Monthly Archives: December 2008

Destination: Italy

The semester from hell is finally over.  The grades came in last week.  It did not come as a surprise to me that I did rather poorly in all of my classes but at least I passed.  Obviously, my goal of graduating cum laude is out of the window but at this point, I really could care less.

Now I am one credit away from graduation.  Yes, just one.  I’ll be taking it online next semester then do my internship before I graduate sometime this summer.

Because of all the inane crap 2008 brought me, I feel I need to get away from it all for a while and regroup…  So, I have decided I will be going to Italy this Spring for about a month, if not longer.  I will probably spend the majority of my time in Calitri with some time in Napoli, Amalfi Coast, Tuscany and Roma.

I have been to Calitri four times in the last nine years but never for longer than a couple of days.  I want to really experience their way of life, which is best described as down-to-earth and uncomplicated.  I want to just saunter all day long, explore every niche and corner of the ancient village and its surroundings, retrace the footsteps of my ancestors, get to know my cousins (all hundreds of them), take pictures, breathe in the invigorating mountain air, eat cingul’, cannazze’, lahan’, m’gliatiegghij’, aurecchi’ r’ preut and sciliend‘, drink loads of robust Italian (read: authentic) espresso and Zio u’ biond’s succulent wine and, above all, escape from reality and worry about absolutely nothing.

Yes, I think that’s just the medicine I need.

Calitri, are you ready for me? 🙂



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Another year roared its way through.  Can you believe it?  2008 turned out to be one of the most stressful, if not THE most stressful, years for me.  It started off fairly optimistic.  I was exercising regularly, eating healthy and shedding pounds.  In March, my sister and I went on a dizzying trip to Europe and visited four countries in a week.  Then in May, Rachel and I ran off to the Bahamas for nine days.  And at the end of June, I visited San Francisco of which I fell in love with at first sight.  In addition, I was excited about going away to Nicaragua and Costa Rica for a study abroad program for five weeks in July and August.  Wow, so far, so good…or so I thought.

It all instantly spiraled downward afterwards.  A week before I was supposed to leave for Central America, ASU decided that the ADA law did not require them to fund for interpreters and told me I could not go.   Since then, ASU and the Office of Civil Rights have completely dismissed my objections, appeals and whatnot to the point where I’ve given up.  This situation was the catalyst of most things that went wrong, including having delayed my graduation another semester.

Around the same time, my beloved dog, Dante, was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer.  His health deteriorated rapidly and he died three months later on September 24 in my arms at the age of four.

Grueling classes this semester, a psychotic roommate, inane family drama and volatile economy certainly did not help things either.

I’m eager for 2009 to bring some changes and hopefully improvements, economical situation notwithstanding.

Take it away, 2009! I’m out.

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Seeing that WordPress seems to be the blog software of choice these days, I decided to jump on the proverbial bandwagon and set up an account on here.   Lemming anyone?

Not sure if I will use this in lieu of LiveJournal (it’ll be hard for me to relinquish it as I’ve been a steadfast LJer for five years now), but who knows.

Okay, back to cramming for my finals… (yeah, right).

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