This week I turned myself back into an official Californian (which basically includes getting a new license and new plates for my car). That meant spending three and a half hours in DMV going from this line to that line to this line. You see, when you get to DMV you either have an appointment (which you scheduled about 4 weeks in advance) or you don't. If you don't, you go to the front check in desk and you get in the long line to check in. If you do, you still go to the front check in desk, but you get in the short line to check in. At that point I was given the forms I needed and a number. And I got to take a seat. For two hours. Luckily I managed to read about half of Jenkin's book while I was waiting for my number to come up. And then, when I got to the second counter, she did my registration and passed me over to another counter to have another woman do my license. Then when I was done with that woman I had to get in another line to have my picture taken and be fingerprinted. Then, when I was done with that line I had to go to the testing area and retake the written test so I could prove I know all of the California road rules. But once I was done with that I was finally free to go. I love the DMV.
I start school in two days, and I'm looking forward to classes starting. REALLY looking forward to classes starting. After all of my emotional up and downs of the last couple of weeks, I'll be grateful to just be doing something that engages my brain in a structured way, instead of me just reading papers and books online on my break.
My new goals for the year are these:
get an A in Japanese this semester
find an academic friend I can talk to about what I'm reading (mechassninja , I am looking at you here if you're reading this) and actually TALK TO THEM about stuff
get to the ocean at least once a month
pay attention to my calories
walk my dog more often (or take her to the dog park)
try to get an article submitted to some academic journal
pay attention to and work on my relationships and my friendships so that i keep the most important people in my life and they know how important they are to me