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Tennessee is Floating Somewhere Above Our Bed.

Back in April, I announced that Daniel and I had received an official answer from the landlord regarding the lease signing, etc.  This isn’t news, but I did write extensively about how I wanted to set up the apartment, and how I was trying to be all crafty with our headboard, especially since I’d been seeing so many cool ideas on Pinterest.  While I do not have photos of the entire apartment, Daniel did manage to capture a few shots of our “headboard”, and I wanted to share them with you.  Also, I think he did a wonderful job mounting it.  Don’t you think?

Do you recognize it?

How about now?

I will give you a hint. This is a close-up.

It’s a map of North Carolina!

It’s not a headboard in the truest sense of the word, but I think it looks awesome.  I found this map of North Carolina in the basement of his parents’ house.  They didn’t seem to have any use for it, so I took it, cleaned it up, and brought it to the apartment.  Daniel liked it, and even hung it for me.  I like it because it adds just a little bit of color to our very neutral room.  Also, it will help me improve my NC geography knowledge.  And I like to pretend I sleep in Georgia.

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Living the Good Life

Hello again.  I am actually writing this post from our new townhouse in downtown Durham.  I talked a little bit about it in my last post.  I am extremely pleased with how it has turned out.  We pay a little bit more than we did in Rochester for a lot more stuff, including a washer, dryer, and dishwasher.

So, where do I start?  Daniel graduated two weeks ago with his Bachelor’s degree (finally).  I’m really proud of him, he did great.  I ended up flying to Rochester on Saturday night, and he graduated the following morning.  By the way, I’ve decided that I actually really like flying.  This may be a problem for Daniel, because he hates it.  I can’t stress the word “hate” enough, because he just won’t do it.  I thought it was kind of fun, personally.  But, anyway, I digress.  We moved all of our stuff into a van on Sunday, after graduation, and started out for North Carolina that night.  That was not our original intention, but it worked out.  We spent the night in Harrisburg, PA, and arrived in Durham in the early afternoon on Monday.  I’m so happy he’s finally here, and we’re done moving for a while.

The townhouse looks amazing.  I’m sure there will be pictures coming soon.  We are still kind of settling in.  I’m enjoying Durham quite a bit now that I have Daniel to show me around to all the cool places.  We’ve even been doing some partying.  Last weekend we met up with Daniel’s best friend Jeremiah, and we got to meet his girlfriend Mae.  On that Friday we went to Fullsteam, and then to Bull City Burger and Brewery to eat dinner with Jeremiah’s parents.  I had met Jeremiah’s mom before, but I’d never met his dad.  His dad was adorable.  I don’t know how else to describe him.  He has a beard and glasses and wears plaid shirts and loafers.  He was just an adorable man.  It was great to meet and chat with him.  The following Sunday, the day before Memorial Day, we went to Mae’s parents’ house for a little party.  That was…interesting.  There was a lot of tequila that I wouldn’t go near.  Daniel and I only knew Jeremiah and Mae, but Daniel’s friend Forest did show up later and they all had a little jam session on a makeshift stage in the backyard.  It was good to see them back together making music.  I’m still calling for an Acoustic Satan reunion.  So, that was a fun night.

Last night we were invited to a party being held in our own backyard, which was awesome.  Our neighbors Glenn and Mary were throwing a party, and invited everyone in the 6 townhomes that make up our little complex.  Glenn and Mary are actually University of Rochester alumni, which is crazy and very small world.  I swear we didn’t plan that out.  At the party we also met another guy named Luke, who majored in Optics at the U of R, and his girlfriend Carrie who is from Pittsford.  I was extremely drunk, since I’d had an entire bottle of wine, plus two cups of beer.  I came upstairs to grab something and ended up passing out in bed.  I felt a little bad about that because I missed the rest of the party and totally left without even telling Daniel where I was going.  Oops.  The good news is that I think we are going to meet up with Luke and his girlfriend sometime this week at Bull City Burger and Brewery for dinner and drinks.  He seemed like a cool guy and we both need friends here since we all just moved from Upstate New York (except for Daniel, who’s from Durham).

So, in the few weeks we’ve been here, we’ve met some cool people and done some cool things.  I can’t wait for more.  I should not have waited so long to make this update, because there is definitely more that I want to talk about.  Like The Avengers.  That one really deserves its own post.  And I will have some pictures in my next post.  There are just too many things to do now that I live here.

Is This Thing On?

It’s been a while since I last posted anything in this blog.  Life is never not crazy, so I can’t really use that as an excuse.  However, I will  briefly describe what’s been going on in my life since I last posted in October.

First, I moved to North Carolina last month.  I am living in Durham, which is where I’ve wanted to be since Daniel brought me here during Spring Break 3 years ago.  I’m currently working for a company called LabCorp, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it so far.  My job entails looking at human cells in metaphase, often from the bone marrow of cancer patients.  Right now, I am memorizing how the 26 pairs of chromosomes look after they have been stained, and then it is my job to karyotype them using fancy computer programs that allow you to look at a picture of a cell in metaphase, cut out the chromosomes, and arrange them by chromosome number.

At the moment, I am living with Daniel’s parents until he and I sign a lease on a townhouse and move in around June.  His parents have been extremely gracious to allow me to stay here, eat their food, and bum around their house on the weekends.  I will certainly miss the large bedroom I currently reside in after we move to a smaller one in the coming months.  Daniel is, of course, still in Rochester until he graduates in May.  That is the worst part of this whole arrangement.  Yes, I am exactly where I want to be, but without Daniel it just feels incomplete.

So, you might ask why I chose today to take up blogging again.  I keep telling Daniel and some other friends that I will keep them updated while I am away.  And today was the annual Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Walk For Wishes.  Daniel’s father now works for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, so I was happy when I was volunteered to participate in this awesome event.  I even managed to receive a few donations myself.  It was a fun event, and we somehow managed to make it through the entire 5k without it raining.  At the end, Daniel’s father was there to greet everybody dressed as a clown.  He had made some deal (about which I don’t have all the details) where if he raised a certain amount of money, he would dress as a clown during the event.  I thought that was brilliant, and added a little bit more incentive.  Naturally, I have pictures and wanted to show them to the 2 people that read my blog world.

For the record, that is indeed a Katy Perry wig you are seeing.

Wait, this is a charity event, not a comic convention...right?

Now that I am officially blogging again, here is what’s up.  I’m probably not going to update everyday, like I tried to do last year.  It’s too much for me to handle.  Posts require a lot of time.  I wasn’t giving this blog the love it deserves when I was updating with “nothing posts” so frequently.  I will try to keep it regular, but not daily.  But I will keep up with it.  It feels good to be back.

“He was bound to love you when he heard you sing, Christine.”

Today started out kind of slow.  Daniel and I lazed around for a very long time until we decided to take a drive to Wegmans for dinner supplies and dessert.  I tried to surprise him with Pop Rocks while he wasn’t looking, but he spotted them before I could hide them properly.  We shared a pack in the car before we walked back into the apartment.  That was fun.

For dinner, Daniel made cheesy risotto with sausage.  It was amazing.  But when he opened the bottle of wine to use in the risotto, the wine opener pushed the cork into the bottle instead of pulling it out.  (That was my fault, but it is difficult to explain.)  So we ended up drinking almost the entire bottle before dinner was even ready.

Now we are watching The Phantom of the Opera.  A few things about that.  I want to see the Broadway show so badly.  Daniel saw it in Durham a few years ago.  In the movie, Raoul is played by Patrick Wilson who played Dan Dreiberg and The Night Owl in Watchmen.  It’s kind of weird because now we’ve all seen his butt.  Also, he looks a lot older in Watchmen.  And I had no idea that Gerard Butler played The Phantom.  But that explains a lot, like how The Phantom isn’t a very good singer but we are expected to believe that he trained Christine.

He is a goofball.

My Last Day in Durham

Tomorrow we head to Unadilla, then on to Rochester.  Today was a good day.  I went on an adventure with Daniel in search of comic books (what else?) and he ended up purchasing a “game” for his Nintendo 3DS.  It’s not really a game, but it is a cartridge that you insert and it allows him to have his own handheld Korg synthesizer that can be played with the stylus.  And he did pick up some missing back issues.  We can’t go anywhere without him buying a few more comics.  We went to this great store called Sci-Fi Genre Comics & Games.  The best part of the store was how they stored their back issues.  They had a bunch of cubbies that were just big enough to hold long comic boxes and could be pulled out to view the issues or pushed in for storage away from light or other harmful environmental things.  Very creative.  We also tried to pick up some milkshakes at Cook Out, but as we were about to order, a man approached our car and said that their power had just gone out.  This, of course, meant no milkshakes.  How disappointing.  So we came back to the house and took a rest until everyone got home from school and work.  We finally got our milkshakes this evening, after dinner.  They’re not really milkshakes that you can drink.  And the Cook Out people know this, because they hand you both a straw and a spoon when you order.  I don’t know if they use any milk in their milkshakes, which is what makes them so damn delicious.

I am sad to be leaving Durham.  It’s a fantastic city.

Taken inside the chapel on Bald Head.

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.