Nothing New

Tonight not much has happened besides my dive master class getting underway. While I was thinking about something to blog about, I saw Surrounded by Imbeciles post about the categories that are listed on the side of the blog page. Since the creative juices are not flowing tonight, I am going to follow this and see what the first thing I can come up with might happen to be.

101 in 1001 – I really need to update this more often.

Adventure – I am flying back to Nashville on Thursday. Airports are always interesting.

Adventure Across America – Part II will begin at the end of October.

Beach – I have not been in two weeks. Pathetic.

Books – Currently reading some more Hemingway

Concerts – Old Crow Medicine Show on Saturday!

Dogs – Abbie is snoring

Dreams – Had another dream about clowns last night

Family – Seeing them at the end of this week!

Fashion – Pretty pumped about my new shoes, Blu Kicks.

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Fiji – Soon close!

Fishing – Hemingway’s books also talks about fly fishing

Food – Can’t wait until sushi

History – Talked about maritime history in dive master class tonight

Kayaking – Need to go

Movies –  Haven’t been since Top Gun 3D

Museums – Tattoo exhibit possibility

Music – Daft Punk

Nashville – Thursday

Pictures – Sent the shark one to my grandpa

Quotes –  The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

San Diego – Amazing

Savannah – Not so much

SCAD – No more school

Scuba – Master Diver!

Sea Life – Shark Week is soon

Shopping – This will be happening in Nashville

Spiritual – I am

Sports – Fall means football in the South

Technology – I am loving my new computer

The South – I miss it

Travel – Everyone should do it

Uncategorized – This post



The Funny Thing About Plans…

They change.

They change all the darn time.

It has been a while since I have posted…


So much has happened in the past month and a half.

So much.

So here is an update.

Jimmy Buffett Concert Recap

It was awesome. My friend Tyler and I had nose bleed seats, but got upgraded to floor seats! You are also not allowed to stand on the seats to try and see over everyone. #shortpeopleproblems


Tyler and I


Beach and Jimmy

The show was great. Jimmy played a bunch of songs that I have never heard him play live. I can’t wait until April to see him again with one of the biggest parrotheads I know.

PADI Rescue Diver

I am now a rescue diver and EFR. I just hope I never have to use this. The water was cold, I am good at playing a bickering wife, and I saved a “dead” diver! One more step to dive master… more on that to come.



I am no longer continuing in the masters program at SCAD. I have chosen to get the graduate certificate as I have realized that maritime conservation is my true love.

What does this mean?

Well, coming January 2014, I am headed to FIJI for 6 months.

Yes, 6 months in FIJI!

I will learn all about marine conservation and also be completing my PADI dive master internship the last 3 months that I am there. tumblr_mjiatxDMZw1qbm824o1_500

I will be posting about this a lot!

I also go some more great news today, but that will be something else I will talk about. There are still a few more people I have to inform first.

After praying, crying, and wondering what is going to happen, I have a new plan. A plan that I could not be more excited about.

Sketch It Up

The third week of classes are officially over. The quarter has been going well and that scares me slightly. 7 more weeks to go! Anyways…

I am taking Preservation Law online, so not much is going on in that class besides discussions and quizzes which are terrible.

Building Assessments is going great! Today we went to a house that is downtown and is supposedly one of the oldest that is not preserved. That is in the works right now.  I took some pictures of what we saw today!



plaster lath

plaster lath

Beaver Board

Beaver Board

Original wallpaper to 19th century.

Original wallpaper to 19th century.

"bow tie"

“bow tie”




I liked the door knob.

I liked the door knob.


There's lead on that door.

There’s lead on that door.

The other class is digital technology in preservation. This has been interesting so far, and more hands on. Actually, all the classes are more hands on than the ones last quarter. The first project we worked on worked with Google Sketchup. I cannot explain how to use it as it was a bunch of clicking and messing up and frustration, but the project is over and all turned in. I picked Alfred’s Cabin, which is located at the Hermitage back in Nashville. It is a log cabin, and I thought there would be a texture for it, but no, I made all the logs.


The top left picture is the east elevation of the cabin and the right is the west. Obviously the bottom is the roof. When the project was all completed, I felt accomplished with something. Seeing the results can really make one feel better.

That’s it for tonight!






When Summer Comes Along

I hope to be someplace warm and by the water. The internship application process has started.

I am looking at museum internships in the object conservation area, and also in preservation and museum curation.

My main interest is to get involved with maritime museums and my top pick is in Key West.

I know, rough life.


There are also museums in Alabama, California, Texas, the Caribbean, Alaska and New Orleans.

We will see what happens.

Oh yeah and the home of Robert E. Lee.


Here’s to hopefully having a great summer!

One week has come and gone in the Winter quarter here at SCAD.

So here it is, the books for winter quarter.

Preservation Law and Advocacy

This class is online this quarter. I am not as excited as I thought I would be so far… we shall see how it goes.

Building Assessment Strategies I
I am very excited about this class! It is, hopefully, going to be a lot of hands on work. The professor is awesome too.

Digital Communication for Preservation
I am excited, and a little nervous for this class. I am not the best with computer design, so we will see how this goes! My first project is creating Alfred’s Cabin from the Hermitage in google sketch up. Oh boy.

Here’s to another great quarter!

The Books: Fall Quarter Edition

It is amazing feeling to finally feel caught up in my classes. Unfortunately, I am sure this won’t last very long. Maybe the online classes were easier. Anyways, as promised in my last post I am going to talk about the book for my classes. Get ready for a post full of excitement!

Here we go!!

HIPR 701: Preservation Theory and History
This class is basically an intro class and mostly lecture with a few papers thrown in there.
1. Historic Preservation: An Introduction to its History, Principles and Practice. Norman Tyler

2. A Richer Heritage: Historic Preservation in the 21st Century. Robert E. Stipe

3. A Field Guide to American Houses. Virginia and Lee McAlester

This is required for all of my classes. Pretty awesome book!

4. Preserving the World’s Great Cities: The Destruction and Renewal of the Historic Metropolis. Anthony M. Tung

5. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers. Kate L. Turabian

Didn’t have to buy this little guy because I used it so much in undergrad!

HIPR 706: Preservation Research and Survey

1. Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You David E. Kyvig

2. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers. Kate L. Turabian
We meet again!

3.  A Field Guide to American Houses. Virginia and Lee McAlester

HIPR 709: Conservation Science and Preservation

This is my lab class!

1. Caring for Your Historic House. Charles Fisher

2. Preservation Technology Primer. Frances Gale

3.  Historic Preservation Technology. Robert Young
4. Conservation of Historic Buildings. Bernard M. Feilden
5.  A History of Architectural Conservation. Jukka Jokilehto
6. The Conservation Unit of the Museums and Galleries Commission. Science for Conservators, Volume 1: An Introduction to Materials.
7. The Conservation Unit of the Museums and Galleries Commission. Science for Conservators, Volume 2: Cleaning
8. The Conservation Unit of the Museums and Galleries Commission. Science for Conservators, Volume 3: Adhesives and Coatings
9. Porous Building Materials: Materials Science for Architectural Conservation. Giorgio Torraca
There is no picture, but it came all the way from Rome!
10. Old Building Owners Manual. Judith L. Kitchen
11. The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation 

12. Conserving Buildings: A Guide to Techniques and Materials. Martin E. Weaver
That is all folks.

It’s Still Summer

As I sit here on the plane home, it hit me that I still have two weeks of summer vacation. This is a good thing since I need another vacation to recover from the one I just had. More so the crazy mama cow. Anyways, I just finished reading my former professors blog and saw that where I went to undergrad starts back tomorrow.

He made a few good points about first day jitters. People will be dressed up, and apparently it is required for convocation. That’s one thing I will not be attending anymore. People will get lost. I still find it hard to believe since there are only two buildings that have actual classes and then the nursing school off campus…still.

This post will be dedicated to the differences I have noticed between undergrad and grad school. I apologize if the layout is weird, doing this from the iPad and there is a screaming child behind me.

1. Grad students dress up more. Okay, in my area they do. Take the animation kids for example at SCAD, they don’t. It could be me too. They look professional.

2. I still get lost around SCAD. For one, it is not a campus. There are buildings scattered all over downtown. Thankfully, all of my classes are in one building and we have our own parking lot. Pus of being on the bad side of town.

3. It is a lot easier to get kicked out of grad school. There are different check points and if you mess up more than once, see ya later. There is no GPA of .something allowed.

4. The books don’t get any cheaper. Don’t even get me started on the supply list for my classes. Never ever thought I would have to use a plum bob. I am still not sue how to use it either.

5. Not only does that school give out parking tickets, but you get them from the lovely city of Savannah too.

6. You still are told what books to read.

7. iPads cannot be used in class.

8. I haven’t seen a single person wear pajamas to class.

9. As with undergrad, get to know your professors. They will most likely be writing your job recommendations letters.

10. 8:00 am classes are still evil. That will never change.