I have had some time to chill out since this past week's stress, although I'm not completely calmed down. I still feel some pressure. I have a few things I still need to complete for my practicum including a paper detailing all my methods, results, and a discussion of them which is due Monday. I also need to prepare a powerpoint and present it on Friday afternoon. Before that, I begin my scientific writing course, which requires me to bring a central hypothesis for the grant proposal I'll be preparing over the course of this semester.
That said, I have done fantastic on my exam revisions, the initial cause of all that stress, and I'll be handing that in this afternoon. Also, my car got returned to me on Monday evening, and while there were brake rotor and transmission line issues in addition to the power steering line, a lot of it was covered by my warranty. It wasn't great to have to be without a car all weekend, but my girlfriend was happy to drive me around to run some errands (and to practicum Monday), I got a ride from a friend to and from my Weight Watchers meeting, and aside from that, I didn't really need to do a whole lot else.
I haven't had a chance to really do much with my friends in a while, some I hadn't even seen since the wedding in October, so I made some calls on Friday and put together a little party at my house (something I've never done at this house). My girlfriend and I did a massive cleaning, and the place looked better than it ever has. We had some reasonable finger foods like pigs in a blanket made with light hot dog and reduced fat crescent rolls, crudités, and light dill dip in a loaf of pumpernickel. It all went over very well. I feel so domestic now, though. A few years ago my friends and I would have just gone to a bar and enjoyed greasy bar food, a few pitchers of beer, some mixed drinks and a few rounds of pool. On Friday night, we sat around my living room, chatting away, and eventually busted out some board games.... and it was really fun!
Oh well, there was still some alcohol (I abstained), and I had Star Wars playing on spiketv in the background, so I didn't feel extremely adult. It is interesting to see how we've all settled down now. Heck, a year ago none of us were even married, and now three of them are and my brother and I are both in long term relationships that look like they're headed that way.
Oh, and since I know you're all sitting on the edge of your seats: yes, my bowels are back to normal. God, I'm getting old. Blogging about stress, board games, marriage, and gastrointestinal health. Feh.
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