The end of the summer

So, I figure that I should probably get some words down here about what I’ve been doing for the past couple of months.

The long and short of it is: much less than I wish I had been doing. The job market for folks with bachelor’s degree yet still want only summertime employment is sadly quite dry, especially now. My two brothers and I have been stuck at home all summer.

I’ve been trying to keep as busy as I can, but after nearly three months of little to do, I am beginning to go a little stir crazy. I know that some people would kill to have an extended period of downtime, but I’d honestly rather have a job and something longer term to do. Had I been able to stay in Milwaukee, it would probably have been different, but c’est la vie I guess.

In the meantime, I’ve gotten started on my master’s degree reading list. So far, I’ve read Corneille’s Le Cid, Descartes’ Discours de la méthod, and I’m almost finished with Montesquieu’s Lettres persanes. Being that the days are long and sleepy, I feel like I haven’t been reading fast enough.

I’ve neglected posting the second installment of my French video blog, because I quite frankly can’t think of a topic to center it around. Literature is a distinct possibility, but in that case I’m going to wait until my classes and teaching start before continuing. I still think that it’s a good idea – it just needs some refinement.

Amanda and I are moving to Madison this Saturday, so this long and tired summer will finally be nearing its end. I’m really excited to get to know my new hometown and new campus. We’ve gone shopping together and picked out a bunch of essentials for our new place, and I think we’re ready to finally move in.

On top of that, I’m really looking forward to getting started with teaching and continuing classes. The life of a graduate student makes me slightly nervous, since it’s a new thing, but I think I’m ready for life’s next step.

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