Feeling torn all over the place with multiple deadlines and on-going commitments. Also, staring at my growing list of blog posts and pictures that I intend on posting and yet, never quite get to. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas seem to be a generally hectic slog for the American school system. While I’m no longer in classes with final exams or papers looming over me, making it to appointments and meeting deadlines, blahblahblahblah, as I attempt to achieve at least one week of forgetting what the heck is email over the upcoming winter holidays.
But wanted to remember some moments of positivity from today as I feel internally panicked and stressed right now,
..connecting with the Trident bookseller today when they noticed my ‘Shakespeare and Co.” tote bag!! In-person shopping is a stressful endeavor so I’ve been trying to time appointments, errands during “non-peak” work hours as I maintain social distancing measures. After all, that is supposed to be one of the perks of grad school, right? Flexible hours! I love collecting tote bags of my favorite independent book shops and – in an attempt to not keep stocking up on books that I never get to/avoid excess weight fees – tote bags are my usual souvenir of choice (the seller’s Shakepeare and Co souvenir was a book, along with a stamp of the bookshop!). Tried to do a quick Google search for the tote bag that I have and came up with nothing. I’m sure I have a picture of me using it somewhere but for now, no visual.
..getting myself my favorite brand of French tea as an early Christmas present! The shipment arrived speedily fast (less than a week and I didn’t choose the fastest option available) and I indulged in some new smoky tea options and one old classic, the MF Christmas tea, which I promptly enjoyed in place of my preferred chocolate (or otherwise!) advent calendar.
..part of wanting to write this down – whether it happens here or in my “low tech” journal is wanting to not forget. After losing someone really, really dear to me recently, I know that I have this blog as a place to look back and find written memories, pictures, impressions of days and years past, of moments with family and friends when I’ve forgotten them.
I hope you are well, wherever in the world you may be, whatever might be happening to you at this moment. Happy 1st day of the last month of this particularly strange year.