Well, it's been over two months since you've last heard from me, so maybe I should let you all know that I'm still alive. School's been really stressful, life's been hectic, and I'm just muddling through it one day at a time.
But hey, at least I got to go home for spring break! For once, I was able to travel home before the last day of finals and I took the train down from Davis to Irvine. Of course, that was an adventure: bus to Sacramento, train to Bakersfield that arrived late, bus to Los Angeles that therefore arrived late as well, and five minutes to exit the bus, pick up my luggage, and run through Union Station while navigating to find the right train track (the farthest one from the bus stop) with about 30 seconds to spare. It was lovely to be home for spring break, though with the research I had to get done, it certainly was not the most relaxing spring break I've ever had. Still, it was good to be home with my parents (missing Laura!) and get a little bit of crafting in.
I've officially finished my research lab work on biological removal of hexavalent chromium from drinking water; now it's just on to all the writing and more research that will eventually turn it into a thesis.
This quarter my classes consist of Applied Environmental Chemistry: Organic, Multiphase Reactive Transport (also known as Quantitative Geochemistry), and a speech/presentation class. Definitely the most intimidating course names I've encountered in my education so far, but as of now, they're going well, staying decently interesting, and I'm learning a lot. That's why I'm here, after all. Right?
Last quarter, I started getting together with three friends I met through church for a weekly Bible study. We're still figuring out what it will look like this quarter, but I'm so thankful for the community and encouragement we've been able to share. It means a lot to me and is such a wonderful, refreshing respite from the busyness of the rest of life.
This quarter I've also managed to do a few more things in Davis - you know, acting like I actually live in this town. Two Fridays ago, I wandered around in downtown Davis with a couple friends, checking out Davis' 2nd Friday ArtAbout event. Art galleries stay open later into the evening, other venues host art shows, and there are often appetizers to accompany the exhibitions. (Free food is always important, even if that's not why I was going.) We saw quite a variety of work, discovered fun new stores, and appreciated lots of fabulous pottery and ceramic work. Today was UC Davis' annual Picnic Day, and I met up with a friend on campus this morning to watch a parade full of bands, horses, and goofy bikes. Oh, and a caravan of DeLoreans. Highlight of the morning: free tomato plants that I'll be planting tomorrow while dreaming of future BLTs.
There you go - 65 days in 498 words. That should keep you satisfied for a while. No, really, I appreciate all of you reading and caring about how I'm doing. It means a lot to me.