by Sarah on August 30, 2013 · 23 comments

As Sunday marks the start of Sep-PEMBER* (also known as the month of celebrating all things ME), I figured I better be a follower update all y’all on the current status of my life down here in Alabama. Oh the life of a PhD student, who has been up and down and over and under all summer long, but now is here for the foreseeable future…and gearing up to experience the religion of football this fall. (If I’m not stuck in the library.)

*My actual last name. In case you were confused.

UVA will always have my heart, but 'bama ain't half bad.

Currently Reading…


Or any of the various health planning and education-related journal articles I now find myself reading. For fun.

this was the first time i ever tried to be one of those people who read textbooks on the elliptical machine.

Of course, I have managed to take advantage of the fact that the public library is literally right next to my apartmentbuilding.


Currently Feeling (Not Very) Guilty About Taking Pleasure (In)…


The joy of using a coupon on top of a sale is a frugal foodie’s natural high.

Currently, My Nails Are Sporting..


Originally chosen for my stepsister’s wedding, I have since discovered how well they coordinate with dumbbells.

Currently Drinking…

Diet Barq’s Root Beer

Aspartame Schmaspartame.

This is the best diet root beer and you can NEVER find it, so I am taking full advantage of its appearance at Target.

Currently Eating…


I’ve been really into sandwiches.

Open-faced or not.

But always involving nut butter.

or nutty 'fluff'

Currently Watching…

The Great Food Truck Race

(And not just because I met Tyler Florence and he fell in love with me.)

Maybe it makes me nostalgic for Austin, maybe I just like food-related reality television, or maybe I’m just excited to have cable after years without it so I have to watch everything I couldn’t find elsewhere now…

…but I DVRed the entire last season’s marathon and watched it over the course of one weekend, and now am watching the current season with much joy.

Currently Crushing On…

(See: TyFlo in the photo above.)

Currently Wearing…

…as little as possible.

No, I haven’t taken up exotic dancing to fund my education.

by avoiding nike shorts and giantly oversized neon shirts, i can distinguish myself from the undergrads

It’s just dang HUMID here in Alabama, so I need to have shorts or dresses, and sleeveless and strapless everything to walk to class.

That being said, I am…

Currently Needing…

More cardigans, since the constantly blasting A/C and my natural tendency towards feeling like an icicle mean the humidity survival attire requires layering for success.

Oh, I also need this shirt.

Currently Listening To…

Whatever is on TV in the background.

Currently Feeling Triumphant Because…

I have become the best cornhole player in my family.

Currently Wishing That…

My family lived just a wee bit closer.

Currently Irritated By…

The fact that despite being so happy with and excited about my new PhD path, I still worry about the number of comments on my blog and if I’ve lost all of my readers because I’ve been too immersed in education (and crazy travel, moving, life) to read anyone else’s.

Currently Indulging In…

Excessive amounts of watermelon.

Current Slang (I’m Slingin’)

As I am now officially ‘a southerner,’ I’m letting the y’alls fly.

I secretly hope “bless her heart” and “fixin’ to” will naturally develop as well.

Currently Excited About…

So many opportunities to go to a farmer’s market here in ‘bama.

All of which require only a hop, skip, and a jump for me to visit.

 Currently Linking To…

The Atlantic Monthly

I want to read every article on the site. So varied. So interesting.

Currently Feeling…

Like the luckiest person in the world to get to read and write and converse and think and talk and challenge ideas all day long.


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