…and shameless self-promotion, but my dear Korean-living, ex-roommate from undergrad, Inge, was spotted wearing my hat in her friend Mandy’s photo blog. I was excited to see her wearing my Christmas gift to her. Hope it’s keeping her warm in Asialand!

Here’s cozy Inge in Korea-land:

My friend, Inge enjoying some coffee in South Korea.



Sometimes when I’m left alone to my thoughts, I become seriously nostalgic. I swear I’m not depressed, nor am I unhappy. On the contrary, I feel very blessed for all that I have. But sometimes I am sad that the best I can do in lieu of actually getting to spend time with some of the people I’m closest to in my life is only a phone call, a letter, or a text message. (P.S. WordPress messed up my spacing and maybe affected the feel a bit).

Sarah Vied
My life is changing, moving on
I’m not the same as once upon
I’m getting older, making mistakes
learning and morphing in various ways.
I’m living my life as best as I can
having regrets is not part of my plan.
Meeting amazing people as along I go,
but missing old friends terribly
I want them to know:
It saddens me to be here when some are over there
back home, to the North, the South, or the West.
I think of you all often and wish we could share
all the things that we used to when we were both there–
under that same canopy.
But I know our lives are trees taking root,
our branches, spreading, touching each other’s shoots
leaves turning green, coloring each other’s worlds,
for a moment–a spring, a summer, a fall,
or a winter–we’ve been through them all.
Now we’re dispersed among different canopies.
And I know that we can’t always be selfish and stay
so close together, or our forest would decay.
Each one of us moves on in one way or another
hopefully not forgetting the past friends and lovers.
Who I am, I know in part, is interconnected to you,
I understand…
but I still just miss you–I do.

I Should be Studying

Story of my life–study, study, study.  But I get off on tangents that seem so much more interesting than staring at flux problems.

That and I love to write.  I always seem to drift back to blogging in some shape or form.  Hopefully, I can keep this one going.

I love Charleston, it’s such a wonderful city to live in.  As I drive downtown from James Island weekly to TA intro biology labs, I just think I’m so lucky to live here.  This has been my dream for so long: to study marine biology and do it in Charleston.  I honestly think this is where God wants me right now.  Not to say that it’s been easy so far.  I’m extremely busy, and most of the people I’ve met here have been fantastic…but I do miss Kentucky a bit.  Never thought I’d say that.  I was so content my last couple of years at WKU with my awesome friends, my family being so close that I could go home whenever I wanted (which I rarely did, but I still had the option), and the whole familiarization with people and places.  Now, as much as I love being here, I’m still apprehensive about the whole grad program and wondering what direction I’m supposed to go into in this field.  I miss my friends and family, just talking to them daily.  I hate not being together with my close friends and doing things with them and just talking and laughing about our day over dinner.  I constantly wonder what everyone is up to.  It’s weird to go from seeing all of your close friends all the time to not at all.  Actually, it sucks.  If you know me at all, you know I’m a very sentimental person.

School is tough.  I mean, that’s what I expected, but I didn’t think I’d be this busy.  I only have 3 “classes” but two of them have labs.  We have a seminar class on Thurs. nights and another seminar on Fridays that I can’t attend because of TAing.  I also have to TA on Saturday and help do lab prep on Saturday, so my Saturdays are just completely wiped.  I’ve been going to a nice community church called Coastal Community Church on Sundays where everyone has been really friendly.  I’m going to a Lifegroup (small group) meeting at a member’s house starting Wednesday and continuing every Wednesday this “semester.”  Pretty excited about it!  I really like the people I’ve met here, but I haven’t really found any other Christians within the marine bio program to help keep me on my toes like I had back at Western.  I really miss that too.  I’m hoping I can get somewhat plugged in there, as much as my crazy schedule will allow.

Ok, enough procrastinating.  I need sleep.  Physiology lab tomorrow dealing with some mean blue crabs, so I need my energy!  Peace.