Mid-Terms and losing sleep over political issues...
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I'm exhausted! Not only have I been staying up super late grading mid-term papers for the past week, but I'm still not done. I've got exams from 4 classes that have to be graded by Monday. On Tuesday, I'll give one more exam, and get papers from my last class.
I'm not sleeping enough (and yeah, I lecture on the perils of sleep deprivation EVERY semester), I'm not working out like I usually do, and I made Scottish Tablet this past weekend for entertaining, and it is just SITTING IN MY HOUSE CALLING TO ME! (I've answered quite a few times, let me tell you...)
On top of all of that, I keep seeing posts on facebook and my faculty mailing list about political issues that keep me up for the few hours I manage to find myself in bed. I mull over "Should I say something? I have good data/research on this... can I say it in a way that is respectful, yet clear?" Then I decide I should and I can, and then I carefully craft a response, only to realize that when people believe strongly in something, they tend to be unlikely to hear even the most convincing arguments that contradict their beliefs. By that point, it is morning, and I'm exhausted, and I have to get up and start my day.
Why am I posting this here? Because you guys are my friends, and I just need to get it out... but also, because as rough as these past few weeks have been...
I feel pretty danged good. I mean, at least better than this point last year, where I was dealing with a lot of the same stuff but with 20 more pounds on my frame. I know that a week of not working out sucks, but it doesn't mean I have to give up forever because of this lapse. I know that I can do a pretty amazing thing - re-train my brain and body to get to a healthier place without having to resort to anything other than support from friends, education, and determination. I can maintain those changes for Three Months despite the above mentioned challenges.
Yeah, this is a sucky week, but it could be suckier, and I'm a pretty powerful chick with a strong brain and body. I'll get through it.
Me likey maintenance people. Really, I do!