back to the grind

The return from our holiday was met with delight (both kids at the airport to meet us after one in the morning!), shock (the weather is at the freezing mark, a relief for those who weren't in Mexico for a week but a shock for those who were) and awe...

As in ah, now it's back to reality and I have lots to get caught up on. Like laundry. And housework. Which will all have to wait until Tuesday, since I am an obsessed fiend studying for my Art History exam on Monday night. The focus of this exam will be on Roman, Christian and Muslim architecture and religious iconography. I have lots to brush up on, having missed two classes this term, which is very unlike me, whether we travel or not.

But then I thought... wait a minute... aren't I taking these classes for enjoyment? Out of my own interest... because they are fascinating and driven by a professor who has an immense grasp of the subject matter and makes it even more interesting? Yes, that's why I'm taking the class. So why am I beating myself up and putting all this pressure on myself? Because that's what I do.

I think I'd better give myself permission to ease up a little on myself and let this one ride. I'm enjoying it, I love reading about it, and someday I want to visit these places and see things with my own eyes - and understand it. So I will spend the rest of the day flipping through the pages of the books and puzzling until my puzzler isn't sore, maybe this once.


MJ said...

Welcome to reality! Enjoy studying for your exam!!

Melissa said...

It's totally true. All the art and architecture begins to fall in place better once you see it in person. And you learn nearly as much seeing it as live as studying it in a class. Good luck with your test prep!

Q said...

Dear Saucy,
Glad you are home safe and sound. Your trip sounded fun!
Enjoy your Art History!