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Week in Review: Absolute Insanity

Do you want to know what I did this week?

Here’s what I did this week.Week in Review

Finished grading my students’ major term paper.

Calculated and submitted my students’ final grades for the semester.

Gave two finals (one at 7:30 am and one at 4:10 pm. Ew.)

Applied for an internship.

Had a job interview.

Had two doctor’s appointments, one of which was in Denver.

Revised and re-submitted a short personal essay for one professor.DSCN1077

Wrote my final project (a piece or pieces of my master’s thesis, perhaps) for another professor.

Posted a What I Ate Wednesday.DSCN1081

Ran no fewer than four loads of laundry.

Went swing dancing (very briefly).

Packed to go camping.

Went camping for the first time in my life! Which included:

  • driving 5 hours through a million billion mountains, each one gorgeous.DSCN1189
  • learning how to set up a tent.
  • learning how to build a campfire. (Built the second one all by myself!)
  • roasting marshmallows! (I am the most badass marshmallow roaster you’ve ever met, btw. I get ’em melted straight through and crunchy toasty on the outside 80- to 90% of the time.)
  • making tea and oatmeal on a camp stove and enjoying a gorgeous view of the lake where we were camping.DSCN1120DSCN1123
  • hiking at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.DSCN1132 DSCN1150
  • taking a million billion photos along the trail and at the overlook.DSCN1152 DSCN1138 DSCN1131
  • witnessing a cattle drive (and driving along with one for a good ways.)
  • packing everything back in the car and driving all the way back home.
  • grading all 36 of my students short final papers on the road.

Entered my students’ final grades, in the midst of frantically:

Packing and getting ready to move to YMCA of the Rockies for my summer job.

I couldn’t have done this without my absolute hero of a boyfriend. While I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off packing bags and entering final grades and refilling prescriptions and returning my department laptop, helped me make a to-do list, cleaned my kitchen and living room, bought groceries for me, cooked me lunch, calmed me at least four different times when I was panicking, and even texted me the number of the YMCA while I was on the road so I could call them and tell them I’d be a few minutes late. Oh, and bought me flowers.DSCN1202I don’t know what I ever did to deserve this guy.

Drove through more beautiful mountains in the pouring rain.

Checked in at the YMCA.

Moved in to my new room where I’ll be living while I work here this summer.

Met a new acquaintance at supper.

Went to new staff housing orientation.

And somehow, in the midst of this, managed to get about 7 hours of sleep each night.DSCN1116When was the last time you had an absolutely insane week?

Tell me about a really kind thing a friend or loved one did for you lately.




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  1. Diane Wahto says:

    Hi, Joyce–What a week you’ve had! The pictures are wonderful. Tell your boyfriend thanks from your grandmother. Does he happen to have a name?

    As for what kind things people did for me this week, Pat always does kind things for me. He built a rail that looks like a fence for me to hang onto as I walk from the car to the railing on the steps your folks gave me the money for. I got a laugh when Pat said he didn’t want to build something that made it look “like old people lived here.” I had to remind him that old people did live here. He always runs the vacuum cleaner and does the dishes and any heavy lifting. He takes care of the dogs while I go galivanting around with my friends.

    I enjoy reading your blog. I haven’t had time to keep up with mine and I haven’t written a poem in a week. I did win another prize for one of my poems. I just found out this week. Life is good.

    1. Joyce says:

      Congrats on your poem winning an award! That’s awesome!
      I’m really glad that Pat is there to take care of you.
      He has a name, but I think he’d prefer some anonymity on the blog space.

      1. Diane Wahto says:

        I understand about the name. One other nice thing people did–your mom and dad got me a subscription to The Lawrence Magazine for Mother’s Day. I have the first one, one with dogs swimming in the aquatic center. They seem to really love it.

  2. Amanda says:

    Good luck with the job interview! I always get more nervous after interviews as opposed to before. I think I prepare myself for the actual interview. Then, after I interview, I realize how much I actually want the job and start combing through the interview to see what I could have done better. I really am my toughest critic!

    1. Joyce says:

      I hear you! I find job interviews very stressful, although I’ve gotten more accustomed to them over the years.

  3. Cora says:

    Oh my gosh. This made me both so exhausted and SO happy!! I don’t know how this was all one week – but man as tiring as it must have been it must have felt really exciting. First time camping!? What a way to start. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous and are making me itch to get out myself.
    I want to hear more about your summer and this job of yours! What are you doing?
    Congrats on being done the year girl. Now for all the summer fun to commence!

  4. Holy Shit. Yep, that sums up my thoughts on just how crazy your week was, and yet somehow you managed to get it all done. I love how you balanced final school insanity with a dose of pleasure (camping). Now the big question: would you go camping again? I’m betting yes since those pictures look fabulous.

    1. Joyce says:

      Definitely. I would definitely go camping again. šŸ™‚

  5. You got so much done! Those camping photos look beautiful. I have never had to cook oats on a camp stove but I would learn quickly if I were going camping. Your summer job sounds awesome, and beautiful!

    1. Joyce says:

      Thanks, Sarah. Actually, cooking oats on a camp stove was quite easy. You just boil the water and add the oats, like you’d do in a regular saucepan. Have you ever gone camping? I really enjoyed it.

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