At last

This is how me and my roommates feel at having made it through the week (at least, one of my roommates will feel like this in a few hours, I dearly hope). A rough week of finals had each of us tapping into our last energy reserves to push forward until Friday. While I was “lucky” in only having two finals and a paper, the two finals were still pretty brutal. The first took most of my energy, on Monday no less, but having it over with early was a great benefit. I love to write, I really do. But my ethics paper took a lot out of me. That subject can be so exhausting sometimes. And then the last final came and went this morning. It’s bizarre. It feels like a long time ago. This week has been such a weird one…I can’t even begin to describe how. But with one close friend in the hospital after a freak case of appendicitis, and my roommate practically needing a hospital herself (that’s how sick she was), the week was just full of odd, crazy occurrences. I’m not likely to forget it for a long time.

Today also marks the end of my second-to-last term of undergrad. It’s terrifying. I mean YAY for making it this far, don’t get me wrong – I’m thrilled and proud. I can still remember watching my parents leave me freshman year and thinking I wasn’t going to last more than the weekend. And freshman year was miserable enough that I pretty much just don’t include it when I think back now. But sophomore year onwards have really been some of the happiest of my life, and I really feel like I finally got to have a college experience. Throughout my first year, I had to convince myself that my future group of friends was out there waiting, somewhere…on a campus as large as ours, I had to believe in that, or I would have quit much earlier. Thankfully, I was right. Sophomore year began a beautiful and insane journey that is still going, and these people have truly made my life a million times better.

So tonight, we’ll be sending off the week & term by celebrating Christmas & my friend’s birthday (a few days early) 😀 And then, I plan for a glorious winter break of sleeping, eating home-cooked food, reading wonderful novels, blogging (of course), and some more sleeping 😉 There’s that pesky post-bac application to worry about, as well, but I’ll get to that a bit later. For now, happy sleepytime for me before I prepare for my *gulp* last term.

The calm before the storm

Before I disappear for the week thanks to papers, exams, speeches, and senior proposal business, I wanted to do one quick post. This weekend, my roommates and I did some much-needed shopping to blow off some steam. Our adventure to the mall was highly successful, almost entirely due to my finding one thing: A DOLPHIN PILLOWPAL! Did I mention she (yes, she’s a she) was only $5!? As opposed to the crazy prices of 19.99 and more that I’ve seen in department stores. God bless Five and Below for existing. I rescued my dolphin from a gigantic bin of other pig, dog and cow pillow pals. It wasn’t until later that I noticed the entire 3 shelves in the corner dedicated to the dolphins, but no matter – I’d found mine 😀

Look how cute she is! Yes, I’m a child. And proud of it. I’ve been wanting one of these for so long. And now I finally have one and I feel wonderful about it. At the same store, we also found a delightful selection of Christmas-themed T-shirts! Sadly, some of the sizes appeared to be for kids, but I did find one fun one, resembling this design:

I thought it was pretty clever. There were several more that I loved, but couldn’t find my size. But this, paired with my dollar-tree purchases of Santa hat & Reindeer hairbands, will most definitely suffice 😉
This weekend was also filled with my roommate’s newfound love for creating kanzashi: beautiful flowers that she then hot-glued to hairbands and pins for everyone, as seen below:

Gorgeous, right? After she made the first of these kanzashi, she was bitten by the bug and couldn’t stop (much like I am when I find a good book). As such, the results of her day of work included many flowers and experiments on pins and hairbands, out of different cloth types. She even taught our friend John (yep, a male) how to make one. He successfully left our apartment with an orange kanzashi 😛 As my Shakespeare professor would say, she is being a “good artist – using her creativity to better the world.” Indeed.

So that was part of my weekend (the other part was work, of course). Is it bad I already want it to be next weekend? Sigh. Hope to see you all in a few days, when I emerge from the doom cloud of this week.


PS. Patriots, please be useful and win tonight. I do not need a Jets win to add to the suckiness of this week. Kthanks.

Down, but most certainly not out

So I’m totally pooped from studying, but I had to share this wonderful quote I heard today. In my speech class, we watched several speeches as examples of good public speakers. Steve Jobs’ commencement address to Stanford University in 2005 was among the videos we watched. While that entire speech is stirring and chilling, given his recent passing, some moments really stuck out for me. My favorite was this quote:

“Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path.”

It certainly added a lot of wisdom to an otherwise horrid week of midterms and papers. Even more than that, though, it is by far one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard someone say, and I’m pretty sure I’ll carry it with me forever.