Sunday, December 03, 2006

Hello, goodbye ... and life in between

Life is moving at lightening pace around here.

Gord moved in on Thursday. I've seen him twice since he moved in... and only to pass by to say hello and wave. I've dubbed him the "Stealth Roommate". I come in. I see boots at the door and a closed bedroom door. I get up in the morning. I see a bedroom door that is slightly ajar and no boots at the door. Nary a sound or sight in between.

Today, Leah told me she's moving out at the end of the month. She knows I'm thinking of selling and became pro-active in finding a new home. So, it'll be hello to one new (temporary) roommate this month, and good-bye to another.

So in the meantime, the house is a bit chaotic, but we'll survive. I will continue with my own downsizing and sprucing up of the place once school is over for the semester. Can't wait to get rid of more stuff! (Hey, I was serious when I said that all I wanted for Christmas was my two front teeth! Really, don't need more than that...)

The next two weeks are Hell on Wheels. I have oral exams to give, compositions and projects to mark, a test to give on Wednesday and the final exam to give the following Tuesday. I so wish Those in Power wouldn't require us to do so much correcting at the end of the semester. I hate correcting. Most teachers hate correcting... Uggghhh...

If I take off my teacher hat and put on my student hat, the next two weeks are still Hell on Wheels... My final paper for my Statistics course, and another smaller assignment are also due in the next ten days. I believe I will pass the course, but I am not hopeful about getting a good mark. Sometimes, passing is the best you can do.

And coming from a Type-A, goal-driven, pathological perfectionist, that should tell you how desperately I have struggled with this course over these past four months. One word: gruelling.

I just keep telling myself, "This is your last course EVER. Just get through it... Last course EVER!"

A week after I've handed in my final paper for the class, I have to submit my thesis proposal outline so my committee can read it over the holidays. (Yeah, like they have nothing better to do...!) Anyway... that is the idea.

On a happy note, my thesis committee is officially "signed on". The paperwork is done and so, that's one less hoop to jump through. One of my committee members is someone I regularly see at the gym. At this time of the semester, neither of us likes to miss our work outs as they function mostly as stress relief, more than anything else. (But he's much smarter than me. He doesn't try to stand on squishy balls. No wonder I admire him...)

Another happy note... Three (count 'em: 1, 2, 3!) successful 30-minute runs last week! Yaayy! Now if it would just warm up a wee bit, I'd get outside with my handy dandy Garmin and get some REAL statistics!

9 comments:

backofpack said...

Wow, Sarah! You've got a lot on your plate. I am excited for you to finish your last course, and hope your thesis goes well. That's a huge step and I so admire you for getting there!

Since Eric got into WS, we won't be making our way to Calgary as we had hoped this year. We still want to get up there for the marathon, it's just gonna be delayed...

Big Daddy said...

Ok chic! what in the heck is happening to you. It was just 8 years ago we met and you were rocken the world of Dance as one of the hottest Divas at The Studio. Now you’re heading for marathon land and you look marvelous. You have always surpassed anyone I knows expectations with the Job, Studies, exercise and selling your house you just kep on rocken. Hope to see you when life slows to a fast jog.

Big.

Downhillnut said...

Looks like your warm weather wish for this week is coming true. Good you're keeping up the exercise in the thick of things - I know how that goes.

Enjoy the puddles :)

Anvilcloud said...

The first half of December was always a pickle, even for lowly high school teachers.

robtherunner said...

Sounds busy, busy, busy. I would say that 3-30 minute runs this week is a good statistical start for a successful return to running. I am excited for you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah,

Just remember to take care of yourself inbetween all your classes and workouts. As it is you sound really busy, busy, busy.

Granny said...

I'm way behind.

Belated Happy Birthday and best of luck with the completion of your final course.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprisd that you are blogging with all that's going on. I had statistics in my doctoral work and so I understand fully that "sometimes passing is the best you can do." What topic have you chosen for you thesis?

sissoula said...

I wish my cat would learn a few things about being a stealth housemate...

Well, you've got a lot of great things going on these days. I hope you keep your momentum through the end of the semester. You'll need it for the start of the new one!