In just a few weeks, the seasons here at ND have gone from this:
Yes, my friends. That is snow falling over the lampposts in the first picture. And winter berries in the second. It has been snowing on and off for the last two weeks and I can’t get over it. “What is wrong with this place?” I keep asking myself. We’ve long since passed the “pretty white flakes falling from sky! YAY!” point – now, it’s just miserable, cold, and constantly precipitating white frozen junk that we have to shovel off our walk. Even at home in South Jersey, it isn’t this continously dismal. Every time the sun peeks out of the clouds for half an hour I’m elated, and when it goes away again, I get grumpy.
The lack of blogging lately has been a result of my schedule’s attempts to devour me whole. It’s nearing finals and I’m STILL doing basic research on both of my final papers – and to make matters worse, the department has decided that it needs to have something like a minimum of 2 events per week (all of which I need to attend – it would be bad form, otherwise). Yikes. I haven’t been to bible study in three weeks. I’m so behind on submission-screening for the Notre Dame Review that my supervisor had to send me a gentle email of the “Are you still alive?” variety this morning. I’m eons behind on post-processing photos from all the various functions I’ve had to attend / D&M’s wedding / my trip to Chicago to visit my good high school friend H, who was in town for a weekend earlier this month. I applied for my first summer job option last week. I’ve been remotely helping OT to organize a workshop for the Listen to the Silence Conference in late Jan. and have been trying to decide whether or not I can afford to fly out there for the event itself (I can get travel grant money, but can only apply for the funding after I’ve returned, so if my application isn’t accepted I’ll have paid $200+ out of pocket…and the week before the AWP conference, too) And I have a set of my own submissions that I need to ship out this afternoon, besides the stack of other people’s submissions that I owe to NDR. My body is starting to rebel. I get terrible acid reflux when I’m stressed, and the last couple of days were awful. It seems to have settled down today (praise God!) but I’m hoping it doesn’t start up again tonight when I try to sleep.
I’m looking forward to going home this weekend. Both my roommates are coming with me, and we’ll be having Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house, and taking a trip to NYC the next day. Currently, we’re in the process of trying to finish all of the perishables in our fridge so that we don’t come home to rotten tomatoes and curdled milk.
On a completely unrelated note, I’ve finally bitten the bullet and created an Etsy account for myself. And For the forseeable future, I’m going to be buying, not selling. But each user gets a free storefront. So who knows? Maybe if I find myself short on cash / with a lot of free time over the summer . . .