January 6, 2005

10 reasons I need the SHU norm

10. I am in my pjs most of my off days. This practice is becoming so chronic that I am infusing my wardrobe with more night shirts than going-out clothes.

9. I am building a major relationship with the Mount Pleasant Library. I am becoming personally attached to it, even assenting to nine-hour days. I remember where the history books are, and I even know the creepy kids that come in to look at classical art books.

8. I have resorted to shopping to pass my time. Today I spent an obscene amount of time shopping, buying lots of black. Depression? Goth? No. Just need to shed some pounds with some slimming fabric. Which brings me to my next point...

7. Eating the holiday leftovers. I am a tragic case. Bridget Jones, anyone?

6. I have begun to visit SHU. While yesterday I did have an agenda of visiting the Financial Aid Office, today, I just turned into the drive and visited Tiffany, who was just as happy to see me as I was her. Gosh, Farrell Hall is really lonely.

5. I have started to check book prices and the course outlines and such on the Seton Hill website. If I can do anything to get started, I plan on doing so. I have even started reading up on Islam, which is one of my courses this upcoming semester.

4. I have ceased to find comfort in the so-called insurmountables of cooking and cleaning. Disenchanted with the fact that I know enough about both to survive, I have left my wisk and 409 behind, hoping to try an activity that does not involve stereotypes of girl:apron : boy:hammer.

3. Thoughts of starting a save-the-world revolution. After watching and reading about the tsunamis in Asia, I feel the need to do something. The need to do, to spark some good deed of epic proportions is sometimes overwhelming when I see footage of the broken bodies and buildings. I think a lot of us feel helpless in our little homes and lives that we feel like we can just give our money. After Mexico, I know that I can do more, and I want to.

2. I am watching t.v. and movies more than ever. Tonight, I even stopped a moment to check out a Disney Channel movie, which is no. 1 on the you-are-a-desperate-tv-junkie list.

The love of all these have sustained me throughout the past few weeks, but I am starting to go cabin crazy, and going outside does little to ease my wintery doldrums.

1. And no. 1. I am constantly on edge- anticipating the next invisible deadline. I miss the frenzied life of planners and books and drama. Maybe I will write an ode to school...

oh the bookbags, weighing at least a ton,
the slow internet connection

Maybe not. I have also realized that I cannot write poetry and should not do so.

However, I am optimistic about this year, despite appearances. Activities will pick up quickly. As I write this, professors are probably outlining their syllabi, and I will whine about the work, but once again I realize that as much as I hate the work, I love it in the same measure. I just miss it. I miss everything.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at January 6, 2005 12:24 AM


I missed school so much, too, that I am taking the J-Term.

What is the class you are taking about Islam? Is it an online?

Hope the rest of the break passes quickly!


Posted by: Katie Aikins at January 6, 2005 9:30 PM

Not only was I happy to see her I was exstatic! It made my whole night turn around!

Posted by: Tiffany at January 6, 2005 9:54 PM

Oh Amanda,
I feel the same way. After all of the whining and complaining, I actually miss school. I have been checking book prices and setting up my agenda as well. I wrote my New Year's resolutions on my blog on how to become more organized this semester. I have noticed that all I do is sit around also, besides go to work. But I am taking advantage of my break because once we go back... we will be hectic again. We'll pull it together and do well. Last night I stayed on the internet for 5 hours researching crap(honestly, random stuff). So, I found two books I want to buy from Barnes and Noble. And I am so lazy, I need gas so bad in my car, but I am going to pay someone to go put it in, lol.

Don't worry... the days are going fast!

Posted by: Firefighter Chica at January 7, 2005 11:19 AM

Katie, I am taking the Islam class next semester--not online--with Professor Dardery. I picked up a inter religious dialogue minor this semester.

Tiffany, you turned my whole night around too. I am so glad I stopped by. Thank God, Seton Hill is so close to home. I was almost flooded on the way back to ma casa.

Stefanie, never fear things will pick up again. I feel exactly the same way.

Posted by: Amanda at January 7, 2005 11:57 AM
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