Monday, April 23, 2012

So close to being done!

I have ONE MORE CLASS standing between me and summer.

I also went to a wedding this weekend. It was wonderful, and I got to see one of my good friends marry someone who makes her incredibly happy. I've also passed the "first wedding since my fiance left me the day after I bought my wedding dress" mark, basically successfully. I did cry a little during the ceremony (and I am not a ceremony crier) but the rest of the night went really well. In true Southern Girl fashion, I got invited to the after party of another wedding that was at the same place by a person I didn't know. True story: I will make friends with anyone. It's both a blessing and a curse.

The hardest part about going to weddings/parties/dinners now is the inevitable "how are you?" This is a nice question, and I'm glad I have people who care...but it's often followed by "you'll find someone." The problem is, I don't really want to find someone. If I did, great. But I don't NEED to. And I think a lot of people can't get that.

But summer is almost here, and, even though I have a billion things to do, it's going to be epic. Me, my apartment, my friends, my patio, and what looks like a beautiful Memphis summer are going to be very happy together.

Friday, April 13, 2012

I pinned my flipflop back together with a binder clip.

True story.

In other news, all of the various things I had to do today went well. Lecture was good, everyone was where they were supposed to be when they were supposed to be there, saw some people I really like, didn't say anything too stupid (or at least no one told me if I did).

As long as I don't fall down, vomit, or bleed in the next hour and 42 minutes, this Friday the 13th will be successful!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Beginnings and Endings

I just finished the last paper I will ever write (excluding my comps, of course) for the very first professor I had in grad school. His class my first semester of my MA made me cry every week, from frustration, lack of knowledge, and, most of all, his kindness, which made me feel ever worse for sucking so bad.

Now I'm one of his "best" students, and, while this paper isn't my best work by any stretch, I feel like the things I agonized over 3 years ago couldn't even compare, and part of that was because of all the crying. Things tend to look better once you're through them, and this certainly does.

I still have a research paper to write (and research...ooops) but I'm forever done with small papers! Hoozah!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Patios make the semester longer and shorter at the same time...

Doesn't it seem like the spring semester is about half the time the fall semester is? With twice the work?

While I LOVE grad school, and I love history, and all of those other things, I am really ready to be done with this semester. Last semester was awful, and I certainly don't want that kind of disaster again, but...this one is boring. And made even more so by the few awesome things that broke it up.

1. Spring Break. Glorious break, the first half of which I spent eating birthday cake and lounging, the second half of which I thought was going to be my last days on earth, due to the flu. The flu that I didn't get over until after...

2. Prague. Yeah, I flew 15 hours with the flu. Couldn't hear for a day when I got there. Nothing like panicking in a country where you don't speak any of the language. Conference and trip were great though.

3. Winning a paper prize. Hooray! Validation for my life choices!

4. Having my last day of grad classes cancelled!

5. Being done with classes!

6. Starting my comps? Yay?

So, in an effort to add even more procrastination time to my day, I'm going to start writing down all the ridiculous things that happen to me and my random thoughts on the universe (or maybe just on Memphis, we'll see). Because who needs to write about Ottoman relations with modernity when you can write about the crazy woman you saw in Panera today who refused to put her headphones in and listened to Billy Joel. Loudly. These are the things that happen to me constantly - enjoy?