It has officially been almost exactly a week since I returned to my ‘home’ in NYC. The first two days were spent in a mixture of joy in being back and denial that school was about to start.

And then I went to school.

And discovered that I am officially In Over My Head.

Just to give you a picture of my next semester:

I have class from Monday through Thursday. The earliest time I will get home on those days is… 8 pm. However, half of those days I will not get home until after 10.

And this is not the bad part.

I am taking: Dysphagia, Language Disorders in Adults (which is all about aphasia), Speech and Language Perception and Processing, and Neuroscience and Brain and Behavior. Oh yeah. Plus I have my first client. And I have to give therapy in Spanish.

So. Maybe you are thinking… wow. camille must be really smart or something because I don’t even know what those classes are. Guess what. I don’t either. I have no mental foundation in which to build upon in order to learn (and pass) these classes. Like I said. Over My Head.

So.  Needless to say.  I have been feeling a little. whelmed. overwhelmed in fact.

But then I was reminded that as a Christian I was not called to do comfortable things.  In fact, I have been called to be like Christ, whether my current life obligations make that easy or not.

And so, I’m actually looking forward to this semester.  Because spring break promises many treasured visitors.  Because I live in a wonderful city I get to explore even more.  And because I know, that even though this semester will be hard, I will be a lot smarter when I’m done.  Because, really, it takes hard things to make strong people.

So.  Here’s to a new semester.  Where I get the joy of learning things the hard way.

john porter quote

O Canada

I spent my last week at home – in Canada.

I went to visit this girl: (my longtime friend Julia. she lives in Canada.  Which really is too far from me. But I made us hats and we took a brisk, chilly walk. So I guess it’s okay for now.)


We spent most of our time in bookstores or talking (since it’s hard to talk when book browsing and it’s hard to browse books when talking… we separated the activities)

So. I wasn’t planning on sharing these pictures with anyone but I think everyone should see the variety of books available in Canada.  I mean, I’ve never seen a Lego bible before!

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In other news, Canada (especially Ontario I guess) is a funny place.  It feels kinda like another country to me. Like a British colony I think.  Mostly because it is.  And because every town has a ‘Victoria St.,’ their signs have crowns and checkers on them, and their crosswalk signs even make me laugh.  See?


Plus, I had to parallel park.  Onto the sidewalk. Tricky.


Also, they measure distance in meters.

Julia: Turn left in 300 Meters.

Me: Julia, do you know what that means to me?

Julia: Nothing probably.

Me: Correct.

On a side note: I think the metric system is Canada’s mastermind  plan to make Canadian’s passive.  Just think about it.  To them 100 kph is fast.  Makes sense, 100 does sound fast.  Too bad it’s only 62 mph! And that’s the speed limit on major highways.  Basically, I’m driving up to Canada, going ~ 75. Then I cross the boarder and suddenly I have to drive 60.  And when I turn my turning signal on to change lanes they just MAKE ROOM and wait for me! How kind.

And guess what comes now?

The realization that everything I have planned for my Christmas vacation is o.v.e.r. and I’m heading to the airport at 6:30 am tomorrow.  What a strange thing it is to have two places to call home.  That said, I’m looking forward to going home tomorrow and getting my last full calendar year of school started.

This is how my brain thinks

Well. This is my first official post of the year! And it’s already January 12th.  I hope this isn’t a foreshadowing of a dying blog for 2013, so I will try to be proactive about posting.  However, I’ve come to realize that my blog, which is meant to update people about my life (specifically people at ‘home’ as I live in NY) is kind of….. without a point when I am with the people at home who read my blog.

And since we are talking about my blog…. here is your chance readers, if you have any recommendations to make about the direction of my blog now is the (one and only) time to do it.  Otherwise I will continue to write whatever I want, because really, that’s what writing is for anyways. But I’m serious…feedback is always appreciated!

Okay, now that we have THAT all settled I will continue to tell you about my life, which continues to occur in Indiana.

Starting from where I left off last time…

I started the New Year with speed blokus, homemade sushi, and these lovely ladies:


While they were  here we also made a day trip to Chicago (it’s only a 3 hour drive you know).  And I realized I missed the city when I breathed a sigh of relief when this view filled my windshield:


So. Needless to say.  I kinda miss the city. And I miss my routine. And I know that my life can’t “move forward” while I’m on a month long vacation.  So, I kinda got ‘sick’ of Indiana.  For about 3 days.

Until I remembered that when I go back I will be back in school.  With 14 credits, a client, and an hour+ commute.  And I decided to savor my vacation after all.

I have found one of the best ways to appreciate my break from school is to enjoy wasting time. To do that I knit, or make origami stars, or stay up toooooooo late with friends. and sleep in the next day. At 24 I realize that this is a once in a lifetime chance to not have responsibilities weighing me down and I’ve decided to enjoy that instead of rushing into the next phase of my life. (which, to be fair, is easy to do when I see 12 consecutive months of studying looking back at me.)


So there. That’s how my new year is going so far.  Feel free to tell me what a lame post this is and what I could do to make it better. If you want I can show you how to make origami stars sometime if that would help.

And, how about I end with a quote to spice things up?

“Normal is a illusion.  What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.”

Here’s to a 2013 full of getting a good perspective on life.