I did a really great job of managing my life for the first three weeks of this block. I didn’t procrastinate, I went to sleep at completely reasonable hours, I did yoga every day, all the clothes I wore were clean…I even ate salad. (I HATE salad.) I kept patting myself on the back, thinking, “I must be a real adult now. This isn’t even hard.”
People like to say that doing the same thing for 21 days forms a habit, but I think I proved them wrong this weekend. Maybe it was the built-up pressure of all the work I’d been doing, or maybe I started congratulating myself too soon and figured I could use a break, or maybe the universe was just conspiring against me. Either way, I majorly screwed up my new healthy lifestyle. I don’t even want to tell you how much chocolate I’ve consumed in the past few days. It’s astounding and obnoxious. I’m actually kind of impressed by myself.
Luckily, I’m not the only one facing this predicament. It’s safe to say that, every once in a while, everyone here gets a little stressed out. Different people have different ways of managing it, and I usually don’t get to witness those methods in action, but the amazing snowfall we had this weekend changed that up a bit. Over the past few days, I’ve seen some pretty clever study break ideas, none of which involve overloading your system with inordinate amounts of sugar. I thought I would share some with you.
Here’s a beautifully crafted Snow Gandalf, featuring Snow Frodo off to the side. I’m arguably the biggest Lord of the Rings fan who has ever existed, so this made me super happy.
Walks in the forest are especially beautiful when you add snow:
Later on, I came across Sam and Courtney planting their faces into the snow on car dashboards. It didn’t seem very entertaining, but I tried it and it turned out to be really fun.
And, of course, a snowball fight:
It wasn’t much of a fight, though; Kyle and Anders were throwing snowballs up to the fourth floor of North Village so that the people on the balconies could catch them and throw them back down. I thought that was very nice of them.
The best part of this weekend, for me, was something I didn’t bring my camera to: a much bigger snowball fight that happened last night on the field. About twenty people took a break from studying and we ran around for an hour yelling and throwing snow at each other. My clothes got totally soaked and people hit me in the face way too much, but I had a lovely time, and when it was over, I felt much better about all the work I still have to do before the end of this block. Things always seem more manageable if you give yourself a little time to play in the snow with your friends.