Grad school truly is like running a marathon. And I think grad school while you’re working full-time is more like running a marathon with weights around your ankles and wrists. It just feels like so. much. work. sometimes. Errr… a lot of the time. Which is why I am nothing less than elated feeling like I’m on the 24th or 25th mile, and at a water stop. It’s spring break. Officially.
Can’t wait to…Read guilt-free, maybe here
Get a manicure
Research for summatime
And hang out with my lobster
Do I though? It’s my Friday, kind of. Last day of the work week, but hardly my last day of work this week. I’m squeezing a million and one “to do’s” into the day and hosting book club tonight (yay – highlight!), and then headed to Olympia bright and early tomorrow morning (I mean, so bright and early it’s not even bright yet) to volunteer for Youth Advocacy Day with the Mockingbird Society (school-related, though I am absolutely taken with this organization), and then headed to school for a full nine-hour school day on Saturday.
Light at the end of the tunnel? Sunday, I guess…but it just doesn’t seem like enough right now. I’m tired thinking about it all. And yes, this post is undoubtedly the reason I’ll stroll into the office this morning in jeans with my hair half-dry in a bun.
P.S. Where are you, Bridget?
As I anxiously begin the countdown to graduation – and let’s be honest, there’s a countdown to the end of this quarter going on already – I become more and more aware of how much I am loving learning. Time off in December was welcomed and necessary, but there was definitely something missing. For all my complaining; for all the stress; and for all the (much) missed time with friends, I love widening my scope of the world through an article or essay, a paper, a research project.
I truly embrace the sense of purpose that goes hand in hand with the challenges of assignments due, presentations to create, and ultimately – time to manage. I like busy when busy means I’m learning. I’ve just checked off week one of Winter Quarter, 2013, and I’m feeling energized and inspired. The next ten weeks are about Advocacy & Public Policy, and (more) Leadership and Quality Management – study on!
So ready to hit the hay. This is going to be my first real, full night of sleep since the week began, and it’s been an intense week. I absolutely fell apart yesterday – just had one of those moments when you realize there isn’t enough space inside to hold it all. So I cried. And then I was sent home from work and spent the next number of hours being more productive than I’d been in, well…awhile. Says something, doesn’t it?
Why do we always feel like we have to have it together? I’m starting to think it’s unnatural.
Amazingly enough, I have two (looooong) papers due tomorrow, and I’m totally at peace with closing down the night.
To sleep. And maybe a morning run? Or is that pushing it?
I realize I do this every quarter, but this time…the countdown is really on. This quarter has been rough. Nine credits in eight weeks with the full time job, four weddings, one dog, one special houseguest, one honey, Canada Day (err…my birthday), and one 60th birthday party in L.A.
Needless to say I am beyond excited that my last class is 13 days away (I told you I’m counting) and then I’m home free until mid-September, give or take a week in Vegas for work.
A few things I’m ever so excited for:
- Seattle sunshine – I’ve barely seen it.
- New books that have nothing to do with marketing or resource development
- Longer walks with Loki, or just walks with Loki depending how you look at our current “outside” time
- Lake Washington
- Organizing my life
- Getting back to the Farmers Market
- Making social plans and getting back on the horn (and skype) with my besties!