November 12, 2008

Salvete, amici!

What a lovely day it has been! Today was my birthday, and my friends made it really special for me, despite the fact that I can’t be home to celebrate with my family. I got a heap of cards from my friends and family, and my parents sent me gorgeous flowers and yummy cupcakes. Last night Amy and Simone covered my door with all kinds of notes, signs, and decorations, and tonight, my whole group of friends got together and ordered a ton of pizza. Amy made me awesome cupcakes and, with the help of my roommate, distracted me long enough to light them all for me to blow out. I made my usual wish (no, I can’t tell you!), and really hope that 19 is a great year for me! Something tells me it will be. The friends I have made here have already become like my surrogate family up here- I am so grateful to have met so many wonderful people in such a short span of time!

As for schoolwork, I have a lot on my plate for the coming week (as if it were ever any different!). Another Philosophy paper is due Monday, a daunting Greek quiz on verbs awaits me for Friday, and the Classics scholar Michael Putnam is coming to Latin on Monday to teach our class- scary, but exciting! I’ve calmed down significantly about my Latin class in the past week, due mostly to my midterm which I just got back.  It went ridiculously well compared to how I thought I would do! I was really relieved, because for a while I wasn’t sure if I was up to par in this class. It feels good to know that the work I put into studying paid off, and that I do belong in Horace!

Despite my ever-increasing workload, I’ve recently discovered, along with Jill, the pool at the Hart Center. I’m not much of a runner, so swimming presents a fun alternative to the tedious treadmill or elliptical machine. I really love having these facilities available to me for free! The gym is awesome and if you go at the right time, you can accomplish a really great workout. I’ve always just been one for taking walks in my neighborhood for exercise, but I’ve been putting Hart to use as often as possible since Move-In Day. There really isn’t any excuse not to!

Off to bed soon…but I must celebrate- it’s still my birthday for half an hour! Valete omnes!