Sunday, September 30, 2012


This sums up my feelings
pretty accurately.
Listening to: "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers
This song is so happy and so catchy and I love it. That's all.

You guys. How can something so simple be so addictive?


It's giving me brief moments of sanity while working on a take home exam that consists of 9 essay questions, all of which must be answered with a single-spaced page. Each. That's the equivalent of 18 double-spaced pages. Aaaaand it's due Monday, with 3 other major projects due on Tuesday.

Updates soon (assuming I survive the weekend).

*I cannot be held responsible for any loss of productivity you might experience.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Life update

Listening to: "Babel" by Mumford & Sons
Yeah, I know--me and every other person in the world. It's a good album though, and their music is just perfect for fall.
I am the worst blogger ever. I miss writing, I really do. I've hardly even journaled this semester. Life has been so, so busy (which is not my favorite way to be, as I'm sure you know*), but lately, I've been trying my best to take advantage of the free moments that I have--even if they only occur in 15-minute bursts while I'm sitting at work or something. Like now.
So! I started grad school back in August, and I absolutely love it so far. It's work, to be sure, but I actually feel like it matters. Whereas college felt more like an obligation (enjoyable classes or not), grad school is something that I chose. I get to focus all my attention on 4 classes instead of like, 8, and they are all relevant to what I want to do. Even when they're boring (like spending 2 weeks discussing how to write bylaws), I'm still have some motivation to do the work because I know that it's actually important. So that's definitely been good.
I'm still working at the taekwondo academy, which gets to me at times (vacuuming workout floors and washing windows has never been a lifelong aspiration of mine), but hey--it's a job, it's flexible (which has been super nice), and I really do enjoy the people there. And even as monotonous as it can be, I have been stretched, albeit in small ways (and I've learned that it is possible to clean a bathroom in 2 minutes or less, so I should have no excuses when it comes to my own house**).
I've also started babysitting an 18-month-old girl every week, so that helps out with the money thing. Plus I get to be around a kid (a professor the other day referred to it as my "internship," since I'm getting a child development degree. Ha). It can be a very sleepy job at times, but she's a great kid, so that's a pretty minor flaw.
Coming up? In less than 2 weeks, Mike and I are road-tripping to Maine! Some friends of ours are geting married, so we're taking a few days off to have an adventure. I am super excited--I've never been farther north than southern Pennsylvania. Bonus? It'll be peak season for fall foliage when we're there. SO EXCITED.
Anyway, I'll leave it at that for now. Hopefully, I'll find some extra time to write a little more--I need it!
*Productivity and having a moderate amount of things to do = awesome. Busy to the extent that social life, boyfriend, and homework all have to be combined all the time and having zero time to do things I love (like writing) = not cool.
**That is not to say that I don't still find them. :) Cleaning the bathroom will never be my favorite chore. (And if never say never applies here, be my guest--the worst that can happen is that I will suddenly love scrubbing toilets and have a clean bathroom all the time!)