Wait, what weekend?

You guys! I am so tired. As I mentioned last week, working five days in a row is a big adjustment; especially since it’s not like I’ve been sitting at home eating bon bons on those previous Fridays.

In addition to working almost full time, I am also a graduate student, and a runner, and a volunteer, and a gardener, and a wife. So, my math looks like this:

4 days of work + 5 days of work = 4.5 days of work

That does not compute, right?

The other equation:

(graduate work + volunteering + running + yoga + regular housework + architect time) – 1 day = (graduate work + volunteering + running + yoga + regular housework + architect time)

Also some odd computations.

And I apologize for the formulas – I have been living in spreadsheet city for the last two weeks. I think by the end of this week, the budget will be mostly done, and then I can go ahead and get crazy with the rest of my work.

I also feel good about the progress I’m making in my Research Methods class, and am excited to do my capstone project (which is a literature review/annotated bibliography; the capstone section of the program lasts 14 weeks).

My future plans are all over the place lately; yesterday I was picking out PhD programs, today I’m feeling like sticking with the current career (it’s amazing what a little praise will do for my morale at work).


I spent Saturday (seriously – all day: I left home at 6:45 am & got home about 6:30 pm) at the Toastmasters District 7 Communication Conference. It was so good! I was a room host for one of the speakers, which means I volunteered to stand up in a room of 40+ people and introduce the speaker and then do the closing at the end.

I talked to strangers!

I networked!

And it was good. (I also won a raffle prize, which was kind of awesome.)

It definitely solidified my desire to keep on Toasting, and I now have plans to enter a speech contest. I know, right? Can you even believe that I am the same person I was a year ago?


Yesterday was a day of rest and homework. I was supposed to run a 10K. I told myself that if I woke up naturally in time to go to said 10K, I would do so. I knew the possibility of that happening was approximately 0. I slept until 9:30, and didn’t even get out of bed until close to 11. And lo, it was good. After five long days of work + a long day of conferencing, I was exhausted.

The rest of the day was homework and more homework. I am a party animal!


And now, it’s Monday again. At least this is a 4-day week (even if my Friday is already full). My big goal for this week is to actually exercise more than one day! (I dream big, people!)