Whew. It has been a busy and stress filled few weeks, and it isn’t quite over yet. I spent a week doing my comprehensive exam for graduate school. That basically consisted of writing three research essays over library science topics. It made for not at all a fun week but it’s done. I get the results back July 5. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I passed because I might burst into tears at the thought of retaking it. Because I had the exam for a week, my deadlines for my two regular classes were delayed. So I have spent the last weeks getting caught up on that. An example of what that has been like would be that Sunday I did five reading summaries and information hunts, Monday I did an annotated bibliography, a ten page bibliographic essay on Tuesday, and then a ten page research paper last night. On top of working. So it’s been a rough time of very little sleep.
I still have ten things due this Sunday that I haven’t started, but I wanted to take a moment to clear my head and come back to the blog. I thought a good way to do this would be by thinking about some things I’d like to accomplish before the end of 2013.
So here we go…
Goals for the Second Half of 2013
- Graduate! If all goes well with my exam and my final 3 classes, I should be receiving my Masters of Library and Information Science in August. (Knock on wood that I’ll still have my 4.0 gpa)
- Learn to spin. I’m so jealous of all the handspun yarn people bring to knit night that I would really love to get into this hobby. It looks peaceful
- And to that end: Get a Spinning wheel. I am asking for one from my parents as a graduation gift because, after a year as a part time employee and full time student, the cash for a wheel is not in my bank account right now. I really want the Schacht Lady Bug.
- Write more. I have a story that has been percolating in my brain for well on a decade now. Over the years, I have written scenes here and there and I have only recently begun to compile them into one space. Now I’d like to start adding some additional scenes and rewriting the old ones.
- On a related note: Do NaNoWriMo in November. I think trying to write 50,000 words of a story in a month sounds like an interesting challenge. As much as I enjoy writing, I never push myself to do much of it. I think this would be a good way to do that.
- Find a job. With that shiny new diploma in my pocket, that means I need to leave my customer service position and get a librarian job. I would like to stay at my current library, but we’ll see.
- Try new knitting. I’ve let myself get stuck in doing really basic, mindless knitting. Tons of garter and stockinette stitches. I think it has fit this place in my life because knitting has been where I go to let my brain relax, but now I’d like to start stretching myself. One of the first things on my list of challenges is to try my hand at lace knitting. I have a pattern picked out at some yarn already.
I’m sure there are a number of more things, and I may update when I think of a few more. I just wanted to do this to get my mind off my current stress and thinking about the great things still coming this year.