Wow, what a crazy last few weeks it has been!!! So many things have happened and I have no clue where to start!
I guess I’ll start with my new classes, because I have been pretty involved with them so far! I am in Intro to Modern Algebra, Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics, Combinatorial Math, Statistical Methods I, and History of Math. I am enjoying all of them for the most part, but they are a little bit more time-intensive than I thought they would be. I really love my Math History class…I never knew how interesting it would be to know about how ancient cultures did not have the mathematical capabilities we have today, but still managed to create amazing things! Regardless, it will be interesting to see what else I will learn this semester…hopefully I can keep my sanity in the process!
I realize that in posting about what I gave everyone else for Christmas, I never really posted about what I received, which is a bummer because everyone gave me some AMAZING gifts! I got some new, fun, and super warm scarves and an awesome gray cardigan that I wear with almost everything! I also received some delightful smelling lotions, a roasting pan, a baking dish, and some Pyrex mixing bowls! While Emily was out shopping, she happened to find a copy of my favorite childhood book, “Sheep in a Jeep”. I was super excited to get that blast from the past!!! I also received some things that have been especially useful in the past week that I’ve started back to school. My parents gave me a new backpack because my old one was on its last leg. To be fair, I got it in the 6th grade, but really couldn’t use it in HS because they were banned, so it was in decent condition but was becoming very uncomfortable on my back. My new backpack is super comfy to carry and even has a laptop pocket in it! I love it! Also, since I always take my lunch, I finally got a lunchbox of my own! I am in love with it; it has a built-in icepack and it collapses once you’re done with it! Even better, I also got some nifty contraptions called Lunch Pouches, which are like Ziplocs, but are reusable, which I love, because I always ended up using a Ziploc for a sandwich just to toss it right as I was done with it. So far, I have used them for holding grapes & baby carrots, and they were awesome! I highly recommend them if you or anyone else in your life packs a lunch often!
Of course, I’ve spent loads of time around St. John’s, catching up with all of my awesome friends. Many of my friends went on a mission trip to Jamaica over break, and I have really loved getting to hear their various accounts of their experiences working as missionaries. All of these things were great, but I think the best thing I did over the past few weeks happened this past weekend. I went on a retreat with a few friends from church & some students from TU’s Newman Center, and I absolutely LOVED it! I haven’t been on a retreat in at least three years, but I’ve always loved them, so I was excited to go! This retreat had lots of levels to it, that can really only be understood if you were there, but it was definitely what I needed! My favorite part of the whole retreat was the fact that I was able to meet all of the awesome TU people who were there and grow even closer with everyone from St. John’s!
Unfortunately, on the last day of the retreat (Monday), I started to feel a bit off and my voice sounded pretty ragged. I assumed that it was an allergic reaction from spending lots of time outside and the constant contrast between hot and cold weather. Well, by the time we made it back to Stillwater, I felt like death, but decided to go home, take some Advil, and get some sleep so I could go to class in the morning. I must’ve had a fever that broke through the night, because I woke up sweating and felt really weak. I really didn’t want to, but I decided to go to class. I have three classes on Tuesdays, and they are at 9:00, 10:30, and 2:00. I suffered through the first two classes then decided to throw in the towel and go to the Minor Emergency Clinic. I thought that I’d be able to get back to class in time, but by the time I got there and saw the huge line I knew that that wasn’t happening. I could have just gone back to class, but I felt even worse than I did the day before, and I couldn’t imagine walking across campus and being coherent enough to make it through my last class. I waited about three hours to be seen, but I was too tired and weak to be upset. As it turns out, I have Influenza, Type A and have to be quarantined until next Monday. Blech. I mean, I wasn’t ready to go back to class, but I didn’t really want to go about it this way!! On the upside, I came in soon enough that I was still able to start the Tamiflu regimen, so hopefully I’ll get over everything much sooner!
So, I sound pretty pessimistic about everything, but really, I am so incredibly blessed right now! I have the most amazing people in my life who have done so much for me, and I really couldn’t ask for more! You see, one of my friends who went on the retreat with me wasn’t feeling up to par, and she felt responsible for getting me sick. (I honestly think it was going to happen regardless and don’t hold anything against her!) Last night, she brought over a care package of flowers, cough drops, Day-Quil, Advil, Kleenex, and chicken noodle soup! How sweet it that!! My friend Lisa told me that if I needed any groceries while I’m stuck at home that she’d be more than happy to wrangle some people to help her get that together and out to me! My friend Janey offered to take notes for me in our classes, and Anna was sweet enough to turn in some homework to my professors’ mailboxes last night! Being that Gina works in Perry and was relatively nearby, she made a Wal-Mart run for me and brought back a horde of supplies for me. Even more, I also received lots of calls, texts, and well wishes from Emily, my parents, and my church friends. Very, very, very blessed indeed!!!!! Here’s hoping I’ll be able to keep up with everything and be on the fast road to recovery!
On a last note, I want to wish my best friend in the whole wide world, Tonisha a very, very, very Happy 21st Birthday!!!! I hope that she has had an amazing day, and I am REALLY hoping that I’ll be in much better condition two months from now so that we can celebrate together!!! Love ya, Tonisha!!!
Hope everyone has a great, healthy week! Love you guys!!