Graduation Day Snapshots

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Two weeks ago, I walked across a stage and received my diploma. Well actually, I walked across two stages in two different ceremonies and was handed a placeholder diploma – my real one is on its way via snail mail. There was the typical fanfare – processionals and fancy guest speakers – but the day was sweetly simple. My parents and grandparents were there, and we all grabbed lunch with Domenico’s family. Between the two ceremonies, Domenico and I played with Raena and watched The Graduate.

Since graduation day, I’ve mostly been working, finishing Mad Men, visiting with friends who have moved on to new and exciting cities and were back to graduate, planning for my upcoming trip to Europe, and housesitting for my parents while they’re in Alaska. As you can gather, not much has changed since becoming a college graduate. I have more time to make dinner after I get home from work and less on my agenda. Mostly, I’m grappling with the idea that this is adulthood. Sure, I was independent and employed while I was in college, but this is officially the beginning of the rest of my life. Unlike the life of a student, there is no end date, no graduation day to mark on the calendar. It’s exciting, overwhelming, distressing and inspiring all at once. Pretty soon I’ll come up with my Master Plan for Life, but for tonight, I’ll just watch Marie Antoinette and plan my trip to Versailles.

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Summer Vibes

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Last weekend Domenico was kind enough to take some graduation pictures of me. We spent the morning walking around downtown Phoenix, finding pretty murals and painted stairs and snapping pictures. It was a beautifully breezy day, and I got a little bit of that summertime feeling.

This week I also: attended my last class as an undergrad, booked a sweet little Airbnb in Paris, bought my cap and gown, and dreamed of the canals in Amsterdam. There are so many scary and wonderful things happening lately, it’s hard to even keep up.

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top – TJ Maxx // shorts – Gap outlet store // shoes – Steve Madden // Phoenix brooch – gift from Domenico // watch – Geneva (with a new Fossil mint band that I love) // “best” bobby pin – Ban.do (courtesy of Kaylie)

Also, just because this is too good to keep to myself, here’s my hapless attempt at looking cute and blowing confetti. Adulthood, here I am!

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Hey There, World

It’s been a while. Please excuse my absence as I’ve been holed up in my room with a pile of papers, magazines, and yes, yarn surrounding me, trapping me and making me incapable of blogging. But now finally, I’m out.

For the past month, I’ve been knee-deep in thesis work, finishing up an endeavor I’ve been working on for nine months. I’ve also been designing the Lux magazines and getting it ready for the printer. And I’ve been knitting like mad, trying to finish up some projects for a little shop in San Francisco that will be selling my work (more to come on that). Of course, it hasn’t all been work – I also sat on the steps of the National Archive in Washington, D.C. and ate Salt & Straw ice cream on the rainy streets of Portland (more to come on that as well).

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Last week, after months of careful research, interviewing, and writing, I defended my thesis to my board and my sweet family. And it was quite a success! (Note the pretty lilies my mom brought me and the smile of accomplishment I’m wearing.) I also packaged Lux up for the printers and shipped a little box of my knitting off yesterday, and I feel like the world has opened up a little bit again. Don’t get me wrong – I am wildly excited about and proud of all these endeavors. They make me feel productive and creative. They’re the culmination of my work as a writer, student, editor, and I suppose knitter. But they can also be quite draining, and together all those looming deadlines and massive undertakings can weigh on a person.

Now I hope to have time to plan a trip to Europe (talk about an undertaking), catch up on House of Cards, read my current book – Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys, bake some zucchini bread, and of course, blog. And with some of those great deadlines behind me, the end of my college career looks shockingly close. Here’s to the next few months!