If there is anyone out there still reading this sob story of a blog, where I, poor little art student, barely survives under large mountains of Prismacolor markers and over priced paper, let me tell you that I coming close to finding something that I didn’t think could exist this quarter: balance. Somehow among the chaos of Spring quarter, I have devised a routine (my favorite word) that is working so well. Suspiciously well… No. Happily well.
Let me explain:
In the corner of my room, there is a door that leads to the kitchen (midnight snackers rejoice).
On that door now lives four lists. They are my lifeblood.
Top Left. To Eat:
A list of groceries that I have bought. I know. This is the most neurotic thing you have ever seen, yeah? Well, let me tell you something you may not know: Groceries are expensive. Especially when you are trying to be healthy and are buying mostly fruits, veggies and lean protein (how Top Chef did I just sound?). And sometimes, I have a nasty habit of buying all of these delicious goods only to forget that I bought them until weeks later when I am looking for something to eat and all I have are mushy asparagus and fuzzy zucchini that I had completely abandoned in the back of my veggie shelf. No bueno. On top of that, being in class everyday until 4:30, I usually end up eating dinner around 11:00 because I’m waiting for my chicken to thaw out. Because I may have only taken it out of the freezer at about 4:40. Now, I’m not wasting food and I have a fair swing at eating dinner at a normal hour. (And yes, I did itemize every egg individually.)
Top Right. To Do:
Everything from the list of companies I need to e-mail about possible internships to renewing my passport to taking in my sewing machine to the sewing machine repair man to getting my pants tailored. This is what I think of as my “Linda Patton” list– all the things that my mom/grown ups do in the span of one morning without even missing a beat. Let me just say that I’m not at the Linda Patton level of adulthood yet because there are things on this list that have been on there since October. That’s not a joke.
Not what you think. This list is not a list of clothes in various shopping carts of various websites (although that list does exist), but rather a list of necessary additions to my life that I have to patiently wait for the funds to buy. It’s hard. Because I’ve been kind of spoiled my whole life. Not in a “Veruca Salt” sort of way, but in more of a “I have loving, financially stable parents who have done a good job at providing for me because they want the best for me” kind of way. And now, I still have those parents, but our relationship is more like “I have loving, financially stable parents who have done a good job at providing for me and are now making me provide for myself because they want the best for me.” I mean, it’s for the best, but it’s still hard. I want a car wash.
The bottom two lists. Speech/ Sketching/ Ethnography/ Apparel I:
Homework. This needs little explanation, other that for me to say that I have filled and replaced the space on these lists 6 times already this quarter.
So, that’s the way I’m pulling off this quarter. I promise this won’t be the last time I complain about it. Sorry. But if you want to leave an encouraging comment, I would be mighty grateful. And I’d think of you fondly the next time I cross something off the list.