30 December 2010

2010 Did All That Really Happen?

It's hard to believe that 2010 is actually coming to a close, but I have to be honest - I couldn't be happier that this year is ending. I'm not trying to say that all of 2010 was bad for me, plenty of good things happened, but honestly, this has been one of the most trying years of my entire life. I'm going to try to sum the year up on here, and I just want to thank whoever is reading this for your patience and support. I'm thinking about my life in terms of the good old fashioned plus/minus system - it helps me to see that while there have been some really sad/tough times this past year, there have also been some incredible pluses and additions to my life.

- I finished up my time at Knox. It's hard to say goodbye to a place I love so dearly.
- I moved back home, which isn't a bad thing, but I miss being within a one block radius of a majority of my closest friends.
- I realized that I own a lot of stuff, and am still working on moving in.
- My parents decided to get separated in September.
- Clay and I broke up in October.
- My friends are scattered all over the country (and there's one in Germany)!
- I currently feel like I have very little sense of direction.

+ I brought in the new year amongst friends at a party in Brooklyn, NY.
+ I was sent on a grant funded trip to the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh to conduct research for my senior thesis.
+ I was able to attend the College Art Association Conference in Chicago with a group of art history majors from Knox College, also a grant funded trip.
+ I started to write on my blog again!!
+ I was able to spend some really great weekends with my boy friend Clay.
+ I was accepted into the 2010 internship program at the Art Institute of Chicago.
+ I had a wonderful  Titanic themed birthday party.
+ I finished my senior thesis The Gay, The Drag, and The Ugly: Examining Gender and Sexuality in Andy Warhol's Western Frontier, and the senior symposium was a total success.
+ I ate plenty of hot dogs at Coney Island, and drank plenty of pitchers of Old Style at Duffy's.
+ I frolicked with friends for an entire year.
+ I reconnected with Kappa as an organization, and as a sisterhood.
+ I graduated cum laude from a wonderful and weird place named Knox College.
+ I started my internship at AIC and made 8 new amazing friends, in addition to falling in love with this museum.
+ I landed a job in the office of development at AIC, and have been loving it here (it's hard to believe I've  been affiliated with this museum for over six months)!
+ We welcomed Franki, a purebred Siamese cat into our lives.
+ I became closer with Ben Scott and Kathy Olsen since moving back to Chicago.
+ I am in the process of redoing my room.

Phew, it feels good to get all of these things off of my chest. I've found that since starting this blog, I've tried to keep the personal aspects of my life to a minimum, which can be good thing. But the last six months have been outrageous considering the major life changes that I have been dealing with, and maybe writing about them here on this little blog will help me to cope with what is happening in my life.

If you have an words of encouragement or anything you'd like to share, please feel free to let me know.



  1. Thanks for this Sandy. I always love to hear how you're doing even if things aren't going as well as you had hoped. I know you like to keep personal things private, but please feel free to share I'm always interested and there for you. It sounds like you've had quite the year of transitions, some for better some for worse. I've been experiencing a lot of upheaval as well, friendships ending/shifting/forming, big moves (Edinburgh, woah!), major confusion about what I want to do with my life. Overall I feel like I've made some major personal progress this year and growth as painful/difficult as it is, but sometimes I have no clue where all of these steps forward are going which makes it all the more frustrating.

    Your thesis sounds fascinating! I love Warhol and would love to read it :)