We took a short break because my friend Taryn came to town to meet with her thesis committee and slept on my couch for the past few days. There was also a surprise birthday party thrown into the mix.
And Sunday was the start of . . . football season! In case you haven't figured it out by now I am a rabid fan of the Carolina Panthers (so is Luke, just look at what he's wearing these days). We may have lost our first game in outstanding fashion, but I was not able to watch so it doesn't count. Right? All I care right now is that we win our next one. Chris and I are going with my parents, so expect a full report soon.
More exciting life news (how does it get more exciting than football?), I passed my language exam! In my grad program you have to pass a translation proficiency test in a foreign language at least semester before you plan to defend your thesis. Basically they give you a photocopy of a primary text, a few pieces of paper, tell you to bring your own dictionary, and give you an hour and a half to translate the entire document. This is why I spent the summer in Pittsburgh, because if I did not pass this semester I would not be able to defend my thesis and graduate in May.
|My dictionary, purchased in 2005 when I decided I wanted to study Soviet history|
The only problem with passing? Now I have no excuse not to finish!
PS: Did you enjoy the last post? Her Universe actually linked it in their twitter feed! Talk about something exciting and encouraging to see before I went to my language exam.