Yesterday, I met Odette, she's one of my Iggy sisters. We really enjoyed her company and we're so grateful she took the time to show us Trinity College and the General Post Office. I finally got to see the Book of Kells; my theology professor would be proud of me.
The main chamber of the Old Library is the Long Room, and at
nearly 65 metres in length, it is filled with 200,000 of the Library’s oldest
books. When built (between 1712 and 1732) it had a flat plaster ceiling and
shelving for books was on the lower level only, with an open gallery. By the
1850s these shelves had become completely full; largely as since 1801 the
Library had been given the right to claim a free copy of every book published
in Britain and Ireland. In 1860 the roof was raised to allow construction of
the present barrel-vaulted ceiling and upper gallery bookcases.
The past couple of weeks have been busy; I'd say good busy.
Last week, cousin A and I walked all over DC covering the White House to the National Mall and we managed to squeeze in a day visit to the Gettysburg National Park. We were so tired but happy. Nights were spent recuperating from exhaustion and sore muscles.
Although A's visit was short (two days), we got to talk a lot about our dads, they're brothers. In the vast span of our 30s (she's 30 I'm 30ish), we've only met twice. It's interesting how I felt close to her despite the lack thereof of us growing up as neighbors like the other cousins I'm close with. Anyway, I'm so glad we got this chance, and I'm hoping we'll make time to see each other more.
On the same week, my parents flew in from Honolulu. I was so happy to see them and of course looked forward to my island favorites - chocolate covered Macadamia nuts and my Portuguese sausages. If given the flexibility/opportunity at the moment, I'd love to go back to Hawaii and live there.
Of course, the highlight of last week was my graduation. Wohooo, I'm finally finished with my masters in international affairs. The next question is, "What am I going to do with it?" No worries, I'm figuring that out right now. Funny but I'm more excited about getting my free time and weekends back.
Taken on May 15, 2015 at Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Excerpt from my online album, "My heart is filled with gratitude and joy. My journey has
been deterred by aplastic anemia, numerous blood transfusions, a bone-marrow
transplant and most recently shingles. There were days I came really close to
giving up, but the support of my family and friends kept me inspired.
This day is about faith in God when nothing is certain, hope
when life throws curve balls, courage when nothing makes sense, and victory
over any challenges that will knock on my doorstep. Thank you to my bone marrow
donor. I would not be here without you. This day is a gift and no one can take
it away from me."