Spring Break!

The worst is over! And it is the biggest relief. I feel like I am coming out of a cloud. I spent days in front of my computer writing and writing. Today I finished a hellacious take home final for a class that took forever and culminated in a 20 page document. Oi. I got up at 6am this morning and finished at 5pm. No break. My brain turned to mush.

I feel like this huge weight has been lifted. I am not doing anything related to school for the next 10 days. And then I will begin my very last quarter of school forever. My thesis is mostly written, I will have some changes to make before its final draft, but I have a full complete draft.

I hated not blogging or being able to comment back on people blogs! I feel like I had nothing even remotely interesting to say unless you wanted to hear about gender role attitudes and fertility intentions… which, really, nobody else does :)

I am currently sitting on the couch with Ryan, Buce (the kitty), and a margarita. It feels good. I really had moments the past couple of week that I felt despondent. I knew that I could do it, that was never a question, but my moods messed with things. I felt so off and emotional and crappy. And now I feel like I am at the end of the tunnel. Like I am breathing my first big breathe of fresh air in SO long.

So Spring Break. Here is the plan.

Tomorrow, I will be submitting another draft of my paper to finish a class, but I don’t need to make any changes to it before I submit it. So, I will do it over my cup of coffee in the morning after Ryan leaves for work.

Then, I am getting a massage. Doing a little shopping for my vacation. Eating lunch with Ryan. And getting my hair done-did.

Then tomorrow, my dear friend Olivia is flying in for the evening to LAX (her connecting flight isn’t until the morning). Olivia is an amazing source of light in my life. She is the most honest, genuine, and glorious human alive. We met in the most perfect summer of my life working at a summer camp. She is where I go when my soul needs advice. When I feel like I am losing myself. She always know how to talk me through it. She has the words that quiets my heart. This kind of friend is so priceless. And I know that she will be in my life forever. She is my sister. And I can’t wait to see her tomorrow!!

On Saturday I get a whole glorious day with Ryan. We are going to the movies, and taking naps, and spending the whole day together. I am so excited. I have been so stressed lately, it has really taken a toll on my mood and my how I was feeling around Ryan. I felt off. I knew it would pass, and it has. I am so looking forward to this Saturday.

Then, on Sunday. I am road tripping. Driving by mylelf. Spending some time just with myself and the open road. I will visit: my mommy and go horse back riding, Ryan’s sister to hug the baby, dinner with my daddy, and then a few days with my Grams and Grandpa. This is going to be the greatest spring break ever.

image via mckane.com

Checking in…

I have sucked at blogging this week!  I have so much going on with school right now, please forgive me.  This is week 10 of school, which means next week is Finals week.  I have been working diligently on my paper.   So, lets do a giant bullet post.  Better than nothing, n’est-ce pas?

  • I have taken 0 naps this past week, whic means a lot to anyone who knows me.  I am a napper through and through.  And Monday was National Nap Day!  If that isn’t the definition of dedication, than you’re looking in the wrong dictionary!!!!
  • This week is week 10 of school.  I have a week to do this massive huge take home exam.  
  • I met with my advisor today to go over my models- I must make bunches of adjustments to it, re-write things, and send it to her by Friday morning.
  • I practice presnent my paper to my class next Thursday.  I mentioned it to my advisor.  She has decided to come.  I love that she is involved, but seriously?  Stay home.  This is no event.  (I give my defense in front of the whole department on April 22nd)
  • I start work again on Monday.  I wish I had those days to do more work, but I have to make it work.
  • I went and bought some crafting goodies for the glorious Martini glass exchange being thrown by Ashley @ Drew and Ashley.  My partner is this lovely lady.  I have the perfect design ready, the supplies purchased.  But I probably won’t get to paint until spring break!!
  • Ryan is glorious.  He has been helping more at home, which is taking the stress off of me.  He is also gone this weekend, which is a blessing in disguise becuase though I miss him like crazy- it is way to hard to not want to snuggle him when he’s home!
  • Speaking of snuggle- last night I did take a work break in the evening and we watched Chocolat.  I love that movie.  I love that movie even more under a blankie with my feet under Ryan.  We joke that I just need a pinky touching him and I am like a rag-doll of comfiness.   
Here’s my schedule:
Tonight: Model Fixing 
Tomorrow: 5am wake up, literature review and paper editing in general.
2-5 class to watch presentations
6-? Writing, write, write
Friday: Go through take-home exam and find answers to everything, bullet point short answers, and outline essay questions.
Saturday: Write take-home exam responses.
Sunday: Create Presentation, make any edits to paper.
Monday: Work
Tuesday: Proof Read Take-Home, Grade TA class scantrons
Wednesday: Work in the monring, go to presentation Wednesday evening (my advisor told me too).
Thursday:  Take-Home due by 5pm.
Friday: Work
Then SPRING BREAK!  I have to work 20 hours that week, but I am so not even kind of working on my paper that week!!!!!!!!  
I am thinking I get to rightfully celebrate during Spring Break.  Any ideas?  I am thinking road trip or sleep the entire time.  They’re pretty tied.  Have any suggestions?

MIA Today

Totally got up at 5 am, read a book, met with my adviser, wrote a 10 page critique of aforementioned book, made meatloaf, pet kittens.   

It is now 7pm.  Well, hello 14 hour work day.  
I am wiped.  I am going to make some tea and snuggle with Ryan.
Back tomorrow!

Saturday Productivity

Good Morning wonderful people!!

I slept in and it was glorious! And with Ryan down and his parents house last night, I slept in the middle of the bed! I a currently drinking coffee and watching AN episode of Gilmore Girls and then I will begin productivity time!!

To Do List:

  • Clean my apartmento, which will be very quick because having the Roomba has made me have a relatively clean apartment! But I need to empty all the little trash cans and put some clothes away.
  • I will read and take notes for half of the book I need to read this week for class. Did you know that in grad school you REGULARLY read full books each week? I am not dreading this one though. It’s called “The Second Shift” by Arlie Hochschild.Fifteen years after its first publication, The Second Shift remains just as important and relevant today as it did then. As the majority of women entered the workforce, sociologist and Berkeley professor Arlie Hochschild was one of the first to talk about what really happens in dual-career households. Many people were amazed to find that women still did the majority of childcare and housework even though they also worked outside the home. Now, in this updated edition with a new introduction from the author, we discover how much things have, or have not, changed for women today.

It’s a book that I would have enjoyed reading anyhow. So today I am being thankful for reading a book that isn’t going to bore me to tears.

  • I will work on my model for my second year paper. I sent the table’s to my Adviser and got some comments back, so I can work on that. Tomorrow will be a Literature Review kind of day.
  • At 4:30 I am going to hopefully catch Twilight at the dollar theater with one of the girls from the Sigma Kappa Alum group!
  • Then I will reward myself by more Gilmore Girls!

Quick Story

  • Last night I went to a Mardi Gras dinner at The Melting Pot with the Young Alum group for my sorority. It was the first thing I’ve been to since graduating from college with the Alum group. It was so much fun! I am really missing having girl friends, and sorority sisters are the best way to do it right? One of the girls is a grad student here too and she was really nice, and we’re totally going to see Twilight together on Saturday. I am really looking forward to doing more with the group. (BTW I am a Sigma Kappa) Oh, and it cracked me up when we got together for a group photo. Only sorority girls can organize themselves in two seconds for the perfect group shot; including the sorority girl dip.
  • I am finishing my first draft of my 2nd year paper today. I realize I have been calling it a thesis, and technically its not. A thesis is way longer. The 2nd year paper is the same premise but you’re supposed to be able to get it published. The draft today is my first full draft. It will be far from perfect, but I am on the right track!
  • Today is Ash Wednesday. I have been thinking of what to give up and all I can think about is what I am SO NOT giving up: like coffee. So, I am thinking sweets- cookies, candy, etc. What are you guys giving up?! I am looking forward to the Ash Wednesday service tonight…. gives me a reason to shower. (Kidding!)
  • Yesterday I did the 30-Day shred video. And my inner butt is REALLY sore. Ryan doesn’t understand what the inner butt is, and trying to explain it just sent me into fits of giggles “You know, it’s like your butt but deeper. Like by the bone.?”

  • My roomba vacuums while I drink coffee and read blogs. It is the greatest invention EVER.

My final quarter….

I just registered for my very last quarter of school ever. (Knock on wood.)

How weird. I have never ever had a period of time where I knew school was over. I went straight from HS, to Undergrad, to Grad School. And before that I was in preschool– I have been in school for 21 freaking years. Holy Hell. I am so excited to be DONE.

Oh the celebration. Or the margaritas. Oh the presents I expect to be lavished with!

Next quarter will be a quintessential sociology quarter.

Cohabitation and Marriage- Where I will read every week how I am exploited. How Ryan has the power in the relationship. And all the other buying cow’s milk being a better financial investment than buying the whole cow– cause then you have to deal with the Cows baggage forever. And who knows– that cow might stop producing milk altogether. (haha.)

Social Inequality- Where I will be horribly depressed each week by the inequalities in the world that are not just cause by people- but reproduced by institution, culture, socialization, etc. I remember the most depressing class in undergrad was the social inequality class. Whoa what a doozy. I also remember that when it was a particularly depressing lecture, the professor would show hilarious videos at the end of class– so at least we could leave laughing.

Educational Inequality- Kind of like Social– but more specific. I doubt it will be any less depressing.

It’ll be fun! They’ll probably be WAY more silliness here next quarter– cause I’ll need it!!!