You guys will have to forgive me for this very brief (and pictureless) behind the scenes post. I’ve been sick for quite a few days now, and my laptop has been out of commission for about the same time. I just got it back, but it doesn’t have any of my programmes, which means no photo editing software yet. So, here’s a brief rundown of what I got up to in February.
First, three of my good friends (Anna, Kristin, and Hayley) came to visit near the beginning of the month. We ate our way through Montreal, went to the Barbie Expo, and discovered how it feels to have your nosehairs freeze one day when we decided to go buy discounted Valentine’s Day chocolate in -40 degree weather. (I feel like when when Canadians talk about -40 degree weather, some people think we are merely exaggerated for effect, but I can assure you that it has literally dropped to -40 degrees Celcius several times this winter!)
I have spent much of February being sick, although this is true of every month since October. I have had, at most, about 3 straight weeks of full health in between bouts of sickness since midway through last semester. The fourth year stress is not allowing my immune system to put up a decent fight.
I suppose this week was the best time to get sick, since it’s reading week. I did manage to work quite a few hours over my break, although I missed out on two full shifts due to coughing incessantly for the past five days. I would have liked to be in good health over my break, but it’s easier to stay in bed all day when I don’t have to go school. I’ll be back on Monday, and then I’ll only have six weeks of the semester left – maybe that will help me relax enough to fight off all the germs that apparently think my body is a great incubator.
There’s also one piece of news that should help me relax a bit – I got into grad school about a week and a half ago! Last time I mentioned that I opted to only apply for one school, in the UK. I submitted my application on a Friday and found out I was accepted at 3:30 on a Tuesday morning. (I couldn’t sleep that night, which was pretty convenient – although nobody was awake to share my news with, so that was a bit frustrating.) The international tuition is slightly nightmarish, but I’ve accepted the offer. Everything is pending funding, but I’m just going to assume that in about six months I’ll be back in Scotland. When I abruptly changed my plan in October, this was the best-case scenario. Here we are in March, and everything I’ve been working towards since my third semester of university is coming together. I do have to maintain a certain GPA (which is well below what I currently have), but knowing that they want me does take an elephant-sized weight off my shoulders. Also, next year I will not have to suffer through a Canadian winter, which is ABSOLUTELY MARVELLOUS!
And that was my February! February, to me, is always about surviving, not about thriving. It’s my least favourite month of the year because it’s cold, dark, and gloomy. I wouldn’t say this February was the most outstanding month ever, but it was actually pretty good as Februaries go. Here’s hoping March is even better – let’s start with improved weather.
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