There’s actually a lot I’d like to record about today. First, and foremost, I am DONE with my grad school applications. I will mail out Oregon on my way home tonight and then all will be finished. I’m a little worried that the packages I mailed Monday night from the post office aren’t showing up under their tracking numbers (those that I mailed Tuesday are, strangely), but… maybe they’ll be on the radar by tomorrow. They’re all priority mail and delivery confirmation stamped, and the machine predicted a Wednesday or Thursday arrival time for most. So. Fingers crossed there; many are due to arrive before Sunday.
I’ve realized I’ve really been picturing only two scenarios for grad school, both equally unlikely: a return to the D.C. area (via acceptance at either the University of Maryland or John Hopkins) or life in Austin, Texas. I’ve been keeping pretty close track of these applications here (well, compared to the kind of notes I’ve been keeping on anything else in my life), and it’s going to be hard for me to admit defeat in March-April on many of them. To ease that future pain, I’ll make a list of the places here to which I’ve applied, and then come back and mark them off with the results. Maybe I’ll link to the list later, maybe I won’t.
In clockwise geographical order:
University of Maryland – College Park
Johns Hopkins University
University of Alabama
University of Arkansas Provisional Acceptance received 3/8/06
University of Texas-Austin Michener Center for Writers
University of Oregon
University of Iowa
University of Indiana – Bloomington
I have spent a fair fraction of my afternoon looking at shoes online. I need shoes for the wedding, yes, but also shoes for life. I keep thinking that I need to buy some serious shoes, “grown-up” type work day shoes, but… I’m getting away with tennis shoes at work here, and even if I get in nowhere, I won’t need professional style shoes for anything in the future. And yet I kind of want some. Multiple problems with this: 1). I have large (size 12) feet. 2). My feet are total babies. I have coddled them (tennis shoe day. Birkenstock day. Tennis shoe day. etc.) and do not feel a need to build a tolerance to any kind of uncomfortable footwear for the sake of fashion. 3). I am picky, but also have no sense of fashion. So I’ve been paging through Zappos for shoes that both my Inner Professional and my Inner Couch Potato can agree there would be worth in owning.
I know that a few of you are true shoe connoisseurs. What brands do you recommend that might offer that beautiful blend of comfort and style, and that might also be useful in a wardrobe that has very few “dress up” outfits?
However this ends, I need to replace my beloved gray Nikes (with the Spider-man shoelaces) soon. They have served me well for far too long, and the heel lining is long gone and sometimes uncomfortable.