Enough of my whining about laundry. Here are a couple of good things going on in my life:
My thesis proposal was approved by my committee. Last Thursday I had to present and defend the proposal, sort of a nerve-wracking experience. But I answered all their questions, even the one’s from my advisor that seemed, in my opinion, a little nit-picky.
In other school related news, I got a teaching assistantship for next spring! That means all my tuition for the spring will be waivered and I will get paid a stipend. I haven’t had real (aka paying) job since before JVC, so I’m pretty excited about this. And, not to talk too much about our finances, it basically means I’ll be paying about $300 cash for my Master’s degree. For each year in JVC I received an education award from Americorps, which was enough to cover my first two semesters and most of my third. That figure isn’t including books and living expenses, but still. $300 isn’t too shabby!
I had jury duty today. I joked with John that in all likelihood from my experience working at a homeless shelter, I would know the defendant. Turns out I did! At least, I was 90% sure I did. The court had been late starting, so I was squirming in my seat ready for a bathroom break. The second question they asked was if anyone had a physical condition that would prevent them from sitting longer than an hour and a half. Thinking there was no way I could wait another hour before going, I raised my hand. That lead to an awkward conversation about if I could approach the bench, or if I had to say it in front of everyone. But the judge and the lawyer said they had a similar condition (though I’m guessing their’s are prostate related!) and that I could be excused. I kinda wanted to do it, and figured generally I could wait an hour and a half between bathroom breaks. But at the same time, I didn’t know how long it would be until they asked if anyone knew the defendant, so I figured I might as well go. Thought it would’ve been more fun to get excused for knowing the guy! I looked up his name on the jail roster, and the description definitely sounds like the guy I know. I hope he has a fair trial today.
It’s exam crunch time over here, so expect posting to be discombobulated and non-sensical. All brain power is going into distracting myself from my studies.