[EDIT: this 90% ended up being a vent journal, woops]
aaah wow, the semester is finally over! I had my last final today and I think it went pretty well. But finals were almost no big deal compared to the rest of the semester, most of my classes had big presentations and papers and projects instead. Right now I'm just extremely glad it's all over. I've probably said plenty already I'm sure, but it got overwhelming before I realized it and stayed that way the entire time. I've never been one to be behind in classes and work but that was what I found myself doing, and I couldn't get caught up on any one thing because it meant falling further behind in another thing :I All of my classes had big projects and presentations, and one in particular was group work heavy and there was math and that surprise thing where you break into groups and make a talk about a thing you've just heard of to present to the rest of the class instead of just learning it in a cohesive lecture (and other similar activities) ;_; aaaghsfkdjh. On top of that, if something could go wrong, it often did, school related or otherwise. :'U I'm not going to type it all out because it was a lot of various things and I'd rather not, but it included a serious health scare with my older dog (he's doing better now thankfully), hitting a deer in my car, and another spontaneous skin infection on my face (I got this last semester too and it pretty much knocks out your entire week >.> not great if that's when one of your final presentations is).
About a week ago my grandfather passed away, also. His health had been in decline for a while and we more or less saw this coming, but still it happened faster than I thought it would and I hate that I had to be away at school as much as I was. School wouldn't even leave me alone when I went home and was at the funeral home or with family for two days straight.
I'm ok though, but it's naturally just going to hurt for a while. I'm not that great at writing about this kind of thing, but the last time something like this happened I just sort of went mostly silent and dropped off the internet except for OCT entries, and I don't know if it was the best thing to have done at the time. :S
But thankfully I think everything school-wise turned out okay where grades are concerned. Overall they were lower than what I would normally like, but they're basically fine. Next semester should be better. It does have early morning classes every day except Friday again, which I don't do particularly well with, but I'm hoping the workload will be more reasonable and I'll actually be able to go to bed at a decent time. So I won't be fighting sleep again every morning.
It may take me a little while to return to a normal level of activity here, but I'll be around more ^^ I'm really looking forward to getting home and taking a break from everything. I haven't really even got adjusted to the new house; Thanksgiving break was actually my first full week in it since we moved months ago, and most of that was spent dealing with face-infection, writing a research paper, dealing with scary dog health issues, and managing to squeeze in a small amount of actual work grading papers. I miss our old place a lot, but I don't think that's going to stop completely, and I do like our new place. It will be better when I get to spend more time outside again and find the good spots to walk nearby, if possible.
But hey I got into bookbinding next semester! I'm so hyped. I've been wanting to take this class since I got to this college but I've never been able to fit it in. The first half of the semester will be spent making blank books, and the second will be making artist books. Both of which are going to be so cool. I'm hoping to learn more about where I can get nice paper and materials too since I've mainly used computer paper in the past. I can't wait till it begins.
I also have taken a few breaks recently to get back into video games, which I find are very welcome diversions in tough times~ I grabbed Skyrim for PC in the last Steam sale, and I have been having so much fun with it. I've been playing it on PS3 since it came out but mods really add a lot to the experience. I was able to transfer my PS3 saves onto PC very easily. With my laptop the graphics quality is actually lower than it is on my PS3, but I still enjoy abusing my newfound power to take screenshots. I'm planning on posting a journal soon (Skyrim blog???) just to share my mod list and some of my dumb adventures and maybe discuss mods and characters and stuff if any of you guys want to : D It will also bump this journal off my page haha. I think it was good to write something out, but I don't think I want all this sitting on my front page for too long. :I If anyone read all that, I am impressed, and I appreciate it! I'll leave you with a few screenshots in preview for the next journal c:I made a new character my first night with the game but I promptly turned her into a hundred other species and ran around like that. Here she is as a wolf (hiding behind some nice and totally not pixelated plants). The next journal will probably be all this adventure honestly because I took way too many screenshots that night.
Skyrim!Shadowfire (aka Shadow) and Skyrim!Rook, because I got them over from the PS3 and have a mod that lets you turn your other characters into followers : D Been having a lot of fun with this too.