Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Back to school, back to school

After a wonderful 3 week break, I am back to school. Yesterday was the first day of classes. Being in such a small program is nice, because I don't have the stress of not knowing people, or new teachers.... all our classes are even in the same room! Having such a busy break didn't give me much time to be ready to go back to school, but as soon as I got in class I was completely geeking out over everything. I am so happy to be studying something i love SO much!

Speaking of studying... all that studying paid off last semester and I made a 4.0!! I managed to get through the semester making an A on every assignment, test and paper except for one B! I say this not to brag... but if you knew me in undergrad you know how much of a turn around this is. In undergrad I skipped class to lay in quad, never studied, procrastinated chronically.... and i graduated with barely a B average. But now that I am studying something I'm passionate about, it's completely different. I think and talk about school and speech-language pathology CONSTANTLY. I annoy the crap out of everyone :D

This semester will be tough, because I'm taking 15 hrs (5 classes). But I'm actually excited about every single one of them! I'm most excited about Research, because i looooove research and writing papers. I'm also taking Aphasia, Articulation Disorders, Clinical Audiology, and Linguistics & Psycholinguistics. I'll also be doing lots of observations of therapy sessions, because I will get my own clients in January!!!! (Scary but so exciting)

Last semester I wrote a research paper for my anatomy class on Vocal Fold Hydration, and I loved the topic! My professor asked me to present it at our school's research day, so in November I'll get to show my research to all of the other Allied Health students.... well... those who come :)

I have to go to class now!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Vacation, all i ever wanted

Austin I have been married for over two years, and until this mini-vacation, we had never taken a vacation alone together besides our honeymoon. Having our families and lots of friends in driving distance from Nola meant we used most of our off time to visit them. We decided it was time for us to take a little trip alone together, and I couldn't be happier with that decision!

Because of my school schedule, and Austin's work schedule, our vacations don't really happen at the same time. So in August, we had a long weekend where we were both off and chose that weekend for our trip. We wanted to go somewhere within a short driving distance, so we decided to go to Hot Springs. We found this fabulous bed & breakfast to stay at, and it was out of our price range, but we decided to stay one less night so we could afford it. SO glad we did. This place was amazing!!!

Most Bed & Breakfasts kind of make me think I'm sleeping in someone's grandma's room. Not this one. The whole building was beautiful and relaxing. It was so nice I just wanted to stay there all day! Our balcony had two rocking chairs that we could sit in and look out over Lake Hamilton.

Heres a link to the place, Lookout Point Inn, in case you want to check it out!

Every morning they serve AMAZING breakfast in the dining room. And before breakfast is served, coffee is ready outside your door at 7AM! So we would get up, get coffee, and get back in bead and drink it while looking out at the lake! Breakfast was unbelievable, coffee, juices, and several delicious courses. Here are a few pics of our fabulous food, i forgot to bring my camera to breakfast so austin snapped a few with his Iphone.

This is a berry shortcake.... yummmmmm. Notice the cute mugs! Each of these mugs are handmade by a pottery company, and lots of bed & breakfasts all over the country have mugs like this made. Some guests travel around just to collect them :)

This is Huevos Trifecta... Eggs cooked in cream in butter atop prosciutto on english muffins. again, amazing. In addition to amazing breakfast, in the afternoons they had an Innkeeper's reception with appetizers, dessert and wine!

Austin and I have both been to Hot Springs before, and there's only so much you can do, but it was fun! We went to all the lookouts and went to the Mountain Tower (an observatory thats like a zillion feet above land). We also did lots of antiquing, and lots of relaxing in the gardens of the B&B. Every night after dinner we sat on our balcony and drank wine and talked for hours. All in all it was a GREAT trip. Here are some more pictures.

Another view from our balcony

Austin and I at one of the lookouts

Pretty view

Austin on some rocks

Austin reading in the hammock in the garden

View from the Mountain Tower


View of the B&B from the back

I could post pictures all day! It was beautiful. The best part about it was getting to spend time alone with Austin. I think sometimes its hard for us to create spaces for us to reconnect as husband and wife when we are home, but getting away from all the distractions of everyday life gave us that chance to reconnect and it was wonderful. I am so incredibly blessed to have Austin as my husband. We are already planning our next getaway, and we hope to return to Lookout Point Inn very soon!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I'm bad at blogging

I'm obviously bad at keeping up with my blog, but i'll keep trying :)

I have finished my first semester of grad school! Can't believe how fast it flew by!! And tomorrow, Austin will have his first day with students at his new school! I can't believe how quickly summer has gone by.

I wanted to post about our new kayaks that we got a few weeks ago! For a little over a year, Austin has been begging to get a kayak. Begging. It became a source for arguments between us. I was okay with him getting one, but we had no place to keep it, as our former apartment complex wouldn't allow us to keep it on our porch. I didn't really want a 14 ft. kayak in the bedroom.

Fast forward to now, we live in shreveport, have a GARAGE (gasp!), and Austin worked an extra job this summer so had some well earned money to spend and he planned on getting a kayak. Well we went to Bass Pro Shop one day, and found TWO kayaks that were exactly what he wanted.... for over 50% off!! So we bought both of them so that he wouldn't have to kayak alone!

I haven't been able to go as much because I was busy with school, but austin has been throughly enjoying the new boats! Here are some pictures from our first time taking them out.

It was super fun! I am looking forward to going kayaking more when the weather cools down. We also are hoping to take them up to Arkansas on some camping trips soon!

Next post will be about our mini-vacation to a bed & breakfast in Arkansas (amaaaaazing!) and hopefully I'll post it soon!

p.s. we miss NOLA!