Before winter break began I made a list of everything I wanted to do before January 26, 2011, the beginning of what will probably be the most stressful semester of library school. The following are items that I actually completed or worked on:
Read for fun! I have a list of 175 books to read. OK, that was misleading. I have a list of 175 books to read total, not just during winter break. I read On the Road, finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and started I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Next up: Just Kids by Patti Smith (thanks Santa).
Go to the gym at least 3x a week. I’m surprised I’ve managed to stick with this one, but I’m so glad I did. Working out has become a habit for me and I have a feeling I will need its benefits during the upcoming semester. I hope to write more about this in an upcoming post that is not to be mistaken for medical advice.
Make cookies and share them with people. Everything I baked is in my holiday baking post. When I started amping up my workouts I naturally stopped baking. I miss it, but I don’t need the temptation of a tiny 90 calorie peanut butter cookie.
Be a good intern. Really nervous. I can’t speak to the quality of my intern work because I haven’t started yet, but I enjoyed myself at my orientation.
Eat tamales. You better believe I ate tamales on Christmas Eve.
Deep clean my room. This is actually my first reward for finishing finals. I love me a clean, dust-free bedroom.
Still working on this one. But my desk looks a little better!
Organize my closet and drawers. I did this to make room for my new grown-up clothes.
Drink tea. I just joined Steepster. My tea drawer’s already at the brim and I am very afraid. My brother gave me a whistling tea kettle for Christmas and I’m trying to drink what’s in my stash before buying new tea. I did, however, run out of earl grey and that needed to be replaced.
Go to the movies. I saw True Grit with my dad. I meant to go more often.
See my friends more often. I saw my friend Julia twice. She was back home in San Diego from law school in Washington DC. I saw Lauren once and met their cute little cat.
Buy more grown-up clothes. Santa brought me an interview suit for Christmas and I got some new work blouses.
Make a plan for post-graduation. Something in my personal life has changed recently, and although I didn’t have a plan before the change, I’ve been mulling over everything with a new perspective. Right now I have the opportunity to move to Washington DC and live with Julia starting in May, but I’ll be applying for jobs in Southern California, too.
So I never saw the snow (not even dog pee snow), but I have no regrets about how I spent my break (though I do wish I had seen more of my friends). That being said, I plan to spend my last week or so of break hitting the gym and the books and trying to achieve mental balance in preparation for a long semester. OK, signing off so I can make an appointment to get my hair cut! Remember: “your hair is your head suit” (Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock).