Friday, September 11, 2009

Annual Examination of the Eyes

Every year one day comes around that I look forward to almost more than any other. I could let you guess, but we might still be sitting here by the time it rolls around next year. I'll just save us both the headache and tell you...it's my visit to the eye doctor! I know, I know, you never would've guessed!

Two years ago, I was told I had to get glasses for the first time in my life. I almost hugged my optometrist! After years and years of waiting and begging, I was finally being invited (coerced) into the exclusive society known as "glasses wearers." To say I was ecstactic would be somewhat of an understatement. As I sat there, trying on all the different frames being brought to me, I saw a world of possibilities in front of me. I could be sophisticated chic, fashionably cool, or anything else I wanted! Seeing myself in glasses brought back memories of begging to have glasses as a child. I don't know why I always wanted to wear glasses so badly, but I have. In elementary school, I asked my aunt (who works in the optometrist's office - still does to this day) whether I could get glasses. After explaining that I didn't need them, she went to a drawer, pulled out a pair of former season's frames that would otherwise be discarded, and handed them to me. I proudly put them on my face, carefully slipping them over my ears and on top of the bridge of my nose. Then I looked in the mirror and smiled a wide, toothy grin from ear to ear. I was on top of the world! Through the years there are other examples of my desperation to be invited into this exclusive club, but always my efforts were futile.

But I am now officially part of this club! Some days the need for glasses becomes a hindrance. For example, walking to the gym without my glasses being unable to recognize any faces coming at me; or driving down the road, suddenly realizing I forgot my glasses at home and that is why everything is so fuzzy. But truth be told, none of these pitfalls outweigh my excitement over having glasses. After my appointment was scheduled for this year, I started to give contacts some thought. I decided I could wear contacts some days and glasses others, depending on how I felt. This consideration has since been discarded! Last Sunday, a lady at the Aveda store was putting make up under my eyes, and I could hardly keep them open as her brush came up to my eye lids. It's obvious I can't handle my eyes being touched! So now, I am awake with anticipation with what tomorrow will bring. What new frames will they have in? What frames will I choose? What will they say about me and my personality? One thing I know for sure: I will pick frames that I truly like. Before I look at the price tag to see how much of the cost my insurance will cover, I will first ask myself whether I actually like the frame! After all, life is too short to have ugly glasses!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

School's back in Session

Well, it's finally here! After 17 years of school (including preschool and Kindergarten), I am starting my senior year of college. It is such a strange feeling to know that I've been in school for so long, and that I am so close to the end (well sort of). I will be graduating with a degree in Political Science and two minors: English literature and Women/Gender Studies. I recently added the Women and Gender Studies minor because I already had two classes towards it, and I have the time to finish it!

This semester, I'm taking:
  • ENH 311 - Steve Jobs
  • ENH 311 - Thomas Edison
  • ENH 311 - Carly Fiorina
  • ENH 311 - General Electric
  • ENG 200 - Reading and Writing about Literature
  • ENG 394 - Jewish American Literature 1916-present
  • FAS 331 - Marriage and Family Relationships
  • WST 377 - History of American Feminist Thought

It looks like a lot, but it's really not too taxing! The first four classes are one credit, online classes which only last 5 weeks and are staggered throughout the semester. Two have started so far, and they are very interesting! I'm learning much more about Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison than I ever thought possible! The Marriage and Family Relationships class is also online and has been very interesting so far. I'm really enjoying it, and I'm hoping to glean a lot of knowledge from it! The History of American Feminist Thought has been the most challenging personally thus far. I will update more on classes as I get into the swing of things, but for now, I have homework to turn in (in less than 1.5 hours!).