5pm – I finished up a really good plan for an essay that I have to do for my Comparative Public Administration course. It was supposed to be turned in the previous week, but I completely forgot about it. I was reminded when Dr. Daly said something about it to me after my presentation the previous day. OOPS!
7pm -Yvonne’s parents have been in Newcastle for a few days. They’re just the nicest folks you could ever meet. Her mother has a beautiful smile and long salt and peppered hair. Her father loves to laugh, as does Yvonne. Just a pleasure to be around them. Last night, they cooked for us all, including Isabelle’s friend (Caroline) who is also in Newcastle visiting. They made huge German sausages (of course, I had to pass on that), sauerkraut and potatoes. I love cabbage and remember liking sauerkraut the few times I had it in the states. But things are always better when they’re made by folks more familiar with the origins of it. It was so delicious! Her father even told me how it’s made-cabbage is pickled in something (I forgot what) and then chopped, sometimes cooked lightly with meat for added flavor. He made ours with meat, but I picked it out.
7:30pm – I got an email from one of my professors (Twombly) who’s recommending me for doctoral programs. All 3 of the professors who are recommending me are my favorites, all for different reasons. Twombly is definitely more “against the grain” than others and that’s probably why I like him so much. But he has a reputation for not being timely in getting certain things done. To make this short, he emailed me to let me know that he’d be sending in ALL of my recommendations that night!
9pm – Iñaki even brought out some Polish vodka for a post-meal aperitif. It had grass in it!
Before and after dinner, I’d been grinding out my final requirement for my MPA at Georgia State: the final internship paper. It wasn’t a difficult paper, but they set very strict guidelines for length, format, and what must be discussed in what order. If they would allow students to write whatever they wanted about their internships for 10 pages, I still would have procrastinated, but I would have had more freedom. No matter, I got the paper done after dinner right before we left to go out.
11pm – Wednesday night means Spanish International Party at the Venue. We’ve been several times and it’s always a nice crowd. I went and did a lot of people-watching and little dancing. I couldn’t stop thinking about the assignment, to be honest. I left around 1am to finish it up.
4:46am – After a few revisions including cutting and pasting, the addition of a table of contents, the creation of a powerpoint and PDF (only because I won’t be there to actually give a presentation) and a final review of it all…I sent it in via email. I felt like 30 pounds came off of my shoulders immediately! Whew!
7am – I finally went to bed sometime between 6 and 9 am. I don’t remember the exact time because I was in an utter state of bliss.
5pm – NO CLASS!!! The MPA students at Northumbria has a dissertation workshop. Since I don’t have to write a dissertation, I didn’t have class tonight!
Bonus: I’m going to see Jill Scott in Manchester in 2 days! I’ve been too busy to even think about it.
So, I’ve had a good 24 hours. How about you?