So, a quick recap on the past few weeks (well, month...)
At the end of January we went to the Baylor men's basketball game vs. Texas with David. We got free shirts...always a plus. They had everyone don the shirts at a certain time so that we would 'neon-out' the Ferrell center. It was nifty! Also, we won :)
Exclusive embarassing photo (didn't make it to facebook)
Alright so, on to February...once again I took part in Big Sis Rev activities for AXO. So neat to see our little turtle family grow again! Ashby, Jess, and Hannah are such sweeties, too. I teamed up with Brooke to make them a basket during Basket Week, too...I cranked out the Pinterest recipes: funfetti rice krispie treats, puppy chow cookies, candied (green!) popcorn, and Nerds cupcakes! Will be sad to miss out on this tradition next year...but maybe it's time for me to stop being the "creepy one" (Brad's term for me) who keeps coming to AXO stuff even though I've been out of undergrad for 4 years (whoa!). Hey, what can I say, love my Alpha Chi girls. They don't seem to mind my creepiness, haha.
Brad and I have been going to Canyon Creek Baptist Church here in Temple, and we've made some good friends in the "Newlyweds" Sunday School class. In February we threw a baby shower for Johanna! She had her baby girl last week.
The baby in the pic is Caleb...with his sweet personality and little chubby cheeks he makes me think I want a baby...then I remember that I'm REALLY not ready to be a mom. Exhibit A: I almost passed out and had Scott & White's ambulatory services called over when I was in the blood lab. NOT because I was having blood drawn. Because Brad was having blood drawn, and I was simply in the same room with it.
That turned out to be a really long caption for this picture. But seriously...
On February 18, Brad and I went to Round Rock to see my dear friend Brandi get married! (actually, we technically drove to Round Rock the night before...in crazy-insane thunderstorm that really made me fear for our lives as I trudged along in my little Beetle.) The smidgen of rain on the wedding day didn't stop it from being a lovely ceremony! Love this pic of Brandi and Todd, so happy!
Last week I attended the Presidential Scholars luncheon. Based on my GRE scores coming into grad school, I was selected for the Presidential scholarship, which adds significantly extra monies to my annual stipend. We have these banquets every year to honor the scholars and, well, see the Baylor president. Also, those in their final year of the scholarship are asked to give a few remarks. That was me this time...they also changed the formatting so that the final-year people would be sitting at the head table with the president, his wife, and some other important folks. Eek! Brad and I actually got to meet Ken Starr in the fall, he was very friendly and was willing to take a 'sic em!' picture with us, so it actually wasn't intimidating at all to be at this luncheon. My 'remarks' went just fine, and it was a nice opportunity to express just how much Baylor has meant to me in these past seven years. I'm gonna miss it...
Two of the other pres. scholars in the stats department, me, and the dean of the graduate school
This brings me to last weekend (almost caught up!)...I had been looking forward to that weekend for quite awhile! My roommates from junior year, "The 442", decided we needed to have a reunion girls' weekend, and this was the weekend that worked for us. We made the trip to Waco to see Baylor's SING together! I adore SING; as someone who is challenged in any sport involving a ball (they seem to gravitate with high velocity to my face/gut) I was way more excited about participating in SING than participating in intramurals when I joined a sorority. Well, and having been on dance team for 6 years, I just love performing. AXO made it to Pigskin the year before I rushed (if you don't understand what is meant by 'SING' and 'Pigskin'...google it, I'm too tired to explain) but we hadn't made it since then. But, this year AXO had an awesome 'juke box heroes' rock & roll act, and they made Pigskin! I was so so proud - and so glad I got to see the winning act.
Aside from the SING excitement, we ate at some of our favorite Waco restaurants, went to see The Vow, and did some SHOPPING (Dillard's sale = amazing!) It was so so good to catch up and laugh with these girls...being married is way cool but every girl needs some fun times with her ladies!
The 442...coordinating in purple.
Phew! All caught up. Aside from fun weekend activities, I've been...dissertating. Sometimes I get anxious about it because I'm behind on the 'fuzzy guideline' my advisor gave me for getting chapters done this semester, but he still has faith that I'll get it all done in time, so I'm trying to have that faith in myself! (and back it up with putting in the work, of course!)
It WILL get done...If not, I don't get that big-girl job and the big adventure of moving to New York with my husband. So...it WILL get done.