We had ambitious plans for the weekend, like a modern day Kim Possible–minus the cargo pants and with the addition of an iPhone.
We had plans like getting loads of work done, calling Mom/Dad/siblings, doing aaaall the laundry, and oh, saving the world while we’re at it. Then life came on in and…well, happened.
Somehow, all of our plans turned into too much Halloween candy, pumpkin beer, a really *ahem* creative Halloween costume…and oh, saving that pizza in the fridge. You feel me?
But really! Someone please explain to me who thought it was a good idea to lump Halloween, the start of November, and Daylight Savings into 72 hours.
Are these bonkers crazy weekends supposed to be a sprint or a marathon? It feels like both. And c’mon now, what kind of bargain is that?
Making it to Sunday feels like the finish line of this crazy weekend–it’s like the end of running laps in gym class.
By that, I really mean we’re the kid in gym class who is hauling butt with a flushed scarlet face and with a panting breath that says, “is-it-almost-lunchtime?”
You know what I mean: THAT kind of weekend. The kind where uncommon shenanigans seem to be a common theme. The kind when the playlist we’re listening to is entitled “literal mess,” and nobody is messing with that sort of accuracy.
The kind of weekend when last night feels like a wayyyyyy long time ago. (Probably because we spent 99% of our time (and dignity) making janky a reality.) Oops? Not oops.
We’ll call it a happy accident. The saving grace of our marathon-sprint weekend is this Sunday-to-Monday move. Because dangit, we’re kicking off the week right! This is when I take five for pancakes and check-in with friends, family, and myself to take stock.
For me, it’s the methodology of asking, “What’s the happs?” But mostly, it’s my über casual way of showing I care. It’s my way to get the lowdown on your life in exchange for sharing mine. So please do say hello :)
Here’s the happs of this week/end:
• HALLOWEEN: Our house was Earth, Wind & Fire (+Water) for Halloween. And all I really have to say is “Do you remember?”…Because I do, and I’m still laughing because it’s all straight up ridiculous. Let’s leave it at that.
• College students x career. To the seniors out there, this is all the feels. Last week, I had a long talk with someone about why we as students choose high-paying jobs at the expense of our true interests. Truth be told, it was one of the most refreshing conversations I’ve had in a long while. Though I don’t agree with all his points, Ezra Klein lends much-needed perspective to the subject in his article “Ivy League’s Failure is Wall Street’s Gain.” Give it a go!
• Caffeine x personality. The psychology of extroversion, introversion and caffeine. This is kooky stuff! I’ve never outright called myself an extrovert, but I do find that I work best when extra-caffeinated. There is perhaps nothing in the world that makes me happier than coffee and conversation.
• On meditation: It’s easy for me to hold on to thoughts, but it’s hard to let ’em go! I’m trying out Calm to dabble in meditation. It’s with the best intentions to tune out and turn in.
•Game-changing women. Because the pressure of “Doing It All” is just a whole lot of WHOA. A Georgetown grad and president of Barnard, Debora Spar spoke at Georgetown last week (introduced by President Degioia, below). She illuminated much of what it means to be a woman in leadership and how that translates to our generation. In the above interview, she speaks of Wonder Woman, perfectionism, and legacy. It’s a good read for the ladies & the gents.
• Satire x Georgetown. This is the most accurate (and hilarious) description of Georgetown’s campus that I’ve ever read. Kudos to my friend, T, for his sharp-as-ever satire.
• In the realm of music: I’m loving Movement’s “Us” – it’s a soft and thumping beat with ethereal vocals. This version of Villagers’ “Nothing Arrived” is folk-y and acoustic, like a tribute to the warmth felt amidst Autumn’s chill.
That’s all for now friends! Here’s to bidding Halloween goodbye, to seeing a Shakespeare play, and to endless coffee conversation. Here’s to more dignity and less janky costumes, to casual dinners, to Earth, Wind, & Fire….and to pretending that next weekend will be more functional.