On the road again.

I missed the stars. And the thing about missing the stars, for me, is that I didn’t even realized I missed them.

I went to Sunderland, MA, to look at a new place to live and the twilight stopped me in my tracks: a wash of purple across the horizon and little twinkles emerging in the incredible dark blue sky.

And I could see the stars when I looked up later. I really enjoyed the silence.

I’m moving back to North Leverett, or I should say back to Western MA as I used to live in Shelburne Falls, as I will be in school full time at UMass Amherst.

I am looking forward to it.

I will be back in Worcester and Boston occasionally but I am happy to be out in the country, or nearly so.


Ten good habits

It’s already nearly the middle of March so it’s time for another post.

Here are five good habits I have found useful:

  1. Get up before dawn.
  2. Have a clear plan for the day and be willing to let it change if you weren’t that attached to it to begin with.
  3. Get involved in some kind of educational activity outside of work.
  4. Don’t eat sugar.
  5. Eat local foods.

Just getting into having a finger exerciser and little dumbells (3 and 5 pounds) around for when I’m on the computer. I also bought some stretchy plastic for resistance movements.


Incarnate again.

Great news! And I post because I think it is helpful to prospective grad students out there:

I got into UMass Isenberg’s MSA program!

I am excited for several reasons, all worth keeping in mind when applying:

  1. I found a noteworthy program with good professors, a good selection of courses, and good administrative support for half the price of a private institution;
  2. The resources there are great – the libraries (I can get books from other schools), the sports, clubs, a nice campus with an impressive arts center, health center, and gyms;
  3. Opportunities to apply for grants and scholarships; and
  4. Support studying for and completing the CPA exam as well as extensive career development support.

I met representatives from several major firms at a conference there within the first two weeks or so of classes.

The next week, I attended a classical concert of lieder with professional musicians for $3 at a student rate.

If you’re applying to schools, have fun!


Grad school bardo.


I’m waiting to hear back from graduate schools and am in kind of a limbo.

Textbooks make me deliriously happy, like a cat in catnip. I’d love to be thumbing through this next semester’s books now. Fortunately, I can review my studies at my current school (I’m transferring) and work until I find out in January.

I also registered for an investment course at my current school and will start the book for it tomorrow.

The GRE was quite an adventure. I went from nauseous to YouTube binge to nauseous to done with it. I am very happy that I don’t have to re-take it.

I will keep doing math practice problems, though, because they’re fun.

I thought the Barron’s online prep course was severely lacking in verbal prep. The verbal section was pretty easy for me but for someone who doesn’t regularly read and write and for whom vocabulary and other relevant skills are issues, I really don’t see how Barron’s would have helped. Reading newspapers definitely would, as would reading successful essays online via a Google search.

Will post when I find out. The contenders are UMass Isenberg, Bentley, and Northeastern. I may still apply to Michigan and Boston College.


December and here’s shepherd’s pie.

So it’s been another two weeks or so – also an amazing occurrence.

Here’s the shepherd’s pie recipe:

1. Mash some potatoes. Use a lot of butter cause why not. You probably only need live five potatoes. I used a whole bag of them last time and ended up with two gigantic pies.

I was going to upload a photo but I ate it. It’s on my Facebook page somewhere.

2. Sautee an onion, a carrot, some celery in sunflower oil with some garlic, herbs, black pepper, and salt.

3. Add a half a pound of ground beef when the onions get soft. You can add more seasoning to taste.

4. Put the beef mixture in the bottom of a glass baking dish when it’s browned through.

5. Top with mashed potatoes and powdery parmesan cheese.

6. Bake at around 350 for like half an hour or until the cheese gets brown and there’s a little crust on the taters. I’ve also had shepherd’s pie with peas – you would add them to the beef, I think. You can add corn to the potatoes.

My next batch will have mashed butternut squash as the topping.


Winter on the Horizon

Woah, it’s November 15th? What happened to October? :)

I keep waking up with compulsions to cook cranberry sauce. So I do. And then I eat it all.

1. Wash some cranberries. I’ve been buying them in three cup bags… or thereabouts.

2. Half cover with half water and half apple juice.

3. Add a dash of cardamom, cinnamon, and dried ginger. Also a little pinch of black pepper.

4. Plus a tablespoon or so of molasses or honey to taste.

5. Bring to a boil and then simmer til the sauce gets thick and all the cranberries pop. Maybe 10 minutes.

Nice with yogurt and graham crackers. Or shepherd’s pie. I’ll put that recipe up next.

Just finished applying to Northeastern’s joint MSA/MBA. I love a good essay session!

Moseying around on Freelancer at the moment.


USDA Home Loans.

I just found out that the USDA has loans for people interested in rural houses. They waive the down payment, which is super nifty, and I imagine the terms are at least slightly better than usual.

The requirements are a stable income, good credit, and that it has to be within a certain location. You might have to be a U.S. citizen.

Check out buyusda.com for more info.

I talked to a guy from the program and he sounded nice. Am looking forward to more.

I don’t think I can use it for the school that I’m starting but that’s just as well because I should probably have some boundaries between my personal and professional lives.

Wow, I had to look at some HTML on here and was actually able to do it! Am really enjoying this coding bootcamp homework.