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Happy Hanukkah!

I’m kind of bad about posting lately because things have been so hectic here.  There’ve been a lot of exciting things happening so this is probably going to be a long post. First, Happy Hanukkah! This post is coming to you from my new iPad, which is really exciting.  Daniel’s parents bought it for us which was very nice of them.  I can already tell I’m going to be using it a lot.

Let’s recap what’s happened during Hanukkah so far.  On the first night, which was Saturday evening, we went to Daniel’s parents’ house to open gifts.  Nicole bought me two bottles of nail polish and some eye makeup.  She knows me so well.  I also received my annual gift card to Starbucks from Adrienne.   We spent the majority of that night eating latkes and chatting with Wendy and Andy, who are good friends with Ken and Adrienne.

On Sunday night, Adrienne handed me a gigantic gift bag full of Doritos.  She knows me pretty well, too.  As one of Daniel’s gifts to me, he made me a delicious dinner consisting of chicken bacon roulades, green beans, and homemade bread courtesy of Ken.  It was amazing.  We’ve only had that dish once or twice before, so it was a nice surprise.  I had expected risotto or something like that, so I’m glad he surprised me.  I only guessed what it was after we went grocery shopping together earlier that day.  From me, he opened The Orange Box for the XBox 360, which has Portal, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episodes 1 and 2, and Team Fortress 2.  He was very excited about it.  And I’m looking forward to playing through Portal again on an actual console.

Our beautiful and delicious dinner!  Thanks Daniel.

Our beautiful and delicious dinner! Thanks Daniel.

The full table shot.

The full table shot.

On Monday I opened a chocolate orange and a gift card to Target, both from Daniel’s parents.  Daniel gave me The Avengers on DVD which I was thrilled to see because I love that movie. (You can read all about that here.)

But Tuesday was the most exciting day. Daniel called me around noon to tell me that he had received a job that he only just interviewed for on Monday.  As you may know, he is currently working a temp position at Duke, but his new job will be a full-time position at Duke that will start the same week that his temp position ends.  How perfect!  Last night we celebrated by going to Bull McCabe’s for some drinks and good Irish fare.  And then…we went to his parents’ house where they gave us an iPad. Ohmygod.  I love it.  AND we also went to Best Buy to pick up our new TV, which was also a gift from Ken and Adrienne.  So right now we have a lot of new toys to keep us busy for a very long time.  I can’t even express how excited I am right now, about all of it.  Daniel will finally be able to sleep now that he has full-time work, and I am so proud of him.  I have a fancy new gadget that I can’t get enough of, and we’re only half through with Hanukkah.

Our new TV.  Daniel is playing Skyrim.  He wanted me to take the photo so that it looked like he was doing something cool.

Our new TV. Daniel is playing Skyrim. He wanted me to take the photo so that it looked like he was doing something cool.

The iPad.

The iPad.

If anybody reading this has any suggestions for cool or interesting apps, let me know.


Best Thing / Worst Thing

Every Friday, Daniel and I sit down for dinner and share our best and worst things of the week.  It’s a really nice tradition that he’d always done with his family, and I’m glad he shares it with me now.

My best thing this week was that Daniel actually started his job at Duke, and is therefore much happier than he has been for the past few months.  It was hard to see him so down on himself all of the time because he was struggling to get a job (as many of us have done recently).  Unfortunately, a job does in fact mean that you have to show up at work at a time that your body doesn’t necessarily want to be awake, so he’s been kind of tired lately.  Last night we both fell asleep around 8pm and slept until 9:30pm, at which point we actually cleaned ourselves up and officially went to bed.  My (obvious) advice to you:  don’t take a nap at 8pm.  It really messes with your internal clock.  Ours was more accidental, but if you can avoid it then don’t do it.

I also got paid today, which is always a good thing.  Some of my co-workers and I celebrated by going out to lunch at a Mexican restaurant called La Cocina.  It was pretty tasty for the price, and the service was fast so we could get back to work at a reasonable time.

My worst thing is that sometime before the end of next week, I have to do 8 hours of mandatory overtime so that we can catch up with some of our work.  Now, we’ve had mandatory overtime every month since July, so it’s something I’ve come to dread for a while now, over and over again.  It is nice because I can make a little extra money, but I really dislike going in to work on a day off, and it is really hard staying for an extra hour or two after I’ve already worked an 8 hour day.  But every month I manage to do it, and it becomes worth it once I get paid.

What are your best and worst things this week?


I’m hoping next week will be an R. Kelly themed week.  I have a couple of post ideas rolling around in my head, and I hope to get them written sometime this weekend.  We will see if that happens.  I also really want to see Skyfall, so there may be a post on the way about that.  Stay tuned!

Exciting News and Beautiful Weather!

I am pleased to announce that Daniel got a full-time job at Duke University!  Unfortunately, it’s only a temp position, but who knows, maybe it will turn into a full-time, permanent gig.  In the meantime, he’s also keeping his part-time job with Capitol Broadcasting Company in Raleigh.  It’s pretty exciting stuff all-around.

The weather has been phenomenal here for the past week.  It’s been in the 70’s and 80’s and sunny.  This is strange for me, since it is my first autumn in the South, but I love it.  It still feels like the summer.  The only drawback: I can’t wear all of the cute fall clothing that I’ve recently purchased, at least not yet.   Cool weather is coming though, it’s supposed to be in the 60’s and possibly even the 50’s in the coming week, so I’m anxious to break out some of my sweaters.  But don’t get me wrong, I am loving this warm weather.  Especially in the evening, right around 5:30 and 6:00, where the light has started to turn more yellow and the shadows get longer as the sun starts to set and the light just seems to enhance the colors of the changing leaves.  This is a beautiful time of year and I’m so happy to be in Durham to experience it.  This is how I wish New York felt at the end of October.

I hope to have more regular updates coming soon.  I’ve really been missing blogging lately.  To help encourage me, I gave my blog a mini-makeover, so check it out if you haven’t seen it recently.  Thanks for reading!

Adam in Durham

Today was an excellent day.  Daniel and I had a little picnic lunch in Duke Gardens this afternoon.  After wandering around and chatting, we walked over to Ninth Street for some sodas at Ox & Rabbit.  Because a trip to Durham is not complete without some Ox & Rabbit.

I realized that our friend Adam is here in Durham doing his graduate schooling at Duke.  So I texted him this afternoon, and we went to pick him up to go get drinks downtown at James Joyce.  He has been in Durham for less than a week, so he is still getting settled.  It’s always great to see familiar faces in an unfamiliar place.  It was awesome to catch up with him.  We haven’t seen him since just after commencement in Rochester.  He gave me some good book recommendations, we told him some good places to check out around Durham.  It was a wonderful exchange.  Afterward, I got a little sad thinking about how just 4 years ago I was meeting Adam as his D’Lion during my sophomore year.

Me and Adam during his freshman year.

Duke’s Freshmen Move-In Day and Earthquakes.

Today was Move-In Day on Duke’s campuse, so it was pretty crazy around Durham today.  Daniel and I tried to avoid driving through it, but his family lives right next to campus, so it is nearly impossible to avoid all of it.  We walked through campus, watching all of the fretting parents send their children off to college.  It’s interesting to see.

As we watched The Little Mermaid this afternoon, the house suddenly started shaking.  Nicole did not believe that it could be an earthquake, but after texting Matt in Rochester and realizing he felt it too, we checked the internet.  I have never felt an earthquake before.  It was pretty cool, if not a little scary.  My sister was actually in Virginia when it occurred, but didn’t feel it because she was showering.

Old Baldy.

93-77…That’s bad.

I’m pooped.  Daniel and I just got back from The Distillery.  We left the game early since we were tired of Duke embarrassing themselves.  What a shame.  It looks like the tournament is over for them.

Washington Duke: he's obviously ashamed.

March Madness or Senior Night?

I mentioned in a status update on Facebook that I was having a hard time making a decision this week.  On Thursday, Duke is playing a late game against Arizona.  So Daniel and I are thinking about going to The Distillery to eat some 1/2 priced wings, etc. and watch Duke massacre Arizona.  But Thursday also happens to be one of the last Senior Nights of the semester.  So it would be a missed opportunity to hang out, drink and dance with my graduating friends.  Date night with Daniel or dancing with friends?

I will leave you all salivating with suspense.


Duke Chapel