I spend a lot of time at my desk these days. Although probably not as much as I should. But there is life to be lived and breaks to be taken. Ultimately, I know that all the work will get done. It just tends to get done realllllly close to the due date, rather than far in advance. And I’m learning to be okay with that, because it means I don’t feel insanely overwhelmed and burnt-out.
I’m soooooo happy that Mark has a job! And one he likes, to boot, without a ridiculously long commute. I love our apartment and the warmth and insulation it provides in this chilly weather. (Not something I appreciated until I grumbled through two winters shivering in a drafty house with an ancient heater-box-thing). I was feeling stressed out and tired last night, but I got a great night’s sleep and gave myself a good pep-talk and I’m in a much better frame of mind this morning. I just have to remember to see the bigger picture. So I have a lot to do right now. So what? It’ll get done. And I’ll learn a whole lot in the process. A little hard work won’t kill me.
(But I’m still very much looking forward to Dec. 11 when the semester ends and I have a break to rest my brain and process everything I’ve taken in since August.)
I’m really enjoying my Social Work program, in spite of the supreme busy-ness of life these days. My classmates are a great bunch of people and I’ve enjoyed getting to know them over the past month. One of our professors lost his house and everything in it in a fire last weekend. This particular professor videotaped each of us on our first day of class so that he could watch the video at home and learn all of our names. He bakes cookies for us EVERY week. And he always shows us YouTube videos in class (ones that relate to what we’re studying, of course). Our class feels awful that his house burned down, so Mark came to school on Thursday and filmed us so that we could make our own YouTube video for our teacher to hopefully cheer him up a bit.
So, I turned 27 on Monday… I like my birthday, and I like the month the August. It’s a time of new beginnings and reflection for me, so I’ve been doing a lot of that. And this year – well this year is a really new beginning! I am so excited to be embarking upon the GSU Master of Social Work program. I’m working part-time, I have a Research Assistantship and a field placement, so I’m going to be pretty busy these next two years. But it’s a good busy, and it’s exactly what I want to be doing.
Still, I had some challenges this week in the terms of unexpected fees that had to be paid by Friday. I got used to having a paycheck that would cover all the bills and still leave room for savings and fun money. That’s definitely not the case anymore. But, I’ve got this new part-time job, and I’ve also got some babysitting jobs lined up, so we should be okay. Just no more going out every week for drinks, dinners, etc.
But that’s okay…it’s only two years, and we’ve got plans. Other plans. Awesome plans. And we’ll be fine.
Woohoo- fun weekend in Baltimore with my loooooooong-time, super awesome friend (and Maid of Honor!), Lauren. She just graduated from UMB with her Master’s in Social Work and I’m so very proud of her. We had a great time celebrating with her family and her boyfriend, Silas. Check out the slideshow!