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Dead Week!

Wednesday, December 04, 2019


Ahhh, dead week on campus. I've been escaping to the top floor of the library (view over campus shown above) to hide out from the craziness of students during finals. Unwashed bodies are crammed into every nook and cranny, surrounded by pillow forts, too many books and papers, empty snack wrappers.

I'm a bit stressed, but cramming isn't my style. I like my 8 hours of sleep way too much! my method is to try and review old material at least once a week, then I create an organized study plan for the 7 days leading up to a final. This gives me a chance to review every topic from the course and bone up on weak points. Is it perfect? No. Has it kept me with passing grades and a decent GPA? Yes!

Of course, the best part of dead week are the puppies everywhere. They always have emotional support dogs on campus during dead week to help everyone chill out a bit :)

I have my own stuff to juggle along with finals! We are eating out of the pantry pretty much until Friday when my monthly stipend hits. Fortunately, I meal planned well so we have some fresh veg to mix up with the pantry staples to create some healthy meals. That means no junk food for me while studying -- I also have weight loss goals to hit!

Rent is late, gulp. Actually, not quite yet, it's due by midnight tonight. The worst part is that I have earned the money for it, but payouts are delayed thanks to the holiday and editors playing catchup. I'll drop off the check tonight. If they deposit it tomorrow, then we will get hit with a $15 overdraft fee from my credit union (which they may wave since we haven't had an overdraft before). If the editors get through my stuff or if the check isn't deposited for a day or two, then we can avoid the fee. I looked over the lease and weighed our options, and a $15 overdraft fee and being in the red for a day or two is much preferable to the $75/day late fee for past due rent!

Fortunately, once this backlog of work is approved we should have smooth sailing for the rest of December. Then, I get my quarterly scholarship stipend the first week of January. We have no tuition payments for the adult boy child going forward because all of his funding has kicked in, so my stipend + my partner's income should be enough for the entire quarter this time. Anything I earn can go into savings.

Whew! Life is a challenge sometimes. Glad I am up for it, since it's also pretty wonderful even with the hard parts!
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