Tuesday, August 5, 2008

How does that happen at grad school?

It turns out that I have a slightly injured back; how does that happen at grad school!?! I feel like I hardly did anything except sit in a classroom for way too long, every single day. I did enjoy some Echo volleyball about once a week, but I do not feel that was too strenuous. So anyway, I went to the chiropractor today and he said my lower back is injured, something about muscles and my spine. He told me I need to ice it, which I am doing now, and that I have to rest it... which means no running :( . I really wanted to get into running for the week I have left at home, but it doesn't look like that will be happening. Shoot dang!

I am home now, back in the great state of Wisconsin, but only for one week as of today. I have to pack up my life soon and figure out what I'm taking down to Texas. I don't even know where to begin with what to take because I will be there for two years, so I guess it is a matter of deciding what are the most important things. I mean...wow, I have to pack up and move down to Texas for two years! It seems like I should just be packing up for college again, but I won't really be home, and even when I come home I'll be flying in. Well, here I am, starting this new chapter in my life. Chapter 46: Conquering the Texas heat (and catechizing my way through life).

In the meantime, here at home, I hope to do a lot of reading. Right now I am reading The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. I read it once for a class, but I think that was 3 or 4 years ago. We talked about it in one of my classes this summer and other Echo people were saying how great it was, so that inspired me to pick it up again. It definitely is interesting, even finding the parallels between the imagery in this book and Heaven and Hell and looking at it on a deeper level. Sometimes I don't like reading books for class because I feel like I read the material to simply read it, I can't dive into it because there isn't enough time! I guess that is what the rest of life is for! I have several books I'd like to read, books I was supposed to read for class, but perhaps didn't quite do so. We'll see what all I can finish in one week at home. The Confessions is also on my list. Well, time to clean out my Echo binder then put the ice back on!

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!

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