Spring Break!

Posted on March 23, 2012

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This photograph, despite being from a long ago summer, captures my current mentality for spring break.

With my Friday classes canceled, I am officially on spring break! Wooo! I feel like spring break is always greatly anticipated, since there aren’t as many holidays that you just get off from school during this part of the year. I know I’m excited for it! I’ve got a laundry list of things that I want to do (or should do) since I’m going to be off school and find myself with more free time than I’ve had since January. Sadly, I’m still going to be working full time during the week, so I don’t have total freedom to skip town and drop off the radar like I originally wanted to.

In any case, let’s see what I’ve got on the agenda…

1. First and foremost, I need SLEEP. After pulling a few all-nighters for midterms, and with my usual schedule getting me up early and to bed late, I’m a bit lacking in the rest department. While it might waste one day of my break, I’m sorely tempted to lock myself in my room, get comfy, and catch up on sleep. I want to come back from spring break feeling refreshed! Must consider getting curtains for my room so that I can block out the sun. That or temporary sleeping aid coma.

2. Read a good book. I’ve got a bunch of books in my personal library that I haven’t even had a chance to leaf through. Reading for pleasure goes down on the list of priorities when you’re reading for class and working and so on. The only book I’ve somewhat gotten through is Tina Fey’s Bossypants. I started that in January. It’s just over 200 pages. I’m still not done, and that is a crime. As hilarious and fun to read as the book is, the fact that it’s taken me about three months to get near the end, not even finish it, is awful. I intend to finish it and start something else. The Hunger Games has its midnight premier tonight, and I need to be prepared for Season 2 of Game of Thrones as well. Or, as I mentioned, I’ve got a bunch of untouched, unopened books that I’ve accrued from the Barnes & Noble at Grossmont Center. Decisions, decisions…

3. Study German. I recently added it as my minor and I’m pretty rusty after a year of not using it at all. I’ve been getting back on the ball slowly, but I need to go over the basics and work my way back up. My main problem right now is sentence structure and tenses; things that I learned in the starter classes, then forgot over the course of a year. Derp. Fourth Semester German is kicking my ass presently. I’ll probably dedicate a post to my German studies.

4. Go somewhere! I don’t think I’ll have time to, but I really wanted to get away somewhere new (or at least somewhere I hadn’t been in awhile). As a Hilton employee I get some perks when it comes to hotel rates. I’ve not really had the chance to use them yet. Originally I booked a hotel stay in Monterey for this week, just to get away, but my work schedule doesn’t permit it sadly. So we’ll see. I might go visit my folks.

5. Get into a comfortable writing rhythm with this blog! I always intend for this to be something that I update often. A recommendation from WordPress itself is that you develop a comfortable pace of posting so that you remain consistent and retain readers’ interest. Otherwise, if you don’t keep up with it, you’ll either get out of practice or you’ll lose your audience. Not that I have a tremendous audience currently, but I’d like to see it grow. I also need to learn more of WordPress’s functions.

6. Finish the Twilight Zone. About a year ago I set out to watch every single episode, since it was such a popular television show and often strongly influences other science fiction writers. I got partway into Season 3 (out of 5 or 6?) before I discovered 30 Rock and put that task on hold. I’ve also got both seasons of the 1980s Twilight Zone (starring Bruce Willis in the pilot episode!) and the 2001 version (hosted by Forest Whitaker!) stashed away in my computer for later viewing. The other shows I normally watch are usually wrapping up around this time, just in case I need further excuse to watch Rod Serlings‘ delightfully creepy masterpiece.

7. Clean my goddamn room. I’ve gotten to the point where I just dump my clean clothes back into the laundry bin and pick things out of it. I know it’s time to do laundry when the laundry bin is empty. Derp. So I need to hang up or fold all my clean clothes. I also have a pile of clothes I don’t want any more that has been sitting by my door since December. Again, derp. And my room is probably pretty dusty at this point, since I only dust the room occasionally. At least I vacuum regularly. Ah well. Just need to get the place looking a little more spiffy, that’s all. And my bathroom. That’ll probably be a little more of a challenge. Blergh.

8. Get back into my running. Go figure, I haven’t had time or motivation or energy to go dashing up the stairs at the SDCC lately. I figure having the week off will give me time to get back into it. I’m usually downtown anyway! No excuses this week. I lost 10 pounds the last time I did it consistently. I subsequently used that as an excuse to start eating like crap and not run any more. I haven’t weighed myself lately, but I’m positive that I gained it back.

9. Resume cooking healthy. It’s really easy to ditch eating healthy or cooking a cheap, healthier meal at home in favor of quick and easy guilty pleasures. Like California burritos and mountains of Thai food. If I could eat those two things for every meal, I’m pretty sure I’d be satisfied. But I’d also be bigger than the Blob from X-Men. I can make some pretty satisfying meals normally, I just need to push myself back in that direction. It’s cheaper too! And doesn’t necessarily involve any effort if I’m just making caprese or some other simple salad.

10. Clean my car. It just needs a quick vacuuming and a shine!

Let’s see how much I can actually do in a week!

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