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2nd-Jan-2012 05:40 pm - 2011 In Review
I know I haven't written here in six months. I'm spread between three social networks, a magazine and a professional blog. As longstanding as my LJ is, I'll probably wind up mothballing this in favor of keeping up my professional blog, Twitter feed and G+ account instead.

But this is still the most appropriate place for my year-end meme!

For those of you just tuning in, my 2011 in ultra-condensed review:
Marks our third full year of living in Columbus, Sam's second year at Large National Bank and my second, last year going to classes at the Ohio University Athens campus. Finished my first bachelor's degree. Taught English twice a week. Visited my family and high school friends in California for a charmed, luxurious Spring Break. Sam got promoted to a project manager position at Large National Bank. Spent several days in the hospital with cellulitis, a virulent, subdermal skin infection.

Spent the summer in Chautauqua (upstate New York) at an internship for a daily newspaper, writing previews for classical music events. Lived in a house with seven other women -- first time living with people I wasn't related or married to. Turned 30 and had a Peter-Pan-esque party with beer pong and a pillow fort. Proofed a paper the old-fashioned way when the power went out. Wrote until I could no longer speak. Walked into a room of 200 people and about half of them were reading something I wrote. Spent most of my summer evenings watching orchestras or partying like a college student. Spent the 4th of July on a dock with friends, watching fireworks set off dangerously close to our faces. Visited Niagara Falls -- both the Canadian and American sides.

Continued freelance web design and writing. Took a mini-vacation to Cleveland. Visited in-laws in Iowa for Thanksgiving. Went to Ren Faire. Rented out a VIP karaoke room for my going-away party. Had more parties for my return home, my graduation and another in spring just for the hell of it. Spent New Year's with many of my boardgaming friends. Saw Junip in concert (godly!). Covered the Athens Film Fest. Many, many karaoke and board game evenings.

40 Questions: 2011 In ReviewCollapse )
sam and lauren
6th-Jun-2011 05:45 pm - Cleveland Mini Vacation
I'm back from my mini-vacation in Cleveland! I know it doesn't sound too exciting, but after the term I've had and the work I'll be doing this summer, I really needed the break. Cleveland is actually not a bad city ... there's just not a whole lot going on there. What IS there is good, and we fully took advantage of that. There were some truly unforgettable moments this weekend.

Day 1: Sushi Rock; First Impressions of ClevelandCollapse )

Day 2: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Melt, Lola, barhoppingCollapse )

Day 3: Art, Failed Shopping and an Idyllic Jazz Club ExperienceCollapse )

In all, we had a solid vacation. I'm going to spend this week catching up with my friends and finishing my final paper before I leave for my summer adventure.

...Bonus videos, because I just CAN'T RESIST:
Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video, take 2 (the best one, IMO)
Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video, take 1
sam and lauren
29th-May-2011 02:54 pm - Spring 2011 Wrapup
This school term's almost over, and I haven't written anything here since I've been in the hospital. Whoops. Can you guess how busy I've been? But part of this is also Twitter's fault.

I'm gearing up for my summer in Chautauqua, NY (near Buffalo). It's hard to believe I'll be gone in just two weeks! As I'm saying goodbye to my friends in Columbus, people keep asking me how I've been. For once, I'm at a loss to explain it. Burnt out is probably the closest to the truth. Not happy, not sad, just working very hard and only able to hold a conversation if it's about journalism or school.

Finals are mostly this week for me. Next weekend, Sam and I are taking a three-day vacation to glorious Cleveland to help us reconnect and help me recover before I go work for the summer. I know Cleveland is not a hot tourist destination, but I will be overjoyed to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, eat at Michael Symon's restaurant, and possibly catch some good local music. Then, one week of prep and off to the CHQ for the summer.

In Chautauqua, I'll likely be living in a house with nine other news interns -- male and female. I've never lived with anyone else besides my family and Sam, apart from week-long summer camps and stuff, so this will be an adventure. This will also be the first time in years that I haven't had any classes at all. It will be the first time, ever, that I'm not doing any web design contract work on the side. My husband and all my friends will be in Columbus. Sam will visit me during my birthday, but apart from that and the power of the Internet, I won't be able to see any of my friends while I'm there. I'm guessing I'll also be too busy to drive to Columbus for weekends.

So apart from working, I'm not sure what I'll do once I get there! I hope I make a few friends, because I get lonely very easily. I'm taking knitting projects, tons of books and an enormous stack of magazines I haven't had any time to read. The area is gorgeous, and I'm hoping I can get back into some watersports, which are pretty much the only sports I enjoy. I'm hoping to reintroduce a wellness regimen, because I've been completely incapable of sticking to any diet or exercise since January or so. A new environment will probably help get me back on that wagon.

Re: school
I'm set to graduate next fall. Finally! That's an 11-year journey, for anyone keeping track. Next fall, it's macroecon, ethics, a non-fiction writing course (yay!) and an independent study with my new advisor, building websites for the j-school and studying curation.

Then, job hunting time. I hope we can stay in Columbus, at least for a little while. I have some job leads, but nothing solid yet.
31st-Mar-2011 11:46 am - My first hospital stay
I came back from spring break with an extra souvenir: acute cellulitis, a deep and nasty skin infection. If left untreated, it could turn septic, enter the bloodstream and kill you. The doctors decided not to mess around. I was in the hospital for this from Tuesday night to Thursday morning. Here's the deets:

From an email to my bestie Ms. Tofu FairyCollapse )
28th-Mar-2011 08:17 am - Spring Break 2011 (part 2)
I'm back from my fabulous SoCal vacation. I should've written about it sooner, but I was too busy experiencing it.

Day 4: Visiting Grandma; the St. Petersburg PhilharmonicCollapse )

Day 5: Aquarium; Grammy Museum; Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder; Little Tokyo KaraokeCollapse )

Day 6: A day of restCollapse )

Day 7: A good United flight does exist!Collapse )

I had a lovely trip. I really feel like my family pulled out all of the stops for me. I got to do everything I wanted to and visit lots of friends. But I'm also happy to be home. I think my vacation was just long enough, and I like the extra few days or so before I have to go back to school on Tuesday. Hopefully, this quarter will be less demanding than the last.

From Spring Break 2011

22nd-Mar-2011 04:48 am - Spring Break 2011
I've been more active on Twitter than I have anywhere else lately. I've also done a lot of writing at my music education blog, The Columbus Cornet. I also "sold" my first story to a non-college publication and had it printed ... but I'm still working on getting a copy to share. Finals all went fine, but this term was a killer, in terms of the time I spent working and studying. All my friends are feeling pretty neglected, and I feel terrible about it, but there's just no help for it. I hope spring will be better, especially now that I'm attending one university instead of two.

I'm in SoCal (Simi Valley) visiting my family for spring break. Unfortunately, Sam wasn't able to get the time off work to join me. For the TL;DR crowd here's the happs: We just attended a taping of the Price is Right, then ate a lovely French dinner at the Farmer's Market. Yesterday was shopping with Mom and a trip to the pool hall with Alicia and our friends. Tomorrow is breakfast with Grandma. In the evening, we're going to a classical music concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Wednesday, we're having a Daddy+Daughter day at the Grammy Museum and/or aquarium, then I'm meeting my middle school buds for some tapas hopping at trendy restaurants, topped with drunken karaoke. Thursday, I'm going to lay down some vocal tracks for my Dad's Americana music project. In the evening: more singing, at a piano bar.

Day 1: A wasabi mistakeCollapse )

Day 2: Torrential Downpour; Shopping; Pool HallCollapse )

Day 3: The Price is Right, and so is French cheese.Collapse )

Spring Break 2011

If you want to see us on the Price is Right, the show airs on March 31. Look for us in the very back row, three fine ladies slightly to the left of center. My dad got separated for some stupid reason, and he's prominent in the show, immediately to the right of center.

Bonus video:
31st-Dec-2010 11:48 am - 2010 in Review
Time for the year-end meme!

For those of you just tuning in, my 2010 in ultra-condensed review:
Marks our second full year of living in Columbus, Sam's first year with his new employer and my first year going to classes at the Ohio University Athens campus. Wrapped up my general education (mostly) and started on journalism courses full-force. Taught English twice a week. Continued writing and webdesign work for one of the colleges on campus. Continued working various web design jobs as a contractor. Finished paying a chiropractor exorbitant amounts of money. Won "best dressed" and generally had an A-list time at an Oscar gala. Went to zillions of board game meetups and a few board game dinner parties. Took a week-long, solo, driving road trip to Tampa to see my sister, her (now) ex and my mom and dad. Saw the Parthenon (in Nashville). Saw awesome exhibits on DaVinci and Dali. Paid ridiculous amounts of money to fix my car, which rolled 200,000 this year. Went to a board games convention. Had almost too much fun at dueling piano bars. Made a wellness plan and stuck to it ... at least until the Holidays happened. Spent my birthday in Cincinnati with family friends, followed by a few days spelunking in Kentucky. Started (re)learning French. Started writing for a student magazine. Applied for internships. Went to a Somali wedding party. Visited Sam's parents in Iowa for a week in between Thanksgiving/Christmas.

2010 in reviewCollapse )
sam and lauren
29th-Dec-2010 02:58 pm - Year-End Merriment
I've had a six-week break, and it'd still be nice to have a little while longer. It's true, I'm down to the dregs of things-to-do, but there are a lot of friends I didn't get to see, corners I didn't get to clean, and personal projects I didn't get completed. I guess we call that life.

Sam's birthday and our anniversaryCollapse )

Next Monday, it's back to school. Not looking forward to getting up at 6 a.m. and driving in the dark and snow for my first class, which starts at 9 a.m. On the bright side, it's an awesome class. I will also have time in between courses for lunch this term, which means a return of my Hello Kitty Bento Box Adventures in Japanese Cooking Blog Series Dream Wish Show!

More reading for you:
"Black Swan" review
Still trying to get my "Blues Fury" piece published somewhere. Wish I could let you read it!
sam and lauren
7th-Dec-2010 04:32 pm - A Very Hutchison Holiday
We're back from our week in Iowa with Sam's family. Since Sam's work has really stringent time-off policies and the weather in Iowa is so bad during the winter, we decided to take some time off in between holidays and get all the festivities over with. This year, we had a full-blown Christmas. I am not a Christmas fan AT ALL, but it was nice to spend time with the family.

A very Hutchison holidayCollapse )

We had a lovely time, but after a week, we're glad to be home in our own roomy bed with two snuggle-deprived cats. Last year, we didn't spend enough time on the ground in Iowa, since it takes so long to drive there. This year, I think we found out one week is just a perfect amount of time.

Some parting quotes, for your enjoyment:
Cut for crude humorCollapse )

Holidays 2010
sam and lauren
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