Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I survived my first week of grad school!


So far so good. This first week was tough; lots to absorb, interpret, and apply. The challenge was great motivation for me though, especially because I have spent the majority of this entire year feeling counterproductive, lazy, and under-stimulated. Involving myself in this program, applying myself, and being challenged with these assignments is just what I needed. My hope is that things will start to look up from here. My goal is that through the course of my studies, I will gain a clearer understanding of 'what I ought to be doing with my life'. And from there, all my other goals; purchase a place of my own, get a dog, travel, etc., will fall into place. And maybe there will be other things that I didn't expect. That is what I am discovering right now. That you should never expect that everything will work out just as you planned. Because chances are, things will turn out better.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Beef Stew and a Day full of graduate work!


Yesterday was Saturday. And unlike most people relaxing after a week full of work, I was continuing with Day 3 of full-mode graduate school homework completion. It was grueling. And today is no 'day off' either. I'm hoping as time goes on, I will adjust to the load and be able to have at least one day of 'rest' ;)
I did manage to make a delicious dinner last night though. I even wore an apron that my mom made me with an "R" on it. As an ode to the fall weather, I made a hot, tasty, beef stew. I took pictures to remind me of my satisfied accomplishment and to encourage me to learn more new things. Of the two taste testers, Mikey and my aunt, the result seems to be favorable, so I shall be making the stew again in the future!
By the way, I got the recipe in the October issue of fitness. There are many more to try as well.
There were other moments throughout my day that seemed to lift my spirits. My dad sent me a 'Miss you' card which is an uncommon act seeing as how busy and 'macho' he is. LOL, he's not that macho, but dad's aren't as sentimental as mom, you know what I mean.
How I know I had a good day despite the stress of my course work? I had pleasant dreams, and I woke up smiling, for a while anyways. At least until it was time to eat and Mikey's jokes were no longer cutting it.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Almost through my first week of school!


Technically, I've completed the class portion, but today is like a school day in that I am devoting all my energy into finishing my homework. There is a lot to accomplish. So far, I am not overwhelmed, but I am looking forward to being near finished so that I can prepare myself for my second week.
The content I am reading is interesting and appropriate. Today I read about how to rate personality, and the importance of emotion and mood in the workplace. These are topics I have always wondered about and gone over in my head. It's such a neat experience to read about my thoughts in a book-- to be learning more about them.
My work environment feels comfortable. I have the internet, a cozy, bed, and the ability to control the environment throughout the day.

Today I walked to the post office. Once in a while I'll opt to walk instead of drive, seeing as how the trip is less than a mile. There is something very liberating about walking. I realized this today. When you get into your car, you become 'the' creature of habit, of rules, of opening the door, finding the keys, starting the car, buckling your seat belt, watching for dangers, pulling out of the lot, stopping at red lights, etc, etc. Sure I have to follow some rules when I'm walking considering that there are a lot of much larger things that could run me over, but generally, when you walk, you just open the door, walk outside, walk to your destination, do your business there, and walk out. Soon, you're right back where you started. :)
(this picture was taken of me at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco earlier this year by Mikey)