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Senioritis

Senioritis.  A term I used repeatedly during my senior year of high school.  I was almost done and I was just fed up with schoolwork.  And now, again during my senior year of college.  MAJOR SENIORITIS.  I think it’s even worse this time around because I know after another four weeks I will never have to enroll in another class or take another exam… ever again. 

My biggest challenge right now is staying focused… staying focused on my schoolwork long enough to finish the semester.  I have to confess I’ve actually had senioritis for a good portion of this semester.  It hasn’t been too bad because all my assignments and projects have still gotten done, but now that finals are rolling in I’ve got to get my ass in gear.

In addition to projects to complete and exams to study for, I also need to finish packing up my room.  The weekend following my graduation ceremony, I am relocating to Southern California.  Part of me really wants to finish packing the rest of my belongings now so I don’t have to do it later, but another part of me knows that if I do that I will be scrambling through boxes to find things I need in the last four weeks I’m in Arizona.  So for now, only half my room is filled with boxes…

On a much more depressing note, incidents such as the bombings that occurred in Boston earlier today are leading me to ignore my projects even more.  After hearing about the incident on Twitter, my eyes were glued to the social media site trying to find out more.  It was bad enough reading about the number of people injured or killed, but looking at the pictures taken truly makes my heart ache.  Sending my prayers to those injured and the families of those killed today.  Stay Strong.

PrayForBoston

 

 

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Lately I Cannot Get Enough…

TIME.

First of all, let me put it out there: I am a procrastinator.  But in this case, my procrastination habits are not a factor.

I could start by rewinding back to winter break… Which I have to remind everyone that goes to ASU and inform everyone that does not – last year the university cut the winter break from one month down to TWO weeks.  Factoring in Christmas and New Years, time that most people spend with their families, there is hardly any time at all left for having an actual break from school.  Both last year and this year, my winter break felt more like an extremely long nap rather than the actual two-week break it was supposed to be.

Since returning for my last semester of school, time is still my enemy.

My Senior Exhibition is about a month into the semester.  You would think this is enough time to prepare, but with the homework, projects, and tests flying in from the four other classes I am taking (plus work from the Exhibitions/Portfolio class), I can hardly find the time to finalize everything.  Even when I schedule in time to finish some of these details, something for another class comes up and I have to rush off to do that.  Thankfully, after this weekend I will have my prints and frames completed – which only leaves my artist statement, thank you list, shopping for opening night reception, and installation.  Did I say only?  HA!

But now I have a question for all of you reading this… Do you ever get the feeling that when you have a big event or assignment due, the universe seems to throw EVERYTHING else in at that same time?

I sure do.  My installation weekend and opening reception have been set since before the semester began, but since then they’re not the only things I’ve got on my plate those two weeks.  Let’s throw on 7 self portraits for my watercolor class… And an Art History exam… And a Photogravure final print.

To add to all the school assignments I’ve got, my refrigerator decided to suddenly stop working properly a few days ago. Right after my brother and I bought a bunch of new groceries, I might add. So, I’ve spent all day sitting around my house waiting for the Geek Squad from Best Buy to come repair it.  Plus I’ve been waiting for our A/C repair company to come check out our system.  Even after the 12 – 4pm time slot Best Buy gave us, they did not show up and my fridge is still broken.  But that’s another story, a very long and VERY frustrating story. 

As you can see from the countdown on my blog, time until I graduate is also ticking away… 2 months!  Time to: apply for graduation, find a job, and start packing up my belongings to cart back to California.

Can You Hear That?

So no one told you life was going to be this way.

Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, and you’re love life’s DOA.

It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear,

Well, it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year.

But, I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour.

I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before.

I’ll be there for you, cause you’re there for me too.

You’re still in bed at ten, the work began at eight.

You’ve burned your breakfast, so far, things are going great.

Your mother warned you there’d be days like these,

But she didn’t tell you when the world has brought you down to your knees.

That, I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour.

I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before.

I’ll be there for you, cause you’re there for me too.

No one could ever know me, no one could ever see me.

Seems like you’re the only one who knows what it’s like to be me.

Someone to face the day with, make it through all the rest with,

Someone I’ll always laugh with, even at my worst, I’m best with you.

It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear,

Well, it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year.

But, I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour.

I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before.

I’ll be there for you, cause you’re there for me too.

I received the entire Friends series on DVD as a gift for Christmas… and I cannot stop watching.  Even though I have homework to get done and an exhibition to prep for, I continuously watch episode after episode.  And even as I watch my DVDs, I find myself searching for blooper clips on YouTube.

I hear The Vampire Diaries echoing up to my room as my brother watches his recording downstairs, VERY loudly I might add.  And then I hear him practically stomping up the stairs (which he swears is just the regular way he walks up stairs) to come into my room and remind me that pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in 11 days.  I hear my printer going crazy as I print out the 50 pages (yes, I said 50!) of images I have to know for my Art History exam in two weeks… And that is with 4 images per page!  I hear the clicking of my laptop mouse as I scroll over the hundreds of posts on my Pinterest homepage, another one of my brilliant procrastination techniques that comes back to bite me in the ass.  I hear Becky continuously reminding me that our senior show is in less than 20 days… TIME TO FREAK OUT! 

Lately everything goes back to the show.  The last milestone I have to conquer before I can graduate in May.  Like I said, TIME TO FREAK OUT!  I am going to be so incredibly relieved after February 22 when I am completely done with this show.

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