You can't just like things, you've also gotta do things.
14. This isn't new, but being alone doesn't always mean being lonely.
15. Being able to come back home after a long stint in Williamsburg.

Hope everyone welcomes 2016 with a bang.

Currently listening to: "In the Night" The Weekend

Tuesday, December 15

Happy Holidays from Norfolk

It's always a nice change when we get 70 degree days in December...a little strange, but nice.  I took a day this weekend to visit Norfolk and take advantage of my freedom.  I visited a holiday pop-up market, the NEON Holiday Market, and my friend who worked at Dickens' Christmas Towne.

I love these mermaid statues.  They're individually designed and can be found all over Downtown Norfolk.

The Arts District of Norfolk has some pretty great graffiti and I love me some urban art.

Graffiti in real-time.

NEON Holiday Market!

USS Wisconsin (BB-64)

Dickens' Christmas Towne at the Nauticus.

Watching an old college roommate perform.

With the end of my time in the Hampton Roads area drawing to a close, I was glad to be able to visit Norfolk one more time.  Who knows where the adventures will come from after graduation? I sure as hell don't.

Currently listening to: "Wonderful Christmastime" The Shins

Monday, December 7

Holiday Spirit in Colonial Williamsburg

This weekend, I finally got out to CW to see the holiday decorations and visit some of the trade shops.  Submitting all of my master's thesis forms and papers on Friday allowed me to finally breathe...and convince myself that I could finally relax for a day.  Here are some photos from the day.

Inside one of the shops.

One of the perks of being a student at The College is free admission into the different trade shops and historical houses.




A young man announcing an auction in Market Square.

Exorbitant prices for hand-crafted goods and one-of-a-kind items.

Currently listening to: "Why God Why?" Miss Saigon performed by Aaron Tveit at ElsieFest