20110615

Graduation+

Hello my long lost blog! Feels like it's been forever. I'm sorry for all you readers that depend upon me for your entertainment! ;-) Last week was finals week AND graduation. On Thursday, my mom and younger sister came to Davis to celebrate with me the challenges and feats of the past two years. I almost can't believe it's been two years... but then, again, I can. It's nice to think back and realize how much I've changed and grown. Anyway, Thursday was commencement. I got to sit next to my favorites Caitlin, Cheryl, and my advisor. Afterwards, my mom, sister, and I met up with Sean for sushi. Twas delicious and, of course, oodles of fun.

Celebration! 
Booking it to the ARC.
The Masters of Science.
Check our sweet sleeves out!
With my mum!
With my little Ali!
Check out my nifty hood!
With Rashelle, Doctor of Philosophy!
On Friday, we had a graduate group celebration. My advisor said very sweet things about me, I received an engraved cowbell, and we enjoyed lunch and photographing with faculty, grad students, and family.

Love my Aggies!
My mom and I!
Caitlin and me. She's the reason I've survived thus far!
Teri and me -- one of my most favorite people ever. Another person who is responsible for my grad school survival.
My advisor, Adrienne, and me!!
My favorite cow school!
On Saturday, my mom, sister, Sean, and I went to San Francisco. The Stein's collection was on display at the SFMOMA, which was fantastic!, and we also went up to Twin Peaks and to the Walt Disney Family Museum. Check out the fab photos:

Giant, modern spiders don't freak us out at all.
Ali and me at SFMOMA.
The views from Twin Peaks!


Walt, Mickey, and me!
On Sunday, we went to Old Sacramento -- checked out a few of the museums and statues, shops, and restaurants. 

Ali and me stage coaching it up!
Watching the Tower Bridge lift!
Pony Express Pride!
Ali and me getting our Rosie on.
Randomly running into my cousin's kids (who reside in Utah)!
My family left on Monday, and I spent the afternoon with Caitlin, running errands and cleaning out closets (we're moving soon!), and spent the evening with Sean watching TV. I ran around campus all day on Tuesday and we had our last lab meeting at a bar in Sacramento. I might be developing a taste of whiskey... good whiskey. Then I spent today in Sacramento. I also went out to the Folsom outlets and got myself a little graduation present. So, the graduation loot:

A few months ago, my mom got me an early graduation present! My sweet iPad. I love it! Thanks, mom!
My Ali and mom gave me Nichola the Narcoleptic puppet!
She's got quite the attitude and finesse. Thanks, Ali and Mom! She's my PhD pal!
Emily and Taylor (and Daphne) gave me some great pink and green towels and the above shower curtain for my ultra retro bathroom in my new apartment! I can't wait to hang it up! Thanks, Em and Taylor!
I got myself this comforter (Marimekko Samovaari!) for a steal for my new, fancy, grown-up queen bed that'll be in my new apartment! :-D
And, finally, a new purse to match my wallet! The lining matches my iPad cover!
And you've reached the end of a possibly record long blog post. All is well in California! Now... it's time to start packing up!

2 remarks:

Misty said...

YEAH! Congratulations Natalie! You are now a true master... heehee.

And thanks for finally sharing a pic of Sean, the suspense was killing me!

TahoeCaitlin said...

I would have died without you!! <3 <3 <3!!