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mother’s day weekend

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that’s yours truly on the flute!

Where do I even begin with this weekend? On Friday afternoon I presented my Senior Thesis at my school’s annual Steinmetz Symposium. It went really well and both my father and The Boy were able to attend. It was so great sharing my work with my old professors, family, and friends. Then I had my last orchestra concert ever on Friday night. We played Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 — a real favorite.

The Boy and I after my Prize Day ceremonies

me and The Boy after my Prize Day ceremonies

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yummy homemade chocolate covered strawberries for my momma!

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the whole family (minus cali twin) at the Tulip Fest

On Saturday I was inducted into Union’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. It was a really special honor as my mother and both of my grandmothers are also members. Afterwards the school celebrated with a beautiful brunch. Then that afternoon was Prize Day. Every year Union holds Prize Day in order to recognize special seniors (and some juniors and sophomores!) for their excellence and contributions to the school and community. The ceremony holds a lot of suspense as none of the recipients are announced until they have to walk up to the stage to receive their award! This year I was honored to receive three awards: the Andrew W. Archibald award “To the senior earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with the highest scholastic standing,” the John Iwanik Prize “to an outstanding Russian language student” (and two of my other Russian language friends won with me!), and the Horatio G. Warner award “to a student of high personal character who has the highest scholastic standing in the Bachelor of Arts program.” It was a beautiful and exciting ceremony.

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Finally, Sunday was Mother’s Day! I spent the day with my mom (and my family) at the Albany Tulip Festival. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. The weather was beautiful, the tulips were incredible, and with good food and good family there were lots of laughs 🙂 At night The Boy and I celebrated our one year anniversary by satisfying our Chinese food cravings at P. F. Chang’s.  I hadn’t been there in a really long time, so it was a nice treat.

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such a cutie!!

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YUM.

I can’t believe my weekend is over already! I had such an incredible time and although the weather is gorgeous today, it’s tough getting back to the grindstone. Anyone else missing their weekend?

pretty amazing

pretty amazing

Last Friday I woke up with a terribly sore throat. I had to cancel all of my appointments for the day and spent most of the weekend going from soup to sleep to movies to soup to sleep to movies. It was disappointing to spend an entire weekend laying low, but the weather was pretty crummy too so at least I didn’t feel like I completely wasted a spring weekend. This week I have a lot on my plate (we’re just around midterms time here at school), but this weekend begins our season of spring awesomeness on campus so I really want to focus on being 100% healthy come Thursday night. With parties and concerts and (hopefully) sunshine ahead, I want to be a tip-top shape kitty!

weekend woohoo

weekend

Where do I even begin about this weekend? First off, Union College won its first ever Frozen Four men’s hockey national championship title on Saturday! It was unbelievable. Union knows how to celebrate, but the energy of this weekend was just beyond. Did the students get some bad press with a few “riots” and the like? Maybe. But no one can deny the sheer awesomeness of two thousand ecstatic students and a community totally rallying behind an underdog victory. On top of the historic win, my weekend was made even more wonderful by friends, family, and the weather. The Boy‘s younger brother visited campus (potential Union Class of 2018 student) as did my little sister and her BF. Everyone got along so well and we had so many great adventures. Plus, the weather was gorgeous! The temps in upstate NY recently have supposedly been in the 60s, but it feels so much warmer than that. The entire Union College campus is coming out of hibernation, and spring and the students have finally sprung!

Did you have a wonderful weekend??

get ready to dip!

dd1This Sunday, March 9th, members of the Union College community will be plunging down a 30-foot slide into icy cold waters in order to show support and raise awareness for three young and cancer-stricken members of our campus community.

dd2This year’s second annual Dutchmen Dip will be supporting 11-year-old Kristen Shinebarger, Justin Lloyd ’16, and Nate Greenberg ’14.

Kristen Shinebarger is an 11-year-old member of the Union College community has recently undergone treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer for the second time. On September 11, 2012, Kristen’s leg was amputated in order to battle this disease. Money raised will assist the cost of her prosthetic leg, which must be continually changed as she continues to grow.  Shelly Shinebarger, Kristen’s mother, is the Director of Student Support Services at Union College.

Justin Lloyd ‘16 was diagnosed in February 2013 with Adenocarcionma. He has undergone right colectomy surgery to remove a tumor, and chemotherapy treatment to beat the disease. Justin is a member of the Varsity Baseball team and is planning to become an Economics major. His hometown is Milton, Massachusetts.

Nate Greenberg ’14 was diagnosed in August 2013 with Ewing’s Sarcoma. He has undergone a full hip replacement, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment to beat the disease. Nate is the captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team and an Economics major. His hometown is Westport, Connecticut.

dd3Last year the Dip was an absolute riot. It was freezing outside, yet our Dutchmen braved the cold to show support for little Kristen. This year should be even more fantastic. It was not an easy year for our college, learning that so many kids near and dear to our hearts were now fighting a life-or-death battle against sicknesses so ruthless, but in typical Union fashion we know how to come together as a community to show that our friends are not fighting alone.

dd4All of the money raised this year will be split between the three families in order to help cover treatment costs and medical bills.

If YOU want to be a part of this incredible cause, please donate HERE. Please click on the green “Contribute” button on the right to make a donation!!

If you’d like to create your own personal fundraising page for this cause click HERE.

If you want to learn more about the event or join the conversation, please check out the Dutchmen Dip Facebook page or check out the Dutchmen Dip blog!

that's my best friend's chinchilla, Skittles, that Kristen is snuggling with!

that’s my best friend’s chinchilla, Skittles, that Kristen is snuggling with!

Remember, “It’s never too cold to make a difference!”

dutchmen dip 2014

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Some of you may recall the Dutchmen Dip fundraiser my school’s Colleges Against Cancer club ran last year in support of the adorable (and still fighting!) Kristen Shinebarger. This year we’re at it again, but this time we’re rallying for not one, but three young member of our campus community who are battling cancer:

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Justin Lloyd ‘16 was diagnosed in February 2013 with Adenocarcionma. He has undergone right colectomy surgery to remove a tumor, and chemotherapy treatment to beat the disease. Justin is a member of the Varsity Baseball team and is planning to become an Economics major. His hometown is Milton, Massachusetts.

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Nate Greenberg ’14 was diagnosed in August 2013 with Ewing’s Sarcoma. He has undergone a full hip replacement, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment to beat the disease. Nate is the captain the Varsity Lacrosse team and an Economics major. His hometown is Westport, Connecticut.

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Kristen Shinebarger is an 11-year-old member of the Union College community has recently undergone treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, for the second time. On September 11, 2012, Kristen’s leg was amputated in order to battle this disease. Money raised will assist the cost of her prosthetic leg, which must be continually changed as she continues to grow.  Shelly Shinebarger, Kristen’s mother, is the Director of Student Support Services at Union College.

In order to raise money, students are volunteering to slide down a 30ft blow-up slide and plunge into icy cold water on Sunday, March 9th. All of the money raised from the event will directly benefit the families of the children battling cancer. This year we’re hoping to raise an amazing $15,000.

If YOU want to be a part of this incredible cause, please donate at: https://rally.org/dutchmendip1/h5FItWkOWrs/catziac

Please click on the green “Contribute” button on the right to make a donation!!

If you want to learn more about the event or join the conversation, please check out the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/DutchmanDip

Or check out the Dutchmen Dip’s own blog at: http://dutchmendip.wordpress.com

Thank you again for making a little sacrifice for families that have sacrificed everything!

my week in photos

I can’t believe I’ve been in Cali for nearly two weeks now! Where has the time gone?! Here’s a little photo montage to give you a better picture (hehehe) of what my past week has looked like:

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The Boy and I went to Muir Woods to check out the giant red wood trees. It was absolutely incredible and I wish we had had more time to explore the park!

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I treated myself to a new Lululemon top (see here). Words can’t even begin to  describe the attention to detail or how much I love it.

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We ventured into the city to visit a friend from Union who was in town for a geology conference. We really only drove through, but I am looking forward to exploring more next week with my sister.

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Got a beautiful shot of the Golden Gate from a great look-out to the north.

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The Boy and I are taking full advantage of Union extensive winter break (read: 6 weeks what whatttt) and reconnecting with our childhood roots. I was creating a house out of Legos when the cat stepped in and decided to add his own touches.

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On Wednesday we drove 6 and a half hours down the state of California to visit my sister at Caltech! Here she is with the beautiful boys.

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I had the most incredible Waffle Chicken Salad for lunch at Caltech‘s faculty club, The Athenaeum — “a buckwheat waffle made with pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries, topped with frisee, apple, crispy chicken, goat cheese and maple vinaigrette” — that’s one equation that equals YUM.

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The Boy enjoyed exploring the Caltech campus and seeing all of the neat scientific displays, including this artwork representing 4D space.

IMG_0139Julia took a glamour pose near J. J. Thompson’s original cathode ray tube — BIG DEAL!

 

what’s nott to love?

the famous Nott at Union College, NY

the famous Nott at Union College, NY

I am so lucky to go to school at beautiful Union College in upstate New York. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the go-go-going of my life that I don’t take the time to appreciate the wonderfulness that is all around me. It is imperative to make the time to appreciate things, and there’s no better time to start than now!