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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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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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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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I had a hard time handling the world this week. This latest mass terrorist attack in Istanbul has me heartbroken and frightened. I need time to process.

Thankfully we had a quiet weekend dogsitting planned so I had time to breathe and be away from news feeds.

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We move around so much I thought it would be nice to post a few photos from our current apartment. It was newly renovated just before we moved in (we are still removing manufacturer stickers from the appliances and windows). We are still getting settled, but it’s starting to feel like home.

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Onur and I are on apartment number eight, in our four years together. There is one thing for sure, we are highly skilled at packing and moving and have out of necessity built a more minimalist lifestyle than we would have otherwise.

As my longtime readers know, we met, and lived together for a year in beautiful Bozeman, Montana.

During that year we lived in:
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DSC_9729This weekend was a blast! It was another productive weekend at home, which was great because we’ll be dogsitting again next weekend for the 4th so it was nice to get the house in shape for the next few weeks.

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This weekend we got to dogsit for a new family in Portola Valley. They have two gorgeous malamutes and a beautiful spot on a hill. So we headed to Palo Alto on Thursday after work and I got to work remotely Friday. 

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