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So. I graduated. That happened. I have a MPA in Disasterness and have fulfilled my lifelong goal of being able to put a little string of letters after my name. Unfortunately, the process seems to have permanently killed off brain cells. A few weeks ago I was an emergency planning machine, living off stress and adrenaline, finishing five pandemic annexes before breakfast. Now. . . I am lucky if I can make it four hours before I need to go eat brownies and take a long nap.

Fortunately, I don't actually care about anything that might be happening in my life or the world. Because I've graduated. Forgot to do Christmas shopping? Whatever. I have my degree. Cookies burnt? I don't need cookies, I have a Master of Public Administration in Emergency and Disaster Management. Livejournal no longer works on Chrome so I have to use my phone which can't handle the new icon-selection menu meaning my paid account is a waste of money? Who cares! I have a degree! Tsunami headed for Connecticut? . . . that's nice, but it's time for my nap.

Meanwhile, I am approaching the world like these puppies. (omg these puppies.)

Everything is so big and open and full of grass and sunlight and books. BOOKS. I'd forgotten books. They're wonderful! And there are all these new ones - apparently, they kept being published even after I stopped reading things that weren't federal reports and records of historic disasters. Next I'm going to try TV shows. I think I used to like TV shows.


( 14 said to the lesser floods, "Be dry." — say to mountains, "Be ye removed." )
Dec. 24th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Dec. 24th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
I love that goofy image! Thank you. Also, congratulations!
Dec. 24th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
It's funny how everything seems less stressful and concerning now that you've finished! I often feel after I've finished something monumental (though not nearly as monumental as getting your MPA) that my brain cells go on strike for a while. They either go on strike, or they head off on vacation for a few weeks to some place warm and sunny, and they leave me behind. I've indeed found that chocolate is a cure for missing/striking brain cells, though. Many congratulations!
Dec. 24th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
Use LJ in Firefox, it works perfectly! With the added bonus of using a browser built by a not-for-profit initiative that is not collecting information about your internet purchasing habits to sell to advertisers.

Oh, and also congratulations, but you already know that from me <3

Edited at 2011-12-24 08:03 pm (UTC)
Dec. 25th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
I used to use Firefox, but it slowed down my entire computer and I had to open a different browser to use Hulu or Pandora because it would freeze. Supposedly the latest release cut down on the memory hogging, though, so I might have to try it again.
Dec. 24th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Welcome back to reality! *g* Congrats on your shiny degree in disaster.
Dec. 24th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
Felicitats! And hooray for fancy letters after your name. I think you deserve brownies and a good dose of doing nothing.
Dec. 24th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
Yaaay, congratulations!!!

But what are these Chrome problems you're having with lj? I'm using Chrome and haven't noticed anything.
Dec. 24th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!! What an awesome Christmahanakwanzikah gift!
Dec. 25th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
Congratulations! :D

And aw, beagles!
Dec. 25th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
I am so happy for you! Congratulations, you MPAer, you! *tosses confetti*
Dec. 25th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
congrats!! the world is fresh and new again!
Dec. 25th, 2011 06:01 am (UTC)
Congratulations on graduating! Isn't it odd, suddenly not to have to read and do stuff related to your course. I remember wondering what on earth I was going to do with all my free time ;)

That movie of the puppies made me cry a little. Then I had to go and hug my own puppy.
Dec. 26th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
Congratulations Jess!!! :D Glad you've got some time to destress and have some fun.
( 14 said to the lesser floods, "Be dry." — say to mountains, "Be ye removed." )


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