I started new blog for the new year. Click on the title "New Blog" or go here:
"Songs about Jaim" is my attempt to jot down any noteworthy thought, activity, adventure, or interesting anecdote of my existence. Everything I write here is a "lyric" in the 22nd verse of my life. Come sing along by my side as I sail through Ithaka.
Woot woot!! School's...out...for...ever!!!!! and don't be a jerkoff and say, "what about grad school?" Just let me soak up this happiness without your pessimism. :) Anyway....so I'm done with my undergrad career, except for writing my senior project, and getting my diploma. Don't worry, I'll finish it soon. Graduation weekend was AMAZING. My family came to town Friday afternoon. My mom, step dad, little brother Philip, Aunt Cathy, Uncle Richard, Cousin Michael, Aunt Lisa, Uncle Brian and their two daughters Charisma and Serene, and my lovely Grandpa stayed at the Apple Farm and we hung out and had some wine, and headed to dinner at Mothers. Our dinner was fantastic and it was a lot of fun hanging out with my family again. Later that night I drove to Pismo Beach to see my dad, step mom, step sister, her husband, their daughter, and my older brother Ryan. We just visited and then Ryan and I went to Joanna's graduation party. I was feeling pretty sick so we didn't stay too long. Saturday I woke up feeling worse, so I called my family and told them I had to sleep all day. My mom went wine tasting and my dad went ATVing. Sucks to be me. Katie came to the rescue and we went to Jamba Juice to make me feel better. Finally I started coming around so we went to the ceremony where it was a little stressful trying to get organized and make sure everyone was there. Finally, we heard the graduation processional music and my heart started beating fast! THIS WAS IT!!!! I sat next to my dear friends Tylia, Michelle, and Shannon. It was so nice having all of my family and wonderful friends cheering me on!! Thanks Rach, Heather, and Jessica for coming! And THANKS Katie for being my personal assistant all weekend!!
Graduation is in 22 days!!
I got hired full time at EAS starting January 1. I will get benefits and better pay. YAY! Now I can stay in SLO a little longer with all of my friends.
This weekend was kicked off with a lovely trip to the Avila Barn with Kara and Rach to pick out our pumpkins. There were so many, we were overwhelmed but we finally found the perfect ones. We went to farmers market afterwards and I inhaled a huge burrito, then visited Helya at work, and met up with Joanna, Tylia, and drunken Tim with his huge octoberfest glass.
... 47 days! Wow, that seems like a lot...I feel much better now. YAY.
My grandma, "Ladonna", passed away late Saturday night. She was fighting cancer for a couple of years, but no longer has to suffer. She died peacefully in her sleep, after a few rough months, staying in bed all day in her home in Lake Havasu, Arizona. I am grateful that she was able to be at home in her own bed and didn't have to experience a lot of pain and grief, but I will miss her terribly; she was my closest grandma. Last year my family asked her where she would like to go on vacation if she could go anywhere, and she picked San Luis Obispo to visit me. So, they came to visit last September right before school started and we had a great time at Hearst Castle, farmers market, and Apple Farm. I am sad for my grandpa because his first wife died of cancer right when I was born 23 years ago, and now he has to go through this again. I can't even imagine what he must be feeling. I haven't had to experience this sort of loss in my life yet, so it's hard to know how to react or how to feel. I've tried not thinking about it, but I'm flying there Friday morning to be with my family and rembering her wonderful life. I was driving to Monterey on highway 1 on Sunday after I heard the news, and it was the most beautiful day and the most spectacular, breathtaking views that I just knew that all of the gods and all of the angels above were celebrating a beautiful person, and welcoming her to a peaceful, happy place.
Sometimes I just need to embrace the happy things in life...