Sunday, March 25, 2012

Time to Relax...

The last two weeks have just been crazy: finishing term papers, homework, scrubbing the house down for birthday guests, finals...ugh! So much to get done!

I've learned a lot this past term. I think the most important thing is to better manage my time. I simply cannot handle that many high level classes and expect to do well, I just can't. Its not a question of intelligence, just time. See, I looked at what classes I have left before I can graduate and realized if I doubled up on things I could graduate three terms early-that's a good 6-9 months ahead of time! I didn't think it would be too hard, I would just have to stay up later some nights or wake up earlier (before munchkin) to snag a few extra hours.

It didn't work out that way. Between kiddo having several weeks of horrible sleep (still not sure why but it has resolved itself now), to hubby being gone for business trips, I didn't have all the time I thought I would. And then trying to balance the classload? Well, lets just say I dropped the ball. Several times. Which made the last two weeks as I scrambled to finish papers and get every last point I possibly could in even more stressful, all while trying to find time to study for finals.

But, that's all behind me now. And while I don't feel happy with the work I turned in I'm pretty sure I'll pass all the classes, definitely won't be a 4.0 this term but I'll at least pass (I think...I hope.)

On top of that it was munchkin's birthday and relatives were coming from out of town. Now, I know my family, they really don't care if everything is dusted and scrubbed and sanitized. I mean, in a way they do, but they aren't going to do what my mother-in-law does and screech at me if there is a dog hair on the couch (which, considering the Ol' Man is a shepherd and Fat Cat is a long-hair I believe that last time my couch had ZERO pet hairs was on the showroom floor.) But I hate to have guests come and the place is a mess-which meant lots of scrubbing.

Have you ever tried scrubbing with a toddler? It is...interesting. The place got clean, I'm still not sure how, but it did (though I had twice the amount of laundry and I think the cat got dumped in the mop bucket once). It even looked nice with the flowers hubby brought home.

It was great seeing everyone, and of course they spoiled munchkin rotten but that's what grandparents are supposed to do. She had a very interesting birthday what with the insane amount of snow and lack of power. It snowed so much it broke the roof of our deck and knocked down a ton of branches all over. Oh well, I'm hoping we can convert a part of the deck into a sunroom and the first step will be putting up the solar panels-so I'm not too upset about the roof. It could have been much worse.

So, that's been the last two weeks for me: crazy school schedule, visitors, munchkin's birthday...but now everything has calmed down. It feels rather odd to not be rushing around trying to get a zillion things done at once. I keep feeling guilty when I sit down with a magazine, as if here is one last project to finish, one last chore I haven't done yet. Last night I slept better than I have in weeks-stupid stress.

Spring term starts in a week and I've chosen a much easier schedule. I'd love to graduate sooner (I've been in school long enough to have a couple Ph.Ds-sheesh) but I also would like to graduate with honors and that's not going to happen if I try to overload again. And, with spring/summer coming, I want to spend time with munchkin in the gardens and not feel guilty about it. Here's to next term, to time-management, to good grades, and to snuggles from kiddo! I think I'm gonna take a bubble bath and just relax.

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