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About to Drywall!!!

So we are all insulated and about to put up drywall. If you’re new, this is for our cozy hobbit hole of a home that we’ve been working on for a couple years. Dad and Vasant got the windows in last night, and today they are putting the final touches so we can pass insulation inspection tomorrow and get approved to drywall the place this coming weekend.

A tablesaw stands where an island counter in the kitchen will be in a month!

A tablesaw stands where an island counter in the kitchen will be in a month!

And here’s the sexy thing making it all possible! (other than my dad)

This is my husband breathing in fiberglass w/o a mask!

This is my husband breathing in fiberglass w/o a mask!

School is such a blur right now. We’ve been going none stop for two years now at full capacity without taking a quarter off. We are just nearing the end of winter quarter 2009, but because we are enrolled in online courses, we’ll be missing spring break finishing them up… blerg (thanks Tina Fey for that wonderful new word).

But while we are finishing the quarter off while simultaneously jumping into the next, we’ve been dreaming/thinking/talking of our life after school. There’s the biggest concern; finding jobs to earn the moneys (school ain’t cheap!)? But we want to find jobs that are going to push us in the right direction, jobs that are going to help our dreams/goals.

The immediate thought and desire is to find work in New York. We absolutely love everything about New York and the thought of living there does nothing but excite and inspire us. But a recent investigation in the Bay area could be in the works.

Watching Finding Nemo the other day, Sarah began researching Pixar animation studios. There are great internship opportunities that would help me in more ways than one. Pixar just looks like a great place to learn not only in skill, but in work ethic and leadership. They have great attitudes and work hard to maintain them. I really like what I see at Pixar and I see a gold mine of the “invisible stuff.”

Now, I’ve always been interested and drawn to 3D modeling and animation but never had the tools to really test myself in it. I could spend the next couple of years learning to as a hobby whilst building a portfolio to apply for the internship. The weird thing is, I wouldn’t pursue any other animation studio if I were to invest into my animation skills. The thought excites me and Pixar would be great! But that would mean moving to the Bary area before moving to New York. That is the biggest catch at the moment.

We’ve got some thinking/praying to do. Big choices in front of us but thankful that we have them.

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Just seeing how things work. So far, it’s been pretty difficult to get MacJournal to work as it advertises itself to work. 😦

We’ll see. I keep telling myself I’m one tweak away from getting it to work perfectly.

These are photos of Blenheim Palace- we visited there August of 2007. Winston Churchill was born here.

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Here’s one of the pictures from the other post that didn’t upload. I’m gonna see if I can get it to upload again.

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I hope this works.

So I’m taking my sister to the airport tonight. She lives in London, has for the last 2.5 years, and absolutely loves it. I love the airport. While I’m stuck here finishing up my education with my husband, the airport makes me giddy where the possibility of travel seems imminent.

Vasant and I are looking into going to England twice in the next six months. There is a possible winter trip before the end of March we’re looking into, just for ourselves to get out, travel and relax. I’d love to go back and stay in York for a while. I don’t know why, but this was one of the most interesting places where I’d want to go back and write.

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The York train station was one of the most beautiful stations we saw.

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We found these ruins along the roadside in town. There was a dark corridor along the sidewalk. No plaques, no sign leading inwards. But I decided to go check and found the ruins of a hospital, nunnery and roman fort, all close together in a beautiful field. It was one of those incredible finds, not on the guidebook or the map, just a local curiosity hidden by the wayside.

York is has incredible history. It was a major Viking settlement in England, a major Roman settlement (it’s where Emperor Constantine found out he was to be the next leader of the Empire), and of course a major English city.

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A statue of Constantine sits outside Yorkminster, the second most important cathedral in England.

One of my favorite places in York was the Shambles, a rickety road dating back to Viking occupation, resembling Diagon Alley, looking straight out of the pages of Harry Potter.

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These pictures don’t do the diagonal juts and cuts of the building any justice. As cool as it looks, it’s much more impressive in person, but then, that’s true of almost all travel photography.
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Vasant climbed up a medieval tower to get this shot of Yorkminster and the surrounding rooftops. In my opinion, the cloudy English sky adds to the beauty of this shot. I don’t know if I would have liked this place as much if it had been sunny.

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One of the best parts of York is that it is an entirely walled city. We walked the entire circumference of the wall that day. All the gates still operate as entrances and exits to the city, complete with their portcullises poised above the traffic.

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Lovely place. Full of age and mystery and winding close medieval alleys that lead to new discoveries that not even the guidebook can prepare you for.

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Can you tell I need to get away? I wish I were booking a trip to England now. I hope we’ll be there before Spring, but if not, we’ll at least be there in May for my sister’s graduation.

In the meantime, I settle for this for Vasant’s birthday:

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We’re annual passholders, so we already have free admission until this coming fall, but we’ll get a gift card equal to the price of admission on his birthday. Very excited about this!

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Adding Pictures

Testing media capabilities of this blogging software.

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Sometime in the 80’s obviously…