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Sometimes music is just the background noise that keeps you from going crazy in the silence of working at a computer all day. Sometimes music is the essence that keeps you from drowning in the overwhelming chaos of your brain that is saying all the wrong things. Music is strong like that. It must work out.

Lately, I’ve needed some more up beat music that also provides me with some inspiring, kick-ass lyrics. Something with feelings. I like feelings and emotions (most of the time).

“Shake it out” by Florence and the Machine

it’s hard to dance, with the devil on your back, so shake it out

“I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz

‘Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We’ve got a lot to learn
God knows we’re worth it
No, I won’t give up

“Little Lion Man” by Mumford Sons

Your grace is wasted in your face,
Your boldness stands alone among the wreck
Now learn from your mother or else spend your days biting your own neck


Week 4

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This week, I began my 4th week working for Philsquare full-time. Working at home, kids! So exciting. For the most part.

I’ve been pretty sloppy. Sometimes I just brush my teeth and wash my face before coming down into the office. The guys don’t really care/notice if I’m wearing makeup. Some days (like today), I’ll change clothes and do a little makeup around lunch time (life is hard, I know). A real outfit and some blush really perk me up.

Working at home means having access to ALL THE FOOD IN YOUR HOUSE. This is good because I can actually cook things but also bad beause CHIPS and COOKIES! I eat smaller meals so when I’m hungry, I’m okay eating something small. Like a clementine. Or peanuts. Or a spoonful of peanut butter… no judging! I have an out of control sweet tooth! 

Also, if you’ve followed Phil on Twitter in the past year, you’ve noticed a lot of pictures of Emmy, my Phil’s cat. She hangs out in the office all day and is just adorable and a horrible distraction. So, I’ve found myself snapping pictures, too:

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There are more Emmy pictures on Philsquare’s flickr site (along with some office pictures and actual work samples).

What are your perks/downfalls from working at home?

Another stellar weekend

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The last two weekends have 2 things in common: they were each sandwiched by delicious, sweet KU tournament wins (Friday and Sunday evenings, respectively). I also attended each of the Sunday games!

This past weekend, we spent the Friday  game downtown, again with some awesome people. Saturday, I was up and out of Lawrence rather early to catch a morning screening of The Hunger Games (morning shows =$5 at AMC theatres… things to know!) to celebrate Becca’s birthday. We then proceeded to a Mission Pub Crawl. It was a warm March Saturday and absolutely beautiful for hanging out on a patio with a delicious drinking spending time with Becca, Michelle, Caroline and the rest of the Mission pub crawlers. I even got a little bit of sun: summer tan, here I come!

Me and Caroline

Me and Michelle

I don’t have any photos of Becca (not that there weren’t any taken) except for a video of her dancing and being the good friend I am, I won’t post that for everyone to see 🙂

Sunday at 8am, still drowsy from sleep, Phil asked me “should we go to The Game?” It was a topic of discussion over the last few days with our friend Randy: we were in Omaha the previous weekend for the game, why not take another quick trip to St. Louis?! So we were up, getting ready to leave. 17 hours later after 9 hours of driving and 2 tense, action-packed basketball game hours we arrived home, exhausted and incredibly excited KU had made it to the Final Four (for just the 2nd time since I had become a KU basketball fan in the fall 0f 2003).

This is what March is made for 🙂

Basketball + St. Patrick’s Day Parade + More Basketball

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Last weekend: So awesome, I can’t even believe it all happened.

Thursday and Friday were full of working + basketball. It worked, don’t question our methods. First round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. March Madness at it’s finest. KU was the last game in  the Thursday/Friday round, tip-off was just before 9pm.

We headed to The Sandbar. We thought we’d see a friend or two but it seemed like everyone had come out of (a very mild winter) hibernation. Or maybe Phil and I had been working too much and it was normal to see this many people on a Friday night.

We drank, ordered food and stalked and stared creepily at people until we were able to secure a few seats at the bar. We had great seats with a great bar staff for a great game. KU handled their opponent and I handled a couple of the bar’s newest drink: The Horny Leprechaun:

It was delicious – I recommend it!

Saturday, I awoke on a windy and mild St. Patrick’s Day and began to assemble a pirate outfit. What do pirates have to do with St. Patrick’s Day? Everything if you get the chance to be on The Sandbar’s St. Patrick’s Day float which this year was an epically large pirate ship:

Isn’t it beautiful?! I think there were at least 30 pirates – and we were not at all crowded:

We warmed up while we lated in line. An hour passed before we even started moving – there were TONS of floats (more than previous year’s I heard). Dancing (and fake sword fights) is a pretty good workout, especially for three hours, but add in trying to stay balance don a moving, bouncing float and holy cow: by the time we reached North Lawrence I wanted to curl up and nap in the bottom of the boat. And the next day my hips felt like I had been dancing in high heels for six hours. But it was SO much fun. Tons of people lined Mass Street and were so excited to see this giant pirate ship with enthusiastic pirates doing the robot or acting like swashbuckling pirates. The Sandbar float was the grand champion of the day, a title they’ve had 3 years running (if I remember correctly).

We crossed back over the river and took 1 last cruise down Mass Street blasting music and dancing. I had grand plans of going home to nap and then going back out in Lawrence to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: I never made it off the couch after my nap.

The next day, our weekend wasn’t over yet: Phil and I were planning on going with our friend Randy to Omaha to catch the next KU tournament game! <insert jumping and squeals of excitement>  I received my vacation payout from KU on Friday (a week earlier than I expected!) and thought it was the perfect way to spend the extra money I had (after I paid off credit card bills, of course).

We arrived in Omaha, picked up our tickets from our sellers on Craigslist and made our way to the arena. Parking was easy AND relatively cheap. We arrived right as the Norfolk State/Florida game started and found some seats (1/2 the place was empty – not many people traveled from Virginia or Florida!) We hoped for a good game: we were rooting for Norfolk State, partly because they made KU fans’ hearts  joyful by beating Missouri (a number two seed) in the first round but also because who doesn’t love the Cinderella story?! (Unless that Cinderella team is playing KU!)

Getting ready to leave for Omaha! Rock Chalk!
(My I ❤ KU t-shirt was worn in 2008 for many tournament games... that's all I'll say...)

KU vs. Purdue. We were mad most of the game - it wasn't going KU's way... KU ended up winning while only leading a total of 45 seconds the entire game.


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I’ve been inspired to buy some bright colors recently. Spring just does that to me.

So today, I’m wearing orange. ORANGE! My high school friends will understand why I haven’t worn orange in almost 9 years.

My tip for wearing orange: don’t wear out with black… Too Halloween-y.


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The End Of The World As We Know It

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No, I’m not talking about today’s FINAL game EVER between KU and MU’s men’s basketball teams (even though they could technically still play in either the Big 12 tourney or NCAA tourney, but still, DRAMATIC).

2012, kids. The end of the world, according to a Mayan calender or something. This has obviously been an inspiration to filmakers based on the trailers I watched today for movies coming out this year:





They’re both very different movies but they both look great and worth seeing. Both have that “what’s really important” message undertones without being cheesy.


Will you see either of these movies?

One more week

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Four weeks ago I was ready. I was trying to meet with my boss so I could give my notice. The Assistant Dean who reigned over our office, moved on to another school at the end of last year. So MY boss has been busy. Like, really busy. As in two days in a row I could not drop into her office to give her my notice. it was killing me.  I finally scheduled an appointment to tell her. I needed to get this over with: I had made the decision to move on. In the past year, there’s been a lot of BS; including awful salaries and changes that are making our heads explode. But I wanted to give as much notice as I could: at least four weeks.

On the day I gave my boss my notice I had this awful feeling in my stomach. A weird, uncomfortable, nervous, excited feeling. I was maybe going to throw up. Five people had left our office since August. I was going to be the sixth. It’s such a challenge when someone leaves because our office already is understaffed. But I was going to do it. Because what it comes down to is the students and what my job essentially is: I don’t want to help them anymore. I don’t want to advise. I don’t want to tell a student something in a meeting in November, email her the same thing in December and then have to help her find a solution to her graduation problem in February because she didn’t do a damn thing I told her to do before the semester started. (<this happened today, I do not make this crap up.)

Despite the horrible, mean, irresponsible students and all the stupid, buearocratic BS aside, I’m going to miss my coworkers so much. Best group of people anyone could ever hope to work with. Probably the smartest group on campus (with the least resources and most shit slinging to deal with – I may be biased, but seriously, you would be frightened to know the amount of stupid that runs rampant at an institution of higher learning).

So, one more week here. The place that was my first big kid job. I learned a lot. But I’m ready for new (and non-advising) adventures.