Archive | October, 2012
31 Oct
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Throwback Thursday: “So What’cha Want” by Beastie Boys

25 Oct

 

I friggin’ love the Beastie Boys. When I went to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this summer, I got to see the goggles and gloves they used in the “Intergalactic” video. It was pretty amazing.

Next week, I’ll be going to Florida for the Southern Management Association conference! I’m super stoked because it’ll be my first time in  the Sunshine State. Speaking of sunshine, it’s a beautiful day here in the Queen City – it’s supposed to get up to 76 degrees! What the what?!? It’s out of character for October but I’ll take it.

Have a lurvly Thursday everyone!

25 Oct

#21 is the best feeling – ever.

Mid-Week Music Moment: “The House That Heaven Built” by Japandroids

24 Oct

 

Don’t worry friends -I’m still alive and kickin’! I did sleep an hour through my alarm today (I only planned on sleeping 3 hours because I had stuff to do), but otherwise I’m attempting to rock it out.

The Canadian rock station that reaches Buffalo is actually pretty kick-ass. They played this song a few mornings ago and it made for an awesome ride in to school. I saw Japandroids on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and I knew I wanted to listen to more of their stuff, but I guess I forgot until Canada reminded me. Thanks, Canada.

 

 

Mid-Week Music Moment: “Parentheses” by The Blow

17 Oct

“Even diligent day takes relief every day from its work making light from the night.

And when you’re holding me, we make a pair of parentheses.”

 

Thanks to the majesty of Pandora and my suh-weet music collection acting as the soundtrack to my “SuperStudyFest 2012”, I successfully passed my first PhD-level seminar exam. It was one essay prompt and I had to defend my answer using as many references to articles as I could remember. Yes, I had to memorize the information for all of the articles I’ve read so far this semester – all 52 of them. And you know what? I did. I memorized all 52 of them and can recall them. I was able to accurately cite 23 articles on my exam – those are all of the ones that were relevant to the topic. When I got out of the exam, I felt like my brain had been processed in a blender right in front of me.

I came across this little gem of a song when I was a freshman in college and thought, “I love punctuation!” I remember my sassy gay friend, who lived one floor below me, would come up and we would listen to this song while I did Physics homework and he busted out some Intro to Engineering Analysis stuff. Sometimes reminiscing can be sorrowful – longing for a time where, due to hindsight, everything was *so* much easier. However, memories of rockin’ out to music are happy memories and give me the spark to dance around in my room or office. When my office-mates aren’t here, that is.

Oh, who am I kidding? I dance in my office at any chance I get. 🙂

 

My Current Study Jam: “Little Secrets” by Passion Pit

15 Oct

 

For more Passion Pit goodness, they were on SNL this past weekend. I still have to watch it, so I can’t comment on whether or not it was fantastic. My guess is that it absolutely was.

12 Oct

I’ve been flannelshammed one too many times…

Monday Music Moment: “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine

8 Oct

 

I woke up with this song in my head again. When I got to the grad office, I decided to play it while I got some work done (another busy week ahead!). I noticed that the video had 2 other things I had been thinking about: leaves and Christmas lights.

For starters, it feels like it’s -83 degrees here. Ok, a gross over exaggeration – it was really 43 when I left for UB this morning. Still, pretty cold in comparison to what Buffalo was like a few weeks ago. I’ve mentioned it before, but I *love* Fall. There’s just something about the changing leaves, the smell, the flavors (pumpkin *everything*), the crispness in the air that gives you a gentle nudge. The beginning of Fall is the best. Towards the end of Fall, it gets a bit dreary. Days get shorter and I get to break out my sunlight lamp. But you know what comes next? SNOW!!! I’m so excited to be back in a city that (I assume) knows how to properly navigate a road in the snow. I took my driver’s test in the beginning of a small snow storm when I was 16, so I have a decent handle on how to get around in the wintertime. Also, my super awesome winter boots are just itching to see the light of day again.

Which leads me to Christmas lights. I’m so excited to be able to see all of my family at the same time during winter break. Granted, I’ll be working over the break, but not at 150% like I have been. I get to run a 5K in December and see Jake – we haven’t been in even the same state at the same time for almost a year and a half (500 days to be exact)!

 

Happy Monday, Columbus Day, and Canadian Thanksgiving friends!

Mid-Week Music Moment: “Heartbeat” by JJAMZ

3 Oct

Yep- it’s 2:30 am on the East Coast and I’m doing work. This is the song I’m currently rocking out to as I do a comprehensive literature search on how leadership competencies are defined in organizational behavior. Oof.

This song brings with it an elephant in the room that I must address: it’s the promo song for the New Myspace. I have mixed thoughts and emotions regarding this launch. More on my feelings regarding New Myspace to come.

For those of you drinking Haterade right now (Wow. I’m actually really sorry and ashamed that I used that phrase. I’m a tad bit delusional.), calm down. I actually knew about this song in early May from the “New Music Show” on Philly’s Radio 104.5. JJAMZ (pronounced juh – ‘jams) is comprised of quite a few awesome people – one of whom is James Valentine of Maroon 5 fame. Remember when you were in school and you had to decide a team name for a group project? Remember just taking the first initial of your first names and hoping that it would make some sort of pronounceable “word?” That’s exactly what they did here. It’s fantastic.

On a different note, I’m SO EXCITED that Fall is finally showing itself. That bitch, Summer, was getting to be a little much. I can only sweat so much before my skin starts to slowly detach from my body in an attempt to seek some air conditioning and respite. I bought my first 1/2 gallon of apple cider of the season today and can’t wait to find (as in “purchase one from the store” – not “dig through neighborhood dumpsters” ) and eat an apple cider donut! Those things are like crack.

Feliz Octubre, mis amigos!

Words of the Week – “Never let the body tell the mind what to do”

1 Oct

Another long week ahead of me, but I think I’m starting to figure out how to push myself harder than I ever have before. I’m discovering which environments enhance my productivity and which energy beverages work best for helping me power through. I was up until 4:30 this morning and woke up at 7:00 and I got everything done that was due today!  At this point, I’m well-caffeinated and fairly coherent. I have a workshop on how to use a network analysis tool, a seminar on diversity, and my first stats quiz this week (It’s an open-notes, open-book quiz. Not too stressed about it :)). I just booked a flight to go to Florida for the first time ever! I’ll be going to the Southern Management Association conference in Ft. Lauderdale. I’m not presenting – the other students I hang out with are. They invited me to come along and I was interested in some of the topics, so I’ll be on my way at the end of this month!

 

I think it’s going to be a challenging, but great week.

 

Happy October, friends!