Whoa. Forgot about this poor little blog. After much brain-scratching, I finally recalled which email address I used to start it, and have now recovered access, hah.

So, you know that boy that I wrote about meeting in my last post? Way back in 2008? Well, I married him in 2009. Hah! Life is funny. We’re over the moon about each other, and bought a house this summer that we are ever-so-slowly turning into our dream home.

This is the song we danced to at our wedding:


I’m planning on updating more than once every three years now!



Alexandra… needs to stop wasting so darn much time on facebook.

…loves sufjan stevens.

…had no idea what an amazing poet jeff tweedy is.

…is terrible at returning library books on time.

…had a great weekend with the college/career group from her church.

…is loving having a real autumn.

…met a boy. [!] he loves Jesus, has his feet on the ground, is funny, and rides a fixie. Alexandra didn’t know God made them like that.

…constantly wonders whether this whole grad school idea was really the best one, after all.

…is excited about upcoming knitting projects.

…misses her dear friends who are far too far away.

…is exhausted and finally going to bed.

<3, Alexandra.

Last night my new friend Christina [heretofore may be referred to as Tina, Chris, or Awesome-Chick-from-my-cohort] came over to my place to watch the VP debate [I only get two channels, yay rabbit ears. but the debate was on both, so no problems]. We went and got some beer [there will be another post SOON about how irritating and ridiculous the PA liquor laws are, by the way…], then came back and had said beer with pasta, while intermittently yelling at the Television [i.e., Of COURSE you were able to eliminate your fuel tax- you live in ALASKA]. yay. We started out playing a debate drinking game, but that quickly died, as we had decided to drink every time someone said the words ‘maverick,’ ‘working class,’ ‘scranton,’ ‘hockey mom,’ or ‘bailout.’ ugh. Anyway, that was entertaining. Then we went out and chilled on my roof with blankets and more drinking and looking at stars and talking about nothing and everything. It was a good night in all- it’s so nice to find people that you just really click with right off the bat.

Got up this morning at about noon- ugh, and decided to take the day off- no writing, no reading, no doing anything required. My research has been really getting me down lately, so I really needed it. It’s a subject that I care about very deeply, and am very passionate about, but it’s just really darn depressing sometimes. SO, I decided to take a mental health day today and not do ANY work- hooray!

First, I went to fabric row- a little field trip I’ve been meaning to take ever since I moved here.

It. Was. Awesome. Seriously, it was like a little bit of heaven for a craftster nerd like me. :p I was so overwhelmed, I didn’t even buy anything- I look at it as a scoping-out mission, I’ll head back later when I decide what I need. Or, when I can finally afford to get a sewing machine. 😦  I also visited another yarn store on fabric row- Sophie’s. So cute. They even have a shop cat named ‘Purl,’ hah. [sorry, knitting humour is awful, I know.] Anyway, I should probably stop spending so much time at the yarn stores around town because a) I spend waaaaay too much money and b) it only makes it all the more tempting to drop out of school and open up that yarn store/coffee shop/community center I keep dreaming about…sigh.

After fabric row, I went to this awesome pizza/cheesesteak place that Tina told me about called Gianna’s [It’s on 6th street just north of South if anyone wants to check it out]. They have an awesome menu, but the great thing is that they’ll make just about anything on the menu vegetarian/vegan for you! yaay! So….I got a veggie cheesesteak:

Now, I know that ‘vegetarian’ and ‘cheesesteak’ should probably never be uttered in the same sentence, especially in Philly, but I assure you, this sandwich was the best thing I’ve tasted in a long time. a-mazing. Side note- it’s an encouraging sign that I’ve become more confident/secure with myself that I was able to go out to eat at a resturant and eat by myself, without any ‘shields’ like a book, etc. woot.

After food, I walked up to Old City and went to the Independence Park visitor’s center and talked to a ranger about getting in to see the Bishop White house- only 1 tour a day with a 10 person max. boo. :{ it’ll have to wait until next week. Then I watched a few movies at the visitor’s center- one about the political climate in the late 18th century, and then a documentary about the diaries and letters of 4 young people kept during the Revolution. Both movies were awesome, and yes, I know I’m a total geek, thank you. I also got to talk to re-enactors, one who was spinning wool and one who was playing a dulcimer, both in costume. I really want to know how to get a job like that- screw researching all summer, I wanna be a reenactor! hah.

Anyway, continuing my historical escapades, I went and walked around old Christ Church [where Washington, Franklin & Betsey Ross attended], and went to the burial grounds and visited good ole B. F. Franklin- now there’s a man I’d vote for.

I don’t know why people throw pennies on his grave, it’s kind of weird.

After, I wandered over to Elfreth’s Alley, which is apparently the “oldest residential street in America.” hmm. it was pretty neat, though- cute buildings, everything is kept up in the period fashion [even though they are still residential houses to this day].

Very cute.

All in all, a very nice day. I’m also sure to sleep well tonight- awesome. More later on the random ramblings of a post-grad wanderer.



what’s more… [from moveon.org]

  • Palin recently said that the war in Iraq is “God’s task.” She’s even admitted she hasn’t thought about the war much—just last year she was quoted saying, “I’ve been so focused on state government, I haven’t really focused much on the war in Iraq.” 1, 2
  • Palin has actively sought the support of the fringe Alaska Independence Party. Six months ago, Palin told members of the group—who advocate for a vote on secession from the union—to “keep up the good work” and “wished the party luck on what she called its ‘inspiring convention.'” 3
  • Palin wants to teach creationism in public schools. She hasn’t made clear whether she thinks evolution is a fact.4
  • *Okay, here is a point that I can at least somewhat agree with. While I don’t believe that creationism should be taught exclusively in the public school system, I do believe that it should be presented as an option amongst other theories of how our existence came to be.*

  • Palin doesn’t believe that humans contribute to global warming. Speaking about climate change, she said, “I’m not one though who would attribute it to being manmade.” 5
  • Palin has close ties to Big Oil. Her inauguration was even sponsored by BP. 6
  • Palin is extremely anti-choice. She doesn’t even support abortion in the case of rape or incest. 7
  • *again, another point. I consider myself pro-life. however, I also realize that this is a very easy position for me to hold, as I have never had to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. I am still unsure as to how I feel about abortion in the case of incest or rape. I do, however, agree with Barack Obama’s statement that if we don’t want women to have abortions, then we had better be prepared to help mothers take care of unplanned children, or be prepared to take care of them ourselves. a policy shift *needs* to occur.*

  • Palin opposes comprehensive sex-ed in public schools. She’s said she will only support abstinence-only approaches. 8
  • As mayor, Palin tried to ban books from the library. Palin asked the library how she might go about banning books because some had inappropriate language in them—shocking the librarian, Mary Ellen Baker. According to Time, “news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving “full support” to the mayor.” 9
  • She DID support the Bridge to Nowhere (before she opposed it). Palin claimed that she said “thanks, but no thanks” to the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. But in 2006, Palin supported the project repeatedly, saying that Alaska should take advantage of earmarks “while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.” 10
  • Don’t worry, this won’t turn into a political blog. but the absolute absurdity of the republican party at this point promted me to write something. I think we all [definitely myself included] need to become better informed, seek out balanced media coverage about the candidates, and familiarize ourselves with them and the issues VERY soon. this isn’t a task that can wait until the late evening on November 3rd- this is no small exam we’re cramming for.


    1. “Palin: Iraq war ‘a task that is from God’,” Associated Press, September 3, 2008

    2. “Palin wasn’t ‘really focused much’ on the Iraq war,” ThinkProgress, August 30, 2008

    3. “The Sarah Palin Digest,” ThinkProgress, September 4, 2008

    4. “McCain and Palin differ on issues,” Associated Press, September 3, 2008

    5. Ibid

    6. The Sarah Palin Digest,” ThinkProgress, September 4, 2008

    7. Ibid

    8. Ibid.

    9. “Mayor Palin: A Rough Record,” Time, September 2, 2008

    10. The Sarah Palin Digest,” ThinkProgress, September 4, 2008

    so, I’ve done a couple critical mass rides before- chicago being the favored city. [ about critical mass] they’ve always been an absolute blast- hundreds of bike riders getting together and riding around the city is always a good time. However, tonight was my first Philly critical mass, and I must say…I miss chicago. 😦

    the drivers here are SO RUDE. not even five minutes into the ride, someone got hit by a car driven by someone who was pissed off that bikers were making him wait- so he tried to weave through and then hit someone. The rider was okay, but it was something of a hostile situation. It just sucks because it’s not like we as massers are just trying to tie up traffic or cause trouble, we’re just doing something we all enjoy together, with the hopes of maybe raising awareness about the bicycle as a valid form of transportation. le sigh.

    something else that complicated matters was the size of the mass- maybe 100-ish people. maybe. with such a small group, we have less power, and cars are more temped to just ‘push’ us out of the way, making the ride much more dangerous for everyone involved. I almost got hit a couple of times, it was a little scary. I also got cut off by one of those stupid “ride the duck” vehicles. hate them hate them hate them. I have found a new cause.

    I also invited my younger sister to come along, even though she’s not really a biker. between the small size [and thus the danger], and the lack of cohesiveness among the group [differing speeds, etc.], she had an awful time. I suggested we go home early, because I really don’t want her to hate biking, especially because I love it so much.

    blah. I guess I’m just disappointed- I was really looking forward to my first philly mass, and it ended up being such a lame experience. oh well. rather than just complain, I am now making it my mission to get more people to come out to future rides. I’ve got a whole month to paper and chalk my campus to get others to come out, hopefully it will work. 🙂

    all right, I think I’m going to do some knitting in order to unwind and feel like I’ve done something productive today. until next time,


    so…. new to wordpress. I like it- the interface is nice, no annoying ads with scantily-clad women, and no strange men hitting on me [at least not so far]. I just moved from Chicago to Philadelphia, and figured a new blog was in order. I’m a new PhD student at a large research university here in the city, and we had our department orientation for the newbies on Monday. One of the more memorable moments of the day went something like this:

    Department Chair: “…so, it takes the average student 8.6 years to finish the program here.”

    All new PhD students: [looking at one another] ………….     o_0

    8.6 YEARS??? oy. This is not exactly what I signed up for. We were told 5-ish years. I’m curious as to where those extra three years appeared from. sigh. Maybe it’s just that other students have been slackers and have taken foreeeeeever to finish their research? So I, being the exemplary student that I am [hah], should definitely be able to finish in a shorter amount of time if I plunge in full speed ahead, right? Right? ugh. I guess we’ll see. Maybe I’ll just drop out of school and open a yarn shop.

    Speaking of yarn, we have several all-day meetings this week, mostly of the sit-in-a-chair-and-learn-nothing-you-didn’t-alread-know variety. Thus, I’ve been bringing my knitting along, and have knitted half a sweater so far. hah. My goal is to get it done by the time classes start next week.

    I finally took my bike out today- I’ve been a little nervous about riding in the traffic around here. But it really wasn’t too bad. I went to the library and got a card, yay! [I know, what I nerd I am…] Also went to the pharmacy to pick up a few things. On the way to the pharmacy, I passed this little fresh market place, and ducked in to see what was what. I was a little bit hungry, so I grabbed an “organic, locally-grown white nectarine” for $1.02. A little steep if you ask me, but I tell you, it was one of the BEST things I have ever eaten. It turned into one of those perfect moments- I was walking down the street of my new city, having finally started to get out of the apartment and explore a bit. Biting into this sweet fruit, juice dripping everywhere, new poetry in my backpack, walking down the sidewalk past bistro diners and begging music-makers. I think I like it here.