Glory Glory Lozil’s Dunzo!

22 Mar

I can’t believe it! I’M DONE! (Unless I tanked one of these classes and have to take it over, but heaven forbid) GRADUATE SCHOOL IS OVER! My graduation ceremony isn’t until mid-June, but classes are finally over. My presentation kinda sucked. Dropped and scrambled my notes midway through and rambled a bit, BUT SCREW IT, I’M DONE!

So here I am, sipping a glass of wine and relaxing. I just finished booking a flight to Bonaire and a hotel, so at the end of April, I’m heading off to spend 8 days swimming around a pristine coral reef checking out the fishies (I love to snorkel), lazing around in a hammock and exploring.  My long anticipated trip to Thailand had to be postponed because the elephant sanctuary I was going to volunteer at is booked up through October. Bugger! Anyhow, I’m really psyched to get away. It will be my first vacation since January of 2009. Much too long!

But most importantly, I have so many people to thank for getting me through this incredibly tough 2 years. Always, always, always JOD, Dollo, El Fano and CC who bring the love and support big time and have been doing it for many, many years.  My closest partner in this insane journey is Shiggers, who has been my biggest cheerleader – always around with a kick up the arse and a loving STFU whenever I lost my shit and starting thinking of giving up, that I was going to fail, etc.  The same must be said for the Brooklyn Sweaty Shanks Pena – DK, J9,  Jess, ginboonmiller along with my crazy pub owners B & J who keep me laughing and encouraged every week. My roomie Billina who has to deal with my nutso schedule and neverending freakouts about my GPA. And what can be said about my blog other half, Maisougio? She rocks like a hurricane and has made all of this so much fun. HB & HB started as a crackheaded plan that we thought would be fun to do doing our school break and look how it’s ended up!  Never expected that. I also must thank my dear Karo (kfunk22) who has listened to me whine, bitch and kvetch endlessly. She’s always sending “Go Lola Go!” notes and making me cackle like a fiend. And my darling kitten Max who thinks this is all bullshit and that he should be the center of my universe but still purrs for me and keeps me company while I work late into the night. I would not have kept my sanity without any of them.

And I can’t forget all of you. You’ve all been there with me every day as well through the past year or so. I can’t tell you how much all your kind notes have meant to me (when I had surgery, when my friend Bruce passed away, encouraging me through my thesis and final projects). Having this place to vent and be silly has been such a gift, you have no idea. A lot of folks ask how I manage to work full time, go to grad school full time and still do the blog. Well, the answer is that I love it. I can’t imagine what it would be like to stop doing HB & HB. Nor do I want to!

I am so fucking lucky to have so many great things and wonderful people in my life. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart,  for being a part of that.



52 Responses to “Glory Glory Lozil’s Dunzo!”

  1. lym March 22, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    Woowww!! Congratulations!! It feels great to finish grad school! I would like to thank you and tell you how much I appreaciate your hard work. Your blog makes me laugh the hardest, feel excited and happy all at once. Enhorabuena Lozil!! I also hope that HB and HB is around forever!

  2. GinaM March 22, 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    Congrats Lozil!!! And enjoy your vacation you deserve every moment of it.

  3. Dols March 22, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    I’m currently in grad school and almost half way there…. (at least I think I am… Who knows). I know going thru grad school is not a something anyone can do!! We always think/talk about quitting and some people do quit.
    You should be very proud of yourself!! I hope you enjoy your well deserved vacation!

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 28, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

      Thanks! Hang in there – I have been in exactly the same position. So many times I thought about packing it in or I couldn’t go on but I’m glad I didn’t. Having a good support system is crucial. If you ever need to bitch about grad school, feel free to come hang out with us. 🙂

  4. mygypsyspirit March 22, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    Many congratulations on finishing! You deserve a LONG rest and a few bottles of wine!

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

      Thank you! Someone at work asked me when I was starting my doctorate. My laughter bordered on the hysterical. I’ve been banned from going for a doctorate for at least one year by Shiggers. Her nerves can’t take it. 😉

  5. Allison March 23, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    Woohoo! You’re free! Here’s something to make you smile. Remind you of anyone?

    If this horse had thumbs, they would be way up. 😀

  6. Tania March 23, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    We need you as much as you need us I think. At least for me this site makes my day every single day.
    Enjoy your well deserved vacation 🙂

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

      Thank you! I’m glad we can make your day. That’s a lovely thing to say. 🙂

  7. Kellybean March 23, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    Congratulations! You should definitely be proud of yourself and kick back on a much deserved vacation! I’m always impressed with how much schoolwork you had and how you managed to keep up this blog. You’ve done a great job with this site and I look forward to checking it to see what’s been posted next. I’m back in school getting a second bachelor’s degree (this one is in nursing) and this blog is always a good pick-me-up on difficult days.

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 28, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

      Thank you so much! Nursing is such a tough degree to work on (I admire those who can handle the science stuff – it stymies me). I’m glad we can make you laugh and give you a boost. A tough school day is something Maisougio and I understand all too well! 🙂

  8. Dreamlover225 March 23, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    No, Lozil….thank YOU!!!!!!

    I’m so proud of the head Watishista! I’m so Ozil is proud of you as well!!!

  9. dreamsequence March 23, 2012 at 12:25 am #

    Congratulations to you!

  10. Maisoun March 23, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    WOOT WOOOOOOOOOT!!!!! You did it!!! I’m so happy for you, lady!! Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment, you deserve to be done with hw & papers & presentations & craziness. Way to go! xoxo

  11. Laurean March 23, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    YAYYYYYYY You survived!!! That gives hope for the rest of us!! Congratulations dear! While you’re planning all your vacations, remember, you still have to go to Real Madrid Island!! 😛

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 28, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

      Thanks! 🙂 Oh, I would looooooooooooove a vacay at Real Madrid Island, but only if you all come with me!

  12. Jaganath March 23, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    my first post here….and WOULD give anything in the world for this SITE to go on forever…OH MY GOD….initially thought this was a cool,TICKLE-A-RIB once kinda site…and only to now realize this is much more,much much more…..the PERVERTED-ness is too much and there lies the fun rite?…love the OBSESSION over here on the male players….and if at all i want something to change,dont digress me now,i wud only like for the post over to be more kinda STRAIGHT….many times i dont get it in the real sense or maybe thats just a matter of me getting more used to this to site over time….anyways…CONGRATS to you to for finishing and stickin’ rite thru it….go on U ROCK GIRL!

  13. jellyace March 23, 2012 at 2:28 am #

    I knew you could do it! Congratulations! We are all so proud of you, Lozil!

    And thank you for making our daily happy place and keeping us thrilled and giddy every single day!

    Enjoy your vacay and your snorkeling! You deserve it!

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

      Thank you so much! You’ve been so great about cheering me on through this. Much appreciated. xo

  14. gamiik March 23, 2012 at 3:03 am #

    Congratulations!!! Hope your results turn out to be much better than you had expected and you´ll get an amazing vacation when the time comes, because you deserve it!

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 28, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

      Thank you so much! I ended up with an A in all my courses so I guess I didn’t bomb it after all! 🙂

  15. dalia c March 23, 2012 at 3:17 am #


  16. Izan March 23, 2012 at 4:27 am #

    congratulation dear! whatever happen after this,hope you’ll success…hey,if not Thailand,why not my country!!? hehehe!

    • Izan March 23, 2012 at 4:29 am #

      Oh,by the way…That pic make me SMILE!!!

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 28, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

      Thanks! I’d love to come to your country some day – I’ll get there eventually. 🙂 I’m going to stick closer to home this trip since I really can only take a week off, so I’m going to Bonaire. It’s only about a 4 1/2 hour flight for me.

  17. panama March 23, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    Congratulations Lozil 😀 Be proud of yourself and celebrate, you so deserve it!

    And thank you veeery much for creating and maintaining this mildly insane but very happy place. It’s amazing, and you girls are too!

  18. maddy March 23, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    congratulations girl!!! so proud!

    better not be using your free time to snag bambi out of my reach :P:P

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 28, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

      Thank you so much! 🙂

      You know that’s at the top of my list!

      1. Vacation
      2. Use vacation to plot on how to steal Mesut from Maddy
      3. Implement Mesut stealing plan


  19. manie March 23, 2012 at 7:14 am #


  20. KatiePar March 23, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Congratulations. You deserve a special prize for doing so many important and time-consuming things and still entertaining all of us. Bottoms up!!! Enjoy you vacay.

  21. Andrea March 23, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Congrats, Lo!!! I hope we can celebrate tomorrow with a win and lots of shirtless ‘ballers. 🙂

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 28, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

      Thanks!!!! 🙂 If they hadn’t won and removed shirts, I would have had a major shit fit.

  22. kfunk22 March 23, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Party, Lola, Party!
    Congratulations, woman, you made it through!
    T-minus 30 days until snorkel heaven.

    Much love!

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

      Oh girl, I *know* I couldn’t have made it through without your endless willingness to lend an ear to my whining and serve me up encouragement and dirty fanfic. You’re a saint. Lots and lots of love to you. xoxo

  23. Rose March 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    YAY!!!!! Congrats on finishing while having had so much else on your plate. I wish I could do the same. I hope our bbs can go back to their winning ways as a present for all your hard work.

  24. sweethearthalo March 23, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Congrats!! So happy for you. I guess we have to say thank YOU for this awesome blog 😉 You and Maison. You both rock and have fun on your vacation!

    • headbandsandheartbreak March 28, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

      Thank you so much! You guys are a huge part of making this place as awesome as it is so take a bow yourself. 🙂

  25. Jenny March 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    OMG YES!

    Darling Lola – I am SO thrilled for you!

    You see Mesut up there ^ – whatever it is he’s feeling is what I’m feeling for you!


  26. Em March 23, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    We are all happy to bring the encouragement and good wishes. Hasta la final!

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