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It's kind of like the cliffs of insanity, but you can't climb it with a rope. So although it's not really an excuse, this is why I haven't updated in a while. A little over two weeks ago, my family made the trek back up to Western to move me in for another exciting year of school. My last exciting year of school sadly, thanks to the Running Start program. I will be graduating this spring. The drive was a little stressful as instead of doing it all in one shot and then relaxing, we did one night with my dad's mom and stepdad and one night with his dad and stepmom. And while I love my grandparents and am glad for the chance to see them, I do not travel well. Something in my internal system freaks out and I have to eat mild foods like toast or noodles the whole trip until I get settled.

Plus, the stress was high between us on the drive. We take two cars when we move me, because that's the only way all my stuff fits. Now, before we left Federal Way that Sunday, Mom asked if we should fill up the cars. Dad said, "Nah, we have enough gas to make it at least most of the way." So off we went. We got stuck in some Seattle traffic, but as traffic goes it wasn't as terrible as it could have been. We lost Dad and Meg in the traffic (they were in one car with Meghan's friend Megan, while Mom and I were in my car with me driving) but that was okay because I knew exactly how to get there and hey, we had cell phones if we needed to stop. Right outside of Seattle, Meg calls Mom and says they're stopping for gas and the bathroom (because my sister has the bladder of a puppy). We decide to stop as well since breakfast wasn't sitting quite well with Mom and she needed the restroom as well. So Mom asks for the stop and directions to where they are.

Turns out Dad took the most complicated exit EVER. It was the exit for the ferry and had like three different branches and twisted around. We did manage to find them, but having uncertain directions handed to you in real time in not a very good way to drive. Because who knows if you can get back once you take that wrong turn? Now Dad, also doesn't do well in stressful situations which makes him a terrible partner on the Amazing Race. If he'd been in my place, he would have freaked out. As it was, he and Mom argued when we finally stopped. And then because it was a complicated exit, we needed to follow him and the GPS back to the freeway. Then when we were almost there, we hit this insane rain storm. Like "drive 50 in a 70 because you can't see" kind of storm. Needless to say, the move was not smooth or stressless.

But I got moved in alright and got back into the school routine. Our info fair went well, drawing in lots of interest from people for Browncoats and at least 12 new people showed up to our first meeting. Yay! But  then there is the insanity part of the quarter. Oh yes, the trip up should have been a sign (as should have been the financial aid mishaps). For you see, I decided to take 19 credits this quarter. I took 20 one of the quarters last year and was fine (I even had extra free time) so I figured this would be no big deal. But I didn't count on the fact that I took two writing classes that previous quarter and this quarter I took two lit courses. Fun lit courses to be sure, Children's Lit and Young Adult Lit. but still time consuming classes a lot of work to them.

Plus I'm taking the second year of Greek which focuses on vocabulary and while I like Diane, I don't love her the way I loved Byron (loved his teaching style, not loved him in a school-girl crush way). And she's changed the way it's all pronounced, so half the time i don't even recognize the words I really know. Probably won't take this again next quarter, but I like Alyssa and I won't see her if I don't take this class, so I'll stick it out for this quarter.

Aside from tons of reading, not much is happening in my life right now. I've seen Will again and it looks like while we'll never be close friends probably, we can laugh and be civil to each other. This quarter is going to be rough, but I am enjoying it. Come on, I get to read picture books and Harry Potter as assignments; I think I'm good. Be sure to check out my blog www.wouldbewritercantcook.blogspot.com. I'm going to try posting a book review video once a week.

Take Care
Reaper

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