Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
As you may know (cause trust me, I wasn't quiet about it) I finally graduated with my Master's degree a couple weeks ago.
And boy does it feel good!
Remember when I was just starting and I was all nervous about not being smart enough...along with a bunch of other crap? Cause trust me, I worry about a lot of crap.
You can read about that HERE.
Good news - I was smart enough (just barely), I made friends, and I never showed up to the
I keep trying to tell Nate he has to refer to me, from here on out, as "Master Rissa."
So far he's not buying it.
Graduation was everything I thought it was going to be, in all its anticipated glory.
I wore a cap and gown that had wings, and tails, and capes, and made me look pregnant, walked across the stage with all eyes on me as the screen read "Carissa Ruth Townsend," I shook hands with a bunch of people on stage I've never seen before, and received a fake diploma that when opened reads "Your real one will be in the mail in 8-10 weeks"...or something like that.
And I loved every minute of it.
My friend Julie and I were blowin' up our Google chats errry day during work with a countdown leading up until the big day.
We counted everything down.
Number of classes left, number of papers left, days til' grades are posted, and of course, days til graduation.
We even made bets on what the speakers might say in their speeches.
She went with, "never stop learning," and totally nailed it.
I was happy to have my family there on the big day...with the exception of my sister's fiance.
He missed the ceremony and I told him it made me cry.
Don't tell him I made that up though.
Daddy and me
Me and mom
When we were taking pictures my dad goes, "Get in there Nate, you're the one who's gonna be paying for this, you need a picture!"
True story...my dad's just glad it's not his wallet this time!
Nate has been never keen on student loans though.
He told me one night, "I don't get why this is so expensive. Can't you go to like, a community college or something??"
I hate to break it to you Nate, but you can't get a Master's degree at a community college.
Good idea though.
My family, the King's!
The BFF Charlene
Hubs and Mama Townsend
My posse for the day...minus Charlene who was taking the picture =)
LOVE them all!!
After graduation we all went out to lunch at Macayo's Mexican Restaurant.
Cause it seems like that's what you do when important things happen, considering we went there after my Bachelor's graduation, and for Nate and I's rehearsal dinner too.
What can I say, they make a mean mango margarita.
And after lunch for the rest of the day, I celebrated my graduation...by taking a nap.
Cause I feel like I deserve a nap after finishing grad school.
Uncle Si had it right:
So now that school is over a few things have changed:
My house is way messier because I can't use house-cleaning as a homework procrastination tactic...and who really wants to clean their house unless it's to put off doing homework?
Also, I've come to the realization that I now have to do all the things I said I never had time to do during grad school.
Like cook, and work out, and stuff.
I won't lie though, some of my coworkers and the new interns were talking about all their summer classes that started today and how much work they have ahead of them this summer, and in my head I was kinda like, "Neener neener neener!"
Ahh, it feels good to be done!
Friday, May 17, 2013
I saw this link-up hosted by one of by bloggy BFFs, Rachel, earlier this week, and naturally, I'm fashionably late to this party!
But I love the idea and couldn't wait to join in!
The link is open for a few more days, so go check it out at Rachel's blog, Rachel's Country Roots or Chelsee's at Southern Beauty Guide.
I am an Arizona native.
There aren't too many natives left around here because either, they all got tired of the heat and moved to the east coast, or all the mid-westerner's got tired of the snow and made their way out here.
Either way, we're a rare breed.
And nonetheless, I quite frankly, find Arizona to be the shiz.
Let me tell you why...
You don't have to shovel sunshine
Similarly, in the winter time, if you're enjoying your patio in 70 degree weather, in your shorts and a tee-shirt and you suddenly think to yourself, "Hey, it would be fun to go play in the snow!"...simply drive 3 hours and your wish will be granted
We have professional sports teams in every major sport
Baseball, football, hockey, and basketball
There's this really cool, really big hole in the ground
(i.e. the Grand Canyon)
There's more than just dirt here
Yes, Phoenix is the desert, but firstly, the desert can be way more beautiful than what may
first come to mind; and secondly, there's actually even more than just desert here too!
Read about Kinder Creek HERE
Read about Fossil Springs HERE
Read about a weekend in Northern Arizona HERE
Read about Workman's Creek HERE
I truly could go on and on about all the hidden gems and neat things to do outdoors in Arizona. Since my husband is such a big outdoorsman, he seemingly knows every nook and cranny of this place, and I've been fortunate enough to tag along to most of them. Including my foray into hunting!
Read about this year's Javelina hunt HERE
We have wine
Sonoita, Jerome, Sedona, Wilcox, and so on.
Read about this years' wine festival in Southern Arizona HERE
We have low property taxes
I figured I'd throw that one in to sound grown up
We have awesome gun laws
As in, you can actually own them.
If that was too political for you...hopfully we can still be friends anyway.
We turned 100 years old last year
Actually, if I hear someone so much as utter those words in the middle of July...
I might punch them in the face.
Oh and also...if ever you're buying something online, or filling out a survey and you have to choose your state from the drop-down menu, Arizona is always at the top since it starts with "A." So it's really convenient not to have to scroll through 50 states to choose your location.
So you know, there's that too.
And there you have it.
I'm sure I missed a
few bunch of things, but this should be a good start.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
2.) Fight traffic all the way to downtown Phoenix and eventually arrive at work
I totally stole this picture from my co-workers' Instagram.
Evan, if ever you're reading this...don't be mad.
I'll pay you royalties.
From the cafeteria.
3.) Check the email
6.) And last but not least...fight traffic all the way back to the east valley
My evenings vary from day to day - but tonight the hubs and I spent a gift card at Olive Garden for dinner, watched night #2 of the So You Think You Can Dance Premiere, and laughed at politically incorrect jokes and potentially insensitive ethnic impressions...courtesy of yours truly, my husband. But I feel like you're allowed to be politically incorrect at home when no one's around, right?
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
I'm a little behind on the Blog Everyday in May challenge, hosted by the lovely Jenni over Story of My Life
My tardiness might work out for the better considering Day 13's challenge is:
Issue a Public Apology
I, Carissa Townsend, would like to publically apologize for falling behind on the Blog Everyday in May challenge, and generally neglecting my blog as of late. I've not posted on my blog, nor have I read and/or commented on any of the blogs of my bloggy friends.
Since graduating with my Master's last Thursday, I've taken the time to lay around and do nothing.
And it's been marvelous.
I may give myself a few more days to continue doing nothing...or I may not.
I suppose it depends on my mood.
Cause I'm flexible now.
And I can do that.
But after that, I do intend to become a productive, and contributing member of society once again.
I thank you, in adavce, for the accepting of my apology.
Day 14 Blog Everyday in May Challenge is:
10 Things That Make You Really Happy
...I get happy just thinking about this prompt!
1.) My salvation in Jesus Christ
2.) Macaroni and Cheese
4.) My dogs
5.) A good belly laugh
6.) The American Flag
7.) Harry Potter...and the Sorcer's Stone, the Chamber of Secrets, the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Goblet of Fire, the Order of the Phoenix, the Half-blood Prince, and the Deathly Hallows
8.) My Erin Condren Lifeplanner
9.) Mango margaritas
10.) When I'm right and my husband is wrong.
...that always makes me really happy.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Linking up with Jenni today for Day 9 of the Blog Everyday in May challenge.
Today's prompt is: A moment in your day
I went and got me a Master's degree today.
You'll probably be hearing more about it later.
Cause I'm pretty pumped about it.
I'm allowed to brag when I graduate right?