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Red Sharpie

I decided that the little red pen I’d been using to cross out the days left in school on the calendar just wasn’t quite satisfying enough, so I bought a red Sharpie.


So good.


Not That I’m Counting

But I only have 30 days left of school!

And I may have added a countdown clock to the right side of the blog.


The Countdown is On

Just spent my last weekend in class. Let me repeat that. After two years, I have just spent the *last* weekend that I will ever have to spend getting up early to go to school for 8 am, staying there ’til 5 pm, presenting and discussing and listening and learning… and repeat, so that by the end of the weekend I’m completely and totally mentally exhausted – albeit with my brain filled up with all sorts of awesome new knowledge. It’s a bit surreal – it feels like my life has been full of these weekend classes for so long now that I barely remember a life without them1. I’m sure it will take a while to sink in.

This is not to say that I’m done school completely… at least not yet. I still have 34 days left. Not that I’m counting. Oh wait, yes I am.

Day 119

I’m down to just three courses and my industry project, all of which are currently in progress. I have exactly 7 classes, 1 quiz, 1 short assignment, 2 big papers, 2 presentations, 1 project, 1 client presentation, and 4 blog postings left to do. It’s a lot to get done in the next 34 days2 – along with working full-time (and a half marathon thrown in the mix for good measure). But there’s really a big shiny light at the end of tunnel.

I’m just hoping that I’ve managed to keep up enough of a social life – limited though it was – over the past two years that my friends will still want to hang out with me. Because I’m really going to have a lot of time on my hands come December 8.

  1. I’m also in shock at the thought that I won’t be seeing my classmates, who I’ve seen so much they feel like family, on a regular basis any more. I plan to head downtown on some of the days they have classes to go have lunch and/or drinks with them, because I’m just not ready to not see them anymore! []
  2. Technically the paper for my industry project isn’t due until January 15, but I’m planning to get it done before the Christmas holidays so that I can be free! []



I am a mere 5 days away from my summer vacation! Which is a really a work-cation1 because omg, look at all the crap I have to do:

More To Do

Granted, that is my “to do” for school up until October, but just seeing how much is on there – and knowing that a bunch of it is due in early September – is enough to freak me out/motivate me to try to get ahead a bit, as come September we are going to be swamped! I’ve already started on some of it – and my group and I have been working pretty hard on our business plan project2. But I’m realizing that some of this school work is going to have to come with me on my trip.

Wait, what trip? I hear you asking. Well, I’m glad you asked! Because every hard working girl needs some R&R3, I have taken two weeks vacation from work. Because I have to be able to attend my weekly teleconference calls with my business plan group and need to have Internet access to do work on said business plan project, we decided not to stray to far from home, but just to go with some road trips for our vacation: Washington state/Oregon, Vancouver Island, and the Okanagan to be specific.

My first order of business once my vacation starts is to be chased by zombies. Yup, just 5 days from now I’ll be competing in the  zombie obstacle course race down in Washington state. I’m very excited and positively terrified! After enjoying my post-race beer at the Apocalypse party, we’ll head down to Portland. Other than the zombie race, we haven’t made concrete plans of what to do when, but we intend to spend a few days exploring the Oregon coast, eating Voodoo Doughnuts, drinking local microbrew beers, and traipsing through Powell’s Books. After we’ve had our fill of Oregon, we’ll head back north, where we just might make a jaunt over to Mount St. Helens, because volcanos are awesome. Then we intend to take the ferry from Anacortes, Washington to Vancouver Island, just because neither of us have taken that ferry before. We’ll stay on the Island for some as-of-yet indeterminate amount of time, then head on over to the mainland and, at some point, make our way to the Okanagan, to visit wineries, play with Devon’s wee niece4, and look for Ogopogo.

But before I get too excited about my freedom from work5, I still have 5 days of said work, in which I have insane amounts of things to get done. This includes:

  • three teleconferences
  • two meetings
  • one job description to write
  • several evaluation plans that I at least need to make some significant progress on
  • a progress report to finalize
  • a manuscript to submit6
  • a report to release
  • a bunch of qualitative data analysis to get done
  • a professional development workshop to attend7
  • various paperwork to complete8
  • and probably a bunch of other stuff that I’m forgetting

I also need to, at some point, buy a camera, organize my various piles of paper from school so that I can even find the stuff I need to bring with me, and pack anything I might need during a vacation of indeterminate length, and do the 10 km long run that I was supposed to do yesterday, but didn’t. I think I’m going to need a vacation from preparing for my vacation!

  1. Credit to Kalev for coining the word “work-cation”. []
  2. The stuff I have listed on my white board under “B-plan” is just a few of things I wanted to remind myself to do beyond that which is on our group’s Gantt chart. I didn’t have enough whiteboard space to include all the other stuff we have done/are doing. []
  3. Where “R&R” = rest and really-lots-of-school-work. []
  4. Who we haven’t seen since Christmas! []
  5. Job-related work, at least. []
  6. With any luck. Waiting on someone to review it. []
  7. This one is actually for school. We have to do 5 hours of pro-d stuff during the 28 months of our program, and one of them is being held on Thursday evening. []
  8. Like a timesheet, to make sure I get paid. And a mileage claim form, to make sure I get paid for that. And an expense claim form so I can get reimbursed for stuff. I suppose I really shouldn’t complain about the paperwork, since it all ends up as money in my pocket. []