MemChu Reflection // Do All Things With Love

You know how authors and academics have a dedication and/or acknowledgment page in their thesis or dissertation? Well, there are some examples of really funny ones, Slate has a good round up of those here which include dedications to Jim Beam “for assistance with writing” and “Snowpocalypse 2010 for making the long-awaited completion of this paper possible”.

As I round the corner on the completion of my seven year master’s degree (I wish you could hear the pain I feel saying that) I have started to think about what helped me during this process, and if/how to acknowledge it.

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This had to happen at some point, the hammer had to come down. I had to bite the bullet and put everything on hold for a couple of weeks to finish my grad school work. Credits are expiring, (as is my memory) and it was just time.

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I was fortunate enough to spend the week in New Orleans for a work conference this week. It was an incredibly interesting place and I look forward to returning at some point to spend more time visiting museums and learning more about the history.

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This weekend we did very typical at-home weekend stuff. It was great to catch up a little bit before I travel next week.

Typically I work from home on Fridays, but this week I went into the office because I wanted to get all of my invoices/paperwork processed as I will be out of the office for two weeks.

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I really love the outdoors, especially the wilderness. One of the things I find the most challenging about living in the Bay Area is being in a big city and near other people all of the time. I was feeling like I needed a little break from the city and started researching backpacking trips near San Francisco. Well, it turns out that there is a nearby open space with a backpack-in camp that had an available permit.

I jumped on it, and did a quick one-night solo backpack trip.

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Women’s March on Washington – Oakland, CA

Well, it’s a pretty big week for the United States. We swore in our 45th president, go us. While I have many issues with his politics, I have to admire how well-oiled the Washington D.C. machine is. Trump’s nominees have been having a rough time through the confirmation hearings but that doesn’t seem to interfere with Trump’s determination to push through his picks. I do find his stance on journalism frightening and feel like his tweeting of policy is a new territory.

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Hello friends, it’s been a while.

I feel like 2016 deserves a quick ‘year in review’ post, which I actually haven’t done since 2014.

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The day consisted of: delicious breakfast, exploring ruins, shopping, beach, ice cream, shopping, grilled fish dinner. So a pretty typical Thursday (jk).

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We had an excellent day of adventure. Starting with a beautiful breakfast at the house, we headed to the Tlos ruins near Fethiye then cooled off in the cold waters of a deep canyon. 

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Oludeniz lagoon // Fethiye

Today we went to the famous Ölüdeniz lagoon, which according to all the guidebooks and travel websites, is a beautiful place to see. We were markedly underwhelmed. It’s a murky pond lagoon that had me concerned for our health after swimming in it, with private beach clubs vying for your money. We spent only about 20 minute here, 10 of which were spent showering off the questionable water.

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