What I’ve been up to…

I haven’t had the chance to post in a while because my senior thesis is looming, but I thought I’d give a quick update for anyone who’s still following.
I had the privilege of participating in Kent State’s Undergraduate research symposium.
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It was hard work, but really fun!
I left before the awards because I had to write a midterm, but I got an email from my advisor a little later, and to my amazement I took first in my category!
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I got this cool award and some money I’m going to put toward the two classes I have to take this summer. 🙂

Recently I’ve joined in on Zatchels’ contest in hopes of winning the 12 bags they are giving away. I don’t want to win for me though! I have so many friends and family that have loved my bags and can’t afford to buy one, so I want to win so I can give them to people I love! I want most to be able to give them to my mom, because she’s hard on bags, and my sister-in-law, because she loves mine but she’s a broke grad student in NYC. It would be the most amazing prize to me if I could give them Zatchels for Christmas or their birthdays!!!
Here’s a collection of the pics I’ve submitted so far, along with some closer shots of the makeup for most of the looks:

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I’ve made it a personal challenge to post a new outfit every day until the contest ends, so check out my twitter/instagram accounts to see the latest pics!

I also took my new favorite selca ever!
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I don’t usually think of myself as pretty, so when I find a picture I really like I get really excited about it! (Which is probably kinda sad, really…)

The only other important thing that’s happened lately was I got a root canal yesterday.
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(Yup. I’m that cool.)
It was a super painful abscessed tooth, so the root canal was a relief,  not something negative.  🙂

So yeah, that’s pretty much my life.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a 20 page thesis to write…

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A hard goodbye…

As you may know, our little girl cat had been fighting cancer for quite some time now. On Friday night that fight came to an end. I miss her so much, even though I am glad she doesn’t have to deal with the failures of her body anymore.
I wrote this poem for her today, so I thought I’d share it.

A Journey Without Luggage

She left us.
The trip had been planned for some time
Although no ticket was purchased.
We could not join her
Even though at times we wanted to.
We sobbed and said our goodbyes
At her point of departure,
Promising to join her someday.
Her body seemed so light
As it was carried away.
And all the heavy baggage
Was left with us.

Rest in peace sweetie. We’ll see you at the rainbow bridge.

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I probably won’t be posting for a little while. I need to process this, and right now blogging just doesn’t feel as important.

I’m so sorry for not posting yet this week.

I have things to review,  and more TIOW to post, but I haven’t felt up to posting them. You see, on Monday we realized my kitty’s tumors have begun to return. When we had the last ones removed we knew they were almost certainly cancer, but we hoped it had all been removed. It has now become clear this was not the case, and there is nothing more we can do for her. She isn’t uncomfortable, and she may have some time left, but it’s been a very hard time for me and I am only now beginning to adapt to this situation.  I hope to post something this weekend, but I may be a bit sporadic with posting for a bit.

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My baby girl Shelby.