Thursday, February 26, 2009

[A Day in the Life...]

I know, I know... I'm a total slacker.  I haven't updated in something like a month.  What can I say?  For getting next to nothing accomplished, I've been crazy busy lately.

In recent Niki News:

  • I got the small envelope from OSU... apparently, once you get to this level, having a 4.0 does not set you apart from the masses.  You're one of them because you're one of many.  Oh, well.  I'm really not that broken-hearted.  I'm honestly burned out and ready to focus on teaching for awhile.
  • I dyed my hair yesterday... I'm trying out the two-toned look that's so hip right now (on that note, is "hip" still respectably cool of a word to say?).  Here's a shot of how it turned out:

  • Next time, I hope the contrast is a little stronger... Subtlety is fine and all, but I was going for something slightly more, shall we say, hipster, but still respectable enough to pass "professional career lady" standards.  Yes, I'm a nerd... deal.

  • I'm getting really fond of black coffee.  I never thought I'd see the day.  It's good, though... cheaper than soda or adding creamer and syrup.

  • I've been accepted to present at the Truman Graduate English Organization's conference in April, so CCF reunion time!  I know most people are gone by now, but there's still a pretty notable number of my friends hanging around K-Vegas. 

  • I'm getting stronger all the time... it's more subtle now, but I really notice it on days like this when I'm holding conferences and, in spite of sitting in one spot most of the day, my back doesn't loathe me as much as it did three weeks ago, during the previous round of conferences.  Boo-yah!

  • I've been on a music binge lately and have discovered a number of awesome rock and metal groups.  Right now, I've got Red, Flyleaf, and Fireflight on repeat on my Zune.  I love the way they combine the hard guitar sounds and occasional screams with some amazing melodic sections.  It's like they satisfy two extremes within me. 

  • You know how I've been reading Relevant Magazine for nearly six years (since the second issue)?  Well, on their website, they've started a community that's a little like Facebook.  You should check it out.  You should check out the podcast, too... particularly the one that was posted on 2.9.09... though I may be a little biased.  Curious?  Then check it out.  Go.  You can come back in an hour and read the rest of this.
Out of curiosity, I think it's time for a roll call.  Are you a reader?  Gimme a shout-out.  I'm just wondering if I have any kind of audience besides the three people I already am aware of. :)  Yes, I get absurd when I post late at night.  But you should know that about me by now. 

Over and out.

Intense Niki:

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

[Conference Day]

It's conference week one, so I'm planted at the Coffee Ethic today and Thursday pretty much during all my waking hours.  Thank goodness it's a coffee shop... caffeine! 

It'll be Singles' Awareness Day in a mere 11 days, so I better start hunting down my Happy S.A.D. t-shirt for the occasion.  What is my Happy S.A.D. shirt?  Well, here it is in all its glory:

My name is Niki, and I've made patheticness into a fine art. :-D 
I wonder if I still have my rhinestone lips belt...