weekend, weekday - it's all blending together for me right now. even though i do have class, my mornings have been essentially the same for last 2 weeks: get up, breakfast-coffee-n&o, sit at dining room table and study, taking notes on grid-lined nerd-pad in multiple colors. blogging break, email breaks ad nauseum. etc.
i think i need to mix it up a bit. first year, josh and i used to go to fun coffee shops and things on the weekends to do work. skylight cafe in carrboro was our favorite destination in those days -- mediocre coffee and rather bizarre sandwiches in a dusty bookshop setting (tuna & peanut butter was one offering -- and yes, we tried it). random music played loudly on an old record player, and we used to try our best to cover it up with our own cds (headphones, of course). it sounds nasty, but it had a quirky charm.
then there was driade. beautiful outdoor caffe driade was our 'it's-too-sunny-to-be-inside' study location, though we rarely got much done while we were out there -- too hot, too pretty, too buggy.
when we were in a more spartan mood (or the weather wasn't so great), we spent many days working away in the undergraduate library -- in the study rooms, the carrels, wherever.
so contrast these outings with my daily routine of sitting at the dining room table for hours at a time. i'm in a rut. first of all, i have an internet connection here - which makes me less productive. second, it's just getting monotonous. even i -- creature of routine that i am -- need some variety once in a while. so, since i've now embraced proactivity, here's the plan: next week i am going to study each day in a different location.
i know, i'm so totally wild.
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kaplan training starts tomorrow! i'm sort of nervous. my first non-academia job since i was a temp in 1999! i had to sign a whole bunch of papers, including an agreement that i wouldn't jump ship and move to the princeton review for at least one year after beginning employment. also, apparently i can't give away any of their super-secrets, even in this blog, because i would then be legally bound to find you and kill you.