[Images: a photo of my fiancé and my parents in the backyard, a visit from said fiancé and his mother on campus, my poor puppy’s tooth infection, which required surgery (he’s much better now), and SO MUCH CALCULUS.]
Today is the first day since I started the semester that I’ve had a single moment to myself. Time to update Facebook, time to scroll Tumblr, time to watch backlogged episodes of Sailor Moon on Hulu - time to drink a glass of wine and relax.
Monday, for example, I left my house at 7:15 in the morning and didn’t come home until 10:45 at night. Yesterday I delivered a lecture on “Vermeer’s Camera" to my Honors Seminar, then stayed awake until 3:30 AM finishing calculus homework. Twice a week, I spend part of my day assembling news articles and updating social media accounts for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. In short - I’ve been busier than I can ever remember being, but being busy keeps me happy.
I wound up having to postpone my Physics course until spring, despite the fact that I loved the lectures I attended. The professor, a hilarious Italian cosmologist and theoretical physicist with a penchant for drawing stick figures, went and dropped both differential and integral calculus on us during the first lecture. I decided I wanted to live to see January, and am putting off the class for another term to let my math skills catch up - and on that front I’m making great strides.
For a person who hasn’t been in a math class for ten years, who never had high school trig or pre-calc, and who nimbly sweet-talked her honors advisor into sneaking her into the Honors Calculus course without taking any prerequisites, I’d say that it’s a considerable accomplishment to score anything higher than a 0, so I’m over the moon to nail a perfect score on my first homework assignment.
PHEW. What a couple’a weeks!