Monday, February 23, 2009

The Excitement that Awaits...

I am going to be so busy when I get home that I may have to schedule time just to breathe! In addition to getting to know my new car, laptop, and phone, I also have to buy a new wardrobe because I lost weight (wahoo!) in Korea. I have to get a physical for grad school. Then, there's all this other stuff...

March 31 - April 15: I take my long-anticipated solo trip to Ireland, Switzerland (just Zurich, but it still counts), and Greece. I realized yesterday that I have neglected to plan my itinerary while I'm there. Yikes! Well, add another thing to the "do immediately upon arrival in the USA" list!

Later in April: My parents are accompanying me on a one-week fact-finding mission to Virginia to choose my apartment for grad school (still no idea if I'm to be offered a TA-ship, but I've decided to commit to it anyway - I'll scrub toilets if that's what it takes to get my MA). Since that should only take a few days, we're also planning a bit of a vacation.

May 23 - May 31: My much-beloved roommate from my first two years of college is coming up to visit me. I haven't seen her since the wedding of two mutual friends, which was over a year and a half ago.

July 4: My cousin and his very sweet fiancee are getting married finally.

Mid July: My dad and I will be traveling down to Virginia to get me moved into my new lodgings for grad school.

Late July - early August: I convinced my parents (it really didn't take much persuasion) to take a trip with me to South Dakota and Montana. Which is another itinerary that I need to start planning.

August 12: I make the twelve-hour drive down to Virginia in my very cute yellow 2009 Aveo5 (can you tell I'm just a little bit excited about my new car?).

August 13: Graduate school orientation at Liberty University! I can't wait - even though I looked at my book list yesterday and almost lost all circulation in my body (what kind of sick, twisted professor requires THIRTEEN books for ONE class?!?!).

And for the rest of 2009: I will buried up to my neck (and possibly higher) in lectures, research, reading, and papers. Heaven.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"