Tuesday, February 2, 2010


I joined the world of Twitter since I don't have the time to keep up the blog as well as I should. I'll try to "tweet" often, so check it out!
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

P-365, Part 1

Mom talked me into doing a "Project 365" with her this year. Essentially, I just capture any moment from my day in a photo...and do it every single day for the year. I made a few collages of the first 10 and 20 days/pictures. The point is to know a little bit of what's happening in my life every day, so I'm happy to share!

Thursday, January 7, 2010


I guess my news today is that I experienced my first minor earthquake! Technically, I guess it was just a tremor since it was minor, but to me it will be called my first earthquake - more of a ring than "my first tremor." Anyway, it was a 4.1 magnitude tremor, or so I'm told. All I really know is that I was sitting in my apartment on my computer between classes, when all of a sudden I felt myself - and my computer, TV, and entire room - start to shake. I didn't think much of it, just that it was a little odd. I do live on the 4th floor of a building with a lot of HUGE football players, so maybe it was their fault. Then I remembered that I live in earthquake country and I got excited!
Well, that's my story, time for bed!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Card

Yes, we are "those roommates." We made a little digi card to share our Christmas spirit!

Wrapping up the quarter

Finals are almost done (I have one more on Friday).
My room is covered in piles of clothes in the process of being packed.
The emails from Yaz about training camp are almost hourly.
Mikayla and I are going on mad cleaning sprees as study breaks.

Yep, Autumn Quarter at Stanford is almost over!

I had a final last Thursday and two this past Monday and will take one Friday morning. All my projects were due last week. It's really almost done.

I fly out with the team first thing Saturday morning for "Fun in the Sun" a.k.a. winter training camp in Tempe, Arizona and will be there until the 21st.

The 21st through Jan. 2nd will be spent at home, bouncing between Mom's house, Dad's house, friends, and relatives. I just hope the weather cooperates and I don't get snowed in again like last year since I have less than two weeks to catch up with as much family and as many friends as possible!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


So...I definitely spent all Sunday night, Monday (when not at practice or in class), and Monday night cramming for a Tuesday midterm, then I turned around and did it again for a midterm today while I was sick. Now I'm avoiding a paper that I need one more page on by tomorrow morning to write to y'all.
The midterms never end here. I have two more next week and have already had a couple. That's the one bad thing about the quarter system, but I guess I can't complain too much.

Okay, now to be more upbeat:
Fall racing season ended for our upperclassmen last weekend after kicking some booty at the Head of the American. I am starting PT for my knee - again - on Monday, so hopefully we'll get things straightened around this time.
Also, I have officially bought my plane tickets for winter break. Finals wrap up on December 11th, we're heading to Tempe as a team on the 12th and I will be home the evening of the 21st for almost two weeks!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


At just over two weeks into the quarter, my first papers and midterms are coming due. With that though, I have a finalized class schedule for the term, as well as a plan for the rest of my Stanford career, including a major! If all goes according to plan, I will be working on my declaration next quarter.

This weekend was ridiculous. The team had a teambuilding trip and a regatta, all beginning after a marathon practice and trailer-loading. De-rigging twenty boats and fitting them all on a single trailer was quite a puzzle. After we finished the trailer and the extra Excursions showed up at the boathouse, we all climbed in and drove up the 101, through the city, across the Bay bridge, and into Marin for lunch. We then drove along the 1 and through all of its crazy zig-zags along the coast until we reached the parking lot for the trail we were hiking. The hike was about an hour up and down to Bass Lake where most of the team - including Nate - jumped in via the rope swing, multiple times! Of course, after that, we had to walk an hour back to the vehicles. We then drove another hour to Petaluma and the campground we were all staying at. Grilling burgers, veggie burgers, and chicken-apple sausages over the fire long after dark with teammates and coaches in the freezing cold was an interesting event. Most of us were in bed and asleep shortly after 9:30 because it had just been such a long day. The next morning we rolled out at 6:30 headed for the Wine Country Rowing Classic where I raced in one of our 8+'s, which won gold.