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12/5/09

The End Is Near, and I Am Grateful

As you can see, my blog is a couple of days early, but as you may have noticed, it hasn't appeared for awhile. Better early than never?

Its title reflects the end of my first quarter in the English Composition Master's program at Cal State San Bernardino. I picked Cal State because I thought it might be an easier program than a UC or a private college (where I got my undergrad degree many many moons ago), and certainly because it was a whole lot cheaper. What I found, to my delight and horror, is that not only are the professors brilliant and intersting and funny, but their classes are ten times harder. (No, make that twenty, or thirty.) I haven't seen my husband in a couple of months and my friends, well, they know that I'll call them in the summer to check in. And of course, the bag of potatoes has been one potato lighter lately.

So, what am I grateful for? 1. Not getting the swine flu this quarter. 2. Not losing any papers in cyberspace. 3. The diversity in age, race and gender of my wonderful classmates. 4. The fact that they're suffering too. 5. Jenny, who brought five pies to class the night before Thanksgiving when I had to leave a family dinner to attend class from 6 - 8 p.m. 6. My parents' health, cuz God knows I haven't seen them much either. 7. My husband's patience. 8. The final words typed on my last paper this afternoon at 4 p.m. 9. My final class on Monday. 10. The chance to write with some really hot potatoes who remind me that I have so much to be thankful for!

7 comments:

Edie said...

Diane,
It sounds as if you're in a great master's program! Welcome back to the potatoes and enjoy your freedom over the break.

Christy said...

There's something invigorating about intense learning experiences, peeling off everything else in your life and plunging all the way in. Your program does sound good. Enjoy coming up for air!

Stephanie said...

You are amazing and all that work will be worth it in the end:)

betsy woods said...

Oh Diane, I so feel with and for you. In finals, also . . .

David LaRochelle said...

Enjoy a richly deserved break, Diane!

john said...

Diane, Great to hear about your program and we spuds are happy to have you posting when you can. Enjoy the the break.

Diane Adams said...

Thanks for hanging in there with me. I've been feeling very much like a mashed potato lately. Betsy, what's your program in? I don't remember. Do you hold your head in your hands sometimes and cry? It would be reassuring if you did. Even a whimper or moan would do:)