|Whee! I'm in college!|
I was thinking about back to nearly four years ago when Chaco was just moving into the freshman dorm - how excited he was (and how rather traumatized I was). It's been a good four years for him, and it's time to move on.
Graduation is tomorrow. We left it up to him as to whether he would do the whole cap'n'gown thing as we're pretty ambivalent when it comes to all that pomp and circumstance biz. We told him we'd be there with bells on if he wanted, but Chaco didn't feel a need to sit through graduation in a funny hat. YAY.
I went to the university today. I noticed right away that I didn't feel as old as I usually do. There were quite a lot of "older than usual" people on campus - parents in for graduation or packing freshmen and/or sophomores out of the dorms.
As for me, I was not there to collect any degrees or any children, but rather to cash in!
Remember a little while back? I mentioned this "Spring into Wellness Challenge" the graduate school was throwing? I was drinking a bunch of water for that first challenge? Sure ya do!
Anyway, the challenge took place over the final six weeks of the semester, with a different challenge each week. We were to complete the challenges and take part in discussions with other participants. I thought it was fun. The challenges weren't too difficult, but made me think about "wellness", and I enjoyed the discussions with grad students other than those that are in my program.
"Prizes" were vaguely mentioned early on, and lo and behold, they awarded nicer than expected prizes to the top three participants. And I got top prize! Yeah, moi! Fifty bucks at the university bookstore. Surprise!
So I went today to cash in. I did NOT spend it on textbooks. (1) the bookstore book prices are ridiculous, and (2) sorry, but a textbook doesn't feel very "prizey".
I got an Under Armour ColdGear 3/4 zipper pullover. It's fun just to say it! This will be nice for those cold-weather rides and runs. And yes, so far, it is "sparking joy"
As I was perusing all the paraphernalia, I was surprised to not see any reference to the university on this particular pullover. Then I turned it around and saw this rather inconspicuous blurb
I know they look like pretty boring socks from the tops, but the material is nice lightweight moisture whicking stuff. And they're actually quite flashy. Plus... free!
So that's it for now - top to bottom. What's new with you??