Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Break

I feel like I've slept most of my spring break away. I was hoping to get out of town, but that didn't happen because I lost my cushiony tax refund (long story about back taxes that I didn't realize I owed). I suppose sleep was much needed though--I've been running raw the past several months. Three jobs and full time classes AND socializing with amazing friends really sucks away the time. I didn't have one of my classes for a few weeks back in February and it was blissful! I would love to take only two classes and really devote time to writing (which is why I'm in the program, right?). I could go part-time, but that would mean me giving up what very little funding I received (decisions went out last week and I didn't get anything additional) and as we all know, every little bit counts. Too bad what funding I do have requires full-time status. A friend of mine and her husband have a financial advisor--I'm wondering if I should find one to counsel me (probably just one session). I think I need the reality of my future slapped into my head with a 2-by-4. It's scary having to take on this debt on top of my other education debt and poor money decisions. Part of me wonders if it's really all worth it. It's a stress that really makes me crazy sometimes. Crazy enough to bite a friend's head off, which is not very attractive or fair.

Anyway, I've slept a lot, watched movies, and ate probably too much. I need to read another book before the weekend ends. I've started Holly Black's Ironside: A Modern Day Faery's Tale--maybe I'll try to finish that tonight/tomorrow. It's a pretty quick read.

Today I went to a beach in Maine--York Harbor Beach. It was freezing near the water (wind) but such a beautiful spring day! I've been told that today was the first of spring anyway. A few friends went with me and we hiked up a cliff trail and ate a picnic lunch in the sun. It was completely relaxing, if not cold (about 35 degrees and all I wore was a sweatshirt!). Now I'm getting back into the school work thing to prepare for next week. Blah.

(York Harbor Beach)

(The view from our picnic location)

4 comments:

first person limited said...

THREE jobs? Good lord, how do you manage that?! I think that's what I'm most worried about with an MFA - taking 3 classes, teaching x classes, plus maybe still having to work to stay afloat, and for what? Will I have time to write? I could just keep a full-time job and WRITE... sooooo yeah sorry I totally just turned this in to all about me, haha. I sleep away EVERY Saturday and always regret it, but I think if you need it - it's worth it!

Amy K. said...
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Amy K. said...

Hey, there is no sand on that beach. This west-coast-livin' chic has a difficult time comprehending that. Hang in there with the classes...how long until you get a break for summer?

And, yep, I gave up Target for Lent. It is so freakin' hard, but I have saved so much money. I can't tell you how often a $4 bottle of mouthwash suddenly turns into $100 worth unnecessary shoes and clothes. If it makes you feel better, I lost my cushy tax refund with the move too. I get to write a big fat check to the State of California next month. Hang in there...miss ya.

Becca said...

Tanya, I had such a great time with you on our beach day. A truly relaxing day. It was just what I needed.

I think Kristina and I will be getting together for a Carey Grant flick after workshop next Tuesday at my place. I hope you can come watch it with us.

You are a great writer. Can't wait to buy your first novel one day.

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