....the PhD program in Rhetoric, Composition & Linguistics at ASU (wow, that's a mouthful).
Yeah, grad school. Part 3. Am I done yet? Lol. Seriously though, I do love it, it's just a TON of work. I thought with two Masters under my belt the PhD wouldn't be that much of a transition but boy has it been.
Two days after I arrived back in the States from London I dove head first into 5 day a week TA training for my teaching assistantship. Forget 3 years of teaching experience in the community colleges. Teaching First-Year Composition to a bunch of 18-year-old Freshman has been such an eye-opening experience. But I'm loving it.
The year isn't over yet, but the spring semester is rapidly coming to an end (I think we have 6 weeks left? Yikes!). Anyway, I wanted to share what I've been up to the past several months. But rather than write a novel here I figured I'd dig through my iPhone photos and share the highlights of those. Because it's more fun to look at pictures, right?
So here we go. Hope you enjoy.
|Very shortly after starting TA training, I move homes! After 5 years I finally have my own apartment again. It's lovely and gorgeous and has a nice big balcony with this gorgeous view and I love it! :)|
|But seriously though, can I have this in my home?|
|I attended the ACI Nouveau fall party and it was so nice to hang out with my Nouveau friends.|
|Q&A with author Elizabeth Winder for her book Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953.|
|My copy of the book, newly signed by the author, plus other goodies from the night including these stunning earrings from Kendra Scott and makeup samples from Dior.|
|It wasn't long before I had to start grabbing books from the library. Back to work for me!|
|Scruffy. Who truly lives up to his name. Love this dog.|
|Landing back in Phoenix. Hello ASU!|
|By November the weather had cooled down enough that I could start hiking. The McDowell's are gorgeous!|
|On Thanksgiving I made a new friend. I call him Harry. :)|
|I bought some new shoes! A few pairs actually, but I love these lace up brogues that go great with my "post stamp" satchel I got at a boutique in Oxford.|
|Christmas! My mom knows me well, she knew I'd love these great English themed ornaments....|
|...But she also knew I'd love the gift card to Ted Baker taped to the back even more. :) Yay!|
|Happy New Year!|
|Spent New Years Eve at home watching a favorite classic film and then at midnight watching YouTube vids of firework celebrations around the world. It was lovely.|
|Sherlock premiere advance screening at the PBS station downtown. Nearly 300 PBS Nerds/Sherlock fangirls and fanboys squeeing like the proper fans we are. So exciting! I think we all needed shock blankets when it was over.|
|I attended the Independent Women Luncheon at the Phoenix Art Museum. Each table was decorated differently and it was beautiful.|
|I turned 33! And was reminded that I have amazing friends who love me and know me really well. Good friends send birthday texts. Great friends manage to work your celeb crush into the text as well. :)|
|I presented at my first conference! I was super nervous but still had a blast sharing my research on fashion blogs.|
|More writing and revising. It's not seminar paper time yet but I had another project sneak in. I'll post more about that once I have more details. For now, the books on the bed might give you a hint.|
|New nail polish! Sale at ULTA, yay! Picked out some fun colors for spring/summer.|