I spent 14 1/2 hours at school today. Brutal. It's the mid-term crunch, where we're in a hole so deep, that at some points, we just have to stop and laugh rather than trying to claw our way out.
My "to complete by Wednesday evening" list includes: finish up and turn in a paper, read a book and an article (by tomorrow at 2), turn in a take-home midterm, write another paper (only in the outlining phase and already beyond an extension), do two homework assignments, work (for pay!) for 3 hours, attend 2 meetings, go to three classes, and possibly follow up with prospective students. There's probably more, but really, isn't that enough?
But, in more encouraging news, I had a lovely conversation last Tuesday with a fellow student from Israel who reminded me that he can't work 7 days a week because he partakes in a lovely tradition called the Sabbath. And som my good friend Susan (who is in a likewise position with midterms) and I declared sundown Friday until sundown Saturday a Sabbath. Despite the ridiculousness that is our to-do-lists. And, I report, it was totally totally worth it.
And so, before I collapse on my bed for the night, I'm sharing with you the pictures from March that remind me that my life is about more than to-do-lists. Even though sometimes those lists help me to accomplish a lot.
It is dreaming up recipes in the grocery store and bringing them to life.
It is writing about things that interest me, even though sometimes I don't get to writing until the pressure is really on. And even then I have three blogs open for those moments when I need to pause.
It is stopping to take a deep breath when the pressure is on.
It is reveling in sunlight at 6pm after daylight savings time.
It is discovering I can make customized gifts for baby showers in under 45 minutes. Hello Target clearance rack. Meet my extensive collection of scrapbooking stickers.
And hello strips of fabric and cloth diapers. Meet my sewing machine an hour before the baby shower begins. Who knew the recipients would consider you to be "designer diapers", when I meant them to be burp clothes?
It is finding a delightful solution to my problem of getting to class without a pen. My new pen and pencil pouch was in the mailbox when I got home tonight. Thank you JPATPURSES of Etsy.
It is not being able to buy any old notebook for my dissertation ideas, but having to spruce up clearance rack notebooks with Scenic Route note tags and letter stamps.
It is spending a half an hour Friday night making slightly more progress on my Pay It Forward craft exchange albums. Some day I really will get these in the mail. But in the meantime, I'm enjoying painting them one page at a time. Even though a 45 minute craft project, as shown above, would have been more wise.
And finally, my life is singing Jack Johnson in the car with my husband in morning traffic. It is talking to my brother and my mom who are in Texas hanging out. It is filling out Easter cards for my nieces. It is emailing my long time friend about the road trip we've been planning since 8th grade. It is laughing with new friends while commiserating on the sad sad state of our student life. It is noticing amidst the constant stream of activities that make up my days. And finding a little time for Sabbath amidst the work.