Friend Kelly asked if I wanted to see Quentin Tarantino’s new film at the Hollywood Theatre. The answer was: sort of? I’m not much of a fan of Mr. Tarantino’s movies. But this did have Leonardo DiCaprio in it. And Brad Pitt wasn’t looking too shabby either.
The Hollywood provided us with these cool tri-fold brochures to commemorate the night.
I didn’t love the movie (review here) but I did enjoy the setting.
There was a torrential rain falling, so we took photos inside. Here, Sara’s cousin takes a picture of Shawn & Sara
Kathy and Al take pictures.
More pictures with Sara’s dad, stepmom, and sister.
Shawn’s mom and dad.
Sara’s aunt and cousin
Sara’s aunt and uncle
Pictures taken, we headed out in the rain.
The next few hours weren’t great for me. I got lost on campus (because I never would ask anyone for directions) and sopping wet, and I was cold and eventually I found my way to the delightful meet-up area where we were scheduled to have dinner.
I bought some hot tea, read, went from sopping to damp, and bought some Pho when everyone else showed up. That warmed me up from the inside. Thus the day ended on a good note.
The defense finished, we moved to the graduation ceremony, which took place on the very next day.
Shawn holds Sara’s robes.
The graduation took place in the hockey arena and was for the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). This was all the future teachers, who sat on the house right side, and then a bunch of psychology-type (ish) majors. All the majors are listed here. The Human Development people sat on the the house left side and took much longer to seat themselves. Teachers know how to form an orderly line.
Looks like this graduate has a job waiting.
The nice thing about the hockey arena is that there was a big screen where the happenings were projected. That made this ceremony slightly more intimate.
After a long wait, we got to see Lee, Sara’s writing partner, hooded.
And then Dr. Sara Sterner herself.
Here’s the program:
You can see it has many pages. Look how many people also received PhDs at the same time as Sara. And this is just in the College of Education and Human Development!
Sara booked the biggest room available for her defense and it was full! She had a lot of friends and family visit. When I sat down, I introduced myself to the woman sitting next to me. She turned out to be a fellow PhD candidate. Her observation: “I go to these things all the time and usually there’s like four people watching.”
Sara’s adviser introduced Sara and the defense. He had a special message from Hogwarts and also pointed out that a royal baby waited to be born until Sara was ready to defend.
Sara explained the work she had done on a post-intentional phenomenological exploration of reading whitely. There were handouts.
At the end we got to ask questions.
Once the public defense was done Sara stayed behind for another hour of questions. After that, her committee voted though we weren’t there for that part.
Kelly hosted the Oscar-viewing party and we had a good time (despite my disappointment with the Best Picture outcome.)
I prepared my Happiest Oscar Viewer game, and I was the second happiest Oscar viewer. Laurie beat me out, but also because she had two things listed for some categories.
Kelly prepared a BINGO sheet, but nothing shook down in a way that caused any of us to win. If only one person had told their kids to go to bed! Or, if only I had looked more closely at my BINGO sheet instead of taking the one on the top.
The night of the Academy Awards remains my favorite annual TV event. I learned that when there is no host, things clip along. And also it’s awkward at the very end when there isn’t an official person to see us off the air.
Friend Laurie has a father who has Parkinson’s and she and her family walk every year. Matt and I have walked before, and I walked this year. Our previous walk was very rainy and at Willamette Park. This walk was sunny and warm and took place downtown, so I could easily take the Max. It was great!
There was a band playing while we were assembling, but when it was time to walk, the band took a break and music from a phone got us started.
Laurie makes great decorations and accessories. This year cute hats were added. Here we are, post walk, with Roger himself at the table.
We were a large group at Joan’s memorial service, and no wonder due to the remarkableness of Joan. I love this picture. Though I rarely saw her looking this fancy, the picture captures her lovely essence.
Many people spoke about the different aspects of Joan’s life including her daughter and her neighbor who eventually introduced Joan to her husband John. My favorite speaker was her neighbor who recounted the story of house hunting and hearing that the woman who owned the blueberry field was magical. Truer words have not been spoken. She also touched on Joan’s doubts and I learned that Joan was a writer of letters. After the speakers had spoken we had a dance party and sent Joan off the best way we could. She will be missed.
Teresa and I attended Cottey College together. In our “senior”* year she was head receptionist of Robertson Hall and I was a resident assistant there. We were good friends–good enough that I flew out to Lincoln, Nebraska for her wedding, even though I was unemployed at the time.
(*Cottey was a two-year college where all freshman were called “freshman” and all sophomores were called “seniors.”)
I hadn’t seen Teresa since 2001, but she and her family were visiting the Seattle area and so I took a day trip on the train to visit her.
We met up at the Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton. Teresa’s mother was visiting her sister, who lives in Renton and there was a family reunion of sorts. I enjoyed this park, situated right on Lake Washington.
After the park, we visited several thrift stores and Targets, so Teresa’s son Ethan could look for Hot Wheels. I also came home with a robe for our upcoming trip and a new skirt. In one parking lot, we also spotted a Lamborghini. Here Ethan takes a picture.
Standing next to the car that needed to take up four parking spots.
It was great catching up with Teresa, Brian and meeting Ethan for the first time.
I cold have used another few days, but we did what we could.