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Yikes, I really pulled a disappearing act, didn’t I? The title is, of course, a reference to Carmen Sandiego, but it’s also a play on words because I disappeared to California for a while (though not San Diego). So, on June 14th, I officially graduated (!) with my Masters of Advanced Study in Criminology, Law and Society from UC Irvine. It was great to take a few days off from life and work and visit the campus; my program was online, so in fact I only visited the campus once for orientation. It’s really lovely, and the sunny California weather made it seem that much better. This will be a rather pic-intensive post, so I’ll drop the rest under a cut. Here are some pics of my graduation day and (short) time in Irvine!
These pics were taken with my phone, so the quality is not the greatest, especially since my aunt and mom couldn’t seem to understand how to work it! 😛
For a graduation present, my family treated me to a stay in Las Vegas. It was my first time going, so I was super excited. We stayed in New York, New York and were only there for two nights, but I got to see two Cirque du Soleil shows (Zarkana and Zumanity). Plus I won $70 on the penny slots 😛
Anyway, so you might be crunching the dates at this point. “But, Audrey, you graduated on the 14th and stayed in Vegas for three days, so why have you been gone from the interwebs for over two months?”
The short answer is laziness and the fact that I got rear-ended by a drunk driver at the end of last month so I’ve been dealing with going to the doctor, insurance, buying a new car and all that. The long (and more honest) answer is Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Long-time readers know that I’m big into video games. Animal Crossing is an old favorite of mine. I can still remember my giddiness when first learning about the game:
“Everything happens in real time! You can write LETTERS to the villagers! And they’ll write BACK!”
Most of my Animal Crossing time was logged on the DS version, Wild World. I have City Folk and the original GameCube version, but if I’m honest, I preferred to play on the DS. Well, I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the Animal Crossing for 3DS. I didn’t jump on the 3DS bandwagon immediately, preferring to stay with my (*ahem* LE Nintendogs version) DS lite. I was ecstatic to find out there would be a special edition Animal Crossing 3DS, affectionately referred to by AC fans as “the poptart” for obvious reasons. The following are my “unboxing” pictures. I could barely even stand to wait to take these pictures.
The special 3DS was released the weekend before I left for California, and my boyfriend got it for me as a graduation gift. In between finishing up the last of my degree work, I was shaking trees and digging up fossils.
So, yes, the reason why I disappeared from the internets is because I’ve been playing in a little virtual world populated by animals. If you have a 3DS and want to swap FCs, definitely comment below! I have a ton of backlogged posts, which I’m slowly trying to get through. I really have no excuse anymore considering I don’t have schoolwork now – speaking of which, it’s such an odd feeling to mentally plan my schedule and realize that I have no school obligations.
Thanks for sticking around if you’re still reading this and hopefully I’ll be back at full force soon 🙂
Have you ever been to Las Vegas? What are your favorite things to see and do there? My best friend, Maggie, and I are going to have our “20th anniversary” there next year, so I’ll be going back pretty soon! (We’ve known each other since 1st grade! That’s a long engagement. :P)