i'm just a literary tease, my reputation's on its knees.

This Girl Needs That Vacation

April 25, 2005

Today, in celebration of the fact that in 27 days I will be in London, England trying desperately to figure out how the hell to get to Cambridge in order to meet my dad's half of the family and the fact that according to my most recent calculations that I will not be able to relax until approximately May 25th (two days into my trip, and only if the reservations for Paris have gone through by then -and- I haven't lost any luggage in transit), today I will spend my day reading old Dave Barry columns. Sweet.

Yes, I've basically figured out that I won't have a chance to stop going crazy between now and May 25th (according to the terms listed above). Sometime this week, in between working two jobs and going to classes, I need to do the following tasks:

  1. Finish an 8 - 10 draft of a literature paper, quickly transforming it into a 10 - 12 page final project by May 2nd, preferably one that isn't total crap. Oh yeah, and do an oral presentation about it.

  2. Write another draft of a literature paper on indeterminate length - I'm guessing another 8 - 10 pages by April 28th. The final version of that paper is also due May 2nd.

  3. Trace and color and label (yes, really!) 3 modern Middle Eastern countries. Also, define 11 different terms, answer three essay questions as well as...

  4. Write a 10 paper research paper on the effect of censorship on Middle Eastern writers (specifically Salman Rushdie) by May 11th.

  5. Prepare a 10 minute oral presentation in Spanish, memorized, on an as-yet indeterminate topic to be prepared by a group of four people with completely conflicting schedules by next week. (argh!)

  6. Read two short stories 'n blog about 'em by tomorrow. (<-- the best part o' my week)

  7. Make it through 9 8, just 9 8, more days of classes without screaming. can i do it?

In addition to the above, I need to:

  1. Get my International Student Identification Card.

  2. Confirm reservations for La Maisson in Paris, France.*

  3. Figure out what I need / don't need for my trip abroad.

  4. Get everything cleared out of my apartment so that the dude who's sub-leting it can feel at home.

  5. Figure out a rough itinerary for Germany (June 28th - July 3rd).

  6. Figure out a rough itinerary for Amsterdam (July 4th - 10th).

  7. Figure out what I can / can't do legally in Amsterdam.

  8. Attend at least two bon voyage parties... anyone wanna come?

  9. Try not to cry from all the stress.

  10. Explain to my cats that I will be gone for two and a half months. Hope they don't kill me in my sleep.

  11. Confirm all of my flights (there are 9 of them! :: Pittsburgh to Dulles, Dulles to London, London to Girona, Girona to Paris, Paris to Girona, Girona to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to London, London to Dulles, Dulles to Pittsburgh!)

  12. Hope none of my flights decides to explode mid-air.

  13. Buy a bathing suit, hiking pack, shoe inserts, film, mp3 player, batteries

  14. um.... I don't even wanna think about it anymore. Instead, back to Dave Barry I go.

Kind words of comfort, anyone???

* I decided that bedbugs just ain't my thang.

Moira at 01:42 PM :: Comments (5) :: ::

You'll make it, Moira! I know you can pump out those papers... and intelligently, too. Good luck with all the travel plans and such; you're really taking on a lot, huh? Best wishes with that, and those bon voyage parties sound neat-o :-)

Posted by: Karissa at April 26, 2005 08:51 AM

Thanks, Karissa... I sure hope so. My brain pretty much feels like mush right about now! And I am taking on a lot - maybe too much? - I'm definitely going crazy trying to get it all together. I just keep reminding myself of sunny medittarian beaches... ahhh... ;c)

Posted by: moira at April 26, 2005 09:26 AM

Hey Moira if you need anyone to take care of your cats, I'll be glad to help you out. Just let me know!

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at April 26, 2005 03:34 PM

Thanks Lou, if things don't work out and I need someone to watch 'em, I will definitely take you up on your offer. Thanks! ;c)

Posted by: moira at April 26, 2005 04:09 PM

No problem, I'll talk to you more about it tomorrow.

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at April 26, 2005 11:35 PM
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