The exciting and the mundane

So, it’s official: I’m going to be a Duck. I sent the acceptance letter off to the University of Oregon this morning — watched the postal carrier take it away — and will be sending my housing application off over my lunch break. I let the program director know, too. I’ve also contacted my three outstanding schools and removed myself from consideration. So, official: Oregon, Oregon, Oregon. Woo!

In much less exciting news, I’m entertaining myself at work today by reading “The Inheritance of Loss” by Kiran Desai and by browsing through the nominees for “Smallest Coolest Apartments 2006” at So far my favorites are “Shauna’s More Dash Than Cash” and “Kevin and Nicola’s Bright and Beautiful Bungalow,” though I haven’t been through nearly all of the entries yet. Apparently, I like the greens. Oh, and I like the Post-It Note Wall: “Bri & Chad’s Fab on a Budget.” Don’t think I won’t someday try that at home.

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13 Responses to The exciting and the mundane

  1. phillyexpat says:

    Hooray Oregon!

  2. minnaleigh says:

    Yay Oregon! I have to admit that I am more than a little envious. I would love to live in Oregon but I could not find any researchers there that I wanted to work with!

  3. drenilop says:


    I’m very VERY glad for you. 🙂

    Is this an MA or MFA?

  4. therealjae says:



  5. dine says:

    yay! and whoo, Oregon! you should really enjoy the Eugene area – it’s a fun, funky place, with enough variety and some cultural offerings to keep most folks happy (plus, 3 hours or so to The Big City, i.e., Portland where you can find lots more)

    Springfield might be an option for housing – it’s quite near and prices can be somewhat lower. if you’re not driving, there’s a pretty reliable bus system available.

  6. kepkanation says:

    Hooray indeed! It’s going to be quite a difference, suddenly being one hour from both the beach and mountains, instead of multiple hours or days.

  7. kepkanation says:

    Well, once I move there, I will act as a magnet for the research community, I’m sure, thus paving your way. 😉 Yay Oregon indeed! I will take lots of pictures.

  8. kepkanation says:

    I am glad for me, too!

    MFA, in fact.

  9. kepkanation says:

    Thank you!

    So does this mean that if there’s ever a problem with your bike, or if it needs a mate, I’ll get to actually *see* you?

  10. kepkanation says:

    I’ve heard nothing but good about Eugene, except for the “there’s no housing here” e-mail I just got from their housing department. So Springfield — that sounds like excellent advice. I may — if you wouldn’t mind — pick your brain a bit more about the area as I start to figure out what I’m going to do and when. YAY OREGON!

  11. phillyexpat says:


    And thank you again for that Apartment Therapy post. You have no idea how happy it made me.

  12. dine says:

    I don’t live there, but my bestest friend Rica has lived in Eugene area (currently lives in Springfield) for ages – if you have specific questions I bet I could get a bit of info via her.

  13. therealjae says:

    It does! Although more likely is that I’d come down there to go to Seattle and decide to just drive the rest of the way to see you. 🙂


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