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The Lizlah Story
27th-Sep-2008 08:37 am
I now make a solemn vow.

My friend Amanda is absolutely fabulous about keeping up her livejournal, it’s a blast reading about her life, and I am always thrilled when one of you all post. When you haven’t in a while I get nervous and start to stalk you on facebook. I happen to be one of the worst offenders in the disappearance category. I rarely answer my phone, never update anything and then sporadically have these bursts of news. I say, NO MORE! I shall update my livejournal at least once a week in the hope that I can inspire others to do so as well! Even if I am boring and all I am doing is school, still it shall be so!!!

I guess I should start right now then huh? Well. This semester so far has been a major kick in the patootie. In both good and no-so-good ways, the overarching theme being ‘I am now an Adult! Oh god…HOORAY…oh god.’ Living by myself is beyond amazing. I often just run around the three rooms laughing maniacally and mumbling ‘mine, all mine!’ I can dance around naked to annoying music after I shower. I can leave a dish in the sink and not feel guilty about it. I can come in late and not worry that I am going to accidentally breathe too loud and wake someone up. There are so many good things about this I would bore you gushing. Paying the bills however equals the suck. I was late on a credit card bill because they hadn’t effected my new address to send my bill to. I was late on my rent check because they didn’t even send me a bill. Bah.
School is nuts. Leave alone the fact that I grew far too accustomed to the pretend type school in Ghana, this semester is going to be a shredder. I am taking the least amount of units I have ever taken (only 17, I usually take about 22) but three/four of those are studio classes. On Mondays and Wednesdays my schedule rules. I have Print from 11-2 and I probably don’t have to tell you how much I love that class, then I have section one of the Curriculum development class from 2-5 we have been making masks and its like we have all regressed to elementary school! Paste and Papier-mâché, huzzat. Then I have lab hours from 6-10pm and then I go home and do home work.

Tuesdays and Thursdays however are stinky in the worst way. I have this Self, Health and Culture Class from 8am-9: 30 in which we talk about how cultures view death, dying and illness. SO DEPRESSING. Not only that but the teacher is this little old man who wears a leather fanny-pack sandals and socks and sits up there for an hour and a half rambling about relativity and telling this story over and over about this anthropologist who listened to a burn victim who had to have her skin pealed off once a week. Then I go to World Religions from 9:30-11, which isn’t too bad because its with Steve and I love him (Some of you may remember Leslie and I named our Jasmine plant after him) But I have taken all of these upper division classes with Steve in which he talks about all of these things in more depth with opportunities to actually have discussions. The other rotten thing about this class is that Humboldt is trying to catch the tech-wave and so is telecasting Steve’s class to another room full of 80 kids. So that means that every class is fraught with tech failures and request to repeat and check the mike. Then I have Jewelry from 11-2. This should be fun, but no. Its just hours and hours of filing, and a teacher is more than a little controlling. As you may have noticed I have no breaks in my day, so I was counting on the fact that usually in a three hour class over the lunch period we get a break long enough to get some food and eat it. Chris demands that our break is only 10 minutes and we should only take one. BAH. At 2 I scramble to clean up and then head to Section 2 of Curriculum development to work on the logistical aspects of teaching and planning out subjects.
So in summation I have 8 hours a week of lecture, 24 of Studio, 13 hours of work (I have been working without pay on Saturdays, that will change) And each of my studio classes say that you should be spending at least 6 hours working in the labs. That means 24 extra hours. Then I also have Studio School on Saturdays from 9:30-12. So that means roughly 72 hours of scheduled time. Which is nutz. Nutz I tell you!!! I keep forgetting to eat and I have been consistently staying up until 2-3 in the morning to get everything done. This happens to be a lame side effect of the whole adult thing; in the past I have been known to prioritize sleep and food over homework. Now I find that I just can’t do that. I set a standard for myself and I need to live up to it.

This is getting long, and kinda depressing so I think I will end for now and then go on to the more exciting/fun things going on in my life in my next post. ie. Leg warmers, 10 pounds of blackberries and the resulting bakery, teen-vampire-lusty-angst, midgets making art and a sundry dance parties.
27th-Sep-2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
dear lizzie!
I adore you to bits! would you like some food things?! lol. I'm cleaning like WHOA today and can't keep a lot of the food I have like...nutella and sesame oil! lol!
also! how was print club?! I'm so freaking sad that I missed it :( and! Are we doing the judging for our show this monday or wednesday? okokok
back to cleaning! we need to bake together! I want some of your berries!!! you must teach me the art of your crumble BECAUSE I found my ramakins today!!! okok xoxoxo
28th-Sep-2008 05:54 am (UTC)
Very admirable vow.

Miss you! You should sign online sometime. :)
1st-Oct-2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Very tough. I support your vows and standards. They are there to remind you to eat and sleep and communicate with friends when TIME is precious. I just survived my school year from Hell--you will too. Eppie has also got a school year from Hell. I think it is important that we all stay in touch.
3rd-Oct-2008 04:56 am (UTC)
I completely support your vow, and hopefully you will inspire me to do the same thing. I definitely also love it when any of my friends posts in livejournal, especially when we're all going off in different directions. It seems like a very good way to stay in touch with each other, and I'll try to take advantage of it along with you.

Your schedule does sound nuts. Last year I had similarly extensive demands on my time, also to the point where I was never getting enough sleep, but what helped me was making sure I always remembered to eat. Even if I was just snacking as I did my reading, it really helped keep me going. I think remembering to eat was one thing I could easily control, even when I had way more things to do than hours in the day. I wholeheartedly support you setting a standard for yourself and living up to it, though.

It's absolutely fantastic that you get to make masks and regress to elementary school, and I love the pictures you posted.
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