A Well-Timed Message

As the semester moves closer to its end, all the things that I’ve got to do before that time have started to roll together. Every time I ¬†look at my to-do list, it’s packed closer and closer together and I feel more and more stressed.

By the end of the week, I’ve got to have a (minimum) ten page draft of a paper combining literary analysis and feminist theory (that I’m still trying to unravel and understand) ready to submit and revise. Before the week is even over, though, I’ve got a film to watch and a long list of film-related terms to define and give examples of for one class, a presentation to give on Langston Hughes in another, and a research project to develop for a fourth.

On top of that, I have to do things like eat, do laundry, and, apparently, find the Sword of Gryffindor in order to slay the Basilisk that is trying to come out of the shower wall.

I'm convinced this leads to the Chamber of Secrets.

The tiles have started a rebellion. One of them slipped out and landed on my foot the other week, and last night four more were on the verge of jumping, so I took them down to avoid any more foot-related injuries. Of course, now I’ve got to go fill out a maintenance request, and in the meantime, find a plastic bag or something so we don’t damage the wall while shampooing. Ugh.

So, I’m feeling a bit stressed. As soon as I finish one thing, another comes up. As soon as I think I’ve fixed one problem, something else says, “Hey, fix me!”

It’s not all bad, though. After my roommate was gracious enough to let me back into the building this morning (I forgot not only my keys, but my entire wallet when I left for a meeting two hours earlier. Really off to a great start this week.), I was greeted by a little card.¬†Thank you!

It was a completely unexpected, but entirely welcome, little message from my site manager at work. There was no reason for it that I can discern–it’s been business as usual at work, really. It was just a little note expressing her appreciation for the work I’ve been doing, but it put a smile on my face on a day where I was really feeling stressed out and panicked by all of the work that I’ve still got to do before the semester ends early next month.

Perhaps I should find some time to send a few notes and cards to friends that I know are going through the same stressful end-of-semester blues as I am. I’ve also got to remember to stop and take some time to relax, even if I don’t think I can afford the break. Do you have any simple and effective tips for relaxing during a crazy busy time?