Life is such a blur

So much going on. I seriously can’t handle it but at the same time I am secretly loving the busyness.

I have so many projects overdue at work and it doesn’t help that in the past two weeks I kept getting interrupted by the holidays, snow, and this damn POLAR VORTEX (all of which has either caused my workplace to close for the day or let us go early). I’d like to stay late at the office to churn through them but I have my cousin’s wedding this Saturday, and it is slowly eating up all my free personal time. Friends are in town briefly for the holidays and I try to maintain appearances by showing up to get-togethers and birthday outings. Worst of all, I have finally discovered the enchanting show that is Downton Abbey, and today I had to firmly tell myself NOT to watch any more episodes (I just finished the Christmas special from the second season!).

But like I said…I think secretly I am loving all this activity. I’m quite the odd bee. Oh 2014!

What a difference a sun makes

By all rights, my mood shouldn’t feel this improved right now. The Bulls are playing like shit against Philly right now, I’m having medical issues I really freaking wish I weren’t having, a rift in a friendship doesn’t feel much improved, I’m running on no sleep, and my future is feeling so extremely uncertain.

But the weather in the past few days has been relatively glorious for late January/early February. 50-degree weather, sunshine, the smell of spring. And I feel less freaked out than before.

Or it might have been the hormones and PMS that took over my last post…maybe…

No more winter wonderland, please

I used to be such a winter person. Not that it was my absolute favorite season, because I loved them all equally, but because it could be just as fun as summer. I loved playing in the snow with my brothers (and roommates, as it came to be in college), bundling up in pretty layers for the cold and looking at all the pretty holiday lights, especially in the city.

All bundled up and ready! (…Not on the inside)

And now, because I never got to transition properly into this Midwestern winter since I didn’t get to experience autumn this year, I am utterly, bitterly and miserably cold. To the point where I can barely do anything but sit on my couch and shiver in annoyance. Too cold to even bundle up and warm my car to drive to the library or Barnes or the mall or my usual favorite haunts.

It’s funny how 4 months of tropical weather erased my 20 years of winter fondness.

I go back to school early Sunday morning. Trying to pack is a bit of a bitch. I don’t know how I managed to pack a whole semester of my life into two suitcases for Costa Rica; I’ve already got a box, duffel bag, one giant container and 3/5 of my suitcase packed. I feel slightly guilty for having so many possessions when I know that it’s possible I can live off so few. But then again, I won’t be having a wonderful host mom to do my laundry every week back in Chambana.

By the way, has everyone heard about the whole shifting of zodiac signs thing? Everyone seems to be up in arms about it on Facebook. I am now no longer a Virgo, I am now a Leo. Huh.

Let it snow!

So I found this nifty WordPress plugin that makes snow fall on your page. I’m so fascinated by it, and with the fuzzy Chicago skyline in the background of my layout, it makes for a pretty rad, homesick kind of image! ‘Cause, yanno, it’s already December 13 and I have yet to see snow (or temperatures below 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, for that matter).

Snow? What snow?

I’m currently trying to sort out my life for the next few months, which is primarily consisting of deciding whether or not to drop my Global Studies minor. I only have one English class and one Gen Ed left to take (neither of which I’m worried about), and three left for my GS minor. And, well, I only have one semester left. For my GS minor, I have a plan of study I’m supposed to follow. Now, the problem is that one of the classes in that plan is not being offered next spring. I tried going through the catalog to find a suitable substitute, and while I did find several, either they’re not interesting enough for me, or there are time conflicts. Another problem is that one of the other classes I need to take is currently full and closed for registration. I know that if I really really really tried, I could fix it all up and graduate with my GS minor with no problems. But…I’m all the way here in Costa Rica, I’m a senior and at this point I don’t feel like going through the hassle. Either I put some serious effort into securing my minor and return to a 16-hour grueling class schedule for next semester, or I drop the whole thing altogether (though I’m definitely still interested in taking one of the classes just for fun) and take it relatively easy for my last semester of undergrad (EEKS!!).

Decisions, decisions.

Speaking of which, I leave Costa Rica in 6 days. Holy freaking shit.