- Put a book in the suitcase I intend to check and expect to remember to take it out before I get through security at the airport (I won’t)
- Leave my umbrella at home when the forecast calls for rain and the sky is completely overcast (unless I want to be soaked by the time I get to work)
- Assume that if I have a GPS, I cannot possibly get lost (I will)
- Believe that anything heals other than time, chocolate, and good friends (nothing else does)
- Try to grocery shop at Giant Eagle right before a Steelers game (good luck finding a cart!)
more real life interactions
more joie de vivre
- a younger sibling about to turn 17 years old
- a third grade cousin talking about using flash drives for school projects and remembering that I used floppy disks at that age
- realizing that the first Toy Story film came out over 15 years ago
- hearing 90’s music on an oldies station
- balancing my checkbook
- using expressions like “where I grew up” and “when I was in college” in conversation
- people asking my parents if I’m dating anyone seriously / planning to get married soon
- a newly developed habit of watching CNN
- cell culture exam tomorrow
- lab report due wednesday
- independent lab project
- cell culture final
- honors thesis
this is crazy. 48 days.
1. i finally decided on a graduate school and now it’s starting to hit me that i’m really moving in june.
2. i’m back to drinking coffee. originally, i had this whole post written out explaining how my resolution failed but it really comes down to two words: need. caffeine.
(that and making major lifestyle changes [i.e. quitting coffee cold turkey] mid-semester is really a horrible idea)
3. this entire post is in lowercase letters because it’s a monday.
4. it’s spring break week.
5. i stumbled across this mirrored dressing table while looking for apartment-decorating ideas. i’m sort of in love with it. i’m thinking a vintage furniture shop is my best bet for finding something like it.
photo from the paris apartment
- play the piano more
- cut back on coffee
- write/blog more (post at least once a week)
- get back into a ballet class
catch up with friends who are back in town
make a new playlist for 2011
learn to cook for real
play the piano a lot
see The Nutcracker ballet
- 11 days until the semester is over
- 29 days left in 2010
- 63 days until my last semester of undergrad begins
- 177 days until commencement
The end is in sight. What a weird feeling.
Don Juan – Molière
Lolita – Nabokov
Suite Française – Irène Némirovsky
Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen – J.K. Rowling
I had a staggering reminder of the fragility of life recently. It was one of those bone-chilling moments when you realize how little it takes and how quickly something can happen. Everyone is fine, but the impact is lingering — two full weeks later. So as I continue to process the incident, discuss the meaning of life with my budding philosopher of a best friend, and mull over the extremely cliché blog entries I could write about making every moment count, I’ve started to come up with a list of things I want to do/accomplish.
The term “bucket list” or “things to do before I die” seemed kind of bleak (especially for a non-smoking college student with no major health problems), so I just went with the classic catch-all heading: to-do.
- visit every continent
- read the complete works of William Shakespeare
- actually take advantage of student rush tickets
- spend at least a month living in Europe
- visit all fifty U.S. states
- become a published author
- earn a doctoral degree
- appear in the pages of Vogue
- go to all four major tennis tournaments (Australian Open, Wimbledon, French Open, U.S. Open) in the same year
- sing at an open mic night at a coffee shop
- go scuba diving
- swim with dolphins
- read Les Misérables en français
- have a full conversation in a foreign language with a native speaker of that language
- travel to space