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October 22, 2012


When Numbers Become Letters: Beyond The Amount of Too Many


Life is too darn busy.
I just wanna sit back on an old wooden stool, shaking my head to the beat of my trusty guitar and rasp out the emotions of life, with my harmonicist (?) buddy at my side! Okay, so that last bit may or may not have to do solely with the fact that I can hear some BB King in the background.

But life really is just a little too busy for my liking. I wish there were more hours in the day, because I want to do EVERYTHING! For example, here is one of my (many) favorite quotes:

“She wasn’t afraid of difficulties; what frightened her was being forced to choose one particular path. Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others. She had a whole life to live, and was always thinking that she might regret the choices she made now. She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none.”

I feel like that sometimes, and while it can be difficult when I’m feeling like this, on the brink of being overwhelmed, there’s also so many times that attempting to choose so many paths at once has led to opening up a great opportunity for me! Like that internship at WorcesterMag! Plus, I’ll get an extended break from this tightly-packed schedule once I get to…*drumroll please*…
I’m sure I’ve spoken of this before, however, this time something’s different. When I logged onto my CIEE Polaris account with the expectation of seeing the all-too-familiar “Status: Conditionally Accepted” orange message on the dashboard, I was pleasantly surprised to find THIS!
(sorry for the poor quality — phone pic of a computer screen = not the best idea. It says “Application Status: ACCEPTED,” caps mine)
So now I’m in the process of trying to figure out when I want to come home/what I want to do over the summer after the program ends. I’m thinking…around the world ticket, yes? Definitely Poland (I’ll be on the border), and Denmark (home sweet home). Other choices? We shall see…
Regarding this program though, I’m still DYING to know the classes I’m taking, where I’m living, etc. etc. TELL ME, CIEE!! DON’T KEEP ME IN THE DARK ANY LONGERRRRR :/
This whole study abroad business is also accelerating the process of choosing housing for next year. I think we’re all living elsewhere (we’re actually having a house meeting about that in 10 minutes or so), because some people are having difficulties just living with so many people. Also, some of us are seniors now, some aren’t.  And there are cheaper places in Worcester that are just as nice, if not nicer. So we’ll see what we come up with!
Ah, the life of a college student: Living in as many places as years I’ve been here.
Speaking of my social life (but not really — nice segue there, right?), I’ve finished the United States of Tara and am not letting myself start any more series!! I need to focussssss.
And at a recent PA mid-semester get-together, Brianna and I finally got an otter picture together!!
D’awww, so cute! With their little hearts, and their little faces….otters are just the best. And I’m so so glad she agrees.
Re: last week’s lament at my lack of camera charger cord: My mommy sent me a new one, yayy!! Now I can snap photos of my morning omelets to my heart’s content. And on the topic of food, for those of you already at Clark: GET A PUMPKIN MUFFIN AT JAZZMANS. The one with chai glaze on the top, yeah, you know what I’m talkin’ about! There’s these magical pockets of what I can only assume to be butter or divine interventions of texture, the two so often overlap.
And just to throw in a bit of random: We (meaning my housemates and I) are very into Taylor Swift’s new song “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Don’t judge me, she’s GREAT! *defensive face*

Work, in all it’s various forms, is going great! ArtsWorcester just opened a show at the Hanover. (I guarded the door and chatted up the bartender the whole time). We got to use The Franklin Square Society Salon Gallery at the Hanover Theatre, which is this gorgeous room left over from 1904, complete with antique mirrors, ionic columns, and currently the exhibit Steps by Irina Parfenova. I searched and searched for pictures of the room, but can’t find any, sooo I’m seriously highly recommending that you go check it out yourself. So swanky.
Irina is this super sweet Russian native who is an incredible artist — her drawings are so detailed, there’s stories and metaphors behind everything, and her oil paintings…oh man. I wanted to buy this self portrait she did, but it’s not for sale. I can’t really blame her though, I wouldn’t sell it either. (This isn’t the best picture of it — the colors in real life are deeply contrasted, and it’s wonderfully textured.)

Last Tuesday after my shift at WorcesterMag, I walked my rumbling stomach down past Tito’s Bakery and decided “what the hey” and waltzed on in. Nothing was labeled or priced, so I awkwardly asked what a couple things were. The owner I think knew my plight, and was like, “Here sweety, try this, it’s delicious!” and handed an oblong, sticky pastry to my skeptical self. I forget what it was called but it was delicious — flaky dough, filled with cream cheese, and a light, sweet honey glaze.
Tito’s Bakery, consider yourself repped.

And since this is a school-sponsored blog, a bit about my actual schoolwork:

For my Graphic Design class, I’ve drawn probably 135uawlfd gazillion pictures of a compass. Yes, the amount is so great that numbers wouldn’t suffice, letters had to get thrown into the mix.
When this project is done, I’m making them into some sort of collage, and will forever let people assume I’m obsessed with compasses — this effort will not go to waste ;)

  1. molly
    Oct 22 2012

    youre the coolest girl ever

    • Stefanie Gough
      Oct 22 2012

      Aww, YOU ARE! :))

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