I finished the first draft of my first research paper! Although, it needs improvement. However, I will say that having a draft is better than having none...While my first draft is under review by a professor, a draft of my second paper has begun. So in the meantime, catch me writing and editing until my eyes cross and my hands ache.
This week, I pinpointed the thing that I miss most about being away from home. I haven't played the piano in a month now, and while I admit that I am no prodigy (I consider myself an advanced beginner), I miss it. I miss playing famous (but simplified) pieces, noting the mess-ups, and replaying them until I have it perfect. I miss playing the chorus of recognizable songs. I miss the little notes of a melody that I invented, though it needs a larger story. One day, I want an upright piano (I currently have an electronic, which is fine, because I doubt anyone within the 100-mile radius can tune it.), but I want to paint it. Some soothing, but quirky and dramatic, color (An icy blue, a deep navy, or a vibrant green sounds nice). And maybe, someday when I am finished with every class, I'll find time to sit down, play, and challenge myself with harder pieces. In fact, I will probably learn how to formally count the beats and how to play at the speed dictated in the time signature. When I play, I just play.
I registered for classes next semester an hour after my slot officially opened. Now that everything regarding my future is clearer, it's easier for me to make decisions relating to the plan forward. I also caught up on some homework, attended the final grad school meeting, and I am volunteering at a fall festival tonight.
I have single-handedly managed to find myself in the midst of the most stressful semester ever. This is my third year in college, I've taken classes in every field, but I've never been this stressed. I am not kidding. However, I've made a list for myself, and hopefully, day by day, things will be eliminated and my life will be on track again. And while I found myself wishing for Thanksgiving Break, I have discovered there will be no break. Time management, no doubt, will be key.
I had been planning to do a round-up of my favorite finds for Christmas, but that may not be feasible with the demands of my classes. Tomorrow, my family is making a quick trip to Statesboro, since I cannot come home. I am hoping for a nice, home-style meal with tea (I haven't had tea in weeks!). I'll probably spend the weekend in the library with my nose in books for these papers. It's all worth it, I tell myself. It's all worth it, and everything will be just fine. With that, I hope you have a terrific weekend!
PS. I promise I will get to a discussion of the thought-provoking book I read last week!