Well, it’s certainly been a while. I never realized just how busy this whole grad school thing was going to be! It hasn’t exactly been a cakewalk, either. I get along really well with the majority of the folks in my program, but one or two folks in this department make my day-to-day work really hard. I just keep telling myself that it’ll get better as these three years progress, but sometimes the thought of transferring to another grad school seems a little bit appealing. Not that I’m going to do it, though. I’m strong enough to put up with a few difficult people for a few years.
On the plus side, though, we’ve slowly been putting our house together down here! Our apartment has a fireplace, which we haven’t had a chance to use yet, but there’s no mantle! I found these neat brackets at IKEA, but I had to build the shelf to go with them, because they’re a really odd width. Thankfully, we were able to cut down a 1x10, then face the top and front with lauan, and it was the perfect size for the bracket. I can’t wait to hang up our Christmas stockings! =)
Then, after we got the shelf up, we were finally able to get our big wedding certificate up on the wall, and I am SO excited. It says, “omnia vincit amor” which means “love conquers all.” Underneath that, it says “Jesse and Melissa are united today in a celebration of marriage. June 4 2011. They vow to love, honor, and support each other, as witnessed by the following friends and family.” And underneath that, we had everyone who was there sign it. I was a little OCD about it at first, and I was really worried that people weren’t signing on the lines, but now I’m just grateful for everyone that took the time to sign it. We’re especially thankful that Jesse’s grandmother was able to make it to the wedding and sign it, because she recently passed away. It’s been another thing that’s been trying us and our relationship lately, but I know we’re going to be stronger because of it.
Speaking of things trying us lately….
This little cretin has been living with us for going on two months! She showed up on our porch one night, and we took her in, thinking someone had lost her and would be looking for her. Jesse did a TON of work calling shelters and rescues and such, but alas, she’s still here. We’ve got a couple of leads we’re waiting to follow up on, but she is stealing our hearts more and more each day. If it were three years from now and we didn’t live 10-12 hours from our family, we might have considered keeping her. As it is, it’s really hard not to get attached. She hiccups all the time, and it’s just a little bit adorable… It’s also really difficult to take a photo of a shiny, black, wriggly puppy. Note the mess in the background—she likes to pull stuff around the room. I think she thinks she’s helping clean.
I feel like my drawing/artsy skills are improving a lot this semester, which I’m really happy about. I just turned in a big package of my artwork, so once I get it back I’ll get some scanned and uploaded here.
Jesse and I are hosting Thanksgiving for my dad and for a few friends, and I have to say, I’m very excited about hosting a big party and cooking a bunch of good food, but wow—I didn’t realize how expensive it was going to be! At the very least, I’ll have the big platter and serving bowls and such for the future. Once our mid-month paycheck comes in, I’m going to buy these bowls on Amazon:
I like these a lot, because it’s a set of five mixing bowls for $20, which is a great price anyway, but they’re also interesting enough to use for serving dishes. Now I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that they don’t arrive broken like some of the reviewers say… =/
At any rate, I’m learning a lot down here. Most days, I feel like I’m learning what not to do when I’m designing and working with others, but at least I’m still learning, right? As difficult as it is down here, I’m still incredibly grateful for the chance to be on assistantship down here. Now I just need to get my summer internship out of the way. Anyone know of anybody looking for a costume designer/technician for a summer stock? Provided housing would be great, as would a stipend, since I need to keep paying rent on my place down here, but I’ll consider anything at this point! Thank you to all of you for reading this blog and caring at least a tiny bit about what’s going on down here in the mid-south. =)
p.s. No recipes this time, but I’ll definitely be back after Thanksgiving to post a round-up of my recipes!