School is a mere 3 weeks away, and the butterflies are definitely starting to appear. I have my books, my book bag, and my school ID. I am thankful it doesn't look like my driver's license, which portrays me as a bitter old woman who recently held up a liquor store. At least school lets you smile for your picture!
Yesterday it was announced that: University of Iowa is Number One Party School . They must have known I was going to be a grad student this Fall. I suspect all my drinking will be done at home, and not in the bars around downtown Iowa City. After all, I do need to drive 20 miles home. I will cherish Friday and Saturday nights when I am done working and done with school for the week and can have a friendly cocktail with my sweetie in the comfort of my own home. Lately I've been stuck on the classic cocktail the Old-Fashioned. Not for sissies--it packs a punch. There are many variations, but mostly it's just a few ingredients: bourbon, ice, simple syrup, a bit of water, bitters, an orange slice, and a maraschino cherry. It will put hair on your chest--or if you've already got a hairy chest, check out your back.
I keep getting emails from the SLIS (School of Library and Information Science)--which is great. Only problem is that I don't really have any idea what some of them are about. I expect I will soon unlock the secrets to some of these new terms, ideas, and opportunities. I can't wait to look back on this Fall semester and see how it all panned out. I think my brain will be undergoing a radical change in a few short months.
I had dinner with friends last night, and one said to me "How are you going to read for fun with all this going on?" And my response was "I just will. I will make time." Reading every day is a necessity for me, and a stress coping mechanism. Sometimes (well, mostly every week) I get up an hour early in the morning just so I can read before going to work. I can't seem to read in bed very much without falling asleep. And then I think I'm awake and reading, and wondering why the story has changed so dramatically--then I realize I'm actually lying with my eyes closed and making it all up. I have to say I've impressed myself with those story crafting abilities. Perhaps I should write a book someday? After school, of course.
This time of year, it's all about getting kids ready for school. I like to think about all the adults who are starting school anew; looking at another career path, finishing that degree that was interrupted all those years ago; making that brave decision to step back into academia even if it's just to take classes and fulfill a long desire to attend school. We are nervous, excited, and have our school bags, too. We just have to drive ourselves to school. We don't have anyone holding our hands and taking our pictures. It's a bit of a solitary road but I'm a big girl, and I can do it all by myself. Just make sure there's someone standing at the door on Friday night with a cocktail for me.