Finals and Holidays

So, I’m back home, and mostly just relieved to be done with my first set of finals. Sorry for the rather long hiatus – I was pestering Nikki to make some posts, but she ignored me, because that’s how she rolls. She also never sent me anything to read on the flight, even though she promised she would. Maybe public shaming will work some magic. Nikki, if you don’t read my blog, I’m going to be so disappointed.

Anyway. Finals are hugely stressful. Way more stressful than finals have been in the past. But they’re also over! Which is really exciting. I think my tests went alright, but I get my grades back sometime in January. (I’ll talk a little more about the process of finals later. Right now, I don’t want to think about them.) In addition to spending massive amounts of time studying, I did manage to have some fun in my last weeks in NY before heading back to balmy AZ. I saw a movie, (Catching Fire – it’s anticlimactic) had lunch and dinner with my friends, bought Christmas presents, and got to walk around the city and see the holiday window displays. I also learned the difference between sleet and snow (and hail). It was fun. After we were finished with our last test, my little group of friends had a tasty dinner with egg nog and homemade pecan pie. Then we started a new tradition – drinking and watching Legally Blonde. (That movie is significantly more amusing when you’ve been through a semester of law school.)

Friday was a little rough – I ended up being awake for about 22 straight hours. The plus side was I got delicious posole and to see family. And Saturday morning we got breakfast burritos, which were also delicious. I’ve been almost as busy here as I was at school, between spending time with friends and family, and helping my mom host Christmas dinner. I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten more food in the last week or so than I did for the last month I was in NY. (There are so many cookies. It’s wonderful.) And I made fudge for the first time! It came out pretty well, even if it’s a bit on the crumbly side.

Immediately after our finals, the career services folks at NYU sent us a to-do list for our summer job search. So the rest of my break will be a mixture of sending out job applications and relaxing. I’ve gotten back into playing piano a bit, and realizing that first of all, the muscles you use to type are not the same muscles you use to play piano; secondly, muscle memory is a brilliant thing; and finally, I need to find a piano in NY.

I’m looking forward to the next few weeks of relaxing and spending time with family and friends. But mostly enjoying the weather here. 70 is a nice break from the 20s and 30s that NY was when I left. I am a little worried about how cold I’ll be when I get back, but I’ll worry about that later.

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