Time Management 101
I just finished watching 2 episodes of the Real World that I know I've already seen at least 2 times before. What a waste of time! I do only have one test to study for this week, but that doesn't mean that I can't crack open a book, or work on a Stat problem set that is due next Wednesday. Since I've moved into this apartment, I've been so happy that we have cable, but now I'm realizing how much time I waste watching TV. I justify it a bit because normally I don't get home from my day until about 7:00 and then I do like a little down time before I start to study, but normally I end up procrastinating and then not studying until after 10:00. I really need to learn how to manage my time better. This may be one of the few downfalls to living off campus. I'm not in the mood to drive back to campus to study at the library, but I know I don't accomplish anything here and I need to make sure I don't fall behind with things. Ahhh...

A good night story
If you will look back a few posts, you will note that I mentioned the possibility of one of my friends setting me up with someone. Well folks, it's actually happening. My friend called me last week to tell me that his friend called and asked for my number. I've been waiting for a phone call ever since and tonight was the night. He called, we chatted, and we are going out to eat Wednesday night!!! I'm not going to make a big deal out of it, but just the possibility makes me giddy. I can't wait for Wednesday to get here, but it's a good thing that I have a very busy week because I think I'm going to need some distractions to stay focused on my school work (that's an oxymoron...distractions to stay focused...) Anyhow, it was a good night in the life of Abby. Hopefully there will be more to come!


Watch out
Tonight I went to the library to do a little homework and also to check out an article that one of my professors had on reserve. I've never had to go through getting something from reserve before because normally I can access it from Eres. Anyway, I go up to what I thought was the reserve desk and I ask politely, "Where can I get an article that's on reserve?" The chick at the desk looks at me like I'm an idiot and says, "You have to go to the reserve desk." I'm thinking to myself, "no shit, I knew that much." Maybe she just didn't understand what I was asking, so I tired again and said, "Can you tell me where that is?" And the dumb bitch points to the person sitting right next to her. Apparently the "reserve desk" is really just a particular computer at the circulation desk.

To the bitchy librarian...I'm sorry that I'm not completely familiar with how the library functions. It's your job to tell me that, preferably in a not-so-bitchy manner. I did see the sign outlining the reserve rules, but they are placed behind the cirrculation desk, not in front of the "reserve desk..."

Then, to make matters worse, the person behind the "reserve desk" had just as much attitude as the first chick. I asked if I could check out a laptop and she relied, "ah, we stopped checking out laptops at 9:00." Again, in a very pretentious way that made me feel like the biggest idiot at Mizzou. Needless to say, I had a bad night at the library and I don't plan on talking to anyone at the circulation desk anytime soon. I would advise you to do the same.

(I just ran spell check on this post and I guess "bitchy" isn't really a word, or at least it's not recognized by Blogger's spell checker...just a little fyi)


Holy Cow!
I just checked my e-mail and one of my friends from high school is engaged. That's nuts. I know that we all are about to graduate and move into the "real world," but right now I cannot imagine getting married. Don't get me wrong though, I'm very happy for her and wish her the best of luck. Hopefully this announcement will bring in a string of e-mails from my other friends from high school updating me on their lives. I'm really bad about the whole, "lets keep in contact" thing, but last time someone got engaged everyone started e-mailing one another.

Also on a happy note
One of my friends is in the process of trying to set me up with one of his friends. (Everyone will remain anonymous until something, if anything happens.) I saw this friend tonight with his friend and while there wasn't really much indepth conversation between the two of us, I managed to a)not make a fool of myself and b)look fairly witty and intelligent. Hopefully that's all it takes because I don't have much else to offer. (Just joking, I'm sure I can figure out some other way to win his heart!) I'll keep you updated...

Forgive me if I've told you
but, the cough that I thought was gone, wasn't. I got really sick of it Thursday and went to the doctor. My usual doctor saw me and actually took the time to examine me and it turns out I've had walking pneumonia for the past three months and apparently no one could figure that out. She seemed pretty disgusted with the other doctors who had seen me and ended up giving me a heavy duty antibiotic and some serious cough syrup. However, I'm still not really getting better. If by Thursday I'm still not better I go back to see her. Then I have to get blood work done because she wants to test me for mono and some other illnesses that I've never really heard of. Sounds fun, huh? The good news is, with all of this going on I still managed to get A's on 2 tests and a B on the other last week. It's all in a day's work my friends, all in a day's work...


Life sucks
I thought that I would try and make an effort to not get behind with school stuff this semester and I have already failed. This week has been hell and next week isn't looking much better. There's just so much work and so little time. With 2 tests, 2 quizzes and a paper due next week, my stress level is rising rapidly. I did start filling out the Teach for America application online today. Who knows what will come of it, but at least I'm somewhat trying to figure out what to do with my life.


Weekend Recap
1. We had a successful "gathering" at our apartment Friday night. It was just the right amount of people and no one incredibly obnoxious. I proved to be a phenomenal bartender and concocted some fabulous margaritas for myself and the roomies. I also made it to bed at a decent hour so that I would be rested for #2 on the weekend recap.
2. I went Gonzo?? I don't know the exact definition of "gonzo," but I was told all Saturday that we were "going gonzo." Basically I went to KC Saturday and did a lot of random, but fun things. The highlights include, a tour of the Boulevard brewery, drinking 2 pitchers of margaritas, Napoleon Dynamite, free Royals tickets and Gates BBQ, not to mention good company the whole day.
3. The end of the cough is near, I can feel it. I finally got the right medication that doesn't keep me up all night long. I was also able to run 3 miles today without coughing up a lung. Thank you allegra, you are the best.


It's not meant to be
I have been trying to see Garden State for about a week now and on three different occasions I have failed. Last Thursday was my first attempt, but the Berg was calling my name, so instead I opted for Killians Irish Red. Plus, due to Bush's speech we were running late and probably wouldn't have made it in time anyway. The second time was with my brother, last Friday. We made it to Ragtag, 30 minutes early and the show was sold out. I should have known better...it was a Friday night and the first weekend the movie was out. Finally, Addie and I had made plans to go last night at 9:30. I however forgot that I said I would babysit after I finished tutoring and so I didn't make it home until 8:45. I hadn't eaten dinner yet and I had planned to do some studying before I went out and so I called and cancelled. Bottom line, I'm done trying.


Just a few things...

I don't really have anything that I can devote a whole post to, so here's a small list of what's going on.

1. I went home this weekend and, as always, the topic of conversation was "what am I going to do after I graduate?" Therese and I talked about this for a little bit and she threw out the idea that we should start a center for kids with autism. While I think she was just throwing out ideas, this is really what my ultimate goal is. After I finish school and whatever other things I want to do before I start my career, I want to use what I've learned and create a place for children with autism to learn. I'm fascinated by this disorder and think that there is a lot to learn about different teaching techniques. I FINALLY feel like I have some sort of direction with what I want to do with my life and what I want to pursue with Grad school.

2. I got some film developed today, and as always, I've been inspired to take more pictures. I cannot believe that I'm a senior in college. I've met so many people and done so many things that I never thought I would have ever done in my lifetime and sometimes I feel like I should capture more of these experiences on film. I've asked my dad for a digital camera for my birthday and so hopefully this will be a step in the right direction. As for now, I'm going to really try and make the most of my last year in school. Before I know it I will be out in the "real world," and right now that's a little scary.

3. Bush is coming to Columbia tomorrow. Although I'm not a supporter, I would sort of still like to see him give a speech in person. How often do people get the opportunity to say they saw a president speak? My grandma was an avid Democrat and even went to the Democratic National Convention in 1996 (I think it was '96) and brought back tons of stories and memorabilia (including cans of Clinton Cola). While I don't need to go to that extreme, I wouldn't mind seeing Bush in person. I also have a bad feeling he's going to win the election and so I might as well go and hear what he is promising for the next 4 years.