Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Guess What?!

Okay, friends. I'm not the kind of person to brag, but I am very excited about my latest venture: graduate school! Yay, me! Today marks my first session as a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , and even though everything is online, I've still got some "first day of class" butterflies.

When this is all said and done, I'll be super-duper smart. You want proof? Well, my degree will be a Masters of Education in Educational Policy Studies, with an emphasis on Diversity and Equity in Education. Phew! That's a mouthful!

That's my short post for the day as I'm really trying to squeeze in as much as possible these days. More on that later. Have a great week!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Its About Time!

I know, I know, I know. Its been two long months since my last post. It was the frantic holiday season! I was swamped at work! I had issues at home! I had another marathon to run! I....I...I...am out of excuses. Whoops.

But lets get down to business, shall we? Season 7 of Project Runway started this week, and thank goodness this batch of designers has some personality! Last season was so blaaaahhhhhh, and I really didn't care for the way it ended. Icky. But now we have pizazz in the personality department and fantastically diverse design views. I think its going to be a good season!

And (of course) I called the winner and loser of Week 1 via text with Tha Doctah. *pat on back* I know I'm the only one keeping score, but I have to tell someone!

The dress that Emilio designed was so pretty- the details of the construction were amazing, and I'm really looking forward to what else he shows. Other designers that I liked this week? Well, let's just run down the whole gamut:
Jesse- No. Just, no.
Jay- the three flower puffs are bad. What woman wants those in those spots?
Christiane- there's a reason she went home. Bad fabric, poor construction, poor taste.
Ben- Meh. I like the "comic book" design okay, but think the fabric choice was wrong.
Anthony- Ick! Old lady fabric plus that extra hip? Bad bad bad.
Janeane Marie- I like this outfit and styling a lot. I think she did great for starting over completely in the 11th hour. The crybaby act, however needs to stop.
Jesus- a leather full-length evening gown with halter neck piece? Let's call it "S & M Lite."
Jonathan- Love this dress- the bodice, back, and belt are fantastic, but the skirt is a bit on the short side for me.
Amy- Strange poofs of fabric, plus that weird boob thing. No, thank you.
Maya- another big poofy thing attached in an unflattering place. WTF?
Mila- nothing exciting, just some nice separates with a bit of retro flair.
Pamela- hot pink mess of volume meets poor styling choices. And the back of the dress was all wrong.
Ping- I like this outfit quite a bit. Would I wear it? No, but its interesting and unlike anything else going on.
Seth Aaron- punk/rockabilly? Um, no. No.

Last notes: I'd really like the big ruffle in various shapes and sizes trend to go away. Four different designers had these fabric appendages, and none of them made them work. Oy.

In other news, I received notification that I was accepted to the graduate degree program I applied to. YAY! So, now I'm a grad student at the University of Illinois. Tuition donations can be sent to my PayPal account...

And lastly, my New Year's Resolutions (because I make lots of them every year, hoping that at least one will be accomplished): 1) learn to play golf (seriously); 2) run faster; 3) get rid of clutter; and 4) cook more for family & friends. I also promise to keep my blog updated more frequently than I have in the past few months, okay? Have a great week!