all i can muster up is a list

Yet again, I saw 4 a.m. on the clock…  Thankfully, Andrew was a GEM and took him out, but after an hour of Hadrian’s pacing and whining, I gave up and got up.  I may be a morning person, but this is pushing it.  I can survive on 6-7 hours no problem, but if 4 or 5 is the new normal, SOMETHING has got to give.  Hadrian will be at “puppy camp” this weekend while we’re away, which normally tires him right out.  So, if he isn’t back to a more normal schedule next week, I really do not know what we’re going to do.

1.  We got our first “snow” last night.  More of a slush, really, but there is residual snow still on the ground this morning.  All I could think about on my drive home from psych was hot chocolate.  Then, hours later when Andrew and I settled down to watch a Dexter, all I wanted was ice cream.  Go figure.  Oh wait, all I EVER want is ice cream.

2.  We’re going out of town this weekend.  Awhile back (probably two months ago, now), Andrew and I were losing it in the hotel and incredibly stressed about house-hunting and everything else, so we thought we needed a ‘getaway.’  Well, here we are, weeks later, in the rental house and slightly less stressed, getting away.  I planned it as a surprise for Andrew and didn’t tell him until last night.  We’re staying in Canandaigua, which is the closest Finger Lake to us, at a B&B and have no plans other than a wine pairing class Sunday at the New York Wine and Culinary Center.

3.  I got stumped ONE problem away from finishing the next chapter of Chemistry homework last night.  I even got down to ONE attempt left (you get a whopping FIVE tries, with the amount of credit you receive going down each time) before I quit while I was still (a little) ahead.  It wasn’t even ‘real’ math; just the atomic bonding relationship between two atoms.  (Gee, doesn’t it sound simple when I put it that way?)  Anyway, I had an epiphany this morning as I was lying in bed, (fantasizing about Hadrian going to live on someone else’s farm and running around until he’s too tired to wake up at 4 a.m.) and wouldn’t you know, it was the right answer!  Seriously, all of a sudden it hit me.  At least I can cross that item off the ‘to-do’ list.

4.  I got another article published in the East Aurora Advertiser this week!  I wrote about a new ‘cupcakery’ in town called Swirls and I got HALF the front page and THREE color photos!  Read about it here.  I love writing for the Advertiser; I can embrace my ‘voice’ instead of having to omit it as I would in more typical news writing.

5. This is turning into a long list.  (That’s what happens when a verbal processor has no one to talk to in the morning.)

6.  I can’t believe it’s almost 7 a.m.

7.  Happy Veteran’s Day!  Thank a veteran today…  I feel so weird being labeled a ‘veteran.’  I feel like I didn’t do anything.  But, someone once told me it isn’t about what I did or didn’t do, or how much time I was in the military; it is the fact that I was willing to do it.  Which, when you think about it, is no small thing.  Here in our country, serving is voluntary, and in this day and age, it means being willing to lay down your life.  Well, it’s always meant that, but things changed a lot between the time I got my ROTC scholarship and when I took the oath.  I’m thankful I never had to deploy, although a small part of me wishes I had.

8.  I got the highest grade in the class on my psych mid-term (essentially a 100%), have a six-100%-test streak going in Anatomy lecture and am consistently getting high-90’s (if not 99’s) on everything else.  Where were these study habits the first time around?

9.  Now I’m getting tired…

10.  I have a big week coming up next week:  two tests Monday (after our weekend away, fantastic), a Chemistry quiz (my most-hated assignment ever), Wednesday night Bible study, an article to write AND Emily and Dan are coming!  So excited for their visit, but it means we have got to get motivated to finish unpacking, at least the guest room.  Not to mention Andrew’s birthday… Must get on that right away!





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