It's been a bizarre week, bizarre enough to keep me from blogging much until today. Although I don't personally know anyone who was affected by Hurricane Katrina, I must be one of the few people in the country who can claim such. Even without the personal contact, how can I not be shocked by the images and stories I've been seeing non-stop on the nightly news? In a way, I think it's been harder for my mind to comprehend the tragedy BECAUSE I lack a personal frame of reference. As to my dearth of posts, who really wants to read about my frivolous interests when there are truly tragic events to be understood and grieved?
Adding to my blogger depression is the departure of my friend Jiminycricket to her new adventures overseas. As much as I'm saddened by her absence, I must honestly admit to being more JEALOUS of her new experiences, particularly since she will be sharing them with people other than ME. (I'm rarely this self-absorbed, really!)
Since I'm being all HONEST or whatever, I should probably examine my feelings about school. It's definitely weird watching my friends pick up where they left off last semester, all the while knowing that someone else has my desk (someone really COOL) and another someone has my job (someone really YOUNG). I am elated to be finished with the classwork-assistantship portion of my doctorate -- absolutely, positively, no question! However, if I'm being honest with myself, I suppose I'm grieving THIS loss a little, as well.
Well, this HAS been a cheery post! I simply must end with something positive -- my better half John and I celebrated our one-year dating anniversary last week. John surprised me with a supremely yummy dinner at Barolo Grill, one of Denver's best eateries. This is a first for me in more ways than one; it's my FIRST one-year relationship. Surreal, much? Definitely, but also very exciting!