Wednesday, December 17, 2008
On to the Business of Life
But in case anyone wants to hear from me anyway, here are a few things on my mind. Warning: some of them are academic, not an interesting theme to some people, so I'm told.
The Burdensome Paper is Behind Me
Yesterday, I went up to Founders Hall at the university for the express purpose of putting my fat little paper in my professor's mailbox. I climbed that hill and all those many stairs burdened only with 26 pages held together with a binder clip -- the longest thing I have ever written besides this blog. I felt like I had wings.
The Future Thesis Begins to Take Shape
In the department office, where they keep the theses of grad students who've come and gone, I dared to peruse the titles, even glance inside a few binders. Has anyone written anything like what I have in mind? Where does my idea fit into the river of ideas?
This week, I approached my first and second readers with my thesis proposal. When I come back from vacation, I will submit the form for Advancement to Candidacy. All this seemed so remote just last year.
Winter Has Become my Favorite Season
Do any of you love the winter like I do? I love the holidays, the Christmas lights, the frost on the lawn in the morning, the crisp air, my leopard print gloves. I like to cook in winter, I even like to clean, but most of all I like to occupy my home in the winter.
My very favorite feeling in the world is crawling into my bed on a cold night, between flannel sheets and beneath my down comforter and the wool blanket my grandparents gave my parents for a wedding gift.
At that moment, it's so easy to say prayers like, "Thank you for all the blessings in my life."
Today, I've been doing laundry, wrapping gifts, tidying up, running errands, doing minor household repairs (Thank you, Cameron, who explained how to replace a toilet seat!), etc. Tonight I'm making homemade burritos for dinner. Tomorrow, I'm making soap and bath salts to give to my friends. I am looking at four solid weeks of school-free time -- heaven!
Hope is the Key
I have to decide what I'll be doing for Christmas since the family has been hit with tremendous centrifugal force lately. Money is scarce. There are some trials and tribulations in my life, but as I have written before, hope is the magic ingredient. And that I have.