A Noble Effort.

I don't have enough brain power to put together a well thought-out post, so this is my noble effort to just list what life has looked like lately. 1. Allergies. If I take Singulair at night and Allegra-D in the morning, I can successfully pare down on sneezing eight times in a row every ten minutes. Although yesterday I read that one of the side effects of Allegra-D is impaired thinking and reaction time. I tried looking up why it impairs thinking and reactions, but I couldn't find anything. Elsie said this was because my thinking was impaired.

2. I journal now. I've always been too impatient to journal because my thoughts generally come faster than I can write them out (ironic, since I have a blog). But lately I've had a lot to sort through, and it's been a good outlet.

3. Apartment. It looks like I'm staying in Minneapolis for the summer. Got a job at the Student Center desk, and I'm waiting to hear back about a few writing internships this week. Really excited to stay in this community but sad that I won't be able to be at home for an extended period of time.

4. Capstone. Working hard on my senior creative writing project which includes six poems and an autobiographical piece on youth, the elderly, and the merging of the two. The essay also mulls over things on earth that can be lovely but that people often dislike at the same time (example: winter or growing old). If you have any ideas of other illustrations of this, I would love to hear them.

5. Easter Week. At small group last night, we read through the story of Jesus' death on the cross and then just sat and pondered it. I've heard this story a hundred times growing up and have always known that Jesus' death was horrible and torturous. But then I would think about how many other people in the world have died awful, painful deaths that may have even been physically worse than Jesus'. I realize, though, that there was a lot more going on than just a physical pain. I know that the weight of His death was so terrible because the presence of God the Father completely left Jesus and he took on ALL of the sin of the world, past, present, and future, upon Himself as He died. Has given me a lot to think about. Just dwelling on what this actually means this week. Trying to understand more.

6. April. This will be a busy month. But also a beautiful month. Amy is getting married, my Student Activities staff has two big events (Race Around the Cities and Spring Variety Show), and I'm going on a five-day trip with the English department to a writing festival in Michigan. Looking forward to all of this but also mentally preparing myself.

7. People. Been discovering that people go so deep. I always knew that before, but it's different experiencing it. Also seeing that sometimes, wounds make walls via fear and hold others back. Trying to understand this in my friends and myself and climb over them.

8. Vegetables. Attempting to eat more of them.

9. Music. Need some new stuff? Drew found this awesome site that has compiled an assortment of well-designed mixes. Check it out:ย http://designers.mx/

10. Class. Five more weeks of it and then it's summer. Also, I have to go to it now because it's 11:15, and I have Senior Seminar for Psychology in five minutes. Bye!