Sunday, August 31, 2008

Time and Change

This is belated but I wanted to post pictures from my graduation. I graduated from The Ohio State University on June 8, 2008! The following are pictures starting on the Friday before graduation.

This is graduation rehearsal as we are walking into the stadium. We had been in the French Field House for about 45 minutes before we actually started walking to the stadium. Needless to say, it was quite hot that day in the the field house with so many graduates and no fans.

We finally make it into the stadium.

Taking our seats.

Block O!

The graduates sat in the upper levels of the lower seating (if that makes sense) and all the guests sat elsewhere.

Architecture from the outside of the stadium.

These few pictures are from the Commencement Eve Candlelight Ceremony which was held on Saturday, the day before graduation. This is a picture of Mirror Lake.

Carmen Ohio:
Oh come let's sing Ohio's praise
And songs to Alma Mater raise
While our hearts rebounding thrill
With joy which death alone can still
Summer's heat or winter's cold
The seasons pass the years will roll
Time and change will surely show
How firm thy friendship... O-H-I-O!
(Sorry the pictures are so was hard to get a good one).

Candles held up during O-H-I-O.

My mom and me. I love this picture.

My mom, my sister, and me.

All of our candles together. This is such a cool picture! President Gee spoke at the ceremony as well as a student that was chosen to represent OSU. This was the first year for the candle ceremony, but it was a big success.

Ohio State congratulates the class of 2008

This is my father, my sister and me on the day of graduation in the French Field House.

Getting ready. Exciting times!

My mom, me, and my dad.

My mom looks so happy in this picture! We always tease each other about our heights. (I'm actually taller) but my mom thinks she is so I was obliging her in this picture and look, I am shorter!

PhD students walking into the stadium before the ceremony. All of the names of the PhD students were read and they actually went up to the stand and received their diploma. It took forever, but if I had worked that hard I would want my name read too!

ROTC members preparing to raise the flag. Don't they look nice?

Table after table of diplomas. Each of the graduates had a number and we went into our rows by number. They actually handed out real diplomas during graduation. For 7,857 students graduating, I'd say that was a pretty good feat of coordination!

Raising the flag.



Brian Williams, the anchor of NBC Nightly News, was the speaker. He spoke about going out and helping the world and making a difference in the lives of others.

Receiving my diploma!! (I'm in the lower right hand corner...)

I was searching for my family while I was sitting in the stands and wasn't able to find them. As I went down to receive my diploma, I saw my family waving and they caught a picture of me.

After the ceremony. My face is all sun burnt. And I was sooo hot and sweaty. I had to go home and take a shower.

My family after graduation. My dad had worked the night before and did not get much sleep as we had to be on campus around 11 am and the ceremony went until after 4 pm. Thank you to my family for supporting me and for encouraging me to keep going. It was well worth it. I love you!!

With President Gee (he's LDS too!) Don't you just love his hat? I think it's so cute.

O-H-I-O with President Gee! So fun!

After meeting President Gee. It was so nice of him to take the time for pictures with the graduates. He is so great!

My sister and I on the way home!

My yummy celebration cookie!

Me and my diploma! Even though it's not really a big deal I wore honor cords for being a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron, a Human Ecology honor society. It was fun to see all the other members wearing them. A lot of people asked what they were for because the cords were yellow and purple, not scarlet and grey.

OSU grad. Finally!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

They do what?!?

Mosquitoes would be so much more useful if they gave us something in return for just sucking our blood. Something like a quicker metabolism or the power to be invisible or, I don't know, something else cool. Instead, they just leave us with itchy red bites that swell up and last for days. Ugh.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Team USA

Do you know where Tunisia is located? I didn't before yesterday. One of the swimmers, Oussama Mellouli, won the first gold medal for his country in the 1,500 meter freestyle. I love watching the Olympics!! There is such a feeling of unity when athletes from all over the world come together and compete. It is so wonderful cheering for the underdog and hoping they win, and then when they do or anyone else, watching them tear up when the national anthem is played during the medal ceremonies. It is so cool that Michael Phelps won 8 gold medals. Go him! He just kept swimming, just kept swimming, just kept swimming. (from Finding Nemo). Diving, swimming, and running are my favorites to watch. U-S-A, U-S-A!

My parents celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary this month. I'm so happy they found each other and for their love and patience with me over the years. They are the best parents and I'm glad they are mine! Here's to 34 more years!

Craigslist is the best. I decided to buy a car yesterday. It has 246,000 miles and it's 19 years old but it's $800 dollars. I'm picking it up and paying for it tomorrow. Yippee! Now for the job...

(If you're interested, Tunisia is located in North Africa between Algeria and Libya and south of Italy). Interesting, huh?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


I have to say, I'm not a huge fan of chocolate. When I do eat it I prefer it with nuts or caramel or toffee or something else in it. I do not like raisins either. Recently though I've had a big craving for Cadbury Fruit and Nut bars. The chocolate is so smooth and creamy and the bars have just the right amount of fruit and nuts (almonds) in them. They are really good!
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