This week has been ca-razy, y'all. I started nannying on Tuesday and classes began on Wednesday. Despite the short work week, I already have hours of assignments lingering above my head, a laundry pile the size of Mount Everest, and a never-ending list of errands to run. Welcome to college? Yeah, I should be used to this.

But you know what? I'm absolutely loving it. All of it. The planning and the doing and running and the writing. It's a whirlwind, sure, but being busy again is making me—dare I say it—happy. Productivity is really liberating, in a way. Which is something I tend to forget during the summer months, when the days seem to last forever and no one task seems too important.

I realize that this "high" is not going to last forever. As the semester accelerates into utter chaos, I'm eventually going to be feeling the weight of it all. Deadlines, meetings, last-minute cramming, and where the hell did the time go? At some point, stress might reach out its grimy little claws and take hold of my current optimistic spirit. It's bound to happen, because such is life: a combo of the good, the bad, and the blah.  

But when things turn ugly and the thought of productivity no longer energizes me, at least I'll have Vampire Diaries, dark chocolate, and Kristen's company to help take the load off. Don't judge...  We all need the occasional pick-me-up.

And just for good measure, my class list:
1.) The History of Native Americans
2.) Reporting with Images
3.) Fundamentals of Nutrition
4.) Women and the News
5.) Law, Society, and the Novel in 19th Century British Literature

Psst, I bet you can't guess which one is my favorite so far.

(Unless you guessed #1.)

Photo from the last few days of summer.