I believe an update is in order

Okay, it’s been a while…I’ve been busy actually studying at the library instead of just people watching. Finals week makes everyone do things they wouldn’t normally do.

I’ll just sum up with lists (I’m list and parenthetical statement obsessive).

Some not-so-fun things this week:

  • My computer became totally worthless to me on Monday–the first day of finals (this also contributed greatly to the lack of posting).
  • I showed up to my 7:45 am editing class on Monday excited that I was on time for the first time since midterms, and thinking that I had everything in order for our homework due at 5 pm and our test on Wednesday. I sat down in my desk in the front row and heard this sentence: “I wish you all luck on your final today, but before you can get started, I need for you to hand in your editing projects.” Ruined my day. I hadn’t studied for the test (not actually a big deal because I wasn’t going to study, but I might have…), and I didn’t have my editing project done, at all (I’m a procrastinator extraordinaire). I used some of my conflict management and rhetoric skills and emailed him what I could scrape up for an editing project right after class.
  • I find out at 3:23 pm that the…(choosing my adjectives carefully)…school email didn’t SEND my email to my teacher with my editing project. I was mad. I don’t get mad often, but I chose to be mad at this. My grade was on the line and the school email has seriously messed things up for me all semester. I was blood boiling, public ranting mad. I re-sent the email with a lame excuse to my teacher and waited to see if he was going to fail me (our editing projects and the test was our grade for the class). I waited 4 days for any response at all.
  • I wanted to make yummy brownie cookies for FHE on Monday (we were having the singles over). It was a disaster. I don’t have many cooking failures,  but it was an absolute disaster. Brownie superglue all over my baking sheet, with candy canes on top.
  • I stood in line for 45 minutes to sell my books back. When I finally got to a register to get some money back, the lady just looked at me and the pile of books I had been holding for 45 minutes, and then started talking to the guy at the register next to her, ignoring that I was standing there. I really don’t like it when people do stuff like that. I know that I’m just a meaningless student to her, but my time during finals week is very precious to me, and she was being rude.
  • While taking my last final, from 7:15 to 8:45 pm in the Smith Building, the power went out. We had to finish our tests by the light of our cell phones and I had to wander around in the dark on campus trying to call Matt.
  • Christmas shopping for Matt didn’t go well at all. I came up with a few things that I thought he would really like, but none of them seem to work out.

Some oh-so-wonderful things this week:

  • My computer isn’t totally worthless to me after all. It’s just really close.
  • I still really, really love my typewriter.
  • I passed all my finals.
  • I’m done with another semester. Sigh.
  • I got a 93% on my editing project that was technically late. He wrote me this nit-picky email about everything he thought was wrong with it (no time log, I wasn’t very specific in my essay about what I learned (I didn’t learn very much, that’s why), etc.). But, he also said that he gave me an A because it was “impressive.” I wish he would have been a little more specific himself with what was impressive, but I’ll take the compliment. I’m impressive (yep, that’s how it gets translated).
  • The power went out while I was taking my last final. Though the darkness was eerie, it was the most exciting final I’ve ever taken. The power was out for about 4 hours, and Matt and I got to listen to a Ham net with his Ham radio, it was kind of cool.
  • Christmas shopping. Though it was frustrating because things weren’t working out the way that I had planned, I still like Christmas shopping. I think I did get Matt something he’ll really like, and we got Jonah a present too.
  • I won’t have the guilt of homework not getting done over the Christmas holiday.
  • I get to read whatever I want to. I can go to a store and pick up any book I want and read it. Another sigh. I’ve been told which books to read all semester, and now I have freedom (though, ironically, I think I’m going to just be reading ahead for next semester, I’m a super nerd that way).

In the end, the shorter “oh-so-wonderful” list out weighs the “not-so-fun” list.