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HELLO LIVEJOURNAL. It has been a while, hasn't it? I'm awfully sorry... again. My life might become more conducive to updating in the near future (more on that in a moment) so I'm going to TRY. Once again. I cannot promise anything. But here, at least, is a snapshot!

In the past week my life has changed at rather lightning pace, so there's a lot of current things to talk about. But first, a rundown of the last... oh dear, six months!

Last I left you, I had given my second year seminar. I then went to a conference in Chicago and presented a poster, which went really well! For the next four months, I worked my ass off on my preliminary exam. That consists of writing a thesis research proposal in grant format, then orally defending it to my thesis committee. I basically made myself sick with stress, and in the event the exam was chill and smooth and my professors basically didn't push anything too hard. So that was a huge relief! And as a result, I am officially a PhD candidate (as opposed to a pre-candidate) \o/!

So fast forward to May and June, when I've been much more of a person! I finally got to go back to Chicago to see [livejournal.com profile] rhombal and [livejournal.com profile] musictoyourlips! :D And [livejournal.com profile] contrariangie was visiting too! We went to see Empires (BEST <333 they're so amazing to see IN Chicago) with Jon Walker opening, lolol. He's kind of terrible, but very earnest. We went to the Globe Pub to watch the last day of the Premier League, I saw a Robin van Perfect goal and ate Roxanne's Arsenal cupcakes, had a lovely chat with a lovely Scottish man and met an Irish boy, and got introduced to an amazing German black lager (!) called Köstritzer (yummm) by a Manchester United fan (booo). We mainlined the entirety of Downton Abbey and HOMG IT IS AMAZING AND CUTE IRISH CHAUFFEUR AND SEXY EARLY FEMINIST COME TO MEEEE. Also Dan Stevens. :D Then I had to leave :((( And I miss their faces :((((((


In OTHER news, soccer/football is still my life, it is ridic. Mainz were badasses at the end and QUALIFIED FOR EUROPA YAY. Lewis Holtby remains my future husband. Germany are a bit "what is this fuckery?" sometimes but I still love all their faces. And I got to see both the US women's AND men's national teams live recently! The women beat Japan in a friendly, and the men beat Canada in the Gold Cup group stage (last night!). That was so much fun. The crowds here leave much to be desired, but both games were reasonably high-action and oh man, seeing Abby Wambach and Clint Dempsey score in person was something else.

Just this week, I found out that I'm doing an internship at a local biotechnology company for the next three months! :O I start on June 20th and I will actually have a normal human schedule (i.e. 9 to 5) and no weekends and I'm sort of embarrassingly excited about that. My boss is a bit annoyed that I have to leave (this is a requirement for my funding) but he's trying to make the best of it, and I'm selfishly relieved. Oops. But it should be a good experience in a lot of ways and I am definitely looking forward to it.

In much more exciting recent news, I have finally met a boy! :3 Usually I'll babble about some crush on here and it never comes to anything, but no really, I MET a BOY. His name is Josh! We met on OK Cupid, had our first date last Monday, and we have already had three more dates and he's spent the night in my bed. And I do mean spent the night, ahem. It's faster than I'm used to, but I'm completely comfortable and happy and relaxed which is a very very good thing, and a bit surprising. He's sexy (oh so sexy) AND nerdy - I didn't know that existed in real life! He goes to the gym a loooot so his biceps and everything else are TO DIE FOR, but he's also getting his PhD in nuclear engineering and is frighteningly intelligent. In a very good way. For some reason he appears to be very attracted to me, so basically this week has been a giddy delight. He's sweet but sarcastic, kind, naughty, brilliant, impulsive -all of these great qualities all swirled together. I've never met anyone like him, really, and right now I am just along for the ride and having a blast. Basically I am hoping for a super fun summer with him and not really thinking about beyond that. We are going to see Thor tomorrow night! :D

So that's about it! Candidacy, Chicago, internship, BOY. I hope that with 1) a 9 to 5 job and 2) no regular football, I will have more time to post, but I cannot promise anything. Tell me what is most important in your lives, please! There is a LOT of LJ to catch up on, and I basically have no hope of doing so. As always, you can find me on twitter with this name too!

Mood:: 'pleased' pleased
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posted by [identity profile] kashmir1.livejournal.com at 06:36am on 09/06/2011
ANNE. BB LOVE! I MISSED YOU SO MUCH!! <333 I'm so glad things are going well! And woohoo, good for you on the boy front! ;)

I have your comment about Ireland sitting in my inbox unanswered because I SUCK and have been sick since Sunday. BUT I PROMISE I WILL BE ANSWERING IT SOON! (I also have like, four more days to post about. I FAIL.)

Also, Mel and I were in the car earlier and "Honey" by The Hushies came on and it made us both think of Shore Leave. ♥
posted by [identity profile] exsequar.livejournal.com at 05:31pm on 09/06/2011
JUUULES! I have missed you too my lovely!! Thaaank you <3

YOU DO NOT SUCK, and I'm sorry you have been under the weather! :( I hope you feel better now! I would LOVE to read/see more about your trip to Eire, obviously. :D

Awwww. Shore Leave! Good times, good times. ♥ Fun fact: Josh recognized David Hewlett from my Shore Leave photo on my wall because he's watched Atlantis! PERFECT MAN Y/Y?
posted by [identity profile] amnisias.livejournal.com at 08:05am on 09/06/2011
Yay! Still alive! - and life going well... Double yay!
posted by [identity profile] exsequar.livejournal.com at 05:53pm on 09/06/2011
Yes indeed! It's been very up and down, but right now I'm on a up and I hope it lasts a little while. :) Thanks! How are you doing?
posted by [identity profile] nebulein.livejournal.com at 08:12am on 09/06/2011
I forgot to ask how things with Josh went. Glad things are going well! :D He really does sound awesome.

posted by [identity profile] exsequar.livejournal.com at 05:55pm on 09/06/2011
Thanks hon! :D He's delightfully fun, I'm having a great time.

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posted by [identity profile] schneestern.livejournal.com at 08:55am on 09/06/2011
YOU! I have been meaning to send you an email, just because, but I've sort of been busy with RL too and then I forgot /o\ I'm glad you're still around though and that you met a BOY (<3) and that you're now officially and awesomely an actual PhD candidate. GO TEAM ANNE! ♥!
posted by [identity profile] exsequar.livejournal.com at 06:01pm on 09/06/2011
YOU! Emails are excellent! I'd love to hear about what's going on with YOUR life because I have totally failed in keeping up. Tell me things! Comment here if that's easier! THANKS BB! ♥ ♥
posted by [identity profile] hernameislara.livejournal.com at 08:58am on 09/06/2011
Great to have you back!
Hope all is well ♥
posted by [identity profile] exsequar.livejournal.com at 06:02pm on 09/06/2011
Thank you! All is swell! Hope everything is good with you too.
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posted by [personal profile] feuervogel at 01:17pm on 09/06/2011

Köstritzer is awesome. (If you can find it where you are, New Belgium's 1554 is similar. I can't get Köstritzer here, so 1554 is a reasonable substitute.)
posted by [identity profile] exsequar.livejournal.com at 06:03pm on 09/06/2011

Omg it's so tasty. I also found it at a restaurant here in Michigan and I'll keep an eye out for it, but thanks for the heads up on the tastealike! :D
posted by [identity profile] foxxcub.livejournal.com at 01:57pm on 09/06/2011
N'awwww, this whole post made me smile. ♥ I'm happy for you and the boy!
posted by [identity profile] exsequar.livejournal.com at 06:04pm on 09/06/2011
Aw, thank you! ♥ :)
posted by [identity profile] why-me-why-not.livejournal.com at 03:33am on 10/06/2011
So glad to see so much happy for you! Esp about the boy; I was meaning to ask but I've been away from the internet + phoneless. :)
posted by [identity profile] exsequar.livejournal.com at 03:45pm on 10/06/2011
Thanks Tabby! ♥ I hope you've been having lots of fun in the sun. :D
posted by [identity profile] pau494.livejournal.com at 11:37pm on 10/06/2011
HIII YOU'RE BACK. ♥♥♥ I'm sorry I'm such a failboat at emails! :(

So much I want to comment on! Bands! Football! JOB YAAAY. And also, BOY. \o/ You actually found the mythical boy we've been talking about! GO YOU.



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