The problem with writing an emotionally draining post, like my last one, is that it really takes it out of you. I cried hard writing that post, and when I had finished I felt like I had nothing left in me, nothing to write about ever again. A week later, I still feel like that.
So here is the quintessential cop-out: a photo essay. Not many photos, not much essay, but enough of each to make me feel that I've at least given it a shot.
Things I've Acquired in the Past Month That, in Varying Degrees, Make Me Happy
First off, a new book:
Buying a book is one of my favorite activities. If I have an extra fifteen dollars, I'll take a trip to the bookstore, where I can easily spend an hour picking out a new book. I'll browse for a while, and collect a stack of about five books that I think look interesting. Then I'll find a chair and read the first ten pages or so of each book, and pick the one that seems most enjoyable. I laughed out loud reading the first few pages of this one, so I hope I'll enjoy it. Anyone read it? What did you think?
This is not my usual style of shoes, but something about these just appealed to me. Since they were about 60% off, I couldn't resist. They're amazingly comfortable, too.
During school I carried my laptop bag everywhere, and it had room for everything I needed during the day. The purse I was carrying this past winter was a little thing, with just enough space for wallet, cell phone, and keys, which was all I needed in the evenings. But now that I'm not going to school, and don't have to tote my laptop around, I needed a bigger bag for the daytime, so I got this one. I like its summery feel, and I LOVE that I can fit so much in it. I never get bored now because I carry a novel and a book of Cross Sums everywhere I go. I'm thinking about getting a pet just so I can carry it around in this bag. As long as the pet isn't an elephant, I think it should fit.
New iPod mini:
My darling husband got this for me as a graduation present. Did you notice it's pink? I absolutely love it. It holds up to 1000 songs, and I have about 700 on it after uploading all my CDs. It is way more convenient than carrying a bunch of CDs around. And the iTrip (in the upper right) transmits to an FM station of my choosing so that I can listen to my music on the radio in my car. Couldn't be more perfect.
And last, but most importantly, my new diploma:
Sorry that so much of it is wiped out. There is a lot of Googleable information on a diploma. But I wanted to share it with you anyway, because I am so proud to have earned it at last. (Please don't think I'm looking for more congratulations. You all embarrassed me with the plethora of them last time!)