January 27, 2013

Sunday Currently : 4

This weekend was all about settling back in after many weeks of interview adventures, taking care of myself, and doing pleasant activities. I think I succeeded! There was lots of decluttering, reading, cooking, and seeing friends, all of which make me a very happy lady. On top of it all, there was a light snowfall Friday afternoon, and the sight of those gorgeous white flakes falling from the sky made me giddy and happy for winter. Even if they didn't last, they were much appreciated.

reading : Last week I finished A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway and Un Amico Italiano by Luca Spaghetti, the nice Italian guy Elizabeth Gilbert wrote about during her time in Italy in Eat, Pray, Love. The Hemingway was great, and I'll have a post on that later this week. Un Amico Italiano wasn't world-changing fine literature, but it was a lighthearted, fluffy read, and sometimes you need just that. I'm determined to finally finish Those Are Real Bullets but am also eying The Postman Always Rings Twice. Needless to say, I am feeling a bit book-happy. :)

writing :  Pro/con lists for my internship sites. I've got purple Post-Its vertically stuck on the bookshelf next to me to provide a visual for my ranking order. I know for sure that my bottom four will be stay in place, but the top four are agonizingly difficulty to rank. They are all over the country, very different from each other, and each is perfect for me in some way. Making important life decisions is hard, yo!

listening :  To "Breaking Pointe" playing on the TV. I've been feeling nostalgic for ballet lately and remembered that the CW had a show over the summer about Ballet West, the company in Salt Lake City. Is it sensationalized drama? Yes. But the ballet is just so pretty!

thinking :  About priorities. I want my training next year to be excellent, and I want to learn from the best. I also want to be near the people I love, and it's hard to accept that I might not get all of that. Trying to figure out which is most important to me.

smelling :   Green tea steaming from my oversized mug and lavender lotion that I just put on my hands. This might be an odd combo, but it works. :)

wishing :   That Big Life Decisions were easier to make. But I know that isn't the case, so I'm also wishing for some peace and clarity.

hoping :   That I can go up to NYC in a couple of weeks to see friends! Also hoping that my university comes through with providing me some tutoring gigs, as I would really like to have a little extra money.

wearing :   Brown corduroys, blue J. Crew t-shirt, and cream-colored cardigan. Sundays are all about comfort!

loving :   Friends! I had breakfast this morning with one of my very best childhood friends who happened to be in town this weekend visiting her sister for a ladies' weekend. I was reminded of how important it is to nurture friendships with lovely people like her, even when they live in different cities. Good friends are too special to take for granted.

wanting : To be in Barcelona! I did some online shopping this weekend courtesy of my leftover holiday gift cards (thanks, parents!) and keep fantasizing about strolling the streets of Barcelona in my fun new digs. Seriously, May cannot get here soon enough. 

needing :  To get back to work on my dissertation. I kind of want to change my research and use an existing database, which is terrifying to tell my advisor but might save me time in the long run. Blah. 

feeling :   Stressed about school-related things. But also energetic and happy to have gotten up early and spent time reconnecting with my friend.

clicking :   Through the Kennedy Center's list of upcoming performances. It's been nearly a year since I was there, and I'm itching to go back to see something! Ballet, opera, theatre-- I love it all. It's time to have more of the arts in my life!