Finally got my flu shot yesterday, and it was the easiest one I've ever had. No symptoms, no swelling, just a tiny bit of soreness at the site. That's in sharp contrast to the tetanus booster I got last April, after which I could barely raise my arm for three days (and then had an open-water competition that weekend). The nurses were nice - we got into a conversation as I was trying to leave, because one of them said to the other, "I wanna go to grad school here," and I snorted and said, "No, you don't!" (Don't worry, I was laughing when I said it.)
School is, well, school... but we've had our LAST phonetics assignment, so the only things to worry about now are the experiment and final exam. Jenna is doing the experiment part, and I'm doing the (15-page) writeup. It works out well, because she hates writing and I like it, and I generally dislike experiments and she thinks they're cool. Plus, the experimental subjects are from the department she TAs in (Spanish). So that's off my mind for a while. We also just turned in our last syntax assignment, which was a second take-home midterm. I agonized over it (mostly because I haven't been paying great attention in class recently - I'm getting end-of-the-semester-itis, plus I found out that I'm not required to ever take syntax again after I'm done with this course, so that makes it hard to pay attention) but it's in and it's done and I had something plausible for every question, sooo... yeah. Mayan Languages and Persian are as work-heavy as always, with an assignment due every class, but still, there are only 12 more school days (YAY!!!), so I can hang in there.
Athletic stuff is okay too... I'm still running 5 days a week, and my foot is still hanging in there. But I'm glad Thursday (tomorrow) and Sunday are my days off, because I'm feeling some twinges in my left knee. (Of course - because my right heel is the bad one, so my left leg always has to do more work.) I miss swimming, but I'll get to go at least once while I'm home for Thanksgiving, and see my old masters team. Plus, this isn't a permanent change - it's only until the beginning of January, once the half marathon is over. I do want to do the River Run again in March (on the first day of spring break), but three runs a week (two short, one long) will be enough to handle that, I think. I ran it on NO training last year (hadn't run in six weeks due to a flare-up of plantar fasciitis) and although I was in an incredible amount of pain for a couple of days afterwards, I did finish the race and beat the two-hour mark (1:59:41, thank you very much!), so I have every reason to think that I'll be able to drop back to three swims and three runs each week. This year's goal will be 1:45.
Liz and I have been spending a lot of time together lately, too... now that she's back from China, her schedule is restructured (don't ask me to explain how that silly accounting program works; I don't know) and so she has fewer classes than before, so she's home more (and a lot less stressed). We've spent a couple of weekend nights sitting on the kitchen counters with our respective iPods and speakers, playing song snippets and making the other 'Name That Tune' whilst making slice-and-bake cookies, drinking raspberry Smirnoff, lighting practically every candle in the apartment, and laughing ourselves sick over the dumbest things. We've also played midnight football, gone on a seesaw, knocked on random apartment doors in search of a basketball, had Dutch lessons, and made late-night Harris Teeter runs for Ben & Jerry's. I feel like I'm in high school again... but in a good way.
I guess that was really all I had to say. I'll try to fix the template as soon as I can so that my banner isn't partially hidden behind that tacky blue bar, promise. (I'm still POed over that. Morons.)