A Little out of Focus

Well, it seems I’m a bit distracted.

It’s crazy how quickly time passes.

So much is happening. So much to write about.

So much not to write about. I mean it.

Maybe I’ll write a poem. I should write a poem.

So, there’s that. Poem ideas crash into my head all the time. I would much rather be working on poetry than my other schoolwork. I wish it was all I had to do.

Toward the beginning of the semester it was easier. But now, I’m starting to flounder.

Oh, I met and spoke with Pulitzer-Prize winner, Marilynne Robinson. That was ultra cool.

Let’s look at this week’s schedule.

Monday: Midterm; homework
Tuesday: Poems, My Fair Lady; homework
Wednesday: French Party; homework
Thursday: Meeting at the library; homework
Friday: There’d better be nothing, except homework
Saturday: Concert; homework

Also, 20 hours of work, 14 hours of class.

Also, I had a damn good weekend. It was fun.

But, I won’t blog about it.

This is the worst blog post ever.

Good Things That Happened This Week

– met some deadlines

– finished the required reading for a class, almost last-minute

– I got to explain to people who Jimmer is

– saw an interesting French movie

– enjoyed In-N-Out burgers with a friend for her birthday

– did well on a couple of quizzes that weren’t from French class

– wrote a couple fun responses

– no big snafus at work

– treats at work on Friday

– strides in my personal life

– crazy snow on Tuesday

– exercise

– sleep

We’re not focusing on the negative. That’s not this list.

Let’s see what this week brings.

This Week

So far, I’ve discussed a paper with a professor, in whose office I almost cried.

Sometime I’ve got to BS the advisement center into letting me take a class in lieu of another class to meet a major requirement. Should be great.

Tonight, I’m going to an Ingrid Michaelson concert, which is number three for me, and I expect nothing but loads of fun.

Tomorrow, I know something’s going on. Oh yeah, French speaking lab in the morning before my run of classes.

Thursday is a big thing for work that I’ve been helping with. It’ll be fun. Brandon Mull, anyone?

Thursday morning, I get to meet with the world-famous Madame Thompson. Really exciting stuff.

I also have to squeeze in a midterm for my British Literature History class. Not nearly as exciting.

And bake pumpkin bread. Dangit. Almost forgot.

Could someone try looking up a quote by either President Hinckley or President Kimball that states that any two people could be happy together (married) if both of them lived the commandments? I tried looking it up last night, because  my bishop used it in a talk on Sunday, but he only paraphrased it, and he was trying to encourage us to accept our stake’s challenge of going on a date once a week.

Yep, that’s right.

Does anyone want to know my opinion on this?

This Week’s Schedule

Monday morning: Trip to Bensonhurst to see my friend, Jessica
Tuesday night: Greg Laswell with my girl posse
Wednesday morning: Helping my friend K paint her apartment
Wednesday night: the Yeah Yeah Yeahs with some of my uptown friends
Thursday: Lunch with  a friend uptown
Friday morning: meet up with a friend for walking, lunch at Edgar’s
Friday night: Temple with my former seminary co-teacher
Friday night: Old friend coming into town to visit for the weekend (hopefully)

I’ll try make time to hang out with everyone who wants to. Get a hold of me, and I’ll get you on my calendar.

26 days, people.

This Week

Today is Monday.
According to the schedule I laid out yesterday, I had a pretty good day.

Seminary starts again, after a week off last week. I’m pretty excited to jam pack my days until I can no longer see straight.

Also, it’ll be great to see the kids again.

I might change it up tonight and get to bed a little bit earlier.

Oh, I have a question: I have an extra ticket to see Three Girls and Their Buddy. Who wants to come with me? It’s Friday, February 20, Beacon Theater, doors open at 7pm, show at 8.

Should I invite a boy? Should I invite a friend? I just want to make sure whoever comes with me has a great time. These aren’t really super well-known artists, and it’ll be quite laid back and a lot of what they’ll sing will sound a lot like country music, and I know a lot of you out there aren’t into that. I just don’t want the ticket to go to waste. We’ll be sitting in the Lower Balcony.

The Week in General Review

This isn’t comprehensive, but rather a skeleton of what usually goes on during a typical week of my life.

Wake up, go to church
Have a mostly positive experience at church
Think about lunch during Sunday School
Catch up with people about the past week
Watch the children bounce around in the foyer while their parents and their parents’ friends are catching up
Come home, eat lunch
Take a nap
Write for a little bit
Talk with family
Chat with roommates
Prepare for Monday

Wake up
Coast on the spiritual high obtained from Sunday
Whistle and hum happy tunes at desk
Find focus
Write for a little bit
Prepare lessons
Stay up too late

Press snooze at least four times before waking up
Plan the workload for the day
Read something uplifting and/or inspiring
Run low on fuel from Sunday’s church meetings
Write for a little bit
Stay up too late anyway

Press snooze until 10 minutes before you’re supposed to leave before waking up
Plan the workload for the day
Fight to stay awake during the day
Let every little thing get on your nerves
Plan lessons
Think everything everyone says to you is a personal attack
Write for a little bit
Get yourself worked up so you stay up too late

Sleep through the alarm and rush out the door
Plan the workload for the day
Wonder why you’re the only one with any work around the office
Run on fumes from Sunday which was practically eons ago
Fight falling asleep (for more than a few minutes)
Swear once or twice, just whispering
Resist urge to punch people
Write for a little bit
Stay up too late

Be late for class and/or work
Plan workload for the day
Catch second wind because it’s Friday!
Wish everyone in the office “Happy Friday!”
Get blurry or blank out completely on what happened the past week
Whistle and hum happy tunes at desk
Skip out the door and nearly burst into tears leaving work building for being so happy for the weekend
Hang out with friends
Write for a little bit
Stay up too late

Sleep in
Take a long time getting out of bed
Be lazy
Write for a little bit
Run errands
Prepare for Sunday
Hang out with friends/Go to party
Stay up too late

Sometimes I’ll hang out with friends in the middle of the week, so it’s not always during the weekend, and some days I read and study non-seminary and churchy or academic and secular things, but as you can see, I eat every day. And I wake up every day. And so far, I write every day. But I also stay up late every day. So sometimes, that catches up with me and I have to take a day off. But I always get back on schedule. It’s been a pretty steady schedule. Reliable. There are so many things to do and learn about and people to believe in and be friends with.  And sometimes it all just doesn’t get done, and sometimes that’s okay. Sometimes. But when my charge doesn’t neatly fall into place like I imagine, I appreciate more how efficient and careful and lovingly thoughtful God was with his time when he created the earth. And us. Check out the first few chapters in Genesis to see how that particular week for him went. Seeing the word good so many times in that context brings much joy to my heart. Every time.