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A Puddle of Wonderful: Revisited

A puddle of wonderful.

A puddle: a small pool of water.

Puddle-wonderful: a state of the world according to e.e. cummings where
"the queer
old balloonman whistles
far       and       wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing.”


A puddle of wonderful. I started this blog during my first year at the University of Maryland, where I began my journey as a young woman with quite a puddle-wonderful spirit. Here, I discretely chronicled my first break up, openly shared my experience studying in Amsterdam, photographed my last semester as an undergraduate student, and shared my music, conversations, stories, and dreams periodically along the way. Yet I never fully committed. I consistently put this blog on the back burner - hesitant to truly publicize Natasha, whoever that was or is. But as I wait in the airport for my next big adventure, I wonder whether my (very) early onset Alzheimers (I recognize I’m being melodramatic) will hold me back from remembering the journey I await to begin.

Over the next 5+ months, I will be researching at the Arava Institute’s Center for Transboundary Water Management. The program hosts students and interns from all over the region, including Israel, the Palestinian Territories, as well as Jordan. There are also foreigners such as myself from the US and Europe.


So here goes. A puddle of wonderful: Revisited. Appropriately titled considering I’m off to emerge myself in the field of water management. Mind you, I’ll be living on kibbutz in the middle of the Negev desert in Israel, so while puddles are unlikely, they would certainly be wonderful.

Made poor nutritional decisions studying for 10 hours at the library today. As did the squirrel with UMD offerings to Testudo. Rewarding myself with a candlelit bedtime.

Yesterday at the UN!

Yesterday at the UN!

What a fantastic week! I was way too busy to even consider posting anything but I certainly had some fun days.
Monday: JStreetU final dinner with all of my progressive pro-peace friends
Tuesday: The Dali Lama, yes, the Dali Lama spoke at Maryland. He wore a terp visor the entire time. Reminded me of why inner peace and compassion dictate a world of harmony and understanding.
Wednesday: Just a busy work day preparing myself for…
Thursday and Friday!: I went to NYC today with three other students and my dear advisor/mentor/professor/supervisor/friend Stacy for a conference at the UN OHCHR.

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Spent the rest of me weekend my academic. Read 6+ books as I prepare for my thesis and went to an awards dinner for being a public leader. Also spent lunch catching up with Anna in DC!

Spending today beginning thesis #2

Spending today beginning thesis #2

After a period of extreme indecisiveness, I spent last night venturing from Hillel to MGMT at Byrd Stadium to Waffle House with the crew - and we of course stopped by this random carnival on the way!

What a beautiful day! Took a bike ride to Lake Artemesia and accidentally matched outfits with Steph!

Today I submitted my thesis - what an incredible weight off of my shoulders. Nevertheless, I had an unbelievable experience researching and writing this. It has been a bittersweet ending.

Today I submitted my thesis - what an incredible weight off of my shoulders. Nevertheless, I had an unbelievable experience researching and writing this. It has been a bittersweet ending.

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The best part about having a friend who works at Starbucks? Free drinks and lots of experimenting: dirty soy vanilla chai frappacino and a whole lot of fun last night!

The best part about having a friend who works at Starbucks? Free drinks and lots of experimenting: dirty soy vanilla chai frappacino and a whole lot of fun last night!

 
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