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On Having A Plan

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I am someone who has always had a plan. Before I started high school I was sure that I wasn’t going to take physics when I was a junior. I was sure what I wanted my grades were going to be and that I would go to college after I graduated.

I carefully narrowed my college choices down to two schools (schools I knew I would get into). I attended overnight visits at both and audited classes. I was going to be sure that I picked the right school.

I chose my major long before the end of my senior year in high school. I signed up for an Anthropology class right away. I had a plan: Cultural Anthropology classes first semester and Evolutionary Anthropology second semester.

I had an even greater plan than that. I would work really hard all 4 years of college, I would write an honors thesis, and then I would go to graduate school. I would get my pHD and then I would work in a museum until I was older and then I would teach.

One day all of a sudden I was a second semester senior in college and I no longer had a plan. I didn’t have a job lined (not even a menial one). I didn’t apply to any grad schools…I didn’t even take the GREs. I found (and still find this terrifying). I like having a plan. I plan everything from meals to outfits to the perfect date to start ordering Christmas presents.

But I am starting to realize that a lot of the best things in my life are things that happened off plan. I never ever planned to go to a school in my home state. I swore up and down that I was going somewhere else, anywhere else. If I had followed through with this plan I wouldn’t have met Jim.

I certainly didn’t plan to meet the man I would marry in October of my freshman year of college. And I really didn’t plan to meet him at a bus stop. This unplanned event led me to meet someone who is my world and my soulmate.

On I smaller scale I didn’t actually plan on majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology. I had a form filled out declaring my major as Cultural Anthropology, but the day I was going to hand it in I just knew that it wasn’t right. I declared my major as Evolutionary Anthropology and never looked back. I am so glad I made that deviation because I loved my major so much.

As I mentioned earlier in this post I was planning to go to graduate school, and maybe I still will some day. The reason that I always planned on graduate school is because I always thought that the only thing I was good at was school. The people I love assure me this is not the case, and while I am still not so sure, nothing good in life resides in your comfort zone. Not to mention the major reason I am glad this plan didn’t work out: that is I don’t like school! I always thought I liked school because I like learning but the two are certainly not the same thing. Learning involves personal growth and school involves homework, stress, bad teachers, frustrations, and busy work.

Before I ramble on any further I am going to end this post by simply saying: Plans are really overrated.

~Caitlin

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The End and The Beginning Are Just Synonyms

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Today I did it. I finished college. I turned in my last two exams and that was it I am done. It definitely hasn’t hit me yet, but its pretty weird to think about not being a college student anymore. I am still pretty sure that it is September (of 2008)…

I still don’t officially graduate until May 13th, but for now I am gonna enjoy the idea that I no longer have to do homework. I can’t even fathom what that is like.

It seems like I just managed to get a hang of this whole college thing this year, funny how life works that way. I mean you struggle with something for years and then right when you figure it out, its over.

1. What my ideal schedule is like

2. That waking up at 8:45 is the perfect balance between sleeping in and feeling like you are wasting your morning (see 1)

3. That I will never ever ever be a night class person

4. That classes not on the topics of Evolutionary Anthropology or History have the sole purpose of decreasing my GPA

5. That you should run fast and hard from any class with the word Introduction in the title

6. How to write a 4 page paper in under an hour

7. How to study well but not too much

8. How to make time for my friends

9. That taking time to watch CNN in the morning makes everything better

10. The exact time I have to leave my apartment to get a coffee or tea and a good seat, but not have to wait for class to start

11. Where the media center in the library is.

12. That you can rent out rooms in the library for group meetings

13. When you really need the textbook.

14. The key to being able to read my own notes – i.e. write in all caps (REALLY wish I discovered that one earlier).

15. That I will always have a love hate relationship with online courses.

What did you learn in your last year of college?

~Caitlin

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OMG! A Blog Post

Hey guys. Yes I am finally making a blog post. And, yes I did use OMG in my title.

I am finally approaching the end of the hecticness. Today was a huge step in vastly reducing the stressfulness of my life. I have been planning and coordinating 6 tables for this event at my school, its kind of like a fair/carnival. All the departments have little activities and it is pretty cool. I have been working to plan my departments events since January and it feels so so good to not have to think about it anymore.

Now I just have to make it through one more day of class and one more day of finals and then I just have to focus on wedding planning.

Seriously after this semester just focusing on wedding planning is gonna feel like a breeze.

Anyway, today after getting my departments tables all setup and helping run them for a few hours I met up with my family and fiancé to enjoy the day.

We walked around a bunch of different tents, and my sister managed to find every single table that was giving out free items (seriously the girl made out with like 10 pieces of loot). Then we went to linner and now I am relaxing in my apartment.

All and all it was a pretty fantastic day. I feel like I can finally start getting excited about graduating!

And now moving on to some pictures of the day:

A cool R made out of cupcakes!

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One of the cupcakes:

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A rare picture of Jim and I:

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Hominin fossils (kinda random, but this is what I study so its sorta relevant):

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This post feels a little rusty – sorry about that I am out of practice.

~Caitlin

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Four Sundays

I didn’t mean to take yet another blogging hiatus, but life happens. School has been crazy, work has been crazier, and wedding planning has really been picking up. I thought I would pop into my little blog and say hello, and maybe make a tiny mention of the fact that I just passed my 1 year mark of blogging!! Its a big milestone and I missed it – sadface.

While I wasn’t here I was wearing pretty new dresses, and having potluck dinners with my friends, and falling more in love with my fiance every day. I was living life and laughing and having fun.

I do hope to come back to blogging a bit more regularly. Perhaps once graduation happens. Which by the way is coming up faster than I care to think about. After today I only have four more Sundays. Only four more Sunday’s spent working on homework. Only four more Sundays with class the next day. People keep asking if I am getting excited to graduate, but to be honest it really hasn’t hit me yet that I will really be done with school in about a months time. And to be more honest its much more terrifying than exciting, but terrifying in a good way I suppose.

So that was my long convoluted way of saying hello, and hopefully your still reading. I look forward to picking up blogging again.

Happy Sunday!

~Caitlin

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Wonderful Wednesday

I am going to get around to posting pictures from my trip to the UK, but currently my laptop is acting up so I cannot import pictures. We shall now proceed with why today is wonderful (no need to dwell on the crappy things – right?):

1) I am touring an apartment with my fiance tonight. Yay for potential future homes.

2) I got lots of homework and unpacking done today.

3) And I baked some muffins (although they kind of suck).

4) I have a small supply of British candy and its super yummy.

5) My professor told me I did good job on an assignment I thought I did poorly on.

6)  Jim and I have been working on planning our honeymoon which is tons of fun.

7) There are only a little over two weeks until Spring Break!

8) And I have to throw in lots and lots of yummy tea because tea is always important.

~Caitlin

P.S. That ice cream has nothing to do with anything. It is just a random picture or airport ice cream.

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Wonderful Wednesday

Hello! Hope your having a great day. Here are some reasons why today was wonderful:

1. My only class yesterday got canceled so I got most of my to do’s for today done yesterday!

2. I found some older tea in the back of my cabinet that I am excited to try again.

3. I got to make an awesome surprise for Jim today and it involved cake.

4. There was a bit of snow…enough to be pretty to look at, but not enough to be annoying.

5. I get to spend the week celebrating Jim’s birthday!

6. I love baking so having an excuse to do so is super awesome.

7. I thought one of his presents wasn’t going to come on time, but I was wrong.

8. I have iced tea made for later in my fridge. Its called Chocolate Monkey and I’m excited to try it.

~Caitlin

P.S. Jim’s birthday is actually next Wednesday but we are gonna be away.

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Terrific Thursday

Jim was really upset that I never came back for my Wonderful Wednesday post like I said I would on Tuesday. I really meant to, but it seemed that everything was going wrong yesterday (locking myself out of my apartment, deleting homework assignments, etc.) and then it was night and I was tired. Anyway he suggested I do a Terrific Thursday post instead!

So here it goes. Today is terrific because:

1) I don’t have any classes tomorrow.

2) Or work.

3) I had yummy leftover homemade carrot soup and focaccia bread for dinner.

4) And I have “homemade” brownies for dessert (they’re really Trader Joe’s brownies that came as pre-made batter you just had to pour in a pan so homemade is probably a bit of a stretch).

5) I am taking the next two days as mental health days with no homework or wedding planning or apartment hunting or job hunting or cleaning or cooking anything more complicated than frozen pizza. It is a much needed mini-vacation that I am really looking forward to.

6) Steam is finally getting an iPhone app which probably has no relevance to most people reading this, but its still awesome.

7) It looks like my reading load for the semester actually isn’t too bad so I might actually be able to read some “real” books (maybe…)

8) I pretty much put this on every Wonderful Wednesday post, but there is just something extra special about a cup of tea on a cold rainy day like today.

I hope everyone had a terrific day!

~Caitlin

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