and the songbirds are singing

Ready for spring weather.

And I’m not the only one.

*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac

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here comes the future

June 10th, 2009 marked my last day of grad school! I’m an official graduate of DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business! I can hardly believe it myself. I started in September 2007, so I finished in under two years. (Yep – I really just wanted to get done as fast as possible.)

As part of my MBA coursework, I concentrated in E-Business, which is a good extension to my technical background as a web developer and a good fit for my current role at Discover. I also took a capstone class where I became a Certified Business Architect. Business Architecture is a relatively new concept within business, and Chicago professors, along with other members of the Business Architects Association, are working to spread the word around Chicago. I think a lot of the high level concepts gave me a good perspective and were a good way to wrap up the MBA program.

CBA Certificate

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Discover for covering the majority of my tuition – couldn’t have done it without you! And thanks to my husband for all his patience!

I’m most excited to just be finished with school and get back to life – just in time for summer! The morning after my last final, we took off for a long weekend in Arizona to visit my Dad for his birthday. I figured that would be a tad more fun than sitting through a lengthy commencement ceremony. Took tons of pictures – stay tuned!

i survived that’s good enough for now

I am finally back with a long overdue post for my anxious readers! j/k. Now that we’re almost a quarter of the way through the year, here’s my first real post of 2009. Sheesh.

A lot of things contributed to my digital silence: school and homework (lots of it), a frizzled-out computer, and the general non-excitement that is Chicago in the winter. This is really the best you can hope for during the winter months—just surviving another one. My car seemed to handle the ice a bit better this year tho.

This birdy perched on my balcony was enjoying the winter about as much as I was.

This week was spring break and while it wasn’t very springy, I’ve had a week without night classes or homework—and it felt wonderful. The winter quarter consisted of 11 weeks of 3 classes a week with lots of assignments and group projects. But now I’m on the home stretch. Just 2 more classes and I’ll graduate in June with a shiny new piece of paper to hang on the wall.

Of course we chose this week to replace our old desktop computer with a new HP Elite. It’s taken the better part of 4 evenings to get the thing up and running. Now that it’s all done, I can finally breathe. For a minute. So here’s what’s been up for the last few months.

Back in December, we picked out bamboo flooring to replace our carpet and, after a lot of false starts, finally got it installed in mid-February. It looks gorg and really warms up the place. The hardest part (besides the wait) was relocating all of our furniture and books to other rooms. Because we were expecting installation in early Jan, our living room was pretty bare for over a month. Our bathtub became a catchall of picture frames and candles and our kitchen table became a library.

Books

This was just half of Drew’s book collection.

 

Bamboo flooring

The finished product is well worth the effort.

In February, we had some extended family pay a visit to Chicago and we enjoyed a couple dinners out with them.

Oh yeah, and in the middle of all that, I turned a year older. We can gloss over this point real quickly.

Mah Birfday

mmmm cake

We finally planned a trip to Flagstaff, AZ to visit my dad in June. We’re looking forward to driving through Sedona, seeing the red rocks and the Grand Canyon. And, of course, getting lots of smooches from this guy.

Milo

Milo

started recreational

So here’s my blog. A way to keep friends and family updated. An outlet for sharing stuff. Follow me on twitter for really exciting updates or just to answer the simple question, “What is LAB doing?”