This past week was my last week as an undergraduate student. It came upon me much more suddenly than I expected. Spending so much time in denial really took its toll- I am now facing three exams and then bang! I graduate. Nuts, really. I have been in college for the past five years of my life. So much has happened, so much has changed and yet, sometimes I feel like I’m the same person. Or, honestly, more myself.
In the past week, I noticed the flowers more than ever. I take a daily walk around campus, but at home, I noticed the crabapple trees budding. Today they are in full bloom (alas, rain) but less than a week ago, the trees had these beautiful rhodochrosite pink blossoms. How deep into geology do you have to start describing things in mineral colors? Five years, in fact. Wait until you try to describe how hard something is without a Mohs Hardness Kit handy.
In an ongoing mission to visit more Pennsylvania State Parks, I visited Ravensburg State Park with my best friend this past week. I want to know more about PA State Parks- my state has a large collection of free state parks and I want to visit them all. I will make a page and start recording my visits here. So many of them are very small (such as Ravensburg State Park) and tucked out-of-the-way, that they receive few visitors throughout the year. Most of them feature geologically or historically interesting locations, and I think you would appreciate them.
The thing I did today was to create a TBR Jar. My university hosts an AAUW Booksale, and I picked up more than a few new books to read. Already I had ten/fifteen waiting for me to read, but I am often at the behest of my uncharitable reading muse and never actually reading any of them. My usual habit it so have one long-term book (currently Middlemarch) and one short-term book (Tess of D’Urbervilles) and I wanted a way to shake up my reading without going and buying a new book. Inside the jar is a little slip of paper with a title on it, and when I am finished with my short-term book, I will select a new one at random. I hope it works out, especially since I have another (and much larger) AAUW booksale to attend this coming weekend.
It’s very funny to me how a week can either drag or fly by. I hope to have another post for you next Sunday, and then to continue with daily posting once I am finished with college. One needs a post-graduation hobby, after all.