After pushing hard for the last couple few weeks, I’m taking some downtime.
Unfortunately, it’s not legitimately full days off. I’m in the home stretch of my current university course and I need to get the assignment finished and have it marked before the school closes for Christmas break.
The good news is I am down to the final essay of the course. I finished off the first of the final two earlier today, and have tomorrow off as well to hopefully get it done.
Once completed, I will be off school until Jan. 1, which is a break I am looking forward to, particularly with the events coming up over the holiday season. I start my next course in January, where I am going to be studying poetry and plays, including Shakespeare’s Othello. I’m actually kind of looking forward to this course, though I know it will be challenging. I have never been able to wrap my head around poetry.
Starting in April next year, I have decided I am going to go back to taking two course at a time. I need to start getting some movement on my courses. I need 60 credits to transfer into the program I want to transfer to, the Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication, and when I finish my current course I will be at 21.
I’ve decided as April for a start date to, one, give me a solid head start on my January course, and two, give myself a three-month offset so I am only ever concentrating on one final exam at a time, which, with workload and school, seems prudent.
Aside from some frustrations with individuals on social media using the publication I work for to bash mainstream media, work is going fairly well. I’m maintaining at a fairly high level, producing a lot of local content which hasn’t been in the paper for awhile, and generally keeping busy. Currently, the biggest struggle I am facing – at least according to my publisher – is keeping to my 40 hours a week. I’m generally floating up to 45-ish, just to get everything done. I’m not complaining though; I love my job.
Outside of school and work, I have been doing some fun reading as well. I just finished a book by Heather Gudenkauf called Before She was Found. While not my usual genre of fiction, the book was full of twists, turns, and mystery which ended with a twist that I did not see coming. The book is general fiction, but definitely falls in the mystery class as well. Since finishing that one, I have started Michael Connelly’s The Dark Hours, his new Ballard and Bosch novel which was just released in paperback this fall. So far it has kept me on the edge of my seat, and I’m only a little over 100 pages in.
Speaking of Bosch, Lynn and I bit the bullet and picked up Amazon Prime earlier this fall. I’ve been watching the series Bosch, which I have been quite enjoying in the little bit of downtime I have.
As far as my mental health goes, while I have my good days and my bad days, overall I don’t think it’s been better. At least, I can’t remember a time when it has been this good. I’m grateful. I’m also cognizant of the fact that it can’t stay up forever, but I’m happy to ride the wave for as long as I can.
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