As any of my fellow students can tell you, blogging during school is rough! In addition to holding 16 credit hours, all of which are very labor intensive, I have been writing 2-3 articles per week for the school paper, working on my half marathon training, and general trying to keep myself together. But, guess what? I still love it so much more than Dietetics! Here’s a little breakdown for those of us who like to break it down:
I am currently working at the OSU newspaper, The Barometer, as my “practicum” for New Media Communications. Basically, it is like an in-school internship. Just because it is a one-unit class doesn’t mean it isn’t insanely labor intensive! I opted to be a news writer (I was the only person who wanted to write news out of about 30 people in the program. Crazy, right?), and my requirements to get an A in the class are to write at least two articles per week and accumulate between 30-40 hours of work time over the course of the quarter. This may not seem like a lot, but when you consider that the quarter is only 10 weeks, it is a ton of work. Despite the ridiculous amount of work, I am loving it. My articles are one of my favorite things to do each week and I spend a ton of time on them making them as perfect as possible. This practicum has really only confirmed that fact that I really want to write for a living. Unfortunately our paper doesn’t have a film section (though they are hoping to get one up and running soon!), because that is where I would ideally like to lend my writing skills. If that doesn’t work out, then I will just take my talents to South Beach.
As I briefly prefaced last week, I am taking some pretty kick-ass classes. They are all a ton of work, like Dietetics, but the difference between New Media Communications (or NMC as I will call it from now on) and Dietetics is that NMC is what I like to call “finite work”. That is, there is an assignment, there is a rubric, when I type the last word it is finished. In Dietetics, it was more like: Let’s study for 20 hours and hope that we possibly grasped the concept. I shall have none of that madness anymore!
Coming up this Sunday I have the Corvallis Half Marathon. I am pretty psyched! I am probably only about 75% of where I need to be in my training, but the fact that I am going in to this race without a debilitating injury is amazing!
After much contemplation, I finally decided to change my Eugene Marathon, on May 1, to the half-marathon. I haven’t run over 10 miles since the Portland Marathon in October and I know I would have ended up severely injured if I tried to finish the full. There is no doubt in my mind that, however slow, I could have finished it, but the aftermath would have been ugly. Instead, I signed up for my second go at the Portland Marathon this October and I will make sure to be completely trained and healthy for that one! I am seeing a doctor about my injuries next week, so hopefully we can get everything in check and I will be good to PR in October!
Want to know the truth? I don’t think I have even turned on the oven in the past month. Yes, it is sad. Between not being able to eat for 2 weeks and the craziness that ensued when school started again, food has not been the first thing on my mind. Since I am supposed to be a “food blogger”, I basically suck, but hey, that’s life.
I am healing up quite well! I am finally able to eat again (though I am staying away from anything to hard or crunchy) and my face looks human again. The swelling in my cheeks and nose has gone down, though my nose is still a bit bruised and sore. My chin is also healing, but I am going to have a pretty sexy scar on my once flawless profile.
My chin has gone from this:
Still not my best look, but at least I’m no longer embarrassed to wear my chin out in public.
My nose has gone from this:
To 90% healed:
If we are speaking in generalities, I have gone from this:
I even have to date Leonardo DiCaprio. Why is life so horrible?