It’s been almost two months since I last posted. Wow, this semester’s been kicking my ass, I guess.
Hurricane Sandy blew through here yesterday, with a little rain continuing today. The lights flickered once last night, but otherwise it was pretty uneventful here. Living downtown, all the power lines are underground, so I’ve never lost power in the six years I’ve been in DC. I haven’t gone out yet to see if there’s much damage with tree branches down, etc, but given the last couple of years of big storms and the dorecho we had this summer, I think all of the weak branches were already down.
I spent yesterday catching up on the pile of magazines that has been piling up all semester. Then I watched three movies:
I also cooked. Beef stew in the crockpot on Sunday, and chili, yesterday. Now the freezer is stocked, and I have food for the week.
The best part of Hurricane Sandy was that they closed everything yesterday and today: work, my trainer, school. I’ve had two days with ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do! It’s been fabulous. I’m even going to celebrate by taking a nap later today.
Sunday was my birthday. I’m 41.
I had a small birthday party at my house on Saturday. It was a good excuse to clean up, throw stuff out, and invite some people over. There was a good turnout and I think everyone had a good time.
And mother nature gave me two days of relaxation, which is the second best present I got.
This semester has gone pretty quickly. We’re already in Week 11. I had one midterm, which I should get the grade for this week. Last year, I would have loved to have a midterm, so I had some idea what to expect on exams. This year, it was just a pain in the ass. For finals, we at least get about a week to study. For midterms, it was just business as usual: class on Tuesday, exam in class on Thursday. And a one-hour twenty minute exam isn’t very long for an essay. It was hard to get everything down and organized in that short amount of time.
We’re a week away from spring registration. I don’t think I’m going to try to squeeze all my classes into two nights. It hasn’t worked out as well as I had hoped. First, I still have to go in and do office hours for the law review. Since I don’t to do that from 9:30-11:30 pm, I end up going in a third day, anyway. And because I have to leave work early on Tuesday and Thursday, I end up having to work later on Wednesday, so I get home about the same time I would if I had class.
Oh well, I gave it a shot.
It’s almost November. That means I need to start thinking about outlines and studying for finals. So I don’t have to take much time off work, I’m hoping to get started earlier this year. Maybe I’ll at least be able to get some of it done ahead of time. Luckily two of my finals are at the end of the exam period, so that gives me some extra time, too.
I know I’ve said it before, but I’m going to try to do a better job of staying on top of posting.
One of the biggest problems with trying to date in DC is that everyone’s busy. Busy with work. Busy with school. Busy with social lives and current friends. I’ve recently had two experiences that have reminded me of this.
A few weeks ago, I started emailing with a guy on OkCupid. After a few messages there, he gave me his email as an easier way to continue our conversation. The email looked familiar. I checked my Gmail and sure enough, we had chatted before.
About 2.5 years ago, we met on Match.com. We had chatted for a while, and then moved the conversation to Gmail, where we spent several weeks trying to arrange our first date. It never happened because of work schedules, and other events. And then I started dating someone and we lost touch.
Now that we’d reconnected, we finally went out. The first date was nice. On the second date, I don’t think either one of us was feeling the magic. But, it took about 2.5 years from when we first met to find that out.
I met Guy #2 in January of 2009 through a mutual friend that I see occasionally. We traded information and became Facebook friends. Again, we tried scheduling a date, but conflicting calendars didn’t allow it. At some point, we stopped trying. Over the years, he’s popped up on my newsfeed and I never thought much about it, other than the fact that he’s really cute.
A few weeks ago, we ran into each other at an event, but didn’t talk. When he got home, he emailed me on Facebook and asked if I had been at the event. We chatted until a few hours past my bedtime, and set up a date for the next Friday.
It was a really nice first date. And it only took 3.5 years to happen.
Is there a solution?
If you’re single, you can’t spend all your time cruising bars and dating websites trying to meet people. But, it is so easy in DC to get caught up in all the activities of a busy urban life. So how do you resolve the conflict between wanting to meet someone and our current social lives? When you’re loving your life (and hopefully your job), how do you make sure you’re making space and time to let someone else in?
And how weird is Fate that it reconnected me with two guys within a month?
Would love to hear your comments below.
Not much happening here, but figured I better post something.
This week was busy at work, but felt productive. My boss and my only staff member are out this coming week, so a lot of the time was spent figuring out what I need to cover next week. Hopefully this coming week won’t be too crazy.
I took Friday afternoon off to go to the zoo. One of the other First Years (1L’s) suggested a trip to the zoo to meet each other. About ten people showed up. I was the only one from the part-time program. (I guess the rest were working.) It was quite the variety of students, from different backgrounds and locations, but everyone seems friendly. Most of them moved to DC within the last week, so they’ve been busy unpacking, figuring out the Metro and bus system and learning their way around. I’m glad that I don’t have to deal with any of that on top of starting school.
They still haven’t released our schedule for Legal Rhetoric, so I still don’t know what night I’m going to have class until 10 pm. I’m not sure why I’m so desperate to know, other than to start to prepare myself mentally. I hope it’s not Monday. That would be a long start to the week. But, maybe it’d be good to get it over with. They also haven’t released our bills, yet. Not as worried about that!
I have a date this afternoon. First date. From OkCupid. He seems nice. We’ll see how that goes. Have another first date next weekend. Tonight, going out to Remingtons with a few friends. Tomorrow’s a fairly quiet day. Need to clean out the refrigerator and try to organize a few things that are stacked up in the dining room.
Have a good weekend