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And Now it’s April…

April 21st, 2011

Well, I feel silly.  I made a promise to myself to write every week so that this blog doesn’t become one of those neglected blogs that sits and stagnates for months before someone remembers he or she even has a blog and writes a quick, hurried entry.  I did not want to be that person, but I’m afraid that’s what it has come to.  Every weekend I get all caught up in activities and work and I always seem to push this activity to the side, which is a shame because it has a soothing effect on my nerves.  Speaking of soothing/relaxing stuff, I just came from a massage at the Wellness Center.  Oh my goodness I needed that!  I’ve been carrying around all this tension in my back and it was nice to finally let all that tension go.  My birthday was a couple weeks ago, and it seemed like a great opportunity to schedule one of those massages that I’ve been seeing advertised in the Wooster Headline News.

Let’s see, what else besides my birthday and my massage can I write about?  I FINISHED MY INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS JUNIOR INDEPENDENT STUDY!!!!  I’m sorry, this just gives me so much joy.  It was a stressful project, it was finally really nice to be able to turn in the finished project last Friday.  I had a total of five papers t0 write this month, and I have written and turned in two of them!  Yay!  Two of the papers are due next week, so that should be interesting.  I’m currently taking a break from working on one of the papers to write this blog post. 🙂  I think one of the most important things to realize in college (and it took me a looooooong time to realize this) is that it is OKAY to take breaks and relax for a bit.  In fact, everyone NEEDS to take a break and relax from time to time.  It completely rejuvenates you and makes you way more energetic and productive instead of plugging away at half power for days on end.  Just remember, a fully charged cell phone is an incredible tool, but when your phone is only at 25% of the battery left, it becomes less useful to you because you spend to much time worrying about when it is going to die.  Be the fully charged cell phone, not the dying one.  Trust me on this, your life will be better.

What else?  I think I’ve pretty much figured out my IS topic for next year (woot!) and I met with a visiting scholar from Morocco in early April and he gave me a whole bunch of suggestions and names (with email addresses) of potentially useful people who I could possibly interview or use to obtain more information.  I’ve also figured out where I will be living next year, and what classes I will be taking.  I got a new job (super pumped) for next year, as well as a summer job, so I will no longer be completely broke!  I went to the school’s dance concert, which was wonderful, and tomorrow I’m going to go see a play called Rumors by Neil Simon.  It was an absolutely beautiful day today, I got to perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Chorus with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, and I participated (unofficially) in Relay for Life.  I also attended a Passover Seder on campus, which was wonderful, I had a great time!  I’ve had a busy, yet academically challenging and mentally stimulating month. That’s good I think.  It means I haven’t been wasting my semester.  I can’t believe there are only a few more weeks left in the semester!  I will be so sad to leave this year, a lot of my friends are graduating, or studying abroad.  I’m worried that I will be lonely.  I’ve got to remember though, that at Wooster you can always make new friends and perhaps I can rekindle some of the old relationships I’ve let slide over the last year.  I really shouldn’t be worried, I’m in a good place in my life.  I live on a campus where I feel comfortable, and take classes that challenge me.  I meet people that inspire me, and more importantly, I know people here that care about me, and that is a wonderful feeling to have. 🙂

I have no entertaining name pertaining to the content of this post…sorry

June 20th, 2010

Um, what has happened to me since I last wrote??  Nothing remarkable actually.  I’ve been going to work, reading both novels and the news, watching TV,  grocery shopping, cooking, and listening to reruns of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!  The NPR News Quiz, all in varying orders and degrees of intensity.  So, I haven’t been really doing anything exciting extremely noteworthy, or interesting.

One event of personal significance and excitement is that Wednesday, my dad booked my plane tickets to Morocco!!  Soooo exciting!!  I’m leaving on the 23rd of August and flying to Frankfurt, Germany to spend 10 or so days with my uncle and his family in Stuttgart.  Then I’ll fly to Rabat where I’ll get to start my program!!!!  I’ve turned in the last of my paperwork and just have to finish up a few minor details, like buy new walking shoes.  Booyah!

Ok, I think I’ve pretty much exhausted my ability to describe my fairly uneventful, but certainly not boring, last few weeks this summer.  Sorry I didn’t have more stuff to tell you.  Next time maybe.

My First Blog Post EVER!!

February 17th, 2010

Well, here it is, my first blog post ever.  My father will be so proud of me 🙂  I must say that I’m actually really excited about this.  I had originally planned to start this blog a little bit later in the summer, when I am closer to leaving for Morocco, but I guess this is as good a time as any to begin.

Um, so yeah, I guess I don’t really know what to write about now.  I’m going to a Tango lesson later this evening, which I’m super excited about!!  I love to dance, I spent a large chunk of my childhood in leotards and ballet slippers.  Sadly, due to some unfortunate back problems, I can’t dance (ballet) anymore, but in a way it has been a good thing, I have been able to try other forms of dance, like Swing, Salsa, and tonight, Tango.

Today, I also almost forgot to feed my fish.  I have two guppies.  Their names are Inigo Montoya (named after the Princess Bride character), and Pope John Paul II.  They are small and see-through.  I’m serious, you can really see through them.  When I look at them through the top of the fish bowl I can see their brains through their skulls.  Guppy brains look like little black dots.  Actually though, they tend to change color depending on how you look at them, sometimes then look green, but other times they are more silvery-blue.  Did I mention they live in a giant brandy snifter?  You see, over the summer my mom and I were at The Christmas Tree Shop, and we were looking at over-sized alcoholic beverage cups.  We think they were supposed to be candle holders or something like that.  Anyway, I was looking at the snifter when my mom leans over and says “Kristen, wouldn’t that make a cool fish bowl?”  It does indeed mother, thank you for putting that fantastic idea into my head!  Okay, I think I would like to switch topics now.  That was a lot of information to take in all at once about my fish, who really most of the time are a lot less interesting.

So, tonight will be the first night this semester that I don’t have to do any homework!!!!  For various reasons, my both my professors decided to give us the night off.  That doesn’t mean I get to hang around and watch TV all night.  I actually have plenty of work to keep me busy.  I have a budget proposal to write tonight.  I am the treasurer of the International Student Association (ISA), one of the many student groups on campus, and it’s that time of year again where we need to submit a formal proposal asking for money so next years executive board can fund many wonderful projects.

Speaking of wonderful projects, the ISA, in collaboration with Wooster Volunteer Network (WVN), and Circle K International (CKI) is sponsoring a spring break service trip to West Virginia!  I’ve been planning the trip all year, with some help from a fellow ISA board member and the vice president of CKI.  We are taking 24 students (international and domestic) on the trip!  However, time is ticking and there’s still a lot of details to figure out.  I just went to the student wellness center today to reserve some first aid kits for the trip.  I also have to finish collecting deposits, paperwork, etc from everybody, which is actually a lot more exhausting than it sounds.

What else is going on in my life?  OH YEAH!  Me, my roommate, and some other friends are going to see Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (MQS) on Friday.  I believe opening night is tonight actually!  I work in the Theater scene shop, which means that I help build the set, hang lights, paint scenery, etc for all the shows at Wooster.  Actually, I mostly work in electrics, which means I get to hang the lights, fix it so the audience can actually see the actors on stage.  Anyway, for MQS the audience is sitting in the round, which means that they are sitting onstage with the actors performing in the middle, kind of like a Colosseum.  So for this show we’ve painted a giant map of Great Britain on the floor.  Let me tell you, it looks really really really cool!!  So all of you who are in Wooster, I suggest you get a ticket and go see this show!

Well, I guess this will be the end of my first blog post.  Sorry it was so, er, random.  I promise to try very hard to write at least once a week.  I “keep” a diary too, only my last entry is from 2006…oops.  So bear with me while I try to get into this habit.